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Bad Black jailed for 4years

Socialite Shanita Namuyimbwa also known as Bad Black has been sentenced to 4years in jail over charges of embezzlement. She has also been sentenced to 18months on 2 counts of conspiracy to defraud but the sentences will run concurrently. Her friend Meddie Sentongo, with whom she was convicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud also faces 18 months in prison. Bad Black is accused of embezzling 11b shillings from Davishan Development Company that was she co-owned with her British lover David Greenhalgh. Justice Catherine Bamugemereire says in her ruling that Bad Black was aware that the money she was withdrawing and spending was not from her personal account. The judge has however declined to order a refund of the said …

KCCA budget finally read

The budget for the Kampala Capital City Authority for the financial year 2012/2013 has finally been presented, showing a reduction in government funding. Funding from government is to reduce from  Shs101b to Shs 86 billion. The city Executive Director Jenipher Musisi says the authority expects to raise Shs 61b in local revenues, up from the target of Shs 44.5b that was set this year. Musisi acknowledges that the target set for revenue collection is too high since the authority failed to hit its mark this year. She says new measures are being put in place to increase revenue collection including increased sensitization of the public on tax compliance. The priorities for the financial year include improving efficiency and the image …

RedCross launches Shs 4.5b Appeal

The Uganda Red Cross Society has made an appeal for 4.5 billion shillings towards its emergency and recovery interventions for 100,000 people affected by landslides in the entire Bugisu region. The Secretary General Uganda of the society Michael Nataka says the funds will help support the displaced communities in Bududa as well as those in the other affected districts of Sironko, Manafa Bukwo, Mbale and Kween among others. He says the appeal is in support of government’s request to development partners to complement its efforts in this cause. He also reveals that latest reports indicate that 15 houses were destroyed by the landslides, 18 people are still missing, while a total of 112 survivors have been evacuates, 9 of whom …

URA Collections below target

The Uganda revenue authority continues to register shortfalls in revenue collection. The latest is an over 22 billion shilling shortfall registered in May 2012. There was optimism after the tax body reduced its cumulative shortfall from Shs71 billion to Shs14 billion in the first half of the financial year. However, the authority registered overall net revenue collections of 499 billion shillings against a target 521 billion shillings, posting a deficit of 22.1 billion shillings. The tax body also registered a deficit in domestic taxes with a 24.39 billion shilling collection against a target of 261.39 billion shillings, posting a12 billion shilling deficit. Releasing the authority’s performance for the month of May, the URA Commissioner General Allen Kagina attributed the trend …

HIV/AIDS infections highest in Central Region

The latest findings from a survey conducted on HIV/AIDS indicate that the Central Region has the highest prevalence rate at 10%. This is followed by Mid-Northern region with 8.3% Mid Western, South Western, with the lowest number of cases in Mid-Eastern Uganda at 4%. This is according to the findings from the latest HIV/AIDS Indicators Survey released by the ministry of health today. Health Minister Christine Ondoa blames the increase in infections in the Central region on the high population and big number of sexual workers. Ondoa says engagement in risky behaviors is higher in the region, increasing chances of spreading the virus. She says the ministry will now focus on addressing the key drivers of the HIV epidemic to …