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The local population in Ibanda on Wednesday managed to kill the third jackal after many beasts stormed the Western Uganda town, visit this site http://crossfitabf.com/wp-includes/deprecated.php killing a woman and 200 domestic animals including goats, information pills http://corepr.pl/wp-includes/date.php pigs and sheep.

The wild animals have since wreaked havoc in the sub-counties of Kafunjo, viagra order Kyegwisa, Bisheshe, Nsasi and Ruyonza; compelling residents to walk with spears and pangas for their safety and sleep before nightfall.

The residents suspect the animals to have fled Queen Elizabeth National Park.

UWA officials arrived in Ibanda on Wednesday to assess the situation before urging residents not to kill the jackals.

This angered locals who have since lost their precious animals thus hunting down the deadly wild creatures.

Kenneth Mwebaze, 57, a resident of Nyakabungo, Nsasi told ChimpReports that he lost his wife Gladys Komworeko, 56, to one of the jackals on the fateful day of October 30.

“My wife had gone to check on our cows in the farm when the wild animal pounced on her,” the traumatised man narrated.

Locals displaying one the killed jackals

Locals displaying one the killed jackals

“The jackal grabbed my wife by the neck before mauling her to death. It was an awful and terrifying incident,” he recounted.

He said Komworeko bled profusely in the fatal animal attack.

Mwebaze appealed to government to provide support to the affected families.

“UWA is vigilant in hunting down poachers. It must show the same commitment in protecting people and their property from these beasts,” he charged.

The jackals have caused a reign of terror in Ibanda

The jackals have caused a reign of terror in Ibanda

Breeding grounds

According to the hunters’ report, Ndahura Asaba said the jackals have overstayed in the area and reproduced thus accumulating in great numbers to disorganize the local population.

“These animals have been in the area for so many years and have eaten up all the edible animals in the bush. Now they have encroached on our homes to look for survival,” Ndahura said

Ndahura further pointed out that one of the jackals was killed on Tuesday when it tried to kill the school children who were walking to the school.

“One of the hunters is recovering in hospital with serious injuries to his arms after attempting to prise a school-going kid from the jackal’s jaws,” he revealed.

Residents on Ibanda take a glimpse of the jackal being taken away by UWA officials

Residents on Ibanda take a glimpse of the jackal being taken away by UWA officials

The Chief Warden Queen Elizabeth National Park, Echidu Diao told ChimpReports that black and side stripped jackals escaped from the park before creating a reign of terror in Ibanda.

He further said Uganda is exceptional to have such animals in big numbers as they were only known to be in Kenya.

Diao advised the locals to avoid walking through the bushes in the morning and late in the night until the entire situation is put under control.

“You should desist from killing animals which escape from the park. You should instead report to the UWA authorities.”

He said the law does not provide for the compensation of victims of animals that escape from parks but urged affected families to liaise with the RDC to inform the president.

Ibanda South MP and Works Minister Eng John Byabagambi encouraged locals to hunt down the wild animals instead of waiting for support from UWA.

He also handed over 6 hunting nets to locals to crack down on the wild animals.

Minister John Byabagambi speaking to the people of Ibanda about the jackals

Minister John Byabagambi speaking to the people of Ibanda about the jackals

Kenneth Mwebaze whose wife was mauled by the jackal narrates his  horrifying experience to ChimpReports on Wednesday

Kenneth Mwebaze whose wife was mauled by the jackal narrates his horrifying experience to ChimpReports on Wednesday


Parliament on Wednesday considered the Public Finance Management (Amendment) Bill, mind http://catrinmacdonnell.co.uk/wp-admin/includes/upgrade.php 2015, website http://centroilponte.com/wp-content/themes/twentytwelve/page-templates/full-width.php giving government a free hand to pick large sums of money from the national treasury without consent from the August House.

If signed into law by the President, the legislation will effectively see an amendment of the Public Finance Management Act, 2015 to provide for “virement by a vote of not more than 10 percent of the Budget of the vote; to provide for further financing of supplementary estimates; and to provide for guarantees and advances by the Bank of Uganda without Parliamentary approval.”

‘Virement’ means an administrative transfer of funds from one part of a budget to another.

The law will as well repeal the provision on the requirement to represent a certificate certifying that the policy statements of the votes are gender and equity responsive.

In a sitting called to consider the Bill in mid-October, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga had asked government to make further consultations about the proposed legislation before the House can approve it.

The new legislation has since triggered public anger with critics accusing government of attempting to sidestep Parliament oversight in managing public resources.

Overthrow of the legislature 

Professor Benon C Basheka argues that the executive cannot spend money without proper appropriation by the legislature.

“It is this historical power, as demonstrated in the process that led to the Magna Carta that the Uganda executive seeks to ‘overthrow’ as they amend the Public financial management act,” said Basheka.

Magna Carta (Latin for “the Great Charter) is a charter agreed by King John of England on 15 June 1215 as a result of citizen rejection of his excessive attempts to over tax them and also extravagantly spend their taxes.

England was ruled by King John and although the kingdom had a robust administrative system, the nature of government was ill-defined and uncertain. John and his predecessors had ruled using the principle of ‚force and will”, taking executive and sometimes arbitrary decisions, often justified on the basis that a king was above the law.

Basheka argued that the passed Bill tantamount to “overthrowing the constitutional order as members of Parliament only hold this Parliamentary approval authority on behalf of the people of Uganda who under Article 1 of the Ugandan constitution have supreme power. A legislature should thus never allow itself to lose this constitutional authority over public finances.”

He further pointed out that a law that has been passed barely 6 months, cannot be an urgent matter of discussion in the legislature when the country has more pressing challenges worth attention.

“How do the technocrats in the Ministry of Finance, who are custodians of the public finance systems of a country and who ought to advise the executive about the implications of these amendments especially on the economy honestly do the drafting of the amendments and largely remain bystanders in this amendment debate?” the UTAMU Vice Chancellor wondered.

“The technical experts in Bank of Uganda, aware of the dangers that the country is likely to face, ought to make position papers clear on their stand regarding the amendments. In all these proposed amendments, one wonders how a sensible elected Member of Parliament would seek to ‘overthrow himself or herself’ from his own job.”

 


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