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NWSC Nominated for African Utility of the Year Awards

3 hours 11 min ago

National Water and Sewerage Cooperation (NWSC) has been nominated in the 2017 African Utility of the Year Awards, under the Water Utility of the Year category.

This becomes the third time the utility company is nominated the awards, which bring together 6000 water and energy professionals.

According to the document obtained by ChimpReports, this year’s awards will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in South Africa.

Also nominated in the awards is the NWSC Managing Director Dr Eng Silver Mugisha as a finalist for Outstanding Contribution and the NWSC Director Business and scientific services Dr. Rose Kaggwa, under the category of outstanding woman of the year.

It should be noted that NWSC has so far scooped two awards for the years: 2014/2015 and 2015/2016.

AU Commission Officials, Foreign Affairs Officials Discuss Domestication of AU Agenda 2063 in Uganda

3 hours 20 min ago

AU Commission experts, who were visiting Uganda, met with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials led by the Permanent Secretary Amb. Patrick Mugoya, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Headquarters to discuss the domestication of AU’s “Agenda 2063” in Uganda.

Aiming to encourage discussion among all stakeholders, “Agenda 2063”, will ensure that countries effectively learn from the lessons of the past, build on the progress now underway and strategically exploit all possible opportunities available in the short, medium and long term.

According to an April 28 statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, member states hope the project (Agenda 2063) will ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years.

The African Union’s “Agenda 2063” was adopted at the 24th Ordinary Session AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia January 2015.

The Assembly, the statement reads, “Directed the AU Commission to work closely with Member States to prepare and submit the First 10-Year Implementation Plan (2013-2023) for approval by the meeting of the AU Policy Organs in June 2015.”

Member States as well as RECs are also supposed to take measures to domesticate AU Agenda 2063 into their plans for development at national and regional levels.

During their stay, the AU Commission team held meetings with various Government Stakeholders in NDPII, to share their views on the initiative.

They also met with the Speaker of Parliament, Solicitor General and officials from National Planning Authority (NPA), Ministry of Finance, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) respectively.

The Head of the African Union at the MOFA, Amb Simon Ajiku said, “The meeting is necessary for Uganda to implement the 10-Year Implementation Plan for Agenda 2063 and the visit by the technocrats is timely and welcome”.

He stated that the AU Commission officers were to learn that Uganda is fulfilling 75-76 (%) of what is mandated under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063.

Amb Ajiku stressed that MOFA is looking forward to a workshop to involve MDAs and create awareness of the requirements to implement Agenda 2063.

The team which has so far traversed 33 member states was accompanied was also accompanied by Amb. Idule Amoko, Deputy Head of Mission, at the Uganda Mission to the AU in Addis Ababa for the 4-day visit (May 25th to 28th).

Amb. Tibaleka Calls For Investment In Modern Renewable Energy Technologies In Uganda

3 hours 25 min ago

Uganda’s Ambassador to Germany, Marcel Tibaleka, held a meeting with Mr. Mauro Damonte, Senior Vice President, Power Grids Division, ABB, on the side-lines of the 11th German African Energy Forum.

The meeting that took place on 26th April 2017 at Hotel Sofitel in Hamburg was also attended by other senior officials of ABB and the Uganda Embassy.

ABB, a Swedish-Swiss multinational corporation headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, operates mainly in robotics and the power and automation technology areas.

It is one of the largest engineering companies as well as one of the largest conglomerates in the world.

Mr. Damonte said that ABB through its Power Grids division was a global leader in pioneering technologies that help balance the growing need for electricity while reducing environmental impact as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.

Amb. Tibaleka pointed out that Uganda has an interest in attracting investments in modern renewable energy technologies with high deployment potentials for Uganda like biomass for cooking, hydropower, wind, and solar power.

Mr. Damonte said that although electricity was the most versatile and widely used form of energy, a considerable amount of future electricity will come from renewable energy sources like hydro, wind and sun, thereby reducing dependence on fossil fuels and lowering emissions in the long run.

He added that these renewables need to be integrated into grids that are able to manage new complexities such as intermittent supply, more distributed power generation, demand management and electric vehicles.

Amb. Tibaleka, said that exploration of the concept of a microgrid was important to see how remote rural communities in Uganda could benefit from this. He suggested that a pilot project set up in Uganda could demonstrate the ability to not only supply homesteads with electricity for lighting and cooking but enable them to pump up underground water, power agricultural machinery and coolers for milk.

Mr. Tobias Becker, ABB Head of Africa, said that ABB had opened an office in Uganda and it was carrying feasibility studies and site analysis of solar energy installation potential in Uganda. He said solar energy is the most abundant renewable energy source on Earth. Every hour, the earth absorbs more solar energy than the world’s population consumes in a year

Uganda Open For Strategic Partners In The Oil Industry – UNOC

3 hours 40 min ago

Dr. Josephine Wapakhabulo, Chief Executive Officer, Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC), has told participants of the 11thGerman African Energy Forum that Uganda is looking for strategic partners in the oil industry and that there is room for German companies.

The Forum, that took place at Hotel Sofitel in Hamburg from 25th to 26th April 2017, was organised by the German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein der deutschenWirtschafte.V.) in conjunction with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The Forum, which is the main platform for the Euro-African energy business, had a special focus on energy for industry in Africa and addressed a number of topics that included Energy for industry (mining, automotive, manufacturing), Energy resources and local value creation, Innovations (What´s new in and for Africa?) and Electricity (off-grid and on-grid solutions).

Dr. Wapakabulo, who was accompanied by Uganda’s Ambassador to Germany, Marcel Tibaleka, said that there was hope that Uganda can have more diversity in the oil industry.

“Plans are underway to develop a 60,000 barrel per day refinery that will serve Uganda and its immediate neighbours. The refinery is being developed on a private-public partnership basis (60% – 40%). Uganda has huge deposits of gas and some 6.5 billion barrels of oil, of which 1.4 billion is recoverable.

Uganda is currently embarking on the development phase of the fields from which international oil companies-Tullow Oil (UK), Total Oil (France) and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) -are expected to start producing oil by 2020”, she said.

Hon. Uwe Beckmeyer, State Secretary Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, while officially opening Forum promised that Germany will continue to contribute to the development of Africa’s main growth sectors like agricultural business development, raw material value addition, service industry and manufacturing.

He said Germany was ready to foster closer cooperation with Africa through partnerships and dialogue.  He cautioned that Africa’s fast growing population would lead to an increased demand for energy and this was the time to act. He said Africa is able to cover its own energy needs and even share with others.

Participants in the two-day Forum were able to network with decision-makers in business and government from Africa and Germany, exchange ideas with German scientists, politicians and entrepreneurs from the energy sector, and get to know the latest information about current projects and opportunities for markets for renewable and conventional energy on the African continent.

Government to Provide Land for UN Logistics Base Expansion

3 hours 40 min ago

Government of Uganda will provide 20 acres of land in close proximity to the current UN Logistics base to expand UN operations.

The State Minister for International Affairs, Hon. Okello Oryem, announced this resolution when he was meeting with Ms. Lisa Buttenheim, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday April 28th 2017.

Oryem, according to an April 27 statement, showed his appreciation for the support from the UN Department of Field Support in the transformation of the Regional Service Center Entebbe (RSCE) to what it is today.

He said that he is looking forward to a visit by the UN Secretary-General when he convenes the Refugee Solidarity conference in June of this year.

Emphasizing that Government remains ready to strengthen collaboration with the UN, Oryem also commended the leadership of the RSCE and MONUSCO for remaining engaged with the Government of Uganda, encouraging for its continuation.

The Government, he said, will continue to give priority to Security, Infrastructure and other facilities, while mobilising the private sector to supply goods and services to the RSCE.

ASG Buttenheim applauded Uganda for its continued support for the Missions in South Sudan and DRC, emphasizing that the logistical requirements for the Peacekeeping Missions in South Sudan and in the DRC are heavy and that the expansion of its operations was timely.

Ms. Buttenheim stressed that the Logistics hub at Entebbe is a vital link to more than just the neighbouring countries.

Buttenheim expressed gratitude for Uganda’s continued commitment to excellent collaboration between the United Nations and the Government of Uganda.

She lauded plans to build the Standard Gauge Railway, stating that the SGR completion, will increase the supply chain efficiencies for the Logistics hub, given that rail transport is cheaper, safer and faster from the Mombasa Coast than road transport.

In attendance at the meeting was Ms Safia Boly, Chief of the Regional Service Centre Entebbe, Mr. Ibrahim Diouf, MONUSCO Representative in Uganda and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Police Arrest Man Who Assaulted Muhwezi, Mugume Kids

5 hours 18 min ago

Police say they have in custody, one man believed to have been involved in the assault and robbery of property belonging to Sandra Muhwezi, the daughter of Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi as well as Nicholas Mugume, son of Ambassador James Mugume.

The suspect Farouk Musa was picked up yesterday Friday at around 11pm in Mbarara, according to police spokesperson Asan Kasingye.

Musa and one other person still at large, on April 16th are said to have attacked the youngsters while they retired back home after having fun on the Easter Eve at Club Vegas in Mbarara.

Nicholas Mugume was critically injured in the attack, sustaining a broken jaw, shattered ribs and fractured leg. Sandra also had her ankle fractured.

Police spokesperson Kasingye says the arrested suspect admitted to committing the crime when probed. He was also found with a watch and phone belonging to one the victims, he adds.

“The Police will continue with the resolve to arrest and completely bring to an end the current wave of criminality in affected parts of our country,” AIGP Kasingye said.

“We call upon the public to continue giving information to the Police and remain vigilant till these criminals are dealt with completely.”

Meanwhile, police has also arrested one of the suspects who murdered a businessman Kavuma Marizuk, a 21 year old timber dealer from Nakawere village, Kalangalo Sub County, in Mityana district.

Mr. Kavuma was shot at around 10Pm on Thursday.

3 live bullets were recovered from the scene and a motor cycle Registration number UEB 852X that was used by the criminals recovered too.

Kasingye identified the suspect as Reagan Kasule, from Mubarak Zone in Makindye Kampala, adding that police are in the field hunting for accomplices in both cases.

Museveni Should Sell Cows to Refund Handshake Money – MP

6 hours 11 min ago

The Buhweju Member of Parliament, Francis Mwijukye has said Parliament should decide who should refund the Shs 6bn handshake money but not President Yoweri Museveni.

Mwijukye who is also member of Forum for Democratic Change National Executive Committee, told ChimpReports at Parliament that it is premature for Museveni to decide to refund the money since the house is yet to receive the committee report and come up with resolutions.

“Parliament is yet to sit and exhaust on what the COSASE committee is going to bring on table. It very early for Museveni to say he is going to refund that money,” Mwijukye said.

According to Mwijukye, the beneficiaries of the handshake should also be held responsible for the money.

“Those who took the money can’t go off the hook. They should also get ready to return our money.”

A total of 42 government officials who categorized themselves as “core, non-core and support staff” allocated and distributed to themselves 6bn for their participation in the tax battle between Uganda and British oil giant, Heritage Oil and Gas Company.

Mwijukye stressed that if Museveni wants to save the 42 officials he should not think of using any part of the taxpayer’s money but sell his own cows to refund the money.

“The president should sell his cows if he wants to save the people who took the money. Picking it from the taxpayer’s money is out of question.”

On Wednesday, Museveni told MPs during a closed door meeting that he going to refund the money using part of his State House donation budget.

Anger as Government Scraps Off H/C IIs

6 hours 25 min ago

Kabarole District Leaders are furious over government’s decision to scrap off Health Centre IIs, which they say will gravely hamper health services in rural areas.

Government announced last year the phasing out of the Health Centre IIs over what was called an unsustainable budget.

Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said Health Centre IIs will be phased out and resources rechannelled to Health Centre IIIs to make them more accessible and efficient.

But Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole District Chairperson says government scrapping of health centre IIs takes away services from the most vulnerable people in rural areas.

He termed this as a death sentence, considering the less-than-satisfactory state of Uganda’s infrastructure and health referral system.

Speaking during the commemoration of the International Malaria Day at Boma grounds in Fort Portal, Rwabuhinga told Minister of State for Health General Duties Hon. Sarah Opendi that government should reverse its decision on the Health Centre IIs.

He called on government to reconsider the health centre IIs and budget for the drugs for these facilities because their services are impactful.

Sylvia Rwabwogo the district woman MP Kabarole added her voice, saying there is no justification for government for scrapping off the health services for the marginalized communities.

In her communication, Minister Opendi didn’t respond to the issues of health centre IIs but urged the leaders to sensitize communities to utilize these available health center IIIs and IVs to off load congestion of patients at Fort Portal referral hospital.

Maj. Gen Muhoozi Salutes Church’s Role in Promoting Education

6 hours 52 min ago

Presidential adviser on special operations, Maj. Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has applauded the Anglican Church for its role in provision of services in the health and education sectors.

Gen. Muhoozi was today Saturday speaking as chief runner at the second edition of the Namirembe Run for Education, at Namirembe Cathedral in Kampala.

He said the church has played a vital role in the history of formal education in the country; putting a block to improvement of literacy levels.

Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira hands a gift to Maj Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba 

“Many of us were educated in schools started and run by the church and this goes all the way  back to the nineteenth century with the arrival of Christian missionaries ” said Muhoozi.

“We thank the church for its central historical role in the field of education.”

The church of Uganda runs institutions of higher learning and hospitals around the country.

Muhoozi noted that the roles of the church and government in education and health services are intertwined in many ways, which helps in giving better services to the people.

“We all cherish the idea of improving service delivery for our people in order to improve the quality of life.”

Maj. Gen Muhoozi added, “Education and health are two such areas where we can building synergies by supporting each other’s efforts.”

Muhoozi said the roles of the church and government in education and health services are intertwined

He also applauded the organizers of the run that he said not only helps to support the rehabilitation of education facilities but also encourage people to maintain physical fitness through exercises.

Gen. Muhoozi contributed Shs. 10 million on behalf of President Yoweri Museveni.

The Buganda government minister for sports and leisure, Henry Ssekabembe said such activities should be upheld by all institutions in the country.

“We can’t turn around the country without individual participation.  If the number of participants can double in the forthcoming edition, then we can achieve more out of this run,” said Ssekabembe.

According to Namirembe Diocese’s Right Reverend Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, proceeds from the run would be used to rehabilitate Buloba Primary Teachers’ College and Namugongo Martyrs Seminary, all belonging to the Anglican church in  Wakiso district.

Museveni, MPs Agree on New Law to Prevent Future ‘Handshake’

7 hours 56 min ago

President Yoweri Museveni and Members of Parliament have resolved to amend the existing laws or put a new one in place to prevent future questionable rewards to civil servants.

Museveni met MPs investigating the Shs 6bn handshake on Wednesday and Thursday at State House Entebbe.

The President admitted in the meetings that he approved the release of the money that was given out to the 42 government officials who participated in the tax arbitration battle between the government and Heritage Gas and Company.

He however told MPs on the Committee of Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises that he didn’t know some rules were flouted during the process.

The government officials who took the money have been defending themselves basing mainly on the powers of the president as the Fountain of Honor.

The Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner General, Doris Akol who initiated the sourcing of the money and disbursing it to the accounts of the beneficiaries, told MPs on 12th February 2017 that there was no illegality in the process.

“Under Article 98 and Article 99 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda the President is the fountain of honor and head of the Executive. In accordance with the prerogative of the crown as enshrined in the Constitution, the President is empowered to reward exemplary and ethical performance,” she said.

Later on, the Solicitor General Francis Atoke, former Attorney Generals Fred Ruhindi and Peter Nyombi and Ministry of Energy officials, made this very assertion while appearing before the committee.

However, Museveni and MPs realized at State House that the beneficiaries misused the law and something should be done to avoid the same in the future.

COSASE Chairman Katuntu told journalists at Parliament after meeting the president that the latter concurred with them on the need for a law to regulate rewards.

“The president agreed with our earlier position that a law should be put in place or the existing ones strengthened to police any future reward,” Kauntu said on Friday.

Mbarara Hospital Doctors on Strike

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:59

Dozens of doctors at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital and medical practitioners this morning went on a sit down strike, protesting their unpaid salaries they are owed by Mbarara University of Science Technology (MUST).

These previously worked under the university, before Mbarara Hospital was taken over the Ministry of Health over a decade ago.

Genesis

Mbarara University used to be run by Mbarara Hospital since it was established in 1989. Both institutions were under same management, so much so that the university Vice Chancellor was also the Hospital overall in-charge.

Medical staffers on a sit down strike

In 2005, Ministry of Health decided to take over management of the Hospital.

Before this however, all medical workers at the institution were given a salary increment.

The salary enhancement didn’t come in one go, and therefore it became arrears. The Hospital staff members that left the university and went with Ministry of Health didn’t get their share, as well as those that left the institution before 2005.

In 2014 as the university was about to celebrate its silver jubilee, President Yoweri Museveni ordered that all arrears to be paid to all staff. Those that remained under university management were paid their arrears totaling over 1.4billion.

The rest now under Ministry of Health say they have since the time been pushing for their arrears totaling 604million shillings.

The medical workers are slated to meet with MUST officials today

This morning at Mbarara Hospital this affected group of 216 medical workers laid down their tools.

One of these, Godfrey Masette, a scientific officer at the Hospital, told us the university promised many time to pay them, and asked them to present their bank documents and IDs.

He says the University secretary, Lawrence Mujuni Mpitsi called them late last year and confirmed that their money was ready but they have never heard from him since.

Speaking to Chimpreports, MUST Public Relations officer Denis Lukaya said this matter is pertinent and needs immediate attention. He said the university would meet them later today.

The angry medical staff had earlier stormed the RDC’s office in December last year and the DISO Robert Namanya promised to extend their voice to the president but up to now they have never been paid.

The medics vowed to camp at the administration block of their university until their money is paid

OPINION: Treat Hepatitis B with the Seriousness It Deserves

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:34

By: Rajjab Kabaale

Whereas Uganda has previously been lauded for its successful fight against global epidemics like HIV/AIDs and Ebola, much of the initial costs incurred in form of human life have always had a lot to do with the pervasive ignorance around such scourges, and the initial lukewarm response from health authorities in the epidemic’s early stages. And so is the case today with Hepatitis B.  One of the most dangerous health epidemics today, the disease that has in the recent past gained global notoriety remains largely unknown in Uganda.

2 of every 10 Ugandans are reported to neither have heard of the disease nor aware of its prevention and treatment. More worryingly, this ignorance spans both the rural, and urban dwellers, regardless of levels of education. Because it rarely shows symptoms and can only be discovered through screening, almost everyone is vulnerable.

The disease affects the liver, damaging it in the process, and is easily spread through practicing unprotected sex with an infected person, sharing sharp instruments (needles, razor blades) with them, and getting into contact with fluids like semen, and sweat that they excrete.

Yet, because of limited information in the public domain, victims are prone to stigma. In some cases, people do not even want to share toilets/latrines with infected persons. Moreover treatment of the disease is still very expensive.

Doing a viral load count alone costs between Shs.260, 000 and Shs.400, 000. And that is before paying for treatment. That, coupled with the uneven spread of hepatitis B screening centers across the country, inhibits efforts to combat the disease.

There is thus urgent need for doubling efforts to not only create awareness about the disease, but also encourage preventive measures which include early screening to ascertain the hepatitis B virus status. Health campaigns like decentralizing information about the disease and carrying out routine immunization would go a long way in helping the fight against the disease too.

While some health facilities like MBN clinical laboratories are already undertaking some of those efforts, they need to be complemented. At the macro level especially, the Ministry of Health must treat this as a national emergency and roll out an elaborate plan to combat further spread of the disease. This could take the form of subsidizing Hepatitis B vaccines, decentralizing screening centers to all parts of the country, among others.

This is not only for welfare reasons. It is also for economic reasons – for only a healthy population can be productive. Thus if the Government is serious about attaining its middle income dream, the first step will have to be addressing the health risks threatening its workforce.

The author is a social Critic

Training Workshop for Muslim District Zakat Officers Opened

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:20

His Eminence the 2nd Deputy Mufti Shk. Muhammad Ali Waiswa has officially opened a one day training workshop for Muslim District Zakat officers at the UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala.

The workshop which is currently underway in the main Conference Hall of the National Mosque was organised by the UMSC department of Zakat with support from Awtad Charity Organisation.

The workshop is running under the theme: “Raising awareness on Zakat is the way to fight poverty in the Muslim Ummah”.

In his remarks, the Deputy Mufti commended the Secretary for Zakat Dr. Ziyad Swaleh Lubanga for professionalizing the Zakat department.

He particularly commended him for issuing Zakat related booklets and guidelines which he said have increased awareness about the importance of paying Zakat.

He noted that the department should now focus on Zakat management and distribution.

“Some Muslims are reluctant to pay Zakat because they fear that it will be poorly managed or distributed” Shk. Waiswa said adding that;

“Today’s training and future trainings are important because they will equip Zakat officials with key management and administrative skills”.

He said that, the Zakat department does not only collect, manage and distribute Zakat, but it also promotes family wealth creation especially during the current times of rampant poverty, draught and hunger.

Mufti Shk. Muhammad Ali Waiswa giving his remarks at the opening of the training

The Deputy Mufti also expressed concern over reports that some individuals have formed personal Zakat groups that collect Zakat from poverty stricken Muslims.

He stressed that Muslims living under poverty should receive Zakat instead of paying it. “They can only pay Swadaqa but not Zakat” he noted.

The Deputy Mufti further spoke against the growing trend of obscenity and vulgarity in society noting that if authorities do not regulate such behaviors, the country is destined for many more crises.

The Secretary General Hon. Ramadhan Mugalu noted that once Zakat collection, management and distribution are streamlined and improved, there will be no more school dropouts for Muslim orphans, and needy Muslims will not go without food, because Zakat will be enough to provide for them.

The Secretary for Zakat Dr. Ziyad Swaleh Lubanga commended His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje for pushing for a full and independent Zakat department at the UMSC headquarters and at all UMSC structures.

He outlined some of the achievements of the Zakat Department since 2015 which include; Drafting the Zakat Policy, publishing Zakat handouts, media and Mosque sensitisation programs, publishing Islamic calendars, distributing Zakat to the needy, engaging in wealth creation programs and building Mosques and boreholes.

The Director of Awtad Charitable Organisation Dr. Ayub Lubanga, the Secretary for Women and Youth Affairs Shkt. Radhiyyah Namakula, the Secretary for Awqaf Dr. Muhammad Bowa, the Director of Sharia Shk. Yahaya Ibrahim Kakungulu and the Secretary for Daawa Shk. Khatwib Mukuluwakika are in attendance.

AUPL: KCCA FC Seek to Keep Title Hopes Intact Against Express

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:41

Uganda Premier League
Express FC vs KCCA FC
Muteesa II stadium, Wankulukuku
Friday, 28th April 2017 4:00pm

Defending champions and title favorites KCCA FC have had a torrid period in the previous fortnight failing to get convincing results.

The poor run has seen the city lads fail to win four games on the trot including surrendering their home unbeaten run at the hands of Vipers a thing blew the title race wide open between KCCA FC and second placed SC Villa.

Ahead of the encounter against city rivals Express FC, the realistic target for KCCA FC is to earn a positive result that will keep them within the title run.

Team manager, Mike Mutebi is quite aware of the uphill challenge that is ahead of him but has downplayed the fears of him and the players being under pressure despite the slump.

“It will not be an easy game, but I think we have the ability to go there and get a result that we need. It is true we have had a slump in the previous games but what matters at the moment is the reaction going into tomorrow’s game and that will be to try and minimise the mistakes and also try to play against a very organized side defensively, he told the club website.

“There is no pressure on us. The players know what to do because they have got the experience on the continent on how to handle game situation and I do not think the poor results have got in the previous games calls for an alarm,” added the manager.

” We never panic ourselves, we are confident because we gave the ability to retain the championship but like I said, it will not be easy since teams have improved a lot from last season,” he  further stressed.

On the other hand, Express who are 4th on the log with 40 points have been in scintillating form going unbeaten in the last 7 games across all competitions and they cone into the clash in high spirits.

Team coach, Matia Lule like his compatriot Mutebi indicates, he is not under any pressure but his target is to keep improving every other game.

“We are not under any sorts of pressure and we shall treat Friday’s game like any other.

I believe it is KCCA FC that should under pressure now because they are chasing for the title,” said Lule.

Team News

Express

The Red eagles welcome back diminutive midfielder Sulaiman Jjingo and experienced forward Noah Ssemakula.

The rest of the players are okay and will be available for selection.

KCCA FC

Midfielder Muzamir Mutyaba has failed to recover in time from the shoulder injury he sustained in the game against Vipers.

Defender Timothy Awany will also miss the through suspension after accumulating cards.

KCCA FCC conformably won the first leg meeting 3-1 at Philip Omondi stadium.

Kabale University Loses Case Against Employees

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:45

Two officials that were last year demoted at Kabale University have won a case they filed challenging the termination of their contracts.

Kennedy Rwaboona Misindo, formerly working as the university secretary and William Kururagire the former director of finance defeated the university at the Kabale High Court yesterday.

The duo sued the university administration over their appointment to serve in junior positions while they had contracts in senior positions running up to July 2017.

On 26th September, 2016 the Kabale university council chairman Manzi Tumubweine issued appointment letters to Rwaboona as deputy dean of students and William Kururagire as the university bursar, which they considered demotion from university secretary and director of finance respectively.

In his ruling on Thursday, High Court’s Justice Moses Kawumi Kazibwe concluded that the termination of the contracts was in breach of the Employment Act and the Kabale University human resource manual.

He added that the posting of the applicants to lower positions was unfair, irregular and illegal as the two were denied a fair hearing by Kabale university appointments board, contrary to the dictates of the rules of natural justice, the Employment Act and the human resource manual.

The judge made an order for reinstatement to the duo, quashing their appointment to the lower positions.

He further declared that the applicants are entitled to their due benefits under the employment contacts scheduled to expire on the 31st July 2017.

Speaking to our reporter after the ruling, Rwaboona said: “…justice has been done and I hope some people will learn from it.”

 “We are ready to go back to our offices as ordered by court; but if the university administration is not ready for that they are to pay us in accordance with the contract.”

Court Dismisses Otunnu, Museveni Case

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:27

Buganda Road Grade one magistrate Joan Aciro has dismissed a case where former UPC President Dr Olara Otunnu was accused of defaming President Yoweri Museveni

Otunnu was dragged to  court on allegations that on 16th January 2013, during his weekly news conference at Uganda House in Kampala, attacked President Museveni saying his regime had orchestrated a lot of political assassinations.

The magistrate ruled today that prosecution in this matter brought only one witness, who was never cross examined and therefore his evidence was not enough to prove a prima facie case against the accused

“The only prosecution witness brought to court was Gideon Tugume a journalist working with Top Television. He appeared once in court and although prosecution was put on notice to bring him for cross examination, they failed to reproduce him. His testimony therefore was of no value on court record,” she ruled.

The magistrate further pointed out that Tugume in his testimony had informed court that he captured Otunnu making the defamatory statements but didn’t produce in court any record to prove this; yet court couldn’t only rely on only witness allegations.

“Court can’t order the accused to defend himself because prosecution failed to prove a case to answer against him. Basing on Section 127 of the Magistrates Act this court acquits the accused.”

Olara Otunnu through his lawyer Asuman Basalirwa after the ruling vowed to sue the state over malicious prosecution which made him lose a lot of time and resources attending the proceedings.

Court Martial Hands Woman 40 Year Sentence for Murdering Husband

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:34

Makindye General Court Martial Chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti yesterday sentenced a 38 year old woman to 40 years in prison for brutally killing her husband.

Elizabeth Kyomuhangi had recently been convicted and sentenced together with two others on the same crime by a Divisional Court Martial.

Kyomuhangi and her co-accused Lance Corporal Griffin Rubihira and Jeremiah Ainembabazi were found guilty for the murder and handed a 40 year jail term each.

She is said to have hired the two UPDF officers to take out her husband in cold blood.

She appealed the sentence to the General Court Martial, claiming among others that she was convicted on non-circumstantial evidence which included that of her 5 year old son, who she said wouldn’t comprehend the importance of a court oath.

She also claimed that she was tried in English, which she didn’t understand and that the 40 year jail term was harsh to her and her family.

In his ruling, the General Court martial chairman agreed that the child’s evidence was unreliable but noted that there were several other convincing testimonies.

The Judge also noted that during the trial, Kyomuhangi was asked a number of questions in English which she answered ably, and therefore the language could not have been a problem. The accused herself is a teacher.

Chairman Gutti therefore upheld the 40 year sentence, citing Kyomuhangi’s heartless murder of the father of her children.

“You betrayed your husband like Judas Iscariot,” the Chairman ruled, before sending her back to Luzira Prison.

EXCLUSIVE: A Patient’s Disheartening Experience with Jubilee Insurance

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:52

On April 19, Paul Wanyoto, a city lawyer, was in a jovial mood as he prepared to hang out with friends at a stag party.

He would later settle for about four to six shots of Double Black mixed with a Coca Cola at Mask Lounge, a nightclub in Bukoto, Kampala.

“A few hours later, I develop a tummy ache and then got into nausea and diarrhea on Thursday Night into Friday,” recalled Wanyoto, who nearly lost his precious life.

“I managed it with Flagyl and ignored it as I was part of the organising committee for a friend’s wedding on Saturday,” he added.

“So I hard-lined with flagyl and Imodium through the wedding.”

On Sunday (April 22), Wanyoto consulted Dr Stone Luggya, a friend who practices medicine at Mulago and Nakasero Hospital.

The doctor advised Wanyoto to “drink a lot and have as much food” to see if there would be any reaction.

“I did and a few moments later, I vomited blood. …lots of clotted blood and collapsed,” recalled Wanyoto.

He was then rushed to Nakasero, a high-end medical facility and admitted under emergency.

Wanyoto’s colleagues realised he had held medical cover under Jubilee Insurance and called a one Ashey and a one Gerald who told them Jubilee would not meet his bills at Nakasero and should go to Norvik Hospital or some other named medical facilities they preferred.

“They blatantly assured my contacts as I was unwell that I should have never gone to Nakasero if I was to benefit from my policy,” said Wanyoto.

Luckily, his sister Lydia Wanyoto had come to see him at Hospital where she took over the bills and made sure deposits were made to ensure his admission.

Legal action

But Jubilee’s refusal to help their insurance patient has triggered a lawsuit.

Gerard, a senior official whom Wanyoto’s friends spoke to, received a phone call from ChimpReports on Friday morning.

He responded: “I am busy.”

Asked to present Jubilee Insurance’s side of the story in regard to Wanyoto’s complaint, Gerard switched off his phone.

This development could as well blow the lid off the agony insurance patients endure during emergency moments.

According to the documents obtained by ChimpReports, Wanyoto took out a one-year Medical Insurance Policy with Jubilee Insurance effective May 9, 2016.

In the suit, Wanyoto’s lawyers said he “encountered a medical emergency (upper GI Bleeding)” which was covered under the policy and was admitted for four days at Nakasero Hospital.

The lawyers further stated that the insurance policy makes “no reference to a list of hospitals to which our client or any policy holder has to attend in order to benefit from the policy.”

Analysis

The policy defines a hospital as an “institution which is legally licensed as a medical hospital under the laws of that country in which it is located and which must be under the constant supervision of a registered and qualified physician medical practitioner.”

Legal experts say the best practice is an insured person notifying the insurer who then contacts the hospital to confirm that they attend to you and then bill them.

The insurers’ role is to pick bills and not to choose hospitals, experts tell this investigative website.

“If the Insurance Regulatory Authority can’t regulate them, we shall regulate them through court process,” said Wanyoto.

Ugandans in general do not take health care seriously and those who take out these policies are under corporate companies so they can’t enforce their rights as they see the insurance from their employer as a favor.

Many of the Insurance patients derive their insurance cover by virtue of their employment.

And quite often the employers in conjunction with the Insurance companies behind the backs of these employees cut deals as to where these employees should go for medical services.

Our investigations show that some turn around and pick kick backs.

This means that the employee does not have a direct Insurance Policy with the Insurance Company but the employer.

“So your boss turns up and gives you a medical card and also hands you a list of hospitals to attend. You take that as the gospel truth. You don’t look at the Policy,” said an insurance expert who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.

“You can’t even question why you can’t go to a certain hospital.”

Letter

However, for Wanyoto’s case, it’s Private Individual Policy whereby he doesn’t have to seek permission from anyone to interrogate its execution.

Insurance usage in Africa is relatively low not due to cost or affordability but trust or the lack thereof as evidenced by the general attitude towards insurance.

According to Uganda Insurers Association (UIA) reports, Uganda’s penetration stands at less than 1 percent.

Interestingly, Wanyoto said he had already written to Jubilee Insurance to renew his policy.

Asked why he wanted to stick to an insurance company he accuses of not being up to the mark, Wanyoto responded: “I want to compel them to do the right thing. Where we go wrong as a society is to run away from playing our part because we are angry.”

He added: “I want to put them on the right course, renew new my policy and then have them respect the Policy. If I just run away, they will have achieved in cheating me, angering me and having me run away without me having a chance at compelling them to do the right thing not just for me but the public.”

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Court Dismisses Walusimbi’s Case Against FUFA

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:20

The high Court in Kampala on Thursday  dismissed the case filed by football worrying faction led by Dan Walusimbi against the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) led by Engineer, Moses Magogo.

Her Lordship Basaza Wasswa in the Civil division at Twed Towers ruled that Walusimbi and company had no justifiable reasons against Fufa and thus were only trying to sabotage.

According to the judge, the certificate of incorporation that had been issued to Walusimbi’s faction by Ministry of Lands was later cancelled and thus, they had no ground to challenge the credibility and legality of FUFA under Moses Magogo.

Walusimbi has over the years challenged the legality of FUFA indicating the football governing body should not be run as a limited Company but rather a company under trust.

Fufa on the other hand deny the allegations indicating the limited company (scoreline) within Fufa is just a business arm of the Federation.

Fufa legal lead counsel Ambrose Tebyasa noted after the court ruling that after cancellation of the certificate of incorporation, Walusimbi had no grounds to challenge FUFA.

“At first, Justice Steven Musota upheld the certificate but after revision from the Ministry of Lands, their certificate was cancelled because they were not the right people to govern football in Uganda,” he said.

“They lodged cases against Lawrence Mulindwa, Moses Magogo, Edgar Watson and others but court today has made the ruling which dismisses all their allegations,” Tebyasa added.

Synopsis of the Saga

The 2014 Sports Act that was meant to shape the sports sector called for the re- registration of all Federations and Associations through the National Council of Sports.

One of the key requirements for registration was a certificate of incorporation from Ministry of Lands. But because FUFA under Magogo hesitated the move at first, Walusimbi was witty enough to get the certificate from Ministry of Lands.

NCS now was faced with the challenge of which group to award the certificate of registration because Fufa led by Magogo had all the other requirements but the certificate of incorporation while on the other hand, Walusimbi only had the certificate.

The two sides sought for justice in courts of law until Thursday when a ruling was made in FUFA’s favour.

In the past six months, Walusimbi and group have attacked the Federation headquarters in Mengo indicating the people at the helm are occupying it illegally and need to be banished a thing that has led to arrest of several people including ex internationals like George Ssemwogerere.

Uganda High Commission in New Delhi Woos Mumbai-Based Solar Investor to Uganda

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:31

URJA, a Mumbai-based company has promised to invest in solar energy in Uganda, Chimp Corps report.

This was during signing of a Letter of Intent by the Uganda High Commissioner in New Delhi, Amb. Elizabeth Paula Napeyok and URJA representatives at the Uganda High Commission in New Delhi, India on Wednesday.

The URJA company pledges, among other things, to set up a solar manufacturing plant in Uganda where solar panels can be 100% made in Uganda for both local consumption and export purposes. In line with the recently launched Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) policy, the company will employ and train Ugandans in the skills of solar manufacturing.

A proposed second phase of the investment is to supply solar-generated electricity to the National Grid. Solar-generated electricity also provides affordable energy for use in solar irrigation pumps.

This development comes against the back-drop of the March 2017 visit to India of Rt Hon Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda in which he met with Mr. Atul Jain, the joint manager of Jain Irrigation Systems, a globally renowned Indian company in irrigation has committed to making irrigation work for Uganda, from small scale to large scale solar irrigation project.

Following the January 2017 dry-spell that left 9 million Ugandans in urgent need of food aid, there has been a growing interest in Uganda in adoption of irrigation technologies by smallholder farmers to irrigate crops and guarantee all-year production and improve food security of the country

In his March address to the CII Exim Bank Conclave in India, Dr Rugunda stated that Africa seeks India’s active participation in areas like agriculture, agro-processing, ICT, infrastructure, tourism, healthcare and education.

Both the URJA Company and Jain Irrigation Systems officials will pay a visit to Kampala in June 2017.

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