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Works engineers charged over CHOGM funds

As the IGG continues to crack the whip, three engineers of the ministry of works have this afternoon been charged in Court over alleged charges of abuse of office. The three include the chief engineer Peter Kikuyo, Engineer Benard Mwerinde, and Eng. Waiswa Naluwayilo. The engineers have been charged with abuse of office and causing financial loss. According the charge sheet by the Inspector General of Government, the engineers approved unlawfully the payment of extra 3.5 billion shillings for street lighting ahead of the 2007 Common Wealth Heads of Government meeting. The IGG says the money was paid to Dott Services and Seyani brothers without following due procedure and accuses the engineers of causing the government deliberate loss. The chief …

Human Rights Watch questions state of prisons

Human Rights Watch has today released a report, urging government to institute reforms to change the deploring state of Ugandan prisons. The report decries forced labor which prisoners are subjected to for the benefit of private individuals. Titled “Even dead bodies must work”, it documents routine physical abuse and failure of the criminal justice system to protect the rights of prisoners. The report notes that though conditions in a few regional prisons have improved in recent years, the treatment of inmates in many centers remains cruel and degrading. It also points to the lack adequate health services, with drug resistant strains of TB and HIV/AIDS easily spread among inmates. The report urges the government to halt the beatings and compulsory …

Traders announce fresh strike

Traders under the Kampala Capital City Traders Association have announced yet another strike, accusing the government of ignoring their plight. The traders went on a two-day strike that ended just last week, protesting against the depreciation of the Shilling against the Dollar which has increased their cost of doing business. They also complained about the failure by government to intervene as fuel prices continue to increase and also want the trade licenses reviewed. The strike was called off following several meetings with government officials but the traders say nothing much is being done to address their plight. The new strike which is set to begin on 1st August will now run for a whole week. They are demanding government action …

Multiplex strike called off

Workers of Multiplex Uganda have called off their strike; bring to an end the short-lived pleasure of free parking in the city. Employees of the company which manages street parking in the city went on strike this morning demanding for a pay rise, as well as accusing the company’s management of failing to remit their NSSF contributions. The workers say they earn up to Shs5000 which they want reviewed to match the high cost of living. The company’s management called a meeting this afternoon, during which the workers agreed to call off the strike ahead of another meeting that will be held on 24th July to address their issues comprehensively. The Multiplex Managing Director Moses Ndegge however says reviewing salaries …

WHO clears Uganda on Neonatal Tetanus

The World Health Organization has declared Uganda among the countries with lowest cases of neonatal tetanus in the world. Neonatal tetanus affects newly born babies especially if their mothers were not immunized against the same. The Organization’s Country’s representative Joachim Saweka says Uganda now conforms to international standards with less than one case registered annually. This is a tremendous drop from the situation in 1998, when Uganda was ranked 15th among the low income countries that registered the disease. Saweka however says the country is not yet entirely free from the disease and urges government to mobilize the masses to maintain the achievement. He says pregnant mothers should be further encouraged to embrace immunization programs if cases of the disease …