Police investigating gangsters traumatizing Nasana municipality resident

By Robert Segawa

Police is investigating a group of 15 gangsters who have been linked to the throwing of anonymous threatening letters in the areas of Kibbuloka Zone Nansana Municipality.

According to Uganda Police spokesperson, Asan Kasingye, police have received intelligence indicating that these criminals whose names have been withheld  are operating in areas surrounding Nansana, Bwaise, Kawempe Kalerwe and also the central Businesses Centre of Kampala.

Kasingye noted that these gangsters use different public Vehicles especially Taxis including UAU 956P, UAR 787C, UAS 618Q which operate on Hoima road.

Kasingye therefore cautioned the public to be aware of these Taxis and not board them as public means of Transport because thugs use them to commit crimes after threatening people who board them

Mean While Kasingye noted that the security situation is under control by Uganda police with all sister security agencies committed to making the country safe

Jinja council to approve the waste management law

Residents of Jinja Municipal Council will have to pay an annual  fee to cater for the collection, transportation and disposal of solid waste generated in the area.

This is enshrined in the draft  bylaw on solid waste management that seeks to address challenges of waste generated in the municipality. The municipality has been collecting the waste from households at no cost while every business entity has been paying for it as part of  the trading license.

However, according to Jinja Municipal Environment Officer Earnest Nabihamba,  the municipality has failed to deliver as per the current terms.

Nabihamba notes that it is against this background that the municipality came up with a Solid Waste Management bylaw and a five -year strategic plan to guide the implementation of the law. According to the draft, each entity will pay fees every financial year for waste collection, transportation and disposal depending on how much they generate.

The fees range between 5,000 to 200,000 shillings for households and business entities while big companies will be rated according to the amount of waste generated. This means that the landlords will have to charge an extra fee on top of the money for rent.

Nabihamba says the bylaw stipulates that waste management will be prioritized with a budget which has not been the case. The law also prohibits littering by pedestrians, passengers and motorists.

The draft says that person who fails to exercise or carry out his obligation as a generator of waste or fails to mitigate the impact caused to the environment and the public health commits an offence and shall be held liable.

The Jinja Municipality Public Relations Officer, Rajabu Kitto, says the council spends 24 million shillings which they pay to garbage contractor Bison International every month. He however adds that this accumulates to more than 200 million shillings in circumstances where the municipality can’t pay.

The law now awaits approval by the council.

Some of the residents URN talked to are, however, not in support of the law.

Joan Nabirye, a retailer at Gabula Road in Jinja town says that the municipal fees are exorbitant. She notes that she already pays a lot of money for her trading license meaning that with the new bylaw, the trading license fee will increase.

Paul Waitiki, a landlord in Bugembe town council says that the law will help on cleaning the municipality. He notes that he will increase rent fees the moment the bylaw is passed to enable the municipality do its job.


Rukiga county CAO faces resident’s wrath over missing ambulances

Over twenty concerned residents from Rukiga County in Kabale district have stormed the office of the Chief Administrative Officer over ambulances that were taken for repair and never returned to the district.

The ambulances in question are Suzuki registration number UAA 147N and Double Cabin Pick-up registration number UG 1826M. The Suzuki ambulance was donated to Mparo Health Center IV in 1998 while a double cabin pick-up ambulance was donated to the Health Center IV by President Yoweri Museveni in 2005.

However, the vehicles were taken to Kampala by Dr Patrick Tusiime, the former Kabale District Health Officer four years ago for mechanical repair and never returned. Dr Tusiime is the current Commissioner In-charge of Communicable Diseases at the Ministry of Health.

Locals however say that after repair, the Suzuki was taken to Ruhija Health Centre III in Rubanda District while the double cabin pick-up was personalized by Dr Tusiime.

The locals, led by Frank Kyerere Besigye, were joined by Hebert Kabafunzaki, the state minister for Labor, Employment and Industrial Relations to demand for action from the office of the Chief Administrative Officer. They accused the CAO Abert Matsiko Mutungwiire for conspiring to divert ownership of the ambulances.

Savior Taremwa, a concerned resident from Sindi cell, Mparo Parish in Rwamucucu Sub County says that they want the Chief Administrative Officer who is the custodian of the District property to explain why the ambulances were not returned to Mparo Health Center IV.

Taremwa says that the absence of an ambulance has complicated the life of locals who go through hardship to refer patients and expectant mothers to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital.

Frank Kyerere Besigye, the Rwamucucu Sub County National Resistance Movement-NRM party Chairperson accuses Mutungwiire for failing to force Dr Tusiime to handover the ambulances when he was handing over office in July 1.

Minister Kabafunzaki says that he has personally seen the double cabin ambulance carrying Matooke in Kampala. He also tasked Mutungwiire to explain why he is not bothered about ordering Dr Tusiime to return the ambulances.

Mutungwiire says that the Suzuki ambulance was taken to Ruhija Health Centre in error adding that this would be rectified soon.  He adds that he is not aware that Dr Tusiime is using the double cabin pick up to do his personal business.

Efforts to get a comment from Dr Tusiime were futile as his mobile phones were off.


Lion on the loose in Kyenjojo killed to save residents

By Robert Ssegawa
A lion that has been giving residents sleepless nights has been killed in Kyenjojo district. The lion escaped from Queen Elizabeth national park.
It was killed  during an operation mounted by police and officials from Uganda Wildlife Authority. Twesigye Julius who was leading the team from UWA says people should always report to police when they see wild animal in area.