Dorothy Mukasa, the Chief Executive Officer at Unwanted Witness Uganda explains that raising the cost of the internet through an additional tax is a slap in the face of digital innovators who can potentially create more revenue sources through creating employment.
Witnesses included victims of arrests and torture, those who sustained wounds from gunshots and relatives of missing persons. However, the committee noted that the majority of the incidents, some of which resulted in death, were never documented or even investigated by the Human Rights Commission office in the area.
The committee which is chaired by Makindye East MP Ibrahim Kasozi summoned 73 people currently occupying the departed Asians properties located in Masaka to probe them on how they eventually acquired then from the initial owners.
The 2019 Auditor General’s report which was released recently, faulted Masaka Municipality leadership for failure to provide proper accountability for funds allocated to them by central government under the Uganda Road Fund scheme, that caters for periodic maintenance of community access roads.
Agnes Namusiitwa, the Kakuuto Sub County Female Councilor to Kyotera district local government, says the proposal curtails principals of democracy, especially in scenarios where political parties fail to organize free primaries. Namusitwa, who is also Secretary of the Greater Masaka Civil Society advocacy group, is afraid that the bill will fuel dictatorial tendencies in political parties.
The government has over the years funded different programs that target improving the livelihoods of the different communities, among them women, veterans and youths. Some of the programs include the Youth Livelihood Program-YLP, Operation Wealth Creation-OWC, Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Program-UWEP, the Microfinance Savings and Credit Cooperatives Fund-SACCOs among others.
Dr. Nathan Onyachi, the Director Masaka Regional Hospital, says despite the progressive increase in the demand for health services, they are still suffering with the recurrent shortage of specialists and consultants to provide support to other health workers.
In his speech at the consecration of the new Bishop of Masaka Diocese at Kitovu Sports Arena on Saturday, Mayiga lashed out at the framers of the proposed law, saying it will instead frustrate the campaign to rejuvenate coffee farming that had started to realize results.
Committee chairperson Judith Franca Akello told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the program needs to be repackaged from being operated as a revolving scheme to a non-refundable capital venture for youth. She says that the program also needs to provide training for the beneficiaries to comprehensively appreciate its significance.
The committee chaired by Judith Franca Akello, the Woman Member of Parliament for Agago district has in its findings revealed that the program is suffering from gross corruption tendencies and misuse of public resources perpetrated by accounting officers and engineers in local governments.
Sauda Namuleme, the Masaka Municipal Chief Financial officer and Joseph Ssebudde, the Town clerk Mityana Municipality told the committee that they had resolved to adopt a system of confiscating merchandises of non-compliant tax payers in the area.
Masaka Municipality Town Clerk Paul Omoko said that the money was spent on procuring of planning equipment, Induction of political leaders, retooling of some offices, institutional strengthening, workshops, facilitating staffs on foreign travels and their career development courses, public sensitization among things.
Hours before John Patrick Amama Mbabazi begins his presidential campaign in Masaka, the Go-Forward youth coordinator Meddie Kikomeko is nursing injuries after he was abducted and beaten up. Kikomekos white Nissian UAB 873 L was also burnt during the attack.
The bill which would repeal the Persons with Disabilities Act, 2006, was drafted by the ministry of gender with intent to relieve government of some responsibilities in providing the required friendly services to PWDs. Instead it puts emphasis on the role of private entities in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities.