Though the Uganda Medical Association UMA has set 8.5 million Uganda shillings as salary that must be paid to intern doctors, Robert Lubega, the president of medical intern for 2017-2018 says they have lowered their salary demands to 2.5 million as non-negotiable. The intern doctors laid down tools together with licensed doctors on November 6 pushing for better pay.
Journalists and researchers in Uganda still struggle to access information from government officials, 12 years after the law on access to information was enacted. In 2005, Parliament passed the Access to Information Act, thereby operationalising, at least in principle, Article 41 of the Constitution which provides for the right of every citizen of access to information in the possession of the State or any other organ or agency of the State.
Dr Hanifah Naamala Sengendo, the Chairperson of the Pharmacovigilance Committee at NDA says that due processes must be undertaken to eliminate toxicity and ensure efficacy and safety of all herbal medicines before they are released to the market for consumption
Several members of the committee have criticized the slow pace of the process. The committee expected to engage with at least 50 teams of witnesses between October 31 and November 20, according to its consultation roadmap.
Tashobyas arrest follows an incident in which his nemesis; the Nyamityobora ward Councillor Amos Katureebe was attacked with acid leaving him severely burnt. The incident took place in Kirembe village in Mbarara Municipality, on Wednesday night.
Bintamanya was released on Thursday evening after two days in detention. Herbert Mugisa, the LCIII Chairperson of South Division and Peter Bazira, the district Councillor representing West Division stood surety for Bintamanya.
His comments come at the backdrop of statements made by religious leaders in opposition to a proposal to scrap presidential age limits from the constitution. The current constitution caps the presidential age at 75. However, Parliament is considering a bill for an amendment that would lift the cap.