Sironko mudslide victims receive food relief from Government

Government has finally delivered 500 bags of maize flour to mudslides victims in Sironko district. The maize flour was delivered to Sironko district headquarters on Tuesday evening.

The flour is meant for distribution to hundreds of families affected by the August 28th, 2017 mudslides in Bufupa Parish in Masaba sub county.  The mudslide claimed the life of one person. Nine other people are still missing.

The mudslides also destroyed several crop gardens, livestock and houses living several residents in the dire need of relief. Vincent Woboya, the Budadiri East MP, says the district will come up with a program for distributing the food relief to the intended beneficiaries.
Herbert Mulekwa, the Sironko LC V chairman, says the district disaster committee has already completed its assessment. “On Wednesday, I had to work hard to make sure that vehicles carrying food were able to reach the mudslide victims,” he said.
Alex Banga, the Masaka Sub County LC V Councilor has welcomed the relief support. He however, says there is need for most support for the mudslide survivors since some of them are still occupying schools and churches.
Eunice Nandudu Maku, the Masaba Sub county Female Council has thanked government for supporting the mudslide victims. Mary Nabafu, one of the mudslide victims, says they had lost hope thinking government had ignored them.
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Government programs are being affected- Betty

By Sania Babirye

The minister for lands Betty Amongin says the land acquisition for public infrastructure is a contentious issue that needs to be urgently addressed because it is affecting government programs.

While officiating the opening of the commission of inquiry into land matters being headed by Justice Catherine Bamugemeire today in Kampala, Minister Amongin revealed that government projects have stalled due to the selfish interests of the elite class that are targeting prime lands where government tends to either construct a road or discovers minerals and use such land to extort money from government.

The minister explained that this group of people after investigating such lands moves quickly and buys the targeted land from locals at a cheaper price and later asks government for a lot of money in compensation.

She further explains that the problem is rampant in the Bunyoro areas due to the presence of oil and that these people are targeting areas where wells have been discovered or where UNRA plans to construct roads.

Minister Amongin says since the culprits do not follow the law they use money to acquire such land titles

She has now called upon the commission to help the ministry find a way of addressing the problem which she  says is also affecting  the communal  owners of such lands who are being  cheated  by the elite class.

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Osege set to investigate corrupt top government officials

By Wasswa Deo
The chairperson of public accounts committee in parliament , Angelina Osege says they will not stop to investigate top government officials who are culprits of corruption.
Osege who was speaking during the anti corruption campaign in Katakwi district organised by Action Aid Uganda and democratic governance facility noted that despite doing risky job, She is not intimidated and doesn’t need bodyguards.
She also warns local government officials especially chief administrative officers who she says connive with some officials in the ministry of finance. She adds that that they work together to complicate the process of  accessing  funds which they end up sharing.
Osege added that local council leaders also have tendency of diverting funds to other projects where they’re promised a tip.
Philip Kabuye, the team leader of the anti corruption campaign says they have decided to involve masses especially in local communities because they are the most vulnerable when it comes to corruption.

Government plans to increase medics’ lunch allowances

Parliament’s budget committee has recommended an increase in the monthly lunch allowance for medical workers across the country. The legislators are suggesting an allowance of 288,000 Shillings for nurses, doctors and other health workers bringing the lunch allocation to 12,000 Shillings per day, per person.

Government currently allocates a monthly allowance of 66,000 Shillings and 44,000 Shillings for doctors and nurses respectively. But Amos, Lugoloobi, the chairman of the budget committee argues that the allocation is insufficient.  He says that the rate which was determined in 1996 has not been revised over the last 20 years despite an increase in the cost of living.

Kasambya County MP Gaffa Mbwatekamwa says that a revision in the lunch allowance will improve the welfare of medical workers who he said use their little pay on accommodation, utilities and transport to work. There are 43,777 health workers on government payroll.

The recommendation is carried in the committee report on the national budget framework paper for the financial year 2017/2018.

Meanwhile, the budget committee also recommends another additional funding amounting to 645 billion Shillings towards the health sector. The money is to cater for among others, Hepatitis B vaccination, procurement of adequate suppliers of ARVs under the National Medical Stores (NMS), bringing staffing levels to at 72 percent in general hospital and others.

On construction and upgrading of health facilities, the budget committee recommends the provision of 164 billion Shillings required for upgrading of Health Centre IIIs to Health Centre IVs in 29 counties and an additional 247 billion Shillings for the construction of 93 Health Centre IIIs in sub-counties where no government facility exists today.

Santa Alum, the Oyam Woman MP told parliament how a Health Centre III in her constituency lacks clean water.

MPs also recommended another 49 billion to be allocated to the health ministry to carry out vaccination, testing and treatment of Hepatitis B in 20 districts that are at high risk.
Parliament resumes on Wednesday to debate the committee report before adopting it.

 

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Government launches 12M Euros fund to support agribusiness

By Alice Lubwama
Government has a launched 12 million euro approximately 46 billion private agro equity fund to boost investment in the agribusiness sector in the country.
The money from European Union and national security fund will  enable small and medium agri -business in Uganda access long term financing.
The minister of finance Matia Kasaija says that the intervention will strengthen the capacity of small and medium business involved in agribusiness managed by Pearl Capital partners an independent agricultural investment fund manager and the international fund for agricultural development.

Uganda National Chamber of Commerce elections suspended indefinitely

By Patricia Osman
 
Government has suspended indefinitely the elections for the new leadership at the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce. Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde says government does not think the current chamber of commerce executive can conduct credible elections.
She says an interim committee has now been set up to appraise the constitution and stop the current chamber executive from conducting any business. The committee will also look at a number of issues including developing a voter’s register as well as forming a committee to organize free and fair elections. The race had attracted three candidates including the incumbent Olive Kigongo, Amina Morghe Harsi  and city businessman Andrew Rugasira.

Government has allocates 174 billion shillings

By Deo Wasswa

Government has allocated 174 billion shillings to support the second phase of Senior Citizen Fund, a project set up to improve the livelihoods of the elderly.

According to state minister for Gender, Peace Mutuuzo, more districts will benefit from the funding in the next five years.

Under the program each person receives s 25,000 shillings every month.

 

Minister admits failure of government programs.

By Alice Lubwama

The state minister for gender in charge of culture Peace Mutuzo admits that several government programs are failing because they have not been communicated well   to the beneficiary.

Mutuzo said that a number of Government programs have been designed, and funds have been invested but no physical accountability on the ground.

She made the remarks while launching a 5 year strategic plan of communication for development foundation a NGO working in the country side to educate people on embracing Government programs.

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Government promises dams for irrigation to boast farming during the dry spell

By Gloria Nakiyimba
President Museveni says Government will invest funds in dams that can provide water for production during dry spells.  Addressing residents of Kiwumu,   Mr.  Museveni encouraged homesteads to practice good farming methods such as irrigation to avert the destruction of their crops by dry season.
The President is in Luwero to promote operation Wealth creation to eradicate household poverty in the rural areas.

 

No increment – Government

By Alice Lubwama

Government says it will not increase the unconditional monthly grant of 25,000 shillings for the elderly until the program is rolled out country wide.

The program currently covers 154,000 older persons in only 35 districts.

The general secretary   Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment (SAGE) program under the ministry of gender Stephen Kasaija  says there is a high demand for the grant in other districts hence they cannot review the current monthly income.

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