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Uganda improves in corruption ranking– Global report

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda has moved at least 12 places in the corruption index, an indication that country is progressing in fighting the scourge. The 2019 Transparency International corruption perception index ranks Uganda at 137th out of 180 countries. This is down from the 149th position the country …

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Acholi cultural leaders caution residents against bush burning

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Cultural leaders in Acholi sub region have warned the communities against the practices of setting fire on bushes and the surrounding forested areas within the region. Their messages come in the wake of growing cases of bush fires across the region. Bush burning, a practice …

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Mugisha Muntu rallies Bundibugyo, Ntoroko for support

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Gen Mugisha Muntu, the National Coordinator for the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) has rallied the people of Bundibugyo and Ntoroko to join ANT and re-awaken their political spirits. Muntu was speaking in Bundibugyo on Wednesday while training the coordinators and orient them about …

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Bolt drivers accused of extortion

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Some Bolt cab drivers have stopped using the billing system on the company application and resorted to fixing prices. Normally, when one orders a Bolt cab or Boda boda, the application gives an indicative fare. On a good day without traffic jam, customers get to …

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China, Uganda open frontiers for fish maw trade

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | China has opened up its market for the importation of fish maw from Uganda. Fish maw also known as swim bladder is a white hard membrane found inside the body of the Nile Perch. A kilogram of small-sized fish maw costs 160,000 Shillings on …

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NMS to Commission system to track down drug thieves in July

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Medical Stores (NMS) will in July commission a new computer system dubbed Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Moses Kamabare, the NMS General Manager said the system whose testing will be completed in February will help health facilities trace their drug and suppliy orders and …

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UMRA tasked to probe illegal deposit-taking microfinance institutions

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | District leaders in Bunyoro sub-region have asked the Uganda Microfinance Regulatory Authority to investigate microfinance institutions that are illegally taking deposits from members of the public. The call was made at the launch of a campaign organised to create public awareness on the mandate …

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Locust invasion sparks uncertainties in Northern Uganda

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Residents and leaders in northern Uganda are anxious over the possible invasion of crop-devouring desert locusts that have devastated parts of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. The swarms with unprecedented size and destructive potential have destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of crops, posing a bigger …

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Kampala Minister asks gov’t for more funding

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Minister for Kampala Betty Amongi has asked government to allocate more funds to Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA. Amongi was on Wednesday appearing before Parliament’s Presidential Affairs Committee where she decried the minimal funding to Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA. According to the Budget Framework Paper …

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Soroti Hospital struggling to operate neonatal unit

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Neonatal Unit at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital is struggling to operate. The unit operates in a tiny room within the pediatric ward. The room has three baby warmers, three infants’ beds and an incubator. Doctors and nurses only visit the unit during routine check-up …

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