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{UAH} Breastfeeding Center Helps Ugandan Lawmakers with Work, Motherhood

Breastfeeding Center Helps Ugandan Lawmakers with Work, Motherhood

August 19, 2017

Taka Agnes Wejuli uses the breastfeeding room of the day care center at Uganda's parliament.
Taka Agnes Wejuli uses the breastfeeding room of the day care center at Uganda's parliament.


The World Health Organization (WHO) says breastfeeding is very important for the health of babies.

WHO officials say mother's milk should be the only food given to babies during the first six months of life. They advise that breastfeeding should continue in children up to two years of age. But that can be difficult for working mothers around the world.

In Uganda, parliament is supporting the act of breastfeeding by providing a free day care center for female lawmakers and the women who work for them.

Uganda's parliament has more than 150 women legislators. Many of them are at the age when they can give birth. Because of this, parliament members, including male legislators, have taken steps to help female members deal with their full-time job and motherhood.

Uganda's parliament has offered a daycare for female lawmakers and staff.
Uganda's parliament has offered a daycare for female lawmakers and staff.

Legislator Taaka Agnes Wejuli sends her four-month-old son to the parliamentary day care center.

"When I am coming very early, I don't even have to bathe my baby. I just get him out of sleep, put him in his car seat, lock the vehicle and we run up to here…I attend committee meetings. I attend (the) plenary in the afternoon, so I am always there, all the time."

The Speaker of Uganda's Parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, opened the parliamentary center almost two years ago.

The center has a room with cooking equipment, areas for babies to sleep and play, and a room for breastfeeding mothers. This room, Kadaga says, has helped female lawmakers stay active in parliament and solved many problems for them.

"In the past, one would either have to leave parliament and go back home, depending on where she lives, that would take time," said Kadaga. "Either she would have to do part of the work, or abandon the work altogether and come back tomorrow because the traffic alone, if you are traveling back and forth between the city and your home, it takes time."

Two women supervise the center, which is open to both parliamentarians and the women who work for them. Sheeba Namara takes her three-month-old baby to the center. She says it is good to know her child is so near.

"Just the comfort of being at work yet at the same time knowing that your child is safe and you can walk in anytime, is really the best service that could ever do."

The World Health Organization rates countries on policies that support breastfeeding in its Global Breastfeeding Scorecard. It says Uganda is among 23 countries where more than 60 percent of babies are fed only their mother's milk during the first six months.

Ugandan health officials say there are still many things that can be done to help mothers. These include enacting policies aimed at supporting breastfeeding and babies' health.

Officials also say policies to let women more easily balance work and family responsibilities are also needed.

I'm Anne Ball.

Halima Athumani reported this story for VOA News. Mario Ritter adapted the report for Learning English. George Grow was the editor.


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{UAH} Relatives, Friends Break Down as Muslim Clerics Get Lengthy Sentences

Relatives, Friends Break Down as Muslim Clerics Get Lengthy Sentences

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Sheikhs Muhammad Yunus Kamoga, Siraji Kawoya, Murta Mudde Bukenya and Fahad Kalungi were sentenced to life imprisonment while Yusuf Kakande alias Abdallah and Abdusalam Sekayanja alias Kassim Mulumba are to spend 30 years in jail.

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Relatives and friends wailed on Tuesday as court handed lengthy sentences to six Muslim clerics found guilty of terrorism.
 
Sheikhs Muhammad Yunus Kamoga, Siraji Kawoya, Murta Mudde Bukenya and Fahad Kalungi were sentenced to life imprisonment while Yusuf Kakande alias Abdallah and Abdusalam Sekayanja alias Kassim Mulumba are to spend 30 years in jail.
 
It was a tense moment as Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi read the sentences on behalf of the two other judges, Percy Tuhaise and Jane Kiggundu of the International Crimes Division of the High Court. As soon as Justice Muhanguzi read the sentences, the relatives broke down and cried. 
 
Many were overwhelmed and could hardly articulate how they felt. Some shouted angrily accusing government of targeting Muslims. 
 
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Silajje Kifampa Nsambu, the spokesperson of Jamiatul-Dawa-Issalafia speaking after the sentence said that as the Muslims of Tabliq sect, they will not accept the sentence arguing that the judges were political. 
 
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Kifampa said this amidst cries from the Muslims around the court premises. He urged those crying to be strong in such times.
 
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Fred Muwema, the lawyer for convicts described both the conviction and sentences as unsound, high-handed and excessive, saying they are going to appeal with the hope that they will be overturned.
 
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The six clerics, together with eight others have been battling charges of murder, attempted murder and terrorism in relation to the murder of Mustafa Bahiga, the former Kampala District Amir and Hassan Ibrahim Kirya, the former Spokesperson Kibuli based Muslim faction. They were also accused of attempted murder of Dr. Harouna Jjemba, the leader of a rival Tabliq faction. The murders were carried out on separate dates and diverse places in Kampala and Wakiso districts between 2013 and 2015.
 
However, court on Monday exonerated all the accused of the murder and attempted murder charges, saying prosecution had failed to adduce convincing evidence of their involvement in the crime.
 
The same court found the six guilty of terrorism when they printed fliers with the names of those listed for murder, distributing them in numerous mosques, holding meetings in their homes from where they planned the killings and sending threatening messages to their victims.
  
Those acquitted of all counts are Amir Kinene, Hakeem Kinene, Abdul Rashid Sematimba, Hamza Kasirye, Twaha Sekitto, Rashid Jingo, Musa Isa Mubiru and Yiga George William.


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{UAH} Ugandan WWII veteran who died at 110 was a clan leader

Ugandan WWII veteran who died at 110 was a clan leader

By Noah Jagwe

Added 21st August 2017 03:30 PM

Shortly before his death, he was serving as the treasurer of Uganda Ex-servicemen Association.

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(Photo credit: Family of Mzee Stanslaus Sajjabbi Kavuma)

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Mzee Stanslaus Sajjabbi Kavuma (pictured), who died on August 13 this year at the age of 110, was a clan leader of the leopard clan in Buganda Kingdom.

The World War II veteran passed away at his son's home in Bunamwaya, Wakiso district.

Sajjabbi is survived by 29 children, 83 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. 

Among his grandsons is Ugandan rapper Babaluku, born Silas Babaluku Balabyekkubo.

According to his son Bishop Grivus Musisi, who is the senior pastor at Prayer Palace, Kibuye, Sajjabbi was born on August 15, 1907 in Bugerere.

He died two days after turning 110.

During the Second World War, the Ugandan veteran fought in Burma (now Myanmar) and retired with a military rank of sergeant.

His family said Sajjabbi used to share memories from the war with his sons. He used to haul guns heavier than him up the hills on orders of his superiors and sometimes even fall back in the process from being frail.

The darker times were when he witnessed some of his colleagues shot dead during the war.

'Nationalist in words and actions'

Sajjabbi was the father to fallen renowned evangelist John Deogratius Balabyeko who died in a road accident.

 

In his early years, Sajjabbi was a merchant in cotton and coffee before turning to keycutting along Burton Street in Kampala in the 1970s.

Shortly before his death, he was serving as the treasurer of Uganda Ex-servicemen Association.

At a vigil in Kibuye, his son, Bishop Musisi, eulogized Sajjabbi as a person with a big heart towards people no matter their background. "The late has been a people person who loved without discriminatory tendency," he said.

"Mzee Sajjabbi was a nationalist in both words and actions. I remember him giving out land in Masese in Jinja and Nakyesa Bugerere for Uganda Police to build a police post. He also donated part of his land to build this church (Prayer Palace Kibuye).

"He lastly asked us to remain as one," added Musisi.

From 1972 until 1992, Sajjabbi served as a Sultan Village chairman in Mengo Kisenyi.

And from 1986 until 1997, he led the exiled group of Baganda (Bakenyi) who had disappeared in Teso, Busoga, Karamoja and other areas and resettled them in Bugerere on free land that he surrendered.

The fallen veteran's second-last son Josh Senono Kintu Panea, said their father loved everyone, the reason he went and picked up the 90,000 Bakenyi from the various areas they had lost and brought them back in Buganda.

Among his several contributions Sajjabbi also built a palace for the Buganda king at Kayonza, Bugerere.

"We highly regard him as a gatherer and as a person who loved his kingdom," said Senono.

Sajjabbi's social life

He was a member of the then-Nankasa Group, a dance group that specialized in Ganda cultural dance (amazina amaganda).

On special days like Christmas, his children said he would slaughter cows and serve the whole village the whole season. "My father was a social man. He would strike the drum while dancing and partying with other villagers," recounts Bishop Musisi.

Sajjabbi was laid to rest mid-last week in Kayunga district. 


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{UAH} Uganda police: Arrests over ritual serial killings

Uganda police: Arrests over ritual serial killings

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Uganda police say they have arrested a number of suspects over a recent spate of killings of women near the capital, Kampala.

The Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, said that a suspect had confessed to killing eight women on the orders of businessmen.

The murders were for ritual sacrifices, Gen Kayihura told residents of Nansana municipality.

Local media say 17 women have been killed in a gruesome manner since May.

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Police spokesman Asan Kasingye told the BBC that while the murders occurred in the same district, they were not all related.

Ugandas Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura (L) addresses the press outside a building where five people were arrested in Kampala following a tip-off from local residents on April 7, 2015 suspecting them of alleged terrorist activity.Image copyrightISAAC KASAMANI
Image captionUganda's Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura (L) says a suspect has confessed to killing eight women

He said that in the majority of cases, the victims were sex workers who had been raped and strangled in isolated places in "the wee hours of the morning".

"Two were students," he said, adding that in five cases the women had been killed by their estranged partners.

Mr Kasingye said the municipalities were at least 60 km (40 miles) apart.

He said that Gen Kayihura was reacting to local media reports that the police had failed to apprehend the culprits.

"In all but one of the cases the suspects have been apprehended," Mr Kasingye said.


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{UAH} Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan kidnapped

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Family and friends of the former Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, say he has been kidnapped, and for eight days, no one has heard from him.

In 2013, Mr Zeidan was held briefly by a militia when he was still prime minister.

At that time, his relationship with several armed groups in Tripoli had deteriorated, because they felt he was trying to diminish their role in the city.

An eyewitness told the BBC that the militia responsible for Mr Zeidan's kidnapping this time around is the Tripoli Revolutionary Brigade, which is nominally controlled by the government in Tripoli.

Karam Khaled says he was travelling with Mr Zeidan on an official visit and were at a hotel secured by the presidential guard:

We tried to stop them from taking [Mr Zeidan] but there were too many of them.

It became clear that the presidential council is under this militia's control, and not the other way around.

They kidnapped Mr Zeidan, and our sources tell us he is being held in an abandoned building that used to be a hotel.

Ali Zeidan's daughter, Inas, told the BBC that the family is "very, very worried about his health", adding that Mr Zeidan has "health issues" and that his family is "trying to make sure he's getting his medication".

"We don't know how well he's doing," she told the BBC.

Staff at the hotel where Mr Zeidan was abducted have declined to speak to the BBC over secutiry fears.

Abdel Nabi Almawly, an MP from the Parliament based in East Libya, held a meeting with Mr. Zidan in Tripoli hours before he was abducted. When he spoke to me, Mr Almawly questioned the Libyan Prime Minister's handling of the matter:

How is there this silence over a former official who was a symbol of the state?

If there is a legal issue it should be dealt with through a warrant from the Prosecutor General's office, and there isn't one!"

The Prosecutor General's office would not comment when contacted by the BBC.

Mr Zeidan secretly left the country in 2014, shortly after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament, and after the prosecutor general issued an arrest warrant for alleged financial irregularities

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{UAH} Edward Mulindwa, How are things going?? McConnell, in Private, Doubts if Trump Can Save Presidency


The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises.

What was once an uneasy governing alliance has curdled into a feud of mutual resentment and sometimes outright hostility, complicated by the position of Mr. McConnell's wife, Elaine L. Chao, in Mr. Trump's cabinet, according to more than a dozen people briefed on their imperiled partnership. Angry phone calls and private badmouthing have devolved into open conflict, with the president threatening to oppose Republican senators who cross him, and Mr. McConnell mobilizing to their defense.

The rupture between Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell comes at a highly perilous moment for Republicans, who face a number of urgent deadlines when they return to Washington next month. Congress must approve new spending measures and raise the statutory limit on government borrowing within weeks of reconvening, and Republicans are hoping to push through an elaborate rewrite of the federal tax code. There is scant room for legislative error on any front.

A protracted government shutdown or a default on sovereign debt could be disastrous — for the economy and for the party that controls the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Yet Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell are locked in a political cold war. Neither man would comment for this story. Don Stewart, a spokesman for Mr. McConnell, noted that the senator and the president had "shared goals," and pointed to "tax reform, infrastructure, funding the government, not defaulting on the debt, passing the defense authorization bill."

Still, the back-and-forth has been dramatic.

In a series of tweets this month, Mr. Trump criticized Mr. McConnell publicly, then berated him in a phone call that quickly devolved into a profane shouting match.

During the call, which Mr. Trump initiated on Aug. 9 from his New Jersey golf club, the president accused Mr. McConnell of bungling the health care issue. He was even more animated about what he intimated was the Senate leader's refusal to protect him from investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to Republicans briefed on the conversation.

Mr. McConnell has fumed over Mr. Trump's regular threats against fellow Republicans and criticism of Senate rules, and questioned Mr. Trump's understanding of the presidency in a public speech. Mr. McConnell has made sharper comments in private, describing Mr. Trump as entirely unwilling to learn the basics of governing.

In offhand remarks, Mr. McConnell has expressed a sense of bewilderment about where Mr. Trump's presidency may be headed, and has mused about whether Mr. Trump will be in a position to lead the Republican Party into next year's elections and beyond, according to people who have spoken to him directly.

While maintaining a pose of public reserve, Mr. McConnell expressed horror to advisers last week after Mr. Trump's comments equating white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., with protesters who rallied against them. Mr. Trump's most explosive remarks came at a news conference in Manhattan, where he stood beside Ms. Chao. (Ms. Chao, deflecting a question about the tensions between her husband and the president she serves, told reporters, "I stand by my man — both of them.")

Mr. McConnell signaled to business leaders that he was deeply uncomfortable with Mr. Trump's comments: Several who resigned advisory roles in the Trump administration contacted Mr. McConnell's office after the fact, and were told that Mr. McConnell fully understood their choices, three people briefed on the conversations said.

Mr. Trump has also continued to badger and threaten Mr. McConnell's Senate colleagues, including Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, whose Republican primary challenger was praised by Mr. Trump last week.

Mr. Trump was set to hold a campaign rally on Tuesday night in Phoenix, and Republicans feared he would use the event to savage Mr. Flake again.

If he does, senior Republican officials said the party's senators would stand up for their colleague. A Republican "super PAC" aligned with Mr. McConnell released a web ad on Tuesday assailing Mr. Flake's Republican rival, Kelli Ward, as a fringe-dwelling conspiracy theorist.

[Video: "ChemtrailKelli," an attack ad released by a Republican "super PAC" aligned with Mr. McConnell. Watch on YouTube.]

"ChemtrailKelli," an attack ad released by a Republican "super PAC" aligned with Mr. McConnell.

Video by Senate Leadership Fund

"When it comes to the Senate, there's an Article 5 understanding: An attack against one is an attack against all," said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who has found himself in Mr. Trump's sights many times, invoking the NATO alliance's mutual defense doctrine.

The fury among Senate Republicans toward Mr. Trump has been building since last month, even before he lashed out at Mr. McConnell. Some of them blame the president for not being able to rally the party around any version of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, accusing him of not knowing even the basics about the policy. Senate Republicans also say strong-arm tactics from the White House backfired, making it harder to cobble together votes and have left bad feelings in the caucus.

When Mr. Trump addressed a Boy Scouts jamboree last month in West Virginia, White House aides told Senator Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican from the state whose support was in doubt, that she could only accompany him on Air Force One if she committed to voting for the health care bill. She declined the invitation, noting that she could not commit to voting for a measure she had not seen, according to Republican briefed on the conversation.

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska told colleagues that when Mr. Trump's interior secretary threatened to pull back federal funding for her state, she felt boxed in and unable to vote for the health care bill.

In a show of solidarity, albeit one planned well before Mr. Trump took aim at Mr. Flake, Mr. McConnell will host a $1,000-per-person dinner on Friday in Kentucky for the Arizona senator, as well as for Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, who is also facing a Trump-inspired primary race next year, and Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska. Mr. Flake is expected to attend the event.

Former Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, a Republican who is close to Mr. McConnell, said frustration with Mr. Trump was boiling over in the chamber. Mr. Gregg blamed the president for undermining congressional leaders, and said the House and Senate would have to govern on their own if Mr. Trump "can't participate constructively."

"Failure to do things like keeping the government open and passing a tax bill is the functional equivalent of playing Russian roulette with all the chambers loaded," Mr. Gregg said.

Others in the party divide blame between Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell. Al Hoffman, a former finance chairman of the Republican National Committee who has been supportive of Mr. McConnell, said Mr. McConnell was culpable because he has failed to deliver legislative victories. "Ultimately, it's been Mitch's responsibility, and I don't think he's done much," Mr. Hoffman said.

But Mr. Hoffman predicted that Mr. McConnell would likely outlast the president.

"I think he's going to blow up, self-implode," Mr. Hoffman said of Mr. Trump. "I wouldn't be surprised if McConnell pulls back his support of Trump and tries to go it alone."

An all-out clash between Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell would play out between men whose strengths and weaknesses are very different. Mr. Trump is a political amateur, still unschooled in the ways of Washington, but he maintains a viselike grip on the affections of the Republican base. Mr. McConnell is a soft-spoken career politician, with virtuoso mastery of political fund-raising and tactics, but he had no mass following to speak of.

Mr. McConnell, while baffled at Mr. Trump's penchant for internecine attacks, is a ruthless pragmatist and has given no overt indication that he plans to seek more drastic conflict. Despite his private battles with Mr. Trump, Mr. McConnell has sent reassuring signals with his public conduct: On Monday, he appeared in Louisville, Ky., with Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, for a discussion of tax policy.

Mr. McConnell's Senate colleagues, however, have grown bolder. The combination of the president's frontal attacks on Senate Republicans and his claim that there were "fine people" marching with white supremacists in Charlottesville has emboldened lawmakers to criticize Mr. Trump in withering terms.

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee rebuked Mr. Trump last week for failing to "demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence" required of presidents. On Monday, Senator Susan Collins of Maine said in a television interview that she was uncertain Mr. Trump would be the Republican presidential nominee in 2020.

There are few recent precedents for the rift. The last time a president turned on a legislative leader of his own party was in 2002, when allies of George W. Bush helped force Trent Lott to step down as Senate minority leader after racially charged remarks at a birthday party for Senator Strom Thurmond, Republican of South Carolina.

For the moment, Mr. McConnell appears to be far more secure in his position, and perhaps immune to coercion from the White House. Republicans are unlikely to lose control of the Senate in 2018, and Mr. Trump has no allies in the Senate who have shown an appetite for combat with Mr. McConnell.

Still, some allies of Mr. Trump on the right — including Stephen K. Bannon, who stepped down last week as Mr. Trump's chief strategist — welcome more direct conflict with Mr. McConnell and congressional Republicans.

Roger J. Stone Jr., a Republican strategist who has advised Mr. Trump for decades, said the president needed to "take a scalp" in order to force cooperation from Republican elites who have resisted his agenda. Mr. Stone urged Mr. Trump to make an example of one or more Republicans, like Mr. Flake, who have refused to give full support to his administration.

"The president should start bumping off incumbent Republican members of Congress in primaries," Mr. Stone said. "If he did that, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan would wet their pants and the rest of the Republicans would get in line."

But Mr. McConnell's allies warn that the president should be wary of doing anything that could jeopardize the Senate Republican majority.

"The quickest way for him to get impeached is for Trump to knock off Jeff Flake and Dean Heller and be faced with a Democrat-led Senate," said Billy Piper, a lobbyist and former McConnell chief of staff.

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