By Edwin Muhumuza
The Japanese Government is in preparations to mark 50 years of cooperation, support and Aid to Uganda. Among the activities leading up to the event, the embassy took Capital Radio and a group of journalists on a tour to western Uganda to showcase the diversity of Japanese assistance including technical cooperation, grant aid, volunteers,Japanese NGO’s projects and multilateral cooperation. The projects supported by Japan (Japan International Cooperation Agency-JICA)have not only been infrastructure but health ,education, climate change, water and sanitation and income generation.
One of them is the Kahinju Secondary School project for the construction of a girls dormitory in Kabarole district valued at USD 93,463. The Church owned school requested the Japanese Government to intervene following statistics that revealed that close to 30 girl students were dropping out of school per term a trend attributed to men who lure girls with money before having sex with them hence impregnating them,according to the Bishop of Rwenzori Diocese,Reuben Kisembo.
The school currently has a capacity of 1,250 students of which 557 are girls.Last year it emerged 7th in the whole district and was the best among Universal Secondary Education(USE) However the trend of pregnancies, walking long distances, lack of support from parents is negatively affecting academic performance according to substantive Deputy Headteacher Asiimwe Lillian Olimi, who erstwhile is optimistic that the new girls dormitory will change the trend.
In Kasese district, the Japanese government is supporting over 140 farmers in another project aiming to improve responses to disasters and climate change adaptation capacity for vulnerable people. In conjunction with Save The Children and Kasese Local Government, about 140 families do not have to depend on rain, which is unreliable but rather irrigation in Karusandara subcounty. Program manager disaster risk reduction, Save the Children, Vianne Musika, tells me that an empowered family directly impacts on the livelihood of children through modern farming methods.One,Sam a farmer and chairperson of the group says their livelihoods have changed as they are able to sell water melons, onions, tomatoes and other crops at high price at a time when they are off-season and scarce.
Representative of JICA Uganda Office, Mr.Yutaka Fukase explains that as part of the Grassroots Human Security Grant Project(GGP) Scheme to support community development to uplift life of people at grassroots level, so far a total of 235 projects worth 18,460,456 USD have been funded and 59 projects in western Uganda have so far been implemented.
The water supply project in Ryeru subcounty, in Rubirizi district is one such example. Residents in Mushumba parish have expressed gratitude as women and children no longer drown in the crater lake Kako. Thanks to the Japanese for the plant worth 260m shs,The 80,000 litres tank currently supports close to 20,000 people. John Mubangizi,the Project Director, Mushumba water project says residents pay 100shs per jerrycan to maintain the diesel powered pump adding that up to 2013 they had six distribution points but as of today they boast of 30 distribution points.
In Mbarara district, Japanese technical experts from Rakunogakuen University are ensuring safe milk production by Rubyerwa Dairy Investments, Kashari county. A tour around the farm exposed us to modern scientific methods of dairy production including, bucket feeding, preparation of silage and breeding of best dairy cows; Jersy, Ushire and Friesians. Approximately 550 litres of milk are produced on average and the highest ever was 800litres.The Friesians are the best producers, according to Nshangano Philomena, the Executive Director/Founder member, experts helped in preventing cows from contracting Mastitis, a disease that affects production of milk.
While speaking at a meeting of ministers,MPs and politicians from western Uganda, organized by Japanese Ambassador,His Excellence.Kazuaki Kameda, at Lake View Hotel Mbarara,Cabinet Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Johnson Byabagambi and former minister of works hailed Japan for being Uganda’s best development partner,whose loans are affordable,at an interest of below 0.5%.
Finally, we also visited BRAC, an NGO funded through Japan Social Development Fund at Lukaya. Kalungu district. Here, the project which has been running since 2014 and benefits 19,200 beneficiaries in four districts through agriculture and nutritional activities. The project Coordinator , Hannan Ali says they give carrots, tomatoes, groundnuts, sweet potatoes ,beans and pumpkins to families and thereafter a start-up kit for small holder farmers to grow the seedlings to ensure family nutrition.
These projects are just a few of the multi-million dollar support the Japanese government has rendered to Uganda since 1954.
By Deo Wasswa
State minster for water and environment Dr. Kitutu Mary Gorreth has directed National Environment Management Authority and ministry of health to put sign posts on their entry gates that prohibits people from entering their premises with polythene bags.
According to her, this should be done to implement the kavera ban as well as sending signal to people manufacturing and importing Buveras to stop it and have alternative business that can replace Kavera.
Minister made the directive during the launch of national wide campaign that will see kavera completely out of use in Uganda.
The campaign spear headed by Vivo energy, NEMA, Next Media , Ministry of health and other partners will be involved in sensitizing and educating Ugandans to shun the use of Buveras to live healthier and preserve environment.
On the other hand of the event held at shell Bugolobi, the NEMA police led by Byamukama Moses stopped a group of more than 60 people under their umbrella Uganda plastic manufacturers and recyclers association who also had organized a meeting opposite shell to educate people on better managing the disposal of Kavera after its use.
The group was led by Ategeka Moses, the communication director at Uganda plastic manufacturers and recyclers’ association.
By Deo Wasswa
The anti corruption coalition Uganda has expressed concern over the delay by parliament to effectively discuss audits reports made by office of the auditor general warning that this promotes impunity and corrupt tendencies by government officials.
ACCU Executive director, Cissy Kagaba says from 2017 to date only 18 out of the 97 audit reports have been handled by the parliament.
Speaking during the validation of a report on selected implementation of value for money audit meeting at hotel Africana, Kagaba noted that the parliament should critically look at recommendations from the auditor general to avert worsening service delivery brought by some public official who steal public funds and walk away free.
By Robert Segawa
Police in Buhweju has shot dead and injured another student as they tried to control a student’s strike.
The incident happened at Nyakitojjo secondary school in Buhweju district where students were striking to demand education ministry to transfer their headteacher. The head teacher Alex Mabwindi had been accused of crumbling down the academic performance of the school.
Bonface Kinyera the district police commander Buhweju says the deceased Innocent Natuhangana a student of senior four was hit by a stray bullet during the last night strike at 9pm while the injured Felix while Musiimenta is admitted at Nyakitojo health center IV.
Beatrice Tusiime the District Education officer says it was a sad incident because they had just sat with students to end the impasse adding that it was unfortunate that students went on and became riotus.
By Robert Segawa
Police in Matuga is investigating the circumstances under which 32 year old Enrolled nurse died and was dumped in Kagujje village Wakiso district.
According to Luke Owoyesigyire the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson the deceased identified as Tumukunde Ivan.
It is alleged that on Wednesday the deceased was taken to Fellowship Medical Centre in Matuga in a company of his wife to receive a treatment and admitted because he was ill .
To the surprise of the loved ones he was found lying dead in Kaguja this morning something that sparked off fears in the community that he could have died from the clinic and the clinic wrapped the body in the old bed sheets before dumped in the bush.
This forced the angry residents of the area to storm the clinic with intention of setting it a blaze and the police intervene.
Police arrested two staff members of Fellowship medical center to help in the investigation these are Mugwanya Patrick a clinic officer, and Nampera Phiona a nurse who is at Matugga police.
By Robert Segawa
Thugs raided Green harrow hard ware in Kitemu Nsangi municipality Wakiso district killed one local guard and removed one eye of second one before they took off with unspecified amount of cash.
The deceased has been identified as Phillip Olyekuri 28 year residents of Kitemu .
Police also identified the one lost his eye as Robert Masende as and him to rushed to hospital.
According to Ali Kakooza officer in charge Nsangi police station the thugs stormed the hardware during last night’s heavy downpour and beat up the guard’s injured one left other dead and after took off with cash.
Police visited the scene and the body has been rushed to Mulago hospital for postmortem.