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Tororo Police on spot light over community land.

Category : Local

Community members in Merikit sub-county Tororo district have asked their leaders not to sign a document allowing Uganda Police Force take over the community land that they say was illegally donated to the force by the area LC1 chairperson.

The land in question was donated in 1980s by one Oketcho Yandera for construction of a community hall that would help the people of Merikit however the area Lc1 chairperson Peter Jamagara allegedly donated it to Uganda Police without involving the community members.

Police then reportedly surveyed the land but had to return the documents for enforcement by the area lc3 authorities something that the community members rejected in yesterday’s dialogue with Tororo district police leadership.

Simon Peter Okware Omaset who was the care taker of the land accused the LC1 chairperson Merikit trading centre Peter Jamaga of pursuing selfish gain by donating the community land.

The area lc3 chairperson Joseph Obure wondered as to why a poor community could donate land for a well financed institution like police without even compasating the family of the late land donor who are languishing in poverty.


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Tororo city status no longer a secret: Tororo Mayor.

Category : Local

The Tororo Municipality Mayor John Opio has revealed that he has started a consultation that is aimed at seeing Tororo Municipality become a city.

While speaking to our reporter in an exclusive interview, the Mayor said he has started contacting stake holder and neighboring sub Counties that would wish to join Municipality to discuss the process of transiting to a city.

According to the mayor, the elevation of Tororo to a city will result elevation of Sub counties into divisions amd Municipalities hence becoming constituencies with political wing and different Administrative systems, appreciation in the value of land, increased trade among other developments.

By Okoth Olunga


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Residents up in arms over road construction

Category : Local

A section of residents in Bison A, Western division in Tororo municipality have expressed their disappointments with the manner in which Tororo municipal council authorities are evacuating them to create space for road construction.
Residents headed by George Tabu Osama say that council has never informed them of any plans to open up a road on their land saying they have lived on this land since 1966.
With lots of properties destroyed and graves vandalized Tabu adds that if the municipal council had the intensions of opening the road, it would have first considered resettling affected persons instead of applying force.
Tabu has filed a case at the magistrate court Tororo through the Global Human Rights and Peace Forum asking Tororo municipal council to explain the approach in asking them vacate their ancestral land.
Maziliana Abbo 45 one of the affected residents says she has nowhere to take her children adding that if her house is brokrn down, she will dump the children at municipal Council offices.
Speaking to East FM, The Municipal engineer Denis Okatch confirmed this development and says the construction of the Bendo road is still on hold because of the heavy rains. He however adds that municipal council has money to compensate the affected persons.

By Mathew Okello


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Don’t undermine technical institutes, Morkiswa director tells vacists

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The director of Morkiswa community skilling institute Francis Oketch has called upon primary and secondary school leavers to avoid undermining of technical institutes but instead consider the institutes as a place of developing their careers to help fight unemployment syndrome within the country

Oketch made this appeal during an exclusive interview with our reporter at his office yesterday in Morkiswa, Kisoko Sub County.

Oketch noted with concern that many students after completing higher level of secondary education and failing to join University get stranded because of financial problems. He urges such students to join technical institutes.

He called upon students to allow their hands get dirty in so as to create employment other than compete for the few white cooler jobs.

Meanwhile Rose Mary Athieno an administrator at the institute asked parents not to dictate careers for their children but rather support them to study what they have interest in adding that forced careers always brings out lazy professionals.

By Mathew Okello


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FULL SPEECH: Africa is incredibly rich but wasteful- Museveni

Category : National

OFFICIAL ADDRESS BY

 

 

 

H.E. YOWERI KAGUTA MUSEVENI

 PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA AND CHAIRPERSON OF THE SUMMIT OF THE EAC HEADS OF STATE

 

 

DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE JOINT EAC HEADS OF STATE RETREAT ON INFRASTRUCTURE AND HEALTH FINANCING AND DEVELOPMENT

 

22ND FEBRUARY, 2018
SPEKE RESORT MUNYONYO
KAMPALA, UGANDA

 

Excellencies Heads of State and Government

The Secretary General of the EAC and your Secretariat staff

Government Ministers and Officials

Distinguished Partners and Invited Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

I welcome you all to this EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing as part of Development. On behalf of the Government and the people of Uganda, I extend a warm welcome to all of you and invite you to enjoy the hospitality of our Country.

Colleague Heads of State and invited guests, this Joint Retreat will serve two purposes – first, as the 4th Retreat on Infrastructure Development and Financing where we review progress on the implementation of the priority projects agreed upon in the 3rd Retreat held in November 2014. Secondly, as the 1st Retreat on Health Sector Financing and Development.

As at our previous Retreats, this is to say that we owe it to ourselves and the future generations to ensure that this region has efficient, interlinked and interoperable infrastructure to enable our People to increase their prosperity through the exchange of goods and services.  The greater the volume of goods and services that the East Africans sell to one another and to others, the greater their wealth is.

We are, here, also to consider the regional health sector investment priorities in line with our commitments to achieve a robust health coverage and healthy lives for the people of East Africa.

Excellencies,

I wish to thank you for taking decisive actions jointly and severally during the intervening period which has enabled the implementation of some of the infrastructure projects prioritized at the previous Retreats. Your commitments as Heads of State in this process provided requisite assurance not only to development partners and investors but also implementing agencies to propel the infrastructure agenda forward. I wish to thank all those partners that are supporting the regional infrastructure development initiatives in different ways.

Allow me to cite a few notable major ongoing infrastructure developments in the Region: the implementation of the flagship Standard Gauge Railways (SGR) of which the construction of the Mombasa – Nairobi section in the Northern Corridor is complete and operational while the construction of the Dar es Salaam – Morogoro – Mwanza – Dodoma on the Central Corridor is ongoing. Other major undertakings are: construction of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline, the development of Lamu Port – South Sudan – Ethiopia Transport Project corridor, among others.

Within Uganda, we are getting ready to, first of all, repair and start using the old railway lines to Malaba from Kampala, to Pakwach from Tororo and to Kasese from Kampala.  Even using the old line to Mombasa, is cheaper than using the road.  With the Standard Gauge now in Nairobi, it costs US$5 cents per metric tonne transported on the railway compared to US$ 15 cents per metric tonne transported on the road.  With the completed Standard Gauge Railway the rail transport will cost US$ 8 cents per metric tonne compared to US$ 21 cents per metric tonne on the road.  There is also the use of the Lakes: Victoria (Nalubaale), Kyooga with the Nile, Lake Albert (Mwitanzigye), Lake Edward (ButuumbiRutshuru) and the River Kagyera, through Kyaaka in Tanzania to Nshungyeezi in Uganda, a mere 30 miles short of the Rwanda border at Kakitumba.

However, when we are dealing with the Railway, Electricity and ICT backbone, we must ensure the final price of the utility is competitive because those elements are dangerous cost-pushers.  High electricity, transport and internet costs will not allow us to industrialize.  Therefore, the cost of money and the structure of ownership should never be allowed to interfere with this strategic aim.

The Region is also moving forward on trade facilitation through the harmonization of Vehicle Load Control and operationalization of the One Stop Border Posts.  We will open yet another crucial boarder post of Busia on Saturday, as planned by our Regional Ministries.

We have also made good strides on the EAC One Area Network as the implementation of cross-border ICT infrastructure is critical for the attainment of a unified market in communication services in East Africa.   I am gratified to note that Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda have implemented the EAC Roaming Framework, which has considerably reduced on the telecommunication charges for the East African citizens. I urge all the Partner States to embrace this initiative for the benefit of our people.

The transformation of the EAC Customs Union into the Single Customs Territory was a major step in advancing the integration agenda. The Community has, since January 2014, incrementally rolled our cargo on the Single Customs Territory.  I am happy to report that in December, 2017, all goods were rolled into the Single Customs Territory.  Thus, all goods are entered into the Single Customs Territory once they reach the first point of entry into the Community with taxes being assessed and paid to the destination Partner States.

I call upon Your Excellencies to continue on the path of connecting our region and internal investment in infrastructure to boost the facilitation of production and productivity. While the rest of Africa continue to register slow growth, EAC is the fastest growing region. This is partly due to solving this bottleneck of communication by investing heavily in infrastructure.

 

I would like to also request all partner states to focus on to the challenge of doing business in order to realize value for money for the investments we make in infrastructure.

 

I wish to mention some of the challenges, like, delays in project delivery caused by procurement challenges. As Heads of State, we agreed on the priority projects across the region but we do not have in place a harmonized approach of procuring for these projects. This is an area that we must address, collectively.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, whereas developed countries anchor their infrastructure development on their strong financial and capital markets, this region lacks such muscle and, hence, miss the opportunity to access sufficient and cheaper capital. Infrastructure bonds issued through vibrant financial markets have become feasible and profitable investment portfolios for  emerging countries in South East Asia.  We need to embrace this approach in our Region as part of our strategy to enable us realize our long-term Infrastructure Development goals.

Let me inform you that, in the Health Sector, the EAC has witnessed a notable increase in life expectancy from 51 years in 2005 to 61 years in 2016. Despite this progress, huge public health challenges still exist. There is a growing burden of non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cancers; high prevalence of communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis; maternal, neonatal and nutritional complications; road and other accident related injuries; epidemics such as Ebola, marburg and even resistance to antibiotics.

In East Africa, we need to learn lessons from the outbreak of Ebola that ravaged West Africa from 2014 to 2016 in which over 11,000 people perished, but also investment, production and travel were severely disrupted.  Such outbreaks overstretch the health systems and resources, threaten trade and slow down the overall socio-economic transformation. We, as a region, need to strengthen the rapid response mechanisms against health security threats.

With the current array of technologies at our disposal,  there is no reason why we cannot eliminate some of the public health challenges such as Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS; preventable maternal and child deaths. We are also better equipped to deal with non-communicable diseases and epidemics.

We must, therefore, deliberately refocus our efforts to address these challenges through increasing investment in prevention, human and technological resources to accelerate progress towards universal coverage of essential health to the peoples of East Africa.

As we commit ourselves as leaders to champion the health agenda, I call upon investors and development partners to take advantage of potential investment opportunities such as the high unmet needs for specialized healthcare of the rapidly growing population; growing middle class and a wide range of potential incentives offered by Partner States.

Besides, ensuring healthy lives, we expect the health sector to contribute more significantly to the economy through creation of new jobs, proliferation of innovations, expansion of manufacturing of medicines and health technologies and medical tourism.  The sector should be a foreign exchange earner to the region.

In this regard, we need to learn and apply lessons from emerging economies such as India, whose total healthcare industry revenue is expected to increase from US$ 110 billion in 2016 to US$ 372 billion in 2022 in response to deliberate investments in telemedicine, manufacturing of medicines and health technologies, medical tourism, health workforce training and risk pooling/health insurance, among others. In order to achieve this, we need to plan in a harmonized way.  In Uganda, for instance, we, indeed, have a nascent pharmaceutical industry producing Aids/HIV, Malaria, Hepatitis-B, pharmaceuticals, etc. drugs.  These are, however, still using imported pharmaceutical grade starch and imported pharmaceutical grade sugar.  The pharmaceutical grade starch and sugar are crucial for making tablets and syrups for children’s medicines.  Yet, the starch is from maize and cassava and the pharmaceutical grade sugar is from sugar.  I am told the drugs would be 20% cheaper. Moreover, apart from helping in the pharmaceutical industry, more refined sugar is also needed in the soft drinks industry.  Uganda is squandering US$34 million per year importing refined sugar for the soft drinks, about US$ 20 million for importing the pharmaceutical grade starches not including the other raw materials, US$ 77million for taking patients to India etc.  Africa is incredibly rich but wasteful.

Excellencies,

It is my sincere hope that the outcomes of the Roundtable reports which will be presented to the Heads of State will provide avenues and strategies for addressing infrastructure and public health challenges in our region.

At this juncture, I urge all governments and partners to re-affirm their commitment to strengthen infrastructure and health sectors to accelerate attainment of overall socio-economic transformation for the peoples of East Africa.  I look forward to your fruitful deliberations.

It is now my singular honor and privilege to declare this EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development officially open.

Thank You All and Asanteni Sana!


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Support local musicians, Bishop urges public

Category : Local

Bishop Ilukol Girado of Tororo Pentecostal outreach ministries has asked the people of Tororo to acknowledge and value the role of local singers in shaping society. Bishop Ilukol was speaking yesterday during his visit to Matunus Ochulu a local singer who survived a fatal accident a long Mbale – Kumi road two months back.
The bishop noted with concern that some people don’t value musicians yet they play a role of educating and shaping morals of society through their music.
He asked the people of Tororo not only to cherish musicians when they are performing but also show them love and comfort during their difficult times.
Matunis Ochulu who has been bed ridden for about two weeks now was discharged from hospital on Monday following his progressive recovery. The singer is now nursing wounds from his home in Kachinga South Zone Merikit sub-county.

By Nocholas Odongo


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UACE Tororo performance

Category : Local

Following the release if UACE results by Uganda National Examinations board yesterday, our reporters visited some schools in Tororo and here is how they performed.

SCIENCES ARTS
TORORO GIRLS SCHOOL
Athieno Florence 15 PCM/ICT

Rehema Khadija 18 HEENT/SUB MATH
Lyaka Moureen 14 BCM/ICT

Akwi Fridah 17 HENTD/ICT
Sinakoyo Phillipe 15 PEM/ICT

Atim Fiona 17 HEENT/SUB MATH
Namai Juliet 14 PCM/ICT

Awiyo Miriam 17 HEG/SUB MATH
GREAT AUBREY
Felix Opendi 18 BCM/ICT

Patience Nakufuna 18 HDL/ICT
Onder Kenneth 16 BCM/ICT

Edimeya Peace 13 HEL/ICT
Derrick Kigeny 15 BCM/ICT

Pang’a Severino 11 DEG/SUB MATH
Ityang John Cyprian 10 BCA/SUB MATH

Ibedo Jane 11 HEL/SUB MATH

ROCK HIGH
Oketcho Peter 18 PCM/ICT

Awor Viola 17 HDENT/ICT
Muluya Isaaya 17 PMTD/ICT

Mwesigwa Nathan 13 HDL/ICT
Ouma Davis 16 PMTD/ICT

Nyiro Sadik 13 HGENT/ICT
Kimata Andrew 15 BCM/ICT

Ochieng Matia Mulumba 13 HDL/ICT

TANNA MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
Achieng Catherine 14 HEG/ SUBMATH
Achieng Sharon 13 HDG/ICT
Onyango Zablon 11 HEG/ICT
Osenya Ambrose 10 MEG/ICT
Okello Geofrey 9 MEG/ICT

RUBONGI ARMY
Owor Jude 14 points
Ochwo Micheal 14 points
Oboth Moses 14 points
TOPA
Wanyama Paul 17 points PEM

Nyakecho Doreen 16 HEG

Other 8 students got 14 points

 

By Mathew Okello, Antony Onyalla and Ncholas Odongo


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World Vision rescues Paragang one of the isolated Primary Schools in Tororo

Category : Local

World Vision, a Non Governmental Organization has today commissioned two class room blocks, an office, five stance pit latrines and a borehole in Paragang Primary School in West Budama North Tororo district. This is in a bid to improve the education standards in the rural isolated school.

According to the World Vision Program’s Manager Tororo Joseph Ecidu rural schools are always forgotten given their locations calling upon the Administration to put the facilities to good use.

Meanwhile, the Head Teacher Paragang Primary School Geoffrey Obbo thanked World Vision for the wonderful service saying the School had been without enough facilities.

By okoth Olunga


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Hundreds people camp in Nagongera for non communicable diseases screening

Category : Local

Hundreds of people today flocked at Nangongera health centre IV to benefit from a one day non communicable disease screening courtesy of Uganda Non-communicable diseases Alliance (UNCDA)
UNCDA mainly focuses on diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart related diseases whose diagnosis are not given much attention they are affecting many people in the country.
According to Harriet Nyanzi a UNCDA board member, many people in African associate non communicable diseases with developed countries and this makes them live reckless lives thereby susceptible to acquiring the diseases.
She also noted that many people with communicable disease tend to abandon treatment when they see some improvement which makes recovery hard.
Byansi Syagunya also a board member strongly condemned the act of people running to witch doctors and traditional herbalist for treatment of non communicable diseases saying the herbs are never effective and there are risks of over dose and under dose.
Syagunya advised people to embark on regular exercise, eating balanced diet, avoiding sugary food and too much oil as the major ways to prevent the non-communicable diseases.

By Mathew Okello


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The Tororo market site finally handed over to constructors, construction commences immediately.

Category : Local

The construction site for Tororo central market has today been officially handed over to the contractors, Youngjin construction, a Korean based construction firm.

Several vendors whose businesses were affected by the27.7 billion shillings project jubilated over the new development that is expected to be completed in two years.

Speaking at the hand over event at the market site Youngjin construction manager Kim Hyung assured the people of Tororo that work on the market will commence immediately and promised to give value for money.

Tororo municipal council town clerk Akuma Musamil has asked the people of Tororo to carefully use the economic opportunities coming to the area relating to construction.

He said they are to monitor suppliers who bring sub standard construction materials and cautioned the public against politicizing development programmes.

Meanwhile, Tororo district RDC Martin Oroch has asked the people of Tororo to organize themselves ready to receive the coming development than waste a lot of time in conflicts saying that foreigners will come and take advantage of the confusion. He emphasized that development is coming near the people of Tororo but the people of Tororo are moving away from development.

He also asked municipal authorities to find ways of making town buildings worth their location in the town center.

By Mathew Okello and Antony Onyalla