National youth council applauds Government for banning betting

By Deo Wasswa
National youth council has commended government move to ban foreign sports betting companies in the country saying that it will give youth enough time to concentrate on their jobs and also to engage in other income generating activities.

According to Lilian Abel, the chairperson of National Youth Council, betting is affecting very many young people negatively in that even the little money they get they end up investing it in betting.

She noted that what the government and leaders should look at is engaging young people in productive activities that can produce money in their hands other than taking it away. ‘’ we don’t see how betting is changing the lives of young people and also supporting them in terms of raising finances’’ Lilian added.

She added that the government should have banned betting on Monday, but given that it has come out, it should not change its decision on the matter. “The government’s efforts should focus on creating opportunities for many youths that are likely to lose their jobs in this sector.” She said.

On Sunday 20th January 2019, the state minister for finance Mr. David Bahati announced that president Museveni had ordered the government not to register new sports betting company or renew licenses for the existing companies upon on expiry.

Information from national gambling board indicates that the government issued licenses to 40 general betting companies, 20 casinos, and 15 slot machines last year.

According to the research done by Economic policy research center in 2014 in Kampala found that the majority of Kampala residents 73.3% engage in gambling as source of livelihood as oppose to leisure.

DP launches strategy to dislodge Museveni

By Robert Segawa
Dubbed one on one strategy the Democratic party bloc today announced that it will be the platform to dislodge president Museveni in the next elections.

The strategy which clusters opposition political parties per their regional strength follows the research the party allegedly carried out recently concluding that it’s the only through way to dislodge Museveni from power.

At a press conference addressed by representatives of DP , PDP, SDP, justice forum at the DP headquarters this afternoon, the strategy was unveiled by DP spokesperson Kenneth Paul Kakande, Dr Abed Bwanika, Michael Mabike, Walter Samuel Lubega among others.

Last week the Democratic party president Nobert Mao introduced former DP members from PDP, SDP, justice forum under their new umbrella DP block.

Abed Bwanika explained that they will be able to field candidates in the regions depending on each parties strength. he noted that DP will filled candidate in Buganda, Acholi, Busoga, Sebei and parts of Westnile. He said FDC is fielding candidates in Kigezi, Ankole, Toro, Bunyoro and parts of Teso.

He further added that UPC is fielding candidates in Lango, Karamoja, and parts of north Eastern Teso. While Mugisha’s party will field candidates in westnile, And Rwenzori Subregion.

According to Bwanika, in area’s where the parties have fielded joint candidates performed well compared to area’s where all had separate candidate.

He announced effective next month the DP UYD reunions will resume with Jinja and Kampala on fast schedule, then proceed to other area’s of the country including Karamoja, before proceeding to the Diaspora in London, America and other area.

Kenyans embrace new SGR

By Moses Kidandi
As Uganda waits for Kenya to complete the second phase of its obligation to construct the Standard Gauge Railway to the boarder,in Kenya the number of people booking the use of the Kenya standard gauge railway has doubled.

These are people in Kenya that use the Mombasa route mainly businessman from Uganda,Nairobi and other east African countries that have transactions at Mombasa port and other businesses as well Kenya has purchased four new engines that are comfortable ,luxurious and faster.Nairobi to Mombasa now takes you less than six cool Hours in a train compared to the road where you have to 8 Hours .

The Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) connects the port city of Mombasa to Kenya’s capital city Nairobi.

The new railway has since replaced the parallel and colonial Uganda Railway that was originally built during the British colonial rule in the 19th century. Under the East African Railway Master Plan, the Mombasa–Nairobi SGR will link up with other standard gauge railways that are being built in East Africa. Construction is already under way on Phase II of the Kenya SGR, which will extend the railway to the Uganda border by 2021.

Nakaseke worries about out break of strange disease

By Alice Lubwama
The ministry of health has asked the communities from Nakaseke district to remain calm as a team has been sent on the ground to assess the situation following reports of an outbreak of a strange disease.

This was after Nakaseke woman MP Sarah Najuma reported a case of a farmer from Wakyato in Nakaseke district had been attacked by strange disease with symptoms of diarrhea , fever nausea and appetite loss.

The state minister for health Sarah Opendi informed parliament on Thursday that the patient has been isolated in kiwoko hospital and samples have been picked from her and taken to the Uganda virus research institute for further investigations.

Opendi however say that although they are still waiting for the results but Nakaseke being in the cattle corridor is at risk of getting Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever.

Uganda Heart institute doctors worried about merger

By Alice Lubwama
The Uganda heart institute has expressed fears that the merger of the institution will affect its operations.

The director of the institute Dr. John Omangino says that the institute now requires super specialized health workers who have put in much time to attain these qualifications noting that by merging it back to Mulago hospital it will undermine the specialists there.

Omagino further said that specialized health workers at the heart institute are now handing in their resignation letters to look for green pastures claiming that the services they offer cannot be recognized by ulago hospital according to the public service standard orders.

He raised the matter as the ministry of health had appeared before the health committee of parliament to present their budget framework papers for the financial year 2019/20.

It’s here still the Uganda heart institute cried out loud for lack of space where to operate from and called parliament to approve the 259bn loan shillings requested by ministry of health for the construction of Uganda heart institute home at Mulago.

Man sent back to jail for escaping from Luzira

By Sania Babirye

A 35 year old man has been jailed two years for always escaping from lawful custody .

Dan jemba has been sentenced by Buganda road court grade one magistrate Robert Mukanza.

While sentencing him, the magistrate ruled that prosecutions had adduced sufficient evidence to prove that Jemba was not a first time offender and that indeed this was his third time of escaping from Luzira prison after being either charged and remanded, convicted and jailed on different offenses between 2017 and 2018.

The magistrate explained that the convict needed the maximum two year jail sentence as a harsh punishment to deter the would-be offenders since escaping from lawful custody by suspe8 or criminals is currently rampant in the country.

Government to stop all unlicensed schools from operating

BY Moses Kidandi

Results of Over 3000 candidates’ who sat for last year’s primary living examinations have been withheld by the National Examination Board (UNEB) over malpractice.The withheld results comprise mostly schools in the western district of Bundibujo .The Minister of Education First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni warned against examination malpractice and warned the perpetrators of serious consequences.

According to the results,a total number of 67193 candidates sat for the 2018 examination at 13072 registered centers across the country out of which 11% of the pupils who sat for PLE have qualified to join secondary education compared to 9.1% in 2017.

Boys out competed girls in performance with 41064 attaining division compared to 35529.

The First Lady advised parents that they need to follow up and find you if their children registered with UNEB.
Prof Marry Okwakol the Chairperson UNEB ,says there was an increase in candidature of 3.9 % in 2018 compared to 0.8 in 2017 Okwakol says malpractice in schools has been attributed to continued assistance by teachers who keep writing answers to pupils on chits but says the overall performance has improved and more candidates have qualified to join post primary institutions in 2018 the assessment of learner’s with special needs was well done with a Total of 1,128 candidates registering and seating the special needs exams.

The Secretary to UNEB Dan Odongo says a Total of 671,923 registered for PLE from 13,072 centers in her speech,Education minister Janet Museveni has emphasized that no private schools will be allowed to operate without a valid license.
She says Others closed before for non compliance will also be allowed to operate on condition that they fulfill all school operating requirements.
State minister for Education Rosemary Seninde is warning parents against taking their children in unregistered or closed schools.

The minister of Education Janet Museveni has further directed District Education Officers (DEOs) to carry out regular supervisions especially in places with poor performance.

Budget committee directs to find money to fight new weed on Lake Victoria

By Alice Lubwama
The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed the budget committee of parliament chaired by Ntenjeru North MP Amos Lugolobi to find money for handling the new weed that has emerged on Uganda’s lakes.

Kadaga made the directive following plea by the agriculture minister Vincent ssempijja to get him funds urgently to control the kabira weed that has seriously covered Lake Kyoga before it reaches unmanageable levels.

Kadaga asked MPs to get angry and force government to find money to control the spreading of this weed because it’s dangerous.

Ministry of agriculture animal industry and fisheries requires an emergency fund of four billion shillings to maintain and operate the existing equipment to respond to abrupt resurgences of the weed on the lakes.

Sempijja informed parliament that the existing equipment at the ministry cannot handle the kabira weed that is currently affecting the water bodies unless it’s in succession with the water hyacinth and other aquatic plants.

He further noted that government still lacks the adequate human and machinery to address the challenges posed by the kariba weed.

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.

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.