Mbabazi invited for special meeting with Museveni

By Robert Segawa

The National Resistance Movement ( NRM) central executive committee is meeting today to discuss the proposed Constitution amendment to be presented to the National Executive Committee (NEC) tomorrow for approval.

The meeting is being held at state house Entebbe where a special statement will be issued for consideration to the NEC .

Rogers Mulindwa the NRM secretary spokesperson says President Museveni has selected five special delegates to attend the NEC meeting tomorrow.

Those selected by national chairman are former vice President Dr. Specioza Nabayego, Prof Gilbert Bukenya, former Prime minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, Hon Kintu Musoke and Capt Francis Babu.

Only 55 will participate in the NRM delegates conference

By Moses Kidandi

Following the creation of new districts between 2016 and 2019, the National Resistance Movement Electoral Commission (NRM-EC) is set to conduct party structural elections in a total of 55 new electoral areas.

This will include twenty three new districts, twenty one old districts, seven municipalities and four districts with special cases such as the death of chairpersons among others.

This was revealed by the Party Electoral Commission Chairman Dr.Tanga Odoi saying that these elections will be held on Tuesday, January 21st before the consultations of all aspirants from their electorates from16th to 21st this month.

The elective positions at municipal level include the Youth League, Women League, Elders League, Veterans League and People with Disabilities League and at the district-level they will vote for Youth League, Women’s League, Elders League, Veterans League, People With Disabilities’ league, workers’ league, and Entrepreneurs’ League.

Odoi says that those aspiring for the above positions don’t require any qualification, however, he warned old chairpersons in old districts not to influence elections in new districts and municipalities.

He also revealed that they are to spend 2.8 million shillings in the 55 new districts and municipalities.

Day three into the NRA memorial walk, Museveni remembers his bush war challenges

By Deo Wasswa

It is the third day since President Museveni embarked on a trek in memory of National Resistance Army (NRA) bush war.

Before setting off from Kiboga this morning, President Museveni addressed the team and residents about the struggle he endured during the war.

President Museveni confessed that apart from the struggle to capture the power, he had two other challenges, he says he had no blanket and secondly had no toothbrush.

From Kiboga, the team will get a stopover at Pentecostal church in Kateera along Hoima road after covering 8 kilo meters.

The team will also reach to Kagogo below the Famous Katera Hills where the Tanzanian reinforcement army to the Obote Government clashed with the NRA then Rebels.

Hon. Lt. Gen Pecos Kutesa, Gen Elly Tumwine and others almost lost their Lives at these Hills but narrowly Survived.

The journey will climax on day six after covering 191Km

Raila, Museveni meet, discuss socio-economic development issues

By Moses Kidandi

President Yoweri Museveni and former Kenyan prime Minister Raila Odinga have agreed to work together to boost agricultural crop production through the application of phosphates that are produced in Tororo.

The use of phosphates is meant to supplement compost and organic manure that is in use in Uganda as the country enjoys favorable climatic conditions of two rain seasons.

Mr. Raila Odinga who visited the President also discussed with him matters related to socio-economic as well as political development in their respective countries.

The President informed his guest that Uganda has registered systematic political growth characterized by affirmative action for marginalized groups like the women, youth and the disabled.

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.