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Trump pleads not guilty to federal charges that he tried to overturn the 2020 election.

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Former US President Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty in a Washington DC court to conspiring to overturn his 2020 election defeat.

During a short arraignment, he spoke softly to confirm his not-guilty plea, name and age, and that he was not under the influence of any substances.

He later told reporters the case was “persecution of a political opponent”.

It marks the former president’s third appearance in four months as a criminal defendant.

Mr Trump entered through a backdoor of the courthouse on Thursday afternoon in the centre of the nation’s capital, just yards from the scene of the US Capitol riot that is central to the prosecution’s case.

About 1,000 defendants charged with participating in the storming of Congress on 6 January 2021 have appeared in the same court building.

The former president seemed to exchange glances across the court with Jack Smith, the special counsel leading the investigation.

Mr Trump was seen twiddling his thumbs as he sat waiting for the hearing to begin, and he shook his head as the clerk read out the case number.

His not-guilty plea covered the four charges in this latest indictment:

  • conspiracy to defraud the US
  • conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding
  • obstruction of an official proceeding
  • conspiracy against the rights of citizens

Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya told the former president not to communicate about the facts of the case.

She warned him that failure to comply could result in an arrest warrant, revoked release conditions and contempt of court charges.

Prosecutors told the hearing the case would benefit from a speedy trial.

But Trump defence attorney John Lauro said they would need more time to prepare. He said the prosecution’s timeline was “somewhat absurd” given that the investigation itself had taken three years.

The allegations laid out on Tuesday in an indictment, or charge sheet, include a count of “conspiracy to impair, obstruct, and defeat the federal government function through dishonesty, fraud and deceit”.

Mr Trump lost the 2020 election to his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, but he refused to concede and mounted weeks of challenges across several US states.

He is currently the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican White House nomination and may face a rematch with Mr Biden.

Speaking to reporters before flying home to New Jersey in his private plane, Mr Trump said his arraignment was a “very sad day for America”.

He told reporters he was sad to see “the filth and the decay and all of the broken buildings and walls and the graffiti” in Washington DC.

Outside court, one of his lawyers previewed a possible defence strategy.

Alina Habba argued that the former president had been given bad guidance by his team in the aftermath of the election.

 “I think that everybody was made aware that he lost the election, but that doesn’t mean that that was the only advice he was given,” said Ms Habba.

She added: “He may not agree with Mike Pence. He may not agree with one of his lawyers.

“But that doesn’t mean there weren’t other people advising him exactly the opposite. And the president has a right, as every one of us do, to listen to several opinions and make a decision.”

The indictment lists six unnamed co-conspirators who allegedly helped Mr Trump plot to quash his election loss.

Three police officers who testified to Congress about their battle with Trump supporters during the US Capitol riot attended Thursday’s court hearing. Several off-duty judges were also in the room.

A group of supporters waving Trump campaign flags assembled outside, along with anti-Trump demonstrators.

The next hearing will take place on 28 August and is expected to be procedural. However, the judge may set a trial date.

The Republican has already been charged in two other cases: with mishandling classified files and falsifying business records to cover up a hush-money payment to a porn star.

Mr Trump now faces five upcoming trials – three in New York, over the hush-money payment, and civil trials over business practices and alleged defamation of a woman who accused him of rape.

The fourth trial will take place in Florida relating to the alleged mishandling of classified documents.

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Ntoroko Edges Kyaka in Thrilling Tooro Kingdom MTN Masaza Cup

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Agripping showdown at the Humura playground in Kyegegwa district, Ntoroko County FC
secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Kyaka County FC, knocking them out of the Tooro Kingdom
MTN Masaza Cup. Kaswara Ason's decisive 34th-minute goal, the only score in an entertaining
game filled with missed opportunities, sealed Kyaka’s fate in the tournament.
Kyaka FC started the match on a strong note, with Frank Asiimwe showcasing his skills early
on. His solo run in the opening moments set the stage for multiple chances, though none found
the back of the net. Despite their spirited performance, Kyaka couldn't convert their dominance
into goals.
The game, played under challenging weather conditions due to a heavy downpour, saw
moments of high drama. Thomas Mugisa, making his tournament debut, posed a constant
threat. His appeals for a penalty in the 81st minute after a challenge from Ntoroko defender
Michael Bwamble were, however, waved away by the referee, adding to Kyaka’s frustrations as
they hunted for an equalizer.
Ntoroko's victory ensured their spot in the semifinals, joining Burahya, who also advanced as
the best losers of the group stage. Ntoroko County Member of Parliament, Gerald Rwemulikya,
praised his team for their resilience and performance. "Kyaka was at home and they created
many chances. This was our first time playing at Humura playground, but we managed to get a
well-deserved win. I want to congratulate my players and wish them luck in the next stage,"
Rwemulikya said.
Elsewhere in the tournament, Kyaka County became the fourth team to be eliminated, following
Kitagwenda, Kibaale, and Mwenge North. Their exit left the Kyaka county supporters in silence,
contemplating what might have been.
Tooro Kingdom's sports minister, Wandera Michael Enganjani, highlighted the broader
significance of the annual sports tournaments. "These tournaments are meant to promote
talents and fight against HIV/AIDS, which is very high in Fort Portal according to a Uganda AIDS
Commission survey," he said. Enganjani commended MTN Uganda for their continuous support
and promised unwavering cooperation in future events.
Aggrey Byaruhanga, MTN's regional marketing officer, reiterated the importance of health and
safety among the participants and supporters. "I appeal to Tooro Kingdom subjects to continue
testing for HIV and using condoms if they cannot abstain," Byaruhanga stated.
Looking ahead, the Tooro Kingdom MTN Masaza Cup will feature a clash between Fort Portal
City and Bunyangabu County next Sunday at the King Oyo Sports Complex in Bukwali at 3 PM.
The Tooro Kingdom MTN Masaza Cup continues to deliver thrilling football action, with
community engagement and health awareness being vital components of the event's mission.

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Huawei provides a preferred hybrid cloud to accelerate industry intelligence for Africa

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[Johannesburg, South Africa] Huawei recently announced the launch of its Huawei Cloud Stack 8.3
offering at the Huawei Africa Connect 2024 conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The launch of the offering was announced in a keynote speech delivered by Hu Yuhai, Vice President
of Huawei Hybrid Cloud. Titled, "Leap to Cloud to Accelerate Industrial Intelligence", the speech also
saw Hu provide details on how Huawei Cloud Stack provides trusted cloud infrastructure, innovative
cloud service abilities and extensive industry know-how to help government and enterprise
customers in Africa accelerate cloud adoption.

In line with this, Huawei Cloud has ramped up investments in Africa to support the continent's
development into an intelligent digital hub. The journey began in 2018, with the launch of Africa's
first public cloud region of Huawei Cloud in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was followed by a
significant expansion in June, 2024, with the launch of Northern Africa's first public cloud region of
Huawei Cloud in Cairo, Egypt. Huawei Cloud has been recognised as one of the fastest-growing cloud
providers in the world.

"Huawei Cloud strives to be the preferred cloud for intelligent transformation,” said Hu. As per our
mission statement of being, ‘In Africa, For Africa’, we are ready to work alongside our customers and
partners with better technologies, industry solutions, and ecosystem resources."

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Hu Yuhai, Vice President of Huawei Hybrid Cloud

Huawei’s expanded cloud activity reflects the fact that government and enterprise customers in
Africa are keen to embrace intelligent and digital transformation. Huawei Cloud is dedicated to
offering an industry-leading hybrid cloud solution, empowering customers to spark cloud innovation.
Huawei Cloud Stack 8.3 boasts a wide array of enhanced cloud services and features to provide a
trusted, more resilient cloud native foundation. It boosts innovation in the following key areas and
making new technologies locally available as fast as possible:
 Trusted cloud infrastructure: Huawei has continuously invested in foundational software and
hardware technologies alike, has established secure, reliable, and open cloud native infrastructure,
and provides green, low-carbon IT hardware and data center infrastructure. Huawei aims to lay a
robust foundation for digital transformation in Africa.
 Innovative cloud service abilities: Huawei leverages data and AI technologies to provide
numerous cloud services, aiming to help customers unleash the value of data and enhance data
sovereignty.
 Extensive industry know-how: Huawei provides a series of professional services, covering
high-level design, service planning, implementation, and deliveries, based on robust experience from
numerous global projects. Huawei looks to work with more industry partners to help customers
accelerate intelligent and digital transformation.

In Africa, For Africa: Huawei Cloud Stack accelerates industry intelligence for Africa with three
strengths

During the conference, Huawei also held its "Leap2Cloud"event, which attracted more than 300
enterprise executives and IDC experts customers from diverse sectors like government, finance,
transportation, and energy in Sub-Saharan Africa. They came together to share their insights and
collaboratively explore pathways for a leap to the cloud.

During the event, Bai Yan, Vice President of Huawei Cloud for the Southern Africa Region, delivered a
keynote speech titled, "Huawei Cloud Stack, the Preferred Cloud for Africa Industry Digitalisation."

"As industry customers drive forward with cloud adoption and intelligent transformation, they
encountered certain challenges, such as unforeseen issues with submarine optical cables, inefficient
methods of acquiring cloud resources, and concerns over data sovereignty,” he said. “Huawei Cloud
Stack helps them address these challenges with three strengths. It provides on-premised, reliable

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and secure cloud infrastructure, as well as offers an extensive suite of over 110 cloud
services—unmatched in the industry—alongside a diversified partner ecosystem. All these are
designed to help government and enterprise customers in Africa accelerate industry intelligence."

Bai Yan, Vice President of Huawei Cloud for the Sub-Saharan Africa Region

Huawei Cloud is eager to enhance cooperation with industry customers and partners to develop
scenario-specific solutions tailored to industry needs in Africa and create a thriving local digital
ecosystem together.

"Digital transformation is currently experiencing an exponential growth,” said Xiao Yi, President of
Huawei Cloud’s Global Ecosystem Solution Department. “We are stepping into the era of intelligence.
Huawei Cloud looks forward to joining hands with African partners to build a new foundation for an
intelligent world, develop digital solutions, and reshape industries with intelligence."

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Xiao Yi, President of Huawei Cloud Global Ecosystem Solution Dept

With innovative technologies and a vast array of industry-specific solutions, Huawei Cloud Stack
currently serves more than 5,500 government and enterprise customers around the world, leading
multiple markets, such as the hybrid cloud markets in China and the emerging Asia-Pacific region.

Moving forward, Huawei Cloud will continue to spur innovation, expand industry know-how, and
develop more customer-centric services to help more African customers move to, use, and manage
the cloud better. Huawei Cloud looks forward to joining hands with more African customers to
unlock new opportunities in industry intelligence and create an intelligent future.

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CONGS: 450 MEDICS GRADUATES AT ST FRANCIS SCHOOLS OF HEALTH SCIENCES

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St. Francis School of Health science Medics Urged to uphold Ethics and serve with Dedication
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor Makerere University, through  Dr. Richard Muhindo delivered a powerful message at the ninth Graduation Ceremony of St. Francis schools of health science Namataba Mukono district.
Addressing 450 Graduates who were awarded nursing and midwifery certificates, Prof. Nawangwe emphasized the sacred nature of their profession and called on the graduates to shun extortion in healthcare services.
Furthermore, Nawangwe underscored the gravity of the responsibility entrusted to healthcare practitioners, urging them to approach patient care with unwavering vigilance. He urged them to exercise caution and precision in their interactions with patients.
Lugazi Diocese Bishop emeritus Rt. Rev. Dr. Mathias Ssekamanya, the guest of honour celebrant at the ceremony, lauded the graduates for their dedication to a path dedicated to preserving lives. He urged them to remain resolute in upholding the ethical standards of the medical profession.
Bishop Ssekamanya stressed that being a healthcare worker is not merely a job, but a divine calling from God to save lives. He urged practitioners to uphold the professional commitments they made, emphasizing the unethical practice of extracting money from the sick in exchange for their services.
Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examination Board – UNMEB executive secretary Birungi Nsamba Harriet, commended the founders of the institute and urged them to maintain the quality of the graduates, Ms Birungi urged the graduates to have discipline towards the patients they treat in hospitals.
Dr. Bossa Kiwanuka, the Principal of St. Francis  School of health science Nursing and Midwifery, commended the ministry of education’s guidance to the institute at every step they take.
Bossa applauded the parents for supporting the institute by sending their daughters and sons at st. Francis in big numbers

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