On Sept. 25, more than 150 world leaders convened at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are intended to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and reverse climate change.
Much like the Millennium Development Goals that were established in September 2000, the new sustainable development agenda claims to be the key to ending global poverty for all people, all over the world. However, according to a report released by a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, The Rules, the entire SDG process has been “fundamentally compromised” by powerful corporations with an interest in maintaining the status quo.
The United Nations declares that the new sustainable development agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It is a declaration to end poverty and hunger while strengthening “universal peace in larger freedom” as the preamble states. “We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path.”
In addition to ending poverty “in all of its forms and dimensions,” the agenda also reveals a plan to take urgent action on climate change and protect the planet from degradation through sustainable consumption and production. And, as if these goals were not ambitious enough, the agenda also claims to promote world peace by fostering “peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence.”
Residents of Ndeeba demonstrating over KCCA railway evictions early this year. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYAWhat happened to Musisi’s modern trains?
July 2015 marked exactly one year since Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the Rift Valley Railways (RVR) started evicting encroachers on the railway reserves. The operation left a number of people dead and thousands counting loses. Bulldozers razed homes, business premises, and kiosks along the estimated 20km stretch of land from Banda in east Kampala, to Namuwongo, Ndeeba and Nalukolongo to the west. Sometimes the bulldozers struck at night or early morning, shocking residents awake as their blades tore through tin roofs and mud walls to scatter the pots and pans inside homes. There was wailing, anger, frustration, and tears and sometimes loss of life.
At the time, KCCA and RVR said they were clearing the way to introduce a metro-rail and modernise the railway. The KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi even launched a commuter train service.
Uganda's State Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon. James Mutende Wanyoto is dead. Mutende was found dead this morning on Saturday at his home in Makindye. He's believed to have passed on in his sleep. James Shinyabulo Mutende, BVM, MBA, PhD, was a Ugandan veterinarian, economist, academic and politician. He was the current State Minister of Industry in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to that position on 27 May 2011. He replaced Father Simon Lokodo, who was appointed State Minister for Ethics & Integrity in the Office of the President.
Mutende was also the husband to Lydia Wanyoto, a deputy special representative of the African Union in Somalia and former EALA MP. Mutende’s body has been taken to Nsambya Hospital for Postmortem and embalming.
The annual Global Competitiveness report released by the World Economic Forum on Wednesday shows that South Korea was outperformed by Uganda in 2015 in the financial markets. Uganda scored 3.66 on the ranking scale which saw it improve from the 122nd position it held last year to 115.
According to the report, South Korea stood at 119th in ease of access to loans, 113th in soundness of banks, 99th in availability of financial services and 87th for financial market development. The report stated, “The financial market (in Korea) also continues to perform poorly (87th), as access to finance across all modes remains difficult.”
However, Uganda continues to face challenges of corruption, high tax rates, and limited access to financing and inadequate supply of infrastructure which were highlighted as the most problematic factors for doing business in Uganda. Uganda scored 85 in financial market development as regards availability to financial services while Korea lagged at the 87th position.
Eng. Nebert Wobusobozi, talks to the media on the sidelines of the meeting
The German development agency, GIZ, together with Uganda’s Ministry of Water and Environment will within a year establish a hydrological yearbook for the country.
The yearbook will essentially have a compilation of data on Uganda’s water resources such as the quantity of water available in Uganda’s water bodies; river discharges and lake levels.
“It will summarize all that information such that if you are a user, you do not have to go looking for each of that information,” said Eng. Nebert Wobusobozi, the commissioner for water resources monitoring and assessment at Uganda’s ministry of water and environment.
890 Uganda National Roads Authority UNRA employees have been sacked by the Executive Director Allen Kagina. It is believed that 1,736 new staff will be recruited in a new structured UNRA. In UNRA's official statement, it reads that the body is acting in accordance with Section 3 of the UNRA act which requires that it operates to in an economic, cost effective and businesslike manner.
The following will happen during the restructuring:
1. Disbanding of the entire staff establishment
2. Giving notice of collective termination of all incumbent staff employed within the staff establishment excluding the Executive Director
3. Commissioning a new staff establishment. salary structure, and Human Resources Policies framework, as approved by the Board
4. Embarking on a recruitment drive to fill the positions in the new structure giving priority to interested qualifying and suitable outgoing staff
5. Making arrangements for introducing a business like organizational culture
The Economics Crimes Division of Uganda Police has frozen FUFA accounts over allegations of corruption. Besides Government support, it is believed FUFA received UGX 3.4 bn (US$1,050,000) from FIFA and the money cannot be accounted for. Speaking about the freezing of accounts, Director of Interpol Uganda, Assan Kasingye said; “The head of Division (Economic Crimes) confirmed to me the development (freezing of FUFA accounts).”
`The light rail is not for commercial purposes. Tickets are very cheap’
Sub-Saharan Africa’s first modern tramway opened in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Sept.20, marking the completion of a massive Chinese-funded infrastructure project hailed as a major step in the country’s economic development.
Even before the ribbon was cut, several hundred residents were queuing for a ride on the Chinese-driven trams, which have the capacity to carry 60,000 passengers a day across the capital of Africa’s second most populous nation. The two line, 34-kilometre (21 mile) system was built by the China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC). The project cost $475 million, 85 percent of which has been covered by China’s Exim bank.
The casket of a fallen Internal Affairs minister Gen Aronda at Entebbe International Airport. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYAOn Sept 11, an Emirates flight EK323 on which Gen. Aronda Nyakairima was a passenger departed Incheon International Airport at 11: 55 pm (5.30am Ugandan time) in Seoul, South Korea, headed to Dubai International Airport. This nine and a half hour flight was to be the last flight of Aronda alive. The flight should have arrived in Dubai at around 9.30pm.
However, a source who works with Emirates told The Independent that mid-flight, the crew tried to wake Aronda for breakfast but he was unresponsive. Moments later he was pronounced dead aboard this flight.
The source also told The Independent that the body was collected by Dubai Airport police medical ambulance and taken to Dubai Hospital for treatment and embalming. It is here that the first autopsy on the body of Aronda was conducted although the findings of this autopsy report could not be established.