Friday 21 July 2017
(Africa Review 05/24/13)
The African Union (AU) Executive Council composed of African foreign affairs ministers, has endorsed Uganda's minister for Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa's candidacy for presidency of the UN General Assembly for the 2014-2015 period. In a statement issued in Kampala Friday, Uganda's ministry of foreign affairs said the Council endorsed Kutesa following a decision by Cameroon to withdraw its candidate, Pierre Moukoko, in favour of Uganda's. The statement said Moukoko withdrew his candidature based on the need to further promote the friendly relations existing between the two countries, as well as maintaining African solidarity regarding international posts and positions. Africa says it is its turn to provide the next President of the General Assembly (the 69th Session) based on the principle...
(The Independent 05/24/13)
Uganda has selected IBM and Water fund to bench mark infrastructural development in the water sector in an agreement signed between the ministry of water and environment and Waterfund and IBM on May 23. This agreement makes Uganda the first African country to become a member of the pioneering water cost index and IBM and Waterfund the calculation agents. These two agents will help the Ministry of Water and Environment calculate the cost of producing water in Uganda which will reflect in the estimated water production costs measured in US dollars per cubic meter and be published as part of the Rickards Real Cost Water Index, to be updated monthly. Waterfund LLC and IBM today announced that they have signed...
(Daily Monitor 05/24/13)
KAMPALA. Lawyers have asked government to immediately and unconditionally permit media houses that were closed early this week to resume their operations. The Uganda Law Society (ULS) said there is need to ensure that the Police Force and all other State actors observe the rule of law "even when they are carrying out their respective cardinal responsibilities". “We therefore urge the Uganda Police Force, the Uganda Communications Commission and indeed the government to observe not only the letter but also the spirit of the law in all situations. In a free and democratic society, it cannot be reasonable conduct to put hundreds of people out of work for an unknown duration without legal authorisation simply on account of the search...
(New Vision 05/23/13)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will support a study to ascertain the extent of tax revenue missed through exemptions to investments in the country. Ana Lucia Coronel, the IMF senior resident representative in Uganda, said the institution hopes to use the study which will be concluded in the next nine months to encourage the Government to gradually reduce exemptions and widen the tax base. “More needs to be done to collect revenue. How much is the gap that they are not collecting-we have this suspicion that it comes from exemptions,” said Coronel. Uganda’s tax to GDP ratio is the lowest in the region, at about 12.5%, compared to even smaller economies such as Burundi and Rwanda. Kenya’s tax to GDP...
(In2 East Africa 05/23/13)
Parliament has suspended funding for the Presidential Initiative on Banana Industrial Development (PIBID) over accountability queries. In the report to the budget committee last week, the finance committee observed that despite continuous funding now amounting to sh50b to the project since 2005, the original plan of having a state-of-the art community based banana processing industry at Bushenyi operating through a technical business incubator is far from becoming a reality. “The committee noted with great concern when PIBID executive director, Dr. Florence Muranga, informed the committee that she only reports to the President and not the line minister through which the project funds are appropriated. The executive director further informed the committee that she is not accountable to Parliament,” states the...
(New Vision 05/23/13)
Tourism minister Maria Mutagamba has urged the new Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) to find alternative funding methods to promote Uganda as an attractive tourism destination. Mutagamba noted that the new board comes at a time when government funding to the sector is low. “UTB is inadequately funded. The budget for 2012/13 was reduced from sh2.0b to sh1.4b. Comparing the strategic plan funding requirement for 2012/13 of sh19.2b, the board has a funding gap of sh17b this year,” she observed. This was during the inauguration of the new board at the UTB offices at in Kampala. The minister advised the board to consider exploring the implemention of the tourism development levy provided for under the Uganda Tourism Act 2008. “The delay...
(Redpepper 05/23/13)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Wednesday vigorously condemned the clamp down on the media in Uganda. According to the Uganda Journalists Union (UJU), police on 20 May, besieged two privately owned newspapers and cut off two radio stations from the air in the capital city, Kampala.Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director. “This is a real affront on media freedom. Uganda is definitely becoming a country where press freedom abuses and violations are widely perpetrated by the police with total impunity. This must stop mmediately,” said Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director. According to the UJU, heavily armed policemen on 20 May surrounded the “Daily Monitor” newspaper offices in Kampala, which is owned by Monitor Publications and besieged the premises allowing...
(Redpepper 05/23/13)
The European Union has has become the latest body to condemn the actions of Police in shutting down media houses like the Red Pepper and Daily Monitor including radios Dembe and KFM on Monday over the General David Sejjusa letter. In a statement issued Thursday, the EU delegation in Uganda expressed concern over the actions of police saying “the EU Delegation is deeply concerned about respect for freedom of expression and freedom of the press. A free, independent and vibrant press is essential to a democratic society.” On Monday, the Police raided the offices of Red Pepper, Namanve and the Daily Monitor in Namuwongo in search of a letter first published by the Daily Monitor. The letter was alleged authored...
(In2 East Africa 05/23/13)
Irish Ambassador to Uganda Ann Webster has urged stakeholders to critically evaluate whether Uganda still needed the Amnesty Act if all their concerns and fears are addressed in the transitional justice policy draft that is in its final formation. However, the envoy said that there was need for the Government to expressly come out with a policy on the categories of persons who are to go through the transitional justice policy process and how it would be handled at national and local levels. The envoy was reacting to remarks by Internal Affairs minister, Hillary Onek, who had said that they were harmonizing the Amnesty Act that originally looked at only the LRA combatants and had loopholes in many issues that...
(Sudan Tribune 05/22/13)
A high ranking Sudanese official said Uganda has to stop its support to the rebel groups in Darfur, if it wants to help to bring peace in the troubled region. The source, the state new agency (SUNA) reported on Tuesday, was reacting to statements by the Ugandan prime minister Amama Mbabazi who met on Monday with the head of the African Union United Nations Mission for Darfur (UNAMID) Mohammed Ibn Chambas. Mbabazi, according to Uganda’s New Vision newspaper, told Chambas that Kampala is ready to help in bringing an end to the conflict in Darfur. He added that Ugandan army would pursue the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels "if they meted terror on Darfur". "The Real assistance that Uganda can...
(The Associated Press 05/22/13)
An army general's concern that officials are at risk of assassination if they oppose President Yoweri Museveni's alleged plan to have his son succeed him has stirred controversy in Uganda because it challenges the popular view of Museveni as a moderate leader, analysts said Tuesday. Police continued their search Tuesday of a daily newspaper's offices to find Gen. David Sejusa's provocative letter, which the publication printed. The Kampala newspaper was raided on Monday by police who searched for evidence against Sejusa, who recently urged an investigation into reports that officials could be assassinated for opposing the rise of Museveni's son. Museveni, who has held power in the East African country for nearly three decades, has been a successful politician in...
(Sudan Views 05/22/13)
A high-level government source said that the real support that Uganda could provide for the peace process in Darfur is to abide by the decision of the Summit of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region in December 2011, which classified the so-called Justice and Equality Movement (Jibril Ibrahim group) and Sudan Liberation Movement with all its factions as a passive force that threatens the security at the region, as well as the decisions of the summit which prevented the member states from dealing with these rebel groups and bans these movements from practicing any activities inside the territories of the member states. The source gave this comment in response to statements given by the Prime Minister of Uganda...
(New Vision 05/21/13)
The shilling depreciated 0.47% against the greenback as demand continues to outstrip supply, trader’s note that the trend may carry on through the week. Faisal Bukenya, the head of market making at Barclays Bank notes that high demand from oil and manufacturing sectors coupled by high inter-bank rates have seen the shilling lose some gound. The local unit was trading at 2,574/2,584 buying and selling respectively at most commercial banks at noon on Monday from 2,562/2,572 increasing the cost of imports. Hitherto, the shilling had traded flat most of last week in a very tight range of 2560/70 held down by weak demand as most corporates were out of the market due mid-month tax obligations. Stephen Kaboyo, the Alpha Capital...
(Redpepper 05/21/13)
Uganda’s Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi says the country can play a key role in ending the conflict in Darfur, the western region of Sudan where the Sudanese government is trying to end its conflict with armed rebel groups. Mbabazi said over the weekend that the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) which had deployed units to the Central African Republic would pursue rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) if they meted out terror on Darfur. He revealed this while meeting a delegation led by head of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and the joint chief mediator for Dafur, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas who are in the country to consult on how to solve the conflict in Darfur...
(Daily Monitor 05/21/13)
A cotton dealer has taken the Uganda Ginners and Cotton Exporters Association (UGCEA) to court so as to recover Shs679.8 million from the Cotton Development Fund (CDF). Parambo Cotton Farmers Ltd claims that it had been contributing money to the defendant’s (UGCEA) agents on the understanding that the money would be refunded on the closure of each cotton-buying and ginning season. “...the defendant has so far remitted Shs265, 597, 700 only to the plaintiff, leaving a balance of Shs679, 800, 032 inclusive of interest still owing to the plaintiff,” states Parambo through a High Court civil suit. However, Mr Amdan Khan, a member of the operations committee of the UGCEA, countered that the UGCEA is not indebted to the plaintiff...
(Voice of America 05/21/13)
A spokesman for Uganda’s government says President Yoweri Museveni’s administration will continue with investigations into a security breach despite, criticisms that it is contravening the constitution. “That is not true that the government is stifling freedom of the press or freedom of the people of Uganda,” said government spokesman Fred Opolot. “The police and the government [are] ensuring that whatever it does [has] to be lawful. And again when an issue compromises national security, it has to be investigated.” Opolot says the country’s security was compromised when the Daily Monitor, an independent newspaper, published a letter written by an army general asking for an investigation into Mr. Museveni’s alleged succession plan. The government denies there is a succession plan. General...
(Daily Monitor 05/21/13)
Justice David Wangututsi who has been a judge at the Anti Corruption Division, is now the new head of Commercial Division while Justice Vincent Zehurikize is the new head for Civil Division. Justice Zehurikize replaces Justice Eldad Mwagusya who was recently appointed Court of Appeal Judge while Justice Wangututsi, replaces Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire, who has also been appointed a Court of Appeal judge. Justice Edmond Lugayizi who has been a judge at the Family Division, now becomes its head. Other news Division heads include; Justice Moses Mukiibi who has been at Family Division, is now to head International Crimes/Criminal, while Justice Wilson Kwesiga who has been at Kabale High Court, is to head Land Division. According to Principal Judge who...
(Redpepper 05/21/13)
Police mouthpiece yesterday assured the media fraternity, that they will continue occupying Red Pepper offices until they retrieve three press releases allegedly authored by Gen. Sejusa which the newspaper published. “Uganda police shall continue to occupy and search the premises until the said documents are retrieved to assist with ongoing investigations,” she read a statement at the media center. Below Uganda Police full statement Uganda Police, on May 15, 2013, received a Court Order, from the Chief Magistrates Court Nakawa, requiring Daily Monitor journalists to avail and provide the original copy of a letter and other related documents, purportedly authored by Gen. David Sejusa (a.k.a. Tinyefuza), and the source of the said missive. The said documents are to help police...
(The Associated Press 05/20/13)
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan police forcibly entered the premises of an independent newspaper to look for evidence against an army general who recently questioned the president's alleged plan to have his son succeed him, witnesses said Monday. About 50 plainclothes police forced their way into the Daily Monitor's premises in the capital, Kampala, and prevented all journalists from leaving, said Henry Ochieng, the newspaper's political editor. "There are lots of plainclothes individuals inside the premises. You can come in but you can't leave," he said. News editor Alex Atuhaire said the police presence on the newspaper's premises was "obviously related" to the case against Gen. David Sejusa, who recently wrote to the internal security service asking for an investigation into...
(New Vision 05/18/13)
South Korea has hailed the government of Uganda for ensuring national security that has stimulated peace and an environment that fosters economic growth. Park Jong-Dae, the South Korean ambassador to Uganda said that his country supports continued administrative and political reforms in Uganda, including the fight against corruption, which is necessary if Uganda is to achieve its potential for economic take-off. He was recently speaking at the official reception to mark the 50th anniversary of the South Korea-Uganda diplomatic ties. Present were heads of diplomatic missions, and South Korean community in Uganda. Ambassador Park said that Uganda has also played a role in regional security, and regional economic cooperation and integration to make this region more safe and prosperous. He...

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