No one will derail parliament- Obore

By Patricia Osman

The director of communications and public relations of Parliament Chris Obore says no one will derail parliament form discussing or debating on the issue of 6bn shillings oil bonanza.

His comments follow an interim order by the Constitutional Court stopping MPs, any person or authority from inquiring or investigating the bonus payment of shs 6 billion to senior government officers.

However Mr. Obore says the matter can only be determined by the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga. Obore says that the matter is of public interest adding that speaker will guide the MPs on the matter.

Meanwhile the Public Accounts Comitte chaired by Ntungamo municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga and Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises committee chaired by Bugweri County legislator Abdul Katuntu have already expressed interest in investigating the case.

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GULU FACES A RED EYE DISEASE OUTBREAK

By Kizindo Lule

The public is advised to avoid shaking hands following the outbreak of Red Eye disease in the northern district of Gulu.

The disease has so far affected 798 people in the district with most affected in Gulu main prison, Pece prison, Gulu remand home and Gulu Main police station.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Vivian Nakaliika says people should also wash hands with soap to avoid contracting the disease.

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Uganda Police and NWSC champion the green environment campaign

The Uganda Police Force Kapchorwa area officers and the Municipality leadership joined NWSC for a tree planting activity at Kapchorwa Boma Grounds.
The exercise is part of NWSC’S ongoing campaign to green the environment.
Speaking at the tree planting activity spearheaded by the Young Water Professionals Uganda Chapter, NWSC MD Dr.Eng Silver Mugisha urged Ugandans to give back to the environment by planting trees and protecting water sources.
“Issues of climate change can no longer be left to the experts only. We all have a part to play.,” Dr.Eng Silver Mugisha.

Masaka MP loses seat

By Sania Babirye

The High court in Masaka has nullified the election of Amos Mandela as the Buyamba county Member of Parliament.

Former Makerere guild president Ivan Bwowe sued Mandela on grounds that he did not possess the required qualification, and used forged academic papers for nomination.

The court ruled that both his O and A level transcripts had different names one in the names of Majara Amos while another had the names Amos Madala.

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Political wrangles are the major causes of low revenue- minister

By Robert Segawa.

Minister for Kampala Betty Namisango Kamya has advised Kampala Capital City Authority division chairpersons to put a side political difference and work for the betterment of Kampala city.

Kamya made the remarks while opening a revenue mobilization workshop at Royal Suite hotel Bugolobi.

The minister said that its time for divisional chairpersons and councilors to forget their political party differences and focus on a point of serving the people of Kampala who elected them.

She noted that Kampala political wrangles are the major causes of low revenue returns by bringing street vendors because they voted them and yet they do not pay taxes to the city authority.

Sam Sserunkuma the director revenue KCCA also explained that Kampala politics which started in April last year to February this year hindered KCCA from meeting their revenue collection target of Ug120bn leading to collection of only Ug80bn.

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Illegal mining has led to loss of revenue

By Moses Kidandi

Uganda National chamber of commerce has asked parliament to fast track the policy to guild the mining sector in Uganda.

The chamber say Uganda is losing millions of shillings to illegal miners who are selling Ugandan minerals at a cheap price.

Olive Kigongo the president Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry says they have finalized proposals to handle regulation of the mining industry in Uganda.

Kigongo says the policy will help regulate the mining industry and protect the local miners.

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Number of legislators to increase as Parliament approves 76 new constituencies

Parliament on Tuesday approved the creation of 76 new parliamentary constituencies. The ninth Parliament voted for the creation of new constituencies but it did not go through the legal requirement for creation of Parliamentary constituencies as per article 63 of the constitution.

The approval followed a motion by Justice Minister, Kahinda Otafiiire. Otafiire told Parliament there was an omission on part of government and asked Parliament for retrospective approval in order to legalize the new constituencies.

Shadow Attorney General Wilfred Niwagaba had attempted to block debate on the motion saying the matter under consideration was before court. He told Parliament that one  Andrew Tumusiime had taken the Attorney General to Court challenging the legality of the new constituencies.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga however over ruled him saying she had not been served an injunction by court to stop debate on the matter.

Bugweri County MP, Abdu Katuntu said that the formation of the new counties in the first place was unconstitutional but government could not listen to the opposition advice.

Otafiire said that there was an omission on the government side but noted that they are duty bound by the command of the Constitution to ensure that they prescribe the number of constituencies as they are today.

Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana said  there was need for Parliament to legalize what is already in place.

Aruu Municipality MP Adonga Otto said that parliament had no option but to legalize the new counties saying that it is in the interest of the MPs that the motion passes.

Kiira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said a number of MPs including himself would be affected if Parliament failed to approve the motion.  He blamed the mess on government for failing to table  amendments to the Electoral laws early enough.

The new constituents that already have their representatives in the current Parliament include Agago North, Orungo County, Lutseshe County, Kachumbala County, Bukomansimbi South, Elgon County, Dokolo South County, Gomba West County, Kilak North County and others.

The others include Ik County, Bulamogi North-West County,  Kabweri County, Kashongi County, Kibanda North County, Chua East County,  Kole North County, Butemba County, Kyaka South County, Kiira Municipality, Tepeth County, Mawogola North County, Koboko North County, Adjumani East County and others.

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NRM party registrar arrested

From URN

The National Resistance Movement party registrar in the western district of Rubanda has been arrested for altering results from the party primaries held yesterday.

Nicholas Ngabikyire  submitted results from the Rubanda woman flag bearer’s race indicating that Prossy Akampurira had garnered 4779 votes followed by her rival Hildah Kabarungi Karuhize with 3277 votes, which was challenged.

A vote   recount gave Akampurira 3888 votes instead of 4779 votes and Kabarungi 3797 votes as opposed to the 3277.


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Delete clauses in the HIV prevention and control Act

By Deo Wasswa

More than 60 civil society organizations, Health activists and Human rights lawyers petitioned constitutional court to delete clauses in the HIV prevention and control Act 2014 that are discriminatory.

They say some of these clauses are negatively impacting the lives of persons living with HIV, and discourage voluntary testing which contributes to the spread of HIV.

The clauses are, the forced disclosure of one’s HIV status by medical workers to the people at risk, criminalizing one who attempted or deliberately transmit HIV to another person.

Dorothy Kiconco, the executive director of Led by Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS says attaching an HIV response to criminality, punishment, and victimization will take country back ward and will fuel discrimination.


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UTB TO GROW UGANDA MATYRS PILGRIMAGE SITES TO INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

By Moses Kidandi

The Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has embarked on front trading Uganda Martyrs to market world over the other tourism attractions in the country.

UTB Executive Director Stephen Asiimwe says they have already marketed the martyrs among the tourism companies in several countries like America, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, England, France and Portugal among others.

He adds, through the ministry of tourism they are planning to modernize the 24 martyrs cites by allocating them with good infrastructures include accommodation that could attract long journey tourists to spend about 250 dollars every day.

Asiimwe further says that they are planning to make it a daily pilgrimage to all Martyrs sites by the targeted 1.2billion Catholics across the world.

Uganda Martyrs were 22 Catholic and 23 Anglican believers killed by King Mwanga after converting  to Christianity in the historical kingdom of Buganda.


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