Monday, 29 October 2012

Kasese deputy speaker remanded over theft

News Updated at E-Society Kasese

Ms Jane Asiimwe being led to court on Thursday.


Court in Kasese on Thursday remanded to Mubuku prison the deputy speaker to the district council, Ms Jane Asiimwe, on charges of theft.
Ms Asiimwe, 27, who is also the female district youth councillor, was arrested on Thursday, charged by police and taken to court.
Court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Patrick Bamuhiga heard that last month, Ms Asiimwe, while at the district headquarters at Rukoki, stole two vouchers with numbers 1742 and 1744 from the accounts assistant’s office contrary to section 245 and 267 (e) of the Penal Code Act. She denied the charges.
State lawyer Mike Mwanje told court that the investigations into the case were not yet complete and asked for adjournment.
Ms Asiimwe, who was not allowed to take plea, pleaded for bail in vain, saying she has an elderly person and two infants under her care. She also said the case is politically motivated.
However, the presiding magistrate ruled that since the case is about alleged theft, the issue of political motivation cannot be entertained, hence remanding her until today (October 29).
Police acted on a petition by the councillors seeking the censure of the speaker, Mr Mubingwa, where one of the missing vouchers was attached.


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Biogas introduced in Kasese

World Wide Fund, an international conservation NGO, has introduced biogas fuel in Kasese District to help reduce environmental degradation.
The NGO, in partnership with Centre For Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC), are implementing the biogas projects in institutions and homesteads to reduce the demand for firewood and charcoal.
Biogas is produced from decomposing organic human and animal waste and dead plants. The spokesperson of CREEC, Ms Rehema Namukose, said most schools in Kasese did not provide lunch to their students, thus creating less human waste for biogas fuel.
“Out of the 55 schools we visited, only three qualified for the project. Most schools do not provide lunch to students, therefore, the rate of going for long calls is limited,” Ms Namukose said at the launch of the project last week.
“We have spent Shs25 million on the biogas plant at Karambi Secondary School,” Ms Namukose said.
The development comes at a time when deforestation in the mountain slopes of Kasese has caused flooding in rainy seasons.

Museveni tells Rwenzururu king to ensure ethnic unity

President Museveni has asked the administration of the Rwenzururu Kingdom to focus on resolving conflicts among the ethnic groups in the area so that they do not hinder development.
In a speech read on his behalf by the Vice President, Mr Edward Ssekandi, at the 46th coronation anniversary of the Rwenzuururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere Irema-Ngoma in Kasese on Friday, Mr Museveni said stability in the Rwenzori subregion is key to development.
The region is endowed with cotton, fruit and maize. The mining sector has copper, cabalt, salt, oil and gas, pozzolana, limestone, among others. Of late there have been ethnic conflicts pitting Bakonzo on one side and Basongora on the other in Kasese District. In the neighbouring Bundibugyo District, the conflict has been pitting Bakonzo on side and Bamba, Babwisi on the other.
Mr Museveni said the cultural institutions have done a lot in the development of the country and that conflict resolution is also one key area where they can excel. He said the restoration of the kingdoms in Uganda in 1993 was one of the great achievements of the NRM government because kingdoms are older than the history of Uganda and hence they inculcate a sense of belonging to many Ugandans.
The president also urged kingdoms to concentrate on reviving the lost traditional values for the better organisation of the society starting from the family unit. “The monarchs should restore the lost traditional values starting from the family unit because that used to be the beginning of conflict resolution in the Africa,” he said.
The Vice President also launched the fundraising drive for the construction of the Shs5 billion palace for the king at the Base Camp Hill in Kasese Municipality where the president pledged Shs80m and delivered Shs20m in cash. Mr Sekandi also contributed Shs5m in a drive that saw Shs120m realised.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Kasese celabrates Uganda's 50 years of independence

By: Kasese online news team E-Society Kasese
Today, Kasese District has celebrated 50 years of Uganda's independence. The function that is taking place at Rwenzori square has been officiated by a number of dignitaries who include politicians, District Civil Servants, army officials has shown a great humor of patriotism in the District.
LCV Chairman arrives Photo by: Samuel Mumbere

The function has been officiated by the Minister of Defence Dr. Chrispus Kiyonga who has been the chief guest, the RDC, all District officials and politicians.
The chief guest arrives Photo by: Samuel Mumbere
Take a look

The parade Photo by: Samuel Mumbere
His majesty Omusinga at the function Photo by: Samuel Mumbere

LCV Chairman Bounces at Kayanzi Primary school

By: Kasese online news team
E-Society Resource Centre Kasese

The house that was to be commissioned

The LCV Chairman Rt. Col. Mawa Muhindo on Friday 12/10/2012 bounced at Kayanzi Primary School where he had gone to commission a 4 roomed staff quarters house which had been constructed with the help of BTC.

The Chairman leaving the school
The Chairman together with the BTC Technical personnel and other district official arrived at the school at 4.30PM where they found the pupils playing and waiting, but all offices were locked with no teacher at the school campus. 

Kayanzi is a landing site on Lake Edward. after a few minutes, a few teachers started appearing and starting to organize the place. The Chairman was disappointed and adjourned to function till further notice.

The funny thing was that, the teachers had had their lunch in one of the rooms that had been piled with firewood, and they had left the plates and the leftovers displayed in the room.
The pupils at Kayanzi Primary school

Kasese LCV Chairman commissions Staff houses and gravity flow water system in Kitholhu Sub-County

By: Kasese online news team
E-Society Resource Centre
Foundation stone of the staff  quarters
The LCV Chairperson on friday 12/10/2012 commissioned one newly contructed staff house at Kanyatsi Primary School, Kanyatsi Health Center and a gravity flow water system all in Kitholhu Sub-County. there were constructed with the help of Belgium Technical Corporation (BTC). The gravity water system has been constructed to supply water to the communities in Kitholhu Sub-county.

The residents showed great appreciation to the government towards the new development. Where they donated goats to the BTC technical person Mr. Steven, the LCV and the CAO Kasese.
Gifts being offered to the officials Photo by: Samuel Mumbere
The LCV Chairperson encouraged the to love and work more with government.
The chairman delivers his speech Photo by: Samuel Mumbere
The Chairman then handed over materials that were donated to best students who had trained in vocational studies so that they could go and start up their own businesses to boost their income.

LCV Chairman hands over the equipment to the graduands Photo by: Samuel Mumbere
The commissioned staff quarters Photo by: Samuel Mumbere

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Kasese court denies Besigye’s aides bail

News updated at E-Society Kasese

A court in Kasese District has denied bail to two aides of Forum for Democratic Change president Kizza Besigye.
Mr Sam Mugumya, Mr Francis Mwijukye and Mr Robert Kasakwa, who reappeared before the Grade One Magistrate’s court on Monday, have been on remand at Mubuku Prison since October 5, charged with stealing two mobile phones and money.
Prosecution alleges that the trio committed the offence on August 4 at Maliba Trading Centre in Maliba Sub-county, Kasese District during campaigns for the recently concluded Woman MP by-election. The phones and Shs100,000 belonged to Mr Ismail Muyingo. The accused deny the charges.
However, there was drama in court when their file was called twice but blocked by State lawyer Michael Mwanja who, asked the court to adjourn for a lunch break. Upon resumption at 2pm, he again asked for an adjournment, saying the police officer handling their file was not in court.
Nevertheless, court started hearing the case and bail applications at 2:15pm with the state calling one witness, Mr Yeremia Sunday, 33, a resident of Maliba Sub-county. Mr Sunday caused laughter in court when he said he had never met the accused. “This is my first time to see these people but they are the ones who stole the phone,” he told court.
When the defence lawyer made bail applications for the accused, the State moved fast to block the application for Mr Mugumya and Mr Mwijukye. “Your worship, the suspects have no fixed abode within the jurisdiction of this court and may not be able to report since they come from far away. So, there is no need for them to be granted bail,” argued state lawyer Mwanje.
Mr Robert Kasakwa’s bail application was, however, accepted. Trial magistrate Patrick Bamuhiga adjourned the hearing to today when he is expected to make a ruling on the bail application.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Kasese Celebration of Uganda's 50 years of independence starts

A special week of activities for Kasese District to mark Uganda’s golden jubilee Independence celebrations was on Wednesday launched  by Kasese District Development Network (KADDENET) on behalf of civil society. (KADDENET) has organized a number of activities to be carried out during the week among which is Education symposium, the cleaning activity and Independence dinner.

The symposium was sponsored by RWECO. it was marked by the matching exercise in which primary pupils from four primary schools participated. The symposium was then held at Virina gardens Hotel with a number of papers presented concerning education of Kasese in the past, present and the future.
pupils on match around kasese town
An education analysis paper presented by the senior District Education Officer Constantine Baluku was adopted by the stakeholders after it highlight the sector’s problems that include poor facilities, low academic performances, understaffing among others.
The representative of the Kasese district chairman, the secretary for production and marketing John Businge who was also the cheif guest said there is need for consorted efforts of leaders at all a level to improve the education standards.


Businge said the District Local Government has tried its best in building staff quarters for schools in the hard to reach areas, and pit latrines every financial.
He called upon stakeholders like the Rwenzururu Kingdom to sensitize the people on food security because hungry children will never study well.

Participants recommended that the ministry of education should change the curriculum from theoretical but rather be more of practical in order to enhance children’s’ skills at a lower stage.
A blind student from Saad s.s demonstrating his skill during the symposium
They also asked the district leadership to mobilize for financial and material support from local investors to the special needs schools to improve on their facilities to suit the needs of the children.
Other activities for the independence week included town cleaning and neighborhood assemblies in the municipality today, independence dinar on October 8th and also jubilee celebrations at Nyakasanga playground on Independence Day. 

Disabled pupils from Rukooki modle school demonstrating their skills

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Local authorities in Kasese district are struggling with appeals to cause the evacuation of close to 500 families that risk to be affected by a loaming landslide after a huge crack was discovered in Buwatha Village in Kilembe sub-county.
The crack was first reported last week by the Kilembe sub-count councilor to the sub-county Mr. Emmanuel Kaghuma after residents discovered it following the start of the rainy season.
The crack is a top of the Kilembe Mines field that has been redundant for decades which had forced people establish homes in the area.
The Kasese Deputy Resident Commissioner Mr. Aminadabu Muhindo on Friday led a team of district officials to the area but had no option after assessing the danger other than advising residents to vacate the area for the safety of their lives.
The Deputy RDC expressed great fear that should rains fall persistently in the area for a week or two, lives could be lost.
The disaster threat comes at a time when the government of Uganda is negotiating with Gingco a Chinese company that wants to take over the copper mining activities in the Kilembe.
According to Buwatha village LC1 chairperson, Mr. Yowasi Muhindo, who has served the area for the last twenty six years, there are four hundred eighty people in the village.
Mr. Muhindo, however, said about 40 of the residents had fled the area for safety elsewhere.
Institutions that could be affected include Buwatha Primary School which has about 300 pupils, a Catholic and an Anglican Church.
At the source of landslide above the village, the ground had cracked and partly sank in while some parts are water-logged rendering the soils very weak and heavy.
Neighboring Mahango sub-county has experienced disaster in the past one year with 8 children buried by the ground falls on their houses in October last year and April this year.
The RDC said he is to inform the ministry of Disaster Preparedness to come up with mechanisms of helping out the people likely to be affected by the upcoming disaster.
Huge stones could also be seen precariously hanging some distances above a number of homesteads.
The area District Councilor, Emmanuel Kaghuma and the residents attribute the crack and the landslide on past Kilembe Mines activities in the area.
They allege that the ground had been weakened by the tunnels, which they said were now clogged with earth due to the many years of Mines non-functionality.
But the Kilembe Mines Safety Officer, Mr. Vincent Kaliisa, who is also acting Kilembe Mines captain, says a team from the company had visited the area and did not see any cracks.