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State House Disowns Amongi – Museveni Is Ready To Implement Recommendations Against Minister – PS Kamukama Reveals 

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President Museveni's private secretary Molly Kamukama taking oath in Bamugemereire's commission, inset is lands minister Betty Amongi

Molly Kamukama, the principal private secretary to president Yoweri Museveni has today disowned senior lands minister Betty Amongi over presidential directives to pay fake landlords billions of tax payers money.

Kamukama told Bamugemereire’s commission of inquiry into land matters that the directive which the minister Amongi relied on while defending herself before the commission recently was fake and that she failed to interpret the gist of the president’s order. She informed the commission that president Museveni’s directives were very clear. While explaining to the commission how the president issues out directives, Kamukama said that the president either calls those particular individuals on phone, writes to the concerned government official especially ministers and permanent  secretaries letters or instructs his private secretary (Kamukama) to issue the directive on his behalf.

“My lord, my office receives over 300 letters a day, on some days, my phone even jams because of the people who want to make complains to the president. I always first read through the letters sent to the president and I decide which ones to forward to him.

My lord, I first brief him on the matter and the contents of the letter and he advises me on what to do next. Some days my lord I myself write to those ministers and at the end of my letter I indicate that they must follow the rules and regulations that govern their ministry and not just do things because the president has ordered,” Kamukama said.

On the matter of the payments that were made by lands minister Amongi following the president’s directive, Kamukama said that she wrote to her and copied in the finance minister Matia Kasaija, Keith Mwakanizi the secretary to treasury, Albert Mugumya the undersecretary Uganda land commission and Baguma Isooke the chairperson Uganda land commission. Kamukama told the commission that in the letter, she told Amongi, as the political head of the ministry to investigate and find out the truth on the complaint brought to the attention of the president by a one pastor Daniel Walugembe and Robert Mwesigwa.

Kamukama said that she told Amongi that Walugembe and Mwesigwa have complained to the president that they have sold their land at Buyaga and Bugangayizi to Uganda land commission but have not been compensated

She said that Walugembe and Mwesigwa told the president that they have mortgaged their properties including their homes to banks and the banks want to sell them off over noncompliance.

Kamukama told the commission that the president didn’t investigate the matter, so he instructed the minister to investigate. Kamukama however refuted allegations that the president told Amongi to pay them as Amongi claimed earlier before the commission.

Kamukama said that if they are to go by the true meaning of the directive, Amongi was supposed to first investigate the matter before any action was taken.

Kamukama wondered why the minister didn’t write back to the president to inform him of the findings from her investigation and also on whether the commission has the money to pay Walugembe and Mwesigwa.

Kamukama assured the commission that the president is very ready to implement whatever recommendations the commission shall make against the minister’s actions.

“My lord, the president is directly in support of this commission and I’m assuring you that he will put into consideration whatever recommendations you will make against any public officer not only the minister,” Kamukama said.

The commission is investigating minister Betty Amongi’s envolvement in over 8.6 billion shillings scam. Others include 13 billion shillings paid to Richard Buzibira a city lawyer and 100m shillings paid to Pius Bigirimana the permanent secretary ministry of Labour Gender and Social Development.
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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.”

 

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

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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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