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Ugandan entrepreneur makes mosquito-repelling soap

– Advertisement – A Ugandan female entrepreneur has developed a soap that is meant to repel mosquitoes. Joan Nalubega developed the organic soap as part of her contribution to fighting the spread of Malaria caused by Mosquito bites. The entrepreneur while growing up in an orphanage struggled with malaria, something that inspired her business idea. She told the BBC that “In 2016 I realized that the interventions that people use locally are the same interventions that had been in use for decades.” “A lot of people have tried to do…

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Uganda: Hackers steal billions from telcos and banks

– Advertisement – Investigations have begun into an electronic fraud incident in Uganda leading to the loss of billions of shillings. Unidentified hackers broke into the systems of Pegasus Technologies, a company that integrates mobile money transactions between telcos, banks, and other local, regional, and international money transfer services to steal billions of shillings. Leading telcos, Airtel and MTN Uganda, as well as Stanbic Bank are the most affected. In a joint statement Anne Juuko, Wim Vanhelleputte, and VG Somasekhar, the CEOs of Stanbic Bank Uganda, MTN Uganda, and Airtel…

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Uganda to undertake human trials of Covid-19 vaccine

– Advertisement – Uganda’s government has said that human trials of a Covid-19 vaccine will start in November this year. Ministry of health officials are reported by local media as saying that a vaccine, called Self Replicating RNA, has already been developed. The vaccine was developed under a partnership between Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and Imperial College in the UK. The head of Uganda’s presidential taskforce on epidemics, Monica Musenero, said the first trial will be conducted on 10 Ugandans. She said if successful, extra 100 to 200 people…

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Yoweri Museveni blasts Ugandan Politicians making money from COVID-19

ATLANTA, MaraviPost: It is morally reprehensible for MPs to give themselves money for personal use when the country is in such a crisis; totally unacceptable to me and the NRM. They have entered themselves into a trap and the best way out is to donate the money to the districts where they come from. I heard that some MPs went and bought things, you are not a purchasing officer of the state. This is public money, not personal money, if you spent it wrongly you will pay it back with…

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Uganda’s Museveni claims to have ‘never stolen anything’

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni has declared that he is not corrupt and has “never stolen anything from anybody and I am also not a poor man.” He made the comments when he spoke to thousands of his supporters on Wednesday in Kampala. Museveni led thousands of Ugandans to stage an anti-corruption walk through the streets of the capital Kampala. President Museveni described “corrupt people” as “parasites because they get wealth which they did not earn.” RelatedItems Uganda to launch drone medical supply service in 2020 2 weeks ago…

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Uganda to launch drone medical supply service in 2020

Ugandan officials are reported to be planning on launching a drone medical supply service in 2020. The Ugandan government is currently in talks with a firm to seal a deal to deliver blood packages, drugs and medical equipment to public health facilities. An executive of the drone service firm, Flexdrone was reported by Reuters on Friday to have confirmed the reports of ongoing discussions. John Goslino who is business manager at Flexdrone, told Reuters his firm owned by a Ugandan and a German hopes to start a delivery service in…

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Uganda launches self-injectable birth control method

Uganda has launched a new birth control method which requires people to inject themselves with a device at any time of their convenience. Called Sayana Press the method requires patrons to inject with one dose of the widely used contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC). Before use, one has to shake the drug to ensure it is mixed properly and understands the instructions for use. Users have to press the upper part of the device hard for the needle to puncture the drug. The drug is then activated, ready to be delivered…

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Important gene variants found in certain African populations

In the nearly 20 years since the Human Genome Project was completed, experts in genetic variants increasingly have raised concerns about the overemphasis on studying people of European descent when performing large population studies. A study appearing October 31 in the journal Cell aims to address some of this disparity by focusing on populations living in rural Uganda, thus revealing several new genetic variants related to human health. “This study highlights the high level of diversity in African populations that remains undiscovered despite large numbers of gene sequences that have been generated…

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Uganda: Police fire teargas at protesting university students

Police in Uganda on Wednesday fired tear gas to disperse protesting Makerere University students who had assembled at the Freedom Square. Some of the student leaders were also arrested by the police and detained at unknown locations. Wednesday’s incident has reportedly disrupted academic activities with several students forced out of the lecture rooms. Students of the Makerere University have been agitating for days over a 15 percent fee policy. VIDEO: Police fires teargas and live bullets to disperse Makerere University students who had gathered at Freedom Square this morning for…

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Uganda: Bobi Wine ridicules Museveni’s ‘man of ghetto’ tag

Uganda’s opposition politician Bobi Wine has ridiculed President Yoweri Museveni’s move to win the support of young people. President Museveni over the weekend visited the Kibuye and Katwe settlements in the capital Kampala to launch a savings and loans project for the youth. During that visit a picture of him standing by a mural depicting him as a ‘Man of Ghetto’ was taken. But that picture has angered Bobi Wine who has for a long time declared himself ‘ghetto president’. Both politicians have been at loggerheads for sometime now. Bobi…

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