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Women rights activists call for more commitment of govts on SDGs

July 20, 2019 9:26 am

By Catherine Ageno

Thousands of women’s rights activists from across the globe took to the streets of New York on Thursday to demand greater government accountability and commitment to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

In global solidarity, hundreds of activists and human rights defenders from across the world including the African Women’s Development & Communications Network, FEMNET marched the streets in New York chanting “rise up, fist up, for system change” and “we are the feminists fighting for justice and liberation”.

Speaking at the sidelines of this year’s High Level political Forum on Sustainable Development, FEMNET Executive Director Ms. Memory Kachambwa, decried the state of rising inequalities in the world especially in the global South.

“In actual fact, the world is lagging behind in many dimensions and there is an urgency to accelerate progress towards our collective aspirations for a better, just, peaceful and sustainable world”, said Ms. Kachambwa.

Ms. Kachambwa says four years into the implementation of the ambitious and promising 17 Sustainable Development Goals, it has been ‘business as usual’ with not much progress in genuinely leaving no one behind and transforming the world as envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

 

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MP's criticize M7’s wealth creation campaign

July 19, 2019 12:22 pm

By Ritah Kemigisa.

Opposition legislators have poked holes in the current wealth creation tours by the president Yoweri Museveni.

Museveni has been on a nationwide drive to spur a serious conversation with leaders and the masses on the question of creating wealth and kicking out household poverty.

Now the Nakawa Member of Parliament Michael Kabaziguruka says the wealth creation drive by the president is just a political move aimed to campaigning early ahead of the 2021 elections.

He adds that they expect nothing from Musveni’s wealth creation campaign since similar initiatives have failed to yield fruit.

President Museveni has however often insisted that Operation Wealth Creation is on course to transform the lives of Ugandans through improved Agricultural production.

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M7 blasts Mayiga over coffee bill

July 19, 2019 10:33 am

By Ritah Kemigisa.

President Yoweri Museveni told off the Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga to stop spreading lies about the contentious coffee bill, 2018.

The Kingdom premier thinks that if the Bill is enacted into law with clauses that compel farmers to register, many small scale coffee producers will be forced out of the industry yet government intends to sell at least 20 million bags of coffee annually.

However Museveni last evening labelled Mayiga a liar saying the bill only requires coffee farmers to register themselves in an association just like it is done for cattle keepers and fish farmers.

Museveni says registration will help in traceability of farmers especially for exporters since it is one of the requirements by the big markets.

The Bill seeks to repeal the Uganda Coffee Development Authority Act, which mainly emphasizes off-farm activities of marketing and processing but leaving out on-farm activities such as planting materials, nursery beds, harvesting and post-harvest handling.

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FUFA president elected on CAF committee

July 19, 2019 10:29 am

By Damali Mukhaye.

The president of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations Moses Magogo has been elected to the Confederation of African Football executive committee.

This transpired at the ongoing CAF assembly which is being held in cairo, Egypt.

Magogo beat the renowned Tanzania football administrator Loedgar Tenga in the elections which have been held in the assembly,when he attained 33 votes against 19 votes.

Magogo becomes the first Ugandan to sit on this committee and he is likely to take over The Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations as the president pending approval.

Magogo’s wins means that more CAF projects and trainings will be coming to Uganda.

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Deputy speaker Oulanya criticizes gov't systems on refugees

July 18, 2019 1:29 pm

By Prosy kisakye.

The deputy speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanya has called upon government to come up with systems to guide refugees coming into the country.

Oulanya says Uganda is currently hosting many people with no countries of origin because they are no systems to check the validity for one to enter into the country as a refugee.

He has urged immigration officials to consider deploying at reception centers so that they can scrutinize every refugee entering the country.

Uganda is currently hosting 1.5 million refugees with largest numbers coming from south Sudan.

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EC releases election road map for Bugweri and Kikuube

July 18, 2019 1:28 pm

By Prossy Kisakye.

The Electoral Commission has set 25thJulyas the polling date for elections of interim district chairpersons in Kikuube and Bugweri districts.

The two new districts were effected on 1st July last year.

According to a statement from the commission’s chairperson Justice Simon Byamukama, the elections will kick off at exactly 9am at the headquarters of the respective districts.

He adds that directly elected district councilors and district women councilors will also be elected at the same day.

Kikuube was curved out of Hoima District while Bugweri was created out of Iganga district.

The commission had earlier announced that similar elections are to be held on the same day in six other newly created districts among them; Moyo, Kazo, Rwampara, Kitagwenda, Madi-Okollo, and Obongi.

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