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Medical doctors maintain their strike

By Samuel Ssebuliba Doctors under the Uganda Medial Association have maintained their strike despite a directive by the health minister to return to work today. The doctors laid down the tools on Monday over low pay and poor working conditions paralyzing operations at all public hospitals across the country. At an emergency news conference called last night health minister Dr Jane Acheng ordered all medical workers to immediately resume work saying the strike is illegal and that the association is not a registered union to lobby for workers’ rights. While quoting the President Museveni’s circular, Dr Aceng said the Resident District Commissioners will among other things record the time of reporting to work of all health workers plus monitoring the usage …

Leader of Opposition wants Magyezi Bill rescinded

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza wants Magyezi Bill rescinded and the task left for the government to fulfill its promises on amending the Constitution. The Bill by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi seeks to repeal Article 102(b) of the Constitution to lift the presidential Age Limit. However, in her submission to the committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Winnie Kiiza has stated four grounds including a Comprehensive Amendment Bill; a Constitutional Review Commission; Adoption of Supreme Court recommendations on electoral reforms and adoption Parliament Recommendations on Constitution Amendment The current bill, Ms Kiiza said, is ill intentioned and only aims at catering for the interest of the sitting president [Yoweri Museveni.] The Leader of Opposition further urgues …

Magufuli wants oil pipeline now

By Ssebuliba Samuel.  The president of Tanzanian Dr John Pombe Magufuli has asked the government of Uganda to expedite the process of constructing oil pipeline in the shortest time possible instead of waiting until 2020 as scheduled. Speaking to  during his visit in Mutukula –Kyotera  on the going Commissioning of the  One Stop Border Post as well as laying a cross-border mark-stone for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline, Magufuli said that there is need to wait until 2020 for Uganda to start enjoying proceeds of oil. He said that Uganda must work with ready investors to have this process expedited instead of waiting for 2020 since all sectors are ready. This 1,445 km-project set for completion by 2020 at …

Kyambogo University Students threaten to strike over unfair treatment

By Damali Mukhaye. Students of Kyambogo University have threatened to strike if the government does not urgently explain why they are not treated like their colleagues in other public universities. Addressing journalists at the university this morning, the Guild President Joseph Ochieng says government sponsored students have not yet received their living out allowances and many have now been thrown out of hostels for nonpayment. He adds that the government also launched the new central students’ buildings but there are no seats yet the students are set to sit for exams in a week’s time. The students now plan to petition the Speaker of Parliament seeking her intervention on the matter.

Magufuli expected in the country for a 3 day visit

By Benjamin Jumbe: Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli is set to arrive in Uganda today for a 3 day state visit. On arrival President Magufuli and his host President Yoweri Museveni will be commissioning a one stop border post at Mutukula and lay a cross border mark stone at Luzinga village for the East Africa Crude oil pipeline. Museveni together with his visiting counterpart from Tanzania Magufuli are  set to Commission a One Stop Border Post at Mutukula as well as laying a cross-border mark-stone for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline during a three days working visit . During this meeting the two heads of states are set to sign key bilateral agreement including cooperation in the Transport sector, …