Uganda Cancer Institute, Cambridge University in joint research for cancer cure

By Moses Kidandi

Uganda Cancer institute and Cambridge university have agreed to conduct joint research on the management and cure of cancer.This was disclosed during the signing of a memorandum of a joint collaboration between the two institutions.

The memorandum is aimed at promoting and furthering academic links between the university of Cambridge and Uganda cancer institute.

According to Dr Jackson Orem,the Executive Director of the Uganda Cancer Institute, the memorandum is comprised of staff and student exchange,collaborative research and exchange of academic,educational ,scientific knowledge.

Mbabazi invited for special meeting with Museveni

By Robert Segawa

The National Resistance Movement ( NRM) central executive committee is meeting today to discuss the proposed Constitution amendment to be presented to the National Executive Committee (NEC) tomorrow for approval.

The meeting is being held at state house Entebbe where a special statement will be issued for consideration to the NEC .

Rogers Mulindwa the NRM secretary spokesperson says President Museveni has selected five special delegates to attend the NEC meeting tomorrow.

Those selected by national chairman are former vice President Dr. Specioza Nabayego, Prof Gilbert Bukenya, former Prime minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, Hon Kintu Musoke and Capt Francis Babu.

Parliament is not selfish as you think – Oboth Oboth

By Edwin Muhumuza

Stakeholders have expressed concern over the deteriorating performance of parliament.

This during the ongoing annual parliament week which saw stakeholders from across the political divide raise issues of their concern.

While representing the speaker,Hon. Oboth Oboth called upon the civil society and other stakeholders to always give objective and honest view regarding Parliaments work.

“So it is not every time we sit ,and this is a perception. We cannot win this debate anywhere. We have stopped trying to clean ourselves that we are selfish. Does parliament have an intention.do you?”

The parliament week is being run under the theme ”enhancing democracy through participatory partnerships in Uganda.”

The Stakeholders’ Debate has attracted discussions from Civil Societies, the academia, Government officials, political Parties and Parliament as a way of promoting efficiency, accountability and better service delivery.

Present at the event was Hon. Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige , Forum for Democratic Change Party President Partick Amuriat ,Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo. Electoral commission spokesman , Jotham Taremwa.

Dr KabumbaBusinge ,the main facilitator of the debate said that the nature of politics in a Uganda is a reflection of the state of the society. Political systems and politicians are socially-produced and they emanate from social bases, cultural milieus, and societal settings.

Parliament of Uganda is also slated to commemorate 130 years of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), which will be graced by the IPU President, Gabriela Cuevas Barron.

In the course of the Parliament Week, all departments of Parliament will display content relating to their workings, for the information of the public.

Man sent to jail over stolen property

By Sania Babirye
A chapati man who was caught with suspected stolen property during a random police patrol has been charged and remanded to Luzira prison.

City hall grade one magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise remanded 22 year old Mande Julius after he denied the offense of being in possession of suspected stolen property.

Prosecution states that the accused person on the 14th of January 2020 at Kalinabiri zone Ntinda in Kampala when stopped and searched by police officer Ahimbisibwe Joseph acting in exercise of the powers coffered under section 20 of the criminal procedure code, was found in possession of a bag containing a Lasonic DVD, a pair of shoes and a sweater which the said officer reasonably suspected to be stolen or unlawfully obtained.

He returns back to court on the 3rd of February for mention of his case.

Supermarkets and bakeries closed over poor hygiene

By Deo Wasswa
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has intensified mandatory standards enforcement in bakeries.

In the operations, UNBS has sealed off bakery mixers of Mega Standard Supermarket (Burton Street), Capital Shoppers Supermarket (Ntinda and Nakawa branches), Tuskys supermarket (Ntinda and Nansana branches), S&S Supermarket at Nkumba Close, Outlet bakery at Freedom City,

Kaduwa supplies, Kasampa bakery at Bugwere market, Tumwebaze bakery at Indian headquarters and Golden bakery in Mbale,

Sofrah bakery in Arua, Vision Bakery in Kiboga, Masindi Masters Bakers and Homeland bakery in Masindi for not complying with standards.

This comes after a sensitization meeting held with supermarket owners on 30th October 2019, where the standards body cautioned supermarket owners against selling uncertified products.

Routine inspections of all products covered under the mandatory standards are on-going across the country and all those found working contrary to the UNBS Distinctive mark regulation, 2018 and hygiene standards will be held liable.

According to UNBS spokesperson Victoria Namutebi, owners of the affected bakeries have been summoned to their offices.

Kadaga warns MPs about fraudulent schemes

By Alice Lubwama

The Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has warned Members of Parliament and the public at large against investing in Ponzi and Pyramid schemes saying that they risk being defrauded of their money.

In her communication to the house this afternoon as parliament returns from recess, Kadaga said that the schemes are a form of fraud that is leaving unsuspecting Ugandans in debt and deprivation despite promising high rates of return with little risk to investors.

Kadaga says a number of people who have fallen victim to the fraudulent schemes have petitioned her office seeking for help.

She also expresses concern over the delay by government to take action against the unscrupulous schemes.

DP releases roadmap for 2021 elections

By Robert Segawa

Opposition Democratic Party ( DP) has released it’s road map towards the forth coming general elections 2021.

Addressing the media at the party headquarters in Kampala the National organizing secretary of the party, Suleiman Kidandala, said the party will hold it’s delegates conference between 28th-31st March 2020 where they will elect the new party president and other flag bearers.

Before the delegates conference there will be registration of party members at village level from 14th-26th January.

Kidandala added that there will be elections of party executives at village to district level from 26th January to 9th march.

Meanwhile party representatives from constituency and districts will represent the lower levels in the national delegates conference .

FDC vows to continue with regional celebrations

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change ( FDC ) has vowed to continue with their planned regional fifteen years celebrations in different districts across the country despite being blocked by police earlier on Monday.

Police on Monday blocked party president Patrick Amuriat Obbo from holding celebrations in Soroti and arrested Dr. Kizza Besigye from Jinja on his way to the venue , many of his party followers were also arrested from Mbale.

Patrick Amuriat the party president says that they’ll continue with their celebration programs and will hold their celebration in Western Uganda tomorrow.

He further adds that they will also review what exactly caused the arrests Party members during their activities on Monday.

More extension workers needed to improve agricultural produce

By Deo Wasswa

The government is set to recruit additional extension workers to assist farmers on best practices to improve the quality and standards of agricultural produce.

Speaking at annual stake holders meeting organized by Sasakawa Africa, an orgnisation advocating for smart agriculture and agriculture best practices, Beatrice Namaloba, principal agricultural extension coordinator at Ministry of agriculture noted that substandard agriculture produces has remained a major challenge for agriculture sector especially when marketing the products on international market. She says this year , Ministry of Agriculture’s emphasis will be on increasing extension workers to help on addressing the matter.

According to Namaloba the ratio of extension workers to Farmers in Uganda currently standards at 1:1800 and as government want to bring it down at least to 1:500.

She added that on top of recruiting additional extension workers, the ministry is also looking at introducing other models such as e-extension where farmers will need to visit internet and understand the solution to problems that are likely to affects their gardens.

She says introduction of Village extension assistant will be also looked up on as another possible model.

FDC set to elect a flag bearer

By Deo Wasswa
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change party has commenced its preparations for presidential flag bearer elections for the 2021 elections says party deputy spokesperson Jonh Kikonyogo.

Kikonyogo said that since their consultation meetings come to an end this month ,they will soon be advertising the post for the suitable party members to apply.

He says that the party will hold a delegates conference and select the flag bearer out of those who will apply.He adds that the party is set to release the road map to this effect before the end of this month, January 2020.

He says that those planning to contest for this post should prepare all the required documents.