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Uganda Now Close to Ratifying AfCFTA

[East African] Uganda's Cabinet approved the ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement on October 29, kick-starting a process that will see Uganda join Rwanda and Kenya, which already ratified the document. (AllAfrica)

Uganda Hit By Dentists' Shortage

[Monitor] Kampala -Uganda has only 320 dentists licenced to practice in the country, resulting in a manpower shortage that the Uganda Dental Association (UDA) attributes to limited training institutions. (AllAfrica)

Dr Stella Nyanzi Returns to Court Today

[Monitor] Makerere University research fellow, Dr Stella Nyanzi who was on Wednesday remanded to Luzira prison for harassing President Museveni returns to court today. (AllAfrica)

Govt Asked to Set Salary Scale for Nursery Teachers

[Monitor] Kampala -Madrasa Early Childhood Development Institute graduates yesterday asked government to set a salary scale for pre-primary teachers and caregivers. (AllAfrica)

Govt Accuses NGOs of Hijacking Refugee Funds

[Monitor] Kampala -The government has accused international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) of hijacking donor funds raised from hosting the refugee solidarity summit in Kampala in June 2017. (AllAfrica)

IGG Decries Low Wages for Inmates Doing Private Work

[Monitor] Ibanda -The deputy Inspector General of Government, Ms Mariam Mutonyi, has tasked government prison authorities to explain why convicts hired by private citizens are overloaded with work but are paid little for it. (AllAfrica)

Civic Education Critical for Uganda's Dev't - Experts

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala, Uganda -Experts say there is an urgent need to promote civic education in Uganda in order to build a civically competent citizenry that gets actively involved in the country's development agenda. (AllAfrica)

Stella Nyanzi Wants Museveni to Explain How He Was Offended By Her Posts

[Monitor] Makerere University research fellow, Dr Stella Nyanzi has asked Buganda Road Court to summon President Museveni over allegations that she harassed him by insulting his late mother on her Facebook page. (AllAfrica)

Fund to Fight Child Labour Should Be Well Utilised

[Monitor] The International Labour Organisation (ILO) this week gave Uganda and Malawi $10.8m (Shs40.5b) to fight child labour. Child labour almost always abuses children's rights to education, rest and leisure. Funding to stop this abuse is, therefore, welcome. According to ILO, 152 million children are victims of child labour, with the bulk working in the agriculture sector. (AllAfrica)

Locals Decry Poor Hygiene At Yumbe Health Centre

[Monitor] Yumbe -Residents of Romogi Sub-county in Yumbe District have expressed disapproval of the sanitation and hygiene standards at Barakala Health Centre lll. (AllAfrica)

MPs Want Each School to Have Sex Abuse Policy

[Monitor] Mbarara -Members of Parliament (MPs) have urged all institutions of learning across the country to formulate policies against sexual violence. (AllAfrica)

Five Candidates Enter Race for Busia Lc5 Seat

[Monitor] Busia -Five candidates have been nominated to contest for the forthcoming Busia LC5 by-election as campaigns kick off officially. (AllAfrica)

MPs to Probe Schools for Excessive Fees, Materials

[Monitor] Kampala -Members of Parliament on the Education and Sports Committee have resolved to investigate government-aided schools for excessive fees for tuition and material requirements. (AllAfrica)

U.S.$533,000 Recycling Plant Stalls

[Monitor] Gulu -In 2008, National Environment Management Authority (Nema) earmarked Shs2.5 billion for the construction of a recycling plant in Gulu District but the project has since stalled, 10 years later. (AllAfrica)

U.S.$1 Million Equipment to Enhance Coffee Production

[Monitor] Kampala -Government and other stakeholders must invest in both short and long-term initiatives if Uganda is to realise its potential in the coffee sub sector, the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (Nucafe), has said. (AllAfrica)

7 City Buildings Closed As Tycoons Fight Over Arcades

[Monitor] Kampala -The fight between three city tycoons over ownership of buildings yesterday left hundreds of traders stranded as they were locked out of seven popular commercial buildings. (AllAfrica)

MPs Direct KCCA to Compensate Basajja for City Abattoir Losses

[Monitor] Kampala -Members of Parliament have asked Kampala Capital City Authority to "buy residual interests" of Basajjabalaba Hides and Skins (BHS), following forceful loss of interest in the city abattoirs by the later. (AllAfrica)

Kobil Buys Delta Petrol Stations

[Monitor] Kampala -KenolKobil has signed a deal worth more than $10m to acquire 33 fuel retail outlets from Delta Petroleum in Uganda and Rwanda. (AllAfrica)

KCCA Closes Namirembe Road As Non-Motorised Works Start

[Monitor] Kampala -Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) will this Saturday close Namirembe Road to pave way for the construction works of the Non-Motorised Transport (NMT). (AllAfrica)

Tough Choices for Uganda Landslide Survivors

[IRIN] Samuel Okiror -Cracks on the dormant volcano of Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda continue to widen in the wake of last month's landslides, sparking fears a similar tragedy may be imminent. But the land slated for relocation might be equally at risk, leaving survivors with distressing choices. (AllAfrica)

Frontline Workers Vaccinated in Bid to Halt Spread of Deadly Ebola

[UN News] The World Health Organization (WHO), and Ugandan Ministry of Health, have begun vaccinating frontline health workers in the country against Ebola, in a bid to stop an outbreak in the neighbouring Democratic of Congo (DRC) from crossing the border. (AllAfrica)

ILO Gives Uganda, Malawi U.S.$10.5 Million to Fight Child Labour

[Monitor] Kampala -The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has announced a $10.8m (about Shs40.5b) fund for Uganda and Malawi to jointly work to combat child labour on the African continent. (AllAfrica)

Uganda Fails to Pay U.S.$17 Million Fees to International Bodies

[Monitor] Kampala -Uganda owes a number of international organisations Shs63b in unpaid mandatory subscriptions, putting its voting powers and eligibility to attend conferences where critical decisions are made at risk. (AllAfrica)

Shortage of Teachers Affecting Early Grade Reading Programme

[Monitor] Bududa -A shortage of trained teachers for Early Grade Reading Achievement (EGRA) programme in government-aided primary schools in the districts of Bududa, Bulambuli and Bukedea is affecting the implementation of the programme, school heads have observed. (AllAfrica)

Drama, Obscenities As Nyanzi Is Charged in Court

[Observer] There was drama in Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate court this afternoon when Makerere University research fellow Dr Stella Nyanzi appeared for the formal charges to be read for her. (AllAfrica)

Makerere Probe Calls for Big Autonomy to Colleges

[Monitor] Kampala -A Makerere University committee appointed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, has released its report and recommended wide-ranging administrative changes to grant the colleges more autonomy on power and control of resources. (AllAfrica)

Sniffer Dog Leads Police to Murdered Woman's Son

[Monitor] Police in Kasanda District in central Uganda are holding a man in connection to the brutal murder of his mother and injuring her neighbour. (AllAfrica)

Twelve Uganda Journalists On a Hit List

[IFEX] Human Rights Network for Journalists - Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) (AllAfrica)

President Museveni - 'Head of the Home Never Goes Into the Kitchen'

[This is Africa] Uganda's President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni recently declared, "the head of the home never goes into the kitchen." In 2018, when cooking is a basic life skill, on a continent where gender stereotypes have proven to do more harm than good, what do you think of President Museveni's statement? (AllAfrica)

'Washed Away Within Minutes' - Uganda's Landslide Survivors Tell Their Stories

[IRIN] Bududa/Uganda -On 11 October, torrential rains caused the Tsume River in eastern Uganda's Bududa district to burst its banks, sending vast volumes of water and huge boulders crashing down Mount Elgon. (AllAfrica)

Judiciary Probes Sexual Harassment Claims

[Monitor] Kampala -The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has opened up a general inquiry file into allegations of sexual harassment of female judicial officers by their bosses. (AllAfrica)