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The National Spelling Bee winners unveiled

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Enjuba in partnership with DStv Uganda held the final National School Spelling Bee competition at Kampala Serena Hotel.

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The wining schools from each region faced off head on to compete for the top prize.

The final three winners of this competition from Hillside Primary School walked away with a full DStv Zapper decoder kit with one month free subscription and will proceed to represent Uganda in the African Spelling Bee Challenge that will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July 2017.

Norbert Mao (centre) poses with pupils who won the individual national Spelling Bee competition and their DSTV kits courtesy of DSTV Uganda, one of the sponsors. In the background are the DSTV sales personnel.

Norbert Mao (centre) poses with pupils who won the individual national Spelling Bee competition and their DSTV kits courtesy of DSTV Uganda, one of the sponsors. In the background are the DSTV sales personnel.

Schools from Busoga, Buganda, Rwenzori, Northern Uganda, Toro, Kampala, Eastern, West Nile and South Western regions all participated to compete for the top position.

Aaron Kirunda, CEO of Enjuba stated, “After 3 months of intense school competitions, teacher training and holding regional finals, we are pleased to reach this significant stage of the competition. We set out to make a difference in the education sector by enhancing literacy and comprehension among these children. This project has enlisted so much interest throughout the country and we are so excited about the victors of the National Spelling Bee Competition.”

Phoebe Nakabazzi, DStv Marketing Manager added, “We have taken this major journey together and DStv Uganda is proud to be affiliated in this initiative with the National Spelling Bee and Enjuba. We are certain that we are positively impacting the lives of our future leaders not only through our educational channels but also through strong partnerships .”

The winner of the African Spelling Bee competition will get a scholarship to study an undergraduate degree at Monash University in South Africa.

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Akuze the witch doctor who sued Kadaga is a mad man – Relative reveals

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Recently a man from Kumuli district came out with strong allegations of the speaker of parliament owing him about 200 million shillings. Akuze claimed to have administered charm that has kept Kadaga in powerful political positions and furthering her career. He further alleged that the speaker approached him in 1990 and has never paid a single penny, reason the amount accumulated to 200 million shillings. The speaker has since refuted allegations.

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Akuze was born Damian Akuze and is a resident of Buwala in Kamuli district and has 8 children whose mother died. According to residents he has never been known as a witchdoctor but rather a mad man. “A few years ago, he was haunted by family spirits compelling him to to run mad. We have always known him as insane in the family. He is fine and the next moment he is running on the street” a close family member revealed.

The relative also added that years earlier Akuze was suspected to have participated in the murder of his younger brother but could not be persecuted because he was known as a mad man.

Akuze’s house in Kamuli

“His allegations of helping to keep Kadaga in power are baseless and should be ignored completely” he concluded.

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Development Channel sponsors release of long held prisoners in Africa

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The justice system in Africa is undoubtedly one of the worst in the world only catering to the rich and powerful. Africa’s high level corruption is most evident in its inhuman justice system where you are arrested and incarcerated mostly because you are poor and cannot give money to the police or the magistrates after being arraigned for mostly fictitious charges with absolutely no evidence.

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Development Channel as part of its Global Defender initiative embarked on sponsored project justice which was designed to help release from prisons, persons who had been wrongly held, lack assistance with bail conditions or simply needed legal representation. Hundreds of African lawyers were retained to embark on this task and the mission proved not only successful but highly insightful.

Some of the most painful stories captured from the released prisoners include a young man who was arrested by a patrol van walking down his street and found himself in prison for 4 years without any charges until the Development Channel project released him. Another was a woman who had been in prison for 5 years simply because of a verbal misunderstanding with a friend whose boyfriend is a police officer.

Development Channel hopes to continue Global Defender’s project justice despite the enormous resources it takes from the organization.

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Photos: Gulu-Kitgum highway completion breathes hope to residents

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Residents of Gulu, Pader, Acholibur, Olwiyo and Kitgum have lived for years without a convenient access road and connection to other areas, including but not limited to markets and health centres but that will now be a story of the past.

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There is a breeze of hope that has swept the Acholi region with the completion of the 100KM stretch of the Gulu-Kitgum highway.

The new development has geared residents with high hopes of boosting business as access to market has now been easied.

Talking to the area Member of Parliament for Kitgum Beatrice Anwar the new road infrastructure has already attracted two new investors in the district and that translates to job creation for the natives.

“Our lives are not on the lifeline as before. We have been tomented by Kony, hunger and poverty before but clearly we are fightig and have over come some of those like Kony. We are progressing steadily. And now the new road has further given more hope” one resident Richard revealed to the website.

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