Uganda Earmarks Shs 9bn for New Vaccines

The team instituted by President Yoweri Museveni to investigate the conflicts in Tooro Kingdom has recommended major reforms, ed dosage among them dismissal of a number of kingdom officials for peace and harmony to prevail in the institution.

The committee also believes that the 23 year old King of Tooro Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru needs to undertake further training to acquire basic leadership and military skills to be able to run the traditional constitution better.

On 13th July 2015 while at  Njara State Lodge, page web President Museveni instituted a committee of clerics headed by Rwenzori diocese Bishop Reuben Kisembo Amooti to investigate the squabbles inside the Kingdom.

The committee according to president Museveni was to meet different groups, opinion leaders, elders, ministers as well as the two fighting factions of King Oyo Nyimba and his cousin brother David Kijanangoma who earlier this year proclaimed himself king.

Releasing the report findings during a press conference on Wednesday at St. John’s Cathedral in Fort Portal, the committee resolved that the [reigning] Babiito clan head Musuga Charles Kamurasi, Deputy Prime Minister Harriet Nyakake, Jonathan Baguma the King’s personal secretary, Augustine Kayonga , Rev. Richard Baguma, and Security Minister Christopher Kaijabwango should relieved of their duties by the King.

According to the findings by the committee, these officials posed a challenge to the development of Tooro and have caused people to hate the king and the kingdom.

Bishop Reuben Kisembo the Committee Chairperson said while releasing the report, that the mentioned officials whatever they do does not glorify the institution.

He said the officials had failed to give guidance to the King Oyo on issues affecting the kingdom and how to address them.

The report also recommended that President Museveni sponsors King Oyo to go for further studies on Human Resource Management, Public Administration, leadership skills and military training to acquire knowledge and skills of managing the kingdom and its resources.

In the report it was pointed out that the youthful King lacked basic leadership skills and that ‘in his speeches he didn’t sound like a King.’

It is unclear why the committee was insistent on the King undertaking training in military, as none of his predecessors had a military background.

King Oyo’s father the Late Patrick Olimi Kaboyo (after Kingdoms were abolished by Milton Obote in 1967), served in the central government as the Minister Councillor at the Ugandan Embassy in Dar es Salaam. He was also Uganda’s Ambassador to Cuba until 1993 when Kingdoms were restored by the NRM government.

The president set up the clerics’ committee following wrangles between rebel King David Kijanangoma and King Oyo.

Kijanangoma early last year declared himself rebel king and announced he would oust King Oyo. accusing him failure to establish projects to benefit his subjects and to stop the Queen Mother from interfering in the palace affairs.

Kijanangoma’s declaration left the kingdom divided into two factions, one loyal to King Oyo and another to Kijanangoma in his palace at Rwengoma.
Government has planned to spend over Shs 9bn to co-finance procurement of new vaccines in the next financial year, shop according to Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.

He said this year, Shs 7bn has been spent on co-financing new vaccines alone and that Uganda was among the few countries in Africa that fully finances the traditional vaccines.

This was contained in a speech delivered by the Prime Minister at the closing ceremony of the immunization stakeholder’s meeting.

The function took place at Silver Springs Hotel-Bugolobi in Kampala.

The Premier said government was committed to strengthen the health system for effective immunization services in the country.

He noted that about three years ago, Uganda was only better than Somalia in immunization coverage.

“The turnaround in just three years could only be achieved by a committed leadership,” he said, adding, “This success would not have been possible without the effort of the Chief Administrative Officer’s, District Health Officers and other health workers.”

Rugunda said the Office of the Prime Minister which is charged with monitoring service delivery trusts that leaders at all levels will ensure improvement in service delivery.

“Improvement not only in immunization but also in all other health care services,” he said.

He noted that in July this year, the country recorded one of the biggest changes in the immunization service delivery.

“Over 1,200 Fridges, 1,000 vaccine carriers and 12 cold rooms were procured and distributed across the country,” he said.

The Premier later officially launched the distribution of 64 vehicles and 600 motor cycles procured under the GAVI Health System Strengthening grant.

At least 64 districts got heavy duty pickups, 600 sub counties with motorcycles in addition to 1500 parishes that have just received bicycles.

He directed the respective CAO’s to ensure proper utilization and maintenance of the equipment.

“Let me be clear, this transport equipment is for immunization purposes only,” he said.

The Minister of State for Primary Health Care, Sarah Opendi informed the Premier that this year,  ten districts had performed exceptionally well in immunization.

They include Insingiro, Lubirizi, Ngora, Kaberamaido, Maracha, Mityana, Kanugu, Nwoya, Tororo and Kamwenge.


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