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UPDF Expresses Frustrations with AU over AMISOM

R-L Mrs Byengoma Rosette, Gen Wamala, Mr Bam, Brig Tolit

A few days to the deadline of the digital migration, visit web http://culture.you-ng.it/wp-includes/class.wp-scripts.php pay television giant DStv has announced a 65 percent price cut on their decoders.

The Uganda Communication Commission set June 17 as the deadline for the migration from analogue to digital and all TV sets that will not have changed to digital will be switched off .

Addressing journalists at their new headquarters in Kololo on Monday morning, ed http://demo.des.net.id/smpharapankita/wp-includes/ms-functions.php MultiChoice Uganda General Manager Charles Hamya noted that they thought it helpful to have the decoder prices trimmed as the organisation’s contribution to the successful migration process, and .

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“We are aware that by 17 June, all analogue systems will be switched off. In an endeavor to support the UCC and government to ensure a smooth transition from analogue to digital, we have decided to reduce our prices for the decoders by 65 percent,”Hamya added.

“Subsequently, the price has reduced from Shs 309,000 to Shs 99,900 for a full DStv kit which includes a decoder, dish and one month subscription on the access bouquet.”

According to the General Manager, digital migration is a major global milestone which will positively transform the broadcasting and ICT sector and hence the need to be supported by everyone in the industry.

“Uganda is the only East African country that has not yet migrated considering our partners Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya have done so. We know the market will never be ready for migration but people will definitely have to change accordingly. Its therefore high time we changed to digital and we are at the forefront of seeing this happen here.”

Hamya noted that over 30-35 percent already migrated which is a good number considering that over 1.7 million Ugandans have TV sets. He expressed hope that more people will embrace the digital migration.

“All those who think the deadline for migration will be extended should drop the hopes because the migration is a global agreement that requires Uganda to abide by the deadline. It’s high time Ugandans embraced it,” Hamya said.
The state minister for Northern Uganda, shop http://deltaalphapihonorsociety.org/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-setting.php Rebecca Amuge Otengo survived death together with her driver, dosage http://chipinhead.com/wp-admin/includes/noop.php security and other occupants when the car they were travelling in was attacked by unknown people with a huge stone on Sunday evening.

The minister who is also the Woman Member of Parliament for Alebtong district was using her official car when a huge rock was hurled from the bush, information pills hitting the driver`s side and smashing the windscreen as well.

The Minister's car that was attacked; Right is the stone used to smash the window

The Minister’s car that was attacked; Right is the stone used to smash the window

According to Otengo, the assailants possibly wanted the driver to lose control so that the car could overturn and kill them all. She says they luckily escaped unhurt.

“Some ill-intentioned person used a stone to hit our car and it seems their  target was to hit our driver and cause the car to overturn. The rest would be in the book of history now.” Otengo said in a short statement on social media.

Otengo said she reported the case to police after doing the same to God, who made her survive the deadly incident.
The state minister for Northern Uganda, cheap http://crankygenius.com/wp-includes/text/diff/renderer/inline.php Rebecca Amuge Otengo survived death together with her driver, treat http://cinemalogue.com/wp-admin/includes/class-theme-upgrader.php security and other occupants when the car they were travelling in was attacked by unknown people with a huge stone on Sunday evening.

The incident, pharm currently under police investigation, took place in Oyam District over the weekend.

The minister who is also the Woman Member of Parliament for Alebtong district was using her official car when a huge rock was hurled from the bush, hitting the driver`s side and smashing the windscreen as well.

The Minister's car that was attacked; Right is the stone used to smash the window

The Minister’s car that was attacked; Right is the stone used to smash the window

According to Otengo, the assailants possibly wanted the driver to lose control so that the car could overturn and kill them all. She says they luckily escaped unhurt.

“Some ill-intentioned person used a stone to hit our car and it seems their  target was to hit our driver and cause the car to overturn. The rest would be in the book of history now.” Otengo said in a short statement on social media.

Otengo said she reported the case to police after doing the same to God, who made her survive the deadly incident.
Uganda has finally expressed its disappointment with African Union over a wide range of issues that continue to hamper UPDF’s stabilisation operations in Somalia, and Chimp Corps report.

This was during a meeting between the head of the Peace Support Operations Department of the African Union Commission, information pills Mr. Bam Sivuyile and Uganda’s top military brass at the Minister of Defence’s Kololo office on May 31.

According to army spokesperson, sildenafil Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, the meeting discussed the “challenges Uganda faces as a troop contributing country to the African Union Mission in Somalia with a view that they could be addressed to allow it perform better.”

It was chaired by the UPDF Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, and attended by among others, the permanent secretary of Ministry of Defence, Mrs Byengoma Rosette, the Commander Land Forces of the UPDF, Maj. Gen. David Muhoozi and the Joint Chief of staff of the UPDF, Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi.

Four key areas discussed included compensations, safety and welfare of the troops, troop levels, and payment of allowances.

Mr Bam said the delayed payments of allowances affect all the contingents in the mission and was as a result of some adjustments being made in the financial process within the AU, which will be for the betterment of all.

“We are aware that it had taken quite a while, but we are glad to announce that funds have now been released to clear the arrears,” said Mr Bam.

On compensations, the Ugandan team suggested to the AU official that there is need to increase the death compensations from the current US $ 50,000 because the troops who unfortunately pass on from Somalia usually leave young families that require extra support.

This will be perceived as a huge step forward in securing the livelihoods of children of UPDF soldiers killed in Somalia.

There have been complaints in the army about delayed payment of soldiers in Somalia, an issue insiders say was triggering frustration among the combatants.

The team also noted delayed reimbursement for country owned equipments and compensations, including military assets in the event of loss, which impacts on force’s capabilities.

The team further suggested that Uganda takes up certain troop protection and welfare responsibilities from the AU and it’s reimbursed because of the AU/UN long procedures against the need to ensure the welfare and troop protection of the forces.

There was also a discussion on the current troop levels of Ugandan Contingent at 6,223 against the critical tasks of securing over half of the population in the liberated areas of Somalia, Government organs, key National assets, and the need to secure more areas from Al shabaab.

Mr. Bam said: “Uganda is contributing immensely to AMISOM and we will table all these concerns and see if they could be addressed. The challenge, however, is that the funds come from external sources like the European Union and the UN, which sometimes causes delays.”

Gen Wamala reiterated Uganda’s commitment to the Pan African mission in Somalia saying despite some challenges, the Ugandan contingent remains focused to the mission.

Uganda was the pioneer of AMISOM and is still the leading troop contributor to the mission.

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