MPs Sign Petition on Climate Change

The legislators signed a petition urging African leaders to commit to ambitious actions to reduce carbon emissions.

Kigezi College Butobere (nicknamed Siniya)’s old boys celebrations on Saturday was not successful after the expected guest of honor President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and several invited government officials all failed to show up or send representatives.

The function was meant to raise funds for renovation of the school infrastructure and to support teachers financially for  improvement of the dwindling academic performance of the school.

Some of the invited dignitaries who are old boys included Presidential candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, look outgoing Makerere University Chancellor Prof. Mondo Kagonyera who was among the 25 pioneer students of the school in 1957, side effects Minister Dr Philemon Mateke, treatment High Court Justice John Katutsi among others.

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Bikangaga Domitory: Most structures at the college need urgent refurbishment

Bikangaga Domitory: Most structures at the college need urgent refurbishment

However, only Kabale Municipality MP Andrew Baryayanga and Rubanda East MP Henry musasizi showed up.

Musasizi was then handpicked by the organizers to be chief guest.

Chairperson of the Kigezi College old boys Moses Ntahobari told Chimpreports that President Yoweri Museveni was expected as guest of honor but they got late communication that the he would not be able to make it as he was attending the burial of former junior industry Minister James Mutende.

Ntahobari however, blamed the mishap on the School board’s lack of organization, and noted that the old boys are pushing to have a say on its composition. The board is selected by the Kabale Municipal Council.

In his speech, the chief guest Hon Andrew Baryayanga, who is also an old boy decried the ailing situation at the school and blamed it on the government which he said had overly neglected its old schools.

Some of the dormitories have been abandoned

Some of the dormitories have been abandoned

The legislator called upon the old boys of the famous Siniya to come to its rescue and bring back its past glory.

At the event, Rev. Dr Medard Rugyendo, the Principal Bishop Braham University Kabale asked the old boys to join hands and raise funds to rehabilitate the collapsing school structures.

Joseph Twiine Muganga   the school head teacher attributed the downfall of the school to bad politics, religious differences and indiscipline among the students as well as intrigue and power struggles among the teachers and the himself at that time.

At the function, a total of Shs 16 million was raised in cash and pledges.

Kigezi college Butobere, that used to be the powerhouse in sports and academic excellence in the past is now a shadow of its past. It has only 200 students and most of its buildings are dilapidated.

The school was opened in 1957 as the only boys’ secondary school by then the British colonialists.

Ugandan Legislators at the Pan African Parliament have signed a Petition calling on African leaders to push for favorable terms at the upcoming 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21).

MPs, viagra dosage Onyango Kakoba (NRM, ampoule Buikwe North), Sam Amooti Otada (Ind. Kibanda) and Elijah Okupa (FDC, Kasilo) signed the petition after the PAP plenary sitting on Friday.

In the petition, legislators urged African leaders to commit to ambitious actions to reduce carbon emissions.

“We call on the governments of Africa and the world to stand with the people on the front lines of the climate crisis, and in particular the vulnerable communities whose voices need to be heard,” the Petition drafted by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) reads in part.

Hon. Sam Otada said agreements from the Climate Conference should be binding and have the force of law such that countries do not ignore them.

“The issue of climate change cannot be over emphasized. Our position must be clear and simple: He who pollutes must pay,” he said.

They Legislators called on negotiators to the COP21 to come up with an agreement that delivers climate actions at a level adequate to stop climate change and keep global warming below 1.5 degrees.

Robert Chimambo of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), said the signed petitions containing the views and positions of ordinary Africans will be forwarded to the African Union Chairperson, before the Conference starts.

The COP21 is scheduled to take place in Paris, France at the end of November 2015.

The Conference is aimed at achieving an international legally binding agreement on climate; aiming at keeping global warming below 2 degrees.

Hundreds of delegates from governments, UN agencies, civil society and other bodies are expected to attend.


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