Hoima schools struggle with work attendance biometric system

When the government of Uganda introduced the Teachers’ Effectiveness and Learners’ Achievement (TELA) system in March 2023, everyone expected an improvement in teachers’ attendance. TELA is a time-on-task performance management system designed to monitor the real-time attendance of teachers and headteachers using a smartphone with Global Positioning System and Biometric features. The system works by […]


Hoima City launches tree planting drive

In a major stride towards environmental conservation, Absa Bank and Hostalite Limited have collaborated with Hoima City authorities to initiate a tree-planting campaign of 50,000 indigenous tree species. The initiative which is part of the efforts to minimise environmental degradation encompasses a diverse array of trees, including fruit varieties such as Mangoes, Jackfruits, Avocados, Guavas, […]


Hoima Chairperson insists on ‘controversial’ Vice Chairman nominee

The Hoima district LC5 Chairperson, Uthiman Mubarak Mugisa, has stood firm on his decision to nominate John Kwemara, the Kisukuma sub-county councilor, as his vice chairman despite the council’s rejection. This decision comes after the council meeting held on Thursday at the district headquarters in Kasingo Cell, West Division in Hoima City, where Kwemara’s nomination […]


Bunyoro honours Omukama Kabaleega’s legacy with inaugural Independence run

On October 7, the Bunyoro-Kitara kingdom, in collaboration with the Kabaleega Foundation, launched the inaugural Kabaleega Independence Run at Hoima Booma grounds in Hoima city. The run, part of the “Celebrating a Hero’s Legacy, Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow” initiative, saw thousands from all walks of life participate, celebrating the remarkable legacy of Omukama Daudi […]


Stakeholders call for comprehensive civic education ahead of 2026 general elections

Stakeholders have emphasised the critical need for comprehensive civic education, targeting individuals at all levels in preparation for the 2026 general elections. They believe that such education can address the challenges that have marred past elections in Uganda, including low voter turnout, voter bribery, political persecution, and campaign violence. A well-implemented civic education programme, they […]


Our release was not negotiated with government-bailed MPs

Bailed legislators, Allan Ssewanyana and Muhammad Ssegirinya have clarified to the public that there was no need for negotiations in their release from prison. The National Unity Platform (NUP) legislators were addressing journalists in Kampala City on Wednesday. Since their release on February 13, after 17months without trial, the Makindye West legislator Ssewanyana and the […]

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Why the confusion in Hoima Central Market

Hoima Central Market is no different from the confusion exhibited in other markets across the country. The two-storey modern market which was commissioned on October 7, 2014 at a cost of sh11b under the Market and Agriculture Trade Improvement Project (MATIP) to date faces challenges of poor sanitation, unpaid water and electricity bills. The water […]

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PLE Results Released, Mathematics, English Performance Improves

The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) today released the 2022 Primary Leaving Examinations results which has indicated a percentage increase in performance of the mathematics subject. The results has revealed that 6.3% of the approximately 52,450 candidates out of the registered 832,659 from 14,691 school centres which is higher than 749,761 in 2021, have been […]

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Hoima at Risk of Running Out of Drinking Water?

Emmanuel Kaahwa recollects how the community used to clear banks along Bigajuka stream in Kiganda cell occasionally because it would act as a recreation centre where people would sit and feel the cool breeze in the evening hours. Around 1997, the stream was a reliable water source for locals of Kinubi, Kikwite, Bujumbira East and […]

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Engaging children during this long holiday

Schools in Uganda faced early closures for the end of the 2022 academic calendar as the government moved to contain an Ebola outbreak which has so far killed 56 people, including eight children. Although vilified by experts for early closures as the learners have already fallen far behind in learning following COVID-19 disruptions, the learners […]