• Chinese firm on the spot over shoddy work

    A senior official of the Chinese construction firm, China Chongquing International Construction Corporation (CICO), was yesterday questioned over shoddy works on the Fort Portal-Hima road. CICO constructed the 55km Fort Portal-Hima road in Kasese District which cost Shs28 billion and was expected to last for 15 years but residents said the road has since turned […]

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  • Heated election season threatens forest cover

    A family inside Kagombe central forest reserve (CFR) Matia Kasaija recently made remarks that offered hints that forests could be used as a bargaining chip for both the political aspirants and voters. While canvassing votes in Kyabinyasi village in Bubonga sub-county, Kibaale district, the minister of finance, planning and economic development ordered National Forestry Authority […]

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  • Pope claims ‘greed is driving world to ruin’

    Pope Francis on Thursday called on the world to reject the “idolatry of money”, claiming that greed was driving societies to ruin. In an interview in his modest apartment in the Vatican, the pope told the glossy French magazine Paris Match that the world economic system as it stands was “unsustainable”. “Capitalism and profit are […]

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  • 34% of African businesses lose out to corrupt competitors

    Corruption remains a major cost for honest companies in Africa with 34% of businesses reported to be losing out on deals to corrupt competitors, a new study has revealed. Control Risks Group Holdings Limited, a global risk consultancy specialising in political, security and integrity risk, made the revelation in Berlin, Germany on October 12 while […]

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  • Army to replace fishing enforcement officers

    Wakiso. State minister for Fisheries Zurubabel Nyiira Mijumbi has said UPDF officers will replace law enforcement officers in fighting illegal fishing. “We are going to recruit UPDF officers to replace these lazy law enforcement officers to carry out operations in fighting illegal fishing in the country as it is in Naads now,” Mr Nyiira said […]

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  • Byandala cited in sh90b Mbale-Soroti road fraud

    Former works minister Abraham Byandala, currently in the dock over corruption allegations involving sh165b Mukono-Katosi road scandal, has been named  in another road saga — also involving billions.    This time round, Byandala also minister without portfolio, will be required to explain his role in the Tororo-Mbale-Soroti road fraud, where another over sh90b  was allegedly lost […]

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  • Chief Justice tells RDCs to keep off court cases

    Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has warned Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) against interfering with judicial work. The Chief Justice reminded the president’s representatives that they belong to the executive arm of the State and should not cross the line and interfere with legislature’s work. He said the three branches of state are independent of each other. […]

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  • Police, gov’t officials, judiciary most corrupt – survey

    Seven out of every 10 Ugandans say corruption increased in the past three years raising fears that it is spiraling out of control, according to the latest Afro-barometer survey. Afro-barometer is a pan-African nonpartisan research network that has been conducting surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions and related issues across more than 30 countries in […]

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  • Govt releases Shs 97bn for maintaining roads

    Government has released Shs 97.1bn in the July-September quarter of this financial year for maintaining public roads. In a recent letter to MPs, the executive director of the Uganda Road Fund, Michael M Odongo, urged them to play their oversight role over the money. “I provide this information to you in respect of your mandate […]

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  • Government loses acres of land

    The Ministry of Agriculture could lose chunks of public land scattered in various parts of the country to encroachers. The Auditor General, in a June 2015 report to Parliament, complained that most of the ministry’s land, especially in the countryside, has either been leased to private individuals, encroached on without the knowledge of the ministry […]

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