Museveni in China for a working visit

By Moses Kidandi

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has this afternoon (Monday) arrived in Beijing China for a four-days working visit on the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jingping.

On arrival at Beijing International Airport, the President was received by the Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Mr. Liu Xianfa. Others present were Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa and Chin’s Ambassador to Uganda Zhang Zhuqiang.

A group of nine African diplomats led by Uganda’s Ambassador to China, Dr. Chrispus Kiyonga, were also available to receive the President. The other eight chair the key African Union blocs in China like ECOWAS, SADC and the EAC.

President Museveni assures experts about implementing of hepatitis vaccine

By Daudi Zirimala
The President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni has assured health experts that advocacy for vaccination against viral hepatitis is at the forefront of his work, and the Ministry of Health will immunize all adolescents and adults in the country and get rid of Hepatitis B and vaccination started in July 2015.

Speaking at the opening of the first ever African Hepatitis Summit, the president who was represented by his Vice Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi said that it’s important to sensitize people on the modes of transmission hepatitis B during such international events.

The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, informed the delegates that the Government of Uganda adopted the World Health Assembly (WHA) resolutions of 2010 and 2014 on viral hepatitis that recognize the disease as a public health problem.

She further revealed that the Ministry of Health established a Hepatitis Technical Working Group, which developed a strategic action plan for the elimination of Hepatitis B, a Vaccination plan to vaccinate adolescents and adults and statutory instruments declaring Hepatitis B as a public health threat in Uganda.

In Africa, dying of viral hepatitis is becoming a bigger threat than dying of AIDS, Malaria or Tuberculosis. It is estimated that every year, 200,000 people die from the complications of viral hepatitis B and C mostly liver cancer in Africa.

This is against a background that, 60 million people in this region were living with chronic hepatitis B infection as early as the year 2015, of which, 4.8 million are children under five years old. In addition, an estimated 10 million people are infected with hepatitis C, almost certainly due to unsafe injection practices.

In Uganda, according to the Uganda Population-based HIV Impact Assessment survey, (UPHIA, 2016), it is estimated that the prevalence of Viral Hepatitis B is at 4.1% in the population aged 15-64 years. The disease prevalence, however, varies from region to region with the highest prevalence in the North at 4.6% and the lowest in Southwest at 0.8%. While the actual prevalence of Viral Hepatitis C in Uganda is unknown, the data from the National Blood Bank indicates that the prevalence of Hepatitis C among blood donors in Uganda is approximately 1.5%.

To mitigate Hepatitis B prevalence, Uganda has embarked on producing the first line drugs recommended for treating Hepatitis B. This makes it one of the first countries in Africa to produce the medicines. This is being done by Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Ltd, a WHO-approved pharmaceutical manufacturer says Aceng.

Criminal summon issued against Bobi Wine

By Sania Babirye

Criminal summons have been issued against Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine after he failed to turn up in court this morning for mention of his case.

Bobiwine was to appear before Buganda road court grade one magistrate together with his four co accused but only his co accused appeared in court today.

However, his lawyer Asuman Basalirwa informed grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya that his client is currently out of the country on official duties.
The magistrate then issued criminal summons requiring the Musician turned politician and legislator to appear in court mot later than the 10th of July this year and also extended their bail up to then.

On the 2nd of May, Buganda road court grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya granted bail to Bobi wine via a video conferencing system.

Bobi wine became the first person to be tried using the new technology that was launched by the chief justice Bart Katureebe on the 15th of April this year to allow judges to try inmates without necessarily being present in court but through a video link in Luzira prison.

Bobi wine was remanded to Luzira prison on 29th of this month by grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya after he was charged and pleaded not guilty to offenses relating to disobedience of statutory duty .

The magistrate also failed to grant him bail and referred his bail application to the 2nd of May.

His lawyers led by Asuman told court that his sureties had been blocked to access court with some arrested and detained at Nagalama police station in Mukono in case of Hon.Francis Zaake while others had their documents like local council letters confiscated by police.

The magistrate then ruled that Bobi wine should be remanded briefly to allow his lawyers organize their sureties and the magistrate also advised them from bringing high profile suruties that attract too much attention.

According to the amended charge sheet tendered in court , Bobi Wine was surprisingly charged over offenses he committed in 2018.

The charges are apparently in relation to his protest over the now social media tax (OTT) which he is said to have allegedly committed on 11th of July 2018 at City square with in Kampala city.

Bobiwine is accused of holding a public meeting without giving notice to any authorized officer or police who would ensure that all participants of his meeting are unarmed and peaceful .

Prosecution states that the actions of Bobi Wine were contrary to sections 5 and 10 of the public Order Management Act of 2013.

Bobi Wine is charged with four others.

These include David Lule, Julius Katongole, Edward Sebuufu and Fred Nyanzi Sentamu, however, the four were charged in 2018 .

However before accepting to go on remand, Bobi Wine adressed and in his own words he said:

“Your honor I am confident because it is not me on trial but this court on trial because I have not committed any crime. I have not stolen public funds or killed anyone. I am here because I have spoken against this government and specifically president Museveni. Your honor i am here because i have spoken against unfair taxation so i am fighting for everyone and for you”.

Leader of opposition did also criticism reasons cited by state while objecting to the bail application of Bobiwine.

This is after state prosecutor Timothy Francis Amerit told court that sureties like Hon.Miria Matembe were insubstantial since she was of advanced age of 64 and not capable to feasibly compel Bobiwine to adhere to court orders.

However, the leader of Opposition said that it was ironical that the State recently just amended the constitution and lifted the presidential age limit to allow even a person of over 100 years to rule the country yet,the state is objecting a person of 64 years to only stand surety.

President Museveni urges public servants to be patient

By Moses Kidandi

President Yoweri Museveni has called upon nurses, midwives and public servants to be patient with government regarding their salaries. He assured them that government is committed to gradually enhance the remuneration of public servants. He reminded them that salary increment cannot be done at the expense of the country’s development programmes because it is only having a better national economy that can guarantee the sustainability and progress of any nation.

Addressing people , majority of whom were nurses and midwives, at Kyamate Secondary School grounds in Ntungamo Municipality, to mark this year’s International Nurses Day, the President said it was not wise for government to spend the biggest proportion of the national revenue on salaries and forget to develop the country’s infrastructure that form the backbone of the national economic development.

Mr. Museveni at the same function advised civil servants to stop clamoring for comparable remuneration of all Civil Servants noting that government had made a decision to give enhanced payment to scientists to save the country from brain drain and called for patience from other Civil Servants assuring them that their payments will be enhanced as the country’s economy improved.

On the shortage of nurses in government hospitals, the President said that there was a shortage of public servants generally because of limited resources to meet their heavy wage bill. He cited the example of the Uganda Police Force, which by international policing standard of one policeman per 500,000 people, Uganda should be having a force 82,000 members of the police but currently the country has 43,000 members only.

“Let’s learn to live within our means and do what is affordable as we ensure minimum amount of growth. It is not wise to consume all that we produce. We shall hurt the economy and the country as a whole,” he advised.

“The economy is growing. You should not worry. The government will pay you better. Even when you are retired, with a good economy, your pension will be enhanced,” he added.

The President promised that government will give lunch allowance to all nurses and midwives in government hospitals as a way of motivating them and enhancing health service delivery.

On the large number of nurses coming out of nursing schools annually, the President welcomed the development noting that at the current population growth, Uganda will have a population of 100 million by 2050 that will require 100,000 nurses. He observed continued enrollment and training was necessary. He however called for specialized training of nurses with focus on the diseases that hurt the population most.

Health Minister, Ruth Aceng, who represented Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs. Janet Museveni, reported that her Ministry is studying the reported high tuition fees levied by nursing schools with a view to lowering them. She called for intense specialised training of nurses and midwives in the country and abroad to equip them with enough skills to take care of patients.

She commended the commitment of nurses and midwives in service delivery noting that their resolve and commitment has seen the country register commendable progress, especially in wresting down maternal and infant mortality rates.

The Chairman of the Uganda Nurses and Midwifery Union, Justus Cherop commended President Museveni and the government for the 30% salary enhancement to the nurses and midwives. He also lauded government for recognizing the good work of nurses and midwives evidenced by awarding them 71 medals. He called for more sponsorship of nurses and midwives to get specialized training and better their knowledge for quality service delivery.

Museveni pledges to use diplomatic channel to fundraise money for orthodox church

By Gloria Nakiyimba
President Museveni has promised to use diplomatic channels to mobilise resources for the construction the Orthodox Cathedral in Uganda. He made the remarks during a ceremony to mark 100 years of existence of the church in Uganda.

“I will use diplomatic channels to mobilize resources for this Church from the brotherhoods of the same Church especially from Serbia, Russia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Egypt. As I did with the Muslim community, I was able to mobilize finance from the Arab countries that enabled the construction of the Islamic University in Uganda in Mbale and the King Fahd Plaza in Kampala City. Under a similar arrangement I will call upon them to help in building the projected Lubya Cathedral,” he said.

President Yoweri Museveni pledges UGX300 million towards the construction of the 2,500-seater Orthodox cathedral in Lubya hill Namungoona in Kampala.
Out of the pledge the president paid Shs.30 million and made a further pledge of Shs.80 million towards the Orthodox Church Development Commission and Shs.20 million for the priests.

He made the pledge while attending the Divine Liturgy ceremony presided over by the Archbishop of Kampala Metropolitan, His Eminence Yona Lwanga.
President Yoweri Museveni congratulated the Orthodox Church in Uganda upon the attainment of 100 years since the faith was started in the country.
The President, who was the chief guest, laid a foundation stone for the construction of Aghia Sophia Orthodox Cathedral. The entire cathedral is will cost US$4.5 million 17 billion shillings.

President Museveni, expressed happiness about the brotherhood among the Orthodox community in Uganda, promising to mobilize resources to ensure that the cathedral construction project is fulfilled.

The president urged Orthodox leaders to mobilize their members towards poverty eradication adding that it was now time for them to sensitise citizens about commercial activities, like modern agriculture, services, industries and ICT. The Orthodox Church has 1.4 million members in Uganda,

Luttamaguzi : Put measures to curb corruption on Uganda Airlines

By Moses Kidandi
President Yoweri Museveni has renewed his call for establishment of an East African airline.

He made the call at the revival launch of Uganda airlines at Entebbe International airport.

The president said, “it is important to have a consolidated airline arguing that this will be one of he factors for the delayed revival of Uganda airlines.”

He expressed confidence that the revived Uganda airlines will not fail and will help Ugandans reduce expenses on travel abroad because annually Ugandans have been spending 400M $ on travel abroad.

However, legislator and also member of the Parliamentary committee on physical infrastructure Lutamaguzi Semakula says Government should come up with stringent measures to prevent corruption if the airline is to survive.

President Museveni asks Teso farmers to utilize new fruit factory

By Moses Kidandi

President Yoweri Museveni has advised the people of Teso Sub-Region in Eastern Uganda to continue growing fruits because it is the medicine that will rid them of of household poverty and the venture commands global market as well.

The President was speaking at the launch of the commercial operations for Soroti Fruit Factory in Arapai Sub-County, Aloet village in Soroti District.

The factory that was financed by the Government of Uganda through the Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) while the Korean National Cooperation Agency (KOICA) contributed US$7.4 million and employs about 150 people directly in the plant and about 1,000 farmers in the region.

President Museveni is now encouraging the people of Teso who had small land to stop growing cotton and go for fruits, dairy farming and fish farming because they are the products that can give money on a small scale piece of land.

Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Minister, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, said that the launching of the fruit factory was a milestone in the revival of the economy. She added that the facility was the fulfillment of the NRM Manifesto of 2006. She thanked President Museveni for his support and political will.

The facility currently makes orange and mango juice and the future plans entail making a variety of fruit juices.
The Factory currently produces 96 metric tonnes of mango and orange juice per day but in its full operation, will employ 250 people directly in the factory and over two million in the production chain links in the Teso Sub-Region.

Mbale NRM Women edorse Museveni’s sole candidature

By Moses Kidandi

Women of the ruling National Resistance Movement in Mbale district have endorsed the sole candidature of the president Museveni as their flag bearer in the 2021 elections.
The endorsement comes barely two months when the Central Executive committee and the NRM MPs recommended that President should not be competed against in the NRM flag bearer elections.

The NRM women in Mbale through their leadership of the women league and Women council reached the resolution during their meeting at Mbale district Headquarters that Museveni be their candidate for 2021 elections and beyond as the Members of CEC resolved in Chobe.

Mwesigwa Harriet a member of the women’s league in Mbale District who read the resolutions to the chief guest said that the NRM women are in conformity with the resolutions made by CEC and confirmed by the NRM legislators.

In their resolutions, the women also asked for a visit to the president and that Mbale host next year’s international women’s day celebrations.

Hajati Jamila Naleba, the chairperson Mbale District women’s league said that Museveni’s government has fronted the women’s needs in all avenues and cant allow to see him just leave.

She adds that women have been able to enjoy the liberty and freedom in museveni’s regime unlike the previous regimes.

Lydia Wanyoto Mutende, the chairperson of the NRM National Women’s league said that the women seconded the motion because they have achieved in the NRM government under the stewardship of President Museveni.

Robina Nabanjja, the Commissioner of Parliament commended the women for endorsing the resolution saying that Museveni will not go anywhere since no one brought him.

She castigated the opposition for fighting against them saying that they are not ready to lead the country.

President Museveni will stand for the sixth time in 2021 general elections if at all NRM delegates conference clears him as a party’s only presidential candidate.

Recently the National Association of Districts and lower local government councils under the Uganda Local Government Associations gave a green light to president Museveni sole candidature

Museveni to blame for appointing sleepy MPs

Nakaseke south member of Parliament Lutamaguzi semakula says the president should take the blame for appointing sleepy ministers.

Speaking during the sixth Presidential Investors Round table on Thursday, president Museveni described his ministers as sleepy and selfish people who only think about themselves.

Lutamaguzi however say that the president should not blame the ministers for none performance since he appoints them depending on his personal interest not on their capacity to serve the country.

“In fact we had advised him to stop appointing ministers depending on tribes and religion, you appoint them depending on their capacity.’’

The members of parliament say that the president should even reduce on the number of ministers for effective service delivery.

“However much blame game nothing much will change, the status quo will remain, poor service delivery, bigger number of ministers, Resident District Commissioners,bigger number of parliament ,until when Ugandans sit down with their president and ask him the reason to why he appoints a big number of people who cannot serve well.

The legislator adds that Uganda was gifted with funny people including ministers, who parades women that he is promoting curvy bums, going to villages searching for women with big bums that they are going to promote tourism and people are looking on including the president.
“We have another one called Lokodo who is after Nyege nyege , I was asking myself what is Nyege nyege, we should not have such ministers in our country. Lutamaguzi said.

President Museveni to compensate Buganda for the loss of Muteesa house

By Daudi Zirimala

President Museveni has directed the ministry of Finance to include money in the 2020/21 budget to compensate Buganda kingdom for the loss Muteesa house in London which was sold by government.

According to president during this financial year 2020/21 government will also return other assets that belonged to the kingdom including land compensation on Kampala road where King Fahad building sits.

The president pledged this while visiting the king of Buganda his Majesty Ronald muwenda II at his palace in Banda a Kampala suburb where they discussed so many issues that will foster the relationship between central and Buganda governments respectively.

Museveni has also pledged to give back all land titles that belongs to Buganda Kingdom in the shortest time possible. President was flanked by the attorney General William Byaruhanga however in presence were the kingdoms premier Charles Peter Mayiga among others.