Man drags A-Plus funeral services, Bank of Uganda to Court over Semwanga’s burial

By Sania Babirye

A concerned citizen a one Abey Mgugu has  dragged A plus funeral management and the bank of Uganda to the high court seeking orders to open the grave of Uganda socialite Ivan Semwanga and retrieve the money buried with him.

Mgugu is also seeking court to have the would be retrieved   money sent back into circulation so that the currency of Uganda and others are respected.

Mgugu also wants declaration that  the bank of Uganda  willfully  and negligently failed to ensure that all currencies buried  with the deceased are respected.

The public was amazed when a group of people calling themselves members of the rich gang stormed the burial ceremony of the late Ivan in Kayunga district and threw money into his grave before and when he is being lowered into his grave on Tuesday  this week.

The currencies  thrown ranged from 20 and  50 000 while others were  South  African  rands  and USA dollars.

Court is yet to pronounce itself on the matter.

Mother held in hospital for five months for failure to clear hospital bills

A mother who gave birth to twins five months ago is still held hostage at Bishop Ceaser Asili Memorial Hospital in Luweero town over unpaid medical bills.

The mother, identified as Stella Adongo, a resident of Kizito zone in Luweero district, was admitted at the facility on December 21, 2016 and gave birth to twins by caesarean section. She was subsequently billed 495,000 Shillings which she had to clear before she could be discharged from the facility.

However, the 20-year together with her husband Festo Magumba failed to raise the money. The man later disappeared and switched off his mobile phone leaving the mover stranded. Adongo has since remained in the maternity ward where she and her children are surviving on handouts from well-wishers.

Adongo says that the hospital administrators refused to discharge her and she gets daily reminders from the hospital cashier to clear the bill before getting out of the facility.

Adongo was also supposed to undergo another operation three months after delivery. However, the hospital declined to conduct the operation over unpaid bills.

Bishop Ceaser Asili Memorial is Catholic Church founded private hospital based in Luweero town. The facility receives 77 million Shillings annually under the Primary Health Care strategy, which seeks to make health care accessible to all individuals and families in a community.

Paul Mukungu the LC III Chairperson of Luweero Town Council faults the health facility for the inhumane treatment that Adongo has been subjected to over the last five months. He says that there is no reason for the hospital to hold the patient they have access to Primary Health Care funds allocated by the Ministry of Health to address such challenges.

But Sister Ernestine Akullu, the Administrator of Bishop Ceaser Asili Memorial Hospital denied holding the patient. She says that the hospital had hired the husband Festo Magumba as a porter on its construction site to help him raise the money. However, Magumba worked for only one day and disappeared from the site.

Akullu adds that the facility subsequently sought her relatives and advised them to commit to a payment plan but they failed to adhere to the advice.  She says that they have since petitioned FIDA, the Association of Women Lawyers to intervene in the matter and restore hope for the desperate mother.

Stella Adongo met with Festo Magumba in Gulu where he had gone to burn charcoal and relocated with him to Luweero town council to start the family.

 

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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.
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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!

 

 

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Makerere deputy registrar fired over extortion

Margaret Etuusa, the Makerere University Deputy Registrar in charge Certification, Ceremonies and Production Division-CCPD has been suspended.

Etuusa is accused of illegally hiring a company that fleeced money from parents and graduands during the just concluded 67th graduation ceremonies at the university under the guise of securing their mobile phones and gadgets.

In a March 7th 2017 letter, Acting Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Associate Prof. Okello Ogwang, suspends Etuusa over what he termed as abuse of office and overstepping her mandate. “Preliminary investigations have shown that you are the officer at the centre of the controversy of purported fleecing of money from unsuspecting members of the public, and attempting to paint the good image of Makerere University “black”,” Ogwang said.

Ogwang adds: “It has been discovered that you irregularly handled the process of charging phone owners without approval of the University Authority.”  Etuusa reportedly single-handedly permitted Exxon Contractors Limited to provide phone custody services during the 67th graduation ceremony after paying Shillings 1 million into the academic registrar’s account.

Prof. Ogwang says that by single handedly contracting the company, Etuusa overstepped her powers. “You overstepped your powers and abused your office by single-handedly procuring the phone handler, which resulted into fleecing money from the unsuspecting members of the public and denting the university image,” reads Ogwang’s letter.

According to Prof. Ogwang, Etuusa’s conduct flouted provisions of the public procurement law –PPDA Act– because she usurped the powers of the Contracts Committee. “So your actions are susceptible to fraud, abuse of office, and tantamount to gross misconduct contrary to the well-known and laid down procurement laws, policies and procedures,” he contends.

Prof. Ogwang has ordered Etuusa to vacate the university office with immediate effect and stay away from the Senate Building during her suspension period. Etuusa will be on half pay during her suspension. “Your written explanation was found not convincing. Accordingly, you are hereby suspended on half pay with immediate effect and your matter is forwarded to the Appointments Board for disciplinary action,” Ogwang’s letter reads.

Ogwang instructs Etuusa to handover all university property in her possession to the Academic Registrar and and the Director of Human Resources.

Etuusa’s suspension follows a public outcry during and after the 67th Graduation Ceremony last month about the university decision to charge them for securing their phones and electronic gadgets. This prompted Dr. Tanga Odoi, the Makerere University Convocation-MUC chairman to write to the university secretary calling for Etuusa’s suspension and inquiries into the matter.

In his February 27th, 2017 letter, Dr. Odoi noted that while the function was colourfully organised, it had selfish members of the university who used it as an extortion avenue to reap money from parents and graduands.

“Media reports on mismanagement of graduation ceremony casted doubts on our ability to manage financial resources as the university. I have received numerous calls from staff and alumni over these reports, citing possible ramifications on the perimeter wall project funding. Reports also cites loss of university income due to insider trading involving some university officers which were illegal,” noted Dr. Tanga.

Etuusa has not yet commented on the accusations and the new development as she couldn’t be reached by our reporter.

 

 

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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.

Court orders Mulago hospital 85M in lost new born child case

High Court in Kampala has fined Mulago National Referral Hospital 85 million Shillings as general damages to a couple whose twin baby mysteriously got lost at the facility more than three years ago.

The couple; Michael Mubangizi and Jennifer Musimenta, sued the hospital after one of their twin babies allegedly went missing shortly after birth on March 12, 2012.  Presiding judge Lydia Mugambe Ssali held that the baby got lost due to the negligence of Mariam Mundida, the mid-wife on duty that fateful day.

The judge also justified the 85 million Shillings awarded to the couple on grounds that they suffered psychological torture of not knowing or burying their own baby, a cherished ritual in African culture.

She added that this case is a pointer to a bigger problem of under staffing in Mulago and the country at large.  In her defense, the mid-wife on duty that fateful day told court that she had to attend to another expectant mother and only remembered about her when she had returned to her home.

Also in her judgment, the judge took note of the psychological torture the couples goes through on daily basis when people continuously ask them where the other twin baby is.

” Accordingly, the plantiffs (couple) claim is allowed in part with the following declarations and consequential orders which I find necessary to nip in the systematic problems in Mulago in the bud.” ruled Justice Mugambe.

The couple had asked for a compensation of 300 million Shillings but the judge said it was on a higher side since they did not suffer cruel psychological torture.

The judge ruled that Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), that was a joint petitioner, be allowed free access into the health facility  to continuously to ensure that steps are being taken in full filling the orders of court.

Police was also directed to conclusively investigate the disappearance of the twin baby in question and report to court its findings within six months from today.

Reacting to the judgment, Michael Mubangizi, the father of the missing twin baby, welcomed the award but was quick to say that that money is not everything as they still want Mulago hospital to avail them with their child whether ‘alive’ or ‘dead’.

 

 

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Man sues UK immigration department for losing his passport, demands 60M compensation

By Sania Babirye
A Ugandan citizen has dragged the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration department to the High court seeking 60 million shillings for the loss of his passport and other travel documents.
Moses Kabanda  alleges that  between 29th/June and 6th /August 2016, he  applied for a UK Visa, but after some time  he was informed that   his passport along with other documents were  misplaced  in a consignment while in transit to  the UK Visa and  immigration decision making centre in Pretoria South Africa.
Kabanda now wants court to compel the respondent’s to pay him the money he spent on replacing the lost documents. The UK Visas and Immigration department has been given 15 days to file its response.

Uganda Cranes players to receive 27M each for Afcon participation

Uganda Cranes players will each pocket UGX27,150,000 for making the team at the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

“We agreed that each of the 23 players who made it to Gabon will get US$7,500 (UGX27,150,00) as appearance fees at the event,” Uganda FA head of Finance, Decolas Kiiza told URN on Saturday night at the Port Gential Stadium where the Cranes lost 1-0 to Egypt.

Kizza explained that although the government only budgeted for U$5,000 for the players as appearance at the competition, the FA decided to top-up and make it US$7,500.

He said they had negotiated with the team that for each win at the Afcon each player pockets US$3,000 (UGX10,860,000) and US$1,500 (UGX5,430,000) for a draw. The Federation had also fixed another US$7,500 (UGX27,150,000) for qualification for the semi final stage.

But the Finance Director said all the bonuses to the team are meant to come from the cash prize that the team will pocket at the Afcon. In-case the team comes 4th they will bag UGX1,719,500,000 (US$475,000). The government released USX2 billion towards the Cranes preparations and participation at Afcon.

After losing the opening match 1-0 to the Black Stars of Ghana and following it up with the same margin loss to Egypt, the Uganda Cranes became the first team to exit the tournament.

“We have learnt a lot from this experience. All the games played at 2017 Afcon continue to make us a better brand,” said head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic. The Cranes have today traveled to Oyem where they will face Mali in the last group D match on Wednesday.

 

 

 

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UBC fails to raise 2Bn for Afcon broadcasting rights

Football fans and sports lovers are disappointed over the failure by Uganda Broadcasting Corporation-UBC to broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations-AFCON 2017 that is ongoing in Gabon. The national football team, the Uganda Cranes is one of the teams participating in the tournament after struggling to qualify for the last 38 years in vain.

Uganda Cranes takes to the pitch at 7pm this evening against the black stars of Ghana at Port Gentil stadium in Gabon. Despite the excitement generated by Uganda’s qualification for the tournament, majority of Ugandans are likely to miss the live action, since the national broadcaster will not air the matches citing lack of funds to pay for the rights.

Only those with pay television are guaranteed to catch the live action as it unveils at Port Gentil stadium. On January 13th, 2017, the UBC management issued statement, saying they had failed to secure the Shillings 2 billion for the rights. Apparently, the Federation of International Football Association-FIFA and Confederation of African Federation (CAF) sold the Free to Air Television rights for the AFCON 2017 games to Lagardère Sports and Entertainment, a France-based entity.

Lagardère Sports and Entertainment offered the rights to UBC through the Africa Union of Broadcasters (AUB) at €550,000 an equivalent of Shillings 2.1 billion. However, UBC failed to raise the minute and missed on the chance to broadcast Africa’s premier football games.

The failure by UBC to broadcast the games has not gone down well with football fans and lovers in Kampala. Lawrence Kaggwa, a sports lover says it is a great disappointment that UBC is not broadcasting AFCON, yet this was a big opportunity for Ugandans to see their players on the international stage.

Eddie Nsereko, another football fan says that it is a shame that after 38 years of waiting Ugandans can’t watch their own team in action on national TV. He says despite the fact that it is inconvenient to watch the games from bars, they will have to bear with it.

Another fan who only identified himself as Denis, says majority of Ugandans will miss out on the games since they can’t afford pay television services. He says watching African cup of nations on UBC promoted players from different countries and this time it was time to promote home talent.

A boda boda rider who preferred to remain anonymous questioned why Government doesn’t care about sports. He says apart from investing in other areas like roads, government should make sports a priority.

Samuel Musolini says he used to watch UBC a lot and was counting on it to relay the AFCON games. He says he now has to look for a restaurant, video hall or bar to watch the games for a fee yet he would have preferred to do so in the comfort of his home.

Winston Agaba, the UBC Managing Director says this is the first time the national broadcaster is failing to broadcaster an international sporting event. He however, blames it on the commercialization of the events.

 

 

 

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