Sunday 21 January 2018
(New Vision 07/01/13)
With effect from 1st July 2013, all local government accounting officers will be required to monitor their payrolls on a monthly basis and submit monthly returns on wage bill performance to the Ministry of Public Service in time in order to address the problem of salary shortfalls, the State Minister for Finance has revealed. Meeting MPs on the budget committee on Thursday, Fred Omach and officials from the ministries of public service said the move is intended for effective monitoring and management of the Government payroll and timely payment of salaries of civil servants. “This business of having supplementary budgets coming to the House every year must stop. It is really upsetting and we’ve therefore issued out a circular dated...
(Redpepper 07/01/13)
Vincent Mujuni Kyamadidi, the Rwampara county Member of parliament is facing assault charges. The youthful MP is accused of assaulting 25-year-old Amon Manzi, a resident of Cibola village in Nyakayojo Sub County at Zana complex pub in Ruti trading centre in Mbarara municipality on Wednesday last week.It allegedly started after Manzi entered Zana Complex Pub in the company of three other youths. They allegedly sat next to the MP to take some beers. Manzi claims that the MP accused of him of being a journalist and taking his photos using a phone camera. He allegedly charged at him and punched him several times injuring his ear drum and right eye. The MP also allegedly impounded a Bajaj boxer motorcycle belonging...
(Daily Monitor 07/01/13)
, which was presented to him at the UN Headquarters in New York. The award included a Diploma, Medal and a cash prize. Dr Musinguzi, the Regional Director of Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office, and former Director of the Population Secretariat, was selected in recognition of his outstanding work to promote the International Conference on Population and Development principle that reproductive health must be a key component of any general strategy of social and economic development. He was also commended for his central role in negotiations leading to the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals; for increasing access to and investments in family planning and advances in public policy in Uganda and throughout Africa; and for drawing...
(Business Week 07/01/13)
KAMPALA, UGANDA - The rift between importers, wholesellers and retailers under the Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) and the government took a dramatic turn last week when traders refused to open their shops. They are protesting over the rates being charged for the government’s re-introduction of pre-shipment inspection for goods entering Uganda. Government, through Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) starting June 1st directed for mandatory inspection of categorized goods intended for Uganda from their country of origin. Under the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVOC) program importers will be required to get a Certificate of Conformity from PVoC agents contracted by UNBS to check that their products meet the required standards. This however is being met by strong resistance from...
(The Observer 07/01/13)
In what looks like another sign of a total fallout, the Ugandan army has withdrawn all guns, government vehicles and army uniforms from Gen David Sejusa, aka Tinyefuza. Sejusa, believed to be in London, is a member of the UPDF High Command. In April he wrote a now-controversial letter demanding an investigation into an alleged assassination plot against officials opposed to the perceived presidential ambitions by President Museveni’s son, Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba. Speaking to The Observer on Saturday, Sejusa’s lead lawyer Joseph Luzige said the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence took the military hardware on Wednesday from the general’s Kampala residence. “I and CMI Chief Lt Col Mwesigye were present when the said army property and two guns were being taken...
(Daily Monitor 07/01/13)
The Appointments Committee of Parliament is scheduled to meet President Yoweri Museveni over the appointment of General Aronda Nyakairima as Internal Affairs Minister. General Nyakairima, the erstwhile Army Commander, was appointed in a recent cabinet reshuffle. However, Parliament, which is charged with vetting the nominees, deferred his appointment pending consultations with President Museveni. The decision came after some MPs questioned whether it was okay to approve the General yet he is still a serving army officer. Helen Kawesa, the Public Relations Officer of Parliament, says the committee met Mr Museveni briefly last Friday but they were unable to conclude the discussions on the appointment of Gen. Nyakairima. She says that the committee is scheduled to meet Museveni sometime this week...
(AL Jazeera 07/01/13)
Many victims were trying to siphon petrol from tanker before it was hit by a car, police say. At least 31 people were killed and many others seriously burned in a blaze that engulfed an oil tanker after it was hit by another vehicle in Uganda's capital, Kampala. Police commander Andrew Kaweesa told AFP news agency on Sunday that many of the victims were scooping or siphoning fuel from the tanker just before the crash. "We can confirm 31 dead and over 10 others seriously injured in the inferno," he said. "People rushed to take the fuel and in the process fire broke out engulfing the whole area and trapping them." Numerous motorbikes - some with the petrol tank still...
(Voice of America 07/01/13)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — U.S. President Barack Obama has outlined a new model for U.S. engagement with Africa, supporting greater economic opportunity and democracy, and African-led solutions to security. At the University of Cape Town, Mr. Obama presented a broad picture of his goals for U.S.-Africa policy, including assistance, trade and investment, health, and security cooperation. The speech was framed around the legacy Obama said former president Nelson Mandela has left for the continent. The most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.netThe most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.net. ​Earlier he and his...
(Voice of America 07/01/13)
The death toll from a fire following a late Saturday collision between a fuel tanker and a car on the outskirts of Uganda’s capital, Kampala, has risen to 31. Minister of Information Rose Namayanja said the government will officially announce Monday the names of the victims as well as reinforce the message that the public should stay away from accidents involving trucks with inflammable products such as fuel. Namayanja said most of the casualties occurred when people rushed to the scene of the accident to scoop the spilling fuel. “A station wagon Toyota, a small car, ran into a fuel tanker which was carrying around 30,000 liters and the impact caused the fuel spillage on the road and into the...
(The Associated Press 06/30/13)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday will announce a new initiative to double access to electric power in sub-Saharan Africa, part of his effort to build on the legacy of equality and opportunity forged by his personal hero, Nelson Mandela. Obama, who flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town Sunday, will pay tribute to the ailing 94-year-old Mandela throughout the day. The president and his family will visit Robben Island, where the anti-apartheid leader spent 18 years confined to a tiny cell, including a stop of the lime quarry where Mandela toiled and developed the lung problems that are ailing him today. The White House said Obama's guide during his tour of the island will be...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/29/13)
U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela as he flew to South Africa on Friday but played down expectations of a meeting with the ailing black leader during an Africa tour promoting democracy and food security. White House officials hope Obama's three-nation tour of Africa - his first substantial visit to the continent since taking office in 2009 - will compensate for what some view as years of neglect by America's first black president. The health of Mandela, the 94-year-old former South African president clinging to life in a Pretoria hospital, dominated Obama's day even before he arrived in Johannesburg. "I don't need a photo op," Obama told reporters aboard Air Force One after leaving Senegal...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/13)
PRETORIA, June 29, 2013 (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will not visit his political hero Nelson Mandela in hospital, out of deference for the anti-apartheid icon's "peace and comfort," a US official said Saturday. Obama and his wife Michelle will however spend time with Mandela's family to comfort them in a difficult time, the official said, as the US leader arrived in Pretoria for talks with President Jacob Zuma. "The President and First Lady will meet privately with members of the Mandela family to offer their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time," the official said on condition of anonymity. "Out of deference to Nelson Mandela's peace and comfort and the family's wishes, they will not be visiting the...
( 06/28/13)
The Ugandan shilling was stable on Friday in subdued trade as investors pondered the next interest rate move after a fall in inflation, with demand for U.S. dollars also held back by a retailers’ strike. At 1015 GMT commercial banks quoted the currency of the third largest economy in the East Africa region at 2,588/2,598 to the U.S. dollar, unchanged from Thursday’s close. The statistics office said that Ugandan inflation fell to 3.4 percent in June from May’s 3.7 percent. Core inflation dipped to 5.5 percent but remains above a target of 5 percent. Central bank policymakers meet on Tuesday to decide on the benchmark rate, which is now at 11 percent. “Traders are trying to figure out how the...
(The Observer 06/28/13)
The decision by three East African leaders to meet in Kampala in the absence of their two East African Community colleagues and announce major infrastructure projects and fast-tracking of the political federation agenda has left people wondering whether the bloc is falling apart. Asked why Tanzania and Burundi were not at the meeting, President Museveni, flanked by Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, answered that it was not shameful and that they would be briefed. Indeed, it was not shameful and they will be briefed but that response didn’t sound convincing at all, as it doesn’t really explain why Dar es Salaam and Bujumbura couldn’t come. East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) member Dan Kidega is one of the people...
(The Observer 06/28/13)
With no action in Kampala city due to the traders’ strike, police spent a day trailing former FDC president Dr Kizza Besigye around the city. As has become the habit, Besigye managed to sneak into town from his Kasangati home, and went to Crane bank along Kampala road, where he withdrew some money and then headed to his lawyers’ offices at Workers’ House, in the heart of Kampala. There, the police set up a security ring around Workers’ House, and no one was allowed to come out or go in, until Besigye left the building. Many bystanders looked on from Pilkington road as the police waited for him to come out. From here, he went to Grand Imperial hotel, where...
(New Vision 06/28/13)
Ten young Ugandans will engage with President Barack Obama in a live satellite broadcast during a pan-African Town Hall event that will take place at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 4:35 p.m. The Ugandan audience will be hosted at the NTV studios in Kampala and will have the chance to speak directly with the U.S. President during his historic trip to Africa, a statement from U.S. embassy in Kampala said. During the 75-minute live broadcast television event, President Obama will also respond to questions from young Africans in two other remote locations - Nairobi and Lagos - as well as from the studio audience in South Africa.
(Africa Review 06/28/13)
It was last year when Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki interrupted his own speech to make a major announcement. After years of explorations, the East African country had finally struck oil around Lake Turkana, revealed the obviously excited president. In the following months, more announcements were made, buoying the country’s spirits. And the rest of Eastern Africa is equally optimistic about recent oil and gas discoveries, posing new opportunities and challenges. These have also attracted external players to the region. It is known that the region is full of strategic minerals that include gemstones, gold, iron, coal, diamond, tin, tantalum, titanium, and rare earth deposits. Most important, hydrocarbon resources of oil, coal, and natural gas in large quantities seem to dot...
(Redpepper 06/28/13)
Parliament has passed the 46.9 billion Supplementary Budget Schedule 2 for Financial Year 2012-2013 on vote of account without any amendments and this will certainly see civil servants salaries on their accounts for the last few months. The supplementary is to provide the State House with money totaling to 2bn to carter for wage shortfalls, 4.6bn to the Ministry of Education to pay teachers salary arrears, 19.5bn to police, money to different referral hospitals and others. Two weeks back, the supplementary was presented on the floor of parliament by the State Minister for Finance Fred Omach and was deferred to the budget committee by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga for scrutiny. Last week the Parliamentary Budget committee approved the budget after trying...
(New Vision 06/28/13)
Women legislators have attacked the commissioner petroleum supplies in the ministry of energy, Rev. Frank Tukwasibwe for saying that the tax on kerosene is being re-introduced so that people can switch to cleaner sources of energy like solar. The MPs were angered by the argument of adulteration of petrol using kerosene as the reason for imposing a tax on kerosene. This was at a consensus building dialogue on the 2013/2014 budget held in the Parliamentary Conference hall Thursday. "By telling people to use solar you are saying that if bread is expensive, then eat cakes," Florence Namayanja (Bukoto east) said after a presentation by the commissioner. She added that "let women MPs mobilise women to come up and oppose these...
(New Vision 06/28/13)
BUYENDE - State minister for fisheries Ruth Nankabirwa has closed three landing sites on Lake Kyoga in Buyende district due to illegal fishing. The district fisheries officer, John Muwadi, said the minister in a June 17 letter to the resident district commissioner, Michael Mwanje, suspended fishing near the landing sites of Bukungu, Kyankoole and Kapyokolo in Kidera sub-county for one month. “From July 1 to August 1, nobody will be allowed to fish,” Muwadi said on Wednesday. Minister Nankabirwa said stakeholders, including the beach management units (BMUs) had failed the campaign against illegal fishing in Lake Kyoga. Muwadi, who described the directive as appropriate, said it was long overdue. “Beach management units are toothless. Besides, we are always threatened and...

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