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KCCA budget to finance election period

By Prossy Kisakye The lord mayor of Kampala, Elias Lukwago, is disappointed that the 2020/2021 Kampala capital city authority’s financial budget doesn’t align with the development agenda of the authority. Last week, the technical wing of KCCA presented a shs325b budget for the next financial year which the lord mayor refused to approve without a substantive executive director as KCCA act stipulates. Lukwago explained that the budget doesn’t provide for construction of schools, hospitals, floods and waste management and other key issues affecting city dwellers but rather concentrated more on cooperate affairs whose money is not even well established. Meanwhile he revealed that it might be a plan of government to use KCCA budget to finance the coming election period. …

FDC tasks government to explain its standoff with Rwanda

    By Damali Mukhaye The opposition forum for Democratic change has asked the government to come out and explains it’s persistent standoff between the government of Uganda and  the government of Rwanda . Addressing journalists at their offices in Najjanakumbi, the party deputy spokesperson,John Kikonyogo says that they are concerned with the unending disagreements between the two governments which is immensely costing both countries loss of lives and properties. He says that Ugandans where hopeful that peace was going to prevail after the two countries signed an MOU in Angola to end their grievances but all in vain asserting that there might be something the two governments are hiding . It is against this background that they want the …

MPs reject government statement on EAC, demand answers on Rwanda issues

By Moses Kyeyune Members of Parliament yesterday rejected a statement of the cabinet, on the East African Integration, for lack of an honest take on existing regional challenges. The Minister of State for the East African Community has presented a Statement to urge members to mobilise the population to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Regional Block but  avoided the present challenges; the expulsion of Ugandans by Tanzania, the closed Uganda-Rwanda border at Katuna and the unfinished Standard gauge Railway. This “careful trading” instead, attracted anger from lawmakers, with most of them accusing the minister of total disrespect both to Parliament and the Citizens. Kiira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju went first asking the minister to explain what Uganda traders should …

Government to shut down 12,000 NGOs

By Damali Mukhaye The government of Uganda has asked over 12,000 Non-Government Organizations operating in the country without being validated and registered by the NGO Bureau to stop operating immediately. Addressing journalists at media center, the State minister of Internal Affairs Mario Obiga Kania says that only 2119 NGOs out of the 14,027 NGOs operating in the country were registered and issued with valid permits as of 7th September 2019 when the validation exercise was closed. He says that all NGOs that do not appear on the validated register should not operate and should cease operations immediately. He asked the stakeholders especially districts, police, Banks and hotels among others to crosscheck the status of any NGO with the register on …

NRM Caucus backs Makerere’s 15% tuition policy

By Moses Kyeyune Lawmakers from the ruling party have given a thumbs up for the 15 percent tuition increment at Makerere University. This means that students who won’t be able to meet the demands of the tuition policy will have to leave the university and find other means. The MPs reached a decision during a party caucus chaired by President Museveni at State House Entebbe last evening. NRM MPs form the majority in Parliament, they make up over 320 MPs out of the 463 lawmakers in the house, and their decision has a lot of bearing on the tuition policy that has been widely protested by students and the public. Parliament is slated to receive and debate a report from …