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.

Kadaga vows to continue exposing corrupt government officials

By Alice Lubwama
The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has vowed to continue exposing corrupt officials in government including government ministers, in an effort to end the worsening corruption problem in the country.

Speaking at the ecumenical prayers held at parliament as part of the 3rd Annual parliament week, Kadaga said that she will not protect anyone who is corrupt just because they belong to the ruling National Resistance Movement party.

“Unfortunately they are people in this country who think that if you belong to a political party you should not speak about corruption , Mbu you’re spoiling the name of the party, spoiling the name of the country , I will continue speaking about corruption and atrocities as a leader.” kadaga said.

Kadaga said that neither she nor the parliaments will tolerant corrupt officials, since they engage in corrupt activities as individuals and not the party.

She further noted that public outcry over corruption in the country needs to grow for there to be any real action.

In his sermon, the retired Anglican Bishop of North Kigezi Diocese, Dr. Edward Muhima attributed the increased corruption in the country to lack of faithfulness and transparency.

Muhima said that if the leaders are to be more accountable, they need to be faithful and truthful in whatever they do.

He also challenges members of parliament to be more transparent if they are to regain public confidence and ensure timely service delivery.

This year’s 3rd Annual parliament week is running under the theme “Championing accountability to improve service delivery.”

Lusanja residents were wrongly evicted

By Alice Lubwama

Government has confirmed that the residents of Lusanja were illegally evicted by one businessman Medard Kiconco.

In his statement before parliament, the attorney general William Byaruhanga confirmed that the residents were illegally evicted and the judicial service commission has started disciplinary action against the chief magistrate Esther Nasambu and court registrar Rwatoro Baker for issuing an order that led to illegal eviction of residents of Lusanja.

The attorney general also said that the investigations discovered that the magistrate took a decision on the case without defenders filing a defense, declaring them as trespassers and ordering for demolition of their structures as wanted by Kiconco.

The investigations further found that the chief magistrate Esther Nasambu handled the case without visiting the site and lacked jurisdiction to handle the matter among others.

The judicial service commission has now preferred three charges against Nasambu among being conduct prejudicial to the good image of service, producing poor standard work and unsatisfactory performance of duty.

The attorney also said that the judiciary was still investigating the court bailiff Moses Kirunda who carried out the eviction adding that the case has been taken to the land division of the high court to seek justice.

The judiciary through their spokesperson also confirmed that the court order had been issued for the people of Sekayonyi zone in Mperererwe and not Lusanja.

However the Members of Parliament demanded that the police and other officers involved in the illegal eviction should also be punished and the people of Lusanja receive compensation.

This prompted the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga to select a five member committee to draft a motion on how the residents in Lusanja who were illegally evicted should be compensated by government.

Teacher’s Union boss lands new job in parallel anti corruption team

By Wasswa Deo

President Yoweri Museveni has appointed parallel anti corruption team comprising of Former Uganda national teacher’s Union general secretary James Tweheyo, Ms. Martha Assimwe and sister Akiror.

According to president Museveni, the public has lost confidence in government institutions that are fighting corruption and he is optimistic that the team will restore public confidence to trust government’s will in fighting corruption vices.

Speaking during the state of Nation address, Museveni wondered what happened to the office of inspector general of government (IGG).

‘’What happened to the IGG? Why don’t the victims of corruption report those incidents to the office of IGG? That was the purpose of the office to protect the public from corrupt officials’’ Museveni said.

Medical interns call off their strike

By Deo Wasswa
Medical  interns have called off their strike after receiving their allowances which they were demanding from the government.
The interns went on a sit down strike approximately a month ago after government had delayed to pay their allowances .
The president of the medical interns Lubega Robert says 85% of the interns across the 35 accredited centres have been paid their respective allowances .
He however, says to avoid occurance of more strikes government should consider , streamlining the in terms into the public services services ministry , saying this will enable them to get their allowances on time

New Kampala-Jinja express highway to cost US $ 1bn

By Deo Wasswa

The government has launched procurement processes for Kampala-Jinja Express high way project.

The project due to commence next year, will cost US $ 1bn and the constructions will affect over 100.000 people who will probably receive their compensations in the next financial year.

According to minister state for Works, Katumba Wamala, the 95 kilometer highway is expected to boost and link trade between Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.

Minister has also urged residents who will be affected by the project to stop building houses and other buildings to help the government not incur much cost during the compensations.

The 5 years project will be funded by Uganda government with a big financial support from European Union.

Late coming officials halted from accessing offices at Kabale District headquarters

By Moses Kidandi
Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale District LC5 Chairman has launched an operation aimed at cracking down laziness  and late-coming among  district workers.
The operation is targeting workers at the district court and Director of Public Prosecution Office.
Keihwa on Wednesday camped at the District Headquarters entrace on Makanga hill and sent away all workers who arrived after 8:00 a.m.
Some officers were seen giving excuses on why they were late, but the district chairman turned them away.
Keihwa said he had observed that most staff came to office late, which interrupted government business and hampered public service for which they are paid.
He defended his move saying it was in line with the Civil Servants Standing  Orders,  which stipulate that officers should report for work every working day at exactly 8:00 am and leave for lunch at 12:45 pm and in the afternoon return in office at exactly 2:00pm up to 5:00 pm.
According to the district chairman, only 58 out of the 150 officers at the district offices were in office by 8am.

Opposition asks government to construct new labs for UNBS

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has urged the government allocate more funds to Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to save life of Ugandans that die and get disease such as cancer because of fake materials imported in the country.

The Deputy spokesperson Of Forum for Democratic change(FDC) Paul Mwiru while addressing journalists at party headquarters Najjanankumbi today said that UNBS  doesn’t have  good laboratories to check goods that imported in the country.

Mwiru adds that fake materials cost Ugandans much because they are not long lasting which he says affects economic growth in the country.

This followed the building that collapsed at Buziga Munyonyo and left unknown people trapped due to  fake building materials.

He calls upon Parliament to fulfill the 480 billion asked by UNBS to construct labs than giving them 6 billion that was a located to them in the next 2018/19  financial budget.

New ICT regulations could limit innovations

For many, social media taxing has turned out to be a big blow towards their day to day online lifestyle. From an innovator’s point of view, online media taxing and the current proposed ICT regulations may clearly hinder any future ICT innovations.

Many successful startups in Uganda including the popular Boda hailing service Safeboda have all grown support and exposure through the old tax free system. But, with the new proposed ICT regulations, innovators may seize to have a broad ground to showcase and develop new brilliant solutions.

During last year’s Uganda Communications Commission’s (UCC) hack for transport Hackathon. Hackers used opensource tools like the IBM cloud-based Bluemix platform to develop and come up with fresh new solutions. Which is, by the way, an online opensource tax-free developers tool.

While Quick Tap emerged winners of UCC’s three-day hackathon after successfully pitching the best transport solution with a whole lot of support promised to them by UCC. We have never received takeover news about the startup in this daily age even when it was a Safeboda sort of competitor.

UCC through this expressed support for innovations in Uganda. But then, with the proposed ICT regulations young innovators may ditch their ideas since the internet is a core tool for research and development. With taxation of some of the core services that turn the internet into a fun spiced research zone. Innovations in Uganda can turn into a historical kind of progression with only uptown developers paving way for better solutions.

According to a new study about the financial technology sector.The financial deepening sector (FSD) has grown to about 65% in the last 7 years in East Africa alone.

However, with factors limiting the rate of innovations and development. The rate will depreciate hence limiting the number of creative minds willing to put their skills at stake for better innovative ideas. Therefore, while Government is set to Tax social media and online media platforms. Innovators will no longer have greener pastures to develop new startups in Uganda.

 

~Techjaja

Sironko mudslide victims receive food relief from Government

Government has finally delivered 500 bags of maize flour to mudslides victims in Sironko district. The maize flour was delivered to Sironko district headquarters on Tuesday evening.

The flour is meant for distribution to hundreds of families affected by the August 28th, 2017 mudslides in Bufupa Parish in Masaba sub county.  The mudslide claimed the life of one person. Nine other people are still missing.

The mudslides also destroyed several crop gardens, livestock and houses living several residents in the dire need of relief. Vincent Woboya, the Budadiri East MP, says the district will come up with a program for distributing the food relief to the intended beneficiaries.
Herbert Mulekwa, the Sironko LC V chairman, says the district disaster committee has already completed its assessment. “On Wednesday, I had to work hard to make sure that vehicles carrying food were able to reach the mudslide victims,” he said.
Alex Banga, the Masaka Sub County LC V Councilor has welcomed the relief support. He however, says there is need for most support for the mudslide survivors since some of them are still occupying schools and churches.
Eunice Nandudu Maku, the Masaba Sub county Female Council has thanked government for supporting the mudslide victims. Mary Nabafu, one of the mudslide victims, says they had lost hope thinking government had ignored them.
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