Vendredi 21 Juillet 2017
(Redpepper 27/06/13)
A wrangle originating in St. Balikudembe Market over who is the rightful party to collect market dues has attracted the attention of the Office of the Prime Minister. Matters in the market came to a head on Tuesday when rival factions violently clashed prompting police to intervene. Police had to fire teargas and live bullets to bring the clashes to an end. The two factions are wrangling over who should collect market dues from the traders who operate within the market originally called Owino market. The factions are Godfrey Nkajja Kayongo’s SLOA and John Baptist Kivumbi’s Cooperative Society Limited. Both factions claim they are the rightful owners to a tender to collect the market dues. On Tuesday, the Kayongo faction...
(Capitalfm Business 26/06/13)
Three East African leaders meeting in Entebbe, Uganda have made key decisions which will significantly enhance trade and integration in the region. President Uhuru Kenyatta, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and their host Yoweri Museveni held trilateral talks in Entebbe State House where they noted that non-tariff barriers including movement of labour continue to hamper intra-EAC trade and full implementation of the Common Market. In a joint communiqué read by the Ugandan Foreign minister immediately after the talks, the three leaders noted that delays in the clearing of goods at Mombasa Port and Malaba have also contributed to the slow growth of trade within the region. The leaders agreed to take immediate measures to improve management of the port and expedite...
(The Observer 26/06/13)
President Museveni’s first major meeting with Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta and Paul Kagame of Rwanda focused on agreeing to a memorandum of understanding to improve relations and enhance development of the three countries. The three heads of state agreed on five major issues today that would define future engagements. “The meeting focused purely on issues of business and investment in the region,” said Ofwono Opondo, executive director of the Uganda Media Centre, at State House Entebbe where the presidents met. According to the communiqué, the presidents agreed to revamp the East African railways network and build one standard railway system, clear non-tariff barriers by forming a customs territory, as well as set up two oil pipelines connecting the three states. The...
(Redpepper 25/06/13)
The leaders of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda have today agreed to revamp the existing railway network and construct a new standard gauge line in a move to ease movement of goods in the region. In a joint communiqué read by Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa, the three countries agreed that the railway line would be constructed starting from Kenya, Uganda and then extended to Rwanda with resources mobilized from within. Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya also made a decision to develop two oil pipelines. These include the existing one that brings products from Mombasa to Eldoret in Kenya and the new one proposed from Hoima in Uganda to Eldoret. The...
(Daily Monitor 25/06/13)
I was shocked to hear Rwanda’s Ambassador to Uganda Maj Gen Frank Mugambage say that the Government of Rwanda wants the 16 Rwandan students who recently crossed to Uganda seeking asylum, to be taken back to their country. The students claim they were being forced to join the M23 rebels of DR Congo, while the ambassador said they had taken part in some examination malpractice of some sort. My concern, however, is for the ambassador to tell the Uganda government what to do and how to manage its asylum seeking/refugee assessment process. An asylum seeker is someone whose claim for protection has not been decided by the country in which she or he has submitted their claim. Not every asylum...
( 25/06/13)
KAMPALA, (IRIN) - Malnutrition costs Uganda an estimated US$899 million annually - as much as 5.6 percent of its GDP - according to findings of a new report. The report, part of a wider paper dubbed The Cost of Hunger in Africa, launched on 18 June in the capital, Kampala, was conducted by the Ugandan government with the support of the African Union Commission, the New Partnership for Africa's Development, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Similar reports are planned for Egypt, Ethiopia and Swaziland. "Hunger and under-nutrition are both a cause and effect of poverty," Sory Ouane, WFP’s country director, said at the report's launch. "Cutting hunger and achieving food and nutrition...
(New Vision 24/06/13)
Members of Parliament have tasked the ministry of finance to provide a list of all companies benefiting from the tax exemption for review. They observed that tax incentives have differing impact on the economy. Government's decision to grant tax incentives is precipitated by policy considerations like stimulating employment and development as highlighted in the Investment Code Act 1991 but experts have urged that such a decision has instead led to huge loss in tax revenue. The Africa Development Bank (ADB) estimated that Uganda lost ($272million) sh690b in tax exemptions in 2009/2010 fiscal year while Uganda Revenue Authority figures indicate that revenue foregone due to tax exemptions shot up from sh481.98b in 2005/06 to sh1,231.60b in 2009/10. "Government should design a...
(Daily Monitor 18/06/13)
Police have arrested several anti-corruption activists who had camped at the headquarters of the finance ministry in Kampala to denounce the 2013/2014 national budget. The Black Monday Movement activists had gone to the ministry to petition the finance minister over the budget, which they say, is a burden to Ugandans. They carried anti-corruption placards. Others had wheelbarrows loaded with sand to symbolise the tax burden Ugandans are carrying. The activists accuse the government of increasing taxes on various commodities to recover money which was stolen from the office of the Prime Minister and other government departments, without bringing to book the people responsible for theft. According to Mr Leonard Okello, the executive director of the Uhuru Institute, last week’s budget...
(Daily Monitor 17/06/13)
Police have arrested several anti-corruption activists who had camped at the headquarters of the finance ministry in Kampala to denounce the 2013/2014 national budget. The Black Monday Movement activists had gone to the ministry to petition the finance minister over the budget, which they say, is a burden to Ugandans. They carried anti-corruption placards. Others had wheelbarrows loaded with sand to symbolise the tax burden Ugandans are carrying. The activists accuse the government of increasing taxes on various commodities to recover money which was stolen from the office of the Prime Minister and other government departments, without bringing to book the people responsible for theft. According to Mr Leonard Okello, the executive director of the Uhuru Institute, last week’s budget...
(Tanzania Daily News 17/06/13)
SADC has urged Rwanda and Uganda to consider engaging all the negative forces in the quest for a lasting political solution in the Great Lakes region. The call was extended at the Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community held in Maputo on Saturday. It comes a few days after Rwanda refused to heed to President Jakaya Kikwete’s advice to hold talks with the FLDR rebels. During recent AU summit, President Kikwete advised Rwandese government to hold talks with FLDR in order to find lasting solution for peace in Rwanda. “The summit noted that there is need for engagement among all political stakeholders in the DRC to find a lasting solution for...
(Redpepper 13/06/13)
As Ugandans wait to know what the 2013/2014 financial year budget holds, legislators have today come out saying that they expect government to increase salaries of civil servants especially teachers, doctors and the judiciary. As Ugandans wait to know what the 2013/2014 financial year budget holds, legislators have today come out saying that they expect government to increase salaries of civil servants especially teachers, doctors and the judiciary. The Shadow Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Medard Ssegona said that, the budget should address the welfare of people who work for the country citing the army, police, prisons, nurses, doctors, teachers and others. He noted that without the budget catering for those particular civil servants; it will remain as meaningless...
(Redpepper 13/06/13)
Two Rosebud Flower Firm Managers have been arrested in an operation by the Wetland Inspection Division, Ministry of Water and Environment for allegedly encroaching on Lutembe bay wetland. Ravi Kumar, Rosebud Farm Manager and Mehta Dimpo, the firm Administrator were arrested and taken to police for failing to adhere to environmental guidelines by pouring murram to reclaim Lutembe bay wetland. Vincent Barugahare, a senior inspector Wetland Inspection, division said they had received Information that Rosebud flower Firm Management were pouring murram in Lutembe bay wetland to enable expansion of their firm. This is what prompted them to launch an operation during which they impounded three vehicles that were ferrying murram into the wetland. He said they had previously spoken to...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room is one of many tributes to the legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation that many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death. That reluctance is gradually eroding as the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma called Mandela's condition "very serious" but said he has...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in hospital Tuesday where he was being treated in intensive care for a lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday and was said to be in serious but stable condition. His latest health scare has been met with prayers and a growing acceptance among South Africans that their hero may be nearing the end of his life. "He is receiving intensive care treatment," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP on Monday. He "remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged," the presidency said after describing him as being in a "serious but stable" condition...
(New Vision 10/06/13)
KAMPALA - Residents of Kamwokya, Ntinda, Mulago, Mawanda and Bukoto on the close of this week put Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) officials to task to explain why they have been left out in some of KCCA’s service provision initiatives. In a forum dubbed Baraza initiated by KCCA, residents tabled their grievance to the officials saying that although a lot has been done by KCCA, in their area of Kamwokya, much has been left out. “We still have problems with garbage collection. The trucks which collect garbage are few and they at times fail to reach the slums. This has caused some residents to dump in the drainages,” Sarah Nakiyembe, a resident of Mawanda road complained. Another resident, a youth...
(The Observer 10/06/13)
The opposition thinks to cause regime change, the army and police have to be on their side. An investigation by the opposition has concluded that even if all anti-NRM forces decided to work together, “they cannot cause regime change without allying with other key national and international players.” Jolted by this reality, the opposition has agreed a number of strategies ahead of the 2016 elections. They include forging alliances with “emerging voices of reason, goodwill and progress” within the UPDF, police and security services and, courting progressives inside NRM and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations and other multinational organisations. But Army Spokesperson Paddy Ankunda said at the weekend that although it is not “new” that the opposition has always wanted...
(In2 East Africa 05/06/13)
Youth leaders in Busoga sub-region have demanded for a referendum on the way a Kyabazinga (king of Busoga) is elected, saying the kingdom’s constitutional review commission has failed to conclude soliciting views on the matter. The youth, under Busoga Youth Leaders Association (BUYOLA), said the commission’s delay in coming up with a draft constitution has caused anxiety among the people. Speaking to journalists in Jinja recently, the BUYOLA co-ordinator, Muhammad Katuntubiru, said all people in the kingdom should be involved in the process through a referendum on the matter. However, in an interview, the commission’s chairperson, Shaban Muziransa, said his team had finished gathering views from 10 chiefdoms except Bulamogi, which he said had failed to co-operate. Muziransa told the...
(The Observer 28/05/13)
A government minister has indicated that a decision to reopen Daily Monitor could come sooner if the paper agreed to some tough conditions. The Observer has learnt that outgoing Internal Affairs Minister Hilary Onek told Monitor Publications managers during a meeting last Thursday, that they had to agree to conditions or they would remain closed. It is understood that the government wants the paper to sign an agreement never to write negative stories about the army, the president or his family, including First Son Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba and First Lady Janet Museveni. It was not immediately clear whether President Museveni endorsed these conditions, which media professionals have described as unacceptable. Although Mr Museveni often attacks the independent media, he is...
(Redpepper 23/05/13)
The Internal Affairs Minister Hilary Onek has explained to parliament that Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications, which are under police siege, have not been closed but they were asked to halt their operations to allow police to conduct a search in their premises. Onek made this remark on Wednesday while delivering a statement to parliament on the ongoing police siege of Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications. It came after MPs demanded for an explanation from government on why the Daily Monitor, its sister Radio stations KFM and Dembe FM and Red Pepper publications were shut down. On Monday, police raided Daily Monitor and Red Pepper publications allegedly to conduct a search for a letter, in which General David...
(Redpepper 22/05/13)
Parliament has ordered the state minister for internal affairs James Baba to issue a statement regarding the closure of the Monitor and Red Pepper publications. In a heated plenary debate on Tuesday, a day after the two media houses were raided by armed police personnel over their coverage of a letter allegedly written by General David Sejusa, legislators insisted that the minister explains why the media houses are still under siege. The two national papers did not come out today and it is highly likely that they will not be on the newsstands tomorrow. KFM and Dembe FM, two radio stations owned and managed by the Monitor Publications were also shut down. In Parliament, Busiro East MP Medard Segona raised...

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