Thursday, 8 June 2017

RDC Calls for fresh investigations in the Police theft case

By: E-Society News Team

The Kasese District Resident District Commissioner Lt. Col. James Mwesigye has called for fresh investigations into cases of theft by the flying squad attached to Police in Kasese district.
He was this afternoon addressing members of the press shortly after speaking to the coffee traders in Kasese town at the mayor’s garden in Kasese town.
Lt. Col. James Mwesigye says some coffee traders had reported to his office about the alleged theft cases of coffee by the Police attached to the flying squad unit.
 Coffee traders’ chairperson in Kasese district Mr. Katsirombyo Bwambale Fred says they were forced to storm the office of the RDC due to the increased cases of coffee thefts in their business. 

The commander for the flying squad Rwenzori East and West Regions assistant superintendent of police ASP Marahi Habson reports that that the flying squad Police officers who allegedly stole coffee had started paying back the money. 

The commander for the Field Force Unit (FFU) police Mr. Asiimwe Medad also reports that some officers who misbehave in his department were being delt with accordingly. 

The man whose funds was stolen Mr. Baduru Kule, was by press time nursing wounds at pride medical centre commonly known as Manasi health unit.
Mr. Baduru disclosed that seven million shillings out of the stolen money was a bank loan and eight million shillings was from his friend, he quickly called for Government intervention. 

So far two suspects are in custody, Mumbere Moses and Masuluba Elisha as Police waits to arrest suspects from the flying squad unit. 
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Kasese budget suffers donor blow



By John B. Thawite

The Kasese district budget for the financial year ending has suffered a major blow arising from reduced donor funding.

According to the district vice chairperson, Elly Magwara, the district had by end of April realised only 890.655m/= out of the expected Shs2,031,655,000  to from Unicef, putting the district budget performance at 41%.

“At the mid-term evaluation at the end of December 2016, adjustments were made on donor support from Shs Shs2,031b to 890.655m/=  due to the poor performance from Unicef where disbursements had been affected due to the global economic recession,” Magwara noted.

Magwara, who also doubles as secretary for finance, planning and administration, wason Friday presenting the 2017/2018 financial year budget estimates, worth Shs57, 345,894,051 during the Council sitting held at the district multipurpose hall.  

The district had estimated to spend up from Shs53,449,348,000 in the year ending, he said..

But he said the district had continued to budget for Unicef support despite poor performance during the year ending “because the organisation has indicated that they will support the district again.”

Revenue sources

Magwara said the district expected to raise the Shs57,345,894,051 from local revenue (shs1.916,370,000), Central Government (53,097,868,551) and Shs2,331,655,500 from donors, accounting for 3.4%, 92..% and 4.1% respectively.

If the 57,345,894,051/= for service delivery were to be distributed among the residents, each person would have only Shs81,686 to spend on services in the entire 2017/2018 financial year.

Expenditure 

He said salaries, including pension and gratuity, are to consume a total of Shs36,631,221,921 or 64% while  11.4bn of the revenue will be spent on recurrent activities to support decentralisation and key service delivery projects.

Shs 4.3bn is to go to development projects especially health, education, roads and production while donor about Shs2.331bn is to go into donor development projects.
He challenged the district leaders to engage the community for additional revenue.

Past achievements 

Outlining a catalogue of achievements, which included class room blocks, roads, the district chairman, Godfrey Sibendire Bigogo, he said district had also undertaken the construction of other projects including mini-Irrigation schemes to mitigate the unpredictable weather patterns.

“People owning land along roads should grow trees to avert the increasingly negative climatic changes in the district,” Bigogo urged.

District Budget at glance

Administration: 6,013,154,675, Finance: 386,873,000., Statutory bodies: 871,280,000, Production and Marketing: 827,546,439, Health: 9,727,617,317,  Education – 29,387,461,506, Roads and engineering:2,663,235,865, Water: 793,237858, Natural resources: 683,649,859, Community-Based Services: 2,434,511,401,  Planning Unit: 753,908,388, Internal Audit: 76,873,000, Transfers to lower local governments: 2,720,671,744.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Kasese boss threaten to arrest husbands to pregnant Teenager.

Kasese boss threaten to arrest husbands to pregnant Teenager.
By MORIS MUMBERE

E-society

KASESE: The Kasese district chairperson five has threatened to arrest husbands to the teenagers following the increasing early marriages in the district which has increased the number of female dropouts in the district.
Basing on the Research gathered in the district indicate that, teenage pregnancy is reported to be on increase especially in Kitswamba sub-county, Busongora north in Kasese district which leaders suspect to have been caused dues to much freedom rendered to the male youth which urge them to marry at an early stage.
“The youth in this district have much freedom since their parents have failed to talk to them and direct them in the right way which could enable them see a bright fight not looking at marriage as the only way of achieving in life, by arresting husbands the rest will learn and fear to engage in such useless early marriage issues” Sibendire bigogo the district boss threatened.
During several abrupt visits to Kitswamba Health Center III in Busongora North constituency, the district leaders were shocked by the big number of teenagers who had thronged the facility for antenatal care.
Kasese District Chairperson Sibendire Bigogo Geoffrey Thembo had subsequently criticized the high rate of early pregnancy in the area and called for an immediate sensitization of the people, especially the men in the area.

Bigogo told monitor reporters that he was shocked to find out that girls of between 14 to 16 years were having three or more children.

“I guess these girls were actually defiled” According to Bigogo,.
In Uganda, 24% of all female teenagers are either pregnant or have given birth already.
Uganda also has the one of the world’s highest fertility rate, with the annual growth rate of 3.5% per annum.
Bridget Biira 18 years and a mother of three children said that she was defiled at the age of 16 while she was in primary six.
A midwife at the facility told our reporter that, at least 15 young girls are received daily for antenatal care.
A section of residents attributed the problem to scarcity of water which they said forces many children to trek long distances in search of water.
Swaibu Mujungu, a teacher at Kitswamba SDA primary school said that young girls in the area were being waylaid by people luring them into immature relationships.
However, Yusuf Mugoba blamed his fellow parents for their alleged failure to monitor their children’s movements.
Simion Kisarali and his wife Grace Biira who were met at the facility for antenatal care urged teenagers to always go with their husbands whenever they attend antenatal care.
According to United Nations, each year roughly 7.3 million girls give birth when they are below the age of 18, and two million of those are younger.
The rate of pregnancies in adolescent girls has started to fall in many developing countries but remains a stubborn problem that damages girls' health and hinders economic productivity.

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Monday, 10 April 2017

Media practitioners’ trained on district information flow.

Media practitioners and Civil Society members oriented on District information flow and "Konw your Local Government Budget".


By MORIS MUMBERE,

e-society 

KASESE: The Kasese district deputy chief administrative officer Lillian Kobusinge has ensued censorship to the media on information flow concerning the district.
Speaking on the orientation training organized by the Kasese E-Society ICT centre in partnership with The Collaboration on International ICT policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) aimed at equipping ICT participants with knowledge on how to access relevant public information and using ICTs to monitor and report service delivery issues.
Kobusinge who was this afternoon of Friday opening a one day orientation training of media practitioners and civil society groups in the district at Kasese district E-society centre, emphasized that any information concerning the district must be approved and sanctioned by the district chief administrative officer.
The deputy Chief Executive officer, urged the media to always seek clarification and comments from the CAO’s office on any newsworthy matter involving the district.
She called for observance of the access to information act by the media practitioners and objectivity in their media reports as these will help eliminate bias in the course of news broadcast.

The Kasese district information officer John Thawithe noted that everyone has a right to information access but in line with the rule of law.
Samuel Mumbere one of the facilitator urged all media practitioners to utility the resource centre to get quality information which can build the society,
He further noted that the district is ready to support any media house which will continue updating the public on several government programs.
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Thursday, 6 April 2017

95 Billion Project of Mitigating Kasese floods commence on river Nyamwamba

95 Billion Project of Mitigating Kasese floods commence on
river Nyamwamba

By MORIS MUMBERE,

E-society


KASESE
: A 95 Billion Project of Mitigating Kasese floods by Arab contractors has commence on river Nyamwamba to reduce on the daily suspected periods of flooding of several rivers channel in Kasese district which will take nearly six months
“ This contract was awarded to Arab Contractors Company at a tune of shillings 95
billion (2715622$) and it’s to be finished in a period of five months” Eng. Mohamed Eldesouky the resident eng. from the government of Egypt said in an interview.

The five months project of protection works for flood mitigation in rwenzori sub region, Kasese district which is funded by the Egyptian government under the ministry of water resources and irrigation was delayed by security threats resulting from the November 2016 Kasese clashes that left hundreds of people killed at the obusinga bwa Rwenzururu palace.

The retraining works are centering on excavating and de-silting of the river channels at some identified hotspots to remove stones and other debris from the main stream of Nyamwamba river to flush floods effectively.


According to Eng. Mohamed Eldesouky the residents engineer for Arab contractors, said they want to de-silt the upper stream of river Nyamwamba as a mitigation measure to avoid accumulation of debris that may limit the river channel capacity during floods.

Eng. Mohamed said that, after cleaning the river channel, they will put gabions on the river banks to protect the most vulnerable sections along Nyamwamba River where flow
velocities are extremely high.

“Our mitigation interventions will be carried out on three most severely affected areas along river Nyamwamba that is to say, road barrier primary school, Kilembe mines hospital, Bulembia primary school,  later on katiri school and the church shall be added”  Eng. Mohamed added.

He noted that the main problem has been the blockage of some cross sections of river Nyamwamba which couldn’t accommodate the proper flow of the river adding that they are now digging it ten meters deep to give the river enough space for water flow.

“We started our role almost one and half week ago at the site of Bulembia primary with about four excavators working on removing of stones from the water mainstream channel then thereafter we shall descend to Kyanzuki Bridge up to Kilembe hospital”, Eng. Mohamed further added.


The retraining process was welcomed by the Kasese municipality parliamentary legislator Hon. Robert centenary who praised the Egyptian government for the funding geared towards saving lives and properties of Kasese residents.

“Am very glad that the project of rechanneling river Nyamwamba has finally commenced and this is a very big step by government in saving lives of communities around river Nyamwamba especially Kilembe mines hospital, Bulembia, Katiri and road barrier primary schools”, Centenary told daily monitor in an interview.

Flooding has happened twice leading to the closure of Kilembe mines hospital that was in May 2013 and May 2014 following destructive floods that ravaged the entire hospital buildings and causing displacement of patients.

The floods were triggered by a heavy downpour that caused River Nyamwamba to burst its banks.

What residents say

According to Rev. Sister Theopista Basemera the Kilembe mines hospital senior administrator, the current construction works on river Nyamwamba is a big relief to the hospital looking at the turbulent situation the hospital went through during the previous floods.
Sr. Theopista narrated that, they have been living in fear of fresh floods invading the hospital any time because of the current rainy season experienced in the district.

“For the last three years from 2013 to 2015 we have been experiencing floods whereby sixty four houses at the hospital were washed away by floods, we are now very happy that construction works have began and now we are assure that looking at the work being done, floods will not affect our hospital anymore,” Sr. Theopista said.
Utilities:
At least during every rainy season for the last four years, River Nyamwamba which is situated on the slopes of Rwenzori Mountain bursts its banks, leaving behind a soar of destruction of lives where over nine people were reported dead and properties worth millions of money destroyed.

The river channel is now being constructed with protective bearers against destruction of schools such as Bulembia and road barrier primary schools which have for the last four consecutive floods suffered a tale of destruction including Kilembe mines Hospital which
nearly closed during the 2014 Kasese floods.
End.

Friday, 31 March 2017

council guard against middlemen who are exploiting the farmers.

Council guard against middlemen who are exploiting the farmers.

by MORIS MUMBERE,

E-society.

KASESE; Vanilla dealers in the Rwenzori region have hailed the district council for its stand to guard against middlemen who are exploiting the farmers.
The district council sitting yesterday approved an ordinance on vanilla production.
This was after the motion mover who doubles as the district Youth and Secretary for Production, Marketing and Natural Resources, Gideon Sanyu Ntabose told the council that the Kasese district was doing badly in terms of Vanila production because of increasing cases of the cash crop.

Allan Mayanja Nturanke, the Production Manager for ESCO Uganda told press shortly after the motion that he was extremely happy for the gesture of the district by guarding vanilla farmers from thieves and middlemen he said were exploiting farmers.

He was immediately supported by Rwenzori Farmers Cooperative Union limited Director, Jimmy Bagonza Police.
Police said that vanilla farmers have always been forced to harvest immature vanilla beans because they fear thieves who he said were terrorizing the community where the crop was heavily grown.


Annet Mutsangwa, the Female district Councilor for Mahango and Kyalhumbna sub-counties said that the ordinance asked the district commercial office to guard and monitor the activities of vanilla buyers.


Kasese district chairperson, Geoffrey Sibendire Thembo Bigogo sounded a strong warning to thieves saying that their days were numbered.

END.

Striga weed ravages maize yields in Kasese.

Striga weed ravages maize yields in Kasese.
By MORIS MUMBERE

E-society,

Kasese: Parasitic Striga weed is costing a huge toll of maize farmers as their maize crops continue to loss yields season after season.
“The research we have  indicate that striga weed has affected over 80% maize yield leaving farmers in a hug lose which we feel has to be addressed” Julius Rukara the district agriculture officer said.
The Kasese district agriculture officer Mr. Rukara while addressing the awareness meeting organized b y NARO and national crop resources research institution narrated that farmers have been reporting a strange weeding without signs but no prevention attain towards killing it yet it has affected major crops that benefit farmers.
Rukara added that striga weed largely affects cereal crops such as maize, rice, sorghum, sugarcane, millet, cowpea, tobacco at a large scale.
“Striga hermonthica is the most dangerous weed that produces more than 200,000 seeds plant per season” Rukara noted.
Rukara further noted that the speed at which the weed multiplies in the farms cannot be controlled by many pesticides in a season.
Dr. Charles kasozi lwanga a researcher from national crop resources research institution blamed the rapid spread of the weed on farmers due to poor farming practices and sharing of garden tools from one affected farm to the fresh gardens leaving many farms with the disease.
Dr. kasozi added that most farmers fail to indentify the affect crops with signs like stuntedness of cross, wilting where crops tend to dry up, yellowing of plants which happens when most of the crops are planted in the highly striga weed places.
He further added that, most farmers harvest crops and put them on the ground instead of harvesting them in a bag so that they don’t get striga from the ground since the disease stays in dust.

Dr. kasozi advised farmers to harvest maize while putting them in bags to avoid contact with soil, rotating maize with non cereal, intercropping, uprooting striga before flowering and plant striga resistance verities.
One of the farmers Hilary Masereka raised a concern following same areas of Ibuga and hima in Kasese, where people have started smoking the weeds after realizing that farmers hip the affected plants on the road side and smokers take them without knowing that they are affected.
Hilary noted that the some smokers may plant them with interest that they continue smoking without knowing that they have planted weed.
However the deputy RDC Minadabu Muhindo blamed the scientist for not making one clear medicine that can cure the disease instead the bring several varieties which confuse farmers and end up applying whatever product they have been told by sellers in the market.
Muhindo said, scientist brought roundup, wild king, wind master saying one of these dry the weed and dies completely, but the end result none of them has ever worked causing confusision to the farmers which has caused the persistence of the weed due to lack of specific pesticide towards the disease.
He advised agriculture consultant to stand on one chemical purposely for one item to have a lasting solution not mixing up issues of preventing instead of cure.

“research say if they bring a lasting solution their product lose market, which influences most of the scientist to continue making more chemicals to yields money from farmers, instead of a total redaction measure in the district” Muhindo said.


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Harmful Transformer oil is used for chips and chapatti making

Research indicate that Transformer oil is used for chips and chapatti making
By MORIS MUMBERE,

E-society

KASESE: Electricity companies in Kasese have warned the public to be vigilant following the Research made by several power distributing company that transformer oil that is drained from several transformers in different transmitting point is current used by chapatti makers from different manufacturing places in the country.
“We always find most of our transformers drained, vandalized others linking without any clear notification on who might have tempered with them and the secrete behind vandalizing them, until when it was discovered and researched in kenya during a training workshop where we were informed that the oil is used by chapatti makers” lubega Stephen said.
During the awareness meeting organized by the electricity regulatory authority held at Verina gardens yesterday the public tasked the distribution companies to give reasons why power goes off and takes long to be connected without any notification that has left many lose their properties due to fire out breaks when power comes back with high voltages beyond domestic consumption levels.
The Kasese district Umeme engineer for maintenance lubega Stephan in his response said, thieves break the transformers and disconnect the power without the companies notice which they notice after some days leaving the public in darkness since the oil helps in the transformers process.
He added that all along they have been wandering what the thieves use the oil for but of recent they realized that it’s used for chapatti making by several venders on streets and other places.
“Had it not been the training we attained in Kanya, as Umeme Company in Uganda we would continue asking what the transformer oil is used for” lubega added.
Lubega further noted that the reports made indicate that the transformer oil favors chapatti and Cheeps makers since it takes long while cycling on the fry pan to get finished and dry compared to other cooking oils which are costly that why most of the venders use it.
Lubega added that, another category of people have stated mixing transformer oil in the cosmetics for their bodies.

He appealed to the public to stand warned and worried of their health since the oil consists of cooper sulphate (cuso4) which is harm full for human consumption.
While looking at the effect of the transformer oil on human consumption the managing director kilembe investment electricity company Mr. Gideon Mujungu narrated several causes such as lung cutting that has affected many people in the country, which may result into lung cancer since the used transformer oil in chapatti making is not good for human consumption.
Gideon further confirmed its effect basing of live practice where when drops land on any vegetable or grass it immediately dries off, and in same area where transformers are placed grass dry due to some linkages on the transformer that drops the oil.
Gideon indentified other users as those who do welding work who use the oil for their machine saying all these are being hunted to find the real person who vandalize company transformers. 
The deputy RDC Minadabu Muhindo asked Umeme management to differentiate the difference between the chapatti cooked by transformer oil and the original cooking oil so that the public can be on the alert of such health risks foods by appearance.
The councilor representing Kamaiba ward Mzee Israel Masereka said he had been tipped on the information while staying in kampala that cheeps consume a lot of oil and most of the sellers opted to using transformer oil since it takes long on the pan while cycling.
Efforts to talk to any of the street chapatti and cheeps makers over the said information were impossible since their daily duties are always done at night. 
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