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Premarital sex blamed for failing HIV campaign

Masaka- Lack of moral values and premarital sex have been blamed for escalating HIV/Aids infection rates among adolescents in Masaka District.
Ms Robinah Ssentongo, the director of Kitovu Mobile Aids Organisation, a local NGO, revealed that according to a survey made in Kyannamukaaka Sub-county by her organisation, the prevalence rate was discovered to be at 16 per cent, and more than double the national figure of about 7.3 per cent.


Ms Ssentongo attributed this to general complacency and people’s refusal to pay attention to the core principles of abstinence and remaining faithful. She also said it has become much harder to persuade adolescents to avoid risky behaviour.


Ms Ssentongo said her organisation has come up with a project to reduce HIV infections which will involve forming 90 youth groups of about 25 members each and introduce a sports tournament punctuated with health camps during which the youth will be sensitised about the importance of testing and counselling.

Ms Bernadette Nansubuga, one of the adolescents from Bulegeya Village in Kyannamukaaka Sub-county agreed with Ms Ssentongo and said premarital sex leads to dropping out of school, teenage parenthood and prostitution which multiplies HIV infections. She also blamed parents for neglecting their role of inculcating good morals to their

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:39

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Government to reconcile with Sejusa - PM

Parliament-The government yesterday said it would pursue reconciliatory talks with Gen David Sejusa, aka Tinyefuza, to lure him back into its ranks.

Gen Sejusa fled the country in April 2013 after he alleged, in a letter, that there was a plot to eliminate top government officials opposed to the “Muhoozi project”.

Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the commander of the Special Forces Command, is son of President Museveni.

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, during a weekly Question and Answer House session, told MPs that government will do what it takes to reconcile with Gen Sejusa like it has always done with those that have disagreed with it before.

He was responding to a question posed by the Mukono Municipality MP, Ms Betty Nambooze, who inquired to know what action government would take against Gen Sejusa who “deserted the army and went into exile”.

“Media houses were closed and the General lost his seat in Parliament. Government officials named crimes against him. Is government arraigning him before the Court Martial?” Ms Nambooze asked causing excitement in Parliament.

Dr Rugunda in his response said Uganda is a peaceful country and anybody is free to live in it harmoniously.

“I believe honourable Nambooze is happy just like many of us that Gen Sejusa is back. Government will do what it has always done to others like him which is to reconcile and ensure he settles peacefully into the country,” said Dr Rugunda.

“His case should be an indicator to anyone else living out of Uganda on pretext of insecurity that Uganda is our country and they are always welcome back home,” he added.

Gen Sejusa, in his first address to the media since his return from self-imposed exile at the weekend, said he is back to fight impunity and struggle to restore the rule of law.

“I left on April 31 under normal travel schedule. I arrived in Britain the following day only to learn that all my assistants had been arrested and that I was due for arrest. I went ahead to book a flight on British Airways to return on May 9, 2013 but the government deployed soldiers at Entebbe airport. So I thought it prudent not to come,” Gen Sejusa said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:35

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Zziwa to challenge impeachment

Former speaker of the East African Assembly, Ms Margret Nantongo Zziwa is to challenge her impeachment in courts of law.

Ms Zziwa was on Wednesday impeached by 36 members of the assembly, with two opposing, while one abstained from the vote cast during the session in Arusha, Tanzania. However, her lawyer John Tumwebaze says they are to amend their earlier legal suit to the East African court of justice to cover yesterday proceedings.

Ms Zziwa wants to challenge the legality of yesterday’s proceedings and behaviours of the assembly members.
The impeachment of the East Africa Legislative Assembly Speaker is a manifestation of the underlying political differences that threaten regional integration.

According to political analyst Mwambusya Ndebesa, East African heads of state are liable for the disagreements in the assembly since they failed to provide mechanisms for conflict management and resolution.
Prof Ndebesa says even at the higher level there are political difference as was manifested on 29th last month when the Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete failed to attend the summit in Kenya

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:32

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Banker who faked own death gets five years in jail

A former employee of Crane Bank who faked his own death to escape justice has been convicted by the Anti Corruption Court.

Brian Sempiira, a former sales executive, was sentenced to five years in jail after he was found guilty of embezzling more than Shs50m belonging to 15 Uganda People’s Defence Forces soldiers of Singo Army Training School.
The soldiers opened up accounts in Crane Bank but were unable to pick their ATM cards following their deployment to Somalia. Sempiira took advantage of the situation to draw their salaries that were deposited on their respective bank accounts.

In October, Sempiira delayed the deliverance of his judgement when he jumped bail and presented a death certificate, through his sureties, faking his death. It took the arrest of his parents for Sempiira to produce himself before court.

His co–accused, Mohan Babu an Indian national, a former Sales Manager was sentenced to one year for causing the Bank financial losses with an order for his deportation upon completion of serving his sentence.

The Principal Grade One Magistrate, Ms Dorothy Lwanga convicted the duo basing on prosecution evidence that between November and December 2011 Mr Babu, one of the convicts kept ATM cards and PIN numbers for 100 Crane Bank customers in his drawer instead of returning them to the Crane Access Department for safe custody, well knowing that such an act might cause a loss to his employer.

Prosecution further told court that Mr Sempiira sneaked into Babu’s drawer and stole fifteen ATM cards which belonged to the said UPDF soldiers and documents with PIN numbers. He later withdrew Shs 53million from the soldier’s accounts while they were on duty in Somalia.

Sempiira’s case comes barely a month after the deputy head of the Anticorruption Court Lawrence Gidudu warned of how some unscrupulous lawyers are faking their clients’ death and presenting fake death certificates to courts of law to defeat justice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:34

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