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Luweero CAO Faces Vote of No Confidence


Luweero district councilors have tabled a motion seeking to move a vote of no confidence against the Chief Administrative Officer, Godfrey Kuruhira Akiiki. The councilors accuse the CAO of incompetence, maladministration, negligence of duty and failure to reprimand officers implicated for embezzling taxes among others.

The Makulubita Sub County LC V Councilor, Kisekwa Ssonko tabled the motion to censure the CAO in a council sitting chaired by the speaker, Disan Kikabi on Friday. Christine Nakabugo, the Kikyusa Sub County Female Councilor and Butuntumula Sub county councilor, Muwonge Matovu seconded the motion.

According to Kisekwa, the district returned more than Shillings 800 to the consolidated in the fourth quarter of 2017/2018 financial year after failing to utilize it. He explained that the failure to utilize the money left the intended beneficiaries crying foul and jeopardized service delivery.

He also claimed that because of Kuruhira's incompetence the district hasn't implemented any activity since the 2018/19 financial year begun despite the fact that funds were disbursed in time. Kisekwa noted that due to delayed release of funds by the district, roads are not worked on and youths projects are stuck, which is fueling anger in the public against entire leadership.

Muwonge Matovu, the Butuntumula sub county LC V councilor accused the CAO of failure to clear salaries of teachers and health workers leaving them demoralized and thereby affecting service delivery. Aisha Kayaga, another councilor accused the CAO of negligence of duty leading to leakages of local revenue.

Christine Nakabugo, the Kikyusa and Kamira sub county female councilor, says some of the funds returned to the consolidated were for women groups that were ready to invest the money only to hear that it had been sent back.

Nakabugo says the CAO must be transferred to another district to save them from further sabotage of government programs.

But Ronald Ndawula, the Luweero LC 5 Chairman, said that the motion is misguided and the CAO is not solely responsible for all the mess.

Ndawula pleaded with councilors not to pass the motion, saying the Shillings 800 million was returned to the district accounts after Ministry of Finance realized that they were equally to blame.

The Chief Administrative Officer, Godfrey Kuruhira Akiiki apologized for the errors and asked for time to perform better .He blamed the delay to utilize the funds on migration from the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) Tier 2 application to IFMS Tier 1 by Ministry of Finance, saying it was difficult to use.

However, the councilors couldn't have of this. They asked the speaker, Disan Kikabi to put the matter to a vote and they pass a vote of no confidence in the CAO. Mayanja deferred voting on the motion to the next council, saying the CAO needed time to defend himself over the accusations.

Recently, while commissioning Goodwill Ceramics Company in Nakaseke, President Yoweri Museveni threatened to cause Kuruhira's sacking for alleged failure to stop wetland degradation in the district.


School Director Arrested For Flogging Pupil To Death



Police are holding Paul Kakande, the director of Prime Alliance Primary School in Kyazanga in Lwengo district for flogging a pupil to death. Kakande is wanted for allegedly beating up 14-year-old Muhammad Kabuye, a primary seven pupil leading to his death.

Preliminary police investigations indicate that Kakande punished Kabuye for missing mock trial exams without a convincing reason. The pupil fainted in the course of being canned and breathed his last shortly after being rushed to a private clinic in Kyazanga town.

The deceased's father, Mubiru Byandala, a resident of Lutovu village in Kyazanga Rural Sub County, says he was shocked to receive news that his son had died of malaria.

According to Byandala, since they are Muslims they started making burial arrangements but they were surprised to find the body of the minor with marks of lashes, raising suspicion on what could have happened.

Angry mourners ganged up against Kakande who had showed up for burial and attempted to lynch him before they expelled him from the funeral. Hassan Matovu, a resident of the area demanded for justice for the minor.

He asked police to carry out thorough investigations to ensure that the perpetrators are arraigned in court. He blames teachers for administering severe punishments to pupils, saying this must stop.

Lameck Kigozi the Southern Region Police Spokesperson says they picked up Kakande for questioning over the circumstances surrounding Kabuye's death.

He says they are also holding Abud Lutayam, the proprietor of the clinic where Kabuye died from and Rahiru Nambeja, a nurse at same facility for forging a medical report indicating that Kabuye succumbed to malaria to help police investigations into the matter.

He however, says they tried to plead with the family to halt the burial to allow for medical examination in vain.

He condemned the teacher's decision to whip the minor with a cable as his parents claim, saying they are likely to charge the culprit with murder.


Petrochemicals Driving surge in Oil Demand- IEA



The International Energy Agency (IEA) says petrochemicals are rapidly becoming the largest driver of global oil consumption. In a report released on Friday, IEA estimates that there will be an incremental demand growth of 9.6 million barrels of oil a day between 2017 to 2030 with about 99 million barrels per day (bpd).

Petrochemicals - that are derived from oil and gas are used in all sorts of daily products such as plastics, fertilisers, packaging, clothing, digital devices, medical equipment, detergents and tyres. The projection is good news for countries in East Africa especially Uganda as it moves towards the production of oil and gas in the Albertine Graben.

Some experts have suggested that petrochemicals and fertilizer industries can be developed alongside Uganda's oil and gas industry. Some had suggested that Uganda's oil and gas development faces a bleak future as the global automobile industry moves from fossil powered cars to electric ones.

The Future of Petrochemicals report is among the most comprehensive reviews of the global petrochemicals sector, and follows other reports in the series, including the impact of air conditioners on electricity demand, the impact of trucking on oil demand, or the role of modern bioenergy in the renewable sector.

Petrochemicals are particularly important given how prevalent they are in everyday products. They are also required to manufacture many parts of the modern energy systems, including solar panels, wind turbines, batteries, thermal insulation and electric vehicles.

Dr. Fatih Birol, the IEA's Executive Director said economies are heavily dependent on petrochemicals, but the sector receives far less attention than it deserves. "Petrochemicals are one of the key blind spots in the global energy debate, especially given the influence they will exert on future energy trends," said Birol

He said their analysis shows that they will have a greater influence on the future of oil demand than cars, trucks and aviation. Demand for plastics - the key driver for petrochemicals from an energy perspective - has outpaced all other bulk materials (such as steel, aluminium, or cement), nearly doubling since 2000.

In Kampala, and other urban areas across the country, it is becoming common to see piles of plastics collected by human "scavengers" for sale to recycling firms. Some of the plastics are re-exported to garment firms in China and Japan.

Globally, advanced economies are estimated to use up to 20 times more plastic and up to 10 times more fertiliser than developing economies on a per capita basis, underscoring the huge potential for global growth.



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