Sunday 20 August 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(Daily Monitor 03/14/13)
MPs are pushing for a commission of inquiry into the circumstances in which 10 people were reportedly killed by a soldier in Bombo. Days after yet another fatal shooting of civilians by a soldier, the Minister for Defence last evening promised stricter gun control to minimise the misuse of the weapons. “We are taking all the necessary steps to ensure strict gun control. In this respect, security agencies have been called upon to review discipline and control measures. We are considering instituting tight control on firearms,” Dr Crispus Kiyonga said yesterday. Responding to MPs’ concerns about the death of 10 people in Bombo Town Council one week ago and shootings at other military installations, Dr Kiyonga said the events were...
(Daily Monitor 03/14/13)
The two students caught cheating in an exam were convicted of forgery and impersonation and sent to jail for seven months. Other 31 students from Mulago School of Nursing have been told to redo their practical examinations. Two students have ended their career in nursing after the Bushenyi Chief Magistrate’s Court convicted them for their involvement in examination malpractice. Mr Godfrey Katende, the chairperson exam and security committee of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board (UNMEB), yesterday said the students had lost their chance and are not expected to enrol on any health profession under the board. “We don’t expect such students to graduate under UNMEB because they lack the core value of professionalism,” Mr Katende said. Seleusi Kambale,...
(Daily Monitor 03/14/13)
At first, farming seemed weird to her as she was into fashion and music but nevertheless, she gave it a try. It was perhaps the best decision she ever made. She told Christine Katende how she swaps high heels for gum boots. My name is Bettina Tumuhaise Kavuma. I am a music controller at KFM radio and I promote artistes. Besides that, I am a farmer who is undertaking different projects. I got involved in farming three years back after being inspired by a Facebook friend, Farid Karama, he is also into farming. The idea sounded weird when he introduced it to me. Being a person devoted to fashion, I imagined myself wearing high heels and heading to the farm...
(Inter Press Service (IPS) 03/08/13)
Refugees who early arrived in the morning from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu region, crossing the border to the Nyakabande Transit Centre in search of a better life. Credit: Bastian Schnabel/IPS Refugees who early arrived in the morning from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu region, crossing the border to the Nyakabande Transit Centre in search of a better life. Credit: Bastian Schnabel/IPS As dawn rises over Nyakabande, a village in southwestern Uganda, people line up in front of a reception tent, exhausted and carrying only the few belongings they could bring across the border. Most of them have walked for days after fleeing the various rebel groups operating in Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu region,...
(Allafrica 03/08/13)
London — Is China's investment in Africa's forests a positive or a negative? It depends on who you ask, but a new forum aims to at least make the Africa-China timber trade more transparent and easier for African policy makers to understand and act on. The China-Africa Forest Governance Learning Platform, launched this week, will research China's impact and influence over decisions about Africa's forests. The forum, developed by the Forest Governance Learning Group, aims to help African policymakers and other experts better understand Africa's relationship with China, according to an International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) press release. China is now the top importer of timber from several African countries, mainly those in the Congo Basin, and as...
(New Vision 03/08/13)
KAMPALA - FDC party president Gen. Mugisha Muntu has apologised to all party members over the wrongs committed by the members of his campaign team during recent party presidential elections. Muntu, who appeared before the Truth Telling and Reconciliatory Commission mid this week at the party headquarters at Najjanankumbi, said he also used to get messages from individuals purporting to act on his behalf threatening other party members. “I own up to all the wrong that happened during the exercise,” Muntu said. He admitted for having had some errant individuals on his side but cannot establish their particular identities since it was a huge team. He said he was still trying to search for those unidentified people who were involved...
(New Vision 03/08/13)
Today is International Women’s Day; a day to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. As the theme of this year’s day: Gender agenda gaining momentum; connecting grassroots women to Development suggests, there is a global momentum for championing women equality. But as we celebrate the achievements of women, we remain vigilant for further sustainable change. Maureen Nakatudde analyses the state of women entrepreneurs in Uganda and what can be done to improve it. There are only a few women in Uganda who have managed to create sizeable companies and industries that employ others today. In fact, the majority of women are running businesses whose foreseeable future does not exceed their infant stage, says Dr. Gudula Basaza, the chairperson,...
(New Vision 03/08/13)
Government has been asked to promote women’s economic empowerment by mobilizing them to participate in programs such as the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) and joining Savings and Credit cooperatives (SACCOs). This is one of the recommendations from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development as Uganda joins the rest of the world to mark International women’s Day today. Given the low levels of education, most grassroots women are engaged in low-income jobs or are self- employed in the informal sector, the ministry said in a statement on Women’s day. “Studies have established that among secondary and tertiary graduates, those in wage employment are generally better off than those in self- employment, yet the share of women in wage...
( 02/27/13)
Kampala — Uganda and Kenya ranked first at the 10th Africa Fine Coffee and Exhibition held in Kampala recently. Uganda took the first position for Robusta Coffee while her Kenyan Counterpart grabbed both the first and second position for the best Arabica Coffee in Africa beating Africa's largest producer Ethiopia. The coffee that was proved basing on scientific characteristics including Aroma and Taste among others beat more than 10 other coffee producing countries including Ethiopia in Africa. According to the Executive Director Uganda Fine Coffee, Samuel Kamau, Uganda has made significant progress in its coffee especially Robusta given the favorable climate and the good soils. "The taste and aroma of Ugandan coffee was exceptional in terms of quality as compared...
(The Observer 02/27/13)
Chinese and Indian state banks are among the financial institutions the government has approached to invest in Uganda’s electricity sector, but commercial banks believe the country should also target private international funds. Eriasi Kiyemba, the managing director at the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company, told an investor summit at Sheraton hotel, organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Uganda and Uganda Investment Authority, that “Exim Bank of India has been approached to take up Isimba power project.” Government already contracted a German firm, Fitchner, to undertake studies on the 100MW Isimba project. Isimba is the fourth largest planned hydro power project in Uganda. Kiyemba also said that Exim Bank of China has “shown interest in funding some power projects” –...
(The Observer 02/27/13)
Having achieved what the greatest army on earth – the US – could not in Somalia, by establishing a semblance of order in the hitherto volatile country, the Ugandan army could now be headed for an equally challenging mission in Mali, according to our sources. Uganda plans to contribute troops to the African Union mission that is fighting against extremist rebels in the West African state of Mali, The Observer has learnt. The mission was sanctioned by the UN Security Council on December 20, 2012, through Resolution 2085, which “authorises the deployment of an African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) for an initial period of one year.” Without confirming the deployment, the minister of state for Foreign Affairs, Henry...
(The Observer 02/27/13)
Last Thursday’s remarks by the US ambassador to Uganda at the closure of an investment meeting of the US chamber of commerce in Kampala sent strong ripples across Uganda’s political breadth. Ambassador Scot DeLisi had noted in his speech that although Uganda was a paragon of economic potential to investors, the confidence in its prospects could be undermined by prevailing rampant graft on the part of bureaucrats who engage in stealing valuable donor funds meant for development. He observed that the endemic corruption was due to weak governance in the country. This touched off wild excitement within a number of political circles who speedily spread the wonderful news that the government had at last fallen foul of the US authorities...
(The Observer 02/27/13)
Set in beautifully manicured grounds of what was once a palace of a legendary king in the 17th century, is the Igongo cultural centre. This centre is a hub of the rich Ankole-Kikiga heritage in a modern-day setting. Located in Biharwe, 12km to Mbarara town, the centre boasts of a museum, restaurant and a book and crafts centre, dealing mainly in historical literature for the region. A country hotel is yet to be opened later this year to make the centre a one-stop point. Of all the above facilities, however, the main attraction is the museum (Eriijukiro) of South Western Uganda. I had to part with Shs 5,000 to get access to the museum. A gush of cool air welcomed...
(New Vision 02/26/13)
The Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) has dispatched a team of eight people to Nairobi that will monitor Kenya’s presidential election scheduled to take place on March 4, 2013. CCEDU is a civil society coalition on democracy and elections and a project of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI). The team that consists of five men and three women was led by the project’s coordinator, Crispy Kaheru. The other members were Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala, Celestine Mugisha, Patrick Kaboyo, Christine Nakirya, Lillian Nakaweesi, Farida Lule and Ogoti Wada. It was revealed that CCEDU is to partner with other regional and continental groups including the West African Election Observers Network (WAEON) and Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO)...
(New Vision 02/26/13)
The State of Uganda’s Population Report was released last week. According to the findings, Uganda has the world’s youngest population, with over 78% below 30 years. Such a revelation also comes with concerns, writes Taddeo Bwambale. A walk through bustling downtown Kampala tells the allure of a flourishing business in the city. It is barely 8:15am, but a large room on the second floor of Mukwano Arcade, near the Old Taxi Park, is packed to capacity. The people are placing their bets on various sports games, among them football and virtual racing. Giant TV screens relaying matches, blaring music, a fast food joint in the corner and computers spread across the room give a sense of comfort to clients, many...
(New Vision 02/26/13)
IT is a status statement and a key success benchmark after years of toil, but drawing envy and covets in varying proportions for many a Ugandan. Yet, while owning a car enhances life style, mobility and timely arrival to preferred destinations; it is also a death trap through accidents, accounting for loss of over 3,000 lives in Uganda annually, Police statistics show. Enter traffic jams, and you have a serious health, economic and environmental problem- Kampala city’s new nemesis, compounded by nightmarish noise off deafening hoots from crammed motorists. “At peak hours, motorists drive at 4km/hr in Kampala,” says Merion Tibabiganya, a public transport consultant. “This means that if you are walking, you will be faster than someone travelling in...
(New Vision 02/26/13)
Boba bodas and cars are assembled in the compound waiting to be washed. Connie Kemirembe is supervising the workers to ensure that the vehicles are cleaned well. Next to the washing bay is a building with clothes and handicrafts on display. The words ‘Washindi Saving and Credit Society Limited’ are written on the building. Some people are getting loans, while others are registering to become members. Why she started Washindi Saving and Credit Society Born in 1955 in Rukungiri district, Kemirembe worked with Uganda Commercial Bank (UCB) from 1973 to 2002. She continued even when Stanbic bought UCB and worked up to 2011. “When I was still working in the bank, I used to see poor people facing a lot...

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