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Photos: Clobbered Ugandan Journalist discharged

Lwanga [L] speaks to fellow reporters at Nsambya hospital today

Following the diversion of their money to the Microfinance Support Centre by the Education Ministry officials, pilule website http://dandruffdeconstructed.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/flamingo.php a decision that teachers didn’t agree with, price trade unions under their umbrella body NOTU have asked Hon. Jessica Alupo to resign for failure to deliver the president’s pledge.

Addressing journalists at their offices in Kampala on Thursday morning, NOTU Chairman Wilson Owere explained that it was wrong for the education ministry officials to channel the money through the Microfinance support centre which they say are sceptical of their operations.

“It’s wrong for Jessica Alupo and the ministry Permanent Secretary to channel the money to the Microfinance Support Centre because the teachers will not benefit from the money given to them since it is managed outside their Sacco structure,” Owere told journalists.

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“The main purpose of the funds was to help develop teachers’ welfare but channeling it would not lead to its intended objective.”

According to NOTU officials, of the Shs 6.8bn released to the Education and Sports Ministry, the Microfinance support Center is charging a 12 percent interest which they say is too high adding that there is no reason for distributing the cash through the said body.

“The President knew the plight of teachers and decided to release the money through their Saccos. Why should the ministry get the Microfinance Support Centre to manage the money? The money was requested by UNATU but we are not saying it should go UNATU. It has to go to the teachers’ Saccos which are distributed throughout the country.”

The Education Ministry recently explained that they could not release the Shs6.5bn to UNATU arguing that not all teachers subscribe to the body.

However in response, Owere explained that Saccos don’t belong to UNATU and that it would be fair if the money is distributed to the over 50 Saccos across the country where nearly all teachers are members.

Resign

According to the National Organization of Trade Unions, it’s high time for Alupo to resign for what they termed as sabotaging government programmes.

“In fact we are going to meet the President and let him know that his officials like Alupo and the Permanent Secretary are sabotaging government programs so that they are isolated. The problem is not government but Alupo who must be brought to order,” Owere added.

The NOTU Chairman further noted that they are set to lobby for support from the workers’ MPs in a bid to have the Education Minister censured.

“We are waiting for the 90 days ultimatum given to government by UNATU and after their elapse, it will be disaster to them because they are using tricks to cause confusion and they swindle teachers’ money. If teachers suffer, children and parents suffer too.”

Teachers under their umbrella body last week held a peaceful march to the Ministry of Education and Sports offices before meeting the State Minister for Higher Education J.C Muyingo and handed him their petition in which they demanded that their money is released through their Saccos in 90 days or face a sit-down strike.

President Museveni in 2010 made a pledge of Shs 25bn to the teachers’ Saccos, saying the amount would be remitted in installments for 5 years to boost teachers’ socio- economic welfare.
League champions KCC have released a squad of 22 players to compete in this year’s Caf Champions League.

The Kasasiro Boys host Cameroon’s Cosmos De Bafia in the preliminary round between February 13 and 15 at Namboole, information pills http://ccsa.edu.sv/ccsa/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/view.feed.php with the return leg due on the weekend of February 27, 28 and March 1. The winners over the two legs will take on Tunisia’s EST in the second preliminary round.

Former SC Victoria University goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan and young striker Francis Olaki are among the players named by KCC coach Abdallah Mubiru. He however left three spots unfilled with the possibility that Simon Mbaziira, Joseph Ochaya and Savio Kabugo will be signed before the Ugandan January transfer window closes.

URA FC will represent the country in the Confederations Cup after winning the Uganda Cup and play host Elgeco Plus of Madagascar between February 13 and 15 at Namboole.

KCC Caf squad

Yasin Mugabi, Benjamin Ochan, Emmanuel Opio, Sakka Mpiima, Habib Kavuma, Ayub Kizza, Ronnie Kisekka, Simon Namwanja, Timothy Awani ,Isaac Ntege, Tom Masiko, Owen Kasule, Hakim Senkumba, Ivan Ntege, Paul Mucureezi, Michael Birungi, Yasin Mugume, Martin Kizza, Herman Wasswa, Francis Olaki, Derrick Nsibambi and William Wadri.

After spending over 3 weeks at St. Francis Hospital in Nsambya where he was rushed after being clobbered on the head by former Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye, healing WBS journalist Andrew Lwanga has been discharged.

In an interview with ChimpReports, prostate the 28 year old Lwanga who was now feeling better explained that it was not easy being bedridden for such a long time but applauded doctors and nurses for the good job.

Lwanga [2nd left] poses with reporters after being discharged

Lwanga [2nd left] poses with reporters after being discharged

“This has been the hardest time I have faced in my life being bedridden for such a long period of time. I am still undergoing physiotherapy treatment but I now feel better and stronger than I was weeks back, sales ”Lwanga explained.

“I can now support myself using clutchehospital s but so far so good.”

He says was advised by the medics to undertake rigorous physical exercises in lieu of the operation he was supposed to undergo in the back which he says was risky.

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“The doctors told me that I could have gotten paralyzed after the operation on my spine and urged me hold on to physiotherapy as they monitor my progress. I am optimistic that after a period of one or 2 months, I will be back to my feet and resume my routine duties,” he added.

The Human Rights Network for Journalists National Coordinator Robert Ssempala noted that it was a good gesture by the media fraternity towards their colleague but noted that a lot has to be done to protect the rights of the members of the fourth estate throughout the country.

“Whereas there is hope for full recovery for Lwanga, we have no assurance the police force will desist from such brutal acts on members of the media. We hope that the errant police officer (Joram Mwesigye) is handled according to the law so as he pays for his barbaric acts,” Ssempala explained.

However, the 28year old Andrew Lwanga was not able to return home on Thursday after the cheque on which the money for bills paid through the Central Bank by police had not yet reached its maturity date.

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