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Monday, 01 September 2014 06:29 By Flavia Nassaka
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Future of tertiary education threatened as public university land bonanza goes on unabated

Increasingly, public universities are losing large chunks of their land to private owners through dubious means. If not checked urgently, there is a fear that encroachment on land on which public education institution sit is likely to cause a crisis in the future as the institutions will not be able to expand to take care of the rising numbers of students.   MP Alice Alaso, the chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC), says Parliament is desperate to deal with the situation. She says the committee is investigating how government officials use their offices to influence the Uganda Land Commission (ULC) to issue out land fraudulently.

Prof. Eli Katunguka, the vice chancellor of Kyambogo University, told The Independent that the institution’s land is like meat to greedy hyenas as it has become a target for powerful people who look at these institutions as lame ducks and believe that no one in these institutions is strong enough to resist their land grabbing schemes.

 
Monday, 01 September 2014 05:34 By Joan Akello
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Former street children from Uganda Heritage Roots performing at the Bunyoro Kingdom Palace.How learning music is reforming the rebellious hearts and minds of street children and giving abandoned children hope

Ronald Sseruyange will never forget how one of the big boys dislocated his jaw as a way of introducing him to the harsh life on the street when he was barely six years old. He was a street child for ten years. He quit the street in 2000 after two of his friends Alex and John, who had quit the previous year to stay at Cornerstone Development, a rehabilitation organization for street children, convinced him to join them.

He did and became an agent, to help the homes get street children because it was difficult to convince them that it would be safe. Mistrust is a street child’s first instinct of any person who says they want to help.

 
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.

 

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