By Mirembe Martina
This week has seen a lot of happenings and below, we bring you the news which mad the most headlines this week.
Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanya held his introduction ceremony in Lapyem Village in Laguti sub County, Pader District. He was being introduced by Winnie Amoo.
A family of nine people in Rakai district was mercilessly murdered over land wrangles. Among the dead was a pastor, his wife and his mother. Two people however managed to survive the lynching. It is said that a hole was dug in the wall of the house where the murderers entered from and slit the throats of some while others were hit on their heads by use of hoes killing them.
An accountant, Amon Takwenda who was involved in the misuse of funds in the Office of the Prime Minister died as his relatives tried to rush him to Naguru Hospital. His family said he died of stress and diabetes; he was pronounced dead on arrival to the hospital.
James Mulwana, the business man and entrepreneur who changed the lives of many died after complaining of stomach pains. He was later laid to rest in his home at Masiriba.
Workers MP, Sam Lyomoki was arrested after appearing on a WBS TV morning talk show. He was arrested for the statements he made in relation to Cerinah Nebanda’s death which were allegedly aimed at inciting violence.
Hassan Basajjabalaba was arrested as he tried to fly out of the country at Entebbe Airport. He was caught with fake court orders and has so far sent two nights at Luzira prison. He has been released on s60m bail.
Former FDC president’s wife, Winnie Byanyima was appointed to head Oxfam after a global search, led by the Chair of Oxfam International, Keith Johnston, with the help of an international executive search firm zeroed down on her.
A woman accidentally ran over her husband after she came back home at 3:30am sending him to an early grave. Jackline Nsenga ran over her husband, Juvenal Nsenga who had come out to open her gate after the gate man left home to go to his village for the festive season.
The Miss America beauty pageant crowned a ‘girl next door’ Miss New York, Mallory Hagan as Miss America beating other 49 contestants to the crown. Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers was first runner-up, and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who finished third.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga threw out the petition which was meant to recall parliament from recess to discuss the death of Butaleja Woman MP, Cerinah Nebanda and the arrests of several MPs in connection to statements they made over Nebanda’s death. She identified reasons such as forged signatures, MPs withdrawing their signatures from the petition, among others.
The NRM Party retreat in Kyankwanzi was kicked off with MPs traveling to Kyankwanzi to discuss, among other things, the NRM party’s manifesto and how far they have reached in fulfilling the party’s manifesto. Rebel MPs such as Bernard Tinkasiimire and Christopher Baryomonsi decided to leave the retreat saying they were feeling uncomfortable during the retreat. The retreat was supposed to last for 11 days but was cut short to allow Deputy Speaker, Oulanya to get married in church. It was cut short to last for only seven days.
In neighboring Kenya, nomination of candidates for political positions including positions of MPs, governors and senators took place in preparation for the forth coming elections in March. The country was shut down for the day and all schools were closed as the nomination process took place. Each party is required to come up with 1 882 names representing those who will vie for various positions including Members of Parliament, Governors , senators, women representatives in the next parliament.
Former junior health minister, Mike Mukula was sent to jail to serve a four year jail term. He was found guilty of embezzling Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) funds which were meant to take care of the people in Northern Uganda. He was sentenced by Judge Irene Akankwansa of the Anti Corruption Court.
The Golden Globes happened too. The 70th annual Globes saw artists ranging from movie stars to musicians flock Hollywood to see the very best being awarded for their hard work. Among the names won for the night were Ben Affleck for Argo in both Best Director category and Best Drama. Jennifer Lawrence took home the Best Actress Award. It also saw the coming out like statement from Jodie Foster which made headlines.
Of the three actors who appeared in the TV drama, Diff’rent Strokes, one remained after once again, another of the actors passed on. Conrad Bain passed away aged 89 leaving behind Todd Bridges.
Michelle Obama made headlines after she changed her hairstyle, it looks like the first lady, who just made 49 years is in the mood for new things, with the new term and all!