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No Funding For Free Sanitary Pads, Education Minister Janet Museveni Confirms

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Vulnerable Ugandan school going girls will keep dropping out of school because parents and guardians cannot afford to provide sanitary towels to be used during their menstruation period.

Government through the ministry  of Education  pledged to allocate UGX.11Bn to fund the distribution of sanitary towels to vulnerable school girls across the country with future plans of increasing the budget allocated to the programme but this has not come to reality.

Education minister, Janet Museveni confirmed that they still have no money to procure and provide free sanitary towels to the vulnerable school going girls.

The ministry confirmed that only 35% of girls who join from primary one go all the way to primary seven. They attributed the huge drop out to menstruation hygiene among other challenges.

However, the education minister who doubles as the First Lady revealed that they are on truck in regards to the implementation of the NRM manifesto despite a number of challenges with over 50% of the manifesto covered.

Addressing the press today in Kampala, the first lady mentioned that over 53 primary schools have been constructed and launched in over 19 districts across the country with a good number of secondary schools and tertiary institution in a bid by the ministry to improve the quality of education across the country.

She mentioned that they are still facing huge challenges in the ministry following the declaration by govt to provide free primary and secondary education, now parents and guardians have left all the responsibility to govt and they no longer even provide food and other scholastic materials needed to have learners attain quality education.

She stated that they are not training child care takers under the new early childhood and primary curriculum as a way of helping teachers provide quality education to learners so as to meet the required and desired education standards.

 

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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Put Sanitary Pads In Toilets And Public Places Like You Do Condoms – Minister, MP Advise

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Minister Muyingo talking to the press

As Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate the menstrual hygiene day on 28th May 2018, the woman MP for Otuke district, Akello Sylvia, has advised government and Civil Society Organisations to consider putting Sanitary towels in public places like hospitals and bars as it’s done with condoms which are almost found everywhere and are always for free.

Akello signaled that this will help girls and women access sanitary pads because sometimes, some of them don’t get any signs when they are going into their Ps which leaves them embarrassed once the signs finally show.

“You can’t be a happy man in a happy marriage if you have a girl or women who doesn’t menstruate, men, you shouldn’t shy away from talking about menstruation and you should take this too as your responsibility,” Akello said.

Akello said this while officiating at the opening of the National Symposium on menstrual hygiene management in Uganda at hotel Africana in Kampala where the state minister of education Hon. John Chryzestom Muyingo was the guest of honour.

In his speech, Muyingo emphasized that men should break the silence and talk to their female children about this issue.

Muyingo said that Menstruation is one of the issues that affects the performance of girl children in schools and this determines their stay in schools.

“Many times, when we release national examinations, we are asked why the performance for girls is poor, we don’t get a good answer to this question but this problem (Mestruation) is top. We need to break the silence, these girls need assistance and guidance,” Muyingo explained.

Muyingo, who owns a number of schools cautioned that girls miss two to four days of school because of menstruation which affects their performance.

He called upon parents and guardians to continue helping these young ladies access and have pads so that they don’t miss school as the government of Uganda works out a strategy on how to further help them have sanitary towels in schools for free as promised by the president.

 

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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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