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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Kabale CDO under fire for withholding Youth livelihood funds

The Kabale district youth livelihood focal person, Moses Akampurira is on the spot for withholding 120 million shillings youth livelihood fund. Late last year, Ministry of Gender, Labor and social development released the funds to benefit youth groups in Kabale district. On 8th January this year, the 20 youth groups were trained but they have waited for funds in vain. According to the Kabira youth dry produce handling group Chairperson in Kyanamira Sub County, Vianney Rukundo and his Nkombe youth brick making group counterpart in Kitumba Sub County, Denis Mutaremwa,…

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Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangira dies aged 65

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died aged 65 after a battle with cancer, party officials have said. Elias Mudzuri, a vice president of the Movement for Democratic Change party, reported Tsvangirai’s death in a post on Twitter on Wednesday. “It is sad for me to announce that we have lost our icon and fighter for democracy,” Mudzuri wrote. Tsvangirai had been in and out of hospital in South Africa after revealing in 2016 that he had colon cancer. Read more about Tsvangirai here, and watch a 2009 interview with him here. He served as prime minister…

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Zuma succumbs to party pressure and resigns

South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned after intense pressure from his own party. In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his ANC party’s decision. The ANC had told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament. The 75-year-old has been facing calls to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader. Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption. Earlier yesterday, police swooped on…

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Rukungiri police investigating the murder of a 40yr old man

Police in Rukungiri district is investigating the murder of a 40year old man. The deceased is, Herbert Tumuheki alias Kanimi, a resident of Nyarwambu village Ibunga parish Nyarushanje Sub County Rukungiri district. The Kigezi region police spokesperson, Elly Maate, says that the assailants chopped Tumuheki’s throat last night at around 10; 00pm, as he walked through a banana plantation of Edrida Kanemba of the same area. He says that police visited the scene with sniffer dog and three suspects were arrested to help police in investigations and two other suspects…

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Museveni on the run over murder

Police in Kanungu district is hunting for a 28 year old man for allegedly being behind the death of a 48 year old man. The suspect, Erasmus Museveni, a resident of Nkoni cell, Kitojo parish, Rugyeyo Sub County in Kanungu district, is accused for assaulting Mirikiyadi Mugisha, a resident of the same area, which resulted into his death. The duo is alleged to have developed a quarrel yesterday evening at around 4:00pm, while in one of the bars at Nkoni cell, Kitojo parish, Rugyeyo Sub County, where the deceased was…

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The Money was swallowed by a snake, Nigerian official accused of pocketing 36 million naira ($100,000;

  Many a child has told their teacher that their dog ate their homework over the years. But no-one has ever been audacious enough to claim a snake swallowed missing money – until now. A saleswoman working for the Nigerian exam board gave just that excuse after auditors discovered 36 million naira ($100,000; £72,000) was missing from her accounts. Some reports suggest the woman, who worked in the central city of Makurdi, tried to accuse her house help of being in on the plot with one of her colleagues. But…

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