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.


Elderly persons petition Parliament over government funding:

 

By Olive Eyotaru


Posted Sunday, July 6 2014


He also said the President’s recent commitment that the programme will be extended to Nebbi has been futile, yet the pilot programme is slated to end in February 2015.


PARLIAMENT- A group of elderly persons, under their umbrella body, the National Network for Older Persons of Uganda (NNOPU), have petitioned Parliament, demanding an explanation from government over funding towards the Senior Citizens Grant programme under the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) programme.

SAGE, aimed at expanding social protection to vulnerable persons, was launched in 2011 and is currently supporting 104,000 older persons above 65 years in 14 pilot districts.

Presenting the petition to the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga on Friday, NNOPU chairperson, Mr John Orach, lamented that there is no financial commitment reflected in the 2014/2015 budget framework paper.

He also said the President’s recent commitment that the programme will be extended to Nebbi has been futile, yet the pilot programme is slated to end in February 2015.

“This has cast doubt on the future of the programme. The lack of demonstrable government commitment has caused anxiety among older persons in the districts where this programme has not been implemented, as well as uncertainty in the 14 pilot districts where it is currently operating,” Mr Orach noted.

Ms Kadaga acknowledged the efforts of the group, also revealing that she has been receiving complaints from the elderly persons in Busoga over lack of access to the money.

Mr Jim Mugunga, the Ministry of Finance spokesperson, told Sunday Monitor that the budget is the responsibility of line ministries, which Finance implements.

Efforts to get a comment from the State minister for the Elderly and the Disabled, Mr Suleiman Madada, were futile as his known phone number was switched off.

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Muha-kanizi on spot over Shs90b farmers cash 

 By Yasiin Mugerwa

Posted  Monday, September 29  2014

The Secretary to the Treasury, Mr Keith Muhakanizi who kept calling himself “ born again Christian” was today pushed on the wall and forced to apologise for the “inefficiencies” in the running of a Shs 90 billion facility meant for helping the poor farmers access cheap credit.

The Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee noted “gross inefficiencies, conflict of interest and lack of supervision of the funds” on the part of Bank of Uganda and Ministry of Finance. Because of lack of supervision, PAC Chairperson Ms Alice Alaso said, the money has gone to the well-off farmers at the expense of the poor farmers and written off more than Shs499 million in bad debts.

On December 3 2009, the Governor Bank of Uganda Prof Emmanuel Mutebile wrote to Ministry of Finance, saying that Bank of Uganda could not monitor the implementation and evaluation of the facility, citing conflict of interest however to date, Mr Muhakanizi had not taken action. The ST apologised for “inefficiency” saying “he is also human”.

The committee expressed concerns about the possible risk to the funds and ordered Muhakanizi to streamline the monitoring of the scheme within one month. Officials from BoU told the committee that they signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Finance and clearly STATED that monitoring of the agriculture credit facility will not be their mandate.

Mr Muhakanizi returns to PAC next week.


Taata Omusoga ava e Iganga ate nga mulema oluusi antuma okumugulira bamalaaya wano mu Kampala:

By Lawrence Kitatta

Added 21st September 2016

Nzuukuka ku makya ng’obudde tebunnakya ne tutegula ebikunta oluvannyuma taata bw’aba yeetewuulizzaako mu kaveera nkakwata ne nkasuula mu kipipa kya Kcca ekiri e busukkakkubo. kyokka oluguudo ndusala mmagamaga emmotoka zireme kunkoona.


Nakasango ng’asindika kitaawe bagenda okusabiriza ssente.


Emboozi ye yaginyumirizza DAPHINE SEMAKULA NE LAWRENCE KITATTA

bw’ati:

Nzuukuka ku makya ng’obudde tebunnakya ne tutegula ebikunta oluvannyuma taata bw’aba yeetewuulizzaako mu kaveera nkakwata ne nkasuula mu kipipa kya Kcca ekiri e busukkakkubo. kyokka oluguudo ndusala mmagamaga emmotoka zireme kunkoona.

Bwe tuba twasuze n’amazzi tunaabako mu maaso era tunywako oluusi ne njolekera Kiswa gye nsoma mu P1.

Taata eyandibadde ampa ssente za bodaboda okuntwala ku ssomero ate nze mba nnina okumusindika ku kagaali nga tuva e Lugogo we tusula ku mulyango gwa GTZ.

Olumu ku ssomero anzigyayo ssaawa 4:00 ne tugenda ku kkubo gye tusabiriza. Olumu nsoma naye olulala nnemererwa.

Olusoma oluwedde nakola ebibuuzo era okuva olwo saaddayo kusoma. Buli lunaku tuzunga ekibuga kumpi okukimalako ne mpulira nga n’obugere bunfuuyirira.

Kasango ng’azingako akaveera akakola nga bulangiti e Lugogo okumpi ne siteegi ya New Vision, we basula ate Nakasango nga yeetereza batandike olugendo lw’okubuna ekibuga nga basabiriza.


Naye taata bw’atuuka ku kaserengeto olwo ng’anteeka mu maaso ng’akagaali kayiringita. Taata yangamba nti maama wange ye Nasim Namulondo abeera Iganga era gye yanzigya okundeeta e Kampala okutandika okusabiriza ku luguudo.

Enkuba bw’etonnya mu budde obw’ekiro olwo ne tuyimirira ku lubalaza we tusula olumu n’okutukuba etukuba naddala ng’erimu kibuyaga.

Obudde buli lwe buziba mba mu kweraliikirira. Taata oyo talina nsonyi antuma okumuyitira bamalaaya ekiro!

Omanyi bwe tuba twebase nsula ku ludda kw’assa ebigere wabula olumu ngenda okusisimuka nga mpulira anninnya mu maaso, ngenda okulaba nga mukazi.

Olumu mpulira n’amaloboozi ekiro naye nga sirina kyakukola. Bw’aleeta bamalaaya nga sinneebaka olwo nsituka busitusi ne ntuula ku kkubo mu kayumba ka siteegi ya New Vision okutuusa lwe bamaliriza naye ate olumu nneekanga nsuze awo. Olumu antuma e Nakawa ngule sooda.

Wano nga beetegeka okugenda.


TAATA YANZIBA AWAKA

Bwe yali yaakandeeta okunzigya mu kyalo ng’annyambaza nnyo engoye z’abalenzi nga tayagala bamulaba kumanya nti ndi muwala naye kati nange nnyambala ngoye z’abawala.

Nzijukira nali mbeera ne maama wange ne jjajja, twali tuzannya ne baganda bange be twabeeranga nabo awaka, abakulu tebaaliwo kw’olwo taata yajja awaka n’anzibawo n’antwala ewa jjajja omulala.

Ono kirabika ye maama we amuzaala wabula nga naye saamwetegereza bulungi era simumanyi. Taata bwe yawulira nti gye yanzigya baali batandise okunnoonya kwe kunzigyayo n’andeeta e Kampala.

Kye nzijukira twatuuka kiro era ekkubo eryatuleeta sirimanyi naye angamba nti ewaffe Iganga we wali ekyalo kyaffe.

Wabula okuva lwe natandika okubeera ne taata embeera tebeerangako nnyangu kuba ennaku ezisinga tusiibirira capati n’amazzi emmere tugirya lumu na lumu ate tugirya Kataza Bugoloobi kuba we wali eya layisi gy’asobola okugula.



Eno ku 1500/- tufuna ebijanjaalo n’akawunga ate ennyama ya 3,000/- naye ennyama emirundi gye nnaakagiryako mbala mibale ate essowaani tugigabana.

Emirundi gye nnaakabula sigimanyi!

Taata oyo ayomba nnyo! Waliwo olunaku lwe sisobola kwerabira. Yasuula engatto ye gye saamanya naye n’anvuma olunaku lwonna.

Kino tekyamumalira yansindika ne ngwa ku kolaasi ne nnuubuka nga kw’agasse n’okunkuba nga bw’andaalika nga bw’ajja okuntuga ansuule ku kkubo.

Ekyo buli lwe nkirowoozaako mmubulako olwo n’atandika okunnoonya ng’alaga nti anjagala nnyo kyokka ng’ansuza mu mpewo buli lunaku.

Ekisinga okunnuma ssente azifuna ezisobola okupangisa ennyumba naye azigulamu bamalaaya olwo nze ne mbonaabona.

Bamalaaya abasausla 5,000/- buli kiro. Waliwo Omuzungu atuwa 50,000/- buli kiseera ate ono olumu amusaba 70,000/- naye ezisinga azimalira mu bamalaaya b’agula.

Nze bw’antwala ku ssomero tandekera ssente za buugi ate angamba nti talina wadde za yunifoomu. Wabula ez’ebigezo batusaba 8,000/- era yali tazirina naye omusomesa ku ssomero ye yannyamba ne mbituula.

  Nakasango ne kitaawe nga bava we basula.

NNOONYA MMANGE

Ekizibu ekiriwo gye nava simanyiiyo. Nsaba maama Nasim Namulondo ow’e Iganga ankime kuba nkooye okuba mu mbeera embi. Ebbanga lye nsuze ku kkubo mpulira nkooye.

Olumu mbeera awo ne nneebuuza oba olunaku lulikya ne nzirayo ewaffe ne mbeerako ne baganda bange. Kati taata namudduseeko era nsula ku mbalaza mu kibuga naye annoonya buli wamu w’ansuubira okuba naye saagala kumulaba.

Taata alina ekifaananyi kye yeekubisa nga tuli babiri. Kati akwata akagaali ne yeefuula atalaba era omulema ennyo nga bw’abuuza buli gw’asanze oba amulabiddeko ku muwala we.

Ekyandeetedde okumubulako yankubye n’okunvuma ng’agamba nti nja kukola bwamalaaya oba mu bbaala. Bwe twamaze okulya capati n’andagira okugenda okusuulayo ebisaaniiko mu kasasiro bwe nafunye oluwenda kwe kudduka.

Wabula waliwo abakyala okuli Aunt Mather, Jane bano bandabirirako bwe namuddukako omulundi ogwasooka singa basobola okunkima bajje bankime bantwale kuba bo balina empisa era bandabirira bulungi nnyo kuba baali bampa n’ebiteeteeyi n’engatto naye taata yabavuma n’anzigyayo,’’ Nakasango bw’alojja.

Wabula ku Mmande ya wiiki eno Nakasango yalabiddwaako ng’ali ne kitaawe ku Spear Motors ku Jinja Road ng’amusindika mu kagaali. Kirabika yamaze n’amuzuula.

Wano Kasango ng’ayomba n’ababodaboda ng’ali ku kagaali ne muwala we.


EMBEERA Z’OMUSAJJA ONO

MUSA Kasango mukambwe okukira ennumba. Akolima, muyombi ate awemula nnyo. Abamumanyi bagamba nti teyazaalibwa nga mulema wabula alina ekizimbe kye yali akolako e Lugogo n’ava waggulu n’amenyeka okugulu era okuva olwo n’atandika okutambuza omuggo.

Wabula ng’asobola bulungi okutambula n’omuggo nga tali mu kagaali, naye eno embeera agiteekawo basobole okumusaasira bamuwe ssente.

Abeera ne ssente eziwera era Nakasango agamba nti bagenda ne bagula eddagala mu ‘famasi’ buli lunaku bagula ‘air time’. Ate awuliriza nnyo ne leediyo era bw’oyita we basula aba agitaddeko.

Nakasango agamba nti n’olumu banaaba ku ttaapu e Luzira oba waggulu e Kololo. Kigambaibwa nti alina n’enju gy’apangisa e Iganga mu Busoga ejjudde ebintu era nga mu kiseera kino ekuumibwa landirodi ng’olw’olumu agenda n’asulayo.

Kyokka waliwo eyatubuulidde nti alina akati ke yalonda nga kali mu kasawo, kano k’alomberako dduwa era ke yeesiga ng’emmundu emmenye okumulwanira entalo. “Nze ndi mulema naye ndi mukambwe, ekyokulwanyisa kye nneesiga jjinja.

Nja kuliimisa omuvubuka oyo eyankubye ebifaananyi mmukube; bwe yeeweredde abaamawulire. Nakasango y’omu ku baana ng’amaka ge bamanyi gali ku nguudo kwe basula.

Tebamanyi kitanda wadde amasuuka, wabula amaloboozi g’emmotoka ezibayitako ku nguudo kwe basula ge gababeesabeesa okutuusa otulo lwe tubatwala.

Abaana bano abatamanyi bitanda abatasulangako mu nnyumba ye Uganda y’enkya.


TUESDAY, 14 OCTOBER 2014

Mr Keith Muhakanizi

The Finance ministry has released up to Shs 90bn in both pension and gratuities for retired central and local government staff.


In a Monday statement detailing the payment, the ministry said that all accounting officers that have not submitted details of staff due for retirement have been given until October 17 to do so.


At least 37 central and 72 local government votes have fully submitted their details and received their money. Another 16 central and 28 local government units have only submitted partial information.


The statement, signed by Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi, notes that if no submissions are made by October 17 in both soft and hard copies, it will be assumed that they do not have any requirement for gratuity.


Following government’s decision to decentralise the budgeting and payment of gratuity, accounting officers were requested to submit details of staff due for retirement in the financial year 2014/15.


The information was to be broken down by payroll category, including primary and secondary school teachers, traditional, and primary health care.


It would also include such details as monthly and annual pension, commuted pension gratuity, contract gratuity and any other gratuities that may apply to staff as indicated by the ministry of Public Service in an August 20, 2014 circular.


Kigezi senior citizens clash over Shs360 million of tax payers money:

President Museveni dances with members of a traditional music

President Museveni dances with members of a traditional music group in Kanungu District, Kigezi sub-region recently.


A wrangle is raging between Kigezi elders over Shs364 million President Museveni gave to Kigezi Elders’ Forum. PHOTO BY  IVAN OKUDA

The elders now claim that efforts to meet the President and break their silence on the impasse have hit a dead end after his aides deliberately blocked them on more than one attempt and State House officials refused to “re-channel the money deposited to an International Community of the Banyakigezi (ICOB) account - a separate organisation altogether”.

Late last year, a group of 24 elders from Kigezi sub-region districts of Kisoro, Kabale, Kanungu and Rukungiri met the President at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura District. The elders asked the President to facilitate the production of a book on the history and culture of the Banyakigezi as well as a cultural centre in Kabale District.

Coming at the nascent stage of the latent power struggle between the President and his former prime minister, Mr Amama Mbabazi, sources who spoke to Daily Monitor on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, said “the President warmed up to the idea with the elders pledging to counter Mr Mbabazi’s political advances in Kigezi sub-region.

That was the time Mr Mbabazi was going to attend the Uganda North America Association convention and the elders asked the President to facilitate them to also travel and counter Mbabazi”.

It now emerges the elders did not travel abroad. However, Mr Museveni had instructed his aides to handle the elders’ facilitation, pledging $130,000 (about Shs364m) towards their project.

The elders claim that by the time the President extended his financial arm to them, they were yet to formalise the organisation’s structure and open an account at Centenary Bank.

“As this process was ongoing, one of our own, Mr Ishmael Kabananukye, went behind our backs and instead requisitioned for the money, got it and State House staff sent it to a separate organisation from where it was withdrawn hurriedly,” an elder, speaking on condition of anonymity, said. Daily Monitor has obtained copies of letters written by Mr Kabananukye following up on the money from State House.

In a December 22, 2014 protest letter to State House, Prof Peter Baguma, the Kigezi Elders’ Forum treasurer, and Canon Geoffrey Byarugaba, its secretary, indicated that Mr Kabananukye had received Shs132m, part of the original pledge via an ICOB account.

Whereas Daily Monitor could not reach Dr Peter Ngatigize, the chairman of ICOB Uganda chapter for a comment, in an August 14, 2014 letter addressed to him, Mr Kabananukye wrote: “…requesting to withdraw Shs120m from ICOB Stanbic Account 9030006340805 for the ongoing field work research.”

He responded in a handwritten note to his staff, Mr Aggrey Mwesigwa and Ms Jolly Babiruhamu, saying: “Please facilitate the withdrawal of Shs120m from ICOB account towards the work being executed by Mr Kabananukye.”

Dr Ngatigize added in the August 18 note: “Note the urgency and expedite.”

The elders’ forum is now questioning why State House officials deposited the money to this account and why Dr Ngatigize gave instructions for the transaction to be expeditiously handled without raising a red flag. Interestingly, a balance was left on the account, unclaimed.

On September 25, 2014, Ms Lucy Nakyobe, the State House comptroller, wrote to the manager of Stanbic Bank main branch confirming and authorising payment of Shs131, 904,000 to ICOB. It is not clear why Mr Kabananukye only withdrew Shs120m, leaving at least Shs10m on the account.

Mr Kabananukye on Monday disowned the elders forum.

“I am not a member of Kigezi Elders’ Forum. I belong to ICOB and was acting on behalf of ICOB. By the time we got that money the elders’ forum was not there.


MPs pin Gen Saleh, Bbumba, Kazibwe in Shs10bn probe

 General Salim  Saleh.

File Photo

By SOLOMON ARINAITWE

Posted  Saturday, March 14  2015

UGANDA PARLIAMENT.

Parliament has adopted two reports pinning senior government officials for mismanaging a multibillion fund mooted to help small businesses and called for punitive action against the culprits, including President Museveni’s brother, Gen Salim Saleh.

The House late Thursday evening adopted a report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that called for action on former vice president Specioza Wandira Kazibwe, former Finance minister Syda Bbumba and former Fisheries State Minister and now government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa and several government officials over their role in the bungled Shs10 billion fund for market vendors and small business operators created in 2010.

The MPs also adopted another report by the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises accusing Gen Saleh of introducing Uganda Coffee House, APS Denmark – a firm he and his wife Jovia Saleh had a stake in, to do business with the government. More than Shs30b could have been lost in the botched coffee projects.

Gen Saleh was also separately implicated by the PAC report for using public funds for politicking.

On Wednesday, the Agriculture minister Tress Bucyanayandi put up a spirited defence of the transactions made between Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and the government but the MPs shot down his explanations as mere “lies and misleading the House”.

MP Ssemujju Nganda, who led the inquiry into the mess at UCDA, told Parliament that President Museveni convened a meeting at State House where he demanded that the money be given to his brother Saleh ostensibly to market Uganda’s coffee.

“If they had implemented all the political directives, we were going to lose much more. The one of Denmark, the chief promoter of the company that wanted to add value to Ugandan coffee – Gen Saleh - wanted $15m (about Shs28.5b).

He had been given up to Shs3b. You can understand the environment under which people are working. There were three meetings at State House chaired by the Head of State and you are asked to provide money for someone to add value to Uganda’s coffee,” Mr Ssemujju submitted.

It was not clear why the PAC report was not debated as the Deputy Speaker had directed last week. Mr Jaco Oulanyah last week deferred the debate to allow “consultations” on the report. The NRM Parliamentary Caucus later met to discuss the report with President Museveni insisting that the ministers named in the report have a case to answer.

Recommendations

On Salim Saleh. The Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises report found Gen Saleh guilty of influence peddling and recommended action against him.

Nankabirwa.

The PAC report held her personally responsible for diversion of public funds and recommended that she be investigated by the IGG for possible violation of the Leadership Code.

Bbumba: The report held her liable for abuse of office and diversion of public funds.

Keith Muhakanizi: Be held responsible for ignoring the request for an MoU and transferring money to Micro Finance Support Centre without clear guidelines.

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Abakadde eriyo okukaaba nga ate no eriyo abazzukulu abali ddala obubi:

Posted: 1st July 2016






Ono omwaana ye Jerome.

Taata ye Kigundu. Maama yaduka dda omwaanawe namulekera Kitaawe. Taata alina okuvuga Boda-boda. Omwaana amulekera Auntie we afumba Chapati wano kubuduuka bwa Mugalu Zone nga ogenda Enamere.

Abasawo babivaako obyokumujjanjaba nga nesente teziriwo. Olina kumutunulira nyo okutegeera obuzibu bwe. Atambula, alya, akaaba, awulira nga Tonda bweyamuwa ebirabo ebyo. Naye abulamu bwe nga omwaana mu banne waliwo obuzibu obweetaga abakugu ba baana okubutegeera. Mpozzi nga ensi eno bwefunye Minister webyokusoma kwa baana omupya ate nga mukyala wa President wa Uganda, Joremu ajja kuvaayo gyaali.






Jorome tayinza kwambazibwa mpale.

Abeera mukwevulula mu ttaka awo muluguudo olunaku lwona. Essimu ya Taata Kigundu eri: 0705875661. Abazadde bensi ya Tonda muveyo muyambe kumuzadde ono!

As there is no social system of welfare at all on the continent of Africa, in Uganda a government minister and 13 Members of Parliament happily donated Shs 45000(£9 or 12 dollars) to a family of 10 orphans:

Shock minister 13 MPs donate Shs45000 10 orphans

Minister Peace Mutuuzo kneeling while speaking to Ms Teresa Namuli and her orphaned grandchildren. JOSEPH KATO 

30 May, 2018
By Joseph Kato

Residents of Kibiga village, Kibiga Sub County in Kiboga District were on Tuesday left speechless and some were seen nodding heads in disbelief after the Gender state minister, Peace Mutuuzo, flanked by 13 MPs and Kiboga District officials donated only Shs45,000 to an old woman living with over 10 orphaned grandchildren.

The money that was handed over to the 80-year-old Teresa Namuli by Ms Mutuuzo was accompanied with two kilogrammes of sugar and loaves of bread. The MPs subscribing to Uganda Parliamentary Committee on Social Protection Grant (SAGE) were in the district to establish the progress of the programme.

“I am not a minister but when I have some money, I donate at least Shs10,000 or buy some items and give to people. But how can MPs and ministers donate that small amount to the family that needs much help?” one Robert Katumwa said.
Ms Namuli who lives in an old mud and wattle house explained to the MPs and the minister that her solar panel bought at Shs70,000 was no longer functioning and requested for replacement.

In response, Ms Mutuuzo said she would follow up Ms Namuli’s request for a new solar panel when she returns to Kampala.
“You note it down and ensure you remind me when I get back to Kampala. I will send a new solar panel,” Ms Mutuuzo directed her personal assistant.

Ms Namuli said some of her grandchildren had long stopped schooling because they could not raise school fees for secondary school after completing primary seven.

Kiboga District, as the pioneer of the SAGE programme, has over 4,700 beneficiaries since the inception of the programme in 2011. At least Shs8.7 billion has been disbursed in grants to beneficiaries in the district.

Minister without portfolio, Abdul Naduli who represented Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, said government would continue providing for the elderly regardless of their political affiliation.

 

 

 

 

 

Politics in Africa is all about naked power and lots of money:

Posted 29 March, 2017

 

By Abbey

 

"I've seen a boy who once sought refugee in the home of the richman of the village becoming a president of the country"

Yes, the Uganda's problem emanated from Rwanda and sought refuge at Kaguta's but now we're suffering because of harbouring dangerous seeds of evil!

On Mar 29, 2017 9:22 AM, "Paul Ssemaluulu" <ssemaluulu@gmail.com> wrote:

In 2003 I visited the commercial empire of the Late Kato at Naguru. I was awed and wowed by what I saw. The Radio, the residence, the staff and so on. I was not well prepared to envision such a pillar ending up in jail and in his later years shuffling the streets of Kampala a broken and broke man!

 

On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 1:51 AM, Abbey Semuwemba <abbeysemuwemba@gmail.com> wrote:

I do not pretend to be older than the elders following me, but the truth is despite my age, I'm old enough to confess that life is indeed a mystery.

 

I've seen a Landlord becoming a tenant before his death.

 

I've seen owner of a ' benz' pedalling a bicycle, not for fittness, but for transportation.

 

I know a female Muslim friend who became a strong faithful Hijabi(now rarely misses prayers), when she used to 'kuwemula' in almost all our conversations.

 

I have seen a once rejected stepson becoming the bread winner for the whole family.

 

A once sought-after lady begging a poor guy to date her.

 

I've seen a boy who once sought refugee in the home of the richman of the village becoming president of the country.

 

A driver's conductor buying the bus of his master.

 

A man released from prison in USA becoming a mayor of city.

 

I've seen arguably the most powerful president in Africa begging for his life from a teenager in the last hours of his life.

 

In life, no one knows tomorrow & you can never trust life, because its mysterious.

 

Never ever forget, U may not know the full story, don't be quick to judge, every coin has two sides.

 

Treat everyone in your life fairly like your own & love as much as you live.

 

So let us be humble, kind, love more & do not try to be overly smart; for we do not know what tomorrow holds for us. Have a wonderful weekend without premiership football!!

 

Omugagga atundidde mukyala we ow'empeta n'abaana 5 mu nnyumba: "Mugende mupangise omuzigo'

By Musasi wa Bukedde

 

Added 4th February 2017

 

NNANNYINI kkampuni ekola ebizigo eya Retina Herbal Jelly esangibwa mu Nansana West II atundidde mukyala we ow’empeta n’abaana bataano mu nnyumba. Amulaalise; Giveemu mangu ogende opangise omuzigo.

 

Nabulya, muwala wa Lubowa omukulu. Ku ddyo, Lubowa ne Nabbanja nga bakyali mu mukwano, ne bbebi waabwe.

 

NNANNYINI kkampuni ekola ebizigo eya Retina Herbal Jelly esangibwa mu Nansana West II atundidde mukyala we ow’empeta n’abaana bataano mu nnyumba. Amulaalise; Giveemu mangu ogende opangise omuzigo.

Bw’oba tokisobola, dda ewammwe! David Lubowa, enju yagiguzizza omujaasi w’eggye lya UPDF eyagenze n’emmotoka n’abavubuka nga batutte ebintu mu nnyumba kyokka muka Lubowa, Robinah Nabbanja n’abatuuze ne babalemesa okubiyingiza munda.

Lubowa yategeezezza nti, kkampuni ye ekola ebizigo yafuna obuzibu obwamuwaliriza okwewola ssente mu bbanka kyokka ne zimulemerera okusasula, bbanka n’esalawo etunde ennyumba.

Bbanka yamuwa omukisa okunoonya omuguzi. Nabbanja gwe twasanze mu nnaku n’abaana be yategeezezza nti, amaze ebbanga ng’akolera South Afrika.

 

Ennyumba Lubowa gye yatunze n’agobera mukyala we n’abaana mu muzigo.

Yakomyewo mu 2012 n’asanga nga bba alina omukazi omulala era ng’awaka akomawo lw’ayagadde.

Omukazi omulala yali yamuzimbira enju mu Nsumbi. Lubowa ne Nabbanja baagattibwa nga October 25, 1995 ne bazaala abaana okuli Rachael Nabulya 20, Reagan Kavuma 18, Cynthia Nakalyango 14, Lynette Nakidde 11 ne Frank Ssekidde 17, bba gwe yamuleetera nga wa myaka ena.

Ssentebe w’ekyalo Nabbanja gy’asula, John Kiwanuka Mmindesala yategeezezza nti, omuwandiisi we Joseph Ssenyonjo ye yaliwo mu kutunda ennyumba eno.

Wabula yategeezezza nti omusajja okutundira mukyala we mu nnyumba kikolwa kya bujoozi okuggyako ng’amufunidde w’abeera.

Nabbanja yagambye nti bba bwe yatunda ennyumba, yamuwa 500,000/- apangise omuzigo mw’aba ateeka abaana n’amutegeeza nti yali amugulidde ne poloti e Kabulengwa fuuti 15 ku 45, mw’agenda okumuzimbira.

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Bank ekwate Omwami emusibe okusinga okuyita mubyangu okuwamba enyumba. Bank zonna munsi zimala kwetegereza bulungi akakalu nobusobozi bwoyo ayagala okwewola sente za ba customer ba bank. Abatereka sente mu bank zino eza Uganda balina obuyinza okutwala okwemulugunya kwabwe eri bank zabbwe eziwola abasubuzi abalumya abantu bomumaka ngabano bwebakola. Ba customer ba bank balina nobuyinza okwekumamu omuliro nebajjayo sente zabwe mu bank ezirina emizze egirumya abaana nabazadde basalumanya.

 

The Country of Uganda is dried up as drought hits hardest:

FRIDAY JANUARY 20 2017

BY MONITOR TEAM

 

An empty valley dam built by the Ministry of Water at a cost of Shs500 million in Moroto District. PHOTO BY STEVEN ARIONG

The Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Mr Musa Ecweru, says the drought has since left nearly 9 million Ugandans in urgent need of food aid across the country. Only 1.3 million Ugandans needed food relief three months ago.

Even for families with some food, millions are trekking long distances in search for water for both domestic use or for their animals as most water sources have dwindled or dried up.

Crossing into Lango

In Karamoja sub-region, an unknown number of cattle have starved to death forcing the nomadic pastoralists to cross into Lango sub-region in search of pasture and water.

All the dams in the sub-region have dried up apart from one at Kobebe in Moroto District, which is stressed and could dry any time due to the influx of Turkana herdsmen from neighbouring Kenya.

At least 10,000 head of cattle, have been driven into Lango, according to Mr Paul Luwok, who is leading one of the pastoralist groups.

“I have instructed my people not to graze their animals in people’s fields, neither uproot cassava nor rape any woman as any offender will be dealt with,” Mr Luwok said.

In Pallisa District, one of the many water-stressed areas, the Town Council chairperson, Mr Yusuf Zomu, said most of the water sources, including wetlands, wells and streams have dried up.

In Busoga sub-region, the situation was not any different with millions going hungry.

“Getting water for cooking or bathing has become difficult for several families. A 20-litre jerrycan of water now costs Shs1,000,” said Mr Zomu.

“This is unsustainable due to prevailing economic hardships and famine in the area,” Mr Zomu said.

Similarly, in Bulambuli, the district council chairperson, Mr Simon Wananzofu, says most rivers that flow from Mt Elgon have dwindled and he fears they could dry up altogether should drought persist for a few more months.

In Mbarara Town, some places, including Karugangama in Nyamitanga Division, the residents have to part with more than Shs2,000 to get a jerrycan of water from vendors while in Isingiro District, some residents trek for more than five kilometers to access water. Most of the available water sources such as boreholes can no longer gush out water.

Likewise, dams in cattle corridor districts of Nakasongola and Nakasekke have dried up and thousands of cattle and people are desperate for the rains to come.

“The long dry spell has hit the farmers hard. Many water dams have dried up with some of the farmers opting to buy water from a mobile tanks to give to the animals. The only available mobile water tank, which now serves more than five sub-counties, is now very expensive,” said Mr Fred Rwabirinda, the Nakaseke District Council Secretary for Production.

The most affected sub-counties are Kinoni, Ngoma and Kinyogoga where a 10,000 litre water tank now costs about Shs40,000.

In Nebbi, District Council chairperson Ezron Alenyo said food crops and pastures have been depleted leaving the residents and cattle starving.

“We are experiencing abnormally high temperatures,” Mr Alenyo said.

Uganda, just as the rest of Africa, has experienced dry conditions through most of 2016, with the dry spell spilling over into the new year.

According to American National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), 2016 has been the hottest year since modern recordkeeping began in 1880s.

Mr Patrick Luganda, the communications advisor to the Commission on Climatology in Geneva at the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), says Uganda may start to get some rainfall in mid-February. He says scientists were due to meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in early February for an actual forecast.

Mr Deus Bamanya, the director for Applied Meteorology, Data and Climate Services with UNMA, in a recent interview with Daily Monitor advises pastoralists to sell off some of the animals to match the available water and pasture.

Mr Ecweru said the government was resorting to high-yielding, disease-resistant crops such as cassava, maize and other crops which require less rainfall on top of exploring solar irrigation schemes for farmers across the country.

But in the meantime, Mr Ecweru says government will continue to aid hunger-hit areas with food relief and assures all citizens that “no Ugandan will die of hunger.”

Mr Frank Muramuzi of the National Association of Professional Environmentalists says the future is bleak; considering that many natural resources, including forests and wetlands, have been encroached.

Dr Daniel Babikwa, the director district support coordination and public education with the National Environment Management Authority (Nema), says the changing weather is a result of human activities.

He says for Uganda, whose 40 per cent of rainfall is influenced by wetlands, rivers, lakes and forests, such dry conditions are expected and should be a warning call for all Ugandans to conserve the environment.

The August 2016 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis report reveals that 83 per cent of Uganda’s population [30,892, 131] could be food secure, and 16 per cent food stressed [5, 958, 155] while another 1 per cent [390, 165]; most of whom are from Karamoja sub-region, were faced with food crisis.

Ms Annunciatta Hakuza of the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, explains that this is as a result of the late onset of 2016 rainfall, cultivation began late and prolonged dry season through June to October.

“Indeed I’ve heard and personally experienced this phenomenon, which has wreaked havoc on the vital first-season crop across much of Uganda. In the Rwenzori sub-region where I come from, farmers have lost large acreage of maize,” says Ms Hakuza.

Temperatures

The Uganda National Meteorological Authority January 1st-10th January, forecast indicates “very hot conditions with average maximum temperatures ranging from 26.4 to 36.3 degrees centigrade,” with Nebbi District recording as high as 38.5 degrees centigrade. “The month of January is still dry as it has been experienced in last month of December 2016 [and] water levels in Lake Victoria basin have been constantly diminishing due to dry spell in most parts of the country,” reads part of the UNMA report.

The prolonged drought has too pushed both day and night temperature high making it uncomfortable for many to sleep or walk. For example, yesterday, Kampala afternoon 32°C yet the capital’s normal average temperature is 27°C. Kasese had 35 degrees Celsius while Kabale had 23 degrees Celsius. Nebbi had 38.5 instead of 32°C recorded overtime while Tororo District recorded afternoon 30°C against the normal average of 29°C. Arua District recorded afternoon temperatures of 34°C, making the district one of the hottest in the country.

Reported by Paul Tajuba, David Mafabi, Stephen Ariong, Dan Wandera, Mudangha Kolyanga, Enid Ninsiima, Longino Muhindo, Cissy Makumbi, Patrick Ebong, Clement Aluma & Rajab Mukombozi.

editorial@ug.nationmedia.com

 

Ssesimba yaakawandiika ebitabo 5 ku myaka 20!

By Silvano Kibuuka

Added 12th December 2016

Ssesimba ng’alaga ekitabo kye ekyasooka.

 

MAHAD Ssesimba ayinza okuba omuwandiisi asinga obuto mu Uganda. Ku myaka 20 gy’alina yaakawandiika ebitabo by’Oluganda bitaano!

“ Bwe nnali omuto, nnawuliranga abavubuka nga bakyamya Oluganda mu njogera, kwe kwagala okubaako bye ngolola n'okubawabula waakiri bwe baba baliko bye baagala okwogera nga tebabimanyi basooke beebuuze. Okugeza mpulira bangi abagamba nti, ‘Sijja Lya’, ng'ategeeza nti ‘sijja kulya’.

Enkoko tezaala wabula ebiika oba okwalula; embwa teba na mulambo wabula omutulumbi n’ebirala.

Bino byonna bye nassa mu kitabo ekisooka nga nange awamu nneebuuza. Ekitabo kino era kirimu okusiima Ssekabaka Sir Edward Muteesa II eyalwanirira ennyo Obuganda mu biseera ebizibu.

Muka kitange Lumbe ky’ekitabo kyange ekyokubiri kye nnakiwandiikira mu S 2 mu London College e Nansana.

Kibuulirira baka bakitaffe okwagala abaana be basanze awaka kubanga bwe babayisa obulungi bayinza okubayamba nga bakuze. Bangi abagwa mu kiti kino abaawula abaana ku bakitaabwe nga kiggya bangi mu ssomero.

Kyongerako okubuulira abazadde okuleka abaana baabwe okusoma emisomo n'okukola emirimu gye baagala mu bulamu bwabwe so si kubasibako bo abazadde bye baagala kubanga bangi bibalemerera.”

Ebitabo ebirala Ssesimba by’awandiise mulimu Nsimattuka Amagombe ekiteebereza obulamu omuntu bw'ayinza okuyitamu ng'ali emagombe era ekibuulirira okukolerera obulamu obuddako. Kino kya miko 160.

Waliwo Obutamanya bwe Buyiggisa Embwa Effumbe. Kino kirambika embeera eya bulijjo gye tuyitamu ng'abantu abandibadde abooluganda bagugulana mu butamanya.

Ekikyasembyeyo akituumye Empologoma ku Nnamulondo ky’awandiise ng’ali mu S4. Kikwata mu bukyayi abantu bwe balaga Obwakabaka naddala obwa Buganda ne kibuuza n’ekibuuzo ekisoomooza: Ggwe kiki ky'okoze okuyimirizaawo n'okukuuma ekitiibwa kya Buganda?

“Kati mpandiikayo ekitabo ekirala, Obuddu mu Nsi Yange n’eky’Olungereza kye mpise, I Wish, ekiraga engeri abantu gye bayita mu nsi ey’okwekubagiza n’okwejjusa.

Ekirala, Yields Of My Seeds kiyigiriza abavubuka okukozesa obudde bwabwe mu ngeri gye basobola okuganyulwamu nga bakaddiye. Kisomesa omuvubuka okwagala eddiini ye, okwegerera nga bagenda mu beetiingi oba okwekatankira amagengere,” bw’agamba.

Ssesimba agamba nti by’awandiika abiggya mw’ebyo by’alaga ne by’awulira eyo gy’aba atambulidde. “Okugeza bwe ndaba owa bodaboda ng'avuga endiima nfuna ekirowoozo nti ayolekedde akabenje, okufiirwa obulamu n'ebintu.

Olwo bwe ntegereza nga nnyinza okuwandiikako ekitabo ekiyamba omuntu ng’ono nga nkikola,” bw’agamba.

Agamba nti talyerabira jjajjaawe Saidat Nabukenya eyamukuza era eyatunda ente ye ku 300,000/= ze yamuwa okukubisa ekitabo kye ekyasooka ng'abantu bangi baali bagaanyi okumuyamba.

Kitaawe ye Isma Kiyemba Birungi, makanina wa mmotoka mu Nyendo e Masaka ate nnyina ye mugenzi Mariam Kizza eyafa mu 2002.

Yasomera mu Kimanji P.S e Kalangala; Victory Town School e Kyazanga mu Lwengo; London College Nansana omwaka oguwedde nga kati ali mu S5 ku Kololo High School gy’asoma History, Luganda ne Divinity.

Yeebaza Ssentebe wa disitulikiti y’e Lwengo, George Mutabaazi, kansala Mark Turyejuka owa Lwengo ne Moses Musasizi owa MK Publishers b’agamba n ti bamuyambye okukuza talanta ye ey’okuwandiika.

“Nsoma nnyo obutabo, ate kati njiga n'okuzannya katemba n'okuwandiika emizannyo mu kibiina kya Tendo Sisters ne mu Honest Film Productions.’, bw’agamba.

 

A Non Government Organization has remainded parliament to establish a minimum wage:

Publish Date: Sep 29, 2014

 

Abakozi bomukibuga Kampala nga balinda okuyitibwa kumirimu
 
Ensonga eno evudde mu mawulire ga Newvision wano e
Buganda, Kampala.
 

 By Darious Magara

 
Civil society organizations have asked Parliament to expedite the debate on the Minimum Wages Bill 2012 in order for it to come into play. 
 
Their call, presented by Platform for Labour Action (PLA), is said to be based on research in which 100% of the respondents supported the need for a minimum wage and called upon government to revise the current minimum wage to enable them improve their livelihood and access to basic necessities of life. 
 
Under the employment policy, in order to improve labour administration and labour standards, one of the strategies to be adopted by government is establishing a Minimum Wages Advisory Board to undertake research on the impact of minimum wages on employment and productivity and wage trends in key sectors. 
 
The minimum wages advisory board was constituted in 1995 to review the prevailing minimum wage and make recommendations to cabinet on the same. 
 
Lillian Mugerwa, the executive director of PLA, told New Vision on Saturday that the board’s recommendations which included the proposal to have a minimum wage were gazetted in 1997 but have never been implemented to-date. 
 
A minimum wage is the lowest hourly, daily or monthly remuneration that employers may legally pay to workers.
 
It is intended to enable a worker afford basic necessities of life such as shelter, food and health care.  It is further intended to ensure that the least paid workers are in position to afford a decent life.
 
Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. 
 
As Mugerwa explained from her office in Bukoto, Kampala, the national laws equally uphold similar values such as the right to a life of dignity as enshrined in the Ugandan Constitution and other international instruments to which Uganda is a state party. 
 
In a 2013 study that was conducted in seven districts of Kampala, Mukono, Iganga, Lira, Amolatar,Dokolo and Kaliro, voices were sought from a cross-section of workers who included domestic workers, teachers, security guards, tea estate workers and market vendors. 
 
According to the research, workers at a tea estate in Mukono complained that they were earning sh1,000 per day – which is less than a dollar and well below the poverty line.
 
Another extract from the study is the case of a security guards strike, with one of the strikers quoted as saying: “We are protecting billions, but earning a mere sh140,000 [per month] which cannot pay rent and school fees for my children. We want a reasonable salary”. 
 
However the Minimum Wages Bill 2012 has not yet been presented on the floor of Parliament to-date owing to a delay by the ministry of finance to issue a certificate of financial implication.
 
Although contentious, the bill proposes that minimum wages boards be set up to sectoral level so that wages can be determined depending on the needs of each sector. 
 
The bill also proposes penalties for failure to comply with the minimum wage and calls for the repeal of the Minimum Wages Advisory Board and Wages Councils Act Cap 221. 
 
According to Mugerwa, the position taken by government to delay establishment of a minimum wage is not in line with the National Development Plan 2009/2010-2014/2015, which highlights the establishment of a minimum wage for decent income, improved productivity and increase in aggregate demand for goods and services. 
 
The 2009/2010 labour market survey showed that 2.7 million of the people living below the poverty line (7.5 million) are termed as the working poor. They earn a median monthly income of sh50,000 and sh54,000 for casual labourers and workers in the agricultural sector. 
 
PLA is working together with such organizations as Hurinet-Uganda, LASPNET, NGO Forum, DENIVA, USPP CRO –Jinja, Uganda Law Society, FIDA, National Union of Disabled Persons in Uganda, Uganda Women's Network and CEDOVIP to lobby government to establish minimum wage.

 

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Posted on 30th September, 2014

Living on a dollar a day: How far has Uganda tackled poverty?

Matayo Karuru, his wife Ms Beatrice Tumuhaise and their children at their home in Katamba Biharwe, Mbarara District. The family is hardly able to afford decent housing or education for their children, let alone meals.

 

PHOTO BY ALFRED TUMUSHABE.  

By  EDGAR R. BATTE

 

Posted  Monday, September 22  2014 

 

In 1993 when Eliezer Magezi dropped out school he had his eyes set on processing honey. He had grown up in a family whose source of income was selling honey, so he was determined to do what he had learnt as a boy.

However, when he started out, things were not as obvious as they had earlier seemed.

Magezi started out small and his objective thereon was to get farmers to come together and start processing honey as a group as one way each of them could benefit from the advantages of collective marketing and selling. Bunyangabu Beekeepers Cooperative Limited (BBC) was born.

He explains, “The idea was simple. There were beekeepers but they were scattered. We spoke to them about the need of coming together to process honey. They had been selling their honey using rudimentary methods, one of these being using a spoon.” BBC would also use mosquito nets and buckets to sieve the honey from combs.

But this is a yesteryear story. With hard work, commitment and focus today Magezi leads fellow farmers. He is proud of the fact that their sales have grown from a mere half a tonne of honey to 13 tonnes annually. This has been with support from United National Development Programme (UNDP) through their partners Support Development of Inclusive Markets in Tourism, the group that helped link them to Andrew & Brother’s supermarket which buys their honey.

His story is not different from a good number of rural poor. Many people are actually using their time enterprisingly to better not just their lives but those of others with whom they share business aspirations and interests.

In her speech during the reading of the Budget, Finance minister Maria Kiwanuka said the proportion of people living below the poverty line has declined from 56.5 per cent in 1992/3 to 24 per cent in 2009 and further to 19.7 per cent in 2012/13. This, she added, indicates that Uganda has already surpassed the Millennium Development (MDG) target of halving the proportion of its population living in extreme poverty by 2015. “This is the first and most significant MDG,” she said.

“As Uganda celebrates progress with the MDGs, our work force is growing due to better life expectancy and social service delivery.

Their pathway to stable value-added employment is our economy’s opportunity but also our challenge. SMEs are critical in creating jobs and mobilising the informal and rural economic activity,” the Finance minister read from her speech. She added that government needs to implement the Skilling Uganda initiative in the business, technical and vocational education training with an emphasis on provision of hands on technical skills training, business skills development, and re-orienting the mind-set of potential entrepreneurs as well as enhancing financial literacy and inclusion.

As government works towards achieving MDG 1, the likes of Magezi and BBC will look to them to keep their promises.

Progress made

According to UNDP, Uganda has made great progress in terms of reducing the proportion of the population below the national poverty line. The poverty headcount- the share of people living in households below the poverty line- declined from 56 per cent in 1992/1993 to 31 per cent in 2005/2006.

“Using the former survey as the benchmark, this means that Uganda is well on its way to meeting the 2015 global target of cutting poverty in half, which would correspond to a poverty level of around 28 per cent for that year,” the UNDP assessment report reads in part. According to the UNDP report, the poverty gap, a measure of how far the poor are below the poverty line, has also narrowed. This, it adds, is an indication of improvements in monetary welfare even among those who have not risen above the poverty line.

“Uganda is five points away from the expected target for reduction of the number of people living on less than $1 a day. Between 1990 and 2012, Uganda reduced hunger by 15 per cent. However, there were set backs in the reduction of under nutrition which increased by 30 per cent in that period,” the report states.

In the State Of The Nation address, however, President Museveni gave a rosier picture, saying Uganda has achieved economic growth.

“Consequently, the proportion of people living below the poverty line has further declined from above 56 per cent in 1992 to 24.5 per cent in 2009/10; and now to 19.7 per cent in 2012/13. Uganda has, therefore, already surpassed the first MDG target of halving the proportion of the population living in extreme poverty by 2015,” he said.

However, Kiddu Gozanga, a field research for Hunger Free World Uganda, an international NGO working to build a world free of hunger, says research that was carried out in June last year in Namayumba and Busukuma in Wakiso District, in central Uganda showed some pitfalls.

Gozanga explains that from their findings, there were overall changes in household welfare as they had experienced a significant growth in consumption expenditure since 2000 when the MDGs were set. Central Uganda had registered an increase in consumption while northern Uganda showed a decline in terms of income.

While there has been some success in meeting MDG 1, challenges remain. The government, therefore, needs to find solutions. It also needs to encourage in various ways, individuals who can commit themselves to work hard and smart like Magezi to find solutions that can earn them a source of livelihood and change their lives for the better.

 

     Rose Mary Nankabirwa succumed to cancer

Shortly before he passed away, a frail Bbale Francis, a legendary news anchor on Uganda television, was forced to record an appeal to the public to raise funds for his treatment at a hospital in India.

For such a renowned figure, being reduced to begging for money for treatment was a slap in the face after decades serving Uganda. But he had no other option. Sadly, though, Bbale passed away on the very day the fundraising was to start.

Days later, a similar fundraising activity had to be undertaken for another television personality, Rosemary Nankabirwa, who needed Shs 100m for treatment in Kenya. At least Shs 110m was raised for Nankabirwa following a social media and car wash campaign by her former colleagues at NTV Uganda. Unfortunately, it came a little too late.

On Sunday afternoon, she lost the battle. The two news anchors were both battling cancer. While the duo’s public profiles at least brought their plight to the national conscience, several Ugandans have similarly resorted to begging for millions of shillings to travel abroad and treat certain ailments because no Ugandan hospital has the capacity to do so.

Over the last 12 months or so, The Observer has published appeals by at least five individuals seeking Shs 304.5 million for treatment abroad. This amount is the equivalent of what President Museveni spent on the car he gave Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi as his 60th birthday gift on Monday.

The appeals often come after recommendations from doctors at the Mulago national referral hospital, who concede that they do not have the equipment, funding, etc to handle such cases. Among the ailments for which Ugandans often seek treatment abroad are kidney diseases, renal failure, liver transplant and different heart ailments.

 

BEGGING CULTURE

The head of the Uganda Heart Institute at Mulago hospital, Dr John Omagino, told The Observer on Tuesday that while the institute has developed capacity to handle most of the procedures for heart diseases, they do not have the funds for human resource and supplies.

“The issue we are struggling with is the operational funds. We are operating the place at a capacity of 20 to 25 per cent instead of 100 per cent. The budget is only 20 per cent [of what the institute needs],” he added.

As if to indicate the begging culture has permeated even the institute, Dr Omagino added: “We are calling on literally everybody to improve on that budget shortfall; if the corporate world or any other group can come in to help... because the supplies are very expensive and all of them are disposable.”

Mulago’s renal unit, on the other hand, had 22 dialysis machines (which replace the natural filtration system of the kidney when that organ fails), meaning the hospital can only handle 30 patients requiring the service daily. A brand new dialysis machine costs $7,000 to $22,000 (about Shs 20.9m to Shs 65.7m) before taxes and transportation costs, according to various sources, while second-hand ones go for $3,000 to $7,000 (about Shs 9m to Shs 20.9m), which is pocket change for government.

The lack of capacity to treat such conditions within Uganda, yet President Museveni continues to dole out millions of shillings, angers activists such as Godber Tumushabe, who says it is a sign that the government has gone “off the rails.”

Giving the example of a health facility in Masaka district he has visited, Tumushabe said the situation is even worse for most ordinary Ugandans who cannot access “even the most basic health services.”

PRIVILEGED FEW

While ordinary Ugandans have to move around with begging bowls for contributions to secure good health services, the government has set aside $2.2m (about Shs 6.6 billion) annually for government officials to secure treatment abroad.

The government says it also sets aside another $76m (about 227.2 billion) for ordinary Ugandans with ailments beyond the capacity of Uganda’s medical institutions who need to seek treatment abroad.

A source who has tried to seek government funding for treatment abroad, however, intmated to The Observer that their request was turned down by the health minister on grounds that the patient was not a government employee.

Efforts by The Observer to speak to senior government officials such as health minister Elioda Tumwesigye, state minister Chris Baryomunsi, and Health ministry permanent secretary Asumani Lukwago were futile as they could not be reached on their known phone numbers.

Mid-last year, Mulago hospital signed an agreement with Yashoda Hospitals in India, which it hoped would culminate in Mulago’s ability to undertake kidney transplants. The Observer was unable to establish the level of progress made in the joint effort by the two hospitals.

Late last year, President Museveni launched a $40 million (Shs 119.6 billion) facelift of Mulago hospital, which will entail re-modelling, restructuring and re-equipping the hospital. However, with Mulago currently receiving only a third of the Shs 100bn that its administrators say is necessary for effective service provision, the renovation alone will not be enough.

STATE OF HOSPITALS

The state of Uganda’s health facilities has been captured in so many studies that the government has all the information it needs about the problems that afflict the sector. For instance, a parliamentary health committee report of August 2012 identified inadequate health workers, poor remuneration, under-funding of referral hospitals, and mismanagement of funds as some of the challenges afflicting health service delivery in Uganda.

And last week, the auditor general released a value-for-money report on regional referral hospitals (RRHs), which paints a grim picture of health service delivery across the country.

The report exposes huge influxes of patients due to operational weaknesses, lack of specialised hospital staff to deliver services, and even an accumulation of expired drugs due to poor management of the hospitals. Yet, in its conclusion, the auditor general’s report says the situation can be redeemed if the leadership can get its act together across the country.

“The results of the efficiency study of the operations of RRHs using the data envelopment analysis technique have shown that 50 per cent of the RRHs were relatively efficient in the utilisation of their resources,” it concludes.

“The remaining inefficient hospitals exhibited potential for improvements if appropriate interventions were made to address the slacks in the utilisation of the key inputs such as medicines, infrastructure/equipment and human resource. With reduced inefficiency, RRHs stand to reap significant input savings from their activities. This would ensure improvements in the coverage and quality of health services.”

The question then, is whether the government can stop the discriminative approach of setting money aside for some individuals and leaving the rest of the country to beg for good health – often with donations trickling in slower than death.

 

hobenon@observer.ug 

 

In Uganda Accused police officers  have been put back to work on the job of Shs165b pension probe: Not again!

 

Suspects in the pension scam Mr Christopher Obey, Mr Kiwanuka Kunsa and Mr David Oloka at the Anti-Corruption Court.

File Photo 

By Yasiin Mugerwa

 

Posted  Monday, June 1  2015 at  01:00

 

In the Uganda Parliament, Kampala:

The two detectives accused of pocketing bribes by the head of the police Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) in the Shs165b dismissed pension scam case have been re-instated on the probe team by the Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Kale Kayihura.

In his letter, dated May 26, Gen Kayihura deployed eight top detectives to assist the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Justice Mike Chibita resurrect the investigations into the abuse of Shs165b.

 

The new officers IGP assigned to the pension case are Commissioner Chelimo Beata; detectives Jimmy Aguma, Benson Wathum, Egido Otim, Beatrice Khainza and Emmanuel Wasswa.

In addition to the six detectives, Gen Kayihura said: “D/SP George Komurubuga and D/AIP Moses Kato will also be available as you requested.” Gen Kayihura explained in the letter that he included D/SSP Aguma because he is an ICT specialist.

In re-instating Mr Komurubuga and Mr Kato on the case, Gen Kayihura acted on the request of Justice Chibita who, according to sources at DPP made a “passionate appeal” to have the two detectives reinstated on the case.

Justice Chibita had on May 19 requested the IGP to send him a team of police investigators, including the two detectives that CIID boss, Ms Grace Akullo had accused of pocketing bribes to author a parallel file which jeopardised the investigations.

In an interview with the Daily Monitor in April this year, Ms Akullo accused the two operatives of instigating the collapse of the case where nine suspects were charged with masterminding the plunder of Shs165b belonging to pensioners.

Asked why he requested the return of the two accused officers, Justice Chibita yesterday declined to comment on the new developments before looking at the contents of Gen Kayihura letter.

He also said he needed to see his letter of May 19 before discussing the matter. Justice Chibita, however, promised to give the details to Daily Monitor today.

However, it’s not clear whether Ms Akullo will continue to oversee the new investigation into the pension scam since her name was not mentioned in Gen Kayihura’s letter to the DPP.

Ms Akullo has since been stopped from talking to the media without clearance from the IGP.

Gen Kayihura, has since ordered an inquiry to establish how information about the investigations into the pension scam case and the internal feuds between the Force’s crime fighting units went to the media without his permission.

MPs who talked to Daily Monitor at the weekend said the decision by IGP is “a slap in the face” of Ms Akullo, who last month alleged the two detectives (Mr Komurubuga and Mr Kato) were bribed by some of the key suspects who also asked if she had received her share.

 

Ms Akullo claimed the duo, without her knowledge, wrote a second investigation report which contradicted the official report she had signed off, and submitted to the DPP. She said they authored the second report “in order to account for the money they had received from the suspects.”

The two detectives have since denied allegations of pocketing bribes to compromise the investigation.

But when Parliament committees: Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and the Defence and Internal Affairs made parallel inquiries into what led to the bungling of the pension scam case, they found that the second report in question was neither authored by the two detectives nor forwarded to DPP by the same officers.

However, the MPs, according to sources, agreed in principle to “let bygones be bygones” and tasked DPP and IGP to reinstate the case. 

Police spokespersons Fred Enanga and deputy spokesperson Polly Namaye were not available to speak on the new developments and what role the CIID boss Ms Akullo will play in the new probe. 

Mr Komurubuga and Mr Kato could also not answer repeated phone calls. Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson, Mr Patrick Onyango, declined to comment on the matter and instead referred Daily Monitor to Mr Enanga and Ms Namaye whom he said speak on behalf of the IGP.