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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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!

THE JENGAMTOTO FOUNDATION IN UGANDA

 

 

http://jengamtoto.com/

 

This is the clinic alongside the Clinic Road that leads to the government hospital at Komamboga

 

 

 

THE BROCHURE

 

 

ABOUT US

 

JENGA MTOTO FOUNDATION is a non profitable organization registered to offer comprehensive rehabilitation services to children with disabilities.

 

 

THE MOTTO

 

 

SEE THE ABLE NOT THE LABEL

 

We greatly believe that every child is born and lives with individual potential to perform despite the labeled disability. We therefore emphasize maximum focus on each child’s individual potentials and strengths to engage in productive activities and this is looked at as the basic foundation for skills training and talent exploration and development

 

MISSION

To provide quality comprehensive rehabilitation services to children living with physical and/or mental challenges limiting their levels of functional performance

 

VISION

To promote quality independent functional performance in lives of children living with physical and/or mental difficulties in Uganda

CORE VALUES

  • Unending passion for children
  • Quality and professionalism
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Unity and togetherness

 

FOUNDATION STRATEGY

Jenga Mtoto Foundation mainly focuses on providing quality independent lives to children living with physical and mental difficulties through appropriate therapy intervention support, capacity building, talent exploration and development and skills training programs.

 

ENROLMENT PROGRAM

We welcome all children living with physical and/or mental difficulties all ages between 0 to 18 years.

We run a boarding program for boys ranging from 4 to 18 years whereas other children are   dropped and picked   daily by parents/guardians

Enrollment process; 

 

Referrel-------- Appointment--------------- Intervention--------------- Assessment

 

ASSESSEMENT

Children undergo detailed assessment by professional therapists from all departments and this is intended to determine the children’s individual strengths and therapy needs

 

INTERVENTION PROGRAM

When enrolled, the children undergo a series of therapy intervention program from all therapy departments including occupational, physio, behavioral and speech and language therapists to establish the child’s therapy needs. The departments then develop an individualized therapy support plan basing on the child’s abilities and therapy needs

Children are also trained academic skills by special needs educators and this is also supplemented by talent exploration and development as well as skills training which include handmade craft skills, cooking skills and productive agriculture

 

PHYSIOTHERAPY

The physiotherapists mainly asses for children’s  impairments and disabilities for promotion of mobility, functional abilities, quality of lives and movements potentials for all children at the foundation center  The goal of our physiotherapists is to restore hope for limb function and assist each child reach his/her full physical potentials.

 

SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION

Our special education program targets learners with special needs and aims at providing individualized and modified strategies to help each child acquire academic skills. This is implemented by special needs instructors who apply differentiated learning approaches to suit each child’s individual learning abilities as established by the therapists

 

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY

This is a mode of treatment that focuses on the production and use of speech, difficulty in understanding and use of language, communication, feeding, chewing and swallowing. Speech and language therapists aim to assess and treat to improve speech, language and communication problems for children to communicate to their highest abilities

 

 

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY – OT

OT is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupations. This mode of treatment applies purposeful activities of self care, work and play/leisure to improve functional independence and enhance meaningful development.

Occupational therapists work closely with children to assist them become proficient in activities of daily living including self care (bathing, dressing, feeding, grooming, toileting), productive activities (house chores, learning) and leisure (play, social and communication skills).

 CONDITIONS WE ADDRESS

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Hydrocephalus/ microcephalus
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury effects
  • Spinal Cord injuries and deformities
  • Amputation cases
  • Bowl incontinence
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorders
  • Sleeping Disorders
  • Conduct disorders
  • Mental retardation
  • Burns and their effects
  • Bone fractures
  • Learning disabilities
  • Eating and swallowing disorders
  • Hearing impairments
  • Repaired cleft lip and palate
  • Delayed milestones
  • Repaired club foot

 

 

OTHER SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Volunteer ship
  • Internship and supervision
  • Research data collection
  • Parent groups
  • Care taker training

 

 

JENGA MTOTO FOUNDATION

Plot 267

KOMAMBOGA, Off Gayaza road

KAMPALA – UGANDA

 

CONTACTS

00256-702790985                             00256-7016669

00256-787366447                             00256-7766669

 

+447714245284

00256-704314826

 

 1st July, 2018

Email: jengamtoto2018found@gmail.com

Website:www.jengamtoto.com

 

This is a real sincere partnership with UNICEF

An African kid suffering its life out in these modern times

 

The African kid having a nap in the dust of Planet Earth.

 

 

Unfortunately this is not on Planet Mars where Robot Curiosity is suffering it out alone checking the rocky dust!

 

NASA 's curiosity rover abandoned on Planet Mars

Side information:

Mmengo esse omukago ne European Union okuyamba ko okukulaakulanya abaana abato nabavubuka wano e Buganda:

By Dickson Kulumba

 

Added 30th January 2019

 

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Bino byabaddewo oluvanyuma lw’ensisinkano n’Omubaka w’Omukago (European Union Ambassador to Uganda), H,E. Attilio Pacifici eyakyadde e Bulange Mmengo ku Lwokubiri 29 January, 2019 mwebayogeredde ensonga ezitali zimu.

 

 

 

Hon. Sam Kutesa meets with the New European Union Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Attilio Pacifici at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kampala, Uganda.

 

 

MMENGO egenda kukolagana n’Omukago gwa Bulaaya okutumbula embeera z’abavubuka ababeera mu bifo by’omugotteko Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga beyayogeddeko nti bangi beesiwa ebiragalalagala n’omwenge ebitatanye obulamu bwabwe.

 

“Abavubuka bangi ababeera mu bifo by’enzigotta (Ghetto), obulamu bwebayitamu buzibu ddala;-tebalina mirimu era n’engeri gyebasulamu tesanyusa n’olwekyo tugenda kukolagana n’aboomukago gwa Bulaaya okulaba engeri gyetunakolaganamu okukyusa embeera z’abavubuka bano,” Mayiga bweyayogedde.

Bino byabaddewo oluvanyuma lw’ensisinkano n’Omubaka w’Omukago gwa Bulaaya mu Uganda, Attilio Pacific eyakyadde e Bulange Mmengo ku Lwokubiri January 29,2019 mwebayogeredde ensonga ezitali zimu.

 

Pacifici yategezezza nti mu kiseera kino waliwo obwetaavu  okukubiriza abalimi mu Uganda okulima ebirime mu bungi  era eby’omutindo ebisobola okuvuganya ku katale k’e Bulaaya lwebajja okufunamu ensimbi ezetaagisa okwekulakulanya.

Mayiga yategezezza omugenyi we nti Obwakabaka bwateekawo enkola egenderera okutumbula ebirime bina okuli Amatooke, emmwanyi, lumonde ne muwogo oluvanyuma lw’okukizuula nti birime byatunzi ate tebiggwaako katale.

Oluvanyuma yalambuza Omubaka Pacifici eyazze n’akulira emirimu ku kitebe ky’Omukago guno mu Kampala, Cedric Melwel, ebifo eby’enjawulo ebiri ku Bulange okuli emiziro gy’Abaganda, ekibumbe ekyakolebwa okujjukira okuddawo kw’Obwakabaka mu 1993 n’okubalengeza oluguudo Kabakanjagala nga bweruva ku Bulange okutuuka mu Twekobe mu Lubiri e Mmengo.

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Owekitiibwa nkuwa gabwerere, Omuzungu ono mutwale ko wano ku kkommera lye Buganda erirabirila abaana abazibu kuluguudo lwe Masaka. Awo e Kampiringisa omuzungu aja kutegera bulungi kyayinza okukuyamba mu kunsonga eyo enkulu gyoyogeddeko naye.

 

Mbadde nti anakuyamba omala kumulaga gwe kyokozewo naye nakuyambira okwo. Ebyokutuula mumwami akooye nosalako amagulu nga bwebakuyita Omwami gundi oba Owekitiibwa gundi Bungereza ekimanyi nti e Buganda kyakoma bamaze okutusibula nga 8 October 1962. Ate kakati okwata otya abaana bo abeesiga ebiragalalagala nokunywa Uganda Waragi okuva kumakya okutuusa obudde okukya, obawe omuzungu akuyambe ko okubajjamu abantu abobuvunanyizibwa wano e Buganda? Kitalo kino.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poliisi y'e Nansana etubidde n'abaana abaabula:

By Musasi wa Bukedde, Peter Ssaava

 

Added 8th January 2019

 

POLIISI y'e Nansana etubidde n’abaana bana abaabula mu biseera by’ennaku enkulu okuva mu maka ga bazadde baabwe.

Police ya Uganda nabaana abamu abaabuze ku Christmas

 

Abaana kuliko; Jacskon Happy 12 nga yava Mityana, Nicholas Kalyango 13 nga yabula okuva e Masaka, Winnie Babirye 11 eyava e Busunju mu Mityana n’omulala eyatageerekeseeko erya Nalukwago 10 nga yabula okuva e Katooke.

Omu ku baana; Winnie Babirye yategezezza nti kitaawe yasuulawo nnyina n'awasa omukazi omulala ng’ono yali amutulugunya okutuusa lwe yeekyawa n'adduka ewaka n'atambula okutuusa lwe yatuuka e Nansana wabula nga talina n’omu gw’amanyi.

 

Atwala ofiisi ekola ku nsonga z’abaana n’amaka ku poliisi ye Nansana, ASP Amelia Tumwehe ategezezza nti omuwendo gw’abaana ababula mu Nansana gweyongedde nga kiva ku bazadde obutaba na buvunanyizibwa eri abaana babwe.

Ategeezezza nti singa abazadde b’abaana bano banaabula, bagenda kubakwasa ofiisi ekola ku nsonga z’abaana (probation office) ku disitulikiti y'e Wakiso ebafunire we bayinza okubeera.

 

 

 

 

 

The country of Uganda is failing to develop properly the children’s potential:

This is a World Bank Report:

How come then can this country embroiled in so much debt be able to pay back its massive international debts:

 

Exams. Buwidi Primary School P7 candidates sit for a test ahead of their final Primary Leaving Examinations. The World Bank says one can only attain 100 per cent of their potential if they enjoy complete education. Photo by Ronald Sebe 

By Stephen Kafeero

A new study by the World Bank says Uganda is underinvesting in the potential of her population, placing it in position 137 out of 157 countries examined.

The study concludes that countries like Uganda on the bottom of the Human Capital Index (HCI) are failing to provide millions of their children with basic things such as a proper diet, education, and healthcare in their formative years. This, the study notes, makes the children to lag behind for a lifetime.

HCI seeks to measure the amount of human capital that a child born today can expect to attain by age 18. The index values the productivity of the next generation of workers, compared to a benchmark of complete standard education and full health.

It has three components – survival, expected years of quality-adjusted school, and health environment.

For example, the HCI study reveals that a child born in Uganda today will only achieve 38 per cent of his/her productive potential in life because of the limited investments that the country makes in developing children.

One can only attain 100 per cent of their potential if they enjoy complete education and full health during their childhood, the study notes.

This means that children born in Uganda today will lose more than 60 per cent of their potential lifetime earnings because government is currently not making effective investments to ensure they are healthy, educated and ready for the workplace of the future.

Human capital consists of the knowledge, skills, and health that people accumulate throughout their lives, enabling them to realise their potential as productive members of society.

The solution, the World Bank Group says, is in ending extreme poverty and creating more inclusive societies through developing human capital. This, the bank adds, requires investing in people through nutrition, healthcare, quality education, jobs and skills.

“The cost of inaction on human capital development is going up. Without human capital, countries cannot sustain economic growth, will not have a workforce that is prepared for the more highly-skilled jobs of the future, and will not compete effectively in the global economy,” the bank said.

It added: “The Human Capital Project is expected to help create the political space for national leaders to prioritise transformational human capital investments.

The objective is rapid progress towards a world in which all children arrive in school well-nourished and ready to learn, can expect to attain real learning in the classroom, and are able to enter the job market as healthy, skilled, and productive adults.”

Other indicators

In Uganda, the probability of surviving the first five years after birth is 95 out of 100. However, 29 out of 100 children are stunted, and so at risk of cognitive and physical limitations that can last a lifetime.

When it comes to the expected years of school, a child who starts school at age four can expect to complete seven years of school by her 18th birthday. Factoring in what children actually learn, the study concludes, that the expected years of school is only 4.5 years.

Meanwhile, students in Uganda score 397 on a scale where 625 represents advanced attainment and 300 represents minimum attainment in harmonised test scores.

Across Uganda, 70 per cent of 15-year-olds will survive until age 60. This statistic is a proxy for the range of fatal and non-fatal health outcomes that a child born today would experience as an adult under current conditions.

Globally, Asian countries topped with Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong being in the top four while Nigeria, Liberia, Mali and Niger lead from bottom.

Summary for Uganda

Human Capital Index: A child born in Uganda today will be 38 per cent as productive when she grows up as she could be if she enjoyed complete education and full health.

Probability of Survival to Age 5: 95 out of 100 children born in Uganda survive to age 5.

Expected Years of School: In Uganda, a child who starts school at age 4 can expect to complete 7 years of school by the 18th birthday.

Harmonised Test Scores: Students in Uganda score 397 on a scale where 625 represents advanced attainment and 300 represents minimum attainment.

Learning-adjusted Years of School: Factoring in what children actually learn, expected years of school is only 4.5 years.

Adult Survival Rate: Across Uganda, 70 per cent of 15-year olds will survive until age 60. This statistic is a proxy for the range of fatal and non-fatal health outcomes that a child born today would experience as an adult under current conditions.

Healthy Growth (Not Stunted Rate): 71 out of 100 children are not stunted. 29 out of 100 children are stunted, and so at risk of cognitive and physical limitations that can last a lifetime.

 

 

 

 

 

Uganda, Embwa 10 ziridde omwana emisana ttuku e Kyengera!

By Musasi wa Bukedde

 

Added 17th January 2019

 

EKIKANGABWA kibuutikidde abatuuze b’e Kyengera mu zooni ya Mugongo ‘B’ ekisangibwa mu Wakiso, embwa bwe zikkakkanye ku mwana ow’emyaka 2 ne zimugwako ekiyiifuyiifu ne zimutta.

 

Namwebe nnyina w’omugenzi (agalamidde wansi) n’abatuuze nga bagezaako okumubudaabuda.

 

Zibadde ssaawa ssatu ez’oku makya, embwa ezisoba mu 10 bwe zisikambudde omwana Galson Katongole (2), okuva mu luggya lwa jjajjaawe ne zimukulubbeesa mu bikata bya lumonde ne zitandika okumulya kitundu ku kitundu.

 

Abadduukirize bagenze okujja nga zaamaze dda okumusowolamu ebyenda, omutima, ekibumba n’amaaso ng’era omwana yafudde dda.

Harriet Namuddu omu ku batuuze abaasoose okulaba embwa zino agamba nti abadde avaako ku buduuka kwe kuwulira embwa nga zikaaba ng’eziriko kye zirya kwe kugezaako okuzisemberera kyokka nga naye zaagala kumugoba olwo n’alaya enduulu. Wano abadduukirize we bajjidde ne batandika okuzigoba.

 

Wabula baagenze okwetegereza nga ziriko omwana gwe zibadde zirya nga n’okufa yafudde dda.

Katongole mutabani wa Paul Kamya ne Maurine Namwebe abatuuze b’e Busunju - Mityana era nga nnyina abadde yamuleeta wa jjajjaawe Christine Ndagire abeereko naye okumala akaseera asobole okuva ku mabeere.

“Bannange omwana w’omwana wange afudde bubi nnyo, nfunye ekikangabwa, nze ngenda kufa ng’omuliro gunjokya omutima, omwana wange yafuna ebisobya bwereere? Abadde atandise okumpita erinnya nti jjajja.

Ne ku nkya ya leero mbadde mutabulira caayi n’asooba mpola n’aggulawo oluggi lwa geeti emanju nga bw’angamba nti jjajja baayi.

Mbadde manyi ali mu kuzannya na munne nga bulijjo. Kyokka omutima gwekanze omulundi gumu ne guhhamba nti genda olabe omwana gy’alaze, ng’enze okufuluma wabweru okumunoonya emiranga gy’abatuuze gye ginnyanirizza.

Okwetegereza nga mwami muto wange ali mu bikata bya lumonde embwa zaamusse dda nga n’engoye zonna zimwambudde ali bukunya”, Christine Ndagire jjajja wa Katongole (eyafudde ) bw’annyonnyola.

Bo abazadde tebaasobodde kuvaamu wadde ekigambo okuggyako emiranga emyereere era nnyina w’omugenzi azirise nga takikkiriza nti ddala omwana we, abadde talinaako wadde ekirwadde, embwa zimuttidde ku bugenyi ewa jjajja gye yali amuleese okumuggya ku mabeere.

Tomas Wamala, ow’amawulire mu zooni eno agamba nti embwa eziri ku kyalo zisoba mu 70 kyokka nga zigumba mu bifo eby’enjawulo.

Bwe ziwulira nga zinnaazo zikaaba nga zonna zivaayo gye zibadde zeekukumye. Ne bw’oba muntu mukulu nga ggwe zitaayizza kikubeerera kizibu okuzeetakkuluzaako kuba nkambwe ate nyingi ddala.

“twagezaako okutuukirira be tusuubira nti be bannyini zo kyokka buli omu ng’azegaana ate bwe butuuka emisana olaba ziri mu bikomera byabwe. Twatuuza n’olukiiko lw’ekyalo ne tuziroopera abakulu ku ggombolola e Nsangi ne batusuubiza okujja okuzitta kyokka kati kitutte ebbanga lya myezi ng’esatu tetubawuliza”, Wamala bw’annyonnyola.

Herman Katumba, akwanaganya poliisi n’omuntu wa bulijjo ku poliisi e Kyengera, avumiridde bannannyini mbwa abatazifaako ne bazireka okutigomwa abatuuze. “okusinziira ku by’ogerwa abatuuze, kiraga nti embwa za ku kyalo era n’abantu bazimanyi ate nga nkambwe eziyinza n’okulya omuntu omukulu.

Bannyini zo bazisibe. Omulambo gwaggyiddwaawo poliisi y’e Kyengera ne gutwalibwa mu ddwaaliro e Mulago okwongera okwekebejjebwa.

In the Uganda National Hospital at Mulago Hill, the  pediatric unit is full of children with critically medical problems that need to be addressed urgently.

By Agnes Nantambi

 

Added 1st December 2018

 

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Shanta Patel Rabadiya, the founder of Apar Foundation giving items to malnourished children at the Mwana Mugimu nutrition ward at Mulago Hospital. Photos by Agnes Nantambi

M/s Adokorach Margaret, the senior nursing officer, said the current admission rate stands at above 30 children per day, yet most of them are brought while in critical conditions.

 

Speaking during the children’s Christmas party organised by Apar Foundation at the ward on Friday, Adokorach stated that the ward, which admits children from zero day to 18 years including, sickle cell patients, is always overwhelmed with the number of admission.

 

“We always serve for 24 hours and provide emergency treatment before we transfer these children to their parental wards like 16, 1C, 11 and Mwana Mugimu for those who are malnourished,” she said.

 

Adokorach noted that the critically ill babies are admitted to the pediatric intensive care Unit.

 

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Patel and officials from the International Medical Foundation pushing trolley carrying some of the items they donated to malnourished children at the Mwana Mugimu ward.

Shanta Patel Rabadiya, the co-founder Apar Foundation, an organisation promoting proper nutrition among children, observed the need to promote the feeding of children on proper diet to address the problem of malnutrition.

 

She said the foundation embarked on a nutrition programme by feeding children in slums on nutritious foods. “We started with 200 children at Acholi quarter in Kinawataka slums in Kampala after a needs assessment, which established that most of the children in the area were malnourished, which called for an annual feeding programme conducted every Sunday,” Rabadiya said.

 

She noted that little things like porridge and bread can make a difference in the lives of children in the slums; to them this is a complete meal because they come from broken families where the mother is working and has seven children to take care of.

 

“When we give them a cup of porridge and bread, that is satisfying for them, that’s why every week the number grows and right now over 450 children have benefited, “Rabadiya said.

 

She advised the public to invest in the children because they are the leaders of tomorrow.

 

Rabadiya explained that the foundation started with a medical camp conducted in partnership with the International Medical Foundation and that over 700 people in the villages of Wabigalo, a Kampala surbub were treated.

 

This was followed by a fun day and Christmas party for the children in the slums of Acholi quarter and Makindye, feeding over 800 children every Sunday throughout the year on top of donating items in Mulago Hospital children’s wards.

 

Shanta Patel Rabadiya, the founder of Apar Foundation giving items to malnourished children at the Mwana Mugimu nutrition ward at  Mulago Hospital. Photos by Agnes Nantambi

 

Patel and officials from the International Medical Foundation pushing trolley carrying some of the items they donated to malnourished children at the Mwana Mugimu  ward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Government of Uganda and the national and  international partners are coming out all the way to try and help the young African refugees, running away from their various African countries of civil wars, to access education in this country:

Ms Lucy Ayego (Right) tends to her vegetable garden in Palabek Ogili refugee camp, Lamwo District, last week. FILE PHOTO  

By Patience Ahimbisibwe

IN UGANDA, Kampala- Hindiyo Abdulkadir, 18, and her family fled Somalia for Uganda nearly 11 years ago, following political instability back home.

Her brother had been abducted and her mother, Ms Sofia Mire Jimale, was constantly receiving death threats.

Traumatised, the family of eight decided in December 2007 to leave what they had called home since birth without informing anyone.

On arrival, they did not know what to expect and for one year, Abdulkadir was out of school for fear of the unknown.

But her mother encouraged her to carry on and she later joined school even when she did not know a word in English.

“We left Somalia for Uganda because of terror. I could only speak Arabic and feared going out in our new country. I stayed home for a year. My mother insisted I needed to start taking risks. I am glad I did. Uganda is where I have felt I can become someone. My country doesn’t recognise a girl child. Thank you Uganda for helping us refugees pursue our dreams,” a teary Abdulkadir said as she recollected her journey to Uganda.

It is for children such as Abdulkadir that government, together with development partners, including UN agencies and civil society organisations on Friday launched an Education Response Plan (ERP).

The plan targets refugees who left their countries because of instability to enable them access quality education together with the host communities.

First of its kind

ERP is the first of its kind, presenting a policy for refugee education globally. If funded, it will address refugee crisis in Uganda where about 353,000 refugee children and another 171,000 host children are out of school.

Uganda is host to 1.4 million refugees, with more continuing to arrive daily from South Sudan, DR Congo, and other conflict-affected countries.

The Save the Children Fund country director, Ms Brechtje Van Lith, urged donors to support Uganda with funds to enable them implement the plan.

Save the Children says more than 130,000 refugees arrived this year alone, and of these six in every 10 of them are children under 18 years.

Mr David Lawrence Dumba, a South Sudanese refugee, who is now head teacher at Alaba Primary School in Bidibidi settlement camp, reported that they are overwhelmed with learners now at 4,129 with only 36 teachers. Of these pupils, 132 are Ugandans.

Education and Sports minister Janet Museveni said the refugee influx is stressing already limited school resources in local communities. She appealed for funds to enable government continue giving services to the distressed communities.

 

pahimbisibwe@ug.nationmedia.com

 

 

 

The Social media tax the government of Uganda introduced is too expensive and an inconvenience especially for the deaf and people with disabilities on the continent of Africa:

27 September, 2018

Written by Yudaya Nangonzi

Deaf people during a procession in Mbale

The people of Uganda with disabilities are marching to make their points to the government of Uganda at the city of Mbale, Bugisu, Eastern Province of Uganda.

 

Deaf people in Uganda have asked government to exempt them from the current social media tax. They argue that the tax complicates their communication problems and access to essential services such as education, health, justice, worship, news and information.

Under the auspices of the Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD), they said that they are ready to compile and share a list of an estimated 1,083,649 deaf persons in Uganda as enshrined in the 2014 Uganda National Housing and Population Census report. UNAD executive director Joseph Mbulamwana said the new social media tax is hurting most deaf people because they cannot afford it.

 

“Most of the deaf people are really poor. Before introducing OTT [Over The Top] tax, we were communicating well but with the new taxes, our phones are off. We want to communicate but we cannot. It is like government is closing our mouth and does not want us to communicate,” Mbulamwana said, insisting that government should subsidize the tax.

He added: “This is not fair. Does government want us to resort to local communications in which we used to ride bicycles and look for each other to communicate?”

On July 1, 2018, government started imposing the Shs 200 daily tax for social media users despite protests in a bid to widen the country’s tax base. The OTT tax has forced a sizeable number of people to evade it by using virtual private network (VPN) applications.

Mbulamwana said the deaf continually get misinformed of the risk to their lives because of communication gaps.

“While government promotes ABC as a method of fighting HIV/AIDS, some deaf people confuse it for ABC Dent toothpaste. We also had a case of a deaf person who almost died because the doctor was not able to explain to him how to take the drugs. They gave him tablets with instructions to take 2x3 tablets, which meant taking two tabs for three times a day at equal intervals. He instead took six tablets at once!”

As such, he said adoption of technologies to ease information flow is timely and will likely reverse the communication gap. Mbulamwana revealed this at the week-long International Deaf Awareness campaign held in Mbale district under the theme, “Sign Language Rights for All.”

It entailed a series of activities aimed at creating awareness about issues that concern deaf people from September 17 to 22, 2018. They included Uganda Sign Language Symposium, sensitization meetings and visits to community schools, the deaf awareness debate, a football match between deaf men and women against hearing counterparts and cleaning public service centers such as markets and hospitals.

Speaking during the closure of the activities at Maluku grounds in Mbale, the state minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, said government is developing the inclusive education policy to improve accessibility, retention and completion rates of children and youth with disabilities in education.

She also revealed that government has established training and rehabilitation centres in places such as Lweza and Kireka in Wakiso district, Ruti in Mbarara district and Mpumudde in Jinja district where youths with disabilities get employable skills in tailoring, metal work, carpentry and cosmetology, among others.

Nakiwala reechoed government commitment to address stigma and discrimination, strengthen economic empowerment, and promote inclusive education and harness technology and innovations. Meanwhile, the deaf have also embarked on a campaign to teach and promote sign language digitally in a bid to increase the usage and understanding of sign language.

Under the digital content for learning of sign language, learners will be able to access content through enhanced videos aided with graphical illustrations and all content can be stored in one place and accessed online. Learners will also be able to interact with each other and team up to improve their communication skills.

Various stakeholders welcomed the digital sign language for the deaf campaign.

“Many times teachers get stuck in class. Sometimes you have a scientific word for which you don’t know the sign; so, having content on digital platform allows you to cross-check and see the sign,” Hellen Ikitot, a teacher at Mbale Secondary School for the Deaf, said.

Dr Edgar Napoleon Asiimwe, the programme manager, Research at the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER), the funding organisation for the project, said: “Digitalizing will help everyone to know to communicate. For instance, if a deaf girl is raped and she goes to report to police, the police officer shouldn’t look at her as though she is not important just because the two cannot communicate.”

He said the deaf are a community of people with a language of their own that need everyone’s support.

nangonzi@observer.ug

 

 

 

 

Nalongo Nana fears for her life after storming that Acode meeting:

September 25, 2018

Written by Justus Lyatuu

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Nalongo Nana stormed the Acode meeting against too much tax in Uganda without social services for all

 

 

Nalongo Annette Nana Namata Mwafrika Mbarikiwa became an overnight celebrity on social media when she stormed a meeting organized by Acode a couple of weeks ago, snatched a microphone and dramatically told off the delegates.

Quick Talk caught up with her at her lawyer’s office in Wandegeya where they were organizing to record a statement at police; she has reportedly been receiving threatening SMSes, calls and WhatsApp messages after the incident.

The interview starts in Wandegeya and continues to Kampala Central police station (CPS).

Nalongo is wearing a dress this time, and keeps her sunglasses on throughout the interview. She wears her hair in dreadlocks and far from the agitated woman in green shorts who went viral on social media, Nalongo now looks composed – even worried. Quick Talk is struck by her beauty…

Hi! This is Quick Talk from The Observer!

Hi! We talked on phone; sorry I could not recognize you, my phone has been buzzing all day and night. I receive a lot of calls and SMSes, I’m not sure who I’m talking to; anyway we can do the interview.

 

Okay Madam Celeb! Have you watched the video clip?

Yeah! Oh my! That was crazy! I feared myself. I think I was very annoyed. [Laughs out loud.]

 

Some people say it was stage-managed.

[Looks pissed and throws her hands in the air to stress the point!] No! Uganda has reached a point where [people] cannot talk about what is hurting them!

We are hustlers and I can say I completely got pissed off and on that day I expressed myself.

 

Tell me about what was going though your head…

It was a normal day. I arrived at work – at work I have a small TV; so, I tuned in to watch NBS TV’s recorded version of Frontline [a popular political talk show] but it was not there.

On the screen was a man I did not know at that time, but was later told is [Mukono RDC] Fred Bamwine. He was talking about how it was the citizens’ obligation to pay taxes and take care of their leaders.

On the screen, the topic was something to do with widening the tax base. I found that man very unrealistic and he was talking with impunity.

 

And you snapped?

[She talks with such pain and anger, Quick Talk notices she is silently crying behind the sunglasses.] We have children and I pay school fees for them. It’s not a shame to say that I’m a single mother, because their father doesn’t support them.

I have been at URA conferences; so, at least I know something about taxes, so I was talking about what I know.

[Throws her hands up in disgust] Taxes everywhere! On top of the many taxes, recently KCCA was asking for taxes for even our signposts. [As we are settling that, then OTT; everywhere taxes, taxes! But we don’t see their relevance.

Eh, Nalongo, but that ka-short

[Laughs, but Quick Talk can still see the brimming tears] In fact I was wearing flip-flops. Why put on suits? We don’t go to parliament, we are hustlers … suits don’t matter; it’s the head.

Even my children asked me where I was going with those flip-flops and shorts but I told them I was going to town and they wondered… Any injustice to [anybody], I take it personal.

 

You are friends with Stella Nyanzi…[The renowned university researcher is infamous for her expletive-laden language and unconventional means of protest.] 

[Stella] is my good friend, an inspiration, single mother and a nalongo like me! There are times when I’m stressed - nga ebintu binsobedde - I call for a chat. There was a time she was in Masaka and I called her, she almost came [to Kampala]. She is always available for me.

There was a time I was following up with the father of my children, Stella Nyanzi helped me a lot.

 

These nalongo things she says…

No! She is a woman who speaks her mind, so do I. I take injustice personal.

 

Can I say the Stella Nyanzi friendship inspires this militant side of you?

I’m an aggressive type from childhood; you can see my friends…I like Stella. I’m not very diplomatic! That’s why when I see injustice, I go for it fast and I take on that person. [Yeah, by the time the person trying to calm you down is Miria Matembe – the militant one before the militant ones of this generation arrived!]

By the way, has government got in touch since?

No! But what I’m seeing is scary and I fear for my life. People have been trailing me, calling me and telling me to shut up for the sake of my children. Sometimes they come to my place.

Sometimes I have to change my routine or cancel my appointments because of these people who are following me. Even the children, I had to take them somewhere else.  I think the SMS and calls are a caution from government.

 

Is this the first time you are clashing with government?

No. There was a time Makerere University was closed, I put a placard on my vehicle. I remember police dragged me on the ground in the process of arresting me.

 

Hmmm… so, what is your day job?

I’m a businesswoman.

 

As in…?

I deal in books, clothes, shoes – Crocs… I do various things, I also have a restaurant … everything! [No wonder tax talk irks you, Nalongo.]

 

Are you this tough on the children too? [She is a mother of five, including a set of twins. Her eldest son is in medical school.]

[Laughs and appears more relaxed] They are used to me... They have seen me in action especially when they are being bullied at school. I storm the school and fight for their rights.

 

If I were to date you…man, you look tough! But what is your ideal man?

[Gives Quick Talk that you-are-such-a-ka-boy look] I want a man with brains and humanity. I told you I’m a single mother; no man would go for me. I don’t like lousy men.

 

You feminists, it is believed, encourage single motherhood.

Feminist? I’m an independent activist. I’m not employed by anyone or any organization. Whenever I see injustice, I go for it. Anything else I will not comment.

 

Given a chance, would you do it all again?

[Smiling] Yes! I would do it again.

[No matter how much Quick Talk prods, she is cagey about her background and age, but she was born in Kampala, Nsambya hospital. She says her mother is from western Uganda and going by one of her names, her father is a Muganda. She refuses to say the schools she attended.]

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Poliisi esabiddwa okukuuma emirembe ng’abayizi bakola ebibuuzo byabwe ebya  Uganda National Examination Board:

By Henry Nsubuga

 

Added 30th September 2018

 

Akulira eby’enjigiriza mu ssaza lya Klezia ery’e Lugazi Rev. Father Peter Ntenge asabye Poliisi n’ab’eby’okwerinda ebirala okukola ennyo okulaba nga bakuuma emirembe mu kiseera abayizi okuli ba P.7, S.4 ne S.6 mwe bagenda okukolera ebigezo bya UNEB eby’akamalirizo.

 

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Abayizi abagenda okutuula UNEB nga bawanise emikono basaba wakati mu mmisa.

 

Fr. Ntege yagambye nti ebikolwa omuli ettemu okuli abazigu abatta abantu nga beeyambisa ebijambiya, abattisa emmundu ssaako ebikolwa okwekalakaasa okusingira ddala okwa bannabyabufuzi biyinza n’okuviirako abayizi okuva ku mulamwa ebibuuzo byabwe ne bitataaganyizibwa mu ngeri ez’enjawulo.

 

Ono era yagambye nti ebikolwa omuli poliisi okukozesa eryanyi ng’egumbulula abeekalakaasi omuli  n’okukuba ttiyaggaasi n’amasasi nga n’ebiseera ebimu bino bituuka mu masomero bisaanidde okwewalibwa mu kiseera kino.

“Poliisi twandigisuubidde okukuuma amasomero buli gye gali mu ggwanga okuyita obulungi mu kiseera kino kuba okukuuma Bannayuganda nga tebatuusiddwako bulabe gwe gumu ku mirimu gyayo. Tetwetaaga kugiraba ng’ate ekola ebikolwa ebikontana n’ekyo,” Fr. Ntege bwe yalambise.

 

Okusaba okwo Fr. Ntege yakukoledde ku ssomero lya Forest Hill College e Namawojjolo mu ggombolola y’e Nama mu disitulikiti y’e Mukono ku Lwomukaaga mu mmisa abayizi aba S.4 ne S.6 mwe beekwasirizza Katonda asobole okubayisa obulungi mu kiseera eky’okukoleramu ebigezo.

Yasabye ne bannabyabufuzi okwekomako beewale okuteekawo obudde obw’obunkenke obuyinza okutta ebiseera by’abayizi eby’omu maaso ssinga balemererwa okuyita obulungi mu kiseera ky’ebigezo ekigenda okutandika wiiki bbiri mu maaso.

Emmisa eno yakulembeddwa Rev. Fr. John Ssenkooto ng’ono yasabye abazadde okuleka abayizi mu mikono gy’abasomesa baleme kubatataaganya mu kaseera kano bakole gumu gwokka kwe kutuukiriza ebisaanyizo by’amasomero okuli okusasula ffiizi n’ebirala.

Ono yalabudde abayizi, abazadde n’abasomesa okwewala abantu mu kiseera kino abatambuza ebicupuli bye bayita obusasi bw’ebigezo naye nga bibeera biggya bayizi ku mulamwa tewali kirala.

Yalabudde n’abazadde okwewala okuwa abayizi amawulire agayinza okubakuba encukwe ne batuuka okuva ku mulamwa n’agamba nti basaanidde kubazzaamu buzza maanyi.

Omukulu w’essomero Jane Were naye yategeezezza nti balina abayizi 200 abagenda okukola ebigezo bya S.4 nga bano babateeseteese bulungi. Yasabye abazadde obuteetantala kuggya wadde omuyizi n’omu ku ssomero ng’ekiseera eky’okukola ebigezo byonna tekinnaggwako.

 

 

Omwaana omugezi asanyusa kitawe ne nyina!

 

“Emirundi mingi abazadde banona abayizi ku masomero nga babuzaayo ekigezo nga kimu ne batuuka ewaka ne bafunirayo ebizibu omuli n’obubenje n’abamu ne batuuka okufiirwa obulamu. Abazadde n’abayizi mbabasaba tubeere n’obugumiikiriza okutuuka ng’omuyizi amaliddeyo ddala ebigezo olwo alyoke anonebwe okuddayo ewaka,” Were bwe yategeezezza.

 

 

Mummy wont allow it at any cost

 

 

 

 

Unicef launches Generation Unlimited education for young people partnership:

October 3, 2018

Written by John Musinguzi

 

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) on September 24 launched Generation Unlimited, a global educational and training partnership, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA.

 

This programme “dedicated to increasing opportunities and investments for children and young people aged 10 to 24,” will see Unicef partnering various companions, in an effort to help young people transition from adolescence to maturity with ease.

With tagline ‘Co-creating solutions with and for young people’, Generation Unlimited is part of efforts to accelerate the implementation of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It aims to involve and respond to the specific needs of young people, as well as promote and support young people’s role as critical agents of change.

 

A statement by Unicef’s headquarter in New York dated September 21 and titled ‘World leaders unite under new initiative to provide quality education and training for young people’, said Generation Unlimited “will tackle the global education and training crisis currently holding back millions of young people and threatening progress and stability”.

It promises getting “every young person into quality education, training or employment by 2030”.

As part of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Youth 2030 Strategy, Generation Unlimited will complement and build on existing programmes that support adolescents and young people. Its three key areas of emphasis will be: secondary-age education; skills for learning, employability and decent work; and empowerment.

Generation Unlimited’s website, www.genunlimited.org/, states that the first round of multi-stakeholder co-creation, led by a wide range of external experts, has already yielded 20 initiatives that have the potential to deliver sustained results, and which are currently being considered for support by Generation Unlimited.

It also mentions a set of ‘promising transformative ideas’ that will harness the power of new trends like digitalization, globalization, technology and demographics.

These ideas will harness emerging industries in the green and care economies, as well as the growing body of data, knowledge and experience to address barriers that are obstructing progress for young people.

Many of these trends are at critical turning points that could help leapfrog solutions ahead of the curve and dramatically improve the effectiveness of scalable solutions.

LEADERSHIP

At the launch, Unicef executive director Henrietta Fore said: “The change in demographics the world is experiencing, coupled with fast-moving technological advances, presents a critical moment in history.

If we act wisely and urgently, we can create a skilled cohort of young people better prepared to create sustainable economies and peaceful and prosperous societies. Young people may represent 25 per cent of the global population, but they account for 100 per cent of the future. We cannot afford to fail them.”

Generation Unlimited boasts a wide range of partners – governments, the private sector, academia, international and civil society organizations, as well as young people themselves – to co-create, fund and scale up innovative solutions to expand opportunities for the world’s young people.

Besides a large board, Generation Unlimited also boasts a nine-member leaders group and a four-member champions group. The first meeting of the global board for the partnership was held in July last year.

jmusinguzi@observer.ug

 

 

 

 

In Uganda, the African Baby, born with four legs needs International expensive medical surgery:

By Tom Gwebayanga

 

Added 21th November 2018

 

Since she delivered the baby in Kidera Health Centre III, a fortnight ago, Namaganda, a resident of Kisaikye village, Kidera sub-county in Buyende district, has never smiled.

 

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WITH MODERN TECHNOLOGY IN MEDICINE AND CHRISTIAN LOVE(HUMAN RELIGIOUS LOVE) THERE IS HOPE FOR THIS AFRICAN CHILD TO GROW UP AND LIVE A VERY NORMAL LIFE:

 

The baby girl born in Buyende district who was born with two false legs has thrown her parents into frustration, as millions of money is needed for surgery to operate and remove them.

 

Hadija Namaganda, 32, the mother of four, gave birth to the baby who has two normal legs and two false ones, the spectacle which has sent tongues wagging.

 

To add an insult to injury, her husband denied fathering the child and vanished, saying that such deformed births have never occurred in his clan and, therefore, the child is a taboo.

 

Since she delivered the baby in Kidera Health Centre III, a fortnight ago, Namaganda, a resident of Kisaikye village, Kidera sub-county in Buyende district, has never smiled.

 

“In fact, I have sleepless nights, thinking of how to overcome the burden, where to get the cash worth millions for the surgery,” she said, during an interview with the New Vision, on Friday.

 

With tears visible in her eyes, Namaganda explained that the baby suckles well, inhales and exhales normally; the digestive system is also normal because she passes the stool and urinates, but the only challenge is the legs.

 

 The additional “legs,” which ruin the baby’s general appearance originate from the left side of the hip, with the third leg, which is the developed having two toes with tiny fingernails.

 

 The location in Uganda of this child is in the Eastern Province of Busonga

 

This foot has the femur (thigh bone), a false foot, but the lower part of it (the knee, the fibla and tibia bones) are missing, while the fourth foot is a protruding muscle.

 

A small protruding muscle, to the size of a man’s thumb also developed between the third and the fourth deformities.

 

Sharif Mangaraine, the resident of Kasongoire in Nkondo sub-county, who is championing the soliciting of funds for the surgery says the task is tedious.

 

“We’re in the initial mobilization, tracing the doctors who can examine, make recommendations and perhaps operate, but all needs cash which isn’t readily available,” Mangaraine, said, adding that sh500,000/- is needed to start off, before the surgery whose cost is yet established.

 

Namaganda’s home is more of a tourist site, as hundreds of residents from far and near trek to awe at the rare spectacle, shake head in disbelief before offering assistance in form of money.

 

The LC3 chairman, William Kiiza Wagumaare, has also joined the campaign, rallying politicians, including MPs and local leaders to give a hand.

 

The District Health Officer for Buyende, Dr. Moses Baganzi said he’s unaware of the birth, but promised to visit the family and give technical advice.

 

Namaganda is appealing to well-wishers for assistance by calling on 0758202723 (Sharif Mangaraine) for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT IS A NECESSARY FOUNDATION TO ATTEND TO CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
THE AFRICAN COUNTRY HAS NO SOCIAL WELFARE TO HELP SUCH ORGANIZATIONS TO WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY
THE NEEDS OF THE CHILDREN IS UNIVERSAL AS THEY CANNOT MAKE A LIVING FOR THEMSELVES
THE INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS OF THE ORGANIZATION OF UNICEF FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE GLOBAL CHILD IS WELL RECOGNIZED BY THE JENGA MTOTO FOUNDATION OF UGANDA
Kids in Crisis Panorama Britain is in the grip of a child mental health crisis. Nearly half a million children are either waiting for treatment or receiving it. The government has promised more money for child mental health but in the meantime getting help is a postcode lottery. Some children are waiting up to two years to be seen and others are being sent hundreds of miles away from home for treatment. It is a Panorama programme good to see made by the BBC TV programme.
ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT THERE IS NO WELFARE SYTEMS. THE CHILDREN HAVE GOT TO SUFFER SOCIAL DEGRADATION. THE GIRL CHILD SUFFERS EVEN MUCH MORE.