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UMEME to phase out post-paid billing

Electricity distribution company UMEME is considering phasing out the post-paid billing system and replace it with the prepaid one. This system requires that the customer makes advance payment to get units before the electricity can be used and if the available units are exhausted, then the supply would be cut off automatically. UMEME board chairman Patrick Bitature says the system is intended to streamline payment of electricity bills in the country. He says the company in due course will also phase out UMEME cash out lets. Currently about 513, 000 customers are connected on the power grid out of which, 22, 000 are already using the pre-paid metering system – with the company targeting to have at least 160,000 more …

Kyambogo university students threaten to strike

Tension is high at Kyambogo University as students threaten to strike over missing names on the graduation list. John Mugabi the guild president says the university has published on its website with over 1,000 names of missing. He says if nothing is done to rectify the situation, the students will have no choice but to strike. However, the university spokesperson Lawrence Madete says the group of students who wanted to cause chaos includes those who entered the university illegally, those with re-takes or those who still have not cleared all tuition fees. He adds that the council is still working on the final list to include those with genuine reasons. Out of 8,000 students expected to graduate on Thursday the …

MP Kipoi kicked out out of parliament

Another member of parliament has been thrown out. Parliament’s Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee has recommended that Bubuulo West MP Tonny Nsubuga Kipoi be thrown out. This follows a probe into Kipoi’s conduct after he missed more than 15 sittings of the House without explanation. The recommendations have been presented by the committee chairperson Fox Odoi and now await adoption by the House. They include among others; the Kipoi ceases to be member of parliament, that the process of his replacement be initiated in accordance with Article 81; 2 of the Constitution of Uganda and that parliament adopts the committee recommendations. The same committee last year recommended the removal of Gen. David Ssejusa as army MP after he also missed …

Fuel scarcity blamed on SCT

The newly introduced Single Customs Territory has been blamed for the current fuel scarcity in the country. By close of business yesterday there was a shortage of fuel in Kampala causing an increase in the prices from 3,500 to about 3,700 shillings per liter of petro, while the price of diesel increased from 3,400 to about 3,600 shillings per liter at most stations. The shortage has been attributed to the recent fuel transporters’ strike at the border. Now the Chairman of Hared Petroleum Bashir Yusuf tells KFM that the new system of clearing goods that requires payment of taxes at Mombasa port is an inconvenience to many. The single customs territory is an electronic tax payment system that was introduced …

Col. Oula sworn in replacing Gen Sejusa

Col Innocent Oula has been sworn in as army representative to parliament replacing Renegade General David Sejjusa. In November last year, Parliament adopted a report by the committee on rules, privileges and discipline that saw Sejusa lose his parliamentary seat. Col Oula beat Maj Kakuru Katto, Brig Jacob Musajawaza, Gen Andrew Gutti and Maj Gen Joram Mugume to take up the seat. He has been welcomed by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanya who is chairing the first session after a two-month recess. Col Oula, a graduate of Kenya National Defence College was the Chief of Staff AMISOM before he came back to become the 4th Division Commander.