“Avoid careless spending”, President Museveni tells youth


President Yoweri Museveni has called on youth to uphold and protect the African cultural heritage and not be swayed by the western world which he described as “sick’’. “The West doesn’t have spectacles to see the difference between a woman and a man. They are sick. The culture heritage must be maintained but others like our traditional subsistence methods that have claimed over 68% of the population, must be changed,” Mr Museveni said. The President made these remarks while meeting youth representatives from across the country under their umbrella body…

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Winnie Byanyima appointed UNAIDS Head


United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has appointed Ms Winnie Byanyima as the new UNAIDS Executive Director. Ms Byanyima has held several roles that were affiliated to the governance of the African Union, and has influenced the international agenda at the United Nations through her leadership in many coalitions of civil society organizations. She, at the time of her appointment, was the Executive Director of OXFAM, a position she has held for six years since her appointment in January 2013. Ms Byanyima is taking over from Michel Sidibé who stepped…

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Government investigates source of funding for 13 NGOs


Government has launched an investigation against 13 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and demanded details of their bank accounts to review their sources of funding and other transactions. All the organisations under investigation are those whose activities cover mainly sectors of governance, rule of law and human rights issues and fighting corruption. They are being investigated by the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA). The organisations include ActionAid International Uganda; Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU); Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring; Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda; Uganda National NGO Forum and Human Rights Network…

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DFCU’s Mathias Katamba could be on exodus to centenary bank


A few months after replacing Juma Kisaame as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dfcu bank,  Mathias Katamba is now rumoured to be on an exodus of joining Centenary Bank as Managing Director to replace Fabian Kasi. Katamba officially joined Dfcu bank on January 2, 2019, after the departure of Kisaame who left because of his inappropriate leadership which involved the scandalous sale of  Crane Bank Limited (CBL) and Global Trust Bank Uganda (GTBU) in 2017 and 2014 respectively. Katamba joined Dfcu bank from Housing Finance Bank but sources within…

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NEMA: Oil exploration in Murchison Falls must go on


The certificate of approval recently issued for Tilenga Project environmental and social impact assessment by government is a final document and cannot be revoked, the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) has said. Mr Tom Okurut, the Nema executive director, confirmed the development on Thursday while reacting to demands by civil society organisations (CSOs)for government to revoke the certificate and cause fresh public hearings. Tilenga oil project within Murchison Falls National Park is estimated to last between 25-30 years. Once production starts, an estimated 190,000 to 200,000 barrels of oil are…

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New Masaka Diocese Bishop consecrated


Msgr Serverus Jjumba has been consecrated the new Bishop of Masaka Catholic Diocese. He replaces John Baptist Kaggwa, who retired in October 2018. Pope Francis appointed Bishop Jumba on April 16. The episcopal ordination of the new Bishop was conducted at Kitovu Sports Arena in Masaka municipality. It was performed by Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa and officiated by Archbishop Luigu Bianco, the Pope Nuncio to Uganda, together with Archbishops of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga;  John Baptist Odama of Gulu, Lambert Bainomugisha of Mbarara and Bishop Anthony Zziwa, the Chairperson…

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President Museveni receives H.E. Abdel fattah of Sudan


President Yoweri Museveni has expressed his gratitude to learn that the situation in Sudan is now normalising following the agreement reached between the Military Council and other groups in Khartoum. “I had a good briefing from His Excellency. I am very happy now the Military Council has agreed with the groups. I encourage the Sudanese to agree because this type of agitation is very dangerous. It scares away business and it scares away investors,” he said. The President made the remarks after meeting the Chairman of the Transitional Military Council,…

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Export of labour in Uganda is regulated by the Employment (Recruitment of Ugandan Migrant workers abroad Regulations Statutory Instrument number 62 of 2005 which does not explicitly mention that thelabour export companies are required to submit bank statements. The Bank of Uganda Final Consumer Protection Guidelines 2011under guideline 7(3)(a) which provides for safeguarding consumer information and precludes financial service providers from disclosing information about a consumer to a third party except where the financial service provider is compelled by law to disclose the information or where the disclosure is made…

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Speaker Rebecca Kadaga blocks new BoU inquiry


The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, has blocked a new request for fresh investigations into irregularities at Bank of Uganda (BoU) and described the move by MPs on the House committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) as misguided and a waste of time. Ms Kadaga also wondered why Cosase members would waste time re-investigating BoU on the sale of seven commercial banks yet Parliament already pronounced itself on resolutions of the Abdul Katuntu committee report. The previous Committee chaired by Mr Katuntu investigated BoU for three…

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Concerned citizens petition Kadaga over re-probing BOU by COSASE


A group of 100 concerned Uganda citizens have petitioned the speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga to ban parliament’s new committee on commissions, statuary authorities and state enterprises (COSASE) from re-investigating Bank of Uganda especially on the shs 478 billion that the central bank official failed to account for during the first probe carried out under Abdu Katuntu as chairperson. The group led by Kakulu Sam Brian, a student pursuing B.A and Law at Uganda Christian university says the new chairperson of COSASE, Honorable Mubaraka Munyagwa is trying to play on…

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Members of Parliament pay last respect to fallen premier Apollo Nsibambi


Fallen former Uganda premier Prof. Apollo Nsibambi’s body was Friday taken to the House for the MPs’ final respects, one thing stood out, over shadowing the somber moment; the unusual punctuality of the lawmakers. At exactly 10:00am, a delegation composed of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, the Clerk to Parliament Ms Jane Kibirige and the second deputy premier, Al Haj Kirunda Kivejinja, was already assembled at the main foyer, to receive Nsibambi’s body. Other members included Ms Kasule Lumumba, the NRM Party Secretary General, the Government Chief Whip Ms Ruth Nankabirwa and…

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MTN Uganda chief executive officer Wim Vanhelleputte to return to Uganda


The negotiations to have the deported MTN Uganda chief executive officer Wim Vanhelleputte return have been ongoing for almost three months. Vanhelleputte, who was deported in February, returned to Uganda yesterday. MTN first got a green light to have Mr Vanhelleputte back in a meeting with President Museveni on March 13 at Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo in Kampala during the Africa Now Summit 2019. A source close to the presidency said Mr Museveni told the MTN delegation led by the company’s group chief executive officer, Mr Rob Shuter, that he didn’t…

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Former Kagoma MP Godfrey Taire Idhwege dead, Uganda police mourns him


Former Member of Parliament for Kagoma Constituency in Jinja District, Godfrey Taire Idhwege is dead. Commissioner of Police Idhwege who served in the sixth Parliament from 1996 to 2001, died on Friday afternoon at St. Francis Hospital in Nsambya, according to police. “The Inspector General of Police with deep sorrow regrets to announce the untimely death of Commissioner of Police Godfrey Taire Idhwege, who passed on Friday afternoon at St. Francis Hospital in Nsambya. We do extend our heartfelt sympathises to the immediate family members, and the entire police fraternity,”…

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Mbale Youth leaders demonstrate over delayed city status


Police in Mbale District have  today arrested 11 youth leaders who were participating in demonstration to protest a Cabinet decision to postpone the elevation of Mbale Municipality to city status until 2021. Mbale was among the 15 cities that were recently approved as regional cities but it was not included in the first lot of cities that will be elevated to city status by 2020. Municipal council that will become cities by 2020 are Arua, Gulu, Jinja, Fort Portal and Mbarara. The detained youth leaders are; Mr Yassin Kawanguzi, the…

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UTB injects sh96m in Martyrs Day celebrations


KAMPALA – For years, June 3, has attracted throngs of faithful and tourism enthusiasts to pay homage to the 45 Uganda Martyrs that laid their lives for the sake of Christianity. Experts argue that with the sites of the execution of the 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic Martyrs revered internationally, kin attention should be paid to their development to boost religious tourism. Daniel Kiribwije, an export trade specialist advises that all energies should not only be concentrated on June 3. He suggests that the country can make much more money…

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Parliament approves Shs 1.6 trillion supplementary budget


Parliament has approved the Shs 1.6 trillion supplementary budget request by government for the current financial year 2018/2019. Part of the money will cater for the on-going President Yoweri Museveni’s countrywide tours on wealth creation. The approved supplementary is in addition to the current 2018/2019 budget of Shs 32.7 trillion that was approved by parliament last year. The approval during the plenary session chaired by deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah followed a presentation of a report by parliament’s Budget Committee chairperson Amos Lugoloobi approving the funding and a minority report by…

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People are our biggest capital resource as a nation – President Museveni


MASINDI STATE LODGE: President Yoweri Museveni has said that for any country to develop faster, it should first invest in its own population, which he said is the biggest capital resource for any country. “A country like China with a population of about 1.3 billion people still yearns to capture the USA population to expand its market base to increase on consumption of its products and services. Our government is keen on protecting our country’s human capital development. Uganda’s future plans are to ensure that there is full monetisation of…

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