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Livestock farmers ask government to regulate acaricides.

Livestock farmers in Ankole sub-region want the government and its agencies involved in the supply of acaricides to work with the farmers to find a solution on tick-drug resistance.

This was revealed at a farmers’ parliament organized by the Mbarara Network of Farmers’ Voice in Sanga Town Council, Nyabushozi-Kiruhura district.

The farmers blamed the National Drugs Authority (NDA) officials for failure to regulate acaricides used to spray their animals in the fight against ticks on their farms.

Anna Rose Ademun, the Commissioner Animal Health in the ministry of Animal husbandry told farmers that government is looking forward to create zones in all the four regions of Uganda where famers will be guided on which acaricides they should use in the fight against ticks.

4 Medics detained over death of newly wed bride.

Police in Kampala has in custody four medical officers of Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Clinic Bukoto in connection with the death of a newlywed bride.

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According to police investigations, the deceased; Joana Namutebi  had just concluded the process of having an IUD inserted in her body, a day after her wedding. After which, she developed severe effects which included a pounding headache and vomitting and became unconscious moments after the procedure. Namutebi  who was then at the fertility hospital was later transferred to Victoria Hospital in a very critical condition where she slipped into a coma.

Courtesy photo of the IUD.

Efforts to stabilise her condition were unsuccessful as Namutebi’s health deteriorated quickly and was pronounced dead shortly after.

Charles Twiine; the spokesperson of the Criminal Investigations Directorate, confirmed that the four medical personnel are detained at Kira Road Police Station as investigations into the incident continue.

Our reporter established that Namutebi wedded Derrick Wabwire last Friday.

‘National debt still manageable’- Ramathan Ggoobi

The ministry of finance planning and economic development says its taking key steps to enforce and enhance a better management of the national debt as a strategy to  ensure that it remains sustainable

According to the Bank of Uganda report, our public debt stood at 19 billion dollars which is approximately 70.4 trillion shillings by 1st July this year.

The permanent secretary ministry of finance planning and economic development also secretary to the treasury, Ramathan Ggoobi says that at the moment the national debt remains sustainable as he also dismissed fears that Uganda has over borrowed

Meanwhile Ggoobi believes that reforms being conducted especially in handling procurement will help address corruption.

NRM’s Andrew Muwonge takes Kayunga LC5 Seat.

NRM’s Muwonge Andrew declared winner of Kayunga LC5 by-election. He garnered 31,830 votes while NUP’s  Harriet Nakaweede’s garnered 31,380 votes.

The results were declared by the Kayunga district returning officer, Kyobutungi Jennifer.

Declaration results Form.

Muwonge replaces NUP’s Ffefeka Muhammad Sserubugo who reportedly committed suicide in June this year, days after he was sworn-in.

“I am going to work hard so that the people of Kayunga get the services they deserve,” said Andrew Muwonge; the new Kayunga District chairperson.

35 year old sentenced to 16 years for murder.

Court in Rukungiri has sentenced a 35-year-old man to 16 years in jail for killing his own mother. 

Victor Muhumuza was sentenced by Justice Moses Kazibwe Kawumi after he was found guilty of killing his mother identified as Jeradina in cold blood.

Muhumuza, a driver and resident of Kitanda cell Nyakaina Parish, Buyanja Sub County in Rukungiri district murdered his mother on July 31st, 2017.

While delivering the judgment Justice Kazibwe noted that the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt. He argued that the court considered the gravity of the crime Muhumuza committed and sentenced him to 20 years imprisonment.

Justice Kazibwe however, reduced the 4 years he spent on remand and Muhumuza will spend 16 years in jail.

Kipsiro’s Presidential car promise still a mystery, seven years after

Three-time Commonwealth champion, Moses Kipsiro, 35, has revealed that he has never received his gift from the president. Kipsiro disclosed the car was picked from Victoria Motors by individuals from State House but seven years later he has not had any breakthrough in tracing the individuals who picked the car.

Kipsiro was rewarded with a car by President Museveni for making the country proud when he struck gold for Uganda in the 10,000-metre race during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kipsiro explained that in 2014, upon his return to Dublin for treatment on his knee injury, he received a call from Victoria Motors informing him that the car promised to him from State House had been released. Kipsiro had decided to give up on the car as he struggled with injuries and oother personal set backs which frustrated him further.

Former state minister for sports Charles Bakkabulindi has expressed committment to assist Kipsiro get a Toyota Pajero car, which President Museveni gifted the athlete after his gold medal triumph.

Bakkabulindi noted that several sportsmen and women have benefited from President Museveni’s prerogative to reward success over the last 10 years.

In fact, recently Joshua Cheptegei, Peruth Chemutai, Stephen Kiprotich and Jacob Kiplimo, who won medals at the 2020 were rewarded for their international success received their brand new double-cabin pickups.

So, who took Kipsiro’s car?

Story compiled by Zaid Nanyonyi

Management of Saccos asked to build people’s trust

Sacco administrators have been challenged  to create an environment which attracts people to save their money with trust. The call was sounded Elly Katunguka, the vice chancellor Kyambogo university at the  fundraising in Kampala for Buturo Sacco in Bushenyi district.

Katunguka noted that people get frustrated with the corruption and entrenched embezzlement of members funds by the management of SACCOs. He hailed Buturo Sacco for being a role model with trust of people’s money ,transforming people’s mindset on saving and encouraging them to work to fight against poverty.

Pison Mugizi, the Sacco patron said Buturo Sacco is now controlled by bank of Uganda and will soon be recognized as a microfinance deposit institution (MDI).

On his own, Benson Barigye, the chairman board attributed this achievement to good monitoring the board has on people’s money and good management designed with good teamwork.

Kibalama calls for Opposition reconciliation

The former president and founder of National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party- NURDP that has since evolved into the National Unity Platform-NUP, Moses Nkonge Kibalama calls upon opposition political parties that want to take political power to invest in strategic planning and external resource mobilization to compete favorably.

Speaking during an end of year plenary meeting for political parties at the National Consultative Forum for Political Parties and Organizations offices in Kansanga yesterday, Kibalama said no political party can canvass for political support without adequate resources that can match those of the ruling party that they want to uproot from power.

He notes that after the election cycle, many political parties waste time lamenting about the monetization of politics, shrinking civic space and intimidation from the ruling party instead of gathering campaign resources to contest in the next polls.

UNOC Budgets To Be Approved In 15 Days

Parliament yesterday afternoon passed into law the Public Finance Management Amendment Bill 2021 into law, that will require lawmakers to approve the budgets estimates submitted by Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) within 15days.

 Although Government had in its initial proposal had sought exclusive powers for UNOC to spend money at source, the proposal was rejected by Parliament’s Finance Committee on grounds that it would usurp Parliament’s appropriation mandate but rather recommended to have UNOC’s cash calls scrutinized from time to time and not follow the normal budget cycle.

The Chairperson Finance Committee noted Keefa Kiwanuka was conscious of the fact that money from state coffers must be appropriated by parliament based on annual work plans and budgets the committee recommends that the proceeds should only be used after approval by parliament.

 The committee also notes the misalignment between the budgets of the joint venture partners which are based on a calendar year as opposed to our national annual budgeting process which starts 1st July to 30th June.

The Committee also noted the serious consequences in the event that appropriation is delayed among which threats include UNOC losing access to information and data during production as well as loss of voting rights.

Butambala county mp Muwanga Kivumbi authored a minority and warned against the proposal saying the similar approach was adopted in Angola and since then, the company has been riddled in corruption scandals.

Student sues LDC for denying him Bar Course enrolment

An applicant has dragged the Law Development Centre to High Court Civil Division for declining to enrol him for the bar course on grounds that he studied his bachelor’s degree online. 

Through his lawyers of Centre for Legal Aid, Daniel Adyera 30, contends that he studied his Bachelors of Laws-LLB from the University of London in 2014 through Long Distance learning and obtained a second-class upper degree, however, LDC has refused to admit him on grounds that he studied through long-distance learning.

To enroll as an advocate in Uganda, one needs to study the bar course at LDC leading to a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.  

Adyera now wants the High Court to declare illegal and unjustifiable, the refusal by the LDC to enroll in the bar course for nearly three years, and to order the respondents to pay him damages and costs for the inconveniences caused to him.

Justice Musa Ssekaana, the High Court Civil Division Judge has set February 10th, 2022 for the hearing of Adyera’s petition, and issued hearing notices requiring LDC and the Attorney General to prepare their defence.


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