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08 Dec 2008 description
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By Fortunate Ahimbisibwe

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni yesterday met LRA peace negotiators led by David Matsanga. Speaking after the meeting, Matsanga said Museveni had agreed to speak to Kony on telephone.

"The President said he is willing to receive Joseph Kony's call and that once Kony signs the peace agreement, he will not be taken to the International Criminal Court," Matsanga added.

Museveni promised to honour his word about the indictments, Matsanga said.

12 Nov 2008 description
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By Charles Ariko

FLOODS that ravaged the north and northeastern region last year are back, killing two UPDF soldiers in Nakapiripirit and Bukwo districts.

Three districts of Kotido, Abim and Kaabong are now inaccessible from Moroto.

About 150 inmates from Nebbi had to be relocated to Arua after Ragem Prison was submerged.

Frank Baine, the prisons spokesman, said: "There was too much rain on the side of DR Congo which is near Ragem Prison."

The 3rd Division spokesman, Capt.

12 Nov 2008 description
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The Disaster ministry is warning of land slides in Mbale and hilly areas in western Uganda.

The State minister for disaster preparedness Musa Ecweru says due to heavy rains, people in Bundibugyo, Kasese and areas around Mt Elgon are likely to experience land slides.

He says many areas in the west Nile have also been submerged by the floods after heavy rains this year.

Ecweru adds that the floods in Teso and Karamoja region have washed away some feeder roads as well as interfering with government programs.

24 Oct 2008 description
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By Carol Natukunda

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has ordered Karamoja leaders and the disaster preparedness ministry to ensure adequate relief food supply in the region.

25 Sep 2008 description
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By Anne Mugisa

UGANDA is to benefit from $3b in a new ambitious plan to reduce malaria deaths to near zero in seven years. The Global Malaria Action Plan was endorsed yesterday by world leaders gathered for the 2008 Millennium Development Goals Malaria Summit.

The global deaths due to malaria stand at over a million a year.

Health state minister Dr.

21 Aug 2008 description
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By Ibrahim Kasita

INCREASED demand for food and high transport costs have pushed prices up in Kampala's major markets, a mini-survey has shown.

Maize flour is sold at sh1,200 from sh1,000 a kilogramme, while beans cost sh1,600 from sh1,400 two weeks ago. Rice remained at sh2,000, while groundnuts were sold at sh2,500 from sh2,200.

A sachet of salt remained at sh500, while Irish potatoes went for sh2,000 a kilogramme. A heap of cassava and sweet potatoes went for sh2,000.

16 Jun 2008 description
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By Ibrahim Kasita

COTTON farmers in the north have received 660,000 metric tonnes for the 2008/09 planting season. The cotton seeds are distributed freely to the farmers by the Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), the body regulating and monitoring the sector.

Bens Byamukama, the northern region field officer, said the tonnage was expected to yield over 200,000 bales if well managed.

The 2007/08 season saw the northern region produce a meagre 9,487 bales from 135,489 verified planted acreage.

05 Jun 2008 description
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By Vision Reporter

NEW harvests have started flowing into Kampala's major markets, keeping prices stable, a weekly mini-survey has shown. Fresh beans, peas, maize, matooke, onions and tomatoes are being off-loaded at Nakasero, St. Balikuddembe, Kalerwe, Nakawa and Nateete markets.

23 Apr 2008 description
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By Ibrahim Kasita

MAIZE prices in East Africa have remained high due to reduced supply, higher demand and increased transportation costs, the Regional Agricultural Trade Intelligence Network has said in a report.

The survey was carried out in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

It revealed that the five countries were experiencing prolonged rains, which had precipitated clearing of farms and planting. In Kampala, prices are high due to increased demand from institutions and neighbouring countries.

However, rising prices in Kenya are due to speculation.

09 Apr 2008 description
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A local Non Governmental Organization, Pilgrim has started a campaign to wipe out malaria in the Eastern Uganda.

Pilgrim legal manager, Patrick Ongodya says the project code named 'move on malaria' will work on wiping out the disease from the areas that were affected by the floods.

The project will kick off in Kaberamaido and Katakwi districts.

09 Mar 2008 description
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By Charles Ariko

HUNDREDS of people in north-eastern Uganda are going without food.

"The entire Karamoja region is in need of emergency food. The situation in some parts of Teso and Lango is also not good," the state minister for disaster preparedness said yesterday.

Musa Ecweru was addressing a national workshop that convened to initiate the process of drafting a national policy and programme on drought in Kampala.

He said about 1.5m people were in need of relief food.