“Government is paying money on a decentralized system for the Organisation. We have to know what happens in the districts. Why can’t some of these services be executed in the districts? Why do you have to bring the whole Uganda here [in Kololo] and expose our weaknesses?” Biribonwa questions why all services are being offered at the Kololo-based NIRA headquarters.
According to Dr Tusasirwe, the courts were initially not designed as rights enforcement mechanisms but as instruments of law and order and regulation of transactions such as business, land and marriage among others. He argues that in their current state, courts look at enforcement of rights as a secondary role.
With 62 civil servants interviewed from national level and across five districts, the study conducted between December 2018 to March 2019 indicate that majority of public servants (both elected and appointed) have limited knowledge of the law.
While addressing stakeholders from Busoga and Bukedi in Jinja district, Musumba argues that, unlike the status quo where implementing agencies deal directly with the project affected persons (PAPs), local leaders mainly village chairpersons and parish chiefs will be at the frontline in the compensation process because they have information regarding the residents.
According to Kakooza, now is the time to engage all stakeholders gainfully on the type of media that Uganda wants. He argues that most media houses in Uganda are giving more space to entertainment, music, comedy and sports and that media owners and managers want to play safe for fear of the repercussions.
Ssali, who is also a Global Public Health specialist, says Ugandan citizens have been turned into clients whose access to healthcare is determined by their own ability to pay, their location and socio-economic status.
He was speaking to URN on the decision by the Directorate of Public Prosecution-DPP to drop charges against five former suspects of the 2010 Kampala Twin Bombings. They are Dr. Ismael Kalule, the former Imam of Ntinda Mosque, Abubakar Batemyeto, Awadhi Omar Awadhi, Yahaya Mbuthia Suleiman and Muhammad Hamid Suleiman.
United under the Common League of the Ugandan Diaspora CLOUD, the group is calling for the unconditional release of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga, Jinja East MP Paul Mwiru, Arua MP Elect Kassiano Wadri and former Makindye East MP Micheal Mabikke.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, says the suspects had rented two stores at Kasonga trading center where they had stored the relief items they bought from refugees and some officials overseeing Kyangwali refugee settlement.
Besides corruption and greed, Kabaka Mutebi also raised concern about the high rate of youth unemployment in the country. He called for the restoration of cooperatives as a matter of urgency to provide jobs to people as well as income.
Madina Nakitanda, the director of Husnah Enterprises Limited, says they were already grappling with various taxes before the transaction levy came in the picture. She asks government to scrap the mobile money tax and retain the old taxes including trading license fees, income tax and excise duty.
Jane Kajuga, the spokesperson of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, says they are yet to receive communication on the date for hearing their application for extraditing the suspect. All I know is that the process is still ongoing. We are waiting for the extradition hearing, Kajuga told URN.