Daily Monitor (666)

Minister Kasaija, Muhakanizi named in imported rice scandal

Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija and the Secretary to Treasury Keith Muhakanizi have been accused of being behind a decision to exempt taxes on imported unprocessed rice in order to benefit from the directive.

Police quiz hotel managers over hosting criminal gangs

The police have quizzed the managers of Mt Zion Hotel in Makerere Kavule over accommodating criminals linked to the recent wave of violent house break-ins and attacks in Kampala city suburbs and the Greater Masaka sub-region.

Pastors ignorant of Bible, says archbishop

Mbarara Archbishop Paul Bakyenga has asked pastors to first study theology before committing themselves to God's service

Students told to have a personal brand

Students at Muteesa I Royal University have been advised to create a personal brand if they are to compete favourably in the world of work after completing their courses at the university.

Widow frustrated by dishonest policemen

Lillian Muteteli, a resident of Mbiko township in Buikwe District, describes herself as a staunch mobiliser for the ruling National Resistance Movement party. The widow began trading in agricultural produce 18 years ago

Oil cash bonanza: I didn't tell Kasaija to use URA money - Museveni

Mr Museveni told a parliamentary committee that is investigating wide-ranging irregularities in the Oil Sector that he would have acted differently had he been advised otherwise by the Attorney General Fred Ruhindi on which procedures to follow in rewarding government officials for a job well done.

Kenya's opposition names Raila Odinga as presidential candidate

The public announcement was made by senior leaders of the National Super Alliance coalition of which Odinga will be flag bearer, challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta in a repeat of the 2013 election line-up

Buhweju DPC on spot over threatening journalist

The journalist proceeded to cover an event where the outgoing regional police bosses were to conduct a handover ceremony but later, he was blocked by Mr Martial Tumusiime, the region's police public relations officer

Long-serving Equatorial Guinea's Nguema blames Africa's problems on disunity, hails late Gaddafi

President Obiang Nguema, who is wrapping up his two day state visit to Uganda today, said the Europeans realised this long time ago and started mobilising themselves into alliances to counter some of their biggest challenges

NRM retains Lugazi Municipality mayoral seat

Mr Aseya in his petition accused the Mr Mwesigye and the Electoral Commission of not following the law

Rugasira's Good African Coffee reopened

The reopening follows the signing of an agreement between URA and Mr Rugasira

Dr Besigye demands Gen Kayihura's sacking

The police force which Gen Kayihura leads has recently been under fire over allegations of infiltration by criminals who terrorise Ugandans

Armed thugs in UPDF uniform undress, rob traders

Kagadi District Police Commander, Mr Peter Ongwara said the suspected thugs ambushed the taxi en route to Kampala from Kagadi around Kyomunembe village and robbed all passengers

Samsung posts biggest quarterly net profit since 2013

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics posted its biggest quarterly net profit for more than three years Thursday after shrugging off the debacle over exploding Galaxy Note 7 batteries

Mother saw daughter's Facebook Live murder

The distraught Thai mother of a baby girl killed by her boyfriend in a murder he broadcast on Facebook Live has described the harrowing moment she stumbled across the video and rushed to alert police

N.Korea seeks Southeast Asian support in row with US

North Korea has appealed to Southeast Asian countries for support in its row with the United States to prevent what it warned could be a "nuclear holocaust", according to a letter obtained by AFP

Two dead in road accident in Mengo

Eyewitnesses said the driver who was coming from Mengo town, upon realising that he had lost control of the vehicle, hooted to alert fellow road users, most of whom managed to make way for the now speeding grader

Four more charged over Gulu barracks attack

Four more suspects were yesterday charged and remanded over charges of alleged failed attack on Gulu army detach and Gulu Central Police Station in 2016

Monitor Publications restructuring

The management of Monitor Publications Ltd has rolled out a new organisational structure in order to improve its revenues

Court to hear of application on Kabaka's financial secrets

Court has set May 9 this year to hear an application in which a subject wants the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Mutebi to present financial documents showing deposits made in connection with compulsory registration of people living on the King's land

I will even sing in parliament to make my point- Bobi Wine

Until yesterday, renowned local singer Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi popularly known by his stage name as Bobi Wine, had kept people guessing on whether he will at one time join politics or not.

US vows to force N.Korea back to nuclear talks

The United States pledged Wednesday to step up sanctions to force North Korea to resume dialogue over its nuclear programme, but said it was not looking to bring Kim Jong-Un's regime to its knees.

PSG rout Monaco to reach French Cup final

Edinson Cavani celebrated his new contract with his 45th goal of the season as holders Paris Saint-Germain demolished an inexperienced Monaco 5-0 to reach next month's French Cup final against Angers

De Roondowns Sunderland to give Boro hope

Marten de Roon's early strike earned Middlesbrough a 1-0 win over Premier League basement club Sunderland on Wednesday that kept their faint hopes of survival flickering

Mourinho reassures injured duo Smalling, Jones

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones still have Manchester United futures, manager Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday, despite his reservations about their refusal to play through the pain barrier

Sakho sustains knee injury in Palace defeat

Mamadou Sahko may have played his last game for Crystal Palace after being stretchered off with a knee injury during Wednesday's 1-0 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur

Dortmund's Dembele stuns Bayern in cup semi

Borussia Dortmund fought back to stun bitter rivals Bayern Munich 3-2 on Wednesday to reach the German Cup final and shatter the Bavarian giants' dreams of the double

Madrid hit Deportivo for six, Barca thrash Osasuna to relegation

Real Madrid again made light of the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo as they crushed Deportivo la Coruna 6-2 to maintain the upper hand in the La Liga title race on Wednesday

Man Utd drumbeat booms for flagging Guardiola

Jose Mourinho has an opportunity to score a seismic victory over his old foe Pep Guardiola when his Manchester United side visit misfiring Manchester City on Thursday

Human Rights defender remanded over fight at Makerere

A Human Rights defender who is also a PHD student at Makerere University has been sent to Luzira prison after he was allegedly involved in a fight at Prof Mahmood Mamdani's Makerere Institute of Social Research

Army appeal court frees five convicts over 2014 Kasese murder

Five people who were convicted over murder in connection with the 2014 murders in Kasese District have been set free by the appeal army court

Parliament asks for State of Emergency as famine disaster hits 5.5 million record

Parliament yesterday adopted a motion tabled by lawmakers from famine-stricken districts to urge government to declare a state of emergency in the most affected districts over prolonged famine

Mao must face the demons haunting DP

Today, party leader Norbert Mao finds himself encircled by an unrelenting protagonist in what he sees as an extension of Ssuubi, a tribal enclave inside his party, which has so aggressively turned against him

Feel the difference that comes with high ceiling

Vincent Kato, an engineer says having a great ceiling needs one to prepare thoroughly because it requires a number of materials to avoid cracks and this is achieved by investing heavily

Balancing effect of light and decoration

When choosing the decoration and lights of your home, it is ideal to seek for help from an expert who will help you place them where they look better and balanced.

Build strong and secure fence

After this stage, he used bricks to raise it further to a height of approximately six feet up to the final level where he introduced sharp pointed metal railings being supported and held by pillars

Factors to consider when buying a house

Be sure of the people and kind of activities that take place near the house. It is so uncomfortable living near a noisy place such as a bar or night club

Bwaise floods and jam

Bwaise is made up of four zones but the name Bwaise overshadows the other zones which include Makerere, Mbogo zone and others

Cheap laundry lady to the call

She also fixed a cup of tea for me on my percolator and asked me for some money to get me accompaniments for my tea

Minister hits right notes in statement on non-communicable diseases

The minister's statement also touched on rise in other chronic illnesses, diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure which require costly treatment

Institute an inquiry into the police

Police officers such as Mohammed Kirumira have on record and not once or twice, voiced displeasure to the fact that some police officers offer protection to the criminals

The police have offered political answers to questions about crime

Beleaguered, the police have responded with turgid proclamations of Tigritude

In national budget allocations, we look at how they benefit all sectors

My take is that the debate ought to evolve to look at spending spillovers across sectors, budget releases and efficiency of government spending as opposed to merely fronting the funds re-allocation argument

City traders ask URA to probe clearing agents over charges

The traders accuse URA officials of conflict of interest saying some own clearing agencies

Uganda targets South Sudan, DR Congo with logistics hub

Some of the cargo that comes to Uganda through Mombasa goes to DRC and South Sudan

'Good African coffee shops closure not good for industry'

Although Uganda is ranked second largest producer in Africa after Ethiopia, the country still earn less revenue because almost all the coffee produced is exported in its raw form

Nakasongola official accused of embezzlement

According to the IGG, the former accounting officer also did not declare and/or hand over the Shs3m to his successor, Mr Jacob Batemyetto

Police close hospital private pharmacy

It is alleged that some hospital staff formed an association and established a private pharmacy with an aim of making an extra income

Gulu earmarks Shs120m for tree planting

Farmers' groups from the sub-counties of Awach, Bungatira and Pece Division in Gulu Municipality are set to benefit from the project

Kawolo hospital to get facelift

Kawolo hospital, built in 1968, is among the dilapidated health facilities in the country where refurbishment or re-equipping has taken place since then