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Government yet to take decision on cannabis growing

By Moses Ndhaye. Government is yet to decide on whether or not to license Globus Industrial Uganda -Ltd to grow cannabis in Uganda. According to the state minister for investment Evelynn Anite, the company applied for a license to start growing medical cannabis for export in Kasese district. The Minister says although most of the stakeholders in the sector, such as the agriculture sector, have allowed the company to grow this crop in Uganda, government is hesitant to issue a license before right laws are put in place to regulate the growing of cannabis.

Age-limit appeal verdict expected today

By Ruth Anderah. The Supreme Court is today expected to deliver a judgement for the age limit appeal contesting the constitutional amendments which lifted the cap from the minimum and maximum presidential age-limit. The appeal arose from a majority Constitutional Court verdict which upheld constitutional amendments regarding the lifting of a cap from the minimum and maximum presidential age-limit. The seven Judge-panel led by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe is to rule on whether the 4 justices of constitutional court who were part of the panel that heard the petition at Mbale committed procedural errors. Other areas of contention are whether or not the justices erred in law and fact to hold that the entire process of conceptualizing, debating and enactment …

Former employees of Uganda Railways awarded 2.6 billion shillings

By Ruth Anderah.¬† The Court of Appeal has awarded Shs2.6 billion in damages to former employees of the Uganda Railways Corporation for unlawful termination of their contracts between 1986 and 2004. The over 5,000 claimants who were working in different capacities as civil engineers, traffic staff, managers and accountants have each been awarded with 500,000 shillings at a 17% interest rate from June 2004 till the time full payment. The Court of Appeal orders are in confirmation with the orders of now retired High Court judge Okumu Wengi who ruled that the claimants are entitled to payment of their pension and damages. However having been dissatisfied with the decision of the High Court, Uganda Railways corporation appealed against it and …

Education minister warns unlicensed teacher training institutions

By Damali Mukhaye.¬† The minister of education and sports Janet KatahaMuseveni has warned all private teacher training¬† institutions that are operating below the set standards and without license that they face closure. Speaking during release of 2018 Grade III teachers’ examinations at the Office of the President, Mrs Museveni said she had received complaints about some private colleges training teachers yet they do not meet the required standards while others are operating without licenses. She said her ministry was going to look out for those institutions and ensure that they do not operate because they are producing half baked teachers. She also warned that her ministry would not tolerate those colleges that are operating with less than 100 students since …

MPs support Shs 389 billion CCTV Camera loan

By Moses Kyeyune. Members of the House Committee on National Economy have unanimously supported the move for the government to borrow up to USD 104m (Ushs 389b) from the Standard Chartered Bank, to fund the extension of national CCTV Camera cover. The request presented in September 2018 is aimed at financing the second phase of installing the cameras. The CCTV cameras and related security equipment for installation will be supplied by a Chinese company Huawei and Ply Technologies. While appearing before the committee early today, the minister of state for Internal Affairs Mario Obiga Kania, has defended the need to have the loan cleared so as to expand the CCTV Camera cover. Key priorities, Obiga says, include highways and municipalities, …