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Kabale Female Progressive Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization last week received a boast of Shillings 200million from prominent businessman King Caesar Mulenga.
Mulenga, the self-proclaimed King of the Mulenga Development Kingdom who was recently appointed Vietnamese Consular to Uganda, on Saturday donated the money to the SACCO in Kabale Municipality.
The SACCO was commissioned on the same day by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.
The SACCO has 450 members and at the launch had Shs. 20 million in savings.
Promising to support their efforts to eradicate poverty, tycoon Mulenga urged the Sacco members to avoid corruption and misuse of the savings, which he said was the cause of collapse of most SACCOs and banks.
At the event, Mulenga revealed that he helped start up 6 SACCOs with Shs 1billion support in Kisoro district in 2004, and that these have since grown their assets to Shs 6billion.
Feddy Garyahandere, the chairperson of the Kabale Females Progressive Sacco praised Mr Mulenga for supporting women in the region. She said the Sacco will be giving out loans at low interest of 3% to women to start up income generating projects.
Prime Minister Rugunda while speaking as the guest of honor at the launch at Little Litz Hotel applauded the good gesture of Mulenga, adding that Uganda needed so many more of his kind.
“We as government would like to thank you for supplementing our efforts of helping the people out of poverty,” said the premier.
“Indeed your king of development.”
Uganda and Kenya have agreed to construct their railway lines concurrently to expedite works on the regional standard gauge rail network, Chimp Corps report.
This was revealed by the Ministers responsible for transport of the two countries during a bilateral meeting on June 23 at the sidelines of the Northern Corridor Integrated Infrastructure Projects –SGR cluster meeting held in Kampala.
The meeting was called to re-affirm the two governments’ commitment to the development of Mombasa-Nairobi-Naivasha-Kisumu-Malaba-Kampala railway line.
It also came against the backdrop of reports that Kenya was not committed to the extension of the railway line to Malaba for Uganda to commence work on the Eastern Route.
It will be recalled that the two governments signed a bilateral agreement for joint and seamless operation and maintenance of the Mombasa to Kampala Standard Gauge Railway in November 2016.
Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda signed on May 11, 2014 and ratified the SGR protocol for the development and operation of the SGR within the framework of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) connecting the Port of Mombasa to Kampala, Kigali and Juba.
In a meeting between Minister Monica Azuba Ntege and her Kenyan counterpart, James Macharia, the two governments “reaffirmed the development of SGR must be done as a regional project within the auspices of NCIP.”
They further expressed their commitment to the “construction of the sections of Naivasha-Kisumu-Malaba and Malaba-Kampala SGR concurrently.”
Officials say the development of the SGR will result in efficiency and reduction of transportation costs for the benefit of business people in the region.
In this regard, Uganda committed to ensure that at least 80 percent of all cargo destined for Uganda will be transported by the SGR.
During the bilateral meeting in Kampala, the government of Kenya committed to “fast track the securing the financing for Kisumu-Malaba SGR section.”
The two countries are expected to harmonise the construction plans for the remaining sections.
ChimpReports understands the commercial contracts for Kisumu-Malaba and Malaba-Kampala have been signed and the governments are in the process of mobilising the financing for construction.
Government of Uganda is negotiating with Exim Bank of China for the financing of Malaba-Kampala SGR.
The Bank has since emphasised the need for joint development of the SGR together with the government of Kenya to achieve viability, in particular the synchronization of the construction timelines of Naivasha-Kisumu-Malaba in Kenya and Malaba-Kampala in Uganda.
Democratic Party has hailed Abdul Katuntu’s COSASE report saying that unlike other committees, this report has pinned government officials who always solicit public resources even when they are well paid.
During a press conference at City house, party president Norbert Mao said that the committee’s recommendation to block president Museveni from getting a supplementary budget to refund the handshake was among the best ideas.
“The is a non-biased committee we have had so far in decades, it has been unusual to find a committee pinning wrong doers in the government. We want to thank them for being patriotic,” Mao said.
Mao congratulated the house over the recommendations and they agree with the findings. He therefore calls for the office of the IGG to take up the report and implement as per law.
He adds that even power sharing in signing of Government documents within ministries as per the report will minimize mistakes like minister Saida Bumba did when she signed on documents which she didn’t read through an act indicating that she could even have signed her resignation letter if it had been tabled before her.
Four police officers and four civilians were killed on Tuesday after their truck hit a landmine on a road near Kenya’s border with Somalia, police officials said, in the second such attack this month.
Another four police officers and one civilian died in a blast in northeast Kenya on June 16, while at least eight police officers were killed in two roadside bombings a month earlier. Somalia’s militant Islamist al Shabaab group claimed responsibility for the May attacks.
“Four police officers and four children have been killed in an IED explosion in Lamu (county),” police spokesman Charles Owino said of Tuesday’s blast, without giving further details.
Another security official in the area said that the truck they were travelling in had run over a landmine in Kiunga, a town close to the border.
There was no immediate claim of responsibiliity.
Al Shabaab, which is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s government and impose its own harsh interpretation of Islamic Sharia law, has said it will continue to attack Kenya unless it withdraws its troops from an African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia.
Police in Kabale are holding a 34 year old man for vandalizing road signage and equipment.
Mohamad Monday, a resident of Rwakaraba in Northern Division, Kabale Municipality was arrested on Tuesday afternoon while at his workplace at Esso Corner in Central Division.
Emmanuel Ngirabakunzi, the Kabale Municipality Engineer says Monday was nabbed red-handed with guard rails by municipality works officials.
Ngirabakunzi says the operation that led to the arrest was opened in response to the increasing disappearance of metallic road signs along municipality roads.
Under the operation, the officials made impromptu inspections to all black smiths and scrap dealers in the municipality.
The suspect was found, according to Ngirabakunzi, with numerous guard rails hidden at his workshop.
Elly Maate, the police spokesperson for Kigezi region says Monday was found flattening one of the stolen guard rails to make source pans out of it.
The police also found tools that the suspect used to vandalize the road signage.
He is currently held at Kabale Police Station awaiting arraignment before court.
On his defense, Monday said that although he was caught red handed with the guard rails, he didn’t steal them.
He claims his boss only he identified as Diriisa could be having knowledge about guard rails.
Vandalism of road signs especially along Ntungamo-Kabale-Katuna road and Kabale-Rubanda-Kisoro roads has been a major cause of concern amongst local authorities and UNRA.
Sixteen officers from Rwanda Nation Police (RNP) and Uganda Police Force (UPF), on June 27, began a week-long intensive training in key areas of crime management.
The training being conducted at RNP General Headquarters in Kacyiru focuses mainly on critical criminal investigation knowledge and enhancing skills, which subsequently enables prosecution to build strong cases in court.
Officials said the training is organized and conducted in the existing framework between RNP and Germany Federal Criminal Police, and it follows similar other crime scene investigation trainings conducted previously.
The RNP acting Commissioner for Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Jean Marie Twagirayezu, while officiating at the opening of the training on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, said that continuous training of police officers in various fields such as criminal investigations, traffic inspections among others, is a move in a positive direction towards achieving RNP’s vision of “people in Rwanda are safe, involved and reassured.”
Crime scenes investigators collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations.
“Preservation collection package, transportation and documentation of physical evidence left at the scene of crime are a prerequisite to improving rates of convictions and justice,” said ACP Twagirayezu.
He encouraged participants to utilize the opportunity to grasp as much information as possible for better management of justice processes.
“After this training, you should be able to link the suspect or victim to the scene, establish the identity of a victim or suspect; collaborate verbal witness testimonies and exonerate the innocent,” he said.
Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Joshua Mulwanyi, one of the participants from Uganda, said that “such advanced training improves justice by not allowing criminals to evade justice based on erasing of evidence.”
“The tools mainly cameras are hi-tech to the level of identifying every detail on the crime scene including finger prints; no criminal can escape justice with this level of crime scene scanning and processing,” said detective AIP Mulwanyi.
Another trainee, AIP Vincent Mugabo from RNP expressed confidence in the course content noting that it will enable him perfect his skills and be able to appropriately link physical evidence collected from the scene of crime and suspected to criminals.
According to Rüdiger Stransk, one of the trainers from Germany Federal Criminal Police, participants will be availed with crime scene processing field tools at the end of the course.
The Minister for Education and Sports Janet Kataaha Museveni has lashed at parents in Busoga region who don’t want to feed their children at school.
Janet Kataha Museveni who is also the First Lady said as Ugandans celebrate the day of the African Child, families and parents “hold the first cardinal responsibility in growing, nurturing and educating” their children.
Janet said parents should stop being lazy and asking government to do everything including feeding their children at school.
She thus directed that feeding children at school is a must by parents.
She said that strong families make a strong nation.
Janet was on Tuesday Speaking at the Day of the African Children held in Bulamagi sub-county in Iganga district.
The function was organized by the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development in partnership UNICEF and was held under the theme-social protection and empowerment of children around the country.
The children through their representative commended government and its development partners for the universal education and immunization.
They, however, urged government to fight acts of child sacrifice, child marriages, and child labor among others that ruin the kids’ lives.
The LC5 Chairman Iganga, Patrick Kayemba, said in an effort to promote proper learning of the children, authorities recently launched a campaign of mobilizing parents to feed their children at school.
He however said the district continues to grapple with high school dropout of children.
The function was graced by the Minister for Gender, Labor and Social Development- Janati Mukwaya, PS Pius Bigirimana, State Minister for Youth Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda Rosa Malongo, the US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah R Malac, Children Advocacy Agencies and groups, Members of Parliament from Iganga, district leaders, schools and parents
President Museveni on Tuesday decided to allow operation of tricycles commonly known as Tuk-tuk in Kampala.
Museveni’s decision however contravenes the earlier directive of the minister for Kampala, Betty Namisango Kamya who told police to arrest anyone riding tuk-tuk.
Early this month, Betty Kamya stopped the operation of these tricycles reasoning that these are not licensed to carry passengers.
While meeting taxi and Bodaboda riders at Gayaza, the president said that Tuk-tuks are a development in right direction and thus they should be allowed to operate.
He added that in July, he is to meet all bodaboda and taxi driver in Uganda at Statehouse Entebbe to resolve on the long-lasting solution for transport issues.
The opposition Democratic Party Tuesday unveiled a probe committee that will be charged with investigating and resolving internal wrangles within the party.
The committee will be chaired by Polly Mukiibi, who will be deputized by Deogratias Hasubi Njoki and Her Worship Regina Bakitta is the secretary.
Norbert Mao, the party president says the committee was chosen by the National Executive Committee and they will be looking at the issues that cause disharmony in the party.
“The committee pledges its total impartiality and confidentiality in the execution of the assignment and I believe that they will surely give us the results we have been longing for,” Mao told press yesterday.
He further revealed that the committee has already commenced work by first interviewing those occupying top leadership posts in the party.
“The committee will question stakeholders also seek the views of the past leaders of the party, the leaders in the branches of the party, the ordinary members and others”
Hon Mao also called upon all those people that have DP at heart and would wish to contribute views towards what they feel could be the core causes of the wrangles, disharmony in the party and their solutions to come forward.
“Any one is free to get in touch with any of the committee members or they can register at the party secretariat.”