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16 Oct 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday visited eastern Uganda's Bududa District where dozens of residents lost their lives in mudslides following heavy downpour.

The president was flanked by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees minister Hillary Onek.

His visit came just hours after the government delivered relief items to the victims.

The disaster, which left hundreds of people displaced in Bukalasi sub-county, was triggered by heavy rainfall last Thursday.

Still missing

12 Oct 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

At least 40 bodies have so far been recovered after devastating mudslides swept villages in eastern Uganda.

The mudslides followed heavy rains that lasted for over four hours on Thursday in Bakalasi Sub County in Bududa District.

Bududa District chairman Wilson Watira confirmed the number of mudslide victims, saying the search is still ongoing to rescue trapped people and recover more bodies.

14 May 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Torrential rains, which began early in March - have since turned disastrous, killing hundreds of people and animals, displacing thousands others and destroying acres of farmlands.

  • But as the heavy rains pound and flooding continues in various parts of the region the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) remains confident that the situation is still at manageable levels.

11 Feb 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Thousands of Congolese nationals fleeing fighting have arrived in Hoima District in western Uganda.

  • Conflict has erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), security officials said.

VIOLENCE

They refugees were reportedly fleeing tribal fighting between the Bagegere and the Lendu, while others were running away from areas where UPDF soldiers were fighting ADF rebels.

13 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Last week, the government met the refugees and offered them Sh10,000 each and a further Sh50,000 per family.

  • They disagreed forcing the government to revise the figure to Sh100,000, which the refugees still rejected but later accepted.

  • Their chairman Edward Kimani protested against government pronouncement that it does not recognize the families as IDPs.

By RAPHAEL WANJALA

By PHYLIS MUSASIA

A major crisis is looming at Malaba refugee holding camp due to overpopulation.

06 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • One of the returnees, Ms Ruth Bilongo, said she was grateful to President Uhuru Kenyatta for restoring stability in Kenya.

  • The lucky ones who could still remember their relatives shouted in disbelief while others fiercely hugged each another on arrival.

  • Handing them over to Kenyan officials, Ugandan Relief Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Minister Hilary Onek said the two governments must ensure violence-free countries.

By ALBERT TUMWINE

22 Jul 2014 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • She is one of an estimated 1,500 Kenyans living in the camp; these are the remnants of about 4,000 refugees who crossed into Uganda at the height of the 2007-2008 post-election violence that displaced at least 600,000 Kenyans. The ones who crossed the border had mostly fled from their homes in western Kenya, but many have since returned to their motherland.

05 May 2014 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By SAMMY LUTTA

More than 440,000 Turkana residents need relief food due to drought.

The dry spell has prompted some herdsmen to drive their livestock elsewhere in search of pasture and water.

Turkana county drought coordinator Julius Taigong said the short and long rains had failed.

In January, the county government, through its disaster management executive, Mr Charles Lokioto Ewoi, said that 440,845 residents were in dire need of food relief.

Since then, the national government and relief agencies had intervened and provided assistance.

10 Feb 2014 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Mr Firoz Rasul, the president of Aga Khan University, at the weekend announced plans to establish the AKU Hospital in Uganda.

The Aga Khan University will open a modern hospital in Uganda as it seeks to spread its influence in the region.

Mr Firoz Rasul, the president of Aga Khan University, at the weekend announced plans to establish the AKU Hospital in Uganda.

He was speaking at the 11th convocation ceremony of the university, which celebrated 30 years of its founding on Saturday.

16 Sep 2013 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Six years is not a short time.
  • Mr Douglas Asiimwe, the Uganda officer in charge of refugees, places the number of registered Kenyan refugees in Uganda at 916. However, the Kenyans say the number has gone up due to the more than 300 children who have been born in the settlement over the years.
  • Some Kenyans have died in the camp and are buried there, which means those left behind have emotional attachment to the camp.

Six years is not a short time.

09 Sep 2013 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By DENNIS LUBANGA

President Kenyatta has called on the families that fled to Uganda during the 2007/08 post election violence to return home.

The president said the government is committed to ensure the over 260 families start their lives afresh.

03 Oct 2012 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By BARNBAS BII

Tension is mounting on the Kenya-Uganda border following deployment of Ugandan security forces to contain cattle rustling and proliferation of small weapons.

The Ugandan government has deployed more than 5000 soldiers to Kanyerus area to crackdown on cattle rustlers and mop up illegal arms after Kenyan Pokot herdsmen crossed over to their country in search of water and pasture for their animals.

06 Aug 2012 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By ELISHA OTIENO
Posted Monday, August 6 2012 at 11:29

Kenya has set up two surveillance centres on its shores to monitor possible spread of the Ebola virus from Uganda through the Migingo island in Lake Victoria.

The medical surveillance centre are based in Muhuru bay and Sori beach respectively to monitor visitors coming from the island.

Explaining the decision, the Nyatike District Commissioner Moses Ivuto said the high traffic of Ugandans passing through the island on their way to Kenya had prompted the decision.

02 Aug 2012 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

The government has set up a surveillance team to monitor the Ebola outbreak in parts of neighbouring Uganda.

The outbreak of the haemoragic fever was first reported in Kibaale district in western Uganda last weekend and has led to the deaths to 13 people while 33 are undergoing treatment.

The director of public health, Shanaaz Sharif, said measures were in place to detect and respond to any suspected case of Ebola within Kenya’s borders.

Dr Sharif will head the national task force that was set up on Wednesday to advise the government following the outbreak.

26 Jun 2012 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By David Mafabi and John Njoroge

Watch Hundreds feared dead in eastern Uganda landslide

An estimated 450 people were by Monday night unaccounted for following devastating landslides in Bugisu sub-region, Eastern Uganda.

Residents in the affected areas resorted to desperate rescue measures, using whatever they could find to dig through mounds of mud to rescue their loved ones.