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Monday, 22 December 2014 06:11 By Eric Kabeera
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Nemba One-Stop border Post boosts Rwanda trade and Investment

Gone are the days when traders and transporters used to spend hours at Nemba Border while trying to get green light to cross into the territory of Burundi.

The delays at the border in Bugesera District cost time and impacted negatively on the travellers’ finances and the Rwandan economy in general.

That changed with the establishment of One-Stop Border Post (OSBP). It now takes around four to seven minutes for travelers.

Since the construction and opening of the OSBP, customs and immigration officials of Rwanda and Burundi operate under the same house to clear the travellers.

The initiative has been regarded as the best in accelerating trade and investment within the community and experts believe that it needs to be rolled out to all regional borders in the community.

Nemba border post is normally used by Rwandan and Ugandan business people who import and export to the Bujumbura.

 
Thursday, 18 December 2014 21:12 By Julius Businge
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As the festive season continues, Uganda Police Force has warned drunk drivers that they risk being arrested and prosecuted for driving while drunk. Speaking at the launch of the 3rd edition of Uganda Breweries Limited campaign against drunk driving on De.16, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of traffic, Stephen Kasiima said; “We are very serious.”

Kasiima said 5% of road accidents [crashes] in Uganda are as a result of drunk driving. This much lower than the global mark of 40% but Kasiima said the 5% is still big and that want to further lower the mark to 1 or 0% in future. “We thank UBL for organizing these campaigns and urge other players in the industry to do the same,” he added. The campaign was launched at UMA show grounds by the UPF officials and the Corporate Relations & Legal Director at UBL, Charity Kiyemba among others. Kiyemba said, for sustainability purposes of the business, the campaigns are good.

 
Thursday, 18 December 2014 21:11 By Julius Businge
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A group of Members of Parliament from two committees in Parliament; Natural Resources and that of accountability has commended the good job being done by National Water and Sewerage Corporation of supplying water and managing sewerage in the country. The MPs made these comments after a visit of the Corporation’s facilities in Lubigi and Ggaba on Dec. 16-17. The group also visited NWSC Bugolobi where construction of a new sewerage plant is currently underway. The Bugolobi plant will be the biggest in East and Central Africa and will not only treat sewerage but also generate power. This electricity will be used to power Ggaba Water Works. “From what we have seen so far, National Water is doing a good job,” said Florence Namayanja, the Bukoto East MP. Michael Werikhe, the MP for Bungokho South constituency said, MPs are interested in value for money.

“From what we saw we can say that tax payers’ money is being well utilized,” Werikhe said. Beatrice Atim Anywar, the woman Member of Parliament for Kitgum District said they [MPs] are ready to partner with the water body to manage the challenges faced by NWSC so it can meet its objectives. Silver Mugisha, the managing director for NWSC said they were happy to host the MPs. “I urge all of you to help us on our journey to serving all Ugandans,” Mugisha said. The water body is eying 100% service coverage of all Ugandans in years to come. NWSC’s customer base has grown from 50, 826 accounts in 1998 to 366, 097 accounts in 2014. Its Turnover has jumped to Ushs 188 bn in 2014 from 21 bn in 1998. As of Dec. 2014, the Corporation had increased its coverage to over 70 towns up from 28 in June 2013.

 
Thursday, 18 December 2014 21:10 By Julius Businge
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Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) enforcement team has recovered 750 cartons of assorted biscuits and chocolates worth Ushs10 million, the authority said in a recent notice. The recovery was in an operation held on Dec. 12 at a residence in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb. The recovered items are said to have been imported from Sri Lanka and headed for the DR. Congo market after a short stay at one of the warehouses in Kampala.

Patrick Onder, the director Ikuk’s Investments Uganda Limited, a clearing agency and the driver of a truck registration number UAP 139A were netted in the operation witnessed by Julius Mponooka Nkwasire, the manager for enforcement operations at URA. This development comes a few days after the URA impounded about 34kgs of mercury that was allegedly stolen from DR. Congo. The mercury was handed over to DRC government. The revenue body that recently got a new Commissioner General, Doris Akol, urged the public to report all cases related to smuggling and other related cases to URA or police.

 

 
Thursday, 18 December 2014 21:09 By Ian Katusiime
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US President Barack Obama yesterday announced sweeping changes aimed at restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba. After more than 50 years of hostility and tension towards each other, US and Cuba yesterday announced that they were holding talks aimed at normalising diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Both Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro gave speeches yesterday announcing the landmark changes in relations between the two nations.  Obama said “We will end an out-dated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and we will instead begin to normalise relations between our two countries”

The historic deal came after a prisoner swap negotiated by Pope Francis. The two leaders also revealed that the two countries will go ahead and open embassies in the respective couples in a few months’ time.

 
Monday, 15 December 2014 06:19 By Flavia Nassaka
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Teachers’ under their Umbrella Organization, UNATU during the annual delegates’ conference. NET PHOTONew transfer policy shakes traditions, offers opportunities

Godfrey Kombi has been a happy physics and chemistry teacher at St. Leos College Kyegobe in Fort Portal for the last five years. Now, however, he is a worried man after the ministry of Education started implementing a new policy requiring teachers to be transferred after serving at a particular school for five years.  Kombi who made five years at Kyegobe in February, says the new policy is hard on teachers.

It’s not fair to say it’s mandatory for one to move every five years,” he told The Independent, “This means teachers are always going to be on a move.”

 
Monday, 15 December 2014 06:14 By Eric Kabeera & Independent Team
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Margaret Nantongo ZziwaHow suspended EALA Speaker might escape total censure

Run to the courts or get the heads of the East African Community (EAC) member states to order MPs off your case. That is the legal advice of Uganda’s Attorney General’s Office to President Yoweri Museveni on whether Margaret Nantongo Zziwa, the suspended Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) can survive total censure.

In the 14-page dossier dated Nov.29, the Deputy Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi, tells Museveni that Zziwa’s troubles have led to a functional breakdown of one of the organs of the community and could paralyse the East African regional body.

 
Sunday, 14 December 2014 05:58 IAN ORTEGA
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Gen. David TinyefuzaGen David Tinyefuza The former coordinator of intelligence services, Gen. David Sejusa, aka Tinyefuza has just landed at Entebbe airport in uganda aboard a British Airways flight. Tinyefuza was received by the Director General of Internal Security Organization (ISO) and taken to his home. Highly places sources tell The Independent that in a negotiated deal, Tinyefuza won't be arrested or charged with any crime

 
Sunday, 14 December 2014 05:34 IAN ORTEGA
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Former Prime Minister and current Secretary General of the NRM, Amama Mbabazi, walked out of the NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting. Mbabazi and his wife Jacquiline Mbabazi (who is the chairperson of the NRM women's league, staged the walkout when it became clear that CEC was going to approve a proposal to amend the party constitution so that the Secretary General is no longer elected by party members but appointed by the party chairman. CEC unanimously passed the resolution without anyone else opposing it.

Mbabazi was previously thought to enjoy the support of the chairman of the party youth league, Denis Namara and the chairman of the party entrepreneurs league, businessman Hassan Basajabalaba. However, both seem to have abandoned him during the tense CEC meeting as namara openly supported the proposal and Basajabalaba acquiesced to it by his silence

 

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