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Museveni to Muslims: Don’t Misuse Freedom of Worship

8 hours 57 min ago

President Museveni has in his Eid-El-Fitir day message, urged the Muslim community to boldly and with knowledge face the challenges of poverty, which lead to poor living conditions of our people and avoid misusing freedom of worship.

“On behalf of the government of the Republic of Uganda and on my own behalf, I congratulate the Muslim community upon the successful completion of the sacred month of Ramadhan and wish you happy Eid-El-Fitir celebrations,” said Museveni.

“Freedom of worship is among the fundamental human freedoms, which this government has guaranteed and ought not to be misused in any way,” he added in a statement shared by State House on Sunday.

Cases of abuse of freedom of worship have been on the rise in recent years with many promoting extremist Islamic ideology.

This year’s Eid-El-Fitri celebrations are being celebrated today all over the world.

Museveni said God has given Uganda a beautiful country with enormous natural resources.

“The challenge now is for us to have the wisdom to effectively use these resources to ensure a decent and harmonious living among our people,” said Museveni.

“Our task therefore, is to boldly and with knowledge, face the challenges of poverty which lead to poor conditions of living among our people.”

Meanwhile, Sheikh Yahaya Kakungulu congratulated all Muslims upon fasting and completing the Holy month of Ramadhan.

He wished all Muslims a happy Eid-El-Fitri and urged them to celebrate in line with the Islamic teachings.

He also appealed to all Muslims to pay Zakatul-Fitri before the Eid prayers and to fast the six days of Shawwal.

At the National Mosque – UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala, Eid-El-Fitri prayers started at 9:00am under the guidance of His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje.

The Eid-El-Fitri Khutuba (Sermon) will be delivered by Shk. Ali Juma Shiwuyo.

NWSC Gives Back to Disabled Muslim Community at Nakivubo School

9 hours 25 min ago

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

On Friday National water and sewerage corporation shared Eid goodies with our disabled Muslim brothers and sisters at Nakivubo Blue primary school.

A number of food items were shared to enable our customers break fast and celebrate EID.

The same activity was happening in all NWSC areas of operation as is the norm during the holy month of Ramadan.

The colourful ceremony was graced by Kampala water General manager Eng Andrew Ssekayizi who appreciated the customers for supporting NWSC through bill payments and reporting leaks and bursts.

Semakula on the mat

For the past years during the holy month of Ramadan, the corporation gives back to the disabled Muslim community at Nakivubo Blue Primary school.

During the event, the Muslim leaders requested the corporation to help semakula Fahad a disabled 12 year old boy with a wheel chair and medical assistance.

PR manager Sam Apedel interacting with NWSC customers

NWSC management team and staff

Beneficiaries wait to receive their share

Kampala water GM Eng Andrew Ssekayizi on behalf of the corporation pledged to buy Semakula a brand new wheel chair on Monday.

The colourful function was attended by local leaders,Muslim leaders, NWSC PR manager and the NWSC management team.

Guinea’s Conde to Museveni: AU to Discuss UN Occupation of DRC

9 hours 36 min ago

President Museveni has commended President Alpha Conde of Guinea, and also Chairman of the African Union, for his personal efforts aimed at accelerating the implementation of strategic issues of high importance to Africa.

“We have had long talks on various issues in Africa. Also, Guinea is a valiant country, a proud African country whose politics and ideology are important. It’s also a country with rich natural resources,” he said.

President Museveni who held a bilateral meeting with his guest shortly before addressing a joint press conference urged African leaders to push for non-sectarian tendencies to avoid conflicts and confrontation in situations where there are problems.

President Condé now on a two-day State visit to Uganda is a man on a mission with a message that is galvanizing hope by Africans to reclaim the right of the continent’s destiny back in their hands.

He said African leaders need to speak openly and frankly so that when Africa speaks, it does so with one voice that is heard.

“We need to take charge of our own affairs. When we are united, we win. You don’t have to be super intelligence to know that the problem faced by Africa is interference in its affairs. We need to use our own resources to fund our organization (AU) ourselves. Currently our main funding is by the European Union. How can you speak freely if you are funded by someone else,” he said.

President Conde while addressing a joint Press Conference with President Yoweri Museveni said with a new dynamism in Africa, the continent will realize its vision.

‘Our champion for reform is President Paul Kagame. In these changes President Museveni is one of our founding fathers of this new dynamism. With this new vision, we discuss further how to bring these positive changes about. Museveni is one of our champions and is in charge of political integration,” he said.

President Conde said they have already established the African Renewable Energy Initiative Agency to push access to cheap energy and more recently united as a continent to support an African to the World Health Organisation.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia is due to assume office on July 1st, 2017.

“Our challenge is to show that we are capable of taking charge. I am here to consult President Yoweri Museveni ahead of the upcoming AU summit,” he said.

President Museveni is the current chairman of the East African Community.

“We have experienced what President Museveni has done to move forward in development. My visit is to show admiration and support what he has done for Uganda. I always have admiration for Museveni, for his frankness and courage of speaking his mind even when it does not please others,” he said.

President Conde said during the summit they would discuss various issues including conflicts in Libya, DR Congo, South Sudan and Mali including the continuous occupation of UN forces in the DR Congo even when there is no progress.

“President Museveni has a great track record and can help us move forward. Museveni is focused and has the ideology. We want to use that to be able to deliver with our new vision. Our countries need to be managed for the benefit of the youth and the women. Our wealth needs to be used for the good of our peoples. We want no interference but also no impunity. We need to have our own and not be told what to do.


On the situation in Libya, President Conde said AUs goal is to stop the crisis.

“It’s not easy but it has got to be done. We must find a solution. It’s like a cancer, if we don’t solve it, it will spread to the rest of Africa.”

On the issue of African countries pulling out of the ICC, President Conde said it is not individual countries deciding but rather but the AU.

“In ICC what do you notice, big countries who have never ratified the treaty are not affected. It’s only African leaders. We can’t accept that any longer. Majority voted to withdrawal but we also can’t support impunity that is why we want an African count in place,” he said.

Conde said as the AU they can no longer accept for a country to be isolated.

“Three weeks ago I was in Sudan to show support of AU to Bashir. Is it an International Criminal Court or is it a court against Africans?” he asked.

On the issue of a refugee fund for the AU, Conde said the fund is not practical but rather leaders should work towards stopping causes of conflict.

“Its good to have funds in place, but isn’t it better to fight causes of conflict. Fight the causes that push people from their homes. We are against countries closing their borders. We are for solidarity in Africa,” he said.

Former Tourism Minister Mutagamba Passes On

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 21:08

Former Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Minister, Maria Mutagamba has passed on.

Mrs Mutagamba, aged 64, died this Saturday afternoon at Case Hospital in Kampala.

The sad news was delivered by Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health Dr Diana Atwine who said she was saddened by the passing of the former minister.

I am saddened by the passing on of Hon Maria Mutagamba .May Her Soul rest in eternal peace

— Dr. Diana Atwine (@Atwine_Diana) June 24, 2017

Minster Mutagamba has been battling Gallstone, a condition that affects the digestive system.

She was transferred to Case Hospital in Kampala weeks ago, having been transferred from Rubaga Hospital as her condition deteriorated.

Mutagamba served in as the Tourism Minister from 2012 to 2016.

Previously she has been Minister of Water and Environment and also served as MP Rakai district from 2001 until 2016


Dr Bwanika Calls for Referendum on Presidential Age Limit

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 20:12

Former Presidential Candidate and head of the People’s Development Party (PDP) Dr Abed Bwanika is calling for a referendum for Ugandans to determine whether or not the country’s constitution should be amended to remove limitations on the age qualifications of the President.

The call will likely embolden the already mounting debate on Article 102 of the National Constitution which caps the presidential age limit at 75 years.

Rumours have suggested lately that the ruling NRM party are internally working on a plan to amend the constitution to get rid of the limiting clause.

Dr Bwanika, through his own campaign dubbed Referenda 2017, has come up with a proposal for Ugandans to hold a referendum on this matter.

He, as a Ugandan citizen is permitted by the constitution’s Article 255 to call for a national referendum on any issue of national importance.

As such, he has written to the Chairman of the Electoral Commission Justice Simon Byabakama presenting his request as chairman of the Referenda 2017.

In the letter copied to the Prime Minister, Parliament, party leaders and the Attorney General, Mr Bwanika also asks for a meeting with the EC officials “to agree on the way forward.”

The referendum that Bwanika and his campaign want should also address the issue of   restoration of the Presidential Term Limits, which were removed from the constitution through a parliamentary vote in 2005.

Our efforts to reach the three-time presidential candidate to expound on his request were fruitless as his phones were switched off.

Uganda last had a referendum in July 2005, when nationals voted to return multiparty politics.

 Political parties had been banned from competing in elections for nearly 20 years in order to curb sectarian tensions

The referendum was unpopular as only 47% voters turned up. Unofficial reports claimed the percentage was less than 30%. Nonetheless, over 90% voted for the return of multi-partism.

Government spent over USD 12million (then about Shs. 2.2billion) on the exercise.

MTN Commits Shs1b for Child Refugee Immunisation

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 18:56

Telecom Company MTN Uganda has committed Shs1bn to enhance funds for purchasing vaccines for immunisation of refugees.

The commitment was announced by Wim Vanhelleputte, the executive officer of MTN Uganda who was representing MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter, at the Uganda Solidarity Summit for refugees held at Speke Resort in Munyonyo.

“We are targeting children in the refugee camps; it’s a project for immunisation of children in the camps,” said Vanhelleputte.

Asked when the funds will be delivered, he explained: “We are working with the office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR plus other agencies, and it’s through working together that we shall distribute that money.”

The CEO also stated that MTN has always supported refugees, mentioning the preferential rates given to organisations sending funds to refugees on Mobile Money.

“We are working with NGOs to use Mobile Money to do disbursements. They are getting a preferential rate, which is half of what we charge from others.”

Hosted by UN Secretary General António Guterres and President Museveni, the conference sought to raise US$2bn towards mitigating humanitarian and development challenges arising out of the increasing refugee influx into Uganda for a year.

By the end of the summit on Friday afternoon, USD 358.3 million, an equivalent of Ush 1.2trillion had been pledged which represents 17.6% of the required amount.

Among the countries that committed to offering huge financial support were; the United Kingdom (USD 50m), United Arab Emirates (USD 50m),  Germany (USD 55.5m) and European Commission (USD 85m)

Police Speak Out On Lwengo Chairman Removal from Rwandan Aircraft

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 18:17

Lwengo District Chairman George Mutabaazi was today thrown off a Rwandair aircraft in an odd and embarrassing manner.

The flamboyant politician who was traveling from Kigali to Entebbe was filmed being dragged off the plane before departure, by Rwandan airport police.

“What have I done,” he wailed at the police officers as fellow passengers watched in silence. “Do I deserve this really? Why is this happening?

Uganda Police, who have good working relations with their Rwandan counterparts, on Saturday evening released information about the bizarre incident.

The Police spokesperson Asan Kasingye says Mutazaazi was thrown off the aircraft because “He insisted on sitting in the business class whereas he had an economy ticket,” said the police publicist.

“He allegedly refused to vacate as advised because of his stupor condition. He was consequently, ejected.”

Other accounts said Mr Mutabaazi was visibly inebriated, and was making a lot of noise, prompting other passengers to complain to the flight attendants.

As they tried to calm him down, he continued shouting, asking them if they knew who he was, which forced the cabin crew to call in police that dragged him out.

The Rwandan carrier later on corroborated the accounts in a string of tweets, terming Mutabaazi’s behavior as ‘disorderly.’

In order to ensure the safety of today’s flight WB464 to Entebbe and of our passengers onboard this flight, 1/3

— RwandAir (@FlyRwandAir) June 24, 2017

the passenger George Mutaabazi was disembarked from the aircraft due to his disorderly behaviour. 2/3

— RwandAir (@FlyRwandAir) June 24, 2017

They said, he was later on re-booked  on another flight to Entebbe which left on the same day.

Mr Mutaazi has more than once been in the news for controversial reasons. In 2014, he was filmed by media beating up residents of his district who he accused failing to join in community work.

He later on defended his act of caning people including young children, saying that he didn’t care about his reputation or elections, but the development of Lwengo.

Day of the African Child: Kyabazinga Hosts Children to His Palace

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 17:16

The Kyabazinga of Busoga has hosted Children at his Budhumbula palace in Kamuli district as part of the activities to commemorate the African child day for the 26th year.

The day has been celebrated since 1991 in honour of those who participated in the 1976 Soweto Uprising against Apartheid policy in South Africa.

Children shake hands with the Kyabazinga

On the day, about ten thousand black school children marched in a column more than half a mile long, protesting the poor quality of their education and demanding their right to be taught in their own language.

Hundreds of young students were shot, more than a hundred people were killed in the protests of the following two weeks, and more than a thousand were injured.]

Some of the children showcasing their works

The day is marked every June 16th although Busoga Kingdom held the celebrations on Friday June 23rd.

Present in the Busoga palace during the children’s visit were Busoga Royal Chiefs, Ex Kamuli Governor (LC5) Salaam Musumba, current LC5 chairperson Kategere Thomas, Kamuli district councillors, Busoga Kingdom Ministers, Plan Uganda Int’l among others.

In his remarks, the Kyabazinga directed his subjects to desist from early child marriage, enroll children in schools, vehemently say no to HIV/AIDS and above all attain unity of purpose.

The function was also attended by students from Kamuli; both primary and secondary schools including parents and guardians.

South African Banker Inspires Ugandan Human Resource Managers at HRMAU Dinner

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:22

The Human Resource Managers Association of Uganda (HRMAU) have hosted a leadership dinner featuring a keynote address by internationally renowned motivational speaker and leadership coach, Mr. Lincoln Mali from South Africa.

Lincoln, a professional banker with over 18 years of experience currently works as Standard Banks Group Head of Card and Emerging Payments across Africa in Personal and Business Banking.

In his keynote address Lincoln gave professional advice, high level insights and practical examples on the theme of the day, “Harnessing organizational culture and demographics for strategic business achievements.”

While making his presentation, Lincoln challenged Human Capital Management leaders to embrace changes in organizational culture to remain relevant with the times.

“There is a big generation gap dominating many companies. Millennials today are coming into the workforce in big numbers with different perspectives on how to execute tasks. They are confident, curious, value diversity, have high expectations and are thirsty for knowledge; human capital leaders have to create an enabling environment and embrace them as a reality.” He noted.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2020 Millennials will make up 50% of the US workforce and 75% of the global work force by 2030.

Speaking after the dinner the President of the association Patrick Ngolobe noted that Lincoln Mali’s presentation was very inspiring. He advised fellow professionals to put their theories into action.  He said, “Human Resource leaders and captains of the industry must rise up to the challenge of organizational culture, we must model and reinforce culture that we desire through our behavior, character, systems and models and have less talk and slides; leaders who do not catch-up to this reality will be out of business and jobs sooner rather than later.”

He continued, “As an association we believe constant exposure to global best practices is important for the personal and professional development of our members which directly links to the quality of our labour market both at the side of the employees but also within the work environments we continue to enhance, a reason as to why we continually bring high profile presenters such as Lincoln to share their experiences and encourage members of our profession to improve their skills.”

The HRMAU dinner is the first major event Lincoln has spoken at in Uganda. An internationally renowned and respected motivational speaker he holds a BA LLB (Rhodes University); MBA (Henley Management College – UK) and an AMP (Harvard Business School).

He has been a main speaker at a number of high level global conferences including the WeLead Women’s conference on the topic “Fathers with daughters – role models who shape lives and create leaders” held in Johannesburg in March.

Lincoln thanked HRMAU for inviting him to the dinner and Stanbic bank Uganda for making the trip possible.

Museveni Meets Regional Leaders on Refugees, Dev’t

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:52

President Yoweri Museveni has held bilateral meetings with some of the leaders who attended the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees that took place at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.

The President and his Gabonese counterpart, Ali Bongo Ondimba discussed issues of mutual interest between Uganda and Gabon while the Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, commended his host for the successful and well-organized Summit on Refugees.

He briefed Mr. Museveni on the current situation in Somalia.

South Sudan’s Vice President, James Wani  Igga, who congratulated President Museveni for hosting the Summit on Refugees for raising funds to support refugees in Uganda.

They also discussed on the situation in South Sudan.

Later, President Museveni received Burundi’s 2nd Deputy Vice-President, Joseph Butore, who delivered to him a message from President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi.

The Sudanese Vice-President, Mohamed Hasabo congratulated President Museveni for organising a very fruitful and objective Summit on Refugees.

He commended the Ugandan leader for the invitation for the Nile Basin and the Refugees Summits noting that the meetings registered success.

President Museveni also received Algeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Abdelkader Messahel, with whom he discussed issues pertaining to economic development ties between the 2 countries.

The European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, Christos Stylianides, discussed with the President issues pertaining to the plight of refugees and the conflict in South Sudan.

The President, who was accompanied by the 1st Lady, Janet Museveni, received the United Arab Emirates Minister of International Cooperation, Reem Alhashmy and discussed a wide range of issues on economic development with him.

The United High Commissioner for Refugees, Fillippo Grandi, commended Mr. Museveni for hosting the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees. They discussed the plight of refugees and the situation in neighbouring South Sudan.

Tanzania’s Foreign Minister, Augustine Mahiga, thanked Mr. Museveni for the Summit on Refugees.

Guinea President Conde in Uganda for 2-day State Visit

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:18

President Alpha Conde of Guinea and current Chairman of the African Union (AU) has started a 2-day State Visit to Uganda at the invitation of President Yoweri Museveni.

Prof. Conde who jetted in this morning, was received on arrival at Entebbe International Airport by his host, President Museveni.

The Guinean leader was later received at State House, Entebbe by President Museveni.

President Conde inspects a guard of honor mounted by UPDF

The receiving ceremonies at State House, Entebbe, for President Conde included the playing of the national anthems of Guinea and Uganda, inspection of a guard of honour mounted by Officers and men of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces.

He was also accorded a 21-gun salute and treated to a variety of traditional music and entertainment.

President Museveni and his guest later held bilateral discussions centring on the African Continent’s strategies to achieve a stable, secure, economically and politically motivated continent.

NBL: City Oilers Trounce Titans to End their Unbeaten Run

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:01

Friday, 23rd June 2017
Ladies: JKL lady dolphins 75-48 Javon Ladies
Men: City Oilers 73-64 KIU Titans

With a last hour change of the venue, Mandy Juruni’s City Oilers managed to answer back the critics with a hard fought victory against the KIU titans in a thrilling game on Friday evening.

The game that slated to be played at YMCA outdoor court but later Moved to Lugogo MTN Arena got everyone at the edge of the seat up to the very end.

Oilers’ Stephen Omony led the scoring charts with 17 points while Titans’ Michael Bwanga notched 16.

This was KIU’s first loss of the season after previous convincing wins against Ndejje University Angels, JKL dolphins, Sharing, Our Saviour and UCU.

The victory is Oilers 4th of the season as the defending champions defeated UPDF, Our Saviour and Nkumba earlier.

Their only two defeats were against UCU and Betway Power in the league opener.

Oilers’ Coach Mandy Juruni told ChimpReports after the game that the victory is to bring back morale to the team.

“We mentally prepared ourselves, we have been practicing all along, I can see there’s a lot of improvement in terms of mental toughness,” he said.

“Today we created a lot of chances; we just did not score as much but at least we played a role that everyone had to play.”

“We have not been showing a lot of will of recent but I believe we can play better, because there is a lot of improvement from the first game and this win is going to bring back a lot of confidence and morale back.” added the victorious manager.

KIU titans’ Michael Bwanga got the game underway drawing the first blood with a jump shot outside the paint to give the titans a 3 point lead at 8:40.

Their lead was however short lived as Okello and Landry reacted in time to put the Oilers in the driving seat, with the former collecting 8 points as City Oilers took a lead of 33-26 in the first quarter.

Back in the second quarter, Titans limited the Oilers to only 12 points but they also lost stamina going forward as they only managed 13 points.

The scoreboard read 33-26 in favor of the Oilers at halftime break.

It was in the third quarter where Titans found actual rhythm with Kazungu scoring 6 to add on Bwanga’s 5 points as they reduced the deficit to only 4 points with the quarter ending 49-45.

In the last 10 crucial minutes, Titans showed some sparks of brilliance tying the score on two occasions; 52-52 at 9:12 after Soro’s 3 point jump shot and later, Chris Omanye’s 3 pointer at 7:52 to tie it at 57-57.

But the defending champions regained control of situation with Umony getting 4 points in the decisive minutes and Enabu sealed the victory with a 2 point lay up to end the score at 73-52.

In the first game of the day, Jamila Nansinkombi hit 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to guide Boniface Okello’s JKL lady dolphins to a 75-48 victory past the Javon Ladies.

The 2017 National Basketball league season continues this Sunday with 12 teams in action at YMCA outdoor court, Wandegeya.

Sunday Fixtures

Gladiators vs UCU lady cannons

KCCA Leopards vs Magic Stormers

Sharing Youth vs Falcons

Lioness vs A1 challenge

Our saviour vs JKL dolphins

Ndejje University Angels vs Nkumba marines

I Have Lived in the Bush for Months – Evicted Widow Cries to Principle Judge

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 14:15

The Principle Judge Yorokamu Bamwine on Thursday condemned the practice by some magistrates of issuing eviction orders before  holding court proceedings.

Bamwiine was disturbed by a case one Amina Milu, who told him she has been living in the bush since 2016 when court brokers evicted her from her late husband’s land.

Mrs. Miru says her late husband Hajji Nassuli Miru bought the disputed land in 1979 from late Hajji Ahamad Barugahare.

“The children of Barugahare however, started claiming it when their father passed ; which they didn’t when he was still alive,” she said.

The aging mother says while the case has been in court since 1984, she had never been summoned for any court sitting, yet court last year abruptly arranged an eviction and threw her out of her house.

The said land in question totals 27 acres and is located in Katete, Birere in Isingiro district.

The eviction order was delivered by Mbarara High Court Judge Justice David Matovu on 5th May 2016.

The Principle Judge Bamwiine while addressing Mbarara residents at an Open Day Session showed disappointment with the court decision and promised to investigate it.

Miru’s lawyer James Bashonga Bwatota says the eviction resulted in more crimes including assault and that police had to be deployed to avert danger.

He says ever since the eviction, the case had stalled and Barugahare family members have been dodging court.

At the event, Mbarara resident judge Justice Duncan Gaswaga committed himself to hearing the case to its conclusion.

Justice Bamwiine urged judicial officers to show utmost fairness while expeditiously dealing with the large number of cases before them.

 “Serve the people with a smile, address their complaints promptly; don’t serve them with an anticipation of a reward; your reward is in heaven” Bamwine said.


FULL DETAILS: Eskom Uganda Explains Thursday Nationwide Blackout

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:41

Days after the nationwide blackout that lasted close to three hours, Electricity generation company Eskom Uganda has come out to clarify on the exact cause.

The blackout happened on the evening of Thursday June 22, which was characterized by stormy weather conditions.

According to a statement from Eskom Uganda, the blackout occurred at Nalubaale and Kiira Power Stations.

“Preliminary findings show that the incident was triggered by an overhead earth shield wire which broke and fell on the live equipment below,” reads part of the statement.

“The fallen earth wire short circuited both bus bars causing all connected generators and loads to trip.”

Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) spokesperson Simon Kasyate had told ChimpReports on Thursday that the outage was caused by lightening which hit one of the major lines.

“It was lightening which struck the 33KV line at Nalubale power dam, which affected the Interbus connection,” Kasyate said.

But engineers swung into action to handle the emergency and normalcy was restored in about three hours’ time.

“The damaged equipment was isolated and the system made ready for system restoration as coordinated by the system Operator.  The first unit was on load and started supplying power within one hour,” reads the statement.

“Full generation at the Complex was restored within three hours after the incident.”

The statement further asserts that a joint investigation has been launched by Eskom in partnership with  UETCL and UMEME to establish the cause of the incident and put in place measures to avoid a repeat occurance.

Kabale: 4 District Officials Leave for Greener Pastures

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:09

Four senior workers at Kabale district local government have quit the district to join Kabale University.

Alex Twebaze, who was the district planner is now the university senior planner, Bruce Twongeirwe, formally the procurement officer is the university procurement officer, and Perepetwa Arinaitwe who was an accountant at the district has been hired for the same services by the university.

Emmanuel Arinaitwe Habaruwasha formally, the district human resource officer is now the assistant human resource officer at Kabale University.

On Thursday, the Kabale district chairman, Patrick Besigye Keihwa announced the departure of his employees during a council session at the district hall.

As the district looks to replacing the four, Keihwa expressed concern that work there was likely to be hampered in their absence.

 “We cannot stop them from going; it is good they will be serving in our own public university,” said Keihwa.

The same council session approved  two  members  of  the district  service commission  Christine Byabagambi  and  Wycliffe Mugisha, whose  two year   term had expired to be handed another two year term.

Ex-Soroti County MP Burial On Monday

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:50

Former Soroti County Member of Parliament Peter Omollo will be laid to rest on Monday according to the statement from the Chairperson Teso Parliamentary Group (TPG), Bishop Patrick Okabe.

The former legislator passed Thursday evening at Mulago Hospital where he had been admitted.

Hon Florence Ibbi, the former Woman MP Kaberamaido District yesterday told reporters the deceased was rushed to the national referral hospital where he was diagnosed with acute pneumonia.

She said he unfortunately passed as doctors tried to find veins to conduct a blood transfusion.

PTG chair told Chimpreports the body of Omollo will be laid to rest on Monday at his ancestral home in Kamuda Sub County, Soroti district.

“FDC and Teso have lost an icon; a man who was a staunch opposition and an advocate for good governance,” Okabe said.

The deceased represented Soroti in the 8th and 9th Parliament and also served in the Constituency Assembly that developed the 1995 constitution.

He was one of the most vocal legislators of the 8th Parliament.

His contribution was minimal in the ninth Parliament after falling sick barely a year after being re-elected.

He has died at the age of 62.


Prosecutors Give Gov’t 14 Days to Solve Their Grievances

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:21

State Prosecutors under their umbrella body of Uganda Association of Prosecutors (UAP) have given government a 14-day ultimatum to address their grievances which include low salaries and better working conditions, short of which they will embark on a sit down strike.

The decision was arrived at during an extraordinary assembly, the association held at Imperial Royale Kampala yesterday.

224 out of the 239 members of the association voted to decide on the next course of action.

The members agreed for the 14 day ultimatum to commence Monday next week when it will be officially communicated to government. In the meantime, they agreed to continue working normally.

The Prosecutors through Chairman David Baxter Bakibinga are confident that their industrial action, if government doesn’t respond, will greatly affect work in courts across the country.

The prosecutors, who currently earn as low as Shs. 640,000 a month, want a salary increment of up to Shs. 9million. They also want their boss, the DPP who earns Shs. 11 million to be given 40 million. DPP Mike Chibita attended the meeting.

Speaking in response at the meeting, Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Gen Kahinda Otafiire asked the government prosecutors to remain calm, saying that government was fully aware of their concerns.

Minister Kahinda Otafiire at the UAP meeting

 “We do understand your problems but the issue is how to go about it. I have already talked to the president who asked me to ensure that you select representatives with whom we shall meet the Minister of Finance, Minster for Public Service, Secretary to the Treasury and the Prime Minister to find solutions to this problem”

Otafiire also advised them not to start with the strike as the first action, but to first exhaust all diplomatic avenues.

“The most successful Generals are those who win without firing any single bullet; industrial action may not help. Don’t use the biggest gun at the beginning of the battle. You should allow us time to work on this issue since it is coming up for the first time.”

However, Senior State Attorney Tom Walugembe the General Council for the Association told the meeting that they retain their right to strike but it must be done lawfully to avoid bad implications.

He added that during the strike, the employer is entitled to withhold their salaries, noting that they would have to forego some benefits including vehicles, body guards and salaries for their cause to materialize.

The prosecutors say they earn peanuts while handling risky and complicated cases like murder, terrorism which puts their lives at times in harm’s way.

Maggie Kigozi Named Best Investment Promotion Ambassador of the Year

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:06

Former Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) boss Maggie Kigozi has been named the best investment promotion ambassador for the year 2017.

Kigozi together with other outstanding investors were awarded at the investor of the year ceremony held on Friday June 22, at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

During the ceremony, a number of local and international investors were awarded for being exceptional in creating new projects, providing jobs and successfully implementing what they had planned as agreed upon with UIA.

In her speech, UIA Executive Director Jolly Kaguhagire said the awards were intended to appreciate, recognize and interact with the investors so that the Authrity can understand their challenges and how they can be helped.

“This is our final function for the investment week where we put aside some time to meet our investors to discuss how we can improve the investment sector,” Kaguhagire said.

She applauded the winners for continuing to strive for the best and continuously making great contribution to the economy of Uganda by providing great services to their customers and providing jobs to a big number of Ugandans.

In his remarks, Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda asked the investors for the confidence they have in government saying it has their best interest at heart.

“This awarding ceremony is very important because it gives us a chance to interact with you. We have put in place the infrastructure to help you do your work better because you are the biggest contributors to this economy,” Rugunda said.

He asked more investors to take part in the competition next year as a way of evaluating themselves against the competitors.

Full List of Winners

1. Investor of the year awards.

A) Gold: Electronic control and switch control.

B) Silver: BMK

C) Bronze: Harris International Limited

2. Home grown investor award

Rico industries limited

3. Best woman entrepreneur

Lydia Oume, CEO Lee Memorial Medical Service

4. Best diplomatic mission abroad

The Uganda High Commission abroad in Nairobi Kenya

5. Best investment promotion ambassador

Maggie Kigozi

6. Best Small and medium entrepreneur


Ramadan Celebrations: UMEME Gives Back to Kawempe Muslim Community

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:36

As part of the company’s activities to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, Umeme has gifted the Muslim community in Kawempe- Mbogo with food and household items as a gesture of support to the Muslims observing Ramadan.

The items were handed over to the Muslims on Friday June 22 at a function held at the Kawempe mosque.

One of the beneficiaries at the mosque receives items from Ndiwalana

Speaking at the handover, Umeme Stakeholder Manager, Sponsorships and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Stella Nkini Ndiwalana said, “We are happy to join hands with our Muslim brothers and sisters here at Uganda’s oldest mosque in Kawempe Mbogo as they observe the month of Ramadhan.”

“Ours is a small contribution and we hope it will go a long way in assisting the families as they break the fast and celebrate Eid,” she added.

Umeme has over time been involved in CSR activities with the most recent one being a free medical camp in Mbale.

Umeme Stakeholder Relations Manager, CSR and Sponsorships, Stella Nkini Ndiwalana hands over gifts to the Kawempe Mbogo Councilor, Ramadan Lukwago during the visit at the Kawempe Mbogo Mosque.

Kawempe Mbogo Councillor, Ramadhan Lukwago who received the items on behalf of the community thanked Umeme for the heartfelt contribution.

He appreciated the company’s generosity and highlighted that it was a good gesture for private companies to come out and join Muslims as they observed the holy month of Ramadan.

Trade, Revenue Collections Double at Mutukula Border Post

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.