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Monday, 29 September 2014 06:02 By Julius Businge
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New scheme favouring technology, medicine, science education starts

When The Independent first wrote a story about the student loan scheme in August this year, a reader, Vitas Muhairwe, posted a comment on our online version:

“Am not seeing the possibility of this loan benefiting students from needy background, who have tried hard to make it to campus but have failed. Unless we comb corruption out of our minds and we give this money to the needy…the money will land into hands of the sons and daughters of the able Ugandans.” Muhairwe’s comment continues; “these are boys and girls highly connected and so will have potential to land jobs and pay the loan in time. The other disadvantaged group will remain disadvantaged unless the process of giving out loans and job offers become fair.

 
Monday, 29 September 2014 06:00 By Patrick Kagenda
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President Yoweri Museveni greets Late Oryema's family members at the reburial in Tangi village Sept, 18. 2014. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYAReburial of IGP Oryema brings new life to remote village

Obit West could be described as the quietest spot in Tangi, a rural village in Pabir parish in Purongo Sub-County in Nwoya district in northern Uganda. Tangi  village derives its name from a small spring that meanders westwards towards the world famous Murchison Falls National Park until its waters pour into the mighty River Nile, which is the world`s longest river.

Small villages like Tangi are not normally known to many people apart from their residents and people in neighboring villages. Like shooting stars, they are not seen by many.

 
Monday, 29 September 2014 05:52 By The Independent Reporter
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Justice Minister Johnson Busingye’sJustice Ministry reacts as Rwf3 billion is lost

The announcement in mid-September by the Minister of Justice of plans to sue about 300 people over embezzlement of public funds has come at a time when government is struggling to recover about Rwf3 billion lost through irregular expenditure. That is enough money to pay salaries of about 5,000 primary teachers for a year.

Justice Minister Johnson Busingye’s move comes amid rising concerns of continued wasteful expenditure and mismanagement of public funds by government institutions as highlighted by the Auditor General’s report of June 2013 to 30 April 2014. Already, the Ministry of Justice has released a list of government officials found culpable of corruption. More than 120 individuals who have been implicated by the courts are listed.

 
Monday, 29 September 2014 05:46 By Haggai Matsiko
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President Museveni greets Amama Mbabazi as former VP Prof. Bekenya looks on. FILE PHOTOWhy Mbabazi-Museveni fight threatens to widen fault lines in the ruling party months ahead of the 2016 polls

On Sept.19, a day after President Yoweri Museveni had sacked his long-serving Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, the towering new US$36 million Chinese-built President’s office building  was placed under distinct siege by police’s Counter Terrorism and Special Forces operatives.

There was no terrorism threat. Inside, Mbabazi was busy putting his issues in order for the last time.  The security operatives anticipated tension.

But as security operatives hovered around his premises, Mbabazi emerged. In his usual calm demeanour when ambushed by journalists, Mbabazi offered a brief “there is nothing unusual here”.

 
Friday, 26 September 2014 10:01 By Ronald Musoke & Agencies
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A-CDC-generated-map-showing-the-most-affected-countries-in-West-AfricaWith the spread of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa showing no signs of relenting, the World Bank is committing up to $400 million (over Shs 1 trillion) to help the worst-affected countries in West Africa address the emergency.

Speaking on Sept.25 during a special session on Ebola at the United Nations General Assembly, the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim said the Bank will commit $230 million toward the emergency response and $170 million for medium- and long-term projects.

The new funding – which the World Bank’s board of executive directors will consider in the coming weeks – will be targeted at rapidly increasing the health care workforce and purchasing needed supplies in order to bring care and treatment to all parts of the affected countries.

The funding also is aimed at building a stronger health care system because it will aim to train cadres of health workers to boost care at a community level throughout the affected region

“The global community is now responding with the urgency and the scale needed to begin to turn back this unprecedented Ebola crisis,” said Kim.

“The real challenge now is to bring care and treatment to the most remote areas as well as the cities and then to build a stronger health care system. This funding will help the countries start a massive scale up of training of community health workers and bring needed supplies and equipment.

This support – coordinated closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations, the United States, and other international and country partners – has assisted countries in treating the sick, cope with the economic impact, and improve their public health systems.

 
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:11 By Ronald Musoke
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Rafik Manji the Managing Director of Hudani Manji Holdings addresses the the press in KampalaPresident Yoweri Museveni will on Sept. 30 launch a new ultra-modern broiler farm and chicken-processing facility in the Central Uganda district of Luweero.

The farm believed to be the biggest in East Africa is nestled on 64 acres in Bulemezi, Semuto, about 50 km outside of Kampala and is owned by Hudani Manji Holdings, an independent family business which is also the parent company of Yo-Kuku, a brand of fresh and frozen chicken processed to international standards.

Speaking to the press in Kampala on Sept. 23 ahead of the official launch, Rafik Manji, the company’s Managing Director said Hudani Holdings is responding to the demand for chicken protein which is on the rise in Uganda especially among the growing middle-class, whose lifestyles are changing to appreciate white –meat based diets.

 
Monday, 22 September 2014 06:23 By A Correspondent
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Members of the Rwanda Formed Police Unit in CAR welcome Feller to their camp in Bangui yesterday. COURTESY PHOTOVisiting UN Police component chief says unit is highly trained, professional

The director of the Police division in the United Nations, Stefan Feller, on September 12, visited the Rwanda Formed Police Unit (RWAFPU) camp in the Central African Republic based in the National Police School in the capital Bangui.

Rwanda National Police deployed a contingent of 140 officers under the UN Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in CAR (Minusca).

 
Monday, 22 September 2014 05:49 By Ronald Musoke
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Not acting: Members of the Uganda Movie and Film Industry shed tears at National Theatre on Sept. 4 as they protested against the high level of piracy in the country. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYAConfusion over copyright law leaves Uganda’s music and movie industry in chaos

The mood inside the High Court’s Commercial Division in Kampala on Sept.8 was similar to a movie-shooting scene that has gone wrong; vitriolic statements and mean stares were flying about, and unpleasant body language spoke of silent rage.

Two contending groups in Uganda’s entertainment industry; the movie and music makers and the movie and music vendors, were awaiting a critical verdict.The makers petitioned court to enforce a copyright law that bars vendors from dealing, without paying royalties, in products they have not produced, including foreign items like Nigerian and western movies. 

 
Monday, 22 September 2014 05:44 By Flavia Nassaka
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Christine Aciro a resident of Kirinya-Kito making charcoal stoves. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYA One neighbourhood mourns businesses destroyed by KCCA eviction, fears increased crime

Kirinya- Kito Zone is a low cost neighbourhood about 10kms outside of Kampala. As the city expands eastwards, the tiny brick and tin shanties in the area are jostling for space with sprouting new modern apartment blocks around its main feature; Uganda’s biggest sports arena, the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

On its edge, along the railway line eastwards, a genteel community of clay artisans, plastic garbage and metal scrap collectors, charcoal briquettes sellers, petty traders, and liqueur dealers has thrived for years.

 

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