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Thursday, 26 March 2015 07:48 By Julius Businge
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The Minister of Information and Communications Technology, John Nasasira has urged government spokespersons for different agencies to utilize social media as a means of communicating government programmes. The minister made the remarks in a speech at a one-day social media workshop of over 100 government spokespersons organized by the National IT Authority, National Information Technology Authority Uganda in Kampala on March 24.

The workshop was timely. At the end of 2014, President Yoweri Museveni issued two directives to all government ministries, agencies and departments–improve quality and security of government websites and communicate government achievements. The minister said a good number of innervations have been made towards addressing the presidential directive. Key to this is the ongoing capacity building of government web managers, improvement of government websites and utilization of the weekly government airtime from all media houses, he said.

He added that the social media workshop came handy in realizing the same. Under estimating the strength of this new media of communication is not only inappropriate but risky, he said, adding information flow seems faster with no boundaries. In a speech, the Executive Director for NITA-U, James Saaka said, social media stands out to be a very simple tool of passing out government messages because it has become popular in Uganda and more importantly, covers a big population in the shortest time possible.

 
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:22 IAN ORTEGA
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French air investigators are examining one of the plane’s two “black boxes” to try to determine why the Airbus A320’s pilots maintained radio silence during its rapid descent. French air traffic controllers were unable to establish contact with the plane as it made an eight-minute descent with 150 people aboard.

 
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:14 IAN ORTEGA
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Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed go back on the stand on charges of harming national security. Their retrial hearing had been postponed after the court found holes in the evidence against them.

 
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:04 IAN ORTEGA
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The East Africa Book of Records yesterday presented to President Museveni the Peace and Stability Award at a ceremony at Imperial Royale hotel in Kampala.

In his acceptance speech; Museveni expressed his surprise. “I am surprised that there are people who salute Museveni. Others abuse me," said the President.

 
Monday, 23 March 2015 13:17 By Flavia Nassaka
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The East African Community (EAC) member countries are working on establishing a joint health research commission in Bujumbura this year as one of the efforts by the region to enhance health systems and to also ensure universal health coverage.

Speaking to journalists ahead of the 5th Annual EAC Health and Scientific Conference to be hosted in Uganda from Mar. 25 to 27, Jesca Eriyo, the Deputy Secretary General of the EAC in charge of productive and social sectors said once the commission is complete, member countries will be in charge of different areas whereby Uganda has been identified for cancer treatment, Kenya for urology, Tanzania for heart disease, Burundi for nutrition and Rwanda will be in charge of health systems.

The conference held on a rotational basis will focus on Health Systems Strengthening, social determinants of health, conditions of public health importance and integrated approaches for disease prevention, control and management.

Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the State Minister in charge of General Duties said among other issues, stakeholders will document progress made towards attaining health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) whose deadline is this year and also lay down strategies to control and prevent threats of emerging and re-emerging communicable and non-communicable diseases.

 
Sunday, 22 March 2015 21:16 By Joan Akello
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Will he be the Judiciary’s messiah?

Bart Katureebe’s appointment as a Chief Justice (CJ) has created a lot of excitement, mostly across the legal fraternity. Not so surprising. Uganda has not had a CJ for two years and Katureebe’s near-spotless-two decades-long legal career merits this reception.

But given the depth of the crisis in Uganda’s judiciary, Katureebe’s biggest challenge might be to first deal with the high expectations that his appointment has come with. Fortunately, the new CJ is conscious of this.

“I feel very honoured and challenged,” Katureebe told The Independent immediately after his appointment, “I hope I can live up to the expectations of the people because I have been told that people have generally expressed support.  They think I will do something in the Judiciary, that I’ll continue to administer justice fairly and impartially and those are challenges.”

 
Sunday, 22 March 2015 20:45 By Flavia Nassaka & Ian Katusiime
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Politics, violence take toll as residents fight National Housing projects

Mohammed Oloya, 51, is a man whose family is on tenterhooks. Every day puts them in an endless state of agitation due to uncertainty. Though he is an Acholi, Oloya has never been to his ancestral home after his parents left the north in 1964 to work in a tea estate around Kireka. Now, his business and home are located in the troubled Kasokoso area, which the National Housing and Construction Corporation Ltd (NH&CCL) is claiming.

“My children are in school. All my investments are here. It’s the only place I’ve known for I have lived and worked here all my life. I have no village to run to because all my relatives are here,” says Oloya.

 
Sunday, 22 March 2015 20:34 By Priscilla Namanya
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Shooting a scene in the recent TV series The Hostel. NET PHOTOInternationally renowned cinema director thinks so

Michael Wawuyo knows something about the Uganda film scene that you possibly don’t.

“I believe Ugandans are far better actors than the Nigerians,” he told The Independent in a recent interview.

Wawuyo would know. He has performed with some of the best African actors and actresses in some of the greatest award-winning Ugandan movies including ` The last king of Scotland’ and `Mississipi Masala’.

 
Friday, 20 March 2015 22:19 By Joan Akello
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This is the debate The Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) sparked off in a consultative meeting it held today.

Uganda has signed a number of treaties and is still negotiating some  which include the European Union –East Africa Community(EAC)  Economic Partnership Agreements(EPAS), The US-EAC Trade Investment Partnership Agreement and other bilateral ones with Bilateral Investment Treaties with Countries like Belgian, France, China, Denmark, China, Italy, and Netherlands .

Such agreements seek to promote trade and secure Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) which is seen as important for the country’s economic development but Martin Luther Munu, SEATINI programme Officer says that they also have implications on Social Transformation through the impacts they create on industrial development and employment creation, people’s livelihoods, revenue and the overall policy space for undertaking development objectives.

This policy space can only be protected and made more democratic because Parliament is not involved in the current ratification process except for treaties that relate to armistice, neutrality or peace and there is therefore need to amend the Ratification of Treaties Act 1998 that empowers the Cabinet to ratify all treaties made by the country.

 

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