| Africatime
Saturday 29 April 2017
(Redpepper 05/17/13)
A top UNAIDS official in Uganda has said the country is losing the fight against HIV/Aids, with the infection rates steadily rising. Musa Bungudu, the UNAIDS Country Director, says Uganda is the only country in the Eastern and Southern Africa with rising HIV/AIDS infection rates. Up to 145,000 new infections are recorded each year. According to the 2011 National HIV Indicator Survey, the prevalence rates among Ugandans between the ages of 15 to 19 are going up. It now stands at 7.3 percent and even higher in women at 8.3 percent up from 6.4 percent in the 2004-2005 survey. Bungudu says he is disheartened that it was Uganda that was at the forefront of managing, planning, implementing and monitoring HIV/Aids...
(Daily Monitor 05/17/13)
Maj Gen (rtd) Mugisha Muntu, one of the longest serving army commanders in Uganda, yesterday said the issues surrounding Gen David Sejusa would not have arisen had President Museveni listened to calls for political reforms. Gen Muntu told the Daily Monitor in a telephone interview that the things Gen Sejusa has brought to the fore “are not new, they have been all over for the last 10 years or so. It is just that they are becoming more and more cumulative.” A compatriot of President Museveni dating back to the days of the 1981-86 bush war, but who later fell out with the regime, Gen Muntu observed that the “lack of internal democratic processes” in the ruling party was at...
(New Vision 05/16/13)
The Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI) and South Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at unlocking investment opportunities in the two countries. The South Korean delegation included business executives from reputable Korean international companies in construction, electronics, energy, IT, general engineering and beauty care products. This was during the business forum organized to mark the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Korea-Uganda diplomatic ties, promoting investment and trade with Uganda and South Sudan. Lee Dong-Geun, the head of the delegation and KCCI executive vice chairman said that the signed MoU would facilitate cooperation and facilitate commercial exchanges between the two countries. The state minister for investment, Dr. Gabriel Ajedra,...
(Voice of America 05/16/13)
The defense attorney for General David Sejusa, coordinator for Uganda’s intelligence agencies, says his client will be arrested for questioning President Yoweri Museveni’s alleged succession plan. “All the signs here are indicating that definitely he is going to be arrested. We have had a few government leaders, especially the minister of defense, the IGP [Inspector General of Police] are all saying he has got to come in and that he is going to be arrested,” said defense attorney Joseph Luzige. Luzige said the government has beefed up security around Entebbe’s International Airport as well as the capital, Kampala, following reports that Sejusa will be arriving from his trip abroad. Sejusa was scheduled to arrive last Friday, but postponed his return...
(New Vision 05/16/13)
KAMPALA - The World Bank said on Wednesday it had approved $100 million worth of credit for Uganda to help boost its economic growth and jobs, relieving fiscal pressure on the east African country squeezed by last year's aid cuts. In a statement, the bank said the credit line would finance the Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project (CEDP)that would implement reforms in land administration and business registration and create about 75,000 jobs. Uganda's finance ministry said last month it expects Uganda's direct budget support to drop by 93 percent in the next financial year after western donors cut their largess to protest corruption in public offices.
(24 Tanzania 05/15/13)
KAMPALA – The Ugandan shilling traded flat on Tuesday and market players said its next move would probably depend on foreign investor demand at Wednesday’s Treasury bill auction. “Since demand is largely weak we probably won’t see much movement on either counters until the outcome of the Treasury auction,” said Faisal Bukenya, head of market making at Barclays Bank in Uganda. Commercial banks in Kampala quoted the shilling at 2,580/2,590, unchanged from Monday’s close. The Bank of Uganda (BoU) is due to sell 100 billion shillings ($38.76 million) worth of Treasury bills of all tenors on Wednesday. Fixed income traders anticipate strong offshore participation, which would lift the shilling. Disappointing foreign demand would leave the shilling treading water, traders said...
(New Vision 05/15/13)
Government is to table a consumer protection policy aimed at protecting consumers plight. Trade and Industry minister, Amelia Kyambadde, made the revelation during a meeting with a delegation from Zambia. The meeting was held at the trade ministry in Kampala. After a detailed briefing from the Zambian delegation on how the policy is implemented in Zambia, Kyambadde said the Government is keen to enforce it to deter unscrupulous businessmen from cheating consumers. “Zambians have challenged us on this. We have been concentrating on other pressing issues in the ministry but now is the time for us to give immediate attention to the consumer policy,”Kyambadde said. The delegation was led by the Economic affairs labour delegate at the Zambia trade ministry,...
(New Vision 05/15/13)
President Yoweri Museveni Tuesday received the IMF delegation led by the country representative Ana Lucia Coronel who called on him at State House Entebbe. The President and his guests discussed matters related to the financial administration especially the issue of tax collection. The President informed them that the problem of tax collection lies in the status of the economy which is largely a traditional subsistence one. According to the 2002 National Population census, 32% of the population was in the money economy and 68% were in the traditional subsistence economy. Museveni said this coupled with the challenge of inadequate infrastructure especially electricity affects production. He said a deliberate move is necessary to change the attitude of the people to adopt...
(24 Tanzania 05/15/13)
President Museveni has said that the National Resistance Movement introduced the decentralization system of government to strengthen the local government as a way of empowering communities to participate in the development process. He said this was a great way of working to find solutions to the challenges facing them as a community than relying on the center for solutions. Museveni who is also the Patron of the Commonwealth local government forum was opening the 7th Commonwealth Local Government conference describing the local governance and the decentralization of power from the center to the local governance as the most important tool for service delivery and development planning. The four day conference which is running under the theme “Putting local government at...
(Voice of America 05/15/13)
A Ugandan opposition leader says frustration within the rank and file of the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) is creating tension in the country. “There is a clear intension of monopolizing the control of the military, which is the source of power, and that is what is clearly being described as the construction of a presidential monarchy,” said Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former leader of the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). Besigye says President Yoweri Museveni is to blame for the rising tension in the country, which he contends could create instability and chaos. “There is palpable frustration in all corners of the ruling establishment. The whole idea that Museveni is constructing a presidential monarchy I think is...
(New Vision 05/15/13)
President Yoweri Museveni has blamed the elite for causing distortions by agitating for the creation of districts in order to enable them achieve their own selfish interests. Museveni said in order for the decentralisation programme to operate well in local government, there is need for ideological clarity. Uganda has 112 districts today, up from 50 a few years ago. “You may have multicultural groups with a number of tribes living in one local government area. If one group takes a sectarian line and marginalises the weaker group, it becomes dangerous,” he said. He said the electorate must be empowered through education to enable them scrutinise their leaders as well as the implementation of programmes in the local government units. “We...
(New Vision 05/15/13)
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global health problem. It causes ill-health among millions of people each year and ranks as the second leading cause of death from an infectious disease worldwide, after the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The latest estimates published in the World Health Organization Global Tuberculosis Report 2012 indicate that there were almost nine million new TB cases in 2011 and 1.4 million TB deaths (990 000 among HIV negative people and 430 000 HIV-associated TB deaths.) According to the Global Report, Uganda is ranked 18 among the 22 high burden countries that account for approximately 80% of new TB cases arising each year globally. According to Ministry of Health and the National TB and Leprosy Programme, there...
( 05/14/13)
Ugandan children are going unimmunized as the country grapples with persistent and widespread vaccine shortages, the result of insufficient funds and inefficient procurement and supply systems, officials say. “We are getting reports and calls from all the districts about the stock-outs of all types of anti-immunization vaccines. They don’t have anti-TB [tuberculosis] vaccines, anti-tetanus, polio [vaccines]. The ministry is faced with inadequate funding for most of our programmes,” Asuman Lukwago, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, told IRIN. “The current major problem on the vaccines is the distribution issue. We are working around the clock to have the problem solved and sorted out immediately.” Most of the health centres across the country are facing critical shortages of vaccines to...
(Redpepper 05/14/13)
The rebel takeover in the Central African Republic has stalled international efforts to track down the outlaw Lord’s Resistance Army (LAR) and its leader Joseph Kony, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court. Rebels who seized power in the Central African Republic (CAR) this year effectively halted efforts to find the LRA there. Ugandan troops and their U.S. advisers suspended the hunt amid uncertainty over how the rebel coalition, known as Seleka, might pursue the group and its leader Joseph Kony. “With the collapse in CAR, I think the effort, the real sense of urgency and focus on getting Joseph Kony, has collapsed somewhat,” said Jennifer Cooke, director of Center for Strategic and International Studies Africa, a US based...
(Voice of America 05/14/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council pointed Monday to the connection between terrorism in Africa and organized crime, and called for a strengthened global response. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a statement declaring its deep concern for what it calls the increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups, the number of which, it said, are growing in several regions and sub-regions of Africa. The council approved the statement during a discussion of the fight against terrorism in Africa. In expressing its concern about the connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, and with illicit activities such as drugs, arms and human trafficking, the Security Council urged enhanced coordination to strengthen a global response. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told...
(Redpepper 05/14/13)
The parliamentary standing committee on commissions, statutory authorities and state enterprises has rejected a proposal to write off 18 million shillings that was advanced to former board members of Civil Aviation Authority-CAA. Two of the former board members are Michael Werikhe, the Bungokho south MP and Professor Francis Omaswa, a consultant with World Health Organization amongst others. The money was allegedly advanced to the board members in the 2009/2010 financial year in form of allowances for their participation in CAA activities. Rama Makuza, the CAA managing director says that none of the board members submitted accountability for the said money. He says that when they sent requests for accountability from the board members, none of them replied because they had...
(Voice of America 05/14/13)
Uganda’s parliament plans to start work (today) Tuesday reviewing President Yoweri Museveni’s list of justices to fill vacant positions at the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the High Court. Medard Lubega Sseggona, a member of parliament, says only members of the legislative body’s Appointments Committee are allowed to be part of the vetting process. “What is strange about this particular Appointments Committee is this committee does not present a report to the floor of parliament. In other words, while it acts for us, they do not report to us,” said Sseggona. President Museveni presented his list of candidates to the speaker of parliament last week and the review process was designed to meet requirements set out in the...
(In2 East Africa 05/13/13)
The heads of state and governments of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have welcomed deployment of the Intervention Brigade (IB) in the Eastern DRC under the auspices of MONUSCO. A Communique of the meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa on Friday said the SADC committee on politics, defence and security (Troika) summit received a progress report on the deployment of the Intervention Brigade in the Eastern DRC. “The summit welcomed the adoption of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2098 of 28 March, 2013 which provides the mandate for the deployment of the Intervention Brigade (IB) in the Eastern DRC under the auspices of MONUSCO,” reads the communique in part. It said the summit noted with appreciation...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/13)
Africa's economic development is being held back by a "hemorrhage" of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses. A draft report to be presented at the AfDB's annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent. Illicit financial flows were "the main driving force" behind $1.2-1.3 trillion of the three-decade net drain, it said. This is about four times Africa's current external debt and almost equivalent to its current GDP. "The trend is continuing, it could even be increasing," AfDB Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube...
(Daily Monitor 05/08/13)
Political watchers sense that the country has entered a new phase in the transition debate which, for some reason, restricts the future to the ruling establishment, negating any opposition role. Until a week ago, hardly anyone outside of military circles was aware of a Capt. Patrick Ssemujju. But his arrest a few days ago has got heads talking. Attached to the coordinator of intelligence services, Gen. David Sejusa (Tinyefuza), Capt. Ssemujju faces charges of being part of coup plot while his boss has provoked an angry reaction with publication of a document suggesting a scheme to assassinate officers opposed to an alleged design to replace the President with his son. Political watchers sense that the country has entered a new...

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