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New EU Ambassador pledges support to Uganda’s private sector

By Samuel Ssebuliba: The new European Union Head of delegation to Uganda Attilio Pacifici has promised to focus on strategies for strengthening the Private Sector in Uganda as a catalyst for development. Amb Pacifici was yesterday presenting working copies of his credentials to minister of foreign affairs Sam Kutesa at the Ministry in Kampala. Pacifici said he was looking forward to working with the Government of Uganda to further strengthen relations with the European Union. He replaces Amb. Kristian Schmidt whose tenure ended in July 2017. The Ambassador-designate said he was glad to be in Uganda again, a country he last visited 25 years ago. He has over 25 years career experience as a permanent staff member the European Commission …

FDC’s Besigye campaigns for Naigaga in Iganga today

By Damali Mukhaye: Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President Dr. Kiiza Besigye is today expected in Iganga district to campaign for the party flag bearer ahead of Thursday’s by election for the district Woman Member of Parliament. The seat fell vacant following the death of the former legislator Hailat Kaudha who succumbed to pregnancy-related complications in May. The FDC Deputy Secretary General Harold Kaija says that Besigye and several other top party officials will use the last campaign day to drum up support for Mariam Naigaga. The FDC party officials visit comes just a day after President Yoweri Museveni who is also the National Chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement party was in the same district to campaign …

President Museveni takes radio land campaign to Busoga

By Samuel Ssebuliba: President Yoweri Museveni is set to meet representatives of all media houses in Busoga region today to discuss the proposed constitutional amendment. Early this month the president embarked on a countrywide sensitization program using radio talk shows to popularize the controversial land bill that aims at enabling government to acquire land for development projects without prior compensation. According to the presidential press secretary Don Wanyama, the president is resuming his normal programme today and later on Wednesday he will engage media houses from Kampala and Wakiso at State House Entebbe. Meanwhile, Land rights activists have tipped government on resolving land conflicts in the country. Vice chairperson Uganda Land Alliance Agnes Kirabo says government needs to come up …

“Retired”Justice Kavuma bounces back as Supreme Court judge

By Ivan Okuda: Justice Steven Kavuma is set to bounce back at the Supreme Court. Justice Kavuma was set to retire as Deputy Chief Justice at the end of September 2017 after clocking the 70-year retirement age for Court of Appeal and Supreme Court Judges. However, the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Gen Kahinda Otafire has written to the Judicial Service Commission advising it to retain the judge o contract at the Supreme Court for an unspecified period. In an interview with Daily Monitor, Otafire confirmed he authored the letter giving Justice Kavuma a lease of life as a judicial officer at the Supreme Court, but threatened to jail our reporter for reporting on a sensitive matter which has been …

Financial Intelligence Authority acquires new reporting system

By Benjamin Jumbe: The Financial Intelligence Authority has secured a financial reporting system to enhance its investigations. The establishment of the Authority under the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2013 was for the prohibition and prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing in the country. The Authority’s deputy Executive Director Michael Olupot Tukei says the new system will help link Uganda to over 150 financial intelligence institutions around the world and increase real time access to financial intelligence information. He reveals that the program undergoing configuration should start running live before end of the year.