• 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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  • State House extravagance

    Extravagant, lavish, wasteful is how I describe the recent state house supplementary budget request for Shs129 billion. I have joked with colleagues that Uganda will never have a supplementary free financial year especially “state house supplementary request” until the 2nd Coming of the messiah; they are yet to prove me wrong.  A flash back at […]

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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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  • MPs to receive Shs5m to consult on marriage Bill

    This week, each MP will receive Shs5 million to facilitate them in consulting their constituents on the now controversial Marriage and Divorce Bill. The revelation was made in a March 21 letter the President wrote to the Speaker of Parliament instructing the House Commission and the Clerk to Parliament to effect the payment of the […]

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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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  • MPs want Museveni defence on oil deal

    Legislators and civil society organisations have urged President Museveni to personally explain himself on the reported claims by an official from Tullow Oil UK that it considered “giving” him $50 million (Sh130b). Mr Paul Mwiru, the Jinja East MP and deputy chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee, however, added that the President should not do […]

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  • IGG’s office should be fully constituted

    Raphael Baku’s tenure in office came to an end on February 23. His departure leaves the Inspectorate of Government’s office in a state of dilemma since the Inspectorate will not be fully constituted as per the Constitution and the Inspectorate of Government Act. The office should at all times have an IGG and two deputies. […]

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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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  • Kadaga under fire for suspending journalists

    Speaker Rebecca Kadaga yesterday came under heavy criticism from legislators and activists who demanded she rescinds a decision to suspend two journalists from reporting from Parliament. Ms Kadaga, who was reported out of the country, was criticised for acting with impunity and undermining the rule of law. The Observer reporters, Mr Tash Lumu and Mr […]

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