Category: Local

Sironko commended for electing Pro-active Leaders.

General Edward Katumba Wamala the Works State Minister has commended the people of Sironko for electing pro-active leaders.

Katumba said this in response to Sironko District Woman Member of Parliament Florence Nambozo Mayoga. He described Nambozo as an active leader who has kept on reminding him about the bad roads in the District.

Katumba said this today while commissioning metallic climbing ladders on Butandiga ridge. This connects Sigwa trading center with Mbaya parish in Butandiga Sub County. The construction of the ladders cost 300 million shillings.

Florence Nambozo Mayoga the Sironko District Woman Member of Parliament said the ladder project was implemented under the Simplified Movement for Mountain Dwellers.

Nambozo says the project will aid students and pregnant mothers and promote local tourism. She warned residents against vandalizing the ladders.

Wanyama Nekemeya and Wekomba Michael both residents of Butandiga Sub County lauded MP Nambozo for lobbying for such a development project

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Sironko MP Nambozo donates Flat screen TV to Mutufu inmates

Sironko Woman Member of Parliament Nambozo Florence Mayoga has donated a flat screen TV and decoder to Mutufu prison.

Nambozo while handing over the TV to inmates at Mutufu prisons in sironko said she wanted them to follow independence day celebrations.

Nambozo urged inmate to stay calm and get out of prison with positive mind.

Nambozo promised to be checking on inmates readily and pledged to continue working with them.

Frank Baine the prisons’ Mouthpiece for the TV applauded Nambozo adding that many leaders should emulate her.

Baine also thanked Nambozo do fighting to have a new unit at the facilty explaining that construction of the new Mutufu unit delayed because of land wrangles

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Government asked to enroll Sironko teachers on Hard to teacher allowances.

Sironko district Woman Member of Parliament Florence Nambozo wants government through the ministry of education and sports to enroll teachers in the hard to reach areas of Sionko District to get allowances as a way of motivation and improve their standards of living and results.

Nambozo explains that teachers play a big role in every learner’s life because after parents, the biggest impact on a child’s success comes from the man or woman at the front of the classroom noting that yet teachers in hard to reach areas of sironko have no transport facilitation yet they are not provided with housing.

Nambozo made the call today while addressing teachers in sironko district as they celebrated world teacher’s day at Mutufu pimary school under the theme: “the future of the profession”.

“Its is so well known that teaching is a noble profession and has been highly respected across generations. It is and always was a very prestigious and respectful profession, that in Uganda if you are known as “Musomesa” you are held in high esteem.” Nambozo revealed.

According to Nambozo Some of the most affected and hard to reach areas that should be considered in Sionko include the sub counties of Zesui, Masaba, Bugitimwa, Elgon, Bukyabo, Butadinga, Buwalasi, Dahami and Bubeza

Every year, Uganda joins the rest of the world to celebrate world teacher’s day to mobilize support for teachers and ensure needs of future generation will be met by teachers

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NAMISINDWA: Residents Warned against Alcoholism

Authorities of Namitsa Sub County in Namisindwa District have warned residents against alcoholism.

The warning was made at the burial of 47 year old Phillip Wekesa, a resident of Bunamotongo village in Namista Sub County.

Wekesa drowned in river Namitsa on Friday last week on his way from a drinking spree.

His body was discovered on Saturday morning by residents.

Yosam Nabitungu the LCIII chairperson for Namitsa Sub County said that people should regulate the amount of alcohol they consume and endeavour to get home early.

Samson Wetaya the LCI chairperson for Bunamotongo village has asked the Namisindwa District leaders to set aside funds so that the bridge at river Namitsa is replaced

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Sironko MP asks Boda Boda Riders to desist from Political Fights

Sironko District Woman Member of Parliament Florence Nambozo Mayoga has advised commercial motorcycle riders (Boda Boda) to stay away from political fights as the country heads to the 2021 general elections.

She said this while opening offices of Sironko District Boda Boda Riders Association in Sironko town Council on Saturday.

Nambozo said the riders should instead direct their effort towards starting Savings and Credit groups so that they can be supported with funds from government.

As one way of starting an income generating activity, MP Nambozo handed over 50 plastic chairs to the riders associations for hiring out.

Jackson Mukhwana the chairperson of the association pledged to organize the riders to have a sacco in place so as to benefit from government programmes.

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Sironko MP Nambozo asks Residents to embrace Agriculture

Sironko District Woman Member of Parliament Florence Nambozo Mayoga wants agriculture inputs given to farmers put to good use.

Nambozo while handing out maize seeds to Sironko residents said she had received reports that some farmers often sell off inputs given to them.

MP Nambozo says she will closely monitor the farmer groups that have received the maize seeds for successful implementation of the project.

Gogo Amunoni the LCIII Chairperson for Buyobo Sub County says that after giving out maize seeds to farmers, there should be food security in most households.

Story by Ashaba D Ashraf

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Eastern Youth MP to be thrown out of Parliament over Absenteeism

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has issued a warning to Ishma Mafabi, the Eastern Youth MP over perpetual absenteeism from parliament.

Kadaga made the warning know on Thursday during the afternoon plenary session saying that the member poorly attended the previous 2nd and 3rd sessions of Parliament without the mandated authorized leave of the Speaker.

She added that the MP has not also attended the ongoing 4th session that started on 1st July 2019 which has so far had 35 sittings. A session of parliament has 12 months and it is in tandem with the financial year which for example running between 1st July 2018 and 30th June 2019.

“I have established from the records of attendance of Members of Parliament that you have not attended any sitting of the House this session. In the circumstances, I know that your continued absence from the House is in contravention of Rule 111 (6) of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament,” reads part of Kadaga’s letter to Mafabi.

Rule 11(6) prohibits MPs from absenting themselves from 15 normal sittings of Parliament during any period when Parliament is continuously meeting except with the permission of the Speaker.

Kadaga warned Mafabi and demanded him to attend the next sitting of Parliament scheduled for Tuesday 17th September or he risks a disciplinary process.

When contacted, MP Mafabi said that he had been held up by personal issues promising to meet the Speaker as soon as possible to offer an explanation.

“I have been handling some personal issues, of which I was supposed to. write to the Speaker but I didn’t. However, I have an appointment with her tomorrow and I will explain everything,” said Mafabi.

Both Speaker Kadaga and Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah have previously warned legislators on rampant absenteeism from Parliament business and on several occasions suggested different measures meant to stop the practice.

Some of the measures undertaken were the introduction of a registration book for the afternoon plenary session and later an electronic system for members to use for voting and to help detect their attendance through clocking in and out of the Chamber.

Kadaga also at some point suggested that the Parliamentary Commission reverts to the previous payment system for MPs which is tagged on their attendance. Kadaga previously described the action of MPs signing for allowances,even when they have not attended plenary and committee sittings as lack of ethics and integrity and an act of corruption.

The Speaker says MPs should live as leaders and people of integrity and not to be seen involved in corrupt tendencies

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DONE: Mbale FDC Mobilisers released on bond

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) mobilisers in Mbale have been released on bond following their arrest yesterday during FDC demos in Mbale.

The Namakwekwe NRM Councilor Bukoma Sowedi, Siraji Wabondo and Mukhonya Dan were charged with assault and malicious damage. They are reportedly arrested for stoning OC Operations’ vihecle as police were in running battles with supporters who had gathered to welcome FDC national leaders.

Besigye was supposed to address a rally at Mpumudde grounds in mission cell in Mbale town.

Margaret Wokuri Madanda the Mbale FDC Chairperson says police should learn to protect Ugandans. She explains that there was no need for arrests yesterday.

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FDC Demands unconditional release of Mbale Mobilisers

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is demanding for the unconditional release of supporters arrested during FDC demos in Mbale.

The arrested include Namakwekwe NRM Chairman Bukoma Sowedi, Sowali Wabomba and Mabuya Dan. The three were reportedly arrested for stoning OC Operations’ vihecle as police were in running battles with supporters who had gathered to welcome FDC national leaders.

Besigye was supposed to address a rally at Mpumudde grounds in mission cell in Mbale town.

Margaret Wokuri Madanda the Mbale FDC Chairperson says several opposition supporters have been locked up over 24hours with no charges preferred on them. According to Wokuri, government should release the opposition supporters and also come out clearly on the arrests.

However, Mbale district Woman Member of Parliament Connie Nakayenze Galiwango blamed Mbale police for being unfair. According to Nakayenze, Police released FDC Party President Patrick Amuriat Oboi yesterday night few minutes after his arrest and kept on holding the Mbale residents.

Fred Ahimbisibwe the Mbale District Police officer in response told the legislator that Amuriat is a national leader.

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Mbale leaders attribute high HIV Prevalence to Alcoholism.

Joram Mayatsa the vice chairman of Mbale District Local Government says most people in the district are investing much money in alcoholism and gambling which leaves them vulnerable to HIV/AIDs.

Mayatsa was talking to religious, cultural and political leaders of Bugisu region in an engagement on HIV – TB stigma and discrimination reduction in the national response at Pretoria Hotel this afternoon.

Mayatsa revealed that there 752 drinking joints in Busiu township with each joint having 20 members who spend 2000 per day.

According to Mayatsa, this is a waste of money. “and as a district, we tried to intervene but people failed to comply” Mayatsa added.

Esau Ekachalanyi the Mbale District Chief Administrative Officer revealed that records from his health department shows Busiu as the leading centers with high HIV prevalence in Mbale. He says Mbale’s HIV prevalence stands at 3.1% in Mbale. He urged religious and cultural leaders to be responsible and also join the fight against HIV/AIDs and fight stigma.

Tatebwa Lillian the head special programs at Uganda AIDs Commission says that HIV is still a big burden in Uganda. She revealed that Uganda has 1.3Million people living with HIV/AIDS with 1000 new infections every week.

She attribute the high infection rates to multiple sexual partners, discordance and disclosure them poverty and wealth plus transactional sex.

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