Former Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Minister, Maria Mutagamba has passed on.
Mrs Mutagamba, aged 64, died this Saturday afternoon at Case Hospital in Kampala.
The sad news was delivered by Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health Dr Diana Atwine who said she was saddened by the passing of the former minister.
I am saddened by the passing on of Hon Maria Mutagamba .May Her Soul rest in eternal peace
— Dr. Diana Atwine (@Atwine_Diana) June 24, 2017
Minster Mutagamba has been battling Gallstone, a condition that affects the digestive system.
She was transferred to Case Hospital in Kampala weeks ago, having been transferred from Rubaga Hospital as her condition deteriorated.
Mutagamba served in as the Tourism Minister from 2012 to 2016.
Previously she has been Minister of Water and Environment and also served as MP Rakai district from 2001 until 2016
Former Presidential Candidate and head of the People’s Development Party (PDP) Dr Abed Bwanika is calling for a referendum for Ugandans to determine whether or not the country’s constitution should be amended to remove limitations on the age qualifications of the President.
The call will likely embolden the already mounting debate on Article 102 of the National Constitution which caps the presidential age limit at 75 years.
Rumours have suggested lately that the ruling NRM party are internally working on a plan to amend the constitution to get rid of the limiting clause.
Dr Bwanika, through his own campaign dubbed Referenda 2017, has come up with a proposal for Ugandans to hold a referendum on this matter.
He, as a Ugandan citizen is permitted by the constitution’s Article 255 to call for a national referendum on any issue of national importance.
As such, he has written to the Chairman of the Electoral Commission Justice Simon Byabakama presenting his request as chairman of the Referenda 2017.
In the letter copied to the Prime Minister, Parliament, party leaders and the Attorney General, Mr Bwanika also asks for a meeting with the EC officials “to agree on the way forward.”
The referendum that Bwanika and his campaign want should also address the issue of restoration of the Presidential Term Limits, which were removed from the constitution through a parliamentary vote in 2005.
Our efforts to reach the three-time presidential candidate to expound on his request were fruitless as his phones were switched off.
Uganda last had a referendum in July 2005, when nationals voted to return multiparty politics.
Political parties had been banned from competing in elections for nearly 20 years in order to curb sectarian tensions
The referendum was unpopular as only 47% voters turned up. Unofficial reports claimed the percentage was less than 30%. Nonetheless, over 90% voted for the return of multi-partism.
Government spent over USD 12million (then about Shs. 2.2billion) on the exercise.
Telecom Company MTN Uganda has committed Shs1bn to enhance funds for purchasing vaccines for immunisation of refugees.
The commitment was announced by Wim Vanhelleputte, the executive officer of MTN Uganda who was representing MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter, at the Uganda Solidarity Summit for refugees held at Speke Resort in Munyonyo.
“We are targeting children in the refugee camps; it’s a project for immunisation of children in the camps,” said Vanhelleputte.
Asked when the funds will be delivered, he explained: “We are working with the office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR plus other agencies, and it’s through working together that we shall distribute that money.”
The CEO also stated that MTN has always supported refugees, mentioning the preferential rates given to organisations sending funds to refugees on Mobile Money.
“We are working with NGOs to use Mobile Money to do disbursements. They are getting a preferential rate, which is half of what we charge from others.”
Hosted by UN Secretary General António Guterres and President Museveni, the conference sought to raise US$2bn towards mitigating humanitarian and development challenges arising out of the increasing refugee influx into Uganda for a year.
By the end of the summit on Friday afternoon, USD 358.3 million, an equivalent of Ush 1.2trillion had been pledged which represents 17.6% of the required amount.
Among the countries that committed to offering huge financial support were; the United Kingdom (USD 50m), United Arab Emirates (USD 50m), Germany (USD 55.5m) and European Commission (USD 85m)