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Former Budadiri West MP dumps NRM, Joins opposition

Former Budadiri West Member of Parliament David Livingstone Giruli crossed to the Forum for Democratic Change(FDC) the leading opposition party in Uganda.

Giruli who was defeated by the incumbent Member of Parliament Nathan Nandala-Mafabi twice in 2001 and 2006 general elections says there is no need for him to continue supporting the National Resistance Movement(NRM).

Giruli who was part of the 6th Parliament explains that he decided to leave NRM because he has seen same leaders right from 1986 adding that there is need for change. Giruli urged youths to join the quest for change adding that current systems can not favor them.

Budadiri West Member of Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi welcomed Giruli with FDC party card. Nandala appreciated Giruli for seeing what he called light. The FDC Secretary General was engaging his electorates in a consultative meeting at Kibira Primary School in Sironko Town Council. Nandala confirmed that he has welcomed over 80 new members in less than two weeks.

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Sironko coffee farmers asked to embrace “Original” farming methods.

Coffee farmers in sironko have been advised to desist from using modern farming methods which are affecting coffee production. Speaking during the meeting organized by Sironko District agricultural department in Budadiri recently, Sironko District Member of Parliament Nambozo Florence Mayoga urged coffee farmers to reconsider original coffee farming methods for timely production.

Nambozo said farmers need to grow coffee that will entice the coffee market adding that farmers need to preserve coffee seeds before planting.

Nambozo also encouraged coffee farmers, especially those with old plantations to consider pruning for better yields explaining that due to the unique terrain of Elgon region, farmers should consider farming methods like mulching, digging trenches among others.

The district agricultural department of sironko headed by Ms. Janet Nafuye welcomed the advise from the MP and tasked themselves to live the advise saying it will improve on productivity if implemented

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Govt Targets $360m Annually In Tourism Earnings

UGANDA is targeting $360m per year in earnings from the tourism industry in the next 10 years, reports Gerald Tenywa.
Speaking at the launch of the new tourism policy on Friday, top officials in the tourism industry predicted that the industry would achieve sustained growth with the formulation of the policy. 
The launch, which attracted government agencies and the private sector engaged in tourism, was one of the activities organised to commemorate the World tourism day. The national celebrations were held at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. 
State Minister for tourism, Jovino Akaki said tourism had become the top foreign exchange earner. 
“We have always looked at the potential of tourism, but now it is translated into utility,’’ he said. 
The tourist arrivals have been increasing and the anticipated tourism revenue this year is $194m up from $163m last year. 
Akaki said the policy, which aims at sustaining the tourism growth to earn $360m per year in the next 10 years would target few rich tourists. 
He said the policy emphasised attraction of special tourists interests such as water rafting, bird watching, mountain climbing and cultural explorations. 
Dr. Wolfgang Thome of Uganda Tourism Association said if properly harnessed, tourism would become the engine of growth for the economy. Ends

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Bumasilkye sub-county gets 10m fundraising boost

More than 10 million shillings was on Saturday raised at a fundraising aimed at completing Bumasikye Sub County Offices in Muwanda village, Mbale District.

The Sub County authorities have been operating in a rented structure which belongs to a cooperative society. The structure’s roof was recently blown away by rains that pounded the area. This called for completion of new Sub County offices hence the need for the fundraising.

Speaking at the fundraising, Trade Minister State Minister Werikhe also the Bungokho South MP underscored the need for leaders at various levels to put their energies in lobbying for services for the people they represent. Werikhe said that many leaders often engage in politicking at the wrong time. He said this leaves many people languishing in abject poverty.

Dennis Washirekho the Bumasikye Sub County LCIII Chairperson said they have completion of the Sub County offices will save them from rent fees they have been incurring on a monthly basis.

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IGG declines to Investigate Bugishu Cooperative Union

The Inspector General of Government Irene Mulyagonja has declined to
investigate Bugisu Cooperative Union-BCU.

In February 2019 the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga asked the
IGG to investigate allegations of corruption against the leadership of
BCU. Kadaga’s request came after some members of BCU petitioned
parliament in December 2018 accusing Budadiri West legislator Nathan
Nandala Mafabi and other leaders in the union for allegedly embezzling
1.129 billion shillings that was compensated to the union by the
government in 2015.

In 2010, government suspended the BCU board on allegations that it had
falsified the books of accounts. A committee was instituted to

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Nandala wants Works Ministry to Construct Bugibuni-Mutufu Road

Budadiri West Member of Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi wants the
Works Ministry to prioritise the construction of the Bugibuni-Mutufu
Bridge in Buyobo Sub County, Sironko District

Nandala in a letter dated 20th March, 2019 to the Works Minister says
he is aware of a plan to do selective bridges in Sironko District.
According to Nandala, the Bugibuni-Mutufu Bridge is a critical bridge
that will help Namagumba-Budadiri road.
Nandala also says the bridge will also help in interconnecting the
District. The letter is also copied to the Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Works and Transport, Chairman LCV, Sironko District,
Chairman LCIII, Buyobo Sub County and the Chairman LCIII, Buhugu Sub

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Sub county Boss on spot Over Theft Of OWC Cow

By Weswa Ronnie.

Sironko-Police in Sironko district is investigating circumstances under which an operation wealth creation’s cow was sold by one Rogers wadoba, it also said that preliminary investigations show that the Lc iii chairperson laban wanyala could have connived with the farmer to sell off the cow.

Godfrey Masaba the operation wealth officer Sironko district who led the operation with police said that the operation follows a tip off which were submitted to his office last week, that Wadoba has connived with Wanyala and has sold an animal which was distributed last month at sub county level.

He adds that this forced him to alert the office of the RDC which instructed police to work in hand with him to arrest this culprit and recover the animal.

Masaba said that during the operation they discovered the animal from a different person’s place identified only as Gambwa from Kinyego village but he had disappeared, they, therefore, recovered the animals and arrested the two to help with investigations.Masaba-on-theft-of-cowDownload

However Labani  Wanyala the LCIII chairperson of Masaba sub county refutes allegations saying he has never connived with  Wandoba to sell government animals.

He adds that Wandoba was given the animals while he was not having a crawl which forced him to take the animal to Gambwa his neighbor to keep who already had a crawl as he prepares to make his.wanyala laban on owc cowDownload

The Police officer who was in charge during the operation who preferred anonymity confirmed the arrest and said that investigations into the matter are ongoing and after the two will be taken to court and will be charged with theft.

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