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Government Urged on poverty eradication projects

Auditor General John Muwanga

By Moses Kyeyune. Government has been urged to expedite drives towards poverty eradication through full operationalization of industrial projects covered by the Uganda Development Corporation. The recommendation contained in the 2018 report of the auditor general John Muwanga comes after findings revealed that key projects with investments of UGX53.2bn are not operational. The projects include Soroti fruit factory (13.4bn shillings), Atiak sugar factory (19.8bn shillings)  Luwero fruit factory (367 million shillings) and the tea project (10.7 billion) among others. The only operational project of Kalangala Infrastructure Service with an investment of 16.9bn shillings and 45.7 percent shareholding by UDC has not declared any profits to UDC since 2012. Over 70 billion shillings was injected into the corporation, so as to …

Handcraft and souvenir sector to get 1.5M USD funding

By Ritah Kemigisa. The ministry of trade is to get 1.5M USD to support the hand craft and souvenir industry in the country. The new deal which is to be implemented by the tourism ministry is under the Enhanced Integrated Framework strategic plan for 2019 to 2022. Launching the plan at the ongoing four day Regional Trade Workshop for Africa in Kampala, the trade minister Amelia Kyambadde said the funds will see over 10,000 jobs created in this industry that engages at least 60% of the total population. She meanwhile says the funds will also link handcraft and souvenir producers to the international market and as such increase their exports. The Enhanced Integrated framework seeks to among others things improve trade in least developed …

Equator monument to be pulled down

By Benjamin Jumbe. The ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities is to temporarily remove the equator monument at Kikorongo, in Kasese district According to the ministry’s public relations officer Patricia Nuwagaba this is to enable the rehabilitation of Katunguru-Hima road which according to the Uganda National Roads Authority had cracked down due to heavy loading. She says the equator monument is to be pulled down today for a period of 6 months after which it will be reconstructed in  a new given design including a bigger landscape with extended parking for tourists. According to the ministry’s permanent secretary Doreen Katusiime , the new remodeled monument at Kikorongo will be the model design for all the equator monuments in the country

Government to Buy Text Books worth over over 50 billion

By Moses Ndhaye. Government has earmarked over 50 billion shillings to procure textbooks which will help the ministry of education to implement the new lower curriculum secondary reform which kicks off in 2020. According to the commissioner in the ministry of education Ismail Mulidwa government is proposing to procure these books from the local book authors in Uganda . Mulidwa while officiating at the opening of symposium on combating book piracy in Uganda says people should stop buying pirated books because they affect the quality of education because in most cases they are not accurate in terms of providing information . He asked policy makers to ensure that, the copy rights law is implemented to protect the authors from losing …

UN, Somalia unveil 14 million USD Peace-building

By Moses Kyeyune. The Federal Government of Somalia and the United Nations have unveiled the 2019 portfolio of the UN Secretary-General’s Peace-building Fund, with 14 million US Dollars earmarked for support of new state-building projects in the country. The announced last evening will support five new projects focusing on stabilization, internally displaced persons, reconciliation and state-building processes. Other projects include land for peace and the leveraging of the contribution of women to peace-building and promoting gender sensitivity in the national programme on disengaged combatants. Speaking at the occasion in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, Somalia’s Minister of Interior Federal Affairs and Reconciliation, Abdi Mohamed Sabrie, said the five projects will strengthen the country’s administration structures to enable them to develop. The Secretary-General’s …