Author: Andrew

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is recovering from two-year COVID-19 aftermath, registering a surplus in collection in March. The tax entity, through a statement by Mr Ibrahim Kibuuka Bbosa, the URA assistant commissioner public and corporate affairs said it had delivered a solid surplus in March, consequently reducing its annual deficit. According to the half year revenue performance report, the shortfall was Ugx 900 billion. “We collected Shs1.834 trillion against a target of Shs1.823 trillion, registering a surplus of Shs11.11b and a performance rate of 100.61 per cent,” Mr Bbossa said in a statement. The surplus, according to him, has…

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Government of Uganda is searching for investors who are willing to sign production sharing agreements to mine copper and cobalt from Kilembe mines in Kasese district. The mines had been given to Tibet Hima Mining Company, but the deal was canceled in 2021. However, the minister of Energy, Ms Ruth Nankabirwa said the government is aware of the challenges the power distribution company (Umeme) is experiencing as the electricity grid network continues to expand, in regard to access to inputs which are needed to extend power connections. Nankabirwa made these remarks while launching biomass to electricity cooking project at the…

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Luweero District Police has apprehended a school director at Busula for the alleged defilement of a Primary Seven pupil in his own school. The police have confirmed that thorough investigations into the matter have been launched. “The suspect is under police custody while the case file is with the State Attorney for perusal and advice before the suspect is arraigned before court,” Mr Issah Ssemwogerere, the Savannah regional police spokesperson, said on Thursday. The headmaster allegedly threatened his victim that she never had to disclose the matter to anyone or she would face problems. According to Ms Fatuma Mbabazi, the…

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Britain plans to send migrants and asylum-seekers who cross the Channel thousands of miles away to Rwanda under a deal in which the government tries to clamp down on record numbers of people making the tedious journey. The controversial deal was announced on Thursday. “From today… anyone entering the UK illegally as well as those who have arrived illegally since January 1 may now be relocated to Rwanda,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a speech near Dover in southeastern England. “Rwanda will have the capacity to resettle tens of thousands of people in the years ahead,” Johnson said. He…

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At least 13,000 acres of crops have now been affected by the Destructive African armyworms in 41 districts across the country, drastically increasing from 12 districts which were reportedly invaded about a week ago. The African armyworm is a migratory moth with its caterpillar as the most destructive, majorly ravaging important cereals such as maize, millet and sorghum and pastures that support animals. Uganda being a largely agricultural country with up to 70 percent of its working population actively engaged in agriculture, a sector that is central to food security and economic growth. The permanent secretary (PS) of the Ministry…

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South Sudan is a ticking time bomb as there’s a risk of hunger and food insecurity is likely to raise by 7 per cent in the coming months, three United Nations agencies have warned while calling for humanitarian assistance. According to a new report on food security by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN children’s fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Program (WFP), greater humanitarian assistance and support are needed immediately to save lives and prevent the collapse of livelihoods in the worst-affected locations across South Sudan. “FAO is concerned by the rising number…

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The administration of Koboko Town College has sent students back home barely a month after the school was closed in a similar manner. This comes at a time that the students were sitting for their end of term examinations and were supposed to finalize on Tuesday this week. A month ago, students went decided to go on a strike after the school administration allegedly suspended one of their colleagues after he allegedly had a confrontation with one of the police officers deployed to provide security at the school. However, according to information from the Deputy Regional Commander West Nile, Daniel…

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The government, through the Ministry of Education and Sports has initiated a move to recognize Oulanyah’s contribution to legal practice in the country. State minister for Primary Education Joyce Moriku Kaducu has stated that her ministry will collaborate with Gulu University for the award that recognizes Oulanyah’s brain in legal practices as well as the national guidance he offered the parliament. The minister revealed this last week during during an emergency full council meeting held jointly by the local council governments from Acholi, Lango, and West Nile sub-regions. The suggestion was then raised by Chris Ongom, the Vice Chairman of…

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The Minister of State for Education and Sports, Mr Denis Hamson Obua, has reprimanded parents for deliberately abandoning their roles to nurture and guide their children during the two-year lockdown. According to Mr Obua, this has intensified school dropouts and defilement among learners. He made these remarks while commissioning a Ugx2.5 million science laboratory block at the Ocer Campion Jesuit College in Gulu City, a project whose construction has taken a year. The construction of the project was fully funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Thousands of young girls conceived during the Covid-19 induced lockdown, while…

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Gamblers predicting match results at a sports betting center Friends and family have started searching for a first-year Kyambogo University student who has allegedly gone into hiding after losing his tuition to a sports betting company. Julius Osuta who was first reported missing on April 7, resurfaced after a day before disappearing again.Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire said that Osuta is suspected to be in hiding losing over Shs 620,000 tuition that his father sent him. According to Police records, Osuta appeared at Kyambogo Highway Police station on April 9 where he reported after being arrested by Bet…

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