Ugandans in the diaspora need representation in Parliament. The Executive Director of Oxfam international, Winnie Byanyima has urged government to consider granting a parliamentary seat and ministerial position to represent Ugandans abroad. Delivering a keynote address at the closure of the 25th Uganda North America Association Convention in Dallas, Texas, Byanyima says Ugandans living in the diaspora contribute to the development of Uganda as well as policy formulation. Byanyima further wants government to legalise voting in the Diaspora.
Government has confirmed that it will not be able to provide the Sh84 billion for midwives wages. The announcement is bound to affect the functioning of health center IIIs and IV’s. This has been confirmed by the state minister for planning Matia Kasaija. Kasaija says this financial year government is focused mostly on infrastructural development and not health. However, members of the civil society on maternal, new born and child health say they are not going to stop pushing for the release of that money. The executive director of the White Ribon Alliance Robina Biteyi says cases of maternal mortality have slightly gone up due to limited funding at health center III and IV’s.
The deteriorating security situation in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo continues to draw the attention of the regional leaders. The recent attacks resulted in the death and injury of Peace Keepers from the Force Intervention Brigade. Uganda is now set to host the Extra- Ordinary Summit of the International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Heads of State and Government this week. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the conference is to be held in Kampala on 5th September. A statement from the ministry says that Uganda as chair of the ICGLR, felt it was very urgent to convene an Extra-Ordinary Summit composed of eleven member states, namely: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of …
The army has downplayed reports that more Congolese refugees have entered the country through the western border points in recent days. According to the spokesperson for the Rwenzori region Lt. Ninsiima Rwemijuma, the latest case of refugees recorded was about a week ago when a group of about two hundred entered the country. Meanwhile, he says fighting continues to rage on in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, maintaining that the Ugandan side is keeping a keen eye on the situation, although he says the border area remains largely peaceful. Uganda is now home to thousands of refugees who fled fighting between the DR Congo government forces and the M23 rebels in the Eastern part of the country.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga should concentrate on redeeming the independence of parliament before considering contesting for presidency. The advice is given by the former ethics and integrity minister Miria Matembe. Matembe was this morning commenting on the ongoing calls from the public for the speaker to stand for president in 2016. Matembe says the situation in Uganda does not favor anyone who is opposed to the style of governance that is currently being used. She says what the country needs a fundamental change is caused by the people themselves. Kadaga has been linked to ambitions for the country’s top most job, though she has not yet commented on the matter.