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  •   The Prime Minister Rev The Hon Robinah Nabbanja has assured Members of Parliament that the planned regional cancer treatment centers will be operational by FY 2025 2026 as per the Uganda Cancer Institute UCI plan Nabbanja responded to a question posed during Prime Minister s time during the plenary session chaired by Vice President Thomas Tayebwa on Thursday 22nd September 2022 Kumi District MP H E Christine Apolot called on the Prime Minister to brief the House on the government s commitment to establish regional cancer centres Nabbanja also Leader of Government Affairs said the Northern Uganda Regional Cancer Center in Gulu district is nearing completion and the site is expected to be handed over by the end of the year AUDIO Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja Equipment has been dispatched and is on site awaiting installation The regional center project in Gulu was approved by Parliament in 2020 she said She added that feasibility studies have been completed for the Eastern and Western Uganda regional cancer centers in Mbale and Mbarara districts respectively She said that the concepts of both projects were presented to the development committee of the Ministry of Finance In the meantime the UCI has started working on the start up structures in Mbale to have a basic service while waiting for a comprehensive project to accommodate all cancer services said Nabbanja She added that meanwhile Mbarara has a very active cancer care service second only to the Kampala service with over 3 000 patients seen in the last financial year This has been achieved using the infrastructure equipment and human resources available she said Nabbanja added that in northwestern Uganda basic cancer prevention and early detection services have been established in Arua district with available infrastructure and equipment while ICU awaits funding for the project The ICU s plan is to establish regional cancer centers in eastern northern western and northwestern Uganda to address the growing burden of cancer and decongest the Uganda Cancer Institute located in the Mulago National Referral Hospital
    Uganda: Premier assures House on regional cancer centers
      The Prime Minister Rev The Hon Robinah Nabbanja has assured Members of Parliament that the planned regional cancer treatment centers will be operational by FY 2025 2026 as per the Uganda Cancer Institute UCI plan Nabbanja responded to a question posed during Prime Minister s time during the plenary session chaired by Vice President Thomas Tayebwa on Thursday 22nd September 2022 Kumi District MP H E Christine Apolot called on the Prime Minister to brief the House on the government s commitment to establish regional cancer centres Nabbanja also Leader of Government Affairs said the Northern Uganda Regional Cancer Center in Gulu district is nearing completion and the site is expected to be handed over by the end of the year AUDIO Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja Equipment has been dispatched and is on site awaiting installation The regional center project in Gulu was approved by Parliament in 2020 she said She added that feasibility studies have been completed for the Eastern and Western Uganda regional cancer centers in Mbale and Mbarara districts respectively She said that the concepts of both projects were presented to the development committee of the Ministry of Finance In the meantime the UCI has started working on the start up structures in Mbale to have a basic service while waiting for a comprehensive project to accommodate all cancer services said Nabbanja She added that meanwhile Mbarara has a very active cancer care service second only to the Kampala service with over 3 000 patients seen in the last financial year This has been achieved using the infrastructure equipment and human resources available she said Nabbanja added that in northwestern Uganda basic cancer prevention and early detection services have been established in Arua district with available infrastructure and equipment while ICU awaits funding for the project The ICU s plan is to establish regional cancer centers in eastern northern western and northwestern Uganda to address the growing burden of cancer and decongest the Uganda Cancer Institute located in the Mulago National Referral Hospital
    Uganda: Premier assures House on regional cancer centers
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Uganda: Premier assures House on regional cancer centers

    The Prime Minister, Rev. The Hon Robinah Nabbanja, has assured Members of Parliament that the planned regional cancer treatment centers will be operational by FY 2025/2026, as per the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) plan.

    Nabbanja responded to a question posed during Prime Minister's time during the plenary session chaired by Vice President Thomas Tayebwa, on Thursday 22nd September 2022.

    Kumi District MP H.E. Christine Apolot called on the Prime Minister to brief the House on the government's commitment to establish regional cancer centres.

    Nabbanja, also Leader of Government Affairs, said the Northern Uganda Regional Cancer Center in Gulu district is nearing completion and the site is expected to be handed over by the end of the year.

    AUDIO: Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja “Equipment has been dispatched and is on site, awaiting installation.

    The regional center project in Gulu was approved by Parliament in 2020,” she said.

    She added that feasibility studies have been completed for the Eastern and Western Uganda regional cancer centers in Mbale and Mbarara districts, respectively.

    She said that the concepts of both projects were presented to the development committee of the Ministry of Finance.

    “In the meantime, the UCI has started working on the start-up structures in Mbale to have a basic service while waiting for a comprehensive project to accommodate all cancer services,” said Nabbanja.

    She added that meanwhile, Mbarara has a very active cancer care service second only to the Kampala service with over 3,000 patients seen in the last financial year.

    “This has been achieved using the infrastructure, equipment and human resources available,” she said.

    Nabbanja added that in northwestern Uganda, basic cancer prevention and early detection services have been established in Arua district with available infrastructure and equipment, while ICU awaits funding for the project.

    The ICU's plan is to establish regional cancer centers in eastern, northern, western and northwestern Uganda to address the growing burden of cancer and decongest the Uganda Cancer Institute located in the Mulago National Referral Hospital.

  •   The Minister of State for Health General Functions Hon Anifa Kawooya has called on compatriots to remain vigilant following the Ebola outbreak in Mubende district Kawooya was on Tuesday September 20 2022 delivering a statement to Parliament on the Ebola virus disease EVD outbreak in Mubende located about 150 kilometers west of the capital Kampala According to the Ministry of Health on September 19 2022 the confirmed Ebola index case died at the Mubende Regional Referral Hospital and the body is still kept separate from the others and awaiting a decent burial She said this is the second strain of Ebola Sudan in Uganda with the first case reported in Luwero district in 2012 Kawooya told the House that more information about the possible source of infection and contacts of the confirmed case She said that the Ministry of Health has strengthened its efforts to prevent further spread of the Ebola virus within the country by dispatching the National Rapid Response Team to support the District Rapid Response Team in responding to the outbreak The team has been outfitted with a considerable amount of logistics including an isolation tent EVD kits and other essential supplies she said AUDIO Minister Anifa Kawooya Surveillance and contact tracing including contact tracing of confirmed cases screening of travelers at designated and undesignated points of entry and active case finding within communities and health are other measures that are being used She also said that the line listing of all possible contacts with the deceased index case has started in Mubende and Kiboga districts Additionally the Ministry of Health will intensify risk communication and community engagement to increase awareness of the disease among communities Regarding the mysterious deaths of six people in Madudu and Kiruma sub counties the minister said they could confirm whether they were due to Ebola Kawooya called on Ugandans to remain calm but to be very vigilant and report suspected cases of Ebola signs and symptoms She said that she is confident that the Health Ministry and its partners will contain the outbreak Members of parliament raised concerns about the porous borders and gold mines in Mubende and the risk of the spread of Ebola Hon Pascal Mbabazi Buwekula County MP said gold mine workers in his area are at risk of contracting the disease He revealed that while the minister has presented a death in Mubende the cases are more I was expecting in the minister s report a statement that ambulances have been set up in case cases spike Furthermore he expected the Minister to talk about Ebola awareness he said He said that leaders should also be involved in the process AUDIO Bro Pascal Mbabazi Deputy of Bufumbira County Hon John Kamara said that the Kisoro district is on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and they are currently receiving many refugees He called on the ministry to set up a camp in Mubende and not operate from Kampala Dr Charles Ayume chairman of the Health Committee acknowledged that the mines are the habitat of bats and that the Ministry of Health should consider the Mubende mines as a risk area for the spread of Ebola Hon Flavia Kalule the MP for Kassanda called on the government to raise the alert level in all areas surrounding Mubende like Kassanda stating that people are very concerned Kitgum MP Hon Lilian Aber called on the Ministry of Health to control the movement and intensify surveillance If Ebola spreads across the country how prepared are we because this is worse than COVID 19 she asked Vice President Thomas Tayebwa asked the Ministry of Health to regularly update Parliament on the management of Ebola and interested the health committee in working with the ministry
    Government calls for vigilance as Ebola settles in Mubende district
      The Minister of State for Health General Functions Hon Anifa Kawooya has called on compatriots to remain vigilant following the Ebola outbreak in Mubende district Kawooya was on Tuesday September 20 2022 delivering a statement to Parliament on the Ebola virus disease EVD outbreak in Mubende located about 150 kilometers west of the capital Kampala According to the Ministry of Health on September 19 2022 the confirmed Ebola index case died at the Mubende Regional Referral Hospital and the body is still kept separate from the others and awaiting a decent burial She said this is the second strain of Ebola Sudan in Uganda with the first case reported in Luwero district in 2012 Kawooya told the House that more information about the possible source of infection and contacts of the confirmed case She said that the Ministry of Health has strengthened its efforts to prevent further spread of the Ebola virus within the country by dispatching the National Rapid Response Team to support the District Rapid Response Team in responding to the outbreak The team has been outfitted with a considerable amount of logistics including an isolation tent EVD kits and other essential supplies she said AUDIO Minister Anifa Kawooya Surveillance and contact tracing including contact tracing of confirmed cases screening of travelers at designated and undesignated points of entry and active case finding within communities and health are other measures that are being used She also said that the line listing of all possible contacts with the deceased index case has started in Mubende and Kiboga districts Additionally the Ministry of Health will intensify risk communication and community engagement to increase awareness of the disease among communities Regarding the mysterious deaths of six people in Madudu and Kiruma sub counties the minister said they could confirm whether they were due to Ebola Kawooya called on Ugandans to remain calm but to be very vigilant and report suspected cases of Ebola signs and symptoms She said that she is confident that the Health Ministry and its partners will contain the outbreak Members of parliament raised concerns about the porous borders and gold mines in Mubende and the risk of the spread of Ebola Hon Pascal Mbabazi Buwekula County MP said gold mine workers in his area are at risk of contracting the disease He revealed that while the minister has presented a death in Mubende the cases are more I was expecting in the minister s report a statement that ambulances have been set up in case cases spike Furthermore he expected the Minister to talk about Ebola awareness he said He said that leaders should also be involved in the process AUDIO Bro Pascal Mbabazi Deputy of Bufumbira County Hon John Kamara said that the Kisoro district is on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and they are currently receiving many refugees He called on the ministry to set up a camp in Mubende and not operate from Kampala Dr Charles Ayume chairman of the Health Committee acknowledged that the mines are the habitat of bats and that the Ministry of Health should consider the Mubende mines as a risk area for the spread of Ebola Hon Flavia Kalule the MP for Kassanda called on the government to raise the alert level in all areas surrounding Mubende like Kassanda stating that people are very concerned Kitgum MP Hon Lilian Aber called on the Ministry of Health to control the movement and intensify surveillance If Ebola spreads across the country how prepared are we because this is worse than COVID 19 she asked Vice President Thomas Tayebwa asked the Ministry of Health to regularly update Parliament on the management of Ebola and interested the health committee in working with the ministry
    Government calls for vigilance as Ebola settles in Mubende district
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Government calls for vigilance as Ebola settles in Mubende district

    The Minister of State for Health (General Functions), Hon. Anifa Kawooya has called on compatriots to remain vigilant following the Ebola outbreak in Mubende district.

    Kawooya was on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, delivering a statement to Parliament on the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Mubende, located about 150 kilometers west of the capital Kampala.

    According to the Ministry of Health, on September 19, 2022, the confirmed Ebola index case died at the Mubende Regional Referral Hospital and the body is still kept separate from the others and awaiting a decent burial.

    She said this is the second strain of Ebola-Sudan in Uganda, with the first case reported in Luwero district in 2012.

    Kawooya told the House that more information about the possible source of infection and contacts of the confirmed case.

    She said that the Ministry of Health has strengthened its efforts to prevent further spread of the Ebola virus within the country by dispatching the National Rapid Response Team to support the District Rapid Response Team in responding to the outbreak.

    "The team has been outfitted with a considerable amount of logistics, including an isolation tent, EVD kits and other essential supplies," she said.

    AUDIO: Minister Anifa Kawooya Surveillance and contact tracing, including contact tracing of confirmed cases, screening of travelers at designated and undesignated points of entry, and active case finding within communities and health are other measures that are being used.

    She also said that the line listing of all possible contacts with the deceased index case has started in Mubende and Kiboga districts.

    Additionally, the Ministry of Health will intensify risk communication and community engagement to increase awareness of the disease among communities.

    Regarding the mysterious deaths of six people in Madudu and Kiruma sub-counties, the minister said they could confirm whether they were due to Ebola.

    Kawooya called on Ugandans to remain calm but to be very vigilant and report suspected cases of Ebola signs and symptoms.

    She said that she is confident that the Health Ministry and its partners will contain the outbreak.

    Members of parliament raised concerns about the porous borders and gold mines in Mubende and the risk of the spread of Ebola.

    Hon. Pascal Mbabazi, Buwekula County MP, said gold mine workers in his area are at risk of contracting the disease.

    He revealed that while the minister has presented a death, in Mubende, the cases are more.

    “I was expecting in the minister's report, a statement that ambulances have been set up in case cases spike.

    Furthermore, he expected the Minister to talk about Ebola awareness,” he said.

    He said that leaders should also be involved in the process.

    AUDIO: Bro. Pascal Mbabazi Deputy of Bufumbira County, Hon. John Kamara said that the Kisoro district is on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and they are currently receiving many refugees.

    He called on the ministry to set up a camp in Mubende and not operate from Kampala.

    Dr. Charles Ayume, chairman of the Health Committee, acknowledged that the mines are the habitat of bats and that the Ministry of Health should consider the Mubende mines as a risk area for the spread of Ebola.

    Hon. Flavia Kalule, the MP for Kassanda, called on the government to raise the alert level in all areas surrounding Mubende like Kassanda, stating that people are very concerned.

    Kitgum MP, Hon. Lilian Aber called on the Ministry of Health to control the movement and intensify surveillance.

    “If Ebola spreads across the country, how prepared are we because this is worse than COVID-19?” she asked.

    Vice President Thomas Tayebwa asked the Ministry of Health to regularly update Parliament on the management of Ebola and interested the health committee in working with the ministry.

  •   The Honorable Persis Namuganza the Minister of State for Lands Housing and Urban Development Housing has taken issue with a House committee investigating her over allegations of undermining Parliament Namuganza said that she will only defend herself before the Rules Privileges and Discipline Committee against allegations of misconduct if she is provided with documentary evidence of what she is accused of AUDIO Minister Persis Namuganza I therefore pray that witnesses will be ordered to come forward and provide me with copies of documentary evidence of whatever nature they intend to rely on and this is a fair hearing requirement she said she The matter stems from a report by the ad hoc committee on Nakawa Naguru Land Cession which was unanimously adopted by Parliament on May 18 2022 The committee in its report recommended that Namuganza step aside for falsifying a presidential directive seen by the Uganda Land Commission allocates said land to a section of investors Namuganza reportedly said that Parliament is powerless and unable to censure her in relation to her involvement in Naguru Nakawa land allocations The minister who was appearing before the committee on Wednesday 14 September 2022 said that she had written to the Speaker on the matter and accused the committee of not following correct procedures before requesting to excuse herself from the meeting in protest The minister is also alleged to have questioned the role and mandate of the ad hoc committee set up by the president to investigate the Naguru Nakawa land allocations through a social media post on the official WhatsApp group for members of the 11th Parliament Hon Bosco Okiror NRM Usuk County said that in fact no evidence had yet been presented to the committee but stated that if there is not it will ultimately be to the benefit of the minister AUDIO Bro Bosco Okiror Although the vice president of the committee the Hon Father Charles Onen directed that the witnesses present their evidence as testimony and that Namuganza can sit down to listen the minister rejected the method Four deputies including the Hon Sarah Opendi NRM Tororo District H E Elijah Okupa INDP Kasilo H E Solomon Silwany NRM Bukhooli Central and H E Maurice Kibalya NRM Bugabula South has testified before the committee regarding the accusations against the minister Opendi submitted printouts of messages allegedly questioning the role of the committee that Namuganza reportedly posted to a WhatsApp group of MPs from the 11th Parliament on July 12 2022 AUDIO H E Sarah Opendi The Minister Hon Okupa said that he should have looked for better platforms to address his concerns than turning to social media Honorable Silwany was asked to present evidence that the minister had brought the institution of Parliament into disrepute with her social media posts
    Uganda: present evidence against me, Minister Namuganza asks the Committee
      The Honorable Persis Namuganza the Minister of State for Lands Housing and Urban Development Housing has taken issue with a House committee investigating her over allegations of undermining Parliament Namuganza said that she will only defend herself before the Rules Privileges and Discipline Committee against allegations of misconduct if she is provided with documentary evidence of what she is accused of AUDIO Minister Persis Namuganza I therefore pray that witnesses will be ordered to come forward and provide me with copies of documentary evidence of whatever nature they intend to rely on and this is a fair hearing requirement she said she The matter stems from a report by the ad hoc committee on Nakawa Naguru Land Cession which was unanimously adopted by Parliament on May 18 2022 The committee in its report recommended that Namuganza step aside for falsifying a presidential directive seen by the Uganda Land Commission allocates said land to a section of investors Namuganza reportedly said that Parliament is powerless and unable to censure her in relation to her involvement in Naguru Nakawa land allocations The minister who was appearing before the committee on Wednesday 14 September 2022 said that she had written to the Speaker on the matter and accused the committee of not following correct procedures before requesting to excuse herself from the meeting in protest The minister is also alleged to have questioned the role and mandate of the ad hoc committee set up by the president to investigate the Naguru Nakawa land allocations through a social media post on the official WhatsApp group for members of the 11th Parliament Hon Bosco Okiror NRM Usuk County said that in fact no evidence had yet been presented to the committee but stated that if there is not it will ultimately be to the benefit of the minister AUDIO Bro Bosco Okiror Although the vice president of the committee the Hon Father Charles Onen directed that the witnesses present their evidence as testimony and that Namuganza can sit down to listen the minister rejected the method Four deputies including the Hon Sarah Opendi NRM Tororo District H E Elijah Okupa INDP Kasilo H E Solomon Silwany NRM Bukhooli Central and H E Maurice Kibalya NRM Bugabula South has testified before the committee regarding the accusations against the minister Opendi submitted printouts of messages allegedly questioning the role of the committee that Namuganza reportedly posted to a WhatsApp group of MPs from the 11th Parliament on July 12 2022 AUDIO H E Sarah Opendi The Minister Hon Okupa said that he should have looked for better platforms to address his concerns than turning to social media Honorable Silwany was asked to present evidence that the minister had brought the institution of Parliament into disrepute with her social media posts
    Uganda: present evidence against me, Minister Namuganza asks the Committee
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    Uganda: present evidence against me, Minister Namuganza asks the Committee

    The Honorable Persis Namuganza, the Minister of State for Lands, Housing and Urban Development (Housing), has taken issue with a House committee investigating her over allegations of undermining Parliament.

    Namuganza said that she will only defend herself before the Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee against allegations of misconduct if she is provided with documentary evidence of what she is accused of.

    AUDIO: Minister Persis Namuganza “I therefore pray that witnesses will be ordered to come forward and provide me with copies of documentary evidence of whatever nature they intend to rely on and this is a fair hearing requirement,” she said she.

    The matter stems from a report by the ad hoc committee on Nakawa-Naguru Land Cession which was unanimously adopted by Parliament on May 18, 2022.

    The committee, in its report, recommended that Namuganza step aside.

    for falsifying a presidential directive seen by the Uganda Land Commission allocates said land to a section of investors.

    Namuganza reportedly said that Parliament is powerless and unable to censure her in relation to her involvement in Naguru-Nakawa land allocations.

    The minister, who was appearing before the committee on Wednesday 14 September 2022, said that she had written to the Speaker on the matter and accused the committee of not following correct procedures, before requesting to excuse herself from the meeting in protest.

    The minister is also alleged to have questioned the role and mandate of the ad hoc committee set up by the president to investigate the Naguru-Nakawa land allocations through a social media post on the official WhatsApp group for members of the 11th Parliament.

    .

    Hon. Bosco Okiror (NRM, Usuk County) said that in fact no evidence had yet been presented to the committee, but stated that if there is not, it will ultimately be to the benefit of the minister.

    AUDIO: Bro. Bosco Okiror Although the vice president of the committee, the Hon. Father Charles Onen, directed that the witnesses present their evidence as testimony and that Namuganza can sit down to listen, the minister rejected the method.

    Four deputies, including the Hon. Sarah Opendi (NRM, Tororo District), H.E. Elijah Okupa (INDP., Kasilo), H.E. Solomon Silwany (NRM, Bukhooli Central) and H.E. Maurice Kibalya (NRM, Bugabula South) has testified before the committee regarding the accusations against the minister.

    Opendi submitted printouts of messages allegedly questioning the role of the committee that Namuganza reportedly posted to a WhatsApp group of MPs from the 11th Parliament on July 12, 2022.

    AUDIO: H.E. Sarah Opendi The Minister, Hon. Okupa said that he should have looked for better platforms to address his concerns than turning to social media.

    Honorable Silwany was asked to present evidence that the minister had brought the institution of Parliament into disrepute with her social media posts.

  •   Parliament has asked the government to investigate cases of alleged arbitrary arrests kidnappings and murders in the country This followed a matter raised by the Hon Hassan Kirumira NUP South Katikamu County on the alleged kidnapping of Jakana Nadduli son of former Minister Abdul Nadduli on September 5 2022 The MP raised the issue during the plenary session of the House chaired by Speaker Anita Among on Thursday September 08 2022 Hon Kirumira said the young Nadduli s whereabouts remain unknown and his father is currently stranded as the son was unwell when he was allegedly abducted Kirumira prayed that Jakana Nadduli will appear in court if he has committed any crime and that his parents can see him AUDIO Br Hassan Kirumira Mr Jakana Nadduli had an accident in March The information we have is that he was kicked in the stomach and the father Nadduli a former minister does not know where the son is said the Hon Kirumira said Commenting on the matter Br Wilfred Niwagaba INDP Ndorwa County East said that the issue of kidnappings is painful for citizens and that several cases of alleged kidnappings have been reported Opposition leader Bro Mathias Mpuuga also denounced the alleged kidnapping this week of Teddy Nalubwama whose family was unable to locate her AUDIO LOP Mathias Mpuuga The Speaker sought an explanation from the government saying that Parliament needed to know what is behind the alleged kidnappings and also charge them This is a very serious issue we need to come clean and expose the people who are kidnapping people because if people are going to be kidnapped left right and center are we going to move from here to the door Between said She said that people could be blaming the government and yet it is other people who kidnap Ugandans The Speaker also said there were assassination threats against her and demanded that the Prime Minister and Minister Home Office to carry out investigations into the alleged kidnappings We need a report on those arrests on the killings we need a report in two weeks she said Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja said We are going to handle this problem with the utmost urgency We are going to protect them and nothing will happen to them
    Uganda: Kidnappings Irritate Parliament as MPs Demand Investigation
      Parliament has asked the government to investigate cases of alleged arbitrary arrests kidnappings and murders in the country This followed a matter raised by the Hon Hassan Kirumira NUP South Katikamu County on the alleged kidnapping of Jakana Nadduli son of former Minister Abdul Nadduli on September 5 2022 The MP raised the issue during the plenary session of the House chaired by Speaker Anita Among on Thursday September 08 2022 Hon Kirumira said the young Nadduli s whereabouts remain unknown and his father is currently stranded as the son was unwell when he was allegedly abducted Kirumira prayed that Jakana Nadduli will appear in court if he has committed any crime and that his parents can see him AUDIO Br Hassan Kirumira Mr Jakana Nadduli had an accident in March The information we have is that he was kicked in the stomach and the father Nadduli a former minister does not know where the son is said the Hon Kirumira said Commenting on the matter Br Wilfred Niwagaba INDP Ndorwa County East said that the issue of kidnappings is painful for citizens and that several cases of alleged kidnappings have been reported Opposition leader Bro Mathias Mpuuga also denounced the alleged kidnapping this week of Teddy Nalubwama whose family was unable to locate her AUDIO LOP Mathias Mpuuga The Speaker sought an explanation from the government saying that Parliament needed to know what is behind the alleged kidnappings and also charge them This is a very serious issue we need to come clean and expose the people who are kidnapping people because if people are going to be kidnapped left right and center are we going to move from here to the door Between said She said that people could be blaming the government and yet it is other people who kidnap Ugandans The Speaker also said there were assassination threats against her and demanded that the Prime Minister and Minister Home Office to carry out investigations into the alleged kidnappings We need a report on those arrests on the killings we need a report in two weeks she said Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja said We are going to handle this problem with the utmost urgency We are going to protect them and nothing will happen to them
    Uganda: Kidnappings Irritate Parliament as MPs Demand Investigation
    Africa4 weeks ago

    Uganda: Kidnappings Irritate Parliament as MPs Demand Investigation

    Parliament has asked the government to investigate cases of alleged arbitrary arrests, kidnappings and murders in the country.

    This followed a matter raised by the Hon. Hassan Kirumira (NUP, South Katikamu County) on the alleged kidnapping of Jakana Nadduli, son of former Minister Abdul Nadduli on September 5, 2022.

    The MP raised the issue during the plenary session of the House chaired by Speaker Anita Among on Thursday.

    , September 08, 2022.

    Hon. Kirumira said the young Nadduli's whereabouts remain unknown and his father is currently stranded as the son was unwell when he was allegedly abducted.

    Kirumira prayed that Jakana Nadduli will appear in court if he has committed any crime and that his parents can see him.

    AUDIO: Br. Hassan Kirumira “Mr. Jakana Nadduli had an accident in March.

    The information we have is that he was kicked in the stomach and the father, Nadduli, a former minister, does not know where the son is,” said the Hon. Kirumira said.

    Commenting on the matter, Br. Wilfred Niwagaba (INDP., Ndorwa County East) said that the issue of kidnappings is painful for citizens and that several cases of alleged kidnappings have been reported.

    Opposition leader Bro. Mathias Mpuuga also denounced the alleged kidnapping this week of Teddy Nalubwama, whose family was unable to locate her.

    AUDIO: LOP Mathias Mpuuga The Speaker sought an explanation from the government saying that Parliament needed to know what is behind the alleged kidnappings and also charge them.

    "This is a very serious issue; we need to come clean and expose the people who are kidnapping people because if people are going to be kidnapped left, right and center, are we going to move from here to the door?

    "Between said.

    She said that people could be blaming the government and yet it is other people who kidnap Ugandans.

    The Speaker also said there were assassination threats against her and demanded that the Prime Minister and Minister Home Office to carry out investigations into the alleged kidnappings."We need a report on those arrests, on the killings, we need a report in two weeks," she said.Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja said: "We are going to handle this problem with the utmost urgency."

    We are going to protect them and nothing will happen to them."

  •   Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has called on MPs to lead efforts to conserve the environment in their constituencies following the adverse effects of climate change She said that various environmental disasters are happening in different parts of the country and that legislators need to be at the forefront to improve the environment AUDIO Speaker Anita Among The issue of climate change really has become so dire that day after day we have people dying from floods and other forms of environmental degradation that need to be managed Among said in her statement from the president of the start of the House session on Thursday September 8 2022 The plea of Among follows the landslides caused by heavy rains on the night of Tuesday September 06 2022 that left several dead houses and gardens destroyed in the Kasese district western Uganda The Speaker promised to send members to lead efforts to plant trees in their constituencies adding that although there are existing laws to conserve the environment much remains to be done especially by leaders Over the last few years Uganda has been experiencing several disasters stemming from floods and famines attributed in part to increased deforestation and lack of rain The deaths in Kasese district came just a month after 20 others died in Mbale district eastern Uganda following heavy flooding
    Uganda: Spokesperson between Members of Parliament (MP) rallies on environmental conservation
      Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has called on MPs to lead efforts to conserve the environment in their constituencies following the adverse effects of climate change She said that various environmental disasters are happening in different parts of the country and that legislators need to be at the forefront to improve the environment AUDIO Speaker Anita Among The issue of climate change really has become so dire that day after day we have people dying from floods and other forms of environmental degradation that need to be managed Among said in her statement from the president of the start of the House session on Thursday September 8 2022 The plea of Among follows the landslides caused by heavy rains on the night of Tuesday September 06 2022 that left several dead houses and gardens destroyed in the Kasese district western Uganda The Speaker promised to send members to lead efforts to plant trees in their constituencies adding that although there are existing laws to conserve the environment much remains to be done especially by leaders Over the last few years Uganda has been experiencing several disasters stemming from floods and famines attributed in part to increased deforestation and lack of rain The deaths in Kasese district came just a month after 20 others died in Mbale district eastern Uganda following heavy flooding
    Uganda: Spokesperson between Members of Parliament (MP) rallies on environmental conservation
    Africa4 weeks ago

    Uganda: Spokesperson between Members of Parliament (MP) rallies on environmental conservation

    Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has called on MPs to lead efforts to conserve the environment in their constituencies following the adverse effects of climate change.

    She said that various environmental disasters are happening in different parts of the country and that legislators need to be at the forefront to improve the environment.

    AUDIO: Speaker Anita Among “The issue of climate change really has become so dire that day after day we have people dying from floods and other forms of environmental degradation that need to be managed,” Among said in her statement from the president of the start of the House session on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

    The plea of ​​Among follows the landslides caused by heavy rains on the night of Tuesday, September 06, 2022 that left several dead, houses and gardens destroyed in the Kasese district, western Uganda.

    The Speaker promised to send members to lead efforts to plant trees in their constituencies, adding that although there are existing laws to conserve the environment, much remains to be done, especially by leaders.

    Over the last few years, Uganda has been experiencing several disasters stemming from floods and famines attributed in part to increased deforestation and lack of rain.

    The deaths in Kasese district came just a month after 20 others died in Mbale district, eastern Uganda, following heavy flooding.

  •   Parliament Speaker Anita Among has advised the public to refrain from organizing demonstrations against the issues before the House as lawmakers work day and night to resolve them Among who was chairing the plenary session on Tuesday 06 September 2022 told members of parliament that she had received reports of a demonstration in parliament over coffee seedlings In August 2022 coffee growers petitioned Parliament to order the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development to allow coffee nursery growers to supply seedlings to growers and for payments to be made later The petitioners however say that this has not been implemented and yet the planting season is near which has led to the demonstrations Speaker Among warned Members of Parliament not to advise their constituents to demonstrate against Parliament processes and said that while demonstrations produce nothing Parliament will resolve the matter through debate The issue of coffee plants is going to be handled It was discussed in this House I don t think it s right for us to advise our voters to come march at the door because marching is not going to solve a problem she advised AUDIO Speaker Anita among the reactions to the speaker s communication the deputy of the municipality of Busia Hon Geoffrey Macho asked the ministries departments and agencies to do his job so that the Ugandans do not demonstrate As for the demonstrations on the coffee plants the ministries must help the Parliament to do its job Our people demonstrate because the ministries are not communicating to them he said The Speaker informed the parliamentarians that the Chamber will receive a report on the coffee seedlings on Wednesday September 07 2022 In her communication she also requested the committees that have not completed their work to do so since the work of the Parliament it is measured by the number of bills passed and other business concluded before it
    Uganda: Refrain from Protesting Matters Before Parliament – President
      Parliament Speaker Anita Among has advised the public to refrain from organizing demonstrations against the issues before the House as lawmakers work day and night to resolve them Among who was chairing the plenary session on Tuesday 06 September 2022 told members of parliament that she had received reports of a demonstration in parliament over coffee seedlings In August 2022 coffee growers petitioned Parliament to order the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development to allow coffee nursery growers to supply seedlings to growers and for payments to be made later The petitioners however say that this has not been implemented and yet the planting season is near which has led to the demonstrations Speaker Among warned Members of Parliament not to advise their constituents to demonstrate against Parliament processes and said that while demonstrations produce nothing Parliament will resolve the matter through debate The issue of coffee plants is going to be handled It was discussed in this House I don t think it s right for us to advise our voters to come march at the door because marching is not going to solve a problem she advised AUDIO Speaker Anita among the reactions to the speaker s communication the deputy of the municipality of Busia Hon Geoffrey Macho asked the ministries departments and agencies to do his job so that the Ugandans do not demonstrate As for the demonstrations on the coffee plants the ministries must help the Parliament to do its job Our people demonstrate because the ministries are not communicating to them he said The Speaker informed the parliamentarians that the Chamber will receive a report on the coffee seedlings on Wednesday September 07 2022 In her communication she also requested the committees that have not completed their work to do so since the work of the Parliament it is measured by the number of bills passed and other business concluded before it
    Uganda: Refrain from Protesting Matters Before Parliament – President
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    Uganda: Refrain from Protesting Matters Before Parliament – President

    Parliament Speaker Anita Among has advised the public to refrain from organizing demonstrations against the issues before the House as lawmakers work day and night to resolve them.

    Among, who was chairing the plenary session on Tuesday 06 September 2022, told members of parliament that she had received reports of a demonstration in parliament over coffee seedlings.

    In August 2022, coffee growers petitioned Parliament to order the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to allow coffee nursery growers to supply seedlings to growers and for payments to be made later.

    The petitioners, however, say that this has not been implemented and yet the planting season is near, which has led to the demonstrations.

    Speaker Among warned Members of Parliament not to advise their constituents to demonstrate against Parliament processes and said that while demonstrations produce nothing, Parliament will resolve the matter through debate.

    “The issue of coffee plants is going to be handled.

    It was discussed in this House.

    I don't think it's right for us to advise our voters to come march at the door because marching is not going to solve a problem,” she advised.

    AUDIO: Speaker Anita among the reactions to the speaker's communication, the deputy of the municipality of Busia, Hon. Geoffrey Macho asked the ministries, departments and agencies to do his job, so that the Ugandans do not demonstrate.

    “As for the demonstrations on the coffee plants, the ministries must help the Parliament to do its job.

    Our people demonstrate because the ministries are not communicating to them,” he said.

    The Speaker informed the parliamentarians that the Chamber will receive a report on the coffee seedlings on Wednesday, September 07, 2022.

    In her communication, she also requested the committees that have not completed their work to do so, since the work of the Parliament it is measured by the number of bills passed and other business concluded before it.

  •   Members of Parliament in the Education and Sports Committee want the line ministry to develop a tuition policy for all schools to ease the pressure of school fees on parents Parliamentarians have also expressed great concern about the increase in school fees in private and government subsidized schools especially during an ongoing school year Their concerns arose after a presentation by Kole North County Deputy the Hon Samuel Opio on the increase in school fees in Ugandan schools presented on Wednesday August 31 2022 during the interaction with the committee Opium cited the 2019 2020 Uganda Bureau of Statistics UBOS household survey where net enrollment in secondary schools was 27 3 compared to primary school enrollment of 80 He called on the government to offer scholarship schemes in each district to support secondary and vocational training for the best workers as a mechanism to strengthen enrollment Opio pointed out that the fees currently charged by government subsidized schools are discriminatory and deny equal opportunities to all citizens to attain the highest educational levels possible He also noted that secondary education is in many cases more expensive than university or tertiary education Section 3 b of the Education Act empowers the Minister from time to time to make regulations for the purpose of regulating the fees payable by any school Opio said My prayer to this committee is that the Ministry of Education will suspend any increase in school fees for the third period It is important for the committee to dig into the fee structure of various schools because some are very inflated he added Opio noted that school boards which are the main determinants of school fees defied the directives of the Ministry of Education as of January 11 2022 and have continued to increase fees unabated He noted that as much as rising food costs are apparent any increase in school fees must be balanced against the constitutional obligation that all citizens attain the highest level of education possible AUDIO Br Samuel Opio Ministry or district education officials should take action including but not limited to suspending the board of governors of schools that decided against the ministry directive halting further increase in school fees Opio prayed to the Committee Honorable Opio also called on the ministry to expedite the enactment of legal regulations to regulate the fees to be paid by various schools preferably before the start of the next school year in 2023 He said it would be prudent for a fee structure for schools to be standardized with categories additional approved by the Minister of Education and Sports He added that the government should offer nursery plans in each district to support the secondary and vocational training of the best as a mechanism to strengthen enrollment Honorable Nathan Itungo Indep Kashari South County noted that many schools include many elements in the school fee structure that are not related to tuition adding that discussions with the education minister can be helpful in verifying this The Honorable Geoffrey Ekanya FDC Tororo North County said it would be unfair to reduce private school fees because they suffered during the COVID 19 period but advised that the quality of public schools must be improved Jonam County Deputy Hon Emmanuel Ongiertho noted that PTAs in schools are involved in driving many of the board decisions and charged parents make decisions in favor of other parents AUDIO Major Jennifer Alanyo Major Jennifer Alanyo UPDF Representative called for an amendment to the way school boards are appointed and managed and also called for school fee increases to be spread across of the school year instead of quarterly Hon Agnes Acibu NRM Nebbi District and the Hon Jane Awich NRM Kaberamaido District called on the government to develop a proper strategy to regulate secondary school enrollment structures in each region Chairman of the committee Bro John Twesigye NRM Bunyaruguru County said members will make field visits to schools and conduct a thorough investigation into the matter of the fee increase AUDIO Br John Twesigye
    Uganda: Stop Rising School Fees – Members of Parliament
      Members of Parliament in the Education and Sports Committee want the line ministry to develop a tuition policy for all schools to ease the pressure of school fees on parents Parliamentarians have also expressed great concern about the increase in school fees in private and government subsidized schools especially during an ongoing school year Their concerns arose after a presentation by Kole North County Deputy the Hon Samuel Opio on the increase in school fees in Ugandan schools presented on Wednesday August 31 2022 during the interaction with the committee Opium cited the 2019 2020 Uganda Bureau of Statistics UBOS household survey where net enrollment in secondary schools was 27 3 compared to primary school enrollment of 80 He called on the government to offer scholarship schemes in each district to support secondary and vocational training for the best workers as a mechanism to strengthen enrollment Opio pointed out that the fees currently charged by government subsidized schools are discriminatory and deny equal opportunities to all citizens to attain the highest educational levels possible He also noted that secondary education is in many cases more expensive than university or tertiary education Section 3 b of the Education Act empowers the Minister from time to time to make regulations for the purpose of regulating the fees payable by any school Opio said My prayer to this committee is that the Ministry of Education will suspend any increase in school fees for the third period It is important for the committee to dig into the fee structure of various schools because some are very inflated he added Opio noted that school boards which are the main determinants of school fees defied the directives of the Ministry of Education as of January 11 2022 and have continued to increase fees unabated He noted that as much as rising food costs are apparent any increase in school fees must be balanced against the constitutional obligation that all citizens attain the highest level of education possible AUDIO Br Samuel Opio Ministry or district education officials should take action including but not limited to suspending the board of governors of schools that decided against the ministry directive halting further increase in school fees Opio prayed to the Committee Honorable Opio also called on the ministry to expedite the enactment of legal regulations to regulate the fees to be paid by various schools preferably before the start of the next school year in 2023 He said it would be prudent for a fee structure for schools to be standardized with categories additional approved by the Minister of Education and Sports He added that the government should offer nursery plans in each district to support the secondary and vocational training of the best as a mechanism to strengthen enrollment Honorable Nathan Itungo Indep Kashari South County noted that many schools include many elements in the school fee structure that are not related to tuition adding that discussions with the education minister can be helpful in verifying this The Honorable Geoffrey Ekanya FDC Tororo North County said it would be unfair to reduce private school fees because they suffered during the COVID 19 period but advised that the quality of public schools must be improved Jonam County Deputy Hon Emmanuel Ongiertho noted that PTAs in schools are involved in driving many of the board decisions and charged parents make decisions in favor of other parents AUDIO Major Jennifer Alanyo Major Jennifer Alanyo UPDF Representative called for an amendment to the way school boards are appointed and managed and also called for school fee increases to be spread across of the school year instead of quarterly Hon Agnes Acibu NRM Nebbi District and the Hon Jane Awich NRM Kaberamaido District called on the government to develop a proper strategy to regulate secondary school enrollment structures in each region Chairman of the committee Bro John Twesigye NRM Bunyaruguru County said members will make field visits to schools and conduct a thorough investigation into the matter of the fee increase AUDIO Br John Twesigye
    Uganda: Stop Rising School Fees – Members of Parliament
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    Uganda: Stop Rising School Fees – Members of Parliament

    Members of Parliament in the Education and Sports Committee want the line ministry to develop a tuition policy for all schools to ease the pressure of school fees on parents.

    Parliamentarians have also expressed great concern about the increase in school fees in private and government-subsidized schools, especially during an ongoing school year.

    Their concerns arose after a presentation by Kole North County Deputy, the Hon. Samuel Opio, on the increase in school fees in Ugandan schools, presented on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 during the interaction with the committee.

    Opium cited the 2019/2020 Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) household survey, where net enrollment in secondary schools was 27.3% compared to primary school enrollment of 80%.

    He called on the government to offer scholarship schemes in each district to support secondary and vocational training for the best workers as a mechanism to strengthen enrollment.

    Opio pointed out that the fees currently charged by government-subsidized schools are discriminatory and deny equal opportunities to all citizens to attain the highest educational levels possible.

    He also noted that secondary education is in many cases more expensive than university or tertiary education.

    “Section 3(b) of the Education Act empowers the Minister, from time to time, to make regulations for the purpose of regulating the fees payable by any school,” Opio said.

    “My prayer to this committee is that the Ministry of Education will suspend any increase in school fees for the third period.

    It is important for the committee to dig into the fee structure of various schools because some are very inflated,” he added.

    Opio noted that school boards, which are the main determinants of school fees, defied the directives of the Ministry of Education as of January 11, 2022 and have continued to increase fees unabated.

    He noted that as much as rising food costs are apparent, any increase in school fees must be balanced against the constitutional obligation that all citizens attain the highest level of education possible.

    AUDIO: Br. Samuel Opio “Ministry or district education officials should take action including, but not limited to, suspending the board of governors of schools that decided against the ministry directive halting further increase in school fees,” Opio prayed to the Committee.

    Honorable Opio also called on the ministry to expedite the enactment of legal regulations to regulate the fees to be paid by various schools, preferably before the start of the next school year in 2023.

    He said it would be prudent for a fee structure for schools to be standardized with categories additional approved by the Minister of Education and Sports.

    He added that the government should offer nursery plans in each district to support the secondary and vocational training of the best as a mechanism to strengthen enrollment.

    Honorable Nathan Itungo (Indep., Kashari South County) noted that many schools include many elements in the school fee structure that are not related to tuition, adding that discussions with the education minister can be helpful in verifying this.

    The Honorable Geoffrey Ekanya (FDC, Tororo North County) said it would be unfair to reduce private school fees because they suffered during the COVID-19 period, but advised that the quality of public schools must be improved.

    Jonam County Deputy Hon. Emmanuel Ongiertho noted that PTAs in schools are involved in driving many of the board decisions and charged parents make decisions in favor of other parents.

    AUDIO: Major Jennifer Alanyo Major Jennifer Alanyo (UPDF Representative) called for an amendment to the way school boards are appointed and managed, and also called for school fee increases to be spread across of the school year instead of quarterly.

    Hon. Agnes Acibu (NRM, Nebbi District) and the Hon. Jane Awich (NRM, Kaberamaido District) called on the government to develop a proper strategy to regulate secondary school enrollment structures in each region.

    Chairman of the committee, Bro. John Twesigye (NRM, Bunyaruguru County), said members will make field visits to schools and conduct a thorough investigation into the matter of the fee increase.

    AUDIO: Br. John Twesigye

  •   The Uganda Tourism Association UTA has called for the establishment of a committee to lead the return of Ugandan artifacts from foreign museums UTA President Herbert Byaruhanga made the call on Tuesday August 30 2022 when he and members of the association appeared before the Committee on Tourism Trade and Industries chaired by the Hon Mwine Mpaka According to Byaruhanga who introduced the 2022 Museums and Monuments Bill various artifacts from different archaeological and historical sites were taken by different entities such as the British and to date they have never been returned The Museums and Monuments Bill seeks to repeal the outdated 1967 Historic Monuments Act Among other things it seeks to provide for the development management and maintenance of museums and monuments and to formalize control and protect tangible and intangible heritage and collections of works of art Byaruhanga said it was a great achievement for a number of countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC that are returning their stolen or poached items and called for Ugandan authorities to do the same AUDIO Mr Herbert Byaruhanga We only have paintings in museums The bill should start the process of recovering these artifacts We need to form a committee to inspect investigate and recover the artifacts that were taken from places like Bigo bya Mugenyi Ntuusi Bwogero and Nshogezi among others he said On specific provisions of the bill Byaruhanga proposes that the administration and management of museums or sites be done at the district community and under the supervision of a government department He is also against the proposal that tangible and intangible heritage be managed by different ministries and departments The management of the imbalu site is under the Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities and the management of the rituals is under the Ministry of Gender this confusion will affect the promotion and development of tourism He said Byaruhanga said that each city or district should have a monument for example the Bull in Mbarara and the Elephant in Gulu among others Honorable Hannington Musoke Wakayima MP for Nansana Township questioned whether it is not costly to repatriate artifacts These artifacts are expensive to maintain when they are returned there are several items that were once returned and some of them are still in boxes how can you help the committee see how we can work on them despite these challenges he asked him The Honorable Ronald Afidra MP for Lower Madi County said it is important that the association begins by sharing the profile of heritage that might have been taken from them by colonialists He says that as legislators this will help them in the process of searching for the artifacts AUDIO Br Ronald Afidra What are some of the legacies that the colonialists have taken We know these things were taken but what s the profile of those artifacts he asked him For the Kingdom of Bunyoro Kitara alone the British are reported to have taken more than 300 artifacts including the traditional nine legged stool a symbol of the throne
    Tourism experts call for repatriation of artifacts from Uganda
      The Uganda Tourism Association UTA has called for the establishment of a committee to lead the return of Ugandan artifacts from foreign museums UTA President Herbert Byaruhanga made the call on Tuesday August 30 2022 when he and members of the association appeared before the Committee on Tourism Trade and Industries chaired by the Hon Mwine Mpaka According to Byaruhanga who introduced the 2022 Museums and Monuments Bill various artifacts from different archaeological and historical sites were taken by different entities such as the British and to date they have never been returned The Museums and Monuments Bill seeks to repeal the outdated 1967 Historic Monuments Act Among other things it seeks to provide for the development management and maintenance of museums and monuments and to formalize control and protect tangible and intangible heritage and collections of works of art Byaruhanga said it was a great achievement for a number of countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC that are returning their stolen or poached items and called for Ugandan authorities to do the same AUDIO Mr Herbert Byaruhanga We only have paintings in museums The bill should start the process of recovering these artifacts We need to form a committee to inspect investigate and recover the artifacts that were taken from places like Bigo bya Mugenyi Ntuusi Bwogero and Nshogezi among others he said On specific provisions of the bill Byaruhanga proposes that the administration and management of museums or sites be done at the district community and under the supervision of a government department He is also against the proposal that tangible and intangible heritage be managed by different ministries and departments The management of the imbalu site is under the Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities and the management of the rituals is under the Ministry of Gender this confusion will affect the promotion and development of tourism He said Byaruhanga said that each city or district should have a monument for example the Bull in Mbarara and the Elephant in Gulu among others Honorable Hannington Musoke Wakayima MP for Nansana Township questioned whether it is not costly to repatriate artifacts These artifacts are expensive to maintain when they are returned there are several items that were once returned and some of them are still in boxes how can you help the committee see how we can work on them despite these challenges he asked him The Honorable Ronald Afidra MP for Lower Madi County said it is important that the association begins by sharing the profile of heritage that might have been taken from them by colonialists He says that as legislators this will help them in the process of searching for the artifacts AUDIO Br Ronald Afidra What are some of the legacies that the colonialists have taken We know these things were taken but what s the profile of those artifacts he asked him For the Kingdom of Bunyoro Kitara alone the British are reported to have taken more than 300 artifacts including the traditional nine legged stool a symbol of the throne
    Tourism experts call for repatriation of artifacts from Uganda
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    Tourism experts call for repatriation of artifacts from Uganda

    The Uganda Tourism Association (UTA) has called for the establishment of a committee to lead the return of Ugandan artifacts from foreign museums.

    UTA President Herbert Byaruhanga made the call on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, when he and members of the association appeared before the Committee on Tourism, Trade and Industries chaired by the Hon. Mwine Mpaka.

    According to Byaruhanga, who introduced the 2022 Museums and Monuments Bill, various artifacts from different archaeological and historical sites were taken by different entities such as the British and, to date, they have never been returned.

    The Museums and Monuments Bill seeks to repeal the outdated 1967 Historic Monuments Act. Among other things, it seeks to provide for the development, management and maintenance of museums and monuments and to formalize, control and protect tangible and intangible heritage and collections of works of art.

    Byaruhanga said it was a great achievement for a number of countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), that are returning their stolen or poached items, and called for Ugandan authorities to do the same.

    AUDIO: Mr. Herbert Byaruhanga “We only have paintings in museums.

    The bill should start the process of recovering these artifacts.

    We need to form a committee to inspect, investigate and recover the artifacts that were taken from places like Bigo bya Mugenyi, Ntuusi, Bwogero and Nshogezi, among others,” he said.

    On specific provisions of the bill, Byaruhanga proposes that the administration and management of museums or sites be done at the district, community, and under the supervision of a government department.

    He is also against the proposal that tangible and intangible heritage be managed by different ministries and departments.

    "The management of the imbalu site is under the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities and the management of the rituals is under the Ministry of Gender, this confusion will affect the promotion and development of tourism."

    He said.

    Byaruhanga said that each city or district should have a monument, for example the Bull in Mbarara and the Elephant in Gulu, among others.

    Honorable Hannington Musoke Wakayima, MP for Nansana Township, questioned whether it is not costly to repatriate artifacts.

    “These artifacts are expensive to maintain when they are returned, there are several items that were once returned and some of them are still in boxes, how can you help the committee see how we can work on them despite these challenges?” he asked him.

    The Honorable Ronald Afidra, MP for Lower Madi County, said it is important that the association begins by sharing the profile of heritage that might have been taken from them by colonialists.

    He says that as legislators, this will help them in the process of searching for the artifacts.

    AUDIO: Br. Ronald Afidra “What are some of the legacies that the colonialists have taken?

    We know these things were taken, but what's the profile of those artifacts?

    he asked him.

    For the Kingdom of Bunyoro Kitara alone, the British are reported to have taken more than 300 artifacts, including the traditional nine-legged stool, a symbol of the throne.

  •   Cornwell Muleya former CEO of Uganda Airlines has said that the national airline is not breaking even due to a lack of implementation of the business plan Muleya who stated that he was first appointed as a consultant by the Prime Minister appeared before the Commission of Commissions of the Statutory Authorities and the State Enterprise COSASE chaired by the Hon Joel Ssenyonyi on Wednesday August 24 2022 The committee is investigating the airline s operations in the wake of the Auditor General s report for the fiscal year ending in 2021 The former CEO said the airline currently flies far fewer routes and hours than they should in part due to the lack of alliances with other countries and airlines that would extend their routes to attract more travelers Muleya from Zambia further explained to the committee that what is currently missing from the airline is the structure and system to support its entire growth strategy Without critical mass the airline will not break even because you are still too small for the investment you have made The business plan has to be fully implemented for it to bring a return he said He said that the Airbus A330 for example currently flies 33 hours a month to a single destination and yet it is intended to fly at least 10 12 or 15 hours a day and the routes need to be opened up to create the feed into the plan of business At the behest of MPs Muleya said that as a consultant he earned shsh70 million and upon his appointment as interim CEO his salary increased to shsh118 million and then to shsh126 million when he was confirmed in the post He told the committee that he was kicked out of the airline over claims that he was corrupt and that things were not going well yet he was focused and determined to see the airline grow When I walked in there was nothing like Uganda Airlines here There was no plan no desk no papers Any I had to build the plan negotiate and this is not a small task I would go to meetings reading 300 page documents on airline purchases on my own he revealed On hiring at the airline Muleya who denied any wrongdoing while at the helm of the airline told the committee there were a number of external factors interfering with the hiring process and believes his lack of tolerance for corruption could have cost him the job He revealed that he had nipped in the bud a transaction originated by the then Commercial Director and now CEO of the airline He claims that in his previous role he had overbilled the airline by up to US 232 000 to pay Abbavater Group for public relations and advertising services Muleya currently on trial for disobeying orders from the Government Inspectorate which was investigating the airline s affairs was asked by several MPs including the Hon Martin Muzaale Buzaya County MP to explain the losses experienced by Uganda Airlines The Honorable Victor Nekesa one of 10 Army representatives in the House tasked Muleya with explaining whether in the early stages of Uganda Airlines they had projected that the airline would start at a loss and then recover You can t make a profit if you ve only opened nine routes out of 20 because your planes are underutilized If your planes fly five hours a day and are meant to fly nine or 10 hours a day it means you can t break even he added AUDIO Cornwell Muleya Again using the A330 flying to Dubai as an example Muleya said the plane had point to point traffic where Ugandans fly to Dubai and back on the same plane and yet the airline could partner to ensure that takes all the people from Dubai to Africa From the beginning we were discussing a cooperation agreement with Emirates so that they feed as a one way interline In this they give us passengers from Pakistan and India to increase point to point traffic these structures must be put in place he revealed
    Implementing a Business Plan to Save Uganda Airlines – Former CEO Muleya
      Cornwell Muleya former CEO of Uganda Airlines has said that the national airline is not breaking even due to a lack of implementation of the business plan Muleya who stated that he was first appointed as a consultant by the Prime Minister appeared before the Commission of Commissions of the Statutory Authorities and the State Enterprise COSASE chaired by the Hon Joel Ssenyonyi on Wednesday August 24 2022 The committee is investigating the airline s operations in the wake of the Auditor General s report for the fiscal year ending in 2021 The former CEO said the airline currently flies far fewer routes and hours than they should in part due to the lack of alliances with other countries and airlines that would extend their routes to attract more travelers Muleya from Zambia further explained to the committee that what is currently missing from the airline is the structure and system to support its entire growth strategy Without critical mass the airline will not break even because you are still too small for the investment you have made The business plan has to be fully implemented for it to bring a return he said He said that the Airbus A330 for example currently flies 33 hours a month to a single destination and yet it is intended to fly at least 10 12 or 15 hours a day and the routes need to be opened up to create the feed into the plan of business At the behest of MPs Muleya said that as a consultant he earned shsh70 million and upon his appointment as interim CEO his salary increased to shsh118 million and then to shsh126 million when he was confirmed in the post He told the committee that he was kicked out of the airline over claims that he was corrupt and that things were not going well yet he was focused and determined to see the airline grow When I walked in there was nothing like Uganda Airlines here There was no plan no desk no papers Any I had to build the plan negotiate and this is not a small task I would go to meetings reading 300 page documents on airline purchases on my own he revealed On hiring at the airline Muleya who denied any wrongdoing while at the helm of the airline told the committee there were a number of external factors interfering with the hiring process and believes his lack of tolerance for corruption could have cost him the job He revealed that he had nipped in the bud a transaction originated by the then Commercial Director and now CEO of the airline He claims that in his previous role he had overbilled the airline by up to US 232 000 to pay Abbavater Group for public relations and advertising services Muleya currently on trial for disobeying orders from the Government Inspectorate which was investigating the airline s affairs was asked by several MPs including the Hon Martin Muzaale Buzaya County MP to explain the losses experienced by Uganda Airlines The Honorable Victor Nekesa one of 10 Army representatives in the House tasked Muleya with explaining whether in the early stages of Uganda Airlines they had projected that the airline would start at a loss and then recover You can t make a profit if you ve only opened nine routes out of 20 because your planes are underutilized If your planes fly five hours a day and are meant to fly nine or 10 hours a day it means you can t break even he added AUDIO Cornwell Muleya Again using the A330 flying to Dubai as an example Muleya said the plane had point to point traffic where Ugandans fly to Dubai and back on the same plane and yet the airline could partner to ensure that takes all the people from Dubai to Africa From the beginning we were discussing a cooperation agreement with Emirates so that they feed as a one way interline In this they give us passengers from Pakistan and India to increase point to point traffic these structures must be put in place he revealed
    Implementing a Business Plan to Save Uganda Airlines – Former CEO Muleya
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    Implementing a Business Plan to Save Uganda Airlines – Former CEO Muleya

    Cornwell Muleya, former CEO of Uganda Airlines, has said that the national airline is not breaking even due to a lack of implementation of the business plan.

    Muleya, who stated that he was first appointed as a consultant by the Prime Minister, appeared before the Commission of Commissions of the Statutory Authorities and the State Enterprise (COSASE) chaired by the Hon. Joel Ssenyonyi on Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

    The committee is investigating the airline's operations in the wake of the Auditor General's report for the fiscal year ending in 2021.

    The former CEO said the airline currently flies far fewer routes and hours than they should in part due to the lack of alliances with other countries and airlines that would extend their routes to attract more travelers.

    Muleya, from Zambia, further explained to the committee that what is currently missing from the airline is the structure and system to support its entire growth strategy.

    “Without critical mass, the airline will not break even, because you are still too small for the investment you have made.

    The business plan has to be fully implemented for it to bring a return,” he said.

    He said that the Airbus A330, for example, currently flies 33 hours a month to a single destination, and yet it is intended to fly at least 10, 12 or 15 hours a day and the routes need to be opened up to create the feed into the plan.

    of business.

    At the behest of MPs, Muleya said that as a consultant he earned shsh70 million and upon his appointment as interim CEO, his salary increased to shsh118 million and then to shsh126 million when he was confirmed in the post.

    He told the committee that he was kicked out of the airline over claims that he was corrupt and that things were not going well, yet he was focused and determined to see the airline grow.

    “When I walked in, there was nothing like Uganda Airlines here.

    There was no plan, no desk, no papers.

    Any!

    I had to build the plan, negotiate and this is not a small task.

    I would go to meetings reading 300-page documents on airline purchases on my own,” he revealed.

    On hiring at the airline, Muleya, who denied any wrongdoing while at the helm of the airline, told the committee there were a number of external factors interfering with the hiring process and believes his lack of tolerance for corruption could have cost him.

    the job.

    He revealed that he had nipped in the bud a transaction originated by the then Commercial Director and now CEO of the airline.

    He claims that in his previous role, he had overbilled the airline by up to US$232,000 to pay Abbavater Group for public relations and advertising services.

    Muleya, currently on trial for disobeying orders from the Government Inspectorate, which was investigating the airline's affairs, was asked by several MPs, including the Hon. Martin Muzaale, Buzaya County MP, to explain the losses experienced by Uganda.

    Airlines.

    The Honorable Victor Nekesa, one of 10 Army representatives in the House, tasked Muleya with explaining whether in the early stages of Uganda Airlines, they had projected that the airline would start at a loss and then recover.

    “You can't make a profit if you've only opened nine routes out of 20 because your planes are underutilized.

    If your planes fly five hours a day and are meant to fly nine or 10 hours a day, it means you can't break even,” he added.

    AUDIO: Cornwell Muleya Again using the A330 flying to Dubai as an example, Muleya said the plane had point-to-point traffic where Ugandans fly to Dubai and back on the same plane and yet the airline could partner to ensure that takes all the people from Dubai to Africa.

    “From the beginning we were discussing a cooperation agreement with Emirates so that they feed as a one-way interline.

    In this they give us passengers from Pakistan and India to increase point-to-point traffic, these structures must be put in place, ”he revealed.

  •   Parliament has granted Dr Abed Bwanika MP for Kimaanya Kabonera Division permission from the House to introduce the Contract Farming Bill which seeks to regulate contract and block farming in the country Under contract farming there is an agreement between a buyer and farmers to supply a specified quantity and quality of agricultural products at agreed price conditions on a specified delivery date In some cases the buyer supports farmers in preparation and other farming operations including the supply of farm inputs and technology advice According to Bwanika who presented the motion for the bill during the plenary session on Tuesday August 23 2022 the proposal also seeks to create a legal framework to govern the execution of transactions related to the sale of future agricultural products at mutually agreed prices and the provision of agricultural services between a farmer and a third party He also claims to prescribe the form of cultivation contract to regulate the conclusion of block farming contracts between owners of parcels of land to regulate the sale payment delivery rejection and pricing of agricultural products produced in accordance with a farming contract among others Bwanika said farmers face great risks from price fluctuations and if the bill passes it will mitigate risks and help farmers negotiate the best prices with buyers AUDIO Dr Abed Bwanika It will help farmers minimize post harvest losses because farmers will be directly connected to buyers so there won t be the question of looking for where to store their produce and that will help the farmers get other benefits from farming as an economic enterprise said Bwanika He also added that buyers will equally benefit from the law as they will connect directly with farmers negotiate the best prices and plan for the market He says that the bill also provides for block farming which will solve the problem of land fragmentation Block farming will help farmers benefit from individual farmers experiences when farming together Block and contract farming will help improve the environment in which farmers will produce will help farmers access markets and will also help farmers benefit from the parish development model he said Honorable Stella Apolot the Ngora district parliamentarian who supported the proposal to introduce the bill said contract farming is currently restricted to plantation crops such as tea and sugarcane She says that the profit margin and income of small farmers will be improved AUDIO Br Stella Apolot It will also promote good quality end products as both stakeholders have the same interest in success in terms of production and processing Direct contracting with buyers will increase competition which will lead to higher prices for agricultural products and therefore higher incomes she said Hon Pamela Kamugo Budaka District MP said the use of contracts has been attractive to many farmers because they are guaranteed markets and production support and it is also beneficial to buyers AUDIO Br Pamela Kamugo Farmers have a guaranteed market once the product is ready The farmer and the buyer also have security since the purchase and supply are assured she said Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa called on Bwanika to meet the requirement on the financial implications of the bill He also said that before submitting a proposal deputies should have a dialogue with ministries departments and agencies about the need for the bill
    House Grants Member of Parliament (MP) Bwanika License to Introduce Contract Farming Bill
      Parliament has granted Dr Abed Bwanika MP for Kimaanya Kabonera Division permission from the House to introduce the Contract Farming Bill which seeks to regulate contract and block farming in the country Under contract farming there is an agreement between a buyer and farmers to supply a specified quantity and quality of agricultural products at agreed price conditions on a specified delivery date In some cases the buyer supports farmers in preparation and other farming operations including the supply of farm inputs and technology advice According to Bwanika who presented the motion for the bill during the plenary session on Tuesday August 23 2022 the proposal also seeks to create a legal framework to govern the execution of transactions related to the sale of future agricultural products at mutually agreed prices and the provision of agricultural services between a farmer and a third party He also claims to prescribe the form of cultivation contract to regulate the conclusion of block farming contracts between owners of parcels of land to regulate the sale payment delivery rejection and pricing of agricultural products produced in accordance with a farming contract among others Bwanika said farmers face great risks from price fluctuations and if the bill passes it will mitigate risks and help farmers negotiate the best prices with buyers AUDIO Dr Abed Bwanika It will help farmers minimize post harvest losses because farmers will be directly connected to buyers so there won t be the question of looking for where to store their produce and that will help the farmers get other benefits from farming as an economic enterprise said Bwanika He also added that buyers will equally benefit from the law as they will connect directly with farmers negotiate the best prices and plan for the market He says that the bill also provides for block farming which will solve the problem of land fragmentation Block farming will help farmers benefit from individual farmers experiences when farming together Block and contract farming will help improve the environment in which farmers will produce will help farmers access markets and will also help farmers benefit from the parish development model he said Honorable Stella Apolot the Ngora district parliamentarian who supported the proposal to introduce the bill said contract farming is currently restricted to plantation crops such as tea and sugarcane She says that the profit margin and income of small farmers will be improved AUDIO Br Stella Apolot It will also promote good quality end products as both stakeholders have the same interest in success in terms of production and processing Direct contracting with buyers will increase competition which will lead to higher prices for agricultural products and therefore higher incomes she said Hon Pamela Kamugo Budaka District MP said the use of contracts has been attractive to many farmers because they are guaranteed markets and production support and it is also beneficial to buyers AUDIO Br Pamela Kamugo Farmers have a guaranteed market once the product is ready The farmer and the buyer also have security since the purchase and supply are assured she said Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa called on Bwanika to meet the requirement on the financial implications of the bill He also said that before submitting a proposal deputies should have a dialogue with ministries departments and agencies about the need for the bill
    House Grants Member of Parliament (MP) Bwanika License to Introduce Contract Farming Bill
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    House Grants Member of Parliament (MP) Bwanika License to Introduce Contract Farming Bill

    Parliament has granted Dr. Abed Bwanika, MP for Kimaanya-Kabonera Division, permission from the House to introduce the Contract Farming Bill which seeks to regulate contract and block farming in the country.

    Under contract farming, there is an agreement between a buyer and farmers to supply a specified quantity and quality of agricultural products at agreed price conditions on a specified delivery date.

    In some cases, the buyer supports farmers in preparation and other farming operations, including the supply of farm inputs and technology advice.

    According to Bwanika, who presented the motion for the bill during the plenary session on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, the proposal also seeks to create a legal framework to govern the execution of transactions related to the sale of future agricultural products at mutually agreed prices and the provision of agricultural services between a farmer and a third party.

    He also claims to prescribe the form of cultivation contract; to regulate the conclusion of block farming contracts between owners of parcels of land to regulate the sale, payment, delivery, rejection and pricing of agricultural products produced in accordance with a farming contract, among others.

    Bwanika said farmers face great risks from price fluctuations, and if the bill passes, it will mitigate risks and help farmers negotiate the best prices with buyers.

    AUDIO: Dr. Abed Bwanika “It will help farmers minimize post-harvest losses because farmers will be directly connected to buyers, so there won't be the question of looking for where to store their produce and that will help the farmers.

    get other benefits from farming as an economic enterprise,” said Bwanika.

    He also added that buyers will equally benefit from the law as they will connect directly with farmers, negotiate the best prices and plan for the market.

    He says that the bill also provides for block farming which will solve the problem of land fragmentation.

    “Block farming will help farmers benefit from individual farmers' experiences when farming together.

    Block and contract farming will help improve the environment in which farmers will produce, will help farmers access markets, and will also help farmers benefit from the parish development model,” he said.

    Honorable Stella Apolot, the Ngora district parliamentarian who supported the proposal to introduce the bill, said contract farming is currently restricted to plantation crops such as tea and sugarcane.

    She says that the profit margin and income of small farmers will be improved.

    AUDIO: Br. Stella Apolot “It will also promote good quality end products as both stakeholders have the same interest in success in terms of production and processing.

    Direct contracting with buyers will increase competition, which will lead to higher prices for agricultural products and therefore higher incomes,” she said.

    Hon. Pamela Kamugo, Budaka District MP, said the use of contracts has been attractive to many farmers because they are guaranteed markets and production support, and it is also beneficial to buyers.

    AUDIO: Br. Pamela Kamugo “Farmers have a guaranteed market once the product is ready.

    The farmer and the buyer also have security since the purchase and supply are assured,” she said.

    Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa called on Bwanika to meet the requirement on the financial implications of the bill.

    He also said that before submitting a proposal, deputies should have a dialogue with ministries, departments and agencies about the need for the bill.