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Kazo: Parish Development Model Officially launched to Improve Household Income

Hon Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of Agriculture, Animal husbandry and Fisheries together with Hon. Bright Rwamirama, the State Minister of Agriculture, Animal husbandry and Fisheries and Hon. Francis Mwebesa, the Minister of Trade, Industry & Cooperatives presided over the official launch of Parish Development model (PDM) in Kazo district on Tuesday.

The training which was held at compassion hall in Kazo town council attracted leaders at local government level, politicians, religious leaders, security personnel, district technical staff, and representatives of special interest groups among others.

Stakeholders during the Official Launch of PDM at Compassion Hall in Kazo district on Tuesday.

Speaking during the launch, Hon Frank Tumwebaze asked the people of Kazo district to embrace the PDM program adding that in all government programs, this program is the first of its kind giving a lot of money going down up to parish level.

He also revealed that the parish development model is not for rich people but for the people who do not have any income to earn something.  

In his remarks, Hon Dan Kimosho, the Member of Parliament Kazo constituency revealed that PDM is a good concept that needs application of mind set change and curbing out challenges like cattle thefts, foot and mouth disease and sensitization of people on how to use parish development model for it to succeed.

Hon Dan Kimosho, the MP Kazo constituency addressing stakeholders during the Official Launch of PDM in Kazo district.

Speaking at the same function, Hon. Bright Rwamirama, called upon leaders to monitor the extension workers to ensure that they do their work noting that they are getting paid for it.

Hon. Bright Rwamirama, the State Minister of Agriculture, Animal husbandry and Fisheries addressing stakeholders during the Official Launch of PDM in Kazo district.

 Hon. Francis Mwebesa, emphasized the need for people to join cooperatives in order to reach more market and have one voice in demanding good price of the products.

The UGX 490 billion PDM project is a presidential initiative on wealth and job creation which was on 26th February 2022 launched by the President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as another strategy for accelerating wealth creation, improving incomes and welfare of subsistence households.

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The PDM program was rolled out in October 2020 as part of the National Development Plan III to support among others, market vendors, welders, taxi drivers, boda-boda riders, women and restaurant owners from over 10,594 parishes in the country to come together and form of SACCOS to enable local economic development.

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Teachers refuse to bow down to intimidation, vow to continue strike

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Following a letter by Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire, the Public Service Permanent Secretary where the government issued a directive that striking teachers should return to their duty stations by June 24th, or risk being scrapped off the payrolls, teachers under their umbrella body Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU), have declared that their resumption of duty depends on how fast the ministries of public service and Finance conclude the review process and whether the outcome of the said review process is satisfactory.

Innocent Ahimbisibwe, the UNATU Chairperson Kazo Branch called upon teachers in Kazo district to stay firm until they receive what they want. He reminded teachers that the purpose of the industrial action is to ensure there is fair salary enhancement across board.

“There has been no satisfactory feedback from the government and therefore the only option is to continue with industrial action. We cannot give up the struggle without any positive outcome. The intimidation is deliberate and meant to scare you. Stay firm and remain at home, industrial action continues. If we endure the strain, we shall get to where we want to go. Do not give up!” said Ahimbisibwe.

A class teacher at Rwabwonyo Primary School in Gabarungi Ward-Kazo Town Council, who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity, said that they are tired of this government for its imbalanced actions. 

“In 2019, teachers were promised to get what they are striking for and today in 2022 they recently made decision of discrimination in increment of salaries for teachers,” he said.

Adding that, they want to receive the positive response from the government but not the intimidations.

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On Wednesday, Bitarakwate noted that the ongoing industrial strike by UNATU over what they referred to as discriminatory salary enhancements is illegal and in total breach the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement that was signed by government in 2018.

“The strike is illegal and in breach of the principles and spirit of the law and particularly sections7(2)(a) and (b); and 8(1) and (3) and the public service negotiating , consultative and Disputes Settlement Machinery Act, 2008 and the Recognition Agreement signed under this act because neither has UNATU given a notice to strike nor had the dispute Settlement Machinery been exhausted,” she said.

Adding that teachers’ demands cannot be addressed in the FY 2022/23.

“While government is committed to working with all parties towards achieving better salaries for all public servants, your demands for a salary enhancements cannot be addressed in the financial year 2022/23,” she said.

“By copy of this letter, the Chief Administrative Officers and Town Clerks are called upon to take stock of the teachers present and submit absent teachers by June 30,2023 foe eventual removal from payroll,” warned Birakwate. 

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ADF training camp discovered in Luwero

By Racheal Nuwahereza

The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) have announced the discovery of one of the training camps used by Allied Democratic Allied forces (ADF).

Brig Gen. Felix Kulayigye, the UPDF spokesperson announced on Wednesday that intelligence units of UPDF discovered an ADF training camp in Luweero believed to have been the main supplier of trainees and rebels to the notorious rebel group that is responsible for destabilizing the peace of Uganda and neighbouring DRC.

“ADF training camp discovered in Luwero. The media is invited to come tomorrow 16 June 2022 and see for themselves. Transport is available at the Media centre at 10 am,“ Gen. Kulayigye announced on Wednesday.

Brig Gen. Felix Kulayigye, the UPDF spokesperson addresses the media about the ADF training camp discovered in Luwero on Thursday.

During the media briefing on Thursday, Kulayigye explained that a team of UPDF officers raided the ADF training and recruitment camp in the compound owned by Kabonge Umar Ajobe located in Kikubajinja Town council in Luwero district. 

Police cordon the home of a man suspected to be coordinating ADF activities in Luwero.

He added that the house has a welding shop at the front which is used to disguise the sound of bullets firing and an underground trench or cave that is 13ft deep and 9.5’9 inches wide which was used to train other assailants how to shoot. 

Brig Gen. Felix Kulayigye, the UPDF spokesperson shows the media the house that was raided on suspicions of being used for coordinating ADF activities in Luwero.

According to security sources in Luwero, Kabonge has lived in Kikubajinja for 12 years and has had a close relationship with Hajji Walugembe Umar who is a suspected ADF spy. 

It is reported that Hajji Walugembe Umar is a deputy principle of Hamza Islamic School and is believed to have a hand in the recruitment of ADF combatants in Luwero district.

Kabonge is reported to be an ADF operative born in Nakaseke district who is currently being held by security for the attempted assassination of Gen Katumba Wamala, the minister of works and transport on June 1st 2021.

The security have also discovered that it is in this house that the same cell trained and planned the assassination of Gen Katumba Wamala and foiled bombing attempt at the late Lt Gen Paul Lokech’s funeral on August 27th 2021.

Security also discovered bomb making equipment, firing pins, bullets and gun oil among others at the house.

The UPDF and other security agencies are working together with the Media to uncover other cells and training grounds of the rebel group which they suspect has bases in Gulu and Arua districts.


The ADF group is affiliated with ISIS and first emerged in Western Uganda, and is currently known for killing, kidnapping, and displacing Christians in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The terrorist group also claims to have conducted the four bomb attacks in Uganda’s capital of Kampala in 2021.

MPs pay tribute to their former colleague Gordon Bafaki.

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Kira road Police station has this Wednesday morning registered a Fatal accident at Kiwatule along northern by pass which claimed the life of Hon. Gordon Bafaki. The accident involved a Toyota land cruiser TX REG No. UBD 965E T black in colour and a Mercedes benz Trailer REG No. KBZ539Z/ZC 8776 white in colour.

According to the police statement, Hon. Gordon Bafaki, 45, who was the occupant of the black Toyota land cruiser died on spot and his body was taken to Mulago city mortuary.

The wreckage of the Toyota Land cruiser TX that Hon Bafaki was driving.

He was returning from Kiruhura district where he was a member of the organizing committee for Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba’s homecoming celebrations that took place on Tuesday.

Born on November 9, 1976, Bafaki, 45, joined Parliament in 2016, replacing former works Minister John Nasasira to represent Kazo constituency in the 10th Parliament. He lost his Parliamentary seat to Dan Kimosho in the 2021 general elections.

“Our sympathies go out to the family of the late Hon Gordon Bafaki, former MP Kazo County, his friends and the people of Kazo in this painful moment. Such a young and vibrant life brought to a tragic end! We thank him for his services to his Country during his tenure as MP,” tweeted Rt. Hon. Anitah Among, the speaker of 11th parliament.

Speaker of Parliament, Hon Anitah Among’s condelence message on Twitter.

“I am saddened to learn of the death of former member of Parliament for Kazo Hon. Gordon Bafaki who perished in an accident along the Northern Bypass last night. He was an assertive colleague who pushed for the interests of his people and country. My condolences to the family,” tweeted Thomas Tayebwa, the deputy speaker of 11th parliament.

Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon Thomas Tayebwa eulogizes Hon. Gordon Bafaki.

“I am saddened by the untimely death of Hon. Gordon Bafaki my Predecessor and compatriot who laid good foundation for Kazo District. Condolences to the family, friends, Relatives and the people of Kazo upon the demise of our gallant son. May his Soul Rest in Peace!,´ tweeted Hon. Dan Kimosho, the MP Kazo Constituency.

Hon Dan Kimosho, the MP Kazo constituency eulogizes Hon. Gordon Bafaki.

Bafaki was a politician, businessman and professional teacher.

He attended Ntambazi Primary School in Kazo before joining Kanoni Secondary School for his O’level Education and  Standard High School Zzana for his A’ level.

The late Bafaki later joined Makerere University where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Education.

May his Soul Rest In Eternal Peace.

Nurses, Midwives across Uganda strike over low pay

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Uganda Nurses and Midwives under their umbrella body Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union (UNMU) have today laid down their tools citing low pay.

UNMU announced that its members would start a strike today, joining thousands of allied health professionals who started theirs on May 17th.

Justus Cherop Kiplangat, the UNMU president, says they embarked on this because the government is undermining them and it doesn’t give them hope.

Nurses pictured holding placards citing their dissatisfaction over low pay.

“There is industrial action beginning today. We have rejected the letter from the Ministry of Public Service asking us to halt the planned industrial action because the letter was not telling how much nurses are going to earn. We want to know how much they plan to enhance our salary. Doctors have been given already, the science teachers were given, so nurses are not aware of how much they will be given,” he said.

In a letter dated May 16th Wilson Mukasa Muruli, the Minister of Public Service, had appealed to the nurses under UNMU, to halt the planned strike.

 “This is to inform you that the Cabinet directed enhancement of salaries of health professionals and scientists in the Financial Year 2022/2023. Accordingly, funds have been provided in the budget for FY 2022/2023, and salaries for all health professionals, including nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals will be enhanced effective 1st July 2022,” the minister wrote.

Catherine Bitarakwate, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, had earlier revealed that UGX 400b had been earmarked for enhancing the salaries of scientists and all health workers. She however noted that the ministry is yet to announce the final salary structure.

Cherop said a nurse with a degree gets UGX 2m and a medical doctor with a degree gets around UGX 4m, adding that they need the salary for nurses with degrees to be increased from UGX 2m to UGX 4.8m as doctors get UGX 5m in the next financial year.

Their strike comes at a time when thousands of allied health professionals have laid down their tools over low pay and poor working conditions which the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Health ministry said is having a devastating effect on the country’s healthcare.

IGP Ochola offers financial boost to Commonwealth Game- bound Police athletes

By Racheal Nuwahereza

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Okoth Martin Ochola has extended a financial boost to the 11 Police marathon athletes expected to represent Uganda at the 2022 Commonwealth games due 28th July in Birmingham, United Kingdom. 

The financial assistance which will cater for the athletes’ welfare to lift and boost their morale and stay at the high altitude training camp was delivered by Senior Superintendent of Police, (SSP) Kalule Abu on behalf of the IGP during his courtesy visit to Police Athletics Training Camp in Kapchorwa on Wednesday.

The team which is headlined by world champion, ASP Joshua Cheptegei and IP Chemutai Peruth has attracted upcoming young talent including; SPC Kiplagat Victor, SPC Chesang Priscar and SPC Chemistu Janat who will be taking part in the World Junior Championships in Colombia next month.

 “The IGP has appreciated your efforts, endurance and discipline exhibited as you participate in different field tracks trials,” said Kalule.

Kalule applauded the Commonwealth Games- bound athletes for not only representing the Police Force, but also lifting Uganda’s flag high noting that the IGP had promised to promote all Special Police Constables (SPC) into full Police officers and all the paper work is in progress. 

Kalule advised the athletes to continue being disciplined, focused and supportive to one another. This will help you achieve more as you build your career on track and in Uganda Police Force.

The same team will also represent at the Inter Forces games and the East African Police Chiefs Organization games (EAPCO) earmarked for September 2022.

SSP Abu Kalule poses with the police athletes at high altitude Police training camp in Kapchorwa on Wednesday.

Team manager Ali Ngainoka and Coach Njia Benjamin appreciated the financial aid rendered to the athletes and promised to work harder in spearheading the team towards achieving the objectives and talent development.

Gen. Sejusa, Gen. Tumwine among the UPDF officers set to retire

By Racheal Nuwahereza

At least 49 generals are set to retire from the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) in July 2022.

According to the list, two officers at the rank of General, three lieutenant generals, 10 officers at the rank of Major General and 19 brigadiers will be officially relieved of active service.  

In a statement released by the UPDF on Thursday, the 3-day documentation and sensitization exercise for the impending UPDF retirees was concluded at the Land Force headquarters in Bombo.

The statement also revealed that the last batch (batch 12) of the exercise which is specifically for about 49 General Officers impending retirement is set to be conducted on 16th and 17th May 2022 at Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs/UPDF General Headquarters in Mbuya in the Chief of Personnel and Administration boardroom.

Among the notable senior army officers set to retire is the former coordinator of Intelligence Agencies, Gen David Sejusa, a renegade officer, coordinator of intelligence services and a senior presidential adviser who first applied to leave the army in 1996, former Security minister, Gen Elly Tumwine who shot first NRA bullet, the long serving chairperson of General Court Martial; Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, , Lt Gen Prossy Nalweyiso, first female UPDF General attached to State House, Lt Gen John Mugume, Maj Gen Elly Kayanja, the Operation Wembley lord that rid Kampala city of violent crime, Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary, Maj Gen Kyomukama Kasura, Maj Gen Stephen Kashaka, Maj Gen Joram Kakari and Maj Gen Phenehas Kaitirima, Maj Gen Geoffrey Muhesi, Maj Gen Burundi Nyamunywanisa, Maj Gen Michael Odonga, a two-time commander of AMISOM, currently attached to Saudi Arabia, Maj Gen Gavas Mugyenyi, and Maj Gen Octavius Buturo among others.

Full list of officers set to retire.(Courtesy Photo)

An independent research by this publication established that most of those to retire are part of the 1986 National Resistance Army liberation war that brought the current government into power.

According to sources in the military, the retirement of the top generals, most of whom are Bush War heroes, is set to be followed by a major promotion of other officers as the army leadership undergoes a transition.

The UPDF Conditions and Terms of Service provide that it’s illegal to keep army officers in active service once they clock a certain age but are not promoted to the next rank. For instance, at the age of 40, if a captain is not promoted to major, the army must retire that officer.

Section 28, Cap 307 of the UPDF law, Terms of Service specifically indicates that from the rank of Lieutenant to Captain, one can apply for early retirement at 40 years, while a major can leave service at 45. A lieutenant colonel can retire at 47 and a colonel at 51.

From the rank of 2nd Lieutenant to General, an officer can rightly apply for retirement after 14 years of service, while for the lower ranks, one can retire after nine years of service.

Prizes worth over UGX 2.5b to be won in the MTN MoMoNyabo promotion.

By Racheal Nuwahereza

In a bid to celebrate the resilience of customers, MTN Mobile Money Uganda launched the 4th edition of the highly rewarding MoMoNyabo promotion with prizes worth over 2.5 billion shillings to be won by over 16,000 MTN MoMo customers and agents across the country.

The promotion which was launched on Monday 9th May 2022 in Kampala, Ugandaunder the theme MoMoNyabo Waaka, seeks to reward customers making deposits of UGX 20,000/- or more on their MTN Mobile Money accounts with a chance to win prizes including 24 brand new Toyota Succeed cars and mobile money worth UGX 1,600,000,000.

Three lucky customers will win Toyotas every week while 2,000 will each win UGX 100,000/- mobile money every week for 8 weeks. Over 5,000 MTN Mobile Money agents countrywide, who despite the two difficult years of lockdown continue to hustle to make it and excel in their business performance will get mobile money over the period of the promotion.

A caravan of cars that are up for grabs by MTN customers who take part in the MTN MoMo Nyabo Waaka promotion launched on Monday in Kampala. MTN Customers can simply deposit UGX20,000 to stand a chance to win a car.

Speaking at the launch of the MoMoNyabo Waaka promotion, Richard Yego, the MTN Mobile Money Managing Director said that they are happy to engage and excite the MTN MoMo customers again now that the economy is fully reopened.

“Through this campaign, MTN MoMo will be giving away cars and cash (through MTN MoMo) to active MoMo customers who will deposit Money on their MoMo accounts,” said Yego.

Richard Yego, the MTN Mobile Money Managing Director speaking at the MTN MoMo Nyabo Waaka promotion launch on Monday in Kampala.

Yego explained that the more deposits customers make, the higher their chances of winning. He also clarified that after depositing cash to enter the draw, customers can choose how to use their money.

“You can use it for shopping with MTN MoMoPay, paying bills like Yaka or water, buy airtime, voice and data bundles, sending money at zero fees using the MTN MoMo app or simply keep it safe on your phone,” said Yego.

Having been launched in Uganda 13 years ago, MTN MoMo remains a fast, simple, convenient, secure, and affordable way of transferring money, making payments, and performing other transactions using a mobile phone. 

The 4th edition of the MoMoNyabo promotions date back to 2018 and with the reopening of the economy, this year’s MoMoNyabo Waaka promises to be yet another exciting edition of transforming thousands of lives with over 20,000 customers and agents set to win cars and cash prizes.

The draws will be conducted live on NBS and Bukedde TV every Thursday at 8.30 pm, with daily updates at the same time.

MTN MoMo customers are urged to stay vigilant and be ware of conmen by keeping their PINs safe to avoid falling prey to fraudsters.

MTN MoMo Nyabo Waaka promotion-related information will be dispatched through mainstream media, the MTN website and social media handles including www.youtube.com/mtnug and www.twitter.com/mtnug.

All the Winners shall be contacted only by 0312120000.

Science Teachers’ strike over salary increment continues

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Science teachers in all government-aided secondary schools across the country have laid down their tools protesting the government’s failure to effect salary enhancements as promised in the last financial year.

On 22nd April 2022, the science teachers under their umbrella body Uganda Professional Science Teachers’ Union  (UPSTU) announced that they would lay down their tools starting May 9, 2022, demanding a salary increment effective July 2022 when the new budget begins to operate.

Vicent Elong, the UPSTU national chairperson says that in the first budget framework paper, UGX 111b had been earmarked to enhance salaries for secondary science teachers and UGX 27b for scientists in tertiary institutions.

He added that this money has however been reallocated.

A section of science teachers holding placards citing their grievances on 9th May 2022. (Courtesy Photo)

Last year, the teachers accused officials in the ministries of Education, Public Service, and Finance of diverting the UGX 111b meant for their salary enhancement in the 2022/23 financial year adding that the budget framework paper does not reflect the item.

Elong says they will not listen to any empty promises but want to see that their money is allocated in the 2022/23 budget.

The sit-down strike is meant to protest the government’s failure to enhance their salaries and improve their working conditions and push the ministries of Education and Public Service to include salary enhancement in the next financial year, whose budget estimates are said to be in the final stages of being approved by parliament.

A section of science teachers holding placards citing their grievances on 9th May 2022. (Courtesy Photo)

UPSTU has at least 16 sub-regions countrywide, all of which resolved in their different executive meetings to lay down tools until the ministry of Public Service enhances their salaries.

Ramadhan Katende, the UPSTU coordinator greater Masaka sub-region said that they are not ready to return to class until government responds to their long awaited demand.

He added that they are in touch with the network in the region and unanimously agreed to participate in the sit-down strike to move the ministry of finance to respond to their salary demands.

Geoffrey Ojara Ojiri, the Chairperson UPSTU Acholi sub-region said that their members won’t enter class until they get clear feedback from the government.

The teachers want the ministry of Public Service to implement the presidential directive and Cabinet resolutions of August 24, 2021, of enhancing salaries for all scientists, including science teachers, to UGX 4m for the newly-appointed degree holders and UGX 3m for diploma holders.

First Lady Janet Museveni, also minister of Education and Sports, President Museveni and the leaders of UNATU at Kololo for world teachers day where Museveni said that he wants science teachers’ salaries enhanced.

Last week, the Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni said that she was aware of the teachers’ plight and that government was working towards addressing it.

Gonzaga Ssewungu, the Kalungu East MP, who has been a frontline advocate for teachers’ rights cautioned government against the move of enhancing salaries for science teachers at the expense of their counterparts who teach arts, saying it would cause financial and social disparities in the sector and discourage others.

“What are you trying to show us? Is it that those who teach arts are useless and so unwanted?” he questioned.

The minister however said that the issue of salary increment is not an issue of science teachers only but cuts across. She said something needs to be done to ensure that all the salaries of teachers nationwide are increased.

Despite the outcry of learners, school administrators and the minister of education for science teachers to be patient, UPSTU members remain adamant saying they will not conduct any class until the government fulfills its promise to enhance their salaries as they have done for scientists in other sectors.

The teachers say that government is non-committal on its pledges and that it has continued to divert funds meant to enhance salaries for the science teachers and they refuse to be easily pushed to subsequent financial years, as has always been the case.

NIRA to roll out National IDs mass renewal program

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Members of parliament have tasked Gen David Muhoozi, the state minister for Internal affairs to explain what will happen when citizens national IDs expire in 2 years’ time.

As the 2nd December 2024 expiry date for some national IDs nears, Betty Ethel Naluyima, the Wakiso woman MP expressed concern over the UGX 50,000 for renewal which she said many Ugandans may not be able to afford and called for comprehensive program on the renewal process.

In response, Gen Muhoozi said National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) is working on a program for the mass renewal of National IDs.

Gen David Muhoozi, the state minister for Internal affairs speaking during the plenary sitting on Thursday.

Gen Muhoozi also said that the replacement fees was misreported by the media clarifying that the fee was proposed only for changes relating to correction of dates of birth where the error was made by the ID bearer and not all other changes.

Adding that the revision is still subject to consideration by government and all stakeholders including Parliament and that it has not been approved or taken effect.

Gen. Muhoozi promised to come with an explanation next week on Thursday as tasked by parliament.

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