HIV/AIDS burden declines in Uganda Police Force

Uganda Police has made a significant achievement in addressing HIV/AIDS burden among the police officers country wide.

During the police HIV/AIDS program established some years back, the police have managed to test a total of 134930 police officers of whom 1106 tested HIV positive and linked to health care.

According to Dr. Niwamanya Emanuel, deputy director health services in police, among the officers linked to the care , their viral load has suppressed to 86%.

He was speaking in the meeting between Uganda Aids commission and armed forces held at the Imperial Royale Hotel  to discuss  the role and progress of armed forces in ending AIDS as a public health threat in Uganda by 2030

 

By Wasswa Deo

Human Rights defenders demand that Kayihura be produced in court

Human Rights organizations demand that the Uganda Peaple’s Defense Force as a matter of urgency to produce the arrested people before the competent courts of law and stop abusing their constitutional rights of 48 hours rule.

Among the arrested people mentioned includes the former Inspector General of police General Kale Kaihura who is currently detained at Makindye barracks

The programs officer at the Human rights network Uganda Patrick Tumwine says arresting everyone is not the solution but rather should go through court processes to be charged if found guilty.

Since October 2017, close to 26th senior police officers including the former IGP have been arrested by CMI on allegations of involvement and abating crime.

By Wasswa Deo

Internal affairs minister summons IGP over MP Nambooze

The Inspector General of police, Martin Ochola has been summoned to the ministry of internal affairs to explain the continued detention of suspects beyond 48 hours without producing them in court.
This follows various petitions and concerns related to the detention of Mukono municipality mp Betty Namboze who is being treated at Kirudu hospital under tight supervision and guard of the police which still treats her as a suspect.
Nambooze was arrested last week after reporting to the CID in connection with statements she uttered before and after the death of Arua Municipality mp Ibrahim Abiriga.
Internal affairs minister J.J Odong says Police has a right to detain a suspect if there is reason for them to suspect you to have committed a crime. However, Odongo says the IGP should explain to the public why the legislator cant be released of produced in court.
By Moses Kindandi

Nurses threaten to strike

By Patricia Osman
Nurses under their umbrella body of the Uganda nurses and midwives union are threatening industrial action next week if the government doesn’t engage them in negotiating for their salaries.
The union president Justus Kiplangat says, ” government has disregarded their road map for salary increment adding that all nurses will not report for duty on the 23rd of this month if govt does not listen to their plea.”

NFA demands for special environment courts

By Robert Segawa

National Forests Authority wants government to put in place a special court to handle cases related to environmental cases.  This was disclosed by Paul Buyerah Musamali the acting executive director NFA while addressing the media at the head offices in Bugolobi.

Musamali says court injunctions are one of the reasons which have hindered NFA cases against forest encroachers and illegal lumbering suspects in court.

He adds that some court cases take long to be disposed of which he said government losses millions of money and gives chance to others to continue destroying forests.
Musamali explained that NFA has organized August 6th as the day when it will roll out national wide campaign for tree planting to help replacing those lost to illegal lumbering. NFA says in conjunction with Uganda National Roads Authority it will distribute free tree seedlings to people to plant trees along all major roads in Uganda.

Finance minister warns against corrupt procurement officers

By Deo Wasswa

The minister of Finance, Planning and Economic development Matia Kasaija says government is going to blacklist individual procurement officers found engaging in corruption, violating the professional ethical code and flouting procurement procedures.

Kasaija notes that public procurement officers who make procurement plans that fall short of the accepted standards after getting bribes and kickbacks are partly responsible for the country’s economic woes.

He notes that blacklisting is aimed at regulating and instilling discipline among procurement officers in a bid to improve transparency in public bidding and tendering processes.

Kasaija was addressing  the Bidder’s convention at UMA conference Hall Lugogo

On other hand, the  acting Executive director of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) Benson Turamye says 124 companies have been suspended from providing any service to government entities after an investigation found them guilty of forgery and breach of contractual obligations, among other issues.

 

Government officials shun civil society meeting

By Deo Wasswa

Members of civil society organization have expressed disappointment against Members of Parliament on COSASE committee and other government officials from government departments such as Uganda Revenue Authority for not turning up in the meeting organized in regards to the implementation of the recommendation report made on the six billion presidential hands shake.

The meeting held at golf course hotel by groups of civil society had invited these government officials to give the public an update on how they are  implementing the recommendations after the so called thorough investigations into the mater.

Job Kijja, head of democracy and rule of law at Great lakes institute for strategic studies says,” it’s awkward that investigations that also spent 6 billion came up with recommendations and it’s now one year but nothing was considered.”

The recommendation report, suggested the 42 selected officials that shared the six billion presidential hand shake to refund the money, but nothing was acted up on

Opposition displeased with EC decision to leave civil servants out of LC elections

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Democratic party have expressed dismay over electoral commission’s move to halt all civil servants from participating in the forth coming local council election which they say, doesn’t only violates the laws of the country but also a sign of injustice.

While addressing the media  at the party headquarters  in Kampala, Nobert Mao the party president says that though the councils are important in national peace and security development but no to involve in civil servants who are to campaign on taxes of the nationals.

Mao has called upon all party members to get involved in the elections to over come what he called corrupt and fraudulent NRM cadres who have held these positions for almost 2 decades.
He says local council one letters are important in day to day daily activities , he asked Ugandans not to elect leaders who beat up their wives and those who cannot look after their families.

Opposition demand a commission of inquiry be put to investigate Kayihura

By Robert Segawa

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change says president Museveni should institute a commission of inquiry to investigate former Inspector General of police Gen Kale Kayihura for the last 13 years he has been at the helm of police management.

Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, the FDC spokesperson while addressing the media at party headquarters said the commission should be headed by a competent judge in order to probe crimes committed by Gen Kayihura during his tenure. Semujju noted that many people have been tortured, killed and others were wrongly detained thus need to be given a chance to explain themselves and pin him.

He added that Kayihura has been handling police office as a ruling party NRM cadre and commissioned arrest and torture and arrest of opposition members .
The party now wants Kayihura to be charged with all cases he committed while in office including intimidation, arbitrary arrests of opposition members during their peaceful demonstrations. Ssemujju also wants all the victims to be compensated by government over the sins of Gen Kayihura.

IGP Okoth orders for a Police head count

By Robert Segawa

The inspector General of police, Okoth Martin Ochola has ordered for head count in Uganda police force to commence on 18th-June-2018 across the country to know the actual numbers of serving officers as way of professionalize the force.

According to the message from Professional standard unit commander assistant commissioner of police William Okalany the head count will begin with units, divisions and regions within Kampala before extending to up country.

He adds that all personnel will be counted from their particular area of deployment within district and division.

Okalany adds that the division police commanders will organize the audit centers and each officer will fill a man power audit form before proceeding to the audit team for verification.

The police officers will expect to present passport photos, warrant cards, bank account, tin number, and national identity card number. He strongly warns those will miss the exercise their names will be deleted from the payroll.