First Capital car winner disqualified, another draw is on this afternoon

By Gloria Nakiyimba

Capital Radio is conducting another draw to give away a brand new car under the Win a car promotion that has been going on since December last year. Capital Radio General Manager Peter Mungoma says under this promotion a loyal capital listener or client of one of the partners will win Mark Grand car this afternoon when a second draw is done.
Last week on Friday a draw was conducted in which a perceived winner was picked.
“But unfortunately we were unable to give away the car because of the due diligence we did, in which we found that the winner was associated with one of the partners and this violates the terms and condition” said Peter Mungoma.

He further explains that “when we do a promotion in this case where we want to reward loyal listeners and loyal customers of our partners, what terms of conditions mean is that if you are either an employee or you are affiliated or in o any way work with one of the partners it automatically disqualifies you from participating in the promotion. And therefore what we would call a genuine winner would be either a customer of one of our partners or a listener on Capital fm who participated in the promotion “.
The exciting promotion ran from the month of December through to the early part of January which Mungoma has termed very successful with lots of entries.
The second draw will be conducted during the drive show this Thursday with Tattu and Oulanya.

“We would like all our listeners and partners to tune in today at 4 o’clock during the Drive Show where we shall conduct the draw live ONAIR and will be witnessed by all our partners. And hopefully we should call the winner and should be able to drive off the car sometime this afternoon” said the station General Manager.
For the last 25 years, Capital Radio has been running promotions to reward loyal listeners and loyal customers of its partners.
For this particular win a car promotion, the station partnered with Hisense, Samsonite, KFC, Lazio Italian restaurant, Torino bar and restaurant, Comfort Homes, Water & Pumps International, The Athena Hotel, Nina Interiors Ltd, Kasenge Forest Resort, Universal M. Entp, and Victory tour and travel center.
According to Mungoma “ in this case, this promotion was about giving back to customers. So we would like customers who have participated to be the actual winners. And so what terms and conditions mean is that if you are in any where associated either as an employee or related to an employee, it disqualifies you from winning. Because the promotion is about rewarding loyal listeners and loyal customers of our partners”.

Gender ministry partners with institutions to help migrant laborers

By Alice Lubwama
The ministry of gender labor and social development has partnered with Institutions that were accredited by government to offer pre-dispatcher training for migrant maids to develop a curriculum that will suite international standards.

During a consultation meeting in Kampala, the chairperson of the migrant labor trainer’s association Florence kata said that the training has helped the maids to reduce on the mistakes they would make leading them to abuses.

Kata added that so far they have trained about 25000 maids who have gone abroad and their intention is to create a national brand that will compete globally.

In May last year the ministry of gender labor and social development accredited 10 institutions in Uganda to offer pre-dispatcher training for migrant maids, on realizing that many lacked practical skills that would enable them complete their contracts.
“Our clients are giving us feedback that those complaints of failed performances or contract completion in the destination countries because the workers are ignorant of their skills have reduced. Which means we are creating an impact, Kata said.”

She also notes that the institutions are training maids only from companies that are licensed by Government to export labor. In January 2016, government banned the recruitment and deployment of domestic workers to Saudi Arabia and other countries, citing inhumane treatment by employers.

The training covers topics such as psycho social issues, practical skills and management of finances abroad.

But in 2017 the ban was lifted after the ministry of gender claimed that it had put all necessary measures to ensure that the house maids are protected where ever they go to work.

Katuntu given one more month to complete BOU investigations

By Alice Lubwama
The opposition side in parliament has finally agreed that Bugweri county MP Abdu Katuntu continue chairing the parliamentary committee of commissions statutory authorities and state enterprises till 15th of February when the committee will be done with the investigations into the closure of the seven commercial banks by the central bank.

The decision was made following a closed meeting between speaker kadaga and the leader of opposition in parliament Betty Aol Ochan over the matter.

Ever since kadaga announced that Katuntu would continue chairing the committee until the central bank probe is concluded, there has been a lot of bickering between the members of opposition them selves and exchanges between Kadaga and Aol.

The main opposition party in parliament FDC had made changes in the leadership of this committee, dropping katuntu as chairperson replacing him with Kawempe south MP Mubarak Munyagwa.

In December last year, speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga told parliament that she had requested the Leader of opposition in parliament to allow for the extension of Katuntu leadership for him to conclude the investigations because it had reached a critical stage where the changes would jeopardize them but the request was turned down by the leader of opposition.

Shortly after the meeting the Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ochan said that the decision was made in order not to water down the investigations that have been made by the opposition

Government approves Technical ,vocational education and training policy

By Alice Lubwama
After years of government rallying Ugandans to appreciate technical education, cabinet has finally approved the Technical, Vocational Education and Training “TVET” Policy.

The deputy government spokesperson Col Shaban Bantariza says the new Policy will focus on the establishment of an employer led TVET System and also develop a TVET Qualification Framework that is harmonized with the Regional Framework.

Bantariza says under this policy, government will also promote public awareness and perception on technical and vocational education and also ensure sustainable financing of this education so that it can be more accessible and a quality one.

In another development Cabinet has also approved the Principles for the Mining and Minerals Bill, 2019 which will among other things organise artisans and regulate the mining sector.

Briefing journalists about the resolutions made by cabinet on Monday at statehouse, the deputy director of the Media Center Col.Shaban Bantariza says the bill will ensure equitable, accountable and transparent management of Mineral revenues.

He adds that the bill will also promote local content and national participation in the mineral industry.

The bill will also promote and protect Health, Safety and Environment in the Mineral Industry.

Works ministry driver charged with careless driving

By Sania Babirye
A 40 year driver with the Ministry of Works and Transport has been charged with knocking dead a bodaboda rider.

Francis Mukyagwe appeared before city hall court grade one magistrate Patrick Talisuna and pleaded not guilty to the charge of causing a death of a motor cyclist through careless driving.

He has however been released on a 50million shillings court bond not cash and his two sureties each ordered to execute a non cash bond of 30million shillings.

He has now been ordered to return to court on the 21st of this month 2019 for mention of his case as investigations into the case continues .

Prosecution led by Lydia Batiibwe states that, on the 2nd of 2018 at Kigowa along Northern by pass, the suspect did drive a motor vehicle UG 0448 Nissan /cabin while on the road and caused the death of Wernerto Gaullen.

Ugandans wasting time in watching soccer and sleeping -Report

By Alice Lubwama
A new report released by Uganda Bureau of Statistics on “time use in Uganda 2017-2018 “has indicated that Ugandans spend a lot of time in unproductive work in a day compared to productive work.

According to this survey , it has been discovered that Ugandans spend 13 hours of their time in unproductive work out of the daily 24 hours available.

While releasing this survey, Dunstan Aguta a statistician with UBOS said that many Ugandans spend most of their time in activities like sleeping, watching football , resting and others.

In terms of gender the survey show that women spend 6 out of 24 hours in unpaid care work including cooking and looking after children, while men spend only 5 out of 24 hours in unpaid care work.

Aguta however say that the trend is not good for a country like Uganda that is aspiring to reach the middle income status.

The survey was conducted between 2017-2018 in 122 districts engaging 3364 with a response rate of 96%.

Kadaga vows to continue exposing corrupt government officials

By Alice Lubwama
The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has vowed to continue exposing corrupt officials in government including government ministers, in an effort to end the worsening corruption problem in the country.

Speaking at the ecumenical prayers held at parliament as part of the 3rd Annual parliament week, Kadaga said that she will not protect anyone who is corrupt just because they belong to the ruling National Resistance Movement party.

“Unfortunately they are people in this country who think that if you belong to a political party you should not speak about corruption , Mbu you’re spoiling the name of the party, spoiling the name of the country , I will continue speaking about corruption and atrocities as a leader.” kadaga said.

Kadaga said that neither she nor the parliaments will tolerant corrupt officials, since they engage in corrupt activities as individuals and not the party.

She further noted that public outcry over corruption in the country needs to grow for there to be any real action.

In his sermon, the retired Anglican Bishop of North Kigezi Diocese, Dr. Edward Muhima attributed the increased corruption in the country to lack of faithfulness and transparency.

Muhima said that if the leaders are to be more accountable, they need to be faithful and truthful in whatever they do.

He also challenges members of parliament to be more transparent if they are to regain public confidence and ensure timely service delivery.

This year’s 3rd Annual parliament week is running under the theme “Championing accountability to improve service delivery.”

Parliament expected to discuss the COSASE committee leadership

By Alice Lubwama
Parliament is expected today 15th to discuss the issue of the leadership of the committee of Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprise as the FDC party insist that Bugweri county MP Abdul katuntu should hand over office to Kawempe south MP Mubarak Munyagwa after his term expired on Sunday.

The opposition leader in parliament Betty Aol Ochan was supposed to meet the speaker Kadaga last evening over the same matter but the speaker was out of office.

FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda told journalists at the party headquarters last week that he had written to Kadaga, reminding her over Katuntu’s hand over this week.

Munyagwa and Moses Kasibante who was appointed vice chairperson say that they are ready to take over the leadership and complete the probe into the investigations of the closure of the 7 commercial banks.

Before parliament went for Christmas recess, speaker Kadaga told mps that she had requested the leadership of the opposition in parliament to allow Katuntu work up to 20th of this month since the matter had reached a critical stage of investigations and changing the leadership will jeopardize conclusion of the inquiry.

Police arrests NRM youths

By Robert Segawa

Police has arrested over 50 NRM youths who stormed parliament in protest against a decision by the UK parliament to debate about Uganda’s democracy credentials last week.

The group carrying a petition that they said was meant to be delivered to speaker Rebecca Kadaga tried to force their way into parliament before police from the Central Police Station in Kampala swung into action to arrest them.

There was a tag of war as the youths resisted arrest but police later overpowered them .

The DPC CPS ASP Wotwali Ronald led the operation where these Youths were arrested today in the morning at Parliamentary Avenue , they were later taken to CPS where investigations are ongoing .

The group were transported to Central police station on police patrols after over powering them and their placards was confiscated .

Last week the group of youth stormed British high commission in Kamwokya Surbabs of Kampala accusing the UK parliament for debating on democracy of Uganda.

Luke Owoyesigyire the KMP spokesperson says over 10 youth were arrested during a scuffle and were charged with inciting violence at Kiira road police station and after were given police bond.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson this morning the group was arrested and were guided on the procedure of meeting the speaker of parliament not moblising a bunch of youth to distabilise business in the City.

So far the holding charge is holding unlawful assemblies and detectives are still gathering more information against the group.