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Speaker Kadaga, MPs Accuse Telecoms Operators Of Being Driven By Greed In Phasing Out Airtime Scratch Cards

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MPs have unanimously reiterated their stand today against the complete scrapping of airtime scratch cards. This was during a meeting organised by Parliament for an interaction between the speaker Rebecca Kadaga, the legislators and the Telecom operators.

Ruhinda North MP Thomas Tayebwa was joined by several MPs in pointing out that the telecoms have not provided a viable alternative to scratch cards especially in the rural areas, Tayebwa argued that some sub counties have not got a single agent operating there.

“In each trading center at least there is a dealer of airtime but in my sub county in kiyanga, It’s now two days that leaders have converged at my home saying it is us government pushing for removal of scratch cards. They don’t know that this was pushed by telecoms. Can we then make this digital loading attractive by say if you load through mobile money you get a bonus which is part of the money that telecoms could have used for printing scratch cards,” Tayebwa noted.

Rakai woman MP Juliet Kinyamatama wondered why UCC was keen on siding with the telecom companies. She also observed that before rolling out the easy load system, telecoms had to first improve the mobile network coverage in rural areas.

“Network connectivity in our areas is so bad that even when you are seated in your home you need to go out and climb on a mountain just to load airtime,” Kinyamatama said.

The MPs were responding to a presentation by Doris Vano a business analyst with Airtel who made a case for the ban on scratch cards. She argued that with electronic easyload, customers can load airtime of any value be it 50/- or 100/- which wasn’t the case for scratch cards.

She also emphasized that recharging the retailer in case they run out of airtime is instant and there is no time lag as was the case with stocking scratch cards.

Kadaga dismissed the presentation as one that was not in touch with the common man, she observed that no survey had been carried out at the grassroots before the ban was approved.

“There are radios and televisions, why didn’t you go to Kamuli and say you addressed a Town council. You are handling your side of making money, you are not handling the right of access to information.  You said the public is happy, tell us your assessment. When did you consult the public?” Kadaga charged while firing at telecom operators.

 

By Stella  Mugoya

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Stop Playing Childish Politics, Work For Your People – KCCA ED Musisi Tells Politicians

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The Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Jennifer Musisi Ssemakula has urged politicians to stop talking too much but rather copy other people who are not Ugandans but are doing good work for the general public.

Jennifer Musisi has been commissioning a maternity ward at Kitebi Health Centre lll in Rubaga Division built by the Indian Association of Uganda. The Indian Association has spent one hundred sixty million shillings on the Maternity ward and it will be working on about one hundred women per day.

Dr. Okello, the acting director of health in KCCA says that before the Indian Women Association came to their rescue, many women have been delivering on the floor.

“More than 460 deliveries are done at Kitebi Health Centre lll. It’s one of the biggest hospitals that the people in this area use because it’s equivalent to a referral hospital like Mulago. Many people are now running away from the private hospitals to KCCA hospitals because they are now conducive and have all items that are needed by the patients,” Jennifer said.

The high commissioner for the Indian community in the country assured the Musisi that they are going to continue working together with KCCA to see that the health sector develops and they have a plan of constructing a theater to reduce the distance that women move to Mulago .

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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Bobi Wine Was Found With A Gun, He Is Going To Face Military Court Martial – Gen. Moses Ali

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Government through the First Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Moses Ali has revealed that Kyadondo East Member of Parliament (MP), Robert Kyagulanyi will be aligned before the Gulu Court Martial tomorrow.

Addressing Parliament on Wednesday, Gen. Moses Ali said that Kyagulanyi was found in possession of a fire arm and will thus be aligned before the Court martial. Gen. Ali’s response came after the house was suspended for an hour following demand by legislators on a clear state and whereabouts of their fellow legislators.

“Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu was flown to Gulu Military Hospital for medical care but he is now okay; he was found with a gun and will be found aligned before the General Court martial in Gulu tomorrow,” Gen. Ali said. Moses Ali refuted allegations that the MPs were tortured adding that they are all in good shape.

The other four MPs will appear before the Chief Magistrate Court in Gulu tomorrow and their files are being processed by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

KADAGA SUSPENDED HOUSE

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga first suspended the House over what she described as the illegal detention of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, Gerald Karuhanga, Francis Zaake and Paul Mwiru. The Speaker suspended the House for one hour as she waited for an explanation from the responsible ministry. Meanwhile, reliable sources had revealed that Hon Robert Kyagulanyi in bad state.

Reports indicated that his situation had worsened and that his body was lying lifeless! On the other hand, Hon. Zaake is also not doing well. But unlike Kyagulanyi, he can speak and can understand what is going on. The MPs were arrested alongside Kassiano Wadri after the Arua fracas on Monday in which Bobi Wine’s driver Kawuma Yasin was killed.

MP Zaake displays his wounds

 

By Stella Mugoya

 

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I Want My Husband Dead Or Alive – Barbie Gives Government 48-Hour Ultimatum

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Barbie Itungo Kyagulanyi, the wife to incarcerated Kyandondo east member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine has given the government a 48-hour ultimatum to produce
her husband dead or alive.

Addressing a joint news conference with family relatives and Bugiri municipality MP Asuman Basaalirwa this morning, The soft spoken Barbie Itungo says that they will announce the next course of action if her Hubby is not released within 48 hours.

“The honorable member of parliament, representative of Kyadondo East, is missing, the latest we have as a family and his wife is a New Vision headline reading; ‘Bobi Wine held in military barracks’. My husband is not and has never been in the military, he has no military experience, does not even know how to use a gun and he can’t even differentiate the different guns out there. I wonder why he is held in a barracks, what has he done to deserve this?” Barbie said.

Barbie (C) with Asuman Basaalirwa (L)

Kyagulanyi’s elder brother Eddie Yawe also added that Bobi’s family needs to know his where abouts since some reports indicate that he is being held at Pondo barracks in Arua while other media reports show that he is at Bombo barracks.

Kyagulanyi is among the four MPs arrested on Monday over chaos that ensued on the last day of the campaigns for Arua Municipality that left his driver Kawuma Yasin dead. Other MP’s in custody are Francis Zaake, Gerald Karuhanga and Paul Mwiru.

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