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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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STORM WINDS DESTROY SCHOLS IN MUKONO

Mukono - Heavy winds have ransacked villages in Mukono district destroying several house including two government schools and one person seriously injured while other residents were left homeless. This happened at Mpunge trading center found in Mpunge sub county Mukono district at around mid-day and it left 20 houses totally destroyed including Mpunge primary school and a secondary

HADIJA NAMANDA NOW UVF PRESIDENT

Hadija Namanda is now the current President of the Uganda Volley Ball Federation after polling 57 votes to beat her two Okila Eddy and Joseph Odong. Okila Eddy scored 21 votes while Joseph Odong secured only 48 votes.<\p>

Hadija Namanda becomes the first

Besigye treason Case files ready-DPP

Investigations into the treason charges slapped against opposition leader Kizza Besigye are in advanced of completion, the state has informed the Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court this morning.

The update on how far the investigations have gone was made

NRM KCCA STRATEGIZE TO TAKE OVER KAMPALA

Kampala: Kampala Capital City Authority is in bed with the ruling NRM party strategizing how to defeat the Opposition in Kampala.

This comes just a day after President Museveni attributed his poor performance in Kampala

Minister Challenges Investors On Localized Airline

The Minister of Tourism Maria Lubega Mutagambwa has called for need to have a localized airline which she says is the only missing link to boost tourism in Uganda. The Minister made the remarks during commissioning of Hotel African’s New Lobby and Restaurants during which the Minister revealed that the Hotel has been elevated to five star Hotel.

BANKS SILENTLY KILLING ECONOMY-PROF NUWAGABA

Save for Centenary Bank, the over twenty six private commercial banks in Uganda have plunged the country’s economy in a crisis after taking advantage of the Central Bank high lending rates. The latest statistical figures indicates that every 100 shillings loaned out by Centenary Bank a tracts a profit of 9 shillings while Stanbic Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and others

MP’S GIVE GOVERNMENT ULTIMATUM ON KAWEESI MURDER

By UTN Reporter

Parliament - A selection of Members of Parliament have given Government up to three weeks to issue a report detailing the state of security in the Country.

POLICE OFFICERS FOIL COURT JUDGMENT

BY KENNEDY MUHIRE

The eight police officers that were implicated in the beating of FDC Supporters last year have vowed to quash the police court’s judgment that was reached at early last week.

AGE LIMIT: AMOLATOR MP AMULE SURVIVES MOB

By UTN Reporter

Amolator Womn MP Doreen Amule survived mob justice, and was reduced to nothing by residents in her district, when they shouted her down and grabbed a microphone from her, reportedly for supporting the lifting of the presidential age limit.