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.

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Uganda Christian University secures global recognition for Business Adminitration and Law courses

Uganda Christian University (UCU) has secured global recognition for two of its degree programs; the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), and the Bachelor of Laws degree program.

UCU’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program is now accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a global accounting body of accountants and Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU).

The exemption followed a review of the UCU faculty of business curriculum and examination by the ACCA examination and accreditation team from UK. The accreditation also came with an exemption of six papers for graduates interested in becoming ACCA members, according to Patrick Mubangizi, the coordinator ACCA and CPA at the Mukono based institution.

“This means that a person who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration majoring in Accounting will only sit for eight papers out of 14,” he said, adding, “For those intending to do CPA, the accreditation team from Uganda exempted us five papers.”

Godfrey Ssempungu, the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Business and Administration said, “This stamp of approval is a testament to the rigor of the program and the readiness of our graduates to join the accounting profession.”

Prossy Natukunda, a BBA student described the development as a blessing, “Those professional courses are expensive, but when you are exempted some, the burden of paying is reduced.” With ACCA and CPA, you can work anywhere as a certified accountant.”

Similarly, UCU’s law degree holders are officially accredited to apply for the bar course in England and Wales. This implies that UCU law graduates now possess the required standards to apply for a bar course in the United Kingdom (UK) and become barristers in the UK, the equivalent to an advocate in Uganda.

Dr Anthony Kakooza, the Dean Faculty of Law at UCU said the global recognition for the law course widens the market for UCU law graduates who can no longer be constrained if LDC shuts the door on them, “They should know that there are other places to practice as long as it is a common world vetting.”

Francis Gimara, the president Uganda Law Society said the recognition is a confirmation of the high standards of the UCU law degree.

“It means more opportunities for the graduates to be part of the British barristers. We look forward to working with more lawyers that can practice both in Uganda and in the UK,” Gimara said.

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Soldier to sue UPDF for unlawful discharge

By Sania Babirye
A Uganda People’s Defense Forces soldier has vowed to sue the army for unlawful and wrongful discharge from the force which he says he has served for 18 years with a clean record. Major Ronald Iduuli is also seeking a compensation of 1.2 billion shillings as damages after top army bosses illegally dismissed him from the position of defense counsel at General Court Martial sending him on forced leave which contravened the UPDF act.
Iduuli says the two processes violated the constitution since he was dismissed from the office of defense counsel without any instrument from the president (Commander in chief) who appointed him or CDF undermined Article 98 (1) of constitution.
The  forced retirement contravened section 20 (3) (f) of the UPDF Act which mandates only commissions board with powers to retire officers who have applied  be retired, but for his case he had never applied .

Court sets date for ruling of UCU law student’s wrongful dismissal case

By Robert Ssegawa
The high court in Jinja has set September 5th for the hearing of case against Uganda Christian University over alleged wrongful dismissal of two students.
Yasin Sentumbwe and Simon Ssemuwemba both law students at UCU dragged the University in courts of law in May following their dismissal for leading a demonstration. The students were protesting a decision by the university to increase tuition fee for law students from three to four million shillings per semester. Justice Eva Luswata is now set to rule on the matter next month.

80 year old witch remanded for trespassing the chambers of magistrate

Buganda road grade one magistrate Joan Aciro has further remanded an 80 year old man charged with trespassing in the chambers of the Chief magistrate to Luzira prison.

Isa Kiwanuka a resident of Mityana district was last week nabbed red-handed by Buganda road court staff sprinkling fetishes on the seat of magistrate Jamson Karemani and that of the State Prosecutor before that day’s court session could begin. Kiwanuka was jointly charged with Alice Nalule who is said to have procured his services as a native doctor so that he could cast a spell on magistrate Karemani so could soften his heart and release her husband a one Zaccheaus Ssekiziyivu on bail.

Grade one magistrate James Eremye has sent them on remand till the 22nd of January 2016 when hearing of the case will commence.

Upon interrogation at Police, Mr Kiwanuka a peasant from Mityana, revealed that he doubles as a native doctor and Ms Nalule had hired him to cast a spell on the seat of the Chief Magistrate and that of the state prosecutors with the intention of causing them to release her husband who was identified as Mr Zacchaeus Ssekiziyivu from jail.

Mr Ssekiziyivu is facing over 100 charges of obtaining money by false pretense, and his case was coming up for mention the day they were arrested. His case proceeded and he was returned to prison on remand.

Additional information from: All Africa

Oscar Pistorious in court on Bail plea

This bail hearing for Oscar Pistorius is the latest installment of a story which one judge has called a “tragedy of Shakespearian proportions”.

It is the first time the athlete has officially been seen in public since he was sentenced in October last year for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

That followed a manslaughter conviction after a dramatic trial that captured the world’s attention.

However last week after a successful appeal by the prosecution, the Paralympian has now been branded a murderer.

The champion athlete has already served one year of his five year sentence in jail and was serving the rest of his term under house arrest when his conviction was overturned.

The BBC understands that prosecution and defense lawyers have privately agreed that he should be allowed to continue to remain at home until he is formally sentenced at a high court hearing next year.

As the judge considers his decision, this is what’s happened so far:

  • Pistorius’ lawyer said he would be appealing the murder conviction in the constitutional court
  • He said that Pistorius has agreed to strict bail conditions including electronic monitoring
  • The prosecutor Gerrie Nell said that he would not be opposing bail because of the strict conditions and that he does not consider Pistorius a flight risk
  • There was a debate over whether Pistorius should stay in the house during the bail period or whether he can move outside within a certain radius
  • The prosecutor said he would be happy with a radius of 5km

 

Pistorius is a six-time Paralympic gold medallist whose legs were amputated below the knee as a baby. He made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics, in 2012, running on prosthetic “blades”.

 

 

BBC Africa