Category «National News»

Pader district has no hospital and Gynecologist

By James Owich. The lack of a district hospital in Pader has been blamed for the growing number of maternal deaths. Dr Anna Apio, the acting District Health Officer says for the last seventeen years, Pader district has been operating without a district hospital and a single gynecologist. The district was curved out of Kitgum in 2001, and it majorly relies on Pajule Health Centre IV, in Pajule Sub County for its major medical surgeries and emergencies where an ambulance and a clinical officer are deployed. Apio says the lack of hospital is due to Ministry of Health’s policy that a hospital should serve at least 500,000 people. According to the 2016 National Population Census, Pader’s population stands at 180,000. …

30 year old remanded to Luzira for infecting a four year old girl with Aids

By Ruth Anderah.  30 year old man has been charged and further remanded to Luzira prison for infecting a four year old girl with HIV /AIDS. Moses Sendagire charged before High Court Judge Jane Francis Abodo and denied the offense. Prosecution states that Sendagire on June 16th 2015 at Nabutiiti village in Kampala district defiled a four year old girl well knowing that he was HIV Positive. Court heard that Sendagire has been on remand since June 2015 to date. But this did not deter the Judge to further remand him until June 12th when he will re-appear for the hearing to kick off.

Teachers on strike over head teacher’s conduct

By Micheal Woniale & Farihiya Abdi. Teachers of Sironko High School in Sironko District have gone on strike protesting failure by ministry of education to transfer the school head teacher. The angry teachers resolved to lay down their tools during a meeting attended by parents until the ministry considers their request. They accuse the head teacher, Muhammad Piripinya Chepsikor, of financial mismanagement, poor administration and communication skills, arrogance, failure to declare the actual number of students for proper records and causing division among staff members. The strike has left over 1,400 students at the government aided school stranded and are now calling for government intervention. Joel Wamboza, one of the teachers, says the head teacher runs the school like a …

Police lack fuel for patrols for surveillance of over speeding vehicles

By Samuel Ssebuliba. The ministry of internal affairs has attributed the increased carnage on Uganda’s roads to lack of police patrols for surveillance of over speeding vehicles. Addressing parliament yesterday the state minister for internal affairs Obiga Kania said motorists usually over speed in between the set check points and thus go undetected. He said that many patrols trucks are now grounded due to lack of fuel, calling on parliament to consider increasing the police budget if patrolling highways is to be prioritized. This comes as the country continues to mourn the over 22 people who perished in Friday’s grisly accident that involved a GAAGA bus and two trucks along the Kampala-Gulu Highway in Kiryandongo district. Related stories…………………….. MP’s blame …

Museveni to meet NRM caucus over teachers’ pay

By Solomon Arinaitwe President Yoweri Museveni is today expected to meet the NRM Parliamentary Caucus to resolve the deadlock over the controversial sugar bill 2016 and proposed salary enhancement for science teachers. The president called the meeting after parliament’s education committee rejected a proposal by government to increase the salary of graduate science teachers from Shs600,000 to Shs1.9m. According to the proposal, head teachers with science qualifications would also have their salaries increased from Shs Shs1.7m to Shs 2.5m and those of their deputies raised from Shs1.5m to Shs1.7m. Education minister Janet Museveni told the committee that the increment for only science teachers was informed by the problem of brain drain with science teachers seeking greener pastures in neighboring countries. …