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Panic As 750 Ex-M23 Rebels Go Missing From Bihanga Army Training School

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 17:21
Panic As 750 Ex-M23 Rebels Go Missing From Bihanga Army Training School

By Serestino Tusingwire

Ugandans are currently in great fears after reports that 750 former M23 rebels escaped from Bihanga Army Training school where they have been kept since their defeat by Congolese troops and UN peace keepers in 2013.

The shocking news was revealed on Wednesday by the Intelligence Officer at Bihanga Army Training School, Capt. Peter Tuhairwe.

He revealed this during the visit of delegation of Defense Attaches from UN, India, USA, Rwanda, France and Tanzania embassies in Uganda.

The team was in Bihanga to check on the situation of the former rebels, and follow up reports of escape.

The most recent cases of escape were registered on January 14 and 16 when 60 and 42 former rebels respectively disappeared.

It was reported that on January 17, 76 escaped and were arrested in Mbarara and were taken back.

A total of 1377 former M23 rebels were relocated to Bihanga Army Training School from Kavera in Kasese on December 10, 2013 after they entered the country seeking refuge following heavy gnfire in DRC.

They are currently 391 rebels left in the camp, 19 are admitted at army hospital in Bombo, one is under detention, nine died, 193 were repatriated, seven are on official duty in Kampala and seven are away with permission.

According to Capt. Tuhairwe, the Anxiety to return home is the major reason driving most of them to escape, while others are trying to join their commanders.

The (M23) was a rebel military group based in Eastern area of DR Congo, operating mainly in North Kivu Province led by Col. Sultani Makenga. They were defeated in 2013 by Congolese troops and UN peace keepers.

Lukwago To Meet Owino Market Leaders Over 4bn Debt

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 16:19
Lukwago To Meet Owino Market Leaders Over 4bn Debt

The lord mayor of Kampala Erias Lukwago is this week set to schedule an emergency meeting with the leadership of Owino market to devise means of saving their land over 4billion debt.

The debt arose from a loan, which Owino Market vendors acquired from Dfcu bank in 2011 for the lease of land, on which the market sits, from Kampala Capital City Authority.

However, the vendors failed to clear the debt which made Dfcu run to court seeking for legal settlement of the issue.

High court in its ruling recently ordered for the attachment and sale of property of Owino market vendors in order to recover the money for the bank loan.

Responding to court order, Lukwago said the government is to blame because it was its responsibility to construct the market for vendors something which pushed them to borrow this loan.

“If the government had built the market, the vendors wouldn’t be forced to acquire loan,” Lukwago said.

He said that as KCCA leaders, their hands are tied since their budget was cut by the government from 563 billion to 314 billion, therefore they cannot do much but he is optimistic that in the meeting, they will be able to come up with a lasting solution to save the land for vendors.

Zuma Deploys Troops to Parliament Ahead of State of Nation Address

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:59
Zuma Deploys Troops to Parliament Ahead of State of Nation Address

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has ordered the deployment of about 440 troops to maintain law and order in parliament for his annual state of the nation address on Thursday.

A statement from the president’s office released on Tuesday said Zuma had authorised the deployment of soldiers to work with the police.

It is the first time that troops will have a security rather than a ceremonial role.

Opposition parties have condemned the decision as a “declaration of war”.

Previous addresses by Zuma have been marred by protests and brawls as opposition MPs demanded his resignation.

Zuma has been dogged by corruption allegations for more than a decade.

According to reports quoted in a local media, intelligence sources have warned there could be massive uprisings at today’s event. Their alerts prompted fears that the police would not be able to cope on their own.

Past state of the nation speeches have been marred by chaos in parliament.

Since winning seats in 2014, members of the Economic Freedom Fighters’ party (EFF) have caused disruption by chanting and jeering at the president over allegations of corruption.

In 2015, EFF members were removed from the chamber by security guards disguised as waiters.

But the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has condemned the president’s decision, describing the move as “deeply concerning”.

“President Zuma’s deliberate use of the words ‘law and order’ in his statement points to an excessive use of the army outside of their ceremonial role in the annual fanfare,” a statement for the DA said.

 

Somalia’s new President Nicknamed ‘Cheese’

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:16
Somalia’s new President Nicknamed ‘Cheese’

Somali’s new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is nicknamed “Farmajo” after the Italian word for cheese.

It is said he loved eating cheese when he was young, growing up in the former Italian colony.

He has dual Somali-American nationality and is known for his human rights campaigning.

In his fifties, he served for a short time as prime minister in 2011 but resigned after a few months following disagreement between him and then-President Sheikh Sharif Hassan.

He was not popular with other politicians as he portrayed himself as a man of the people, travelling economy class when he went on trips abroad.

Of the more than 20 other candidates, he was the most popular on social media – as he was regarded as a nationalist.

His main rivals were criticised for having the backing of either Ethiopia or Kenya

His supporters are opposed to foreign interference in the running of affairs in Somalia and want to see a change in the politics of the country.

Kadaga De­fends Par­lia­ment Ra­dio and T.V

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:41
Kadaga De­fends Par­lia­ment Ra­dio and  T.V

The Speaker of Parliament, Re­becca Kadaga has come out open on the need for a ra­dio and tele­vi­sion owned by the Au­gust House.

The speak­er’s men­tion which ends pub­lic spec­u­la­tion about the mat­ter is premised in the need to counter per­ceived “neg­a­tive press” by pri­vate me­dia out­lets.

“Some­times the is­sues they high­light do not nec­es­sar­ily bring what we want the pub­lic to know be­cause they (main­stream me­dia) some­times ac­cuse us… so with this ra­dio we shall be able to give you live, what we are do­ing,” Kadaga said.

She was speak­ing at a pub­lic de­bate be­tween par­lia­ment and sec­tions of the pub­lic on Tues­day which at­tracted le­gal brains, ex-politi­cians and mem­bers from the civil so­ci­ety as part of a five day par­lia­ment week un­der the theme, “en­gag­ing the pub­lic in a peo­ple-cen­tered par­lia­ment.”

The speaker said Par­lia­ment was com­mit­ted to fight­ing cor­rup­tion through fos­ter­ing ac­count­abil­ity, and im­plored the civil so­ci­ety to take part in the fight.

“We are com­mit­ted to in­creas­ing en­gage­ment with civil so­ci­ety and cit­i­zens both in the works of ple­nary and com­mit­tees of par­lia­ment es­pe­cially the over­sight com­mit­tees.” She said

A ra­dio and Tele­vi­sion for Par­lia­ment is faced with cold con­cerns given that in 2005 Gov­ern­ment through the Uganda Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tions Act, es­tab­lished UBC TV and Ra­dio as gov­ern­ment out­lets to cater for con­cerns of­ten avoided by the profit-dri­ven pri­vate me­dia.

I Was Sur­prised To Get Paid – URA Staff

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:07
I Was Sur­prised To Get Paid – URA Staff

By Serestino Tusingwire

An em­ployee of Uganda Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (URA), who ben­e­fited from the Ugx 6 bil­lion re­ward, has revealed that he did not ex­pect the money paid to 42 gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials as a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for win­ning a tax oil case against Her­itage Oil and Gas Com­pany.

The com­mit­tee on Com­mis­sions, Statu­tory Au­thor­ity and State En­ter­prises (COSASE) which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pay­ment met with five of the of­fi­cials on Feb­ru­ary 8, 2017, to ex­plain their roles in the case.

One of them un­der the sup­port staff, Joseph An­gura, an of­fi­cer in the URA lit­i­ga­tion di­vi­sion, re­vealed to the MPs that he was shocked to learn that he was part of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Shs6 bil­lion pay­ment.

“There was a time our ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer came to me to give my bank ac­count. I did­n’t even know why they asked for it and I was just sur­prised to hear that there has been money paid to me. When it was paid, I was told that we were be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated for the work that we did. Of course I was happy to see the money,” An­gura re­vealed to the com­mit­tee mem­bers.

“The hand­shake was paid to us, not be­cause we do­ing some­thing that was ex­tra­or­di­nary. It was paid be­cause we were be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated for the work that we did and that has al­ways been our sub­mis­sion,” An­gura added.

When pressed by leg­is­la­tors to ex­plain what role he played in the ar­bi­tra­tion case, An­gura stated that he served plead­ings.

“We had some in­stances where the plead­ings could be drawn late and we were sup­posed to file them and make sure they are served to the op­po­site par­ties. I re­mem­ber one time when I was go­ing to serve the plead­ings to Kam­pala As­so­ci­ated Ad­vo­cates when they were clos­ing their cham­bers and I was there beg­ging them,” he out­lined.

An­gura is listed among the sup­port staff and re­ceived Ugx 29.5 mil­lion from the pres­i­den­tial hand­shake. He re­ceives Ugx 2.3 mil­lion monthly.

NRM EALA Candidates Finally Unveiled

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 09:28
NRM EALA Candidates Finally Unveiled

By Serestino Tusingwire

NRM’s parliamentary caucus meeting at State house Entebbe finally elected six candidates to vie for positions at the East African Legislative Assembly.

These were elected on Wednesday evening despite the first Tuesday meeting which got botched over disagreement on the number of slots to be voted.

The six successful candidates defeated nearly forty other candidates in the race to represent the party in the regional assembly.

The elected candidates include; Musamali Paul who emerged top with 167 votes, former Internal Affairs Minister Rose Akol garnered 139, George Odongo and Kasamba Mathias tied at 119. Two time MP and minister Mary Mugyenyi got 115 while former NRM youth chairman Dennis Namara garnered 114 votes.

Other EALA seat hopeful, SoftPower Communications boss, Sarah Kagingo lost it with 84 votes.

The selected candidates will be sent to parliament for the final voting which will be held on 27th February, 2017.

Traffic Banned Ahead of Somali Election

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:51
Traffic Banned Ahead of Somali Election

A traffic ban has been imposed and major roads sealed off in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, ahead of a presidential vote.

MPs will gather at the airport to elect a new head of state.

On Tuesday evening, suspected Al-Shabab militants launched a series of attacks, with two mortar rounds fired close to the venue where the vote will be held.

Residents in Arbacow village outside Mogadishu say jihadists attacked an African Union military base there.

More than 20 candidates are vying to become Somali president, with the top three proceeding to a second round of voting and the top two from that round going forward to a third and final vote.

Incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is standing for re-election and analysts say he is likely to be one of those who goes forward to the later rounds.

Results are expected later on today.

The airport is viewed as the most secure site in the Somali capital and voting was moved there from a police academy because of growing security concerns.

Today’s security measures include a ban on flights to and from Mogadishu airport.

Somalia has not had an effective central government since the fall of the Siad Barre regime in 1991. The Mogadishu-based government is backed by an African Union force, Amisom, made up of more than 22,000 troops and police, as well as civilian staff.

@BBC Africa

UTL Debt Stands At Shs 700 Mil­lion – Report

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:08
UTL Debt Stands At Shs 700 Mil­lion – Report

A se­lect com­mit­tee in­sti­tuted by Par­lia­ment to in­ves­ti­gate the fi­nan­cial woes at Uganda Tele­com Limited (UTL) has re­vealed that the com­pa­ny’s debt cur­rently stands at Ugx 700 bil­lion.

The com­mit­tee chair­per­son, Phillip Okin Ojara, who is also Chua West MP, told jour­nal­ists at a press con­fer­ence at Par­lia­ment on Feb­ru­ary 7, 2017, that the in­ves­ti­ga­tions place the to­tal in­debt­ed­ness of UTL amounts to Ugx 700 bil­lion.

Ojara said that the money was ac­crued from debts to lo­cal and for­eign com­pa­nies, which pro­vided services to the com­pany, while oth­ers in­cluded ar­rears from statu­tory de­duc­tions.

“When you look at the debt port­fo­lio, in­clud­ing loans and li­a­bil­ity of UTL, it goes up to the tune of Ugx 700 bil­lion and this is enor­mous. This is se­ri­ous be­cause you re­ally won­der how a com­pany can get out of this sit­u­a­tion,” Ojara re­vealed to the me­dia.

Ojara out­lined that UTL is chok­ing on debts from Uganda Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (UCC), Uganda Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (Ugx 58 bil­lion), MTN Uganda and Air­tel Uganda, among oth­ers.

“We are not very cer­tain whether the ca­pac­ity of the com­pany will be re­vi­tal­ized so that they come out of this sit­u­a­tion,” Ojara noted.

It should be noted that gov­ern­ment owns 31% shares in UTL, with the ma­jor­ity share­hold­ers; Libya African Port­fo­lio (LAP) Green owns 69% shares.

The com­mit­tee said that UTL may re­quire re­cap­i­tal­iza­tion for it to be re­vamped and back on its feet. Ojara said this can be done if gov­ern­ment and its ma­jor­ity share­hold­ers in­ject more re­sources into the com­pany.

EALA is not Refuge for Job Seekers – M7 tells Candidates

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:50
EALA is not Refuge for Job Seekers – M7 tells Candidates

By Serestino Tusingwire

President Yoweri Museveni has warned Members of the NRM parliamentary caucus against using the East African Legislative Assembly as a hub for employment opportunities.

“These elections are not just elections, these are not employment bureaus,” Museveni said.

The president made the remarks at the opening of the NRM caucus which is selecting NRM representatives that will be sent to parliament for final approval on February 27th.

Museveni challenged the MPs who are the electoral college for the EALA elections to vote leaders who understood the need for regional integration.

“You are not here to give jobs to jobless people. You are here to select people to support the integration of East African,” he warned.

Meanwhile, the election that was scheduled to take place on Tuesday did not go well as chaos ensued among the ruling party MPs over a number of slots to be considered. It was postponed to today at 2pm.

37 can­di­dates will be tussling it out dur­ing the fresh polls to select 6 candidates to be forwarded to parliament for consideration.

Court of Appeal Halts Hearing of Kato Lubwama Election Petition

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:24
Court of Appeal Halts Hearing of Kato Lubwama Election Petition

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Lubaga South MP Kato Lubwama’s grace period has been extended after the court of Appeal issued an interim order halting the hearing of a petition filed by his tormentor Habib Buwembo.

It’s worth noting that Kato Lubwama ran to court of appeal to challenge high court’s decision formerly allowing Buwembo to file a petition out of time challenging his academic papers.

According to the interim order issued yesterday by the Court of Appeal Judge, Justice Chebrioni  Barishaki, the High Court Judge, Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli should stay the hearing of the petition until the main petition is heard.

In the main petition before Court of Appeal, Kato Lubwama is challenging the procedures which were used by the High court justice Oumo Oguli to extend time in which the Election petition against him could be filed.

Responding to the order, Habib Buwembo’s lawyer Isaac SSemakadde said that it is unfair to halt the hearing yet the applicant failed to follow the required legal procedures in appealing against the High Court decision.

“The rules of procedure state that anybody who is dissatisfied with any stage of hearing of the matter before the High Court must wait until the whole matters is concluded and then make an appeal,” he argued.

Justice Barishaki however ordered his Registrar to fix the appeal quickly for hearing.

NRM EALA Primaries to Resume Today After the First Session Hit Snag

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 08:59
NRM EALA Primaries to Resume Today After the First Session Hit Snag

By Serestino Tusingwire

Elections for NRM candidates to be forwarded for approval by parliament are to resume today at state house after the first session was halted following disagreements on the number of candidates to be considered.

Trou­ble started af­ter the ruling party MPs were is­sued with guide­lines for the elec­tions hours to the polls, which sought to elect 6 mem­bers to be ap­proved by Par­lia­ment on Feb­ru­ary 27th.

When vot­ing was about to com­mence, the MPs were shocked to learn from Dr Tanga that they would be vot­ing for 7 slots. These in­cluded a rep­re­sen­ta­tive each from North, East, West, Cen­tral and Kam­pala.

Fur­ther­more, a po­si­tion was cre­ated for the women slot and a seat for spe­cial in­ter­est groups, where work­ers, youths and Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties (PWDs), fall.

This in­fu­ri­ated a num­ber of MPs in­clud­ing Buyaga MP Barn­abas Tin­kasimire, Arua Woman MP, Mau­reen Os­oru, Ngora Woman MP, Jack­line Amon­gin who ac­cused Tanga of tin­ker­ing with the guide­lines to cre­ate an ad­di­tional slot yet the NRM is ex­pected to front only 6 po­si­tions.

NRM Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Jus­tine Lu­mumba also openly re­jected the 7 po­si­tions, in­sist­ing that there should be 6 slots to be voted for. Ef­forts by the Gov­ern­ment Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa, Tanga and Al Ha­jji Moses Kigongo to calm the leg­is­la­tors proved fu­tile.

Pres­i­dent Yow­eri Mu­sev­eni, who had ear­lier ad­dressed the MPs in his ca­pac­ity as party chair­man, later or­dered that fresh elec­tions are held to­day, Wednes­day Feb­ru­ary 8th at 2 pm.

With the num­ber of can­di­dates pre­vi­ously stand­ing at 43, 5 pulled out a day to the polls while one of the can­di­dates and for­mer Bun­y­ole MP, Em­manuel Dombo pulled out of the race shortly be­fore the ex­er­cise at State House, cit­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the process.

This means that 37 can­di­dates will tus­sle it out dur­ing the fresh polls. Ear­lier, Pres­i­dent Mu­sev­eni warned the MPs against view­ing the race to EALA as a job op­por­tu­nity, rather an im­por­tant and cru­cial ser­vice to the coun­try.

“These elec­tions are not just elec­tions. These are not em­ploy­ment bu­reaus. You are not here to give jobs to job­less peo­ple. You are here to se­lect peo­ple to sup­port in­te­gra­tion of East Africa,” Mu­sev­eni stated.

Tarehe Sita: Kainerugaba Awarded Jubilee Medal

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 18:00
Tarehe Sita: Kainerugaba Awarded Jubilee Medal

By Milton Emmy Akwam

President Yoweri Museveni has awarded his son, Maj. General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, his senior presidential advisor a Jubilee medal in the NRM’s 36th Tahare Sita fete that took place in Northern Uganda’s town of Apac.

The fete took place on Monday at Apac Boma ground and was attended by foreign army dignitaries from countries like Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi and Rwanda.

The President’s son was among other army generals like CDF, Gen. David Muhoozi, Gen. Guti who were awarded the prestigious medal for their role in transforming the army into a pro-people force.

However, Gen. Elly Tumwine asked those who didn’t get medal to work hard so that their names could be among those to receive one in subsequent fetes.

The medals targeted senior army, police and prison officers with different ranks; and individual patriotic men and women (civilian) in the country.

Meanwhile, President Museveni said Uganda is a peaceful country courtesy of tremendous work by the men in uniform.

He added that the major challenge across the country is poverty but he is doing his best to eradicate it.

“Kuc (peace) is here in Lango. My major focus is to fight poverty in homes and ensure maximum peace,” he said.

The President said in his shortest speech that lasted only 25 minutes that he had secured a loan to tarmac Rwekunju-Masindi port road via Apac-Lira- Ogur- Corner Kilak to Achol Pii roads which has always featured in the National Budget every fiscal year, but no action was taking place.

M7 Jet Should be Attached To Pay Lango War Claimants – UPC Boss

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 17:41
M7 Jet Should be Attached To Pay Lango War Claimants – UPC Boss

By Milton Emmy Akwam

Professor Dan Okello, the besieged Lira district UPC party chairman under de-facto President Joseph Mbosa has asked Lawyers behind livestock compensation in Lango region to seek for legal permission so that Museveni’s executive chopper, all Ministries vehicles, RDCs vehicles, Police vehicles and other government assets are attached.

“You may recall that Museveni made it clear that verification and validation of true livestock beneficiaries were not done. He ordered for a fresh exercise. Now, I will rally behind Lawyers handling the case to go ahead and attached his jet to pay us,” Okello said on Monday.

Addressing the crowds at Lira Golf course grounds last week, President Museveni said there was ‘no money’ to pay plaintiffs who sued government after the Karamojong cattle rustlers  looted their animals in the 80s and another attack by LRA rebels that caused the same atrocities.

However, Okello insists that attaching his jet would be the only option that government would get money to compensate the over 65,000 claimants who won a Sh2.9 Trillion Court case in 2014 at Lira High Court.

Lukoma Hits Jackpot

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 17:05
Lukoma Hits Jackpot

By Moses Batte

2017 has started a fruitful year for a fashion designer, singer and actress, Helen Lukoma.

The “Ndagamuntu” singer was recently acknowledged as one of the “Black Bottle Girls”, officially becoming a Luc Belaire brand ambassador in the East African region.

Lukoma is to be engaged in various promotional campaigns for the brand.

She shared the information about her new gig on her social media where she posted a photo of herself with a bottle written on “Let’s welcome official Black Bottle Girl” this captured a lot of applause from her fans as seen below;

“It’s not easy to stay in the limelight, celebrities come and fade, Helen you have been able to maintain your presence in the limelight, keep it up girl we love you,” posted Sam Byaruhanga, fan.

Oliver Nabuyunga praised Lukoma for being consistent and paying less attention to critics, “Much respect my girl, you are very consistent and you don’t pay attention to haters that is why you are moving forward, all the best.”

Luc Belaire was unveiled this year on the New Year’s Eve at an event dubbed Black Bottle Glow party.

Lukoma joins other celebrity brand ambassadors for East Africa who include Huddah Monroe, Judith Heard, Nick Mtuma and Anita Fabiola.

Refugee HIV Status Worries Officials

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 16:57
Refugee HIV Status Worries Officials

By Andrew Cohen Amvesi 

Officials in Yumbe district have expressed worry over the HIV status of female refugees in the area.

Led by Aziz Aluma, the Ariwa Sub County LC3 Chairperson, the officials said most female refugees in different camps in Bidibidi refugee settlement area in Yumbe district have on several occasions, being reported to be HIV Positive.

According to Aluma, medical records from Ariwa Health Center III, majority of the female refugees seeking for antenatal services at the health unit have been found HIV Positive.

Aluma made the observations during a regional meeting with different West Nile stakeholders in Arua town on Monday.

Ariwa Sub County is one of the refugee hosting Sub Counties in Yumbe district which is a home to over 270, 000 refugees, mainly from South Sudan.

“Most pregnant refugees have been found HIV+ at Ariwa HCIII. This is very dangerous for us since the refugees coexist with locals,” Aluma said.

“Who knows, the husbands of such women may come out to have sex with our boys, likewise, our men may go for the female refugees in the camps hence ending up being infected with the virus,” Aluma said.

He added that the threat is real, especially in his Sub-County, which he said needs an immediate attention.

Similarly, Geoffrey Onzima, the Aringa North MP in Yumbe district also expressed worry over the continued influx of refugees in the district.

He said there is need for community sensitization on HIV/AIDs and Hepatitis B; diseases he said are likely to spread due to the influx of refugees in the area.

“If we don’t sensitize our people, HIV and Hepatitis B prevalence rate might go high in the district,” Onzima warned.

He directed the different stakeholders to join hands with their local leaders in guiding people on the dangers associated with the coming of refugees in the entire West Nile region.

BIG IS BIG! Ed Cheune In New Shs350m Wheels

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 16:37
BIG IS BIG! Ed Cheune In New Shs350m Wheels

Edward Cheune alias Ed Cheune’s love for cars is truly insatiable. He purchases ride after the other , while giving them custom number plates.

The latest we have is that South African based Ugandan the businessman has acquired new monster wheels Audi R8 believed to have costed USSD 100,000, approximately UGX 350M.

A close source inside the camp confirmed that indeed Cheune bought a brand new Audi R8, red in color a whopping 350M price tag.

 

Custom number plate ‘Cheune 5’, this now joins his ever-growing fleet that has a Ford, BMW, Lamborghini, among others.

His love for cars is undeniably one of the traits that differentiate him from the other wannabe spenders, who struggle to keep up with the standards.

If you didn’t know, An Audi R8 is a mid-engine, 2-seater sports car which uses Audi’s trademark quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. It was introduced by the German car manufacturer Audi AG in 2006.

 

Mutebile Quashes World Bank Report On Ugandan Economy

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 15:25
Mutebile Quashes World Bank Report On Ugandan Economy

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Governor Bank of Uganda Emmanuel Mutebile has slammed a World Bank report that shows that low levels of public trust in financial institutions  is hurting the Ugandan economy.

Giving his closing remarks at the launch of the 8th Uganda Economic Update, Mutebile said the central bank has lived to its mandate of protecting the interests of depositors despite cases of distress and bank failures in the last ten years.

The World Bank report also shows that high costs and limited access to credit are constraints to Uganda’s economy.

Although Mutebile admits that commercial banks are making excessive profits, he argues that calls to have lending rates lowered can only be realized in the long term and must be done gradually warning that this will also expose banks to various forms of risk.

According to Mutebile, Uganda’s banking industry has made strides but faces several challenges including poor attitudes towards borrowing, a weak culture of loan repayment, coupled with the fact that many borrowers divert loans to personal use.

He has advised that for the country to develop it will need a much stronger private business sector   with good business management and clear separation of biz and personal interests on the part of business owners.

Mbidde Confirmed as the DP EALA Candidate

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 14:49
Mbidde Confirmed as the DP EALA Candidate

By Serestino Tusingwire

Democratic Party has today confirmed Hon. Fred Mukasa Mbidde as the sole party candidate in the race for East African Legislative Assembly, EALA.

Last Friday, the DP National Executive Committee convened in a Special Meeting prompted by certain critical developments that demanded an unequivocal response.

The first question was whether the decision taken by the NEC to exempt incumbent MPs from primaries in the 2016-2021 election cycles should apply to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) election.

This was prompted by a decision from the last NEC meeting which resolved in the affirmative and a unanimous decision to that effect.

As the debate raged some party members wrote applying to be candidates for EALA. Besides the incumbent Hon. Mbidde, three other party members applied.

Accordingly, the additional three applications were presented to the NEC and the NEC taking into account the abilities of the applicants and the interests of the Party decided by vote to reject the three applications. Another vote was taken on Fred Mukasa Mbidde’s application and accordingly the NEC overwhelmingly voted to confirm his candidature. “Therefore the DP candidate for EALA will be Fred Mukasa Mbidde.”

The election for the 9 EALA members will be held later this month at the parliament of Uganda.

Dr. Mungherera’s Burial Set For Saturday

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:22
Dr. Mungherera’s Burial Set For Saturday

The body of the late Dr. Margaret Mungherera is expected to arrive in the country this afternoon.

According to the Acting Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anthony Mbonye, the deceased’s body is expected to arrive at Entebbe International Airport at 2:00pm.

Mbonye adds that a requiem mass will be held on Thursday at the All Saints Cathedral Nakasero at 10:00am and later a vigil will be held at her parents’ home in Mpererwe in Kampala.

On Saturday, the body of the late Mungherera will be laid to rest at her ancestral home in Butalejja.

Dr. Margaret Mungherera who has been a long serving medical practitioner in the field of psychiatry and the first African woman to head the World Medical Association succumbed to cancer of the colon in India on Saturday where she had gone for treatment.

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