KCCA impounds public passenger vehicles over tax defaulting

By Robert Ssegawa
Kampala Capital City Authority enforcement team has impounded 30 commercial salon vehicles in a morning crackdown on tax defaulters.
Simon Kabanda the head operations KCCA said today’s operation in the City Center,  Wandegeya and  in Kamwokya saw 14  taxis and 16 special hire cars impounded for lack of o KCCA stickers to confirm that they had paid the authority dues.
He says some drivers managed to clear dues using Pay way and   salvaged their vehicles. The impounded vehicles have been  taken to KCCA parking lot..

President Museveni not interested in succession and removal of age limit talk

President Yoweri Museveni has dismissed calls to discuss the removal of the age limit from the constitution and his succession, saying it’s not the right time.

Recently, a section of the media carried reports showing that some legislators allied to the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party were planning to table a resolution pushing the removal of tap limits.

President Museveni’s son-in-law, Odrek Rwabwogo also wrote to the media calling for debate on the political transition, economic reforms and internal democracy in NRM. Now, president, Museveni has distanced himself from talk of the removal of the age limit, saying he isn’t interested in the matter.

Museveni will be above 75 years at the expiry of his current term, which makes him ineligible to contest for presidency without the removal of the age limit from the constitution.

Addressing journalists at Kawumu State Lodge in Luweero district on Tuesday evening, Museveni said he is only concerned about the future of Africa and what should be done but not small things like age limit.

Abdul Nadduli, the Minister Without Portfolio agrees with Museveni, but warns him to reign in on his family members and relatives, saying they may lead to his downfall.

But the Democratic Party president, Norbert Mao will not have any of this. According to Mao, Museveni is interested in the removal of the age limits to allow him become president for life.

He argues that NRM has no alternative to succeed Museveni that is why they are plotting to remove the age limit to enable him stand again.

According to Mao, Ugandans should continue discussing the political transition and avoid being diverted by Museveni that he isn’t interested in the matter.

He notes that Museveni duped Ugandans that he was not interested in the removal of term limits from the constitution but turned around to bribe MPs to pass the proposal.

 

 

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20 students die while swimming in a storm in Ghana

Up to 20 students have died after a storm at a waterfall popular with picnickers in Ghana caused trees to fall on them while they were swimming.

Wind and heavy rain appears to have caused the accident, in which large falling trees trapped daytrippers in a pool at the bottom of the Kintampo waterfalls, one of the highest in the country, in the Brong-Ahafo region.

Surrounded by mahogany trees and sunbirds, the three-stage waterfall is about 70 metres high, and its pool is often found full of people cooling off in the spray.

At least 12 of the dead were pupils of Wenchi secondary school, about an hour’s drive from the falls. The headteacher, Foster Boateng, told local media they had been on a trip to the northern regions of the country on Sunday.
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“We decided to finish it all at the Kintampo waterfalls, so some of the children decided to taste the swimming aspect of it,” a Ghanaian news website quoted him as saying.

“The trees started coming down, so in an attempt to escape some of them fell and they were trapped by the trees. Those who succeeded in climbing the staircase up to pack into the bus got trapped … by other trees that had fallen down.”

The national fire service spokesman, Prince Billy Anaglate, said 18 people were killed at the scene and a further two died in hospital. Eleven people were being treated for their injuries, including one of the school administrators in charge of the trip.

As well as the 12 school pupils, two university students and four other visitors to the falls were among the dead.

A witness told Ghana’s Starr News radio: “A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crushed the revellers … We are trying to save those who are trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws.”

The bodies of the dead and the injured were brought home to Wenchi, about an hour’s drive from the falls, which are on Pumpum river, a tributary of the Black Volta.

Nana Kwadjo Bekoe, a blogger from Wenchi who had been at the school, said the atmosphere there was “very mournful” and students and teachers were deeply upset.

“Parents were at the hospital to identify their loved ones who passed away in the accident. The rest of the students who sustained various degrees of injuries were admitted to a different hospital,” he said.

 

 

-Guardian

Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda named some of the unhappiest countries in the World

Norwegians have more reason than ever to celebrate the International Day of Happiness.

After ranking fourth for the last two years, Norway jumped three spots and displaced three-time winner Denmark to take the title of “world’s happiest country” for the first time. Denmark dropped to second place this year, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and Sweden (which tied for ninth place), according to the latest World Happiness Report, released Monday by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations.

Denmark has won the title three of the four times the report has been issued, while Switzerland has won the title just once. The United States came in 14th place, dropping one place from last year. Other superpowers didn’t fare better than Northern Europe either.

The secret to Iceland’s happiness? It’s in the water. Germany came in 16th place for the second year, while the United Kingdom moved up four spots to 19th place and Russia moved up seven spots to 49th place. Japan moved up two spots to 51st place, while China moved up four spots to 79th place.

People in the Central African Republic are unhappiest with their lives, according to the survey of 155 countries, followed by Burundi (154), Tanzania (153), Syria (152) and Rwanda (151).
Happiness is many things
Happiness isn’t just about money, although it’s part of it. Real gross domestic product per capita is one of the key measurements, said the report.

Others include generosity, a healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices and freedom from corruption, the report’s authors argued.
They said it’s a better measure of human welfare than analyzing education, good government, health, income and poverty separately.

“The World Happiness Report continues to draw global attention around the need to create sound policy for what matters most to people — their well-being,” said Jeffrey Sachs, the report’s co-editor and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, in a statement.

“As demonstrated by many countries, this report gives evidence that happiness is a result of creating strong social foundations. It’s time to build social trust and healthy lives, not guns or walls. Let’s hold our leaders to this fact.”

 

 

-CNN

Museveni asks citizens, security personnel to be vigilant

The president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has come out to condemn the manner in which Andrew Felix Kaweesi and many more Ugandans have been killed.

In a press statement from State House, the president has directed immediate installation of security cameras in all major cities and a long highways a project that he says was stalled by paying attention to improving roads and electricity.

The president also  has also called upon security personnel and all citizens to be vigilant and on the look out for the thugs who have habitually used motorcycles to kill people.

Earlier today, the nation watched in shock graphic  images of assistant inspector General of Police and police spokes’ person, Andrew Felix Kaweesi lying in a pool of blood, where it is said that unknown gun men shot him, his guard and driver to death.

Rwenzururu kingdom prime minister released on bail, court sets conditions

By Sania Babirye
The Rwenzururu kingdom Prime Minister Thembo Kitsumbire has been released on bail. Jinja High court  judge Eva Luswata granted  Kitusumbire   a non -cash bail of 75 million shillings while his  sureties entered into a non cash bond  of 100 million shillings each.
Court set other  bail conditions  similar to those  set for the temporary release of  the Rwenzururu king  Charles Wesely Mumbere. Kitsumbire’s movements have been   restricted to districts forming the Kasese region. While releasing Kitsumbire on bail, court put into consideration  his  advanced age of 62 , grave illness ;  hypertension, ulcers  and  prostate related problems which cannot be handled in prison.
 The Rwenzururu kingdom premier has been   on remand at Luzira prison since December last year  on  charges of murder, terrorism  and  treason  in connection with  November 2016 violence  in Kasese district that left more than 100  people dead.  . He is charged   alongside Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere and more than 170 royal guards.

Owino market leaders call on vendors to get back to work,DFCU not taking their land

By Zirimala Daudi
St Balikuddembe Market Leadership has called upon vendors who had left their stalls to return to owino market and start working after clearing allegations that the DFCU bank was selling the land on which the market sits after SSLOA defaulted on their loan.
Speaking to our reporter the chairperson of the market Joseph Lwanga assured vendors that the DFCU is auctioning land found in kisenyi which was bought to resettle vendors during the redevelopment of the market but not the land where the market sits.
He says that opportunists were using this chance to convince vendors leave the market with an intention of grabbing their stalls where they are operating from.

Development partners urge government to intervene on menstrual hygiene issues

By Zirimala Daudi
Uganda will be joining the rest of the world to mark the menstrual hygiene management day on 28th may at a time when Uganda is still facing a huge burden of having menstrual hygiene among her female population mainly among school going girls.
According to health expert Dr. Edson Muhwezi ,there is need for every Ugandan be it a cultural, religious, political, community, CSO leaders and parents to take up the matter to help facilitate girls with sanitary pads during their menstrual periods for them to enjoy living a comfortable life.
He says Ugandans should utilize this day to embrace the plight of the girl’s education by eliminating the barriers to their education through putting in place policies to help them.
 Development partners and advocacy groups have also advised government that menstrual hygiene issues need a comprehensive approach if the country is to register positive results that will see female citizens in this country live a respectable life.
According to the development manager at straight talk foundation, Walakira Godfrey said that Menstrual hygiene in Uganda is a less discussed topic in Uganda with less budgetary allocation towards this vote by govt which has seen many Ugandan school going girls either drop out of school or loose most of their school time trying to attend to this issue which has continued to impact negatively on their lives.
Govt had to allocate UGX.16Bn in this financial year to give out free sanitary pads to school but later it was revealed that it has insufficient funds to facilitate this vote in the national budget which has created worries among school going girls in rural areas.

Police officer kills self over domestic problems

Police in Hoima are investigating circumstances under which one of their own committed suicide by shooting himself inside the barracks.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine regional police public relations officer, has identified the victim as Police Constable Lawrence Kayanga, aged 34.

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network on phone this morning, Hakiza says that Kayanga shot himself at about 6pm on Wednesday at the time when he was expected to report for evening duty.

He says the deceased left behind a suicide note with the phrase: “I have decided to do it because I have no strength and peace.”

Hakiza says that by the time Kayanga shot himself dead, his wife was not in their house.
He adds that the body of the deceased who hails from Eastern Uganda is at the Hoima regional referral hospital mortuary pending postmortem by police pathologists.

Asked about how a police officer managed to have a gun in his house inside the barracks, Hakiza says the deceased had just signed for the gun as he reported for evening duty but may be decided to head direct to his home to do the act of suicide.

Sources within the police barracks who have preferred anonymity told URN that the deceased had had domestic issues with his wife. Kayanga had reportedly asked another woman in the barracks to counsel his wife and as a result, upon his return home, she engaged him in a verbal attack asking why their domestic issues are leaked to a third party.

Sources say Kayanga shot himself dead moments after his wife had walked out of the house to fetch water from a tap within the barracks.

 

 

 

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Usafi leaders say market could only take in 856 out of 1292 who applied to get stalls

A total of 427 vendors from the demolished Park Yard market have failed to secure space in Usafi Market, a facility initially acquired by Kampala Capital City Authority to absorb vendors from the city streets.

The market, adjacent to the clock tower, a few minutes from the city centre, in Kampala Central Division was adjusted to accommodate up to 5,000 vendors. However, it had 3,500 occupied stalls at the time of the controversial demolition of Nakivubo Park Yard Market.

Peter Kivumbi, the chairperson of Usafi Market Traders Association told Uganda Radio Network that they received applications from 1,292 vendors but only managed to get stalls for 865 vendors. He added that 427 genuine applicants could not be taken on; while another 300 other applicants were rejected for disguising themselves as Park Yard traders.

The stalls were allocated on Monday after nearly two weeks of waiting.

“In our findings, we learnt that people who came here to apply for stalls but have never been vendors. Other vendors have been allocated space at Ham Shopping Mall and they also wanted space here. We detected them and rejected their applications,” he said.

He said Usafi market leadership will allocate 40 stalls to disabled vendors who came from Park Yard market within this week. Kivumbi said the disabled vendors were a bit unsystematic and delayed to submit their application forms.

“We have just received their applications. They brought their forms last week on Wednesday and we asked them to come back this week, Kivumbi said.

Park Yard started in 1980s as a vending place for people with disabilities supported by local leaders. When city authorities embarked on a massive exercise to evict vendors from Kampala Streets, they found it easy to relocate themselves to the yard, adjacent to Nakivubo stadium since the place was open and being occupied by few disabled people.

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