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Mulago hospital fined Shs 50 million over missing newborn.

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Justice Phillip Odoki of the High court has ordered Mulago hospital to pay Shs 50 million to a 47-year-old woman as compensation for the psychological torture and trauma she suffered when they lost her baby.

Odoki observed that the failure of the hospital to give Nakayima her baby after birth and provide her with information concerning the whereabouts of her baby, dead or alive is a violation of her rights to health under Article 45 of the Constitution and other International Human Rights Instruments.

In 2016, Nakayima and the Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) sued the executive director of Mulago hospital together with the Attorney General seeking orders that the hospital surrender her baby dead or alive. They also wanted damages for the violation of her human rights and those of her child. 

They stated that failure to give information on the whereabouts of her child subjected her to psychological torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.

According to Nakayima, she went to Mulago to deliver, where after a cesarean, she was told that her baby boy measuring 3.5kg had lived for a short while and died. However, she was never been shown the body. She said that they tried to engage the hospital director for a response but in vain. Justice Odoki emphasized that Nakayima suffered terrible psychological torture which affected her mental well-being and was a violation of her right to health because all her efforts to secure her baby after delivery, dead, or alive were futile.  

Dorothy Amuron, CEHURD’s acting director of programmes welcomed the ruling that underscores the importance of safety in public health facilities in Uganda. She said that Nakayima’s case is the fourth that CEHURD has handled.

Amuron implored the government to put in place a mechanism that ensures the effective tracing of newborn babies from the point of delivery to the point of departure from the health facility, noting that this case implies that public health facilities are accountable for any loss of a newborn child.

This is not the first time that the courts of law have ordered Mulago hospital to pay damages for a missing child. In 2012, a couple Jennifer Musimenta and Michael Mubangizi sued the hospital after their child went missing at birth, and days later, the hospital reportedly gave them a baby who had just died.

However, the couple went ahead to do DNA tests which confirmed that the body was not of their child. Justice Lydia Mugambe in 2017 ordered the hospital to pay the couple Shs 85 million following a successful case filed on behalf of the couple by CEHURD.

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Presidential system to be adopted by Osun.

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The Chairman of the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, OSSIEC, Hashim Abioye has once again reiterated that the presidential system of government will be adopted for the local government election in the state.

The Osun State House of Assembly in 2022 passed the OSSIEC Law, 2022 which readopted the presidential system.

The OSSIEC chairman also stated that the basis for the adoption of the system was premised on the Electoral Act, 2022 which was passed by the National Assembly.

In his words, “OSSIEC Law, 2022 stipulated the presidential system for the local government poll in Osun State.

“That is what we will adopt for the local government election in Osun in 2025. The Electoral Act, 2022 will be complied with in totality. OSSIEC will not go against it.”

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Benon and Vamposs share rehearsal teaser videos

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The much-awaited fifth episode of Tusker Malt Conversessions is about to drop, and oh boy, it’s going to be a musical rollercoaster like no other!

The teaser videos that have been circulated on social media have left fans tapping their feet in anticipation as the dynamic duo, Benon and Vamposs, gear up to deliver a heart-warming episode.

The teaser gives us a sneak peek into the rehearsals where Benon, with his signature smile, promises fans, “just be ready for surprises, and I think people should expect a premium Benon & Vamposs.”

These two maestros have been instrumental in shaping the Ugandan music scene, and now they’re back to spill the beans on their journey, success, and maybe a bit of their infamous banter.

“The creative process has been hectic; we still have the chemistry, and I think it’s something that comes from performing together for a long time and the many years we have crafted our art…,” reveals Benon in the teaser.

But it’s not all serious. Vamposs can be heard poking fun at Benon’s love life, adding a dash of humour to the mix. “I don’t see where you even got this love that you are writing about except lying to this crowd,” he jokes.

On a more sombre note, Vamposs shares, “We have a lot of different stories. We are working with the band to see how mellow we can get. It’s not going to be all that rough,” hinting at a different stage presence which will be more intimate in comparison to their usual vibrant performances.

Music lovers should save the date; Sunday, March 3. The fifth episode of Tusker Malt Conversessions featuring Benon & Vamposs will be live on the Tusker Malt and Swangz Avenue YouTube channel at 6 pm. Don’t miss out on the chance to witness the magic, the music, and the memories.

You can also catch up on previous episodes featuring the likes of Kenneth Mugabi, Lilian Mbabazi, The Mith, and Juliana both YouTube pages.

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Ronald Mayinja reveals the inspiration behind his classic song “Necklace”

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Renowned Ugandan singer Ronald Mayinja has shared the story behind his popular song “Necklace.” Born in 1976 in Benja-Gomba, Ronald Mayinja has produced numerous hit songs throughout his career.

Necklace, in particular, has remained one of the favourites among fans, especially those in love. At a press conference for his upcoming concert Old is Gold Mayinja at 49, the singer disclosed that the inspiration for the song came from his girlfriend Julie.

Julie, who attended boarding school while Mayinja was in day school, sparked his fears of losing her to someone else. He penned down “Necklace” as a request for her to entrust her necklace to him to cherish in her absence.

However, after receiving advice from Mariam Ndagire, Mayinja decided to make the song more relatable by expanding its meaning beyond his personal experience.

He hence created a song that resonated with anyone who has ever been in a long-distance relationship or felt the ache of missing someone they love.

He crafted lyrics that painted a vivid picture of two souls yearning for each other’s presence, using the metaphor of a necklace to symbolize the connection they shared.

Over the years, “Necklace” has remained a timeless classic in Ugandan music. Its universal theme and emotional resonance have allowed it to transcend time and continue to touch the hearts of listeners, regardless of age or background.

Mayinja’s decision to expand the song’s scope and make it relatable to a wider audience proved to be a stroke of genius, cementing his status as a celebrated veteran musician in Uganda.

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