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Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:04 By Ronald Musoke
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Stephen Birahwa Mukitale, the MP for oil rich Buliisa County in the Albertine region was one of the panelists during the symposiumUganda’s oil reserves have shot up by 87% from 3.5 billion barrels following recent appraisals of 14 oil wells done by the three oil companies currently involved in the country’s oil sector.

A senior energy ministry official said following the evaluation of more oil wells which encountered oil during the exploration phase, Uganda’s inventory now stands at 6.5 billion barrels.

However, the recoverable quantity—the oil which can actually be sucked out of the ground— has only improved marginally, from 1.2 billion barrels to 1.4 billion barrels.

 
Monday, 25 August 2014 05:29 By Ronald Musoke
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Bella and her baby Luna at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola District. COURTESY PHOTOZiwa Rhino Sanctuary revels in successful breeding programme

Bella and her three-month old daughter Luna look unbothered by the scores of curious eyes and whispers of human beings in their vicinity.

Luna particularly cares less. She keeps climbing up and down her mother’s massive greyish body lying under a shade to shield from the mid-afternoon sun.

We are at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary which is about 176km north of Kampala city on the Gulu highway towards Murchison Falls National Park— the only place in Uganda where you will find rhinos in the wild— more than 30 years since the last rhino was spotted.

 
Friday, 22 August 2014 13:01 By Our Reporter
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President Yoweri Museveni has directed Dr. Asuman Lukwago, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health to dismiss Frank Mugisha Kasaka, the head of procurement for allegedly asking for a bribe from an investor.

The President’s directive follows a complaint from Enrica Pinetti the chairman of Finasi, an Italian company.

Pinetti accused Mugisha of asking for a bribe of 20% of the total project he was handling in order to finalize the procurement processes, according to a statement from State House released on Aug.22.

 
Monday, 18 August 2014 05:43 Raphael Esupu
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President Paul Kagame (2L) and daughter Ange pose with U.S. President Barrack Obama and wife Michelle at the White House during his visit for the U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington D.CUN tells DRCongo rebels to disarm or face military action

The UN mission chief in the Democratic Republic of Congo has warned the last remaining rebel group in the east to lay down arms or face military action.

The FDLR, a Rwandan Hutu militia that includes perpetrators of the 1994 genocide of Tutsis, has been given a six-month deadline to disarm and to hand over those wanted for war crimes, Martin Kobler told the UN Security Council.

"To the FDLR: Seize this last opportunity and move forward with this process. All combatants, including leaders, must disarm now,"said Kobler.

 
Monday, 18 August 2014 05:34 By Flavia Nassaka
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People queue awaiting registration at Kololo Parish on the last day. INDEPENDENT?JIMMY SIYA14.9 million Ugandans registered of the targeted 18 million

Though Members of Parliament pushed for the extension of the deadline for the National Identification Mass Registration exercise at parish level, this has not been successful as Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, Minister for Internal Affairs, officially closed the exercise on Aug.9.

The exercise meant to capture biometric data for all Ugandans aged 16 years and above started on April 14 and was ended on Aug. 11 having registered 14.9m Ugandans of the targeted 18 million.

 
Monday, 18 August 2014 05:30 By Angella Abushedde and Haggai Matsiko
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Former FDC President Dr. Kiiza Besigye (L) Congratulates his successor Maj. Gen. Mugisha at Namboole stadium. INDEPENDENT/FILE PHOTOMembers say Muntu’s 600-day reign has killed the party

On Aug.7, General Mugisha Muntu made exactly one year, eight months and 15 days in office as the Party President for the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). And, it appears, his strategy is finally becoming clearer; he wants to defeat President Yoweri Museveni at the ballot by stealth. Will it work? Is it, in fact, a strategy or just Muntu’s instinct?

After all, Gen. Muntu is a former guerrilla fighter with Museveni whose default is to go under-ground when confronted with a powerful opponent like the NRM to which he once belonged.

 
Monday, 18 August 2014 05:26 By Patrick Kagenda
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KCCA demolitions along the railway in Namuwongo. INDEPINDEPENDENT/JJUMBA MARTINRailway reserve eviction leaves tears in its trail

The demolition crew arrived at 2am. Hajat Azia Namatovu, an elderly woman, was deep asleep at this time of the night but the roar of giant Caterpillar earth movers of the demolishers woke her. By the time she reached the door, part of the perimeter wall around her house had been reduced to rubble. She collapsed in shock. And she is one of the lucky ones. Her house was spared. And she is alive.

Constantine Bossa was not as lucky. For years he had operated a small business along the railway line in Ndebba, a dusty sprawling trading centre south of the capital Kampala, located between the Entebbe highway and Masaka road. It is a crowded place where small traders, artisans, and hustlers eke a living next to sex workers and car robbers. Most houses have shop fronts, bars, and lodges.

 
Friday, 15 August 2014 17:40 By Ronald Musoke
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Chrysostom Muyingo, the state minister for higher education has said his ministry is in the final stages of working on a policy that will compel schools across the country to have teachers dedicated to mentoring, counselling and giving career guidance to secondary school students.

He said having dedicated mentors at school would solve the problem of ‘chaos and strikes’ in schools that have become rampant in the country.

Muyingo who on Aug. 15 was opening a headteachers’ school leadership forum under the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship scheme in Kampala said the reason why schools like Mt. St Mary’s Namagunga—one of the oldest and missionary-founded schools in the country— are very peaceful is largely because of their strong mentorship programme that they have cultivated over decades.

Scores of schools were forced to temporarily close in 2013 as students went on rampage destroying school property as a way of registering their dissatisfaction with their schools’ mal-administration.

 
Friday, 15 August 2014 10:28 By Joan Akello
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Opobo(R) addressing the press, with James Kintu, Associate Director Advocacy from World Vision(L) and UCRNN’s Stella Ayo-Odong on Aug.14.As the era of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) comes to a close, a coalition of over 50 civil society groups wants African governments, Uganda inclusive and global actors to ensure that children are given priority.

The organizations include Child Fund, World Vision, Save the Children, Parenting Uganda and many more.

Presenting a  document  titled “Child actors position on children in the post 2015 development agenda  for Uganda”,   Stella Ayo- Odong, the executive Director of Uganda Child rights NGO Network (UCRNN)an umbrella of a number of related organisations,  said it is worrying that the proposed  agenda,  with 17 goals  currently, are silent on children yet they form the bulk of Uganda’s population.

 

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