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No funds for primary teachers’ recruitment

By Damali Mukhaye.  The ministry of education will not be able to recruit the planned 22,000 primary teachers in the next financial year 2019/2020 due to a budgetary deficit. While appearing before parliament’s education committee on Friday, Education and Sports minister  Janet Museveni said a number of activities that were planned by her ministry remain unfunded in the next financial year. Out of the 18 billion needed to recruit the first phase of 6,000 teachers has not been provided for. She however attributed the delays by her ministry to complete its budget frame work on public universities who have failed to hand in their budgets to be integrated in the whole budget. The education ministry is projected to receive over 3.2 …

Museveni drops Isoke, appoints Byenkya as land commission boss

By Moses Kyeyune. President Yoweri Museveni has appointed ex-Hoima district Woman MP Beatrice Nyakaisiki Byenkya the new Uganda Land Commission boss, replacing Baguma Isoke. Isoke has served at the helm of the Commission, a body charged with managing government (public) land for close to six years. In a letter dated April 8, 2019 addressed to the Speaker of Parliament, Museveni also named new members to the commission, retaining only Charles Muhoozi. No reason is given as to why the old commission was almost entirely dissolved. The new members include former Iganga district chairperson Asuma Kyafu former Gulu university Vice Chancellor Prof Nyeko Pen-Mogi and Ms Stella Achan. The President also appointed former Kabale Town Clerk Mr Rukiika Bujara as a …

Judges betrayed Uganda in their age limit ruling

By Ritah Kemigisa. Lawyers have described last evening’s Supreme Court ruling as a betrayal of Ugandans. Last evening, president Yoweri got what some referred to as an arly Easter gift after the Supreme Court upheld the Constitutional Court decision that retained the amendment of the presidential age-limit law. The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe concurred with the 3 justices of the Constitutional Court that the amendments were lawfully made and dismissed the Appeal with orders that each party bears its own costs. On a 4:3 majority judgment, court essentially gave president Museveni a thumbs up to contest for the 2021 general election and beyond if he so wishes. Now the Director-Center for Constitutional Governance Sarah Bireete says the ruling shows betrayal …

Summon Kasaija to explain YLP transfer to State House – Mukwaya

By Moses Kyeyune. The Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Hajjat Janat Mukwaya has asked lawmakers on Parliament’s Committee of Gender to summon her Finance counterpart Matia Kasaija, to explain the transfer of Youth Livelihood Fund to State House. This is after the fund that has since inception close to a decade ago was allocated no code for the budget. Finance also trimmed the programs budget under institutional support to only shs 3.3b compared to shs 7.7b that had been budgeted for. A total allocation of shs 130b is slated to move to State House, following a presidential directive. While appearing before the committee on Wednesday, Mrs Mukwaya also asked the committee to probe the minister (Kasaija) over failure …

Nawangwe calls for more funds toward population and climate change

By Damali Mukhaye. The vice chancellor of Makerere University Prof Barabbas Nawangwe has asked donor countries to review their policies and increase the funding to universities. According to Nawangwe,It is unfortunate that many universities cannot carry out research on new emerging challenges because donors have stopped funding them. Nawangwe says the current increasing population in the East African region is bound to become a big problem and should be urgently addressed and research is key. He meanwhile says the current climate change problem will continue to affect many if researchers are not given an opportunity to come up with a solution.