MP asks Kampala traders not pay rentMarch 23, 2019 2:17 pm
By Ritah Kemigisa.
Traders at Nabukeera and Qualicel arcades have been asked not to pay any rent until the attorney general pronounces the rightful owners of the two buildings.
The Kampala central MP, Muhammad Nsereko tells kfm that this will be the only the confusion among the traders shall be stopped.
The traders have for two days been protesting against what they called double rent payment following a directive from a one to pay five months’ worth of rent, already paid to the late Charles Muhangi, when he was running the properties.
Nsereko says the traders should start paying their own power bills moving forward and also promised to petition parliament on Tuesday next week for other legislators to offer guidance.
Kadaga transferred to Aga KhanMarch 23, 2019 2:17 pm
By Juliet Nalwooga.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has been airlifted to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi for further specialized attention at Aga Khan Hospital.
The Speaker’s Principal Assistant Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Obbo says the decision to transfer Hon Kadaga from Nakasero Hospital Kampala to Aga Khan Hospital Nairobi was based on the advice from doctors in Kampala.
Parliament in a statement on Thursday noted that the Speaker was admitted in critical condition at Nakasero hospital immediately after returning from the United States where she had been participating in the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations headquarters.
Parliament confirms Kadaga’s ailmentMarch 22, 2019 4:25 pm
By Moses Kyeyune.
Parliament has confirmed that the speaker Rebecca Kadaga is admitted at Nakasero hospital in critical condition.
The Speaker’s private press secretary Sam Obbo has however indicated in a statement to the press, that doctors are managing the situation.
Obbo says that Kadaga’s ailment was caused by fatigue and jetlag suffered on a long tour of Morocco and the United States of America, where she has been for close to a week.
The speaker’s press man says that he hopes for privacy of his boss.
EAC universities to share same curriculumMarch 22, 2019 4:24 pm
BY TOM BRIAN ANGURINI.
Private universities operating within the East African region will soon have a harmonized curriculum to ensure uniformity in the education sector development.
This was revealed by Kampala University Vice Chancellor Professor Badru Dungu Kateregga while briefings inter East African private university members in Kampala.
He says through this initiative students from the region’s universities who wish to move will be able to continue their education in a different country without having to begin the course afresh.
Katerega adds that the East African Education Common Area Curriculum will bring in credit transfers, raised standards and performance of private universities.
A Sudanese national remanded for engaging in fake GoldMarch 22, 2019 10:30 am
By Ruth Anderah.
Three people including a South Sudanese National Lawrence Malong and a Congolese National Mike Lota Okitalunyi have been further sent on remand at Luzira prison on charges relating to a botched Gold deal in which an Ethiopian businessman lost 1.9 million US dollars .
The 2 suspects are jointly charged with a Ugandan Businessman Thaddeus Zikusokawith charges of obtaining money from DessieWagnew by falsely pretending that they were selling to him 150kg of Gold whereas not.
Wagnew who resides in South Africa but flies into the country to follow his case has explained that he met Malong through a friend who told him that he had a Gold trading licence and that he can help him export Gold to Dubai and Hong-Kong markets in China.
That however in February 2017 after advancing Malong money to facilitate the transfer of 1 Kg of Gold, he informed him that it would be too expensive to ship only a few handful of Gold to Dubai and instead advised Wagnew to shoot up to 150kgs for which he also paid the 1.9m US dollars .
Wagnew says the group made him lose more money by flying to Hong-Hong to wait for the Gold which they knew they never had and that is when he realised that he and been conned .
Now the case has been adjourned until 4th April 2019 for further hearing.
Prime Minister's PS Guwatudde on spot over abuse of taxpayer’s moneyMarch 22, 2019 9:30 am
By Moses Kyeyune.
Ms Christine Guwatudde, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister faces a sack, if Parliament adopts a report of the Public Accounts Committee, in which she is implicated for abuse of tax payers’ money.
The committee wants the accounting officer relieved of her duties.
At the core of the MPs’ concerns is the manner in which OPM accumulated arrears to a tune of shs 1.566 billion as of December 31, 2017, and failure to implement budget as approved by Parliament.
“It was observed that an amount of shs 1.566 bn was irregularly incurred as domestic arrears outside the approved estimates appropriated by Parliament,” reads the report in part.
The lawmakers noted an “unsustainable trend” of increase in the arrears from shs 86.48 million in 2015 to shs 797.40 in 2016 and 1.566 bn in 2017.
During the year under review, PAC notes, the Office of the Prime Minister cleared the 2016 million debt using funds diverted from other activities “posing a risk of diversion of funds for settling the obligations.”
The auditor general, Mr John Muwanga, in his earlier report cautioned that such accumulations endanger service delivery while attracting costs on litigation.
“Accruing domestic arrears without clearing previous domestic arrears is a violation of the law and may lead to nugatory expenditure in form of litigation costs in case suppliers sue the OPM for delayed payments,” the report reads.
PAC notes in their report that MsGuwatudde failed to plan and manage the activities as indicated in the policy statement of the vote based on the annual cash flow plan issued by the Secretary to Treasury.
The MPs further faulted the Permanent Secretary for failure to obtain supplementary funding to pay for the arrears which had not been budgeted for.
For the year ended June 30, 2017, OPM received 130.487 billion and not 156.851 billion that had been budgeted.
A review of the Office of the Prime Minister’s expenditures according to PAC, revea1ed that the entity charged wrong expenditure codes to the tune of shs 467.849 million.
“Mischarges undermine the importance of the budgeting process as well as the intentions of the appropriating authority and lead to financial misreporting,” reads the report.
It is upon this observation that the Mps concluded, MsGuwatudde be relieved of her duties, on grounds that “a mischarge constitutes and offence” punishable by sacking under section 79 (1)(q) of the Public Finance management Act, 2015.
The committee further established that the OPM continues to operate without a National policy for Disaster preparedness and management since 2011.
They blamed this on “laxity by the Accounting Officer (MsGuwatudde) to have the policy document in place which may curtail the smooth operations of the disaster preparedness and management department mission to mitigate disasters affecting the country such as drought, floods, landslides, and crop and animal diseases.”
The committee has asked OPM to fast track the approval of the policy.