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Monday, 25 May 2015 07:29 IAN ORTEGA
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Irish Columinist, John Waters has ceased his journalistic career in Ireland indefinitely and is relocating to Uganda. The 58 year old made this announcement while at the Dublin airport. His departure came moments after a majority Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum. "I'm going somewhere where my work will not be judged." he barked as he handed in his luggage for a three thirty flight to Africa. "Relocating to Uganda is my best option right now and I have already secured a writing gig for a Ugandan state newspaper."

John Waters will be attached to one of the Ugandan Newspapers in a capacity that is yet to be announced.

 
Sunday, 24 May 2015 21:28 By Flavia Nassaka
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Shs300bn feared lost annually

The Ministry of Health has launched a new electronic tool to be used by government to track all resources allocated to maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH).

The tool which will be used to track all funds inform of foreign aid and budgetary allocations shall also track  all monies  received by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to cater for RMNCH  from their sources to the ultimate health function they serve.  It is estimated that over Shs300 billion is allocated to maternal and child health programs annually by CSOs and government but most of this money is misappropriated by the players along the value chain.

Through the tool, which was launched on May 8, it will be easy to establish the source of funding, who the managers and the implementers are, and what areas of intervention and inputs they are.

 
Sunday, 24 May 2015 21:25 By Andrew M. Mwenda
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The argument sounds attractive, but the numbers and the history of nationalisation say different

Recently, media reports indicated that government of Uganda would like to buy Bujagali dam from Bujagali Electricity Limited (BEL). This follows recent trends by the state to own and manage the main electricity dams. Bujagali was tendered internationally to private companies to build, operate and transfer to government after 30 years. However, Karuma and Isimba dams are being constructed and will be owned and managed by the government through Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL).

It has been the policy of the Uganda government over the last 20 years to withdraw from those sectors where private investors were willing to venture. Uganda was the first in Africa to conduct a comprehensive privatisation program.

 
Friday, 22 May 2015 14:36 IAN ORTEGA
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The First Lady of Uganda, Janet Museveni has today announced that she won't stand for Ruhaama Constituency Parliamentary seat come 2016. In her message, she mentioned that she'd thought God's guidance and assurance about her decision. However, she didn't mention what her next career path was after parliamentary politics. She emphasized her dedication to continue serving the people of Ruhaama till the end of her term.

 

In her full message;

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I greet you all in love and thank you for the work you do on a daily basis.
I thank you so much because of the evident work that you do in food production, feeding your families well and income generating projects. I know that now many of the homes have some income and that is evident in the modern homes that have come up. Above all I thank God who has enabled you to do this work.

Now, friends, what I want to say to you today is something I have been thinking and praying about for some time. I have sought God’s guidance and assurance about it. Therefore I now have no doubt at all in my mind that this is what God intended for me in this season; that in the coming elections of 2016, I will not offer myself as a candidate for Ruhaama Constituency Parliamentary seat.
However, for now, I am still serving until the end of my term. Therefore, I would like you to stay calm because I am still here, but I want you all to know that I will not stand in 2016.

It was important for me that you do not hear it as a rumor, I wanted to give you this information personally and this is what I have done. It is my prayer that God grants you peace and blessings always. My plea is that you understand me and accept this message with grace. I want us to remain united and together pray for Ruhaama during the coming elections. I also pray that Ruhaama will stay peaceful so that we continue to develop our area as we have been doing."

 
Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:50 IAN ORTEGA
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The parliamentary committee on Legal Affairs has met with elders from the Maragoli tribe who seek recognition by the constitution. The Maragoli tribe was not captured in the 3rd schedule of the constitution of the republic of Uganda. The Maragoli community asserts that they've faced problems while trying to register for the National Identity card as they can't prove their citizenship. It is estimated that there are about 25000 Maragoli in the country.

 
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 07:35 IAN ORTEGA
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At the Sustainable Energy For All Forum of 2015, Uganda joined two other countries in signing a Joint Declaration to fight energy poverty. Energy Poverty is defined as a lack of access to modern energy services characterized by a situation where a large percentage of the population is negatively affected by low energy consumption and the use of dirty or polluting fuels.

Neven Mimica the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development witnessed the three countries of Germany, France and Uganda append their signatures to the declaration. United Nations and World Bank have set 2030 as the deadline for sustainable energy for all.

 
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 07:23 IAN ORTEGA
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A facility aimed at increasing patient access to cancer diagnostics and treatment is being opened in Uganda on 21st May. The cancer center will also aim at furthering global cancer research. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Uganda Cancer Institute on Thursday, May 21 will open the UCI-Fred Hutch Cancer Centre in Kampala, the first comprehensive cancer center jointly constructed by U.S. and African cancer institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.

The 25,000-square-foot regional cancer center is a state-of-the-art-facility that can treat up to 20,000 patients a year and includes adult and pediatric outpatient clinics, a research clinic, laboratories, specimen repository, training center, conference rooms and a pharmacy.

 
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 06:48 IAN ORTEGA
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25,000 people fled Ramadi. Many of the city's residents headed for Baghdad after Islamic State (ISIL) militants captured the Iraq city. The Iraqi government has enlisted the help of Shia militias to fight ISIL troops, and the UN has established aid camps, but warned its resources for Iraq could soon run out.

Elsewhere;

Thailand's former prime minister pled "not guilty." Yingluck Shinawatra is on trial over allegations of negligence, related to a costly rice subsidy program. Yingluck's government was deposed one year ago in a military coup, and she could face 10 years in jail.

Greece sounded confident about a deal with creditors. Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis told Greek media that a deal to unlock new bailout funds could be struck within "a matter of one week." There was little sign of such a sentiment from European officials though; EU economic affairs commissioner Pierre Moscovici told media hours earlier that the two parties were "not there yet."

 
Monday, 18 May 2015 14:38 IAN ORTEGA
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Pope Francis celebrated the women at a ceremony in Rome attended by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. Days earlier, the Vatican formally recognized the state of Palestine.

In other news; he Iraqi government said officials in the capital of Iraq's largest province fled their posts after running low on ammunition following several days of fighting. Baghdad has since requested support from Shia militias, but that move could be opposed by the region’s Sunni tribes.

 

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