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Minister Otafiire pleads with State Prosecutors against strike

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:33
The Prosecutors want a minimum salary of at least Shs9 million and Shs40 million for the Director of Public Prosecutions. The decision was reached Friday following a meeting in Kampala

Exert Pressure On South Sudan If Refugee Crisis Is To Reduce – Malac

Red Pepper - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:20
Exert Pressure On South Sudan If Refugee Crisis Is To Reduce – Malac

The Unites States Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac has asked all donor communities to exert pressure on worrying parties in south Sudan if refugee crisis is to reduce.

Speaking during the ongoing solidarity summit on refugee at Munyonyo, Malac said that even though urgent attention is needed to cater for wondering refugees in Uganda, long-lasting solution is needed to deal with this crisis.

“If South Sudan got peace today and all these refugees return to their home country, we wouldn’t be talking of refugees in Uganda. So the best way to bring this refugee crisis to an end is to restore peace in South Sudan,” Malac said.

She said that the use of gun has totally failed and thus diplomatic measures must be pursued by international communities to enable peace prevail between these two parties.

Trade, Revenue Collections Double at Mutukula Border Post

Chimpreports - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:13

The volume of trade has increased in Mutukula and revenue collection doubled since the construction of One Stop Border Post in 2015 to ease business between Uganda and Tanzania.

The Minister of Trade Amelia Kyambadde, Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner Customs Dicksons Collins Kateshumbwa and Trade Mark East African Director Moses Sabiiti on Friday visited the border post which is the busiest in South and Western Uganda.

According Mr. Kateshumbwa, in 2014 URA collected from Mutukula Shs 61.2bn in taxes from imports of 111.8m kilograms of goods at the total value of 276.9bn.

Meanwhile in 2015 when the construction of the border post was completed, Shs 102.5bn was realized from the imports of Shs 347.7bn goods (144.4kg).

And last year Shs 131.8bn was collected from the imports of Shs 468.3 worth of goods.

Major items generating revenue are fuel, coffee and rice according to the statistics from URA.

“Trade and collection of revenues from this border post (Mutukula) have significantly increased for the last two years when the one stop border facility was put in place,” Kateshumbwa said.

The Shs 18bn One Stop Border Post in Mutukula was constructed by Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) with full financial support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.

TMEA Director, Joseph Sabiiti says, “The absence of this facility was negatively impacting on the tireless struggles by our people to do cross border trade. TMEA came in place to do away with the barrier,” he said.

 Meanwhile traders appealed to Minister Amelia to address the issues of harassment from the Tanzanian side when they cross.

Amelia promised that the matter would be handled since Uganda is the current chair of East African Community’s Council of Ministers and Heads of State.

From left: Moses Sabiiti, Dicksons Kateshumbwa and Amelia Kyambadde pose for a picture with traders.

 

Police Accused of kidnaping Three FDC Youths 

Red Pepper - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:55
Police Accused of kidnaping Three FDC Youths

By Stuart Yiga

On Friday evening police sealed off the Forum for Democratic Change- Kampala offices, found at City House William Street and allegedly kidnapped a group of youths including; Robert Mayanja, Ayub Kigongo and Abudallar Kizza Bakasambe before they were driven to unidentified place.

It is alleged that the group spearheaded the dumping of a painter yellow pig near State House on Thursday, among other cases.

We shall keep you posted.

Mafias Run Wakiso Land Registry – Witness

Chimpreports - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:41

The entity of the Wakiso District land registry is being run by a group of mafias, the commission of inquiry into land matters has heard.

On Friday, Mr. Satia Mwangusyo, the Principal Land Management officer told the commission that at the time he arrived, Wakiso district land registry was like a marketplace without any organisation in the way they operated.

“The land officials at the district were the same officers occupying offices of the land ministry,” Mwangusyo said.

“The ministry (lands) zonal office committee didn’t exist and it was only one man from Katabi who did the work for the 18 sub counties in the district.”

He recounted that the land officials in Wakiso were untouchables and did everything they wanted in disregard of the law.

There was a racket, he adds, led by the district land officials who had brokers and controlled the entire land management system in the district.

“They had a lot of influence that when you reported them, nothing was done. They were the same people who received applications for land titles and run the chain up to clearing to be given the title.”

Mwangusyo further narrated that the Wakiso land officials could send their brokers to various areas to get deals of people who wanted to get land titles.

Government, he said, lost a lot of revenue to these land officials in Wakiso who always pocketed the money.

He narrated how he was able to collect shs265billion and send it to URA while the land officials never remitted the money they collected to government.

“I realised that if properly handled, government can fund the budget just from money collected from districts, “he noted.

However, according to the principal land management officer his life was in danger while working in Wakiso as district land officials wanted to kill him.

“I never ate anything not until I reached home for fear of being poisoned. At one time they almost crashed my vehicle because I had stopped their dealings.”

He added that he was surprised when the ‘mafias’ who had ‘relocated’ to Mukono district when he was posted Wakiso returned (to Wakiso) when he went to Mukono.

Kampala’s refugee solidarity summit raises $358 million

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:10
The money raised in pledges is way below the $2billion that the government of Uganda expected to raise from the summit hosted by President Museveni and attended by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

Screening for women can save lives

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:00
The number of women dying of cervical cancer in Poland is 70 percent above the European Union average

A Nose for Trouble

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:00
Merry usually wakes before the sun rises and is driven to work along with 11 of her colleagues. They work for a few hours, napping between shifts

Nawaya Project: The Lebanese programme taking on youth unemployment

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:00
In 2009, young Lebanese-American Zeina Saab met Nadeen Ghosn in the isolated Lebanese village of Chmestar

Change lives with a solar backpack

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:00
Little Michel Koutouan’s parents are praising him for his grades in school which have been on a steady incline recently

They get ink from car carbon

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:00
Even air pollution can yield something positive, such as the beauty of art. When soot spewed by vehicular tailpipes is captured, it can be turned into art material

The jacket that detects pneumonia

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:00
Six months of coughing and a debilitating fever was too much for Olivia Koburongo’s 86-year-old grandmother, whose body had been weakened by other age-related conditions

TOFU power to light homes

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:00
White smoke billows from the kitchen at the house of a 52-year old woman, Tumirah, a tofu maker in Kalisari village, Banyumas, in Central Java

Providing safe drinking water solutions at scale

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:00
As operations at Impact Carbon progressed, there was a realisation of the need to simultaneously introduce water purification systems

Stories that change the world

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:00
Stories of changemakers tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues with innovative ideas, in order to change the lives of millions for the better

A man from Benin has sown the seeds of success with organic fertiliser

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:00
This has not deterred Gildas Zodome from setting up his own organic pesticides and fertiliser company, Bio Phyto Collines

Feeling life under your fingers

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:00
The blind and visually impaired can be very skillful at using tablets and smartphones with touchscreens but they are not able to see object shapes on one-dimensional surfaces

How, where to create relevant networks

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 01:00
A contact in your network would know if a position in their organisation is soon to be vacated and hence alert you even before the recruitment process begins.

Workplace: Loyalty is rewarding

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 01:00
Joseph is such an inspiring accountant. For more than 20 years at the fort of handling money, his services just get better every day.

Jesus was the only child of virgin Mary and had no brothers, sisters

The Monitor - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 01:00
The Blessed Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus, nurtured Him, helped Him to grow, accompanied Him in the missionary activities for three years and followed Him in his passion, suffering, crucifixion and burial as a responsible and caring loving Mother

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