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Kanungu Resident District Commissioner Harriet Nakamya and the district NRM register John Byaruhanga have been dragged to the High Court by two  NRM party members  whose nomination in the elections to choose party flag bearers last month were cancelled.

Last month, page erectile http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sal/class.json-api-metadata.php Nakamya ordered  the   NRM registrar John Byaruhanga  to cancel  the nominations  of   Kenneth Tumuhamye, decease http://citizenspace.us/wp-admin/includes/class-ftp.php the LC3 chairman for Kanyantorogo Sub-county  and Allen Atuhaire standing  for Kihihi town council councillorship   on allegations that they were de-campaigning President Yoweri Museveni “sole” candidature.

The two politicians on Monday filed their petition at the Kabale High Court through their lawyers of Bwagi and Company Advocates.

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In their petition the members accuse the two officials of being responsible for “illegal cancellation” of their nominations.

They want the court to declare that the NRM primaries held in respect of the various positions for which they had been duly nominated but later excluded are null and void.

Tumuhamye was nominated on 4th September 2015, http://demo.des.net.id/smpharapankita/wp-includes/formatting.php to compete as the NRM party Kanyantorogo Sub-county chairperson flag bearer, while Atuhaire had been nominated for NRM district councilor flag bearer for Kihihi Sub-county.

They are also seeking a declaration that the interference of the RDC in the NRM party primary elections is unlawful.

“On 16th September 2015, the date slated for the NRM party primary elections, the complainants proceeded to the polling stations to participate but was dismayed to receive letters signed by the NRM district registrar, John Byaruhanga, cancelling their participation. Such acts have not only violated the rights of the complainants, but also denied the citizens a chance to exercise their democratic right to elect a candidate of their choice,” the petition reads in part.

When contacted Nakamya  said that  the two were  campaign agents of former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi and that the party leaders in the district were right  to cancel  their nominations.

The two were also last month disqualified from participating in the elections after they were suspected to be sympathetic to Amama Mbabazi and were found campaigning for his Go Forward Pro Change pressure group yet they are seeking to be elected on NRM ticket as flag bearers at their respective sub county levels.

The others  are Zepher Mugisha of Kihihi Town council who has been the Kihihi town council mayor ,  Caleb Tumwesimire Kipande of Mpungu , Paison Ndyabawe of Nyakinoni

However, the ongoing disqualification of NRM members from the party has created sharp divisionism in the district with most of them declaring that they will convince their supporters to leave the party and formally join Go Forward pressure group of Amama Mbabazi.

 

 
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The association which has been facilitating talks between government and the rebel movement led by Dr Riek Machar, troche http://cycling.today/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-module.php said Kiir’s announcement “directly contradicts the Government of South Sudan’s commitment to implement the peace agreement it signed on August 26.”

Troika said one of the primary tasks of the soon to be formed Transitional Government of National Unity is to initiate and oversee a process to complete a permanent constitution that will address such fundamental issues as the structure of the state.

President Kiir’s government said the new states will lead to decentralisation of power, visit create more jobs and improve efficiency in service delivery.

South Sudan Vice President Wani Igga recently said the Constitution will soon be amended to cater for the new changes.

“We recognise that the people of South Sudan have long been interested in the issues of federalism and decentralisation,” said Troika.

“However, we strongly urge President Kiir to defer action on this fundamental matter until the Transitional Government of National Unity is formed and a national constitutional dialogue can take place.”

Fighting

Meanwhile, the group also strongly condemned the current resumption of fighting in Unity State which it said underscores the urgent need for all South Sudanese stakeholders and members of IGAD Plus to move forward with the full and timely implementation of the peace agreement.

Heavy fighting in Unity State has worsened the humanitarian situation in the country, pushing thousands to the brink.

Troika called for prompt establishment of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission and mandated security arrangements.

“We also call on the Opposition to resolve outstanding security-related issues and for both parties to allow full and unfettered humanitarian access.”
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Troika said one of the primary tasks of the soon to be formed Transitional Government of National Unity is to initiate and oversee a process to complete a permanent constitution that will address such fundamental issues as the structure of the state.

President Kiir’s government said the new states will lead to decentralisation of power, buy information pills create more jobs and improve efficiency in service delivery.

South Sudan Vice President Wani Igga recently said the Constitution will soon be amended to cater for the new changes.

“We recognise that the people of South Sudan have long been interested in the issues of federalism and decentralisation,” said Troika.

“However, we strongly urge President Kiir to defer action on this fundamental matter until the Transitional Government of National Unity is formed and a national constitutional dialogue can take place.”

Fighting

Meanwhile, the group also strongly condemned the current resumption of fighting in Unity State which it said underscores the urgent need for all South Sudanese stakeholders and members of IGAD Plus to move forward with the full and timely implementation of the peace agreement.

Heavy fighting in Unity State has worsened the humanitarian situation in the country, pushing thousands to the brink.

Troika called for prompt establishment of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission and mandated security arrangements.

“We also call on the Opposition to resolve outstanding security-related issues and for both parties to allow full and unfettered humanitarian access.”
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Photos of bonfires on Makerere streets and physical running battles with police have shocked the nation.

This was resolved during the University Management meeting held on Wednesday with top Security Officers of Kampala in the Council Room.

The meeting started at 11:00am.

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It was further realised that “acts of hooliganism were displayed such as looting property and causing injury to people” and that “students who had paid their tuition and did not want to participate in the strike were distracted.”

Accordingly, said Namisango, the meeting decided that, “All those engaged in criminal acts be identified and apprehended by the Police.”

It was also agreed that the Vice Chancellor suspends all students apprehended as culprits pending further investigation and disciplinary action and the list of all apprehended students be published on all student notice boards, University Website and in the media.

The students are protesting a policy requiring them to have paid 100 percent of tuition fees by the 6th week of the semester.

Despite pushing the deadline for payment of the fees, the students want the entire policy scrapped off.

The University has refused to consider this demand.

Sources at the University say students vowed to resume their strike on Thursday if the administration does not comply with their demands.
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Photos of bonfires on Makerere streets and physical running battles with police have shocked the nation.

This was resolved during University Management held on Wednesday with top Security Officers of Kampala in the Council Room.

The meeting started at 11:00am.

According to Makerere University spokesperson, Ritah Namisango, the meeting noted that “some students exhibited gross indiscipline by barring on-going classes and destroying property within and outside the University (in the neighbourhood).”

It was further realised that “acts of hooliganism were displayed such as looting property and causing injury to people” and that “students who had paid their tuition and did not want to participate in the strike were distracted.”

Accordingly, said Namisango, the meeting decided that, “All those engaged in criminal acts be identified and apprehended by the Police.”

It was also agreed that the Vice Chancellor suspends all students apprehended as culprits pending further investigation and disciplinary action and the list of all apprehended students be published on all student notice boards, University Website and in the media.

The students are protesting a policy requiring them to have paid 100 percent of tuition fees by the 6th week of the semester.

Despite pushing the deadline for payment of the fees, the students want the entire policy scrapped off.

The University has refused to consider this demand.

Sources at the University say students vowed to resume their strike on Thursday if the administration does not comply with their demands.
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Photos of bonfires on Makerere streets and physical running battles with police have shocked the nation.

This was resolved during University Management held on Wednesday with top Security Officers of Kampala in the Council Room.

The meeting started at 11:00am.

According to Makerere University spokesperson, Ritah Namisango, the meeting noted that “some students exhibited gross indiscipline by barring on-going classes and destroying property within and outside the University (in the neighbourhood).”

It was further realised that “acts of hooliganism were displayed such as looting property and causing injury to people” and that “students who had paid their tuition and did not want to participate in the strike were distracted.”

Accordingly, said Namisango, the meeting decided that, “All those engaged in criminal acts be identified and apprehended by the Police.”

It was also agreed that the Vice Chancellor suspends all students apprehended as culprits pending further investigation and disciplinary action and the list of all apprehended students be published on all student notice boards, University Website and in the media.

The students are protesting a policy requiring them to have paid 100 percent of tuition fees by the 6th week of the semester.

Despite pushing the deadline for payment of the fees, the students want the entire policy scrapped off.

The University has refused to consider this demand.

Sources at the University say students vowed to resume their strike on Thursday if the administration does not comply with their demands.
Makerere University administration has vowed to take a serious punitive action against students involved in acts of violence, mind http://cdkstone.com.au/wp-admin/includes/nav-menu.php Chimp Corps report.

Photos of bonfires on Makerere streets and physical running battles with police have shocked the nation.

This was resolved during the University Management meeting held on Wednesday with top Security Officers of Kampala in the Council Room.

The meeting started at 11:00am.

According to Makerere University spokesperson, recipe Ritah Namisango, the meeting noted that “some students exhibited gross indiscipline by barring on-going classes and destroying property within and outside the University (in the neighbourhood).”

It was further realised that “acts of hooliganism were displayed such as looting property and causing injury to people” and that “students who had paid their tuition and did not want to participate in the strike were distracted.”

Accordingly, said Namisango, the meeting decided that, “All those engaged in criminal acts be identified and apprehended by the Police.”

It was also agreed that the Vice Chancellor suspends all students apprehended as culprits pending further investigation and disciplinary action and the list of all apprehended students be published on all student notice boards, University Website and in the media.

The students are protesting a policy requiring them to have paid 100 percent of tuition fees by the 6th week of the semester.

Despite pushing the deadline for payment of the fees, the students want the entire policy scrapped off.

The University has refused to consider this demand.

Sources at the University say students vowed to resume their strike on Thursday if the administration does not comply with their demands.
By Yoweri Museveni 

BUILDING THE FOUNDATION IN ORDER TO CREATE MORE JOBS AND WEALTH FOR THE UGANDA FAMILIES

Greetings to the youth of Uganda.

St. Paul had an efficient system of communicating with the early Christian communities in the form of the Epistles to the respective groups.  The word “epistles” comes from a Greek word “epistole” and means a formal or written communication.  However, order http://centerforblackbelt.org/wp-includes/class-pop3.php my understanding is that the word epistle means a letter in the language of today.

I would, information pills http://dakarlives.com/wp-includes/ms-deprecated.php therefore, stomach like to use the same method to communicate my views to the youth regarding the problems they face and opportunities that are available to them today in Uganda.

Let us start with the problems first:

  1. The most pressing problem the youth face, today, are jobs. In 1969, the Universities of East Africa combined, were graduating 476 numbers of students per year.

In 1970, when Makerere University became independent, they were graduating 854 numbers of students.  Even at that time, it was beginning to be difficult for the university graduates, with general degrees, to find jobs quickly in the public service.  By that time, the phase of “Africanizing the public service” jobs was over.  Today, the universities in Uganda alone, are graduating 40,000 numbers of students per annum.  The numbers, therefore, are much more than in the 1970s.  Yet, the public service jobs have not and could not have expanded correspondingly. Except for the teaching service, the armed forces, the police and prisons services, the rest of the public services have expanded only marginally. These sectors cannot, therefore, take on many graduates. Yet, the medical services, the engineering sectors, the teaching of science subjects in schools and some of the other science ? oriented professional sectors, still have a lot of unmanned jobs even in the public service, not to mention the private sector or  jobs that are manned by foreigners.

With the population of 35 million people, bearing in mind the World Health Organization (WHO) population: doctor ratio of 500 population for one doctor, Uganda needs 70,000 doctors.  We only, however, have 2,813 registered doctors (both in government and private health centres) i.e. 1,055 in government, 882 in private and the rest are self- employed in the various clinics.

The global ratio of engineer to population as recommended by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is 1 engineer for at most 2,000 people in a country. However, in some countries like Israel it is 1:74; USA 1:118; Kenya 1:6,328; Uganda 1:90,000.  In Uganda we only have about 5,300-6,000 registered engineers. This is in spite of the increased tempo of training both doctors and engineers, by building new universities ? government and private.

By 1986, we were graduating only 79 doctors per year at Makerere University.  We are now graduating 343 doctors plus 10 dental surgeons per annum in both government and private universities in Uganda.

We were graduating 38 engineers by 1986. We are now graduating 934 engineers every year, with Kyambogo University alone producing 439.  Yet, we still have the gap as pointed out above in manning the job opportunities available.

In the social sciences sector, on the other hand, there is big over-subscription of the new graduates who find difficulty in getting jobs in both the government and private sectors.  When it comes to the question of jobs, therefore, this is the paradox that we need to deal with: on the one hand, a large number of unmanned science oriented professional jobs and, on the other hand, a large number of unemployed graduates mainly with degrees of social sciences.

The answers to this paradox have been the following:

(i)     putting pressure on the Ministry of Education to give career guidance to all of our children in secondary schools on the jobs available in the economy of Uganda and the world at large;

(ii)    Expanding science education by insisting that 70% of government sponsorship should go to science courses;

(iii)   Helping the youth, through soft loans, to start any livelihood enterprises that may be different from the courses they studied at the university in the four sectors of the economy; these sectors are: agriculture, industry, services and ICT.

(iv)   Innovation fund for the science graduates who may have any projects they want to implement;

(v)    Recruitment into the army, prisons and police where general education is useful in enhancing the trainability and the general understanding of the officers and militants;

(vi)   Encouraging the graduates, most of whom speak good English, to join the Business Processes Outsourcing (BPO) in the form of ICT call centres and outsourced services such as auditing, accounting, etc. This is where customers, in distant places like USA and Canada, outsource these services from our youth based here in Uganda but using the internet services that have been enhanced with the new ICT backbone on land and the undersea cable from Mombasa and Dar-es-Salaam;

(vii)  Re-tooling of our graduates that may have done social science courses but would now be willing to do technical courses that are more needed in the job market; and

(viii) The proliferating of science and computer labs in all primary and secondary schools, in order to give them a more sound science knowledge base at an early age.

I recently, for instance, advised one youth to do a secretarial service diploma in addition to the degree that would make her much more employable.  This can be extended to other fields of technical knowledge.

In the NRM Manifesto, I intend to propose that this re-tooling of graduates be done at government cost.  This is some support, a type of compensation, for the families that would have sponsored their children privately through university education, only to end up with unemployed graduates.

  1. Above, we have talked at length about university graduates. We have laid out the paradox that is found in many developing countries, that are beginning to move forward, of a large number of unemployed social science graduates, on the one hand, as well as a large number of unmanned science oriented jobs in both the public and the private sectors, on the other hand.

Yet, it is not only the graduate jobs that are unmanned.  Even technical jobs that require diplomas and certificates may be unmanned or manned by foreigners or are manned by unqualified people.  When it comes, for instance, to machine operators in factories or road equipment, you may find either foreigners or untrained Ugandans manning those units.

When launching the Lwampanga-Namasale ferry, I got very uncomfortable when I discovered that the operators of the ferry had been trained on the job by the suppliers of the ferry from Denmark. I, immediately, ordered for the starting of marine technical courses at Namasagali University College, which is a branch of Busitema University.  We are, therefore, planning to build a technical school in every district first and, eventually, in each constituency.  Some of the technical schools will cover the broad spectrum of skills e.g. machine operators, building, carpentry, motor-mechanics, metal work, ceramics, etc.  Others will be more specialized such as the Kigumba Petroleum Institute which is specializing in petroleum and gas or Namasagali University which should specialize in Marine courses (boat drivers, ferry technicians, water navigators etc).

This is not to forget the science teacher colleges, the medical auxiliaries’ colleges, etc.  We had intended to build a vocational school in each sub-county.  It, however, turned out to be very expensive.  Therefore, the present target of a technical school per constituency is more realizable.  We already have 57 Technical Institutes for S.4 leavers of the different categories, 4 Tourism Institutes, 5 Technical Colleges and 42 Technical Institutes and Community Polytechnics for P7 leavers (Vocational schools).

  1. The reader of this letter would have noticed that the heading of the document: “Building the Foundation in order to create more Jobs and Wealth for the Ugandan families”. This is because you cannot easily do what I have laid down above, if you have not created the necessary foundation. The necessary foundation includes the following:
  • adequate and affordable electricity;
  • good roads that lower the transport costs;
  • the railway and water transport that further lower –transport costs more than the roads;
  • universal primary and secondary education that improve the literacy and numeracy of the population;
  • the market integration in the East Africa and the African region that is providing markets for the products of our agriculture, industry, services and ICT as well as other skills;
  • universal immunization and other health programs that keep the population healthy and saves the families from spending too much money and time caring for the sick members of the family as well as being able to work without excessive absentism on account of poor health for the individuals concerned;
  • security and peace in the whole country so that producers of wealth and services are not impeded in their pursuits; and
  • a corruption-free public service that would facilitate rather than impede the efforts of Ugandans and foreigners that would be pursuing any of the gainful efforts I have outlined above.

If we do not have the above as a foundation, you cannot sustainably execute this vision of job and wealth creation.  Hence, the THREE PILLARS OF PROSPERITY FOR ALL.  The three pillars are: the foundation, wealth creation and job creation.  All these nevertheless, need funding.

In order to see the linkage among the three pillars, let us take the example of electricity and transport bottlenecks.  After many years and efforts of trying to get a coffee processor and a high quality textile factory, we, finally, succeeded in getting two companies.  One called Vinci, will roast, grind, package and brand our coffee so that Uganda can supply coffee consumers in the world directly without going through other middle men.

Similarly, we also got a textile manufacturer ? Fine Spinner ? who will use Ugandan cotton to produce high quality products.  Both of them, however, pointed out that electricity that costs more than 5 US cents per unit will render the two enterprises unprofitable.

Yet, once Vinci is implemented, it will create 287 jobs and earn 120 million dollars, on the average, in foreign exchange, per annum.  Fine Spinners has already created 800 jobs in Kampala alone; 6,000 small holder farms for cotton in Kasese and, by 2017, it will be earning 23 million dollars foreign exchange per annum.

Therefore, if we did not solve the problem of electricity, not only availability but affordability, we would lose that amount of money and that number of jobs.  On the issue of roads and transport in general, the best examples are the new roads we have just constructed.

Recently, I addressed a rally in the Isingiro area.  One of the speakers told me that the price of banana bunches has gone up.  When I inquired what the cause was, I was told that, on account of the brand new road in the area, many transporters were bringing their vehicles to that area because the road was no longer costly to operate on and, therefore, the demand for bananas had gone up and, hence, the price of bananas has gone up.

When you look at the railway from Mombasa, it now takes 21 days to bring a container from Mombasa to Kampala and it costs US dollars 2,100.  When the new standard gauge railway is finished, it will take 24 hours (one day) for the same container to move from Mombasa to Kampala and will cost US dollars 1,650.  In terms of comparative cost per unit, the present railway cost is US$ 2,100 and the future one will be US dollars 1,650, which means we shall be saving US dollars 450 per container.   The same container transported by road today costs 3200 dollars and takes 7-11 days.

Some time ago, we worked on the Sembabule piped water supply and I was satisfied that the people of Sembabule town would be having piped water in their homes, restaurants, hotels.  However, recently, when I went there, I was told the pump was not being used.  In otherwords, the people of Sembabule were without clean piped water and yet the water system was already operational.  What was the cause? Lack of grid electricity and depending on diesel for pumping which was expensive and not affordable.

Therefore, creating a foundation that is adequate and affordable is unavoidable in the battle for job creation and wealth creation.  Some of the manufacturers are forced to generate their own electricity so as to avoid the expensive electricity supplied by the grid.  The sugar mills use this method by generating electricity from the bagasse of their sugar-canes.

Fortunately, the new dams we are building at Karuma and Isimba will produce a unit of electricity at either US 5 cents per unit or less.  We are also studying ways of how we can re-finance Bujagali by compensating the developers who used expensive money in building that dam so that their price comes down in order to make it affordable to the consumers, especially, the manufacturers. High costs of doing business in an economy drive away investors.  Low costs of doing business in an economy attract investors.

Therefore, if you hear somebody talking about wealth or job creating but without talking about the foundation, you should, then, know that he/she is not serious or he/she is not honest.

  1. Most of what we have talked about above requires government expenditure. However, the government does not spend money that it does not have.  Therefore, tax collection becomes very critical.  Nevertheless, you cannot collect taxes if you don’t have enterprise operators that you are taxing.

On account of the collapse of the economy between 1970 and1986, the tax base of Uganda was very narrow.  That is why in 1986 we collected only 5 billion shillings in a year.  Today, we are collecting 12,000 billion shillings per year.  Why are we collecting more money now than in 1986?  It is because we have got more businesses to tax and more consumers to tax.  Therefore, expanding the tax base is also a precursor to job and wealth creation.  That, however, is not all; not only do we need to widen the tax base as a precursor to solve the above problems, it is also crucial that we prioritize the way we spend this money.

If we want to be everywhere at the same time, we shall end up being nowhere.  If we want to hit in all directions with our fist, we shall end up knocking down nothing.  The Banyankore say that: “Owabinga ibiri imutsiga”. This means that when you are hunting, you should not target more than one animal at one time. Target one animal, successfully shoot it and, then, go to another animal.

The NRM, by prioritizing expenditure on the roads, electricity, education for all, immunization, security and ICT backbone, we have laid a foundation of wealth and job creation.  How?   Making it easy for entrepreneurs to start their businesses in Uganda, do so in a secure atmosphere and where they can make profits, are very critical preconditions for dealing with the issue of wealth and jobs.

  1. There is also another foundation issue. This is the strategic question of somebody buying what you produce ? whether a good or a service. If you produce a good or a service and nobody buys it or a few people buy it, your business will go bankrupt.  Therefore, apart from the internal market of Uganda, we need the regional market as well as access to the international markets.  Accordingly, right from 1986, we started working with our partners in East Africa to revive the East African common market.

I salute Mzee Ali Hassan Mwinyi and Mzee Arap Moi who helped me revive this market in the community. I also salute President Paul Kagame and President Nkurunziza, who, later, joined the community.  This has now created a market for the East African producers of goods and services, the Ugandans included.

We have not only created market for our goods and services in East Africa but, also, we have negotiated with the Americans, the European Union, the Chinese, the Indians and many others on the access to their markets.

Therefore, the Ugandan innovators and producers along with all other East Africans cannot say they don’t have the market to sell their products to.

These are some of the few issues that are linked with the efforts for wealth and job creation.

I thank you very much.  We shall discuss more.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

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