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CABINET TASK NPA ON ATTAINMENT OF MIDDLE INCOME

BY KABANYORO RITAH ,KASOLE IBRAHIM

Cabinet has tasked the National Planning Authority, NPA to facilitate the implementation of National Vision 2040 and the attainment of the Middle Income status by 2020.

State Minister for planning David Bahati told media at the National Media Centre that this was one of the key talking points for the cabinet meeting which sat last Wednesday at State House Entebbe.

According to Minister Bahati, NPA’s development plans Regulations which seeks to guide development [plans in the country, its vital that there is attainment of the 2040 National Vision so that Uganda can transform into middle income status.

The cabinet meeting which was chaired by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, also tasked NPA to elaborate on the planning process by ensuring alignment of all decentralized development plans to national development plans.

It was also a recommendation by the cabinet for NPA to have clear timelines for development plans so that it can be accomplished in specific time frames.

The cabinet gave reference of 5-10 years breakdown development plans which has to be accessed both on line and physical for public.

Cabinet sounded to have issued warning to accounting officers who are often seen to be lazy in implementing these plans adding that they risk a reprimand.

The challenge remains on whether NPA can actually lead Ugandans into the Middle Income status in just two years remaining especially at a time when most families live on less than a dollar.

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FDC MEETS TO DELIBERATE ON CLAMPDOWN

The top forum for democratic change party leaders, have met today, to discuss issues concerning the police’s harassments and the continued FDC members’ arrests.

The party has also asked police to vacate their party premises

EU DISPATCHES OBSERVERS TO VILLAGES

Kampala - The European Elections Observer Mission to Uganda has dispatched off Observer teams to different parts of the Country in preparations for the February 18th General election.

The teams dispatched this Morning from the Sheraton Hotels in Kampala comprised of a total of

KCCA TO LOSE 22B TO MARKET VENDORS

By Isaac Tenywa

Kampala Capital City Authority will lose about Shs. 22bn in compensation to road side vendors working along the Railway line in areas of Kibuye, Katwe, Ndeeba and Nalukolongo.

2010 BOMB TRIAL CONCLUDED

Kampala High Court: The trial of 13men accused of being behind the 2010 Kampala twin bombings has been concluded, since March last year when it started before the High court in Kampala.

Now what is left is for the presiding Judge Alfonse Owiny Dollo to

GEN KATUMBA WAMALA SPEAKS-OUT ON ARMY MURDERS

The Chief of Defense Forces Gen Edward Katumba Wamala says army is going to set-up psychosocial centers to rehabilitate troubled soldiers from war torn areas. Gen. Katumba Wamala has told the Parliamentary Defense and Internal Affairs Committee that UPDF is going to set-up psychosocial centers to rehabilitate troubled soldiers returning from war zones.

COOPERATIVES SUBMIT VIEWS TO PARLIAMENT

By Shakira Namatende

The cooperative Union in Uganda will Wednesday submit their views to Parliament on the proposed Cooperative Societies Bill 2014.

The bill seeks to regulate groupings in the category of

Cooperative Unions that are taking a strong mobilization wave in the Country side.

The cooperative Union is seen as a strong force that draws people together into uniformity seeking to address their economic and financial challenges.

As one of the activities to celebrate the International Cooperative Week, cooperators in Uganda will submit their views to the Parliamentary Committee on Trade, seeking for among other things an independent ministry, and fully fledged cooperative bank, and a degree of autonomy from their mother ministry of Trade.

They cooperators led by Uhuru Institute for Social Development will also carry out a tree planting campaign as a gesture to restore the environment.

Earlier on, the same body flanked by Uganda Cooperative Alliance donated blood in different Blood Banks countrywide, as a social responsibility gesture.

In Kampala, it was held at the Constitutional

Square, and a total of 15,000 units of blood were collected country wide.

As Leonard Okello the Chief Executive Officer Uhuru Institute explains, the country has a dire need for blood, a resource that is not manufactured anywhere, but human generosity determines its availability.

Byte……….Okello

The Institute partnered with Nakasero Blood Bank in this campaign with a target of at least 20,000 units of blood country wide.

Okello says the cooperators work towards an improved livelihood of the society, economic independence and improved healthy labor force for the country.

Byte………..Leonard Okello

Lilian Nantambi from the Nakasero Blood Bank say the collection is significant an will work to reduce the need across the country.

Byte……… Lilian Nantambi (Blood Donor Recruiter

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GOVT WITHDRAWS DEFIANCE CAMPAIGN APPLICATION

The government has this afternoon, withdrawn the application for interim orders that it had sought fresh ban of all the defiance campaign activities of opposition Forum for Democratic Change party (FDC) and those of former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye.

The withdraw of the interim application came alive this afternoon

PENSION SCAM SUSPECTS HAVE CASE TO ANSWER

The Anti Corruption Court has ruled that three jailed former top officials of the Ministry of Public Service have a case to answer in connection to the alleged irregular budgeting of Shs88bn pension money.

In his ruling of ‘no case to answer’ presiding judge Lawrence Gidudu

UGANDA RAILWAY IN $8M LOSS

The Auditor General’s report into the 8 million dollar incurred by Uganda Railway Corporation following the sinking of Kabalega Ship has alarmed MPs on the Commission on Statutory Assets and State Enterprise committee of Parliament probing fraudulent sale off of none core and core assets of government under URC and financial impropriety therein.