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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