• Farming, tree felling hurt Hoima forests

    Environmental conservationists on Wednesday said the 61,170 hectares of the central forest reserves had been threatened by cultivation, timber harvesting, charcoal burning and cattle grazing. “Bugoma (forest reserve) is the best protected forest, but the remaining 10 reserves are facing constant threats from encroachers,” the Hoima National Forestry Authority manager, Mr Robert Owinyi, said. Mr […]

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  • Black Monday extends to schools

    The Black Monday Movement yesterday announced that its anti-corruption campaign will today be moving to up country public schools to raise awareness about the need to improve the quality of public education. According to the activists, this month’s campaign is to be directed to the education sector because of the Global Public Education Week which […]

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  • Activists call for review of OPM probe

    Anti- Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU) activists have called for the re-examination of the investigations in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) scam, saying there were loopholes. Addressing journalists at their offices in Kampala yesterday, the ACCU executive director, Ms Cissy Kagaba, said their investigations had discovered that it was not only the donor money […]

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  • Government to scrap failed Naads programme

    The government is considering scrapping the National Agricultural Advisory Services (Naads) programme, President Museveni announced yesterday. A statement from State House quoted Mr Museveni saying Naads had “not lived to its expectations” and that money allocated to the programme “will be (re)directed towards strengthening (Savings and Credit Cooperative Organisations)”. The announcement is an embarrassing admission […]

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  • Uganda government under pressure to boost ARV funding

    KAMPALA, 14 March 2013 (IRIN) – The Ugandan government’s draft 2013/2014 budget allocates US$38.5 million to enrol a further 100,000 people living with HIV on life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. But activists say the money, while welcome in a country still largely dependent on donor funds for its HIV programmes, is not sufficient to meet treatment […]

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  • Police, activists strike deal on civil protests

    Police and activists spearheading the Black Monday Movement yesterday agreed on guidelines to be followed in the civil-society-led campaign. The campaign, which preaches against corruption, will also see the activists tone down the content of their Black Monday news bulletin. Police, led by the deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Okoth Ochola, met activists including […]

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  • Jolly Kyomugasho, the gender equality crusader

    Jolly Kyomugasho Mugisha is a jolly, hardworking, sociable woman. Her father gave her the name Kyomugasho because of the reaction that came with her birth. Being born after three girls, Kyomugasho’s relatives viewed her birth as that of just another girl who would not turn out into somebody great. But her father thought differently; he […]

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  • CSOs urge police, govt to join graft fight

    Civil society organisations have urged the police to join the fight against corruption, saying it is a contradiction for the Force to arrest activists participating in anti-graft activities. Ms Cissy Kagaba, the executive director Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU), said the arrest of activists engaged in the Black Monday Movement activities indicates a need for a […]

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  • Activists arrested from city churches

    Police yesterday arrested eight anti-corruption crusaders at Rubaga Miracle Centre and Watoto Church in Busega on cases yet to be known. Five activists from Rubaga were briefly detained in one of the church rooms until the end of the sermon and later repatriated to Old Kampala Police Station while three from Watoto were detained at […]

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  • Anti-corruption activists call for Black Monday protests

    Anti-corruption activists will today launch a campaign to blacklist government officials implicated in the theft of billions of shillings meant to deliver services to the public. The officials plan to drum up public support to put pressure on President Museveni to take action against corrupt officials in his government. “This is a special purpose vehicle […]

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