FDC Not to Attend the 3rd IPOD Summit on Friday.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has vowed not to attend the third IPOD summit which is scheduled to take place on 05/03/2021, at Kololo independence grounds Kampala.

In this summit, Presidents and secretaries General of the Democratic party (DP), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Justice Forum (JEEMA), National Resistance Movement (NRM) and Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) are expected to attend the summit that will be chaired by H.E. Gen.Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the chairman of the IPOD summit as its was agreed upon in the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was signed by these political parties.

Its remembered that, the IPOD Council of Secretaries General in its meeting held on 23/02/2021, resolved to organize this summit with a view to dealing with the current political challenges that the country is face with forestance in the just concluded general elections witnessed high levels unprecedented violence, lawlessness, riots, protests, hate speech along tribal and sectarian lines, misinformation and disinformation among many other electoral vices that continue to undermine electoral democracy and threaten national security and social cohesion.

Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, FDC’s party spokesperson on 01st Monday this week during the party’s weekly press conference said that, FDC is not interested in this summit due to that fact that they are concerned with total breakdown of the rule of law in the country.
” The military aided by the president of Uganda General Yoweri Museveni has now fully taken over full control of all institutions of the state, he added.

Ssemujju also expressed his grievances saying, there are more than 1000 people who have been arrested illegally by the military, illegally tried and remanded by the military to various prisons including Kigo and Kitalya. He adds that hundreds of young men and women are still detained at Mbuya by Chieftaincy of Military intelligence (CMI), special forces command, and joint Ant Terrorism.
“The young men are undergoing torture day and nights, some have been tortured to death and others maimed beyond recognition,” he said.
He says that, this is one of the reasons why FDC didn’t interested in this summit thus calling upon immediate and unconditional release of all Ugandans held by the army, and the army should also disclose names of those who have died in their hands.

IPOD Sets 05th March to hold its Third Summit

The inter party organization for dialogue (IPOD) has declared its third ordinary summit of leaders which is scheduled to take place on 05/03/2021, under the theme ” Dialogue for National Cohesion”.

The current chairperson of IPOD council also secretary general of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), Justine Lumumba Kasule on 01/03/ Monday said that, the summit shall take place at Kololo independence grounds Kampala whereby presidents and secretaries General of the Democratic party (DP), Forum for Democratic Changes (FDC), Justice Forum (JEEMA), National Resistance Movement (NRM) and Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) are expected to attend the summit that will be chaired by H.E. Gen.Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the chairman of the IPOD summit.

Lumumba revealed that, the IPOD Council of Secretaries General in its meeting held on 23/02/2021, resolved to organize this summit with a view to dealing with the current political challenges that the country is face with.

She disclosed that in the just concluded general elections witnessed high levels unprecedented violence, lawlessness, riots, protests, hate speech along tribal and sectarian lines, misinformation and disinformation among many other electoral vices that continue to undermine electoral democracy and threaten national security and social cohesion.
” its now the right time to sit down and discuss issues affecting our citizens to build a free, peaceful, democratic and stable country,” she added.

Gerald Siranda secretary general Democratic party welcomed the summit saying as political leaders, its their duty and responsibility to contribute meaningfully to a process that can generate solutions to the existing political challenges of the time.

Fred Ebiru secretary general Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) reveled a number of issues expected to be discussed related to expanding the democratic space, upholding the rule of law, protection of the human rights of Uganda citizens, enhancing electoral integrity and reviewing the role of security agencies in electoral processes among others will also be discussed.

He says that, the summit is also expected to review and make a follow up on the previous summit resolutions including but not limited to the agreed position on the effective implementation on the public order management act (POMA).

A report Shows an Improvement in Disclosure of Information of Public Projects.

There has been improvement in disclosure of information of public Infrastructure projects in Uganda compared to previous years.

This has been indicated in a report released on 12th Friday/2021, by CoST Uganda titled ” Ray of Sunshine, A report of the 4th Assurance process in Uganda. The report indicates that disclosure across the 23 projects was at an average of 62% an increase of 20% from the 3rd assurance process report which was at 42% of 2020.

Olive Kabatwairwe, Africa Regional Manager and programme Coordinator CoST Uganda while delivering her remarks said that, in regard to disclosure trends, proactive disclosure increased from 43 to 55% where as reactive disclosure tremendously increased from 42% to 70%.

She adds that despite there has been an improvement, but still there is various challenges faced such as high foreign dependency for investments in infrastructure development, limited consultations and involvement of lower level stakeholders, delayed data retrieval and lack of sufficient information management systems across entities, no standard disclosure template, across entity websites, data was insufficient, outdated, inconsistent and inaccurate. Physical disclosure along projects sites was also insufficient with most of the projects having broken, fallen and others lacked sufficient information walls among others.

Olive appealed government to lay down various strategies to ensure effective service delivery system specifically within infrastructure sector.
” I urged the government through public and disposal of public assets authority (PPDA) to issue a standard disclosure template for infrastructure projects, and should be accompanied with associated guidelines on how data can be disclosed,” she added.

Edwin Muhumuza director corporate affair Public Procurement and Disposal of public Assents authority said that there has been an increase of projects given to local contractors in previous years from 15% to 35% due to infrastructure transparency initiative reports.

Opportunities in Infrastructure
According to Uganda Investment Authority (2017), Infrastructure is a key priority of the Ugandan Government. During the past few years, infrastructure development has contributed immensely to increased productivity by facilitating efficient connectivity and easing the movement of goods and the provision of services.

Infrastructure funding currently comprises about 32.8% of the Government’s total annual expenditure.

Road Transport
The road network includes the national road network, city road network, as well as district, urban and community access roads. In line with the Government’s target of starting commercial oil production by 2020, physical works on three oil roads equivalent to 363km out of 600km are under way. This will help the development of an oil and gas industrial park in western Uganda and the promotion of business start-ups.

Railway Transport
The Government of Uganda is committed to the development of the national railway system as the cheapest means of transport. The rail sub-sector is set to undergo major changes, including upgrading from the meter gauge rail (1 067mm) to the standard gauge (1 435mm).

Air Transport
The air transport system is served by 47 aerodromes distributed evenly throughout the country. Of these, 14 are owned, operated and managed by Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA), including Entebbe International Airport which is the main entry and exit point for international traffic.

The Government has designated five other airports as entry/exit (international) points to promote trade and tourism. These are Arua, Gulu, Pakuba, Kidepo and Kasese. The rest of the aerodromes are owned, operated and managed by the private sector and local authorities.

The government has revived the National Airline, Uganda Airline to fully support the aviation industry. It is also developing Kabale International Airport in the Albertine region in the western Uganda to service the oil sector.

Inland Water Transport
Water transport is one of the quickest and cheapest means of transport in Uganda. The country is endowed with 18 inland water ports spread across the different water bodies, most of which are on Lake Victoria, which are plied by more than 170 vessels carrying an estimated 6 to 8 million passengers a year.

The Government is increasing investment in water transport infrastructure to enhance the movement of both passenger and cargo traffic. The underexploited infrastructure provides a viable investment opportunity, especially for the increasing tourism market and intra-regional trade activities.

Energy Infrastructure
The total electricity generation capacity is currently 1,200MW. A total of 17 hydro and solar power projects are under construction and an additional 800MW will be added to the national grid. The Government is adding 726.3km of electricity transmission lines to the network.

ICT Infrastructure
Uganda’s National Backbone Infrastructure, an initiative that aims to connect all major towns within the country to an optical fibre cable-based network and to connect Government entities to the e-Government Network, has been extended to districts countrywide.

The total span of fibre optic cables laid out across the country by both the government and private sector is 5,110km, providing seamless connections. Additionally, in order to provide faster internet speeds, 4G technologies have been rolled out with the objective of transforming access to public and private spectrums as well as promoting e-commerce to boost economic growth and efficiency.
NOTE
About CoST Uganda
An Infrastructure Transparency Initiative
CoST is a multi-stakeholder initiative with participating countries spanning four continents. CoST promotes transparency by disclosing data from public infrastructure investment, helping to inform and empower citizens, enabling them to hold decision-makers to account.

With a track record of saving money, delivering legal and institutional reforms and building the capacity of stakeholders, the initiative is ideally placed to drive future efforts on increasing transparency, accountability and cost-effectiveness in the delivery of public infrastructure.

CoST’s Vision
Better lives from better infrastructure

CoST’s Mission
Disclose, validate and interpret infrastructure data to empower stakeholders to hold decision-makers to account.

CoST’s Objectives
To create a strategic platform for information sharing and joint advocacy with key stakeholders at different levels in implementation of public infrastructure projects.
To promote transparency, accountability and value for money in the delivery of public infrastructure.
To strengthen the capacity of CoST members to generate, analyze and disseminate information in construction sector.

CoST’s Core Values
Respect of one another
Ethics and Integrity
Transparency and accountability
People-centered development
Team work.

President Museveni’s School Reopening Address Is to Take Place

Presidential press secretary Don Wanyama has confirmed President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni will address the nation on February 04 on Covid19, and is expected to clarify on school reopening dates.

The address, to be broadcast on radios and televisions, will happen at 7pm.

The address comes after Cabinet approved school reopening in “a staggered manner.”

Save for candidates and finalists who returned to school in October 2020, millions of learners have been home since Museveni announced closure of education institutions in March, almost one year ago.

There have been calls for reopening despite the fact that the Covid19 threat remains.

Buganda’s Katikkiro Peter Mayiga Urges Ugandans to Embrace Technology and Research

The prime minister of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga has appealed to Ugandans to embrace technology and research in this competitive world.

Mayiga made this call on Friday while delivering his remarks during the 15th graduation ceremony of Buganda royal institute of business and technical education Kakeeka Mmengo Kampala whereby 711 students were awarded Diplomas and certificates from various disciplines among which 444 were females equivalent to 62.45%, and 267 were males making 37.55%.

Among 711 graduands, 310 females were awarded diplomas and 134 certificates whereas 221 males were awarded diplomas and 46 certificates.

The Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga said that Ugandans especially educated ones should embrace and put more emphasis on technology and research to succeed in this competitive and dynamic world because these two concepts (technology and research) have dominated the world.
“Graduands should utilize their knowledge and skills they have acquired to be innovative, creative, embrace technology and research as a tool to extend their achievements and brighten their future”, Mayiga said.

Mayiga also applauded institute management for working hard to pass out these graduands in this Covid 19 pandemic with the observation of Standard operating procedures (SOPs) , however he appreciated parents/guardians for educating their children specifically girl child without forcing them into early marriage due to economic gain.

Mayiga adds that many parents have negative attitudes towards girl child compared to boy child saying girls suppose to get married every time which sometimes results into domestic violence, diseases among others, however he urged graduands to avoid luxury and to always be vigilant with HIV/AIDS because it kills.

Dr Prosperous Nankindu Kavuma, minister of education from Buganda/Mmengo government on the same event thanked the King of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II for his ever long sustainable fundamental and developmental ideas/projects which benefit the country in all spheres of life citing out various examples such establishment of Muteesa I royal university, Buganda royal institute of business and technical education among others.

However Nankindu also appealed to government of the republic of Uganda to always greatly support vocational education to impact education sector.

Anthony Wamala principal of the institute appreciated Charles Peter Mayiga for his continued support and guidance to the institute which has made tremendous impact for the graduation ceremony.

Kampala Central division Mayor Elect NRM’s Salim Uhuru, reveals why NRM lost In Kampala and Buganda.

Salim Saad Uhuru Nsubuga, the National Resistance Movement-NRM party candidate won the Kampala Central division Mayoral seat in the just concluded general elections who was declared elected by the Kampala Central Returning Officer, Doreen Musiime.

According to the poll results announced by Musiime, Uhuru got 13,114 votes against 10,654 votes garnered by his closest and National Unity Platform rival, Hamudan Kigozi Semugoma.

The incumbent Kampala Central Mayor and Democratic Party candidate, Charles Musoke Sserunjogi came third with 5,318 followed by independent candidate, Patrick Mugisa with 2,095 and Lameck Sewanyana, another Independent candidate garnered 820 votes.

The Forum for Democratic Change-FDC candidate Isah Ssemaganda got 531 votes followed independent candidate, George Wakula with 312 votes, followed by Independent Isaya Kavuma with 166 while independent candidate, Emmanuel Tebajjukira trailed with 79 votes.

The total number of valid votes cast was 33089 while invalid ballot papers were 565 and spoiled ballots were 41.
Speaking to journalists after greeting to some of his supporters in Kampala on Wednesday, Uhuru said that he is glad that he has delivered the only victory to the NRM in the Kampala Central mayoral race despite NRM party has totally kicked out from Kampala district.
“Am happy because people showed portrayed love to elect me as Kampala central division mayor as a person but not as NRM party member because NRM party greatly lost in Buganda, he added.

Asked what could the problem to vote out NRM from Buganda region, Uhuru revealed various reasons such as internal bickering within the party, undermining of people, poor service delivery, disassociation of party members from local people who are highly engaged in voting among others.
” Some of the reasons why I managed to make it is God’s blessing, continuous association with electorates, oral skills and so on which my comrades have some how lacked, he said.
He adds that, despite NRM was beaten in Buganda, but its still the strongest political party in the country Uganda, however he rubbished the Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde’s statement made that, NRM lost in Buganda because they have over stayed in power which Uhuru opposes saying politics is like love and dynamic citing out also an example of Cham Cha Mapinduzi in one of East African countries Tanzania.

Uhuru also disclosed some of the areas of focus in his term such as improving health sector, education, drainage channels, roads, floods, public markets, unemployment specifically within youths among others to ensure that each and every person shares on the national cake however little it is, however he called upon his colleagues to remain stand united, and his opponent to join him to work together as a tool of improving and effectively extend services of all types to the masses.

Schools reopening delayed for 3 more months

Education Minister and First Lady Janet Museveni. Courtesy Photo
Uganda’s government has resolved to delay school reopening for three more months over Covid19.

Although many had been circulating reports that President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni would announce reopening dates soon, education ministry permanent secretary Alex Kakooza recently clarified no decision for reopening had been reached.

Now, in a letter dated January 27, National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) executive director Prof Mary Okwakol has told vice Chancellor a and principals of higher learning institutions that Museveni has advised that schools remain closed for another three months.

Prof Okwakol also noted that Museveni had relied on advice from the Presidential Scientific Advisory Committee to defer reopening.

His wife and education minister Janet Museveni would then communicate to relevant institutions in education sector such as NCHE.

In his directive to the education minister, Museveni argued that the three months would give government ample time to find a ‘lasting solution’ to Covid19.

On the day Okwakol wrote to vice chancellors and principals, Museveni launched the trial of a Covid19 therapeutic drug.

Until such a drug is approved or vaccine doses secured, government plans to keep schools closed.

But learning is expected to continue online.

IRCU Calls for EC to Conduct Free and Fair Elections.

The interreligious council of Uganda (IRCU) has appealed to independent electoral commission to conduct free and fair election to maintain peace in the country.

This comes with just hours to general election which is scheduled to take place tomorrow on 14th/01/202, whereby 11 candidates are eying to take presidential seat which include the incumbent ruling NRM’s party Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni, NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, ANT’s Rtd Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, Renewed Uganda’s Gen Henry Tumukunde, DP’s Nobert Mao, FDC’s Patrivk Oboi Amuriat, John Katumba, Nancy Kalembe, Willy Mayambala among others.
Speaking to media on 13th/01/2021, at IRCU headquarters Mmengo Kampala, His eminence Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje chairperson of the council also Mufti of Uganda said that, 2020 has been a challenging year compared to previous years due to covid 19 pandemic whereby many people suffered by poverty, lost their lives, properties, being tortured by security operatives due to various reasons in relation to political issues.
“Electoral commission should organize and prepare an enabling environment to ensure that elections conducted fairly and freely to avoid the negative consequences, he added.

Dr Apostle Joseph Sserwadda resigning officer born again Uganda expressed grievances over the increasing kidnappings in the country whereby people are kidnapped by unknown people and unfortunately taken to again unknown places thus put the lives of Ugandan citizens at stake.
Dr Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu Mboowa Arch-bishop of the church of Uganda showed his worry of the temporary shutdown of social media (Internet) saying internet is very crucial and instrumental especially in this election period.
” I feel grief due to shutdown of internet (Facebook) especially in this election period because nothing it costs elections and people know how to use it,” he said.

The council also urged the government to organize a dialogue with politicians and other stakeholders to discuss over various issues regarding to national economy, peace, stability, democracy among others, however the council also appealed to security agencies to enable the voters exercise their rights and refrain from acts that may interfere with the delivery of a free and fair electoral outcome.

Youths Urged to be Innovative, Creative and embrace ICT, and Agriculture.

Youths have been urged to embrace Agriculture, ICT innovative and creativity as a tool to fight against unemployment in Uganda.

The revelation was made by Fred Ngabirano, the comissioner of Youths and children in the ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development (MGLSD) while giving his remarks during the launch of the National Youths Manfesto 2021-2026 spearhead Youth Coalition on Electoral Democracy in Uganda (YCED), and other Yiuth-focused civil society organaisations (CSO’s) such as, Action Aid , African youths development Link among others aiming to highlight key policy priorities/demand by youths to government , political parties, and candidates ahead of and beyond of the 2021 general elections.

Ngabirano Says that Agriculture, ICT are the key main sources of income and if they are well managed, it can be a chain of employment opportunity through job creation instead of job seeking.
“Youths should be creative and innovative while puting into practice what they have studied in various institutions of learning hence income and employment generation and desist from being spoon feeding, He said”.
He adds that, currently Uganda’s national unemployment rate is 9.2% whereby unemployment rate within youths aged 18-30 years constitutes 13.4% but all this can be curbed down through ICT, and Agriculture together with innovation and creation, however he appealed to parents to get back to their role of good parenting because this has costed the country alot due to the fact that many chiy grow up when they are desparate.

Globally, the united nations defines a youth as being between the ages of 15 and 24 years old, the African youth charter, which is a regional framework, defines youth as any individual between 15-35 years of age while the Uganda national youth policy stipulates that the youth bracket encompasses all persons aged 15 to 30 years and recognizes that youth are a heterogeneous group. Constitutionally, a youth in Uganda is a person between the ages of 18-30 years.

In 2014, Uganda’s population was estimated at 34.9 million and is currently estimated at 41.6 million people. With a growth rate of 3% per annum coupled with a high fertility rate of 5.4 children per woman, Uganda has the third fastest growing population in the world. About 32.4 million people (78% of the population) is 30 years and below with an estimated 12 million young people (15-30 years).

Uganda’s youth face several social challenges including poverty and poor health. There are high rates of teenage pregnancies because the median age for sexual debut is 16.4 years. 24% of girls (below 20 years of age) in Uganda are mothers or pregnant with their first, sometimes second child. Many factors contribute to high teenage pregnancies, including social pressures, the low status of women, religious pressures, unemployment, and lack of equitable access to family planning methods, including contraceptive information, education, and services for the adolescents.

Obedgiu Samuel, deputy national youth coordinator NUP northern Uganda commended government for a fairly respectable legal, institutional and normative framework for youth inclusion in decision and policy making process. However, youth participation in governance and decision making is affected by limited access to relevant and timely information, limited accountability of leaders to the young people, inadequate capacity and leadership skills for youth leaders, highly commercialised politics including nomination fees for LCV candidates at UGX1m while member of parliament nomination fee was increased from UGX200,000 to 3,000,000 and the presidential nomination fee was increased increased to UGX 20,000,000. Such fees are too high and push out many youth that harbour aspirations.

Nakabira Nashiba, the African youth development link programs officer says the youth manifesto (2021-2026) was developed through a nation-wide consultative process involving youth leaders and youths in their diversities to arrive at the most pressing issues that require urgent attention to strengthen youth development and participation in governance

Confirmed. Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata Batte is Dead

The head of Da’awa in Uganda (Kibuli faction) Shiekh Nuhu Muzaata is dead.

The renown vocal Muslim cleric breathed his last on Friday.

The development has been confirmed by Salam TV.

“Inallillahi waa ina ilayihi rajioon, Sheikh Muzaata confirmed dead. May Allah forgive him all his shortcomings,” the TV station posted on its Facebook page.

His body is currently at International Hospital Kampala (IHK).

News about Muzaata’s death started making rounds on Thursday until when Imam Idi Kasozi dispelled the rumour.

“Sheikh Muzaata is alive. I have just spoken to him 5 minutes ago,” Imam Kasozi. a renowned Muslim scholar said on yesterday.

For months now, Muzaata has been feeling unwell but the situation allegedly got out of hand when one of his wives Kulthum Nabunya moved out of their marital home in Kawempe after a bitter fight with the former.

“At the beginning of August, he barked at her when visitors were there and this humiliated her. She packed her things and left the home and this deteriorated Muzaata’s health diminishing his immunity because he couldn’t take care of himself for the last 4 months,” a family source said.

Friends and relatives had advised Kulthum to quickly make up her mind and go back to look after her husband.

Kulthum who works for Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Muzaata have three children together. And it was Muzaata’s efforts that enabled her to get the KCCA job during the time of Jennifer Musisi.

May his soul Rest In Eternal Peace.