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I will not leave power now - Museveni

December 12, 2018 9:20 pm

By Ritah Kemigisa.

President Yoweri Museveni has told the opposition and those opposed to his presidency that he is not about to leave power until issues of prosperity and strategic security are effectively addressed.

Addressing delegates at the IPOD summit this afternoon, Museveni advised all those opposed to his perceived long stay in power to focus the debate on shaping the future and destiny of Uganda and Africa at large.

Museveni described the debate of him leaving power as cheap and petty talk that’s not important for Uganda’s development.

His remarks were prompted by calls from the DP president Norbert Mao and his UPC counterpart Jimmy Akena who asked him to reflect on the day he will watch another president being sworn in.

He also told to all delegates that he is not a politician like them but rather a cattle keeper

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House adopts motion to compensate Lusanja victims

December 12, 2018 9:20 pm

By Moses Kyeyune.

Parliament has this evening adopted a motion by Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga, urging the government to consider compensating the victims of illegal evictions in Lusanja and for all damages they have suffered.

The House decision comes after government through the attorney general William Byaruhanga confirmed that the eviction had been conducted irregularly and government was still carrying out investigations into the matter.

Mpuuga’s motion has been premised on the fact the despite government’s own there has not been a clear mechanism to help the victims live a better life again.

The MP also wants also wants government to expedite its investigations into the conduct of judicial officers and police officers and whoever was involved in the eviction to be brought to book.

The attorney general has promised to present Parliament’s position to cabinet for implementation.

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Govt confirms crisis at Women Hospital

December 12, 2018 9:20 pm

By Moses Kyeyune.

Government has this evening acknowledged the financial crisis at the women’s hospital characterized with lack of basic medical supplies.

The matter was last week brought to the attention of parliament by Kasilo County MP Elijah Okupa who said that many doctors and other medical workers at the facility are scared by the working environment without the tools.

In a response her response during plenary this afternoon, the minister of State for Health, General duties Sarah Opendi said Elijah’s concerns were correct but the government was taking action to put everything to order.

The minister has blamed the problem on budget inadequacies which she promised are being considered for a solution.

While opening the facility early this year, the president bragged about the women’s hospital as a center for excellence that would save many Ugandans, particularly the women from incurring huge costs on foreign hospitals for highly specialized complications.

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COSAE to question BoU audit partner firm

December 12, 2018 9:19 pm

By Moses Kyeyune.

Parliament’s committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises has resolved to summon auditors of Price Water Coopers (PWC) to explain the 239 billion shillings under-capitalization of Crane Bank Limited.

Price Water Coopers is a group of auditors hired by the Central Bank to produce a forensic audit and inventory report on Crane Bank as of October 2016 when the bank was closed.

The committee chaired by Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu resolved to summon the auditors after Bank of Uganda for the second time failed to justify and explain how they reached a decision that Crane Bank was under capitalised by Shillings 239 billion leading to its closure.

This was after Kasilo County MP Elijah Okupa expressed disappointment for not receiving responses from Crane Bank officials concerning the figures.

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CCEDU praises IPOSD summit 

December 12, 2018 9:19 pm

By Samuel Ssebuliba.

The Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy has lauded the ongoing IPOD Summit for laying positive foundation for the broader National Dialogue Process.

According to Crispin Kaheru the coalition’s national Coordinator, it is energizing that all the heads of the political parties in attendance confirmed that they discussed pertinent substantive national issues.

He says it demonstrates that political leaders can work together in the greater national interest.

Kaheru however adds that this summit should be quickly followed with actions around the resolutions.

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DP applauds M7, task him to leave power and want party funding harmonized

December 12, 2018 9:18 pm

By Ritah Kemigisa.

The Democratic Party president Norbert Mao has applauded President Yoweri Museveni for attending the IPOD summit.

Addressing the summit, Mao said such a gesture is a clear sign of the unity needed for democracy to prevail.

Mao says when all the party heads held a closed door meeting today as part of the summit arrangement, all differences were laid aside.

He says many concessions were made adding that a common ground is however needed for true democracy to be realized.

DP also used the summit to demand for equal and harmonized  funding of all political parties If true multi party governance is to prevail.

The party secretary general Gerald Siranda said realistic multipartism can not be attained if all parties do not feel equal.

Siranda also said its unfair to see the NRM and FDC take up lion share of funding to parties with others receiving piece meals.

He proposed that each party at least gets shs 2 billion as seed money.

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