Placing Women At The Centre Stage Of Africa’s Economic Advancement

The inaugural Women Advancing Africa (WAA) Forum is a new Pan-African flagship initiative launched by the Graça Machel Trust to acknowledge and celebrate the central role women play in shaping Africa’s development agenda and by driving social and economic transformation. The Forum will take place from 9-12 August in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania at the Hyatt Kilimanjaro.

Mrs. Graça Machel says, “Africa has experienced tremendous development in the last few decades, however a significant gap in the economic advancement of women remains a huge challenge.

Africa is in a second liberation era – the economic liberation. Women can no longer be secondary or marginal, and through Women Advancing Africa the Trust wants to enable women to take centre stage in the economic advancement of Africa.

The Trust is establishing a platform for women to claim their right to sit at the table where the decisions are made and to shape the policies, plans and strategies for our futures and those of the generations to come.”

The Trust is honoured to have H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, Vice-President of the United Republic of Tanzania and member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment join the WAA Forum to share her insights on issues that will be discussed over the four days. The Forum will consist of interactive sessions organised around three core pillars: Financial Inclusion, Market Access and Social Change.

Inter-generational and inter-sectoral mix of participants attending WAA Forum

With an estimated attendance of 200 participants from across the continent, the WAA Forum will play host to a diverse mix of women and youth representing thought leaders and influencers from the private sector, philanthropy, academia, civil society, government, development agencies and the media who will bring their voices, experiences and ideas to strategize, set priorities and craft a common agenda to drive Africa’s social and economic transformation.

A number of speakers from key economic sectors such as mining & extractives, agri-business, banking, telecommunications, media, healthcare, goods and services will bring their knowledge and expertise to the Forum.

Notable speakers include Leymah Gbowee, the Liberian peace activist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize; Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission; Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Vice Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda; and Sheila Khama, Practice Manager at World Bank’s Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice.

A Social Progress Agenda

A series of side events will also be held alongside the WAA Forum on variety of issues including Food and Nutrition, Education and Child Marriage, Leadership and Wellness, to drive home the importance of social change as an integral part of addressing women holistically. 

We are honoured to be joined by Gertrude Mongella, former President of the Pan African Parliament who will be joined by some of Africa’s leading women giants who have shaped the women’s movement in the past and will bring legacy and the future face to face in a gathering at the side of the Forum.

The WAA Forum will also celebrate the diversity of African culture and creativity in all its forms, from language, to design and fashion, to movie making and dance.  This year’s Forum will celebrate African female writers and storytellers who are challenging the status quo, reshaping narratives and developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of the creative industries and their role in driving social progress.

Research looking at the Narrative and Economic participation of Women in Africa

A number of reports will also be launched during the Forum. Together with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Graça Machel Trust will be launching a study on “The Female Economy in Africa”. 

The study analyses the participation of the women’s work in Africa focussing on gender gaps in the economy, participating in national politics, financial inclusion and sectoral segregation. 

The study provides a baseline to track and measure the progress in women’s economic activity and advancement, with regular updates on the Index being shared.

The Graça Machel Trust’s Women in Media Network will also launch a research report on the coverage and portrayal of women in media entitled: “Women in Media – What is the Narrative?”

The session will be broadcast as a Facebook Live event with interactive participation in the post launch In Conversation series to stimulate a broader conversation about the narrative of women in media as well as other storytelling formats and platforms. 

Announcements will be made on the WAA website www.WomenAdvancingAfrica and the WAA Facebook page www.Women Advancing Africa – WAA, closer to the time.

Another highlight of this year’s inaugural WAA Forum will be the launch of a coffee table book entitled “Women Creating Wealth: A Collection of Stories of Female Entrepreneurs from Across Africa”.

The anthology celebrates women trailblazers in business with a collection of inspirational stories from Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The book features a number of enterprising women from the Trust’s women’s networks and a foreword by Mrs. Machel.  The book can be pre-ordered here (http://SheInspiresHer.com/women-creating-wealth).

A movement of women focused on economic advancement

What makes WAA unique? Mrs. Machel explains, “Women Advancing Africa provides a space to bring together the energy, innovation and creativity of women from all parts of the continent to share solutions to make us stronger, united and unstoppable.

The Forum is really the catalyst to creating a much larger movement of women centred around the economic advancement of women who will collectively shape and drive a development agenda that is measurable and sustainable.”

With a Pan-African footprint spanning 20 countries, the Graça Machel Trust will leverage our women’s networks in Agribusiness, Business and Entrepreneurship, Finance and the Media to work with the larger WAA movement to catalyse the Forum’s agenda into actions with measurable and sustainable outcomes.

To be part of this exciting initiative, you can register here (http://WomenAdvancingAfrica.com) or take up one of the available exhibition or side event options available.

The Trust would like to thank our generous partners who have helped make our vision a reality. Special thanks to The UPS Foundation, the Intel Foundation, American Tower Corporation, and UN Women.  Media partners include: the ABN360 Group, incorporating CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa; the Nation Group and locally based Azam Media Group. T

he WAA Forum’s convening partner, APCO Worldwide has worked closely with the Graça Machel Trust, providing expertise and insights to develop this one-of-a-kind women’s network.  These partners share the Trust’s belief that advancing women economically is crucial to the health and prosperity of African families, communities and nations.

New Varsity VC Promises Research, Knowledge Based Education

The newly appointed vice chancellor of Jinja road based Victoria University, Dr Krishna N. Sharma, has vowed to change the way education is delivered in Uganda by adopting a research and knowledge driven teaching methods.

He was speaking at the Guild Meet and Greet Students Expo over the weekend. The evening event was attended by Victoria University students, management, secondary school students from select schools and other guests.

Dr. Sharma, who brings to Victoria University a wealth of experience having taught in six African countries, the last before coming to Uganda being Cameroon, says students should come out of university with more than a university degree paper but without knowledge.

“Students go to some universities and come out with the paper, not knowledge but the paper, I promise that when you come out of Victoria University, you will have the paper, you will have the knowledge, and you will have research papers publications,” he said.

The senior academician who has published over 200 publications in the medical field revealed that the University has international collaborations for international internships.

“Just compare a person coming out of university with say a bachelor of computer science and you coming out of Victoria University with a degree, published research papers, knowledge, international internship and innovations,” he boosted.

Victoria University seems to be walking the talk. The guild president Peter Isiko and six other students from the faculty of ICT showcased a mobile security app they called Nisaidiewhich will help users in times of emergencies and in the fighting crime.

“Each and every student in the faculty who presented a paper had an idea. At the moment, students are getting free mentors, free facilities. So when they go out of Victoria University, they have their business setup.”

“What I want you to do is think out of the box, do what you love to do but again there is a difference between what you want to do and what you want to be.” Dr. Sharma said in a message directed to some of the secondary school students who were in attendance.

He encouraged high school students who attended the evening event to always visit Victoria University for career guidance. Guests who turned for the event toured the school facilities and interacted with the University teaching staff.

Improve Your Skills, Work Performances With These Short Courses

In Uganda, many employers don’t offer refresher courses to their employers. This is most dangerous in a dynamic society like the one we are living in now.

Skills, technology and general of doing things is fast changing therefore for anyone to remain relevant in the current workforce atmosphere must replenish themselves with new knowledge.

As an individual, you should look for opportunities to upgrade and train in fields and professions. You don’t have to take on a diploma or degree course which will take you two or four years to complete.

These short courses at Victoria University ranging from two to four weeks will do you just fine. These short courses leaves you with enough time to be at your workstation as you can undertake them on the evening or weekend programs.

Victoria University stands out as a pivot of academic excellence offering fresh and intellectually thriving environment that nurtures critical and progressive thinkers and pushes pedagogical boundaries.

The university offers a wide range of Marketable courses tailored for the market, we encourage innovation and creativity through research. Make your choice below.

 

 COURSE

Start Date

Duration

Fees

1

Department of Petroleum and Energy Studies

 

 

 

a

 Certificate in Oil and Gas Management

June 2016

7-8 Weeks/Weekends

1,400,000

b

IOSH Managing Safety Certification Course

23rd – 28th May 2016

Day programme

$1,600(+20 appln fee)

c

The Institute of Env. Management & Assesment(IEMA)

16th – 21st May 2016

Day programme

$2,520

2

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

 

 

 

a

Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management

16th May 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

800,000

 b

Certificate in Research methods and report writing

16th May 2016 

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

800,000

c

Certificate in Data presentation and analysis

16th May 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

800,000

d

Certificate in Public Relations Analysis

16th May 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

800,000

e

Certificate in Strategic Records Management

16th May 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

800,000

f

Short course in English (Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced level.

 

23rd May 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

800,000

3

Faculty of Science and Technology

 

 

 

 a

Certificate in Computer Applications

16th May 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

800,000

b

Certificate in Mobile Applications Development

13th June 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

800,000

 c

Certificate in Computer Graphics and Animation

24th July 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

800,000

5

Faculty of Business and Management

 

 

 

a

Certificate in Accounting and Book Keeping

16th May 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

800,000

b

Certificate in Banking and Finance

6th June 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

800,000

c

Certificate in Procurement and Logistics

4th July 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

800,000

 

FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

 

 

 

 

Weekend Programme

 

 

 

a

Short Course in Public Health (SCIPH)

21st May-4th June 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

900,000

b

Resource Mobilization and Advocacy for Healthcare

21st May-11th June 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

600,000

c

Customer Care in Health

 

4th -25th June 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

500,000

d

Short Course in Public Health (SCIPH)

9th-30th July 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

800,000

e

Financing Health Care -Principles of Health Insurance

 

6-27th August 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

500,000

f

Short Course in Public Health (SCIPH)

3rd-24th September 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

800,000

g

Health Records Management and Health

 

9th-29th October 2016

5 Weeks : 5:30PM-8:30PM

500,000

 

Evening Programme

 

 

 

a

Basic Life Support (BLS)-For health care providers

9th-13th May 2016

 

600,000

b

Basic First Aid for non-health professionals

16th-20th May 2016

 

400,000

c

Basic Life Support (BLS) For Pre hospital providers

 

25th-29th July 2016

 

500,000

d

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support(ACLS)

 

12th -23rdSeptember 2016

 

$400

e

International Crisis and Mass Disaster Management

 

3rd-14th October 2016

 

1,000,000

f

Social Media and web-based interventions for health

 

7th-11th November 2016

 

450,000

 

Schools Must Concentrate On Comprehensive Physical Development Of Children

Parents, school administrators and children have to work together for the comprehensive physical development of children, educationists say. In building a wholesome all around child, compassion, love integrity, cleanliness and above all discipline play key roles in achieving this goal.

“As children grow, at Kampala Parents’ School, we emphasize three important domains, these are: Affective, Cognitive and Psycho-social stage. Affective deals with spiritual emotions. Cognitive is to do with mental process including how people think, perceive, remember and learn. Psycho-social stage is all about developing muscles. Learning is developed by physical skills such as movement, coordination and manipulation.

“In order for the mentioned domains to be realized, the triangular working relationship has to be focused. The parents, the staff and children have to work together to achieve the required goals. Furthermore, in building a wholesome all around child, compassion, love integrity, cleanliness and above all discipline. We believe that discipline is the key to success. We train our children to observe all of them.

“At Kampala Parents’ School, we believe that learning through play works because children are more likely to remember lessons if they enjoy them, and they are more likely to show enthusiasm for learning if they have fun at school.

“For example, if children learn about the planets by singing a fun song about them, they will likely remember that song and the information they learned. Ongoing research also shows that playful teachers can increase their students’ long-term academic performance.

Our highly trained teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. Through ongoing communication, parents and teachers can help each child become fully prepared for and excited about kindergarten.

Our approach is grounded in accepted research on how children learn best. Children experience the deepest, most genuine learning through play and fun activities lovingly guided by highly trained teachers.

Kampala Parents’ School is co-led by an education director who work together with teachers to make sure every family has a wonderful experience. This distinctive model also ensures children are known and appreciated for their individual gifts and personalities.

Young children who learn through play are more capable of making their own decisions, advocating for themselves and using creativity to solve problems as they grow. During play, children link old thoughts with new, build new experiences and access knowledge.”

Make Your Brain Sharper With These Physical Exercises

Physical exercises are proven methods of reigniting the brain to normality however, James Okech, a trainer at The City Gym says for proper results, the exercises must be well planned and scheduled.

He says jogging and working out in the morning before eating anything has far more reaching benefits. He says working out in the morning guarantees a longer, stronger and fitter life with better mobility. “The brain will feel sharper after working out in the morning because you have exercised your mind,” Okech says.

He quells fears that after working out in the morning on an empty stomach, one would consume a lot of food which might leave him or her with a lot of fats or calories. He says, when you crave for food, you get all nutrients digested, which is a good thing.

Eating natural foods is another choice that will bring good results and a health life. “Eat the right portions – don’t eat too much and don’t under feed. Be moderate,” he explained. The City Gym, located on Kampala Boulevard building on Kampala road, is regarded as a premier health and wellness facility in Kampala City.

The gym which boasts of state of the art equipment offers various services including yoga, zumba, sauna, a kick boxing & mixed martial arts, dance fitness and all that you need in a gym. “Regular exercise can help improve your strength, balance and coordination. Exercise helps to stimulate the sections of your brain that control memory, so you might also find it easier to remember things!

It also reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. Exercises can improve your appearance and delay the aging process.”

“A written workout plan not only provides a layout for the day, but it also sets up the big picture for weeks or months to come. In other words, an established plan dictates the work that must be done in order to reach the goal.

 

Schools Must Oversea Comprehensive Physical Development Of Children

Parents, school administrators and children have to work together for the comprehensive physical development of children, educationists say. In building a wholesome all around child, compassion, love integrity, cleanliness and above all discipline play key roles in achieving this goal.

“As children grow, at Kampala Parents’ School, we emphasize three important domains, these are: Affective, Cognitive and Psycho-social stage. Affective deals with spiritual emotions. Cognitive is to do with mental process including how people think, perceive, remember and learn. Psycho-social stage is all about developing muscles. Learning is developed by physical skills such as movement, coordination and manipulation.

“In order for the mentioned domains to be realized, the triangular working relationship has to be focused. The parents, the staff and children have to work together to achieve the required goals. Furthermore, in building a wholesome all around child, compassion, love integrity, cleanliness and above all discipline. We believe that discipline is the key to success. We train our children to observe all of them.

“At Kampala Parents’ School, we believe that learning through play works because children are more likely to remember lessons if they enjoy them, and they are more likely to show enthusiasm for learning if they have fun at school.

“For example, if children learn about the planets by singing a fun song about them, they will likely remember that song and the information they learned. Ongoing research also shows that playful teachers can increase their students’ long-term academic performance.

Our highly trained teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. Through ongoing communication, parents and teachers can help each child become fully prepared for and excited about kindergarten.

Our approach is grounded in accepted research on how children learn best. Children experience the deepest, most genuine learning through play and fun activities lovingly guided by highly trained teachers.

Kampala Parents’ School is co-led by an education director who work together with teachers to make sure every family has a wonderful experience. This distinctive model also ensures children are known and appreciated for their individual gifts and personalities.

Young children who learn through play are more capable of making their own decisions, advocating for themselves and using creativity to solve problems as they grow. During play, children link old thoughts with new, build new experiences and access knowledge.”

Take Necessary Precautions Before Considering Nuclear Energy

The demand for reliable, affordable and accessible energy that meets the needs of the present generation in an increasing one as demand to reduce poverty, improve health, increase productivity and promote economic growth, this has already reached desperate levels due to challenges of energy insecurity. While assessing the current energy options, debates on whether nuclear energy offers the best alternative to satisfy the needs of the world’s energy demands or will end up as an energy that resulted into extinction of humanity on earth. 

While the debate goes on, recently the government of Uganda signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Russia rolling out plans to exploit Uganda’s Uranium, a resource used to produce nuclear energy resources. If all goes as planned, Uganda will become among the first African country to exploit nuclear energy in recent times. 

According to Surveys from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda has about 52,000 square kilometers (sq. km) of Uranium deposits, with 22,000 sq. kilometers in the Lake Albert region, 18,000 sq. kilometers in Buganda and Tooro regions, and 12,000 sq. km in Karagwe-Ankole. 

With the challenges of climate change and energy insecurity around the world, Nuclear energy has the potential to generate the much-needed energy with small amount of uranium to power the world to secure energy future.  In fact, due to its efficiency and abidance in nature, it has the potential to solve the worlds energy challenges and contribute to mitigating climate change, its emits less or no greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as compared to other non-renewable energy sources. 

However, to sustainably it, more advanced technology must be employed with advanced precautionary measures employed because in the event of an accident, radioactive material from Uranium could be released into the environment and its waste can remain radioactive and hazardous to health for thousands of years with visible impacts across generations. 

Despite the facts that it’s the energy for 21st century, it has been characterized by a number of disasters that have left people worse off than they were. For instance, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) a an American based humanitarian organisation estimates that the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine displaced nearly 220,000 people from their homes, and the radioactive fallout from the accident destroyed 4,440 square kilometers of agricultural land and 6,820 square kilometers of forests in Belarus and Ukraine were unusable.  Further, the Fukushima nuclear accidents of 2011 that was caused by a powerful earthquake and Tsunami killed more than 20,000 lives and affected different sectors of the economy. 

If we consider developing nuclear energy, it is important for government to borrow lessons from the best countries, invest heavily on advanced technology and built competent human resource with capacity to contain any adverse effects the plant may have on the environment. 

Otherwise, it is clear that renewable energy technology including solar, wind, geothermal, hydro energy among others offer the best alternatives and are safe to both environment and people and have the potential to power the world into an energy secure future. 

By Samuel Okulony

Programmes and Research Coordinator (Environmentalist)

Africa Institute for Energy Governance

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These Apartments are changing the face of hospitality industry in Uganda

The real estate and hospitality sub sectors are going through a bumpy time having to deal with the economic shocks facing the country. These two are playing hard to survive by being responsive to the economic demands. Investment is hard to come by.

However the Ruparelia Group under the direction of Sudhir Ruparelia has managed to maneuver and is spearheading what we will call the ‘apartments revolution’. They are not just erecting structures but erecting modern building responding to the fashionable demands of customers.  

In this feature, we have profiled some of the uptown apartments constructed by one of the country’s richest man in the country Sudhir Ruparelia. These apartments are literally transforming the hospitality industry in the country as they are preferred destination for tourists, expats and classy Ugandans.

Speke Apartments

Speke Apartments specializes in self-catering apartments for corporate, leisure and family travellers in Kampala for short or long term lets. It combins a great location with a secure, quiet, clean, serviced apartment accommodation spread out over five floors. It is located at Plot No 19 - 21, Wampewo Avenue, Kololo, Kampala.

Speke Apartments, boosting of two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses, is the largest and most luxurious apartments in Uganda.  It has a mix of modern contemporary surroundings and a relaxing, laid back environment ensure that Speke Apartments is the finest choice for both business and pleasure accommodation.

Tagore Apartments

Tagore Apartments are fully serviced apartments in the heart of Kampala offering a home environment that is inviting and comfortable, for short and long term stays at very enjoyable experience.

It’s friendly and secure accommodation suits all guests, whether you are the business traveller that requires a standard apartment, travelling leisurely with your partner and require a luxuriously spacious apartment or have even taken the kids along for the ride and require family accommodation.

All Tagore Apartments guests enjoy complimentary membership for the duration of their stay at the luxurious Kabira Country Club which is a 10 minutes’ drive away. They are located at Mawanda Road in Kampala.

Bukoto Heights

Bukoto Heights apartments are fully furnished luxury apartment in the city of Kampala, offering elegance and comfort in a relaxed atmosphere in Kampala's northern suburb of Bukoto.

Bukoto Heights apartments is within close proximity of the Central Business District, with convenient access to all parts of the city, and essential social amenities, like shopping centers, prime residential and international diplomatic neighborhoods, international schools and the golf course in the heart of the city.

With stunning views of the greater Kampala cityscape, Bukoto Heights apartments combine gracious hospitality with contemporary style. The family run nature of the apartments delivers a truly personal service.

Kitante Apartments

Residing at Kitante Apartments comes with a home-like experience. It is a fully furnished with ample Parking Space and 24hrs guarded security.

If you are looking for a fully furnished apartment or accommodation for you, your family, or on an extended family, Kitante Apartments can meet all your long stay accommodation needs. It is beautiful, well maintained and fully furnished apartments for you at the best rates.

Hardware City

Located on plot 13 Entebbe Road, Hardware city is definitely one of the best buildings in Kampala and boasts of having the following first class amenities.

It is a prominent mixed use building with superb links to Kampala’s main arterial routes with excellent branding potential. It is good for setting up business dealing in construction material.

Kampala Boulevard

Kampala Boulevard is located opposite Posta Uganda on plot 22, 24, 26 along Kampala road. The design maximizes use of space, incorporates state of the art digital technology and creates a highly flexible environment that can easily adapt to meet its changing needs. It features apartments, shop and office space.

Avoid Past Mistakes In The Buliisa Ongoing Oil Compensation Processes

This week, during our field visit in Ngwedo Sub county, Buliisa district by the Civic Response on Environment and Development (CRED), I noticed various posters of cut-off date announcements for the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP 1) Industrial Area.

According to the information on the posters, the final cut-off date for the area demarcated for the industrial area was 16th May 2017. The cut-off date is when the eligibility for resettlement and compensation is established and completed. After the cut-off date, any social and economic activities put up in the demarcated industrial area are not eligible for compensation or resettlement. Any new persons that move or settle into the demarcated area will equally not be eligible for compensation or resettlement.

As government and Joint Venture Partners(CNOOC Uganda Ltd, Total E &P Uganda and Tullow Oil Uganda Ltd move in to the development phase that will lead in to the production of oil, one of the facilities to be developed is the Industrial Area. The development of the Industrial Area which includes the Central Processing Facility (CPF), access roads, operational camps and yards will require permanent acquisition of land.

Total E&P Uganda and Tullow oil Uganda, assisted by ATACAMA Consulting in association with Synergy Global Limited and Nomad Consulting have identified and completed the  demarcation of the land required for the Industrial Area within Ngwedo Sub county, Buliisa district.

We appreciate the ongoing government’s efforts towards this milestone. This presents a tremendous opportunity for national development.  The processing of oil will generate more revenues which, if well utilized, will enable the government to provide the much needed social and economic services such as employment, quality health and education, clean water, good roads and many other amenities to improve the living standards of Ugandans. However, while the cut-off date for RAP 1 Industrial Area was set, none of the affected people and local leaders I talked too seems to know exactly when the compensations will be paid.

People claim they were told not to build any new houses or grow crops for they will not be considered for compensation. Yet, they have not yet been communicated when they will receive their compensation.

The question is; why do the project implementers find it ok to setting the cut-off date without disclosing when affected people will be compensated?  Which of the two is more important and of interest to the affected people? The residents of Ngwedo would be interested to know when they will get compensated or resettled.

Setting the cut-off date without disclosing to people when they will be compensated is similar to denying them their rights to land. This is because you have restricted them from conducting certain activities on their own land.  That’s stopping people from using their property before compensation which is in contravention of Article 26 of the Ugandan Constitution. 

Article 26 of the Constitution provides that: (1)         Every person has a right to own property, and (2)          No person shall be compulsorily deprived of property or any interest in or right over property of any description except where the following conditions are satisfied (a) the taking of possession or acquisition is necessary for public use, (b) the compulsory taking of possession or acquisition of property is made under a law which makes provision for prompt payment of fair and adequate compensation, prior to the taking of possession or acquisition of the property. 

Experience from Kabaale Hoima, the refinery affected area show that, the project implementers set a cut-off date of 2nd June 2012 upon which any development made on the land was not to be compensated. The government made the announcement for compensation of 29SKM of land (involving 7,118 people) in 2012 and the first phase of the payment was effected in 2014 that is  2 years later which resulted into a lot of grievances.

Since 2012, the 93 families have been waiting for their full resettlement package – an alternative piece of land and a modern house for each household but for now five years, they are still waiting. This is torturing mentally and emotionally as it makes it difficult for the affected people to plan for their families. 

In addition to setting the cut off dates, Project implementers should  give  information regarding when people shall leave, how much they shall be paid as compensation or where they shall be resettled and work towards the set timeframe. This way, affected people will benefit and be certain about their future. These people need to plan for their families but this will be impossible with no knowledge of when they will be compensated and relocated.

Most residents of Buliisa have grass thatched houses which requires one to keep renovating from time to time. If compensation takes longer, people’s houses will collapse on them as they wait to be compensated and resettled. 

The Ngwedo affected residents need assurance that the payment would be timely and fair. Further, Government and companies should appreciate that as third parties, CSOs can play a very big role when it comes to resolution of community development challenges and problems.

They should therefore partner to organize and facilitate discussions with communities, offer capacity building programs to enable communities to have various alternative investment opportunities, verify the payment and payment procedures with the communities, resolve conflicts among others.

Doris Atwijukire
Civic Response on Environment and Development (CRED)
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Kagadi And Masindi Hospitals Stuck With Expired Drugs

Kagadi and Masindi hospitals in Bunyoro sub region are stuck with expired drugs that have not been disposed of for almost three years. 

The issue of the expired drugs came onto the spotlight in the Auditor General's report of the financial year 2015/2016 which advised the two hospitals to liaise with the National Medical Stores to find ways ofcollecting these expired drugs Parliament's local government accounts Committee last week said that the existence of expired drugs could be harmful to the people.

The committee ordered CAO of Kibaale, the district health officer of Kagadi and the Medical Superintendent of Kagadi hospital to appear before it to explain how they have handled the expired drugs.

Dr. James Olowo, the Medical Superintendent of Kagadi hospital has confirmed to journalists that the expired drugs are still in the hospital but declined to explain what action has so far been taken.

 In Masindi hospital, Dr. George Bateganya, the medical superintendent confirmed that there were drugs and disposables tins that were found dumped in an open place by the auditors. Dan Kimosho, the spokesperson for National Medical Stores says it is not their mandate to collect expired drugs in health facilities.

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