By Alice Lubwama

The Uganda prisons service has accused the judiciary of making the bail fees unaffordable for the poor to access justice.

While speaking at the report dubbed justice delayed is justice denied in Kampala, the prison service spokesperson Frank Baine said that the bail should be intended to protect a right to bail but not to defeat it.

Baine adds that people have now resorted to mob justice because they have lost trust in police and the judiciary.

Police intervenes in the Park yard traders’ demonstration

By Robert Segawa

Businesses has today morning been paralysed after park yard traders demonstrated , dismissing Kampala minister’s directive to have them out of  their area of operation with in 30days.

Police intervened  arresting some of the traders who are thought to be ring leaders of the demonstration.  The demonstration got violent as traders had began pelting stones at police officers, injuring some of them.

Early this week minister Betty Kamya passed a 30 days ultimatum asking the traders to leave the space for developer  Ham so he can build standard structures .

Many shops along  Nakivubo Mews, Channel street, Nakivubo road  and all roads around  park yard remain closed.

NSSF recovers 1.8Bn shillings through online whistle blowers page

By Wasswa Deo

The ongoing whistle-blower campaign by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has recovered over Shs1.8 billion .

Last month, the NSSF unveiled a new web-based whistle-blower platform for aggrieved employees to report employers who fail to remit their contributions to the Fund, as required by the law.

The Head Marketing and Communications, Barbra Teddy Arimi, says, up to 90% of the cases received were through the NSSF Whistle-blower platform, hence it is one of the Fund’s most effective tools to increase compliance levels and recover billions of employees’ contributions meant for their retirement.

According to her, more than 25,000 employers are meant to pay NSSF contributions. However, 12,000 of these are not complying and of the 13,000 who are complying, only 8,900 are consistently remitting NSSF contributions for their employees.

A total of 149 cases received over the last 4 months, January recorded the most cases at 55, followed by October (27).

She added that this is a continuous campaign, urging employees to continue being vigilant and speak out to ensure that their employers remit their savings to the Fund.

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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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.


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.


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.