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Brig. Muhoozi Visits Captured Al-Shabaab Territory in Somalia

As Uganda joins the rest of the World to commemorate the International AIDS Day today Monday, visit web http://celesteanddanielle.com/wp-content/plugins/google-analyticator/google-api-php-client/src/contrib/google_latitudeservice.php leaders in Tooro are advocating for behavioural change as the lasting solution to curbing the deadly HIV/AIDS scourge that has claimed thousands of lives.

The national celebrations will be held at Boma Fort Portal –Kabarole district under the Theme: “Getting to Zero, decease http://celebrationhopecenter.org/wp-includes/class-wp-widget-factory.php My Responsibility” and President Yoweri Museveni will be the chief Guest.

Kabarole district has 11.3percent HIV prevalence rate – second after Rakai and according to tribes, sales Batooro are ranked number one with 12.9 percent prevalence rate, followed by Banyankorre and Acholi with 9.1 percent and Bakiga with 9 percent the figures that have caused panic among the leaders and stakeholders in combating the deadly virus.

Rwenzori diocese Bishop Rt. Rev. Reuben Kisembo Amooti says religious leaders, media and government have played their role sensitizing masses on disease prevention but the spreading of the virus remains high.

“Unless the people change their behaviours and desist from all kinds of promiscuity like adultery, prostitution, fornication among others there are no hopes on reduction. The government, NGOs and the clergy have done their work of sensitizing the masses but we see no change. So it’s upon an individual to change his or her behaviour,” Bishop Kisembo said.

Mr. Enock Kassenyi, Communications officer Communication for health Communities CHC Rwenzori region, said people need to change their behaviours if they want to live a happy life.

“I advise the married couples to observe faithfulness because they have to take care of their families and themselves. The sexually active youth, proper and effective condom use is the only way to go,” He added.

Prosper Businge the district councillor said there is need for the introduction of Anti AIDS crusade approaches that are youth friendly because youth are vulnerable, have no access to information and condoms that are commercialized – at shs1,000 a packet.


He said, “Through the Anti AIDS approaches the youth can be targeted in churches and institutions like schools. There is need to integrate HIV AIDS in the school curriculum and be examined like any other subject.”

Christine Kalera the Advocacy and Communications officer, Baylor College Uganda, however encourages couples to embrace counselling and testing to avoid further infection and protect their babies. She asks parents to speak to the youth and give them option as regards to HIV AIDS prevention.

DHO Kabarole Dr. Richard Obeti admits that HIV prevalence remains high and worrying but observes that it’s every body’s responsibility and behavioural change to ensure reduction.
Former prime minister of Uganda and Member of Parliament for Kinkiizi West Patrick Amama Mbabazi has a right to contest for presidency come 2016 if he has picked interest, pharm http://cyberneuro.com/components/com_k2/templates/default/latest_item.php a top church leader has revealed.

The Bishop of Rwenzori diocese Rt. Rev. Reuben Kisembo Amooti expressed the need for “politicians to respect and observe the rights of other politicians for harmony and peace to prevail in this country.”

Kisembo was speaking at the installation of Venerable Enock Rwakilembe as Archdeacon on Sunday of Rubona Archdeaconry at St. Paul C.O.U Rubona, http://darkon.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-plugins-list-table.php Bunyangabu county, Kabarole district.

He said, “Every person has a right to contest for any political position whether he is rich or poor. I don’t see the reason for harassing such people. A rich person may come and offer millions to the church but fails to work and the poor who gives shs20,000 becomes a good leader and influential in the community,” charged the Bishop.

The comments come against the backdrop of the quiet toppling of Mbabazi as the party’s Secretary General by the Central Executive Committee, the second highest organ of the NRM.

Mbabazi on Monday decided to take “leave of absence from office” as demanded by CEC. The NRM will hold a delegates’ conference on December 15 to elect a new Secretary General.

The move has sparked concerns that Mbabazi was kicked out for planning to challenge Museveni for President in the 20916 polls.

However, CEC accused Mbabazi of undermining the party chairman, forming cliques, failure to recruit new members into the party and hiding the party members’ register.

Mbabazi maintains he will not contest against Museveni in 2016, a statement dismissed by Museveni’s strategists.

Bishop Kisembo who said he embarked on civic education on leadership rights, human rights and income generating projects before preaching, also strongly warned politicians in Kabarole against dirty politics that won’t lead to development in the region.

He cautioned them against mudsling media campaigns.

The Bishop’s tough warning follows the recent attacks on Hon. Victoria Businge Rusoke, the woman MP Kabarole, for reportedly disappearing with shs30m president Museveni gave to the SACCOs in the district when he visited them in September.

The politicians and some chairpersons of the SACCOs claimed they have never received the money and that the MP had chewed it while others said the funds were handed to other smaller groups she had mobilized for personal political reasons.

Rusoke, who also attended the installation ceremony, defended herself, saying she deposited the funds on the accounts of the six SACCO groups.

The lawmaker further stated that SACCO leaders acknowledged receipt of the funds before warning that “some people out there just want to tarnish my name.”
The UPDF Special Forces Commander Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba has commended the Ugandan and Somali troops for their recent decisive operation against the Al-Shabaab terrorist organization, sickness http://crcpallc.com/templates/uneedo_j25/warp/layouts/modules/templates/1-3-1.php Chimp Corps report.

The operation code named ‘Indian Ocean’ succeeded in driving the terrorists out of their last strongholds in central Somalia.

Brig. Muhoozi said this last week while visiting UPDF troops in the newly liberated town of Bulo Marer, http://challengeidee.fr/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/akismet.php one of the major towns that were until recently still under the control of the terrorist group.

“I congratulate all the troops and commanders that participated in these battles. You have done well and made UPDF proud, http://cutteraviation.com/wp-includes/media-template.php but you must remain very vigilant and not take any chances. You must also guard against dangerous diseases such as Marbug and Ebola,” cautioned Brig. Muhoozi.

The towns were captured early this month in an operation spearheaded by UPDF troops serving under AMISOM and the Somali National Army (SNA). Operation Indian Ocean was commanded by the Ugandan Contingent Commander in Somalia, Brig. Dick Olum.

Barawe, the last major town captured by Ugandan troops serving in AMISOM was Al-Shabaab’s financial centre and main headquarters. It has not been under the control of the central government for the last 23 years. The loss of Barawe is a significant blow for the terrorist organization which will now be forced to utilize guerrilla tactics in order to have much effect.

The UPDF Special Forces played a leading role in the operation. The UPDF Special Forces have operated in Somalia since 2011 and participated in the decisive battles that liberated Mogadishu from the grip of the Al-shabaab that year.

Al-shabaab is now in disarray after suffering a string of heavy losses this year. In September, the group’s overall military leader and Emir Ahmed Godane was killed in a U.S airstrike as a consequence of the advances made in Operation Indian Ocean.

Al-shabaab has vowed to attack Kampala in retaliation for the major role the UPDF has played in their losses since 2007.

In July 2010, Al Shabaab suicide bombers killed 76 soccer fans at Kyadondo rugby ground and Kabalagala who were watching the final game of the World Cup. In neighboring Kenya, the group has been blamed for a string of terrorist attacks, including the West Gate Mall attack in Nairobi late last year. Kampala has since been on high alert.

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