NITA-U spending tax payers money on un-utilized internetFebruary 20, 2019 6:00 pm
By Moses Kyeyune.
The auditor general John Muwanga has faulted the National Information and Technology Authority-Uganda for wasting tax payers’ money on underutilized internet bandwidth.
The auditor general notes that although the body signed a contract for the supply of bulk internet bandwidth of 10 Gigabits per second at a total of USD.4,745,000 (about 17.4 billion shillings) for 15 years, the current national bandwidth consumption stands at approximately 3 Gigabits per second.
Unfortunately, the contract locks NITA-U into paying for the entire internet bandwidth even when not consumed, implying that seven Gigabits per second is being paid for without corresponding commercial utilization.
The auditor general further notes that many government sites did not utilize the NITA-U network, despite an investment of over 600 million shillings.
He has recommended that the government should streamline the utilization of IT resources.
Over 700,000 to reregister for national ID'SFebruary 20, 2019 2:00 pm
By Sam Ssebuliba.
Over 700,000 people who registered for National identity cards in 2014 will have to re-register due to mistakes on their required data.
According to statistics from NIRA out of the 1, 750,000 IDs issued out in 2014, only one million people have picked their IDs.
The Authority spokesperson Gilbert Kadilo says a total of 700,000 people have to register afresh for their errors to be rectified.
He meanwhile says they are targeting to register and issue out IDS to over two million Ugandans aged 16 and above in the next three months.
Namboozo ready to leave DPFebruary 20, 2019 12:54 pm
By Damali Mukhaye.
The Mukono Member of parliament Betty Nambooze has hit back at the president of the Democratic Party Norbert Mao saying that they are ready to leave the party.
Mao in a press conference yesterday threatened to dismiss all the DP members who have been given position by Kizza Besigye in his parallel cabinet he announced recently.
Speaking to KFM, Nambooze says that Mao should instead support any opposition trying to fight dictators in this country rather than attacking them.
She says that she is ready to leave DP if Mao tells them to leave.
Besigye in his recent parallel cabinet selected Erias Lukwago as his deputy president and Nambooze as information minister and both are DP members.
LOP blasts police over Sewanyana detentionFebruary 20, 2019 12:51 pm
By Moses Kyeyune.
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament Betty Aol has condemned what she calls illegal arrest and detention of Makindye West MP Allan Sewanyana, currently detained at Naggalama Police station in Mukono district.
The lawmaker was on Monday arrested while protesting the uncontrolled sewerage mess at Kiruddu hospital.
Aol, who has addressed the media in her boardroom at Parliament, shortly after visiting Sewanyana this morning, says that the detained MP was standing with the people to protest the unhygienic state of the health facility that was last year allocated over three billion shillings and nothing has been done about it.
She says efforts to secure Sewanyana’s release have failed to yield.
Sewanyana has been in jail since Monday, in contravention of the 48 hour rule for suspects to be presented in court for mention of offence.
Police cancels DP reunion rallyFebruary 20, 2019 11:54 am
By Abubaker Kirunda.
Police have cancelled a Reunion rally that had been organized by the Democratic Party in Jinja.
The rally was scheduled for today at Jinja Rugby grounds but by 6.30am Police had deployed heavily on the streets of Jinja and diverted traffic ahead of the highly anticipated Democratic Party (DP)-Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) reunion at Jinja Rugby Grounds.
The Democratic Party president Norbert Mao arrived at the Venue by 7.00am but he was sent away by the Jinja DPC Vincent Irama.
Other DP diehards like Sulaiman Kidandala and Samuel Walter Lubega arrived at the venue but they were equally blocked from accessing the Rugby ground.
The Kiira region police spokesperson Diana Nandaula said the organizers of the rally did not have permission.
However Mao insisted that everything was secured to allow them go on with the rally but he was shocked when blocked.
Nine-year-old Pupil drowns in Hotel swimming poolFebruary 20, 2019 11:53 am
BY JULIUS OCUNGI.
A -nine year-old South Sudanese boy died after drowning in a hotel swimming pool in Gulu Municipality.
Bol-GarangDiar, a primary one pupil at Credo Daycare Nursery and Primary School in Laroo Division was found dead at Bomah Hotel swimming pool last evening.
The deceased was part of 82 pupils who had been taken at the Hotel for their routine swimming lessons at the children swimming pool.
Reports Daily Monitor obtained indicates that after an hour of swimming lesson, the pupils were taken back to school but the school authorities realized Garang wasn’t among them.
The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okemathe body of Garang was later found in the swimming pool after search was conducted.
He says the swimming pool attendant at the hotel has since been arrested to help in investigations.