Top police officials to be arrested in church eviction saga

By Robert Segawa

Kampala resident city commissioner Farida Mayanja together with Kampala metropolitan police Commander Moses Kafeero have ordered the arrest of Katwe District police Commander SP David Epedu, Oc Ndeeba Police ASP Mugira Yeko Kato and FFU Commander Katwe Police Isabirye Kaloli for failing to protect demolition of St. Peter’s Church Ndeeba . The church was demolished last night disregarding government directives that stopped all evictions on land during this COVID19 period.

The order came after both parties had a closed door meeting with RCC, KMP Commander, RPC Kampala south, Regional CID Commander Kampala metropolitan and church leaders at the demolished site in Ndeeba this afternoon.

According to Kampala metropolitan police spokesman SP Patrick Onyango police has so far arrested 11 people suspected to have been party of the demolition of St. Peter’s church. Police has also impounded two motor vehicles that were recovered from the scene and these are Reg. No. UAY 796N canta white loaded with metals,UBG 682Q Tractor/ Engineering plant (excavator)
Onyango adds that they are looking for the property owner, a one Dodovico Mwanje .

The suspects have been charged with malicious damage of property.

Police warns the general public who are planning to evict people during this period of COVID19 that they risk being arrested and charged in courts of law if they go ahead with their intentions.

UBA Provides $200 Million for Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry

By Edwin Muhumuza

The United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA),Group Chairman, Tony O. Elumelu has challenged the private sector in Africa to unite and contribute meaningfully to their economies.

This is as UBA provided $200 million, approximately UGX 750 billion, to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to support investment growth and liquidity requirements.

He made the remarks while the leading pan-African financial services group, acted as Facility Agent Bank for the Nigerian Commercial Banks in a consortium with other international banks in a $1.5 Billion Pre-Export Finance Facility for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its upstream subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

This move follows a sharp drop in the price of oil and the ensuing hardship that followed the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Elumelu said, ‘this facility is clear evidence of this – UBA is providing investment that will significantly improve Nigeria’s production capacity and in doing so also demonstrating the strength, depth, and sophistication of our commercial banking capability. I believe that together, working with governments, we can create more jobs and more wealth for people, not only in Nigeria, but across Africa’.

UBA has a strong track record in the resources sector across Africa, having facilitated oil prepayment deals with the NNPC, including its 2013 $100 million participation in the PXF Funding Limited transaction, and a further $60 million in the 2015 Phoenix Export Funding Limited transaction.

In Senegal, UBA was responsible for the EUR 240m Revolving Crude Oil Financing Facility for the Société Africaine de Raffinage and in Congo Brazzaville co-funded the $250m crude oil prepayment facility for Orion Oil Limited.

Other participants in the NNPC deal include Standard Chartered Bank, Afrexim Bank, Union Bank and two oil trading companies, Vitol and Matrix.

In Uganda, UBA is participating in the upstream, midstream and downstream of the oil and gas sector through financing and provision of financial services to players in each of these sectors.

“We are committed to ensuring that our corporate clients in the oil and gas sector of Uganda get access to the best financial services the market has got to offer.” said Mr. Joseph Balikuddembe, Executive Director/Head of Business- UBA Uganda.

City lawyer petitions EC over amendments in NURP

By Sania Babirye

People power movement and National Unity Platform party spokesperson Joel Senyonyi has described a petition by city lawyer challenging the legality of their party as just another tactic that government is playing to delay their capture of power.

In a letter dated 3rd August 2020, city lawyer James Byamukama petitioned the electoral commission over an alleged illegal amendment of NURP political party, change of party names, symbols and colours and change in its top leadership by electing Hon.Robert Kyagulanyi as its party president and presidential flag bearer for the 2021 general elections.

However, Senyonyi says the entire process was legally carried out but state is just using any agent to cut on their speed to capture power.

He says that as NUP, they will not waste time on any baseless allegations even but will continue to mobilize and register party members as they prepare for the 2021 general elections.

Man sues government over failure to fully recall defective batches of life guard condoms

By Sania Babirye

A Ugandan citizen who claims to have contracted HIV/AIDS after using a defective life guard condom has sued government for failing to remove the said defective condoms on the market.

In a petition filed in the high court civil division, Joseph Kintu claims that the said condoms are still in circulation since several other batches were not recalled from bars and retail shops because NDA and Marie Stopes’ mandates are limited to pharmacies and drug stores.

Kintu claims that 30% of the defective condoms are still being sold and many Ugandans continue to contract sexually transmitted diseases on a daily basis .

He further claims that people with hearing and sight impairments have also complained that government did not communicate to them in form of sign language to alert them of the defective condoms on market as such communication was published in either News papers or placed on Radio and TV stations yet many of them are still using the said condoms and have since tested positive to STDs.

Kintu wants court to declare that the failure by government and concerned parties to fully recall the defective batches of Lifeguard condoms on the market a violation of the right to health as people continue to contract sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.

Court is yet to summon government for defense.

Reproductive health Voucher project fails, poor mothers miss out

By Deo Wasswa

A new report shows that the Uganda Reproductive Health Voucher project funded by world bank in Uganda failed to extend maternal health services to the vulnerable groups as expected.

The USD 1.7 million Voucher project intended to provide essential maternal services to the less privileged, but instead it promoted discrimination and didn’t serve for the purpose.

Through the project, the less privileged were entitled to access Vouchers in which they would receive a coupon that a mother can exchange for specified services from an approved health facility.

Field research conducted by initiative for social and economic rights (ISER) between November 2019 and March 2020 found that in areas where the project was present,68% of the beneficiaries were either middle class or rich and only 32% could be classified as poor.

Further the report shows that some mothers were paying upto 100,000 Uganda shillings to access Vouchers instead of 4000 shillings.

The project also favored private health facilities as service providers raising a question about whether this the most effective use of money.

Salima Namusobya, the executive director ISER says even the districts selected for the project are not among those ones with poorest communities.

In western Uganda the project covered districts like Kiruhura, Mbarara, Ibanda, Rubirizi, Mitooma, Isingiro, Ntungamo among others.

She further noted that the private health facilities forced many pregnant women to undergo C-section in order to claim much money from project funders.

The Uganda Reproductive health Voucher scheme has a number of Actors including World Bank, Government of Uganda, Marie stopes as the Voucher Management agency, Village health teams as Voucher distributors.

Man sets himself ablaze on after news of wife’s new marriage

By Robert Segawa

A secondary school teacher has set his self on fire after receiving information that his wife got married to another man.

A deceased has been identified as Moyiza Noah 35 year a secondary teacher at Dar es- Salaam secondary school also resident of Kijanangabo cell in Masulita town council Wakiso district.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire Kampala deputy police spokesman the victim was found in his house after he had set himself a blaze using petrol on learning that his wife got married to someone else.

It is alleged that Moyiza sent his wife to village during lock down but on visiting after two months he received the shocking news that she got married to another man.

Owoyesigyire adds that police from Kakiri rushed him to Kirudu hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Ministry of health starts distribution of masks in Kampala

By Robert Segawa

The Ministry if health has started the distribution of face masks in Kampala metropolitan area.

According to permanent secretary Ministry of health Diana Atwiine says the process had to kick off last weekend but authorities in the districts of Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono requested for more time to plan their delivery.

She says the ministry has sent over five million pieces of face masks in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono.

Dr Atwiine adds that the Ministry has so far distributed over 13 million masks in 30 districts.

Uganda’s inflation hits 4.7%

By Edwin Muhumuza

Uganda’s annual headline inflation has been recorded at 4.7percent for the year ended July 2020 from 4.1 percent registered in June 2020.

This on account of an increase in annual core inflation that was recorded at 5.8percent in July compared to 4.9 percent in June which was mainly driven by services inflation specifically transport services inflation that increased to 47.3 percent in July from 34.2 percent in June.

According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) Principal Statistician, Sam Kaisiromwe, the lifting of the lock down to allow cars and vehicles to resume domestic and long haul distance travel is testament to these results.

Relatedly, there was a reduction in consumer prices of food crops which registered a minus 5.8 percent in July compared to minus 5.0 percent in June.

Food crop prices have decreased for the second month running.

The decline is attributed to annual vegetable inflation that declined however fruits inflation increased, in other wards fruits prices are still going down but the rate at which they are going down have reduced in this month compared to last month, he added.

This trend was mainly driven by reduction in prices of vegetables such as green pepper, eggplants, tomatoes, round onions and green cabbage. Others were fresh beans, banana-standard, Irish potatoes, beans, sugarcane, tomato ketchup and whole cassava.

However, those that increased include, bus fares, taxi fares for medium distance while food items like water melon, ice cream, and whole grain maize increased in price.

In the Energy Fuel and Utilities sector, inflation declined to 6.6 percent for the year ended July 2020 compared to 8.3percent for the year ended June 2020.The decrease is mainly due prices of solid fuels mainly charcoal which has declined to 21.0percent from 26.4 percent. Additionally prices of firewood declined.

It is however noteworthy that annual prices of liquid fuels specifically petrol increased from a minus 7.4percent to minus 6.4 percent while monthly liquid energy fuels increased by 0.4 percent in July compared to 0.5 percent rise in June.

In the health sector, a combination of medical products, appliances and equipment, out- patient services and hospital services registered a decrease to 3.1 percent from 3.2 percent, but hospital services specifically registered a 4.1 percent rise from 3.7 percent.

Analysis by geographical areas and income groups revealed that Jinja city registered the highest inflation of 5.6 percent followed by Kampala High Income and Masaka centers at 5.2 percent. The main driver was transport, food and non-alcoholic beverages which saw an increase in prices.

The least annual inflation was registered in Mbale at 2.8 percent which was due to decrease in prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages coupled with a reduction in prices of clothing and footwear

Maj. Gen. Kyanda cautions LDUs against indiscipline

By Sania Babirye

The Chief of Staff Land Forces (COS- LF) of the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF), Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda has
urged Local Defense Force to improve the way they work so as improve their public image.

Maj Gen. Kyanda made the call during the ongoing refresher training at Kakiri Barracks by LDFs.

He also described cases of indiscipline by some LDUs as very grave act against the good image of the UPDF.

“In the UPDF, we have no space for any form of indiscipline; there is no amount of indiscipline that is small to us. A mere abusive language or annoying gesture to the civilians is too grave an act to do. You must work towards correcting these mistakes as you conduct your operations,” said Maj Gen Kyanda.

He further told the LDFs that they are part of the UPDF and members of the larger national security structure of Uganda and must measure to the expected disciplinary standards.

This course is intended to inculcate and uphold in you the time-tested UPDF ideology of a Pro-People Force,” he told the trainees.

He added that after the course, the LDFs will be able to execute their duties more effectively.

UPDF soldier sent to jail over murder

By Sania Babirye

A serving Uganda People’s Defense Force soldier attached to Air force Nakasongola District has been charged of murdering a senior army officer by the General Court Martial sitting at Makindye.

Corporal Max Omutoojo has appeared before seven members court chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti and pleaded not guilty to the said offense.

He has been remanded at Makindye Military barracks until the 25th of August for further mention of his case after state prosecutor captain Ambrose Baguma informed court that investigations into the matter are still ongoing.

Prosecution states that corporal Omutoojo on the 8th of May 2020 while at Nakasongola barracks with malice aforethought unlawfully caused the death of Major Sulaiman Wafula after he allegedly refused him to go to the village to do his personal work.