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Five games will be played across the country as the Uganda Cup round of 32 hits peak on Tuesday. Premier League clubs Onduparaka, BUL, URA, Sadolin, JMC Hippos, Police and The Saints are all in action.
Two struggling giants meet in the round of 32 with eyes on the Uganda Cup with the league title already slipping away with KCCA FC, SC Villa and Vipers strongly in contention.
BUL FC go into the game with worrying statistics- They have never won a game at the Mekhta stadium in Lugazi against the tax collectors in six attempts.
The team training ground was attacked by rowdy fans on Monday morning, demanding the immediate sacking of the technical bench while some wanted the club management to step down.
The tax collectors have won the cup twice in 2011-12 and 2013-14 season while the Jinja giants only managed to reach the semifinal stage in 2015.
Other games scheduled for Tuesday
URA FC Vs Bul FC
Sadolin Paints FC Vs. Agape SS
Mbarara City FC Vs. Onduparaka FC
Police FC Vs The Saints FC
Ndejje University FC Vs JMC Hippos FC
World Football boss Gianni Infantino is set to arrive in Uganda on Friday 24th after a change of plan that necessitated the date to be brought forward by a day.
According to a communiqué from Fufa, Gianni will meet President Yoweri Museveni during his visit in Uganda that will end a day later.
The programme has been changed to suit the stakeholders who will meet the FIFA President on the historic visit to Uganda,” Fufa communications manager Ahmed Hussein said. “It was done in consultation with the team at FIFA in Zurich and all parties involved are comfortable with the new schedule. Infantino will jet in on Friday 24th February at 6pm and fly out the following day.
‘‘The change will not affect the duration of stay for FIFA President in Uganda. He will be here still for the two day period which had been communicated earlier.”
Infantinno is expected to meet other stakeholders like the Minister of Sports and Education, Hon Janet Museveni, FUFA Executive Committee, Members of FUFA, football stakeholders inclusive of the sponsors of FUFA and Uganda Cranes.
At least five people were killed in Guinea when security forces cracked down on students who were demonstrating for an end to teacher strikes that have kept them out of class, BBC Afrique reports.
Students came out in numbers and vented their anger by throwing stones and sticks at riot police.
Officials confirmed the casualties and blamed the events on the organisers of the protest, for staging what they called an illegal demonstration.
A hospital worker told the AFP news agencies the dead were shot at close range by riot police and gendarmerie.
At least 30 people were injured, including members of the security forces. Twelve protesters have been arrested.
Teacher unions in Guinea have been on strike for several weeks over poor pay.
By Serestino Tusingwire
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe – the world’s oldest serving head of state – is 93 years old.
Mugabe was born in February 21, 1924 in the city suburb of Kutama, Zimbabwe.
He’s been in power since 1980 and says he has no intentions of stepping down.
He’s the only leader most Zimbabweans have ever known, spending nearly 37 years at the helm since independence from Britain and the end of white minority rule in Rhodesia in April 1980.
First Lady Grace Mugabe said he would still win an election, even if he was a corpse.
However, Mugabe is blamed by his critics, including the United States, for mismanaging the economy and making a once-prosperous southern African country poor.
But his supporters in and out of Zimbabwe see him as an African nationalist who championed the cause of the continent and helped fight apartheid in neighboring South Africa as one of the leaders of the frontline states.
The nonagenarian has been endorsed by his governing Zanu-PF party as its candidate for elections next year, when he’ll be 94.
Award winning young innovator Ronald Katamba has called upon the world bank, Common Wealth and other potential investors to consider the Technology sector which he said is the solution to the problems that Africa is faced with.
“We are lucky to have potential leaders in World Bank that has the foresight and understanding that IT innovation and advancement is what will propel our rural folks to sit at the table of world giants like China and the US who thrive on technological advancements,” said Katamba.
“IT has the ability to take us to the top like these super powers,” he added.
Katamba was speaking at the Common Wealth ICT Applications forum held in Kigali, Rwanda last week. The forum was aimed at promoting ICT applications, primarily those in developing countries, with a view to leveraging their potential contribution to socio-economic development.
He underscored that most people in the developing countries thrive on Agriculture and livestock farming for their livelihood, calling upon investors to intervene and help them maximize the profits.
Katamba whose innovation, Jaguza Livestock App was the winner of the CTO Commonwealth Youth ICT Applications 2016 competition, e-Agriculture category was allowed a chance to explain to the attendees, the mode of operation of the app and the impact it has had in Uganda so far.
“As an IT Specialist, I have focused on doing something that can positively impact the majority of Ugandans in the agriculture sector because I am persuaded without a shadow of doubt that just like the way Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone invention in the 1870s revolutionized, a software like Jaguza can help transform the way agriculture is done at the grassroots,” he said.
“The beauty with this app is that it works with both smartphone and non-smartphone so one does not need to own a smart phone only to access the services this app avails,” he added.
Jaguza Livestock App is currently being used on 62 farms in two districts in Uganda to detect earlier, the diseases that attack livestock and hinder the quality of meat and quantity of milk produced.
It has won a number of local and global awards including locally organised ACIA Awards, e-agriculture category at the Commonwealth Youth ICT competition 2016, the ITU World Entrepreneurship Award in Budapest, Hungary among others.
In Rwanda, Katamba travelled with officials from the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the National Information Technology Authority (NITA) and other players in the ICT industry.
Death has robbed Kabale Municipality of its Deputy Town Clerk Reuben Ntegyereize.
Joseph Kimbowa the Kabale Town Clerk confirmed the death of his deputy, who passed passed on Tuesday morning at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala, where he has been admitted with throat cancer since December last year.
Kimbowa says the news was received with shock, saying his death is a big loss to the municipality, owing to his vast experience as one of the longest serving civil servants in the municipality.
Ntegyereize was born on 9th October 1962 in Bikinda Rukiga county Kabale district.
Before his appointment as the deputy town in 2012 by the then town clerk Augustine Rukiika Bujara he was working as the municipal development officer.
He also in the late 1990s worked as the acting town clerk as well as the municipal lands officer.
Results from the latest poll by the Government Citizen Interaction Centre (GCIC) have exposed holes in the quality of service delivered by workers in government health facilities.
According to the poll, only 30 percent of the people who visited the health facilities in the last 12 months think that nurses were friendly, caring and concerned.
The other remaining 70 percent however say that the services offered and the concern showed by the health workers was poor as per what they expected.
The various responses to the poll pointed at Mulago National Referral Hospital and other Health centres from upcountry districts, most of them saying the services are poor, the health workers are always absent while others praised the good service which they received.
“I last visited a government hospital two years back in Rukungiri but I never found nurses at the hospital at around 11am,” said Brian Katabazi.
“I visited Mulago Hospital, all other services were good. Dental services asked for money before any service,” said Ronald Angarukamu in his response.
Matia Mubangizi praised the service and care received at one KCCA health centre in Kisenyi, Kampala, which he said was ‘amazing.’
Commenting about the results, Morrison Rwakakamba, the GCIC head said its true that such challenges as these exist in health service delivery although they are not only limited to the health sector.
“Corporate culture is not yet embedded in most public sector institutions. Most civil servants behave like bosses when serving citizens,” he told ChimpReports.
Rwakakamba noted that ; “it will take a protracted and adaptive approach to change current attitudes and tendencies in our public sector.”
“Nurses are rude but not all of them. Some are great and making things happen but more work needs to be done,” he said.
The GCIC serves as a primary contact point between the government and the citizenry, collecting feedback from the public about service delivery and relaying it to the responsible government agencies.
By Serestino Tusingwire
Auditor General John Muwanga on Monday told the parliamentary committee investigating the UGX6bn payout that the Uganda Revenue Authority had initially sought a supplementary budget of Shs117 billion but the finance ministry only considered Shs6 billion.
Muwanga revealed that he received a letter from the Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija on October 19, 2016 requesting for a supplementary budget of Ugx 117 billion for 2015/16 financial year and sought an audit warrant.
Asked by legislators on whether the AG’s office had conducted an audit on the Shs6billion, Muwanga said no pre-audit of the expenditure has been conducted yet.
He also revealed that the money was spent without receiving an audit warrant.
“The money had been spent by the time the Minister wrote to me,” the Auditor General stated.
The money that was later used to pay 42 government officials involved in the oil tax cases was considered urgent.
Later on the day, Bank of Uganda Governor, Emmanuel Mutebile, also appeared before the committee to give the MPs a breakdown of money so far received by government from oil related revenues.
A statement presented by BOU indicated that Uganda has so far received Ugx 2.4 trillion ($696 million) in capital gains tax and non-tax related revenue.
This also includes Ugx 10 billion related to mineral royalties, surface rentals, training fees from mineral exploration companies received through the Ministry of Energy.
However, legislators were not satisfied with the statistics and asked the central bank to reconcile its figures with the Ministry of Energy and make a more detailed report.
Government has distanced itself from reported talks between President Yoweri Museveni and his long term opponent Col Dr Kizza Besigye.
The talks which are supposedly slated to be announced soon, are a media creation according to Information Minister Frank Tumwebaze.
Media reports claimed yesterday that the said talks have been simmering for months and have been ‘blessed by both principles Col Dr Kizza Besigye and Museveni.’
The reports purported that a number of modalities has already been agreed upon by both parties, such as who would be involved in the talks, the venue and the mediator.
The preparations reportedly involved on one hand the Office of the Prime Minister and opposition FDC’s technical team on the other.
Minister Tumwebaze however, has dismissed these reports and accused the media of creating them to help keep Dr Besigye relevant.
He reiterated that government has no idea about the said talks, describing the report as a scheme to give Besigye relevance after his defiance campaign hit the snag.
The government media outlet, the Uganda Media Center also reaffirmed this position, tweeting this morning that while government isn’t opposed to dialogue, there is currently no such ongoing talks.
— Uganda Media Centre (@UgandaMediaCent) February 21, 2017
FDC’s Deputy Secretary General Harold Kaija also expressed ignorance to the talks while responding to the story yesterday, saying that none the party’s set conditions have been met yet.
He described the story as full of “maneuvering and spinning”