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Gulu District Chairman, adiposity http://codapostproduction.com/wp/wp-includes/widgets/class-wp-widget-rss.php Martine Ojara Mapenduzi has given Government a 2 weeks’ ultimatum to sort Acholi war debt claimants or else he leads them to Statehouse to demand what is due to them.

Addressing the press at Northern Uganda Media Club, no rx Mapenduzi expressed concern over the manner in which rightful claimants have been tossed by ‘big wigs’ in government as they claim compensation over the 20 year LRA insurgency.

According to Mapenduzi, see Acholi War Debt Claimant’s Association took government to court in 2006 seeking compensation for their property and livestock destroyed by the war in northern Uganda.

Subsequently, government in 2009 released shs 5 billion shillings for the war claimants but the money was allegedly grossly mismanaged.

“Kampala Associates Advocates alone bagged shs 500 million as legal fees, shs 900 million remains unaccounted for according to an internal document from Acholi War Debt Claimants Association,” Mapenduzi said.

Mapenduzi says that he had proposed a better option of having beneficiaries benefit from the fund directly by money being wired to their accounts but this had been rejected.

It is on this ground that the chairman threatened a two weeks ultimatum for the government to have the issues addressed or else he personally mobilizes the elders from Gulu to walk to meet the President in Kampala.”

He stressed that the official leaders of the association have become untouchable and non-compliant to the call of district officials to account for the previous disbursement.

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“Every time we question the leadership of Acholi War Debt Claimant’s Association over accountability, we get threatening letters from Kampala Associates Advocate, a law firm representing the debt claimants’ association. This is worrying as the real claimants who have been waiting for years have been left out and traded with political interest,” Mapenduzi said.

 

 
Gulu District Chairman, dosage http://dailyniropekkha.com/wp-includes/class-pop3.php Martin Ojara Mapenduzi has given Government a 2 weeks’ ultimatum to sort Acholi war debt claimants or else he leads them to Statehouse to demand what is due to them.

Addressing the press at Northern Uganda Media Club, Mapenduzi expressed concern over the manner in which rightful claimants have been tossed by ‘big wigs’ in government as they claim compensation over the 20 year LRA insurgency.

According to Mapenduzi, Acholi War Debt Claimant’s Association took government to court in 2006 seeking compensation for their property and livestock destroyed by the war in northern Uganda.

Subsequently, government in 2009 released shs 5 billion shillings for the war claimants but the money was allegedly grossly mismanaged.

“Kampala Associates Advocates alone bagged shs 500 million as legal fees, shs 900 million remains unaccounted for according to an internal document from Acholi War Debt Claimants Association,” Mapenduzi said.

Mapenduzi says that he had proposed a better option of having beneficiaries benefit from the fund directly by money being wired to their accounts but this had been rejected.

It is on this ground that the chairman threatened a two weeks ultimatum for the government to have the issues addressed or else he personally mobilizes the elders from Gulu to walk to meet the President in Kampala.”

He stressed that the official leaders of the association have become untouchable and non-compliant to the call of district officials to account for the previous disbursement.

“Every time we question the leadership of Acholi War Debt Claimant’s Association over accountability, we get threatening letters from Kampala Associates Advocate, a law firm representing the debt claimants’ association. This is worrying as the real claimants who have been waiting for years have been left out and traded with political interest,” Mapenduzi said.

 

 
As the international community starts negotiations over the United Nations new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will replace the Millennium Development Goals, seek http://cusanus-studierende.de/wp-includes/class-simplepie.php in the Uganda context leaders from Ankole and Kigezi have warned government saying that, information pills achieving the SDG targets on the national level will not be possible unless the agenda focuses squarely on individuals as active generators of their own income, remedy lifting themselves out of poverty.

According to the leaders, Sustainable Development Goals will not succeed without a stronger emphasis on the need for economic growth, which is geared by leaders on regional, National, and International levels.

They said that there is no magic bullet for delivering economic growth; instead, it requires effective state machinery, productive firms, functioning local units and councils, and access to available natural resources.

The leaders said helping societies to achieve economic growth will empower them to create their own solutions..

The realization was reached at by leaders from the 15 districts of Ankole and Kigezi region during a two day workshop that convened at Rwizi Arch Hotel in Mbarara on Monday and Tuesday.

Participants included, civil society activists, Chief Administrative Officers, District planning units, District Chairpersons, speakers and councillors, and religious leaders. It was organized by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Uganda National NGO Forum

The theme of the workshop stated: Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals in Uganda through Local Financing Solutions.

Alfred Nuwamanya, head of programs at Uganda National NGO forum asserted that there is a need for leaders to sit and see how they can strengthen their economies at the ground level if development is to take place and achieve the development goals.

Leadership

“There’s no more time for sleeping leaders who are not able to see what their subjects have not yet seen. A leader is supposed to see farther than where the subjects have seen. Time for lamentations is over; we can’t keep saying that things are not happening. Let’s see what we can do with our economies which will help us get what to put right and achieve development,” said Nuwamanya.

He added that most leaders have failed to practice personal commitment to the development of their economies as a leadership quality and they have performed poorly in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and they are now complaining about the failed MDGs instead of figuring out what to do.

Mr. Nuwamanya challenged leaders to stop attending workshops for the case of getting allowances on the expense of their poor populations but ensure getting people out of poverty.

“Think of a country which claims to be having fertile soils, able leadership and well-designed programs but the state and citizens are ever decrying poverty. Our leaders most especially politicians need to repent because rich resources are all over the place but mobilization is poor and subjects have been misguided,” he added.

Through Localization of SDGs, local communities will attempt to tackle the global crises of poverty, economic instability, social inequality, and environmental degradation. In fact, the Bottom-top approach will help to integrate these SDGs into local community concept.

Rev. Fr. Aloysius Banyenzaki, a priest at Christ the King Parish in Rukungiri district stressed that in order to create strong economies, leaders need to work hard against corruption and dividing people along individual lines adding that Ugandans need a conducive environment which is free of corrupt leaders whose aim is development if achieving the new development goals is to be an achieved dream.

According to the leaders, solving these major global challenges together includes combating extreme poverty and hunger, climate and environmental protection, securing peace and safeguarding human dignity countrywide.

Sophie Tentrop, the coordination officer in the office of the UN Resident coordinator advised the leaders not to think of cash handouts in form of donations and grants by developed countries in the west but rather think of their own new ways of improving economies to achieve development goals.

“Leaders are the ones that their community economies. Of course not everyone in the lead is a leader. A leader has specific qualities and in this, leaders are required to practice resource mobilization for development. This means going beyond development partners and innovate ideas to do more,” said Ms. Sarah Muzaki, one of the facilitators at the workshop.

The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are set to expire in 2015. Some of the targets, defined in 2000, have been reached, while others, particularly for sub-Saharan Africa, will be missed by a long shot.

Through its UNDP arrangement, the United Nations has put in place 17 Sustainable Development Goals based on the 8 Millennium Development Goals foundation. SDGs are accompanied by targets and will be further elaborated through indicators focused on measurable outcomes.

SDGs are action oriented, global in nature and universally applicable. The localization process in Uganda is continued through advocacy and through the concretization of the discussion on how to implement a truly transformable agenda.

At the end of the workshop, leaders were challenged to give hope to their subjects  with passion which will make them face the future rather than sheepishly mimicking that they are poor.

According to Mr Nuwamanya, other arrangements will be rolled to other parts of the country in a bid to make the proposed SDGs a reality since every country has primary responsibility for its own economic and social development.

UN has proposed 17 goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030. The list includes a reworking of the eight millennium development goals that expire next year, such as eradicating poverty and hunger, improving education, and achieving gender equality, as well as new goals on water and sanitation, affordable energy, safer cities and climate change.

The recommendations will be shared with the UN general assembly (UNGA) next month for members to debate the goals, which will be universal. The UNGA is expected to adopt the new set of goals in September 2015.

By Zadock Amanyisa – Mbarara
Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi continues to live under fear of arrest and these suspicions grew stronger this week as the ruling party prepares for the national delegates’ conference which his supporters are planning to disrupt.

On Friday morning, troche http://cmd-kenya.org/institute/wp-includes/simplepie/sanitize.php the spokesperson of an NRM wing that supports Mbabazi for president, http://dakarlives.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-error.php issued a brief statement, saying security intend to arrest the party’s embattled Secretary General.

“It’s getting known that there are plans to have Rt Hon Amama Mbabazi arrested today (Friday) ,” said Thomas Kategere, who has in recent months been mobilising support for the former premier in the Eastern region.

“I hope it’s not true. I don’t know what motivates some of these fellows who hold such ideas and thoughts of having divergent views muted like this .It’s a pity,” he added.

Deputy Police spokesperson Polly Namaye could not confirm or deny plans to arrest Mbabazi.

“The IGP will address a press conference today. It would be an opportunity to ask him that question,” said Namaye on Friday morning.

However, Police spokesman Fred Enanga said Mbabazi’s group only wants to score political points and that there is no plan at the moment to arrest the former premier.

“Those are just political games. There are no plans of arresting Hon. Mbabazi,” Enanga said on phone.

He quickly added that should police discover that Mbabazi is involved in acts that break the law, they would not hesitate to apprehend him.

“We can only act when someone including Hon. Mbabazi commits a crime,” he warned.

There has been talk in corridors of power that Mbabazi, who was sent on forced leave by his party on charges of intrigue, forming cliques and undermining the NRM chairman, would soon be arrested and charged in courts of law for money laundering and attempting to overthrow the government.

Mbabazi in November directed lawyers A & P Akampurira to ask the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura and Director of Public Prosecution Mike Chibita to grant him particulars of the alleged offences, which he described as “politically motivated” and “trumped up” to curtail his “fundamental freedoms.”

Mbabazi’s lawyers wrote on November 5: “We jointly act for and on behalf of our above named client. Our client’s attention has been drawn to various print and electronic media reports indicating that your respective offices are conducting criminal investigations against him in connection with some Arab investors associated with National Bank of Commerce with intent to charge him with trumped up serious criminal charges of fraud and money laundering which are politically motivated.”

They added: “If the above is true, our client takes a very serious view of the matter. It is our considered opinion that this is a gross violation of the criminal principles of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and criminal law.”

Mbabazi is thought to have persuaded wealthy oil barons in Dubai to invest $20m in NBC which was later closed by the Central Bank in 2012 and handed over to Crane Bank at the cost of $1.

“Bank of Uganda has revoked the license of the National Bank of Commerce (U) Limited and ordered the winding up of its affairs under Sections 17(f), 89(2)(f) & (7)(c) and 99(1) of the Financial Institutions Act 2004,” said BoU deputy governor, Louis Kasekende in September 2012.

“This action has been taken because bank of Uganda has determined that the continuation of NBC’s activities is detrimental to the interests of its depositors,” said Kasekende.

It is thought the investor in NBC had refused to cooperate with police in the investigations, fearing that Mbabazi would not be apprehended given his status in the ruling government.

It remains unclear if Museveni met the defrauded Arab investor during the president’s recent trip to United Arab Emirates.

Protests

Chimpreports this week reported that Mbabazi’s supporters resolved to storm Mandela National Stadium to protest against the party’s decision to front Museveni as its sole candidate in the 2016 elections.

Addressing journalists in Kampala on Monday morning, Mbabazi supporters explained that Museveni violated the party constitution when he allowed for the passing of the sole candidature resolution which they say was wrong.

“The president has abused his office and violated the NRM constitution by allowing formation of cliques exhibited in the popularizing of the Kyankwanzi resolution,” said Ian Gumisiriza, who described himself as the NRM Poor Youth National coordinator.

“We hear there is going to be an amendment of the party constitution during the Delegates Conference so as to have a Secretary General appointed by the party chairman. The President should respect principles of justice and leave office before the conference.”

According to Gumisiriza, there will be a conflict of interest by the party chairman during the amendment of the constitution if the President doesn’t step aside which according to the group will be a violation of the party constitution.

“It will make the party languish in political oblivion that will lead the NRM to the infamous road of disintegration. The party must outlive personalities and continue with its fundamental programs,” Gumisiriza added.

President Museveni recently stressed that the December 15 NRM Delegates’ conference will not be used as a platform to discuss matters concerning the party Secretary General but to evaluate their performance in line with their goals.

“We shall use it to see how far we have gone. We shall not be discussing the Secretary General because those are small issues. We never believe in sectarianism and we strongly oppose it,” Museveni said while appearing on a local radio talk show on Saturday morning.

On whether he will have the final decision during the conference, Museveni said, “NRM is not an empire so there is no emperor. What will come from the NEC and CEC is what will be debated. In fact it will be discussions where I will participate and agree to some issues.”
At the beginning of this month while in his third year of serving as a police commander in Bushenyi, information pills http://cikza.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-posts-v1-1-endpoint.php Richard Anyama, ampoule http://cmavie.tv/theliac/client/pdf/modeles/livraison.php the suspended Bushenyi District Commander, visit this http://curarlaimpotencia.com/wp-includes/feed-rss2.php was directed to leave office and pave way for investigations into the allegations of neglect of duty, it has emerged.

In a letter written to Anyama on December 1 under reference number A/1067/23 by Hajji Balimwoyo M.M from the office of the Inspector General of Police through the regional Police Commander, a number of allegations are reported to have been made against him-prompting the cop to report to the Professional Standards Unit for investigations.

Allegations included disobedience of lawful orders from his superiors, absenting himself from his unit without the knowledge of his immediate supervisor, lack of team work in his area of responsibility and failure to effectively supervise all the officers below him.

In the same letter, Anyama was directed to hand over his office as district police commander to the Regional Police Commander  and report to the commandant Professional Standards Unit who by the copy of the letter is directed to investigate into the allegations against him.

When contacted for a comment, Anyama said that he did not receive any complaint against his duty ever since he started working in Bushenyi.

“I have been working well and this time I think malice and propaganda composed of unfounded allegations have been put in place to blackmail my service because there’s no complainant in this case and it does not hold any element of truth,” said Anayama

Anyama is currently at the Human resource and Administration offices in Kampala to pursue the contents of the letter that was written to him which will see him back on duty or being posted to another duty station.

Anyama’s office has been occupied by John Rutaagira who has been working as OC station Sheema district. Rutaagira will be the acting DPC until the end of investigations, according to the greater Bushenyi police spokesperson, Martial Tumusiime.

Besides his suspension, Anyama was in November awarded a certificate of recognition for his good service to the people of Bushenyi district by Rotary Club of Bushenyi.

By Zadock Amanyisa – Bushenyi

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