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Teachers warn against taxing private schools

Pupils in class

Private school owners have vowed to oppose the proposal to tax private schools. This follows plans by the government to draft a proposal to be tabled in parliament to impose new taxes on various items and all private schools. However, according the Chairman Private Schools Association John Bosco Mujumba, once approved, the proposal is likely to affect the parents and students since schools will end up hiking schools fees. He says government should also investigate district local governments that have been unlawfully collecting local service tax while is not recognized under the Education Act.  

Northern bypass to be completed this year

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Ocampo calls for joint reconciliation

Former ICC Chief Prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo says joint reconciliation could be one of the means of the much needed healing for communities affected by civil war in Northern Uganda. Ocampo, who is in the country as an education ambassador, says communities directly affected by the LRA conflict have not been able to move on due to internal accusations, mainly against the Acholi, a tribe from which LRA leader, Joseph Kony hails. He says religious and local leaders should play an integral role in bringing the communities to seek justice as one front. Meanwhile, he says the quest to have LRA leader, Joseph Kony convicted for crimes against humanity should not stop. Ocampo believes Kony and his henchmen should pass …

Gen. Kayihura explains militarization of police

Police Chief Gen. Kale Kayihura

The Inspector General of Police has scoffed at those accusing him of militarizing the police force. Gen. Kale Kayihura says that the Uganda Police Force can be transformed into a military force whenever need arises. He says the Police Act spells out that the Ministry of Internal Affairs can at any time call upon the police to be transformed into a military force if there is need. Ge. Kayihura said this while passing out a group of counter terrorism police in Katakwi district where the area chairman also offered 5 squares miles of land to police to build a counter terrorism center

80% budget funding not possible

UDN officials

The civil society has expressed pessimism about the government being able to finance 80% of the national budget. The Civil Society Budget and Advocacy group argues that this cannot be achieved with the growing external debt, aid cuts and the corruption cases that have robbed the treasury of substantial amounts of money. The Uganda Debt Network officials Julius Kapwepwe and Julius Mukunda say Ugandans should brace for tough times as government will be seeking to recover these funds through taxes.