Kalerwe market vendors sensitized need to know their HIV/AIDs statuses

By Alice Lubwama
In order to protect the communities along the 21 Kilometer Northern by Pass Highway, stake holders carrying out construction works have intensified sensitization about the dangers associated with migration of labor.

The contractor Mota-Engil Uganda in partnership with Family Rescue Initiative Uganda have organized a health camp to sensitize communities around Kalerwe and Kyebando on how they can take care of their lives and also test and know their status in relation to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B , a head of the construction of kalerewe Flyover.

Uganda national roads authority ( UNRA) nominated family rescue initiative Uganda to handle social safe guards of Northern by pass by sensitizing the host communities of the road on the disturbances that will come with the construction ,such as HIV/AIDS., child protection, sexual reproductive health, and ask them about their expectations.

The executive director Family Rescue Initiative Uganda Jane Mwirumubi says that the sensitization aims at reducing on the rate of immoral behaviors and crimes associated to migration of labor as it has been reported in some areas were such huge construction works have been carried out.

“This is also part of social cooperate responsibility by the contractor because they will be a lot of sexual activities between the host communities and the road construction workers,” Mwirumubi said.

The health officer at Monta-Engil Group Uganda Lenah Kemigisha said that the biggest challenge they are facing at kalerwe was poor cabbage disposal, where people are throwing cabbage in the drainage and end up with sanitation related diseases.

When asked about the behaviors of the road construction workers, she said that they haven’t yet registered any issues with their workers in relation to their sexual behaviors, since construction started in 2014.

In 2015, the World Bank cancelled funding for the construction of the 66km Kamwenge to Fort portal road citing serious allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse by contractors.

The director general Uganda Aids commission Dr Nelson Musoba recently said that HIV prevalence rate was high among young women in areas where the infrastructure projects are taking place because they have low bargaining power to protect themselves since the men who go there to work have money to buy out sex.

New partnership to give farmers digital access to markets

By Deo Waswa

United states Africa development foundation, International center for tropical Agriculture and MasterCard have entered into a public –private partnership to empower tens of thousands of small holder farmers in Uganda.

The partnership which was signed today 10th, July 2019 at Kampala Serena hotel during Farmers summit seeks to extend the reach of the MasterCard Framers Network platform, giving farmers digital access to markets, Valuable inputs and Financial services.

According to Salah Goss, head of MasterCard labs for financial inclusion, the partnership will leverage technologies to improve the agriculture value chain, especially to the farmers, buyers, and value added services providers.

She noted that Buyers can access information about the availability and quality of produces immediately after harvest, and farmers will have real time price information.

“These are just a couple of example of how the MasterCard Farmers network streamlines the interaction between farmers and buyers, while potentially marking it easier for farmers to establish a credit footprint for future loans’’ she added.

Salah noted that, farmers will be provided innovative ideas that have the potential to grow and also have a deep social impact on the lives of rural people living in poverty throughout the country.

According to her, for the several years, the country has registered substantial economic growth but much of this growth has not benefited the rural poor, especially smallholder farmers who are mostly women and who depend on subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods.

She however, revealed that majority of rural households in Sub-Saharan Africa remain financially excluded, and More than 70% of these families derive a large portion of their income from agricultural activities.

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.

Family admitted in hospital after eating poisoned cassava flour

One person has died and seven others are admitted in Busia district for suspected food poisoning. The poison victims are family members and residents of Nangudi village, Busitema parish Busitema Sub-County in Busia district.

The deceased has been identified as one and half-year-old Ronald Makokha. Those admitted at Busia Health Center IV include Teddy Nabwire, Bernard Makokha, Ronald Wandera, Sylvia Nanjala, Beatrice Balibawa, Scovia Erumbi, and Iren Gloria Irene.

Dr. Yusuf Lule, the In-charge Busia Health Centre IV, says the victims were rushed to the health center on suspicion that they ate food laced with poison.

Ronald Wandera, one of the victims and head of the family, says he bought 10 kilograms of dry cassava at Namungodi trading center on Tuesday. According to Wandera, he took the cassava for grinding and used the flour to prepare supper for his family.

He says the children started complaining of stomach pain at around 12am before the minor succumbed died at 2am.

Christine Auma, the mother of the children, suspects the problem could have started from the cassava flour.

The incident has raised fear among residents. Charles Ndeke, a resident of Bulumbi Sub County, says they are now afraid of buying food from market.

A similar case was reported in Busiro Sub County in Namayingo district where one person died after eating cassava flour he bought from a store



Usafi leaders say market could only take in 856 out of 1292 who applied to get stalls

A total of 427 vendors from the demolished Park Yard market have failed to secure space in Usafi Market, a facility initially acquired by Kampala Capital City Authority to absorb vendors from the city streets.

The market, adjacent to the clock tower, a few minutes from the city centre, in Kampala Central Division was adjusted to accommodate up to 5,000 vendors. However, it had 3,500 occupied stalls at the time of the controversial demolition of Nakivubo Park Yard Market.

Peter Kivumbi, the chairperson of Usafi Market Traders Association told Uganda Radio Network that they received applications from 1,292 vendors but only managed to get stalls for 865 vendors. He added that 427 genuine applicants could not be taken on; while another 300 other applicants were rejected for disguising themselves as Park Yard traders.

The stalls were allocated on Monday after nearly two weeks of waiting.

“In our findings, we learnt that people who came here to apply for stalls but have never been vendors. Other vendors have been allocated space at Ham Shopping Mall and they also wanted space here. We detected them and rejected their applications,” he said.

He said Usafi market leadership will allocate 40 stalls to disabled vendors who came from Park Yard market within this week. Kivumbi said the disabled vendors were a bit unsystematic and delayed to submit their application forms.

“We have just received their applications. They brought their forms last week on Wednesday and we asked them to come back this week, Kivumbi said.

Park Yard started in 1980s as a vending place for people with disabilities supported by local leaders. When city authorities embarked on a massive exercise to evict vendors from Kampala Streets, they found it easy to relocate themselves to the yard, adjacent to Nakivubo stadium since the place was open and being occupied by few disabled people.