Why We Must Up Our Efforts to Tap Into the Women Potential for Development

By Benson Turamye Uganda will join the rest of the international community to mark the International Women’s Day on Monday 8th March 2021. The day will be celebrated under the theme, Building on Women’s Strength for a Better Future in a COVID-19 World. Although the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected many countries and indeed created many challenges that are seemingly insurmountable, nations around the world are slowly and steadily recovering. This year’s theme therefore, is an opportune moment to reminisce on how we can continue to engage the women in…

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President Museveni appeals to landlords about rent

President Yoweri Museveni has appealed to the landlords about evicting tenants who failed to pay their monthly dues as the country struggles with the fight against Covid-19. In his address to the nation on Wednesday evening, Mr Museveni asked landlords to be patient with their tenants considering that the current crisis in the country is affecting everyone. In a bid to put the spread of the virus at bay, the President last week announced a two-week lockdown following citizens’ violation of the previous measures. Under the lockdown, the president prohibited…

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Health ministry tracing 17000 returnees to undergo Covid-19 testing

The Ministry of Health continues to trace over 17000 people who flew into the country from Covid-19 worst hit countries between March 7 and 22, to undergo mandatory quarantine and testing. While delivering a statement on the 14-day lockdown to parliament yesterday, Health Minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said flight manifest indicates that a total of 18860 travellers arrived in Uganda in the said period. However, only 1026 have undergone mandatory quarantine and testing. “We are tracing them with the help of security. We want to have all of them…

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WHO Chief warns against politicising the Corona Virus Pandemic

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged unity, as the agency comes under continued fire from US President Donald Trump. Speaking on Wednesday, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus defended the WHO’s work and called for an end to the politicisation of Covid-19. Mr Trump said he would consider ending US funding for the UN agency. He accused the WHO of being “very China-centric” and said they “really blew” their pandemic response. Dr Tedros has now dismissed the comments, insisting: “We are close to every nation, we are colour-blind.”…

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US election 2020: Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign

Senator Bernie Sanders has ended his presidential campaign, clearing the way for former Vice-President Joe Biden to become the Democratic party’s nominee. Mr Sanders, 78, told supporters on Wednesday he saw no feasible path to get enough votes to win the nomination. An early front-runner, the Vermont senator found success with young voters, but slipped behind Mr Biden in recent weeks. He helped make healthcare and income inequalities key election issues. Among the most left-leaning candidates during this year’s election cycle, the self-described “Democratic socialist” campaigned on policies including healthcare…

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UNDP donates ICT kits to government

The United Nations Development Programme, UNDP has donated an assortment of Information Communication and Technology to Ugandan valued at Shs2.3 billion as part of its mission to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and build resilience to crises and shocks. The equipment include Zoom collaboration tool license and an assortment of ICT gadgets to enable virtual government business continuity as the novel coronavirus disease affects routine operations in several ministries, departments and agencies as well as the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. “In the package worth $600,000 (about Shs2.3 billion), UNDP Uganda has…

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Corona pandemic could push half a billion people into poverty

The economic fallout from the coronavirus could increase global poverty by as much a half a billion. This bleak warning comes from a United Nations (UN) study into the financial and human cost of the pandemic. It will be the first time that poverty has increased globally in 30 years, according to the report. The findings come ahead of key meetings of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and G20 finance ministers next week. The United Nations University study was written by experts at King’s College London and Australian…

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Ugandan legislators demand countrywide food relief distribution

Members of Parliament across the political divide have maintained that the ongoing relief food distribution caters for the entire country. The matter was brought to the fore after the Bukonjo County West Member of Parliament, Hon. Atkins Katusabe, raised concern about the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda’s disregard for the House’s directive to halt the food distribution. Katusabe, raising a point of procedure during the plenary on Tuesday, 7 April 2020 chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, said that it was wrong for the Prime Minister to ignore the directive of…

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Dr Jane Ruth Aceng confident on COVID-19 fight

The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, has told Parliament that to strengthen surveillance and treatment services for COVID-19 in the country, an additional 220 health workers are being recruited on short term contracts of six months following approval by Cabinet. “By end of last week, 40 Epidemiologists, 50 Medical Officers and 10 Medical Officers – Special Grade had been recruited,” Dr Aceng said, adding that recruitment of 50 nurses, 40 anesthetists and 10 laboratory technologists among others will be completed this week. The minister was updating Parliament on…

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Parliament boosts COVID-19 battle with Shs 284 billion in supplementary budget

Parliament has approved Shs 284 billion to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Approved under Addendum 2, of the Supplementary Expenditure Schedule No. 2 for Financial Year 2019/2020, the Shs 284 billion will be used by the Health, Security and Local Government sectors, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees. The report on the supplementary expenditure for approval by the House was presented by the Chairperson of the Budget Committee, Hon. Amos Lugoloobi, during plenary sitting on Tuesday, 07 April 2020 presided over…

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