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CMI Frees Nine Detained Muslims Amidst Allegations of Targeting Minority Communities

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The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) has released a group of nine Muslims, consisting of eight males and one female, following the intervention of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC).

Sheikh Imran Ssali, Secretary for Religious Affairs, and Sheikh Juma Bakhit Cucu, Secretary for Education, spearheaded the intervention

The group was apprehended a month ago at a mosque in Mpigi town while engaging in informal Islamic theological studies.

Security authorities suspected the group of involvement in subversive activities linked to the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), operating in the jungles of the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo

The arrest was made after one member was caught attempting to flee with his entire family, including his wife and children

During interrogation, he revealed his intention to join the Islamic State, where he believed he could practice authentic Islamic tenets without perceived compromises in Uganda. Consequently, the group was detained pending a thorough investigation.

The families of the detainees sought assistance from the UMSC through their village mosque, which escalated the matter to the national level.

UMSC leadership engaged with the authorities, leading to the realization that the released Muslims were unaware of the whereabouts of their colleague who had been in contact with a notorious gang attempting to recruit innocent Ugandans through manipulation on various social media platforms.

The group underwent screening before their release.

Major Ssendi Bahigi handed over the freed Muslims at a brief event held at the UMSC headquarters.

In his remarks, Major Ssendi denied any government-led witch-hunt against Muslims, as sometimes portrayed by the media.

He emphasised that the government’s primary responsibility is to maintain peace and order in the country.

Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa, the Second Deputy Mufti representing Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, the Mufti of Uganda, welcomed the freed Muslims.

He expressed gratitude to the security heads for their professionalism in handling the suspects.

Sheikh Waiswa reminded the freed Muslims of the importance of obeying both Allah’s injunctions from the Quran and the authorities appointed over them.

He urged them to be law-abiding citizens, refrain from associating with misguided individuals, and focus on activities that promote decent living and peace within their communities and the nation.

Muhammad Ali Aluma, the Acting UMSC Secretary-General, emphasised the need for Muslims to be law-abiding citizens who respect all levels of leadership, including government authorities.

He encouraged the freed Muslims to become ambassadors of peace within their communities and, if they wish to establish learning centers, to ensure they adhere to regulations and guidelines governing educational institutions, both secular and Islamic.

Sheikh Imran Ssali and Sheikh Juma Bakhit Cucu provided an account of their engagements with security and how they assured the government of UMSC’s commitment to effectively manage Madrasah schools, preventing them from becoming breeding grounds for activities that could undermine national security and peaceful coexistence.

The freed Muslims include Badru Lukooya, Huzaifa Batte, Huzaifa Ayub, Sumaya Nakawesa, Bashir Mamaji, Bukenya Bruhane, Nantajja Kyeyune Muhammadi, Matovu Hamza, and Yusuf Kakamba. Haj Muhamood Kateregga Namuguzi, a UMSC Executive Committee Member, was also present at the event.


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Mengo Youth Development Link Joins Africa’s Crowdfunding Platform

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Picture1 lowethirdIn a significant move towards amplifying their impact and garnering support for their transformative initiatives, Mengo Youth Development Link (MYDEL) has recently joined, Africa’s innovative crowdfunding platform. MYDEL, a Non-Governmental Organization founded in 2002, has been relentless in its efforts to address the pressing issues faced by marginalized communities, particularly in the Kisenyi slum of Kampala.

Empowering Communities Since 2002:

MYDEL, a non-profit and non-political organization, originated as a Community Based Organization (CBO) and later transitioned into a Non-Governmental Organization in 2004. With a steadfast commitment to Child Rights Protection, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, Ending Violence against Women and girls, Skills development, Employment creation for youth, and environmental protection, MYDEL has been a beacon of hope for the most excluded and marginalized communities in the Kisenyi slums.

Located in the heart of the Kisenyi Slum area of Kampala District, MYDEL collaborates with local leaders, enforcement agencies, Community-Based Organizations, community opinion leaders, and development partners to fulfill its mandate through participatory and holistic approaches.

Leadership and Impact:

Governed by a capable team of three young women and five men constituting a Board of Directors, MYDEL is currently led by Ms. Akampa Doreen, the Executive Director since 2017. A remarkable leader and a former beneficiary of MYDEL from the streets of Kampala, Ms. Akampa Doreen epitomizes the organization’s commitment to creating positive change.

Transformative Initiatives and Achievements:

Since its inception in 2002, MYDEL has left an indelible mark on the community, supporting 1217 youth in earning from sporting skills, empowering 243 girls in tailoring and bakery, and providing essential primary education to 1357 children below the age of 12 through MYDEL Mcqilton Academy. Additionally, their Covid-19 relief efforts, street children rehabilitation programs, and resettlement initiatives have touched the lives of hundreds, reflecting the organization’s dedication to holistic community development.

Mission, Vision, and Core Values:

MYDEL’s vision is to alleviate poverty among the poor communities in Uganda, and its mission revolves around empowering target groups through education, sensitization, and skills development to contribute to sustainable poverty reduction among marginalized communities. The organization’s core values include transparency, community participation, resource orientation, social cohesion, commitment to advocacy, respect for human dignity, and love.

Programs Driving Change:

  1. Vocational Skilling Program for Employment: MYDEL’s vocational training center equips street children and young girls and women with employable skills, providing alternative safe sources of livelihood.
  2. Education that Matters for the Vulnerable: This program focuses on extending education to orphans and vulnerable children, aiming to break the cycle of street life and providing a new life outside the street. MYDEL Mcquilton Academy Primary School plays a crucial role in this initiative.
  3. Safe Homes on the Street: As MYDEL works towards resettling street children, they ensure their safety from exploitation, abuse, trafficking, disease, and harsh weather. The Street Children Outreach program, involving Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement, currently supports 250 children.

Join MYDEL’s Cause:

Now, with their presence on, MYDEL invites individuals and organizations to join their cause. Your support can help MYDEL expand its reach, provide vital resources, and continue making a positive impact on the lives of the marginalized in the Kisenyi slums. Together, let’s contribute to MYDEL’s mission of creating lasting change and empowering communities for a brighter future.

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Kenya declines Uganda’s request to use oil pipelines

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News and Partner to Uplift Uganda and African Lives Through Sustainable Crowdfunding

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PSD PROJECT lowethirdIn a groundbreaking development,, Africa’s safest crowdfunding platform, has joined forces with, a dedicated organization on a mission to end hunger through sustainable farming and food production, in a collaborative effort to uplift Uganda and improve the lives of Africans across the continent. This transformative partnership was officially announced by Male Deogratius, the founder of Hazues, during a press conference held on Tuesday, November 7th, 2023., led by its CEO, Patrick Ssonko, has been at the forefront of a compassionate mission to “Feed Nations” and eradicate hunger through sustainable agricultural practices. The organization’s commitment to food security and sustainable farming aligns perfectly with’s core values, making this partnership a powerful force for positive change in the region.

Male Deogratius, the visionary founder of Hazues, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “Today, we are taking a significant step towards the betterment of lives in Uganda and the entire African continent. Hazues is proud to collaborate with, a remarkable organization that shares our passion for making a difference. Together, we will work to create lasting impact by leveraging our crowdfunding platform to support sustainable farming, food production, and community development initiatives.”

Kyaji Food Bank, an integral project under, has been actively involved in enhancing food security by providing sustainable agricultural solutions to communities in need. Patrick Ssonko, CEO of, was humbled by the opportunity to collaborate with Hazues. He remarked, “Our mission at is to put African lives first, and through this partnership, we will be able to amplify our efforts and make a more significant impact. Together with Hazues, we are set to create sustainable solutions that address hunger and improve the quality of life for many in Uganda and beyond.”

The collaboration between and will enable individuals and organizations to participate in crowdfunding campaigns that focus on sustainable farming, food production, and community development projects in Uganda and other parts of Africa. This initiative is expected to empower local communities, create employment opportunities, and ultimately contribute to the continent’s progress and well-being.

With Africa’s ongoing challenges in food security and economic development, the Hazues-Kyaji partnership represents a beacon of hope, demonstrating that together, innovative solutions can be found to address pressing issues. As the collaboration unfolds, it is anticipated that more lives will be uplifted, more people will have access to nutritious food, and the African continent will move closer to realizing its full potential.

Both organizations are gearing up for a series of joint initiatives and campaigns, which will be announced in the coming months. As Africa’s safest crowdfunding platform and a dedicated champion for sustainable farming, and are set to leave a lasting impact on the region, further strengthening the bonds that tie them together in the pursuit of a better future for all.

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Disagreement Over Chamber Member Composition Derails Arua City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Leadership Election

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Disagreement Over Chamber Member Composition Derails Arua City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Leadership Election lowethirdThe highly anticipated election for the leadership of the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Arua City, originally scheduled for November 1, 2023, was marred by turmoil and had to be postponed.

The election came to a halt due to a bitter dispute concerning the eligibility of chamber members who were also designated as voters. The factions supporting the chairpersonship candidates, Dr. Ronald Debo and Trinity Caesar Draecabo, vehemently argued over the authenticity of the listed members who were supposed to cast their votes.

In response to the chaos, Jobel Ayiko, the acting Arua City Commercial Officer and Ayivu Division Commercial Officer, issued a warning about potential legal consequences if the election proceeded without adhering to the required procedures. Ayiko expressed concerns, saying, “This election will have legal implications because its technical terms were not met. Other members will not be qualified because of the failure to meet the technical requirements, and besides, I’m not properly prepared by the headquarters to conduct these elections.”

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The impasse ultimately led to the decision to postpone the election, leaving the delegation from the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who had traveled from Kampala, with no alternative but to reschedule the exercise for a later date.

However, Dr. Debo expressed his disappointment with the postponement, describing it as an unfortunate turn of events. He emphasized the importance of unity and the primary objectives of the Chamber, stating, “All in all, I’m not a fan of chaos. We are aspiring to serve. The Chamber is like the Rotary Club; it is serving humanity, but, in this case, we are serving the business community. Its main objective is to promote and protect businesses and entrepreneurs against bad policies and other challenges of business.”

Dr. Debo also emphasized that the focus should be on business interests rather than tribal or religious divisions, saying, “The fight is not against a tribe; the fight is not against a religion or ethnicity. Business has no tribe; business has no boundary.”

He encouraged the people of Arua to embrace unity and avoid unnecessary conflicts, urging them to work together to advance their common interests. Dr. Debo conveyed his determination to persevere through the challenges, stating, “I’m still a candidate though I’m going through a lot of threats, but I have remained steadfast because I know the opportunity the Chamber has for the business entities here.”

The unsuccessful election aimed to usher in a new leadership team to replace the existing Arua Chamber leadership, currently led by Jackson Atima Lee Buti, the incumbent Arua Central Division MP.

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Ministry of Luwero-Ruwenzori Triangle Donates Iron Sheets to Schools Affected by Rain Damage

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Ministry of Luwero-Ruwenzori Triangle Donates Iron Sheets to Schools Affected by Rain Damage lowethirdThe Ministry of Luwero-Ruwenzori Triangle has contributed 6,954 iron sheets to aid schools whose roofs were either damaged by heavy rains or had deteriorated over time.

Nineteen primary schools in Luwero district and thirteen in Nakaseke District were beneficiaries of this donation. Notable among the recipient schools were Ngoma Church of Uganda, Bujubya, Bukalabi, Mayirikiti, Mifunya, Lumpewe, Kifampa, and Kituntu primary schools in Nakaseke. In Luwero district, schools such as Butuntumula, Kyanukuzi, Luwero Boys, Manywa Blue, Kasaala Girls, Wakatayi, Wobulenzi UMEA, Wobulenzi Public School, and Star Junior Academy were among those that received assistance.

James Tumuhairwe Ninsiima, the headteacher of Ngoma Church of Uganda Primary School, shared that a classroom block, devastated by a storm fifteen years ago, has remained unrepaired, forcing students to study under trees or in shared classes. The school received 400 iron sheets, allowing them to start renovating the block and accommodate around 800 students.

Ignatius Koomu Kiwanuka, the LCV Chairperson of Nakaseke district, revealed that some schools had constructed new classroom blocks but couldn’t afford to roof them. The distribution of iron sheets aimed to support such schools in completing these structures.

Koomu also emphasized the urgency of renovating old schools, highlighting the risk of dilapidated structures collapsing due to heavy rains, potentially endangering the lives of students.

Burton Bbumba, the headteacher of Luwero Boys Primary School, expressed relief at receiving 200 iron sheets. The school plans to use them to replace old sheets and ensure a conducive learning environment, especially during the rainy season.

Florence Bbosa from Luwero District Education explained that due to budget shortfalls, the district had been able to construct classroom blocks in only a limited number of schools each financial year. The donation of iron sheets is anticipated to help mitigate classroom shortages in the district.

During the distribution in Luwero town council, State Minister Alice Kaboyo, in charge of Luwero Triangle, launched the initiative. She emphasized the sheets were to be used exclusively for roofing classroom blocks and revealed that private schools would also benefit from this aid.

The Ministry procured a total of 8,874 iron sheets at a cost of 631 million shillings, intending to donate them not only to schools but also to veterans in need.

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