Kenya First Lady Bolsters Fight Against Cancer


The Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu (OBR) Prime Minister, link Noah Nzaghale and six of his Ministers were among the 53 suspects, site produced Tuesday before the UPDF General Court Martial in connection with the July 5 attack in Kasese District. – See more at:


The other Ministers are Joshua Balikurungi (Security), this Murema Yolamu, (Native Administration), Jackson Muliro (Language Development), Elisha Mberemu (Deputy Minister for Security), Katya Aganatya Muhindo, in charge of (Culture) and Elly Nyakango Thembo,  Minister in charge of Kyatenga Regional affairs.


The public court which sat at Rwenzori Square in Kasese Municipality, slapped 12 counts of murder, Contrary to Section 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act Cap120, and 04 counts of Attempt to Murder, Contrary to Section 204 (a) of the Penal Code Act Cap 120.


About 1,000 people, comprising District Leaders and other members of the General Public turned up to witness the proceedings.


Plea taking hits snag


Having read the particulars of the accused and the charges against them, court adjourned for lunch break, with a promise to have the accused enter plea when it resumes.


However, this did not happen as the Defence Counsel Capt Ronald Iduli objected to his clients taking plea before the court had explained its jurisdiction to them.


Some of the accused had earlier wondered why they were being tried in a military court, yet they are civilians.


Counsel also objected to the accused taking plea without their lawyers as court had blocked them from representing their clients since they had not officially filed to the Court Registrar an “instruction and notice to represent” at least 24 hours before the court sitting, as required under rule 36 of the Court rules of procedure. The Defence Counsel then applied for an adjournment until these are sorted out.


The Court Chairman then ruled that the court adjourns till August 5, 2014, to allow the Defence Counsel file an application for court jurisdiction and the private lawyers to file instructions and notices to represent. The suspects were remanded to Katojo Government Prison.


Earlier on, the Court Chairman Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga, alongside six other members, introduced themselves to the accused, who were later given an opportunity to state whether they had an objection to any of the members hearing their cases.


None of the accused raised any objection. However, some the accused raised a complaint about the jurisdiction of the GCM trying them as civilians.


They were also asked to state whether they would wish to be represented by the Court Defence Counsel Capt Ronald Iduli or would have their private lawyers.


Seventy Seven of the accused implied they would be represented by Private Lawyers, who included Sibendire Godfrey of Sibendire, Tayebwa and Company Advocates and Masereka Chan of Masereka and Company Advocates.


Uganda Christian Lawyers Fraternity, a Non – Governmental Organisation that provides free legal services to those who cannot afford legal fees, also offered to represent all the suspects alongside the Defence Counsel and the Private Lawyers.


Court will return to Bundibugyo district Wednesday and will sit again on Thursday to hear pleas to charges of murder and attempted murder, which were preferred to the 125 suspects there last Saturday.


Meanwhile, a total of 271 people have so far reported to two centres set up by Government in Kasese and Bundibugyo district for purposes of granting them amnesty in connection with the same offences.


These had fled after the attackers were suppressed by joint security forces in the three districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko.


16 guns of the 21 stolen by the attackers have so far been returned voluntarily.

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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has urged Kenyans and Africans in general to manage eating and lifestyle habits so as to improve their health and avoid contracting cancer.

The First Lady said one in three cancers are linked to what people eat, order drink, approved do and in particular to whether or not they smoke tobacco for leisure.   She spoke during the three-day 8th Stop Cervical, click Breast & Prostate Cancers in Africa (SCCA) Conference at Safari Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia on Monday.

“While cancer can strike the healthiest and fittest amongst us, one in three cancers is preventable. This is why we need to pass across the message that people can take steps to improve their health and avoid certain cancers,” said the First Lady.

To augment better eating and lifestyle habits, Mrs. Kenyatta said, the Government is piloting the introduction of Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine (HPV) through the public health system targeting school age girls aged between 9 and 14 years.

The vaccine will prevent 7 out of 10 cases of cervical cancer among grown-up girls to secure a cervical cancer free generation of women, the First Lady said.   “New innovations in public health in the country including effective vaccines to prevent cervical cancer among other diseases have been developed,” she said.

The First Lady added, “The Government has supplied cervical cancer screening equipment to health centers and hospitals throughout the country,”   She said cancer was ranked third as the cause of pre-mature death after infectious and heart diseases in Kenya.   She said the Government was equally investing in cervical cancer prevention and detection by primary health workers through use of simple inspection methods that will facilitate early detection and referral.

Said the First Lady, “The government has embarked on a sh. 50 m. dollar programme to equip regional hospitals with modern equipment including cancer treatment facilities”.

She also said the recent launch of the national cancer management guidelines by Ministry of Health would ensure standardized care for all patients in public and private health care facilities.   The programme will ensure standardized care for all patients in public and private health facilities in order to improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and referral of cancer patients.

In recognition of the critical role played by the private sector in health service delivery, the Government is working closely with the private sector to expand infrastructure and human resource capacity for managing cancers, The First Lady said.   She reaffirmed her personal commitment to a future free of cancer, that is at the core of her ”BEYOND ZERO” campaign that aims at mobilizing Kenyans towards stoppage of deaths among women and children caused by preventable causes.

Other First Ladies who presented cancer perspectives in their respective countries included the host Madame Pohamba, the outgoing chair Forum of African First Ladies Against Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer (2013/14) Dr. Maria Guebuza of Mozambique, South Africa’s Tobeka Zuma and Ghana’s Lordina Mahama.     Others were Nigeria’s Patience Jonathan, Niger’s Malika Mahamadou and Queen Nomsa LaMatsebula of Swaziland.


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