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Trump arrives in Japan not bothered by North Korea ‘firing off small weapons’ : Sleepy Joe is also Swampman

U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, landed in Japan on Saturday on a largely ceremonial visit meant to showcase strong ties with Tokyo even as trade tensions loom.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will treat Trump to an imperial banquet and front row seats at a sumo tournament during the trip, which lasts through Tuesday.

The two men share a warm relationship, which the Japanese leader aims to emphasize as Washington mulls tariffs on Japanese auto exports that the Trump administration views as a potential national security threat.

The United States is in the middle of an expensive trade war with China in protest against Beijing’s treatment of U.S. companies, and tensions with Japan and the European Union over trade are simmering.

Trump and Abe are expected to discuss trade during talks on Monday, but officials have played down the possibility of a deal during the visit.

Trump will become the first foreign leader to be received by new Japanese Emperor Naruhito since he inherited the throne earlier this month.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday dismissed concerns about recent missile launches from North Korea and said he was confident that the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, would keep promises that he had made.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a Japanese business leaders event in Tokyo, Japan May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me,” he said on Twitter.

The president, who left his second summit with Kim earlier this year in Vietnam without a peace deal, has put enormous value in their personal relationship, despite actions by North Korea that others consider provocative.

Trump is expected to discuss concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his stay in Tokyo.

In his tweet, the president, who is running for re-election in 2020, knocked his potential Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, misspelling his name and taking pleasure in the North Korean leader’s sharp rhetoric about a fellow American.

Trump said in the tweet that he smiled when Kim “called Swampman Joe Bidan a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?”

Trump regularly uses derisive nicknames to target his political opponents.

Trump’s remarks came after U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Saturday that North Korea’s recent missile launches violated a U.N. Security Council resolution.

Earlier this month Kim oversaw the first flight of a previously untested weapon – a relatively small, fast missile experts believe will be easier to hide, launch and maneuver in flight.

High tension: Rwandan forces shoot 2 dead inside Uganda territory

Uganda Police this morning confirmed that two men, a Ugandan and Rwandan were killed in the shooting.

The incident, that’s believed to be connected to the continuing diplomatic row between the two countries, happened at Hamisavu trading center in Kamwezi Sub County, Rukiga District.

Kenyan court refuses to scrap anti-gay laws

Kenya’s high court refused to scrap laws criminalising homosexuality on Friday in a blow to the gay community that is set to ripple across a continent where homophobia is rife.
Gay rights organisations had hoped Kenya would follow in the footsteps of African nations like Angola, or those further afield like India, and end decades-old laws which criminalise gay sex.

FDC leader’s son killed by his captors, body dumped in Mukono

A youth who went missing last week in Mukono has been found dead and his body dumped in bushes of Mukono.

Ronald Sebunya disappeared last week while he was sent out by his boss to pay suppliers.

Uganda attempts to distance itself from Rwandan terrorist – Rwandan Media

In what is already being seen as a lame attempt by Kampala to disassociate itself from Rwandan terrorist mastermind Callixte Nsabimana “Sankara”, the New Vision newspaper has published an article saying Uganda “has dismissed claims by Nsabimana that his rebel group was collaborating with its military against a neighbour.”

The paper in its issue of today Saturday 25 May 2019 – which was already on the streets by Friday evening – quoted State Minister for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem calling “rubbish” what Callixte Nsabimana confessed about his associations with Uganda and its military intelligence.

Tycoon Ntake son in-law commits suicide

Ntakke Group of Companies manager also a son in-law to Kampala business mogul Lule Ntake Manager Arthur Kizito 44, committed suicide at his Sseguku home. Kizito’s wife the daughter of Ntakke Moureen was called by the son who saw the father hanging in the birth room at 5:00PM in the evening.

Mr Kizito has been a very humble person and hard working. He worked in UK before returning to Uganda and started working as the manager of Ntakke Group of Companies.

Masaka DP youth leader pleads to MP Nambooze not to stand for a fourth term

Democratic Party (DP) Masaka youth leader Kasekende Ronald has attacked Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke over her continued attacks on Kyadondo East legislator Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu also popularly known as Bobi Wine during a town hall meeting in the US at the beginning of this week.

Kasekende claims that Hon. Nambooze attacked Bobi Wine in her submissions on a social platform (Kimeeza) in Boston, USA.

Gen Muntu bars Bobi Wine from addressing ANT launch – People Power annoyed

Founder of the newly launched political party The Alliance for National Transformation, the former president for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Gen. Gregory Mugisha Muntu is under attack by People Power supporters after denying People Power Movement supreme leader who doubles as the area MP for Kyadondo East county, Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu popularly known as Bobi Wine a chance to address the congregation at Serena International Conference Center, Kampala on Wednesday 22nd May 2019.

Court orders gov’t to pay Lord Mayor Lukwago 500 m

The Court of Appeal has dismissed government’s application seeking to challenge the reinstatement in office of Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

A panel of three Justices Kenneth Kakuru, Stephen Musota and Christopher Madrama dismissed the application challenging Justice Lydia Mugambe’s orders to reinstate Lukwago on grounds that it had no merit.

Residents protest oil pipeline valuation process

Residents of Lwengo, Rakai, and Kyotera districts have protested the irregularities in the valuation process of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project.

Total Uganda contracted NEWPLAN Limited to carry out the mapping and valuation exercise. It rolled out operations around April 2018.

In Lwengo district, at least over 150 households in Lwengo Town Council, Lwengo rural and Ndagwe sub-county claim the company failed to follow guidelines of such a big project which may affect the whole process.

Buganda Radio (CBS) local sports presenter rotting at Kiruddu hospital, lacks medical bills

Central Broadcasting Services (CBS) a Buganda Kingdom owned radio station local sports presenter Yusufu Baliruno popularly known as Baliruno of Uganda is rotting at Kiruddu referral hospital in Makindye division Kampala, after lacking fees to pay medical bills.

Arab countries, Egypt will not allow Sudan to hand power to civilians

There are at least a dozen reasons, some fictitious, why Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) appears reluctant to give up power, but protest groups are becoming increasingly aware that the two major Gulf states  Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates  and Egypt have a vested interest in ensuring the army remains in power. With the scheduled visit of the Deputy President, Mohammed Hamdan, of the Military Council to Saudi Arabia yesterday, press reports have surfaced about the Gulf’s intervention to derail the agreement struck between the TMC and the protest groups led by Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF).

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi charged with corruption

The president of French football champion Paris Saint-Germain has been charged by Parisian prosecutors with corruption in relation to a $3.5 million payment over the organization of the World Athletics Championships in Qatar, a judiciary source told CNN Thursday.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi became chief executive of Paris Saint-Germain in 2011, the free-spending Ligue 1 club which is owned by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), the country’s sovereign wealth fund.

India class fire kills at least 19 students

At least 19 students have died in a fire at a school in India, officials said.

Students were seen jumping and falling from the building in the western city of Surat as black smoke billowed from windows.

Trump to pardon U.S. soldiers accused of war crimes

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was considering pardons for “two or three” American soldiers charged with war crimes, a move he also said would be controversial but justified because they had been treated “unfairly.”

Trump told reporters at the White House that he had not decided yet on the cases but may wait until the accused stood trial before deciding whether to grant them pardons.

Uganda Parliament approves UGX 40.5 Trillion Budget without debate

Parliament has on Friday in an unprecedented manner passed the 2019/2020 budget totalling 40.48 trillion Shillings without debate on the budget committee report.

The report was presented on Thursday afternoon by the committee Chairperson Amos Lugoloobi as well as a minority report by Butambala County MP Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi.