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Murders: IGP Camps in Greater Masaka
The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has camped in Bukomansimbi and Lwengo districts of central Uganda.
This followed the New Year attack by machete-wielding assailants who left four people dead and many more nursing injuries.
President Museveni ordered Gen Kayihura to combs the areas for clues with the view of arresting suspected masterminds of the murders.
Insiders say Kayihura employed the services of the Police Flying Squad operatives to hunt down the assassins.
“We have picked some people whom we think should help us in this important investigation,” said a high ranking officer briefed about the ongoing investigation.
By Sunday night, reports indicated Kayihura intended to change the police command in the area to increase vigilance.
Kayihura will as well investigate claims the area is facing an insurgency.
23 Big Shots Fight for UWA ED Job
A total of 22 applicants have expressed interest in the Uganda Wildlife Authority top job of Executive Director.
The hugely coveted job, which was up to November 19, 2017 occupied by Dr. Andrew Seguya, was advertised by the Public service commission last December.
Eligible applicants were required to have a mandatory Masters Degree in Biological Sciences with MBA as added advantage.
A source has handed the ‘Morning Intelligence Briefing’ a list of the most prominent applicants for the job.
Most of these officials could not comment on this development as the recruitment process is still in its early stages.
They are: Dr. Arthur Mugisha (PhD) – former ED at UWA; Mr Sam Mwandha (MSc) – former Director Conservation at UWA; Dr. Stonewall Katto (PhD) – former community conservation coordinator; Professor Michael Kansiime – lecturer at Makerere University and Dr Andrew Seguya (MBA) the current care taker up to February, 2018.
Others include Dr. Gladys Kalema (MBA) – ex veterinary coordinator and former UWA board member; Mr James Kisaale currently with URA Law enforcement department; Daniel Aleper (Msc) – formerly with UWA; Fortunate Muyambi – formerly with IGCP and Dr Mugasi (PhD) – executive director of NAADs.
Other notable participants in the race are: “Mr Dan Mwondha, Ms Eunice Mahoro Duuli – former Director Tourism at UWA; James Musinguzi – current ED at UWEC whose contract at UWEC ends in January 2018 and Norman Mutekanga of Uganda Revenue Authority.
It’s reported that John Makombo and Charles Tumwesigye of UWA withdrew their applications for unclear reasons.
The deadline for applications was Thursday, January 4, 2018.
Expired Drugs Found in Public hospitals
Expired drugs have been discovered in public health facilities, raising fears they could end up on the streets.
The Auditor General said in his annual report for the financial year 2017 that, “There were expired medicines and health supplies in 40 Health Facilities which had not been disposed of.”
He observed the expiry of the drugs may be a result of “excess stocking of slow moving” drugs, adding, “The cost of destruction of expired drugs is high and there is a risk of them getting redistributed back to the market.”
He advised that National Medical Stores should ensure that expired or damaged stock is destroyed in accordance with the regulations.
Meanwhile, it was also discovered that health facilities were experiencing persistent stock-outs of the 11 sampled Tracer drugs.
The stock out ranged between one to ten tracer drugs. Noticeably, mama kits were out of stock for 320 days and coartem for 285 days.
The stock-outs may be a result of failure by NMS to supply drugs in the quantities ordered by Health centres and lack of reliable information on drugs usage and stocking positions.
The stock-outs erode patient confidence in the health sector which leads patients to explore inappropriate and expensive alternatives of health care.
The Accounting Officers were advised to liaise with National Medical Stores (NMS) to ensure continuous optimum stock of medicines and health supplies.
Out of 118 health facilities, 98 (83 percent) were experiencing high rate of understaffing ranging from 80 percent in Kalisizo Hospital in Rakai District to 9 percent in Iganga Hospital.
In 38 Districts and Municipal Councils, the understaffing included critical positions in medicine Management. This is attributed to limited wage bill and ban on recruitments.
It was observed that understaffing overstretches the available staff beyond their capacity, creates job-related stress to the fewer staff and negatively affects the level of public service delivery to the community.
Kigali to Protest Rwandan National’s Arrest
Rwanda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is this week expected to officially protest the arrest of their national Emmanuel Cyemayire in Mbarara last week.
Cyemayire, who was picked by suspected security officers on January 4 at around 8:00pm, is held in an unknown area.
Officials say Rwandan nationals being detained are suspected of espionage and engaging in acts that threaten national security.
However, Rwanda wants its arrested nationals held in gazetted detention centres and allowed to access consular services.
Cyemayire’s wife, Yvonne Mukakalisa confirmed her husband was taken by armed men who were driving a double cabin truck.
Sources say Rwanda intends to ask Uganda for clarification on the matter as Cyemayire is not being held by police.
Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa this past Friday held talks with President Paul Kagame over the tension between Uganda and Rwanda.
Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said Kutesa and Kagame held a “good discussion” on the several pertinent issues affecting the two countries’ relations.
According to Mushikiwabo, Kutesa and Kagame also discussed “the state of bilateral relations including continuing arrests and disappearances of Rwandan citizens in Uganda, causing tension, and many Rwandan families to petition their government to intervene for their loved ones.”
The Kigali meeting breathed new life into the two countries’ efforts to normalize ties and avoid disruption in cross-border trade.
UPDF Probes Ntoroko Road Accident
The UPDF is investigating circumstances under which a vehicle which was carrying soldiers overturned in Ntoroko district last week, injuring 8 militants.
“The investigation will tell the cause of the motor accident,” said army spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire.
“Could it have been mechanical or individual fault of the driver? Such are some of the questions we need answers for.”
The soldiers were conducting border patrol operations against the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) whom officials say are scattered near the Uganda-DRC border.
Six of the injured soldiers were this past Friday picked by the army chopper from Fort Portal to General Military Hospital at Bombo for more specialised treatment.
Speaking to Morning Intelligence Briefing on Monday morning, Brig Karemire said, “The soldiers are recuperating well. They are out of danger.”
Asked to share their identities, Brig Karemire responded: “They can be got of course. Although they are not necessary as long as their loved ones are informed.”
UPDF commenced military operations including artillery and aerial bombardments of ADF camps on December 22, killing over 100 rebels.
Some of the commanders were reportedly injured in the bombings, according to UPDF officials.
Machar Not in Control of Rebels who Attacked Juba
Former South Sudan Vice President Dr Riek Machar does not have control over rebels who attacked the capital Juba last Thursday night, officials said Monday.
“The Machar group under command of Lt Col Chan Garang was the one attacking government at Western part of Juba,” said the SPLA (In Opposition) spokesperson Col. Dickson Gatluak Jock Nyuot.
The rebel attack shocked many in Juba who thought the capital was no longer unstable.
The assailants would later boast about the attack, saying they intended to show their ability to infiltrate and destabilize the city.
“They accepted the responsibility in the media the following morning and I am sure it’s Machar group which is behind the attack. Nobody else,” said Col Gatluak, who served under Machar for many years.
Asked why they would attack after agreeing to a cessation of hostilities, Col Gatluak responded: “Remember rebels are still lacking control of their entire forces. For example those who had attacked our defensive lines are associated with the former chief of staff who defected recently. They are operating independently without consulting their leadership.”
Government deployed thousands of soldiers to fight back in a battle that raged for several hours until dawn.
The United States embassy responded by directing its nationals to avoid unnecessary movement in the capital until the situation return to normal.
Kampala Faces Shortage of Garbage Collecting Trucks
Kampala Capital City Authority should do more in its solid waste management after it emerged there was a shortage of trucks to collect garbage from the city.
“Out of 1,500 tonnes of garbage generated daily, only 1,000 tonnes were being collected due to inadequate number of garbage trucks,” said the Auditor General in his report for the financial year 2017.
Whereas the concessionaires were awarded to cover all the 7 zones, one of the zones (Zone II) had no private garbage collector due to the failure of the contracted private collector to raise the required trucks and manpower to operate in the mentioned zone.
The AG advised that KCCA should consider increasing the concessionaires so as to increase the number of solid waste collection trucks to enable complete collection of garbage in the city.
Solid waste Management plays an important role in the economic transformation of a country particularly mitigating the environmental and health risks posed by uncollected and untreated garbage.
Management of solid waste has always been a challenge in Uganda and one of the areas that require attention.
The AG observed that the casual workers had old protective gear and KCCA did not have a protective gear replacement policy.