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.

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.

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 .

50 year old man in Kisoro being held for murder

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kisoro is holding 50 year old man for alleged murder.

The suspect who has been identified as Festo Nkurunziza and 3 others on run allegedly murdered one Benon Ngirabakunzi 52 years of Matyazo village Rukongi parish Nyarusiza sub county Kisoro district.

He was killed for allegedly trespassing on the home of one Ngurunziza Gadi of Nango village along Kisoro Bunagana highway.

It’s alleged that on Tuesday evening 4th December, the deceased fell sick to an extent of becoming mad, the family opted to call pastor Turasinze Festo who prayed for him up to Wednesday .

According to Elly Matte Kigezi region police spokesperson as the sickness worsened, the pastor decided to take the patient to his home around 1600 hours. On his way, the patient overpowered him and disappeared.

On Wednesday night at around 03:00 hours towards, the deceased attacked the home of Nkurunziza Festo who made an alarm which attracted neighbors who arrested him and consequently lynched him to comma.

Mr. Nkurunziza to went to Bunagana police station and reported a case of criminal trespass against the deceased whom he had not gone with.

The Police tasked him to produce the suspect but in vain .He said he wanted to first take him to hospital. He died instantly on the way to Kisoro hospital and his body was abandoned by the road side.

BOU security officials further remanded to Luzira


By Sania Babirye

Two security officials from Bank of Uganda who are charged with neglecting their duties have further been remanded to Luzira prison.

Charles Mollo has appeared before City hall court grade one magistrate Beatrice Kainza while Beatrice Kyambade appeared before city hall court grade one magistrate Patrick Talisuna.

They had appeared in hopes of being granted bail today. Though state had no objection to their bail applications, the respective magistrates remanded both of them back to Luzira prison until Monday next week when they will rule on their applications.

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.

The officials have denied the charges and are seeking bail.

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.

Female legislators insist on passing the marriage and divorce bill

By Alice Lubwama

Women activists under the domestic act coalition in partnership with Uganda women parliamentary association have joined the international campaign to end violence against women and girls, by calling government to expedite the amendment of the employment act 2006 which will require all employers to have a policy on sexual violence.

The call has been made amidst celebrations for the 16 days of activism to end gender based violence in country. This year’s theme is , “end gender based violence in the world of work”.

Kamwenge woman member of parliament Dorothy Nshaija who is also the treasurer of the association says that among every five women at least one had experienced sexual violence compared to eight percent in men and they would like employers to put in place measures to curb sexual violence and exploitation at the work place.

Nshaija also wants government to regulate alcohol consumption as this is one of the reasons why cases of domestic violence are still many.

Mitooma woman MP Jovah Kamateeka called Government to re-introduce the marriage and divorce bill saying that the continuous clauses on the title and recognizing cohabitation as a form of marriage have been dealt with.

The legislator says that this law is very critical because it will address the conflicts in homes.

People think that this law is for elites yet it’s not the case, this bill proposes that what the man acquired when he was alone will be his but what they have acquired together, they share at the time of separation.

Hon Nshaija has asked all Ugandans to support the law because its intention is not for women to grab men’s property because women also own property.

The Uganda Joint Christian Council warned parliament against passing the Bill arguing that its provisions are like inducements for divorce, turning cohabitation into marriage, and making a woman and a man equal in the marriage setting, are contrary to the Christian teaching.

But the women MPs including the speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga have been pushing for the bill saying it’s good for the whole family not only for women.

The 16 days of activism starts on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December on the Human Rights Day.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to stimulate action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

Huge delay in retrieving sunk boat caused by lack of resources -Police

By Robert Segawa

The exercise to retrieve the wreckage of the vessel that capsized on L Victoria are still on going .

As police and UPDF marine together with local fishermen early this week have embarked on rescue to pull out the wreckage.

On Tuesday, marine units deployed MV Kalangala to pull out the wreckage but only part of it pulled out.

According to the director of operations Asuman Mugyenyi the phase of turning fate full boat upright has been successful.

33 people have been reported dead and 26 were rescued, the numbers of those still missing is unclear and reports indicates at least 100 people board the vessel before it capsized.

Addressing journalists at Mutima beach Mpatta sub county in Mukono district the director of operations Asuman Mugyenyi says no special funding has been provided for the operation.

We have volunteers trying to help on the operation, but for the side of government,each government agency has used it’s own resources allocated in the budget ‘ says Mugyenyi.

He adds that it’s now difficult to know how much fuel, airtime, used until the exercise is concluded.

We are now embarked on recovering the missing bodies and those that could be trapped and also recover the property that could possibly around scene of accident.

He however said four families have reported to police the names of missing people these are , Sylivia Namutebi, Peter Kakoza, Godfrey Musisi and Andrew Ssenyonga.

On other hand the UPDF Marines commander Brigadier Mitcheal Nyarwa says the rescue team also face same challenges in trying to search for bodies that may be trapped in wreckage of I’ll fated boat that capsized on Saturday night

He adds that the divers can not enter the compartment of the boat because they also fear to be trapped inside.

Child rights activists unite to end violence against children

By Edwin Muhumuza

Six of Uganda’s leading child rights organizations on Tuesday launched a joint operation dubbed “Joining Forces” aimed at fast tracking progress on ending violence against children.

Child Fund, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Childrens’ villages, Terre des Hommes and World Vision have come together to collaborate on initiatives to create child-led solutions through empowering children to understand how to tackle challenges within their communities .

Brechtje Van Lith ,Country Director, Save The Children said, ‘We really want to make sure that children s’ voices are being heard. The national child participation strategy is so important in that respect. It really acknowledges that children should be involved in the mechanisms of both designing and implementing policies.’

The national survey released this year by the ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development with support from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) revealed shocking statistics, indicating that most children have experienced physical violence and more than 90% experienced multiple incidents. Also that violence is wide spread in schools.

As the national survey was released, we once more see how critical issues are of ending violence. We felt that this was a good moment to give it an extra push, to give it more attention and be more  on top of these stake holders to play their part’. Brechtje added.

Olive Lumonya, National Director of the SOS Children Villages notes that these kinds of huge numbers mean a call to action. This would entail working with all existing local government systems and structures to create awareness and more impact.

Linnet Awor, Program Manager, Terres de Hommes said ‘we are one of the six international organizations promoting child protection in Uganda. We are doing this even globally at international level. We decided to join forces at national level.’

This rare event seemingly goes to tell the extent of violence against children and the urgency that it requires.

We are in-putting into the national legal processes whereby we are contributing towards the development of the human sacrifice bill,the childrens act…right now we are doing a countrywide assessment on children rights and we will be working with government especially in regard to the upcoming reporting that countries do on child rights,’Awor reveals.

In 2017,the CEO’s of the worlds six leading child-focused NGOs met and decided to accelerate progress on achieving sustainable Development Goals for children. Focusing on tow key projects;(i)-ending violence against children-a national-level effort in five pilot countries, including Uganda to increase the programme impact and contribute to SDG 16. In Uganda they focused on ending violence against children in schools.(ii)-Child Rights Now!;a national and international advocacy push in up to 20 countries to renew political commitment to children’s rights through implementation of the SDG’s and support for the UN Convention on the rights of the child.

The Joining Forces coalition is piloting an initiative called Plan Z, which creates child-led solutions to help end violence against children. Through this process children in the Plan Z pilot identified the issue of child kidnap for ritual purposes, ransom and murder as one of the worst abuses against children.

UGX 152 Bn has been released for road maintenance across the country

The Uganda road fund has released 152 billion shillings for road maintenance across the country, for the quarter two financial years 2018 /2019, though halting funds for two districts including Kole and
Pakwach .

While announcing the funds In Kampala today, the executive director Uganda road fund engineer Michael Odong said that the accounting officers for the two districts had failed to present accountabilities for the previous funds during the financial year 2017/ 2018.

Odong stresses that the road fund committees for those districts should ensure that the accounting officers properly accounts for the funds given to their districts before any fund can be released.

“We cannot eliminate corruption 100%, but there is good utilization of the road fund maintenance by the agencies.” Odong said.

Odong adds that proper utilization of the funds has been their biggest achievement in the last 10 years.

80% of the funds released will focus on the community access roads especially in sub counties , warning road agencies not to deviate from the terms given in the performance agreements as they receive the funds.

He has also blamed members of parliament especially those from Kampala district of not playing their oversight role of monitoring the use of funds.

“Since funds have been released, concerned MPs should meet immediately to make a work plan for the roads to be worked on.

On road safety, he commended drivers and transporters for being vigilant on the roads eventually   reducing on road accidents.

He has also asked    bus owners to employ drivers whose social and economic problems can be managed especially while driving, telling them to ensure that  when they are  employing these people, their eyes
are tested, and  drinking habits  know.

“Even when they have social problems they cannot concentrate on the steering , somebody has been quarreling with the wife the whole night he did not sleep but you’re  telling  him to drive to Lira, of
course he will cause an accident.” he explained.

A member of the road fund Nathan Byanyima warned the road agencies not to exaggerate the cost of road maintenance because a few of them will be worked on and this affects the communities.

92 billion will go to the Uganda National Roads Authority, 6.8 billion or Kampala Capital City Authority,717 billion for districts,9 billion will go to the municipalities, town councils receive 7.7 billion
shillings, community access roads have been given 17 billion shillings  among others.