Persistent drought dries up Dam in Gulu

Two large dams supplying water to Gulu town have finally dried up completely following the persistent drought in Northern Uganda. The dams are Oyitino I constructed in the late 1960s and Oyitino II built in 2016, all in Bungatira Sub County in Aswa County.

Torrential rainfall that fell briefly in March and April failed to refill the two dams. In its latest weather forecast, the National Meteorological Authority said northern Uganda would receive near normal rainfall in its first season falling between February and June.

But with barely a month left to the end of the season, proper adaptation is critical for the estimated 200,000 people living in this sprawling city. Every day, long queues form around few boreholes in Gulu town as desperate residents collect the little water they can fetch from swamps, spring wells and piped water sources.

At Uhuru spring well in Bank Lane, women gather as early as 5am to find water. Agnes Naroso, a resident of Kony Paco village was among those collecting water from the piped water source. She told URN the dilemma of women living in Gulu town.

Another woman who spoke on condition of anonymity told URN that some residents come to the borehole with more than 10 Jerrycans to last few days from localities as distant as 5Kilometers out of town.

37-year-old David Oryema, a resident of Kasubi Central ward in Bar Dege Division, says he travels an average of 5Km on a motorbike to fetch six jerrycans of water for his family from a borehole within Oyitino pumping site in Bungatira Sub County.

The crisis has lasted for at least six months. In March, the Gulu court and magistrate courts suspended trial proceedings to cope with the deteriorating sanitation crisis that also affected Gulu regional and teaching hospital.

To mitigate the unfolding crisis, National Water and Sewerage Corporation has stationed a response team in Gulu town to ensure that temporal solutions are found for the problem. They are being headed Francis Owot, the director of Finance and Accounts, National Water and Sewerage Corporation.

Owot told URN that they are desperately scouring areas in the North, South, East and West of Gulu town for large underground water reserves to restore supply to residents in the northern Uganda business hub. He says so far, their hunt has resulted into three mini pumping sites where very deep boreholes have been sunk around the town.

The three boreholes in Unyama, Onang and Mican villages can collectively generate 900,000 liters of water every day.

With nothing from the two dams reaching the 6,235 cubic meter storage facilities in Boma, Pece, Army barracks, Customs Corner and Lacor, the figure being produced from the three boreholes is just a drop in sinks and latrines, as institutions such as Gulu Hospital take up to 14,000 liters daily.

In the meantime, underground search has identified five new sites in Aworanga, Bungatira and Bank Lane, behind Hotel Kakanyero in the heart of Gulu Town. The corporation hopes they can yield enough quantity to meet the estimated 15 million liters of daily demands.

National Water and Sewerage Corporation has embarked on enlarging Oyitino II to store plenty of storm water for the worst of time. Owot says the World Bank has also joined the battle against the worst water crisis in decades by committing to sink a third large dam near Oyitino I and II.

The project is at consultancy stage after passing an environmental impact assessment test.

Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu LC V chairperson says a long term adaptation project will draw water from Nile River, located some 74Kilometers on Gulu – Kampala highway.

Francis Owot says the Karuma water works will also supply other towns in the region including Kamdini, Minakulu and Bobi.





Education minister, Janet Kataha urges UMI to research on cause of corruption

By Wasswa Deo

Minister for Education, Janet Kataha Museveni has urged the Uganda Management Institute to go beyond their usual research, and carryout a special research on behaviors of workers in both private and public sectors aimed at finding out what the major causes of  corruption and the immediate solution to this challenge.

Janet made the remarks during the Uganda Management Institute graduation ceremony, where hundreds graduated in management skills.

She also also advised the grandaunts to put into practice the skills  they have acquired from the institute in order to get the few jobs that are on labour market in the country.

Editors and some Media houses halted from covering Kaweesi murder investigation

By Sania Babirye
Court has issued a temporary injunction gagging sections of the media from publishing stories on the ongoing investigations into the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
High court civil division assistant registrar Joy Kabagye Bahinguza says the injunction against Red Pepper , Chimp report, The Investigator, The Ugandan and  The Guardian will stay in force  until  21st August 2017 when hearing of the main application filed by Inspector General of Police Kale Kaihura   accusing them of jeopardizing the investigations and national security will be heard .
The four Media houses and their editors are accused of unlawfully obtaining confidential information in relation to investigations into the death of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi without the authority and approval of the government of Uganda.
The sued editors are Stanley Ndawula , Giles Muhame, and  Dixon Kagurusi.
 Through the Attorney General, the IGP says the documents that  were published by the respective  media houses contained details of  internal matters of the investigations, national importance and security, documents and decisions  made in the day to day running of the investigation and security matters of  the country.
Kayihura is now seeking court to issue a permanent injunction refraining the media  houses from publishing any articles relating to the investigations
The Police chief  also  wants court to declare that the publications and intended publications of the defendants are injurious to the ongoing investigations, national security and prejudicial to the workings of Security Agencies of Uganda.
Former Police spokes person Andrew Felix Kaweesi was gunned down by unknown assailants on March 17 2017 at around at his home in Kulambiro an outskirt of Kampala.
He died along side his driver Godfrey Wambewa and body guard Kenneth Erau as he drove out of home to work.

Police intercepts 23 Rwandese for illegal entry into Uganda

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kabale have been intercepted 23 Rwandese Nationals for illegal entry to Uganda.

According to Elly Matte the Kigezi region police spokesperson the Rwandese Nationalist were intercepted using baby coach bus registration number UAM 897M after crossing to Uganda using porous borders of Bufundi and Rubaya sub county in Kabale district.

Matte added all the Rwandese had no identification, they don’t know their destination to Uganda and the master mind behind their travels is no where to be seen.

Matte has however warned bus companies to desist from associate with illegal immigrants saying that they risk having their business crossed.

Tennis Queen, Serena William expecting her first child

The American, 35, is due to give birth in the autumn, says her representative.

The world number two posted a picture on social media site Snapchat, posing in a mirror with the message: “20 weeks”, before deleting it.

Williams will miss the rest of the season, having not played since winning in Melbourne, citing a knee injury.

Williams, who will return to world number one next week, would be eligible to retain her ranking under the WTA special ranking rule if she is ready to play her first tournament within 12 months of giving birth.

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka gave birth to her first child in December and is expected to return to competition at the end of July.

Belgium’s Kim Clijsters, meanwhile, won the US Open in 2009 just 18 months after giving birth to her daughter.

Winning a Grand Slam while pregnant – analysis

BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller:

The news would suggest that Serena won the Australian Open while roughly eight weeks into her pregnancy.

We are very unlikely to see her compete in another Grand Slam before the French Open of 2018. That event will take place four months before her 37th birthday – but do not write off a woman who will return to world number one on Monday.

Azarenka is a useful guide. Even though she is eight years younger, the Belarusian returned to serious training in March after giving birth in December and is targeting the WTA event in Stanford at the end of July for her return.

US Open Tennis responded to Williams’ message by saying: “Serena Williams will have a new pride and joy to hug and call her own soon! Congratulations on the exciting baby announcement!”

Telecom Agents outside Kampala charge illegal fees for sim verification

Agents of telecom companies in Luweero town are on the spot for charging phone users to validate their simcards. UCC set April 20th as the deadline for simcard validation and registration using the National Identification number.
However, the exercise has been extended for a month. Although both UCC and Telecom companies are sending text messages asking simcard holders to dial *197# to validate their simcards using their National Identification numbers, some people in Luweero are unable to do so, which has forced them to turn to telecom agents.
On Wednesday, hundreds of phone users rushed to telecom agents to validate or register their simcards so as not to be disconnected. However, some of the agents charged the phone users between Shillings 2000-5000 to validate or register their simcards despite the fact that the exercise is entirely free of charge.
Swamadu Saffi, a resident of Bwaziba LC 1 village in Luweero Sub County, says he paid Shillings 4000 to facilitate the registration of his Airtel and MTN simcard although he wasn’t issued a receipt. According to Saffi, he paid the money for fear of being disconnected when the UCC deadline expires.

Abdul Tagabirwa, a resident of Misanje village in Kikyusa Sub county says he paid Shillings 7000 to agents to register his two lines and photocopy his National Identity card. He asks UCC to take action against Telecom companies for cheating them.

Denis Mugisha, a sales agent at MTN Uganda, Luweero Town Service Point explains that simcard registration or validation is for free of charge.

He says the agents get a commission of Shillings 1200 for each registered simcard.

A sales agent at Luweero Airtel service point who told URN on condition of anonymity that they get a commission of Shillings 1000 for each registered simcard at the end of each month, but says this is their chance to double their earnings.

Atleast 200 clients had been registered by midday at both the Airtel and MTN Service Points in Luweero town. Isaac Kalembe, the Spokesperson Uganda Communications Commission has asked the affected people to report to Police all agents asking them for money to validate their simcards. According to Kalembe, those soliciting for money to validate simcards are doing it illegally, saying the exercise is free of charge.
There are long queues at Luweero District Electoral Commission Offices, which also houses the offices of the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) as hundreds pick their national identity cards validate their simcards to avoid disconnection.
At least 90 people had picked their National IDs by midday on Wednesday when our reporters visited the offices. Mohammed Mpiima, the Luweero District Information Technology Officer, says there are more than 16,000 national identity cards at the office. He says they are doing everything possible to distribute the National Identity cards.
He says they are referring those who need to replace their National IDs to the NIRA office in Kampala.


Traders protest against Chinese who are doing petty businesses

By Robert Segawa
Business has come to a standstill as Traders operating in arcades around  Nakasero market closed their shops expressing dissatisfaction over the Chinese traders who came as  investors but now doing petty  businesses which Ugandans can take care of.
The angry traders  operating on Seroma arcade, Nalule Arcade, MM arcade among others deal  mainly in hardware materials  and   accuse Chinese investors for engaging in retail businesses and selling at low cost hence pushing them out of business.
Ugandan traders closed their shops in a peaceful demonstration with placards asking Chinese investors to go back to their country.
Police from Central Police Station has been heavily deployed around the place to prevent violence and   the DPC CPS,  Joseph Bakaleke asked traders to be calm and warned them to desist from forcing those with open shops to close

Jinja council to approve the waste management law

Residents of Jinja Municipal Council will have to pay an annual  fee to cater for the collection, transportation and disposal of solid waste generated in the area.

This is enshrined in the draft  bylaw on solid waste management that seeks to address challenges of waste generated in the municipality. The municipality has been collecting the waste from households at no cost while every business entity has been paying for it as part of  the trading license.

However, according to Jinja Municipal Environment Officer Earnest Nabihamba,  the municipality has failed to deliver as per the current terms.

Nabihamba notes that it is against this background that the municipality came up with a Solid Waste Management bylaw and a five -year strategic plan to guide the implementation of the law. According to the draft, each entity will pay fees every financial year for waste collection, transportation and disposal depending on how much they generate.

The fees range between 5,000 to 200,000 shillings for households and business entities while big companies will be rated according to the amount of waste generated. This means that the landlords will have to charge an extra fee on top of the money for rent.

Nabihamba says the bylaw stipulates that waste management will be prioritized with a budget which has not been the case. The law also prohibits littering by pedestrians, passengers and motorists.

The draft says that person who fails to exercise or carry out his obligation as a generator of waste or fails to mitigate the impact caused to the environment and the public health commits an offence and shall be held liable.

The Jinja Municipality Public Relations Officer, Rajabu Kitto, says the council spends 24 million shillings which they pay to garbage contractor Bison International every month. He however adds that this accumulates to more than 200 million shillings in circumstances where the municipality can’t pay.

The law now awaits approval by the council.

Some of the residents URN talked to are, however, not in support of the law.

Joan Nabirye, a retailer at Gabula Road in Jinja town says that the municipal fees are exorbitant. She notes that she already pays a lot of money for her trading license meaning that with the new bylaw, the trading license fee will increase.

Paul Waitiki, a landlord in Bugembe town council says that the law will help on cleaning the municipality. He notes that he will increase rent fees the moment the bylaw is passed to enable the municipality do its job.


DP’s Mao to join Ugandans to seek justice over sim card registration deadline

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Democratic party says the order by the Uganda communication commission to disconnect all sim cards which are not registered using National IDs is not in good faith.

Party president Norbert Mao while addressing the journalists at their offices said that  UCC directive of sim card registration by national IDs  the time flame is too short, many registered but haven’t got theirs and many village people are facing much hardships to register.

Mao adds that national ID is not the only document to use and so they are going to join other Ugandans to seek for justice in court.

UCC gave 20th April 2017, to block all sim cards which are not registered.

Drop these habits or you die broke

You were born poor, but if you die poor you have yourself to blame. Before you finish reading this article, at least 8 out of 10 people will have done something that contributes to their future poverty. Only 2 out of 10 will have done what is required to remain prosperous in the future. The question you need to ask yourself today is, “I’m I among the lucky 2 or the not-so-lucky 8?”
Here are 6 habits that could easily draw your route-map to a life of perpetual poverty.

1.You focus on linear income instead of passive income

Most people focus on linear income in the name of salary, allowances and one-off payments. Wise men on the other hand focus on passive income in the name of royalties, interest rates, value addition and profit.
Relying on linear income is similar to using buckets to fetch water from the river. With time, you’ll get too old and too tired to transport them to and fro and that means you’ll have to starve for as long as you don’t go to the river.
bucketsRelying on passive income on the other hand is similar to building a pipeline. It may require a lot of work at the beginning but with time, you’ll no longer have to go to the river to get water – the river will come to you and you’ll not starve.
This is the most fundamental principal of wealth creation that most (including you) are oblivious about.

2.You’re still waiting to start your journey of success

Everyone wants to succeed but very few people are willing to step into the cold waters. Do you see the problem here? In the history of the world, no marathon race has ever been won (or even finished) by someone who never left the starting line.
As you’re stuck saying that you have no enough capital to start, someone else is busy making good use of whatever little they have.
As you’re busy lamenting that there are no business ideas, someone else is busy sharpening his innovation claws.
When you’re busy complaining about a problem in your society, someone else is busy thinking how to start a business that solves that problem.
Continue waiting at the starting line and poverty will soon find you there to keep you company.

3.When you earn more you spend more
Consistently raising your expenditure is a good way to accumulate debt and to remain stuck in the echelons of poverty. To stay out of bad debt, you will either need to find a way to earn more or spend less. The first and best option is to find ways to earn more and keep your expenditure constant.
As you know this can only be done by creating multiple streams of income and lot’s of thinking is necessary in that case.
The second option is to simply cut on unnecessary expenses. The money that is saved from these budget cuts could be used for embarking on future investment programs.

4.You complain instead of committing

“Life is too expensive”; “It’s hopeless; I’ll never get out of debt”; “I don’t earn enough money.” Have you ever uttered any of these statements before, or perhaps all of them? Old habits die hard; however, as long as you do nothing to change; then you and your coming generation have a direct ticket to the land of poverty.
Stop complaining and making lame excuses. Instead, take responsibility for your non-productive habits and focus on changing them – then do it!

5.You live for today, hoping tomorrow will care about its worries

In the 1950s a scientist from Harvard University studied the reasons for upward socio-economic mobility. He wanted to know how comes some generations get wealthier while others get poorer. All his research brought him to a single factor that he concluded was more accurate than any other thing in predicting success – he called it “The Time Pespective”.
Time perspective is basically how far you project into the future when you make a decision today. An example of a long-term perspective is when a wise family man buys land or insurance for their child, even though he or she will not need it for the next eighteen years. This is a long-term approach that involves sacrificing in the short term to assure better outcomes in the long-term.
Most people remain poor because their “time perspective” is focused on short-term goals such as meeting basic lifestyle needs, buying luxury items, paying rent etc…are you one of them?

6.You just don’t get it!

The problem is that you keep learning but you don’t get it. You’re educated but you’ve never internalized what your teachers told you. You have knowledge but you don’t want to think too hard how to use it. You’re still stuck at the starting line all along because you don’t want to start small and grow bit by bit from there. You’re still stuck in the lottery mentality hoping that one day you’ll wake up and voila! discover “the newest, incredibly easiest way to get wealth.”

Final Word

Most people remain poor, not because they don’t have the knowledge. Not because they don’t read Kuza Biashara and other business-related articles. But because they don’t LEARN BY DOING. They just don’t get it!
Being wealthy and prosperous requires more than just physical ownership. It is a state of happiness, well-being while wishing the same for others. So while you are working to escape from poverty, remember to be happy along the way!