Minister Bahati says refugees are not to blame for under development

By Deo Waswa

High teenage pregnancy rates, high school dropout rates, unemployment and lack of access to reproductive health services are some of major challenges that have persisted in the country despite the efforts put in place by government, private sector and civil society organization to ensure development of the country.

According to the state minister for finance and planning David Bahati, while addressing journalists about government’s preparations ahead of world population day celebrations due to take place on 11 July at Paridi stadium in Adjumani district.

According to him, Teenage pregnancy has remained high at 25% which translates that one in four girls getting pregnant before the age of 19, and as result, many adolescent girls are denied their right and opportunity to education which traps them in a cycle of poverty.

He however noted that the coming of refuges in the country is not a threat to the increasing population of the country because the rate at which they produce is far below than the Ugandans(Nationals)

Currently Uganda has a population of not less that 40.3 million people and by the year 2050 the population is projected to increase up to 101 million people.

In Africa Nigeria still ranked no one with population of about 191 million people, followed by Ethiopia with over 104 million people, Egypt in third with over 90 million people and Uganda in 10th position.

People with disabilities urge government to be mindful of them while constructing markets

By Deo Wasswa

A report indicate that people living with disabilities in Uganda  find it extremely difficult to work in markets leading them to rampant poverty.

According to this study, disabled traders find it difficult to access market stalls, use public toilets, too much congestion and negative atittudes towards them by buyers.

These among others were the challenges highlighted in the study that was done between August 2016 and March 2017 by  different organizations of the disabled.

The study dubbed, the market based solutions for the extreme poor project, was conducted in two districts, Kampala and Gulu.

Mukasa Apollo, the executive director of the Uganda National Action on Physical Disability, asked that government and other development partners begin considering disabled people while building such structures.

Uhuru Institute of social science interests Boda riders in forming cooperatives

By Wasswa Deo

Uhuru Institute for Social Development, a social business that supports cooperatives has urged Bodaboda operators to engage more in creating cooperatives as the only platform they can use to penetrate different funding opportunities that may arise.

This is according to Leonard Okello, the executive director of Uhuru institute for social development.  He was speaking during the launch of freedom fund loan scheme where close to 250 members in Kampala civic center Bodaboda transporters cooperatives will be accessing Bodaboda on loan.

Okello says the loan scheme is to ensure holistic empowerment of the Boda Boda business community hence increasing their livelihood.

Involve people in the redevelopment; Tumushabe

By Patricia Osman
Policy analyst Godber Tumushabe is advising the government to always involve residents in decision making when planning any redevelopment processes.
Responding  to the recent eviction of over 1000 vendors form park yard market in Kampala,Godber says redeployment usually  come with hard decisions however these should be made transparent and fair.
While deliberating on the Capital Gang show on Saturday, Tumushabe said, “as a country we should be brutally honest with ourselves as we assess the issues affecting this country.
During the same show gangster and legislator, Abdu Kantuntu expressed his disappointment saying these markets were formerly created for poor people but now the capitalist NRM is selling all these markets off  to rich developers. Whom he expresses fear that they are upto make profit through rating these arcades that are being built in the City.
Katuntu also adds that redevelopment should come with transparency. The process should be done in light and the developers should be clearly known by the people.