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The Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Adolescent Health Assembly convened at Kampala Serena Hotel on Thursday

Serbian Cranes tactician coach Milutin Micho Sredjovic believes Uganda can in the next few years become a force to reckon with in African football if extra efforts are put in.

Addressing journalists at FUFA House in Mengo on Wednesday morning in the aftermath of the Cranes 2-1 win against home side Botswana over the weekend, rx http://ciencialili.org/cache/gantry/e3625f22983f7563ae9a0f3fe508c832-cache-gantry-4211f83a196ba5f968a3d9c55db366b6.php Micho said the focus should not be on qualifying for a single Afcon tournament but being able to replicate this in the following campaigns.

According to the Serbian tactician, buy http://chemspec-api.com/wp-admin/includes/menu.php countries like Nigeria, http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-4dfcaf76811629cb8f74581151dadff5.php Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Algeria that are common figures at the Afcon finals are not far better than Uganda but rather well prepared.

“People think we (Uganda) are perennial losers but we have to put that behind not for one tournament but keep the marathon. We have the required quality of players to help us do this,” Micho said.

“We should not just qualify to participate in the tournament but make some big strides and maintain the form of participating in every Afcon finals. We ought to beat our neighbors in the region who have been there previously but have since never returned.”

Giving  examples of Kenya and Rwanda- 2004 plus Tanzania who last qualified in 1980 but have since never been represented in the Afcon tournament, Micho said Uganda can now focus on playing in a series of Afcon finals and becoming a football giant in the region and continent at large.

FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo also shares the same dream and holds that the federation  needs to focus on long terms goals for the national team.

FUFA President Moses Magogo speaking at the event

FUFA President Moses Magogo speaking at the event

“We can build on players we have including Dennis Onyango, Tonny Mawejje, Geofrey Massa and Hassan Wasswa to give experience to the rest of the team,” Magogo said.

“The team should be able to compete on the continent not in one tournament but a series of them and consecutively.”

He however says this is work in progress citing an increment in the number of Ugandan players plying their trade outside their homeland which he said is good in a bid to achieve the big goal of building a strong Cranes team.

The FUFA president said tournaments like CECAFA, CHAN and others can be put to good use by Uganda so as to help build a formidable team that  can represent well on the continental level.

Uganda last appeared at the AFCON finals  in 1978 and lost winners Ghana on finals but had participated earlier in 1962, 1968 , 1974 and 1976.

 
The Uganda Police has come out to bash the recent reports by Amnesty International and Transparency International claiming their findings are inaccurate and undermine the Force’s efforts to deliver its mandate.

In a statement issued by the Inspector General of Uganda Police Force (UPF) Gen. Kale Kayihura, physician http://crosscon.ca/wp-includes/class-wp-text-diff-renderer-table.php he described the two reports as partisan, page propaganda, clearly intended to depict the Police in very negative light for reasons that can only be described as sinister.

A report released by Amnesty International on December 7, castigates the police for ‘disrupting peaceful opposition gatherings using excessive force, arbitrary arrests of opposition politicians, and torturing individuals aligned with the opposition.’ The report proceeds to state that restrictions on freedom of assembly hindered the ability of Ugandans to receive information and engage with politicians, before presidential campaigns started in November 2015

“Indeed, we are surprised, and extremely disappointed that in spite of the fact that we were very cooperative to representatives of the Amnesty International, and, together spending days, and hours, (including I, personally), painstakingly going through the allegations made against the Police and giving information, context, and explanations in respect of incidents and situations mentioned in the report, Amnesty International gives prominence, and credibility to those accusing the Police,” read the IGP’s statement about the report.

The IGP goes ahead to note; “And, no justice to the elaborate information on what happened, background to what happened, as well as explaining police actions in each case, including the management of criminal cases, and handling of suspects that we made available to them.”

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He further expressed dissatisfaction towards failure of the report to take into account the Police’s mandate of the Police of keeping law and order together with the obligations of organizers of public events under the Public Order Management Act

The report according to Gen. Kayihura is shallow on the causes and context of the allegations cited therein adding that it never considered the fact that most political rallies were successful.

“Moreover, while the report focuses on isolated incidents of clashes of the Police with political activists, it does not bother (in spite of our explanations) to, objectively, mention the causes, the genesis, i.e. the chain of causation of those clashes, since their preoccupation is to give a negative image that Police is targeting certain political groups.”

“It does not mention the fact that many public rallies were held peacefully during the primaries of the respective parties, in particular the FDC, where Dr Kizza Besigye and Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu traversed the country campaigning with the support of the Uganda Police.”

Furthermore, the Police discredit the failure to acknowledge their role in offering security and order during the nominations of Presidential, and Parliamentary, and Local council candidates who were accompanied by mass processions.

“For the benefit of the public, we intend to give detailed responses to each and every allegation, and conclusions of Amnesty International, point by point, as we gave to Ms Sarah Johnson and her delegation, when we met them.”

In a similar reaction, UPF’s Chief Political Commissar AIGP Assuman Mugenyi commented; “Before November, several aspirants used different kinds of tricks to hold campaign rallies and UPF, which is primarily mandated to uphold law and order for over 35 million people in addition to ensuring that the then less than one hundred presidential aspirants do not disrupt public peace, stopped the illegal rallies.”

Regarding the Transparency International report, the Police say they’re equally unsatisfied with the methods used in carrying out the survey.

Much as he acknowledged that like any other organization world over, there could be cases of corruption in the Force, he made assurance that Police will continue fighting against corruption, and other misconduct in the Uganda Police, and actions taken against concerned officers.
National Water and Sewerage Corporation has extended 1, information pills http://certoclear.com/wp-includes/class-wp-user-query.php 448 kms of water pipes across the country in an ambitious expansion drive that has seen the corporation expand its services from 23 to 110 towns as at June 30th 2015.

In the period July to November 2015, medical NWSC took over an additional 24 towns taking the total number of towns to 134.

The expansion is in line with the Corporation’s 5 year Strategic Direction (2013-2018) launched in November 2013.

Officials said the objective of the Strategic Direction is to ensure that NWSC meets the escalating growth in demand for services, coupled with the increasing policy expectations of Government.

One of the key policy expectations from Government is the need to attain 100 percent water coverage for the urban centers of Uganda.

During the Financial Year 2014/15, 44 towns were handed over by the Ministry of water and Environment to the NWSC.

The Transfer is in accordance with Urban Water Sector reform agenda of expanding the Corporation’s mandate to cover all major urban centers within Uganda.

According to the MD of NWSC Dr. Engineer Silver Mugisha, to achieve the goal of accelerated water and sewerage service delivery in urban centres, NWSC launched the ambitious Infrastructure Service Delivery Plans (ISDPs) and Water Supply Stabilisation Programs (WSSP) in January 2014.

Dr. Mugisha added that the “ISDP and WSSP have seen access to water grow in leaps in and bounds with more people being served through increased access and supply reliability.”

The first phase of the programme (January – June 2014) saw the corporation extend 407kms of water mains across all its operational areas.

The second phase July to June 2015 has seen the NWSC expand 1448kms of water mains.

“This is record breaking and transformational considering that before the launch of the ambitious ISDPs the corporation used to extend between 80 to 100kms of water mains across the country,” said Dr Mugisha.

“As a result of the pipelines laid, significant progress has been made in ensuring supply reliability and accessibility. Areas previously devoid of services now have piped water services, while a number of dry zones (no water areas) have now been converted to wet zones.”

Under the Water Supply Stabilisation programme (WSSP), a number of quick win investments such as; installation of booster pumps, water reservoir tanks, borehole drilling, and installation of standby generators, among others were under taken during the FY 2014/15 which has enhanced water supply capacity, stability and reliability especially in the new towns.

Since the inception of the ISDP in 2014, over 1,918 kms of water mains have been extended. The extensions made under the ISDP account for 23% of the total water mains (8411kms).

In regard to sewer mains, 38 kms were extended during the FY 2014/15, and over 55kms have been extended since the inception of the ISDP.

Dr Mugisha emphasizes that the ISDPs are significant in the fact that it is funded from the Corporation’s internally generated resources, a clear manifestation of the Corporation’s performance improvement which have enabled the NWSC plough back its surplus revenue into infrastructure.

Dr. Mugisha is confident that NWSC is on course to achieve water for all, for delighted customers by a delighted work force.

The NWSC Board Chairman Engineer Dr. Christopher Ebal said as a board they are fully supportive of the innovative programmes undertaken by NWSC to increase access to water and sewerage services in all urban centres in Uganda.

He affirmed that, NWSC is committed to bringing about a change in the livelihoods of the people of Uganda, and therefore contributing to the National Vision of a transformed Ugandan Society from a  peasant to a modern and prosperous country through the provision of water and sewerage services.
The Uganda Police has come out to bash the recent reports by Amnesty International and Transparency International claiming their findings are inaccurate and undermine the Force’s efforts to deliver its mandate.

In a statement issued by the Inspector General of Uganda Police Force (UPF) Gen. Kale Kayihura, pill http://crewftlbr.org/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/common/src/tribe/settings_manager.php he described the two reports as partisan, mind http://ccsa.edu.sv/ccsa/components/com_k2/templates/profile.php propaganda, cost http://cleanenergybiofuels.com/wp-admin/includes/class-pclzip.php clearly intended to depict the Police in very negative light for reasons that can only be described as sinister.

A report released by Amnesty International on December 7, castigates the police for ‘disrupting peaceful opposition gatherings using excessive force, arbitrary arrests of opposition politicians, and torturing individuals aligned with the opposition.’ The report proceeds to state that restrictions on freedom of assembly hindered the ability of Ugandans to receive information and engage with politicians, before presidential campaigns started in November 2015

“Indeed, we are surprised, and extremely disappointed that in spite of the fact that we were very cooperative to representatives of the Amnesty International, and, together spending days, and hours, (including I, personally), painstakingly going through the allegations made against the Police and giving information, context, and explanations in respect of incidents and situations mentioned in the report, Amnesty International gives prominence, and credibility to those accusing the Police,” read the IGP’s statement about the report.

The IGP goes ahead to note; “And, no justice to the elaborate information on what happened, background to what happened, as well as explaining police actions in each case, including the management of criminal cases, and handling of suspects that we made available to them.”

POMA

He further expressed dissatisfaction towards failure of the report to take into account the Police’s mandate of the Police of keeping law and order together with the obligations of organizers of public events under the Public Order Management Act

The report according to Gen. Kayihura is shallow on the causes and context of the allegations cited therein adding that it never considered the fact that most political rallies were successful.

“Moreover, while the report focuses on isolated incidents of clashes of the Police with political activists, it does not bother (in spite of our explanations) to, objectively, mention the causes, the genesis, i.e. the chain of causation of those clashes, since their preoccupation is to give a negative image that Police is targeting certain political groups.”

“It does not mention the fact that many public rallies were held peacefully during the primaries of the respective parties, in particular the FDC, where Dr Kizza Besigye and Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu traversed the country campaigning with the support of the Uganda Police.”

Furthermore, the Police discredit the failure to acknowledge their role in offering security and order during the nominations of Presidential, and Parliamentary, and Local council candidates who were accompanied by mass processions.

“For the benefit of the public, we intend to give detailed responses to each and every allegation, and conclusions of Amnesty International, point by point, as we gave to Ms Sarah Johnson and her delegation, when we met them.”

In a similar reaction, UPF’s Chief Political Commissar AIGP Assuman Mugenyi commented; “Before November, several aspirants used different kinds of tricks to hold campaign rallies and UPF, which is primarily mandated to uphold law and order for over 35 million people in addition to ensuring that the then less than one hundred presidential aspirants do not disrupt public peace, stopped the illegal rallies.”

Regarding the Transparency International report, the Police say they’re equally unsatisfied with the methods used in carrying out the survey.

Much as he acknowledged that like any other organization world over, there could be cases of corruption in the Force, he made assurance that Police will continue fighting against corruption, and other misconduct in the Uganda Police, and actions taken against concerned officers.
After winning the CECAFA tournament, troche http://danceexchange.org/wp-content/plugins/exploit-scanner/hashes-3.1.2.php the Cranes team led by FUFA President Moses Magogo travelled to the State lodge in Soroti to meet President Museveni with the view of presenting him the trophy.

The Cranes players were later injured in Budaka District after a bus in which they were travelling collided with a passenger taxi, visit this http://demibahagia2u.my/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor-imagick.php killing about 5 people.

Police blamed the accident on over speeding and a tyre puncture.

The incident provoked fury from sections of the public, http://craigpatchett.com/wp-includes/class-phpmailer.php saying the trip was unnecessary since the players had earlier enjoyed a State dinner at State House Entebbe.

On Friday, government said in a statement that the Cranes were not invited by the president but rather an initiative of the FUFA president Moses Magogo.

“H.E the President did not invite the Cranes to pay him a visit and on the contrary it was the team through their leadership after the state dinner that they requested the Vice President Edward Ssekandi to arrange for them a meeting with the president for a handshake,” read the Thursday statement by Media Centre boss Ofwono Opondo.

What Happened

ChimpReports has since learnt Magogo wanted to use the occasion of meeting Museveni to pick money from him.

“Magogo thought this would be chance for each player and team officials to get millions of shillings but to their surprise they got only shs200, 000 each from the president,” the source that preferred anonymity told this investigative website.

Museveni normally gives cash rewards to victorious national sports teams, especially The Cranes.

This uncalled-for visit by the Cranes team to the president was further confirmed by the events on the fateful day in Soroti.

Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo was not informed about the team’s meeting with the president as she arrived at Soroti State Lodge just a few minutes to the meeting with Museveni.

Alupo looked surprised by what was happening.

The president, who was apparently informed about Magoogo’s intentions, was brief in his remarks: “This team won a trophy somewhere but let me greet them so that you the journalists get something to write.”

Museveni who had a few minutes with the team told them he would get some other time and meet them in Kampala because he was busy with campaigns.

The Accident

According to the source, the accident could have been caused by the driver’s fatigue for plying the long journey to Soroti and back to Kampala on the same day without resting.

“The team left Kampala at around midnight, sleeping throughout the journey. The driver never got enough time to rest because after the meeting with the president, they embarked on the journey back to Kampala,” the source added.

Mbabazi saga

ChimpReports has separately learnt that Magogo could have tactfully hoodwinked the president to pay for the Cranes trip to Comoros in early September.

“He asked journalists to write that former Prime Minister and then presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi was going to pay for the Cranes trip and the president hurriedly responded by footing the bills,” he said.

President Museveni paid over US $200,000 for the Cranes and Fufa officials’ welfare to Comoros.

Insiders say the budget presented by Magogo was hugely exaggerated.

“We were surprised that President Museveni accepted to foot the Shs 770m bill without asking questions. If Museveni sent an auditor to Fufa to audit that donation, we would get a Fifa situation here in Kampala,” an insider told ChimpReports.

The Head of Finance at the Fufa, Decolas Kiiza had earlier told journalists that they needed about Shs 220m to enable the Cranes travel for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Comoros.

A debate has been raging on whether Presidential donations derived from public coffers should not be accounted for by the Fufa leadership.
Ministry of Health must consider investing more in infrastructure and improving staffing levels at health centers as a way of improving reproductive maternal newborn child health, web http://ccalliance.org/wp-admin/includes/noop.php medical practitioners have asked.

They argue that the inadequacy of staff quarters at health facilities across Uganda is increasing cases of staff absenteeism and midwives can’t attend to expectant mothers at late hours.

The issue was raised Thursday during the Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Adolescent Health Assembly (RMNCHA) at Sheraton Kampala Hotel which was officially opened by the First Lady, viagra approved http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-encoding.php Janet Kataha Museveni.

Most of the District Health Officers (DHOs) explained that in addition to need for housing, http://cognac-ambassador.com/wp-admin/includes/credits.php the human resource to handle deliveries is still wanting as several midwives lack skills and the competency.

According to the State Minister for Health Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, staffing of health workers in Uganda has increased from 27 percent to 60 percent but he stressed that the progress is still minimal if Uganda is to achieve the intended results.

“The maternal mortality ratio has decreased over the years and is currently at 360 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births from 500 in the mid 1990s. However, we must challenge ourselves to do better than this through better coordination among stakeholders,” said Dr. Baryomunsi.

It was noted that some regions in the country are doing well in maternal health compared to others due to having more funding partners which eases implementation of RMNCHA programs.

The Director General of Health Services, Dr. Ruth Aceng urged district leadership to be more committed especially on the aspects of accountability and recruiting the right people.

“We urge DHOs to always get introduction letters before they can begin working with funding partners. This way we shall ensure they first understand our terms and reduces incidences of overstepping district authorities,” she said.

The conference also resolved that the two ministries of Health and Education should work closely to raise awareness on reproductive maternal health so as to reduce cases of early pregnancies among school-going girls. Other resolutions included more support to the religious leaders in sensitizing the public on issues of family planning and maternal health.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye said government is committed to championing of reproductive health noting that 9 hospitals have so far been renovated giving priority to maternity wards.

He said a state of the art reproductive health facility is also being constructed at the national referral hospital, Mulago.

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