Category «National News»

Court orders police to surrender Frank Gashumba passport to court

By Ruth Anderah. Buganda  Road court chief magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda has ordered police to surrender to court the passport of Frank Gashumba and be handed to him so that he can attend the 20th International Conference on Ecotourism and Biodiversity in Rome following a successful application on March 19th 2018. However the magistrate dismissed Gashumba’s application to dismiss charges against him on grounds of gross human rights violation reasoning that he has not adduced such evidence for court to dismiss the charges. Gashumba and his brother Innocent Kasumbaare  facing 26 counts ranging from forgery, uttering false documents, giving false information to the passport control officer and making false declarations. They are also jointly charged with a tour guide from MJ Safaris with  one Isma …

Kadaga calls for women funding

By Ssebuliba Samuel. The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has asked donors to fund women-centered projects as a way of promoting local entrepreneurship. Kadaga was speaking during the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women at the UN headquarters in New York. Kadaga said that the Word Bank and other agencies place restrictions on where their funds are to be spent, but some time they neglect their mantra of supporting women. She said that since budgeting is now programme based, it is better for donors to bias their financing to women-centered projects, who constitute a majority of the rural workforce. Kadaga is leading a delegation of Ugandan officials including the Minister of Gender JanatMukwaya and …

CCCC to hand over first phase of Entebbe expressway next month

By Shabibah Nakirigya. China Communications Construction Company, the contractor of the Kampala- Entebbe express, plans to handover the first phase of the 51.4km road to the Uganda National Roads Authority next month. During a guided tour of the work done so far, the roads authority board chairperson Fred Omach revealed that China Communications Construction Company will first hand the section from Busega to Mpala, along the old Entebbe road measuring about 41km. The stretch from Impala to Entebbe town en route to the airport, measuring bout 12km, has been mostly delayed by compensation issues involving family disputes and ownership of land. The biggest setback, as experienced on all other road projects, is the burdensome acquisition of the proposed right of …

City Traders give government ultimatum to address their concerns.

By Benjamin Jumbe. City Traders under the Kampala City Traders Association have given government up to April 10th to address their concerns. This followed a heated meeting where they threatened to hold a peaceful demonstration over what they call unfavorable business environment. At the meeting held in Kampala yesterday, the traders cited issues like exorbitant taxes, high rental fees and foreign petty traders among others. They now say that unless government comes out before the set date to address their concerns, they will have no option but to close their businesses and peacefully march to the Prime Minister’s Office as the association spokesperson IssaSekitto explains KFM has learnt that the traders’ association leadership has been summoned to the office of …

MP Amongin awarded Mandela Leadership Prize

By Moses Kyeyune. Ugandan MP Jacqueline Amongin has scooped the 2017 Mandela Women Leadership Prize. The award ceremony was held in the French capital Paris. Dr Paul Kananura, the President of the Mandela Institutesays the Awards Committee duly noted all that Amongin has done in promoting good governance and development in Africa. Amongin, a member of the Pan African Parliament emerged from a pool of 4,956 candidates to rank among the fifteen leading figures and institutions for the 2017 award. Tanzania’s President, John PombeMagufuli scooped the Mandela Peace Prize while Egyptian Journalist Khaled El-Balshy won the Mandela Innovation Awards for the same year. The Mandela Prizes are awarded annually to personalities or Institutions for their laudable actions in favor of …