Besigye Needs Shs 1.5tn Per Year to Pay Shs 1m to Primary Teachers

Dr Besigye recieves a key from Rukungiri Mayor Charles Makuru at the rally in Kabale last year

Over 200 delegates from 30 countries, price symptoms gathered at the Eighth Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) Forum for Businesswomen, shop at Sheraton Hotel, website like this Kampala on Thursday.

The two-day forum brought together businesswomen and entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges they face, and to build a platform for trade and investment in financial institutions.

The summit was held in conjunction with the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA) and the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI).

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This was the first time in history, that the OIC businesswomen’s forum was held outside North Africa and the Middle East.

Addressing delegates at the conference, the President of the UNCCI, Olive Kigongo, said, “This is a great opportunity for Ugandan women to learn from, and network with the visiting delegates, as well as broaden their perspectives, and strengthen their businesses.”

She noted that hosting the conference was a vote of confidence in the country and an indication of the OIC’s interest in the region.

The summit comes only months after the 31st General Assembly of the ICCIA which the UNCCI hosted in Kampala in April this year.

Etihad Airways' General Manager for Uganda, Toyin Alaran hands over a return business class ticket to Ms. Miriam Semakula, a Maketer with Jomayi Property Consultants Ltd. She won the ticket as part of a raffle draw at the Organisation of Islamic Countries (IOC) Businesswomen's Summit that took place on October 26,2015 at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala.

Etihad Airways’ General Manager for Uganda, Toyin Alaran hands over a return business class ticket to Ms. Miriam Semakula, of Jomayi Property Consultants Ltd.

The gold sponsor of the event, Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, had a raffle draw in which they gave away Business Class tickets to Abu Dhabi.

Etihad Airways’ General Manager for Uganda, Toyin Alaran, said the Airline took part in the summit because Africa is an important market for them.

“We also believe that promoting female entrepreneurship in Uganda is critical to the development of the economy,” Alaran said.
The National Resistance Movement Chairman, link President Museveni has proposed former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya and ex Kampala mayor Hajji Ntege Ssebaggala should be part of the party’s second highest decision making body – the Central Executive Committee.

The amendments of NRM Constitution in December 2014 gave Museveni, who is the party chairman, powers to appoint 5 eminent persons to CEC on top of the 15 elected ones.

Sources close to the Chairman’s office told ChimpReports that Museveni proposed the names of Bukenya and Ssebaggala who have returned to the party after a few years in opposition.

The proposed names are however subject to the National Executive Committee’s approval.

We have also learnt that originally the president proposed five people and presented them to the NEC meeting in the morning at Kololo Memorial Grounds.

These include Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Kahinda Otafiire, Defense Minister Dr. Crispus Kiyonga and Member of Parliament Oleru Hudya.

NEC rejected some nominees especially Kiyonga.

In the afternoon, Museveni unveiled both Bukenya and Ssebaggala to the National Delegates Conference at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

The duo promised to support Museveni’s candidature in the 2016 elections.

Museveni is currently meeting top party officials to discuss the approval of Seya and Bukenya to CEC.
Police have sternly warned presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi’s lawyers led by Fred Muwema against peddling lies that their client faces arrest before demanding an apology for the “unguarded” and “malicious statements.”

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said the law enforcement body will not tolerate political statements carefully designed to damage its reputation.

“The Police would like to rubbish such claims as baseless, for sale malicious and unfounded as there is nothing of the sort, sale ” said Enanga in reference to an alleged plot to arrest Mbabazi.

“Any investigation for murder or fraud is a process that involves the collection of several documents from experts, erectile and an account from various witnesses,” he added.

Addressing the media in Kampala on Monday, Muwema said Mbabazi’s camp had received intelligence information which they have verified as being true that their candidate would be arrested between today and the nomination day.

Muwema alleged that Mbabazi, who is scheduled for Presidential nominations on November 3, at the Mandela National stadium, would “answer to three charges of murder, money laundering and spying for a foreign country.”


However, Police warned all political party organizations and candidates to “stop making political capital out of its image.”

Enanga added: “We therefore, demand that the Hon. Amama Mbabazi’s legal team comes out with strong, authentic and convincing evidence to support their claim.”

“Otherwise for them to continue peddling lies through unguarded statements, to purposely promote fear and or attract sympathies for political mileage, on the eve of the Presidential nominations, is engaging in self-serving politicking, for which they are seriously warned. And on this occasion, if they fail to prove themselves out, they will definitely face criminal penalties for their falsifications.”

He said the public must therefore, note that the announcement today of threats of arrest against Hon Amama Mbabazi is “absolutely false and not based on the strongest of evidence but rather a politically useful statement.”

Meanwhile, Enanga said the Director Kampala Metropolitan Police, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Abbas Byakagaba met with members of Mbabazi’s campaign team and discussed modalities on security and traffic guidelines, surrounding his nomination and the subsequent event, of launching his Presidential campaign manifesto at Nakivubo.
Rukungiri Town in the western part of Uganda on Monday turned blue during the homecoming and first campaign rally of the Forum of Democratic Change Presidential candidate, store Rtd Col Dr Kizza Besigye, Chimp Corps report.

Hordes of people lined the streets to welcome Besigye after an 8-hour-long journey from Kampala.

Waving tree branches, excited crowds picked Besigye from Kyahengye, the border between Ntungamo and Rukungiri to the venue of the rally.

Normally, this distance takes one 20 minutes but due to the large crowds; Besigye arrived at Rukungiri Municipal Stadium after a staggering two hours.

Enthusiastic youth cleaned the sweets with brooms and women carried babies on their backs to receive their own ‘son of the soil.’

Dr Besigye assured the people of Rukungiri that had it not been the grace of God he would be dead as government agents and police have on several occasions tried to kill him but has survived.

He also said some religious leaders prophesied he would die.

Besigye alleged that after failing to die, government tried to kill him, reminding the supporters how he was sprayed with teargas at Mulago roundabout and recently when police blocked his vehicle as he travelled to Rukungiri.

The former close ally and physician of president Museveni, told the people of Rukungiri that Ugandans are living in the country as “slaves as you don’t have any authority on the running of this country. All the power was taken away by president Museveni.”

Besigye rallied the people to come out and claim their authority from the people who disempowered them.

The FDC strongman, who has thrice lost to President Museveni in national elections, said he and his colleagues like Gen Mugisha Muntu resorted to the guns after people’s authority was grabbed by previous military regimes.

“The people who took away your authority are now guarding it with guns and teargas. The people are mightier than the gun. During Apartheid in South Africa, the British had guns but were defeated by the unarmed people.”

There is considerable concern in the government establishment that Besigye is more interested in cultivating a fertile ground for an insurrection.

This has stoked tensions in security.


Meanwhile, Besigye promised that every student in secondary school will receive a laptop and that salaries of primary teachers will be increased from Shs 300,000 to Shs 1,000,000.

It remains unclear if Besigye’s promise is feasible.

According to 2012 statistics, Uganda has 129,651 primary teachers and 22,909 secondary teachers on government payroll.

This means every month, government remits about Shs 38bn for primary teachers.

At Shs 1m per month for every primary teacher, government would need Shs129bn per month.

This would translate to Shs 1.5 tn per year as the wage bill for only primary teachers.

With other demands on security, energy, infrastructure and paying the rest of civil servants, Besigye would struggle to raise these funds and achieve the country’s development goals.

Shs 2 tn

In the 2015/16 financial year, an allocation of Shs 2,029 Billion was approved for education.

The key priorities to be funded included increase in the Capitation and School Facilities Grants by an additional UShs.39.78 billion to ensure better effectiveness of the UPE, USE/UPOLET programmes.

The money is also intended to construct 293 Primary schools in the country; Train 4,000 Head Teachers and orient 10,000 School Management Committees (SMCs) in Leadership and Management Skills.

In addition, 12,000 teachers and head teachers will be trained in delivering literacy and numeracy in primary 1 to primary 3 in 27 worst performing districts.

Yet Besigye intends to spend Shs 1.5tn only on salaries for primary teachers.

According to the national budget read by Minister Matia Kasaija in June, teachers’ salaries were increased by a further 15 percent and Shs. 206 billion was disbursed towards this purpose.



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