Thursday, May 28, 2015

CITIZENS IN KAYUNGA INTERFACE WITH MINISTER TO QUESTION THE LAND ACT OF UGANDA

The community citizens of Kayunga District invoked chapter one of the Uganda Constitution to interface with Hon. Sulaiman Madada, MP, and State Minister for Gender on Tuesday 26th May, 2015. The Citizens under the KYATTO Neighborhood Assembly organised an "International" branded  NA that was held at Kakokotalisi Primary School, Kawolokoto Sub county, Kayunga District. The NA was attended by CEWIT partners from South Africa and The Netherlands. The NA main agenda was on the land question that had remained a big threat to livelihoods and food security and governance  in Kawolokoto Sub county.
L-R, UNATHI (SA), YOSIEN (NL) Hon. Sulaiman Madada, Benson members of CEWIT attending the KYATTO NA on Tuesday 26th, May, 2015 at Kakokotalisi Primary School, Kalowokato Sub county, Kayunga District.
In the background above are about 600 citizens who attended the neighborhood assembly and fully participated in asking the MP and Minister about the status of their land in Kayunga district for which many people had been displaced.

A skit by the KYATTO NA portraying the Land question in Kayunga district
 The NA developed a skit on the  land question in Kayunga District and how a local council one chairperson had connived with one investor to grab their land and lease it without their knowledge. The community urged they had lived on the land for the rest of their lives and their ancestors were buried on the said land. The local leaders challenged the community to prove ownership of the land despite the fact that they had lived on the same. Later, the local leaders called in an NGO to come and educate the masses on land rights and the processes of proof of ownership of land in Uganda. Later,  after the play, the people were give time ask questions in line with the play and for the Hon. Madada to respond to.
An old women who asked the Hon. Minister about the status of the people were are waiting eviction to pave way for sugar can plantation in Kayunga district

































During the discussions, Hon. Sulaiman Madada responded the the citizens and based himself on the law governing land in Uganda.

Hon. Sulaiman Madada, MP, Minister of State for Gender- Elderly and PWDs
In his response the Minister was quick to trace the land wrangles right from the time of colonialism until Uganda made its new Constitution that placed land in the hands of the people. He noted that, the land question in Kayunga is due to lack of rightful ownership and some people were trying to use unlawful means to settle the land conflicts. The minister further showed the gathering a letter which the commissioner land registry wrote to Mukono Land Registrar and copied to Kayunga land Board halting leasing of land in Bbaale County. The citizens who had accused the minister for negligence later realised that following the law was the right way of solving the land question in Kayunga district and Uganda as a Whole.Thus the Project name "FOLLOW THE LAW" was better delivered by the NA skit on land conflicts in the community.

A citizen who had been chosen by the people reading the photocopy of the letter by the Commissioner land registry to the Land board in Kayunga dated:
When Hon. Madada showed the gathering the letter from the Commissioner land Registry,the people asked one of the participants to read the letter and later interpreter it  in Luganda for them to understand the contents better.

Time for jubilation!! We shall follow the law

During the KYATTO NA, it was realised that the communities are not informed on their rights and obligations and the elite want to exploit them after one participant had asked if it were right for three people to acquire a land title on their behalf since they do not have the money to process a land title for the village dwellers. The Hon. Minister Madada, vehemently rejected the proposal by the village members to register land in names of three people. He advised that, each community member or family is required by law to register their own land. No short cut.

CEWIT, Serit Institute and Net Werk Demo cratie team in Uganda, 27th May, 2015


Why the project on "FOLLOW THE LAW"

Right from the skit of the KYATTO NA, it was realised that if citizens participate in the law making processes at different level, they will be better governed and thus promote the democratic principles in their different country context.

FOR AND MY COUNTRY

Jimmy Baluku Odyek
RWECO and Member of CEWIT -Uganda
http://rweco.org/

Monday, May 18, 2015

Supporting Conflict affected Girls in Rwenzori region



Public Notice

RIC-NET with support from GLOBAL FUND FOR CHILDREN has been supporting some conflict affected girls since June 2014 with livelihood skills trainings, psychosocial support, mentoring, and scholastic materials.

The 2nd batch recruitment exercise starts in May-June 2015 for 40 girls out of school and 75 girls in schools located in Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko Districts.

Some criteria to consider include:

  •  Must be a young girl aged 16-22 years
  •   Resident of the Rwenzori region particularly Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo Districts that have been severely affected by rebel attack and ADF war
  •  Have been directly or indirectly affected by any rebel activities also the ADF war.
  •  An orphan with a real mother or father or both having been killed during the war and has no source of stable livelihood or support for education.
  •  She was abducted during war, lived with rebels in the bush and later escaped.
  •   She was either injured and disabled or raped during war and now has a baby needs support.
  •  She was left without guardian or parents and taken to a refuge or internal displaced peoples (IDP) camps.
  •   Has a dream of continuing with school / acquiring   vocational skills for self sustainable livelihood.
  • Could be in school or out of school.

RIC-NET will verify the claims made by the young girls by getting recommendations from local LC 1 or religious leaders or head of schools. Visit homes where the girl currently lives and talk to close relatives or guardian and neighbors.
So, any young girl who fits in some on the above criteria should contact a local leader in your area or information centre near you or religious leaders or directly contact RIC-NET project officer.

Contact
Project officer
Ms. Evelyn Kenyana
Tel: 0382277994
Mobile: 0772 409630 or 0705674200

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Kasese the District leadership embark on roads connecting mountainous areas

In the bid to reduce poverty in Kasese, the district leadership is embarking most on roads connecting mountainous areas. Most of the sub counties like Bwesumbu, Buhuhira, Mahango, Kyarumba, Karambi, Ihandiro, Nyakiyumbu and many more have had new roads opened and well-constructed  to connect various places in Kasese District.
Today, the RDC Kasese has yet commissioned another road that will connect Rukooki and Kilembe sub counties through the mountains.

This comes after central government sends funds to the district through the CAAIP project to construct roads in hard to reach areas. The road starts at Kigoro I Primary School through the steep mountains to Kilembe Hospital market (Katiri)
The RDC was accompanied by the District Chairperson, The Vice Chairperson, The Hon. Secretary for works, Hon. Councilors from Rukoki sub county, the District Engineer, the Assistant engineers in charge of roads, the sub county chief Rukoki sub county, the LCIII Chairperson Rukoki sub county and many more officials.


The District chairperson convened a community dialogue meeting which the leaders were joined by the community members of Kigoro. A number of issues were addressed and discussed in an interactive manner where the LCIII Chairperson Mr. Muhindo Yohana Kidwek thanks the leaders for having come and also talk to the people. He marked a number of government acheivements over the last three years some of which are; there are two millers under CDD program, all health centres do receive drugs adequately and are staffed, they received over 1 million coffee seedlings and have been planted in different parishes, they have civil servants, teachers and managed to have have 3 youths recruited in district service from the sub county, staff quarters were constructed in 2 schools, one health centre in Kigoro, it was constructed and has drugs to mention but a few. He thanked the district leader for having fulfilled their pledge of constructing this road. He requested the RDC and the District chairperson to tell people how to use the blessing to improve their livelihood and reduce poverty.

Both the RDC and the LCV Chairperson requested the people to stop marrying many women and make use of the road to transport their agricultural produce, access health services and Kilembe hospital and also told them to appreciate the little that government has done in Kasese compared to other districts.
The contractor also Eng. Waiswa Richard of AZU Properties Limited requested the people to be cooperative and not steal construction materials
The RDC the proceeded to the commissioning grounds to officially kick start the construction works

http://youtu.be/RYaZzNIaB6A
Reported by Mumbere samwel

Friday, May 8, 2015

Kasese hit by fresh River Nyamwamba floods

Residents in Bulembia division in Kasese municipality on Thursday morning woke up to find their homes in the middle of flood water which had cut off several villages due to the flooding river Nyamwamba. The river which started flooding very early in the morning left several people displaced and other trapped.  This called for police intervention to rescue some of the people them. Alex Kwatampora, the projects manager of Tibet Hima said that the flooding river has destroyed the wall which was constructed by the company to control floods and that patients in Kilembe mines are at risk since the water is moving towards the hospital.
Kasese hit by fresh River Nyamwamba floods















  






Some of the children trapped in flood water of the river. Photos/Wilson Asiimwe
“Several people have been trapped in the bushes and we are doing all that it takes to ensure that we evacuate them to a safe place otherwise we expect the worst as the rain continues to fall,” said Kwatampora. The bridge at Kyanjoki has been temporarily closed due to the floods which have weakened it and a new road has been established to connect Katiri and Kyanjoki villages in Kasese Municipality.
River Nyamwamba flooding to the surrounding areas
The people, who had returned to Kilembe after the previous floods, have again fled their homes and they have sought refuge in Kasese town.

However, also in Kasese town the flooding river has cut off the area of Nyakasanga. No injury or death had been recorded by press time although several people have been trapped in the middle of the river and the police fire brigade has already arrived in Kasese to save the situation. “I am very worried, if nothing is done, we are going to be washed away because whenever it rains  in the mountains, it is us down here who suffer the most,” said Gad Baluku a resident of Kyanjoki in Kasese town.
Nyamwamba bridge blocked at Kyajoki Kasese Bulembia 
Bob Kagarura, the district police commander said that he has already dispatched a team of Marine police and the fire brigade to rescue those who could have been trapped.
“My men are already on the ground to ensure that we rescue any one trapped because the situation is running out of control,” says Kagarura.

Related




 Accessed on Friday 8th May, 2015 from:http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/668072-kasese-hit-by-fresh-river-nyamwamba-floods.html


Jimmy Odyek
RWECO

CLAMOUR FOR SALARY INCREMENT BY UGANDAN AUGUST HOUSE IN THE 2015/16 NATIONAL BUDGET

Puzzled by the way how the Hon. Members of Parliament in Uganda can sit and decide to increase their salary by a whooping 40% effective next financial year. I took time to comment trying to figure out how a house of 375 citizens forget how teachers who made them reach that August house only want a salary increment of 10% as promised by government during their negotiation for a salary increment. Who will meet this 40%, to be accurate each teacher must pay P.A.Y.E to contribute towards the national budget. The numbers, MPs are paid Shs. 5.5M as mileage, Shs. 8m subsistence allowance, Shs. 3m salary, other allowances, medical insurance. Total monthly earnings Shs. 21m. While a class room teacher is paid Shs. 300,000/. If the MPs pay was allocated to the teachers government would pay 70 teachers. The ratio of the salary of the MP to the teachers is 1:70. For every 1 MP we miss salary for 70 teachers. What does the teacher do, the ratio of teacher: pupil is 1:45. The current situation is 1:70 on average. Therefore, 70 teachers translates into 4900 pupils. A call to the MPs is for them to reject this increment and instead focus on reducing the numbers in the August house by adopting the quotes system. 1MP: 200,000 citizens. Given the current population of Uganda, we only need (35,000,000/200,000)= 175 MP in the house. How much can we save.
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  • Serapio Magambo Good analysis,we still have a long way to empower our citizens to hold these guys accountable. Assuming all constituents rejected the current MP's in the next election just because they think for themselves and mind abt their benefits,the next generation of MP's would be more conscious.But is this possible when people still fight over 1000 note to have/pass another Kisanjafor the Big man?
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  • Royal Olive Prof. I guess its party politics at work, trying to strategize means of getting monies for campaigns come 2016, but on the other hand, it might be a solution to reducing bribery and corruption on the expense of the innocent poor, exploiting the poor on...See More
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  • Sher Kaliba i refrained to comment because iam still analyzing the reasons behind
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  • Jimmy Odyek #Magambo, Olive, Sher, we need people driven change based on facts. I wonder why Uganda can't adopt the quota system of representation, if Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania is cutting on public expenditure, in Uganda we are doing the opposite. I am reading a pub...See More
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Govt asked to aid victims of Rwenzori attacks

Govt asked to aid victims of Rwenzori attacks

Rwenzururu king Charles Mumbere and Bamba king Martin Kamya address Bundibugyo District residents recently. PHOTO BY RUTH KATUSABE 
By FRANCIS TUSIIME & ENID NINSIIMA
Posted  Tuesday, February 3  2015 at  02:00
 
Kasese.
The Bwamba cultural leader has asked government to set up a special fund to address the needs of people whose lives were affected by tribal clashes in Rwenzori sub-region last year.
Lt Col (rtd) Martin Ayongi Kamya said the Kasese and Bundibugyo clashes disrupted tourism and other economic activities.
“A special fund should be put in place to resettle the people who suffered during the attacks so that they become economically empowered,” Col Kamya said. He made the remarks at the closure of a conference in Kasese Town that was organised by Kabarole Research and Resource Centre last week. The retreat attracted cultural, religious and political leaders from the sub-region.
Col Kamya also urged cultural leaders in the region to work for peace.
“Where there is peace, there is development and this calls for collective efforts from both political leaders and cultural leaders,” he said.
He also appealed to the government to examine the major causes of the attacks and take measures to avoid any reoccurrences.
Speaking at the same function, the Rwenzururu king, Mr Charles Wesley Mumbere, said people in the sub-region should put their ethnic differences aside and focus on development.
“We should focus on value addition and getting market for our produce and this will bring development,” Mr Mumbere said.
“Rwenzori is a rich region with fertile soils. We must encourage people to develop agriculture instead of mobilising people basing on tribes and clans,” he said.
BACKGROUND
More than 90 people were killed in clashes that erupted in Kasese and Bundibugyo districts on July 5 last year. Groups of youth attacked police barracks, army detaches and families. More than 200 suspects were arrested and prosecuted in connection with the clashes.
  
Accessed on 3rd/02/2015 from: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Govt-asked-to-aid-victims-of-Rwenzori-attacks/-/688334/2610810/-/40vpcy/-/index.html