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


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


By Nelson Wesonga

Kampala

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

According to the ministry of Public Service, many pensioners do not show up for verification thus leading to delays in payment of their monthly dues and the once off gratuity.
The State minister for Public Service, Mr David Karubanga told MPs during plenary that the ministry will, carry out a census and biometric validation of pensioners starting February 20.
“The ministry of Public Service does not have a national register of pensioners,” Mr Karubanga said yesterday.
“Despite the decentralisation of pension management, a number of votes [ministries] have not verified the records on the payroll.”
A day earlier, Aruu Member of Parliament, Odonga Otto had told the August House that many pensioners have not been paid for several months.
Many were, therefore, depending on their relatives – who already have other financial responsibilities – to pay their bills or to buy basics.
Those without relatives are borrowing items from shopkeepers.
Shopkeepers though can only lend them for a few months expecting to be paid once they get their gratuity.
Following Mr Odonga’s remarks, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga said the government was treating the senior citizens disrespectfully.
On Wednesday, Mr Karubanga also said the Public Service ministry had for the last four years not carried out verification of pensioners “due to funding shortage and lack of clear addresses" [of the pensioners].

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Elderly persons petition Parliament over government funding:

 

By Olive Eyotaru


Posted Sunday, July 6 2014


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Muha-kanizi on spot over Shs90b farmers cash 

 By Yasiin Mugerwa

Posted  Monday, September 29  2014

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

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

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

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

Mr Muhakanizi returns to PAC next week.


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

By Lawrence Kitatta

Added 21st September 2016

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


Nakasango ng’asindika kitaawe bagenda okusabiriza ssente.


Emboozi ye yaginyumirizza DAPHINE SEMAKULA NE LAWRENCE KITATTA

bw’ati:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Wano nga beetegeka okugenda.


TAATA YANZIBA AWAKA

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

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

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

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

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



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

Emirundi gye nnaakabula sigimanyi!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Nakasango ne kitaawe nga bava we basula.

NNOONYA MMANGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


EMBEERA Z’OMUSAJJA ONO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


TUESDAY, 14 OCTOBER 2014

Mr Keith Muhakanizi

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

President Museveni dances with members of a traditional music

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Kabananukye on Monday disowned the elders forum.

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


MPs pin Gen Saleh, Bbumba, Kazibwe in Shs10bn probe

 General Salim  Saleh.

File Photo

By SOLOMON ARINAITWE

Posted  Saturday, March 14  2015

UGANDA PARLIAMENT.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recommendations

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

Nankabirwa.

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

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

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

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

Posted: 1st July 2016






Ono omwaana ye Jerome.

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

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






Jorome tayinza kwambazibwa mpale.

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

NRM ELECTIONEERING TO STAY IN POWER 2015

Posted on 7th January, 2015
The idea of building a hospital or school in Buganda is good, but what worries me is how both will benefit the ordinary peasant and his children, most of whom will not be able to afford the fees. Unless the Ag Khan will allow the hospital to provide some basic health services for free or on subsidy.
Up dated by Bobby:
17 February, 2017
What is really missing is the extent to which the Kingdom can run Not For Profit Operations: ie generate income from projects the profits of which go into a pool used to meet identified needs in the Kingdom. This is what is absent at the moment- it seems to me. As you point out, what is the purpose of setting up a good school if the children of the peasant can not afford to attend it?  A school that operates on the same lines as Kings College Budo will not necessarily benefit the ordinary muganda child-just as  a person like myself attended Budo, so will other children from the rest of Uganda attend Mayiga's school if it is of good quality and they can afford the fees.
The Kingdom needs to be a modern institution that addresses actual needs in the society, and not just those of the eleites and the privileged, or those who have connections to the Kabaka.
Who owns the palace? Is it the Kabaka or the people of Buganda?
How much did the developmental Aga Khan pay for the land? Who took this money?
How will this money benefit the ordinary Muganda?
Is the Aga Khan hospital going to be free or will it be as expensive as the AK hospitals in Nairobi and Mombasa?
Why doesn't the Katikkiro get back Buganda land previously leased to UG govt, whose leases have expired and use these to build hospitals and schools on ?
An example of this is the land formerly leased to Radio Uganda which was bought by Mwenda's sister after she sold goats.
Where is the money this man collected as Ettofali ?  
Did he ask for this money to build Masengere or for Kasubi ? 
Apart from hosting Mayiga's TV station what use is Masengere to an ordinary Muganda?
The problem here seems to be that Mayiga thinks that he can pull and tug Buganda to support his businesses, while he is at the same time erasing away the very symbols of Buganda like the Kasubi tombs, the Lubiri and the National Anthem.
He thinks that Baganda are so greedy and stupid to sell their identity for a fake investor's hospital or school, they know that they will not afford.
The Baganda are aware of the grand plans previously created by the colonial  globalisation mafia and the hitherto detailed plan to obliterate Buganda's identity to create the client East African union.
The Baganda know why the Kasubi tombs were burnt, and most importantly why they have never been restored.
They also know why the Lubiri was neglected for 30 years after they started restoring Twekobe.
They know why the Kabaja's palaces are on his private land from his mother's side, and why he is not allowed to stay in the Lubiri.
The Baganda also know why Mayiga especially goes around Buganda and the diaspora shutting down nationalistic Buganda organisations.
The Baganda also know what Mayiga and his cabal are doing in Buganda Land Office.
I am nearly convinced that Mayiga is completely unaware that what Mrs Mpanga hinted on is common knowledge now in Buganda.
The Baganda know they have been stitched up, and by whom exactly.
.They will get out of this somehow but the first casualty will be Mayiga, in the bloody internal purge which will ensue.

 

The Uganda Economy will stagnate in 2015, says an economic expert: 

Traders sell their merchandise at Nakasero Market, Kampala recently.

 Traders sell their merchandise at Nakasero Market,

  Kampala recently. Economic experts predict that

  price stability will be heavily affected by food prices

    and weather patterns in 2015.

PHOTO BY FAISWAL KASIRYE. 

Posted  Wednesday, January 7  2015 

 

Without proper policy coordination, current government actions only make the State a predatory agent in the economy – acting like a virus eating its host says Fred Muhumuza as he predicts Uganda’s economy in 2015.

Kampala. Trust me the economy this year will be playing us games, not as an intelligent opponent, because it is not, but still able to inflict pain on many people as it delivers joy to a few.

While we shall all face some of the economy’s weapons such as prices of common goods and services on their way up, not all of us will be aware of the underlying causes like the financing of government debt and trends in the dollar. Individual political inclination notwithstanding, the manoeuvers by politicians will impact the economy around us not least by diverting attention of the bureaucracy from economic management to political survival and longevity.

The inability to predict both the political and geographical weather makes it a daunting task to attempt even the wildest of gausses on economic trends for 2015. However, because certain things are bound to happen or, should I say not to happen, one is able to sketch an outline of the economy in terms of growth, price stability, jobs creation, trade and competitiveness, and welfare improvement.

Economic growth

Growth will remain subdued as it has been for the last five years mainly on account of constrained effective demand, delays in major government projects, and poor service delivery that affects general economic activity.

According to the revised national account figures, final consumption expenditure declined to 1.6 per cent in 2013/14 up from 12.1 per cent in 2010/11. By implication, inventories, which include goods produced but not sold, increased from minus 1.8 per cent (shortage of production) to 17.8 per cent (excessive production) over the same period.

Similarly, general government consumption declined from 45.8 per cent to 13.9 per cent in the past three years. These trends are bound to persist as government borrowing from the domestic market (call it private sector) continues to crowd out real private sector activity (both consumption and investment). This is not to forget that 63 per cent of Ugandans live on less than two dollars a day. Increased government borrowing, largely on account of anticipated expenditure on elections, subdued tax revenues, and debt service above 10 per cent of the budget, will define fiscal policy contribution to service delivery and growth.

The limited focus on improving the quality of public institutions for greater effectiveness and corruption will continue to limit the anticipated benefits from public sector projects. 

It is important to note that most public infrastructure investments provide one-off growth impacts by way of positive changes in stock of infrastructure, which does not re-occur in the subsequent years. Accordingly, sustainable growth can only come from increased private sector activity, which in Uganda is being constrained by limited demand and high business costs.

Price stability

The common price stability index discussed in development policy discourse is the consumer price or inflation. This is largely because of high prioritisation by monetary policy practitioners arising from adverse potential political and socio-economic impacts in case of high inflation. Otherwise price policies should also focus on exchange and interest rates which affect external and domestic competitiveness of the private sector.

Uganda primarily uses interest rates as a means to an end of inflation control rather than a stimulus of private investment. This policy stance is not expected to change in 2015, when interest rates are likely to remain high on account of the need to remove politically motivated monetary injections as well as issue more fiscal bonds to finance the government deficit.

In view of increased liquidity injections by the public sector and high interest rates, both private consumption and investment will remain subdued. This will contribute towards low inflation and also moderate exchange rate movements.

The demand for foreign exchange will be moderated by reduced pressure to import, resulting in adequate reserves despite slow growth in exports related to low growth in global markets. Government efforts notwithstanding, price stability will still be heavily affected by food prices and related weather patterns.

Jobs creation

It is a pity that Uganda, like many of its peers in the low-income country category, never tracks jobs and related unemployment in a consistent and realistic manner. Wild, and possibly weird samples that are far in-between, are often used and quite often on the basis of bad definitions. I, therefore, find it difficult to comment on expected trends in job creation using official unemployment figures. However, on the basis of the basic economic principle that labor is demanded for purposes of meeting current and expected future demand for goods and services, it is probable to conclude that few jobs will be created in 2015.

External trade

Imports will continue to exceed exports due to failure to resolve key domestic supply constraints leading to loss of Uganda’s competitiveness in regional and global markets. A notable setback has been the civil strife in South Sudan (20 per cent), which had developed as Uganda’s leading export destination country followed by Kenya (11 per cent), DRC (5 per cent) and Rwanda. Going forward Uganda needs to diversify her exports within the region and beyond – a feat that will not happen in 2015.

Thus, international trade, which is one of the recommended drivers of growth and jobs through exports will continue to elude Uganda in 2015. Similarly, Uganda will hardly sell anything to its leading sources of imports like India, China and Japan.

Welfare improvements

The recent poverty figures which show a decline to 19.7 per cent in 2012/13 up from 24.5 per cent in 2009/10 highlight a mix of fortunes. The results also show that 63 per cent of the population remains vulnerable while 79 per cent are not sure of having two meals a day. Livelihoods fluctuations by way of diseases, droughts, and erosion of real incomes through inflation, will see many households retreat to consolidate whatever little they have carried from 2014.

Recent talk of a growing middle class is more of an academic theft of reality that lowered the threshold to a mere Shs160,000 per month. A more strategic approach that links the middle class status to the envisaged middle income status GDP per person of Shs850,000 per month would be more realistic way to track inclusive growth. Unless Uganda’s academia wish to continue feeding on the economics of the 1970s!

The confessions about failure of government programmes for social protection and empowerment such as Naads, means that both poverty and vulnerability will continue in this year.

Economic planning and management

Finally, the economic fortunes of the country in 2015 will remain dependent on the balance and sequencing of policies towards sound economic and financial management. There is no doubt that Uganda focusses more on resources mobilisation and allocation compared to development of strategic and focused project plans.

It will be too early to expect the revised National Development Plan (NDP-2) to resolve the planning weaknesses that are not even well appreciated across government. The continued thinking that rent proceeds from natural resources and increases in the stock of public assets rather than good policies will be the driver for sustainable growth threatens to make 2015 another year of lost opportunities and half harvest.

Additional policies are needed to enable monetary policy promote financial intermediation and private investments rather than mere price stability tool and provision of exceptional returns to interest-seekers in financial markets.

The design and operationalisation of fiscal policy should also be supportive of the growth agenda over the medium term as opposed to the current inclination to spend even when projects are absent or not ready. Economic benefits of growth, jobs and better business environment expected from many public sector projects will remain deferred to a far future beyond 2015.

The bulk of the citizens, therefore, will have to rely on chance events such as weather and good luck to maintain or improve their plight in the New Year. Otherwise, the common and the not so common man and woman will continue to see the old year, 2014, replicated this year.

 

Dr Fred K Muhumuza, is a senior manager at KPMG Uganda working with the Financial Services Inclusion Programme,

fmatwooki@yahoo.com

 

 

In Uganda, the Lost pension cash is now estimated to be, Shs270b. This is cash for the expanded Civil Service.

Uganda has no national state pension for all the eldery people of this country.

 
By Yasiin Mugerwa

 

Posted  Friday, June 12  2015 
 

 

Parliament.

The pensioners’ cash that was allegedly misappropriated by officials in the ministry of Public Service, has increased from Shs165.4 billion to Shs270b after MPs on the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) opened fresh investigations into the scam.

The committee, chaired by Ms Alice Alaso (FDC, Serere Woman), found that another Shs88.2b was taken on the pretext that it was going to National Social Security Fund (NSSF) as workers’ contribution for the years 2010/11 and 2011/12.

However, the NSSF Act exempts pensioners from social security contributions. 

“We have decided to open investigations into the loss of Shs270b through the pension scam because this matter is no longer subjudice,” Ms Alaso said.

“The case was dismissed by court and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has not appealed. Our rules don’t bar us, there is nothing subjudice. We must listen to the pension scam; the country is interested in knowing who stole this money,” she added.

The case was dismissed on April 13 on grounds that the State had failed to bring witnesses to testify against the nine suspects. Later, police investigators were accused of messing up the case amid allegations of bribery.

However, there was awkwardness in the committee after Mr Martin Onya, the acting commissioner pensions, told the committee that even Parliament approved the ministry policy statements with the Shs88.2 billion allocation.

“We didn’t know about it (loss of Shs88b) until the auditors raised it,” Mr Onya said. 

When Mr Onya told the committee that Parliament made no objection to the policy statement containing the Shs88b, Mr Emmanuel Dombo (Bunyole East) said: “They misled Parliament and they think they can use that as a defence.”

Shs15.5b paid to ghost firm

Emerging details have also indicated that another Shs15.5b was paid to a non-existent law firm (Hul and Partners) “purportedly in respect of the pensioners due to delays in payment and was not supported with adequate documentation”. 

ymugerwa@ug.nationmedia.com

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