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Over 19000 E-Passports issued

By Ritah Kemigisa. The internal Affairs has issued out more than 19000 Electronic passports in less than two months. The Issuance of these e-passports with a computer chip embedded on the bio data page started last month after government decided to phase out the machine readable passports. Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media center, the ministry spokesperson Jacob Simunyu however said the issued passports do not capture all their details of the holders since they did not receive all needed data from NIRA. He meanwhile said their upgraded system can now process more than 1000 passports daily as compared to the 400 of the printing capacity. An ordinary electronic passport costs shs 250,000 while diplomatic ones shs 500,000. Other countries …

Makerere to extend semester over lecturers’ strike

By Moses Kyeyune. Makerere University management is considering extending their second semester to cater for time lost in the unresolved standoff, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has said. The Vice Chancellor has announced the development this afternoon while appearing before parliament’s committee education and sports, to explain the current situation at the institution. Prof Nawangwe’s submission has been prompted by concerns raised by Labwor County MP Michael Ayepa, who asked management to explain mitigation measures for the time so far wasted due to the lecturers strike

Government orders for 60M condoms

By Benjamin Jumbe. Government has ordered for 60 million condoms to help bridge the existing gap of the rubber This was revealed by the national condom coordinator in the health ministry, Vasta Kibirige as the country joined the rest of the world to commemorate the world Condom day. Kibirige says the country needs at least 240 million condoms a year and a maximum of 600 million condoms if the campaign against HIV/AIDS is to register fruits. She however expresses worry that only 2 out of 10 of the condom users know how to properly use them which puts their lives at risk of contracting STI’s and STD’s. Meanwhile the country programme director, Uganda cares, Henry Magala calls for more awareness …

Real estate developers – Ugandan prefer renting houses in city suburbs

By Moses Ndhaye. Real estate developers in Uganda says tenants in Uganda are now preferring to rent houses in city suburbs than renting in the prime residential areas such as Kololo Naguru and Nakasero. The Managing director Knight Frank Judy Rugasira  while releasing the sector performance report for the last six month says the tenants are now opting accommodation in these areas because the prices are lower and the quality of the stock of houses available is newer similar to those in the prime residential areas. She says, in fact most of the tenants opting for this are good caliber people in middle income class . She says this has registered a decline of 5% from 86% to 81% in …

NSSF boss contradicts Lyomoki on NSSF Bill

By Moses Kyeyune. National Social security Fund executive director Richard Byarugaba says he has held no discussion with worker’s MP Sam Lyomoki on the NSSF Amendment Bill. Earlier today, Lyomoki told KFM that his private members’ bill to amend the Fund’s Act is backed by the body. However, Byarugaba says that whereas they can support the bill if it addresses the core aspirations of the Fund, no discussions have been held so far. Related Stories………….. Workers’ MP Lyomoki – NSSF Act amendment endorsed by top management