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Construction firm offers to pay Suubi’s engineering course

August 16, 2019 9:47 amConstruction firm offers to pay Suubi’s engineering course

By Ritah Kemigisa.

A Construction company has offered full scholarship to Henry Suubi a Makerere University student who caused a storm on social media for reporting with a metallic suitcase.

In a letter dated 14th August to the Makerere University Vice chancellor, Joadah consult and development infrastructure, a renowned construction company says they ready sign a memorandum of understanding with the university to have Suubi privately enroll on a Mechanical Engineering course.

Suubi who is on government sponsorship and offering a bachelor’s degree in Education earlier told NTV in an interview that his dream was to do an engineering course.

Many people have since promised to help Suubi and so far he has been given a laptop and is yet to receive many more of the unfulfilled pledges from people.

The construction company is known for key projects like the rehabilitation project of Mulago Hospital Expansion and the Specialized Maternal and Neonatal Hospital Mulago among others.

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Chinese embassy in Uganda dismisses spying claims on Huawei

August 16, 2019 9:47 amChinese embassy in Uganda dismisses spying claims on Huawei

By Juliet Nalwooga.

The Chinese embassy in Uganda has dismissed as baseless and fake reports that Huawei is supporting the domestic spying by the Ugandan government

A 14th August 2019 article by the wall street journal yesterday indicated that Huawei, a technology giant gave Uganda a hand into cracking phone conversations of politicians including Kyadondo east Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi’s plans to rally support against the OTT tax in July last year

However, the Chinese embassy in Uganda has clarified that the Huawei Africa based official Chu Moaming has never travelled to Beijing in May 2017 with a team from the Uganda police for technical training as the report indicates

In a statement dated 15th August 2019, the embassy asserts that Chu Maoning had stayed in Uganda for the whole of 2017

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More sensitization on new NSSF bill needed

August 16, 2019 9:47 amMore sensitization on new NSSF bill needed

By Ritah Kemigisa

Tax experts have called for more sensitization about the new proposed amendments in the NSSF bill, 2019.

This comes amid controversy with many Ugandans branding the amendments as unfair while some people have gone ahead to say the bill only seeks to double tax them.

The managing director Global Taxation Services Ltd Albert Mbaine the proposed amendments are good enough are do not double tax savers.

Mbaine says if passed the new amendments will rise the actual benefits received by the saver as compared to what they are getting in the current tax regime.

According to the provisions of the bill, Member benefits shall be taxed at the point of payment to the member and taxation shall be at the prevailing rate at the time of payment of the benefit.

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Uganda’s Under 15 leaves for Eritrea

August 16, 2019 9:45 amUganda’s Under 15 leaves for Eritrea

By Ritah Kemigisa.

The National U-15 football team has this morning left for Eritrea ahead of the CECAFA tournament in Asmara.

The tournament that has attracted Eleven (11) National junior teams is designed for players under the age of 15 years kicks off on Saturday 17th August and ends on 1st September.

The Ugandan contingent has 20 players.

After yesterday’s training session the team head coach Jackson Magera said his team is ready to face the opponents in the tournament.

He says they have had a good period of training with no injuries adding that the tournament is good for the young players to know the kind of stages to go through when playing football.

Uganda is drawn in group B with; Rwanda, Ethiopia and South Sudan

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Only 10% of funds required for cancer machines is available

August 15, 2019 2:18 pmOnly 10% of funds required for cancer machines is available

By Juliet Nalwooga.

Rotary Uganda says only 10 % of the 18 billion shillings required for the procurement of two fully facilitated Linear accelerator cancer machines is available.

The revelation has been made by the chairperson, Rotary Cancer run, Richard Karungi while addressing journalists at Mengo hospital ahead of this year’s cancer run scheduled for 25th August 2019.

Karungi noted that for the 8 years of the cancer run since 2012, they have managed to build the Mengo Rotary Blood Bank facility, the centenary Bank cancer center at Nsambya hospital, and saved about 1.8 billion shillings.

Prior to the cancer run, Mengo hospital will next week on Thursday 22nd August offer free cervical cancer screening to the public along with screening of survival cancer.

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New NSSF bill a win-win for both gov’t and savers

August 15, 2019 2:18 pmNew NSSF bill a win-win for both gov’t and savers

By Ritah Kemigisa.

The National social security Fund has asked Ugandans to appreciate the new proposed amendments to the NSSF bill, 2019 saying it will benefit both government and members.

The proposed amendments have since attracted mixed reactions with majority labelling them unfair and a case of double taxation on the side of the savers.

However the funds deputy managing Director Patrick Ayota says it’s a win for the savers who will access their money at the age of 55 years because they will get more since their income will be tax exempt much as their benefits will be taxed.

He says it is also a win for government since they will get more taxes.

Ayota meanwhile says for the He adds that for those who save and are patient enough to access their savings at the age of 60 years will not be taxed.

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