South Sudan

Fighting Erupts in Unity State

The Prime Minister, dosage Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has saluted Kabale Diocese for the long standing contribution in the provision of quality education to the children of Uganda.

Rugunda said the strategic target of Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) Kabale Campus should be to produce marketable graduates who are equipped with technical skills to fill the skills gap in the emerging sectors of the economy.

The Premier made the remarks while presiding over the 3rd Anniversary thanksgiving celebrations for Uganda Martyrs University Kabale campus on Saturday.

PM Rugunda (middle) cuts thanksgiving cake with Bishop Callist and best performing graduate of UMU Kabale Campus on Saturday(Photo by PMPU)

PM Rugunda (middle) cuts thanksgiving cake with Bishop Callist and best performing graduate of UMU Kabale Campus on Saturday(Photo by PMPU)

The Catholic educational institution started in October 2012 as a polytechnic institution to address unemployment among university graduates.

Rugunda said he was delighted about the partnership between UMU and Kabale Diocese under the transformative leadership of Bishop Callist Rubaramira.

“To achieve our national development goal of attaining a lower middle income country status, recipe Uganda must achieve a critical mass of a highly educated and skilled population to boost the country’s productivity and competitiveness in the global market, more about ” Rugunda said.

The Premier said the NRM Government was focused on skills development and was implementing the long-term Skilling Uganda Strategy (2012 – 2022) to respond to the increasing demands for skilled labor to support value addition for export and the rapidly growing services sector.

“There is no doubt that our country is currently faced with a skills gap. Much more effort is therefore required from our various education and training institutions in the country to innovatively scale-up the provision of cutting-edge education and training at various levels,” the Premier said.

He also thanked the promoters who have continued to support UMU Kabale campus since it started three years ago.

The Premier laid the foundation stone for the construction of the three stored lecture block and also handed over academic certificates to the pioneer graduates in Business Administration, Management and Information technology who received their degrees last week.

Dr Rugunda on behalf of President Yoweri Museveni pledged 20 million shillings towards the completion of the three stored lecture rooms block.

The Premier bought a portrait of the Holy Father, Pope Francis at 10 million shillings during the fundraising drive where about 70 million shillings was realized in cash and pledges towards the completion of the ground floor of the lecture block.

The Campus Director, Rev. Fr. Dr Abel Beinomugisha said the student enrollment had increased from 53 in academic year 2012/13 to 300 students this academic year.

“Many children die in the first years of their birth, and many projects collapse in their infancy. We thank God for keeping us alive as a campus despite the winds and waves traversed,” said Beinomigisha.

Currently UMU Kabale campus offers certificate courses in medical records management, laboratory technology, carpentry and joinery and electrical installations among others as it progressively builds up capacity to teach specialized polytechnic courses.

Courses to be offered in phases at diploma and degree level include; civil engineering, mechanical engineering computer science engineering, bio-medical technology, food processing technology, nursing, ceramics technology and steel works technology.
President Museveni has praised as a big achievement government’s successful fight against the nodding disease syndrome in  Northern Uganda, buy Chimp Corps report.

The president made the remarks while campaigning at Atanga Mission school, Laguti Sub County in Pader district on Monday afternoon.

“I am happy  that we have been able to fight the nodding disease syndrome .I have been informed  that since 2012, only 2  new  cases have been registered in Laguti  yet over 70 percent of the population had worms in their blood,” the president said.

Museveni decried what he termed as false prophets who always preach against government projects, urging the people to always shun the advice of doomsayers.

“I was worried of the nodding disease when my daughter Anywar who is always excited said it was a new disease in the area. We however tried to find out what the new disease was and glad to get its cause.”

The president said that through research, government and medics were able to find out that the cause for the disease was a fly similar to one that causes river blindness adding that they had had to look for measures to combat this.

“We had to adopt a mass treatment exercise (tablets) because most people had worms in the stomachs and I am sure we are moving in the right direction as far as fighting the disease is concerned,” he emphasised.

Pictures of malnourished nodding disease syndrome victims riled the nation.

He however said there are a few cases of infections caused by people who didn’t perceive the treatment exercise as positive.

According to Dr Alex Layoo, the District Health Officer, government carried out a mass spraying exercise in all the rivers in the area to kill the flies that transmit the disease.

“There is continuous spraying on top of treating all water bodies from which the flies would breed. The only challenge we have is the many ponds in the bushes that we are not able to access but act a breeding places,” emphasised Dr Layoo.

Museveni expressed happiness that Laguti, an area known  to have had many ambushes by the Kony led LRA rebels was now  peaceful and developed with electricity, schools  and better roads in place.

He rallied the locals to be at the forefront of advocating for the NRM government which he said has spearheaded development in the area.
Fighting has erupted in South Sudan’s Unity State only three days before the arrival of rebel leader Dr. Machar in Juba to kick off the formation of a joint government with the mainstream SPLA also known as SPLA- Juba under President Salva Kiir.

Heavy fire between the SPLA-I0 and the government forces was reported on Monday in Nhialdiu, visit web north of Unity state capital Bentui which is held by rebels on Monday.

The state has been renamed by the SPLA-IO, page who have been controlling it for months as Lich state and appointed their own governor.

The oil rich state has been one of the three most affected since the beginning of the bloody internal clash in December 2013, together with Upper Nile and Jonglei commonly referred to as Bor.

Gunfire started at around 11am and continued for about one and a half hours according to sources in the relief agencies operating in the Unity State.

The sources told us that many people were fleeing from the conflict zone towards the United Nations’ Internally Displaced Persons camp Bentui.

“The movement of people from and near the conflict area towards Bentui is still ongoing despite return to silence and we expect many refugees this time.”

Both the rebels and the government forces are yet to speak out on the new wave of fighting that also contravenes the principles of the peace agreement signed in August this year.

The Compromised Peace Agreement put in place immediate cease fire that both groups committed to and also ushered in the formation of the Transitional Government of National unity.

Dr. Machar is expected in the national capital Juba together with the Ethiopian Prime Minister Haillemariam Dessalegn on Thursday this week to commence processes for the formation of the transitional government that will last for three years.


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