Residents accuse sub county officials for declining to give them potato seeds under OWC

A section of residents in Ikamiro parish of Muko Sub County in Rubanda district are accusing Muko sub county authorities, for declining to give them potato seeds, under Operation wealth creation, after registering them as beneficiaries. On Friday last week, government donated 2400 bags of potato seed to farmers in Rubanda district, under operation wealth creation, whose gardens were destroyed by floods last year. Ikamiro parish is made up of villages, like Rwamahano, Rwaburindi, Kiruruma, Katembe, Bijeje, Habuhinga Nyarurambi, Kyakara and Nfasha. The 142 locals led by Gilbert Mugisha, Gilgori…

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Gov’t Chief Whip, and MP survive helicopter crash in Kabale

The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu and Rukiga District Woman Member of parliament, Caroline Kamusiime last evening survived a helicopter crash in Kabale District. The trio was traveling back to Kampala in a privately hired helicopter registration Number 5X-KEG that belongs to Kampala Executive Aviation. Nankabirwa was in Kabale to officiate at the district’s belated women’s day celebrations at St. Barnabas Secondary School in Karujanga, Katuna Town Council. According to an eye witness, after take-off at the Kabale golf course in Makanga, the helicopter lost control and its rotors…

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Gov’t Rolling Out Apprenticeship Programme in July

The Ugandan government is rolling out an apprenticeship programme for skilling and re-skilling citizens starting this July. This was yesterday revealed by the Assistant Commissioner for Occupational Safety in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Alex Asiimwe, while speaking during the 73rd State of the Nation platform on the theme “Greening Uganda’s Economy as a Sustainable Pathway to Middle Income Status,” the event was organized by policy advocacy group Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment – ACODE in Kampala. Apprenticeship is a method of training in which trainees…

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Luweero Town Council Loses UGX 76m in Taxi Fees Wrangles

Luweero town council has recorded losses valued at 76 million shillings in local revenues following the suspension of taxi park fees. The collections were suspended in August last year following a series of protests by taxi drivers. Drivers were demanding that collection of daily and multiple parking fees be stopped as directed by President Yoweri Museveni in his letter dated 22nd July, 2017. In the letter, President Museveni advised that drivers should only pay annual license fees and not daily dues as was the case. According to the Luweero Town…

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Ura to write off 417 billion government debts

Uganda Revenue Authority-URA has said it will write off 417 billion shillings in tax arrears owed by government as bad debts. This was revealed by the Commissioner General, Rose Akol, who was yesterday presenting URA’s budget estimates for the financial year 2018/2019 before the finance committee of parliament. Akol said the money had accumulated over a long period of time.  Akol said that URA registered a 14.85 percent decline in government payments. She appealed to the Finance Ministry to have the figure of 400 billion shillings taken away from their…

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Court sentences man to six months in prison for robbery

The Kabale Grade One Magistrate’s Court yesterday sentenced a 25 year old man to six month imprisonment over theft and robbery. Prosecution told court that was presided over by the Grade One Magistrate, her worship Stella Mwari that on 26th February this year, while at Kagunga cell in Ikumba sub county, Rubanda District, Francis Mujuni broke into Ronald Tubenawe’s shop and stole one hundred kilograms of beans, 100 kilograms of ground nuts and 30 kilograms of peas.  Mujuni pleaded guilty and requested for a less punishment. In her verdict, her…

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Grasshopper dealers to start breeding them

People who sell grasshoppers as a business may soon start breeding and supplying the delicacy throughout the year. This is after Researchers at Makerere University and Kenya’s International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology-icipe launched what they called, a sustainable grasshopper and cricket production and processing project for food in Kenya and Uganda. Dubbed INSect-based agriBIZiness- INSBIZ, the project is an outcome of research that began in 2012 where a team of four scientists went to find out whether it was possible to breed and rear insects such as grasshoppers…

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Government to start spraying houses to fight Malaria

President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday confirmed that government will provide 350 billion Shillings for spraying houses across the country to fight Malaria. The president made the statement yesterday, while launching the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Malaria-UPFM at Parliament Buildings. Museveni’s offer came after the Health Minister Ruth Aceng said that the indoor residual spraying strategy is expensive and needs to be implemented in two cycles to have an impact. Aceng said that her ministry estimates the spraying of the entire country in one cycle to cost 350 billion Shillings but…

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Mother, Daughter Struck Dead by Lightning in Kanungu

Two people were last evening struck dead by lightning in Kanungu district. The deceased are, Penninah Katushabe and her 15 year old daughter Rachel Turyakira, a student at Kihiihi Vocational Center in Kihiihi Town Council. The deceased are residents of Bujengwe village, Karangara Parish Kayonza Sub County Kanungu District. The Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, Elly Maate, says that the incident happened at around 5:00pm, when Turyakira, who was at home preparing to go back to school after Easter Holiday, was outside their house washing her sandals. Maate calls upon members…

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Kabale School Plants 100 Trees under Junior Land Care Project

The Kabale Agro forestry Network, yesterday 03 April planted 100 trees at Kijuguta Primary School in Northern Division Kabale Municipality, in a bid to preserve the environment and promoting proper use of land by the public. The Kabale Agro forestry network is a voluntary organization that is promoting a “Junior Land Care Project,” which is aimed at educating children in schools and their teachers on how to put land in proper use, by establishing school gardens and protecting the gardens from soil erosion and landslides by planting trees. The Kabale…

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