Local government Association seeks to streamline seedlings supplying system

By Daudi Zirimala

The Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) is working on the memorandum of Association with Operation wealth creation (OWC) intended to make sure agricultural supplies reach local governments to improve service delivery.

According to ULGA President, George Mutabazi, they want supplies to reach the ordinary farmer rather supplying seedlings which are not used by up scale farmers in local governments.

Through National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) and OWC, government has been distributing planting materials, among other interventions, to farmers as President Museveni sought to improve Uganda’s agricultural productivity.

Since then, questions have been asked about the quality of materials distributed; owing to the high failure rate something that has forced ULGA to sign a memorandum with Operation wealth Creation to stop distribution of fake seeds.

Speeding government car causes accident

By Robert Ssegawa

Seven people sustained severe injuries in an accident along the northern bypass.

The accident occurred when an over speeding local government vehicle number LG 0016-28 control and rammed into a lorry registration UAU 330T carrying charcoal yesterday morning.

Mwamba Abdul OC Traffic Nateete police attributed the accident to reckless driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol. The injured are undergoing treatment at Mulago hospital.

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Business man in Masaka dismisses Polling station from his premises

Polling at Bata Cell station delayed because of a disagreement with a businessman only identified as Kizza, who evicted the station from his premises, saying it was disrupting his business.  The polling station is located at Hobert Street in Katwe-Butego division.

Kizza added that the Electoral Commission and area leaders never sought for permission from him before placing the station next to his business.  Polling resumed after the officials shifted the polling station a few meters away from the building.

At Town Yard polling station, polling had not started by 8:20am. Although one of the candidates in the district chairman’s race  Joseph Kalungi was at the station just in time to cast his vote, the materials had not been delivered, over an hour later.

At Market Cell polling station located inside Lions Nursery school, polls had not yet opened by 8:30am despite the fact that materials had arrived. Charles Nyombi, the presiding officer said that they were still waiting for five voters to witnesses the opening of polls.

Farouk Kawuki, Jude Mbabaali’s agent at Market cell polling station attributes the slow start of the polls on frustration from the presidential and parliamentary elections held last week.

He says that although people gathered at polling stations as early at 6am, polling did not start until after 9am.