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Bukedi College Kachonga Starts Oil Production

By Weswa Ronnie

As a way to boost the income generation of the school and students, students of Bukedi college Kachonga in Butaleja district have started producing cooking oil out of sunflower.

While speaking during the annual general meeting of old boys, Sarah Okumu the head of the school said that they have empowered students with skills on how to produce cooking from sunflowers and using machines they have provided them with.

She adds that the school is having vast land that students are using to grow sunflowers which are tuned into raw material.

Okumu also says that the purpose of coming up with this initiative was that they wanted students to start making money for themselves and the school through producing sun seed cooking the oil out of sunflower such that they don’t disturb parents with asking for small items like pocket money, books pens among others.

John David Kabasa the chairperson of the old boys association at Bukedi collage Kachonga praised students and the school administrator for coming up with such a wonderful idea.

He urged the government to support the students by providing them with more powerful machines such that they can produce cooking oil in large quantities for supply outside Butaleja to earn more revenue and employ more youths.  

Moses Nagwomu Nsamba the legislator of Bunyole east also an old boy of Bukedi college Kachonga promised to access offices of Uganda National burial of standards to confirm their cooking oil and stamp on it such that they can sell their cooking oil National wide to get more money.

He urged other schools to emulate the same program such that students can make money while at school using school land.  

Julius Basoga one of the students expressed his happiness and said that this has helped him to access money to buy scholastic materials like books, pens rather than asking from his parents.

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Sironko Boss Wants a reward For Massive NRM Support.

By: Egonda Emmanuel Anelka

Sironko LCV Chairperson Herbert Mulekwa wants the government to reward them for turning the District into an NRM stronghold.

Mulekwa while addressing a press conference on the 57th National Independence Day Celebrations that will be held in Sironko town on Wednesday this week said they had captured most of the political positions in the District from the opposition.

As a result, Mulekwa said that the ruling NRM government needs to reward them by elevating Sironko Town Council to a Municipality and curving Budadiri District out of Sironko District. Mulekwa says the government also needs to work on the Namagumba, Budadiri, Nalugugu road.

He says that as Sironko hosts the Independence Day Celebrations, it would be good if President Yoweri Museveni pronounced himself on some of these issues.

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Butaleja Rice Growers In Worry Following A Government Plan To Gazette Wetlands.

By Weswa Ronnie

Rice growers from Butaleja district are living in fears after the government announced plans to gazette all wetlands across the country for conservation.

Recently, the minister for environment Gorret Kitutu revealed that the government is planning to gazette all wetlands after discovering that people are abusing them by practicing bad activities like farming, brick making among others which are leading to their disappearance.

According to the minster forests and wetlands are currently disappearing slowly which may lead to climatic changes to the country in the future.  

She said that the government is set to gazette all wetland in Uganda and restrict people from carrying out dangerous activities like farming, brick making among others.

According to Ezara Were a Farmer from Himutu Sub County, 70% of  Butalaje is covered with wetland and hence used to carry out rice growing to generate income for them to be able to educate their children, get food among other benefits.

He adds that if they are restricted from using their land, this is going to bring poverty and hunger not only in Butaleja but Uganda at large because they supply their rice countrywide.

Stephen Wabwire from Butaleja town council also urged the government to give them alternative agricultural crops or other activities which can bring income to them before gazetting their wetland.

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MP Nambozo Applauded for Boosting Service Delivery in Sironko

Residents and leaders of Nalusala Sub County in Sironko District have said the lobbying ability of the Woman Member of Parliament Florence Nambozo Mayoga has boosted service delivery.

They said this at a rally organized by MP Nambozo and held at Bukirya Primary School.

Richard Witaka the Nalusala Sub County LCIII Chairperson hailed Nambozo for spearheading development in the District. He said Nambozo has contributed immensely to the health and education sectors.

Witaka cites an ambulance that the MP donated to the District as one of the achievements.

He also credits MP Nambozo for fast-tracking the establishment of saccos in the District.

Nambozo pledged to continue lobbying for the people of Sironko by pushing for the setting up of a good road network in hard to reach areas

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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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SIRONKO: Nandala to provide food for teachers in Budadiri West.

Budadiri West Member of Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi pledged to provide meals for all teacher in his constituency starting with 3rd term of 2019 academic year. Nandala made the pronouncement at Bumudu Prmary school over the weekend while closing his constituency engagement meetings with leaders and and residents from Buwasa, Buwalasi and Nalusala sub counties in Budadiri West, Sironko.

Nandala reveals that the move is aimed uplifting the education standards in the constituency adding that teachers deserve better working conditions. He promised to send floor, beans and sugar for the 54 schools in the Budadiri West. He says the will be establishing the number of teachers who are set to benefit.

The Forum For Democratic Change Secretary General Nandala asked residents to unitilise his constituency office and coordinator to reach him.

Nathan Nandala Mafabi also has an education fund under the office of Member of Parliament Budadiri West targeting all university entrants at both diploma and and bachelors level regardless of financial status since 2006. He contributes a certain percentage of tuition.

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Wanyoto: The fight against Corruption is Possible.

The Chairperson of the Women’s League in the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party Lydia Wanyoto says the fight against corruption is possible because many of the people occupying jobs in the government system are Ugandans.

Wanyoto said this today at a regional meeting for Chief Administrative Officers, Resident District Commissioners and District planners. The meeting was aimed at disseminating information on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). The meeting was today held at Mt Elgon Hotel in Mbale town.

Wanyoto said that it is important that every one embraces proper accounting systems so as to curb corruption. She said this will ensure that services reach the intended beneficiaries.

Sylvia Ageng the national coordinator APRM says the report recommends building the capacity of local governments and provision of a levelled ground for all political actors

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Consult PWDs During Implementation of Development programs

By Rashid Musoke Lufutu

Manafwa -Deputy Resident District Commissioner Gilbert Okwi wants Persons Living with Disability (PWDs) to be consulted during the implementation of development projects.

Gilbert Okwi the deputy Resident District Commissioner Manafwa district has made a plea to members of the society to shun under looking Persons Living with Disabilities- PWDs during implementation of development projects so as to collectively achieve the Sustainable development target set by the government of Uganda, of eliminating poverty before 2030.

While appearing as the chief guest during the financial inclusion project workshop organised by Opportunity Bank Uganda for Leaders of PWDs groups at the Red Cross main hall in Manafwa district yesterday, the RDC implored the participants to value the existence of PWDs adding that disability is not inability. He says most of the PWDs are good workers, good opinion givers and are also talented in various forms.

Robert Igalo the project manager of Opportunity Bank Uganda Limited in charge of mainstreaming financial inclusion for PWDs in Uganda says their aim is to provide equal needs to PWDs, enhancing PWDs groups to form Saving and Credit Coperatives and to also enjoy their banking services of free saving and Low interest loans so as to transform the lives of the local People who are Living with disabilities.

He revealed the program is rolling in four districts namely; Iganga, Mbale/Manafwa, Soroti and Lira.

Godfrey Walukhu the Chairperson of Persons Living with Disabilities for Manafwa and Namisindwa districts promised to share the knowledge acquired to the rest of the PWDs so that they can embrace a savings culture.

 

According to information obtained by our reporter, Opportunity bank Uganda is collaborating with National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU), the Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda (AMFIU), and Chesire Services Uganda (CSU) to conduct elections of district Council of Reference (COR). The COR comprises of ten co-opted male and female members of local DiPUs and Isave group representatives of persons with disabilities. The elected committee will be meeting quarterly to deliberate, share experiences, challenges, solutions and wayforwads regarding mainstreaming financial inclusion for persons with disabilities in Uganda.

The members who were elected to run the COR for Manafwa District are; Murefu Michael (Chairperson), Nambuya Merab (Secretary), Josephine (Vice Chairperson), Wetaka Safani (Publicity), Wamasembo Wilberforce (Welfare), Namakhonge Sam (Member), Wakooli Norah (Member),  Muyama Janet (Member), Wakwabubi James (Member) And Kakala Aramanzan.

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FOOTBALL: People Power Humbles NRM in Mbale Eid Youth Cup

Erick Mwasame scored the winning penalty for People Power team after a goalless 90minutes. The match was organized by ruling National Resistance Movement(NRM) and People power youth mobilisers in Bugisu district at cricket ground in the centre of Mbale town.

Ashaba Derick Ashiraf the lead organizer said the aim of the game was to mend friendship and set a precidence for senior politicians in the region to follow. Ashaba explained that political belonging should not divide youths adding that they intend to have many games in the near future.

Ashaba revealed that the match was sponsored by Honourable Lydia Wanyoto the National NRM Chairperson of the Women’s League and Ishma Mafabi the Eastern Youth Member of Parliament.

Lydia Wanyoto who was the chief guest at the event urged youths to be innovative and capitalise on government programs. Wanyoto awarded both teams with goats.

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