Police have come out dispel reports that journalists were assaulted by police officers while trying to make their way into the Police Tribunal at Naguru Police Headquarters, where former Buyende DPC Muhamad Kirumira was to appear for hearing of his case.
There was fracas as policemen barred reporters from entering. Officers were pictures chasing after reporters and grabbing some of them, and later two reporters claimed they were physically assaulted by the officers.
Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima, who just arrived from a foreign trip, later on Thursday evening, came out to dismiss these reports, quoting officers of the Police court.
“I have spoken to the chairman of the Police Disciplinary Court and he confirmed to me that as far as he is concerned, no journalist was assaulted,” he said.
The Police spokesman say reporters were barred from attending the court session in order to manage the tempers of Mr Kirumira, which he said ted to flare in the presence of media cameras.
“It was a measure to control tempers. And surely, without the cameras, he is reported to have behaved well,” Kayima said.
Kirumira, who has been in police custody since the start of the month, was today at last granted bail by the disciplinary court.
Meanwhile, Kayima advised reporters alleging assault to record statements at the Jinja Road Police Station.
President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has called upon East African Heads of States to consider doing away with a number of impediments and bureaucracy that might scare off investors in the region.
Uhuru made the call while addressing delegates during the 19th EAC Heads of State Summit and Joint retreat at Common Wealth Resort Munyonyo.
Uhuru said he is a strong believer in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model of financing development infrastructure and thus associated himself with the resolutions taken at the summit.
Uhuru however advised that if projects are to run faster in the region, different member States must consider doing away with bureaucratic measures that tend to delay investments.
“We frustrate investors by the many bureaucratic tendencies that tend to scare off a number of them; we need to do much in order to attract more investors by as well removing several impediment to trade,” Uhuru said.
The Kenyan leader also highlighted the need to market East Africa as a destination of 160 million people to attract the investment needed in infrastructure and health.
Heavy fighting has Thursday evening broken out between Congolese forces and rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu, DRC.
Officials say the gun battle is raging in Mbau, North of Beni.
It all started with the killing of ADF’s Chief of Combat Operations Mohammed Kayira on Monday by Congolese forces.
Kayira’s death, according to Uganda Defence Spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire, was a “big blow” to the rebel outfit.
Now it appears the ADF reorganized and mobilized forces to launch a fresh onslaught on the Congolese army’s positions.
With support from regional forces, the Congolese soldiers have today managed to fight back, inflicting heavy casualties to ADF.
ChimpReports has obtained pictures of a female ADF combatant killed in combat action today evening.
Another picture showed a motorcycle burnt during the heavy gunfire exchanged by both camps.
The Congolese army has in recent weeks registered considerable gains in the war against ADF – an Islamic fundamentalist movement that had remained a regional security threat.
More details will be posted as events unfold.
As Uganda is set to celebrate the 2018 UN world Wildlife day, it has been revealed that the life of the ‘big cats’ in the country is declining.
The five large big cats in Uganda include; Lion, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Cheetah and the African Wild dog.
The Minister of Toursim, Wildlife and Antiquities Prof Ephraim Kamuntu told journalists at the Media Centre the bad news:
“The population of big cats has been declining.”
Estimations that have been made by the Ministry have it that the lion population has declined from over 1000 to 420 across the country.
The Minister explained: “This has largely been due to human prosecution through poisoning and related retaliatory killings. The root cause is attributed to the growing human population, settlements adjacent to wildlife conservation areas, competition for land and habitant loss resulting in livestock predation and other conflicts.”
He revealed that the big cats could easily become extinct, adding that this, would not only deprive the country of its iconic natural assets but also impact on tourism development in Uganda.
Tourism in Uganda is the leading foreign exchange earner, with contribution to GDP standing at Ushs7.27 trillion (9.0% of GDP). The tourism sector also provides over 1 million jobs in Uganda.
It should be noted that Lions only come second to Mountain Gorillas as the most sought after species by tourists who come to Uganda.
With most of Ugandan societies having some cultural attachments to these big cats, the Minister confirmed that they are to do everything in their means to conserve them:
“As NRM Government, we are doing all within our means to improvethe conservation status of Big Cats through Policy and legislation reforms, strengthening law enforcement capacity, increasing partnership with local people by sharing revenue and involving them in decision making, mitigating human wildlife conflicts and many others.”
The Uganda National Gaming Board, a body that was set up by government to oversee gaming activities in the country, has revealed that they are targeting over 50 billion shillings in form of taxes by 2020.
In the concluded financial year, over 35 billion Uganda shillings were collected countrywide.
This amount was collected in form of taxes from the gaming sector.
Speaking at on Wednesday morning at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala, the body’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Edgar Agaba noted:
“We collected approximately 37 billion shillings in the financial year 2016-2017 in form of taxes and our target is to collect over 40 billion this year.
“If certain measures are put in place by the Central Monitoring system, by 2020, we should be collecting over 50 billion.”
He urged the sector to pay their taxes promptly so as their work run smoothly as expected.
Agaba added: “It’s us who collect this money and we take all of it to Uganda Revenue Authority.”
He also requested the Ministry of Finance to provide them with operation funds to fulfill their workloads which sees them monitor about 1200 gaming shops across the country.
National Gaming Board performance highlights in 2017
The body had 40 companies licensed.
A total number of 182 illegal and non-compliant branches were closed.
25 illegal online companies’ operations were stopped and over 2500 illegal machines impounded and destroyed.
Expectations for this Year 2018
It was revealed that online and local content regulations drafted to be operationalised by end of March this year.
Illegal slot machines are going to be impounded.
An international company is going to be hired that will test the machines.
On this year’s plans, Agaba explained:
“We are in initial stages but we are trying to move a bit faster because in the future, we want to professionalise this industry. We also want to work with the National Council for Higher education to ensure that all the workers in the gaming sector conform to the standards.”
It should be noted that the National Gaming Board Uganda under section 4 of the Lotteries and Gaming Act, 2016 is mandated to issue licenses for Lotteries, Casinos, Gaming and Betting in Uganda. The mandate includes licensing, supervision, enforcement and dispute resolution.
The Permanent Secretary at the Health Ministry Dr Diana Atwine has broken silence on claims she intends to sack the Executive Director Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI), Dr Jackson Orem.
“I am not aware of any actual or impending sacking of Dr Orem,” said Dr Atwine.
The development comes against the backdrop of growing uncertainty at the Health Ministry with senior officials expressing fear of their jobs.
Reports indicated that Orem was a victim of an old dispute between Uganda Cancer Institute and National Medical Stores, where NMS has been supplying fake drugs at inflated prices to UCI – an issue Dr Orem has fought vigorously, both by frequently rejecting these fake drugs and appealing to the Prime Minister and the parliamentary sub-committee on Health Services.
The reports further showed the Director of National Medical Stores (NMS) Mr Moses Kamabare could be working through Health Minister Dr Ruth Aceng and Dr Atwine to get rid of Dr Orem so that the “fake yet overpriced drugs continue to be dumped at the UCI.”
It’s also reported the Minister and PS used their position to influence the procurement of a sub-standard Linear Accelerator machine by UCI against the wishes of Dr Orem, hence the decision to sack him in favor of his deputy who is deemed “cooperative.”
Speaking to ChimpReports from South Africa where she is attending a high-level meeting, Atwine scoffed at the reported plans to axe Dr Orem,” saying, “The Doctor is at his duty station conducting is business as usual.”
We asked Atwine to speak out on reports of influence peddling in the procurement of the Linear Accelerator Cancer machine as UCI is a distinct Procurement and Disposal Entity (PDE) – having been granted autonomy by law.
Atwine denied rumours of traveling to Israel with the Minister to meet officials of the company involved in the bidding.
She said whoever is desirous of challenging the procurement process can make recourse to the PPDA Tribunal or courts of law for review to establish the truth.
Officials at the Health Ministry attribute the reports to Cancer institute staff who are aggrieved for having been investigated on her orders for alleged impropriety.
We have since established there was an earlier investigation vide Wandegeya CRB 700/2012 against several high-ranking officials at the Cancer Institute charged with embezzlement of Shs 200m meant for office imprest that was initiated during her time as head of the Health Monitoring Unit and the file stalled at the office of DPP.
Atwine sent a team of engineers who unearthed a scheme of inflating the cost of construction of the new bunker at the Cancer Institute by over Shs 400m, saving taxpayers’ money.
“We think the conduct by public officials of maligning the character of Dr. Atwine and the Minister in the public domain is simply based on their hardened stance on corruption,” said an official, who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.
“Because they are well re-known officials with a high social profile whose public image is essential to the performance of their duties, these systematic attacks form part of a sinister agenda to derail their clean-up efforts.”
Dr Atwine seems unfazed though; in what officials say is a big effort to weed out corruption in the Ministry and anticipates more of these attacks to continue.
The former Director in the Health Monitoring Unit tasked with fighting impunity in the health sector has since won President Museveni’s praise for taking tough stances on corruption.
But her hardliner stance has attracted anger from other quarters and compelled some officials to either resign or seek transfers to other Ministries.
The recent one was Dr Anthony Mbonye’s resignation following the institution of an investigation by the office of the IGG on grounds of unlawful usurpation of the office of the Director General Health Services without following established procedure.
Dr Atwine, basing on recommendations by the Inspector General of Government (IGG), on September 25, 2017, ordered Dr Mbonye, who was in the position temporarily, to immediately vacate office over alleged conflict of interest for allegedly interfering with the recruitment process that is a mandate of the Health Service Commission (HSC).
Dr Mbonye, who was caretaker of the office, challenged the IGG’s report, saying he was more qualified for the job.
“I am a PhD holder, a professor and senior to them in the profession. Yet they are above me, they have inferiority complex and want me to leave by all means,” Dr Mbonye told this website in late last year.
He also denied interfering with the said recruitment process, saying at the time he was acting as the permanent secretary.
“I was acting PS and I opened up Health ministry positions. HSC is a constitutional independent body. It didn’t find any problem and I did not participate in the short listing,” Dr Mbonye added.
Prof. Mbonye’s woes with the PS appear to stem from an earlier investigation in 2011 instituted by the Health Monitoring Unit, formerly headed by Dr. Atwine.
The charges against Mbonye related to a requisition and release of Shs. 603,950,000 to a one Peter Kafuko (an intern at MoH) to conduct what officials described as “fictitious activities” in several districts following a reported a Yellow Fever outbreak which had been reported sometime in late 2010.
It was alleged this money was misused at a time when Prof Mbonye was the Task Force Head and that there was no Yellow Fever outbreak as declared by WHO.
Police detectives wondered why Dr. Mbonye would facilitate the release of such colossal amounts to an intern under the guise of a “false disease outbreak.”
The team of investigators found the accountability false. The case file registered at Wandegeya CRB 575/2011 was forwarded to CIID Headquarters for further management.
It was reported that following Dr Atwine’s intervention, over Shs. 400 million was returned by the culprits to the Consolidated Fund at the Central Bank.
Dr Atwine reserved her comments regarding Prof. Mbonye’s issues although she states she approved his request for resignation in good faith for onward transmission to the Ministry of Public Service and maintains she had no hand in “forcing him out” as alleged by different accounts.
A United Nations (UN) report released by Human Right Division and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), has blamed South Sudan’s security agencies — the army (Sudan People’s Liberation Army [SPLA]) and the police — for violation of freedom of expression in the country.
The report mentioned incidents which included the killing of two people, arbitrary arrest and detention of 58 others and dismissal of 16 people from their jobs, blocking websites, censoring newspaper articles and closure or suspension of media houses.
According to the UN report, the government agencies target people with views that were critical of the South Sudanese government.
“The report found that government security forces, including the National Security Service (NSS), Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), and the South Sudan Nation Police Service (SSNPS), were responsible for two thirds of the verified cases. It stated that the NSS’ broad powers of surveillance, arrest and detention, including the imbedding of its officers in some newspaper printing establishments, meant that people were deterred from participating and discussing the state of the country or human rights. It has led to a growing climate of self-censorship,” The UN report reads
The Special Representative of the Secretary –General and Head of UNMISS, David Shearer, called for genuine inclusivity of all voices in South Sudan for the attainment of peace.
It is vital that the voices of all the people of South Sudan are heard so that genuine, inclusive and durable peace can be achieved,” said Shearer.
“All parties to the conflict must respect people’s right to freedom of expression regardless of their ethnicity, beliefs or political views.”
South Sudan’s government spokesperson wasn’t available for comment.
The importance of sports and games in school encompasses more than just the benefit of physical activity. Increases in self-esteem and mental alertness make school sports and games necessary for every school age child.
Although the benefits of school sports abound, with a diminishing economy, many schools are cutting out sports and physical education programs to the detriment of students nationwide.
It is on that note that the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) has continued to advocate for the promotion of games through partnerships with schools.
On Thursday, the UOC and GEMS Cambridge International School Kampala renewed their partnership in a joint move to promote Olympic values, Olympism and the spirit of sport among the youth.
The two parties renewed their marriage by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UOC President, William Blick and GEMS Chief Education Officer, Bill Lyttle representing the respective entities.
The new three year MoU will aim at promoting Olympic values through Olympic Value Education Programmes (OVEP) as a means of diffusing the true spirit of sport among the young people in GEMS and the country at large.
This will be reached through initiatives aimed at teaching Olympism and Commonwealth games movement spirit among students, exchange programmes, providing free online publications and magazines, scholastic material and scholarships among others.
Lytte lauded UOC for the renewal of the partnership and promised that GEMS will continue to embrace the programmes that are mentioned in the Memorandum of Understanding.
“We are greatly honored that UOC have renewed the partnership because we have seen from the previous three years that the programme has been productive. We therefore pledge to keep the marriage and promote sports through education.” He said.
In the same currency, William Blick, the Uganda Olympic Committee President thanked GEMS for the commitment towards promoting sports and indicated the new partnership will yield more results.
“The start was very fruitful and it is on that note that we agreed to renew our partnership. As UOC we thank GEMS because they have been at the forefront of helping sport in the country. The She Cranes, rugby 7s and several other teams have used the school facilities for training. Besides, they have continued to promote sports as part of their activities,” Blick stated.
The first activity under the renewed partnership will be the 2018 Olympic debate championship that will take place on 24th February at GEMS attracting over 200 students from over 30 schools.
This will be followed by the Commonwealth Day on 12th March which will also have a number of activities as Uganda prepares for the 2018 Commonwealth games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Sports and education work hand in hand and the saying ‘a healthy body is a healthy mind’ is commonly used amongst schools to encourage co-curricular activities.
In a bid to improve both education and sports in Uganda, the French embassy in conjunction with the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) have started donating sports equipment to various schools especially those within Kampala.
The first beneficiary of the programme was Police Children School in Ntinda who on Thursday received a number of sports equipment and other intangible services as a result of the understanding between UOC and the French embassy.
Among the equipment donated included; balls of different games, playing kit, goal posts for both volleyball and football and so on.
Alfred Onek who represented the French ambassador to Uganda, Ms. Stephanie Rivoal indicated, the equipment given out to the school is part of the proceedings realized from the Uganda-French friendship week celebrated last year.
“The ambassador and the French people set up targets to fulfill from the friendship week celebrated last year and we believe that through sports in schools, the youth can be helped to realize their talents at a tender age,” he said.
Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of special duties, Andrew Sorowen who graced the occasion on behalf of the IGP lauded the French embassy and the UOC for the great work done in improving the status of police schools through sports.
“As Uganda Police Force, we are a great contributor to sports in Uganda across all disciplines and therefore if we get help to cater for the children to nature their talents at a tender age, we feel proud and thus, we thank the French embassy and Uganda Olympic Committee.” He noted.
UOC President William Blick who launched an Olympic club at the school believes the donation of equipment to the school will help improve and increase the talent in school and called upon the school administration to promote the various Olympic sports.
The Olympic committee will help to educate the games teachers in various disciplines such as netball, football, rugby, handball among others.
The donation scheme will spread to five different other schools within in Kampala with the next beneficiary being Kibuli Police Children School on 7th March.
The Uganda-French friendship week for this year is expected to take place between 17th -24th March with several activities on board.
President Museveni expressed disappointment in his staff over poor preparations for the East African Community (EAC) Summit that is underway at the Common Wealth Conference Centre in Munyonyo.
Museveni’s disappointment was angered seeing a fully packed hall where delegates were not seated comfortably.
He noticed that the room lacked adequate air conditioning, causing visible discomfort to all attendants.
While the hotel could provide the much needed air conditioning, the room was packed to full capacity with delegates and journalists from six countries.
There were multiple large monitors causing overheating.
The disappointed Museveni wondered why the protocol officers had not organised a place outside to allow members enjoy the cool breeze of Lake Victoria rather than confining them in a room.
“Our organizers are always determined to inconvenience our guests. They have brought us in this ‘kafunda’ without air conditioning. This is the last time I’m going to tolerate this,” Museveni charged.
However, President Salvar Kiir of South Sudan called upon President Museveni to show mercy to the event organisers.
“I hope you don’t take any measures against the officers that organised the event; human beings are bound to making mistakes, we ask that you pardon them,” President Kiir requested.
National Resistance Movement (NRM) district chairpersons from different parts of the country have reacted angrily to the recent tirade against the party Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba from the NRM Electoral Commission Chairman Dr Tanga Odoi.
These are calling for the resignation of Mr Odoi, who they accuse of disrespecting Mrs. Lumumba.
The two top party officials have been at loggerheads after Mrs Lumumba fired over 364 workers at the party head offices on Kyaddondo Road.
Lumumba says she decided to get rid of over 97% of the work force at the party offices in order to remain with a lean number (just eight) who the party will be able to pay.
Odoi on the other hand blames the inability of the party to pay the workers for up to 8 months, on the creation by Mrs Lumumba of ghost workers in her office.
In the heat of the exchange between the two officials through the media, Mr Odoi accused Lumumba of employing up to 70 people in her office, “some of them for handling her bags and others for manicure.”
He went on to describe Lumumba as a good dancer and field mobilizer but a poor administrator.
“Lumumba unfortunately did not go to high institution like me; where you could go to Makerere University and see how administration flows,” he said.
“She was a D.E.O, then a parliamentarian. I pity her.”
Responding to this tirade at a press conference in Kampala, NRM district chairpersons demanded that Dr Odoi apologizes to Lumumba, and for the high NRM leadership to take action against him by replacing him with a competent person who is willing to respect all party members and ready to work with every body.
In their meeting held at Kati Kati Restaurant Kampala, these pointed out that Tanga’s comments promoted not only divisionism in the party but also tribalism and sectarianism
Hajji Twaha Sewava, NRM chairman for Kalungu district, who led the group, said they were not working under anybody’s influence to demand Odoi’s resignation.
Hon Kabakumba Matsiko NRM regional coordinator for Bunyoro sub region noted that Odoi is a member of Central Executive Committee of the party and should know the avenues to use in addressing his grievances.
“We are disappointed with the way the secretary general was humiliated. We would like to call upon Mr Odoi not to bother coming to the by-election in Jinja. He should leave us with our dancer to handle the campaigns,” charged Walubya Abubaker, the NRM chairperson Iganga District.
Hajjati Madina Naham, the NRM chairperson for Koboko advised Tanga to stop targeting women in powerful positions.
“The disciplinary committee of the party should investigate this man’s behaviors because it seems he is working for the party’s enemies,” she added.
The press conference was attended by other party leaders from Mpigi, Mityana District, Kampala, Namutumba, Iganga, Koboko among others.
President Museveni has urged all governments of East African Community to re-affirm their commitment to strengthen infrastructure and their health sectors, to accelerate attainment of overall socio-economic transformation for the peoples of East Africa.
While opening up the EAC Heads of State Summit and joint retreat in Munyonyo, President Museveni said that there is need for the region to come up with a better mechanism to address the health threats that constantly attack the region.
Museveni said that with the current array of technologies, there is no reason why East Africans cannot eliminate some of the health challenges such as Malaria, TB, HIV and Prevention of Maternal and infant mortality.
The president said time had come for the community to refocus its efforts to addressing the challenges through increased investment in production, development of human resources towards the universal coverage of the essential health of the people of East Africa.
“As we commit ourselves as leaders to champion the health agenda, I call upon investors and development partners to consider investments especially in the specialised health care due to the growing middle class,” Museveni said.
He noted that besides ensuring healthy lives, the health sector should be used to contribute more to the creation of new jobs and earning foreign exchange.
“The health sector should be a foreign exchange earner to the region. Some years ago I advised Ugandans that since you have achieved high levels of Aids projections, why don’t you at least economically benefit from the problem? We chose to build a pharmaceutical industry and it is now earning us $65million a year,” he said
The President noted that health problems should be looked at as economic opportunities that can foster economic growth.
“If we have the disease then, let us get money out of it so that we suffer once, he said.
President Yoweri Museveni has welcomed the move by the Ministry of Defence to save on utility bills saying that it is more beneficial to spend on equipment that enables the saving to be realized.
He, therefore, encouraged the Ministry to install solar systems in barracks such as Bombo Land Forces headquarters to cut down on the electricity bills.
The President was receiving the executives of British-based Nexus Green and their delegation, who called on him at State House, Entebbe last evening.
The delegation that was led by the Chairperson of Nexus Green, Baroness Sandip Verma and its founder, Tarun Nikki Verma, updated President Museveni on the work and progress that Nexus Green is doing in the country.
The company specializes in consultancy with governments to assist them in renewable energy policies, strategies and implementation.
Last year, the Government of Uganda signed a memorandum with Nexus Green to build a plant for manufacturing of solar water pumps with a view to aiding the country to step up efforts in order realize more usage of irrigation in the agricultural sector.
Nexus Green has also been contracted by the government to provide solar power at Kololo Independence Ceremonial grounds in Kampala. The solar panels will be fitted on the roof of the public pavilion and when completed, the US$1.3 million system is expected to help Government save Shs.30 million per a month on electricity bills.
The system is expected to last for about 25 years.
According to Baroness Verma, Nexus Green has identified the site for the construction of the assembly plant to produce solar water pumps and that 25,000 villages have so far been identified to benefit from the communal solar plants.
State Minister for Planning, David Bahati; that of State for Water, Ronald Kibuule and of State Agriculture, Christopher Kibanzanga; Defence Ministry Permanent Secretary, Rosette Byengoma and Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Permanent Secretary, Pius Wakabi Kasajja, attended the meeting.
It was an astounding moment for a customer of Fortebet betting company at a branch in Hoima district after realizing that his stake of Shs1000 had yielded Shs308, 491,744.
The bettor, Kelp, who real name has been withheld for his security reason — placed the bet on February 12 and waited 7 days later (February 19) to receive the good news.
The Monday was handed over to him recently at Fortebet head office in Kololo, Kampala.
Fortebet’s Executive Director, Bernard Rwakihembo, presided over the function.
Speaking shortly after receiving the cash, the winner, said: “I am extremely happy because this is the biggest thing to ever happen to my life and I don’t think it will ever happen again.”
He also revealed that he had been betting for the last one and a half years and at one time in April last year, he also won Shs7 million.
“I know many people out there think that when you win such big amounts that it may never be paid, but that is not true because I am here today with all my money as I won it,” he noted, adding that, “I have not sat down well to think of what I am going to use this money for, but one obvious thing-I will buy as much land as possible.”
While handing over the money, Rwakihembo said, “At Fortebet, everyone is a winner. If you didn’t win yesterday, you may win tomorrow like ‘kelp’ has done. And at Fortebet, when you win, we pay all your money without excuses.”
The Winning Ticket
There was no magic in ‘Kelp’ betting slip. It was as ordinary as any other. His betting slip comprised of a selection of 31 games that were selected from different leagues across the world-with the first game played on February 12 and last on February 19.
This slip had the following selection; away wins for games-Betis-Real Madrid, Eiba-Barcelona and Malaga-Valencia (all from Spanish La Liga).
He also selected away win for; Torino-Juventus and Udinese-AS Roma (both from Italian Serie A) and then Basel-Manchester United (Champions league). Carefully, ‘kelp’ selected the following home wins; Ath. Madrid-Ath. Bilbao (La Liga), Lazio-Verona, Napoli-Spal (both from Italian Serie A) and POAK-Larissa from Greece Super League.
His other selection decision was for overs. Under over 1.5 (atleast two goals), ‘kelp’ selected these games; Clyde-Cowdenbeath (Scotland League two), AEK Athens-Dynamo Kiev (Europa League), Lamia-PAOK (Greece Super League), FC Koln-Hannover (Germany Bundesiliga), Monaco-Dijon (French league one).
He also added on; West Ham-Tottenham (England amateur-U23 premier league-div 1), Napoli-RB Leipzig (Europa), Apollon Larisas-Kissamikos (Greece Football League and lastly Juventus-Tottenham and FC Portol-Liverpool (both from Champions league).
He also luckily selected teams that would score three goals and above (2.5 over). Here, he selected the following teams; Lyon-Villarreal, Dortmund-Atlanta, Real Sociedad-Salzburg, Ostersunds-Arsenal and Marseille-Braga (all from Europa League).
He added on; Real Madrid-PSG (Champions League), AEK Athens-Xanthi (Greece Super League), E. Frankfurt-RB Leipzig, Hamburg SV-Leverkusen and Wolfsburg-Bayern (all from Germany Bundesiliga).
His last selection option was a win for one of the teams and he chose SP. Moscow-Ath. Bilbao (Europa). Guess what, this selection won.
President Museveni has reiterated his commitment to have the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) up and running, saying it will bring down transport costs.
“With the completed SGR railway, transport will cost $8 cents per metric tonne compared to 21 cents per metric tonne on the road,” said Museveni.
The President was Thursday speaking at EAC Heads of State Joint Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development at the Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala, Uganda.
Uganda is investing heavily in infrastructure development to achieve objectives of Uganda Vision 2040 such as a GDP per capita of USD 950o.
But experts have queried the cost of the project, saying it would increase Uganda’s debt burden.
Officials say the worldwide competition of attracting investors by different countries remains stiff, hence need for an investment climate that is competitive at global stage.
To attract more FDI, Uganda needs to provide investors reliable, cheap and adequate transport services to the high end markets.
Review of world trade and countries’ economic growth trends depict that participating in global value chains is imperative for growth.
“In Uganda, we are getting ready to repair and start using the old railway line. Even using the old railway line to Nairobi is cheaper than using the road,” said Museveni.
“Railway, Electricity and ICT backbone must be kept at a low cost. In Uganda, I am insisting the final cost of Electricity per unit must not go above 8 US Cents,” he added.
Museveni further called for proper use of lakes Victoria, Kyoga, Albert and River Nile, saying water transport is the cheapest means of transport compared with railway, road and air.
Speaking at the function attended by regional leaders, Salva Kiir, Uhuru Kenyatta and John Pombe Magufuli, Museveni wondered how Uganda could lose $ 34m annual by importing refined sugar.
“This is lack of seriousness,” he charged.
Museveni also spoke about the need to generate revenue from treating communicable diseases.
“Some years ago, I advised Ugandans that since we have already achieved a high level of AIDS, why don’t we see how to benefit from it? We built a health facility to deal with AIDS and it now generates 65M dollars a year,” said Museveni in reference to CIPLA Quality Chemicals Uganda Limited.
Museveni rallied leaders to address the challenge posed by the rampant non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer.
On a positive note, said Museveni, the health sector in the region has experienced an improvement in life expectancy which moved from 51 years in 2005 to 61 years in 2016.
“While the rest of Africa continues to register slow growth, East Africa is one of the fastest growing regions,” said the President.
Uganda’s Minister of Regional Affairs, Kirunda Kivejinja said the retreat “also avails us another opportunity to interact with development partners and investors to mobilize resources to complete these projects. All these developments require approximately 62.2bn US dollars.”
This Joint retreat will serve as an opportunity to show progress of the previous projects and also mobilize additional resources to implement the ongoing ones, according to Kirunda.
EAC Secretary General, Amb Liberat Mfumukeko says other areas of Investment in health that have improved are; harmonization of training of medical personnel, combined registration and regulation of medicines and reduction in costs thereby facilitating easy access to much-needed medication.
Thursday, February 22
Parakeets FC vs Yap Stars
Yeak Kabowa vs KSPG
Typhoon FC vs Elephants
Park FC vs Bajim FC
Dream FC vs Kabowa United
The second round of the Futsal Super League is returning this Thursday evening with five games on the card.
The league had taken a long break following the end of first round on January 18th.
The return of the league is much anticipated as each of the 10 teams in action on the opening day will fancy to open up with a big statement.
The games, as it was in the first round, are going to be played at the International Futsal Courts in Mengo.
The second round is going to go for ten weeks, games to be played every Thursday evening.
Interestingly, the opening encounter will see a battle of the bottom places sides facing off.
Parakeets FC and Yap Stars will open proceedings, the latter is rock botton with 7 points, a point below Yap Stars who registered two wins and two draws in the first round.
Joint table leaders KSPG and Dream FC face Yeak Kabowa and Kabowa United in that order.
“Truck Overloaded Equals Truck Lost.” That’s just about in the ball pack when you start to describe the new set of regulations that the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) put out against overloading.
The new UNRA Vehicle Dimension Regulations which were signed off by the Works Minister Eng. Monica Ntege Azuba late last year spell out a total of 62 different fines for overloading.
These range from $90.95 (about Shs. 332,000) for those in excess of half a ton, to $145,889.80 (about Shs. 533million) for those found in excess of 31.5tons.
The new regulations according to UNRA’s media relations manger Alan Ssempebwa were adopted following a series of stakeholder meetings with the Works Ministry.
Implementation, Ssempebwa says, started this year.
As of the late last week three trucks had been impounded and slapped with the maximum fine.
One was intercepted on Kumi road heading to the DRC from Kenya, loaded in excess of 83 tons of soap products.
“This truck bypassed our weighbridge, but our traffic police colleagues helped us stop it and force it to return to the weighbridge,” Ssempebwa told us.
Another truck headed to Sudan from Kenya was found in excess of 94 tons of cement.
These he says are currently impounded at the Mbale Weighbridge.
Mr Ssempebwa says the impounded trucks are required pay the fine to the Uganda Revenue Authority, under the maximum gross weight fees.
The UNRA mouthpiece says the authority decided to introduce these regulations on account of lack of punitive laws to deter trucks that damage roads.
“Tax payers pay for these roads; their money we thought should not go to waste. We don’t want to construct roads only to construct again later,” he said.
On whether or not the truck drivers and other road used have been informed of these new regulations, Ssepwebwa told us, “We have held wide stakeholder engagement with truck drivers along all our highways; we have also given this material to transporters. They are fully aware.”
He added that owners who are unable to pay the fines, their trucks after a specified amount of time will be auctioned off as is the case with other impounded goods.
MTN Uganda on Wednesday evening revealed its deal to become the official title sponsor for the annual Nyege Nyege International Music Festival for a period of three consecutive years starting with 2018.
Starting with this year, the festival is going to be referred to as ‘MTN Nyege Nyege festival’.
At the unveiling ceremony held at The Square Industrial Area Kampala on Wednesday evening — Olivier Prentout MTN Chief marketing Officer, said:
“MTN Uganda is delighted to be the title sponsor of the Nyege Nyege International Music Festival. As a brand we recognize that being part of this celebration of the arts and culture for three days non-stop helps create sustainability of this very important festival.”
Prentout added that starting with this year all tickets for this festival will be sold via Mobile money platform.
“We would like to thank MTN Uganda for believing in this celebration of music and culture. This will be an opportunity for us to keep hosting the event and supporting the ever-increasing numbers that turn up to celebrate,” said Derek Debru, one of the founders of Nyege Nyege.
Ali Alibhai from Talent Africa, one of the long time organizers of this event, pointed out that this year’s event is going to be bigger than any other that has ever happened.
He said 5 stages will be used and performances will be from various artists from Kenya, Tanzania, and Congo. 70% of the performances will be by Ugandan artists.
“Since the event is going to be held in a very big area there shall be a Camping Village, it will have a boat cruise with surprise DJs who will entertain people,” he said.
The MTN Nyege Nyege International Music Festival will take place from Thursday 6th September to Sunday 9th September 2018 along the shores of The Nile in Jinja.
During the duration of the festival, there will be an opportunity to share pictures on social media using the MTN Pulse.
The festival not only attracts local revelers but is also an opportunity for Uganda’s tourism sector to thrive as people from several parts of the world attend.
Police this morning chased down and arrested reporters who had turned up for hearing of the case against former Buyende DPC Muhammad Kirumira.
The reporters were told on arrival the headquarters that they would not be permitted inside the Police tribunal as has been the case in the past sessions.
In an effort to deny them entry and prevent them from taking pictures, the officers started chasing after the reporters with sticks and apprehended some of them.
Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima was unavailable to explain the blockage.
Mr Kirumira is appearing today before the Police Court for hearing of his charges of Corruption unlawful exercise of authority and extortion.
On Tuesday the hearing did not take place as one of the court members was absent.
Kirumira’s father Abubakar Kawooya has since challenged his son’s trial before the police court citing conflict of interest.
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First Set of Radial Gates Installed at Karuma Hydropower Dam
Construction works at Karuma (600MW) hydro Power project have gained momentum with the installation of the radial gates at the dam section.
This installation commenced late January, according to Mr. Deng Changyi – Acting project Manager, Sinohydro Corporation – the project contractor.
Kenyatta to Showcase Kenya Investments at Kampala EAC Infrastructure Summit
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in Kampala to attend the East African Community summit whose agenda is to deepen regional integration through infrastructure development and financing for health.
During the three-day official visit, President Kenyatta will attend a presidential retreat on financing infrastructure and health before attending the 19th Ordinary Summit of the East African Community Heads of State.
Jambojet Entry Expected to Boost Regional Tourism and Business Travel
Jambojet maiden flight to Uganda touched down at Entebbe Airport this past week, a move analysts say could usher in renewed competition and a promise of lower air fares for frequent traveler in Uganda.
The maiden flight was met by Director of Transport from Ministry of Works and Transport Mr. Benon Kajuna, Uganda Civil Aviation Managing Director Dr. David Kakuba, and Jambojet CEO, Willem Hondius, amongst others.
EAC Agrees To Maintain High Budgetary Allocations for Infrastructure Development
East African Community Partner States have decided to maintain high budgetary allocations geared towards financing infrastructure development within their national borders.
Hon. Monica Azuba Ntege, Uganda’s Minister for Works and Transport, and the Chairperson of the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers for Transport, Communications and Meteorology said the ongoing infrastructure development projects were meant to interlink the Partner States and create a strong Common Market in the region with sights on the Tripartite Grand Free Trade Area.