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VIDEO: President Museveni Tours Buckingham Palace, Dines With The Queen

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President Yoweri Museveni has held various meetings with several leaders at the sidelines of the CHOGM 2018 including UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson with whom he held a productive meeting, the two leaders talked about strengthening the relationship between the United Kingdom and Uganda. The two leaders agreed to cooperate in tackling regional problems together.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) is held every two years to enable leaders of the commonwealth countries come together to discuss global and commonwealth issues, and decide on collective policies and initiatives.

The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of 53 sovereign state. Nearly all of them are former British colonies.

The President also held a meeting with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi with whom he discussed bilateral issues between the two countries.

Earlier, the President was welcomed on arrival at the Buckingham Palace for the official opening of CHOGM and later at St. James Palace, by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Theresa May.

The President alongside other Commonwealth leaders was hosted to a reception by Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth at the St. James Palace.

The President and other leaders were later hosted to a grand dinner by Her Majesty the Queen at the Ballroom, Buckingham Palace.

Today the President joins other Heads of State for a retreat at the Windsor Castle. Later President Museveni is due to hold a bilateral meeting with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Earlier during the opening session, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May thankedHer Majesty The Queen for her generous invitation into her home, the first time the full Heads of Government meeting has been there in almost forty years.

President Museveni with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi

“I am also struck by the number of Heads of Government we have assembled here today – a powerful demonstration of our commitment to revitalize the Commonwealth, and to tap into its vast potential.And that vast potential has been clear at the forums this week. Our Commonwealth family has spent the last four days sharing perspectives and finding ways to make a real difference to people’s lives. I think I speak for everyone around the room when I say that we have all been inspired by what we’ve seen and heard, particularly from our young people,” she said.

President Museveni with UK Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Theresa May

President Museveni with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

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Electoral Commission Releases Local Council Elections Road Map Out

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Voters line up to vote

The Electoral Commission has released a road map for Local Council elections due in July this year.

These elections were meant to take place in November last year but they were halted by court cases filed by James Tweheyo and others who challenged the polls on grounds that they were going to leave out students who were eligible to vote because they were still in school.

However, the aggrieved parties settled their matters out of court and the cases were withdrawn giving way for the electoral process to continue.

Electoral commission has scheduled 22nd -25th June as the registration date for voters who missed out on last year’s registration, in their respective villages.

Nominations for women council leaders at parish level has been set to 27th June while elections will be held on 3rd July.

4th-5th July are nomination days for LC1 chairpersons, they will be allowed to hold campaigns for four days and there after the polling for the village chairperson will be held on 10th July. There are no education qualifications needed for the two posts, candidates are only required to be residents of the areas and citizens above 18 years.

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Justice Simon Byabakama is optimistic that the prevailing act of kidnaps and murder will be fought through village leadership, he called upon Ugandans to take part in these elections.

Byabakama has further appealed to the public in areas that have been disturbed by the natural calamities like heavy rains, floods and mud slides to consider registering in areas where they have sought refuge if they are to participate in the election.

The voting is to be conducted in 60801 villages and is expected to employee 191,850 electoral officials with the exercise to cost UGX.22.1Bn.

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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Why Should The President Move With A Toilet Worth Billions And 30 Cars While People Are Dying In Hospitals – MP Tinkasimire Asks

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President Museveni infront of his moving toilet. Inset is MP Tinkasimire

Buyaga county member of parliament Barnabas Tinkasimire has warned the president and the government of Uganda to stop wasting money on unbudgeted business.

Tinkasimire said this while officiating at the 1st health financing conference in Kampala aimed at tackling sexual reproductive health problems and financing gaps for adolescents in Uganda.

Tinkasimire gave an example of the twenty nine million shillings which was given to each member of parliament to carry out consultations on whether Article 102(b) should be amended yet it is their work. Tinkasimire advised that this money would have been put in the health sector to save mothers and young girls who are dying in villages without drugs and basic health resources.

Tinkasimire also cited Ministers who drive luxury vehicles with lead cars, escorts and body guards who are paid by government, as another way in which public funds are wasted.

“We are looking for money to put in the health sector, there are things we can cut off to save a life, the convoy of the president is too much, how can one Person move with more than 30 cars with each car is using a lot of fuel while other people are starving and dying in hospitals without drugs? Putting that aside, the president moves with a toilet worth more than a billion shillings, these are the critical wastages we should cut off to save lives by put this money in the health sector,” Tinkasimire said.

Tinkasimire assured Ugandans that he will not support the increase of salary for the members of parliament if brought at the floor of parliament because MPs are the most well paid people in this country and they do a lot  of side businesses, “so the money they are proposing as increment should be put in the health sector.”

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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Museveni Meets UK Defence Forces Students: Talks To Them About Patriotism And Pan-Africanism

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President Museveni yesterday met students from the UK Dfence Academy at State House in Entebbe. Museveni who preached Patriotism and Pan-Africanism to these students wrote on his social media page, “Addressed students from the UK Defence Academy–Joint Services Command and Staff College, who are undertaking the Advanced Command and Staff Course.

I welcome these students, led by Colonel Martin Mackey, to Uganda. Our discussion centred on why Africa has lagged behind in development despite having a huge deposit of natural resources.

From my understanding and having been involved in issues concerning Africa, I have identified 10 strategic bottlenecks that have caused this lag. For our engagement, I focused on two main ones.

First is the issue of emphasising identity at the expense of interests. Europe at some stage had this problem, for instance the conflicts between catholics and protestants. But they were overcome.

Africa has had a number of bankrupt leaders who promote this kind of ideology and thus sustain this conflict. Identity is good, we should know who we are. But we must ask what our interests are.

Our interest should be prosperity through production of goods and services, which is more important and should override identity. To counter sectarianism, the NRM government promotes patriotism and Pan-Africanism.

The other bottleneck is the small fragmented markets which cannot sustain and stimulate mass production, creating a problem for the producers and service providers. Africa cannot, therefore, favourably compete with other continents.

However, we are gradually addressing these bottlenecks and in Uganda’s case, we shall in the next couple of years move into the middle income bracket.”

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