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Rights activists criticise President Museveni over relief food remarks

By Benjamin Jumbe Human rights activists have criticized President Yoweri Museveni over his remarks on relief food. While addressing a rally in Busoga on Wednesday, the president warned that spending money on relief food might force government to halt key infrastructure projects. However, the Executive Director Foundation for Human Rights Initiative Dr. Livingstone Ssewanyana tells KFM that there is need to strike a balance between development and addressing needs of the starving communities. Due to prolonged drought in different parts of the country, hunger has hit Isingiro district and some parts of Teso and Karamoja sub-regions. Last year, government said at least 1.3 million people in various parts of the country needed food aid urgently after a dry spell destroyed …

President Museveni Declares Open War On The Corrupt

By Ali Mivule President Yoweri Museveni has declared an open war on corruption and vowed to have all those implicated in corruption scandals will be exposed and dealt with according to the law. He has warned that the arrest of his Minister of State for Labour, Herbert Kabafunzaki is just a taste of what is to come. Museveni has also called upon the general public to help in reporting all corruption cases so that the culprits are easily arrested and prosecuted. The tough talking Museveni has defended government’s slow response to previous corruption cases saying the vice has become complex with educated people in public offices making it almost impossible to pin them without evidence. He made the remarks while addressing …

Workers’ Union Disowns Labour Minister Over Bribery Allegations

By Moses Ndhaye The National Organization of Trade Unions (NOTU) has disowned the state minister for Labour Herbert Kabafunzaki who was arrested on Saturday last week for allegedly soliciting a bribe from an investor. The Union’s Chairman General Usher Wilson Owere says theyare totally saddened by the allegations. The minister appeared before the Anti-Corruption Court on three counts of corruption related charges after he and two others were reportedly caught taking a Shs.5m bribe from Muhammed Hamid of the AYA Group of companies. The said money was an inducement for the minister to cover up a sexual harassment case that had been filed against the investor by his former employee.  

Uganda’s growth sluggish.

Uganda’s economy is likely to grow below earlier government projections. While releasing the April Monetary Policy Statement, the Governor Bank of Uganda Prof. Tumusime Mutebile said the 2016-2017 growth rates will be way below the projected 4.5%. He attributes this to the contraction in growth in the agriculture sector by 2% in four consecutive quarters, yet it contributes 22% to the National Gross Domestic Product. He however expresses hope that in the near future, the economy will recover, if effects of calamities like drought are addresses. The Bank of Uganda has consequently reduced Central Bank Rate by 0.5% to 11% this month to encounter core inflation rate  which stands at 4.8%.

UNRA Dragged To Court For Failure To Pay Over Shs1bn

By Ruth Anderah Uganda National Roads Authority(UNRA) has been dragged to the High Court for failure to pay over Shs1bn for the construction of Kampala-Entebbe Express Highway. Patrick Lwanga Zizinga petitioned High Court seeking orders compelling UNRA to pay him Shs1.5billion shillings compensation for his kibanja measuring 2.5arcres, located in Makandwa village in Wakiso district, for the road extension during construction of Kampala-Entebbe Express Highway. The plaintiff states that in 2012 his pieces of land were identified by UNRA as some of those be affected by construction of the Kampala- Entebbe Express Highway and he was registered and verified for compensation through his wife as he had wrongfully been put on death row in Luzira prison at the time. However, for unknown reasons, his name was …