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Tue, 21 May

Lord Mayor summons SFC over road works.

13 May 2024
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has summoned management of KCCA led by Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka to appear before a special council siting on 29th of this month to give a comprehensive report and accountability for work undertaken by the SFC in the roads sub sector.
The SFC Engineering brigade has since the year 2023 been in charge of the road rehabilitation program in Kampala mainly fix potholes in the city roads.
To implement this a total of two billion shillings was allocated to Special Forces Command to execute the works.
Addressing journalists at his Residence in Rubaga , Lukwago said SFC engineering Brigade was given all money needed to work on the roads with potholes but the situation is deteriorating.
In response, SFC spokesperson Major Jimmy Omara notes that the lord Mayor addressed the letter to a junior officer who needs approval from his bosses to appear before the KCCA committee.

Tue, 21 May

NGOs want president to decline assenting to NGO amendment bill.

13 May 2024
NGO sector leaders are urging president Yoweri Museveni not to assent to the NGO amendment bill 2024 that transferred the responsibilities of the sector regulator the National NGO bureau to operate as a mere department under the ministry of Internal affairs.
The leaders argue that a mere department or desk at the ministry cannot properly regulate and manage the 3th largest sector in the country with over 5,916 entities and an annual budget of 4.5 trillion shillings.
They stress that the bureau had built enough experience to manage the sector which among other things had helped in the removal of Uganda from the gray list of money laundering adding that the phasing out of the bureau will be a reversal of all these gains.
The Executive Director at the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Uganda Robert Kirenga read out their statement before journalists at the offices of the coalition in Ntinda.
The Executive Director Human Rights Centre Uganda Margret Ssekagya and the Executive Director at the Centre for Constitutional Governance Sarah Bireete also expressed concern about the situation as they urged the president to return the bill to parliament.
Story by
Kenneth Lukwago

Tue, 21 May

Budget revision was rushed-Experts.

21 May 2024
Budget experts speak out on the 13 trillion shillings upward revision of the national budget for the 2024/25 financial year saying it was rushed and an abuse of the budget process.
This after last week government presented a corrigenda and addendum on the budget pushing it to 72 trillion shillings from the original 58 trillion shillings.
The Executive Director Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group Julius Mukunda is skeptical that government can raise this money since Uganda Revenue Authority is even struggling to meet the current revenue targets.
In the Meantime, the business community shows concern over a recent move by government to increase the amount of money to be borrowed domestically noting that it will further affect already unfavorable business environment.
This after last week government in the revised budget noted that it plans to borrow a total of 28.7 trillion shillings domestically.
The Chairperson Kampala City Traders Association Thaddeus Musoke says the traders say government should drop the idea noting that it will lead to increase in the interest rate.
Story by
Wycliffe Sebunya