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Akankwasa fled seeks fredom in exile

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  • The novelist was detained shortly after Christmas and later charged with “offensive communication” in a case that has raised international concern, with the European Union among those calling for a “comprehensive investigation” into rights abuses in Uganda.

A prominent Ugandan novelist who was charged with insulting President Yoweri Museveni and his son has fled the country out of fear for his life, his lawyer said Wednesday.

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Singer Adekunle Gold speaks on battle with sickle cell

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Popular Nigerian singer Adekunle Kosoko, professionally called Adekunle Gold, has finally opened up about his battle with sickle cell.

The singer stated that he was diagnosed with sickle cell at birth.

He paid tribute to sickle cell survivors during his latest stage performance.

In a now trending video on the internet, he expressed gratitude to God for a successful career and global recognition without significant health setbacks. He encouraged those with similar health challenges to remain resilient and determined in pursuing their life goals.

The singer, however, dedicated his performance of the song “5 Star” to sickle cell survivors.

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Women sent back to Napak, given community service for putting children on Kampala streets to beg

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The Kampala Capital City Authority -City Hall Court has sent more than 100 Karamojong mothers back to Napak for rehabilitation and to serve a one-month community service sentence for sending their children to the streets to beg.

On Thursday, the Grade One Magistrate Edgar Karakire found the mothers guilty of sending children to beg in a public place. They have been on remand in Luzira Prison for three weeks.

Trouble for the mothers started last month, when they were rounded up by KCCA Law Enforcement Officers from various streets in the city during preparations for the recently concluded NAM and G77  conferences in Kampala.

They were arraigned before the Court for plea-taking and later remanded to prison after pleading not guilty to the charge against them.

At City Hall Court, the women who were carrying their children, however, pleaded guilty and asked the court for leniency arguing that they had not wasted the court’s time. They also asked to be sent back to Napak to start a new life with their children.

The court accepted their pleas since the KCCA prosecutor Hillary Musiimenta left it to the court’s discretion to hand an appropriate punishment.

Karakire noted that the offence of sending children to beg on the streets is so rampant but considered the mothers’ plight some of whom are widows and have no source of income to look after the children.

Although the offense attracts a maximum jail term of six months upon conviction, the Magistrate ordered that they be returned to Napak for rehabilitation and also do community service as a punishment. He further cautioned them against sending their children back to the streets.

The court also ordered that in case the mothers fail to serve their punishment, they will be jailed for one month.

This is not the first time that the Karamojong mothers have been convicted by the same court over the same charges.

In August 2022, Grade One Magistrate Jane Tibagonzeka found a group of 25 women from the Karamoja sub-region guilty of sending their children on the streets to beg and sentenced them to serve a jail term of three months.

In June 2022, the KCCA passed a Children’s Protection Ordinance which makes it punishable for one to send children on the streets to beg.

The same law criminalizes children loitering in public places soliciting for money, vending, or hawking and it also bans the sale of alcohol to children. According to the ordinance, anyone who breaches this law will be jailed for six months or pay a fine of two currency points(40,000 Uganda shillings ) or both.

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Momo19 and Daxx Kartel welcome twins

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Momo19 officially got married to Daxx Kartel in 2021. The two had been dating for over 7 years by the time of their marriage.

After the wedding the couple immediately broke up and their relationship was all over in the media. Momo19 had moved on telling Daxx Kartel that she is ready to return the dowry that was paid

The two came back to their normal senses and worked out on things hence restarting their relationship for the better.

Ever since the saga, Momo19 was so scarse on social media. She decided to keep her silence and focus on her relationship and marriage.

For the past 9 months Momo19 wasn’t jnb the media. There was rumour saying she was pregnant and now she has welcomed twins.

Momo19 and Daxx Kartel haven’t said anything about the giving birth and pregnant to the public

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