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Gen Kayihura: Alqaeda Killing Uganda Muslim Clerics

An education Fund in honour of a former secretary general and chief judge in Kigezi sub region, sales unhealthy http://ctrdv.fr/pmb_mallette/opac_css/includes/rss.inc.php Paul Ngorogoza has been set up to benefit at least eight girls in Kabale University every year.

Representing President Yoweri Museveni, pills http://crankygenius.com/wp-content/plugins/akismet/legacy.php Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda launched the Paul Ngorogoza Education Fund at Savanah Hotel in Kihihi, rx Kanungu district on Monday.

A brainchild of the International Community of the Banyakigezi (ICOB) Uganda Chapter led by Dr Peter Ngategyize, it targets two girl students from each of the four districts of Kanungu, Rukungiri, Kabale and Kisoro that form the sub region.

Dr Rugunda auctioned the late Ngorogoza’s portrait at Shs 30.5m, which included his contribution of Shs 5m in aid of the Fund. Organisers said it would fully support beneficiaries with tuition and other necessary requirements for three years at Kabale University.

Philanthropist James Musinguzi Garuga contributed Shs 100m as an endowment to the Fund, including sponsorship for two other children living outside the sub region but hailing from Kigezi every year. He also undertook to sponsor six other girls for three years at Kabale University.

Dr Rugunda delivered President Museveni’s message in which he appealed for intensified efforts to wealth creation at household level through treating agriculture as a business. He urged the people to take on profitable ventures in order to generate maximum income.

The Prime Minister also briefed them on the progress of tarmacking roads, government support to the tea industry, the proposed standard gauge railway connecting Muko iron ore mines to the rest of the world, and other projects among others, in the sub region.

“It is always important to be balanced and talk about the good things government has done rather than simply criticise it,” he noted. He called upon everyone to support government efforts aimed at ridding the country of bad practices such as corruption.

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The State Minister for Economic Monitoring, Henry Banyenzaki disclosed that the government had set aside Shs 200b for procuring and distributing seeds and seedlings to farmers but was stuck with the money for lack of service providers.

“There is money on the Seeds and Seedlings Fund but neither seedlings nor suppliers are available,” he said. He blamed incapacity to use the facility on individual mindset, urging people to take advantage of government efforts to banish poverty.

Area Members of Parliament Amama Mbabazi (Kinkizi East), Chris Baryomunsi (Kinkizi West), Elizabeth Karungi (Kanungu Woman), David Bahati (Ndorwa West), Bank of Uganda Governor Tumusiime Mutebile, other business, academic and political leaders, among others, participated.
UPDATE: AIRASIA INDONESIA FLIGHT QZ8501

AS OF 30 DECEMBER 2014 18:00 PM LT (GMT+7)

SURABAYA, viagra http://cnafinance.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-network-sites-list-table.php 30TH DECEMBER 2014 – AirAsia Indonesia regrets to inform that The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) today confirmed that the debris found earlier today is indeed from QZ8501, this http://collegeofchaplains.com/components/com_newsfeeds/newsfeeds.php the flight that had lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of 28th December 2014.

The debris of the aircraft was found in the Karimata Strait in South East Belitung.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were 155 passengers on board, sildenafil http://cvgfinance.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-sites-list-table.php with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots, 4 cabin crew and one engineer.

At the present time, search and rescue operations are still in progress and further investigation of the debris found at the location is still underway. AirAsia Indonesiaemployees have been sent to the site and will be fully cooperating with BASARNAS, National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), and relevant authorities on the investigation.

Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia said: “We are sorry to be here today under these tragic circumstances. We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ8501. Our sympathies also go out to the families of our dear colleagues.” he added.

Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia added: “I am absolutely devastated. This is a very difficult moment for all of us at AirAsia as we await further developments of the search and rescue operations but our first priority now is the wellbeing of the family members of those onboard QZ8501.”

AirAsia Indonesia will be inviting family members to Surabaya, where a dedicated team of care providers will be assigned to each family to ensure that all of their needs are met. Counsellors, religious and spiritual personnel have also been invited to the family center to provide any necessary services.

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10:00am: Indonesian officials have said that three pieces of unidentified debris sighted off Kalimantan coast in the Java Sea is likely to be from missing AirAsia jet

“The debris is red and white,” Djoko Murjatmodjo, acting director-general of air transportation at the Transportation Ministry, told reporters, according to Agencies.

“We are checking if it’s debris from the aircraft. It’s probably from the body of the aircraft.”

Flight QZ8501 went missing after air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft about 45 minutes after it left Juanda international airport at Surabaya in East Java at 5.20am on Sunday (22:20 GMT Saturday).

Shortly before disappearing, AirAsia said the pilot of the plane had asked permission from air traffic control to change course and climb above bad weather in an area noted for severe thunderstorms.

The search for the plane carrying 162 people, is now in its third day.

The airline said most of the passengers on board Flight QZ8501 were Indonesians, with three South Koreans and one person each from Singapore, Malaysia, Britain and France.

The aircraft was operated by AirAsia Indonesia, a unit of Malaysian-based AirAsia which dominates Southeast Asia’s booming low-cost airline market.

AirAsia said the missing jet last underwent maintenance on November 16. The company has never suffered a fatal accident.
3:02pm: SURABAYA, view http://cellulitzwalczyc.xyz/wp-includes/class-wp-embed.php 30TH DECEMBER 2014 – AirAsia Indonesia regrets to inform that The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) today confirmed that the debris found earlier today is indeed from QZ8501, http://cremeriavienna.it/wp-includes/template-loader.php the flight that had lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of 28th December 2014.

The debris of the aircraft was found in the Karimata Strait in South East Belitung.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots, 4 cabin crew and one engineer.

At the present time, search and rescue operations are still in progress and further investigation of the debris found at the location is still underway. AirAsia Indonesiaemployees have been sent to the site and will be fully cooperating with BASARNAS, National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), and relevant authorities on the investigation.

Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia said: “We are sorry to be here today under these tragic circumstances. We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ8501. Our sympathies also go out to the families of our dear colleagues.” he added.

Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia added: “I am absolutely devastated. This is a very difficult moment for all of us at AirAsia as we await further developments of the search and rescue operations but our first priority now is the wellbeing of the family members of those onboard QZ8501.”

AirAsia Indonesia will be inviting family members to Surabaya, where a dedicated team of care providers will be assigned to each family to ensure that all of their needs are met. Counsellors, religious and spiritual personnel have also been invited to the family center to provide any necessary services.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

10:00am: Indonesian officials have said that three pieces of unidentified debris sighted off Kalimantan coast in the Java Sea is likely to be from missing AirAsia jet

“The debris is red and white,” Djoko Murjatmodjo, acting director-general of air transportation at the Transportation Ministry, told reporters, according to Agencies.

“We are checking if it’s debris from the aircraft. It’s probably from the body of the aircraft.”

Flight QZ8501 went missing after air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft about 45 minutes after it left Juanda international airport at Surabaya in East Java at 5.20am on Sunday (22:20 GMT Saturday).

Shortly before disappearing, AirAsia said the pilot of the plane had asked permission from air traffic control to change course and climb above bad weather in an area noted for severe thunderstorms.

The search for the plane carrying 162 people, is now in its third day.

The airline said most of the passengers on board Flight QZ8501 were Indonesians, with three South Koreans and one person each from Singapore, Malaysia, Britain and France.

The aircraft was operated by AirAsia Indonesia, a unit of Malaysian-based AirAsia which dominates Southeast Asia’s booming low-cost airline market.

AirAsia said the missing jet last underwent maintenance on November 16. The company has never suffered a fatal accident.
The Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura has revealed that its highly possible that most of the murdered Muslim clerics since 2012 have been gunned down by ADF insurgents.

“While we are not ruling out other motives in individual cases, seek http://demcsb.com/wp-admin/includes/nav-menu.php there is strong evidence linking these murders to Al Qaeda affiliate ADF, cialis 40mg ” Kayihura explained while addressing journalists at the Police Headquarters in Naguru on Tuesday afternoon.

“We have credible intelligence which indicates that the majority of these clerics have been targeted because of their refusal to embrace extremist theocratic ideology; one which promotes the use of violence and terrorism as a tool of social, religious and political change.”

The comments come against the backdrop of sharp criticism of the police for not doing enough to prevent the murders.

Outspoken Muslim leaders on Monday criticized police for failure in carrying out “in-depth” and “fruitful” investigations into the killings that have sent ripples down the spines of security chiefs and put the country on tenterhooks.

Security chiefs including President Museveni believe ADF is an affiliate of Al Qaeda in the region but several UN reports are yet to link the two deadly extremist groups’ operations.

However, during a meeting of regional leaders in Angola this year, defence officials were directed to carry out a deeper investigation into the ties between ADF, which operates in the North Kivu area of DRC, and Al Qaeda.

What is indisputable is that  ADF leader Jamil Mukulu was trained by Al Qaeda in the Middle East.

The rebels struck western Uganda in the late 1990s before being pushed back by the late Gen James Kazini’s Alpine Brigade.

Terrorism 

The IGP explained that the recent spate of shootings is not just a series of murders but terrorist acts by both ADF and their Al Shabaab affiliation.

“I look at it as more of terrorism because the pattern is almost the same. There are 2 people on a motorcycle who go on to shoot and kill the clerics. In fact we are trying to analyze this with our sister security agencies and see if they are related or it’s only copy cat but it remains that there is an element of planned and organized crime,” Kayihura noted.

According to the police chief, many of these clerics have previously been approached by agents of the rebel group and Al Shabaab to help them recruit youth into their ranks to participate in terrorist acts.

“The clerics reportedly rejected these advances and were thus viewed as an obstacle and consequently eliminated. Sheikh Abdul Karim Ssentamu who was killed early this year had even started sensitizing youth not to be lured into such rebel activities and was then killed.”

Kayihura further revealed that there are mosques in different parts of the country where youth are being recruited and trained to join ADF and Al Shabaab activities but warned that these are being monitored and will be dealt with accordingly.

“A number of those being trained are recent converts from Christianity who have been lured because of money. We shall not allow mosques, religion or any other religion for that matter to be misused and abused to prepare and carry out terror activities,” Kayihura warned.

He warned the public against the existing groups which he said are lurking in the shadows with intentions of targeting individuals and carry out indiscriminate attacks.

The Inspector General of Police however refuted claims by Muslim leaders that Police has not done enough to investigate the recent murders and bring culprits to book stressing that almost all of them have been arrested and arraigned before courts of law.

“While we acknowledge the failure to update families and Muslim authorities about the progress of the investigations into the murders, Police has made significant progress. Culprits were tracked down, arrested and charged in courts of law and in fact we are making progress in the two recent murders,” Kayihura revealed.

A one Aaron Madanda, said Kayihura, was arrested and is currently on remand after being found with two pistols which are suspected to have been used in the murder of Sheikh Abdu Karim Ssentamu  along William Street in April this year.

“Our investigations led to arrest of one suspect in the murder of Haji Abasi Abubaker Kiwewa who was later granted bail but has since jumped it. In the murder of Sheikh Abdul Khadir  Muwaya that happened on Christmas in Mayuge district, we have arrested 16 suspects, ”he revealed

“In the recent murder the investigations are still in the early stages but will keep the public informed about progress regularly.”

Six Muslim clerics have been shot to death since 2012.

They include Sheikh Abdu Karim Ssentamu, Haji Abasi Abubaker  Kiwewa, Yunus Madungo, Sheikh Abdul Khadir Muwaya and Sheikh Mustafah Bahiga who was gunned down on Sunday night along Bwebajja road.

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