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Bushenyi residents lock district headquarters, Demand service commission

By Zardock Amanyisa There was drama this morning when the first district workers to arrive for work at the Bushenyi district headquarters found all the four district gates locked with bicycle locks. The residents who never wanted their faces captured by the cameras said they were commanded by the leaders of the MAKE BUSHENYI GREAT AGAIN, a group that has been agitating for the district service commission. The gates were closed for about one and a half hours . It took the intervention of the deputy RDC, Mr Domian Turyatunga and DPC, Mr Damiano Katwesiime to break the locks with the help of the Bushenyi greater regional fire brigade. The leader of the Make Bushenyi Great Again group, Mr Apollo …

Uganda Society of Architects partners with KCCA to address collapsing buildings in the city.

By Moses Ndhaye The Uganda Society of Architects has partnered with Kampala Capital City Authority as one way of addressing cases of collapsing buildings in the city. The Board Chairman of the Society of Architects Wills Olanya says by law engineers are required to display on a signpost details such as the name of the Site Engineer and other Engineers contracted for the construction works. Over the past few years, the country has witnessed several cases of buildings collapsing, killing scores of people. Most of these cases have been recorded in Kampala with the latest incident occurring in April 2016 in the Kampala suburb of Wandegeya. He says this partnership will help to weed out fake engineers and firms that …

Mutagamba to be buried today

By Ritah Kemigisa The fallen Former minister Maria Mutagamba will today be laid to rest at her ancestral home in Gamba village Rakai district, Central Uganda. Yesterday the body lay in state in parliament for public viewing with a special parliamentary sitting held in her honour at 2pm. During the special sitting, the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga asked the government to quickly work on the medical insurance scheme for all Ugandans to enable them access better health services. Mutagamba served as Minister of Water and Environment and later as Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities. She succumbed to liver cancer at case clinic on Saturday at the age of 65. She is survived by 15 children and 26 children. …

Tuk-Tuk to resume operation.

By Ssebuliba Samuel The president of Uganda has today resolved to allow operation of tricycles in Kampala contrary to the earlier directive by the minister. Early this month, the minister for Kampala Betty Kamya stops operation of these tricycles reasoning that these are not licensed to carry passengers. While meeting taxi and Bodaboda riders today at Gayaza, the president said that Tuk-tuks are a development in right direction, and thus they should be allowed to operate. He has however said that in July he is to meet all bodaboda and taxi driver in Uganda at Nakasero to resolve on the long-lasting solution for transport issues.

Express penalty scheme scraped.

By Ssebuliba Samuel. The Directorate of Traffic and Road Safety has issued guidelines to be followed by all traffic officers along major highways. Yesterday, the head of the Directorate Dr Steven Kasima met traffic police commanders, stationed at selected major highways including Masaka, Jinja and Kampala –Gulu to review the performance of the Fika-Salama operation which was launched in August last year. Fika-Salama is a Kiswahili phrase which means Arrive or Reach Safely. Speaking to Kfm, the traffic police spokesperson Charles Ssebambulide said that under the new arrangement, anyone arrested for contravening traffic laws will be jailed as opposed to the previous system of issuing fines under the Express penalty scheme. He said that they have also resolved to deploy …