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Kampala rallies for equality and protection of women’s rights

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Women's March Kampala

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Dozens of women converged at Hilltop Gardens, Naguru on Saturday morning in solidarity with their counterparts across the globe on the day of the “Women’s March”, which is a movement to push for equality and protection of women’s rights. Although there was no march in Kampala, the event still provided a space for women to share about issues that affect them and speak out against violence against women and other minority groups.

“We believe failure to provide reproductive and maternal health services is tantamount to violence against women and girls in Uganda,” said Ms. Robina Biteyi, the National Coordinator White Ribbon Alliance as she addressed the gathering. “But to provide quality healthcare we must first know what quality means to women and girls. We therefore urge women to speak out on what they want so that their voice can reach decision makers so as to improve women and girls health and rights.”

The Women’s March was first held in January 2017 in the US and millions across the globe also joined in to show their support for women and girls, human rights, and social and economic justice. The annual marches were initiated by women in the US standing together for the rights of women and other minority groups.

In Uganda, it is organised by women volunteers with support from well-wishers. This year’s edition was focused on how media can change the narrative in ending violence against women.

Rosebell Kagumire, a journalist and communications strategist, criticized the media for failing to properly tell stories of women victims who have been violated sexually or otherwise. “We need to listen to voices of victims and give them the support they need, whether they want to speak now or not. Media has to be open to give chance to victims to tell their story, and given without precondition of how their story will be shaped.” She noted.

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Engineer Peterson Mwesigwa Is Once Again Overall Best Student at LDC

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Peterson Mwesigwa could be the most intelligent Ugandan alive today. He holds a Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Technology.

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Two years back, he was the first person to get a first class Degree at the Law School after over a decade of only second class degrees.

Now Mwesigwa is also the top student at this year’s graduating platform. He was awarded for topping everyone. He is surely an exceptional achiever.

A man standing at the interesection of the arts and sciences. An Engineer and now a lawyer.

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Andrew Mwenda on Loss of Mother: “I feel Empty and Lost”

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It has been a sad week as one of Uganda’s best journalists, Andrew Mwenda laid his mother to rest.

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While eulogizing his mother at All Saints Church, Mwenda described her as the most beautiful chic that ever lived. But one could not help but see the pain in his statements.

At 12 noon, Adyeeri Constance Muhangazima, was laid to rest in the great village of Kanyandahi.

Andrew Mwenda then took to Twitter to express his current pain and depression. He called it the biggest blow ever. He talked of feeling all lost and alone.

We can only pray for the best of comforting to the old man of the clan. Losing a mother is surely the hardest thing that ever happens to anyone in life. There is no hole deeper. It is a hole that cuts through a soul.

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Banzega: How Kisekka Market Mechanics Rob Car Owners; Ring Leader Revealed

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Many people in the past have shared nasty tales about their experiences with Kisekka market mechanics.

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BigEye.ug was able to speak to some mechanics who work at Kisekka market who revealed how the car repair scams happen. At Kisekka market, you basically pay for zero repairs on your car.

According to this mechanic, it is a big mistake for one to come by this area without calling up a specific mechanic. “We have cheap, good quality spare parts. But one should know that it usually doesn’t come cheap.”

These mechanics target naive drivers. They will warn you about someone wrong with your tyre and immediately offer a quick 5 minutes fix.

Before long others are taking off other tyres and claiming to be replacing car parts. Afterwards, they will give you a bill while your car has been stripped bare to the rims.

In order to survive, one has to pay or else the car won’t move. In Kisekka market, they call this method: “Banzega and Kusula masasi.”

We were also told that the ring leader is a one Bibi Atiriba; he runs his crime ring together with the nearby police post which takes a share of every bill. The police post will always rule in favour of the mechanics. “That guy has been to every prison in the country. He is feared by everyone. He is like a Kitatta but much more influential. He often brags that only Museveni can order him around,” this insider revealed to us.

“If you want your car to be repaired well, then it is best to just go straight to him. Or else wait to be scammed while in kisekka market.”

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