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WHO chief to meet M7 over Ebola

By Ritah Kemigisa. The World Health Organization Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, is in Uganda to assess the country’s response to the current Ebola outbreak in the Western district of Kasese. According to the ministry of health senior publicist, Emmanuel Ainebyona says the WHO director general is expected to have a bilateral meeting with president Museveni later today on to discuss about Ebola. This is the third time, Dr Adhanom is visiting Uganda since the Ebola outbreak was declared in August 2018 in DRC. He has meanwhile called for cautious optimism because the Ebola situation in DRC has been very unpredictable with up and down trends saying it is not clean until the outbreak in DRC is finished He however …

UPC urges gov’t to reject dam project at Murchison falls.

By Prossy Kisakye. The opposition Uganda People’s Congress has cautioned government over the planned giveaway of Murchison falls to a private investor for construction of a power plant. The Electricity Regulatory Authority is said to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a South African company Bonang Power and Energy Ltd to build a 360 Megawatt hydro power dam at Murchison Falls National Parks in Kiryandongo and Nwoya districts. The proposal has drawn outrage from various circles with the latest being the UPC, whose spokesperson of UPC Michael Osinde advises government to denounce the hydro power project as it will affect the county’s tourism sector and geographical beauty. However, ERA communications officer Julius Wandera allayed those fears earlier, saying the …

Uganda’s trade within EAC hits Shs 4.70 trillion

By Moses Kyeyune. Uganda’s formal exports to the East African Community partner states have been on the rise, increasing to 4.7 trillion shillings from 1.6 trillion shillings in just eight years. According to the Trade and Investment Report by the ministry of Finance, Uganda’s exports to the rest of the regional players was 425.2 million US-Dollars in 2010, but jumped to 1.3 billion US Dollars by the end of December 2018. The report indicates that exports to Kenya and South Sudan registered the fastest growth. For instance, exports with Kenya jumped from 180 million US Dollars in 2010 to 580 million in 2018, reflecting a growth value of 1.5 trillion Uganda shillings. Trade with Burundi and Tanzania remained relatively low, …

EAC member states to present national budgets

By Moses Kyeyune. Citizens across the East African region are filled with anxiety ahead of budget readings. All five countries; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi except South Sudan are expected to read out their budgets for the FY 2019/20. The selected theme for the regional economies is, “Industrialization for Job Creation and Shared Prosperity”, which has been carried over since 2017. According to Uganda’s Back Ground to the Budget document generated by the ministry of finance, over the first four years of the NDP II period, annual economic growth averaged 5.3 percent. Real per capita GDP for Uganda has also been reported to have increased from US$ 751 in FY 2014/15 to US$ 825 in FY 2018/19. This, according to the …

Lukwago worried of KCCA debt

By Prossy kisakye. The Lord Mayor of Kampala Erias Lukwago is worried that Kampala capital city authority may fail to execute its duties due to huge debts it’s having now. Lukwago revealed that the council is prompted to call the authority leaders who resigned to explain how the authority added up to huge debts. He expounded that much of the kcca mounted from courts after losing several cases filled by kcca workers Lukwago said that now the authority’s accounts are freezes they can’t access money which has limited the proper running of day to day activities.