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CSO’S DEMAND FOR MORE FUNDING FOR TRADE

By UTN Reporter

Kampala - Civil Society Organizations under the Budget advocacy group have called for increased funding for the Ministry of Trade, Industry and cooperatives if the country will make significant strides towards achieving the middle income status in four years.

This follows a budgetary cut to the ministry for the financial year 2017/18 from shs. 108 billion in 2016/17 to a meager Shs 94.39 billion for the financial year 2017/18.

The Ministry of Finance allocated only 0.4% of the National Budget to the ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives in the forthcoming budget for the financial year 2017/18.

Jane Nalunga of Seatin-Uganda says the ministry has many important arms that aid production, but are all underfunded to carry out their mandates. She singles out the Uganda National Bureau of Standards that regulates the standards of the products produced in the country. She says the bureau is so weak due to limited funding that it cannot reach out to several industries and other production vessels. Byte – Jane Nalunga

Nalunga also says the Uganda Industrial Research Institute that carries out research on Industrialization also receives meager funding to do research on the sector.

She says all these arms are responsible for production in the country that would create employment and sustainable income for the youths. Nalunga says the Uganda Export Promotion Board under the same ministry deserves to be fairly funded if exports would make significant economic impact. Byte – Jane Nalunga

She says the exports from Uganda have dwindled due to high competition, yet the board cannot promote the products on the international market. Agnes Kirabo of the food rights network says the ministry of finance planning and economic development needs to adopt an approach that would promote people focused budgeting, that would address service provision.

Kirabo says on several occasions the national budget has not responded to the economic needs of the people Byte-Agnes Kirabo

She says the quality of the agricultural products is poor, as a result of poor funding. She raps Government for giving a tax exemption to imported rice from Pakistan, saying it would solve the consumption needs, but would in turn hurt the local rice farmers in the country.

Government instituted the tax exemption in the next financial year 2017/18 to lower the price of rice on the local market. The exemption will run for at least one year.

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MOREEN KYALYA CALLS FOR REGIONALIZED ARMY.

By Nabbuye Rehemah, Namakula Sylvia and Nanziri Winnie.

Former presidential candidate Maureen Kyalya Walube has proposed to regionalize the army

Imperial Royale Hotel ordered to refund over Shs5.8bn Chogm cash

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PUBLIC UNIVERSITY STAFF RESUME STRIKE ON SUNDAY

Kampala – Staff of all public Universities across the country are set to resume an industrial action this Sunday, after failing to secure their presidential pledge of salary increment with the Ministry of Finance. The President made a directive to the Ministry of Finance to review salaries and wages of all staff of public Universities in the next financial year.

CHIEF JUSTICE PONDERS ADVOCATES ON DISPENSATION OF JUSTICE.

BY NAMULI DAPHINE

The Chief justice Bart Katuleebe Magunda has appealed to advocates to give quality services to people ahead of the desire to have dispensation of justice.

Chief justice Bart Katuleebe while addressing during

HANDSHAKE INTERIM ORDER 'BURNS' SABIITI

Kampala - The controversial ‘stupid’ Interim court orders that was issued by the deputy Chief Justice Stephen Kavuma is no more following controversies which mounted pressure to the petitioner who eventually withdrew the petition.

INDIA PM MODI DONATES CANCER DETECTION MACHINE

The Uganda Cancer Institute has received a Mobile Mammography Machine unit from the Santa Foundation of India, to enhance early Cancer detection amongst women.

The machine which is valued at around Shs700m was donated by

CHEBROT LOSES ELECTION CASE

By UTN Reporter

Kampala - The Court of Appeal confirms Kenneth Soyekwo as the validly elected MP for Tingey County in Kapchorwa District.

KATOSI ROAD SCAM, SUSPECT ASKS COURT TO PLEAD GUILTY

Joe Ssemugooma, the former AG Director Finance and Administration with the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has expressed his willingness to plead guilty to the corruption charges and also refund the tax payers money that he allegedly took in connection to the famous Mukono-Katosi road scam

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This development happened mid morning when the hearing of the