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.

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
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.


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Jimmy Odyek


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 
Posted  Tuesday, February 3  2015 at  02:00
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.
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.
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014


"A good name is Wealth" as one Prof. referred to Mwalimu Julius Nyerere who left a name and thus a legacy that will forever rule the world. Going by that was a turn for RWECO to share her work on Social Accountability in Uganda. Yes, many tools have been applied but the home made tool that is citizen led was the "CITIZEN'S MANIFESTO". During a training on Social Accountability at MS-TCDC, Arusha Tanzania that was held from 24th-28th Nov. 2014, RWECO staff were among the participants that attracted Social Accountability practitioners from Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Sudan, and Tanzania.
Ugandan team at the MS-TCDC 24th-28th Nov. 2014

A question was posed to the participants to share the on their experiences on Social Accountability tools and practices- RWECO staff gave an experience with the Citizens Manifesto in Action which was so interesting to the participants, while one of the facilitators was from Uganda and had the video of the Citizen's Manifesto in Action, which supplemented the experiences shared and the popular version of the Citizen's Manifesto was shared with the participants. As the training went on, the facilitators tuned the attention of the participants to the on going debate in the Parliament of Tanzania based in Dodoma, which was broad cast live right from Tuesday 25th- Friday 28th 2014. The Debate was about the report of the parliamentary committee on corruption scandal in Tanzania. About Tz.Sh. 321 billion had been swindled and Parliament was tasking those involved to pay back the money that would have done alot for the Tanzanian citizens. While in Uganda, the question was on the Ug. Sh. 24 Billion spent on Katosi Road in Mukono?  In Kenya the story was quite different though we can draw some examples on social accountability.  The experiences from Nigeria were  not a surprise given that the participants from Nigeria even informed the class that, what matters is how much Dollars has gone into somebody's pocket no Niras!!!! imagine a country where its currency has been sacrificed because of corruption. But all is not lost, we need to build a culture of hope and restoration amongst the leaders and young generation.

Sharing a light moment after group work: Social Accountability Class
The knowledge and skills gained from the Social Accountability training in Arusha will add more to what RWECO was doing and will build on the strengths and improve on the gaps. As citizens there is need to embrace good governance and participate in build our country. The name Mwalimu Julius Nyerere left in Tanzania will forever rule as he is refereed to as " BABA WA TAIFA" What legacy are we leaving behind our name!!!!!

Jimmy receiving his certificate: 28th Nov. 2014- MS-TCDC Arusha Tanzania

Aluta Continua!

Jimmy B. Odyek

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Solidarity with the flood victims in Ntoroko district was what RWECO staff and management fulfilled on Tuesday 11th November, 2014. RWECO delivered assorted items to Ntoroko district disaster committee which advised to take the items to Budiba Primary School which was the most affected area amongst others.
The school was the most affected

Pupils of Budiba Primary School, Ntoroko District

Pupils of Budiba Primary school were displaced when river Semuliki burst its banks on 28th Oct, 2014. The P.7 candidates were re-allocate to do their PLE on 3rd and 4th Nov. 2014. The school has normalised but the pupils need support to cope with the new life after the floods swept most of their property at home.
RWECO staff sharing with the pupils of Budiba P. School
RWECO team handing over the assorted items to Ntoroko District Chair, 11th Nov. 2014.
To recover from the effects of the river Semuliki floods Ntoroko District will need support from development workers, individuals and other institutions. With that background, RWECO will be happy to receive your humble contribution both in kind and cash to show solidarity with the people of Ntoroko district

1. Sheila K- RWECO
2.  Joselyne K- RICNET
3. Joviah K- KALI
4. Eunice- RIDE AFRICA
5. Samuel- GHFRD
6. Jimmy O-RWECO
7. Wilson - RIDE AFRICA

Rwabisengo/Ntoroko District
11th Nov. 2014