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All Luzira Inmates Pass UCE Exams

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 20:57
All Luzira Inmates Pass UCE Exams

Despite the challenges of lack of enough facilitation and inadequate study materials, all the 38 candidates from Luzira maximum prison who sat for UCE exams have undoubtedly passed.

Four inmates passed in Division one, nine in division two, 12 in division three and 13 are in division four. All of them are males.

Dennis Mujuni, the head teacher of the school described the performance as excellent.

“This performance is far better compared to that of the 2015 because this class was focused and exhibited teamwork, it was a well organised class”, Mujuni said.

He further attributed the successful performance to the conducive environment by the prison authorities.

The best candidate, Joram Hannington Lusonzi who got 20 aggregates is serving a 15 year sentence.

He has been on remand since 2012 over aggravated defilement.

The jubilant Lusonzi, 25, who dropped out of school in 2008 at primary seven, said he wants to join Advanced level and pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer in future.

Kanyamunyus Finally Committed to High Court for Trial

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 20:22
Kanyamunyus Finally Committed to High Court for Trial

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that three people accused of the murder of a social worker Kenneth Akena in November 2016 be committed to the High Court for trial.

Matthew Kanyamunyu, his brother Joseph Kanyamunyu and Cynthia Munwangari appeared before Nakawa Grade One magistrate Noah Sajjabi on Tuesday morning.

According to the DPP, there is sufficient evidence to sustain murder charges against the three for the incident.

Prosecution alleges that on November 12, while at Game Stores, Kanyamunyu in company of his girlfriend, allegedly shot Akena whom he accused of scratching his car, and drove him to Norvik hospital where he died from.

His brother Joseph Kanyamunyu is held on condition that the telecom printouts indicated that he was contacted immediately after the incident, which puts him in position to be having some knowledge on the incident.

Joseph Kanyamunyu has also been charged with a second count of being an accessory after the commission of an offence.

The three suspects have been sent back on remand until the next convenient session of the High Court.

 

2016 UCE Results Portray Decline In Performance

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 20:07
2016 UCE Results Portray Decline In Performance

By Rebeccah Wasen

The Ministry of Education has today released last year’s Uganda Certificate of Education Results. The Exams conducted by the Uganda National Examinations Board show a slight drop in performance in 2016 compared to 2015.

The drop is attributed to poor performance in English language, mathematics and the sciences.

Uganda National Examinations Board, Executive Secretary Daniel Nokrach Odongo said students performed science subjects poorly partly because schools are theoretically teaching science disciplines.

Non-universal secondary education schools put up a better performance than universal secondary education schools despite the poor performance in sciences.

While speaking during the release of the UCE results, Janet Museveni, the minister of education and sports, noted that it is disturbing that the quality of secondary school education in Uganda is still low despite government’s investments towards the improvement of performance in sciences. The minister also regretted that teaching is geared towards passing exams and teachers no longer assess their students.

A total of 323,276 candidates registered for the exams, which were conducted in 3454 centers countrywide. About 316,600 sat for the exams while 6600 students missed. 366 special needs education candidates registered to sit for the exams.

Meanwhile the results of 1893 candidates from 86 examination centers were withheld.

Top Jammeh Army Commander Arrested

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 19:39
Top Jammeh Army Commander Arrested

West African forces have arrested a senior Gambian army general and have seized weapons from the private residence of exiled former ruler Yahya Jammeh, force commander Francois Ndiaye has said.

General Bora Colley, the head of an elite commando unit, had been arrested in neighbouring Senegal, he said, without giving details.

Regional troops had also raided Jammeh’s residence in his home village of Kanilai, recovering arms and ammunition, General Ndiaye said, adding: “The situation is under control.”

General Colley was the former commander of the military camp in Kanilai, where Jammeh had planned to go and retire before being forced into exile after refusing to accept defeat in the December 1 election, The Gambia’s Freedom newspaper reported.

Four guards for Jammeh’s wife, Zainab, were also arrested, in the border town of Karang in Senegal, General Ndiaye said.

Regional forces have been helping President Adama Barrow to consolidate his power in the tiny West African nation since Jammeh went into exile more than a week ago.

Jammeh had tried to cling to power, but left after under pressure from Senegalese-led troops and mediators.

@BBC Africa

 

 

Kyabazinga’s Appointment As Ambassador Benefits Basoga – Oryem

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 16:20
Kyabazinga’s Appointment As Ambassador Benefits Basoga – Oryem

The State minister for foreign affairs, Okello Oryem has defended President Yoweri Museveni’s decision to appoint Busoga King, Kyabazinga Gabula Nadiope as an envoy saying the position will benefit the people of Busoga.

Whereas Gabula’s role has not been specifically stated, there are overtures that he will represent President Yoweri Museveni before other traditional and cultural institutions.

“His role is to represent the president on special assignments and most of those assignments will be related to countries that have monarchs, like United Kingdom and countries in the Middle East.” Oryem said.

Nadiope after approval will become the first sitting Monarch to hold such a position in what has been interpreted as the violation of Uganda’s constitution that bans traditional leaders in partisan politics.

However, the government maintains that the president did this in the best interest of the people of Busoga.

Nadiope replaces ambassador Njuneki who collapsed in the plane and died in South Africa last year.

 

DP’s Kezaala Throws in the Towel

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 15:16
DP’s Kezaala Throws in the Towel

By Rebeccah Wasen

The Democratic Party Chairman, Mohammed Baswaale Kezaala, has resigned as party Chair in favor of his new appointment by the President.

Kezaala held a media briefing last evening in Jinja and confirmed he had written to the deputy secretary general of the Democratic Party resigning from his position.

“Ref; Resignation as the national chairman of the Democratic Party, I wish to officially communicate to you that I have been proposed for a position in the diplomatic service of Uganda as a deputy ambassador and as a result, allow me to tender in my resignation from the position of national chairman with immediate effect.” Kezaala stated in the letter.

According to Kezaala, he was forced to resign from this position due to the fact that the new appointment needs a lot of time and could not handle the two at once

“Being a civil service job, which do not require partisanship, and for the fact that I may not be available, I will be unable to serve our party in the capacity of national chairman,” he noted.

Kezaala was appointed deputy ambassador on Friday last week by the President Museveni and is awaiting vetting to confirm his appointment.

UN Releases funds To Sustain Relief Operations in Uganda

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 13:16
UN Releases funds To Sustain Relief Operations in Uganda

By Rebeccah Wasen

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has sanctioned the release of USD 100 million (355 billion Shillings) from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to sustain operations in nine neglected crises where levels of vulnerability are alarmingly high but funding remains very low.

Uganda is the largest refugee hosting country harbouring refugees right after Turkey, hosting more than 600,000 refugees majorly from south Sudan where fighting has displaced more than 1 million people since 2013.

Urgent support will also reach those suffering from malnutrition and food insecurity in Madagascar, Mali and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“CERF is a lifeline for people caught up in crises that don’t make the headlines but where needs are just as urgent,” Guterres said in a news release adding that; “this funding is crucial in assisting people who need help so desperately.”

The news release further highlighted that as the scale and intensity of emergencies continue to increase, a larger, more robust CERF is needed so that aid can reach people, whenever and wherever crises hit.

Always Respect Court Rulings, Katurebe tells State

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:46
Always Respect Court Rulings, Katurebe tells State

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has called for the respect of the principle of the independence  of the  judiciary and separation of powers.

Katureebe, who was joined by the Speaker and the Vice President at the opening of the new law year warned against the current practice of re-arresting suspects around the precincts of courts.

“The recent re-arrest of suspects in the precincts of courts, yet again by some elements in security forces under the guise of charging suspects with additional charges, is a sad reminder that more still need to be done to instill the rule of law in institutions charged with keeping law and order.” Katurebe said.

He described the act, which has become commonplace in relation to political trials, as a reminder of some of the worst practices of past regimes.

However, Justice and constitutional affairs minister Kahinda Otafiire insisted that the state will continue to arrest people whom they have true reasons and charges to bring against.

“That we shouldn’t arrest you for stealing an elephant yet you have received bail for stealing a sheep; that is not correct.” Kahinda said.

This comes on the heels of the recent incident where the Rwenzururu king, Charles Wesley Mumbere was re-arrested outside the court moments after he had been granted bail.

16TH SITTING OF THE 2ND MEETING OF THE 1ST SESSION OF THE 10TH PARLIAMENT OF UGANDA: TUESDAY 31ST JANUARY 2017 – TIME OF COMMENCEMENT: 2.00 P.M.

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:35
16TH SITTING OF THE 2ND MEETING OF THE 1ST SESSION OF THE 10TH PARLIAMENT OF UGANDA: TUESDAY 31ST JANUARY 2017 – TIME OF COMMENCEMENT:  2.00 P.M.
  1. PRAYERS
  1. COMMUNICATION FROM THE CHAIR
  1. LAYING OF PAPERS (10 Minutes)
  1. BRIEF TO PARLIAMENT ON A PROPOSAL TO BORROW SDR 35.5 MILLION (USD 50 MILLION) FROM THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (IDA) OF THE WORLD BANK GROUP TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT RESPONSE TO DISPLACEMENT IMPACTS PROJECT (DRDIP) IN THE HORN OF AFRICA

(Hon. Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development)

  1. THE LAND FUND REPORT ON THE ACHIEVEMENTS AND CHALLENGES FOR THE PERIODS JULY 2014 – JUNE 2015 AND JULY 2015 – JUNE 2016

(Hon. Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development)

  1. MOTION FOR PRESENTATION, CONSIDERATION AND ADOPTION OF THE REPORT OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE ON THE NATIONAL BUDGET FRAMEWORK PAPER FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2017/2018 – FINANCIAL YEAR 2021/2022

(30 Minutes)

(The Chairperson – Committee on Budget)

  1. CONSIDERATION AND ADOPTION OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON UGANDA’S FOREIGN MISSIONS (30 Minutes) –

(Chairperson – Committee on Foreign Affairs)

(Debate Commences)

  1. MOTION FOR PRESENTATION, CONSIDERATION AND ADOPTION OF THE REPORT OF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ON THE REPORT OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL ON THE HEALTH SECTOR FOR FY 2014/15 (30 Minutes)

(Hon. Chairperson, Public Accounts Committee)

  1. MOTION FOR PRESENTATION, CONSIDERATION AND ADOPTION OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE COMMMITTEE ON THE STANDARD GAUGE RAILWAY AND LIGHT RAILWAY TRANSIT (30 Minutes)

(Chairperson, Committee on Physical Infrastructure)

  1. ADJOURNMENT

 

NOTICE OF BUSINESS TO FOLLOW

  1. STATEMENT BY MINISTERS:
  1. I) THE DISEASE ATTACK ON THE EUCALYPTUS PLANTATIONS IN KYENJOJO                   AND NEIGHBOURING DISTRICTS
  2. II) JOINT STATEMENT ON AN ACTION PLAN TO MITIGATE THE FOOD SECURITY AND DISASTER SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY
  • ON KARAMOJONG ILLEGAL SETTLERS IN OTUKE DISTRICT
  1. ON THE MATTER OF BRUTALITY AGAINST VENDORS ON THE STREETS OF KAMPALA
  2. MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT TO REVIEW THE OPERATIONS OF WEALTH CREATION PROGRAMME
  3. THE LEADERSHIP CODE (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2016
  4. REPORT OF THE SECTORAL COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND SPORTS ON THE STATE OF UNIVERSITIES IN UGANDA
  5. THE PROPOSAL TO HIRE POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL STUDENTS FROM MAKERERE COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES TO FILL THE STAFFING GAPS IN MULAGO HOSPITAL
  6. EXPLANATION ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THE DREDGING LICENCE UNDER SECTION 4 OF THE RIVERS ACT (1907) WAS ISSUED TO MANGO TREE GROUP LIMITED ON 4TH MAY 2016
  7. STATEMENT ON ILLEGAL FISHING ON THE FLOATING ISLANDS OF LAKE KYOGA
  8. STATEMENT ON THE EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN AND YOUTH FUND BY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS
  9. STATEMENT ON PRICE DISCRIMINATION OF HIMA CEMENT PRICES IN KASESE DISTRICT
  10. STATEMENT ON DELAYED PAYMENT FOR TOBACCO FARMERS – WEST NILE REGION
  11. REPORT OF THE SECTORAL COMMITTEE ON HEALTH ON OVERSIGHT VISITS TO PUBLIC HEALTH FACILITIES IN KAMPALA DISTRICT AND EASTERN UGANDA
  12. A STATUS REPORT ON THE DECISION BY CABINET ON THE DEGAZETTEMENT OF FORESTS
  13. MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT TO REVIEW PROVISION OF VEHICLES TO LEADERS, PUBLIC AND CIVIL SERVANTS
  14. REPORT ON THE HIV/AIDS RESPONSE IN THE COUNTRY
  15. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL ECONOMY ON THE PERFORMANCE OF THE ECONOMY DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2015/16

 

KAMPALA

31ST JANUARY 2017

 

 

Ronnie McVex Starts Own Show

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 11:15
Ronnie McVex Starts Own Show

Uganda’s best comedian Ronnie McVex Musiimenta is set to host a weekly comedy show at the popular Benrich lounge located on Kisasi-Kynja road, Kampala.

“This is the biggest answer to your question of, “So what are you up to?” Finally we opened all stores and now have the best ingredients to make the best feast,” Ronnie captained his poster on Instagram.

This website understands that the show will officially start today Jan 31, 2016 and thereafter it will be on every Tuesday.

We further understand that at the launch of the Comedy Feast, comedians like Salvado, Madrat & Chiko, Napoleon Ehma, Optional Allan, and Host by Ronnie will be in the house to coi rib cracking jokes.

Uganda’s best female artist Sheebah Karungi will also be in the house entertain the comedy lovers.

Trump Fires Acting Attorney General For Failing To Implement Travel Ban

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:02
Trump Fires Acting Attorney General For Failing To Implement Travel Ban

US President Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for “refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” the White House said.

“(Yates) has betrayed the Department of Justice,” the White House statement said.

It is reported that Trump didn’t call Yates to dismiss her; she was informed by hand-delivered letter.

The dramatic move came soon after CNN reported Yates told Justice Department lawyers not to make legal arguments defending Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees.

The move set up a clash between the White House and Yates, who was appointed by President Barack Obama and was set to serve until Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s nominee for attorney general, if confirmed.

“My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts,” she said in a letter.

“In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.”

Trump’s executive order, signed Friday, bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days and indefinitely suspends the Syrian refugee program.

Yates’ decision came amid a flood of protests against the executive order nationwide and after four federal judges ruled against Trump’s order, staying its impact on people who were detained at US airports over the weekend.

UCE Results to be Released Today

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 09:07
UCE Results to be Released Today

By Rebeccah Wasen

The Uganda National Examinations Board is today expected to release last year’s examinations results of the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE).

The function is to take place at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala at 11am.

These results were scheduled to be released two weeks ago but a shortage of UNEB computers, internal bickering and financial constraints could not able the process.

Marking of the exams started on December 6, 2016 and about 323,233 students sat for the exam at 3,454 centres.

The number of candidates also shot up by 8,500 students from 314,286 who sat the previous year.

Dan Odongo, the UNEB executive secretary general said the UNED security committee had already scrutinized the results and the board briefed the Education and Sports minister Janet Museveni, on performance.

They come just a day after most schools in the country reopened for the first term.

The Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education results are set to be released early February thus completing the exam release circle.

Akol In Hot Soup as COSASE Faults her on UGX6bn Oil Cash Bonanza

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 17:52
Akol In Hot Soup as COSASE Faults her on UGX6bn Oil Cash Bonanza

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises  which is probing the Shs6bn oil cash bonanza has faulted officials of the Uganda Revenue Authority for not consulting the board before paying out the money to 42 government officials.

The money which is commonly referred to as a presidential handshake was a reward for those that took part in the oil arbitration case that saw Uganda awarded Sh824Bn in capital gains tax from Tullow Oil.

According to the URA Board Chairman, Simon Kagugube, the board was not consulted on issuing out this money.

“The board did not play any role in the payment. The matter never came before the board. We knew about the payment in media” Kagugube said.

When Committee member Francis Mwijukye asked the board if it thought it was irregular for such a huge sum of money to be taken from the URA account, Kagugube answered that, “As the board which authorizes the budget, we find the payment irregular since the money used was not budgeted for.”

“In cases where a supplementary budget expenditure is to occur, board must approve or be made aware,” he added.

Committee member Medard Lubega Segoona therefore tasked the URA Commissioner General Doris Akol to explain how the money was picked from the URA fund and paid out without the board’s approval.

“I got the money from the URA expenditure account 2016/17 FY. The URA statue does say at some point that the minister can give instruction to the URA board about its functioning. I’ve seen a letter from MoU authorizing CG to use certain funds to pay and it would be reimbursed through supplementary budget.” Akol defended herself.

The committee chairperson Abdul Katuntu has adjourned the committee to Thursday this week when the grilling will continue.

Government Committed To ‘Chasing’ Karamojong Rustlers – Kadaga

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 15:07
Government Committed To ‘Chasing’ Karamojong Rustlers – Kadaga  

By Milton Emmy Akwam

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has told the people of Lango Sub-region that her office alongside office of the Prime Minister are working towards harmonizing and protecting the locals following the invasion of Karamojong cattle rustlers in both Alebtong and Otuke districts.

Kadaga said she had received a petition from Lango Parliamentary Group (LPG) on Karamojong illegal presence and activities in Lango and forwarded it to Prime Minister’s office for consideration and action.

In the petition, the MPs under LPG want government to immediately transport back the visitors who invaded their territory without formal request.

They also told government that Lango sub-region had its distinct problems that have never been addressed by the regime and that it shouldn’t be mixed or added by Karamoja people.

“Government through my office will ensure the matter is handled. I know the difficulties the people in those districts are going through,” she said.

She said this while at the function where the Dokolo South Constituency MP, Paul Amoro Omiat was handing over an ambulance to locals.

Recently, Members of Parliament from the region blasted the government for ordering the Lira RDC, Robert Abak to ensure total protection of the Karamojong cattle keepers.

This prompted a Legal suit at Lira High Court against the government (Attorney General) by George Mawa, the former NRM Mayoral flag bearer for Lira Municipality and other 170 locals from the two districts after the visitors ravaged their plantation and stole their animals.

Regional Leaders Vow to End LRA Insurgency

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 13:58
Regional Leaders Vow to End LRA Insurgency

President Yoweri Museveni has called on regional leaders engaged in the fight against the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency in the Central African Republic to commit themselves and allow military commands to jointly work out a plan to flush out remnants of the LRA and put an end to the suffering of the civilian population.

“It is true the capacity of the LRA has been reduced. In the past they would ambush our troops and try to fight, they no longer do that. Are they attacking troops in camp? No. Are they attacking troops on the move? No. The LRA no longer has that capacity. What they do is attack soft targets. That is not a strength; it is a weakness but it embarrasses governments because then they are not protecting their people enough. This is dangerous because it still attacks civilian populations,” President Museveni said during a meeting of regional leaders held at the sidelines of the ongoing 28th Ordinary African Union Heads of State and Government Summit at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The meeting was chaired by President Yoweri Museveni and included the President of the Central African Republic Faustin-Archange Touadéra, the President of the Republic of South Sudan Gen. Salva Kiir, Ministers from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan and representatives from the United Nations, European Union, USA, and African Union among others.

The regional leaders are frustrated that despite a strong regional effort to deal with Kony and his LRA, the lack of a decisive action to deal with the remnants has led the insurgency force to continue wrecking havoc among the civilian populations and in the process prolonging the war.

H.E. Ambassador Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security said the humanitarian situation caused by the LRA has worsened despite the elimination of the LRA from CAR leading to a secure country.

“The elimination of the LRA has led to a secure country and the insurgency force has been reduced to about 150 – 200 men including their dependants. The 120 armed fighters frequently move between the DRC, CAR and South Sudan with their main source of livelihood in Garamba forest in the DRC where they hunt down animals for ivory and loot gold and other minerals from miners. The LRA has made it impossible for communities to do their daily activities,” he said.

President Salva Kiir said the LRA coupled with negative forces have forced populations from his country to flee into northern Uganda causing a humanitarian crisis.

The President of the Central African Republic is Faustin-Archange Touadéra said since the operation in Garamba forests, the LRA broke out in several groups creating havoc in the region. He said despite their capability being reduced due to the presence of the regional force, essential activities of the LRA still happen in CAR and the embargo on CAR arms has made it difficult for the country to reinforce its security.

President Museveni urged the international community to support the regional force to flush out the LRA remnants and put an end to the war by supporting their efforts through reinforcements of multiplier forces like helicopters, airlifts, a disciplined army, relief and aid support and infrastructure for both populations and army to move.

“Accurate intel both human and technical is critical. Kony can’t use satellite or mobile phones, not even radios, we can locate them. We need cross-border cooperation and aid and relief for the affected people,” President Museveni said, adding that he supports the lifting of the arms embargo on CAR to allow its forces build its capacity.

“I agree in principle, the joint regional effort has been critical but efforts are not enough and not complete. We still have a big problem because there are gaps we leave behind. 120 armed people are still dangerous,” he said.

The meeting agreed that the minister of the DR. Congo be allowed to consult President Kabila on cross-border cooperation in the Garamba forest. They also agreed that the AU commissioner follows up with the respective governments on the military command of each country to work out a plan to make a final push and end the LRA insurgency.

 

Uganda, United Nations to Host Solidarity Conference on Refugees

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 13:45
Uganda, United Nations to Host Solidarity Conference on Refugees

President Yoweri Museveni and the new United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres have engaged in a series of discussions ranging from the security situation in Somalia to South Sudan to Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo and pledged to strengthen efforts to develop sustainable peace and development in the region.

The two leaders who were meeting at the sidelines of the 28th Ordinary Summit of the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia agreed on the need for the building of a national political ideology and national army in Somalia, and a need for the leaders in South Sudan to embrace democracy and fight sectarianism for the sake of peace in the newest nation and the importance of dialogue for all stakeholders in Burundi.

The UN Secretary General Antonia Guterres hailed President Yoweri Museveni’s influence and role in ensuring peace and security in the region and for his efforts as mediator in the Burundi conflict to ensure dialogue by all stakeholders. He pledged to push for reforms at the United Nations as more countries rally to see a more reformed world body.

Uganda used its presidency of the UN General Assembly at the 69th session to push the African agenda on the reform of the United Nations.

President Museveni said then, that Africa and individual African countries can form credible partnerships beyond the continent’s shores and that reforms as will be agreed by all, will strengthen the United Nations not otherwise.

During the meeting, President Museveni urged the United Nations to help Uganda deal or handle the refugee situation, which is posing growing challenges each day. Uganda is the second largest refugee hosting country after Turkey in the world. The two leaders agreed to host a solidarity conference on refugees in March with both Uganda and the United Nations as conveners.

President Museveni also urged the United Nations to support Uganda’s efforts on environment reclamation if it’s to meet SDG 15 of the United Nations development goals to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of the terrestrial ecosystems, sustainable manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Airtel Moves to Terminate Interconnection Agreement with UTL

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 13:24
Airtel Moves to Terminate Interconnection Agreement with UTL

By Serestino Tusingwire

Airtel Uganda has decided to terminate the interconnection agreement with the defunct Uganda Telecommunications (UTL).

According to the latest press release by Airtel Uganda, airtel customers will no longer be able to make or receive calls from UTL effective Friday February 03, 2017.

“Airtel regrets to inform its customers that effective Friday 3rd February, 2017, our subscribers will not be allowed to make calls or receive calls from UTL,” presser reads in part.

“This is because, the interconnection agreement and interconnection services between airtel Uganda and UTL.”

This comes on the heels of the current financial difficulties UTL is facing which might not be fixed in time.

Uganda Telecom is one of the oldest telecom companies in the country and the third in terms of subscriber base now standing at less than two million out of the 22.97million mobile phone users.

It is alleged that the company collapsed due serious management problems and corruption scandals characterized by absence of audited books of accounts, illegal sale of company assets and useless [frequent] travels to outside countries among others.

DP Officials Accuse Government Of Weakening Party After Kezaala Appointment

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:27
DP Officials Accuse Government of Weakening Party After Kezaala Appointment

By Serestino Tusingwire

A section of Democratic Party members are accusing the government of weakening their party by offering its vocal members big jobs.

Their accusations come two days after the President appointed the DP party Chairman, Mohammed Kezaala, as deputy ambassador.

According to Charles Waswa, the General Secretary, Uganda Young Democrats, tougher action must be taken to enforce discipline among its members.

“We expect the leadership of the democratic party to call the crisis delegates conference on national council to discuss this appointment.” Waswa said.

The young democrats had issued a 24-hour ultimatum to Kezaala to resign, but he defied the ultimatum.

The Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago described the appointment as the president’s move to lure opposition supporters ahead of the 2021 polls.

“He wants to create a new launch pad for Kisanja 2021, he wants to create a ground that will enable him lift the age limit and vie for another term in 2021.” Lukwago said.

However, DP member and Busiro East MP, Medard Sseggona has called on members to remain focused despite the chairman’s appointment.

It should be noted that last year, the president appointed another DP member, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi the State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs.

Kyabazinga’s Appointment As Ambassador To Be challenged in Court

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 11:39
Kyabazinga’s  Appointment As Ambassador To Be challenged in Court

By Rebeccah Wasen

City lawyer Asuman Baribwa has threatened to challenge the appointment of the Busoga King, William Wilberforce Gabula as an ambassador Special Duties in the office of the president.

“By electing a cultural leader to a role as an ambassador, the President is abusing the constitutional law. Some of us have decided to go to court not that we don’t love our Kyabazinga. I’m a loyal subject and proud Musoga.” Basalirwa said.

“If Basoga can’t maintain the king, let’s call meeting and dissolve the kingdom rather than see our king work under political pressure,” he added.

Basalirwa said he was going to court today but he was informed that consultations in Busoga are going on and they will take five days to determine the kingdom’s position on this appointment.

He however noted that it’s the Kyabazinga’s appointment is not a demeaning one, but he has a lot of things to do in Busoga.

Meanwhile, former presidential candidate who also comes from Busoga, Maureen Kyala Waluube also threatened to drag the King to court if he doesn’t turn down the appointment.

Kyala says that Kyabanzinga is a job and Gabula has a five year contract with the people of Busoga.

I Travel Abroad To Solicit Funding – Kadaga

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 10:08
I Travel Abroad To Solicit Funding – Kadaga

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has defended her trips abroad to attend meetings organized by Ugandans in the diaspora saying it was aimed at sourcing for funds to help disadvantaged Ugandans.

“I travelled to Boston to beg for money to build a hospital to treat Fistula patients in Soroti. Last year, the Basoga who stay in Europe built a ward at Jinja hospital,” She said.

“Me when I travel, I go with the aim of getting something in turn in form of material things, knowledge and help of whichever kind.” Kadaga added

She said this last week while speaking in Kalangala and Rakai districts where she handed over medical equipment to the communities.

This came on the heels of president Museveni’s directive to the Prime Minister asking him to start regulating ministerial travels abroad, which are so wasteful.

It’s worth noting that by August last year, records showed that parliament had spent over UGX2bn to facilitate the speaker, her deputy and the delegation and the delegation of lawmakers attending the 28th Ugandan North American Convention (UNAA) in Boston Massachusetts.

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