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TRAVEL AGENTS CONDEMNS GOVERNMENTS’ DEFAULT

BY INKE BRIAN and TIBAINGANA FRED

The Uganda Travel Agents Association (TUGATA) and Uganda Tourism Association (UTA) have condemned Government’s decision to abolish travel agents to engage in travel transactions.

Addressing the media at Hotel Africana, the President Uganda Tourism Association (UTA) Pearl Kakooza H. says the decision by government is indirectly denying them opportunity to work.

Pearl Kakooza who also doubles as the Chairperson TUGATA maintains that Government need to revise its decision saying there exists over 400 travel agents in Uganda employing over 4000 people majority of whom are Youth and women.

Last month the Government issued an order restraining travel agents from selling Air tickets advising travelers to instead deal directly with Airlines.

According to the travel Agents the decision was not in good faith because time to time travel agents have been known to be dealing in travel tickets as one of their day to day business.

Kakooza adds that by the closure of the financial year 2017/2018 the air ticketing agents have managed to contribute UGX 5 billion in Pay as you earn (PAYE) a corporation tax to the Government.

Kakooza insists that government risks to loose UGX 3 billion and 2.5 billion as NSSF remittances from the people employed by the industry.

Kakooza revealed that Government of Uganda owes Travel Agents a debt of 4.5 trillion which accrued as a result of pending debts onto air tickets on government ministries and agencies.

Agents under their umbrella have threatened to sue the Government for the unpaid air tickets which was supplied to various Government Ministries and Agencies.

TUGATA board Advisor Kayondo Everest wonders that despite Uganda being blessed with Mountain Gorillas it’s charging cheaply at 600 dollars compared to its counterparts Rwanda and Congo whose costs goes up to 1500 dollars.

According to Kayondo, its high time Uganda rekindles its airline if we are to meet the standards just like its counterparts who are earning highly out of the Gorillas.

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KCCA REVEALS PLANS OF RELOCATING STREET KIDS

BY EMMANUEL BAHEMBA, NAMUTEBI HABIIBAH AND NASIWA RASHIDAH

The Kampala capital city authority, KCCA is considering relocating street children a head of the campaign to modernize Kampala City to a modern city.

This has been revealed by the Ag. KCCA Executive Director

CO-OPERATIVES PETITION PARLIAMENT

About 1000 cooperative unions have petitioned the speaker of parliament Rt. Hon. Rebbeca Kaddaga over what they termed as unclear legal and regulatory frame work.

In a region where the neighbouring countries have succeeded

ST LAWRENCE LAUNCHES JOB CREATORS’ COMPETITION

By UTN Reporter Kampala - In a rare drive to encourage entrepreneurship in Schools, St Lawrence University has launched an annual competition that will see students getting rewarded for their innovativeness and entrepreneurship skills.

FDC DEFIANCE HEARING FLOPS

The hearing of the main petition in which the Attorney General wants to completely ban the defiance campaign activities of opposition political party the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), hits a snag this morning after two justices on the panel of

Nyerere was a devoted Catholic — Museveni

UTN Reporter

President Yoweri Museveni has challenged African leaders to emulate the former Tanzanian President, Julius Nyerere to always accord some time towards God describing Nyerere as a devoted

MBARARA MUSLIMS GET SACCO

Mbarara - Muslims in Mbarara town have launched a credit and saving SACCO as a way to fight poverty among Muslims in the area. The body coded Mbarara Ummar Development Association will facilitate credit and saving among the Muslims in the areas, to enable them do business.

JUDGE DIRECTS DPP IN JAMIL MUKULU SUIT

UTN Reporter

Kampala High Court judge Eva Luswata has further adjourned the hearing of the case against former ADF rebel leader Jamil Mukulu and 38 others to 14th June following fresh emerging

AMURIAT JOINS FDC PRESIDENTIAL RACE

By UTN Reporter

Najjanankumbi - The race for the FDC party president is gaining moment with more members expressing interest.

UGANDAN WANTS COMPENSATION FROM JAPANESE EMBASSY

Kampala - A Ugandan Business man wants the Japanese Embassy to compensate him after Japanese Police tortured him. Paul Kiryowa wants Medical compensation to the tune of US $130,000 from the Japanese Embassy in Uganda, claiming he was tortured by the Japanese Police in Tokyo six years ago.