THE

OBJECTIVES 

 It is to develop the elderly of Africa, Uganda financially.


Secondly, it is to assist the needy and disabled.


Third, it is to humanely visit the sick and stressed.


Fourth it is to create financial projects for the needy to generate income for the elderly and young.




This organization has carried out such activities as:

Cake and bread baking.


Members have been involved in rural building construction and road making and repairs.


Members have been involved in decoration on functions.


Members have been involved in all means of assistance in burial ceremonies in the communities.



Ugandan workers less educated, poorly paid

Publish Date: Sep 22, 2014



A Ugandan worker is less educated and poorly paid.

By Samuel Sanya 


MOST working Ugandans are only educated up to secondary level, work for 10 years, six days a week and earn at least sh403 per hour according to a wages survey.


In the wage indicator survey, released recently, 1,306 Ugandans from all administrative regions were interviewed by the Federation of Uganda Employers (FUE) in conjunction with Dutch and Tanzanian researchers.


Conservative estimates place Uganda’s working population at 17 million. The average working week of respondents is almost 60 hours and they work six days per week.


Slightly over half (51%) work evenings, seven of 10 workers report working on Saturdays, while four of 10 work on Sundays.


Nearly half of the workers in the sample were managers. Only two of 10 workers had a permanent contract, three of 10 were on fixed term contract while four of 10 workers said they are entitled to social security.


Despite the low numbers entitled to pensions, respondents indicated having four dependants on average. The analysis showed that 77% of the workers were paid on or above the poverty line of sh403 per hour or $1.25 (about sh3,000) per day.


Five percent of workers had no formal education, 14% studied to primary education 48% had secondary education certificates, 16% had a college education and 17% a university degree. Only 62% of informal workers are paid above the poverty line compared to 97% of the most formal workers.


Workers in trade, transport and hospitality are most at risk of poverty with 30% paid less than a dollar a day. Public servants are best paid. At least 92% earned above the poverty line.


Labour State minister Rukutana Mwesigwa recently revealed that Cabinet is considering creation of a wage board and a minimum wage.


The Government last set a minimum wage of sh6,000 in 1984. In 1975, the Minimum Wage Advisory Council recommended a sh75,000 minimum monthly wage. It remains on paper.

Why are the poor citizens of Uganda receiving money that is accounted for as a national pension for the elderly of this country?

Photo by Fred Muzaale

By JOSEPH KATO


Posted  Tuesday, July 5   2016 

The Senior Citizens Grant in Uganda is given to the elderly aged 65 and above to help them live decent livelihoods; however, in some districts, it is the young, energetic poor that are being given the money.

Over 110,000 persons aged 65 and above in 141 sub-counties, towns and 6,028 villages in 15 districts are beneficiaries of the Senior Citizens Grant (SCG) that was started in 2010. SCG is one of the essential modules of the Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment (SAGE), financed by government and development partners such as DFID and Irish Aid.

SCG is aimed at enhancing access to basic needs such as food security, better nutrition, health care and improving housing among others which is legal onus of the state to provide wellbeing and upkeep for the elderly.

David Lambert Tumwesigye, advocacy advisor at Expanding Social Protection (ESP) at the Ministry Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) calls upon the new MPs to join the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Social Protection (UPFSP) so that they can advocate care for the elderly.

What do MPs say?

Agnes Taka, Bugiri Woman MP, appreciates the services that have been offered to the elderly through SAGE. However, she calls upon the government to be open and involve grassroots leaders when selecting beneficiaries saying it will help to avoid issues of segregation.

“We need to know what criterion is followed when choosing SAGE beneficiaries. It is perturbing to learn about activities being done in your constituency from locals. Leaders need to be involved,” argues Taka.

She wonders why majority of the 15 districts where SAGE has been enrolled and the next 20 districts targeted to benefit from the programme are not from poverty stricken areas.

She asks her colleagues to push the government hard so that there can be transparency in the enrollment.

Rtd Lt Cyrus Amodoi, MP Tonoma County, Katakwi district, marvels at why the programme in some districts has been shifted from the elderly to the poorest people.

“What I have seen is that there is political interference in some parts where SAGE has been enrolled. In some places they target the poorest people instead of senior citizens,” says Amodoi.

In response to MPs queries, Drake Rukundo, Policy and Monitoring and Evaluation, UPFSP, says they have on ground people who gather information for the befitting citizens. He encourages the MPs to advocate countrywide enrollment for the elderly.

Rukundo says they want government to commit resources as a priority towards social protection to help the elderly live decent livelihoods because they are the bridge between the past and the future.

He applauds the 9th Parliament for being instrumental in ensuring the survival of the SAGE programme and extending it from 15 districts to additional 40 districts in the next five years.

In the FY 2015/16 Budget process, Parliament made a resolution where the SAGE programme was to be rolled out to the whole country covering 100 oldest persons in every sub-county.

Tumwesigye says the 10th parliament and the government did their work and it remains critical that all districts get covered for fairness and equitable development. The new MPs are expected to enlist to become members so that advocacy on social protection is boosted.

The forum undertakes to provide information and create spaces for engagement on issues touching social protection.

The cabinet passed the social protection policy which proposes a myriad of progressive interventions that if implemented will significantly contribute to the journey from third world to middle income status as envisaged in the Vision 2040.

However, even with the current roll-out plan, only a total of 55 districts will be reached leaving out 57 districts. To maximise pressure on government, the Forum has conducted regional consultative meetings that bring together Members of Parliament, District Chairpersons, District Community Development Officers and the civil society.

Reports from the Ministry

Reports from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development indicate that the senior citizens grant is increasing productive investment where 32 per cent of the beneficiaries use the money to buy livestock or engage in petty trading while 27 per cent of the beneficiaries invest their money in hiring additional labour to work in their gardens.

“At least 16 per cent of the beneficiaries save their month’s payment purposely to cover emergencies, 17 per cent use the gratuities to support productive investments, cultivation (15 per cent and meeting the educational needs of children and/or grandchildren taking 14 per cent,” reads the report on expanding social protection programme for senior citizens grant.

According to the report, majority of the senior citizens grant beneficiaries spend the large part of their transfers on food leading to increased frequency, quantity and quality of meals eaten by beneficiary households.

The report further shows that SCG beneficiaries especially women consistently report improved participation in community affairs, sense of self-esteem and empowerment. Older people report feeling less discriminated against in their communities and more valued by their families on account of their ability to make social contributions to community-based social support mechanisms which are based on reciprocity like contributing to funerals and weddings.

About SAGE

SAGE is a financial support programme for people aged 65 years and above. Currently, the programme is covering 15 districts. A total of 40 more districts have been lined up to benefit from SAGE by 2020.

In the 2015/16 budget, over Shs30b was expected for the national rollout where 100 persons per sub-county were to benefit but government committed Shs9 billion only.

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nationmedia.com


There is no official national register of pensioners in the country of Uganda

The ministry of Public Service says many pensioners do not show up for verification hence leading to delays in payment of their monthly dues and the once off gratuity. Courtesy photo

By Nelson Wesonga

Kampala

Government says it does not have records of pensioners due to “lack of data and personal files.”

According to the ministry of Public Service, many pensioners do not show up for verification thus leading to delays in payment of their monthly dues and the once off gratuity.

The State minister for Public Service, Mr David Karubanga told MPs during plenary that the ministry will, carry out a census and biometric validation of pensioners starting February 20.

“The ministry of Public Service does not have a national register of pensioners,” Mr Karubanga said yesterday.

“Despite the decentralisation of pension management, a number of votes [ministries] have not verified the records on the payroll.”

A day earlier, Aruu Member of Parliament, Odonga Otto had told the August House that many pensioners have not been paid for several months.

Many were, therefore, depending on their relatives – who already have other financial responsibilities – to pay their bills or to buy basics.

Those without relatives are borrowing items from shopkeepers.

Shopkeepers though can only lend them for a few months expecting to be paid once they get their gratuity.

Following Mr Odonga’s remarks, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga said the government was treating the senior citizens disrespectfully.

On Wednesday, Mr Karubanga also said the Public Service ministry had for the last four years not carried out verification of pensioners “due to funding shortage and lack of clear addresses" [of the pensioners].

The verification of the pensioners will be done between February 20 and March 24 at the district headquarters by Face Technologies.

According to Mr Karubanga, Face Technologies will do the work, which the ministry failed.

However, it is still not clear how much the ministry will pay the company.

Face Technologies is the company that processes driving permits for motorists.

Workers Members of Parliament Margaret Rwabushaija and the Erute Member of Parliament Jonathan Odur said the government should tell Ugandans when it would pay the pensioners all their arrears.

Mr Karubanga said payments are the responsibility of the Finance ministry.

All that Public Service does is to furnish the Finance ministry with the particulars of the claimants.



Wano e Buganda, Omulangira David Kintu Wasajja aloopye Dr. Kasasa mu kakiiko ka Bamugemereire aka Uganda olwe ttaka ly'e Mutungo,  Buganda:

Ssekabaka Frederick Mutesa the parent bought the land in dispute in 1946.

 

Prince David Wasajja Kintu, younger brother to Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, has ran to the land commission to save family land, that was stolen from his father Sir Edward Mutesa by the former Justice Benedicto Kiwanuka and ended up in the hands of Dr. Mohamed Buwule Kasasa. The contested block 397 Mutungo is now home to the Ministry of Defense headquarters, CMI, ISO and ESO and local communities of Mutungo. The royal family wants a resolve to the dispute that has led government to lose money in billions of shillings of  the tax payers money .

The good times for the Royal Family of Buganda. Mr David and Marion his wife holding their baby with the Kabaka of Buganda, King Ronnie Mutebi.

Omulangira Wasajja ng'annyonnyola ebizibu byalina ku ttaka lya Kitawe Ssekabaka Muteesa II, mu kakiiko k'ettaka aka governmenti ya wakati eya NRM. Ensonga zokubba ettaka mu Buganda zirinye wansi ne waggulu ebiro bino mu Buganda.

Ono ye musajja omuganda Dr. Muhammad Buwule Kasasa eyesimbye kubintu bya Ssekabaka Muteesa okubyetwalira nga yakabifunamu obuwumbi 2 nga yekobanye ne governmenti ya wakati eya NRM. Omukulu ono alinze okusasulwa governmenti obuwumbi 7 obusigaddeyo ku sente zomuwi womusolo.

Former Politician and Chief Justice Benedicto Kiwanuka (L) with a former Democratic Party President Paulo Kawanga Ssemwogerere (R) in the early 1970s. FILE PHOTO. 

 

Benedicto Kiwanuka illegally got the land registered in the names of Kwemalamala Kintu, then transferred it into the names of his company Victoria Investments and then into his names. However, after his death in 1972 the land was again unscrupulously transferred into the names of a one Dr. Mohamed Buwule Kasasa

 

Buwule alleges that Sir Edward Mutesa was financially bankrupt and wanted money and Buwule bought the land from him through Charles Migane Njonjo the former Kenyan attorney general, although there are no documents to that effect.

Olaba ne Ssekabaka Muteesa II nga akyali mulamu naye nga awangangusiddwa ebintu bye batandikirawo okubikwatamu okubitwala nokubyegabanya!

 

By Musasi wa Bukedde, Alice Namutebi

 

Added 29th January 2019

 

OMULANGIRA David Kintu Wasajja alumirizza mu kakiiko k’ettaka Dr. Muhammad Bawule Kasasa okubba ettaka lya kitaawe Ssekabaka Edward Muteesa erisangibwa ku kasozi Mutungo nga libalirirwamu ssente obuwumbi mwenda. 

Wasajja w'atuukidde okuddukira mu kakiiko nga Dr. Kasasa  Gavumenti yaakamusasulako obuwumbi obusoba mu bubiri  n'asigala ng'abanja obuwumbi musanvu!. 

Wasajja akiikiridde ab’olulyo Olulangira agambye akakiiko nti bamaze emyaka egisoba mu 13 nga bali mu kkooti lwa ttaka lino ly'akakasa nti lya kitaawe Ssekabaka Muteesa.

 

Wasajja ategeezezza omulamuzi Catherine Bamugemereire, ssentebe w’akakiiko k’ettaka nti Muteesa yafuna ettaka lino mu mwaka gwa 1946 nga lyamugulirwa ssenga we gw'ataayatudde mannya.

Agambye nti ekyapa kyali mu mannya ga Muteesa naye bwe yawaŋŋangusibwa n'addukira e Bungereza olukwe lw’okubba ettaka lye we lwatandikira nga lwalimu Baganda bennyini okuli  ne looya Ben Kiwanuka ne John Ssebalu.

Annyonnyodde akakiiko nti Muteesa ng’ali e Bungereza yawa mwannyina Omumbejja Nnaalinnya Mpologoma obuyinza  [powers of attorney] okulabirira ettaka lye lyonna n’okumaliririza liizi ze yali agabyeko kyokka Mpologoma teyasobola kubaako ky'akola ku ttaka kubanga Amin yamusiba n'amala omwaka mulamba mu kkomera.

Agambye nti ng'akyali mu kkomera waaliwo 'powers of attorney' endala enjingirire ezaafuluma nga ziraga nti Muteesa awadde Mpologoma obuyinza okutunda ettaka lye nga zino zaawandisibwa Ben Kiwanuka kubanga zaali ziraga nti ziva Bungereza.

Annyonnyodde nti ekiwandiiko kino ekijingirire ye yali entandikwa y’okubba ettaka lya kitaawe kubanga lyasooka kugenda mu mannya ga Paul Kintu Kwemalamala, eyategeeza nti Omumbejja Mpologoma ye yamutunza ettaka olwo ne lidda mu mannya ga kkampuni ya Lake View Properties, eyali eya Kiwanuka ne Ssebalu.

Wasajja alumirizza nti Ssengaawe Mpologoma bwe yava e Luzira yakakasa nti tatundanga ku ttaka lya Muteesa ate ne Muteesa ng’ali mu buwaŋŋanguse naye yakakasa nti tatundangako ku ttaka era ebiwandiiko Abazungu baabitereka bulungi okukakasa ensonga yaabwe.

Ayongeddeko nti Dr. Kasasa yali mu lukwe ne ba Kiwanuka ne Ssebalu okubba ettaka lya Gavumenti  kubanga mu kiseera we yagulira ettaka okuva ku kkampuni ya Lake View yali yagalwa dda era bagezaako okuteeka envumbo ku ttaka obutaligula ng'aziggyako.

Wasajja mu kakiiko abadde awerekeddwaako mwannyina, Nnalinya Kagere ne balooya;  Medard Ssegona ne Muzamiru Kibeda; n'asaba akakiiko okuyingira mu nsonga zaabwe kabaddize ettaka lya kitaabwe Ssekabaka Muteesa.

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Obanga ebintu ebya Ssekabaka bikwatibamu bwebityo olwo ebyabantu babulijjo kifanana kitya wano e Buganda?

 

Ensonga zino zirina okwongera okulabula omuganda obutejjako ttaka. Era bwotunda ettaka olwamaddu ga sente olina okugenda ewa muganda munno mpozzi naye nalyooka akuguza kuttaka nate. Ggwe omugwiira mpozzi funa lease kubanga era jova olinayo ettaka.

 

Abakungu bo bwa Kabaka bwa Buganda balabika mu governmenti ya NRM gyebagade enyo ate tebajja kuva mu ma kkooti kumisango gye ttaka lya Buganda. Jjajja wabwe Muteesa I bo abazunga yabagamba nti Ettaka lya Buganda maama ayonsa. Bwenamugabira gwe omuzungu alimba mbu tolina ttaka lilyo, nze nayonka kiki okulya emmere nzikute awamu nabantu bange?