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IOM, Interpol in Fight Against Trafficking

President Yoweri Museveni has disclosed that the Shs.500 billion that the Government of Uganda has injected into wealth creation through national development programmes like NAADS and NUSAF, shop among others, for transformation of the lives of the people of Uganda, has not been fully utilized to alleviate poverty among Ugandans.

The President, therefore, urged political leaders to strive and empower Ugandan families to assist them have a stable economic base through development programmes with a view to eradicating household poverty. He noted that Ugandans are faced with many social and economic challenges including lack of school fees, because of household poverty that afflict many families.

The country has got many social and economic problems because the families are poor. Empower the families to come out of poverty,’’ he said.

The President was addressing NRM leaders of different categories LC5, LC3 leaders, district councilors, RDCs and MPs from Karamoja Region and East Lango Sub-Region at State House Entebbe yesterday in the ongoing meetings that the President is using to sensitize leaders on strategies that should be consolidated to defeat household poverty and unemployment challenges in the country.

Mr. Museveni told the meeting that he has given the responsibility to Army Officers to undertake the distribution of seedlings to farmers under NAADS throughout the country so as to ensure the realization of the NRM Government’s objective of empowering Ugandans to create wealth and be economically stable.

The President also called on NRM Party leaders and all Ugandans in general to take advantage of the development programmes laid out by the Movement Government for wealth creation to be economically empowered. He warned leaders not to take politics as a mode of employment but rather a service to wananchi with a view to guiding them into development, peace and security.

He called for cohesion, vigilance and hard work among NRM leaders and cautioned Ugandans against promoting the ideology of sectarianism on the basis of religion, tribe and suppression of women. He noted that the problems that Uganda has faced started way back after the country achieved independence from colonial rule because political leaders of that time promoted sectarianism of religion, tribe and gender chauvinism as well as the marginalization of the youth and the disabled.

The President reiterated that the future of NRM will be shaped largely by how the successive and emerging leaders play their roles in building on the strong foundation of the revolution without deviating from the core tenets of nationalism, Pan-Africanism, democracy and socio-economic transformation.


Mr. Museveni said the government will soon complete the already planned extension of electricity and road networks in the Karamoja Region, adding that more funds have been secured for the works.

The First Lady, Mrs. Janet Museveni, who is also Minister for Karamoja Affairs, told the meeting that God has given the leaders in Karamoja the opportunity to transform Uganda into a better place. She called on them to use the opportunity to make their areas better for the people to live in and enjoy. She appreciated the fact that Karamoja has been changed to feel like any other part of Uganda because of the implementation of a diversity of Government development programmes in that Region.

The people of Karamoja and East Lango Regions, through their leaders, pledged total support to President Museveni, come the 2016 General Elections. They also expressed their support to the Kyankwanzi Resolution of President Museveni as sole candidate.
A diplomatic row has broken out between Sudan and Uganda as Kampala steps up efforts to reunite warring factions in the restive South Sudan, troche Chimp Corps report.

Khartoum on Thursday summoned Uganda’s ambassador to Sudan to protest President Museveni’s recent remarks that the government of President Omar Bashir has been celebrating over the turmoil in the South.

Museveni made the eyebrow-raising comments last week while reconciling warring factions in the South Sudan conflict at State House Entebbe.

“We don’t want South Sudanese to finish themselves. What is most important is not to continue with these mistakes. South Sudan had become a big support for East Africa, viagra sale we must support you, hospital ” said Museveni.

“If you continue like this you will lose the freedom of making wise decisions. Khartoum and people interested in grabbing your wealth want to prove that you can’t manage your own affairs,” he added.

The President said he was compelled to call for the meeting after information emerged that Khartoum was celebrating because they heard that the South Sudanese where fighting and had failed to manage themselves.

“I shared that information with President Salva Kiir and after crosschecking we found that this information is accurate. I thought my brothers should know what was happening and I got in touch with both President Salva Kiir and Rebecca Garang.”

President Kiir who was in attendance said the message Museveni got from Sudan and UN is no secret.

“My friends think when this government is overthrown by foreign powers; power will be handed over to them. Your Excellency, we believe this meeting will solve some, if not all our problems,” he said.

Sudan protest

Bukhari al-Affendi, a top Sudan’s Foreign Ministry official said, “President Museveni’s remarks are unacceptable and undermine the efforts to revitalise good relations between the two countries.”

Bukhari further stated that “Sudan has given its all to mediate between antagonistic parties in the South Sudan conflict through diplomatic channels and support to IGAD.”

He also pointed at Sudan’s decision to open her borders to allow in refugees displaced by the South Sudan armed conflict.

Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Ambassador James Mugume and State Foreign Affairs Minister, Henry Okello Oryem were not readily available for comment on Friday evening.

Uganda has always had rocky relations with Sudan due to the latter’s support of rebel Joseph Kony and Kampala’s assistance to the SPLA during the struggle for independence.

Kampala last year expelled a Sudanese diplomat for bribing Ugandan security personnel to steal classified intelligence for Bashir’s consumption.

Highly placed sources told this website that Uganda suspects Bashir supports Machar’s rebellion.

Machar, who waged war in December, last year, is expected to meet President Museveni soon to devise ways of expediting the formation of a transitional government as demanded by IGAD.
There was drama at Great Burgers, nurse Kabalagala last evening when city comedian Patrick Idiringi Salvador came in high spirits with his crew to beat the great burger challenge.

Salvador’s guest appearance followed a trend in which several top celebrities in Kampala have been throwing their weight behind the Silver Back Competition, online where they are tasked to eat the city’s biggest burger in five minutes.

The competition that was initiated mid last month will be running for another three weeks under the theme #LetMeSee.

It is aimed at raising funds for the education of visually impaired children at  CIVIC school for the Visually Impaired Children located in Bunga.

Salvador called upon big names in the game of food like Golola Moses and Alex Muhangi to also take on the challenge.

“Omara called for Moses Golola and I also want him here for the challenge because at least he is the only one I can compete with and maybe my buddy, pill Muhangi” said Salvador.

Salvador who struggled to finish the burger got knocked off the hook after barely consuming half of it.


Salvador and the team after arrival for the challenge
Salvador and the team after arrival for the challenge
They all came for the challenge
They all came for the challenge
Depo team prepare for the burger challenege
Depo team prepare for the burger challenge
Alex from Done deal almost finished the burger
Alex from Done deal almost finished the burger

The International Organization for Migration and the International Police (Interpol) have organised a 5-day training for officials at Ugandan borders as one of the ways to fight all forms of criminal activities through the borders.

According to Mr Derek Kigenyi, order daily operations of the Immigration department at the entry points of Entebbe Airport can be more effective and simplified if the available tools provided by INTERPOL are fully integrated into existing systems.

Dubbed “Smuggling Training and Operation Program (STOP)” the training to be held at Entebbe will be a multi-faceted response to criminal activities.

The aim of the programme is to empower front line officers at border crossings to detect suspect criminals, forged travel documents and other illegal cross border activities by cross checking data provided by the 190 member countries of Interpol.

The training to be led by an expert from the Interpol Border Management Task Force (IBMTF), will be attended by 22 participants from agencies including the Directorate for Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC), the Uganda Police Force, the NCB Interpol Kampala, the Internal Security Organization and the External Security Organization.

The participants according to Nerimana will be trained in both theoretical and operational aspects of combating human smuggling including a practical session at Entebbe International Airport.

The event is part of IOM’s “Strengthening Border Management in Uganda” project, funded by the Government of Japan and aims to build Uganda’s capacity to effectively manage its borders and increase the border security.

According to IOM, Uganda’s borders are porous making the country vulnerable to illegal cross border activities, including human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

Information from the migration body indicates that between 2008 and 2013, 72 Ugandans identified as victims of trafficking abroad were helped to return home by IOM.

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