East Africa civil society rebukes government

By Deo Wasswa

The east Africa civil society forum is asking the Uganda government to respect the treaties and charters it signs both on African level and world level.

Speaking to journalists, Martha Makenge, the coordinator of the forum has noted that the government should pay attention especially to charters that speak to Human rights violation, rule of law, good governance and democracy in Uganda.

She says the government must be on fore front in mobilizing its citizen in implementing African charter on democracy,  free and fair elections and good governance.

The African charter on democracy, election and good governance was created by the African Union in 2007 as a roadmap to encourage better governance across the continent

This follows the recent incidents where rights of Members of parliament , journalists and several other ordinary people  were being violated by security operatives, the latest being recorded in Arua during the municipality MP elections.


USAID to help Karamoja to improve food security

By Gloria Nakiyimba
The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has   launched two new five-year activities, totaling $75 million US Dollars , to improve food and nutrition security in the Karamoja sub-region.
 The activities will focus on improving health and nutrition, on and off-farm livelihoods, local governance and civil society, and water, sanitation and hygiene conditions.
According to a statement from the United States Mission in Kampala, the Nuyok Activity meaning “it is ours” will be implement by Catholic Relief Services and its partners in the districts of Abim, Nakapiripirit and Napak.
Mercy Corps and partners will implement the Apolou Activity meaning “growth” in  Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto and Amudat districts.
Karamoja   is the most nutritionally vulnerable region in Uganda and the third most vulnerable to stunting in East Africa.

Sugar manufacturers pledge not to sell sugar at more than 5000UGX

By Wasswa Deo

Sugar manufacturers have pointed out  that a prolonged drought  that lasted for over 9 months is the main cause of sugar shortage in the country.

They add that increasing regional demand caused by a gap over 300, 000Metric Tones and 40,000Metric Tones in Kenya and in Rwanda respectively a major causes of increase of sugar price country wide.

This gap led the two countries to import a lot of  sugar from Uganda sugar factories. The demand also led to harvesting of immature sugar canes.

This was revealed by the sugar manufacturers and distributors in the meeting organized by the Trade ministry.

In the meeting, distributors have pledged not to sell Sugar above UGX 5,000 per kilo if sufficient minimum supplies are maintained

Kakira sugar has also pledged to resume normal production  and postponed its regular maintenance.

Lugazi sugar works has also agreed to postpone its maintenance program from June to October 2017 so that normal sugar production is maintained.

Minister Kyambadde noted that the Ministry will continue to monitor sugar supply stocks from millers, distributors and retailers to ensure that the retail price of sugar does not exceed UGX 5,000 per kilogram.

Quickly pass the EAC gender and development bill- EASSI

By Alice Lubwama

Women activists under the East African sub regional support initiative for the advancement of women(EASSI) are calling members in  the East African legislative assembly to quickly pass the EAC gender and development bill  which will advance gender equality across the 5 EAC
partner states in the economic, political ,social and cultural spheres.

Addressing a news conference in Kampala today the program director EASSI Christine Nankubuge said that the law will work as one legal binding document for the member states  to fully protect and observe
women/s rights.

She noted that the east African partner states have signed and ratified a number of regional  and international  instruments related to gender equality and women/s rights and have national legislation s
and policies but  there not implemented fully.

The bill has already been tabled before the east African legislative assembly as a private members bill and the members will soon begin public hearing in all the 5 partner states.

PHOTO: www.eala.org

I am looking for love in Uganda : Dj Pierra

A sexy female DJ! Wow, it honestly rare to find a woman who is doing male oriented job who actually looks gorgeous. Many end up dressing like the men. Well, we were impressed with Kenyan female  DJ Pierra Makena.

The multi talented DJ said she has been in the game for over 10 years though she professionally started Deejaying three years back.

The gorgeous radio personality said she has been heartbroken before and had decided to give it a long break.  “All men who come to me have their own agendas. They want me because I am a deejay. I want someone to love me for who I am.” intimated Pierra

The Kenyan star revealed that she is into acting as well and has won several awards including one, where she was nominated in the same category as Empire’s Vivica and she won the award.

DJ. Pierra will be performing live today at Diners Lounge in Bukoto.