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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:49 By Ronald Musoke
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Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, the Minister of Water and Environment (R) consults with Dr. Peter Blomeyer, the German Ambassador to Uganda during the Joint Sector Review on Oct.21Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, the Minister of Water and Environment has advised the government to prioritize the water and environment sector if the country is to maintain its high economic growth.

Kamuntu was on Oct. 21 delivering a key note speech entitled, “Bridging the Gap,” during the launch of the sixth joint water and environment sector review at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort Hotel on the outskirts of Kampala.

The joint sector review brings government, donors and the private sector together every year and is intended to evaluate the sector’s physical and financial performance.

Monday, 20 October 2014 09:51 By Agencies
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The 17-year old girl who won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

On Oct.10, the Nobel Committee announced two winners of the annual Nobel Peace Prize: Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi. At just 17 years old, Yousafzai, a 2013 Glamour Woman of the Year, is the youngest ever winner of the distinguished prize. Satyarthi is a children’s rights activist in India who has been working for decades against the financial exploitation of children.  "Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations,” said Thorbjorn Jagland, the Nobel Committee’s chairman.

Monday, 20 October 2014 09:22 By Eric Kabeera
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Valentine Sendanyoye Rugwabiza, the new Rwandan minister for East African Community affairs, is a former Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and has extensive work experience in senior government and private sector positions after serving for three years simultaneously as Rwanda’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Head of Delegation to the WTO, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Switzerland.  She was adviser at the Council of Economic and Social Affairs in the Office of the Rwandan President in Kigali. She is a founding member of the Rwandese Private Sector Federation, the Rwanda Women Entrepreneurs’ Organisation, and the Rwandese Women Leaders’ Caucus.

Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:51 By Julius Businge
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Allen Kagina, the outgoing Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Commissioner General, will give tips on how leadership can transform institutions, according to a notice issued by URA on Oct. 16.  With just a few days to the end of her memorable reign at the revenue body, Kagina will be the key note speaker at URA’s Open Minds Forum (OMF), an annual event on the URA calendar to be held at Serena Hotel on Oct. 23.

The forum will be organized under the theme: Role of Leadership in Institutional Transformation; The URA Story. Kagina leaves URA after 22 years, 10 of which she has been Commissioner General, a position she has served excellently, according to observers.  At the Forum, there will be two panelists; Leadership expert, Professor Chinedum Anigbogu from Nigeria and Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala. Other participants at the forum will be chief executive officers of private companies and leaders in government, accounting officers, key decision makers in public and corporate institutions and the public.


Thursday, 16 October 2014 06:16 By Joan Akello
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Wako looks on as a young man carries pieces of pozzolana off the mining site while another man tries to extract the mineral.

On Oct. 14, ten journalists visited the pozzolanic mines in Kabarole that are run solely by artisanal miners. This visit is among the several others the team will make in the Western region of the country  ending on Oct. 17th  to mark the  completion  of their  six months training course  in the extractives industry that begun this June.

Speaking to the team, thirty two year old Johnson Magezi, a resident of Harugongo Sub-county, Kabarole district says he is paying school fees for his five children through proceeds from mining Pozzolana. The mineral, cement-like, is sandy volcanic ash can be used in making concrete or in the manufacture of cement.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 06:43 By Julius Businge
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The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in Uganda is set to host between 400-500 professional accountants from Eastern Africa for two days from Nov. 25-27, 2014. The convention which will be held at Speke Resort Munyonyo will draw participants from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, Eritrea and other Sub-Saharan African Countries. It will be held under the them: Eastern Africa-the next growth frontier.

The forum is aimed at facilitating the sharing of knowledge and best practice among business leaders and financial professionals; provide a forum for accountants to contribute to the policy debates and issues driving economic growth within the region. Speaking to journalists today [Oct. 14] in Kampala, Beatrice Isagayite, ACCA’s head for Uganda said the issues to discuss will drive regional economic growth and capacity building.

“This convention is critical at this stage when many businesses are looking to widen their regional footprint,” Isagayite said. Japheth Kato, the council member of the association [former Capital Markets Authority CEO for Uganda] said they were working towards having specialized professionals covering different areas which are driving the economy. This is the second convention to be held in Uganda and the third to be held in the region.

Monday, 13 October 2014 08:11 By the Independent Reporter
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80% public sector restructuring cuts 350 jobs

About two months since a restructuring of the Public Service in Rwanda approved by cabinet in July started, details are emerging that about 350 government employees might be affected.

The restructuring exercise was commissioned by the Ministry of Public Service and Labour two years ago to evaluate shortcomings in public service delivery. It also followed a Public Institutions Performance Analysis and Performance Audit of Institutional Mergers carried out between June 2013 and February 2014.  Reports from Public Service Commission (PSC) on recruitment procedures indicate that some of the employees end up getting jobs they never qualified for, hampering service delivery to the public.

Monday, 13 October 2014 07:13 By Patrick Kagenda
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Former IGP Cossy Odomel (L) hands over the Police Centenary torch to the Minister of Internal Affairs Gen. Aronda Nyakairima as President Museveni looks on during celebrations on Oct. 3 at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYAAs the Uganda Police Force (UPF) ended its centenary celebrations on Oct.3 with a colourful gala parade at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala, all eyes were on the years ahead. The police celebrations were held under the theme, `From colonial policing to community policing: a century of challenges, achievements and transformation’. The Kololo celebrations were the culmination of six months of activities.

The chief guest at the event, President Yoweri Museveni handed over the police torch to the IGP to light the way for “community policing” which is the future of police.

Monday, 13 October 2014 07:04 By Flavia Nassaka
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Police officers display colonial police uniform at the celebrations at Kololo Airstrip on Oct. 3. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYAThe events around this year’s Independence Day celebration have been remarkable and unprecedented

To many all over the world, the month of October marks the commencement of plans for Christmas and other end of year festivities. For Uganda, this month is held in high regard because on the 9th in 1962, the country became independent of colonial leadership. This year, Uganda is holding her 52nd independence celebrations.

Themed, “unity, peace, security and regional integration: key pillars for true and sustainable independence”, the run-up to this year’s Independence Day celebration has, however, been remarkable and unprecedented. It has been marked by key independence themed conferences, commemorations, and festivities.


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