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Museveni, Magufuli Agree to Fasttrack Oil Pipeline Project

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 19:22

President Yoweri Museveni and Tanzanian Head of State Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli have agreed   on the need to immediately start the implementation of the Hoima-Tanga Crude Oil Pipeline project, which they said would be launched in the near future.

The two heads of state were holding Official Talks while Museveni was a two-day State Visit to the United Republic of Tanzania. He was also in company of Ministers and other Senior Officials of the Government of the Republic of Uganda.

In October 2015, Tanzania and Uganda agreed on the development of a crude export pipeline project from Kabaale in Hoima District to Tanga Port of Tanzania. The pipeline is estimated to be about 1400km.

During the meeting, Museveni welcomed the concessions offered by the United Republic of Tanzania to ensure the success of the project which he said will greatly improve the economies of the two countries.

The project is envisaged to create 15,000 jobs in Uganda and Tanzania.

The presidents further witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Diplomatic   and   Political   Consultation  between   the   United   Republic   of   Tanzania   and   the Republic of Uganda.

On cooperation in the Energy Sector, the two Heads of State appreciated the initiative taken by the two Governments to start implementation of the Kikagati-Murongo Power Generation Project on the Kagera River.

The completion of this project is expected to ease power problems along the border communities of both sides of the shared river.

They highlighted the need to boost bilateral trade and directed the responsible Ministries to continue taking measures to further promote trade between the two countries as one core priority of the bilateral relations.

In this regard, Museveni   visited   two   factories   under   the   Bakhresa   Group   of Companies, and commended the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania’s efforts in creating a conducive environment for industries to flourish.

Speaking about the ongoing Inter-Burundi dialogue, Magufuli expressed his satisfaction and applauded the efforts being made   by   the   Mediator, Museveni   and   the   Facilitator,   Benjamin William Mkapa, Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania to resolve the crisis in Burundi.

AUPL: Okwi’s Solitary Strike Enough as SC Villa Return to Winning Ways

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 18:43

Uganda Premier League
SC Villa 1-0 Sadolin Paints

Emmanuel Okwi scored the lone goal as Sports Club Villa edged past Sadolin Paints at Nakivubo stadium on Sunday.

Okwi struck his third goal in 4 games since returning to SC Villa in January and it eventually turned out the decider as the Jogoos returned winning ways after three games.

With Wasswa Bossa starting his reign as the new coach at SC Villa, he made three changes to the team that drew 2-2 against Lweza with Paul Mbowa, John Adriko and Abbey Eturude starting ahead of  Joseph Nsubu, Farouk Musisi Kizito and Alex Kitata respectively.

Villa started the better side and could have scored as early as the 6th minute but veteran defender Ronald Lukungu made a timely interception to block Emma Okwi.

Abel Eturude wasted another chance in the 18th minute blasting wide after Mike Ndera had set him up inside the box.

It was Okwi who broke the deadlock 5 minutes later with a well taken free kick that went beyond goalkeeper Baker Yunus’ reach.

Despite going a goal down, Sadolin Paints grew in confidence and matched Villa for the remaining part of the game.

Muzamir Nassar had a chance to level matters with five minutes to halftime but shot direct at goalkeeper Samson Kirya.

The visitors made several attempts in the second half introducing Fred Kyambadde and Basan Saf upfront to look for goals but the supply was always limited and Villa held on to claim victory.

The result means SC Villa remain in second position on 37 points, one behind leaders KCCA but the latter have two games in hand.

Sadolin continue to languish in the drop zone grounded in 13th position on 17 points.

Villa starting XI

Samson Kirya, Ibrahim Kiyemba, John Adriko, Bernard Muwanga, Paul Mbowa, Tadeo Lwanga (87′ Ayub Kisalita), Abbey Eturude, Ambrose Kirya, Emma Okwi, Ndera Mike (80′ Umar Kasumba), Martin Kiiza (75′ Vitalis Tabu)

Sadolin Paints

Baker Yunus, Ronald Lukungu, Othieno Deogracious, Moses Kibirige, Muledhu Faizo, Eddie Seganne, Nazir Sserwadda (61′ Fred Kyambadde), Sijali Jamal, Herbert Katongole, Muzamir Nassar (65′ Andrew Basoma), Ogik Norman (73′ Basan Saf)

KCCA, Onduparaka Regret Violence at Omondi Stadium

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 18:26

KCCA FC and Onduparaka FC have issued statements to apologize on the ugly scenes that were witnessed on Saturday as the table leaders smashed their visitors 7-0 at Philip Omondi Stadium.

The caterpillars’ fans were reported to have pelted objects after KCCA FC’s Allan Okello scored his first goal of the day in the eleventh minute.

The episode was short lived but resumed on a bigger scale some minutes towards the end when home fans crossed their line to provoke the already frustrated away troupe.

The altercation built up and Chaos ensued leading to a blood berth where some fans walked away with injuries.

“Allow us take this opportunity to applaud the fans that turned up in big numbers for the Azam Uganda Premier League tie between KCCA FC and Onduparaka that was  played on Saturday 25th February 2017 at the Philip Omondi Stadium in Lugogo,” KCCA FC statement reads in part.

“KCCA FC however wish to regret the incidents that marred what had been a very good entertaining game. We have scheduled engagements with security organizations to discuss possible ways of improving players and fans safety on match days,” KCCA Management further wrote.

The club further promised to cater for all medical bills of the fans who were injured in the scuffle until they attain full recovery.

Onduparaka to take measures.

“We wish to assure fans, clubs, referees and stewards that what happened yesterday was an isolated incidence and extra measures shall be put in place to sensitise our fans ahead of upcoming games,” Onduparaka management wrote.

“We shall hold each individual responsible for their actions on ensuring that these acts don’t repeat themselves and we urge KCCA FC to do the same,” the club wrote on their portal.

Okello Delighted With Scintillating Debut Performance

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 14:28

Not so many people knew about Allan Okello until Saturday evening when the youngster raised many football enthusiasts’ eyebrows with a glowing performance as KCCA FC humiliated Onduparaka FC.

Even for those who had a clue about him given the performance he put up last year as Kibuli Secondary school lifted the national post primary school championship and was named MVP, they were left singing praise about  the talent of the teeneger.

Okello netted a hatrick and assisted on one occasion on his senior debut as KCCA football club defeated Onduparaka 7-0 at Phillip Omondi stadium.

The 17 year-old in an interview with ChimpSport said he was delighted with the performance he put.

“I first want to thank God for enabling me attain my target of playing for KCCA FC,” he stated.

“It was a dream come true situation for me because I have waited long for this moment,” Okello indicated.

Okello thanked head coach Mike Mutebi for trusting him and teammates for being hospitable.

“I dedicate my performance to my coach, Mike Mutebi because he believed me and gave me the chance to play for such a big team,” said the soft spoken midfielder.

“Equally, my teammates are friendly to me and that has helped me to settle in the team easily,” he added.

Okello was in scintillating form on his debut for KCCA FC

Okello became the first player to score a hatrick in the Uganda Premier League this season. He got his first goal just after 10 minutes tapping home from Mutyaba Muzamir’s free kick.

He later added another goal midway through the second half before completing his treble, nine minutes to time.

Quick facts:

Full Names: Allan Okello

Nick Name: Jolly

Date of Birth: 28 December 1999

Parents: Patrick Ojom (Deceased) & Joan Agomu

Place of Birth: Lira Town

Education: St Kizito Nursery and Primay School, Kibuli S.S

Strong Foot: Left

Besigye: Museveni Deserves an Oscar Award for Political Acting

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 13:45

Opposition ironman Dr Kizza Besigye has blasted President Museveni for living a luxurious life despite branding himself as a prominent critic of ostentatious lifestyle during the NRA bush war struggle.

Besigye said Museveni tactfully misled people to believe he was opposed to luxury despite being a fan of the same.

“If Museveni was in developed areas, where they act, he would have many Oscar awards for good acting. He is an excellent actor,” said Besigye on Saturday.

“He would persuade you that he is something he is totally the opposite of. That’s what he did for the most part…that he did not believe in opulence and wastage of money. He would be using a plastic mug to take his tea.”

Addressing a congregation in Netherlands, Besigye said Museveni after taking power used the cheapest things and criticised people who loved extravagance.

“When he first took over government, he said ‘why should we should import furniture from Europe when people here are making furniture,”’ said Besigye, adding, Museveni has been importing “the most expensive furniture for the last 30 years.”

The former FDC leader added: “He (Museveni) was saying ‘our people make good furniture in Kalerwe; let’s buy furniture from there’. But he has never slept on a bed made from Uganda.”’

Besigye was Museveni’s physician during the guerilla war that ushered the NRA/M into power in 1986.

The two enjoyed good relations until the late 1990s when Besigye broke ranks with the system.

He would later attract the wrath and condemnation from the government, with some describing him as an impatient traitor.

Besigye’s contest for power in 2001 was seen by political observers as the biggest political threat to Museveni and his establishment.

Large crowds graced Besigye’s rallies and millions turned up at polling stations to elect him as their leader.

But Besigye has repeatedly suffered defeat in several contested presidential elections.

ChimpReports understands Besigye’s trip to Netherlands is seen as a concerted effort to rally the Diaspora to throw its weight behind him in his quest for power despite losing elections to President Museveni.

While Besigye claims the electoral process is skewed with the Electoral Commission rigging in favour of the incumbent, his political party’s grassroot structures remain weak and poorly facilitated to overwhelm the deep-pocketed ruling party.

The internal wrangles, power struggles and suspicion within FDC ranks also continue to undermine the institution’s cohesion needed to defeat NRM.

Competence

In Netherlands, Besigye insisted Uganda continues to grapple with the question of citizens’ competence to actively engage and influence political processes.

“Unless the competencies of our people change, we should not expect the quality of our leadership to change,” said Besigye.

He underscored the need to empower citizens to become “effective citizens to control their country,” adding, potential leaders including him should not be judged on their speeches and actions but the social contract between the voter and the leader.

“I should not give anybody the impression to support me that I have better qualities than Museveni. I would like you to support me because of the agenda we agree to do, well knowing that if I don’t do it, it will be well within your powers to get rid of me as soon as possible.”

Functional Adult Literacy Trims Domestic Violence in Kabarole

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 13:43

Women in Kabarole district have praised the Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) program for reducing the cases of Domestic Violence in their area.

This was said as Kabarole District celebrated the International FAL Day at Kabende Primary Dchool, in Kabende Sub County on Friday, which was held under the theme: “Achieving Peace in the minds of men and women.”

At the event and over 150 women graduated and received certificates.

FAL which is run under the Ministry of Gender is a literacy program that focuses on linking literacy to people’s livelihoods and needs. The programme incorporates skill-specific training, in addition to literacy and numeracy, and attempts to link the two to show learners how literacy is important and can be used for personal development in their everyday lives.

Kabarole district chairman Richard Rwabuhinga hands a certificate to one of the graduants

The target group for the programme is anyone over the age of fifteen, who had missed the opportunity of formal education during childhood. A large range of people are targeted, including men and women, older people and youths, and specific groups of marginalized people such as prison inmates, those who are disabled and ethnic minorities.

Jessica Twinamasiko, of Kabende Women Empowerment Project consisting of 13 FAL classes said, FAL classes have helped women get educated on matters of income generating activities, personal hygiene and homestead sanitation improvement which have helped reduce cases of Domestic Violence.

Kabarole women say FAL has reduced domestic violence

She her speech which she gave in English, she narrated that before FAL classes were introduced in the sub county, cases of domestic violence were rampant due to poor income in homes, poor sanitation, unlike today were many women have been empowered economically.

Rose Katusabe another FAL grandaunt disclosed that they have been sensitized to test for HIV/AIDS together with their husbands, fighting unemployment through engaging in income generating projects, caring for their children and sending them to school.

She recounts that before they entered FAL classes, cases of child neglect, irresponsibility in families and fear to test for HIV was the order of the day and this caused fighting among couples.

The program is still dominated by women

Joyce Kabasambu, secretary for Hakibaale sub county FAL Classes says in addition to studying, Angels Havens a Korean NGO supported them in projects like zero grazing, piggery, goats and livestock farming.

Presiding as chief guest, the District Chairperson Kabarole Mr. Richard Rwabuhinga expressed disappointment over the low number of men embracing the FAL classes.

He said out of 400 FAL students in Kabarole district, 340 are women and only 70 are men.

Mr. Rwabuhinga challenged men in the district especially in Kabende, Hakibaale , Karambi, Busoro, Harugongo among other sub counties to embrace the program.

He asked the government to start paying the FAL instructors that have been serving voluntarily for the program to have meaning.

4 Year Old Killed in Hit and Run

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 12:57

Police in Kanungu are investigating a case in which a 4 year old girl was knocked dead in a hit and run.

Joab Wabwire, the Kanungu District Police Commander identified  the  deceased as Brinah Nembabazi, who was knocked  by a speeding vehicle on  Saturday  morning  in Nyamigoye trading center in Kanyantorogo sub county, Kanungu district.

Wabwire says police is hunting for the driver although the car was yet to be identified.

He blamed the accident on over speeding but also said that parents should always mind the movements of their children in urban centers especially those living near main roads.

FWEL: 10 Star Kawempe Muslim White Wash Hapless London Stallions

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 11:39

Fufa Women Elite League
London stallions 0-10 Kawempe Muslim

Reigning Fufa women elite league champions Kawempe Muslim proved yet again that they are no man’s match as they humiliated minnows London stallions as the second round of the 2016/17 season got under way on Saturday.

Despite playing away from home, Kawempe Muslim put 10 goals past London stallions in the game played at Seeta church of Uganda playground.

Kawempe who defeated the same side 7-0 at the start of the season completed a double over them with 2016 best female footballer of the year, Hasifa Nassuna scoring a double brace (4 goals) to take her tally to 11 goals in 7 games this season.

Defender Yudaya Nakayenze also got onto the score sheet with two goals, first heading home Nassuna’s delivery from a corner before adding another from a free kick.

Lanky forward Favor Nambatya too scored a brace before Juliet Nalukenge and Tracy Akiror netted the other goals to complete the rout.

The win means Kawempe Muslim move to 21 points in seven games while London Stallions remain bottom of Elizabeth group with no point.

In the other games played on Saturday, Riness defeated Western United 2-0 in Mbarara with debutant Nassali Jackie scoring. The other goal was scored by Halima Nantenze.

In Soroti, Olila Women’s football club piled more misery to She Mak who suffered a 7-0 humbling against Ajax Queens in midweek, defeating them 3-0.

Action continues on Sunday with Muteesa playing host to Kampala Queens at Wankulukuku, Uganda Martyrs will be seeking to make a double over She Corporate when they host them in Rubaga. The students won the first leg 3-2 in Nakawa.

She Mak return to action after two successive losses and will be seeking to make amends against fellow strugglers Eastern Heroes. Makerere won the first leg 1-0.

AUPL: Bossa Aims at Perfect Start Against Sadolin Paints

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 10:39

Uganda Premier League
SC Villa vs Sadolin Paints
Nakivubo stadium 4pm

Sports Club Villa begin life without Shafik Bisaso with a home fixture against wobbling Sadolin Paints this Sunday at Nakivubo stadium.

Bisaso became the latest subject of Misagga’s time- honored tradition of sacking managers when he was shown the exit on Thursday.

And now under the stewardship of unpopular coach Wasswa Bossa, SC Villa will be seeking to return to winning ways against the limping Painters.

The Jogoos have struggled since the start of the year failing to win any competitive game including bowing out of the Uganda cup against lowly Kiboga Young at the round of 64.

Bossa will be seeking to make amends with victory today to calm the waving storm at Villa park where fans are calling for his head.

Equally on the other hand, Sadolin have failed to win a game since the start of the second round losing to Police and Kirinya Jinja SS.

The painters now find themselves in the relegation zone, sitting just a point above the drop zone.

Forward Emmanuel Okwi who limped off in the game against Lweza has recovered in time and is expected to lead the line with Alex Kitata.

Umar Kasumba is still doubtful while Henry Katongole is still serving his suspension for the red card he got in the game against JMC Hippos a fortnight ago.

SC Villa are second on the table with 34 points, four behind leaders KCCA while Sadolin Paints languish in 13th position with a meager 17 points.

I am No Better Than Museveni – Besigye

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 08:30

Former four-time unsuccessful presidential candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye has cautioned his supporters not to trust with certainty that he has better leadership qualities than President Yoweri Museveni.

Besigye said that people should not be elected in leadership positions for what they promise to be, but for the existence of a mechanism that will force them to stick to their promises.

Dr Besigye made the remarks on Saturday afternoon while addressing the Uganda Diaspora Conference in The Hague, Netherlands.

In his message that faintly hinted on his intentions to contest again for President, the retired colonel reechoed his promise of giving the power back to the people so that leaders are held responsible by the people they lead.

He noted, “I do not want to give anybody the impression that they should support me because I have better qualities than Museveni.

“I want you to support me as a leader or any other leader because of the things we say that we are going to do, provided that that is what you think should be done; well knowing that if I don’t do it, it will be well within your power to get rid of me as soon as possible. I should know that you are changing me any time I don’t do what I set out to.”

He elucidated, “Justice is for the vigilant. Even if it is a just system, if I slap you and you don’t go to court, how will you get justice?”

Besigye like in his previous addresses blamed Uganda and Africa’s problem on the servant mentally that people have to their leaders.

People in Uganda today, he said, have no capacity to have influence on their leaders, which he said he intends to change once elected into office, so that citizens are empowered to become masters of their leaders.

“Without this power for the people, even if you elect me now, I might use the same mechanisms as Museveni has used to dominate you and abuse my authority,” noted Besigye.

“Ugandans no longer have confidence as citizens; in many of our cultures people consider themselves powerless and servants to the gun holders. You hear for instance the Basoga famously say, omwami kyakoba nzena kyenkola.”

Actor

During the conference, Dr Besigye accused President Museveni of lying about most of the promises he made before he took power; and branded him an actor.

“I tell you, people believed Museveni would not be corrupt. If he was an actor in some of these developed countries he would have a lot of accolades. He is an excellent actor; He would persuade you that he is something which is totally the opposite of him. That’s what he did for the most part,” said Besigye.

“At the time he became president he was the most trusted person. People thought that he did not believe in opulence and wastage of money. He said he would be using plastic mugs for his tea. He criticized anybody who was wasteful. He` said, why should we import furniture from Europe when people are making it here?; I hear he repeated the same recently, when he has been importing expensive furniture for 30 years. He has never slept on a bed made in Uganda.”

Besigye was referring to President Museveni’s recent call for import substitution and export promotion, in which he lambasted Ugandans for being “chief importers.”

The president says Uganda must stop importing things such as carpets and hairs and support the locally made products.

He has since directed all government entities to procure only locally made furniture.

PHOTOS: Bloodshed as KCCA FC, Onduparaka Fans Fight at Lugogo

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 19:50

As teams battled on the pitch at the Philip Omondi  stadium on Saturday in the Azam Uganda Premier League, their supporters too were engaged in another  epic  battle for supremacy off the pitch.

As the saying goes, ‘if you miss the ball, don’t miss the leg’, the Arua based team supporters lived to the saying after thumping their counterparts at their own backyard despite the home team beating Onduparaka 7 goals to nil .

After their team letting in the our goal of the day, Onduparaka fans turned rowdy  throwing stones and beer cans  towards journalists covering the game, forcing the later to abandon their working area for another safer zone on the pitch.

There was also another altercation in the VIP section as fans for both teams were engaged in a war of words but this was short-lived.

An SC Villa fan seen separating Onduparaka fans and KCCA fans fan fighting

Meanwhile, towards the ends of the game, chaos erupted and was followed by bloodshed at Lugogo stadium.

It all started after a group of KCCA FC fans left their zone and followed their rivals to where they had been stationed.

The home fans started chanting provocative songs prompting the Onduparaka supporters who by now had sticks to draw a battle line that they dared their counterparts to cross.

It was at this time that the KCCA FC fans crossed the already drawn line leading to a fierce battle , only comparable to the one at Trafalgar  in 1805 where Napoleon’s army suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the British.

In the battle at Lugogo, stones, sticks and beer bottles were used as weapons and it took the intervention of the police to return the situation to normal.

During the fight, the game was stopped for over 5 minutes by the centre referee in order to ensure safety of the players for both teams on the pitch.

At one moment, last season’s   Most Valuable player and Onduparaka’s skipper Muhammad Shaban turned violent hurling bottles at a photojournalist before   later trying to beat him.

Onduparaka FC fan cheers during the game

The 2 were later at the end of the game seen hugging each other and Shaban was seen  apologizing to the journalist  in what looked as a sign of reconciliation between the two.

At the end of it ,just like the one in Trafalgar, the invaders (KCCA FC fans)  were trounced and returned home with bloody noses.

Meanwhile, a few minutes after recess, youngster Okello was at it again scoring the seventh goal of his team, and ensuring he went home with the match-day ball after netting a hattrick.

At the end of the game, there was a simple fight as supporters for both teams left the stadium but this was short-lived.

Police intervenes as fans exchange blows

AUPL: Okello Stars as KCCA FC Humiliate Onduparaka

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 19:17

Uganda Premier League
KCCA FC 7-0 Onduparaka

Youngster Allan Okello had a dream debut as KCCA FC thumped Onduparaka 7-0 in the Uganda premier league game played at Phillip Omondi stadium on Saturday.

Okello dictated the tempo of play bagging the first hatrick of the season and also assisted on one occasion as Robert Ssentongo (brace), Geoffrey Sserunkuma and Paul Musamali also got onto the score sheet.

The 17 year old opened the scores in the 10th minute in what turned out to be a total humiliation for the visitors.

Onduparaka players failed to clear Muzamir Mutyaba’s delivery from a free kick and Okello pounced onto the loose ball on the far end to give KCCA FC the lead.

KCCA players celebrate goal against Onduparaka

Eight minutes later, diminutive striker Robert Ssentongo who started in place of injured Derrick Nsibambi doubled the lead after running behind the defence to lobe over the onrushing goalkeeper. Okello made the assist for the goal.

It turned out to be a walk in the park for the home side with Paul Musamali heading home Mutyaba’s cross from a corner in the 22nd minute before Allan Okello got onto the score sheet yet again in the 35th minute and KCCA FC returned to the tunnel for the mandatory break leading 4-0.

Despite making changes to stop the damage, Onduparaka failed to deal with KCCA who were perfect on the day.

Youngster and debutant Okello was the hero of the day.

Geoffrey Sserunkuma also got onto the score sheet running past defender Rashid Toha before slotting the ball into the back of the net in the 65th minute

A minute later, Robert Ssentongo got his second of the day and KCCA’s 5th before man of the match Okello completed his hatrick with nine minutes to time.

KCCA FC now stretch the lead at the top of the table to 38 points, four above second placed SC villa but with a game in hand while Onduparaka remain 3rd on 29 points.

Onduparaka players couldn’t believe what had befallen them

KCCA FC starting XI

Benjamin Ochan, Dennis Okot, Paul Musamali, Habib Kavuma, Ivan Ntege(46′ Isaac Kirabira), Muzamir Mutyaba, Allan Okello, Robert Ssentongo, Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Joseph Ochaya (70′ Isaac Muleme)

Onduparaka starting XI

Geoffrey Lowo, Andama Dennis(25′ Kabon Living), Adriko Gasper, Rashid Toha, Akram Kakembo,Simba Sibir,Mohammed Rashid(46′ Emma Oringa), Mohammad Faizal Anini, Gaddafi Gadinho, Fahad Mohammad Fahad Toko, Dickens Okwir

Council Moves to Censure Kisoro LC5 Chairman Over M23

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 17:30

Abel Bizimana, the Kisoro District Chairperson is under threat of censure over misconduct.

Bizimana is being accused by his council of using abusive language and being arrogant.

Bizimana’s troubles stem from his recent statement in the media where he mentioned 5 of his councilors to be supporters of M23 rebels.

Bizimana reportedly said the councilors supporting M23 have contributed to insecurity in the District.

In his statement, he did not mention the names of the councilors.

He however said that these were encouraging young Ugandans to join the M23 rebels, promising that they would be paid in dollars, ivory and gold.

Councilors say Bizimana used a wrong method of communication and has no evidence to his claims.

They also say they have started collecting signatures to censure Bizimana.

In a petition letter dated 20th February 2017 signed by 24 councilors addressed to the District Speaker, councilors want the speaker to call an immediate council session to discuss this matter.

During the meeting they intend to have him mention names of the councilors before the council and explain if he has evidence to pin them.

Cossum Kakiga, the Kisoro District Councilor representing   Kirundo Sub County says he put his signature on the petition demanding for a council sitting, because Bizimana’s statement about the councilors was unfair.

Kakiga says the chairman’s statement about councilors supporting the rebels gives the District a bad reputation.

Another councilor Wilson Kazimiri also believes the chairman’s remarks would have negative effects on Kisoro’s security and socioeconomic progress as it could scare away tourists.

Amos Hakizimana, the Kisoro District Speaker confirmed that he received the petition and promised that the extraordinary meeting will take place.

Museveni Pledges to Meet Education Needs of Fallen MP Logiel’s Children

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 15:24

President Yoweri Museveni on Friday night joined family, friends and Karamoja NRM fraternity to mourn the death of Moroto Woman Member of Parliament, Hon. Annie Logiel, who succumbed to post surgery effects in a South African hospital.

Friends of the deceased M.P led by Anite Among described her as vibrant, caring and passionate about Karamoja as a region. A quality that as well appreciated by her colleagues under the Karamoja parliamentary group. “Despite having joined parliament only last year, we unanimously asked her to be vice chairperson of our forum”, said Hon. Remegio Achia, the chairperson of the caucus.

The husband of the fallen M.P Mr. Eric Jors thanked the President and government for standing with the family throughout the period of her illness to the point of repatriating her body after death.

He further traced the history of her illness to 2014 when she was first found to have a brain tumour and successive operations thereafter until her death.

Museveni consoles MP Annie Logiel’s family members

The late Member of Parliament was involved in a number of charity projects in karamoja region among them, sponsoring up to 60 girls in secondary and university education.

The President in his message to the mourners described the late as “a dedicated person with  remarkable courage”. This he said was evident in her work with the community and encouraged mourners to emulate her.

As a token of solidarity with the family and friends in the task to raise the children of the late, the President offered to take on the responsibility of their education.

He also announced newly opened government health facility to children in Entebbe and the planned one in neighboring lubowa where cases such as Heart, Kidney, liver and Brain related illnesses will receive modern treatment in Uganda. This he said will eliminate the need for Ugandan patients to incur costs for travel abroad.

The deceased is survived by two children 16year old Diana and 10year old Jordan.

Principal Judge Slams Poor Quality Defense Lawyers 

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 14:47

The Principal Judge Justice Yorokamu Bamwine has called upon Ugandan lawyers to always make efforts to extend free legal services to the less privileged people for all citizens to benefit in the judicial system.

While officiating at the 2017 Annual Pro bono Day celebrations organized by the Uganda Law Society at Railways Grounds in Kampala, the Principle Judge said he received reports that a number of experienced lawyers are unwilling to participate in pro bono services and think this should be left to junior counsels.

He noted that prosecution usually deploys inexperienced, poor quality graduates who rarely meet the accused persons, on their appearances in court.

“They rarely cite laws in their appearances and end up leaving everything to court which makes judge’s work difficult,” remarked Bamwine.

The Principal Judge revealed however that he is designing a strategy to reverse this trend.

Meanwhile, at the event, the minister of Justice and Constitutional affairs Kahinda appealed to advocates to ensure equal protection of the law to all groups of people so that their perception towards the law may change.

“Offering legal aid not only reduces corruption and case backlog but also produces better outcomes for the administration of justice. Government in the process of putting up a Legal Aid program,” he said.

Kadaga Praised for Defending MPs Funeral Allowance

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 13:28

Parliament has Friday paid tribute to one of their own Annie Logiel, the Moroto Woman MP who passed on last week in Denmark due to Brain Tumor.

The motion was moved by the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda in a special sitting and was seconded by among others the Leader of Opposition  (LOP) Winnie Kiiza.

During the tribute, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga was commended for her foresight and firmness in defending the Sh67Million budget allocation to cater for the burial expenses of members.

Kadaga was praised for her stand despite public and civil society criticism.

Rugunda moves eulogy motion

The speaker was first appreciated by Pian County MP, Remigio Achia who wondered how they would have met the burial expenses without help from parliament.

“I want to thank you for the foresight, to budget for such events. You can imagine how we would we have transported Annie from abroad to Entebbe and meeting other expenses since the day she passed on?,” he said.

This was also backed by government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa, “At the time when we were discussing the budget proposals of the Parliamentary Commission, and we put the proposal to cater for the departed Mps, you remember what appeared in the papers. The people were talking about rice, soda, meat. It was as if parliament was extravagant,” Nankabirwa said.

“We want to thank you for your leadership, stamina to make sure that this institution is allowed to budget and prepare for the leaders of this country. I want to call upon everybody to stand with this institution. Government is in support because we never questioned this budget.”

Logiel was appreciated for her contributions in up lifting the standards of living of the Karamajong people and her fight to ensure that the health standards in the country are improved.

FIFA President Infantino, Museveni Discuss Football Development

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 12:41

FIFA president Giann Infantino on Friday evening started his 2 day visit to Uganda with a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni at State House in Entebbe.

Infantino was escorted by FUFA president Moses Magogo and other officials from the local football governing body.

At Entebbe, Museveni told his visitor that it was an honor having him come to the East African country.

“I don’t watch football that much, I prefer athletics,” Museveni joked as he spoke to the World football governing body president.

“It is good for me because they run and finish quickly. I used to follow football up to 1970 then I went to do some other work.”

Infantino is the first Fifa President to visit Uganda

Museveni however asked his visitor for support to the Ugandan government in a bid to help in sports development in the country.

“I urge FIFA to support our government to improve and repair stadiums so as to nurture sports talents,”Museveni asked.

In response, Infantino applauded government for the sport needed in the development of the beautiful game of football in the country.

“We can do sports development together, “Infantino noted.

Infantino is the first FIFA President to visit Uganda since the inception of the world football governing body 118 years ago.

He will wind up his visit today.

We Will Not Punish Ingrid, Says Muntu

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 12:26

The Forum for Democratic Change will not be taking punitive action against the party’s Mobilization Secretary Ingrid Turinawe for her wayward behavior this week, President Mugisha Muntu has hinted.

Muntu today termed Mrs. Ingrid’s disobedience of the party’s decision to withdraw her from the contest for the East African Legislative Assembly as a “secondary contradiction.”

Mrs. Turinawe on Thursday openly challenged a letter by President Muntu to Parliament withdrawing her from the race. She said on social media that the decision was taken without her knowledge and consent and insisted she was still in the race.

Muntu and the FDC whip Semujju Nganda claimed the decision was taken by party structures, (which is being contested by the FDC secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi) according to reports.

While the standoff persists, Gen Muntu has said the party will not be taking any disciplinary action against Mrs. Turinawe.

Muntu told the Capital Gang radio show on Saturday that he is trying to build an environment in FDC that doesn’t rush to punish errant behavior but encourages dissenting views.

He went on to categorize the current stand off as secondary in nature, which he said should only be ignored.

“There are primary and secondary contradictions, and you must learn how to manage both,” he said.

“You must build an environment where you don’t go punitive on a person who might be involved in a secondary contradiction. If you go punitive to this person, what is secondary might now become primary; so you ignore that. You continue to do things which are right…that is where we are focused.”

This according to the FDC president is how he has managed most of the serous disagreements within the party, during his tenure.

“I am glad that four years under my leadership, we have gone though turbulence almost every other time. But as we go through turbulence, we learn.

“We have created this culture because the moment we take power, it is this culture that will determine how we will manage the country. If you build a culture of fear and intolerance, once you get into power and you have weapons and money it will be worse.”

Without referring directly to Mrs. Turinawe, Gen Muntu highlighted a problem in Uganda of people with no qualities rushing to take up important leadership positions.

This he said has been exacerbated under President Museveni’s regime.

“We have lowered the bar of leadership to the lowest level possible. It now seems that anybody can become a leader at any level,” said Muntu.

But under these circumstances he noted, these unqualified and inexperienced leaders must be afforded an opportunity to learn especially those that are able and willing to.

He however warned, “Those who are unable to learn, time is ruthless in terms of phasing out people who are incapable of learning.”

“I Voluntarily Re-sat a Paper to Improve My Grades,” Makerere’s Star Opens Up

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 11:42

As a fresh student at university, you will often be told by lecturers that ‘First Class Degrees are acquired in first year’. And the phrase is not a mere pep talk, it is true in every sense. Reason being – the university grading system is set up in a way that every mark throughout the course contributes to one’s final results and consequently their Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

For this very reason, students who are dedicated to get a First Class will work by all means to avoid retakes and low grades right from the time they are introduced to the course.

Such was the case for Rogers Mukalele, 30 who emerged as the second best overall student during Makerere University’s 67th graduation this week. Mukalele, a student of Information Science from the Jinja campus was the top science performer with a CGPA of 4.91.

As such, he was recognized with an Award and a Ush 500,000 cash prize on Wednesday by the Makerere University Convocation for his distinguished performance. However, his, like many other success stories never came through sitting and wishing, as he revealed to ChimpReports in an interview.

His hardwork and determination was inspired by the fact that he was individually raising his tuition fees.

“In the first year, I was working while I studied. So, because I was paying my own money I put in much determination and did all I could,” he said.

Prior to joining university, Mukalele was a secondary school teacher of Computer Studies and Mathematics which he proceeded to do on a part time basis when he enrolled at Makerere.

He holds another Bachelors Degree in Education (Science) from Busitema University in 2010 which he also acquired through a government scholarship.

As a teacher, he says he earned Ush 600,000 as a monthly salary which he saved for 2 years before reporting to campus.

“Since I was teaching computer studies, I had some good understanding of Information Technology (IT). Right from the first day of the semester I would look at the course outline and then do enough research even before the lecturer comes.”

He said his knowledge of the basics given his prior training gave him the luxury of time to alternate between teaching and studying during his first and second year.

To majority of the students at university, scoring above the average mark (50%) in an examination is always the ultimate goal. Below this mark, one must re sit the exam lest they don’t graduate. However, Mukalele’s pre-determined resolve for excellence made him pursue more than an average mark.

He told us that at some point, he had to re-do an exam in which he had scored a 60% mark.

“There’s a paper in which I got a 60 and I decided to re-do it so as to improve it since the university policy provides for this. I don’t have any 60s. I mostly have 80s and a few 70s,” he said.

But scoring better grades wasn’t the only huddle that Mukalele had to prevail over. Raising his rather costly tuition fees was another challenge but fortunately, teaching wasn’t the only window for him to gather resources.

He revealed to us that part of the money came from book sales for a book he authored titled ‘Computer Studies for Uganda’. The book is currently in major book stores including Aristock.

Mukalele (R) poses with his parents after being recognized as the best science student

He told ChimpReports that his love for ICT had everything to do with the fact that we live in an era where information and technology are central in everyday life. His dream is to innovate solutions that will impact people’s lives.

“I aspire to do a Masters Degree and coming up with an innovation that will impact lives of Ugandans and the world. I already have some projects am working on so for me this Award wasn’t just out of cramming but also the skills I have acquired,” Mukalele explained.

Among some of the projects the IT graduate has so far worked on is ‘Sharability’, a web based system that schools are using to share digital learning resources. He did this as his final year project and currently, about 200 schools across Uganda are using the platform.

“These days, schools are increasingly using electronic resources like power point slides, electronic notes and videos but those in the rural areas are still disadvantaged. The Sharability platform connects teachers to develop and share these resources,” he said.

While he built the platform as a purely academic project, he says it has been able to earn him some money especially from some teachers who appreciate the service.

He looks to boost ‘Sharability’ through the Annual Communications Innovation Awards (ACIA) an initiative that recognizes and supports outstanding ICT innovations in Uganda.

His academic accomplishments aside, Mukalele still holds bigger future plans including inspiring young innovators.

“The field of education is one where I have strong passion. So I look at my self-progressing and becoming a lecturer. I hope to use this Award to inspire my students,” he said.

Hajat Wetongola to Face NRM CEC after Losing Election Petition

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 11:16

Following the loss of an Election petition by the former Kamuli Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Hajati Rhema Wetongola to FDC’s Salaamu Musumba, the NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. TangaOdoi has revealed that the commission will subject her to disciplinary actions.

During the 2016 general elections, Dr. Tanga warned all NRM candidates against use of forged academic papers noting that whoever found would face disciplinary actions for shaming the party.

Tanga was asked by the media to explain the next action against Hajati Wetongola after Court faulted her academic documents.

“Candidates who use the party flag but don’t have papers are presented to the Central Executive Committee of the party. When the committee meets next time, we shall actually present this case,” Dr. Tanga responded.

“If CEC decides to keep quite over the matter, so be it.”

On accusation that NRM EC failed to scrutinize Wetongola’s papers, Tanga responded, “Like you know, once we tried to do it, UNEB told us it is not our task and indeed we don’t have the facilities to verify one’s academic documents.”

Tanga added, “It will be up to the Central Executive Committee to decide what to do with the candidate of that nature, it really defeats my understanding that someone knows that she doesn’t have the required qualifications but goes ahead and subject himself to this public scrutiny.”

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