Taxi operators have raised concern over failure by city authority to gazette taxi parks in Kampala to reduce on the number of illegal stages within the city. According to the chairperson of Utrada Mustafah Mayambala , despite the calls by the minister of Kampala betty Kamya instructing KCCA to remove illegal stages in Kampala, the authority has not complied yet. He says this has left a number of taxi drivers operating from illegal stages affecting those that complied and went to the available gazzetted parks.
Kyambogo University academic staff association is demanding the university council to accelerate the process of promotion of staff. The chairperson of the association Grace Lubaale says the process of staff promotion has been taking three years which has affected work. Lubaale puts the blame on university management which had been taking too long to vet the papers He now demands that they take at least take to a period of three months to know the fate of their status rather than taking too long.
The remark comes from former leader of opposition and Agago North Mp Prof Ogenga Latigo after Gambia’s long-term leader Yahya Jammeh refused to accept defeat in elections prompting ECOWAS troops to come in. Speaking to Kfm Prof Latigo said the situation highlights the need for African countries to adopt common democratic standards. He says once an incumbent loses they should be willing to respect the decision of their people and peacefully hand over power. Troops from several West African nations, including Senegal, have been deployed in The Gambia, threatening to drive Mr Jammeh out of office if he did not agree to go. Jammeh who has led the country for 22 years was defeated in December’s election by Adama Barrow.
The acute shortage of blood in the country continues to paralyze work at the various health facilities. The latest to be hard-it is the Uganda Heart Institute which has been forced reduced the number of patients seeking surgery due to lack of blood. The Institute’s Executive Director Dr.John Omagino says the units of blood they are receiving from the blood bank cannot not satisfy the high demand for the same. Earlier, there were reports that the Uganda Cancer Institute too had suspended major operations due to blood shortage. Authorities at Nakasero Blood Bank have blamed the shortage on the fact that students who form the biggest percentage of blood donors are currently on holiday.
By Samuel Ssebiliba The judiciary has been blamed for the overcrowding in Uganda’s prisons. According to the report on the State of Uganda’s Prisons released by parliament’s committee on defense and internal affairs, many prisons are housing up to 3 times their designated holding capacity. While presenting the report before parliament last evening, the committee chairperson Judith Nabakooba said many cases are not concluded in time leading to unnecessary overcrowding. She blames this on underfunding and understaffing of the judiciary. The committee has recommended the appointment of more judges or re-appoint of retired ones to address case backlog.