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FARMING: GOVERNMENT TO FUND DROUGHT-RESISTANT CROPS.

Government plans to increase investments in food and livestock production, as a gloomy weather prediction for areas around the Lake Victoria Basin and other parts of the country threatens production of cash crops. According sources, money planned to boost cash crops like tea, and coffee will instead be diverted to enhance other crops’ performance in a bid to offset deficits arising from adverse climate conditions.

In the current budget, the Ministry of Agriculture has been allocated Ush707 billion ($207 million). Although this is an increase of $2.9 million from the 2015/16 financial year, it still falls below $296 million that was expected by players in the sector. The Ministry of Agriculture has therefore advised farmers to plant early maturing varieties although it has set aside money to mitigate drought and floods.

A seasonal climate outlook for June to August released by the Uganda National Meteorological Authority indicates light intermittent showers in the central region of the country. Dry conditions punctuated with occasional showers are expected up to the end of the season.

On the other hand, northern and eastern Uganda will receive normal rainfall. However, scientists warn that the rainfall forecast for the region is likely to be negated by an increase in diseases, especially malaria and other water-borne illnesses.

While Uganda’s forecast is specific to the country, dry conditions could prevail across East Africa. According to a review of the 43rd Climate Outlook Forum for the Greater Horn of Africa, held in Naivasha, Kenya, where climate experts reviewed global climate systems and the implications for seasonal rainfall in the region, it was observed that the region would experience La Ninã this year.

Uganda’s normal rainy season is March, April and May while June to December makes up the second rainy season.

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XMAS FIRE LEAVES AMURU RESIDENTS HOMELESS

Amuru- At least 34 families were left homeless following a wild fire outbreak in Amuru District. The fire that gutted over 40 huts, destroying property worth of millions of shillings in Okidi ward in Atiak Sub County

UGANDA, ISRAEL ARMY CHIEFS MEET

On the sidelines of the 4th July 2016 ceremony to mark 40 years since operation Jonathan at Entebbe Airport, the UPDF Chief of Defense Forces Gen Edward Katumba Wamala met with Maj Gen Yair Golan, the Deputy Chief of the Israel Defence Forces General Staff. The two Military Leaders discussed possible areas of mutual co-operation such as collaboration in the fight

KAZINDA SENTENCED FURTHER

By UTN Reporter

Kampala –The anti Corruption Court sitting in Kololo has found the former principal accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister Geoffrey Kazinda, guilty of syndicate corruption.

KASESE, MASINDI, ARUA GET SOLAR POWER

A 5 Million Euro massive rural electrification Solar Photovoltaic (PV) project has been launched to benefit three districts of Kasese, Masindi and Arua districts. The Solar PV project is a renewable energy that targets to benefit 50% of off-grid Ugandans to the renewable energy sources by 2020. WWF initiated the project to I n an effort to increase access to clean

COURT ORDERS EC TO PRODUCE DR FORMS

The Supreme Court has tasked lawyers for Electoral Commission to produce to court District Declaration forms signed by District Returning officers and not the forms signed by the EC Boss Eng Badru Kiggundu. This followed the application by Mbabazi’s lawyers in the ongoing pre-hearing conference demanding for DR Forms signed by the district Returning officers adding that the

FRIENDS OF COURT AWAIT VERDICT MONDAY

Court is set to deliver its verdict on the application by Friends of Court, a consortium of Eight Civil Society Organizations, and Law Dons at Makerere University who want to join the Judges’ bench in the Presidential Elections Petition. The Petition was filed by Independent Candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, seeking a nullification of Mr Museveni’s Victory in the General Elections held on 18th February 2016.

UGANDANS TO UNDER GO DRILLS ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT-ECWERU

Kampala-The ministry in charge of disaster preparedness wants all Ugandans of sound mind to undergo disaster management drills in order to be prepared whenever disaster occurs. With the rain season on and frequent earthquake incidences, the Minister Musa Ecweru says disaster prone areas continue to put Government on tension as many lives are at a risk.

UBOS LACKS DATA ON GENDER INEQUALITY

Matters relating to Gender inequalities on a number of occasions have been seen to be left uncensored in most institutions which according to the activists there is need to have data to plan for this. The Uganda Bureau of statistics, UBOS, school of women and Gender Makerere University with UN Women now say having data will help to get rid of discrimination is institutions and corporate entities.

COURT ISSUES ARREST WARRANT AGAINST LEGEND STANISLAUS MUGWANYA’S DAUGHTER

By UTN Reporter

Kampala – The land Division of the High Court in Kampala has issued an arrest warrant to a One Josephine Nantaya Kabusu widow to Wilfred Kabusu the heir of Yoana Mulo Mugwanya son to Late Buganda Legend Stanislaus Mugwanya.

The arrest Warrant has been issued for 14th July 2017 by the Registrar Justine Atukwasa following continued failure by Josephine Nantaya Kabusu to disobey court orders that refrained her from selling, dealing in land in question.

Nantaya Kabusu was found guilty of contempt of court together with her sons Robert Ndidde and Musiitwa James.

The trial Magistrate subsequently sentenced Nantaaya to two weeks in Prison for contempt of court while her two sons Robert Ndidde and Musiitwa James were fined 60m and 30m respectively for their continued disobeying of Court order; contempt of Court., “A warrant of arrest is issued to detain the 1st Respondent (Josephine Nantaya Kabuusu) in civil prison for two weeks” reads part of the order issued by Registrar.

the 2nd and 3rd Respondents are directed to pay a fine of Shs. 60.000.000/= ( Sixty Million ) and Shs. 30.000.000/= ( Thirty Million ) in court respectively order further reads.

The widow ( Josephine Nantaya Kabuusu) has also been directed to deposit in court the original grant to the estate of the late Wilfred Kabusu till the matter is disposed.

Lands Registrar Otto Michael Gulumale on 16th April 2015 issued interim order refraining Nantaya together with her sons from selling, dealing in Land in question belonging to Kabusu and Yoana Mulo until disposal of the said land.

However Nantaya and her sons disobeyed the said orders and continued selling the said land in question.

The land in question is comprised on Blocks 333-335 Kyengera Nabingo, block 328/338 Buganga Mawokota, Block 88 Bukerere, block 8 Rubaga Kyadondo, Block 21 Busega and Block 82-83-85 Kasai Kyagwe among others all these estates of Late Stanslaus Mugwanya, Yoana Mulo Mugwanya and Wilfred Mugwanya Kabusu.

Nantaaya Kabuusu was dragged to court by Mulo Mugalasi Michael a brother to the late Kabuusu accusing Kabusu’s widow Nantaya of unlawfully undertaking letters of administration to take charge of both estates that belonged to late Kabusu and also taking over family properties which Kabusu was administering on behalf of the family.

Mulo Mugalasi Michael a brother to the late Kabusu through his lawyers of Ssenkumba and Co Advocates insist that a widow can’t take charge of all properties both belonging to late Kabusu and also that which belonged to their grandfather Stanislaus Mugwanya one of the legends of Sir Apollo Kagwa.

Mulo Mugalasi Michael now wants Kampala High Court Lands Division to make audit of the land in Question and also stream line estate of their Father Yoana Mulo Mugwanya and that of his late brother Wilfred Kabusu Mugwanya.