Category «National News»

City traders oppose social media taxes

By Ritah Kemigisa. Kampala city traders have condemned the newly proposed social media taxes by the Uganda Communications Commission. These argue that the taxes are unfair especially for traders who transact business online through various social media platforms. The President in a March 12 letter to finance minister Matia Kasaija proposed tax measures that seek to help government raise between Shs400 billion and Shs1.4 trillion from social media users annually. According to the trader’s chairperson Everest Kayondo, this is double taxation for them and is now advising the Uganda Revenue Authority to look at a more pro-people approach to widen the country’s tax base.

Nambooze wants special siting on Maternal health

By Moses Ndahye The member of parliament for Mukono Municipality Betty Namboze has asked government to put in place a special sitting which parliament will use to discuss issues of Maternal health in the country . She says, this will help parliament to compel government to put more resources to address issues of health in the country . Namboze made the remarks while addressing members of the  civil society organizations who presented apetition to the speaker of parliament to address issues of Maternal health in the country . Statistics indicate that every day 16 women die while giving birth due to the poor health conditions in health facilities . She says, during this special sitting of parliament the ministry of …

UNRA to procure firm to manage Entebbe express highway

By Benjamin Jumbe. The Uganda National Roads Authority is in the process of procuring a firm to manage and maintain Entebbe express highway. This was revealed by the engineer in chief of the ministry of works Samson Bagonza during the launch of the road tolling policy at the ministry headquarters. Engineer Bagonza however says maintenance of the road by any selected company will only happen after parliament has passed the roads amendment bill. Bagonza allays fears of exploitation of members of the traveling public, noting that a fair charge will be set up after adequate consultations.

Women hospital to open in July

By Shamim Nateebwa. Women that are struggling with infertility related challenges will only have to wait a few more months to find relief as the Mulago Women’s Fertility Hospital is expected to start operating in July this year. This has been revealed by the Mulago hospital spokesperson Enoch Kusaasira who notes that the move is meant to have the hospital budgeted for in next financial year. Kusaasira says construction and equipping of the facility is complete but it cannot operate without funds. This will be the first public health facility that provides fertility-related services; the other five in the country are all private and located within Kampala. This hospital will provide assisted reproductive technologies to enable infertile women bear children …

No refugee will own land in Uganda

By Benjamin Jumbe. This is according to the state minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees Musa Ecweru who was speaking at the launch of the first run for refugees and host communities. His remarks follow reports that refugees were asking government for more land. However addressing journalists, Minister Ecweru said what the refugees were asking for was some more land to produce more food for themselves from the current 2.5 acres each household receives. The minister however says the land they are being given now will be reverted to the owners when the refugees get back to their home countries. The Run scheduled for 20th May and 10th June in Arua and Kampala respectively is organized by the Run …