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Uganda to Experience Terrible El Nino Effects Next Month

The Meteorology experts have warned that this year’s El Niño is placed among the strongest four since 1950

Uganda, search http://cbpa.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-themes-list-table.php in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), abortion will on November 4, 2015 host the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) high-level symposium, Hon. Fred Omach, the State Mininster for Finance has said.

The three day symposium, which is also supported by contributions from UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC), will take place at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Kampala.

The DCF, is the principal platform for global policy dialogue on development cooperation. It engages all stakeholders to review trends and progress in development cooperation.

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While addressing Journalists at Uganda Media Centre, the State Minister for Finance said the Kampala meeting is one of three global engagements that will contribute to the 5th High-level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, to be held in New York in July 2016.

“It will provide a platform for evidence based sharing and will ultimately produce concrete policy guidance on development cooperation post-2015, to put into practice at international, regional, national and local level,” Hon. Omach said.

The Symposium which will be officiated by President Museveni and co-chaired by the Hon. Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations will be attended by more than 200 Ministers, high-level representatives and experts from all regions of the world.

According to Hon. Omach, the Uganda DCF provides a first opportunity to discuss the implementation of the Financing for Development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

It will be held under the theme = Development Cooperation for a New Era: Making the Renewed Global Partnership for Sustainable Development a Reality.

The symposium will discuss development cooperation for the new agenda: ways to motivate, support and further shape development cooperation as a critical ‘means of implementation’ in the post-2015 era.

Hon Omach said the symposium will also seek to provide answers to how countries, including Uganda, will align development cooperation policies and interventions to implement the SDGs.

” It will also show how to monitor and review the impact of development cooperation on the new sustainable development agenda,” he said.

He said the conference will bring to the table key issues related to ownership of the new global agenda, which needs translation into strategies and action at national and local levels, with a distinctive role for development cooperation as part of the broader global partnership for sustainable development.

He said particular attention will be placed on the challenges that Africa faces as a region.

Hon Omach said the symposium will also promote technology facilitation and capacity building, and address gaps in technology.
Uganda, pill http://cmareno.com/wp-includes/pluggable-deprecated.php in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), pills will on November 4, 2015 host the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) high-level symposium, Hon. Fred Omach, the State Mininster for Finance has said.

The three day symposium, which is also supported by contributions from UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC), will take place at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Kampala.

The DCF, is the principal platform for global policy dialogue on development cooperation. It engages all stakeholders to review trends and progress in development cooperation.

While addressing Journalists at Uganda Media Centre, the State Minister for Finance said the Kampala meeting is one of three global engagements that will contribute to the 5th High-level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, to be held in New York in July 2016.

“It will provide a platform for evidence based sharing and will ultimately produce concrete policy guidance on development cooperation post-2015, to put into practice at international, regional, national and local level,” Hon. Omach said.

The Symposium which will be officiated by President Museveni and co-chaired by the Hon. Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations will be attended by more than 200 Ministers, high-level representatives and experts from all regions of the world.

According to Hon. Omach, the Uganda DCF provides a first opportunity to discuss the implementation of the Financing for Development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

It will be held under the theme = Development Cooperation for a New Era: Making the Renewed Global Partnership for Sustainable Development a Reality.

The symposium will discuss development cooperation for the new agenda: ways to motivate, support and further shape development cooperation as a critical ‘means of implementation’ in the post-2015 era.

Hon Omach said the symposium will also seek to provide answers to how countries, including Uganda, will align development cooperation policies and interventions to implement the SDGs.

” It will also show how to monitor and review the impact of development cooperation on the new sustainable development agenda,” he said.

He said the conference will bring to the table key issues related to ownership of the new global agenda, which needs translation into strategies and action at national and local levels, with a distinctive role for development cooperation as part of the broader global partnership for sustainable development.

He said particular attention will be placed on the challenges that Africa faces as a region.

Hon Omach said the symposium will also promote technology facilitation and capacity building, and address gaps in technology.
Chairman of the National Electoral Commission Eng Badru Kiggundu has strongly condemned the violence and malpractice that was witnessed in the various political parties’ lower level elections; which peaked with this week’s NRM Parliamentary, stomach http://darkfey-temple.org/wp-admin/includes/class-bulk-plugin-upgrader-skin.php Mayoral and LC5 Primaries.

Eng Kiggundu stressed Thursday morning that Ugandans must desist from any actions that may lead to disorder. He went on to warn that the commission would not hesitate to de-nominate any candidates who will engage in acts contrary to laws and guidelines issued for smooth execution of various electoral activities

“Competitive elections will always have one person and winner. We can hold different political views and still live together as communities and a country. Elections should never divide us, link http://clintonhouse.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/plugins/multisite.php ” said Kiggundu.

He was this morning laying out the Electoral Commission’s guidelines for candidates ahead of the presidential nominations which will be held next week on November 3rd and 4th at the Mandela National Stadium.

So far, http://coastalperiodontics.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-automatic-updater.php only 11 Presidential aspirants have returned lists of 100 supporters from required minimum of 75 districts. The commission issued certificates of aproveal to 9 of these, namely; Abed Bwanika, Amama Mbabazi, Yoweri Museveni, Col Kizza Besigye, Gen Benon Biraaro, Joseph Mabirizi, Nasser Ssebagala and Faith Walube Kyalya

On November 3rd, Incumbent Yoweri Museveni will be nominated first at 10:00am, and former Premier Amama Mbabazi will follow an hour later. Col Kizza Besigye is scheduled for the following day at 11 am.

According to the set guidelines, access to the venue will be restricted to authorized persons alone.

“Aspirants must use 2 vehicles with whose occupancy should not exceed 20 persons,” said Kiggundu.

Exception however, has been made to President Museveni to access Nambole with his entire security detail as provided for in the law.

Eng Kiggundu asked candidates to conduct their campaigns in line with harmonized and approved campaign programmed which will be shared with all stakeholders.

Meanwhile, after the nomination exercise, two of the presidential candidates Hon Amama Mbabazi and President Yoweri Museveni have scheduled massive rallies at the Kololo Independence grounds at the same time.

According to one of Mbabazi’s top strategists and DP president Norbert Mao, thousands of Go Forward supporters after Mbabazi’s nomination will be converging at the independence grounds.

“Owing to these numbers, we found that there was no other place we could hold this rally other than Kololo,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

He however revealed that they were aware that President Museveni booked the same venue for his rally after nomination.

If blocked by police from accessing the venue, Mao said the supporters will pour on the streets of Kampala.

 
The National Resistance Movement party top officials on Wednesday rushed for a born-again prayer crusade to seek intervention following a devastating aftermath of the just concluded party primaries.

The Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba and her Deputy Richard Todwong yesterday evening sneaked from their headquarters at Kyadondo, more about http://cirnow.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-importer.php that was being bombarded with losers’ petitions, to go to the presence of God.

The convoy of the duo stormed Nakivubo stadium at 7 pm where Synagogue Church of All Nations under Pastor Samuel Kakande had organized an evening crusade.

Lumumba and Todwong, who are well known Roman Catholics arrived and stayed around up to 11pm; attentively listening to the preaching and often getting on their knees for their prayers to be heard.

The NRM held this week held its parliamentary and LC5 primary elections and is yet to survive the subsequent storm.

When contacted on phone on Thursday, Todwong said he and Lumumba made their mind together to pray to God, but added that this was a normal prayer and not necessarily as a result of the party challenges.

“We went to the crusade together just like the people we found in the crowd. It was not because of those election things you are trying to bring up,” Todwong said.

“Disagreements and petitions are always expected in every elections and they are not a reserved of the NRM. We are expeditiously handling everything ourselves without seeking for any supernatural help,” Todwong added.

Many ministers and incumbent Members of Parliament lost the Tuesday poll including Ministers Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, Jessica Alupo Nyombi, Nyombi Thembo among others.
The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA), decease http://certoclear.com/wp-includes/functions.wp-scripts.php the IGAD Regional Climate Application and Prediction Centre (ICPAC), healing http://channelingerik.com/wp-admin/includes/class-plugin-upgrader.php Nairobi and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have confirmed that Uganda, this like the other East African Countries will experience a massive El Niño episode from late October 2015 to February 2016.

The WMO experts have warned that this year’s El Niño is placed among the strongest four since 1950.

“The landslide and flooding problem is therefore likely to be massive given the episode is forecasted to be more severe. It is likely going to be stronger than the one of March 2010 which buried over 150 people and a Health Centre in Bududa District and the one of 2007 which flooded many villages in Teso and Lango,” Meteorology experts revealed.

The El Nino, according to experts, will get established late October, reaching its peak in November and persisting upto February 2016.

According to a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister, there are high possibilities of massive flooding, landslides, destructive windstorms, lightening, destruction of feeder roads, washing away of small-bridges and culverts, roofs of many village homes getting blown-off and rotting of root crops.

“The incidence of infectious diseases such as malaria, cholera dysentery, and acute respiratory infections will rise to outbreak levels in about 33 of the 112 districts. Some Health facilities are likely to be damaged; many pit-latrines will be flooded in the affected districts,” the statement further reads.

The negative effects of the El Niño rains are likely to cause misery to hundreds of households in the districts of Bududa, Bulambuli, Manafwa, Sironko, Mbale, Butaleja, Tororo, Kapchorwa, Bukwo, Kween, Kasese, Budibugyo, Ntoroko, Kampala, Amolatar, Amuria, Katakwi, Nakapiripirit, Napak, Moroto, Kotido, Kaabong, Kaberamaido, Dokolo, Otuke, Amudat, Kisoro, Kabale, Rukungiri, Kanunugu, Ntungamo, Moyo and Kabarole.

The El Niño episode will also affect the later period of the end of year schools examination programme, in most of the districts named above because of the torrential rains, flooding, fear of landslides, fear of lightening and likely damage to feeder roads.

Martin Owor, Commissioner for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management, revealed that the El Nino event may to some extent affect the Elections process.

Strengthening; 80 Districts to Benefit From El Nino Rains

On the other-hand, Owor said the El Niño episode will bring many good opportunities which we should not lose sight-of such, as plenty of water for agricultural production and power generation.

Districts likely to get more positive impacts of the El nino than the negative ones include Mbarara, Kiruhura, Isingiro, Ibanda, Bushenyi, Buhweju, Mitooma, Sheema, Rubirizi, Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Kamwenge, Kibaale, Hoima, Buliisa, Masindi, Arua, Maracha, Nebbi, Okoro, Adjumani, Amuru, Nwoya, Yumbe, Koboko, Zombo, Rakai, Lyantonde, Lwengo, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi, Sembabule, Mubende,Butambala, Kiryandongo, NamayingoKiboga, Kyankwanzi, Luwero, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Mukono, Buikwe, Kayunga, Kalangala, Buvuma, Kalangala, Wakiso, Masaka, Mpigi, Gomba, Mityana, Jinja, Mayuge, Bugiri, Busia, Kamuli, Iganga, Luuka, Namutumba, Buyende, Kaliro, Pallisa, Budaka, Kumi, Soroti, Serere, Bukedea, Ngora, Gulu, Agago, Apac, Alebtong, Lira, Kitgum, Lamwo, Abim, Oyam and Kole.

These 80 districts which will benefit more from the El Nino rains, have been urged to start preparation of gardens now, increase acreage massively in order to take advantage of the on-coming plenty of water (rainfall) and the long rainy season to boost crop production and harvests thus raising food security.

How is the Government Prepared for EL Nino?

The Department of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management is coordinating the raising of the level of preparedness and response of Government Institutions.

The Disaster Department working with UPDF leadership, have been training and equipping the UPDF soldiers on how to help people when the El Niño rains get destructive in the districts at high risk and Kampala City.

“The Department is also working with Uganda Police Force, the Uganda Redcross Society Volunteers, UN Agencies, Donors, National and International NGOs to prepare Communities ahead of the El Niño episode,” Owor divulged.

A National Multi-Sectoral El Niño taskforce has been established.

The Ministry of Works and Transport is working with the District Local Governments to repair all usable public works equipment in their hands and put them in standing readiness.

TheHealth Ministry is organising to procure and deliver to District Hospitals and Health Units adequate quantities of drugs for treatment of the likely epidemics of malaria, cholera, typhoid.

The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports is mapping out schools likely to be cut-off by floods during the later period of end of year examination and the Ministry will come out with alternative places for the children to sit the examinations in the districts of Kasese, Ntoroko, Bulambuli, Butaleja, Tororo, Amuria and Katakwi.

“Currently, more than 100,000 are at a risk of landslides in the Mt Elgon and Rwenzori sub-regions. Upto 20,000 of them are likely to be displaced between November 2015 and February 2016, Owor said.

He added that it is however, not possible to move such a large number of people out off their current settlements within a short period of time.

Government does not plan to establish IDP Camps because of the many negative hygiene, social and environmental concerns.

The Disaster Department has instead sensitized the family members and agreed with them on safe locations in their neighborhood within the Mountains from where Government and partners will deliver relief food, shelter and household commodities. The host family arrangement is more sustainable and healthy.

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