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

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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A flamboyant city lawyer, Mr Kasango and other Government Public officials have been convicted over the theft of Shs 15bn pension funds:

23 December, 2018

Written by the Observer media, Uganda

Convicted: (L-R) Christopher Obey, Kiwanuka Kunsa and Jimmy Lwamafa

(L-R) Christopher Obey, Kiwanuka Kunsa and Jimmy Lwamafa

 

City lawyer Bob Kasango has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for the theft of Shs 15.4bn pension funds.

Kasango who was convicted alongside three senior officials in the ministry of Public Service, was also ordered by the Anti-Corruption court to refund Shs 5bn of the stolen.

Also convicted and sentenced are; Jimmy Lwamafa, the former permanent secretary for ministry of Public Service, former principal accountant in the pensions department from the same ministry, Christopher Obey, former director research and development Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa.

The accused persons were also convicted of conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to commit a felony and forgery of a judicial document.

Lwamafa was sentenced to 9 years in prison, Obey is to serve 14 years, Kunsa 9 years while Kasango who was accused of stealing two judicial documents to facilitate diversion of the fund to his Hall and Partners firm is to serve 16 years in prison. The ministry officials are to also refund Shs 3.5bn each of the stolen money.

The Anti-Corruption court presided over by Justice Margaret Tibulya heard that there was overwhelming evidence that proved that the accused persons forged a court order, a certificate of taxation and a certificate of costs directing the attorney general to pay Hall and Partners the money that was meant for pension and gratuity of more than 6,340 pensioners between 2011 and 2012.

Although Obey and Kunsa said that they signed documents leading to the diversion of the money without reading through the documents, Justice Tibulya rejected their defence, saying that they were seniors who shouldn't have committed such an error.

Court assessors, Nelson Kamiza and Flavia Kisaakye Kabanda had previously asked court to acquit the suspects advising the trial judge that the testimonies made by the witnesses couldn't warrant a conviction because it was lacking.

But Tibulya disagreed with them saying that "the unbinding opinion by the court assessors is far way below the weight of the evidence by the prosecutors. This is not the first time the officials are being convicted of diversion of public resources.

In 2016, Anti-Corruption court judge Lawrence Giduddu found the three officials guilty of fraudulently budgeting Shs 88.2 billion as civil servants' contribution to National Social Security Fund (NSSF) well knowing that public servants are exempted from contributing to NSSF. The money, however, ended up in the hands of 'ghost' recipients.

The ministry officials’ lawyer John Isabirye said his clients are going to appeal against the sentence because they are being ordered to refund part of the stolen money that was solely taken by Kasango.

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It is unfortunate that even my own mother who was a medical nurse Gulu1939/46 and Tororo 1947/54 and Kampala 1956/67 and managed to live as a widow was gradually refused her Uganda pension when she travelled abroad. She came back to die in Uganda 2015 without any Uganda money in her Assets. What of all those elderly people who have their own stories to tell.

 

 

 

 

 

The President of Uganda is confused about the administration of the Programme of Universal Education for the African children:

August 13, 2018

Written by URN

President Yoweri Museveni has called for a review of government's free education programme in both primary and secondary schools.  
 
Museveni said he is still confused on which side to take as some people are suggesting that parents can afford contributing something towards the education of their children. Others however claim that parents are too poor to afford paying schools fees for their children. 
 
He tasked the National Youth Council to enquire from village council leaders on whether Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education (USE) should be reviewed to allow monitory contributions from parents.
 
Museveni disclosed this while presiding over the International Youth Day celebrations at Kampiringisa Rehabilitation Centre playgrounds in Mpigi district yesterday under the theme "Safe Spaces for Youths".
 
President Museveni has called for a review of government's free education policy
Museveni explained that government spends huge sums on UPE and USE yet many government schools charge parents, which calls for a policy review.
 
"When I try to ask some people they ask parents are capable of paying but just pretend. So the question then is, are parents capable of paying or are just pretending. We need an answer of all the villages. They should tell us because if they are too lazy to pay that means they can afford but are pretending. But if they can’t afford and we force them that means children will not go to school. So I need advice from you because you’re the people in the villages. You’re the one to tell me that this is the way to go. I challenged you the youth." he said. 

 

Many schools, especially those in urban areas resolved to levy an optional Shs 10,000 for lunch and Shs 10,400 for utility bills like water and electricity. 

 

Museveni says he has failed to understand how the matter should be handled and therefore called from resolutions from village council leaders whom he believes are much aware of the status of people in their villages.
 
"I told you to go back to the villages and ask the LC1s whether we should allow school charges to come back or we should stop them…Can the families afford to pay the school charges or can they not afford? Because now am being tossed around. We spend so much money on UPE, so much money on USE yet government schools are charging and you find children are out of school. I need a resolution from LC1s to tell me what to do." said Museveni. 

 

He says government will take a decision after hearing from the local leaders. Government rolled out UPE in 1997 and abolished all kinds of fees. Primary school enrolment increased from 3.1 million pupils in 1996 to 7.6 million in 2003 following the introduction of UPE.

 

Government introduced Universal Secondary Education ten years later to enable eligible primary school graduates enrol in secondary and vocational training institutions.

 

While government promised to pay the fees, parents were expected to provide scholastic materials and midday meals for the learners. However many parents especially in rural areas do not to provide meals to their children, saying they are too poor.

 
Recent reviews by civil society organisations have found UPE and USE schools struggling to meet costs of operation as government funds are most of the times delayed, swindled or a times not released altogether.
 
The quality of education in the UPE and USE has also come under scrutiny after government ordered for automatic promotion of all students. 

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One wishes these kids to tell this VIP to vacate his job so that others can try to take over his job without violence. These kids must have seen many teachers and headmasters that come and serve them and go willingly in their schools.

 

 

 

 

 

THE CONSTITUTION OF BUKADDE MAGEZI FFENNA TUKULAKULANE ASSOCIATION

 

PREAMBLE

 

 

We the concerned members, in response to develop and implement a redress of the social welfare programmes to old people of Uganda have decided to establish BUKADDE MAGEZI FFENNA TUKULAKULANE ASSOCIATION.

 

AWARE of the great resource gap for the disadvantaged old people in Uganda in health and capacity building.

 

CONSCIOUS of the increasing peculiar needs of the disadvantaged old people with increasing deaths caused by the rampant HIV/AIDS, wars and natural deaths with limited government and civic organization to redress these systems and resources.

 

GRATEFUL that the government of Uganda has established an office in the ministry of gender to cater for special needs of old people.

 

CONCERNED that not all of the government programmes designed to cater for the needs of old people are hampered by resource constraints.

 

DESIROUS to contribute to the plight of old people of Uganda through developing a total  programme under BUKADDE MAGEZI FFENNA TUKULAKULANE ASSOCIATION do hereby resolve to constitute ourselves into a community based organization.