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Sunday, 01 March 2015 21:29 By Joan Akello
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Having a chairperson who sits on numerous boards might not be illegal, but is it smart?

Company name: National Insurance Corporation. Board chairman: Dr. Martin Jerome Okech Aliker. Company name: Uganda Clays Ltd. Board Chairman: Dr. Martin Aliker. Company name: Junior Achievements Ltd.  Board Chairman: Dr.Aliker. Company name: New Forests Ltd. Director: Dr.Aliker. And the list goes on. Why is this jolly senior citizen so popular on the boards of many leading companies in Uganda?Aliker says even he does not know.

“You never apply and you do not even know which company is looking for you,” Aliker, the retired dentist, politician, and socialite, says, “It is somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody who knows you and presents your name to the board.”

 
Sunday, 01 March 2015 21:24 By Eric Kabeera
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How will he tackle insecurity in the region?

Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete is the new chairman of the East African Community heads of state summit after receiving the baton from his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta.

In the just concluded heads of state summit in Nairobi Kenya it was a historical event after years without the regional leaders meeting face to face.

The annual event has always been attended by prime ministers, vice presidents and some few heads of state leading to failure to agree on some decisions at the regional level.

 
Sunday, 01 March 2015 21:22 By Flavia Nassaka
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From winning the election to keeping the seat; politicians have to dig deeper in their pockets. Everyone doesn’t like it and everyone is doing it.

Emmanuel Lumala Dombo knows how to win an election. He has done it four times in Bunyole East constituency in Butaleja district. But as the next election - early next year- approaches, the 52-year old says he is noticing a worrying trend; the influence of money on how elections are won - and lost.

Dombo, who has been in parliament for 18 years since 1996, says because money is now so central to winning, some of his colleagues are spending a fortune on keeping their seat.

 
Sunday, 01 March 2015 13:16 By the Independent Team
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In the new changes, Nothern Youth MP Ms Evelyn Anite has been named Minister of State for Youth and Children, Muruli Mukasa is now the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Affairs, a position previously held by Okurut.

In a detailed list of the new Cabinet 2015, President Museveni wrote: "I have appointed and re-appointed the Vice President, Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and Ministers.

"I have also restructured the Ministry of Education and Sports to the Ministry of Education, Sports, Science and Technology."

List below.

 
Saturday, 28 February 2015 09:31 By Ronald Musoke
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Fatou Bensouda addresses journalists in Kampala on Feb.27Fatou Bensouda, the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) has asked Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to come out of hiding and face justice.

Speaking to journalists on Feb.27 in Kampala during her second-of-a-five-day visit to Uganda, Bensouda said if Kony were to surrender and go to the ICC, he would be treated fairly and impartially, in accordance with the highest standards of justice, and with full respect for his due process rights as a defendant.

“Leave the bush and encourage other members of the LRA to do the same. Stop committing crimes against your own people and others, do the right thing and surrender,” she said.

 
Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:01 By Ronald Musoke
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Nurses-protest-against-bad-working-conditions-in-Uganda's-health-facilities;-a-reason-often-cited-for-their-migration-to-other-countries-around-the-worldTwenty–one Ugandan civil society organisations have appealed to the UN over the government’s export of health workers to the Caribbean state of Trinidad and Tobago.

Uganda and Trinidad and Tobago entered a bilateral agreement last year to export over 250 Ugandan health workers, including highly specialized personnel to “further accelerate the existing bilateral relations between the two countries,” but also to strengthen Trinidad and Tobago’s health service sector.

 
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 14:07 By Ronald Musoke
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An oil rig at one of the oil wells in Buliisa District. With the call for a new licensing round, more drilling for crude oil will soon resume across the region.Uganda has finally announced the country’s first open competitive licensing round for petroleum exploration in six blocks covering almost 3000 sq km along the country’s western frontier.

Speaking to journalists at the energy ministry’s headquarters in Kampala on Feb. 24, Eng. Irene Muloni, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development said this is an important milestone for Uganda as it lifts the moratorium on licensing of areas for petroleum rights in the country that has been in place since 2008.

Uganda so far has an estimated 6.5 billion barrels of ‘in place petroleum resources’ from exploration work in less than 40% of the Albertine Graben which lies along its western frontier.

 
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 08:51 By Ronald Musoke
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Mariela-Guajardo,-the-programme-coordinator-at-IOM-addresses-a-group-of-labour-officers-at-KCCA's-Employment-Services-Bureau-&-Labour-OfficeA pilot computerized tool that aims to contribute to a reduction in unemployment in Uganda has been launched in Uganda, thanks to a collaboration involving the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The initiative launched at the Kampala Capital City Authority’s (KCCA) Employment Services Bureau and Labour Office on Feb.24 involves setting up job matching databases in five pilot districts of Kampala, Gulu, Hoima, Mbarara, and Mukono.

 
Sunday, 22 February 2015 22:06 By Agather Atuhaire
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Part of Kampala Entebbe Express Highway under constructionAccused of cheating ordinary landowners, the government must find way to move on with projects

Compensating affected persons is a major component of any government project. Up to Shs30 billion is budgeted to be spent on about 400 Project Affected Persons (PAPs) when the second phase of the Kampala Northern Bypass Highway starts. This phase is expected to cost 60 million Euros (Approx. Shs260 billion).

During construction of the first phase of the 23Km Bypass, compensation of PAPs added Shs20 billion or 18% to the Shs110 billion spent.

 

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