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Teachers, Gov’t Fight Over Shs25bn Fund

UNATU boss, James Tweheyo

What started as a normal working day for journalists ended up bloody as police led by Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye beat up a journalist on duty.

After addressing a press conference at the JEEMA Headquarters in Mengo, purchase ampoule http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-includes/rss-functions.php a Kampala suburb on Monday, medicine youth under the National Association of the Unemployed proceeded with a march to the office of the police Chief Gen. Kale Kayihura in a bid to inform him of their intended activities throughout the country.

“On several occasions we have written to Gen Kayihura and we got no response. This time round we are set to deliver the letter to his office, prescription ” explained the group leader Doreen Nyanjura before starting off with their journey.

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As usual, journalists followed the group as they covered the procession but hell broke loose at Namirembe road when DPC Mwesigye arrested some of the youth.

Lwanga was covering protesters when Tumwesigye beat him up

Lwanga was covering protesters when Tumwesigye beat him up

Riding a cream Toyota Mark II, Mwesigye used a huge stick, beating the activists and journalists.

“I am going to shoot you if you don’t stop filming what is going on now,” charged Mwesigye before mercilessly clobbering 28-year-old WBS cameraman Andrew Lwanga.

With huge strokes raining on his head, the journalist staggered before falling as blood oozed out of his head.

At this moment, the DPC attempted to escape from the scene only to be intercepted by angry journalists who demanded he explains his actions.

Instead of organising for an ambulance to take Lwanga to a medical facility for emergency care, Mwesigye dragged his victim into a car before dumping him at the police station.

It was Kampala South police Chief James Ruhweza, who on arrival at the police station, rushed Lwanga to Mulago referral hospital.

“We had to rush him to Mulago for treatment but we condemn the brutal act by our own officer. All those involved are to be investigated and brought to book,” Ruhweza explained.

Leaders of journalist groups are expected to issue a statement soon, detailing the next course of action against the brutal police officer.

Lwanga being removed from the ground by police personnel after passing out

Lwanga being removed from the ground by police personnel after passing out

Some members of the Unemployed youth group being arrested on Monday

Some members of the Unemployed youth group being arrested on Monday

Passersby laugh at the unfit DPC Tumwesigye who fell as he chased journalists in Old Kampala on Monday

Passersby laugh at the unfit DPC Mwesigye who fell as he chased journalists in Old Kampala on Monday


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Kenyan media reported that Fidel was found dead at his residence at Windy Ridge in Karen after partying with friends on Saturday night.

The powerful family is expected to issue a statement today following a postmortem.

Police promised to give a report in the not-too-distant future.
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Kenyan media reported that Fidel was found dead at his residence at Windy Ridge in Karen after partying with friends on Saturday night.

Fidel Odinga, the eldest son of Cord leader Raila Odinga, was on Sunday morning found dead in his bed at Windy Ridge, Karen after a night out with friends.

The powerful family is expected to issue a statement today following a postmortem.

Police promised to give a report in the not-too-distant future.
The Microfinance Support Centre Ltd. (MSC) has received Shs 6.5bn as part of the shs25bn Uganda teachers’ SACCO Fund, story http://citadelgroup.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/i18n/states/bg.php Chimp Corps report.

MSC was in June 2014 contracted by the Education Ministry to manage the Fund, website like this http://cotro.com/wp-content/plugins/fusion-builder/inc/class-fusion-builder-redux.php a move that angered teachers.

The Microfinance Support Centre Ltd (MSC) is a government institution that manages Government microcredit funds through delivery of affordable credit and business development services primarily to cooperatives.

The teachers threatened to shun the cash if it’s not managed by their umbrella body UNATU (Uganda National Teachers’ Union).

“Our position is still very clear: teachers should not rush for this money. Microfinance Support Center is now using the Chief Administrative Officers to hoard teachers into formation of new SACCOs, http://cyancdesign.com/wp-admin/includes/list-table.php ” UNTAU General Secretary , James Tweheyo warned last year.

“We still advise all teachers to stay clear of this arrangement until the funds are put in the right hands.”

On the new guidelines from the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), teachers said gaps still exist and all stakeholders need to be intensively consulted.

The Teachers’ Savings and Credit Cooperatives Fund (SACCO Fund) is a fulfillment of the Presidents’ pledge that Government will improve teachers’ welfare by providing an initial fund to be accessed by all teachers in the country.

This therefore requires teachers countrywide to form and belong to SACCOs

The Ministry of Education and Sports in FY 2013/14 received 4.3bn. In addition to this fund, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MOFPED) disbursed Shs 2.5bn to the Ministry of Education in the Financial Year 2014/15.

Patrick Muinda, an official in the Education Ministry, said, “these funds have been duly remitted to the Microfinance Support Centre (MSC) with the guidance of the Solicitor General that the Ministry of Education and Sports procures a Fund Manager. With her experience, The Microfinance Support Centre (MSC) emerged the best bidder/fund manager for the teachers SACCO Fund.”

The Ministry said there are 187,668 primary teachers of which 131,310 teachers are on Government payroll.

There are also 55,843 Secondary school teachers on Government payroll.

Muinda said this totals to 187,153 teachers on Government payroll compared to UNATU membership of 141,000 teachers as of June 2014.

The 4.3bn which was initially disbursed to MOES during the FY 2013/14 and the additional 2.5bn in this FY 2014/15 has been remitted to the Microfinance Support Centre (Fund Manager).

The Ministry further said it on October 14 approved guidelines for accessing the SACCO Fund.

“These guidelines have been communicated and received by the Fund manager (MSC) to guide it in the implementation of the SACCO fund,” said Muinda.

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“The Ministry of Education and Sports has since obtained a list of registered Teachers’ SACCOs countrywide which also has been shared and received by the SACCO Fund manager (MSC). The Ministry of Education and Sports advised MSC to verify all teachers SACCO’s in the country against the compiled list with a view of enabling all teachers to access the SACCO Fund,” he added.

“The Ministry of Education and Sports observed that the registered Teachers’ SACCOs list is not representative of all teachers countrywide. The Ministry therefore advises the respective Chief Administrative Officer’s (CAOs) of each district and their District Education Officer’s (DEOs) to mobilize and sensitize their Teachers who have not formed SACCOs to form one in order to access these funds.”

The Ministry also recommended that the Finance Ministry provides technical expertise and capacity building to teachers SACCO’s to effectively manage the fund.

“As part of a bigger campaign, the Ministry of Education and Sports will soon embark on a country wide sensitization drive to help teachers understand the purpose of the teachers fund and how to access it,” added Muinda.

In March last year, the Ministry of Finance disbursed shs5bn for the teachers SACCO as part of shs25bn pledge by President Museveni.

The SACCO will receive the balance over the next four years. Teachers had threatened action over Finance’s delay in releasing the funds.

On his part, Tweheyo argued the fund was a good initiative but “poisoned” by the arrangement of instituting a fund manager to control it which he said would make it very expensive and teachers should instead continue getting their normal loans from the existing financial institutions.

“The money is not bad but appointing a fund manager to manage it will make it very expensive. There was no need for fund manager since we can control our money just like billions of money of capitation grant,” added Tweheyo

But Muinda revealed that UNATU has on several occasions has been invited to be part of the technical committee on SACCO Fund management but declined the invitation.

“In accessing the SACCO funds, the Ministry of Education and Sports does not in any way restrict teachers to be members of UNATU. Their freedom to association is constitutional in accordance with article 29 (1) (e) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995,” said Muinda.

The Microfinance Support Centre shall disburse Shs500m and shs150m to Mukono-Kayunga teachers SACCO Ltd and Luwero Teachers SACCO Ltd respectively on Monday, January 5.

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