Saturday 23 September 2017
(The Guardian 06/13/13)
Life has been getting tougher for NGOs in Uganda in recent years, according to Beatrice Nabajja-Mugambe, executive director at Development Research Training (DRT), which combines research and advocacy on poverty. "The civil society space in Uganda has been narrowing," she said between chairing sessions at a recent NGO forum on aid effectiveness. "Surveillance has been stepped, phones are being tapped, there has been a wave of robberies and break-ins supported and instigated by the Internal Security Organisation [Uganda's counterintelligence agency] and the police." Even as she spoke, the police had surrounded a couple of newspapers after they reported on a supposed assassination plot against opponents to plans by President Yoweri Museveni to have his son succeed him. For Nabajja-Mugambe, this...
( 06/13/13)
Kampala — Uganda has run out of most antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), HIV testing kits, drugs to treat opportunistic infections and several crucial diagnostic tools for HIV care, according to a recent Ministry of Health stock status report. The report, posted by the ministry on 27 May, listed the status of medical supplies as of 1 May. It reported that central stocks of a number of first- and second-line ARVs, paediatric ARV formulations and HIV test kits were either out or below the minimum stock levels in country's three government warehouses - National Medical Stores (NMS), Joint Medical Stores (JMS) and Medical Access Uganda Limited (MAUL). The report noted that the antifungal drug Fluconazole, used to fight opportunistic infections in people...
(Ventures Africa 06/13/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Google is seeking to enhance teaching, learning and research in Uganda through the reduction of barriers to internet access and improving communication and collaboration between university and institutions staff and students. This was revealed at a two-day training seminar held at the Protea Hotel in Kampala, the aim of which was to discuss ways of improving internet access in Ugandan universities and to provide a much needed platform for the institutions to get information on how to benefit from customisable tools that will help them work together and effectively.“The program is an initiative designed to catalyse internet usage and Google Apps adoption in Sub – Saharan Africa universities through the provision of Google Apps for education and...
(Business Week 06/13/13)
KAMPALA, UGANDA - EALA has debated and approved the EAC Budget totaling $131,806,032 as the House adjourned this afternoon. With it, EALA also passed the Appropriation Bill 2013 and the Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2013 respectively. The object of the Appropriation Bill, 2013 is to make provision for the appropriation out of the budget for the specified amount of money for the services and purposes of the Community for the financial year ending 30th of June 2014. Chair of the Council, Shem Bageine today moved a motion for amendment to the budget allocated to EALA increasing the specified amount by USD 776,050 to enable the Assembly undertake additional Sittings. The Budget is allocated to the Organs and Institutions of the EAC...
(Times of Zambia 06/12/13)
GOVERNMENT is determined to improve service delivery through the commercialisation of water supply and sanitation services. Acting Local Government and Housing Minister Sylvia Masebo said it was important to have adequate investment in water supply and sanitation. She was speaking when Uganda's Minister of Water Betty Bigombe called on her in Lusaka yesterday. Ms Masebo said the water sector was critical to improved health of the majority of the people. "The water sector is also critical to increased productivity hence contributing to socio-economic development," she said. She said unless there was increased funding towards water supply and sanitation, there would be increased serious challenges of waterborne diseases. Ms Masebo said it was Government's long-term vision that every household would have...
(Redpepper 06/12/13)
A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are calling on government to increase funding of upto 6 percent to the agriculture sector from the current 3.3 percent. Maria Kiwanuka, the Minister for Finance Planning and Economic development, will on Thursday this week deliver her third National Budget speech. Civil Society Organisations in a statement today, note that agriculture is the single most important source for employment for most Ugandans at 68 percent. However, the performance of the sector has been declining from 7.9 percent in 200 to 3.1 percent in 2011 to now. Beatrice Mugambe, the executive Director Development, research and Training, is hopeful that Minister Kiwanuka will announce a landmark budgetary increase to the sector with the aim of...
(Business Week 06/12/13)
KAMPALA, UGANDA - The volume of coffee produced by Ugandan farmers is set to increase. This may be as a result of a new partnership between Uganda Coffee Farmers’ Alliance (UCFA), their umbrella organization and Centenary Bank, aimed at training the coffee farmers in better financial management practices. According to Tony Mugoya, the Executive Manager, UCFA, the umbrella body which provides oversight to 82 coffee farmer companies and 1,640 producer organizations with 53,000 coffee growing households; 200 farmer leaders will receive industry specific training for two weeks. “Farmers can only get better with training both in coffee growing and agricultural credit management. We believe that with these trainings, the amount of coffee produced per household will increase, leading to a...
(Fox News 06/12/13)
KAMPALA, Uganda – Representatives of Congo's M23 movement say they want to resume peace talks with the government. Rene Abandi, who heads the M23 delegation, said Tuesday that they are "committed" to the Uganda-mediated talks despite plans to deploy U.N. peacekeepers mandated to attack the rebels. The rebels had insisted the talks were hopeless amid such plans. The change of tune illustrates the success of international military pressure on rebels who recently spoke of war if offensive peacekeepers were deployed in eastern Congo. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said during his visit to Central Africa last month that the force would become operational in "a matter of weeks." Read the story at: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/06/11/in-change-tune-m23-rebels-eager-...
(Daily Monitor 06/12/13)
Finance minister Maria Kiwanuka yesterday said the government has worked out some modalities with the donor countries on how to finance the 2013/14 Budget. Following alleged corruption in the Office of the Prime Minister, some development partners last year suspended budget support to Uganda, outlining stringent conditions for government to eliminate further cases. Now the government has plans to reduce donor reliance from nearly 25 per cent to 19 per cent in the next budget. “We are in close talks with the donors. However, we have worked out our own modalities and everyone is happy with them—donors and the government,” Ms Kiwanuka said. When contacted earlier, she said the details of the modalities the government has worked out will be...
(The Observer 06/12/13)
The day before he announced major changes in the UPDF leadership last month, President Museveni took time off to address the High Command, explaining why it was important to “continuously renew the vigour of the army command with young blood.” Highly-placed sources who attended the High Command meeting at State House Entebbe on May, 22, 2013, have told us that President Museveni, reading from a prepared text, said young officers saved the army from slipping into a crisis after many NRA commanders were neutralised by sickness, especially in the 1980s and 90s. “Personal indiscipline led to so many of our very useful cadres getting sick on the very dawn of our capture of state power in 1986 and subsequently,” Museveni...
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Uganda opposition groups are calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to file charges against President Yoweri Museveni after he said his government tear-gassed demonstrators. The demonstrators were protesting against what they said were difficult economic conditions in the country. Opposition leader Kizza Besigye, along with other demonstrators, were tear-gassed and there were reports that some were beaten by police. But, speaking over the weekend, President Museveni said the series of protests were aimed at destabilizing the country. Museveni was quoted as saying, “No one can disorganize the country. Besigye tried to disorganize Kampala, the capital city. We tear-gassed him until he cooled off. He doesn’t need bullets. Just teargas is enough for him.” A member of parliament, Mathias Mpuga,...
(Daily Monitor 06/12/13)
The European Union yesterday punched holes in President Museveni’s State-of-the-Nation Address delivered last Thursday, but acknowledged his prescriptions for the country’s economic development struck the right chord. Amb Roberto Ridolfi, the head of the EU Delegation in Uganda, said it is “a pity” that the State-of-the-Nation Address --- a head of state’s most comprehensive accountability to citizens for government’s action and inactions over the previous year --- was not as wide-ranging. “It is a pity because the state-of-the-nation – [in] my personal view is that – should have covered two or three other items, Mr Ridolfi noted, “I think the people of Uganda were expecting references to this (Gen. David) Sejusa affair, the fight against corruption, which, as I repeat,...
(Daily Monitor 06/12/13)
Uganda’s trade is set to receive a major boost following a $5.3 million (Shs13.25 billion) deal between Sweden and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA). The funding by Sweden, one of TMEA’s donors, is aimed at cutting through some of the procedural and bureaucratic red tape that slows trade between the landlocked East African state and its neighbours. Among other things, the support will be used to help operationalise a One Stop Border Post (OSBP) under construction at the key frontier post of Busia, through which most of Uganda’s imports and exports must pass along the northern corridor from Kenya, one of the most expensive trade routes in the world. “We eagerly look forward to the day when this OSBP becomes operational...
(New Vision 06/12/13)
The Lords' Resistance Army (LRA) attacks against civilians have increased in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Uganda. An LRA activities' track quarterly report released on Tuesday indicates that the LRA committed 58 attacks between January and March 2013 leaving 28 civilians dead and 79 abducted. This is compared to 36 attacks between October and December last year that resulted into 11 deaths and 111 abductions . However, most of the violent attacks and killings, according to the report released by the LRA Crisis Tracker, were carried out in Congo and CAR. The report indicates that during the period under review, 72 percent of the rebel attacks took place in Congo and 28 per cent in CAR...
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(Redpepper 06/12/13)
Top business man Sudhir Ruparelia plans to inject another whooping 390 billion shs into his Ruparelia group of companies within the next two years. According to his wife and business partner Joystna Ruparelia they are looking at investing in both new and running projects among various areas including education, service industries, oil gas, and hotels as one of their strategy of contributing towards the growth of local economy. She told our reporter that they have plans of setting up a state of the art University along Entebbe road to offer practical and technical skills as well as providing training opportunities that target thousands of young adults who constitute the biggest population. The other large scale projects include hotels and shopping...
(New Vision 06/12/13)
Two weeks ago what was advertised as one of the biggest fashion shows to happen in Kampala was held in a warehouse in Industrial Area. Bold Kampala, a "fashion shop' with offices in Kisementi, planned to mark its first anniversary with a mega show featuring 11 designers. Bold sells clothes, so it made sense to organise a show involving the designers of the clothes and accessories they sell. Bright idea, and this should happen more often, I told myself when a friend in Tunisia suggested I check it out. For far too long fashion shows in Uganda have been taken as entertainment, where people go to listen to music, watch pretty girls sashay down the catwalk, hang out with friends,...
(Business Week 06/11/13)
Kampala — Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is short by Ush157 billion (nearly $60 million) to fulfil set revenue targets with barely a month to go before the financial year ends on June 30. URA collections between July 2012 and April 2013 amounted to Ush5.7 trillion against a target of Ush5.8 trillion. According to the tax body, the deficits have been as a result of shortfalls in international trade taxes. This was mainly brought about by lower than projected fuel volumes being bought, a drop in VAT on imports and a decline in import duty worsened by the volatile exchange rate.Ever since the 2012/13 financial year started, URA has not met its targets in international trade revenue mobilization. The tax body...
(24 Tanzania 06/11/13)
The outgoing gender, labour and social development minister, John Nasasira, has urged his successors to work towards improving the visibility of the ministry. “This is a very pivotal ministry in the development of the nation since it tackles the human resource from the lowest level; children, youth, workers, elderly and people with disabilities,” said Nasasira. The minister made the remarks at a hand over ceremony at the ministry headquarters in Kampala. Nasasira who was transferred to ICT ministry in recent reshuffle handed over Mary Karooro Okurut. According to Nasasira, the public’s perception about the ministry is bad yet it’s comprised of about ten departments and four state ministers. Nasasira however noted that although he has had a short-lived appointment at...
(New Vision 06/11/13)
Agricultural experts have warned that the continued exportation of raw materials is gradually turning Uganda’s soils acidic an issue that is likely to result into food insecurity. According to the experts all regions in the country are losing thousands of tonnes of manure/nutrients through exportation of unprocessed agricultural produce. According to Prof Julius Zake the head of production at the Presidential Initiative on Banana Industrial Development (PIBID), the exports where Uganda is losing a lot inform of soil nutrients include coffee, maize, cotton, tobacco, meat, Matooke among others. “We just remove and don’t put it back,” he said. Zake was on Monday addressing banana (Matooke) farmers from Isingiro district during a farmer training titled Business case for processing Matooke by...

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