NRM Sweeps Seats in Rukiga, Bunyangabu Districts




National Resistance Movement-NRM party candidates have won all parliamentary and district seats in the newly created districts of Rukiga and Bunyangabu. Polls in the new districts were held on Thursday.

In Bunyangabu, Peace Mutuuzo, the State Minister for Gender and Culture was declared Woman MP after polling 24,820 votes. Mutuuzo defeated the Forum for Democratic Change party candidate Dorothy Nyakaisiki who polled 5,536 votes and Lydia Kiiza, an independent candidate with 1,892 votes.

James Ategeka was also declared district chairperson with 25,811 votes. He beat the FDC candidate, Silver Tweyongire who got 5,136 votes. Richard Muganzi, an independent candidate garnered 1083 votes.

Mutuuzo and Ategeka were declared winners at 2:30 a.m. by Vallery Kanzira, the Bunyangabu District Registrar. According to Kanzira, a total of 27,276 out of the 31,456 registered voters in the district turned up to cast their votes.

No major problem was experienced during the elections, except the appearance on the ballot paper of Peter Musinguzi, an independent candidate who had withdrawn from the race causing confusion among the voters.

After he was declared a winner, Ategeka pledged to promote and improve service delivery in the education and health sector. Bunyangabu carved out of Kabarole district, started operations on July 1, 2017.

In Rukiga, Caroline Kamusiime Muhwezi, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party candidate was declared victor by Kabale District Returning Officer Adam Juma Sheesa following elections held on Thursday in the district. The declaration was made at exactly 1.13 a.m. amid tight security at Rukiga district headquarters Rwamucucu.

Kamusiime polled 17,570 to beat her main challenger Shillah Arittuha, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate who polled 7,305.

Similarly, NRM's Alexander Kampikaho was declared Rukiga District Chairperson with 20476 defeating FDCs Ambrose Aharimpisa who polled 4596.

Speaking to journalists after the declaration, Kampikaho hailed voters for trusting him and pledged to promote unity and develop the road network in the district. Kamusiime also pledged to lobby for improved facilities and services in the education and health sectors.

Elly Maate, the police spokesperson for Kigezi region says that the exercise was peaceful.


Democratic Party Wins Kyotera Woman MP Seat



Robinah Ssentongo, the Democratic Party candidate won the Kyotera district parliamentary seat following elections held on Thursday.

Ssentongo polled 21,731 votes to beat her main challenger, Rachael Nakitende from the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party who polled 15,511 votes.

According to the final results declared by Leticia Nantabo, the greater Masaka Region Returning Officer, Cissy Nantongo, an independent candidate in the race polled 3,272 votes followed by Phirista Nassali Nakato of Forum for Democratic Change who managed 2,224 votes while another independent candidate Joweriah Nabaale had only 266 votes.

The District chairperson's seat was however taken by Patrick Kintu Kisekulo, the NRM candidate after defeating four others. Kisekulo polled 19,481 votes, Democratic Party candidate Tom Darlington Balloja got 10,080 votes, while independent candidate Charles Lubega Zziridamu, got 10,692 votes.

Both winners Robinah Ssentongo and Patrick Kintu Kisekulo were at the tally centre with their supporters while only Charles Lubega Zziridamu was the only loser present.

Kintu Kisekulo, however, noted that he is happy that he has captured the chair. He promised to ensure Kyotera becomes a model district.Kyotera district was curved out of Rakai district and it started operational in July this year.


Police Search at Action Aid Ends, Continues at GLISS




The police search for information linking Action Aid Uganda to illicit financial transactions for "funding illegal activities" came to a conclusion Thursday afternoon.

But the search at Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies (GLISS) in Ntinda continues.

Action Aid Uganda communication officer Ritah Kyategeka told PRIME RADIO that police left their Kansanga based offices today around 2:30PM. They carried with them organisation's computers, documents and phones of top officials. The search that started yesterday at 5:00PM lasted for over 20 hours.

She described the process as inconveniencing because Action Aid staff were not allowed to work today. Kyategeka says the allegation that the organisation is being used as a conduit to fund illegal activities are worrying because it spoils their name among the organisations they partner with both nationally and internationally.

Kyategeka said all the partners that Action Aid woks with are clear and can be accessed by anyone. "They (our partners) are very clear. They are in our documents, they are on our website. Unless they say one of those partners is the one conducting illegal activities…we just think that this is something meant to derail us, we shall not stop, we shall continue to work harder," she said.

On its website, Action Aid Uganda describes self as "a non-political, non-religious organisation that has been working in Uganda since 1982 to end poverty and injustice." It adds: "Action Aid is among the leading anti-poverty agencies working directly with over one million poor and excluded people in 50 districts of Uganda."

GLISS executive director Godber Tumushabe this evening told PRIME RADIO that the search of their office premises in Ntinda and his home by police is still going on. The search also started yesterday at around 6:00PM.

He described the search that has lasted over 24 hours as bizarre arguing that if there are documents that police is looking for, they can be got in just a few minutes. Like Action Aid Uganda, GGLISS is accused of being a conduit for channelling money to fund illegal activities.

GLISS describes itself as "an independent policy think tank with exclusive programming on regional and international public policy issues."

In a statement, the United States Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac condemned the raid of offices and arrest of citizens who were today protesting the planned tabling of bill in parliament to amend article 102(b) of the Constitution. The article bars people below 35 or above 75 years to stand for president of Uganda.

"The United States is deeply concerned that recent arrests and raids stifle the Ugandan People's right to free expression and tarnish Uganda's global image," Ambassador Malac said in a statement.


Kisaka and Company to Audit Office of Auditor General




Parliament has finally appointed Kisaka and company audit firm to audit the Office of the Auditor General-OAG in line with article 163 (9) of the 1995 constitution of Uganda. It states that "The accounts of the office of the Auditor General-OAG shall be audited and reported upon by an auditor appointed by Parliament".

However, the OAG hasn't been audited in the last 12 years because of the failure by parliament to appoint an auditor to execute the task. In the past, the appointment of the auditors was marred with numerous including some of the audit firms asking for more money than what is available while other were rejected for conflict of interest since they were found to have worked with the OAG.

For instance in 2012, parliament rejected M/S Chege Muchunguzi and Mwangi and Company Consortium for fail to provide evidence of practice in Uganda. Although some MP queried the competence of Kisaka and company audit firm on Wednesday, legislators gave the Parliamentary Commission green light to contract after going through a competitive bidding process.

Kisaka and company out competed BDO East Africa and Tomson and company early this year. BDO East Africa asked for Shillings 2.97 Billion, Kisaka and company Shillings 965million while Tomson and company asked for Shillings 1.381 million.

Robinah Nabanja, a Parliamentary Commissioner and Kakumiro District Woman MP presented the bid results to parliament. She explained that Kisaka and company met all the bid requirements and had the highest total of technical and financial score according to the bidding.

However, some MPs were in favor of contracting an international audit firm for the task. Charles Ilukor, the Kumi County MP noted that OAG is sophisticated, experienced and employs the best and well experienced auditors.

But David Abala, the Ngora County MP called for the house to support local content by approving the successful audit firm. He said it was unfair to give a vote of no confidence to the parliamentary and discredit Kisaka and company audit firm without giving it a benefit of doubt.

Gen Ely Tumwine, the UPDF Representative in Parliament cautioned against running for international firms in everything.

As a result, Parliament adopted the Commission report under the guidance of the Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah. The OAG is mandated to audit and report on the public accounts of Uganda and of all public offices including courts, central and local government administrations, universities and public corporations among others.

The OAG also conducts financial and value for money audits in respect of any project involving public funds. The Auditor General in Uganda has been instrumental in revealing financial irregularities within Government agencies in the past years.


Makerere Printery in a Sea of Challenges




The Makerere University Printery is struggling to survive because of underutilization. The 48-year-old facility is faced with a myriad of challenges including under-staffing, under-funding and indebtedness.

Established in 1969 as a service unit with the aim of providing Printing and Book Binding services to various university units, the community and public, the Printery has grown its capacity by 300%. But Edmond Joseph Kirabo, the Manager Makerere University Printery, says despite its capacity, only 74% is being utilized.

His prayer is that the university administration ring fences more in-house jobs so as to fully utilize the printery.

In 1995, Makerere university council elevated the Printery to a full commercial unit. However, in May 2012, the university council resolved to return the printer to a service unit from where it started producing Examination Materials, Graduation books, Certificates, Journals, stationery and offered internship and in-house training for students and library staff.

Despite the Printery's experience in the printing industry, Makerere has been outsourcing printing services. This has significantly affected its sales, which have stagnated for the last seven years. A performance report for the unit covering four financial years seen by PRIME RADIO shows that, the sales from the printery have stagnated between Shs.1billion and 1.2 billion.

An average performance report for years between 2004 and 2009 indicates that the Printery made a sales volume of approximately Shillings 674million. In the same period, the Printery made a gross profit of Shillings 387million while the operational costs were at Shillings 301million meaning the Printery made a net profit of Shillings 87million in the six years.

There was improvement between 2010 and 2016. For instance in the 2016/17 financial year of alone, the printery's sales performance was Shillings 1.1billion, Shillings 501million was spent on operating expenses.

"Our sales for 2016/17 were 1.1billion shillings against the target of Shs.1.2billions. This represents a 92% achievement although our failure to achieve the target is attributed to the closure of the university, which affected the business," Kirabo says.

Kirabo says the Printery would be making more money for the university if it was well funded.

In the 2015/2016 financial year budget, Makerere University earmarked Shillings 1.7 billion for printing services. However, only Shillings 750million went to its own printery.

The profit margins for the Printing Industry have continued to fall drastically. According to the industrial research done by Print Promotions Magazine 2013, they have fallen from 100% in 1999 to 10-30% in the year 2010. This is attributed to competition, and consumer awareness for costing and continued chance in consumer behavior to embrace e-stationary.

One of the major challenges that the Printery faces is delayed payment by the user units. The university being the largest consumer of its services at 80%, Kirabo says it takes between 6months to a year for the university units to pay for its services.

"This is attributed to the accrued system of doing business. We offer services to these units upon presentation of LPOs. The 60% advance payment only applies to private customers who constitute 20% of our sales," Kirabo says.

The debtors' figures grew from Shs.584millions in 2015/16 to Shs. 701milions, which represents 20% growth. The Printery management however says they have issued a number of demand notes to the various units with a hope of good recoveries in the early months of the 2017/18 financial year.

According to Kirabo, the location of Printery in the basement of the Main Building puts it at a disadvantage whenever there are students or staff riots. "We have lost a good number of customers. For instance during the two months closure we lost over Shillings 300 million in revenue including the Ministry of Gender and Maxwell, Church of Uganda among others," Kirabo discloses.

Despite all its challenges, the university Printery is self-sustaining as meets its salaries for all its total workforce of 23 staffs led by the manager. According to the financial statements, the Printery incurs a monthly salary of Shs 24 million in addition to the Shillings 2.4 million subsidy provided by the university council to the permanent staff.

According to the University official website, the Printery formerly operated in the main library as photographic service unit. It later relocated to the basement of the Main Building in 1971 after the Norwegian Agency for International Development (NORAD) extended financial support in form of formidable Printing equipment.

The Printery has over the years been able to attract support from International Organizations. For instance in 1992, the European Economic Union (EEC) donated equipment worth Shs.664million. Consequently in 2007, the Japan government through the Japan Cultural Grant programme donated Printing and Binding Equipment worth Shillings 722 million.

In 2011 the university acquired an Industrial digital Printing Machine worth over Shs.400Million from internally generated resources.


One Held Over Police Uniform




Lira Police are holding 24-year-old Emmanuel Oyaka, a resident of Omito village, Adyel Division on suspicion of being a motorcycle robber. Oyaka was picked up on Wednesday from his residence.

David Ongom Mudongo, the North Kioga Region police spokesperson, says Oyaka was picked up on a tip off from his wife that he was no longer sleeping at home and suspected him of being a motorcycle robber.

According to Mudong, Oyaka's wife told police that her husband would leave home dressed in police uniform every night and disappear with his colleagues only to return home the next morning with dismantled motorcycles.

Mudong says during Oyaka's arrest, Police recovered three pairs of Police Uniforms, dismantled Motorcycle parts, a number plate-UDV 021N and motorcycle UEA 122 A.

He said on interrogations at Lira Central Police station, Oyaka claimed that he acquired the uniforms from trainees at the Police Training School in Kabalye in 2015 while staying with his uncle he identified as Assistant Inspector of Police Tom Okello, a former instructor at the school.

According to Mudong, Oyaka is being held on two counts of theft and possession of government stores. He says the suspect will appear in court anytime this week.



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