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    UMEME Is A Mistake – M7 Insists…

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    President Yoweri Museveni has reiterated that UMEME, a leading power distributer in Uganda is a mistake.

    According to Museveni, the country ought to get a quick way out of the UMEME “trap”.

    “The cost of electricity is distorted by the mistakes committed by some of our actors without my knowledge. Especially the mistakes of Bujagali and UMEME,” Museveni said as he addressed the nation at the Kololo Independence Grounds.

    The President faults UMEME for the increased cost of electricity and the disruptions in the industry sector.

    “The high cost is caused by these. We shall see how to get out of this mistake. We shall see how to get out of this mistake,” he insisted.

    The president believes that the government can get over UMEME to avoid other mistakes and use other means to distribute electricity to some industrial parks.

    “For some industrial parks, we shall supply power straight without going through UMEME,” he said. It is not yet even a month ever since Museveni castigated UMEME.

    It is the second time in just weeks that the president is hitting at the company for “failing industrialization” and as a result, affecting job creation because electricity tariffs were high.

    In his speech during Labour Day Celebrations at state house Entebbe, Museveni said;

    “They went behind and then brought something called UMEME. What is this for? A private company, looking for profits, you make it a middleman between the generation of electricity and the final consumers, including the factories which you want to create jobs. What’s this, what are you looking for?” the President furiously asked.

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    Museveni Bans Land Evictions In Uganda…

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    President Yoweri Museveni has banned all land evictions in the country that are carried out without the consent of the respective District Security Committees (DSC).

    In a letter dated February 28, 2022, addressed to the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja, using his powers under Article 98(1) and 99(1) of the Constitution that enjoins him to ensure good governance and protect the Constitution, the President directed that:

    “No eviction should be allowed to take place in a district without the consent and direct observation of the District Security Committee (DSC), chaired by the Resident District Commissioners /Resident City Commissioners (RDCs/RCCs) and direct consultation with the Minister of Lands.”

    Museveni further warned that if this is not done and the illegal evictions go ahead, the members of the District Security Committee will all be held responsible and action will be taken against them.

    Faruk Kirunda, the Deputy Presidential Press Secretary confirmed the development. However, he noted that the directive excludes the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) representatives who may not be in the know of the substance of the issues involved.

    In the same communication, Museveni requested His Lordship the Chief Justice to prevail upon the Justices and Magistrates who violate the Constitution by illegally evicting people in collusion with land grabbers.

    He further directed the Minister of Lands to inform the Attorney General about such abuses by judicial officers so that legal action can be taken against them.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Ministry Of Education Releases Phased School Opening Program….

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    The Ministry of Education has released a phased school opening program following the President’s directive.

    President Museveni opened schools in the country after being on lockdown for over two years due to the Covid pandemic.

    He said that schools will resume on January,10 2022 but in a phased manner.

    “We have engaged different stakeholders including KCCA, Wakiso, Mukono and Mpigi district local governments, security and the Ministry of Works and Transport before coming up with a phased reopening program,” the ministry statement read in part.

    “All learners in day schools shall report on Monday, January, 10, 2022 for class. All learners in boarding schools in Wakiso, Mpigi, Mukono and Kampala shall follow a staggered reporting plan with effect from Monday,January, 10,2022 and no boarding student in the concerned districts shall report for school earlier than January,10,2022,” the Ministry of Education further noted in a statement.

    “For those in Mpigi and Wakiso districts, the reporting dates for boarding students in A’level and those in lower primary (boarding) will be January,10 whereas those in O’level, P.5, P.6 and P.7 (in boarding) will be Wednesday January,12,2022.”

    The Ministry of Education also added that students in international schools should also comply with the program and should not open earlier than the set January,10 date as indicated by the president.

    According to the statement, Kampala and Mukono students specifically boarding students in A’level and lower primary are expected to report on Thursday, January,13.

    “It is the responsibility of learners’ respective parents or guardians to ensure that the learner is provided with a mask to wear when travelling to school while using public means,” the statement reads.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    Go Slow On Mafias, They Will Destroy You – Former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya Warns Nabbanja …

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    Former VP Gilbert Bukenya (L) and PM Robinah Nabbanja

    Former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya has emphasized that the mafias in government are many ruthless and one could annoy them even by doing the right thing.

    Appearing on  NBS’ Morning Breeze, Bukenya advised Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja to go slow while carrying out her duties or else she is annoying the mafias in government.

    Bukenya said that when he was still in government, he tried to raise the issue of mafias but he was ignored.

    “I pray for Prime Minister Hon. Robinah Nabbanja. I advise her to go slow because these people (mafias) are not ready to be disturbed,” Bukenya said.

    He added that the mafia group is big and it participates in corruption and they are ready to remove any tree however deep its roots are.

    “The mafia group wants to take over the country therefore it will try to destabilise anybody who is sincere to this country,” he stated.

    “I was ignored, but aren’t you hearing people talking about them now?” he asked.

    To prove that she is already being threatened, Nabbanja in July told journalists that she has started receiving death threats from unidentified people who were asking her to back off their deals.

    Bukenya warned Nabbanja to be careful while handling government business because the mafias are real and will not be stopped by anyone or  anything if they are pushing their deals through.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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