EMIRINDI mingi abawala n’abakyala balowooza nti okusaba akaboozi mulimu gwa basajja. Wabula mu biseera bino ng’abasajja abasinga basiiba batawuka nga banoonya ssente, bangi beesanga nga tebakyalina...
The Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija has told the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that he wouldn’t defy President Museveni who had summoned him for a meeting at State House in respect of the early meeting with the committee.
Last week, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga expressed disappointment with the conduct of the Minister who has on several occasions treated Parliament with contempt.
The Speaker thus committed Kasaija to the Rules and Privileges committee of Parliament to explain himself over indiscipline.
On Thursday, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairperson, Angelina Osege told members that the Minister had become a stumbling block in the committee’s pursuit to investigate whereabouts of the Preferential Trade Area (PTA) funds that were approved by Parliament.
Osege noted that the committee had written several letters inviting the Minister but he simply paid a deaf ear.
“On receipt of the letter from Ministry of Finance office, I the Chairperson phoned the Minister on his mobile phone in an attempt to establish a way forward; to my dismay and surprise, the Minister stated that PAC cannot do anything, he could not and shall not come and hung up,” Osege told Parliament.
Appearing before the committee on Tuesday, Kasaija noted that he couldn’t not attend the meeting because he had been summoned for an urgent meeting by the President at State House.
“On Wednesday evening, I was summoned that I had to be at State House to receive important statements; very early in the morning, I rang Hon. Gerald Karuhanga telling him that I would not be able to attend the meeting with PAC,” The Minister said.
Kasaija said that he had requested from the Committee chairperson, Karuhanga that in case he finishes the meeting at State House on time, he would later join the committee which never happened since the meeting ended late in the evening.
“As I was entering State House, I received a phone call, I didn’t know who rang me; I explained that I had talked to Hon. Karuhanga, I couldn’t come since I was at State House,” Kasaija explained.
“Then the voice says you must come if you don’t then we shall go ahead and write anything; I was threatened and I said I can never be threatened. I said to the voice because I didn’t know it were you (Angelina Osege), you didn’t introduce yourself that you were the Chairperson PAC, I didn’t hear that.”
Kasaija added that, “I never refused to attend the committee meeting, that was a big lie; if somebody says that I defied to go to the committee he is telling a lie; I was in a situation of whether defying my boss the president or not.”
“I am sorry what happened that Thursday; I was reactive, I wouldn’t have reacted the way I did and I apologize for that.”
Parts of Africa could suffer a massive unemployment crisis by 2050, according to new research from the Tony Blair Institute.
“This would have serious implications: for the continent and its people, for the prosperity and stability of dozens of countries, and even for the global economy and security,” the research found.
The labour force in sub-Saharan Africa will be 823m by 2040, up from 395m in 2015. However, total number of jobs is only expected to hit 773m, leaving 50m people without a job.
The report found that countries with high economic potential – such as Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria and Sierra Leone – were failing to achieve growth.
It called for governments to pursue “inclusive growth” strategies and said countries such as Botswana, Ethiopia and Mauritius had made significant progress because political leaders had worked alongside stakeholders and development partners.
The population of Africa will account for more than half of all global population growth between now and 2050, according to a UN population report.
The World Population Prospects report says that of the 2.2bn people who may be added by 2050, 1.3bn will be in Africa.
Nigeria is growing at the fastest rate in the world and its population is projected to overtake that of the US shortly before 2050, the report says.
Overall, half of the world’s population growth will be concentrated in just nine countries: India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, Ethiopia, the United Republic of Tanzania, the US, Uganda and Indonesia – in order of their expected contribution to total growth.
PULEZIDENTI Museveni alabudde ab’e Kyadondo East obutazannyira mu kalulu nga balonda abatali ba NRM be yayise ‘’abajeemu’ n’agamba nti bwe banaakikola bajja kuba beekotogedde bokka butafuna nkulakulana....
By Emmanuel Sekago
Uganda She Cranes is two wins away from lifting the Africa Netball Championship after walloping 66-43 win over Malawi, the only highest ranked team at the six team tournament being played at the Lugogo MTN Arena.
The results made it three wins from three games and put the She Cranes firmly on course for the championship played on a round-robin format. Goals from Captain Peace Proscovia (49), Hadijja Nakabuye (09) and Stella Oyella (08) helped Uganda to win their third game against Malawi who they beat in the two Test international matches at the same venue.
The win against Malawi put a smile to every Ugandan fan who turned up to support the national netball team. Minister of state for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi gave a hand shake of 5million Uganda shillings to the team and of the 15players who are in camp each took 300.000. The technical team was left out which also didn’t go well after players taking the whole share.
The Uganda She cranes will be back in action on Wednesday against hard fighting Robert Mugabe daughters, Zimbabwe at 2:00pm, a game dubbed as a revenge in which Uganda has to prove that Zimbabwe doesn’t repeat what happened in the Diamond Challenge Trophy hosted in South Africa last year were they beat Uganda by 45-42 goals.
Pepper sport talked to Physical training Coach Wilberforce Mutente who acknowledged that in the Wednesday game, Zimbabwe will be walloped hands down because they a meeting a different team from the one they played against in South Africa. Players such as Martha Soigi, Nanyonga Florence, Nanyonga Racheal Nayonga Florence, Nakachwa Halima and Oyella stella were all in last year’s team that was beaten by Zimbabwe. While those who didn’t feature in that team include; Peace Proscovia, Nakabuye Hadijja, Obua Desire, Nafuka stella and Ajio Lilian.
Talking to Coach Vincent Kiwanuka about his possible starters in the game against Zimbabwe, he said they will be; Peace Proscovia (GS), Nakabuye Hadijja (GA), Halima Nakachwa (WA), Kiiza Betty©, Nanyonga Florence (WD), Ajio Lilian (GD) and Nafuka Stella (GK).
On the same day, Botswana who haven’t registered any win yet will battle with Namibia at 4:00pm, while Zambia who have been mandated by Africa Netball to host the World Cup Netball qualifiers next year will face off with Malawi at the Lugogo Arena.
Meanwhile if She Cranes wins this championship, chances of qualifying for the 2018 Common Wealth Games to be hosted in Australia will be high. But all will depend on the International netball federation rankings that will be released on the 1st of July 2017.
The Executive Director of the National Forestry Authority, Michael Mugisa, was on Monday put on task to explain why illegal activities have been happening in forests around the country under his watch.
Mugisa was appearing before the commission of inquiry into land matters where he was also grilled over the degradation of 100 hectares of Kajjansi Forest Reserve in Wakiso district.
The land in the forest reserve was reportedly cleared to set up an eco-tourism lodge by a firm called International Camping Sites, which is run by Sedrick Nsongoza-the brother of a prominent Kampala businessman called Ephraim Ntaganda.
The land in question is being contested by Dedasio Kasujja a retired Makerere Lecturer. Kasujja dragged Nsongoza and Ntaganda to the commission accusing them of colluding with senior NFA officials to cut down trees and destroy his beehives without compensating him fully.
However, the commission heard that Kasujja’s license had expired at the time of transferring his interest to Nsongoza. Kasujja is said to have quietly passed on his interest in the land to Nsongoza without the backing of NFA.
The Commission’s Lead Counsel, Ebert Byenkya spent a considerable time tasking Mugisa to explain why he flouted laid down procedures, when International Camping Sites, is still considering an application for a permit for an eco-tourism lodge.
Mugisa, in his defence, said that there was an investigation being conducted into the actions of International Camping Sites and no licence had been issued to the company yet.
“We are the world” is the title of one of the most popular songs whose main message alludes to the fact that; to help is human and desperate times call for desperate measures.
These calls were heard and AAR Insurance in conjunction with Finance Trust Bank came to the rescue of a one year and 3 months-old baby (Agnes Nakimera) in urgent need of an open heart surgery.
The operation is to cost Shs24,120,000 and will be conducted at Narayana Hospital in India.
Nakimera is the daughter of Immaculate Namwanga, an employee of the Finance Trust Bank.
Finance Trust Bank as an institution offered Shs4,000,000 which was handed over by the Managing Director, Mrs. Annet Mulindwa Nakawunde.
“As Finance Trust Bank, we believe that any staff to produce good quality work, themselves and their families must be healthy.”
Finance Trust Bank staff also contributed Shs 2,500,000 to the cause.
AAR Insurance, Finance Trust Bank’s medical insurer contributed Shs10,000,000 to the total cost of the operation.
As he handed over the Shs 10,000,000 cheque, Mr. Mohammed Ssebaale, the Chief Finance Officer of AAR Insurance explained that while the package Agnes Namwanga is on does not cater for cases of this magnitude, they are inclined to go an extra mile to support their clients and the general public in every way they can.
“This goes beyond money. The onus is upon us all to do whatever we can, to help and we urge every able person and companies to contribute to drives of this nature because together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish” Mr. Mohammed Ssebaale added.
A visibly emotional and overjoyed Immaculate Namwanga thanked all contributors for coming out to support her daughter.
She also pledged to remain at the fore front of such drives because many more people are in need of this kind of urgent help.
The handover ceremony took place on Tuesday June 27, 2017 at the Finance Trust Bank headquarters located in Katwe, Plot 121 & 115 – Kampala.
Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary General may have visited Arua last week, but it might take hours for Inyau Primary School to benefit from such a high-profile visit.
Guterres, who was in Uganda for the UN-backed Solidarity Summit on Refugees, on Thursday briefly visited Inyau on his way to Imvepi Refugee Settlement, home to over 100,000 refugees from South Sudan.
Located 57km from Arua town, Inyau primary school is a Universal Primary Education school in Ijako Village, Lugbari Parish; Odupi Sub County. Being the nearest primary school to the refugee settlement, thousands of refugee children have flocked the school for lessons.
Hosting refugees appears to have had a toll on Inyau Primary School. The school has only nine teachers taking charge of 1,642 pupils. Of these, 1,050 are refugees. This has impacted on pupil assessment leading to poor performance.
Charles Draga, the School head teacher, says the numbers are overwhelming and have stretched the meagre resources including the seven classrooms and four toilet facilities.
According to Draga, the school has 896 boys and 746 girls. Boys share two latrines while girls share four which he says are not enough. Pupils sit on the floor while others stand due to shortage of furniture.
In an interview with the school head teacher, on average each classroom has 240 pupils compared to 55 the classes are designed for. He says that at the school, the conditions have worsened due to high numbers of pupils.
Draga notes that because majority of the pupils in the school are refugees, their attention span is low since the school doesn’t provide them with lunch.
“They leave earlier than expected. Few look healthy and others look really weak because of the hunger and other conditions,” Draga says.
Even with the overwhelming pupil numbers, Inyau primary school is yet to receive additional funding from government to take care of the pupils. From the previous pupil registration, Draga says that government has been giving the school about 800,000 Shillings quarterly as subvention.
He however says that they have not received any additional funding since the influx of refugees, something that has put pressure on the available facilities including toilets.
Ahead of Guterres’ visit to the Imvepi, the school benefited from construction of four temporary toilet structures.
While the world pays attention to the refugees in different settlement camps, Draga’s attention is on managing thousands of pupils in a school with space enough to accommodate less than half the number.
Bya ALICE NAMUTEBI GAVUMENTI yatandika okugabira abavubuka ssente ezitakka wansi wa bukadde butaano ez’okwekulaakulanya naye nga ssente zino zigabibwa abeekozeemu ebibiina. Abavubuka abagezigezi...
President Yoweri Museveni has Tuesday afternoon called on NRM supporters and other electorates in Kyadondo East to vote for Sitenda Sebalu in the coming parliamentary by-elections.
The President said Sebalu who is the NRM flag bearer is the best person he can work with easily to deliver services to the people of Kyadondo.
“Do not be misled by other people, ‘omwana wange Ono yasinga’,” he said.
Sebalu is running against two other competitors including FDC’s Apollo Kantinti and Independent Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.
The seat fell vacant in April after Court of Appeal upheld the lower court decision that nullified the election of Kantinti as the Kyadondo East Constituency Member of Parliament.
Three justices; Richard Buteera, Cheborion Balishaki and Paul Mugamba would later order for fresh elections which are slated to be held on Thursday June 29th.
With two days to voting date, campaigns have since intensified in the area with every camp doing final touches to seal victory for their candidate.
Earlier today, Sebalu was picked and arrested by Police under rather unclear circumstances.
He was arrested together with the Wakiso district NRM chairperson Hajji Abdu Kiyimba from Wampeewo playground which was meant to be the second venue for today’s rallies before being released shortly.
In his remarks, Sitenda thanked President Museveni for sparing his busy schedule to “come and bless him” ahead of Thursday polls.
He assured the president of his unreserved cooperation with the people of the area and that he will work tirelessly to deliver the services to the people.
By Andrew Cohen Amvesi
ARUA: Majority of men, mainly from the rural Sub Counties of Arua district are only good in bed but not in working to feed their families, Swaib Toko, the Arua deputy RDC has said.
According to Toko, the men have these days left the responsibility of looking for food to their wives.
“Majority of our men now, don’t want to look for food but ask for it from their wives by force. They are only good in bed, and after producing the children, they again run away from responsibility,” Toko said.
Toko made the remarks while presiding over a function organized by Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) – Prevention plus project in partner with men to end gender based violence (GBV).
The function to mark Arua district’s belated Fathers’ day was held at Arivu Sub County Headquarters in Arua district on Monday.Toko speaking during the belated Fathers’ day at Arivu Sub County on Monday
“Men are the biggest perpetrators of GBV because every time they come home drunk and demand for food in vain, they start beating up their wives,” Toko explained.
Toko warned that effective September 1, 2017, Arua district will start impounding sachet waragi which he said, has been identified as the main factor driving men to beat their wives.
Similarly, Francis Edema, the Arivu Sub County LC3 Chairperson revealed that the rate of GBV is very high in his Sub County especially due to alcoholism.Toko (2L), Ojambo (2R), Edema (R) and other officials shortly after the belated Fathers’ at Arivu Sub County Headquarters on Monday
Wilberforce Ojambo, a RHU staff urged men to respect their wives and learn to take responsibility of their children by educating them.
Ojambo also warned that cases of GBV have on several occasions, led divorce in the community.
Access services such as Reproductive Health services, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B testing and Counseling services among others were also conducted during the function.
Al-Shabab fighters are reportedly hunting for one of their former leaders, Sheikh Muqtar Robow Ali Abu Mansur, who had a $5m bounty removed by the US state department several days ago.
The armed group believes that Abu Mansur is planning to surrender to the federal government, which they oppose, and are searching for his hideout.
He is believed to be hiding in southwestern Somalia, the privately owned Jowhar news portal reported.
Abu Mansur was a former deputy leader of al-Shabab and also served as the organisation’s spokesman.
He had attended jihadist training camps in Afghanistan, former Somali officials said.
However disagreement emerged between him and other al-Shabab leaders some time ago and has since been in indirect talks with the government, Somalia’s former Defence Minister Abdihakim Fiqi said.
The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo say they have found 10 more mass graves in Kasai province where the security forces and militia groups have been accused of massacring civilians.
The army prosecutor, General Joseph Ponde, said he believed the murders had been committed by units of the Kamwina Nsapu militia, which is fighting the military.
The UN last week highlighted the continuing slaughter in the province, saying 2,000 civilians had been killed in the past three months.
Separately, the UN has criticised the decision of a Congolese military tribunal not to prosecute seven soldiers for crimes against humanity.
They will still be tried for murder but the tribunal ruled that because no war had been declared in Kasai province they could not face war crimes charges.
They were allegedly filmed shooting at unarmed civilians.