Government halts creation of districts ahead of elections

By Moses Kidandi

The Government has explained that it has no plans to create more districts as alleged by some politicians.The statement from the prime minister follows concerns by the Electoral commission Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama who appealed to the government to stop creating more districts towards the electoral period as it interferes with the demarcation process of polling stations.

The prime minister who was speaking at the launch of preparations for the 2020/2021 General Elections explained that the current districts will remain intact and that there will be no more creation of district’s except if its very necessary.

The Strategic Plan and Roadmap by the Electoral commission will enable the Commission and various stakeholders in the electoral process to achieve better planning, implementation and activity coordination as well as timely implementation of scheduled electoral activities.
The Chairperson of the Uganda Human rights commission Medi Sozi Kagwa has advised government to speed up the process of gazetting the already created districts to enable the Electoral commission plan in time.

The Strategic Plan and Roadmap are also designed to enhance transparency in the implementation of electoral programme and activities.

Man charged with defiling further remanded

By Sania Babirye
Kampala high court judge Wilson Kwesiga has declined to set free a 36 year old man charged with defiling a nine year old girl.

Kasango Peter is among a group of capital offenders whose case is among the 50 criminal cases being heard by Justice Kwesiga in the ongoing criminal session to have the delayed cases heard and disposed off.

The criminal session also gives suspects a chance to confess to their respective offenses for a lesser punishment under pre bargaining and reduce case backlog.

The suspect denied the charge claiming that he did not even know the alleged victim and that he has also been on remand at Luzira prison without trial since June 2016 when he was charged.

However, the judge has instead set the 7th of January 2019 to start hearing his case and consequently remanded him to Luzira prison until then.

Prosecution states that between 13th and 14th June 2016, in Rubya zone in Namugoona, the suspect defiled the miner.

Nigerian national further remanded

By Sania Babirye
Nakawa court chief magistrate Agnes Alum has further remanded to Luzira prison a British of Nigerian national Charles Lambert and his Kenyan counterpart Caroline Waithera Waweru who are charged with Giving false or misleading information.

Lamber the Chairman of the Development Conglomerate Ltd and Waweru the Director of the said Company had appeared today for their bail application.

However the chief magistrate was forced to remand them until the 17th of this month after mix up in their bail applications.

This is after their lawyer Moses Mugabe failed to present bail application as scheduled.

Mugabe informed court that although he was meant to argue Waweru’s application, he instead presented Court documents for Charles Lambert forcing the Magistrate to adjourn the matter to the 17th on grounds that the Lawyer was not prepared enough.

It is alleged that between October, 2017 and November 2018, in various parts of Uganda Lambert and Caroline disseminated misleading information to induce members of the public to purchase shares in his Company, knowing or having reason to believe that such information was false.

Musisi has raised properties worth Ugx 650bn for KCCA during her tenure

By Robert Segawa

The outgoing Kampala Capital City Authority Executive director Jennifer Musisi Semakula has appealed to all those who will succeed her, businessmen and city political leadership to desist from plundering what she has left in place.

Jennifer Musisi made the call while visiting Nakivubo Blue primary school where she was launching a project to replace asbestos roofs said to be causing cancer.

The new iron sheets have been fundraised by KCCA staff and administration at a tune of shs 67m.

She revealed that at the time she took over KCCA leadership, the authority had properties worth shs 46bn but said that at the time of her departure, it has raised to shs 650bn which said was a greater achievement.

She added that by the time she came to KCCA, she found KCCA land like Philip Omondi stadium and Centenary park had already been sold but she managed to save it.

She further urged whoever will succeed her to protect KCCA markets, land and construct buildings to improve on the city standards.

Musisi also disclosed that only 11 schools are remaining with asbestos iron sheets which she said will be worked by the incoming administration.

She said that the athority diverted the money that was meant for the annual city carnival this year to improving structures in KCCA Schools.

She says that KCCA has built modern toilets in schools, piped water, Kitchen, teachers houses as the way of improving eduction standards in city schools.

She further warned thugs and opportunists not to invade City hall on Monday after leaving the office as their plan to loot the sweat she has worked for seven years.

Musisi warned political leaders not to grab KCCA property like land, buildings, and markets which have been center of conflicts in the authority for the time she has been Kampala capital city authority.

Two month ago Jennifer Musisi announced her resignation from the post of executive director Kampala and she’s leaving the office this Friday on 14th December 2018.

Security officer named in BOU scandal granted bail

By Sania Babirye

One of the security officials from Bank of Uganda who was charged with neglecting her duties has been granted bail by City hall court.

Grade one magistrate Patrick Talisuna has offered Beatrice Kyambade to pay 500, 000 in cash and report back to court on the 14th of January 2019, to know the status of their case’s investigations.
However her co accused Charles Mollo could not be granted bail because he was not produced in court by Luzira prison authorities.
The prison officers have informed grade one magistrate Beatrice Kainza that they were ordered to produce Mollo in court tomorrow the 11th of December 2018.

The duo were charged and remanded to Luzira prison this week after they were arrested on Thursday last week on the orders of the parliamentary committee on commissions, statutory Authorities and state enterprises in relation to the disappearance of some documents of the closed commercial banks.

The committee faulted them on how they failed to explain how the alleged crucial documents in related to the closed and liquidated banks disappeared from Bank of Uganda they were guarding.

Prosecution states that the two suspects being charged with the duty of manning security at the Central Bank, neglected their duties to search people and bags that are coming in and getting out of the Bank hence leading to the disappearance of vital documents regarding the closure and sale of several banks .

The disappeared documents relates to the sale and liquidation of several banks including International Credit Bank, Cooperative bank and , Greenland Bank.

According to documents before court, Kyambadde committed the offense on 10th of February 2015 while Moro committed his in March 2018 at Bank of Uganda.

Stella Nyanzi further remanded as court hearing flops

By Sania Babirye

Hearing of a cyber harassment case against a Makerere University Researcher Dr. Stellah Nyanzi has flopped again at Buganda Road court.

Dr.Nyanzi had returned today in hopes of state commencing her trial, however this could not go on because the trial magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu was not around although prosecution had earlier informed court that investigations are still on going complete with witnesses ready to testfy against her.

Some of the politicians who came to show support to the Dr.Nyanzi included opposition party, FDC’s presidential candidate Kizza Besigye.

She has now further been remanded to Luzira prison by grade one magistrate Robert Mukanza until the 19th if this month when her trial judge will be present.

Dr.Nyanzi is at Luzira prison after refusing to seek bail and she is facing charges including attacking the privacy of President Museveni and that of his late mother , Esteri Kokundeka.

Prosecution states that while armed with a motive to disturb the peace of President Museveni, Nyanzi posted obscene messages on her official face book page(Stellah Nyanzi) while attacking the privacy of the President .

Road Safety: World Bank launchs a road inspection report of the North Eastern Road Corridor

BY GLORIA NAKIYIMBA

The World Bank has today launched a road inspection report of the North Eastern Road Corridor which calls for improvement of safety measures to make the road safer for all users. Some of the safety measures proposed in the report include, changing the design of the road to make it more consistent to the terrain.

Other measures are , improving the cross section from two-lanes to four-lanes with guardrails in the towns of Tororo, Mbale, Soroti and Lira and at the Manafwa steep descend, use of speed guns, installation of speed humps, and delineation of horizontal curves to enhance safety for night-time driving with chevron signs.

The 340km stretch, known as the North Eastern Road Corridor Asset Management Project covers the Tororo-Mbale-Soroti-Lira-Kamdini road, and is about to undergo rehabilitation and improvements funded by the World Bank “Uganda has made important strides in the past decade to reduce communicable diseases, maternal deaths, and improve the overall life expectancy. Therefore, a concerted action on road safety would bring additional far-reaching benefits for the public health sector, and economic development,” said Tony Thompson, Country Manager, World Bank.

The report, funded by the Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility, identified several challenges including rapid urbanization along the corridor, poor road design that is inconsistent with the geographical terrain, ineffective and limited speed control measures as well as steep embankments and slopes.

According to the report a total of 98 accident black spots were identified in the corridor – equivalent to one black spot every 3.5km.

Speaking at the launch of the report in Kampala on Thursday, Allen Kagina the executive director Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA noted that “the unit will be coordinating and liaising with all key stakeholders, including the police, the contractor, and the National Road Safety Council. The Unit will follow up on the NERAMP road safety performance and compliance to requirements of the national road safety standards and programs.”

UNRA says road Safety activities are aimed at the reduction of road traffic injuries and fatalities by strengthening the road safety management capacity, and reducing road crashes on the project corridor.

UNRA boss Kagina says the authority’s Traffic and Road safety department will play the leading role in the implementation of the safety interventions of the project, particularly the education and support to enforcement aspects.

The unit will follow up on the NERAMP road safety performance and compliance to requirements of the national road safety standards and programs.

Road safety education campaigns will be carried out in schools and on radio and TV stations in major towns along the road corridor including Tororo, Mbale, Soroti and Lira while support will be given to the road safety enforcement agencies like police in enforcing safety measures.

World Bank moves to improve safety on North corridor roads

By Gloria Nakiyimba

The World Bank has today launched a road inspection report of the North Eastern Road Corridor which calls for improvement of safety measures to make the road safer for all users. Some of the safety measures proposed in the report include, changing the design of the road to make it more consistent to the terrain.

Other measures are , improving the cross section from two-lanes to four-lanes with guardrails in the towns of Tororo, Mbale, Soroti and Lira and at the Manafwa steep descend, use of speed guns, installation of speed humps, and delineation of horizontal curves to enhance safety for night-time driving with chevron signs.

The 340km stretch, known as the North Eastern Road Corridor Asset Management Project covers the Tororo-Mbale-Soroti-Lira-Kamdini road, and is about to undergo rehabilitation and improvements funded by the World Bank

“Uganda has made important strides in the past decade to reduce communicable diseases, maternal deaths, and improve the overall life expectancy. Therefore, a concerted action on road safety would bring additional far-reaching benefits for the public health sector, and economic development,” said Tony Thompson, Country Manager, World Bank.
The report, funded by the Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility, identified several challenges including rapid urbanization along the corridor, poor road design that is inconsistent with the geographical terrain, ineffective and limited speed control measures as well as steep embankments and slopes.

According to the report a total of 98 accident black spots were identified in the corridor – equivalent to one black spot every 3.5km.
Speaking at the launch of the report in Kampala on Thursday, Allen Kagina the executive director Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA noted that “the unit will be coordinating and liaising with all key stakeholders, including the police, the contractor, and the National Road Safety Council. The Unit will follow up on the NERAMP road safety performance and compliance to requirements of the national road safety standards and programs.”
UNRA says road Safety activities are aimed at the reduction of road traffic injuries and fatalities by strengthening the road safety management capacity, and reducing road crashes on the project corridor.

UNRA boss Kagina says the authority’s Traffic and Road safety department will play the leading role in the implementation of the safety interventions of the project, particularly the education and support to enforcement aspects.

The unit will follow up on the NERAMP road safety performance and compliance to requirements of the national road safety standards and programs.

Road safety education campaigns will be carried out in schools and on radio and TV stations in major towns along the road corridor including Tororo, Mbale, Soroti and Lira while support will be given to the road safety enforcement agencies like police in enforcing safety measures.

BOU disclosed the financial status of global trust bank to DFCU bank with consent

By Alice Lubwama

The parliamentary committee on commissions statutory authorities and state enterprises has discovered that bank of Uganda revealed the financial status of Global trust bank with out its consent to DFCU bank before it was closed some thing centrally to the law.

Last week the committee directed the former executive director in charge of supervision Justine Bagyenda to produce all the documents concerning the sell of global trust bank after learning that the bank was sold on the same day it was closed.

The committee also discovered that bank of Uganda had in-fact closed and sold off global trust bank on the same day.

But on looking at the documents, the committee discovered that bank of Uganda entered a purchase agreement with DFCU on July 10th 2014 before Global trust bank was finally closed on 25th July 2014 which made the committee believe that they never managed the bank for a minimum of six months as required by the law.

The committee question ed Justine Bagyenda on the intention and purpose of the disclosure to which Bagyenda first said was a collective decision of the bank but the governor bank of Uganda Emmanuel Mutebile denied.

Mutebile said he was not aware of this decision to disclose the information of global trust bank to a competitor and this was confirmed by secretary board Susan Kanyemibwa.

The committee is looking at the legal closure of seven commercial banks.

Government launches graduate volunteer scheme

By Edwin Muhumuza

The government of Uganda through the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development (MGLSD)with support from the United Nations Development Program have launched the Graduate Volunteer Scheme (GVS).

The project aims at contributing to efforts of addressing persistent employment challenges faced by Ugandan young graduates by leveraging volunteerism as an essential mechanism for skills development.
It aims to create employment avenues for young graduates while building capacity of national institutions, private sector and other partners to mainstream youth employment into their work places. This while ensuring young graduates have a full-on job package that includes coaching, mentor ship, linkages to role models to guide them along their career path.
‘This is our contribution to the national strategy to increase availability and quality of employment and enhance human capital in this country. Said Rosa Malango ,the UN Resident Representative.

Volunteers are matched depending on the available placement opportunities. The process of matching and placing volunteers is led by the selection committee and both volunteers and host institutions have opportunity to participate in the recruitment process. Volunteers also go through a 3 days residential orientation training to induct them on their volunteer placements.

‘Through this scheme our aspirations is that total of 500 young graduates will be placed in various institutions for 12 months period at a time. During that time they will acquire skills related to their area of study.’ Malango added.
So far 100 graduates have been recruited, trained and placed,50% male and female,18% masters ,78% bachelors and 4% diploma/advanced certificate; and 5 graduates with disabilities.
On his part Permanent secretary Ministry of Gender Pius Birimana noted that ‘’This scheme is going to impart hands-on skill to graduates and should be noted that the future prosperity of this country depends ultimately on the number of persons in employment and also how productive they are at work’

According to the 2017 Uganda National Household Survey,78% of the population is below 30 years. Related to that every year about 600,000- 700,000 Ugandans enter the labor market,95% of whom are youth. Youth unemployment persists since many of them lack work experience, skills needed by the labor market plus limited connection to enterprise role models and innovative solutions.