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.

Charles Muhangi found dead in his bed

BY ROBERT SSEGAWA

Police has confirmed the sudden death of Charles Muhangi a city business man, sports personality and also the proprietor of Horizon coaches.

Muhangi was reportedly found dead this morning at his home in Buziga surbab of Kampala in Makindye division by his wife.

According to Vicent Ssekate the CID spokesperson, police got the information from local leaders in Buziga and sent detectives to his home who confirmed his death.

“All i can tell you is we are taking the body to Mulago for postmortem and ascertain the possible cause of death” Ssekate said.

Mike Mawanda a family friend says the family will also conduct a joint post mortem with police through a family doctor.

“ We have heard from the people who were with him last night in the meeting, he was not sick up to 1 am he Departed and agreed to meet this morning”, says Mawanda.

60 year old Muhangi a renowned rally driver was the first Ugandan to win African rally championship in 1999.

He has been involved in a land wrangle with property mogul Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu alias Young. The three Kampala business men were battling for the ownership of Qualicel Arcade, and Nabukera arcade .

Muhangi claims ownership of the 0.58 hectares of the land on which the two arcades were built.

Last month the office of the Solicitor general issued Muhangi with a letter confirming the ownership of the land that housed the two arcades.

Muhangi further produced the letter to Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Moses Kafeero for eviction, and was given a go ahead letter and officers to secure the premises during the eviction.

After retaining the ownership of two arcades Charles Muhangi change the names of Arcades from Qualicel terminal to “Horizon city” and Nabukera Plaza to “Bazannya N’engo”.

After changing the names of Arcades the two tycoons Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu alias Young closed the two arcades last month in protest which left many traders renting on the buildings stranded on streets of Kampala.
The arcades were later opened after two days.

The two business men were accusing Charles Muhangi of grabbing their buildings and have been battling the case in the courts of law for the last 13 years.

MTN Sponsors Jose Chameleon’s Legends Saba Saba Concert

By Patricia Osman

MTN Uganda has today announced sponsorship of Jose Chameleon’s “Legends Saba Saba” concert slated for Friday, 7th December 2018 at the Lugogo Cricket Oval. Chameleon, whose music recently crossed the 20-year mark, has been one of the long-term musicians that MTN Uganda has supported over the years.

Valery Okecho, the Manager Corporate Communications at MTN Uganda said that for the last twenty years, the telecom company has supported the music industry and continues to do so.

He adds that “MTN and Chameleone have had a strong working relationship over the years; MTN has benefitted from having Uganda’s biggest star entertain MTN customers during MTN events while Jose Chameleone has earned severally from his performances or album launches sponsored by MTN,” Okecho says.

On why the name “Legend Saba Saba;” “I was born in 1979 and that was the time when the Tanzanians came to help oust Idi Amin. There was a big gun mounted at the time in Mutukula called the Saba Saba. It was a powerful gun and I would want to stand in the might of that gun.”

Balaam Barugahara the event organiser says “It is going to be a very different night of music. We have prepared for this concert and this time it is going to be a fully exclusive Jose Chameleon show. We shall not have not have curtain raisers that have been within for previous concerts. This time it is going to be only Jose Chameleon performing from as early as 8:15 pm till late “adds Balaam.

Police calls out survivors of the Lake Victoria boat accident to testify

By Robert Ssegawa

Day six Police and UPDF Marine teams continue with the search of possible missing persons and property following the boat accident on L.Victoria is still on going. So far two outboard engines, the metallic part of canopy that had submerged into the lake at the scene of accident of the MV Templar wreckage have been recovered and delivered offshore.

The wreckage of the boat that was retrieved yesterday, 33 people confirmed dead where the actual numbers of those missing still not known.

On Wednesday police called on MV Kabalega to help in retrieving the killer boat after trying with local fishermen manually to pull the wreckage. The police director of operations Asuman Mugyenyi has asked the survivors to come out and give their testimony to help in investigating the matter.

“We call upon the survivors to come out in good faith and give their testimony, you are not suspects only we want to verify the claims from the public whether the number on boat were correct or wrong ,says Mugyenyi.

He adds that police needs to get even more truth of the survivors, as intelligence shows that very many people survived and they don’t want to come out though police has a list of big people who are known to board the boat are still hiding.

Mugyenyi further explains that the intention is in good faith to exactly know how many people are still missing. Last week over 100 revellers board MV Templar to Palm Beach in Mukono and capsized left over 30 people dead and 26 were rescued that very night.

A BRAND NEW CAR GIVEAWAY: Capital Radio unveils festive season promotion

BY GLORIA NAKIYIMBA

Capital Radio has unveiled a new promotion this festive season in which one lucky listener will win a brand new Toyota Mark Grand car. The General Manager Capital Radio Peter Mungoma says the promotion aims to reward listeners for their loyalty.

“It is aimed at saying Thank you for being good customers, thank you for being good listeners and because it is the season of giving, we think it should continue and it starts with Capital and our partners to give back to our loyal listeners” he said.

In the Win a car promotion, listeners will also be able to win an instant prize of 50,000 every day and other prizes from partners as a way of rewarding them for their loyalty.

“Listeners and clients have an opportunity to win a car which is really the most exciting part of the promotion. All they have to do is go any of participating partners of ours, spend some money with them, will be given a coupon with a code which will allow them to go into the draw” Mr. Mungoma averred.

The Prize

The grand prize is a Toyota Grande Mark two solon car worth millions of shillings.

“It’s one of Uganda’s favorite cars Toyota. Toyota is a good car!. It’s a car fully registered, you’ll be able to get your keys and get a log book to your ride” said Mungoma.

The car is currently on display in the Capital gardens at Plot 1 A cooper road Kisementi – Kololo. As the campaign gains momentum, the car will be displayed at different outlets of participating partners.

How to participate and win.

The general manager Peter Mungoma says there are two ways in which to participate in the promotion.

The first one is to listen to Capital Fm. Presenters will be giving out three codes every day for six days.

This will happen during the Breakfast Show with Gaetano and Lucky, AM-PM with Flavia and during the Over drive show with Oulanya and Tattu.

“All you have to do as the listener, once the cue to call is given, just call in, give us the code then you will go into a draw to win the car. But also you win an instant prize of 50,000 shillings to every listener who calls and gives the right code” he explained

The second way is to walk into any of our partners premises, spend some money with them.

According to Mr. Mungoma, “Spend money in those areas for whatever service or product that you are getting, you will win an instant prize but you’ll also be given a coupon which will allow you to go into the draw for the ultimate prize. The more times you spend at these outlets of our partners, the more chances you have of winning a car”.

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Dennis Ssentongo Capital Radio’s Sales Manager says the grand draw will be held on 10th of January 2019.

The Partners

This is a joint promotion to reward both listeners and clients this Christmas

According to Ssentongo the number one station in Uganda has proudly partnered with leading brands in the market to make this promotion a dream come true for the winner.

The partners are 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.

UK in major drive to end malnutrition in Karamoja

By Edwin Muhumuza

Government has committed to sustain all program interventions to strengthen the health systems to end malnutrition in Karamoja. This during the launch of the Karamoja Nutrition Program, an initiative funded by UKAid and implemented by the United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF) and the United Nations World Food Programme(WFP) in Kotido district.

Approximately 28million Pounds have been invested in Karamoja by the UK .The nutrition program is expected to strengthen government’s health system to ensure children and mothers across the region receive high quality health and nutrition services and are better nourished.

Chiefguest, the minister of Karamoja Affairs, Hon. John Byabagambi, in his remarks challenged local leaders to champion the program and not look at development partners as saviours.

‘’We must work for ourselves, our people and we go out whenever there is good weather to grow and store food.’’Byabagambi noted.

In attendance, area legislators and local government leaders continuously appealed for more support of Karamoja in education, Agriculture and more programs to which the minister urged them to own the program to benefit their communities.

‘’I don’t want any local leader to expect the development partners to lead their programs. You do not expect them to be everywhere because the money they have cannot satisfy all of us. We are lucky that they can get tax payers money from the UK and give it to us..’

Delegates sign on the board as a symbol of pledging to support the initiative.
Delegates sign on the board as a symbol of pledging to support the initiative.

Francesca Stidston, the Acting Head of Office for the Department for International Development(DFID) said ,’’reports say Karamoja has made commendable progress in improving health outcomes, however more needs to be done to ensure that even the hardest to reach have access to life saving services.’’

Ms Stidston noted that, the information gathered had steered the direction they took on the Karamoja Nutrition Program but also not forgetting that Malaria is the leading cause of sickness in the region therefore UK is pleased to launch this program along with our support for the prevention and control of malaria in this region.

‘’This program aims to save more lives, reduce vulnerability of women and children while ensuring increased productivity. The UK government remains committed to reaching 50million people by 2020 and such programs will continue,’’she added.

84% of people in Karamoja are unable to afford a nutritious daily diet,45% of households have limited access to food and over have of all households do not have much diversity in their diet. The reason why malnutrition is a major impediment to Karamoja’s development, undermining the health and economic prospects of the population,reports suggest.

Initially Karamoja was free from malnutrition but due to insecurity in the 90’s a lot of cattle was lost and so elders, children and pregnant mothers who entirely depended on milk and other by products for food could no longer have access to the nutritious food. This coupled with a harsh environment was not able to provide an alternative and hence communities resorted to consuming local gin/alcohol and thus malnutrition, according to local leaders.

Capsized boat on L.Victoria that killed over 30 people has no license to operate.

ByRobert Segawa

The boat that capsized on L.Victoria Saturday night killing over 30 people left many bodies missing has no license to operate.

This was revealed by the state minister for transport Eng Aggrey Bagire during a visit at Mutima Beach rescue center in Mpatta Sub county in Mukono district.

Minister Bagire says that the boat was not registered, not inspected, and was in a mission to confiscate errant boats inclusive the one that capsized.

He adds that the boat that capsized is on their top list but unfortunately the owners have been playing hide and seek with some ministry officials.

Out team on Thursday was out to look for the same boat and the official was told that the boat is no longer plying the water due to mechanical faulty, Says Minister Bagire.

On Saturday at around 4 pm tragedy boat left KK Beach to Palm Beach carrying over 100 revelers capsized just a few meters off Mutima island to it’s destination at around 8 pm.

The police force, UPDF Marines together with the community involved in intensive rescue that night managed to rescue 26 people’s with 13 bodies before suspending the rescue mission.

Ssp Zurah Ganyanna the search and rescue recovery team spokesperson says among the people rescued is Prince Charles Wasajja a brother to Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, Singer Iryn Namubiru and prominent businessman Kiyimba Free Man.

She adds that the rescue mission continues on Sunday morning between police and UPDF Marines from Air Force together with Choppers Flying over the water to trace the floating bodies and also trace the wreckage of boats where 19 bodies were retrieved from the water

SSP Zurah Ganyanna says by late Sunday evening 19 bodies were retrieved and taken to Mulago hospital city mortuary that brings the numbers of bodies recovered to 32.

She, however, says that there is no hope of finding the survivor adding that among people who died in the water last night were fishermen who rushed into the accident point to rescue, but again rescue boat capsized killing many due to overloading.

The police and UPDF marine will also continue with the search of bodies with seriously resume tomorrow morning.

WHAT CAUSED THE TRAGEDY.

Overloading caused the tragedy as revelers stormed KK beach in big numbers for the long-awaited party organized by the business community.

The business community section downtown in Kikubo organized the end of year party which was to take place on the weekend of 10th November 2018 and was postponed to 24th November 2018 due to poor mechanical conditions.

According to one of the survivor, the team started arriving at KK Beach Gaba at around 8 am with their plan to set off to Palm Beach at 10 am.

She adds that they were told that the delays were because engineers were working hard to fix the boat to make their way to Palm Beach where the end of year party was to be held.

At 3pm they started boarding the boat and left KK Beach at 4 pm and all were asked to put on a life jacket and the boat started moving slowly until it developed problems and were asked to go one side of the boat so that it can balance but unfortunately it was taking in water and capsized.

She narrated that they tried to cling on the boat as they screamed but most of them were already drunk and had taken off their life jackets. Those who didn’t have life jackets tried as much as they can to hold on to those who had worn thereby increasing the number of people drowning and increasing the death toll.

The rescue boat arrived on time and all the survivors went onboard but they boarded in big numbers and it also capsized and that’s when most of them drowned and died.

Zurah Ganyanna says among the bodies that were retrieved on Sunday including one of the businessmen owning the boat a one Templer Bisase and his wife Sheila Bisase, and Business tycoon Yoweri Musumba a father to Busujju legislator David Kalanga.

She adds that police have embarked on investigating exactly what caused the boat capsized left dozens killed.Police also asked those still missing their loved ones to register with police book at rescue and service comm

Nobert Mao doesn’t trust Constitution review commission committee. They’re NRM carders

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Democratic party well comes the idea of the Constitution review commission, but it doesn’t trust the members who are nominated on it. The president general of DP Nobert Mao while addressing the media at their offices in Kampala, says that the selection which was made will not reflect the views of members of the public since they were not involved.

He sighted the examples of the former attorney general DR Kiddu Makubuya who didn’t handle the issue of Oil in good way, while other members are staunch NRM carders.

This is in reaction to the letter forwarded to the president containing the proposed committee appointees by the minister of justice and constitutional affairs Maj General Kahinda Otafire.

The president general of DP Nobert Mao while addressing the media at  their offices in Kampala
The president general of DP Nobert Mao while addressing the media at their offices in Kampala

He sighted the examples of the former attorney general DR Kiddu Makubuya who didn’t handle the issue of Oil in good way, while other members are staunch NRM carders.

This is in reaction to the letter forwarded to the president containing the proposed committee appointees by the minister of justice and constitutional affairs Maj General Kahinda Otafire.

Mao says that since July 2017 democratic party have agitated for a review commission in the time of private members bill_ Kogikwatako but they were not given chance to have their views appropriately.

He gives the examples of representation where members of the public needed to hold absolute power on the proposed law on the issue of representation.

He is cautiously optimistic about the individuals who are appointed saying they are like forest leaves, and the committee needs young blood from the old carders, says Mao.

All along DP has been agitating on issues including independent of parliament and reducing its size from the big number to a reasonable one which will have autonomy on the legislation discussed and passed into an act.

He further notes that the judiciary has to be independent without siding with the government to give the necessary justice where it’s viable and the autonomy of the electoral commission which is under the same ministry.

Parliamentary committee sets up a team that will read all documents submitted by Bank of Uganda

By Edwin Muhumuza

The parliamentary committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises(COSASE) yesterday decided to set up a team that will read all documents that are mainly confidentially submitted from Bank of Uganda for purposes of scrutiny. Chairperson, Abdu Katuntu said there will be no photocopying or taking photos of the documents to avoid leaking them to the public.

‘I set up a two-man committee involving one person from the NRM and one from the opposition, Hon Twesiime and Hon Medard Ssegona. They are going to be handling the confidential issues supervised by the vice. However, this information is not restricted to them because even members may access it for purposes of reading. No reproduction, No photocopies or even phones…’Katuntu said.

Meantime, the committee also accused Bank of Uganda of wrongfully closing Teefe Bank in 1993. Hon. Katuntu said that the then Finance Minister Jehoash Mayanja Nkangi did not have the power to order its closure on grounds that he based on the Bank Act of 1963 instead of the Financial Institutions Statute of 1993.

And as legislators began to point out more faults and seemingly about to condemn the Central Bank officials, there were appeals for patience at this stage of the probe.

‘now that we have ascertained their responses about the law, we are not going to judge anything at this point, let’s go through the process until the end, before we can make conclusions because we shall have heard all the information we need’ Katuntu remarked.

Earlier Bank Of Uganda Governor Tumusiime Mutebile was faulted over wrong and contradictions in his response about the dates of the closure of Teffe Bank. What was reflected in the response was not accurate according to the committee chair, Abdu Katuntu who noted that it was closed on 4th November 1993, and not in February 1993 as reported.

This amid arguments about the different legal regimes they acted to close it;1969 Bank Act or the Financial Institutions Statute 1993.

Members expressed disappointment amid calls for the Bank officials to go on oath, thus invoking powers of a High court to penalize witnesses over the contradictions.

While members mulled at the circumstances surrounding the failure of the Teefe Bank, Bank of Uganda Governor Emmanuel Mutebile revealed that he would not intend to reopen any of the defunct banks. This while responding to queries from Aruu county MP, Odonga Otto. ‘In principal, I would never dream of reopening a bank I have closed before.’

The committee will meet BOU officials every day except Saturday and Sunday until they are done.