Category «National News»

Prosecutor’s strike paralyses court business

By Ruth Anderah: A strike by prosecutors has paralysed business in most courts in Kampala and Entebbe Municipality. The prosecutors have laid down their tools on grounds that they are poorly paid. Prosecutors under their umbrella organisation Uganda Association of Prosecutors last month gave the government a 14 day ultimatum to increase their salaries and secure promotions for those on lower ranks who have been serving for quite a long period of time. Prosecutors earn between Shs 500,000 and more than shs 1,000,000 depending on one’s rank. Some of the courts affected by today’s industrial action include Mengo, LDC, Anti-corruption court, High court, Buganda Road and City Hall Court. They have all adjourned cases which had been scheduled for today. …

Former Public Service PS Lwamafa gets bail

By Ruth Anderah The Court of Appeal has granted bail to the three jailed ministry of Public Service officials including former permanent Secretary Jimmy Lwamafa, principal accountant Christopher Obey and Director Pensions and compensations Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa. The Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma has ordered that the sum of 50 million shillings deposited by each convict before the Anti-corruption court for granting of bail be retained to act as a cash bail in this court. The judge also ordered the three  convicts  to deposit their passports in court and to  report before the Deputy Registrar of this court every last working day of the month starting from 31st/July 2017. Lwamafa specifically has been ordered to deposit his Land tittle for …

Government to recruit 4,700 teachers beginning next month.

By Damali Mukhaye: Government is set to recruit 4,700 secondary teachers and non- teaching staff in 100 new and old grant -aided secondary schools beginning next month. Hundreds of nurses, secretaries, laboratory and library assistants as well as bursars will also be recruited, according to a June 29 circular issued by the ministry of education. Benson Kule, the acting commissioner secondary education, says 2,700 staff are for the 100 new schools while the 2000 are for the old schools meant to boost both sciences and arts subjects. He notes that the recruitment follows president Museveni’s directive that every sub county gets a government aided secondary school but in a phased approach. He noted that priority is given to sub-counties that …

US pledges $639m for refugee assistance

By Benjamin Jumbe: The government of United States has announced a pledge of nearly $639 million in additional humanitarian assistance. This comes less than a month since Uganda hosted the Uganda Solidarity Summit on refugees and the just concluded G20 summit in Germany. Some $62.7 million of this total is to support the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and World Food Program refugee assistance operations in Uganda. U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac said the United States cannot continue to shoulder the responsibility of humanitarian assistance to Uganda alone urging the rest of the international donor community particularly those who do not historically respond to humanitarian crises to contribute more to prevent a broader disaster. Uganda is …

Court of Appeal to rule on Lwamafa bail application

By Ruth Anderah The Court of Appeal is this morning expected to determine whether or not to release on bail the 3 jailed Ministry of Public Service officers including former Permanent Secretary Jimmy Lwamafa, Principle Accountant Christopher Obeyi and Director Pensions and Compensations Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa. On March 27 2017, Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma held a session and presided over hearing of these bail applications but reserved his ruling on notice. The 3 officials are serving jail terms of 7, 10 and 5 years respectively at Luzira prison having been found guilty by the Anti-Corruption Court of stealing Shs 88 billion which they falsely accounted for as NSSF contributions for public servants. However the officials have since challenged their …