ChimpReports Top News, Pictures, Videos From Uganda & East Africa 2019-07-23T16:57:13Z WordPress Sam Waswa <![CDATA[Minister Kasaija Kicks Gaming Board Boss Agaba Out of Office]]> 2019-07-23T16:44:59Z 2019-07-23T16:44:59Z Finance Minister Matia Kasaija has interdicted Edgar Gerald Agaba, the CEO National Lotteries and Gaming Board, who is facing corruption related criminal charges.

The minister in a July 19th letter, ordered Mr Agaba to leave office immediately until both the police and internal investigations into his conduct are disposed of.

Agaba, who has been heading the gaming board since 2017, is facing embezzlement charges before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala

According to prosecution, Agaba together with one John Patrick Kazoora the board’s Manager in Charge of Finance Administration stole 710 million shillings and also made fraudulent requisitions for another Shs 470 million and another Shs 360 million to the Finance Ministry in 2018.

Both suspects are out on bail.

Minister Kasaija says nonetheless, that he decided to interdict Mr Agaba to allow investigations in the allegations to carry on.

“It is necessary that you step down …as we wait for the outcomes of the proceedings,” he said.

“Therefore …I hereby interdict you from exercising the powers and functions of your office with immediate effect as we carry out internal investigations and also await the decision of court.”

In the meantime, according to Minister Kasaija‘s directives, Agaba will be receiving half his salary and shall not be allowed access to office or to leave the country without the minister’s permission.

Dickens H Okello <![CDATA[Gen. Tumwiine “Threatens Cecilia Ogwal’s Life” at Parliament]]> 2019-07-23T16:27:07Z 2019-07-23T16:27:07Z Parliament plenary session turned tense on Tuesday afternoon when Dokolo Woman representative accused Security Minister, Gen. Elly Tumwiine of gesturing a threat on her life.

Cecilia told the house that Tumwiine, who is also the Security Minister, found her at the lobby and physically pointed fingers straight to her eyes in the presence of other legislators.

“Honorable Speaker and members it is unfortunate that Gen. Elly Tumwiine attacked me when I headed to the washroom. He pointed at my eyes and said he can do anything to me,” said Cecilia.

Several MPs took to the floor testifying that they saw Tumwiine charging at Cecilia and terrifyingly threatening her.

MPs including Hatwib Katoto of Katerera county, Betty Nambooze of Mukono Municipality, Silas Aogon of Kumi Municipality and CD Lowila of Pader district said they witnessed the moment.

The disagreement between Tumwiine, who also represents the army in Parliament, and Cecilia stemmed from an earlier comment made by the latter that during DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) debate in the 6th Parliament, the former pulled a gun on her face.

Tumwiine has already been subjected to the Rules Committee for investigations over arrogance and undermining Parliament and insulting Speaker Rebecca Kadag.

The tense day started with Bukonjo West MP, Katushabe Atkins accusing Tumwiine of facilitating the alleged shoot to kill order in Kasese district.

Katushabe told the house that when he labored to reach Tumwiine on phone, the latter arrogantly told him to report to the “useless” Parliament if he wants.

The revelation provoked the house, resulting to the moving and passing of a resolution for Tumwiine to be investigated by the rules commitee.

Gen Tumwiine while addressing press later said he was ready to defend his comments.

“I am not afraid, I will defend myself anywhere, even in front of God who is watching me right now,” he said.


Dickens H Okello <![CDATA[NAMBOOZE: Gen. Tumwiine Had a Gun When He Attacked Cecilia]]> 2019-07-23T16:50:24Z 2019-07-23T16:20:21Z Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament, Betty Nambooze has said Security Minister, Gen. Elly Tumwine was on Tuesday armed at Parliament when he attacked and threatened Dokolo woman representative, Cecilia Ogwal.

Parliament turned chaotic today when Cecilia accused Tumwine of attacking her at lobby when she had gone to the washroom.

Tumwine reportedly pointed fingers and kept on touching his waist, where pistol is normally placed, and told her that she can die.

“Madam Speaker, I witnessed the event. I was behind Tumwiine and I personally saw him keeping on touching his waist while charging at Cecilia Ogwal,” said Nambooze.

MPs and Ministers are prohibited from entering Parliament with their guns. All guns, including for staff, visitors and affiliates like journalists, are registered and deposited at the gate.

Other MPs like Hatwib Katoto of Katerera county, Silas Aogon of Kumi Municipality and CD Lowila of Pader district also said they witnessed the frightening moment when Twmwine attacked Kadaga.

The disagreement between Tumwine, who also represents the army in Parliament, and Cecilia stemmed from an earlier comment made by latter that during DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) debate in the 6th Parliament, the former pulled a gun on her face.

Tumwine had already been subjected to the Rules Committee for investigations over arrogance and undermining Parliament.

The blistering day started with Bukonjo West MP, Katushabe Atkins accusing Tumwine of facilitating the alleged shoot to kill order in Kasese district. Katushabe told the house that when he labored to reach Tumwine on phone, the latter arrogantly told him to report to the “useless” Parliament if he wants.

The revelation provoked the house resulting to the moving and passing of a resolution for Tumwine to be investigated.

A second motion was also moved and passed for another probe into Tumwine’s conduct after the alleged Cecilia attack.



Kim Aine <![CDATA[Gang Reveals Secrets To Harm Top Gov’t Bosses  ]]> 2019-07-23T16:57:13Z 2019-07-23T16:00:24Z An arrested criminal gang member has revealed plot to harm highly prominent people in the country.

According to the gang member, their target includes ministers, Members of Parliament, Ministers and several senior government officials.

This gang member whom we can’t reveal not to jeopardise investigations was arrested last week from Mukono district.

The member revealed that he was living an entrenched gang culture, with thousands of young men belonging to street gangs with names like “Hard Living”.

He said by the time he was arrested, the gang had profiled more than 20 prominent Ugandans who they had enlisted for blackmail, extortion, and murder.

He named identified some of the profiled targets as Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah,  businessmen Patrick Bitature and Umar Mandela of City Oil, Lands and Housing Minister, Betty Amongi, Kasanda County South MP, Simeo Nsubuga, State Minister for Planning David Bahati, Satate Minister for Tourism  Godfrey Kiwanda, Gen. Salim Saleh,  Deputy Police Chief, Sabiiti Mazeeyi, Gov’t Chief Whip  Ruth Nankabirwa,  Local Government permanent secretary Ben Kumunanya, Director Budget (Ministry of Finance) Kenneth Mugambe, Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana, and Igara East MP Rafael Magezi among others.

According to this gang members, there are several reasons why they have embarked on this mission.

He said as the country approaches 2021 polls, the stakes are high

‘’As the result, some gang members are being hired to black mail and tarnish their opponents,’ he confessed.

“Other issues are related to job rivalry; promotions and money since most of the targeted people hold high offices.”


Other intentions of the gang are to murder.  The jailed gang member said their mission is to kill. However, before they kill, they first create a case around their victims through blackmail and extortion to sway the public opinion before killing their victims.


These thugs, according to the man, have mastered several tricks they use in luring their victims into their dens. Some of the tricks include;

Voice changer

The voice changer refers to a device which can change the tone or pitch of or add distortion to the user’s voice, or a combination and vary greatly in price and sophistication. They get the voice of their target and make it suit their mission.

Deep Fake Voice

Deep Fake video is a technique for human image synthesis based on artificial intelligence. It is used to combine and superimpose existing images and videos onto source images or videos using a machine learning technique known as generative adversarial network. This was one is used to manipulate their victims’ videos to suit their interests

Use of women

The use of women to lure men into being robbed has been known for a while. However, there is a new trend of women actually participating in robbery, spying, blackmail and extortion. Be careful of that charming stranger next to you.

Security recently arrested a one Alice over allegations of blackmail, spying and extortion.

Alice was arrested from Mukono district and she is currently under detention.

In here, a woman starts to send messages to the victim. Then after, they start manipulating the whatsapp messages to fit in their game plan.

Recently, we report that security was hunting gang of con-stars who have been on the run.

Prominent on the list was the couple who has been blackmailing and extorting money from prominent citizens.

According to security, Diini and Alice have been running a huge extortion racket   targeting citizens using voice manipulation and Photoshop.

“They have been using free voice changer software which is capable of converting voice to suit their target. They have also been using photoshop to manipulate pictures to suit their victims,” a security sources privy with the investigations said.

The couple is said to be on the run. Diini was arrested last week while Alice has been on the run.

She was smoked out yesterday from a hotel in Mukono where she was smoked out with a man connected to deadly activities of a neighbouring country.

She was found with materials of high value related to blackmail, spying for a neighbouring country, and extortion among other things.

She was also found with a list of high profile people this gang of women has been targeting.

” These women have been trying to follow up high profile people to either blackmail or harm them,” the source said.

The other women in the racket include Aisha Namukasa, 26, of Masanafu, Grace Nakamya, Madina Nakintu, 33, a bar woman at Wandegeya, Anna Tumuhirwe and Rosette Nakayaga from Lugala were behind some of the recent taxi robberies.

The five women roamed every part of Uganda, stealing from different blackmail different people.

Their mission would sometimes extend to drinking places where they lured wealthy patrons.

The use of women as decoys is fast becoming a trend in the criminal world, and the Police is warning the public to be more careful.

The main victims are unsuspecting men, but after so many stories of these otherwise genteel creatures, men are weary, finding it hard to give lifts to even those who genuinely deserve one.

Godfrey Musana, the Deputy Director Criminal Investigations recently warned of a new extortion racket.

Musana said there has emerged an organized criminal gang comprising of women and men who have resorted to blackmailing their victims to extort money from them. He said the gang targets prominent businessmen, politicians and local celebrities.

According to Musana, potential victims of the extortion racket are set up by a group of young women and lured into hotel rooms with hidden cameras.

He said the suspects then use the video footage with threats to expose them in the media to blackmail their victims and extort huge sums of money from them.

Musana said police is already investigating some of the suspects connected to the extortion racket after they blackmailed some official from a ministry, he didn’t disclose.

According to Musana he is handling two such cases where people were lured and their pictures taken but shortly after some people turned up to demand for money or else they expose them in the media.

He said some of the suspects are witch doctors, who isolate their victims to ensure there are no potential witnesses.

He also decried cases where people have been cheated of their properties like cars, houses and land by money lenders.

He said borrowers are made to write an agreement showing that they have sold their properties at a higher value than what they actually borrowed.

Other tricks used by the gang include office set up. The woman on mission keeps coming into the office in sexy attire and starts to seductively demand for assistance from the target.

After, the husband calls accusing the senior government official of boking his wife in office and demands for money to a tune of $2m. (roughly shs7bn).

“There are others who are bought to flame big shots government, even to an extent of going to court on cooked up evidence. Others are trapped via vehicle lifts and after alleged rape and setting up children from married couples alleging that they were sired by the target big shots,” the thugs said.

Recently, ISO Boss Col. Kaka Bagyenda warned that women were seriously being used in murders especially of boda boda riders around Kampala Metropolitan.


Sam Waswa <![CDATA[Uganda Mourns IAEA Chief]]> 2019-07-23T13:08:03Z 2019-07-23T13:08:03Z Uganda has joined the rest of the world to mourn the demise of Mr. Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Agency (IAEA).

“The Secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency regrets to inform with deepest sadness of the passing away of Director General Yukiya Amano,” a statement posted on the agency’s website read.

Eng. Irene Muloni, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development expressed shock at the news that filtered in on Monday after the announcement by the Secretariat of the Agency in Vienna, Austria that the 72-year-old Japanese Diplomat had passed on.

“I’m really very shocked. It’s a pity that we have lost a very great committed man. He was very instrumental in helping us as a country to bring in the cobalt 60 Cancer Treatment Machine and seeing Uganda realise its full potential of using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes,” said Muloni.

Ms. Sarah Nafuna, the Head Nuclear Unit at the Ministry of Energy and the Regional Representative of the IAEA also expressed her sincere regrets at the death of her Director General.

“We shall miss our DG (Director General of IAEA). His support to the development of Uganda’s Nuclear Power Project for peaceful purposes and acquiring the Cancer Treatment Machine was very key to our country. He even attended its commissioning,” recalled Nafuna.

The €320,000 radiotherapy machine was purchased with help from the IAEA.

Mr. Amano met the president early in January 2018 ahead of the commissioning of the Cobalt 60 cancer machine at Uganda Cancer Institute, Mulago. At the meeting at State House, President Yoweri Museveni stressed the importance of peaceful use of nuclear both in resolving Africa’s energy needs and on health matters.

Uganda plans to have clean and safe energy generation sources with nuclear being one of them. Towards this end, government has conducted pre-feasibility studies for the nuclear power programme which indicated that nuclear energy will have a role to play in the electricity generation mix. In this regard government is working towards creating an enabling environment for nuclear power development in Uganda.

Uganda’s Vision 2040 blueprint incorporates the development of nuclear energy as part of the future energy mix

Sharon Kyatusiimire <![CDATA[Oil Companies Halt Works in Albertine Graben over Ebola Scare]]> 2019-07-23T12:53:26Z 2019-07-23T12:51:28Z The International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in the Kingfisher Development Area in Kikuube District have halted works in the area due to an Ebola virus scare.

This comes after the death of a suspected Ebola Patient at the Buhuka Health Centre in Buhuka sub-county, Kikuube District on Saturday 20th July 2019.

Reports from the area indicate that the said patient who had Ebola signs was a Congolese national who was admitted on Friday before his death on Saturday.

Following this development, all activities in the Oil and Gas Sector in the area have been suspended until further notice.  CNOOC Uganda that has a camp in the area has since closed off its camp to any outsiders and instructed all its staff to stay within the camp.

The Petroleum Authority Of Uganda has also passed a similar caution to its staff to suspend any activities in the area.

Dr. Joseph Kobusheshe, the Director Environment, ICT and Data Management in his communication to all the PAU staff, revealed that the victim was a fisherman living within the area.

“This person was a Congolese national but residing in Uganda at Senjonjo landing site located on the southern edge of Buhuka flats. He had traveled to DRC and returned to Uganda when he felt sick.  Samples were collected for further analysis at the Uganda Virus Research Institute. We are currently in touch with the Ministry of Health awaiting the results,” said Dr. Kobusheshe.

Dr. Kobusheshe further says as a precautionary measure, all CNOOC activities within Kingfisher Development Area have been stopped and no entry or exit allowed at Bugoma camp until the Ministry of Health confirms the findings of the analysis.

“This is therefore to request you to halt all planned field activities to Kingfisher Development Area until further notice. We shall keep you informed of any further developments”, Dr. Kobusheshe warned.

The Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Report for the Kingfisher Development Area that is being developed by CNOOC on behalf of the Joint Venture Partners (JVPs) Tullow, Total E&P and UNOC was recently shared with the public in two separate Public Hearings in Kikuube and Hoima.


George Asiimwe <![CDATA[KCCA ED, Lord Mayor Disagree On Proposal To Lower Property Tax]]> 2019-07-23T12:46:19Z 2019-07-23T12:46:19Z The acting Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority, Eng. Andrew Kitaka, has described as impractical the Lord Mayor’s proposal to lower the property tax rate.

Previously, KCCA has been a blanket property tax rate of 6% but during Monday’s council meeting, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago proposed that the tax be levied depending on one’s ability to ensure more compliance.

Mr Lukwago proposed that landlords with properties that have rent-able value of between 5m-20m shillings be subjected to a 3% tax, those whose value is above Shs20m 5% and those below 5 million be asked to pay a 0.1% tax instead of a blanket  levy of 6%.

However, Mr Kitaka, in an interview said the proposal is bound to create chaos as there will be deliberate undervaluing of property by landlords so as to dodge the tax.

The decision came after the KCCA council resolved to write off the property tax debt worth Shs44 billion.

The tax arrears accumulated from 2005 to 2016.

Ms Doreen Sabuka, the Chairperson KCCA Revenue Standing Committee, suggested that the arrears be waived off.

On May 3, 2019, the KCCA council through its Revenue Standing Committee wrote to the Kampala Minister, Ms Beti Olive Kamya seeking guidance on the matter.

In her July 11th, 2019 response, Ms Kamya said that if the Authority failed to collect the property rates by issuing demands notices or invoices through neglect or any reason, it might be difficult to compel them to pay interest and arrears.

“I think that is within the Authority’s jurisdiction to waive both arrears and interest on arrears, if accrual was through no fault of property owners,” Ms Kamya said.

According to the Local Government (Ratings) Act 2005, KCCA was meant to have collected the money within a period of six years. The law empowers KCCA to collect tax directly from tenants if the property owner declines to meet their tax obligations.



ChimpReports <![CDATA[Why Uganda Needs Broadband Connectivity in Game Parks]]> 2019-07-23T12:41:18Z 2019-07-23T12:40:13Z By Kyetume Kasanga

When former President Prof. Hussein Barak Obama created the US Broadband Opportunity Council in June 2010, he noted that access to high-speed broadband was no longer a luxury. The Council declared broadband an essential commodity that was “taking its place alongside water, sewer and electricity as essential infrastructure for communities”.

According to the US National Park Service (similar to Uganda Wildlife Authority) which superintends over the country’s 419 National Parks, with the aid of fibre optics, high speed internet provides visitors with easier access to Park-specific information. It also appeals to those who want to meet their professional obligations while in the National Parks.

The US government, therefore, prioritised broadband connection in its protected areas. So far the Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park are some of those that are connected. Yellowstone, the world’s oldest protected area that was launched in 1872, even operates a Geyser App which notifies visitors of eruption times in the upper Geyser Basin. Internet in the National Park makes it possible for rangers to access critical information in real time and even share about what they find in the field.

Bill and Maya Waikiki are affluent socialites who live in Honolulu, Hawaii, an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about 3,840km west of California. The couple cruises with a get-curious-get-going adventurous streak. They rave about exploring as they gather immigration stamps on their passport at international airports around the globe.

Before they could schedule a 20-day trip to South Africa with the attendant generously lavish expenditure, they asked about Wi-Fi access and Internet speeds in Kruger National Park, one of the largest national parks in the world with an area of 19,485 sq. km (over 4.8 million acres or three quarters the size of Rwanda).

Bill and Maya are an example of tourists whose next adventure destination is determined by the presence or absence of Wi-Fi and Internet. In the Kruger, each of the Park’s gates has a Local-Area Network and long-range technology providing Wi-Fi. To enhance security, acoustic fibre was fitted along its electrified fence, enabling cameras to capture movements and allowing staff to communicate while seeing live data on patrol.

With such technology in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Western Uganda, the April 9, 2019 kidnap of American tourist Kimberly Sue Endicott and her guide, Jean Paul Mirenge at gunpoint during an evening game drive would not have happened as it did.

In a report to the plenary in May this year, Tororo North MP Annet Nyakecho, who chairs the Parliament Committee on ICT and National Guidance, implored Parliament to set aside UGX68bn (about US$18.3m). The money was for the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance to establish broadband infrastructure and connectivity at tourism sites in the country. This sparked a flurry of opposition from sections of the public. Some citizens even cynically wondered which elephant had asked for Internet.

Internet access is becoming an absolute necessity for business travellers and a fair percentage of leisure tourists. Many travellers have children, aging parents, other relatives and friends back home that may need to stay in touch. They want to connect via Skype, watch movies online, capture live videos and share them. They should do these things, check for emergency e-mails and such other communication without hustle while in the National Park.

Because South Africa’s Kruger has had broadband infrastructure overtime, tourist arrivals in that one National Park alone surged to 1.8 million visitors in 2016/17 (compared with the entire Uganda’s 10 National Parks, 12 game reserves and several other tourist attractions that attracted 1.3 million arrivals then), up from 1.4 million in 2011/12 (Source: South Africa National Parks Research Report 2017/2018).

In Uganda, tourism is a major contributor to the economy. According to Uganda Bureau of Statistics, its revenues soared to US$1.4bn (UGX5.1 trillion) in 2017/2018, up from US$979 million (UGX3.6 trillion) in 2012/2013 and US$1.35bn (UGX4.9 trillion) in 2016/2017. It was the single highest foreign exchange earner, contributing 23.5 percent of total exports and 10 percent of GDP.

Uganda’s tourism has a well-documented online presence. However, this presence is not enough in itself; tourists now expect access to Internet during their stay. The Ministry of ICT and National Guidance only asked for a small slice of 1.3 percent of the US$1.4bn (over UGX5.1 trillion) that is expected as tourism revenue in the current financial year, in order to bring in more.

Parliament should ensure adequate resources are provided for broadband infrastructure and connectivity at tourism sites in the country because the benefits are immense. It is up to the implementers to gain public trust by exhibiting value for money in project execution.

This article was co-authored with Micheal Kato of Kampala International University. The writer is a Principal Communications Officer.

Sharon Kyatusiimire <![CDATA[NSSF Unveils Shs 180M Sponsorship for KAVC International Volleyball Tournament]]> 2019-07-23T12:25:14Z 2019-07-23T12:25:14Z The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has Tuesday announced a Shs 180million sponsorship package to the 2019 NSSF Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club (KAVC) international tournament scheduled for 2nd to 4th August 2019 at Lugogo Indoor Arena and the Hockey grounds.

This year’s sponsorship is slightly higher than Shs130m that the Fund contributed last year.

There is also an increase in the cash prize for both women and men categories to USD 2,500 for the overall winners, USD 1,500 for 1st runners up and USD 1000 for the Second runners up, an increase from USD 1,000, USD 500 and USD 200 awarded respectively in the last tournament.

Speaking at an event held to announce the sponsorship, the NSSF Deputy Managing Director, Patrick Ayota said the increase in prize money is intended to motivate and boost competition among the participating teams

“As the tournament grows locally and regionally, it is important that the sponsorship matches. It is important that we motivate the Ugandan and other regional teams and reward the hard work that goes into preparing for s tournament of these magnitude” he said.

And added; ” We are glad to play our part, along with other partners I’m sports to nurture and grow local talent by exposing our Ugandan teams to the highest level of competition in the region.”

Speaking at the same event, the president KAVC, Milly Kure appreciated NSSF for continuously supporting the team for 11 years adding that the money will go a long way in making the tournament a success.

“The tournament provides a strong platform for individual players to showcase their talent and gain exposure to join international professional clubs. This fund will be used to boost preparations and the tournament its self” she said

Some of the international players that have been part of the tournament in the past include Ronald Kitusi and Emma Kato playing for Kirehe clubs in Rwanda, Sharon Amito playing for UTB Rwanda, Daudi Okello in Turkey and Cuthbert Malinga playing for Union-Ivkoni in Bulgaria.

“This has reinstated hope in the younger players and rekindled the essence of volleyball in Uganda. The cash support will go towards hiring competition venues, purchases of competition and technical equipment, cash prizes, accolades for outstanding players, teams working lunches, referees and officiating expenses and a publicity drive. We thank NSSF for the support” she said

The 2019 NSSF KAVC international has attracted about 40 teams from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, South Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania.

Last year, the Ugandan teams put up spirited performances with Uganda’s KAVC and Ndejje University for Men and Women emerging winners

ChimpReports <![CDATA[Singer Jackie Chandiru Puts Musical Career on Hold]]> 2019-07-23T11:40:42Z 2019-07-23T11:40:42Z Singer Jackie Chandiru has reportedly resigned from her Musical career due to the reasons well known to her.


Could it be that music has put her heath is at risk or probably the Music industry is hot for her to handle? One would ask.


Last year, the former Blu*3 singer turned to God for salvation and accepted God as Her savior at pastor Robert Kayanja’s Miracle Centre cathedral in Rubaga during the 77 Days of Glory.


Ever since then, Chandiru, who had been battling drug addiction in rehabilitation centers both in Uganda and abroad, made her first public performance earlier this year in January at club Amnesia


The singer later on recorded her single titled ‘Mi Ora Ku’ which gained airplay in both Radio and TV stations.


She then had several shows after, with every event organizer inviting her for their shows. All has been well not until of recent when she stopped and rumor has it that she will be staying in the US and not doing any more Music.


One of the last remarkable big shows she performed at was at the ‘Awilo Live in Kampala’ concert that happened in April 5 at Serena Hotel.