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The Ministry of Health has appreciated the recommendations of the report issued by the Global Fund last month which indicated a low absorption rate in the country for the last three years from 2013 to 2015.

The Global Fund audit report noted that only 46% of funds disbursed to the Ministry of Finance between January 2013 and June 2015 had been spent at the time of the audit.

It also revealed that there was stock-out of key medicines at all levels resulting in treatment disruption for patients.

70 percent of the 50 health facilities visited during the audit reported stock-outs of at least one critical medicine, check store with HIV drugs being the most affected of the three diseases.

The Minister of Health, approved shop Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye explained that the low absorption level was triggered by the stringent measures put in place to address corruption.

“The Ministry of Health receives only 5 % of the grants as in country operational funds; 95 % is retained by the Global Fund for pooled procurements. The expenditure of the 5% is on schedule as per the approved work plan, illness mutually agreed upon between the Government of Uganda and service the Global Fund,” Tumwesigye explained.

Tumwesigye observed that most of the money not yet expended is mainly procurements of supplies and services for various activities.

“We however acknowledge that our procurement processes are very slow and bureaucratic; this is partly because of our recent insistence on enforcing internal control mechanisms,” Dr. Tumwesigye said.

On the issue of procurements, Tumwesigye explained that the Ministry of Health doesn’t undertake procurement of medicines and medical supplies using the Global Fund grant as is the case with all countries supported by the Global Fund.

“The pooled procurement mechanism of the Global Fund procures all health commodities with exception of Tuberculosis drugs which are procured by the Global Drug Facility. Both the Global Pooled procurement mechanism and the Global Drug Facility are international procurement facilities beyond our control.”

ARVs stock outs

Minister confirmed that during the period of the audit in November and across to December there was partial stock out of HIV medicines which he attributed to the change in the supply policy.

“At the beginning of 2014, there was a change of policy where we adopted the 2013 WHO guidelines which meant putting more people on treatment.”

“The policy changed the commencement of treatment from CD4 count of 350 to 500. In addition, the following population groups are tested and treated irrespective of CD4 cell count; pregnant women, children from 0 to 15 years of age, sex workers, fishing communities, MSM, sero-discordant couples, Clients co-infected with TB nad HIV or HIV with Hepatitis B which increased the number of patients despite funding gaps.”

Tumwesigye however regretted the expiry of some Antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) noting that this could be a result of the poor projections due to limited skills of the stores.

“The Ministry wishes to assure all partners and members of the public that the audit findings have been taken positively and corrective measures are being instituted in a manner that will further the health system in the country.”

“We are confident that the measures that are being put in place will ensure strengthened grant management, accountability, transparency and maximize benefits/outcomes of the Global Fund support.”

Mourners on Friday gave moving speeches and eulogies to the last Managing Director of the defunct Uganda Commercial Bank, unhealthy Dr. Frank Mwine who passed on last month.

Speaking at the his requiem mass at All Saints Cathedral, information pills relatives and colleagues described the late  Mwine as one who lived a role model life.

Ernst Kakwale, generic the former Coffee Marketing Board boss and a friend to the deceased said he met Mwine about 60 years ago during the school days in Mbarara.

“In 1986 he was appointed to head UCB as I worked at Coffee Marketing Board. He was a hardworking man who also believed in encouraging others to excel.”

Kakwale added that both worked tirelessly to implement World Bank policies but said it was unfortunate when in the 90s they heard on radio that they had been sacked from their respective bodies.

Family members at the requiem mass

Family members at the requiem mass

Former UCB fellow staff Daniel Nsibambi described the late Mwine as a force to reckon with especially when he was at the forefront of putting in place schemes that saw the bank extend help to farmers at no cost.

“Such schemes saw Uganda become self-sufficient in agriculture and slowly evolved into a regional food basket. All these were his endless efforts to see Uganda transform,” Nsibambi said.

“He helped extend UCB branches to rural areas of the country as the bank became attractive to many.  He is also remembered for introducing computerization of transactions.”

Dr Mwiine succumbed to a brain condition

Dr Mwiine succumbed to a brain condition

Mwine’s sister and Deputy Head of Ugandan Mission in Canada, Margret Kyogire described the deceased as a funny and charming brother who loved everyone around him regardless of their status.

“He was not just a brother but a friend in whom I always found joy being near .We would go singing for homesteads in the entire village on Christmas day including homes for non-Christians and pagans,” she recalled.

At the requiem mass also was Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, who described the late Dr. Mwine as a high flyer who always worked and looked for the best in life.

The Premier consoles the son of the deceased

The Premier consoles one of the sons of the deceased

“He was a clear example of someone who wanted to see others excel. He pioneered the wealth creation program. He lived a life every one strives to emulate,” Rugunda said of ‘his closest friend.’

He hailed Dr.Mwine’s family including brothers Martin Mwesiga who died in Mbale during the liberation war and Lt. Col. Sam Magara who was one of the first commanders of the NRA in 1981.


According to Dr, Kato Ssebbaale, Mwine’s personal doctor, he one day realized Dr.Mwine’s eyes were turning yellow and recommended for a check- up that later found out that he had a brain tumor.

“We worked around the clock and flew him to the USA where he was operated successfully and all of us were happy,” Dr.Ssebbaale said.

“Little did we know that another condition that affects the brain, movement, thinking and swallowing but without cure had set in. It was this condition that killed him.”


Born in 1940 in Mbarara, Dr.Frank Mwine attended Kyamate Primary School, Mbarara and Ntare schools before moving to the US where he attended Dartmouth College and graduating Harvard University with doctorate in law in 1970.

He worked for World Bank for over 16 years rising to the rank of Division Chief for Africa before being appointed by President Museveni as the Managing Director of Uganda Commercial Bank in 1986.

Dr. Mwine is survived by 3 sons Ntare Guma Mbaho,Wamara Komuhangi and Eric Kasasira from his first marriage to Patience Sabiti  and a daughter Saba from his second marriage to Sawsan  Fadl Mohamed.

He will be laid to rest at Kashari in Mbarara district.



Army side, cost Simba FC has picked a valuable point away at Bugembe stadium after holding their hosts’ to a barren draw. The coach Morley Bwekwaso’s side move to 15 points just ones below  relegation zone.

First half action
Sadolin took the game to their hosts in the opening five minutes with two attempts from Oryek and Saaf denied by Sebuliba’s heroics. The hosts kept looking for an early lead forcing Simba defense to their own third.

The efforts nearly matured after 13 minutes when Ogik set a good through ball to Oryek but Brian Ochwo pulled a stunning timely tackle from behind leaving the hosts shouting for a penalty.

Two minutes later, order the visitors were forced to make substitution for Joseph Kisambira who pulled his muscle while executing a challenge. Veteran defender Sekkitoleko replaced him taking over the armband.

Both sides resorted to long balls from their halves to avoid any danger towards the break.

Simba came from the break a better team with the first real opportunity presenting just three minutes into the period.

Sebuliba cleared a long diagonal ball to Godfrey Wakaza who eventually reduced the length then drilled in a low cross that eluded Ggale by an inch before Muwanga stretched beyond his line to sweep off before Ivan Wara arrived.

Sadolin travel to Namboleon Tuesday to play The Saints Fc while Simba rest for a fortnight.

Sadolin: Mathias Muwanga, story Dan Ekoyu, Ronald Lukungu, Ibrahim Sajjabi, Moses Kibirige,Eddie Segane, Allan Oryek (58′ Jack Kibirigee), Nasser Muzamir, Norman Ogik(68′ Victor Emenayo), Basani Saaf, Serwada Nazil.

Simba: Joseph Sebuliba, Aggrey Kirya, Isa Mubiru, Joseph Othieno, Julius Kisambira(25′ Denis sekitoleko), Moses Ggale, Rogers Aloro, Ivan Wava, Godfrey Wakaza(65′ Charles Demands), Alex Witaba, Brian Ochwo(74′ Ezekiel Katende).


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