One Dies in Nairobi Terror Drill

The newly appointed Cabinet Ministers were on Monday sworn in by President Yoweri Museveni  at a ceremony held at State House, order store Entebbe.

Museveni and the 3rd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs, buy adiposity Mr. Ali Kirunda Kivejinja

The President congratulated 3rd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs, Mr. Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Ms. Rose Akol Okullu and State Minister for Industry, Mr. Michael Werikhe upon their new appointments.

State Minister for Industry, Mr. Michael Werikhe shakes hands with President Museveni

Museveni, told the Minister of Internal Affairs to fight the rampant corruption, especially in the Department of Immigration and the Police.

He called for the conclusion of the National Identity Card Project that had been started by late Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Aronda Nyakairima.

He also referred to corruption in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives that he said has led to sabotage and killing of many developmental projects in the country.

Museveni castigated some departments that are famous for killing development projects, especially those established by investors in Uganda to enhance the national economic growth.

He cited the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) as one of the departments that have killed investments.

He also mentioned the Palm Oil Project that is based in Kalangala district, as one of the programmes that are being sabotaged and killed leading investors to relocate to other countries.


The President also noted that the Namanve area in Mukono district that is supposed to be an Industrial estate by now, but has been killed because the money that was given by the World Bank was misused and the allocation of land done in a corrupt manner.

He further disclosed that some of the sites given to investors in the Namanve area were in swampy water logged areas. He, therefore, wondered why such land is given to investors when it is prone to floods.

Turning to the Minister for East African Community Affairs, the President urged him to follow up on the regional treaties especially the one on the issue of the East African integration.

He noted that whereas other treaties are progressing well, the one on regional integration was not moving accordingly.

The Swearing-in Ceremony was held at State house, Entebbe

Also present at the swearing in Ceremony was, the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Service, Mr. Henry Kajura, Chief Justice, Mr. Justice Bart Katureebe, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura and the Commissioner General of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija.
Star marathon runner Moses Kipsiro clocked one hour and 41 seconds as Ugandan athletes continued to flounder behind Kenyan and Ethiopian counterparts in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon that took place over the weekend.

Kipsiro’s timing was eighth best, purchase which was one minute 20 seconds later than the eventual winner Birhanu Legese from Ethiopia (59:20).

Legese beat his compatriot, Mosinet Geremew with just one second as Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese finished third with 59:24.

Another Ugandan, Jackson Kiprop completed the 21-km race in a time of one hour, 2 minutes and 30 seconds coming in distant 14th place. Kenyan duo of Edwin Kiptoo and Jonathan Maiyo finished fourth  and fifth respectively but were given the same time of 59 minutes and 26 seconds.

In the ladies race, Kenya’s Cynthia Limo claimed the title inside one hour, 8 minutes and 35 seconds outsprinting her compatriots Helah Kiprop and Gladys Chesire who finished in the podium places.

The winner of both races takes home USD 27,000. Kipsiro scooped USD 3,000 (UgX 10.2 M) for finishing 8th. Only top ten performers are awarded.
One person died yesterday and at least 31 others were hospitalized during a security drill at Strathmore University in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Staff member Esther Kidemba died from severe head injuries, discount the university confirmed in a statement.

Panic spread after security officials dressed like terrorists fired gunshots as part of the drill at midday on Monday.

Several students said they had not been given advance warning of the security exercise.

Witnesses say they heard the blasts and several gunshots which made students to run and take cover. In the process several students were injured. Some students were reported to have jumped from the second floor of their classroom building.

Most of the injuries were caused by people jumping from windows, order a medical source told media.

“We were not informed… we just heard gunshots and had to run for our dear lives, troche ” one student told the local media.

Strathmore University said in an official statement that the drill had been carried out to test “the preparedness of the university community and emergency team in the event of an attack”.

It added that teams of students and staff had been trained in “evacuation, assembly points and exit points”, but did not elaborate on whether people had been notified about the timing of the drill.

“Unfortunately some students and staff panicked and got injured,” it said in a statement released before the news of Ms Kidemba’s death was confirmed.

Many Kenyans have taken to social media to condemn the university over the apparent mishandling of the exercise and for putting the lives of students and staff at risk.

“What happened today at Strathmore University was an attack, not a drill!,” commented one twitter user.

The university has said it will cover the medical costs of those injured as a result of the exercise.


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