Red Cross Seeks Shs 9Bn Support for Elnino Victims

President Yoweri Museveni has been urged to abandon his quest for another term at State House and pave way for the growingly youthful population to take charge of the country’s affairs.

While launching his campaign to defend his seat in next year’s general elections at Nakivubo Mews, pilule Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago said now would be a good time for the President to retire from his three decade’s reign and bid farewell to State House.

The Lord Mayor blamed Uganda’s ‘stalled development’ on the President’s ‘unquenchable thirst for power.’

“From my tender age, illness through secondary school and university to when I joined parliament and
later became this city’s Lord Mayor, seek it has only been one man, President Museveni,” noted Lukwago.

Lukwago who served only a small portion of his term as Lord Mayor before being impeached, asked Museveni to retire like his colleagues Paul Kawanga Semwogerere, John Ssebana Kizito have done, and act as an advisor to the new generation of visionary young people.

In his manifesto, Lukwago promised to focus on five points through which he would address all problems that are affecting the people of Kampala.

First he promised to revive the people’s power and put them back in charge and then concentrate on equitable development and service delivery.

He also promised a fight for restoration of rule of law and accountability for the tax payer’s money.

“I promise not to betray my voters, I will do this through ensuring that there is accountability for each and every penny collected from the people of Kampala; the technical wing of KCCA has to
provide the political wing with accountability because we are accountable to you the voters”

His other focus he said would be on strategic planning whereby he would work with different stakeholders to ensure that the city looks better without affecting anybody.

The a rally attracted a number of opposition politicians contesting on various electoral posts in Kampala and its neighboring districts
Travel and tourism accounts for about 10 percent of global GDP, ampoule generates one out of eleven jobs worldwide (about 277 million), and is an increasingly vital component of developing economies, according to experts at the World Bank Group’s Tourism Forum 2015.

The forum that gathered public and private sector officials, travel and tourism specialists, and development economists highlighted the enormous and growing economic importance of what is often thought of as a niche economic sector.

“In 2013, tourists spent $413 billion in developing countries, about three times the amount of official development assistance that year,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said in remarks opening the forum.

“In Kenya, tourism produces 14 percent of national economic output and 12 percent of total employment,” he added.

Uganda Tourism is projected to contribute $12 billion to the country’s GDP according to Uganda’s Vision 2040.

According to the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Maria Mutagamba, Tourism is one of Uganda’s number one foreign exchange earner.

Mutagamba said last year the total employment for the tourism sector was 592,500 employees representing 8.6% of total employment in Uganda.

The wide ranging topics covered over two days of panel discussions included risks and vulnerabilities associated with tourism, such as the threat of terrorism and the misperception that tourism produces only low-quality jobs, as well as benefits and opportunities, including the spin-off effects of tourism and the ability of tourism to grow in places with few other employment opportunities.

Step one in the public and private efforts to develop tourism as a vital economic sector involves conveying its economic potential beyond industry specialists.

“Very few people are aware that 10 percent of global GDP is in tourism,” said Christopher Nassetta, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hilton Worldwide.

“There is not a broad awareness of the current economic impact travel and tourism is having, let alone what it could do,” he added.

Tourism is one business sector in which developing countries, with their rich cultural and natural assets, have a front-end advantage over developed countries, as reflected by the increasing tourist travel to developing regions; and it is a labor intensive field.

According to Nassetta, for every 30 additional tourists there is one new job created in a tourist business. This dynamic is expected to generate 75 million new jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.

“Tourism has a wonderful potential to create jobs, and jobs are the path out of poverty for the vast majority of the people we’re dealing with,” said John Perrottet, a senior tourism industry specialist with the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice (T&C).
The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) needs Shs  9.2 Billion to address the challenges faced by over 8000 households in 12 districts around the country, buy whose livelihood has been affected by the El Nino rains officials have said.

According to Stephen Tashobya, nurse the board treasurer for Uganda Red Cross, see over 48,000 people from the Teso, Elgon and Rwenzori ranges are victims and in urgent need of basic human needs.

“The funds from the appeal will facilitate the timely provision: safe water supply, shelter construction, improved sanitation, disease prevention, procurement and distribution of relief items and psychosocial support to the affected persons,” Tashobya told this website.

Early action

Last month according to Tashobya, they launched an early action & risk management intervention operation with focus on delivering disaster preparedness interventions to communities before disaster strikes.

“The operation  termed as ‘forecast-based financing’ is a shift from the use of post-intervention, where humanitarian organizations have to wait for reports of damages in order to be able to mobilize funding and material resources to respond to a disaster, to using early warning systems to prevent large scale damage,” he said.

According to the Red Cross official, in November after receiving reports on the rising water levels of River Humya, in Bundibugyo District, as part of the early-action intervention program, they conducted a quick assessment and distributed items like plastic bags, jerry cans, tarpaulins, digging tools and sensitization material to educate the communities about the floods.

“These items equipped the community to better prepare for the impending danger which greatly reduced the impact of the floods that happened 10 days later.”

Bundibugyo, Ntoroko Districts Most Affected

In Bundibugyo and neighboring Ntoroko 1,500 households have been affected by the overflowing of rivers Humya and Semiliki in late November and the landslides early this month and the need for intervention.

Tashobya said the damage caused by the floods is enormous with long-lasting effects. An estimated Shs 167,000 he said is needed to sustain each flood victim for a period of 30 days.

“Over 9,000 people have been left homeless or had their property destroyed but are now housed in temporary shelters or churches as they wait for the water levels to subside. Over UGX 700 million is needed to build temporary shelters and distribute Non Food Items (NFIs),”Tashobya said.

He said there is  risk of  spread of diseases like cholera and typhoid  after  the  pit latrines in the areas  affected being washed away  by the  heavy floods plus malaria caused by water logging.

“We need to scale up the scope and impact of our interventions to communities that have been left vulnerable as a result of these floods,” the Uganda Red Cross treasurer noted.



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