PRIME RADIO - RTV Religious Local Day Program 2016

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

The last two months of 2017 were quite long and challenging for us as prime radio, it all began in February when prime radio was nominated for the radio and tv awards 2017 in the faith based radio nominations.

We thank God four of our programs were nominated which are Olukya in the category of best morning program, Olunaku lwo as the best mid morning program, Akayisanyo for best evening drive program and Egwanga Lyo for outstanding talk show program and finally prime radio as a station for religious radio station of the year.

It wasn’t an easy journey since these awards included voting by fans and well wishers. Nonetheless, God went ahead of us, our esteemed audience who we consider a family (prime radio fans) never abandoned us neither, they voted day in day out.

At exactly 12:00 PM on 13th April 2017, the voting platforms were closed; we then had to wait for 14th to find out the results from the awards.

On the slated day, representatives from prime radio found their way to serena hotel in kampala where the awards were taking place.

The awarding exercise went on and on as different personalities and stations won different awards in the different categories.

At last, the awarding ceremony got to the faith based station nominations. according to our representatives who went, they got tensed, anxious and honestly no right word can express what they felt that time.

“it was like I was put in a very big hole far from earth where no one existed, the silence I felt was indescribable” one of those who went said.

The first two categories passed and prime radio got no award but as it is said, God’s timing is always the best and he does his things in a way no man can understand, it got to the next category which was best mid morning program of the year.

Amidst tension and silence, Olunaku lwo was read out as the best midmorning program of the year, It was an answered prayer, if it were for a child, we would say it was a dream come true. The jubilartion was that of a conqueror in Christ Jesus.

“olunaku lwo” airs every Monday to Friday 10:00am to 12:00pm hosted by Omulangira SSimbwa Edward.

Prime radio hereby wants to extend its heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all those who trusted us and went ahead to vote in the different categories, if it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t have made it, to the presenters who mobilized the smooth running of the exercise, God bless you more.

We are grateful to you our audience for your endless support and please continue supporting us whenever we call upon you.

91.9 and 94.8 FM prime radio, the masters radio, eweeweza mutima.

 
 

Government to Suspend Projects Over Hunger Crisis

 
 
 
 

KAMPALA

Government plans to adjust the 2017/2018 financial year budget to provide funds to cater for hunger stricken people across the country. At least 10 million Ugandans face food insecurity according to the January 2017 National Food Security Assessment Report.

On Wednesday, parliament passed a motion to compel government to declare a state of emergency because of the food crisis. The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, says cabinet recently resolved to adjust the budget to prioritise the food crisis.

Addressing parliament on Wednesday, Rugunda, also said president, Yoweri Museveni has already directed the Finance Ministry to suspend projects and make the money available for key priorities like the hunger crisis.

Cecilia Ogwal, the Dokolo Woman MP questioned why Government is looking for more yet it is holding food in the stores. She explained that despite receiving money for relief food, the food is yet to trickle to those who need it.

Professor Ogenga Latigo, the Agago North MP blamed the food crisis on leaders who have failed to tell the president the truth about the unprecedented crisis. According to Latigo, the situation is alarming.

Recently, Government stated that it had diverted Shillings 15 billion meant for local council one polls to procure food relief.

According to the Minister of Finance in charge of planning, David Bahati the 2017/2018 financial year budget will focus on increasing agricultural production and productivity for food security, as well as export pro­mo­tion and enhancement of private sector developmental.

 
 

Makerere Expels PhD Student Citing Irregular Admission

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

Makerere University Institute of Social Research (MISR) has thrown out social media critic Vincent Nuwagaba, saying he was irregularly admitted. Nuwagaba is one of the seven students who enrolled for the 2016/ 2017 academic year Interdisciplinary Masters of Philosophy/ PhD program.

However, in an April 03rd letter, Dr. Okello Ogwang, the Makerere University Deputy Vice Chancellor in-charge of Academic Affairs, says that while reviewing PhD admissions, the Board of Research and Graduate Training found that Nuwagaba didn't apply for the program.

"The Board agreed that; you were not a University student since you never registered with the University. The university therefore had no obligation towards your demands," reads the letter addressed to Nuwagaba. At least 69 candidates applied for admission at MISR for studies under the thematic areas of Cultural Studies, Political Studies, Political Economy and Historical Studies.

After a rigorous process, seven students were recommended for admission including Nuwagaba. MISR has been running a multidisciplinary PhD programme in Social Studies specializing in areas of Political Studies, Political Economy, Historical studies and Cultural Studies since 2011. The program is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) based in Canada.

It is aimed at creating a pool of scholars in the third world to provide solutions to problems within their societies. Trouble for Nuwagaba started when he appeared among the shortlisted candidates for admission without applying for the program. On September 16, the Acting MISR Director, Dr. Florence Ebila, wrote to Professor Edward Kirumira, the Principal College of Humanities and Social Science- CHUSS forwarding the list of candidates for the 2017 scholarship offer.

Also attached were the detailed minutes showing how MISR arrived at the list of the candidates at its sixth Higher Degrees Committee meeting held on August 12, 2016. In the CHUSS Academic Board meeting held on October 20, Dr Ebila presented the list of applicants who had been admitted and asked the College Board to approve them.

However, board declined to endorse the admissions after members raised queries on Nuwagaba. They explained that Nuwagaba, who was number three on the list and was highly recommended for the intake, had lost his fellowship at MISR due to health related issues he developed in November 2014.

In September 2014, Nuwagaba posted an open letter to Professor Mahmood Mamdani, the MISR Director on his social page. In the letter, he accused the MISR leadership and Prof Mamdani in particular of running down MISR and targeting critical voices at the institute.

"The PhD administrator together with the librarian who occupies offices they are abusing body and soul knew that I was too truthful to be subservient and started harassing me and ultimately subjected me to the most shameless, egregious, unforgivable torture and de-humanization. He used (read misused and abused) the powers he had to tie me with ropes and dumped me in Butabika mental hospital where he connived with the staff of the hospital to subject me to injections, which I am sure would kill me had I not survived by the grace of God," Nuwagaba wrote.

It is this fight pitting Nuwagaba on one side and MISR and Prof Mamdani on the other, which alerted the College Board to halt his admission. The board had insisted that there was need for MISR to address the issue of Nuwagaba's health before awarding him a fellowship to undertake doctoral studies.

Nuwagaba was tasked to avail MISR with medical clearance letters from Butabika and Makerere University Hospital as well. Nuwagaba declined to present the medical clearance from Butabika insisting he was a registered student at MISR.

On Tuesday, Nuwagaba appeared before Juliet Hatanga, the Law Development Centre (LDC) Grade One Magistrate on charges of malicious damage and Grievous harm for allegedly assaulting a staff at the institute. He was remanded to Luzira prison until May 11..

 
 

Three Convicted for Illegal Possession of Pangolins

 
 
 

 

ABIM

Court in Abim district has convicted three men for unlawful possession of protected wildlife species.

The three include Felix Orebo, a 44-year-old police officer with service number CPL40752 attached to Jinja Road Police Station. Others are Bosco Logel - a 36-year old paralegal working with Uganda Law Society and 45-year-old Sylvester Omara, a Nursing Assistant at Koya Health Centre II.

Flying Squad arrested the trio last week from Nyakwai Sub-county in Abim District with help from Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN).

They were found in possession of a live Pangolin and 10.1 kilogrammes of scales they extracted from two pangolins they had killed.

Sylvester Omara was arrested from Joash Guest House, while Felix Orebo and Bosco Logel were nabbed with the animals bundled up in polythene bags from Angelina Guest House in Abim town.

Abim Grade One Magistrate Herbert Asiimwe found them guilty for contravening Sections 30 and 75 (b) of the Uganda Wildlife Act CAP 200.

The sections provide that unlawful possession of protected species attracts a punishment of a fine of not less than one million shillings or imprisonment of up to five years.

It adds that the fine must not be less than the value of the wildlife product involved.

Prosecution also slapped them with a charge of conspiracy to commit a felony contrary to section 390 of the Penal Code Act. The offence of conspiracy to commit a felony attracts imprisonment for not more than seven years.

The trio pleaded guilty to all the offences and were each sentenced to a fine of Shillings two million with an option of two years of imprisonment.

The suspects were baited to a deal of six million shillings. The chief executive of Natural Resource Conservation Network, Vincent Opyene, notes that the magistrate erred in judgement by awarding the convicts lesser fines.

Opyene says they will most likely appeal the ruling for court to award a deterrent sentence to the trio.

Pangolins are listed among the endangered wildlife species in Annex One of the treaty on convention in Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Flora and Fauna.

Pangolins are mostly trafficked for delicacy and medicinal values in Middle East countries and in China. In China, the scales is used in traditional herbs for milk production in lactating mothers.

 
 

Police Seeks UGX 203bn For Surveillance Cameras

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

At least Shillings 203 billion required by Uganda Police Force to procure surveillance cameras has remained under unfunded priorities, PRIME RADIO can reveal. Police had proposed to purchase the security cameras in the 2017/2018 financial year to bolster surveillance in the city.

However, the money is unprovided for in the budget estimates being reviewed by parliament. Rogers Muhiirwa, the Under Secretary Uganda Police Force, says they need the money to expand the surveillance system, saying the available CCTVs only cover a few areas in Kampala central business district and Entebbe road.

He says their plan is to expand the CCTV system to cover the Kampala Metropolitan area, municipalities and major highways to enhance proactive policing. Muhiirwa also says the money will enable police to enhance wireless communication by incorporating the use of mobile networks, data communication services and upgrade the radio communications to all districts, divisions and police stations.

The push for the installation of surveillance cameras gained momentum following the brutal murder of former Police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi together with his body guard, Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Wambewo on April 17th by unknown gunmen in Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb.

President, Yoweri Museveni directed the immediate installation of cameras in all major towns and along highways. Police had embarked on the CCTV project in 2013 at the height of the murder of Muslim clerics, but abandoned the project due to lack of resources.

Recently, Museveni directed several ministries and government departments to liaise with Police to procure and install CCTV cameras across the country. They include the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Security, Information and Communication Technology, Finance, Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

The Internal Affairs State Minister, Kania Obiga confirmed the directive in an interview with PRIME RADIO early this month, saying that the ICT ministry will take lead of assessing the quality of the cameras while the Security ministry and security agencies like police are to assess the security aspect of installing them.

Uganda Police will bag Shillings 530 billion in the 2017/2018 financial year budget slightly more than the Shillings 527 billion recent in this financial year.

 
 

Kayihura Transfers 70 Senior Officers

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kale Kayihura has transferred seventy senior officers who have just completed a six-month intermediate command course at the Police Senior Staff College, Bwebajja.

The officers transferred through a message released this morning signed by the Director Human Resource Management Moses Balimwoyo are between the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and Senor Commissioner of Police (SCP).

According to the message, Lodovick Awita, the former head of security at Entebbe International Airport replaces suspended Elias Kasirabo as the Commandant Very Important Person Protection Unit (VIPPU). Awita is replaced by James Ruhweza who has been the head of operations at Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP).

Stephen Tanui who has been the deputy commandant KMP has been appointed deputy commandant of the Field Force Police Unit (FFU).

Sam Omala has been appointed Director of Welfare and Production for special assignments. Omala came into the limelight when he was assigned to handle opposition politician, Dr Kizza Besigye during the Walk to Work protests between 2011 and 2015.

 
 

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