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Ministry of health priorities for the next financial year outlined

By Benjamin Jumbe. The ministry of health has pledged to enhanced service delivery in order to have a quality health population Addressing journalists at media center as part of the manifesto week activities, health minister Dr Ruth Aceng says several sector priorities have been listed for the next financial year which is to help the ministry ensure improved public health across the country and bringing services closer to the citizens Among these is to improving primary health care through upgrade of over 120 health centre 2s and also make health centre 3s functional across the country. She says the ministry’s goal is for each sub county across the country to have a health center 2’s because health center 2’s provide …

KCCA to be scrapped from Ministry of Agriculture budget beneficiaries

By Ssebuliba Samuel. The parliamentary committee on agriculture has recommended scraping of KCCA from the list of authorities benefiting from budget of the agriculture ministry. The report of the committee on agriculture, on the ministerial policy statement for the financial year 2018-2019 showed that in this financial year 6.65 bilions have been allocated to  KCCA , but past experience has shown mismanagement and diversion. The committee chairperson Migadde Robert noted that in the financial year 2017-2018 money allocated to KCC to boost agriculture were diverted to purchase USAFI market. Now the committee is recommending that shillings 6.6 billion be re-allocated to critical needs of the Agricultural Sector other than KCCA

Museveni in Mozambique on a 3 day state visit

By Benjamin Jumbe. President Yoweri Museveni and his Mozambique counterpart Filipe Jacinto Nyusi have reiterated their commitment to the economic integration of Africa. This followed bilateral talks held in Mozambique’ capital Maputo where president Museveni is on a 3 day state visit. In a joint communique released after the bilateral talks, the leaders said that this would accelerate economic transformation, industrialization and improvement of people’s lives Meanwhile both leaders agreed to the establishment of a joint Mozambique-Uganda Business Forum that will bring together respective private sectors to seize opportunities for trade and investment in both countries The two leaders witnessed the signing of a general cooperation agreement which will see both countries cooperate in areas of defence, tourism, diplomacy and …

UMEME’s fate to be determined in 2021

By Ritah Kemigisa. The minister for energy and mineral development Irene Muloni has revealed that the fate of Uganda’s power distributor UMEME will be determined in 2021. Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Center about her sector’s performance in implementing the NRM manifesto, Muloni said according to the law the termination or renewal of UMEME’s contract is supposed to be reviewed three years before the official contract expires. She says right now the power distributor still has 7 years before its contract officially expires in 2025. In March this year, the president blocked the renewal of UMEME’s concession, at least for now and directed Muloni who has in the past defended Umeme, to explain why, despite Umeme’s investment in the network, energy …

Minister Kasaija faces Land’s commission committee

By Ruth Anderah. The Land commission’s Deputy Lead counsel John Bosco Suuza is quizzing the minister of Finance Matia Kasaija on how several properties under the management of the Departed Asian custodian Board was allocated to Lands minister Betty Amongi’s company AMOBET Investments Ltd,  yet the said property  had been already been re-possessed by Asians. Kasaija has however testified that there was no certificate of re-possession in regard to plot 29 on Acacia Avenue which was applied for by Amongi’s company since the owner of the property did not attach it on his application to be registered on the Land tittle. Here the commission shown him evidence showing that in fact the contentious property was re-possessed in 1992 by the Partel family. 2 weeks ago, …