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Friday, 01 August 2014 14:27 By Joan Akello
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Five judges of the constitutional court have this afternoon nullified the Anti-homosexuality Act 2014 due to lack of quorum in parliament on December 20, 2013 when it was passed.

At 12:34, the panel of judges including the Acting Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma, Augustine Nshimye, Eldad Mwangusya, Solomy Balungi Bossa and Rubby Aweri Opio delegated Mwangusya to read the unanimous ruling saying the Speaker flouted rule 23 of parliamentary rules and procedure.  I t is his or her duty to first ascertain whether there's quorum or not before putting an issue to a vote.

They unanimously agreed that the respondent’s (the Attorney General) silence in proving where there was quorum means he accepts that it was lacking and hence a strong basis to dispose of the law. In addition, three members of parliament including the Prime Minister raised an issue about it but the Hansard shows that the Speaker ignored them and proceeded.

 
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:03 By Julius Businge
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David Duli, the Country Director for World Wide Fund Uganda has added his voice to those that say energy access is critical in spearheading Uganda’s socio-economic transformation. “It fuels industrial growth which in turn creates jobs and boosts economic growth,” he said. Duli was speaking at the energy access workshop held in Kampala recently.

The workshop was organized by the United Nations Foundation together with World Wide Fund for Nature in support of the energy access objective of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL).  The SE4ALL initiative [under the United Nations] which Uganda subscribes to aims at achieving universal access to modern energy services, doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix and doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030.

 
Monday, 28 July 2014 04:38 By Ronald Musoke
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Lack of safety measures: Motorsport fans are always at the mercy of rally drivers. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYAWho cares about maimed victims, killed children?

On the wet and cold Saturday morning his nephew, Abdallah Mawejje died, Ddumba Ssentongo was mainly speechless and distraught looking, with his eyes red from crying.

On that day of July 12, Ddumba’s nephew became the third child to die following the Zirobwe incident when a rally car veered off the road and rammed into a crowd fetching water on a communal stand tap in Bukimu-Kibutuzi village, in Luweero District. Four other people were badly injured, two of them – children, had a leg amputated.

 
Monday, 21 July 2014 17:26 By Julius Businge
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Cabinet has approved the transformation of the National Drug Authority (NDA) into a national food and drug authority, according to a statement released by the Office of the Prime Minister on July 17.

The change will broaden the Authority’s mandate to cover items that are currently not provided for under the National Drug Policy and Authority Act, 1993. The move aims to protect the lives of citizens after cabinet realized there are recurrent outbreaks of food related diseases which put pressure on service delivery notably health. The added items include food, food supplements and other materials.

 

 
Monday, 21 July 2014 17:24 By Julius Businge
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The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has started the process of revising some clauses in the mining laws to attract the highly mobile capital and finance needed to establish a modern and viable mining industry.

The laws in question are; the Mineral Policy, which was put in place in 2001, the Mining Act, 2003 and the attendant regulations established in 2004. While speaking at the Mining Policy, Law and Taxation conference held on July 16-18 at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Fred Kabagambe-Kaliisa, the permanent secretary of the energy ministry said globalization has opened up new investment frontiers leading to an increase in the pool of risk capital available for exploration and mining development. Kaliisa said for Uganda to sustain the attraction of mobile international capital, it is imperative to review the current legal regime.

He added that other laws-land laws and tax laws that directly impact on the mineral development have to be amended. Ugandans expects the bulk of its commercial oil production to start by the end of 2017 as it awaits a pipeline to export crude oil and a refinery to be built, according to information from the energy ministry. The discovery could lead to billions of dollars in revenue from expected crude oil exports of 140,000 barrels a day (bpd) and production of about 200,000 bpd, which is expected to boost East Africa's third-largest economy.

Three oil firms - Britain's Tullow Oil, France's Total and China's CNOOC are involved in the oil business. The country has substantial deposits of high-value minerals—precious metal [gold, diamond, silver and copper], construction minerals [limestone, clay and granite] and industrial minerals [salt and tungsten].

 
Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:50 By Joan Akello
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Corruption on payroll exposed

Auditor General expected to submit a 100% clean payroll by Aug.30

President Yoweri Museveni’s spokesperson, , is loud, pompous, and said to be quite wealthy. So when a list of salaries of civil servants who work directly under the president in State House started circulating recently, many readers scrolled it looking to see what his monthly take home is. Unfortunately, although State House has issued various `official lists’ of its salaries, it is still not clear what Mirundi, or any other worker under the President’s Office actually ears.

“This has opened our eyes to investigate how much each staff is earning even in the classified expenditure,” says Dokolo District Woman MP, Cecilia Ogwal, who first brought the matter to the attention of parliament.

 
Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:37 By Patrick Kagenda
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Uganda Police officers destroy Marijuana crops. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYAWorld Drug report 2014 shows why Entebbe Airport is origin destination for traffickers

During the first week of this month, July, the Police Anti-Narcotics squad intercepted 32kgs of cocaine with an estimated street-value of Shs3 billion at Entebbe international Airport.

The traffickers had stuffed the illicit drug in a passenger’s travelling bag from Argentina in South America. The bag had been switched with the bag of a professor who was travelling to Uganda to attend a conference. Unfortunately he never attended the conference because he ended up in jail.

 
Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:34 By Agencies
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Fireworks are launched over the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after Germany won the FIFA World Cup 2014 on July 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO What did the others get?

With the 2014 World Cup tournament over, now is a good time to have a look around and see how much money teams have won for their performances during the tournament. That’s right; FIFA President Sepp Blatter has got his checkbook out. Happy days. The world’s soccer governing body is set to make some US$4 billion in tax-free revenue from the 2014 Cup.

As set out by FIFA back in December 2013 the winner, receives US$35 million in prize money from soccer’s world governing body. That is approximately Shs91 trillion or Uganda’s national budget for six years based on 2014/15 figures.

 
Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:29 By Agencies
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Germany’s players hold up the World Cup trophy as they celebrate after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup final football match between Germany and Argentina 1-0 following extra-time at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 13, 2014. AFP PHOTOAfter the historic and heart-breaking 7-1 loss Germany handed host nation Brazil on July 8 and the 3-0 loss to The Netherlands on July 12, the last thing Brazilians probably want to hear about is another big loss.

This one to their pocketbooks.

We know that it wasn’t a Brazilian who hoisted the World Cup trophy in triumph on Sunday, July 13 but Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is dearly hoping that the country can still come out on top financially.

Public spending on stadiums and other Cup-related infrastructure projects - estimated at US$11.3 billion - was met with widespread unrest and protests in the 18 months before the start of the Cup.

 

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