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Nkurunziza promise to step down by 2020 a hoax

By Ssebuliba Samuel. Analysts have downplayed President Pierre Nkurunziza promised to step down by 2020. This year Nkurunzizza won a referendum that allowed him to rule until 2034, but in a tern of event yesterday he announced his plans to leave power in 2020. Speaking to kfm Amb. Herold Acheme an international relations analyst said that African leaders are unreliable and thus until he steps down, no one must believe him. He said East African leaders have shifted goal posts when it comes to retiring and thus Burundi cannot be exceptional. The 54-year-old leader ran for a controversial third term in 2015, a move which set off a wave of violence and an attempted coup that was foiled by government …

Ethiopian premier expected in the country for a 2 day state visit

By Benjamin Jumbe. The Prime Minister of Ethiopia Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali is expected in the country today for a 2 day state visit. The president’s senior press secretary Don Wanyama says the visiting premier will arrive this morning at Entebbe international airport and will be received by the state minister for regional cooperation Henry Okello Oryem. He says he will then be led to state house where he will have a closed door meeting with his host president Museveni before the two leaders jointly address the media as he elaborates The Prime minister will be awarded a pearl of Africa grand master medal during Saturday’s hero’s day celebrations in Kakumiro district in honor of his contribution in developing Africa.

Meat stakeholders asked to uplift standards

By Ssebuliba Samuel.  The Uganda national bureau of standards has asked stake holders in meat industry to improve quality to match international standards. Speaking at the National Stakeholders Meeting for players in the meat value chain yesterday the Uganda National Bureau of Standards, Deputy Executive Director in charge of Compliance, John Paul Musimami, that meat industry is still faced with poor infrastructure in addition to poor practices that do not conform to standards. He said that Uganda recently faced a number of challenges including the alleged use of agrochemicals to preserve meat and insecticides to chase away flies as well as listeria outbreak. He has now asked all stakeholders in the meat value chain to improve their operations to safeguard …

Travel agents to sue gov’t for a shs 4.5 trillion debt

By Ritah Kemigisa. Travel agents under their umbrella body, the Uganda Association of travel agents have threatened to sue government for a debt of unpaid tickets amounting to shs 4.5 trillion. Addressing journalists this morning,  the chairperson of the association  Pearl Kakooza says their decision follows a government’s directive to all its agencies to start procuring air tickets directly from airlines and not from the travel agents. Kakooza says the directive is a betrayal to the over 4000 Ugandans who are employed by this sector and thus are at risk of losing their jobs and a counterproductive policy to have a private sector led economy. The agents now want the government to pay all travel agents their money and also …

Nakawa mayor asks KCCA to stop double taxation

By Damali Mukhaye. The mayor of Nakawa Division has tasked the Kampala capital city authority to abolish double taxation of people in his constituency. Speaking to KFM, Ronald Balimwezo says that KCCA has been collecting property rates and garbage as well hence double taxation which might call for litigation. He says that according to the Local government rating act, the money which is collected from the property rates should be to construct roads, collecting garbage and putting street lights hence charging double taxes is illegal. He says it is irregular for garbage companies to continue collecting garbage dues yet residents pay property taxes advising KCCA to halt the exercise as soon as possible.