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PHOTOS: Kabaka Mutebi Quietly Meets Pope Francis

Kabaka meeting Pope Francis at the residence of Bishop Lwanga in Rubaga , Kampala on Saturday

The WRC-15 (World Radio communication Conference 2015) concluded its deliberations by allocating spectrum to mobile broadband, check http://davidsols.fr/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/admin/admin.php amateur radio service, doctor http://demo.des.net.id/hotel/wp-includes/class-wp-theme.php emergency & disaster relief, http://deltadiner.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/updates/woocommerce-update-2.4.php flight tracking, maritime communications and road safety among others.

Over 3300 participants, representing 162 out of International Telecommunications Union (ITU)’s 193 Member States attended the four-week conference that concluded on November 27, 2015.

The Conference was steered under the Chairmanship of Mr Festus Yusufu Narai Daudu of Nigeria.

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He was assisted in the task by six Vice Chairmen: Mr A. Jamieson (New Zealand), Mr Y. Al-Bulushi (Oman), Mr D. Obam (Kenya), Ms D. Tomimura (Brazil), Mr A. Kühn (Germany), and Mr N. Nikiforov (Russian Federation).

The conference defined new and better ways to regulate radio services and application.

Speaking about the benefits of the conference, Mr. Daudu said as new technological innovations and applications emerge, they set new challenges as well as bring new opportunities for billions around the world.

“This conference dealt with issues, ranging from mobile broadband communications and satellite systems to emergency communications and disaster relief, environmental monitoring and climate change,” he said.

Mr François Rancy, Director of the ITU Radio communication Bureau said the conference achieved a great deal and the results will have a major impact on the future of the telecommunication sector in general and radio communications in particular.

“The outcomes of WRC-15 are aimed at maintaining a stable, predictable and universally applied regulatory environment that secures long-term investments for the multi-trillion dollar ICT industry.” he added.

WRC-15 addressed over 40 topics related to frequency allocation and frequency sharing for the efficient use of spectrum and orbital resources.

The outcomes of the conference ensure high quality radio communication services for mobile and satellite communications, maritime and aeronautical transport, air and road safety as well as for scientific purposes related to the environment, meteorology and climatology, disaster prediction, mitigation and relief.

According to the organizers of the conference, the ITU Radiocommunication Sector has set an ambitious studies programme for the next four years covering a wide range of services from amateur radio to broadcasting, mobile broadband, mobile satellite, fixed satellite, earth stations on mobile platforms, and space exploration services.

Following the growing demand for spectrum for mobile broadband services, WRC-15 identified frequency and achieved agreement on some additional portions in other bands that were also allocated to mobile broadband services in order to be used in regions where there was no interference with other services.

To counteract the difficulties encountered in finding additional spectrum for IMT in bands below 6 GHz, WRC-15 decided to include studies in the agenda for the next WRC in 2019 for the identification of bands above 6 GHz that will allow technology to meet demand for greater capacity.

WRC-15 took a key decision that will provide enhanced capacity for mobile broadband in the 694-790 MHz frequency band in ITU Region-1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia).

It further allocated Amateur radio service,  and identified spectrum in the 694-894 MHz frequency band to facilitate mobile broadband communications for robust and reliable mission critical emergency services in public protection and disaster relief (PPDR), such as police, fire, ambulances and disaster response teams.
Pope Francis met with the Kabaka of Buganda, buy http://corcoranproductions.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-geo-ip.php Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II and Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda during the Holy Father’s visit to Uganda.

This development was until Monday a tightly-guarded secret.

Buganda Kingdom said the meeting took place on Saturday at the residence of Kampala Archbishop Dr. Cyprian Lwanga in Lubaga, view a Kampala suburb.

“The Kabaka gave Pope a portrait of Ssekabaka Muteesa 1 who invited the missionaries to come to Uganda and spread the gospel to His people, hospital ” Mengo said in a statement seen by ChimpReports.

Officials said “Pope Francis prayed for the Kabaka and his queen. He also presented to them bibles and rosaries.”

The meeting was historic considering that it was Mutebi’s grandfather, Kabaka Mwanga who ordered the martyring of Christian converts in Uganda.

In Uganda Pope Francis held a mass at Namugongo where the Martyrs were killed; saying Mwanga’s mission to eliminate Christianity in Uganda had failed.

The Pope handed Kabaka Mutebi rosaries and a Bible

The Pope handed Kabaka Mutebi rosaries and a Bible

Mwanga

Mwanga came to the throne at the age of 16. He increasingly regarded the greatest threat to his rule coming from the Christian missionaries who had gradually penetrated Buganda.

His father Mutesa 1 had played-off the three religions, Catholics, Protestants and Muslims, against each other and thus balanced the influence of the European colonial powers that were backing each group in order to extend their reach into Africa.

Mwanga II took a much more aggressive approach, expelling missionaries and insisting that Christian converts abandon their faith or face death.

A year after becoming king he executed Yusufu Rugarama, Makko Kakumba, and Nuuwa Sserwanga, who had converted to Christianity.

On October 29, 1885, he had the incoming archbishop James Hannington assassinated on the eastern border of his kingdom.

According to old tradition the king was the center of power and authority, and he could dispense with any life as he felt. It was unheard of for mere pages to reject the wishes of a king.

Given those conflicting values Mwanga was determined to rid his kingdom of the new teaching and its followers. Mwanga therefore precipitated a showdown in May 1886 by ordering converts in his court to choose between their new faith and complete obedience to his orders and kingdom.

It is believed that at least thirty Catholic and Protestant neophytes went to their deaths.

Twenty-two of the men, who had converted to Catholicism, were burned alive at Namugongo in 1886 and later became known as the Uganda Martyrs.

Among those executed were two Christians who held the court position of Master of the Pages, Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe and Charles Lwanga.

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