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Gov’t should intervene in skyrocketing fuel prices – MPs

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Members of Parliament have asked government to intervene in the skyrocketing fuel prices, saying businesses are starting to crumble due to the high transport costs. The MPs who addressed journalists on Monday in the Members’ Lounge at Parliament say that whereas fuel prices have been …

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Mother enrolls children into bricklaying to beat lockdown hardships

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The COVID-19 induced lockdown has become a turning point for Madrine Namulema, a former market vendor who has since rediscovered her potential for making reasonable earnings from hard labour. Namulema, a mother of four, has found a fortune in making clay bricks as an alternative …

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Gov’t wants charges in UPE, USE schools abolished

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Cabinet is proposing free and compulsory primary and secondary education when schools reopen early next year. The cabinet on Monday agreed that all forms of charges that have been collected from learners in Universal Primary Education-UPE and Universal Secondary Education-USE schools should be abolished. Dr. …

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No special recovery fund for education sector – Minister Lugoloobi

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Minister of State for Planning, Amos Lugoloobi has told MPs that the government has no money to support a special recovery fund for the education sector. Lugoloobi instead appealed to private institutions of learning to compete for 200 billion Shillings that has been set aside …

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Finance seeks Shs3.8 trillion supplementary budget

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | MPs on the Committee on Budget are scrutinising a Shs3.8 trillion supplementary budget with Shs1.3 trillion already spent as being within the limit allowed by the Public Finance Management Act. Section 25(1) of the Public Finance Management Act allows accounting officers, subject to the approval of …

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Kasese registers increase in uptake of family planning services

Kasese, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | There is an improved uptake of family planning services in Kasese district following the easing of the nationwide lockdown. At the end of July this year, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni eased the second nationwide lockdown he announced on June 18th, 2021, to contain the second wave …

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Pentecostal church leaders to prioritize psychosocial support

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The leadership of the National Fellowship of Born-Again Pentecostal Churches of Uganda-NFBPC has resolved to start psychosocial support programs in their places of worship following the partial reopening from the second lockdown. During their retreat in Masaka city, the fourteen regional overseers of Pentecostal Churches in …

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Online learning, television exposing children to pornography

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Sixteen-year-old Ritah (not real names) is currently a resident at Wakisa Ministries, an abuse and pregnancy crisis centre in Wakiso district. A herdsman lured the teenager into sex last year after introducing her to pornography. She explains that she would watch pornography with the herdsman whenever …

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Rise in cases of incest irks Lugbara cultural leaders

Arua, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Lugbara cultural institution has raised concern about the high numbers of cases of incest registered during the lockdown. The cultural institution has registered 600 cases of teenage pregnancies in Arua, Terego, Maracha, Madi-Okollo and Yumbe since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ismael Tuku, the …

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