Fallen Rotary International President–Elect Burial for July 29




The body of fallen Rotary International President-Elect Sam Owori will arrive in Uganda next Monday ahead of his burial on July 29, according to a tentative programme released this morning.

Owori, a member of Rotary Club of Kampala, was only the first Ugandan and second African to be elected President of Rotary International, a humanitarian service organisation that unites leaders committed to improving lives and bringing positive, lasting change to communities around the world.

He died on Friday in Dallas-Texas, USA, as a result of post - operative complications from a planned surgery on his leg. His term as Rotary International's 108th president would have begun on July 1, 2018 after his installation at the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Canada.

A tentative programme released this morning indicates that the body will arrive at Entebbe Airport on Monday July 24. A joint Rotary fellowship is scheduled at Lugogo Indoor Stadium the next day to enable Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to eulogize a man, credited for the growth of the organisation in the country.

Under his leadership, the number of clubs in Uganda swelled from nine to 89 over the course of 29 years. A tribute from Rotary International says that "Sam saw in Rotary members an incredible passion to make a difference, and wanted to harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity.

On Wednesday, the body will lay in state in parliament for public viewing and a tribute session later in the day. The proposal is however pending confirmation from the office of the Prime Minister, according to Stephen Mwanje, the Past Rotary District Governor and the Chairperson of burial arrangement committee.

Hellen Kaweesa the Public Relations Manager at Parliament explains that they are still waiting for an official request for the special session, before confirming the programme. It the proposal is approved, the parliamentary session will precede a requiem mass at Nakasero on Thursday July 27. The late Owori will be buried in Kidera, Tororo on Saturday July 29.

Since becoming a member of Rotary in 1978, Owori has served Rotary as Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Regional Rotary International Membership Coordinator, Regional International Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and UN-Habitat, and Rotary International Director.

Besides his work in Rotary, Owori has served as the chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda. He has previously served as the executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank.

He studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, microfinance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United States, including Harvard Business School.


Rotary Club Donates Wheel Chairs to Karamoja



83 people with disabilities in Karamoja region are the proud recipients of wheelchairs thanks to Nsambya Rotary club in Kampala.

The 83 wheel chairs are part of 526 procured for Karamoja, Teso, Lango, Acholi and West Niles regions at the tune of Shillings 306 million.

The wheel chairs were donated by the Wheel Chair Foundation in California, United States. Dr. Juuko Flugensio, the past president, Nsambya Rotary club handed over the 83 wheel chairs at a function held at Moroto district chambers on Monday afternoon.

According to Dr. Juuko, they decided to donate the Wheel Chairs following a request by William Nekorach, one of the PWDs Members of parliament.

Tahoe Donner, the leader of Wheel Chair Foundation, said they donated the wheel chairs to enable community members with physical disability to move freely without burdening any one for assistance.

Andrew Keem Napaja, the Moroto District LC V Chairperson, welcomed the donation, saying it will elevate the less privileged in the community. He says the intervention is timely and urged the beneficiaries to use chairs for household empowerment.

Jennifer Nanang, one of the beneficiaries of the wheel chair, said she had spent more than eight years crawling following an accident , which affected her legs. She notes the wheel chair will help her to go to church and attend meetings.

Rotary clubs international is a charity organization that extends assistance to the less privileged. One of their concerted efforts since 1905 is to fight against polio in the world. Karamoja benefited under the Rotary Club of Soroti, which is the nearest to the region.

Next distribution center for the wheel chairs will be Soroti followed by Lira, Gulu and Arua respectively.


Scores To Lose Jobs In Luweero




Scores of civil servants in Luweero district are likely to lose jobs following the adoption of the customized staff structure in the 2017/18 financial year. The staff will lose their jobs following the abolition of their positions by the Public Service Ministry.

Some of the affected positions include that of the Assistant Community Development Officers, Examiner of accounts and Assistant Procurement officer among others. The customized staff structure also raises the academic qualification of the town agents and parish chiefs from Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education to a diploma.

Bernard Okello, the Senior Human Resource Officer Luweero District, says some positions were abolished by the government to address redundancy, overhead costs and improve service delivery. He however, says staff who have upgraded their academic qualifications stand a chance of being redeployed to other positions where there are vacancies.

Okello says even the other civil servants who have remained in their positions, need to prove their competence before District Service Commission retains them. In his June 28th, 2017 letter, the Luweero District Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Christopher James Oketayot, directs all civil servants in the district to submit copies of the application forms they used while joining service, first appointment letter, letter of confirmation, certified copies of transcripts and appraisal forms.

The staff have up to July 15th, 2017 to submit the information to the District Service Commission for re-validation, retention or termination basing on recommendation from the commission. The district has formed a staff restructuring implementation committee led by the Chief Administrative Officer, Eustace Gakwandi to oversee and advise the District Service Commission to ensure that the exercise is completed before September, 2017.

The Public Service Ministry has also approved the creation of the Trade, Industry and Economic Development Department with officers that include commercial and tourism officers. The Ministry has also approved the recruitment of two information technology officers, finance, probation and welfare and assistant forestry officer among others.

On Monday this week all departmental heads, Sub county chiefs and town clerks were briefed about the changes and asked to prepare the staff about the restructuring exercise. None of the affected staff was willing to comment, saying they are yet to receive official communication about their fate.

Paul Mukungu, the Luweero Town Council LC 3 Chairperson, says government has been allocating funds for capacity building and it will be unfortunate for a serving officer to lose job over lack of academic qualifications.

He is however skeptical the changes will improve service delivery unless government addresses key issues like additional funding, corruption and lack of supervision, which affect service delivery.

Government conducts restructuring every ten years. The last restricting exercise was done in 2005.


Police failed to produce Anti Museveni Activists in Court




Police in Mbarara have failed to produce in court three people who were last week arrested for allegedly conducting a mock funeral for President Yoweri Museveni.

The three are 20-year-old Abert Nangumya, a student at Bishop Stuart University, Rodgers Asiimwe, 26, and Maxi Muhumuza, a spokesperson of Ankole Kingdom. They were on Thursday found in possession of a coffin with an inscription "Rest in Peace Museveni," and a portrait of the president.

In the same coffin, were names of Justice Minister Kahinda Otafiire and several Members of Parliament.

According to police, the suspects were protesting against a ploy by government to amend Article 102 of the 1995 Constitution which puts a ceiling on the age of the person holding office of the president at 75. They face charges of sedition that carries a sentence of up to five years in prison if found guilty. The case is registered under file number SD 06/06/07/2017.

Early today, a group of friends and relatives had gathered at the Mbarara High Court where the suspects were expected to appear but this did not materialise as the suspects were nowhere to be seen.

Alex Mukanga is one of those who thought that the suspects would be brought to court. He says that he was disappointed to see that the police brought other suspects leaving the group behind.

Bright Muhumuza, another concerned resident says that the behaviour of the police in this matter indicates that they are interested it. He says that he and his group have since Thursday made several attempts to visit the suspects and talk to them in addition to securing bond for them in vain.

Medard Bahumwire, a friend to Rodgers Asiimwe, one of those arrested, faults the police for denying him and other people a chance to visit the suspects which he says is unacceptable. Bahumwire says that holding the suspects beyond 48 hours and failure to produce them in court tantamount to a human rights violation.

Rwizi regional police spokesperson Samson Kasasira, however, told PRIME RADIO that the police are not playing any games as alleged. He says the police are waiting for a file on the matter from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

He says that once a response is received from the DPP, the police will take the necessary action.

The protest comes at the backdrop of reports that a section of National Resistance Movement - NRM party legislators have mooted a plan to amend the constitution to allow President Museveni to contest for the presidency in 2021 and that the constitutional amendment bill on the same has already been gazetted.

Under the current provision in Article 102(b) of the constitution, President Museveni would be above 75 years and therefore ineligible to contest for the seat. Born in 1944 and in power since 1986, Museveni will hit 75 in 2019, two years before the general elections.


Kyagulanyi to Serve on Presidential Affairs Committee




The newly elected Member of Parliament for Kyaddondo East Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has been designated to the Presidential Affairs committee as he starts a new journey as a legislator.

Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, a stage name he has used throughout his music career, was appointed to the committee moments after taking oath undertaking to offer faithful service to parliament and defend and uphold the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.

The Presidential Affairs Committee is tasked with assessing the functionality of the Office of the President, including State House, Kampala capital City Authority (KCCA) and Security organizations like the Internal and External Security Organizations.

Andrew Ajaa Baryayanga Independent MP for Kabale Municipality designated Bobi wine to the committee on behalf of the Speaker. The committee is chaired by Adjumani Woman MP Jessica Ababiku who takes over from Nyabushozi county MP Col Fred Mwesigye.

The 35-year-old artiste won the election held on July 29 where he contested as an Independent candidate and chose to carry his message as a grassroots voice championing issues of the common man.

He polled 25,659 votes, beating his challengers Sitenda Sebalu and Apollo Kantinti with a margin of more than 20,000 votes. The seat fell vacant after court nullified Apollo Kantinti's 2016 election citing irregularities in the process.

Earlier, Kyagulanyi told journalists at Parliament that his presence in parliament will focus more on fixing a country that is rotten with hopelessness and restore the hope of Ugandans in democratic processes.


Kaberebere Town Council facing Water Crisis




Kaberebere town council in Isingiro town council is a battling a serious water crisis. National Water and Sewerage Corporation only supplies water to the town council twice a week during night hours. Currently, a jerrican of water costs between Shillings 1500 and 2000. Some of the residents who can't afford the hiked water fee trek long distances in search of water.

Allen Busingye runs a restaurant in Kabarebere town council. Busingye says she now spends between Shillings 200,000 - 250,000 each month on water compared to the past where she would only Shillings 50,000 on her water bill. She says the absence of water is not only costly but also time wasting as they have to trek long distances in search of water.

Innocent Tugume, a resident of Kabarebere town council, says farmers are the most affected by the water crisis. Tugume, who owns a piggery farm, says he uses his motorcycle to fetch water about five kilometers away for his farm, which costs him Shillings 5000 each day.

He says at this rate he spends Shillings 150,000 a month compared to Shillings 30,000 he was spending on water. Patrick Kajumba the Kaberebere town council LC III Chairperson, says the water crisis is posing serious challenges to residents.

Kajumba says that the area only receives water at midnight for about two to three days a week.

Emanuel Ekanya, the NWSC Manager for Mbarara area, says not only Kaberebere is facing the water crisis, but all areas under the Mbarara area.

He says currently they are concentrating on boasting water supply to Mbarara municipality. He however, says plans are underway to sink boreholes to boost the water pumped from river Rwizi.

NWSC requires 13 million liters of water daily to serve Mbarara and the surrounding townships but can only manage to pump 9 million liters.



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