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Past articles by Ali:

Uganda: Land Probe Runs Into Anti-Asian Feelings

Walking along the streets of Mbale town in eastern Ugandan, you will notice the large number of Asians living in the area. Many of them are Ugandan nationals, born and raised here although they have their ancestral and ethnic roots in Asia. → Read More

Trade minister rules out ‘cutting down sugar prices’

Minister Amelia Kyambadde The minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde has dismissed reports that cabinet plans a tax waiver for imported sugar to drive down sugar prices in the domestic market. Her reaction was triggered by a story in the Daily Monitor titled, “Cabinet agrees to cut sugar prices” which was published on yesterday, November 28. “As the sector minister, I wish… → Read More

Working for HIV patients in Rakai shaped health worker Mugumya

For his work in the fight against the destructive impact of HIV/Aids, specifically in rural communities, Herbert Mugumya deserves an award. Mugumya, a younger brother to former police spokesperson Asan Kasingye, is the Country Representative for Management Sciences for Health . MSH is an international organization that helps governments in strengthening health systems globally, with its presence… → Read More

Umeme workers demand probe into millions to workers union

Members of the Uganda Electricity and Allied Workers Union have accused the executive committee of failure to provide the union’s financial standing for over five years.In a petition before the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, they blame the union’s secretariat for failure to organize annual general meetings or a single delegates’ conference since 2012. UEAWU membership… → Read More

Former Mbarara mayor helped give away forest reserve land

On Friday, November 10, Wilson Tumwine, the former mayor of Mbarara municipality, appeared before the commission of inquiry into land matters. He was asked to explain the massive encroachment on three forest reserves. He was also accused of helping private developers gain access to the forest reserve land. During cross-examination led by assistant lead counsel, John Bosco Suuza, Tumwine twisted… → Read More

Uganda: Tycoon to Be Charged With Murder After Violent Evictions

Businessman, Abid Alam of Alam Group of Companies is to be arraigned in court soon to face murder charges after the commission of inquiry into land matters sent his file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). → Read More

Tycoon Alam to be charged with murder

Businessman, Abid Alam of Alam Group of Companies is to be arraigned in court soon to face murder charges after the commission of inquiry into land matters sent his file to the Director of Public Prosecutions .According to the Catherine Bamugemereire led commission of inquiry commission into land matters, Alam is under investigation for possible prosecution for murder, assault and grievous harm,… → Read More

Rwandan UN worker accused of grabbing 562 hectares in Mbarara

On Wednesday, the commission of inquiry into land matters was surprised to find out that a Rwandan national, Isaac Ndahiro, working for the UN, is registered on 562 hectares in Kyeera, Mbarara. Several residents accused him of grabbing their land and for one, Charles Mutungi, accuses Ndahiro of evicting his family off land measuring about one mile and 40 hectares. Mutungi claimed that Ndahiro's… → Read More

Government plans solar-powered mini grids for 25 villages

At least 25 villages in Lamwo district will benefit from a new solar-powered mini grid project targeting to increase access to electricity.GIZ Uganda, in partnership with the European Union and the German government, is implementing the project. On the government side, the ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, the Rural Electrification Agency and Electricity Regulatory Authority will… → Read More

Uganda: Shoprite Prepares to Control Retail Market

As Nakumatt Holdings Limited struggles for a lifeline in a financially-constrained market, Shoprite supermarket is adopting a new expansion plan to boost its presence. → Read More

Land probe: NFA boss admits illegal activity in Gulu reserve

On Tuesday, the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led commission of inquiry into land matters toured the boundaries of Gulu central forest reserve. The reserve has suffered severe encroachment by private entities, including Gulu University. The executive director of the National Forestry Authority , Michael Mugisa, appeared before the commission on Wednesday to address the Gulu forest question.… → Read More

After 180 days, land probe finds dirt on soldiers, govt officials

It is now six months or about 180 days, since the commission of inquiry into land matters began work. ALI TWAHA looks back at some of the major cases, districts involved and faces under the spotlight:-When President Museveni appointed Judge Catherine Bamugemereire to lead this inquiry in December 2016, many feared it would turn out to be yet another black hole that would swallow taxpayers’ money… → Read More

Report: Bukedi, Busoga in extreme poverty

The eastern sub-regions of Busoga and Bukedi are the most impoverished in the country, a new report by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics has found. The report says more people in the east are plagued by absolute poverty. The report titled; Uganda National Household Survey 2016/2017, released on September 27, found that the number of poor people in rural areas has increased to 10 million. “At… → Read More

Marriage to Chinese paved way for eviction of 1,400 in Mubende

On Wednesday, the commission of inquiry into land matters heard a startling testimony from Anna Kyohaire, whom residents in Mubende accuse of grabbing their 10 square miles of land with her husband, a Chinese national Martin Chang, through their company called Quality Parts Uganda Limited. She denied allegations during cross-examination led by lead counsel Ebert Byenkya assisted by John Bosco… → Read More

Mobile money transactions hit Shs 44 trillion

A report by Bank of Uganda found that the annual amount of money transferred through mobile money totalled Shs 43.83tn in 2016, up from Shs 32.7tn in 2015. This accounts for a 34 per cent jump in value. BOU said the volume of transactions also increased by 40.5 per cent to 974.7 million in 2016 from 693.3 million a year before. The growth is attributed to the convenience of the platform that… → Read More

NSSF: lowered rate of central bank reduces savers’ earnings

National Social Security Fund has said the lowering of central bank rate will heavily affect the amount of money savers are likely to earn this year, writes ALI TWAHA.The CBR is a bench-mark rate Bank of Uganda uses to signal and influence the direction of interest rates that commercial banks charge borrowers. The lower the CBR, the lower the interest rates. A lower CBR is expected to enable… → Read More

Uganda: Airtel Explains How Phone Type Determines Data Usage

There has been a public outcry over the speed at which mobile phone data runs out. The claim from customers is that some telecom firms deplete their internet data. → Read More

Jinja town clerk fails to explain church land grab

On Friday, FRANCIS BYABAGAMBI, the town clerk of Jinja Municipal Council, was tasked by the Justice CATHERINE BAMUGEMEREIRE-led commission of inquiry into land matters, to explain how Church land ended up in the hands of private individuals. The Church of Uganda gave the council a 99-year lease offer on its 43- acre plot in Jinja. The commission is investigating the circumstance under which the… → Read More

Registrar admits to giving away land in Kijjabijo wetland

On Wednesday, EMMANUEL BAMWITE, a senior registrar at the ministry of lands, appeared before the commission of inquiry into land matters and admitted flouting procedure in issuing land titles for at least 1,000 acres of Kijjabijo wetland in Wakiso. Louella Ataro, another registrar at the ministry, had earlier testified that she queried the files but later learnt that Bamwite went ahead to issue… → Read More

How foreign investor acquired 'KCCA cemetery'

Yesterday, the commission of inquiry into land matters led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire held a joint cross examination of Herbert Mugerwa, an advocate of the High court and Manish Siyani Parbat, the managing director of Siyani Brothers and Company Uganda Limited, a construction company. Mugerwa is a lawyer for Siyani, which is accused of acquiring, irregularly, public land located in… → Read More