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    Mulago Hospital Bosses Questioned For Failing To Use Shs.4bn Meant To Pay Salaries…

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    Members of Parliament who sit on the Public Accounts Committee (Central) have tasked the interdicted Mulago National Referral Hospital Executive Director, Dr. Byarugaba Baterana, to explain the hospital’s failure to absorb Shs4 billion meant for salaries of new staff.

    The Auditor General’s report for the Financial Year 2020/2021 shows that a total of Shs4,193,961,930 meant for salaries was sent back to the Consolidated Fund amidst an outcry of low staffing at the hospital.

    Legislators said the hospital acted irresponsibly when it failed to push the recruiting bodies; the Health Service Commission and Ministry of Public Service to ensure the staff budgeted for are recruited.

    “I want to know – didn’t you foresee that you have this money coming? Did you know that you needed so much staff such that you get in touch with Health Service Commission early enough to begin on the recruitment process?” asked Sarah Opendi (NRM, Tororo district Woman MP).

    Opendi said there were many jobless health workers who are in need of jobs and wondered how Mulago would hoard such an amount of money only to return it to the centre.

    “This Shs4 billion is not small money. There are so many people out there looking for jobs but they cannot find them, yet an institution is having money but cannot recruit,” said Opendi.

    She noted that hospitals across the country are in dire need to health workers, saying she was shocked to learn of such ‘negligence’ at Mulago Hospital.

    Baterana who was flanked by the hospital accountants and the Ag. Deputy Executive Director, Dr John Ssekabira, said they had made attempts at recruitment but only a few staff were hired.

    “Funds that were sent back to the Consolidated Fund were ring fenced for salaries but we had not recruited staff to work and consume the salaries. But as we speak, we are in touch with the Health Service Commission and they have recruited a number of people,” revealed Baterana.

    The hospital’s Principal Accountant, Abdul Kiiza, in justifying the failed recruitment said the process of recruitment in the public service was largely the reason Mulago failed to absorb money for salaries.

    “At the beginning of each financial year we make recruitment plans and submit them to the Health Service Commission but we get challenges along the way, because they recruit based on attrition,” said Kiiza.

    He added: “Even when we submit requests for recruitment in July, by December we will still have staff resigning, others being transferred, and by the time you go through the process of getting approvals for recruitment again, you find there is no time for absorption of money for salaries within the same year.”

    Kiiza asked Parliament to review the recruitment process in the public service and make the process flexible.

    Opendi, citing her previous experience with Mulago Hospital while she served as the State Minister for Health (General duties), said it was urgent for Mulago to be empowered to handle recruitments on its own if it is to function.

    “For as long as Mulago remains like this, they cannot perform, you have a hospital with a board but it has to report to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service, then to the Health Service Commission – the bureaucracy in public service cannot allow them to function. The board needs to be empowered to perform,” said Opendi.

    The committee deputy chairperson, Hon. Asuman Basalirwa, said Opendi’s proposal will be studied and included in the committee report for consideration by Parliament.

    Ibanda North County MP, Hon. Xavier Kyooma said he would support the proposal to make Mulago Hospital an autonomous entity but asked for evidence to show that delayed recruitment was not Mulago’s negligence but the bureaucracy at the Health Service Commission and Ministry of Public Service.

    “Our national referral hospital needs to be helped. However, the help must be initiated from your side – we need to see evidence of your struggle with the Health Service Commission in recruitment so that we use it as evidence for recommendation,” Kyooma said.

     

    Source: Parliament

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    Museveni Re-appoints Col. Akiiki As UPDF D/Spokesperson, Transfers And Appointments 34 Other Officers…

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    Col. Deo Akiiki (L0 and President Museveni (R)

    President Museveni who also doubles As The Commander in Chief has today transferred and appointed General Officers and Senior Officers of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).

    According to Defence Spokesperson, Brig. Felix Kulayigye, among the senior officers who have eaten big is Col. Deogratias Asiimwe Akiiki who has been re-appointed Deputy Defence Spokesperson. Others include:

    1. Maj. Gen. Hudson Mukasa appointed Deputy General Officer Commanding – Reserve Forces
    2. Maj. Gen. George lgumba appointed Commandant Senior Command and Staff College – Kimaka
    3. Maj. Gen. Lucky J Kidega appointed Camp Commandant
    4. Brig. Gen. Geoffrey Kaweesa Kigozi appointed Deputy Chief of Personnel and Administration
    5. Brig. Gen Hassan Kimbowa appointed Adjutant – General Headquarters
    6. Brig. Gen Ssenkumba Eugene Ssebugwawo appointed Chief of Personnel and Administration
    7. Brig. Gen Godwin Karugaba appointed Deputy Chief of Logistics and Engineering
    8. Brig. Gen Mwanje Ssekiranda appointed Chief of Staff – Reserve Forces
    9. Brig. Gen Ronald Solomon Bigirwa appointed Defence Advisor – Tanzania
    10. Brig. Gen. Stephen Tumwesigye Kashure appointed Chief of Staff – Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre
    11. Brig Gen Simon Nicholas Ocon appointed Defence Advisor – Burundi
    12. Brig Gen Metland K Bitumbika appointed General Manager – Defence Forces Shop Uganda Ltd
    13. Brig Gen Augustine Kamyuka Kyazze appointed Commandant – Defence General Deport
    14. Brig Gen Francis C.hemengich Chemo appointed Defence Advisor – Somalia
    15. Brig Gen Julius Bagonza appointed Director Personnel and Administration – Air Forces
    16. Col. Justus Besisira appointed Director – Recruitment
    17. Col. Fred Zakye appointed Defence Advisor – Ethiopia
    18. Col. Daniel Erasmus Omoding appointed Defence Advisor – Belgium-Brussels
    19. Col. James Kato Kalyebara appointed Commander Royal Guards
    20: Col. Herbert Kyabihende Makanga appointed Deputy Chief Inspector General of Military Equipment
    21. Col David Tweheyo appointed College Secretary – National Defence College Uganda
    22. Col Peter Buyungo appointed Defence Advisor – USA
    23. Col Silver Chango Muhwezi appointed Deputy Commandant Senior Command and Staff College – Kimaka
    24. Col. Emmanuel David Muhanguzi appointed Acting Chief of Policy and Plans
    25. Col. Simon Peter Oyoo appointed Defence Advisor – India
    26. Col. Allan Matsiko appointed a Director in SFC
    27. Col. Nicholas Nyesiga appointed Director of Personnel
    28. Col. Deogratias Asiimwe Akiiki appointed Deputy Defence Spokesperson
    29. Col. AG. Chris Sseruyange Ddamulira appointed Defence Advisor- SAUDI ARABIA
    30. Lt. Col. Samson Henry Nabeeta appointed Director Estates
    31. Lt. Col. Ronald Kagyenyi appointed Director Inspectorate
    32. Lt. Col. Moses Wilson Ssentongo appointed Director of Music
    33. Lt. Col. Duncan R Kafeero appointed a Deputy Director in SFC
    34. Lt. Col. Ronald Kungu Kakurungu appointed Deputy Director of Strategic Communications
    35. Lt. Col. Betty Musuya Wanyera appointed Director Women Affairs

    It should be noted that a few weeks back, Museveni also promoted police officers to the ranks of Assistant Inspector General, Senior Commissioner of police among others.

    By Kalamira Hope

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    INTERVIEW: NRM Will Continue To Fish In The Fishing Ponds Of FDC, NUP, DP And Other Opposition Parties –  Capt. Mike Mukula…

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    Capt. Mike Mukula, NRM's National Vice Chairman Eastern

    After fishing Democratic Party president Norbert Mao, who signed a cooperation agreement with President Museveni and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), Capt. Mike Mukula, the party’s National Vice Chairman Eastern region has bragged that they will continue fishing from the opposition.

    Mukula, a professional pilot, and businessman, revealed how he uses what he calls ‘fishing method’ to lure people from other political parties to NRM.

    In an interview with theGrapevine, Mukula noted that democracy is about managing perceptions and expectations to influence people’s political, social, economic and technological future.

    He asserted, “It has to be and you have got to spend money in order to propel your political idea.

    “Political parties are almost likened to super league teams, when Man U, Arsenal or Liverpool want to remain relevant, they must look for the best players and fish them to come and play in their football team. If you have a weak team, you will always lose.

    “The NRM will continue to fish in the fishing ponds of the opposition because democracy is a game of numbers. We will get the best from Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), National Unity Platform (NUP) and others in order to strengthen our party.”

    He however revealed that FDC, NUP and other political parties are also free to fish from the NRM’s fishing pond.

    “But I think we have a better advantage, better ideas and better strategies in attracting their members to our side. That is why you find that the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Anita Among was initially in FDC and her Deputy Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa was in the youth wing of FDC, Betty Kamya, Ssebugwawo among others all joined NRM from the opposition.”

    “Our business is to mind their peace and to ensure that we remain stronger and relevant,” he added.

    When we asked him to compare Kenya’s election to Uganda’s, Mukula revealed that Kenya has a different set of history from Uganda.

    “Kenya has never had political instability, yet we have had a military background under Obote I, Idi Amin, Yusuf Lule, Paul Mwanga, Obote II and a history of political insurgency,” he said.

    Mukula added that the revolution that ushered in the NRA now NRM government brought in a fundamental change.

    “It is a process of realigning the political direction of this country. All these countries have got lessons to learn from each other.”

    He contended that there is tribalism in both Kenya and Uganda, which is an African perspective, but whereas Kenya has only got the issue of tribalism, Uganda has got both tribalism and religious differences.

    He added, “Kenya has also got the element of people who have money. Here we don’t have a class society, people who have money, our people haven’t reached that level yet. When you underpin the democratic process of Kenya, it is an evolution of process from 1963 when they got independence.”

    Mukula maintained that if one is to look at the aspirations, expectations and perceptions, the interests of Kenya’s politics are different from the ones of Uganda, adding that both countries have a lot to learn from each other.

    When asked how far his petition to Museveni had reached concerning his disagreement with the Vice President, Jessica Alupo, Mukula noted that matters of a party are handled internally and they are going to handle it internally as a party.

    Asked why NRM has injected a lot of energy into the ongoing by-elections compared to the past, Mukula revealed that they no longer underestimate anybody nor do they underestimate any elections.

    “We take all elections seriously and we think that we have learnt lessons in the past. For example, in Arua when we interrupted the flow of FDC and NUP and teargas was fired, we lost that by-election. This time we have seen no single teargas canister being fired and that is a lesson learnt and we continue to improve and finetune our campaign strategies and methods of campaigns.”

    He propounded that democracy is maturing and they are learning lessons and taking every campaign seriously.

    Asked if he still dreams of ever becoming the president of Uganda, the NRM die-hard stressed that, it was an allegation that was buried and finished.

    “I have got no single interest. I am now in the private sector, I believe in President Museveni as my leader and I will continue to support and vote for him as long as he is on offer and the party supports him. I am committed to the party and it is not about me, it is about the party and the country. I am committed fully behind President Museveni,” he stressed.

    He added,  “I am into manufacturing some of the largest manufacturing plans that are being developed in the country, I am in the aviation industry, I am in security, I am in insurance, I have gone into salt manufacturing, I am into fruit processing, I am going deeply into sugar and cement.”

    He added, “I am very comfortable in the private sector and also expanding to the regions like Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya.”

    Asked about his ship that is set to transport fuel to Uganda and other countries, Mukula revealed that they are just waiting for the political situation in Kenya to calm down but they were ready to sail fuel as early as yesterday.

    Mukula encouraged Ugandans to remain resilient and cohesive pursuing the line of expanding the economy.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Your Claims Intend To Scandalise Court And Paint A Picture That Litigation Is A Mode Of Making Free Money – Top Judge Dismisses Minister Namuganza’s Shs1bn Case Against Parliament…

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    Justice Musa Sekaana (R) and Minister Namuganza (L)

    Justice Musa Sekaana, the head of the High Court Civil Division has dismissed Minister Persis Namuganza’s Shs1bn case against parliament.

    Namuganza ran to the High Court seeking a Court Order quashing parliament’s resolutions including advising president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the appointing authority, to dismiss her from the office of the minister over illegalities she committed during the allocation of Nakawa Naguru government land.

    In her application, Namuganza told Court that the select committee members led by Dan Kimosho and Dickson Kateshumbwa made biased resolutions.

    She pleaded to Court to award her Shs.1bn as damages and Court costs which the judge rubbished.

    “Litigation in Uganda is not a model of making free money. I do not know how she arrived at such a huge figure. What would be the basis of such a claim for that amount?.  Such claims intend to scandalise the Court and paint a picture that litigation is a mode of making free money” Sekaana stated.

    He insisted that the applicant failed to produce evidence pining the respondents (Parliament and the Attorney General) that she was not given fair hearing during her testimony before the committee and that there was no quorum.

    He explained that the issue of quorum is a question of fact which should be left for parliament to determine in accordance with rules of procedure and if the applicant wants to base on it, she should have filed the evidence through an affidavit.

    Sekaana further stated that the applicant failed to convince Court that there was a presidential directive which she based on when allocating the land clarifying that there are oral and written presidential directives.

    He noted that the president wouldn’t have abused any of them by breaking the law.

    The judge dismissed Namuganza’s application and directed all parties to share their Court costs.

    The Kimosho Committee recommended that Namuganza should be investigated by government investigation agencies over her involvement in the Naguru land saga and if evidence is found, she should be prosecuted.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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