Sunday 22 April 2018
(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...
(Daily Monitor 05/08/13)
As a result, a sizeable number of tourists have cancelled their planned trips to various tourism sites in the region because they fear being trapped by the floods. Rains that have pounded Rwenzori region for close to a week, causing devastating floods in parts like Kasese District, have dealt a blow to the tourism industry in the area.The region is home to national parks, crater lakes, hot springs among other attractions. Last week, River Nyamwamba in Kasese district burst its banks and triggered floods killing 8 people and displacing about 3,000 residents. As a result, a sizeable number of tourists have cancelled their planned trips to various tourism sites in the region because they fear being trapped by the floods...
(In2 East Africa 05/08/13)
President Yoweri Museveni has said Uganda will next year borrow $300m (about sh774b) from various local funds for road infrastructure development, saying the country needs to improve and expand its road infrastructure because of the pressure and demand from the population. He said the country needs a total of $1.5b for 19 roads, and while it has some money it can borrow and pay back with interest locally; it cannot borrow more because the payment burden on the budget would be too big on the public. He urged banks to provide loans and other sources provided that the terms are good. “The roads are disturbing us, with the increasing population demanding for better and more,” he said. He said while...
(Redpepper 05/07/13)
The Ministry of Health will Friday roll out the distribution of 21 million insecticide treated mosquito nets throughout the country. In a drive aimed at commemorating the World Malaria Day which was marked on April 25, residents of Soroti and Busia will be the first recipients after missing out in the last distribution of 7.2 million nets in 2010. Other districts to follow are in the Central and Western regions, while the Northern part of Uganda will receive last, since it has just had a residual malaria spray. While making the announcement in Kampala, Sarah Opendi, the Minister of State for Primary Health Care, said there is a threat of sliding back in the efforts gained against malaria, if investment...
(Redpepper 05/07/13)
The Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) has issued a statement attacking one of its own, General David Sejusa commonly known as Tinyefuza, over his comments in the media. For the second time in three months, Sejusa, the Coordinator of Intelligence Services, has written a missive that appears to be disagreeing with the official position of the army. The Daily Monitor edition of Tuesday May 7 quotes Sejusa as saying the Internal Security Organisation should investigate claims that government officials including the head of police may have planned to assassinate, or frame other government officials. The paper quotes Sejusa’s letter that the General reportedly wrote on April 29 and addressed it to President Yoweri Museveni through the Director General of the...
(Redpepper 05/07/13)
pposition Members of Parliament will this Friday visit Kasese district that has been hit by devastating floods in the recent days, according to Nandala Mafabi, the Leader of Opposition in parliament. Mafabi revealed this on Tuesday afternoon on social media platform Facebook (The Hon. Nandala Mafabi Nathan – A Leader of Our Generation page) saying “This Friday a delegation of the Opposition Members of Parliament will head to Kasese.”. He however fell short of giving details of the visit. It is a good gesture by the government’s antagonists and will go a long way in showing the Kasese district people that the former’s business is not all about verbal opposition to the government. This comes after at least 8 people...
(Redpepper 05/07/13)
Cassava brown streak disease has hit Aliba Sub County in Moyo District destroying over 30 acres of cassava plantations. Some of the destroyed acres belong to six farmers groups while others are owned by some 46 individual farmers. Cassava streak disease presents with rotting tubers rendering it worthless for human consumption. Khalid Awuga, the Chairman Aliba Sub-County, says because most farmers are not aware the disease keeps on spreading since they transfer cassava stems from the affected gardens for planting. James Adriko, whose garden has been affected anticipates severe famine in his home in the near future. He calls on the district disaster committee to think of extending aid to Obongi County before it’s late. Other affected Sub-Counties in Obongi...
(24 Tanzania 05/06/13)
The Government has been asked to drop the 10% tax charged on manufacturers of cosmetics so that they can use the money to expand their businesses. CosmeticsThe appeal was made by the marketing manager of Nevia Company, Davies Lukyamuzi, after the company was voted the best brand in the manufacture of the hair products by the People’s Choice Awards. “The Governmet should completely eliminate the tax in the upcoming budget to allow us make cheaper and affordable products,” said Lukyamuzi. The tax was introduced in the current financial year. The finance minister, Maria Kiwanuka, at the time said the proposal to increase excise duty on cosmetics and perfumes by 10% would increase the country’s revenues and contribute sh4.1b to national...
(24 Tanzania 05/06/13)
The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has extended the auction date of the company’s 99 Chinese manufactured buses to May 17 after initial pleas for leniency. Waiswa Abudu-Sallam, the URA debt collection manager, said in a statement that all costs of the auction shall be met by the bus company, further stretching its debt. “This is to inform you that your request for more time has once again been partially granted. We have decided to delay the sale of your buses for another two weeks,” Abudu-Sallam said in the statement. “You are, therefore, advised to fast-track the processes through which you plan to have this matter resolved so as to avoid further accumulation of costs and interest,” he added.
(Fox News 04/30/13)
KAMPALA, Uganda – The Ugandan government is considering approving construction of a 120,000 barrels-a-day pipeline to export crude oil via the East African coast once crude drilling starts in the country's oil-rich Lake Albertine rift basin, the energy and minerals ministry said Tuesday. The country is planning to build a 30,000 barrels-a-day refinery to produce refined fuel products for the local market, allowing the pipeline to transport additional crude to export markets through neighboring Kenya, according to Kalisa Kabagambe, the ministry's permanent secretary. After months of back-and-forth negotiations, Uganda is closing in on a deal with U.K.-based Tullow Oil PLC (TLW.LN) and its joint venture partners, Total SA (TOT) and China's Cnooc Ltd.(CEO) over the oil development plans and refining...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/30/13)
Economic development researchers on Monday unveiled a database of China's aid to Africa in an effort to work around Beijing's secrecy about the numbers, as a debate rages over the intentions and impact of Chinese assistance. The study and database by the Washington-based Center for Global Development and AidData, a research project, includes 1,673 Chinese development finance projects worth $75 billion in 50 African countries from the years 2000-2011. The Chinese figures, using standard measures of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Finance (OOF), are roughly on par with U.S. aid to Africa during the same period, the Center for Global Development said. While official ODA from Western countries and some major developing countries is openly reported and easily...

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