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Alleged NBS Katch Up star dancer Catherine Nagawa sextape goes viral, netizens believe she’s the one (+Video and screenshots)

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Social media is in overdrive again after yet another s#£x scandal unfolded. The scandal involves NBS TV star dancer Catherine Nagawa of the NBS Katch Up show.

According to a s£#x tape that is going viral, a woman believed to be Nagawa is seen having a mouthwatering moment with a yet to be identified man.

The lucky man is seen enjoying every piece of the romp as Nagawa wriggles her waist like a possessed woman.

Nagawa with the same hairstyle like the woman in the video.

Many social media users have been left in no doubt that it is indeed the dancer since the face, lips and hairstyle all resemble Nagawa’s. It actually takes some convincing that she is not the one, unless she has a twin. Click here to check it out yourself here.

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Disclaimer: Boom.ug is authoritatively not the source of the video and cannot confirm that the person in the video is Catherine Nagawa as it is alleged.

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Former Simbamanyo estates owner Peter Kamya loses another fraud case

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The former owner of Simbamanyo Estates, Peter Kamya has lost another fraud case in which he sold property in Munyonyo, took deposits and then sold the same property to a third party and refused to refund.

Bahamas Investment Ltd sued Peter Kamya for recovery of Shs 1.3 billion as money deposited to purchase property comprised in Kyadondo Block 255 Plots 126 and 213 in Munyonyo. Bahamas also claimed Shs 130 million being 10 percent of the deposit in event of default by Kamya.

Bahamas further sought general damages, interest and costs of the suit.

The background to the suit as discerned from the pleadings is that the Bahamas Investment Ltd, a dealer in real estate wanted to buy land. Peter Kamya being the proprietor of land comprised in Kyadondo agreed to sell to Bahamas.

The two agreed at a Shs 5,090,000,000 as the purchase price.

In the agreement which they reduced into writing, Bahamas was to pay Shs 1.3 billion on signing the agreement. The balance was to be paid within 30 days from the date of signing.

According to Bahamas, Kamya did not deposit the Certificate of Title with the Bank after paying Shs1,300,000,000. Furthermore, Bahamas Investment Ltd leant that one of the Certificates of Title had been deposited with the Court of Appeal by Kamaya as security for costs.

Bahamas also claim that Kamya attempted to sell the same properties to Bank of Uganda.

In his ruling, Justice David Wangutusi said the defendant (Peter Kamya) breached the agreement and ordered to pay 25 percent per annum interest on the Shs 1.3 billion from 10th October 2016 date of termination till payment in full.

The Justice also ordered Kamya to pay the costs of the suit and interest of 6 percent on general damages from date of judgment in full.

This also comes at a time when the former owner of Simbamanyo Estates lost an appeal in which he sought to recover a multi-billion city building and a hotel from Equity Bank Uganda Limited.

The bank seized Simbamanyo House and Afrique Suits Hotel on Mutungo Hill in Kampala last year after the city tycoon Peter Kamya and his Simbamanyo Estates failed to pay outstanding loans to a tune of $10.8m (about Shs40 billion).

Sudhir Ruparelia acquired the Simbamanyo House in October 2020 after emerging as the highest bidders with $5 million about (Shs18.5 billion) through his company Meera Investment Limited.

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Greek Government Delays Return Of Archbishop Lwanga’s body

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The Orthodox church is uncertain when the Greek government will release the remains of the late Metropolitan Johan Lwanga because of ongoing investigations into his death. The late Metropolitan Johan Lwanga died in the Greek capital Greece on September 4th, 2021 after a long illness.

Initially, the Orthodox church said his body would arrive in the country on Monday for the commencement of the burial arrangements. However, father John Kibuuka, the chairperson board of trustees to the orthodox church told URN on Monday that the Greek government had delayed the return of the body to conduct thorough investigations into Lwanga’s death.

“The Greek government couldn’t release the body before making their own investigations into what killed the Archbishop. Since the Archbishop is a diplomat of the Ugandan government, the Greeks have the responsibility for good bilateral relations to explain the cause of death of such a person in their country. And this, they couldn’t do without making proper post-mortem,” he said.

Adding that, “the delay was due to the fact that on Saturday and Sunday, the Greek government doesn’t operate hence leading the process to start today. This is something we didn’t foresee when we were making our previous communications, yet it is very crucial and it’s beyond our control.”

He revealed that the Greek Health Ministry in partnership with the Foreign Affairs Ministry has established a task force to handle the entire process. “When the report is done, it’s the judge in Greece who will confirm the findings and the transparency in the process. then the arrangements to return the body will start,” Fr. Kibuuka said.

He revealed that Ugandan diplomats in Greece are in touch with the Greek government to make sure that all things move on smoothly. Bishop Sylivestos Kisitu, the Bishop of Gulu and Eastern Uganda in the orthodox church told URN on the phone that they will provide clear communication after receiving information from Greece.

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MUBS announces dates for End of Semester exams

Makerere University Business School (MUBs) has announced that their end-of-semester one the academic year 2020/21 examinations will be held between Monday, September 27 to Friday, October 08, 2021.In a letter dated September 13, 2021, MUBs deputy principal Prof. Moses Muhwezi said that the exams will be in form of alternative online assessments since students were not able to complete their curriculum.“As you are aware, examinations for end of semester one the academic year 2020/21 were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Makerere University Senate meeting held on August 9, 2021, and MUBS Management have since approved alternative online assessment methods for both course work and final examinations,” Prof. Muhwezi said.Prof. Muhwezi said that students will be trained on how to use the MUBS e-learning platform which will be used in the online assessment, starting Wednesday this week.MUBs now join their counterparts at Makerere University as some of the fee higher institutions of learning that have so far re-opened online to complete a semester that was halted prematurely.Schools across the country remain closed since June 18, 2021, due to the Covid-19 pandemic with no clarity on when they will be allowed to operate.On Monday, Education Minister Janet Museveni said in a letter that the closure of the schools is intended to protect the country’s population and not to punish learners.The minister urged learners above 18 and teachers to get vaccinated as they continue to wait on God, who will ‘not fail’ the country’s education system.

Vincent Ssegawa resurrects, speaks about his death

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Days ago, former Kadongo Kamu singer Vincent Ssegawa also known as Luqman Ssegawa was pronounced dead on social media. However, the source of the information was not disclosed. 

That rumours surfaced weeks after that the singer was arrested and dragged to prison for allegedly being involved in human trafficking among other crimes. 

The former singer is finally back from prison and he has revealed that he holds no grudge against those who pronounced him dead.

He has said that he forgave them and doesn’t even judge them for what they did because they had their own reasons. 

Ssegawa made the statements today afternoon hours after getting released from prison together with 10 other members who were arrested with him a month ago.

He has thanked all members who disregarded the death rumours and those who helped him regain his freedom.

Ssegawa has also said that after converting to Islam many called him mad while others claimed that he was Bewitched but he has revealed that he converted and quit music to find answers about his new religion. 

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“I don’t regret divorcing Ojok,” Anne Kansiime finally opens up about failed marriage

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Ugandan comedienne Anne Kansiime got married to her native Acholi man named Gerald Ojok in 2013 in a beautiful traditional marriage ceremony. 

The marriage however only lasted for five years something which broke her millions of fans’ hearts. 

It was alleged that Ojok decided to end the marriage after Anne’s failure to get pregnant for him as well as being richer than him. 

In 2019, the comedienne finally opened up revealing that even though she was richer than him, it wasn’t the exact reason he dumped her. 

She however disclosed that she was hurt because she paid her own dowry.

Years after her failed marriage, Kansiime hooked up with her current fiance Skylanta with whom she has a son. 

They have been together for three years and have been painting social media with love and romance. 

The couple plans to get married soon in very beautiful introduction and wedding ceremonies.

During a Q&A session on her YouTube channel, Kansiime revealed that she is very happy in her relationship clarifying that she does not regret breaking up with Ojok.

“I don’t think I feel bad or guilty about it. I’m in such an amazing place right now. I can’t regret what happened. There are some things that might have made me sad but..when you look at where you are, you should appreciate the story that gets you there, so do I feel bad I left my previous relationships? Not in a million years because I’m happy and very happy,” She said.

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MPs Ssewanyana, Ssegirinya list 6 grounds to seek bail from High Court

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Masaka, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Members of Parliament Allan Ssewanyana for Makindye West and Muhammad Ssegirinya for Kawempe North who are facing charges of murder are citing six grounds on which they are seeking bail before the Masaka High Court.

The two, currently on remand at the Kigo government prison facility were arrested last week on allegations of participating in the recent spate of murders that occurred in Masaka sub-region.

They were detained at Masaka central police station after they had responded to summons that required them to record statements about their alleged involvement in murders.

These were eventually arraigned before Charles Yeistese, the Masaka Chief Magistrate who remanded them to prison until investigations are complete such that they face prosecution.

However, the suspects through their lawyer Abubaker Ssekanjako of Lukwago and Company Advocates, have filed bail applications before Masaka High Court seeking that they are granted freedom to face trial while outside prison.

Ssekanjako adduces six grounds to justify the release of the suspects from prison facilities where they are incarcerated. Besides holding onto the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the two MPs are said to be suffering from serious health complications that cannot be managed well in prison facilities.

He has attached copies of medical certificates of both MPs, arguing that they need specialized healthcare that can only be secured outside prison.

Thirdly, according to the lawyer, they are also sure of when the state will complete their investigations into the allegations for the trial to commence, saying that waiting with uncertainty may worsen his clients health conditions.

Fourthly, Ssekanjako also argues moreover that his suspects are capable of presenting substantial sureties to court. Fifth, the accused are Members of Parliament who at the moment cannot execute responsibilities as vested in them by their constituents.

And finally, their indefinite incarceration in effect is depriving citizens of Makindye West and Kawempe North of their fundamental rights to representation.

Court has allocated September 20th to hear the bail application before Lady Justice Victoria Nakintu Katamba, the Masaka High Court Resident Judge.

The two opposition MPs are charged with three counts of murder and attempted murder, offenses they allegedly committed on 23rd August this year, at Ssetaala and Ssenya villages located in Kimanya-Kabonera division in Masaka city.

According to the charge sheet, the suspects are accused of murdering Francis Kizza, Sulaiman Kakooza, and Tadeo Kiyimba and attempted to murder Ronald Ssebyato of Ssetaala village in Masaka city.

These are jointly charged with four more suspects, some of whom according to police confession by culprits in their statements, mention the two MPs as their accomplices.

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Journalists urged to protect ethics of practice

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By Paul Adude

The Acting Chairperson Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), Mr Meddie Mulumba has said there is need for journalists to keep within the recommended codes and ethics of practice in order to maintain professionalism.

“The regime of social media has brought an onslaught on mainstream media, people want to have breaking news which leads to many media practitioners not carrying out thorough research and bringing out wrong information at times. Media must report responsibly, truthfully while keeping all your virtues in check,” he said.

Mr Mulumba made the remarks during a capacity building training for journalists on Human rights based journalism in Entebbe.

He said there is need for consistent training of security agencies to ensure they know and respect human rights of journalists and Ugandans.

“One of the things that we have done in the past two years is training security agencies about human rights. We believe when we train them they will come to know the importance of protecting the right of journalists,” he said.

The UHRC regional human rights officer, Ms Juliet Logose said the training was aimed at coming up with strategies for enhanced working relationship between the media and the commission.

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Makerere University scholar, Dr Adolf Abaine said there is need for media houses to develop their own code of ethics in order to streamline reporters from breaking codes and ethics of journalism.

“Professional ethics must be paramount since we have increased competition, commercialization of media content and the onset of rapid developments like social media which has led to people throwing away their ethics in a bid to make profits,” he said.

Uganda Media Council (UMC) Assistant Accountant, Mr Peter Okello, said there is need to engage with media practitioners in order to remind them the ethical codes they should follow while at work.

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Mudra: Covid-19 gave me a hit song, denied me the money

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By Hussein Kiganda

We all woke up to this word, “muyayu” by socialite called Bad Black and we wondered what she really meant. None of us knew that a young innovator out there would turn it into a song and it would earn him a breakthrough.

Well, while other singers like Mun G and Crysto Panda were looking for what slogans to turn to hit songs, singer Mudra joined the bandwagon with the song, “Muyayu”

Mudra, whose real name is Alpha Ssebunya, is anything but a muyayu. He is reclusive and camera shy.  This interview almost ended at inception as he was uneasy facing the lenses.

Born in 1995, Mudra comes from a large Muslim family in Kawempe.   Born to Abdullah Kasule and Azzizah Kasule, he grew up under the impression that education is the key, as preached by his parents.   True to their asking, he studied right up to Makerere University Business School (MUBS) in Nakawa where he pursued international business.

Unknown to his parents, Mudra was actually naughty in school.  At home, he was the humble and obedient son.   At school, he was belligerent, but in a ‘good way’.  It never spared him the canes.  To escape it all, he joined student leadership.

“As a prefect at Kawempe Muslim school, I enjoyed many privileges, including sharing food with teachers.  That tamed me.  What I hated in school was too much of caning and punishments for funny reasons. They would lock you in the dormitory and then send you home to bring a sack of cement and other things, “he narrates. Did it trigger the ‘rebellious streak in him?  He is not certain.

Hustle life

Mudra started running for some side jobs when he was still in School. He was a sales executive in a company called Tian Tang where he channeled his savings into his music.

After school he left home and lived with friends and cousins. During his hustle, he used to embrace every job that came his way.

He narrates that he deeply got into the music industry when some friends asked him to write songs for different artistes like Sheebah.

Mudra says that Covid 19 gifted him a hit but took away the money (Photo: Kiganda)

“My friend called Mandela was Sheebah’s cousin so he asked me to write a song for her. It boosted my confidence.  Another friend (Chatta Rama) lent me money to go and record in studio,” he recalls.

Mudra took bold and risky decisions to achieve his dream. He stood released “muyayu” without his management’s decision and sold his only car, he had hustled for, to push his music.

 

“After recording a number of songs, I released muyayu yet my management didn’t want me to release it.  They were angry.  It’s good it hit at last. I remember I also sold my only car to release one of my songs called “bar love”. The song didn’t make a hit and this was a great disappointment…,”he narrates.

 

Even if things fell apart, he didn’t fall back in spirit. His friends like Rayan Omi kept on pushing him. He sang one or two songs every year. He thought whatever song he sang would be a hit but it never was until he sang “muyayu” which rocked.

 

When he wanted to quit music

Before muyayu caught up, he had started writing songs for Karole Kasita. Because he was now a famous writer, he tried making collabos thinking that that was the only opportunity he had to move further but this didn’t work out for him.

“I decided to make some collabos with the hottest artists that time. I thought if I did collabos, it would take me far. I did “Boss” with Karole Kasita and another song with Cindy which never went as expected.

With hindsight, he thinks the songs were poorly marketed.  “ I nearly quit music. My friend was reassuring. He told me to soldier on.  When muyayu broke through, it was the highlight of my career,”

 

Mudra hails Bad Black’s publicity when she came out and told the public that he was under her management. He says he had not joined her management but rather he had gone to ask her to use her word muyayu in his song but this was perceived differently.

 

Mudra says that the most challenging part in music is money and promotion. He says that everything needs money starting from studio to video production. He says that during promotion, every one wants money and branding too takes it.

He sings the same song of Naira Ali that there are many people who naturally fought to bring him down but he still succeeded. He supports Naira’s statement.

 

“There are some people who naturally do not like you and try to bring you down. Even if Naira Ali doesn’t speak about it, it happens and it’s the order of the day here. There are even some people who tell you physically to your face that they won’t play your music, trying to downsize you…,”he confirms Naira Ali’s statements.

 

Mudra is happy that he has managed to achieve popularity through music and his family is okay with it. He now sees himself hitting the international radars in five years from now.

 

Mudra is engaged to a lady, whom he doesn’t want to expose and he is looking forward to marrying her. He says that his lover is okay with him being an artiste despite criticism that artistes don’t make successful marriages.

 

 

Mudra was also affected by the Covid19 pandemic and he thinks it limited his income although he hails it for having geared his breakthrough.

“The pandemic has given me my breakthrough. It is during this time that my song hit. It has also limited my income because I am not working…,”he says.

 

Mudra supports all old artistes who go to Salim Saleh to get cash because he believes they worked for it by developing the  industry.

 

“Let them get that money because they worked hard to see that this industry stands. Only that as they solicit for theirs, they should also request that some good reforms in the industry be done, for example the copyright and deal for us how to collaborate with international artistes to compete internationally…,”

 

He says he doesn’t fall in any association but would join the Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) because it doesn’t discriminate between the Superstars and the fresh ones. He says he has not yet received any Covid19 relief from anyone but has always given out help to those around him.

 

He hopes that when the industry is open to holding shows, he will be rocking it hard and asks his fans to keep supporting him.

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INTERVIEW: URA Commissioner General speaks out on 30 years of existence

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A one on one interview with the Commissioner General for the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Mr. John Musinguzi Rujoki as the authority marks 30 years of existence.

How do the recent changes in the URA Mission, Vision and core values relate to the URA mandate of revenue mobilization at a time such as this?

The URA mandate is to administer, mobilise, collect, and account for all domestic taxes. Our new mission therefore is to ensure that we mobilize revenue for National Development in a transparent and efficient Manner. Enhancing transparency and accountability in the tax solution is paramount to ensuring that all those required to pay, do pay what is due. We envision URA to become a transformational Revenue Service that will ultimately deliver Uganda’s economic independence.

For us to be able to effectively deliver on our Mandate as spelt out in our new Mission Statement and ultimately achieve our Vision, we are galvanized by a set of new core values of Patriotism, Integrity and Professionalism.

Tell us about the Domestic Revenue Mobilization Strategy and how URA is setting up to promote it?

The core objective of the DRMS is to improve revenue collection and lift Uganda’s tax-to- GDP ratio to somewhere between 18-20% within five years of its implementation. The strategy targets to change the way revenue is raised by targeting the following:-

  1. Lifting the capacities of the revenue administration entities to ensure that revenue is raised in an economically efficient way that reduces the compliance burden for individuals and businesses.
  2. Enhancing transparency and accountability in the tax solution, making it harder for the few who would subvert our society to engage in dishonesty and fraud.

iii. Enhancing taxpayer service delivery, deepening taxpayer education and access to information to ensure that we are all on one path together.

Speaking specifically about revenue collection, what strategies have you put in place to hit the target of Ugx 22.4 Trillion for this financial year?

First of all, we take note of the uphill task we have before us given the economic environment we are operating in. But we have to mobilise the required resources to enable government deliver of the required services. For the case of Domestic Revenue Mobilization, the following are some of the focus areas in this financial year;

  • Expanding the taxpayer register is key in broadening the spectrum from which we have to collect the required taxes. Besides we also have to ensure the integrity of the register at all times.
  • Utilizing the available data generated by both the internal and external systems is a key avenue from which information shall be generated for revenue purposes
  • Enforcing the use of the EFRIS and DTS solution is going to be a key area of focus as these are important tools that generate date for the organization for enhancing the compliance of taxpayers.
  • We are also geared to increase our outreach in the in the Central Business district of Kampala and in areas like Luweero, Mubende and Kamuli. Where we are unable to reach, we shall make use of the Mobile Office/Bus in order to ensure that we bring services closer to both the potential and willing taxpayers.
  • Special focus is going to be given to the collection of non-tax revenues for both MDAs and Local Governments.

Tomorrow September 15th 2021, URA will commemorate its anniversary with a Thanksgiving service, Why is it very important for the institution to give Thanks to God for this momentous occasion?

We must praise and thank the Lord for the journey of URA has been a leap to growth-fast and steady especially in the core mandate of assessing and collecting central revenue on behalf of the government of Uganda.

At infancy in 1991, URA’s collections were about UGX 180 billion with a tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio of 6.83%. In the second decade of existence, we rose to Ugx 1.2 Trillion in collections in the financial year (FY) 2001/02 ascending concurrently with the Tax-to-GDP to 10.44%.

The continuous growth in revenue can be attributed to the introduction of new tax regimes to compliment collections throughout the 1990s. These include Value Added Tax in 1996 and Income tax in 1997.

In 2010/11, collections grew to UGX 5 trillion, an increment of about 400% from the start of the decade. This curve rose immensely to over UGX 19 trillion by the close of the FY 2020/21. This particular year registered remarkable performance having been marred by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In FY 2020/21, URA contributed 53% to the actual budget expenditure. The organization now envisions funding the national budget by 100%. This is reechoed in URA’s new vision of a transformational revenue service for Uganda’s economic independence.”

What is URA particularly grateful for?

We have plenty of accomplishments to thank the Lord for. Among them is Government’s trust in URA’s capacity to transparently collect and account for all revenues and this has led to the increment of the scope of revenues to be collected to include Appropriation in Aid (AIA) e.g. University fees.

We are also grateful for the ability to enhance taxpayer services, education, and access to information to improve the taxpayers’ understanding of taxation. We have become more outgoing i.e. more engaging with both the taxpayers and the stakeholders associated with her businesses.

We took a leap to harmonize taxpayer data with the introduction a unique identifier alias Taxpayer Identification Number in 1993. We have now fully automated processes thereby lessening turnaround time in responding to our taxpayers thanks to technology.

URA has ably positioned herself among her regional peers and has represented Uganda in the non-tariff programs to facilitate trade in a harmonized environment. Such abilities have earned URA trust on the African continent explaining why the launch of African Tax Administrators Forum (ATAF) in 2009 happened in Kampala. Today, URA is an influential member of a continental body spearheading solutions to African revenue challenges.

In the same year, the Authorized Economic Operator Program was adopted with 11 pioneer members. The program is aimed at rewarding top players in international trade whose compliance record is commendable. Currently, the program has 96 members whose trade operations amount to about to a tune of 2.89 Billion USD and accounting for about 26% of total tax revenue.

Innovations to ease customs clearing processes have been expanded to include priorities to facilitate trade and regional integration. This has been boosted by a number of initiatives employed such as: One Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) from 2016, implementation of the Single Customs Territory (SCT) in 2014, RECTS, Uganda Electronic Single Window (UeSW), AEO, and implementation of the nonintrusive inspection (NII) in 2018, etc.

RECTS offers cargo e-monitoring, thus reducing transit time by 50%.

The Uganda Electronic Single Window (UeSW) platform enables international traders and government to submit regulatory documents at a single location while the NII, in major boarder points of Busia, Malaba, Mutukula, and Entebbe, allows for inspection of cargo without the need to open the means of transport and unload the cargo.

In addition to the SCT reduced non-tariff barriers and enabled lodgment of declarations before cargo arrives at Mombasa, thus downsizing clearance time from 18-22 days in FY 2012/13 to 4-6 days currently. This move enhanced trade among EAC member states, with support of a Centralized Document Processing Centre (DPC).

The earlier initiatives have today been coupled with Electronic Fiscal Receipting and Invoicing Solution and the Digital Tracking Solution which are not only meant to ease record keeping but also aid in real time tracking of business operation from manufacturing or importing to the final consumer.

Tax education to targeted stakeholders through physical interactions, media engagements and outreach programs has been intensified. The launch of the URA Tujenge Uganda Mobile Tax Office in July 2021 is extending services to Ugandans in areas where URA may not have physical presence. Today, we have extended our services to all major business areas across the country. These efforts are all targeted towards increasing awareness, compliance and expansion of the taxpayer register.

In 2019, we moved into our 21- floor home at Nakawa housing all the Central Business District offices in one place. This saved the taxpayer UGX 3 billion in rent and other service connections annually. The tower provides backend service in one location thus easing service delivery.

Over the years, URA has been recognized by professional bodies and institutions for being a center of excellence in revenue service initiatives, legal services, Human resource management, ICT, public relations among others.

All these milestones are attributed to the resilient and committed efforts of the government, staff and our taxpayers but most importantly, to God.

Any message to taxpayers for the 30 years’ anniversary?

URA just started a new transformational journey at 30 years. At this new age, the taxpayer should expect a service so good that compliance will be simply an outcome. I therefore call upon every business person and every stakeholder engaged in Developing Uganda Together to embrace this journey and move along with URA to deliver our country towards economic independence.

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He went missing just before their wedding! Secrets about Mercy Twinomujuni’s husband emerge

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News and revelations related to the woman, a one Mercy Twinomujuni who has become an instant Internet hit after her adulterous affair with NTV presenter Andrew Kabuura came to the limelight. 

The pair have been exposed to banging one another on a regular basis for the past four years.  Now, shocking Details have emerged about her alleged husband, a one Phillip Tumwebaze Wabwiire.

According to information we have obtained, it is believed that Philip Tumwebaze, an IT specialist went missing, just days before his wedding with mercy Twinomujuni.

Before the pair tied the knot on 3rd March 2018, Phillip suddenly went missing from Peace Gardens, bringing extreme fear to his family. He would However later be found and the wedding went on as planned.

News and revelations related to the woman, a one Mercy Twinomujuni who has become an instant Internet hit after her adulterous affair with NTV presenter Andrew Kabuura came to the limelight. 

As for now, it believed that he is a pastor, who must be as well shocked as everyone is about his wife’s antics and  promiscuous behaviour.

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Court dismisses election petition against MP Nsereko

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By Ruth Anderah 

 Kampala High court has dismissed an election petition against Mohammed Nsereko and consequently declared him as the duly elected Member of Parliament for Kampala Central Division.

The decision to dismiss NUP Fred Nyanzi’s petition comes after the Electoral commission argued that there is no proof that he effectively served a copy of his petition to Nsereko as its required by the Parliamentary Election rules.

Justice Apinyi has concurred with the Electoral Commission lawyer Eric Sabiiti that Nyanzi did not comply with the court order to serve Nsereko the petition within 7 days .

Justice Apinyi has now thrown out the petition which she has described as incompetent but has made no orders to the costs.

Nyanzi who earlier lost an application to have a vote re-count in March has accused Nsereko of conniving with the Electoral body to commit several irregularities.

Among these irregularities he alleges is failure by EC officials to accurately tally results and include results of seven polling stations which Nyanzi believes were  his strong holds in the final tally. 

Nsereko Joins Kawempe North’s Muhammad Ssegirinya on the list of MPs the Electoral commission has fought for to retain their seats. 

 

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Senga Justine Nantume Pledges to Flavia Tusumiisme to Forgive Andrew Kabuura After Cheating on Her

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Internet is on ablaze after Screen Shoots of NTV Presenter Andrew Kabuura’s Whatsapp conversation with French Embassy worker Mercy Twinomugisha surfaced,left almost everyone horny as he paraded off his big cassava after seeing Mercy’s sumbie.

In the leaked conservation ,Andrew Kabuura is seen making arrangements with Mercy to go and have some good times together while cultivating each other.

Many have come out to give their Opinion in relation to Flavia- Andrew cheating saga ,revellers have different some castigate Flavia for not doing her bedroom duties well while other Andrew for not being satisfied with what he has in his house.

Now media personality and comedian Senga Justine Nantume during her interview with NBS TV UNCUT about the cheating Saga ,she pledged to Flavia to forgive Kabuura because cheating is un controllable in relationship.

That nature forces them to do so because God created women differently that mercy have some special flavor which Flavia lacks which forces Kabuura to cheat on her.

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Police retrieves another body from a septic tank in Francis Onebe’s home

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Police has revealed that another body of a girl averred to be 18 years of age has been retrieved from septic tank in Francis Onebe’s home, Dr Kaggwa Rise in Munyonyo, Makindye division in Kampala. The body of a girl was found wrapped in a polythene bag.

Onebe was last week arrested after his wife’s body, Immaculate Onebe, who went missing in January 2021, was found in the septic tank. He was arrested after learning about his intentions to flee the country. But upon arrest, Onebe said he was traveling for treatment, and his earlier reasons to travel to Nairobi also indicated appointments with doctors.

The arrest also followed the nabbing of a former security guard of Onebe who sneaked into the home. It is averred that the guard identified as Okariot disappeared moments after Onebe’s wife went missing.

In January, Onebe reported the case of missing wife Immaculate Onebe at Kabalagala police alleging that his wife was kidnapped by security agencies which were moving in a ‘drone’. He mounted a search for his wife, visiting the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in Kireka, Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) in Mbuya and Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID); however he failed to locate her.

Onebe who is held as the prime suspect the death of his didn’t relent, he placed adverts in newspapers, radios and television stations as well as social media.

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IMF explains USD 1Bn Covid-19 loan facility to Uganda

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IMF country representative Izabela Karpowicz engaged with LOP Mpuuga on the IMF recent $1bn Extended Credit Facility (ECF) loan for COVID-19 response.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have explained the recently approved US Dollars 1 billion extended credit facility for Uganda to support the post Covid-19 recovery.

The officials made the explanation on Monday afternoon during a meeting between the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga and the IMF country representative Izabela Karpowicz, and the agency’s Chief of Mission, Amine Mati.

The meeting was held under the auspices of the Parliamentary Forum on the IMF and the World Bank, intended to brief the leadership of the Opposition in parliament about government programs supported by the IMF and World Bank.

In June, the IMF Executive Board under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement approved a loan to support Uganda’s post COVID-19 recovery and increase households’ incomes and inclusive growth by fostering private sector development.

Addressing the meeting via zoom from Washington DC, Mati took time to explain the US Dollars 1 billion loan facility for Uganda which was approved by the IMF executive board in June under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement to support the post-COVID-19 recovery and the plan to increase households’ incomes and inclusive growth by fostering private sector development.

Mati said that Uganda was picked for the three-year financing package upon realizing that its economy had been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis which reversed decade-long gains in poverty reduction, a deterioration of the fiscal balances and causing pressures on external buffers.

Mpuuga told the IMF officials that questions about the loan remains in the public domain since the government remained cagey on the intent of the loan. The Leader of Opposition also questioned how the IMF loan was approved without first seeking Parliamentary approval.

“We are surprised that seeking Parliamentary approval for the loan wasn’t critical for the IMF, some of these conditions that are subject to the laws of the land should be respected because oversight begins with respect of the laid down procedure,” said Mpuuga.

Mati however said that since the IMF deals directly with the Government and the Central Bank, they took it that there was conformity with the laws by the time the loan was applied for.

Budadiri West MP, Nathan Nandala Mafabi who is also a board member of the Parliamentary Forum on the IMF and the World Bank tasked the IMF team to explain whether they took into consideration Uganda’s absorption capacity following different Auditor General’s reports that revealed many unutilised loans.

Early this year, the Auditor General John Muwanga reported that 12 loans valued at 1.3 trillion Shillings expired before disbursement to respective ministries and government entities. This undermined the attainment of planned development targets and rendered commitment charges paid in respect of the undisbursed funds meaningless.

The MPs also raised questions on how the IMF came up with the figure for the loan and as to whether it cared about Uganda’s high public debt.

The IMF Country representative, Karpowicz said that while Uganda’s public debt is high, it does not cause so much concern since its Gross Domestic Product-GDP is better than that of many other countries.

This is why domestic revenue is a key component of the Extended Credit Facility (ECC) program,” she said. The meeting agreed to further engage the legislators to have a better understanding of how the loan facility was structured and to identify the major gaps in it.

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Denmark to boost Uganda’s agriculture sector

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Denmark has promised to work with local farmers to boost agriculture in Uganda given the countries’ continued trade.

According to data from the United Nations Comtrade database on international trade, the country’s biggest exports to Denmark last year were oil seed, oleagic, fruits, grain, seeds, coffee, tea, mate and spices, fish, crustaceans, molluscs and aquatic invertebrates.  

This information was revealed by Mr Nicolaj A. Hejberg, the Danish ambassador to Uganda, while introducing a Danish food and agriculture investor’s delegation in Kampala yesterday.

“Our goal is to promote increased trade between Uganda and Denmark especially in agricultural value chain where Danish companies sign partnership agreements with local companies to improve production and quality,” he said.

He said the Danish companies partnering with local ones come with state of art modern equipment that will greatly improve production.

Mr Helberg pledged his government’s support in availing information to potential Danish investors about Uganda so that trade between the two countries grows stronger.

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He added that trade between Uganda and Denmark is growing despite the slowdown of global business and investments caused by the outbreak of Covid-19. 

Uganda’s exports to Denmark was worth $978,000 (Shs3,4b) in 2020, according to the United Nations Comtrade database on international trade.

Uganda imported agricultural or poultry-keeping machinery from Denmark, worth $12,000 (Shs42.3b) in 2020.

Mr Tom Mugenga, the director of Rosebud flowers, said Denmark has a very long and strong agriculture tradition making them one of the leading countries in the world with modern agricultural production so partnering with them will boost local companies.

“There are so many opportunities that this country offers in terms of its agriculture production so the Danish with their modern technology will greatly change us from subsistence agriculture production to modern one,” he said.

Mr Mugenga called on Denmark to lobby other European Union countries to import and reduce taxes on Ugandan agriculture products since most of them are organic.   

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Don’t ‘Cook Research’, Dr. Musenero Tells Ugandan Scientists

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Falsified or “cooked” data is threatening the integrity of research into emerging of human and animal diseases. So as Ugandan researcher venture in COVID-19 research, they are urged to avoid the unethical normally driven by the search for personal financial gain instead  of a Scientific good.

The Science, Technology and Innovation  Minister, Dr. Monica Musenero Masazanza says falsified or cooked scientific data risk the integrity of research being conducted in the country’s universities and research institutions.

Musenero was the chief guest at the 11th Annual National Research Ethics Conference (ANREC)organized by Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST)

The conference under the theme “Fostering Research Integrity and Promoting Responsible Conduct of Research in Uganda and the Region” had over one hundred participants from Universities, teaching hospitals and research institutions.

Participants are expected over the next two days to share ideas on how to integrate ethics in the design and implementation of research projects. The keynote address to the conference was delivered by Dr. Gowri Gopalakrishna, an epidemiologist at the Free University of Amsterdam.

Dr. Gowri is also the Co-author of the just published Dutch Study which estimated that 8% of scientists who participated in an anonymous survey of research practices at Dutch universities confessed to falsifying and or fabricating data at least once between 2017 and 2020.  

The study found that more than 10% of medical and life-science researchers admitted to committing this type of fraud More than half (51%) of respondents to the Dutch survey also reported frequently engaging in at least one of 11 ‘questionable research practices’ (QRPs), which include using inadequate research designs or deliberately judging manuscripts or grant proposals unfairly. 

She says many scientist were flouting the integrity requirements due to publication pressure.

QRPs are considered lesser evils than outright research misconduct, which includes plagiarism and data falsification or fabrication.

According to Musenero, some of the products that have come up on the market end up endangering the consumer because of falsified and fabricated data.

Meanwhile, Dr. George Byaruhanga-Bazirake, the Dean of Faculty Of Science at Kyambogo University revealed that most Universities in Uganda don’t have ethics committees so studies tend to be conducted unethically.  

Byaruhanga-Bazirake decried the fact that Scientists in Uganda still operate with very low funding mostly from donors.

Recent studies out of Uganda have shown that low domestic financing for health research is a persistent problem in Africa. In the Algiers Declaration of 2008, African governments committed to investing at least 2% of their health budgets in health research but many including Uganda have not.According to the Uganda National Council For Science and Technology, the COVID-19 pandemic had profound impact on the research enterprise and presented dire ethical challenges in the face of significant risks.  

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Alleged NBS Katch Up star dancer Catherine Nagawa sextape goes viral, netizens believe she’s the one (+Video and screenshots)

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Social media is in overdrive again after yet another s#£x scandal unfolded. The scandal involves NBS TV star dancer Catherine Nagawa of the NBS Katch Up show.

According to a s£#x tape that is going viral, a woman believed to be Nagawa is seen having a mouthwatering moment with a yet to be identified man.

The lucky man is seen enjoying every piece of the romp as Nagawa wriggles her waist like a possessed woman.

Nagawa with the same hairstyle like the woman in the video.

Many social media users have been left in no doubt that it is indeed the dancer since the face, lips and hairstyle all resemble Nagawa’s. It actually takes some convincing that she is not the one, unless she has a twin. Click here to check it out yourself here.

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You can’t confuse the law with drama- MP Nsereko stings NUP’s Nyanzi

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Kampala Central MP, Muhammad Nsereko has accused his rival and National Unity Platform’s Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu of confusing law with drama.On Tuesday, the High Court in Kampala dismissed a petition in which Nyanzi challenged Nsereko’s election in the January 14 polls.The court said Nsereko, the second respondent was not duly served with the petition as required by the law.“The attempts to serve the third respondent at parliament, Chief Magistrates Court in Mengo, his Bugoloobi residence with success and the transmission of the documents on Whats App did not amount to personal service envisioned under rule6(3) of the Parliamentary Election (Election petitions) Rules . It is therefore my finding that personal service was not effected upon the third respondent as directed by the court order,” Justice Margaret Apiny said.“In the instant case, the service that was expected of the petitioner (Nyanzi) was by effecting serving upon the third respondent personally and not place it in a conspicuous place as was done by depositing the notice of presentation of the petition at the gate.”Speaking in response to the court ruling, Nsereko welcomed the development that confirmed his place in parliament.“The law gives chance to those that are dissatisfied to petition and for sure, he did start with a recount where he lost miserably. He proceeded to a higher court and has been beaten on a preliminary objection and that is acceptable in law,” Nsereko said on Tuesday.“The law is the law, you cannot confuse it with drama. He went and sought orders to serve and the issue is that you must exhaust those orders. Did he exhaust the remedies? The answer is no. You can’t play around people’s sentiments by coming to play clean in this matter.”Nsereko who never appeared in the court said the ruling has seen justice served for the people of Kampala Central who voted him in the January 14 polls. 

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Supporting children’s talents is the best investment

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According to Ugandan musician Bebe Cool, parents must learn to focus more on nuturing their children’s talent more as it is the best investment.

Overtime, Bebe Cool has made it clear that he will always support his kids to discover their God-given talents and pursue them.

He is living proof of the advice he gives to other parents as he is always at the forefront of the nuturing of his children’s talents.

His eldest son Allan Hendrick a.k.a Paper Daddy is a musician, Alpha Thierry Ssali is a footballer, Princess Beata Sophie Ssali is an instrumentalist, among others.

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Through social media, Bebe Cool noted how investing in children’s talents helps them become financially independent in future which, is a dream for all parents.

A dream I will live to die for, supporting the talents of our children is the best investment one can do as a parent.Not all investments are meant to pay you cash but as long as the ones you invest in become financially independent, then you’re left with no human liabilities.Bebe Cool

He’s got a point, doesn’t he?

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Uganda Securities Exchange partners with MTN Mobile Money to digitalize SCD account opening

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                            Mr Bob Musinguzi, Manager SCD-USE (l),Paul Bwiso, the Chief Executive Officer, Uganda Securities Exchange (c) pose for a photo alongside Mr. Stephen Mutana,(r) the Chief Executive Officer MTN Mobile Money Limited during the launch of the digital Securities Central Depository (SCD) account opening platform in Kampala (PHOTO /Courtesy).

KAMPALA —Uganda Securities Exchange’s (USE) Securities Depository USE SCD has launched a digital Securities Central Depository (SCD) account opening platform in partnership with MTN Mobile Money in a bid to further democratize Uganda’s stock market.
This innovation is the first of its kind in Uganda and it is envisaged to simplify the process of opening an SCD account, which is a requirement for individual investors to participate in the securities market.
While launching the digitalised SCD account opening service in a joint press conference between USE and MTN Mobile Money at the Kampala Serena Hotel today, Paul Bwiso, the Chief Executive Officer, Uganda Securities Exchange noted that the new digital SCD account opening platform will bolster participation of the everyday Ugandan in the country’s stock market as more people will be able to open their SCD accounts remotely and subsequently be able to invest in any of the companies and debt instruments listed on the USE.
The Uganda Securities Exchange CEO, Mr. Paul Bwiso stated that since embarking on its digital transformation journey in 2015, USE had been intentional about placing the investor at the forefront of its digitization strategy.
He stated that the partnership with MTN Mobile Money, has allowed the USE to further simplify access to the stock market for local investors since all MTN MoMo subscribers with a national ID can open accounts from any location.
“Last year we launched a web-based platform called the Easy portal as a self-service channel for opening an SCD account in service of our goal of facilitating convenient access to stock market services. This partnership with MTN Uganda is another stride towards achieving this goal.” Bwiso said.
Mr. Bwiso further noted that, the service still maintains the core operational processes of the SCD, that is to say; incorporating a KYC verification process and issuance of a unique SCD account number once a SCD account has been successfully opened through the MTN MoMo platform. Additionally, new investors still retain the option to select their broker of choice.
“The Exchange is committed to creating an inclusive market and working to continually improve investors experience as they undertake their investment journey at the USE” Bwiso concluded.
Mr. Stephen Mutana, the Chief Executive Office MTN Mobile Money Limited said that this innovation is another step for MTN Mobile Money to digitalize services that are crucial to growing the financial sector in Uganda, premised on MTN’s vision of delivering the benefits of a bold new digital world to all its customers.
“As a financial service provider with services that have championed digital finance, this is a great opportunity for us to digitalize this crucial function of stock investment by simplifying it for our customers. Now that it is simpler, we believe that more people will be able to open SCD accounts and participate in the stock market as an alternative avenue of long-term investment,” Mr. Mutana said.This innovation is a valuable and convenient addition to the existing channels of SCD account opening. On the MTN MoMo platform, active MTN Mobile Money customers with a valid Ugandan National Identification card shall be able to open an SCD account through their preferred licensed broker conveniently on their mobile phone.
MTN MoMo users can access the new service through the My MTN App or by dialling 16565# and following the prompts that will enable them to open their SCD account in minutes.
The innovation resonates with USE’s mission statement of empowering investors through service excellence and innovation and the promotion of safe, convenient, and sustainable investments.

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How Parents Are Making CBC Expensive – Magoha

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Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, has dressed down parents and education stakeholders who claim that the Competency-Based-Curriculum (CBC) is an expensive education system and that it was not well planned and executed. Magoha addressed stakeholders in Nairobi, in a conference held by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on Tuesday, September 14. The CS blamed parents for making the CBC curriculum appear costly, by taking their young ones to expensive schools that demand a lot in terms of implementation of the curriculum. He also reprimanded stakeholders and television pundits who allege that the government has shouldered all the burden on parents and has failed to clarify how much money was allocated to the CBC rollout.  Education CS George Magoha (left) at the KICD conference on Tuesday, September 14, 2021File “It is unfair for you to ask us how much it will cost to implement CBC. That is (a question) for people who never went to school. You should be asking how much the government is allocating per learner and is it fulfilling its promise.” “Ask us how much is the government spending on books. Are there books recommended and provided by the government? On a ratio of 1 to 1, I will tell you yes it does. If you want to add another 10 books because you took the learners to expensive schools, then you have to pay. That is not my business, my business is to ensure registered public schools adhere to government regulations,” the CS clarified. He added that Kenya was among the top African countries in terms of financing and supporting education. He (Magoha), witnessed Kenya’s might when President Uhuru Kenyatta toured the UK and alongside Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, raised over Ksh500 billion to improve education globally. “What is it they are talking about? I was in London when raising money for students and I was shocked. Kenya is way at the top at 29.5 percent in terms of funds channeled towards education. Others were as down as 14 percent.” “What is it they are talking about claiming that we should fund the CBC? What they should do is challenge us to get the value for our money. When you open your mouth to rant and look like you never went to school,” Magoha ranted. According to the CS, it would be unfair to overlook milestones set by the CBC. He castigated stakeholders who, he accused, of lying to parents while acting as panelists and pundits on national television and other media. He refuted allegations that teachers were not properly trained nor prepared for the CBC model. As a professional surgeon, Magoha explained that he was trained to be a general surgeon and that he and others of his calibre, only retrain on specific courses while specialising. The CS argued that the same can be applied to teachers. Rather than training them for more years, he would rather have them trained on specific courses. “Why are we making things so difficult? What do people want when they demonise one of the presidential legacy projects? If it is (for) politics, excuse me, leave me out of it. I want to assure parents and teachers that we shall do everything possible to ensure that CBC is a success. President Uhuru Kenyatta and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.File “Why should you go to court when you have 5 million students happy and ready to engage with the course. It is true we have challenges, but why don’t you front them so that we can discuss? We have no apologies to make to anybody. CBC is here to stay,” CS Magoha reiterated. He also ordered schools to halt demand for printing CBC content, stating that tutors should project the topics in the classroom.Magoha spoke in a thinly veiled response to the outgoing Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President – Nelson Havi – who threatened to challenge the implementation of the Competency-Based-Curriculum (CBC) in court. Havi, on Monday, September 9, argued that education in Kenya ought not to be expensive, inefficient and ineffective. The National Assembly Education Committee also summoned the KICD officials to address bottlenecks facing the CBC. Another stakeholder who spoke against CBC was the former Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion who condemned CBC as a fraudulent system threatening to reverse the education milestones achieved in the country.Among the complaints raised by parents were pupils being encouraged to write in textbooks which were later dumped, schools asking guardians to do homework for the students and parents purchasing new commodities each day.  Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha (left) and Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary-General Wilson Sossion (right).File

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Education Ministry speaks out on reopening schools in May 2022 – The Informer UG

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NEWS– The Ministry of Education and Sports in Uganda has distanced itself from allegations of reopening schools in May 2022.
Recently, a screenshot made rounds on social media alleging that the Ministry is set to reopen Educational institutions in the coming year.
In a tweet issued by the Ministry, the information is fake and the public should disregard it and treat it as fake and lacking authenticity.
“FAKE NEWS ALERT! Please disregard this post (image) below” a Statement noted. 
The same tweet added that only the Ministry of Education and Sports is the only credible office to announce the reopening dates.

“A substantial date for re-opening of schools will only be communicated by our office” the tweet added.
Government closed down Educational institutions in June as a means to stem the increment in COVID-19 cases and the fact that these places has turned into epicenters of the scourge.
In her latest message on Monday, the Education Minister Janet Museveni noted that the government will reopen Schools when it’s due.

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Amb. Walusimbi, Internal Affairs Officials Discuss Easing Access to Travel Documents

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The Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Aaffairs Amb. Abbey Walusimbi has held talks with the Director Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC), Gen. Apollo Gowa Kasiita and other senior officials at the Ministry of Internal Affairs on how to ease the visa process and other travel documents for Diaspora and all Uganda’s foreign visitors.

During the meeting, the Ambassador noted that a number of Ugandans living and working abroad as well as foreign investors and visitors are still finding hard time in processing necessary travel documents into the country.

“At the moment, all people in Diaspora who want to renew or acquire travel and identification documents have to travel long distances, yet these services can be brought closer to them. We intend to set up a one stop web centre for everything to do with immigration, because I have received a lot of concerns from our people that the hassle they go through to get travel documents from wherever they are, is not only strenuous but also very costly,” Walusimbi said.

Amb. Walusimbi suggested that they set up different centres in the diaspora where Ugandans can be provided with National IDs, and also be able to apply for and receive new or renewed passports.

He further said that during his recent trip to the USA, he and the team identified a few locations which they feel will be most suitable for conducting interviews for identification and travel documents and that this exercise will spread through other countries and regions that host our Diaspora.

The two shared information received from independent sources about a number of online companies that have allegedly been defrauding both Ugandans and other people that want to get into the country in the name of giving them E- visas, only to get to the airport and they can’t go beyond immigration.

Commenting on the issue, Gen. Gowa said that the Ministry has already put in place a counter plan to ensure that such alleged activities will cease to occur.

“We have designed a website that will be used by everyone intending to enter Uganda apply for and be issued with authentic E-visas in a timely manner and this will be up and running by end of this month,” Gen. Gowa echoed.

He added that government is trying to narrow channels through which unscrupulous people are getting into the country through wrong channels and is out to ensure the security of each individual that enters the country is guaranteed.

The meeting was also informed that going forward, the government decided that all persons coming to Uganda will have to acquire an E-Visa just like most countries do.

This means that those intending to enter Uganda will apply online for E- Visas using the official government portal designated for that service and this will have to be done before hand as there will be no more issuance of visas at all points of entry. but instead

Walusimbi further appealed to the ministry and respective embassies to set up 24hour WhatsApp lines, Emails and other easy to access platforms that are used by the Diaspora in different countries, so as to cater for the time differences, in a bid to efficiently serve the people who want to come into the country for business or acquire E-Visas and other Travel or National IDs.

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List of men Flavia Tumusiime rejected to settle for the adulterous Kabuura revealed

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Flavia Tumusiime is trending for all the wrong reasons, thanks to her husband’s adulterous behavior.

The capital fM presenter’s husband Andrew Kabuura is embroiled in a cheating scandal in which it has been exposed that he has been sleeping around, notably with a French Embassy employee Mercy Twinomujuni.

The shocking revelations have left observers with mixed reactions, wondering why any man can cheat on a beautiful woman like Flavia. Many have heaped the blame on Flavia while others have condemned Kabuura.

However, what has shocked the nation, even more, is the star studded list of men that the beautiful presenter turned down to fall for and get married to such an adulterous man.

According to Ashburg Kato, a popular blogger, Flavia turned down an embarrassment of riches from several top men and settled for Kabuura.

The list contains top city A Listers and one international star. Kato reveals that Flavia has rejected people like Gaetano Kaggwa, J-Cole the American rapper, A Pass, among others.

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2003 Flavia Rejected Gaetano.

2013 she rejected J-Cole (yes the American rapper).

2014she rejected A Pass and Garreth Onyango combined

2015 she rejected Ashburg Kato and settled for Kabuura.

2017 Kabuura starts to cheat on Flavia with Mercy (who A Pass rejected)” wrote Ashburg Kato on Twitter.

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Dr.Diana Atwine makes case for digitization of health sector

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The Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwiine has said that automation and digitization of the health sector will help deal with the problems that the sector faces.“Challenges by our health system will be solved by this much needed smarter process, and therefore this system is not optional,”Atwine said.“Help me transform the sector. This is my dream; this is the dream of our country, to have better services for all. We must therefore put a new performance target with evidence based tangible results.”Dr.Atwine was meeting with the team from the Integrated Intelligent Computer System(IICS) that is implementing the automated integrated Health Monitoring System (iHMIS).IHMIS, under Ministry of ICT and National Guidance is an initiative intended to automate and digitize the health system.It monitors timely interface with hospital administrators and other users as well as tracking attendance, monitoring drug stocks and patient-doctor consultation timeThe system also alerts the hospital management on key issues as expiry of drugs or requisition of new stock while enforcing accountability-among others.The system has since been deployed in 10 regional hospitals including Moroto,, Soroti, Gulu, Hoima, Fort Portal, Mbarara, Kabale, Masaka, and Naguru China-Uganda Friendship Hospital.

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Judiciary tasks inspectorate of courts to investigate chief magistrate’s bar brawl

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Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Judiciary Chief Registrar Sarah Langa Siu has tasked the Inspectorate of Courts to investigate the circumstances under which Kapchorwa Chief Magistrate, Teko Lokeris was arrested following a bar brawl.

Police brutally arrested Teko on Saturday night in Moroto town on allegations of drawing a pistol in an attempt to shoot a man following a misunderstanding while drinking at Mt Moroto Hotel. He was locked up at Moroto central police station until Monday when he was released on police bond.

The Moroto District Police Commander, Kaunda Nyesigire told URN that despite releasing Teko on bond, they will continue investigating the matter. Shortly after his release, Teko dismissed as malicious allegations that he attempted to shoot someone.

He claimed that it is not the first that he is being attacked by the same person who happens to be his relative on grounds that he together with his other brothers are the masterminds of the continued stay of their father, Peter Lokeris, the Chekwii County legislator in Parliament.

He however confirmed holding a licensed pistol but vehemently denied drawing it at anyone. In a statement jointly signed by Public Relations Officer Jameson Karemani, and the Senior Communications Officer Sheila Wamboga, the judiciary says it has commenced investigations into the matter.

“As an independent, competent and accountable arm of government that is mandated to administer justice to all, we are closely following up the matter with Moroto Police so that thorough investigations are carried out into the alleged September 11 incident at Mount Moroto Hotel”, reads the statement in part.

It adds that, “the Judiciary does not condone misconduct by its staff and as such, the alleged incident is being inquired into by the Inspectorate of Courts”. The Inspectorate of Courts is an internal organ of the Judiciary mandated to investigate and examine complaints against Judiciary staff in order to enforce the Judicial Code of Conduct and Ethics.

Judiciary Chief Registrar Sarah Langa Siu has directed the Inspectorate to expedite investigations into the matter that will inform their next course of action.

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Enjoy timeless ‘luxury staycation’ with Bukoto Heights’s September mega offer

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KAMPALA, UGANDA: Bukoto Heights, Kampala’s fully furnished luxury spot for accommodation has revised its room rates in a bid to reward loyal clients with a timeless luxury staycation at the swanky apartments.

In the promo announced through its socials, Bukoto Heights says its single-room rates are now affordable at a fee of USD 80 per night, while for USD110 per night you stay in a two-bedroom apartment and for USD140 per night, the client gets to stay in a 3 bedroom for the whole night. This offer, they say is valid until the end of September 2021.

“Treat yourself to a Staycation Bukoto Height Apartments. Experience the passion of hospitality with us and feel like home,” the management announced on its socials.

This package, according to the management comes with a mega breakfast and exclusive free access to the amenities around the facility, which among others include; a swimming pool, gym, pool table and other recreational facilities at hand.

Bukoto Height’s September Staycation Offer

Bukoto Heights Apartments are fully serviced in the heart of Kampala offering a home environment that is inviting and comfortable, making short and long stays a very enjoyable experience. These 97 brand new tastefully furnished modern apartments are a real home from home. With premium design and decor, guests can maintain the independence they enjoy at home, with all the comfort and amenities of a full-service hotel in Kampala’s northern suburb of Bukoto.

With stunning views of the greater Kampala cityscape. Bukoto Heights apartments combine gracious hospitality with contemporary style. The family run nature of the apartments delivers truly personal service.

Bukoto Heights’ range of accommodation suits all guests, whether you are a business traveller that requires a standard apartment, traveling leisurely with your partner and requires a luxuriously spacious apartment, or has even taken the kids along for the ride and require family accommodation.

The swanky apartments are property of Ruparelia group of companies and are located within close proximity of the Central Business District, with convenient access to all parts of the city, and essential social amenities, like shopping centers, prime residential and international diplomatic neighborhoods, international schools, and the golf course in the heart of the city.

To make bookings for Bukoto Height’s September Package, Contact the management on +256 200 977 776/7 or Mobile:+256 759 711 427. You can also book through the website at www.bukotoheights.com

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19-year-old man drugged, robbed of Shs7m in Ntungamo

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By Perez Rumanzi

A 19-year-old man who had travelled to Ntungamo Town to buy a motorcycle on Monday morning only found himself at a hospital bed on Tuesday morning after being recovered by friends from a lodge where he was drugged by criminals and all his money and possessions taken away. 

Michael Beinomugisha, a mechanic at Kakukuru/ Rwenanura Town Council said:‘‘I withdrew the money from the village association account at Post Bank with aid of the Rwamunaba Village chairperson, Mr Benard Ngabirano who later went back home as I waited for friends who would guide me to buy the motorcycle.’’

However as Beinomugisha was riding through Ntungamo Town, he met a woman and a man who asked him to ride them to centenary Bank where they wanted to change their dollars. 

On reaching the bank, they however came out saying the bank could not help. 

“When they came out, the girl told me she was weak and wanted a place where she could rest. She asked me to take her to a lodge. I took her to Singa foundation guest house where she booked in. she later called asking me to take her from the lodge. I found her with a male friend and they offered me a drink. Here, I had Shs7m in my pockets. When I woke up, I was told am sleeping in a clinic,” Beinomugisha said. 

He says he met the two in the centre of the town after dropping Mr Ngabirano at a ‘boda-boda’ stage. At a charge of Shs1, 000, he transported the duo to centenary bank, waited outside for them before he took them to the lodge where they exchanged contacts.

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“The girl told me she worked with Airtel and his male friend had so much money including dollars. I could not suspect they would steal mine since they had theirs. I was also not quaking since I am used to carrying large sums of money, I buy motorcycles for my fellows normally,” he explained.

Mr Onesmus Ariho, a friend said they kept calling Beinomugisha’s phone contact from 10:00am but it was off until 7:00pm. When they failed to get him, they also reported to police that started looking for him. 

Meanwhile, when the phone went through, the lodge management picked and said Mr Beinomugisha was unconscious in a room at the facility. 

He was carried to Ntungamo Municipal clinic where he gained consciousness on Tuesday morning.
Mr Beinomugisha’s Infnix Hot 7 phone was taken but he was left with a small phone and a sim card. 
Police say they are investigating the incident.

Meantime, Ntungamo District Police Commander (DPC), Mr Robert Nagolo noted that such ‘‘incidences are becoming common with some victims of the robberies killed.’’ 

Last month, a primary school teacher was killed and his body dumped at Omungyenyi swamp after he was allegedly robbed of cash he had withdrawn from the bank. 

Also Ntungamo Town medic, Dr Triphon Mugisha was robbed of Shs5m in Ntungamo town centre. Only a car the criminals were driving in was impounded. 

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Court dismisses election petition against MP Muhammad Nsereko

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The High Court has dismissed an election petition challenging the elections  of Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko.

On March 10, 2021, Bobi Wine’s brother Fred Nyanzi Sentamu filed an electoral petition against the Electoral Commission, the Returning Officer Kampala Central Ms. Doreen Musiime and Nsereko.

In her ruling, Justice Margaret Apinyi dismissed the petition on grounds that Nsereko was not served as the law stipulates.

Appearing before Court for a pre-hearing session, Nsereko’s  lawyer Bernard Mutyaba told the presiding judge that his client is not aware of any petition filed against his victory.

Through his lawyers led by Justin Ssemuyaba, Nyanza wanted court to order for recounting of votes in the 50 polling stations gazetted Kampala Central. Nsereko is the only MP who won the election in Kampala with the rest being won by the National Unity Platform (NUP).

“There was noncompliance and failure to conduct a free and fair election, which substantially affected the results,” Nyanzi’s lawyer said. Nyanzi averred that the electoral process was marred with malpractices and alterations of results. He told the Court that his client’s agents were threatened and chased away from polling stations.

Nyanzi contended the Electoral Commission connived with Nsereko to alter and manipulate results recorded on many of the Declaration of Results Forms. He said that the electoral fraud denied him victory since 2,557 votes that cannot be accounted for. Nsereko was declared winner after garnering 16,998 votes as his closest opponent, Nyanzi polled 15,975 giving a difference of 1,022 votes.

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Equity Bank launches electronic platform for customers to settle forex transactions

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Equity Bank has launched EazzyFX, an innovation that allows SMEs and corporate customers to settle forex transactions.

Equity Uganda is the third subsidiary within Equity Group to launch EazzyFx following successful launches in Equity Bank Rwanda in June 2021 and Equity Bank Kenya in 2018.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Samuel Kirubi, the Managing Director of Equity Bank Uganda said EazzyFX will enable customers to request for competitive quotes and prices for both the emerging market and the major traded currencies.

“The successful launch of EazzyFX is a testament of the bank’s commitment towards investing in digitization for the benefit of its customers. Customers will also enjoy real-time streaming access, the ability to place multiple trade orders and access to insights on the various currencies,” he said.

EazzyFX gives Equity customers freedom and control over their trading by enabling them to personalize their profiles and detail their preferred currency pairs from the main dashboard; in order to monitor a specific currency or to compare particular currencies against others.

In tandem, the platform will revolutionize foreign exchange transactions for businesses, institutions and individuals. With clients becoming more and more discerning, there is need for utilization of unique and innovative technology solutions to enable forex dealers to differentiate themselves.

“This new platform will drive efficiency in accessing and distributing foreign exchange liquidity in a more seamless and convenient manner. EazzyFX will give Equity customers a clear view of their full trade workflow and a history of their trading transactions,” he said.

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Ugandans advised to acquire new passports as deadline nears

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs has advised Ugandans intending to travel abroad to acquire new passports as the deadline to phase out the Machine-Readable Passports approaches.

Government started issuance of the International e-Passport to citizens on 7th December 2018 with the transition period set to be phased out by April, 4th 2022.

Jacob Siminyu, the Ministry spokesperson says Ugandans should apply in time to avoid any inconvenience since they are operating at a 20% capacity due to the covid-19 pandemic effects.

Siminyu says according to global standards, visas can NOT be offered to applicants whose passports have less than six months before expiry.

Machine-Readable Passports are currently accepted as valid travel documents alongside the new International e-Passport until 4th April 2022.

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Two teens buried alive at murram extraction site

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Kyotera, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Two teenagers were buried alive at a murram extraction site in Sanje village, Kasasa sub-county, Kyotera district on Monday evening. The dead are 16-year-old Lawrence Ssentongo and 15-year-old Asiat Namatovu.

Although they are said to be students, details about their schools are still unknown. It is said that the two were dating for some time when they decided to have quality time together away from their known residence.

They had gone to the mine for a photo shoot and decided to go to a deeper hollow section of the mine, which had weakened due to the most recent heavy down pour. A boda boda cyclist who took them to the site told URN that the mine suddenly caved in, few minutes into the photo shoot.

He made an alarm that attracted residents to the scene. They tried digging up the bodies in vain until police arrived and retrieved them. Denis Muyunga, the Kasaka LC III chairperson, attributed the incident to the prolonged coronavirus pandemic that has kept children out of school and led the majority of them into temptation.

He says that two minors were terribly crushed and there was no chance to save them. Muyunga explains that they have always warned miners to stay away from the mines during the rainy season but some residents have defied the warning.

Muhammad Nsubuga, the Southern Regional Police spokesperson told URN that the deceased’s bodies are lying at Kakuuto health centre IV pending post-mortem as investigations continue.

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Govt yet to realize extension workers target as 600 graduate at Bukalasa

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By Dan Wandera

While the National Agriculture Extension Strategy set a target of 12,036 as minimum agriculture extension staff needed in the public sector for an effective agriculture revolution, the tentative plan to have at least 5,000 extensionists to boost farmer needs is yet to be realized.

Government has so far recruited 4,100 agriculture extension staff with more 900 staff positions yet to be filled in line with a tentative target that was set by the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries in 2019 to offset the critical farmer extension service challenges where the ratio of the extension staff to farmer households will be scaled up to 1:1800.

State Minister for Agriculture, Fred Bwiino Kyakulaga believes that “Bukalasa will not only train the extensionists but should be able to provide opportunities for a population that does not meet the minimum academic qualifications for enrolment for the mainstream programs to get the farm skills through outreaches and farmer training. The activities of farmer guides are very critical.”

He remarked as he officiated at the Bukalasa Agriculture College’s 56th graduation where 673 persons graduated with Diplomas and Certificates in a virtual ceremony held at the college premises in Luweero District.

‘‘The skilling program introduced by government under the Uganda Skills Development that is at the forefront of expanding the infrastructure at the college to meet the needs of the modern farmer while boosting the capacity of the extortionists through hands-on training programs highlights the government strategy to boost and improve the farming sector, he said.

While the Covid-19 continues to have a negative impact on normalcy at the College, final year students sat exams.

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‘‘We acknowledge the great interventions from the government including the upgrading of the College to a Centre of Agricultural Excellence. Government has implemented the Skills Development Project, most academic infrastructure have been renovated, upgraded farm infrastructure and retooled the staff are observable,” the College Principal, Gelvan Kisolo Lule said on September 10.

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Meanwhile lack of clear policy guidelines after government transferred agriculture training institutions back to the Ministry of Education and Sports created several challenges that are not yet streamlined. The College is currently faced with a mismatching organization structure.

‘‘One of the salient matters within the organization’s structure,’’ administrators say,  ‘‘was the reduction of staff salaries to Post-Primary teacher’s salary structure 4B that has demoralized a section of the staff and then government failure to fill vacant staff posts. The collage also has land wrangles emerging from encroachment and apparent grabbers. ’’

Prof Johnny Mugisha, the Chairperson Bukalasa Agriculture College Governing Council is optimistic that the institution will help transform farming in Uganda once such problems are addressed.

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Vision Group launches Mr & Miss Bukedde

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By Ignatius Kamya
 

Just when many companies are trying to minimise costs to curb the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vision Group has defied the odds and brings you Mr & Miss Bukedde.

I imagine you are drawing pictures of slender girls and men with gym-honed bodies in your mind, but no. In fact, you, you with a belly, could also stand a chance to participate in the competition. It’s a competition like no other before that is going to embrace every adult with an ounce of talent. It’s only those lucky two (man & woman) who are exceptionally good at what they do who will be the grand winners of cars. Other rewards include land titles.

“We’ve come up with this competition as a way of rewarding our viewers for the overwhelming support they’ve shown us ever since we came onto the scene,” said Ronald Kaggwa, the manager of Bukedde TV 2, at the launch of the competition at the Vision Group offices in Kampala recently.

He explained that the competition would encompass people from five regions, namely central, western, eastern, northern, as well as people from the diaspora because it’s them that have made Bukedde TV stand out.

Kaggwa said only those above 18 years would be allowed into the competition. To participate, one will have to record a video of themselves of not more than two minutes showcasing their talent, for instance, dancing, singing, cooking, or modelling and send the video to the numbers that will be provided on the different Vision Group platforms.

Bukedde FM manager Herbert Yawe Kabanda urged all adults, including the elderly, to embrace the opportunity because it has no age limit.

He said the competition will take place every Sunday for three months on Bukedde TV 1 and Bukedde TV 2. Kabanda added that as a way of driving engagement, the audience will take part in selecting which participant proceeds to the next round.

He says the audience has the biggest stake (60%) in deciding who proceeds to the next round. The panel of expert judges, including Kabanda, Bbossa Sserunkuuma, Annet Nandujja and Phiona Nabitengero aka Fifi Da Queen, will have a 40% stake.

 

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Dr. Diana calls for digitization of the Health sector 

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The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health-Dr. Diana Atwine has Tuesday met with the team from Integrated Intelligent Computer System(IICS) that is implementing the integrated Health Monitoring System (iHMIS). The team, led by the Principal Investigator-Dr. Silver Kiyimba briefed her on the progress of the system that has so far been installed in 10 Regional Referral Hospitals and is set to automate 66 more health facilities this year.  IHMIS-under Ministry of ICT and National Guidance is a Government of Uganda- Initiative intended to automate and digitize the health system. It monitors timely interface with hospital administrators and other users, tracks attendance, monitors drug stocks and patient-doctor consultation time and alerts the hospital Management on key issues as expiry of drugs or requisition of new stock while enforcing accountability-among others.  Dr. Diana cautioned on low user-ability and adaptability by some of the Hospital administrators who she said, must adopt to digital change without fail. “Solutions of our health system will be solved by a much needed smarter process, and therefore this system is not optional” she added.This is after the IICS technical team had ably demonstrated which hospital teams had adopted to the digital usage.  Last week, 22 young scientists were sent to the field to retrain hospital administrators and staff on effective usage of the system. “Help me transform the sector. This is my dream; this is the dream of our country, to have better services for all. We must therefore put a new performance target with evidence based tangible results”, she added.  The meeting was also attended by the Director General-Ministry of Health, Dr. Henry Mwebesa and other officials who joined in from the field via zoom.

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Court dismisses poll petition challenging MP Nsereko’s election

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The High Court in Kampala has dismissed a petition challenging the election of Muhammad Nsereko as Kampala Central MP.Nyanzi, an elder brother to former presidential candidate and National Unity Platform(NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi challenged Nsereko’s January 14 victory citing ballot stuffing among other grounds and in the suit, the Electoral Commission and the returning officer were listed as respondents.However, Electoral Commission lawyers asked court to dismiss the case on technicality since Nsereko, the third respondent had not been served.On Tuesday, Justice Margaret Apiny reasoned with the EC lawyers that indeed Nsereko was not personally served as had been directed by the court.“In the instant case, the service that was expected of the petitioner(Nyanzi) was by effecting serving upon the third respondent personally and not place it in a conspicuous place as was done by depositing the notice of presentation of the petition at the gate,” the justice said in a ruling delivered by the court’s registrar, Jameson Karemani.In his defence, Nyanzi said efforts to serve Nsereko with the petition proved futile and that when he went to his home in Bugoloobi,the police officer guarding the premises told him the legislator was not around , prompting him to leave the petition at the gate.Nyanzi said he also went to parliament and left the petition with the speaker as well as serving the same on Nsereko’s Whats App number.However, in her ruling, Justice Apiny said all was required was for Nyanzi’s lawyers to look for Nsereko and serve him personally with the petition.“The attempts to serve the third respondent at parliament, Chief Magistrates Court in Mengo, his Bugoloobi residence with success and the transmission of the documents on Whats App did not amount to personal service envisioned under rule6(3) of the Parliamentary Election (Election petitions) Rules . It is therefore my finding that personal service was not effected upon the third respondent as directed by the court order.”Consequently, the judge said the non-service of the election petition on Muhammad Nsereko means everything is struck out .“Having found that the third respondent was not served, it therefore follows that the petition is incompetent and as such must be struck out. Consequently, election petition no.02 of 2021 is hereby struck out for lack of service upon the third respondent,” the judge ruled.Nsereko was not in court as the petition against his election was being dismissed.This is the second election petition to be dismissed by the court, after Sulemani Kidandala’s case challenging the election of Muhammad Ssegirinya as Kawempe North MP was also thrown out. Nyanzi case against Muhammad Nsereko is a non-starter, should be dismissed- EC asks court

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Vinka positive that Irene Ntale can still make it big in the industry

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Irene Ntale’s former label-mate and manager Vinka believes the Universal Music Group songstress can go on to make it big in the industry.

In 2020, Irene Ntale dropped an album dubbed Sukaali with hopes of making a major comeback on the music scene.

Despite a few songs making it on a few top playlists and music charts around town, the album did not really perform to the expectations.

The album came after several music fans and critics pointing out how she had fallen way back in the music ranks and was starting to fade off the scene.

Read Also: Bwe Mpima, Irene Ntale’s Sukaali EP is Every Way a Turn Up!

According to former manager and label-mate – now a singer in her own right – Vinka, Irene Ntale is not really faded as it is claimed by critics.

During an interview, Vinka who is also just returning to the music scene after over a year of absence urged music fans not to write Ntale off.

Irene is not a failed musician. She just stopped releasing music because of Covid-19. She is still a big artist. I saw a list not so long ago where I was also labeled a failed artiste.Vinka

Vinka dropped a new song dubbed Thank God after over a year out as she attended to her motherly duties and it is already rocking the airwaves.

Can Irene Ntale do the same and reclaim her spot in the industry? Time will tell.

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Homes, crops destroyed as floods hit Bugweri residents

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BUGWERI, UGANDA: More than 50 families in Buyanga and Ibulanku sub counties in Bugweri district were affected following heavy rains that destroyed their homes and crops.

The heavy rain that was characterized by strong winds pounded the area yesterday Sunday night from 7pm and lasted for close to three hours.  

The rain destroyed houses and several acres of crop gardens and the most affected areas are Kiwanyi, Bubbala and Bumoozi villages in Buyanga Sub County and Ibaako village in Ibulanku Sub County among others. 

Magumba Dawudi, of Bumoozi village is one of those whose houses were destroyed.  He says the rains blew off the rooftop of their houses and destroyed their entire banana plantations and other crop like cassava and Maize.    

Magumba says they are worried and may fail to raise school fees for their children and food for their families since the banana plantations and several crops like cassava and Maize they were depending on are no more.

Building structures destroyed by the floods

Naiwumbwe Perepetwa, a resident of  Bubbala village has expressed fears since she has been raising her income from her banana plantation but was destroyed by the heavy rains. 

Kakaire Waiswa Yosia, the Bumoozi LC 1 Chairperson told this website that the disaster has greatly affected food production in the area, adding that some families have been left homeless.  He said that Magumba’s house which was affected most fortunately found when no one was inside at the moment of the heavy downpour. He has called for authorities to intervene with a helping hand.

Kalange Stephen and Namumbya Sarah, all residents of Ibaako village in Ibulanku Sub county said that their crops like Maize, cassava, rice, among others were destroyed and their domestic birds died after the collapsing trees striking the make shits where they keep their birds.

The chairperson LC 3 Ibulanku Sub county, Ndhoga Ibrahim has promised his locals that he will work together with the whole leadership of Bugweri district to see that the affected families are helped as in food and other related relief. He also called upon officials in the disaster preparedness ministry under office of the prime minister to intervene saying that it’s the first of it’s kind since they started receiving rains this year.

The chairperson Bugweri district, Hajji Muziransa Shafick Falaji has since visited the affected people in Ibulanku Sub county particularly Ibaako village and said that they are currently profiling the affected people and forward the list to the Office of the Prime Minister for assistance. He was accompanied by some district officials from the District Internal Security Office.

 Magumba Dawudi, whose house collapsed wholly as a result of this heavy rain, together with his family have taken shelter at the residence of LC 1 Chairperson Bumoozi while others whose houses were not badly affected have since decided to take shelter in their kitchens and other sections of their houses which were not affected.

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Govt yet to realize extension workers target as 600 graduate at Bukalasa

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By Dan Wandera

While the National Agriculture Extension Strategy set a target of 12,036 as minimum agriculture extension staff needed in the public sector for an effective agriculture revolution, the tentative plan to have at least 5,000 extensionists to boost farmer needs is yet to be realized.Government has so far recruited 4,100 agriculture extension staff with more 900 staff positions yet to be filled in line with a tentative target that was set by the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries in 2019 to offset the critical farmer extension service challenges where the ratio of the extension staff to farmer households will be scaled up to 1:1800.State Minister for Agriculture, Fred Bwiino Kyakulaga believes that “Bukalasa will not only train the extensionists but should be able to provide opportunities for a population that does not meet the minimum academic qualifications for enrolment for the mainstream programs to get the farm skills through outreaches and farmer training. The activities of farmer guides are very critical.”He remarked as he officiated at the Bukalasa Agriculture College’s 56th graduation where 673 persons graduated with Diplomas and Certificates in a virtual ceremony held at the college premises in Luweero District.‘‘The skilling program introduced by government under the Uganda Skills Development that is at the forefront of expanding the infrastructure at the college to meet the needs of the modern farmer while boosting the capacity of the extortionists through hands-on training programs highlights the government strategy to boost and improve the farming sector, he said.While the Covid-19 continues to have a negative impact on normalcy at the College, final year students sat exams.
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‘‘We acknowledge the great interventions from the government including the upgrading of the College to a Centre of Agricultural Excellence. Government has implemented the Skills Development Project, most academic infrastructure have been renovated, upgraded farm infrastructure and retooled the staff are observable,” the College Principal, Gelvan Kisolo Lule said on September 10.Challenges Meanwhile lack of clear policy guidelines after government transferred agriculture training institutions back to the Ministry of Education and Sports created several challenges that are not yet streamlined. The College is currently faced with a mismatching organization structure.‘‘One of the salient matters within the organization’s structure,’’ administrators say,  ‘‘was the reduction of staff salaries to Post-Primary teacher’s salary structure 4B that has demoralized a section of the staff and then government failure to fill vacant staff posts. The collage also has land wrangles emerging from encroachment and apparent grabbers. ’’Prof Johnny Mugisha, the Chairperson Bukalasa Agriculture College Governing Council is optimistic that the institution will help transform farming in Uganda once such problems are addressed.[email protected]

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List of men Flavia Tumusiime rejected to settle for the adulterous Kabuura revealed

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Flavia Tumusiime is trending for all the wrong reasons, thanks to her husband’s adulterous behavior.

The capital fM presenter’s husband Andrew Kabuura is embroiled in a cheating scandal in which it has been exposed that he has been sleeping around, notably with a French Embassy employee Mercy Twinomujuni.

The shocking revelations have left observers with mixed reactions, wondering why any man can cheat on a beautiful woman like Flavia. Many have heaped the blame on Flavia while others have condemned Kabuura.

However, what has shocked the nation, even more, is the star studded list of men that the beautiful presenter turned down to fall for and get married to such an adulterous man.

According to Ashburg Kato, a popular blogger, Flavia turned down an embarrassment of riches from several top men and settled for Kabuura.

The list contains top city A Listers and one international star. Kato reveals that Flavia has rejected people like Gaetano Kaggwa, J-Cole the American rapper, A Pass, among others.

“F*CK LoVE!

2003 Flavia Rejected Gaetano.

2013 she rejected J-Cole (yes the American rapper).

2014she rejected A Pass and Garreth Onyango combined

2015 she rejected Ashburg Kato and settled for Kabuura.

2017 Kabuura starts to cheat on Flavia with Mercy (who A Pass rejected)” wrote Ashburg Kato on Twitter.

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MICHAEL JJINGO: Churches should digitize the collection of offerings

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                            Michael Jjingo, is a General Manager Commercial Banking at Centenary Bank (PHOTO/Courtesy)

KAMPALA — Change is real! Many people doubted the migrating of Television programs from analogue to digital, even after appreciating the spin offs that were to follow; crystal clear pictures, better sound and others. Today, most of the church collections are analogue! Let’s not forget that the churches have been one of the most affected sectors, due to the continued lock down, which has kept away the believers, particularly those that were donating and fending for the church survival.
Whereas some churches have over time been desirous of using Digital means to collect offertory, tithes and other donations, there have been few solutions to support them. Digital payments entail; contact and contactless Cards, Mobile Money, Bank auto standing order transfers, QR codes, mobile apps among others. These are all simple, user friendly, and affordable options.
Before Covid 19, Cash and cheques were most preferred for church fundraisings. Today, planned fundraisings should have online donation options. True, some members find it rigorous to sign cheques or make standing order transfers into a church’s bank account. Since most members have mobile money, we can make life easier for them by encouraging mobile money or wallet led collections, with a payment portal that could be shared via WhatsApp, SMS, email or embedded in the church’s website or social media page, or the notice board.
One-time or bullet donations are okay in churches. But digitally driven repetitive giving is better for any church. Reliable monthly donations are the backbone of a church’s income. On the other hand, an online donations portal makes monthly giving simple for the congregation, and easy for the church. This application eliminates paperwork and automatically registers all the donors’ data. Digitizing Offertory and Tithes for churches is the way to go.
To achieve the benefit of accessibility, Churches needed a digital payment solution which has online and offline capabilities. It should cut across all the payment channels, namely, mobile money wallets, card payments and bank transfers. All these options certainly drive the convenience of access.
Before COVID-19, online offering was just a good option; now it is getting real. The Covid-19 SOPs render cash usage a risk. Contact-free donation options eliminate virus transmission concerns that go along with cash and check donating. The most recent researches confirm that there will be adoption of these new behaviors. Few churches should be willing to receive cash. There’s no need for getting “change” from the church basket. The online offerings system is a necessity for the church, as well as the donors.
Churches should aim at faster processing. Did you know that most online transactions process within seconds? For Generation Z users, this is mesmerizing. This is a generation, born after the mid-1990s, grew up with smartphones in hand. They’re accustomed to fast online transactions and quick decisions. Many churches overlook this younger generation’s desire to give. And yes, the majority of members now and the future, are teens right now. To make online options amenable to uptake, the app could be integrated with e-commerce solutions.
The online portal can be personalized for the church. Many donors come with a particular cause that God has laid on their hearts. It might be the desire to pay tithe, or towards the church building project. At the same time, other donors feel called to give to the general needs of the church without earmarking for a specific purpose.
If there is one thing that church administrators spend their time on, it’s one little task: donation collections with baskets, processing and reporting. Which event did the donations come from, and who gave it? Have the donations been recorded, processed, locked away in the safe and finally taken to the bank? Has the donor been thanked? Mmmh! Some baskets or even the collections disappear. All these can be sorted by online digital processes.
Several solutions have been developed by banks and fintechs to address this need for the different demographics or kinds of people in a typical church. Some individuals do not use smartphones but still want to give digitally, while others love to use smartphones. USSD transactions is another option. Online collections handle transactions anywhere in the world and do support a 360 degree understanding of the donors’ behaviors, their preferred channels, and what they are giving for.
The writer is the General Manager of Commercial Banking at Centenary Bank.
 

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2 year olds murdered by their mentally ill mothers in Buikwe

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    <a target="_blank" href="https://www.health.go.ug/covid" rel="noopener"></a>The Police in Buikwe and Luwero are investigating two separate gruesome murders by mentally ill mothers on their young children of two years, respectively.

On the 6.09.2021 at around 7pm at Kisaala village, Buikwe sub-county, a one Nakyanzi Racheal, a 30 year old mother picked her two year old biological daughter, identified as Kizza Slyvia, and took her inside her grandmother’s house, where she slit her throat using a knife. The suspect was examined upon arrest and found to be on unsound mind and further transferred to Butabika.
And then on the 10.09.2021, at around 6pm police at Wobulenzi, received a report where a one Yudayah, a 30 year old, mentally ill mother, while at Bukolwa Gwafwa, Katikamu sub-county in Luweero, picked a hoe and cut her two year old daughter, Winnie Mercy to the neck. The victim bled to death. The suspect was arrested and found to be of unsound mind. Exhibit recovered and exhibited.
“We continue to face murders arising out of mental disorders. Such murders are exacerbated by health and domestic challenges that need to be addressed. We should all remember that all children, however young, have a right to life, survival and well being, which rights we must observe.
As the Joint Security Agencies, we strongly condemn such acts of cruel and inhuman behaviour against Young Children, because there is no justification whatsoever. For any life threatening situations call on the Toll Free Line for the CFPU at Police Headquarters on 0800199195 or 0718-792417,” said CP Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson.

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Chinese Agricultural Park In Luwero Struggles To Take Off Five Years After Launch

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An Agricultural Industrial Park established by Chinese firm, Kehong Uganda Industrial Development Limited in Luwero district is struggling to take off five years after its launch. In 2016, President Yoweri Museveni launched the Agricultural Industrial park project in Lubenge wetland in Luwero district, saying it was key in transforming the economy.

Kehong Uganda Industrial Development Limited secured a 99-year lease for the 383.092 hectares of Lubenge wetland, which connects Luweero to Nakasongola district along Kampala-Gulu highway. During the ground-breaking ceremony in Ndibulungi village, Luo Hong, the President of Kehong Uganda Industrial Development Limited said the company would inject US$ 220 million (over Shillings 748 billion) into the project and recruit more than 25, 000 workers.

He promised to develop an integrated Agricultural Park comprising rice, poultry and livestock farms. He also said the park would include processing plants and provide training for modern agricultural technologies among other services. However, five years after the launch there is no activity and the biggest part of the land has been colonized by tall grass.

John Wasswa, the LC 1 Chairman of Ndibulungi village in Butuntumula sub-county, says that they were happy over the launch of the multi-billion Shillings project and about 80 residents including him applied for work to earn a living. Wasswa says that in two years the wage declined from Shillings 10,000 to Shillings 6000, which chased away most of the residents.

Wasswa says that the company also scale down operations and there is nothing much apart from the small-scale rice farming. He says that the company had also extended piped water services to the community after fencing off the community well but has since disconnected supply. Wasswa says that a week ago he visited the facility and found empty poultry cages erected to rear 100,000 chickens.

Luwero District Agricultural officers say that the Chinese never involved them in the project and preferred to use agronomists from China who failed to appreciate the local climate. The Chinese wanted to plant hybrid rice as well as Foxtail millet rather than New Rice for Africa varieties, which are locally grown in Uganda.

Dr. Kidda Makubuya the Luwero District Production Officer, says that the Chinese told them that their activities were greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. When URN visited the Industrial Park on Monday, a policeman guarding the facility blocked him from accessing it, saying that it is restricted because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Erastus Kibirango, the LC 5 Chairman of Luwero district, says that when he gained access to the park recently, he was equally concerned after seeing agricultural machinery rotting away.

Richard Kibuuka, the Human Resource Manager of Kehong Uganda Industrial Development Limited told URN on the phone that the rice project was affected by insufficient water supply to sustain the gardens. Kibuuka says that the poultry farm was not operational but they were in the process of importing chicks.

Kibuuka explained that in June this year they met with stakeholders including Officers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Agricultural Organization and District Staff to discuss how to revive the rice project. URN has learnt that the company has sought funding under the Uganda South-South Cooperation project phase three, which is implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with FAO.

This raises questions whether the company indeed had the US$ 220 million, which they promised to invest in the project in 2016. Hanhe (Uganda) Farm, which is a subsidiary of Hanhe International Company and launched its operations in 2011 after securing a lease for 400 acres of land in Kasangombe Sub County in Nakaseke also abandoned it a few years later. The land is now covered with shrubs prompting residents to graze there their animals.

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MPs fault Minister Muhwezi over obstructing probe in Masaka killings – #ugnews24

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            A huge section of legislators on the parliament security and defence committee have concluded their report on the killings where they fault security minister Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi for trying to shield the unknown facts behind the killings.

In the report which is to be tabled before plenary today, the MPs argue that Minister Muhwezi seemed to be hiding something from the committee after he openly castigated security detectives for revealing ‘secrets’ to MPs during their interface.
“You can go back. You are not supposed to investigate. Security officers do not disclose information to these MPs,” Muhwezi said when he held the microphone. “I am the government. I speak for the government. I direct all security to stop sharing information with these MPs. You can go to hell if you don’t want to do your role. It is not the role of MPs to investigate,” he added.
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They also added that curfew is extended to at least 23:00hrs after they noted from people’s confessions that the assailants capitalize on the scarcity of people in curfew time to conduct their executions.

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Rarely Seen Weapons Used to Restore Normalcy in Laikipia

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The operation to restore normalcy in Laikipia has seen government unveil its rarely seen and deadly weapons, most of which are part of the fleet commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the GSU headquarters in 2016.The area seemed like a warzone with an assembly of deadly weapons, some in the hands of tough-looking officers. The mean-looking officers have been deployed with only one assignment; to flush out bandits in the Ol Moran area in Laikipia County.The government deployed the National Police Reservists (NPR) who were recently re-armed, Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU), Anti-Stock Theft Unit, General Service Unit (GSU), and  Administration Police (AP).Their job was simple; kick out the bandits with zero options. The officers were almost 400 in number. N-Wrap Being Used in Laikipia OperationTwitter The government unveiled the N-wrap, an all-terrain vehicle. It is capable of maneuvering through the thickets. With its bulletproof armor, it is able to create a buffer to repulse potential attackers.An Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) was also unveiled in the operation. It assesses all terrains with a 360 rotation shooting design. It was used to silence the attackers in their hideouts.They are all bulletproof vehicles that were used to move the dreaded officers around Laikipia together with the four-wheeled land cruisers.The National Police Airwing helicopter was also seen hovering over the disturbed sections of Laikipia.The contingent officers in the operations were heavily armed, painting a clear picture of the high-intensity operation.HK21 belted rifles were at the forefront of the operation. One single belt consisting of over 200 ammunitions.Sophisticated AK47 rifles were also part of the operation that bore fruit with some residents returning home and even schools reopened.G3 Rifles were also added to the strategic deployment to flush out the bandits and maintaining order at the station and at other places where displaced families are sheltered, including the Ol Moran Technical Training Institute and the St Mark Catholic Church.The operation furthermore saw the National Intelligence Service (NIS) deployed and also some sleuths drawn from DCI sent to join the operation.The bandits had unleashed terror on the residents of the north and the west, killing 10, injuring dozens, and displacing hundreds.This prompted the government to escalate its operation with Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i leading the operation.“The operation is bearing fruit and that is why we are asking parents to allow their children to go back to school and people should start resuming their businesses. It must be noted that the operation is only being conducted in the area that was gazetted as disturbed and not the entire Laikipia County.“The disturbed area is the Laikipia Nature Conservancy and its environs, and we have enough personnel covering this area. More have been deployed today and the operation is well-coordinated,” NPS Director of Communications Bruno Shioso stated on the status of the operations.So far, some normalcy has been restored in the area, but the officers will continue with the operation. KDF During Laikipia Operation to Flush out BanditsTwitter dead armed weapon child ammunition fire armed

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