Category «National News»

Shs 156b released for maintaining roads in towns, sub counties

BY JOSEPH KATO The Uganda Road Fund (URF) has released Shs 152b for road maintenance in towns, districts and sub counties. Addressing journalists the fund program manager Eng Andrew Namanye said the released funds are for routine and periodic maintenance of various categories of public roads. Namanye said the money is part of the Shs 527b that was allocated for road maintenance countrywide in the current Financial Year. He has now warned city, municipalities and councils to ensure effective use of the funds. The Fund executive director Eng Michael Odongo says funds for Kole and Pakwach districts have been withheld because they did not file their accountability for funds released in quarter four.

Over shs 1 trillion water loan approved to support various water projects

By Ritah Kemigisa. Cabinet has approved the borrowing of over One trillion shillings from the French development agency-AFD to support various water projects in Kampala and the South Western Cluster. Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media center, the government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo says shs 514 billion will go towards the development of Water and Sanitation Infrastructure in the districts of Mbarara and Masaka and nearby towns. Opondo said the borrowed money will improve the health, living standards and productivity of the people regardless of their social status or income. He meanwhile says the shs 647 billion loan will support the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation II Project which seeks to ensure adequate water provision in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area. …

DP asks Parliament to investigate threats to journalists

By Ritah Kemigisa. The opposition Democratic Party has asked parliament to constitute an independent commission of inquiry to investigate the threats against Masaka based journalists. Addressing journalists at the party headquarters, the party Spokesperson Kenneth Kakande said the list containing names of journalists should not be ignored since similar lists have been issued and people killed among the Muslim clerics. Kakande says journalists are citizens who are supposed to be protected by the constitution. He says instead of intimidating the work of journalists who at times expose the rot in society, any threats to their work need to be treated as a matter of urgency. He says parliament should investigate these matters and other security threats at large and come up …

Pastoral communities to receive Shs 75 bn says Government

By Paul Adude. The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry & Fisheries Mr Pius Wakabi Kasajja has said Teso, Karamoja and Sebei regions are to receive  USD 20 million (Shs 75,405,891,405 bn) for the construction of valley Dams, Valley tanks and Livestock markets. “The infrastructure is aimed at making the pastoral communities in this region resilient to effects of drought that causes suffering of the communities when it occurs” he said. Mr. Wakabi made the remarks while signing contracts with 16 companies that will oversee the World Bank funded Regional Pastoral Livelihood Resilience project in Entebbe. “There will be construction of one valley dam, eight valley tanks and 12 livestock markets in the 12 districts found in that region” …

Fr. Lokodo asks for more funding to fight corruption

By Ritah Kemigisa. Government has been asked to increase funding to anti-corruption agencies if they are to fully eradicate the vice in the country. The call comes a week after cabinet approved the zero tolerance to corruption policy 2018 which among others things seeks to guide and coordinate government response towards incidences of corruption and also restore public sector ethics. Now addressing journalists at Uganda Media Center, the state minister for ethics and integrity Fr. Simon Lokodo said an estimated budget of over shs 117 billion is needed to facilitate anti- corruption agencies if they are to efficiently carry out their work. Currently government allocates shs 106 billion to the agencies, a figure Fr.Lokodo says is not enough to meet the requirements of …