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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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MULAGO GETS PHOTEOTHERAPY MACHINE

By Ntale Younus

Mulago - In a bid to save the lives of over 60 babies that are born prematurely, the Angella Katatumba Development foundation has donated a Phototherapy Machine and Syringe pump worth 10 million shillings. The donation follows a memorandum of understanding that was signed between the hospital and the foundation in 2014 under the Mulago Yaffe campaign.

Three Remanded Over Billion Van Theft

Three people are charged before Buganda Road Court in connection to the recent theft of shillings one million from a bullion van in the city on December 30 last year. Godfrey Makhoha, 33 years, a security officer Personnel attached to Security Group Uganda Ltd,

LAWYER KASANGO & COURT CLERK CHARGED OVER PENSION SCAM

Kampala: City lawyer Bob Kasango and alongside court clerk Milton Mutegeya are charged before the Anti Corruption Court for allegedly conspiring to forge a judicial document in order to steal over shillings 15.4 billion pension cash.

The duo appeared before Anti Corruption Court Grade One Magistrate Peter

GOVERNMENT ROOTS SHS. 30BN FOR VILLAGE HEALTH WORKERS

By UTN Reporter

Wandegeya - The Ministry of Health is grappling with funds to train and recruit 1,000 Community Health Extension Workers-CHWE to replace the non-effective Village Health Teams-VHT in providing basic health and medical care in communities.

BUDGET TO PRIORITISE OIL PRODUCTION

By UTN Reporter

Kampala - The National Budget for the financial year 2017/18 will pay much emphasis on oil production, as a way to combat the falling donor assistance and avoid borrowing. The director for Budgeting in the Ministry of Finance Kenneth Mugambe says the national Budget is set out clearly to streamline oil production, with an infrastructural development framework to guide them.

KAKUNGULU TASK UGANDANS ON TRANSPARENCY

Kampala: Prince Dr Kasimu Nakibinge Kakungulu has challenged Ugandans to always exhibit transparence and trust once entrusted by any form of employment.

The Prince’s message was delivered by his brother Sheikh Kalifan Lukanga

POLICE TO CONTINUE WITH BESIGYE HOME SIEGE

Kampala - Police says it will emphasize on redeploying at both the home of Dr Kiiza Besigye’s home in Kasangati and at the Forum for Democratic Change Offices in Najjanankumbi, along Entebbe.

For over two weeks, Police lodged its 24/7 deployment at the FDC Offices

DPP APPEALS AGAINST MUBIRU ACQUITAL

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has appealed against the acquittal of former SC Villa coach Christopher Mubiru on sodomy charges.

Through State Attorney Jacquline Okui, the DPP has filed a notice in the Court of Appeal showing his dissatisfaction with the Highcourt decision that quashed Mubiru’s 10 year jail punishment for sodomizing a 17 year old boy;

EC SUED OVER BAN OF USE OF MOBILE PHONES AT POLLING CENTERS

Court: Few hours left for Ugandans to go to the polls, the Electoral Commission (EC) has been dragged to courts of law by a human rights watch-dog, Legal Brains Trust (LBT) for the recent ban on the use of mobile phones and cameras at the polling stations.

In their suit that was filed on Monday, the human rights body contends