Category «National News»

Uganda’s debt is manageable, says government

By Samuel Ssebuliba Despite admitting that the economy is in distress, government has boasted of maintaining the debt to GDP ratio below East Africa’s threshold of 50%. Currently Uganda’s external debt is estimated at about Shs17 trillion, while the domestic debt stood at Shs.11.6 trillion by end of June 2016. Now according to the state minister of finance in charge of planning David Bahati, Uganda’s debt status is at 38.6% which is far below the 50% regional threshold. He says with the completion of several long term infrastructure projects like the Standard Gauge Railway whose cost is about Shs45 trillion, the debt burden is expected to reduce even further.

Prison authorities distance themselves from Nalufenya “torture chamber”

By Samuel Ssebuliba The Uganda Prisons Services authorities have distanced themselves from the management of Nalufenya detention center, which has of lately been described as a torture chamber. This comes at the time when several suspects arrested in connection to the murder of former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi are said to have been tortured while at Nalufenya. Appearing before parliament’s budget committee yesterday to lobby for Shs19 billion for feeding inmates, James Mwanje the Assistant Commissioner General of the prison services said Nalufenya is strictly under the police force. He added that they are too concerned about the reports of torture that come out in the media especially the case of Kamwenge Mayor Geoffrey Byamukama but this is beyond …

Man sentenced for urinating in mineral water bottle

By Ruth Anderah A 23 year old man has been sentenced to 30 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to urinating in a mineral water bottle that is meant for beverage use. Steven Ssendegeya is a boda-boda rider at Sir Apollo Kaggwa road within Kampala district who was arrested on the morning of 10th/May 2017 by KCCA enforcement officers while throwing the said bottle in a public drainage channel. He has appeared before Grade one magistrate Moses Nabende and accepted the offence of causing a nuisance to exist as the said bottle could have been recycled for beverage use or it could have blocked the drainage system.  

Museveni speaks out on migrants.

By Samuel Ssebuliba African governments have been urged to formulate common policies that will help address the issue of migrants on the continent. Currently it is estimated that over 1.4 billion people are migrants globally, with Africa hosting the third highest number of migrants after Europe and America. While addressing the 3rd Pan-African Forum on Migration today, President Yoweri Museveni said African countries have abundance of resources and so there is no need for people to die while making dangerous journeys to Europe. He said African leaders have to create conducive environments for people to prosper and live a good and peaceful life. He has added that during this forum, leaders should discuss a holistic approach to migration including development, …

Plant five trees on every happy occasion – Kadaga

By Opio Sam Caleb. The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has launched a 60,000 tree planting campaign asking the public to use happy occasions to plant at least five trees. The Labor of Love and Passion for Nature Campaign to preserve and protect the environment according to Kadaga is a re-invigoration of Kakungulu times where trees were planted along the roads. She emphasized that for traditional marriages and weddings 15 trees should be planted 5 at the bride’s home, 5 at the bridegroom’s home and 5 where the couple is going to stay as part of the wood lot and environment protection and preservation campaign.