Experts, Educationists Meet in Kigali

The ruling National Resistance Movement party wants all forms of fundraising during the national elections campaign period banned, more about saying the drive is always misused with the campaign exercise becoming extremely expensive.

The motion to ban fundraising exercises has already been moved at the party’s Caucus Retreat sitting at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi only awaiting general debate and adoption to be forwarded to the second highest decision making organ, the Central Executive Committee for approval.

The motion was moved by the Manafwa Woman Member of Parliament, Sarah Kayagi Netalisire, on Sunday when the retreat sitting from 7th to 15th February was officially opened by the party chairman, President Yoweri Museveni.

“Madam Chairperson (Justine Lumumba) the fundraising in our constituencies is being abused and used to pressure us leaders to contribute during the campaign time. I hereby want us to ban such activities during campaign time to stop that coercion of leaders to contribute to endless activities,” said Kayagi whose motion received an ovation from fellow lawmakers.

The Government Chief Whip, Justine Kasule Lumumba who is chairing the retreat did not wait for any debate but straight away ordered the ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to immediately introduce a bill in Parliament banning fundraising during campaigns.

Lumumba said in 2007, the CEC directed the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to come up with a related framework to bar the fundraising exercises but the matter was not properly followed up.

The visibly unaware and unbothered minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, who is not a lawyer, just kept quiet, forcing Lumumba to look for the deputy Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi to brief the caucus.

Ruhindi, who is well known for sticking to law facts and ignoring political sentiments in providing legal advice to government and even Parliament, told Caucus members that banning fundraising events “is a very complicated matter that cannot be fully regulated.”


“Members, these activities are very difficult to regulate. The issue was brought several times but nothing much was achieved,” Ruhindi told MPs who have on several occasions attributed their indebtedness to endless fundraising activities in their constituencies.

Ruhindi warned his fellow ruling party legislators that “if any direct law is put in place, leaders are the ones going to be affected and those who are not yet leaders but with ambitions to replace them shall have a blanket opportunity to participate in the politically stimulating fundraising functions.”

Mongers 24-10 Impis
Kobs 18-19 Heathens
Warriors 9 -15 Pirates
Rhinos 28- 11 Buffaloes

The Hima Heathens emerged as worthy 2014-15 Nile Special Rugby Premiership winners once again, recipe and proved why they are rated the No 1 side in the country away to rivals and defending champions Kobs on Saturday .

With two games to go, approved Heathens went into the do or die clash at Legends Rugby Club on top of the log by five points and their narrow 19-18 victory meant they were unreachable with their game against Buffaloes on the last day of the season next weekend just a formality.  This also doubled as the Lions Cup currently held by Heathens. Brian Tabaruka’s Heathens had also won the first round contest 11-10. They lost only once this season – when they played Ezee Money Rhinos in week 5 and had earlier dropped points in a stalemate with Sadolin Mongers but that remained buried in history. They have since not lost any single game in 7 consecutive matches.

“This is one of the most important moments in my life reclaiming the premiership as a captain, viagra 40mg it was almost impossible for us to throw this opportunity away because the ball was in our hands,” Heathens captain Michael Wokorach tells ChimpSport.

Ronnie Mwisaka scored a try for the Kyadondo based side while Chris Lubanga aka Opa managed 4 penalties and a conversion. Ramathan Govule and Victor Wadia scored  Kobs’ two tries while James Ijongat managed 2 penalties and a conversation but missed the dying seconds conversion that would have given Kobs victory.

“We trained hard and we have to fight to the last minute, that is why even after missing those two penalties at the start, we never gave up but kept the pressure on them which gave us results,” an excited coach Tabaruka complimented.
The much-anticipated Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Ministerial Conference on Education has begun in Kigali at the Serena Hotel.

The Conference which brings together 44 Ministers of Education from across the continent was officially opened by Education Minister Silas Lwakabamba.

Officials tell ChimpReports the meeting will deliberate on shaping the framework for action for the 2015 World Education Forum in South Korea and also review the progress to achieve the Education for all targeted Millennium Development Goals.

It will also provide an opportunity to review and assess progress made in attaining the Education for All (EFA) goals set in 2000 and prepare an African vision for the post-2015 education agenda.

Global Partnership boss, illness Julia Gilard, said, “2015 is a year of strategic opportunity for the global education community, as we define the Sustainable Development Goals.”

She added: “We are a global fund for education, but it is partnership that guides us and sustains us”.

The conference is hosted by the Government of Rwanda and organized jointly with UNESCO’s Regional Offices in Dakar and Nairobi.

The symposium will hence define the education needs, obstacles, and priorities in the region, and make recommendations to the World Education Forum to take place in Incheon, Republic of Korea in May 2015, and the post-2015 sustainable development goals to be adopted at the UN Summit in September 2015 in New York, USA.

African Education Ministers and stakeholders from other relevant ministries, international organizations, civil society organizations, academia and journalists from all 47 countries in the region are participating in the discussions.

It is part of a series of regional conferences that is expected to ultimately determine post-2015 education goals, targets, and strategies.

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