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    MPs Reject KCCA’s Shs600M Budget For Boda Boda Registration



    KCCA MD Jennifer Musisi (M) with Kampala minister Betty Kamya (R) at parliament recently

    MPs have rejected a proposal by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to spend Shs600M on the registration of boda boda operators around the city.

    The Authority had proposed allocation to corporate Services of Shs6.31Bn, but after, the Committee on Presidential Affairs scrutinised the activities under the program, the MPs argued that they were constrained to recommend for approval transfers.

    Among the activities that were rejected included Uganda Railways (Shs220M) on grounds that the Authority disowned the activity as one being run by Ministry of Works and Transport, the remittance to Teachers and Health Workers SACCO (Shs500 million) was also rejected.

    Boda Boda registration in the City (Shs600M), Legal fees for Kampala Land Board (Shs900M), Administration and management of market elections (Shs106 million), external travel of KCCA staff (Shs250M), with MPs arguing that these are covered under Human Resource.

    While appearing before the Committee recently, Benny Namugwanya, the State Minister for Kampala Affairs defended the move to register boda bodas stating that the decision was premised on a cabinet decision ordering the Authority to come up with a system to manage the boda boda industry after reports that criminals were using the motorcycles to carry out criminal acts within the city.

    In their recommendations to Parliament, the Committee called for Shs2.526Bn re-allocated, from Corporate Services to other priority interventions identified by the Committee and only Shs.3.734Bn be appropriated for corporate services program.

    Additionally, MPs raised questions on why KCCA has refused to prescribe fees charged for solid waste management and have the prescribed fees published in public places as had earlier been recommended.

    The matter followed complaints received by the Committee in which city dwellers decried the exorbitant fees on solid waste collection and when the MPs sought clarification, KCCA officials said that the various rates are according to the amount of solid waste generated and frequency of collection with fees ranging from Shs3000 to Shs30,000 per month for door to door customers.

    This time around, the Authority has been given up to September 2018 to have the fees made public.

    Yet still, the Committee wondered why the service providers continued to impose unto city residents garbage collection fees despite payments by the Authority.

    Following the revelation, the Committee recommended to have the allocation to solid, wastage management program be stayed at the actual outturn level of the FY2016/2077 of Shs12.8bn, but want Shs2.77bn be re-allocated to other priority arrears.

    In the coming budget, KCCA is allocated Shs479.97Bn reflecting 0.13% increment against the FY2017/2018 approved budget.

    Of this, the proposed allocation to wage category is Shs72.2Bn, non-wage recurrent category is Shs20.25Bn, domestic development category is Shs77.72Bn, External financing is Shs157.26Bn and the Uganda Road Fund Shs34.9Bn.

    The Authority also plans to collect Non Tax Revenue amounting to Shs116.82Bn

    In the FY 2017/18, Shs 479.32Bn was appropriated of which wage was Shs64.59 bn, non-wage recurrent was Shs21.49Bn, domestic development category was Shs77.65Bn, External financing was Shs172.79Bn and Uganda Road Fund Shs2Obn. KCCA also planned to collect NTR amounting to Shs122.8bn.


    By Stella Mugoya



    Angels Of Death Strike, Take Two Of Uganda’s VIPs In 2023 Opener



    Two of Uganda’s Very Important Persons have Monday died.

    National Unity Platform’s parliamentary flag bearer in the last year’s Omoro County by-elections, Simon Toolit Aketcha is dead.

    Toolit, died on Monday morning.

    The news of his death was confirmed by Omoro county MP Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    “It is a dark day in Omoro! We have lost one of our gallant sons and former MP, Hon. Simon Toolit Akecha! Hon. Toolit was the MP for Omoro County between 2006 & 2011 and was a candidate in recent by-elections. May his soul rest in eternal peace!” OJok tweeted.

    Toolit put up stiff political resistance against the late Jacob Oulanyah before also competing against his son Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    Toolit will be remembered as a candidate to have competed against the Oulanyah’s while holding the flag for two different parties for under ten years.

    In 2016, Toolit, then a candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) contested against NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah and polled 6,823 votes against the latter’s 8,218 votes.

    In the same manner, Uganda’s high commissioner to Kenya and Seychelles, Dr Hassan Galiwango, has died.

    Galiwango died Monday morning at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted.

    The late was the husband to Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayeze Galiwango.

    President Museveni appointed Galiwango as the high commissioner to Kenya in October 2020.

    Galiwango was also the former long serving director of finance and administration at the NRM secretariat at the time of his ambassadorial appointment. Ms Medina Naham, the NRM party chairperson of Koboko District, replaced him at the secretariat.

    The cause of his death is yet to be communicated by the government.

    Last year, Bank of Uganda governor prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and Gen. Elly Tumwine among other VIPs died.



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    Five Dead As Bomb Goes Off In Church Near DRC, Uganda Border 



    A bomb killed at least five people on Sunday after detonating in a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said.

    Details of the attack remain hazy, but military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” happened in a Pentecostal church in North Kivu province’s Kasindi, a town on the border with Uganda.

    Mualushayi later told reporters that at least five bodies had been taken to the morgue following the blast, in what he called a provisional death toll.

    Joel Kitausa, a local civil society figure, put the death toll at eight and said 27 other people had been wounded.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the toll.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Mualushayi said that one suspect — a Kenyan — had been arrested.

    The DRC’s communications ministry said on social media that the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

    The ADF — which the Islamic State group claims as its affiliate in Central Africa — is active in the Kasindi area.

    It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in Uganda.

    The ADF has planted bombs in towns in North Kivu in the past.

    Since 2021 a joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation has been targeting the ADF in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.

    Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars that flared at the turn of the 21st century.

    Source: AFP


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    Nepal Crash: Dozens Killed As Plane Crashes Near Pokhara Airport



    Dozens of people have been killed after a plane with 72 people on board crashed near an airport in central Nepal.

    The Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to the tourist town of Pokhara crashed on landing before catching fire.

    Videos posted on social media show an aircraft flying low over a populated area before banking sharply.

    At least 68 people are confirmed to have died, officials said. Several critically injured survivors were taken to hospital, unconfirmed reports said.

    Local resident Deeveta Kal told the BBC how she rushed to the crash site after seeing the aircraft plunge from the sky shortly after 11:00am local time (05:15 GMT).

    “By the time I was there the crash site was already crowded. There was huge smoke coming from the flames of the plane. And then helicopters came over in no time,” she said.

    “The pilot tried his best to not hit civilisation or any home,” Deevta Kal added. “There was a small space right beside the Seti River and the flight hit the ground in that small space.”

    The flight set out with 68 passengers on board, including at least 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members.

    According to flight tracking website Flightradar24, the 15-year-old twin-engine ATR 72 stopped transmitting position data at 05:05 GMT and the last signal from the aircraft was received at 05:12.

    Hundreds of Nepalese soldiers were involved in the operation at the crash site in the gorge of the Seti, just one and a half kilometres from the airport.

    The search operation has been suspended for the day, officials say.

    Video taken where the plane came down showed thick billowing black smoke and burning debris.

    “We expect to recover more bodies,” an army spokesman told Reuters, saying the plane “has broken into pieces”.

    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called an emergency meeting of his cabinet and urged state agencies to work on rescue operations. A panel to investigate the cause of the crash has been set up.

    Of the passengers, 53 are said to be Nepalese. There were five Indian, four Russians and two Koreans on the plane. There was also one passenger each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France among others.

    Aviation accidents are not uncommon in Nepal, often due to its remote runways and sudden weather changes that can make for hazardous conditions.

    A Tara Air plane crashed in May 2022 in the northern Nepalese district of Mustang, killing 22 people.

    In early 2018, 51 people were killed when a US-Bangla flight travelling from Dhaka in Bangladesh caught fire as it landed in Kathmandu.

    The European Union has banned Nepalese airlines from its airspace over concerns about training and maintenance standards in the country’s aviation industry.

    Source: BBC


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