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Youth Group Launch Campaign Demanding To Expose Govt Corrupt Officials

The initiative by a coalition of several youth activist groups including The Uganda poor youth movement, Sauti ya Vijana, Red Top Brigade, Youth Power Research Uganda among others launched a public campaign dubbed #MyHandsAreClean, to highlight the dubious deals in government and all corrupt officials.

The campaign seeks to attract the attention of President Yoweri Museveni who they want to lead his administration and follow up on the Parliament’s Cosase report that was presented to the House in November 2019 recommending that the Central Bank officials involved in the sale of loan portfolios of the seven defunct banks be held liable and punished accordingly.

Zahid Ssempala, the coalition’s national coordinator. taking a cautious stand on the rampant corruption scandals in the country, said the campaign will expose and fight corruption so as to save tax payers’ monies and bring those involved in same to book.

“The youth activist forums have been taken aback by the rampant and increasing corruption scandals where the perpetrators have seemingly avoided being brought to book by use of their connections to the respective government offices which are meant to investigate and charge them or by virtue of being powerful and untouchables,” Ssempala told journalists in Kampala.

However, the group who also accuses the President of “shielding” the “corrupt” officials at Bank of Uganda even when the Cosase report pinned them on a number of wrongdoings, says the president is not doing much to fight corruption, alleging that some people is Museveni administration are trying to be above the law while people of Uganda are feeling “betrayed” in this “queer situation”.

“We as Youth Activists further wish to thank and recognize the institution of State House Anti-corruption Unit head by Lt. Co. Edith Nakalema for always heeding to their calls and following up on all cases of corruption as reported,” Ssempala said, asking president Museveni to not only come up with campaigns but also to act on corrupt before more investors run away.

“Youth Activists through their respective forums have on several occasions written to various offices in its bid to fight corruption but even these offices have instead smouldered the corrupt officials such as the office of the Inspector General of Government and the office of the Director Public Prosecution which have the mandate to follow up whistleblowers’ complaints and petitions but the same has been in vain.

“We on several occasions wrote about corruption scandals including but not limited to; the URA/AG 6 billion handshake saga, the illicit acquisition of wealth by Mrs. Justine Bagyenda, the wrongful sale, abuse of office and procedure and corruption by Bank of Uganda officials while selling off several commercial banks, the Bank of Uganda- Mpanga issue of payment of unwarranted legal fees, the failure of IGG to fulfill her mandate by shouldering corrupt officials, the blocking of criminal charges by the Director CID which explains why to date no criminal case has issued against the Bank of Uganda corrupt officials even when the whole country followed the COSASE proceedings and saw all the glaring evidence against the said officials. Surprisingly, only small fish like those involved in the siphoning of monies at the different Bank of Uganda branches were arrested in a bid to divert the nation from the bigger fish who have swindled billions and billions but still moving scot-free, said Mzee Julius Bwanika, the group’s publicity secretary.

SOURCE: PMLDaily

 

Huawei's Ryan Ding: Unleash Network Potential, Inspire Business Growth

Huawei's Executive Director and President of the Carrier BG Ryan Ding delivered a keynote speech at the Better World Summit 2020. According to Ding, as the COVID-19 crisis continues globally, carriers need to be prepared in four areas of network construction and business development to quickly unleash network potential and inspire business growth.

  1. Carriers need to maximize the value of existing networks. They should make the most of their networks and rapidly expand their capacity by using software or adding boards or replacing RRUs. This can help them respond to the soaring data traffic during the pandemic and optimize site TCO.
  2. Carriers should focus on user experience and build the best 5G networks. The best network experience brings the biggest commercial success. In South Korea, for example, carriers are seeing lucrative gains from building the best 5G networks and offering users the best experience. Huawei will continue to help carriers deliver the best possible user experience and quickly monetize 5G network capabilities.
  3. Carriers need to speed up 5G commercialization in B2B for more business opportunities. 5G is entering a new development phase, and the B2B market is key for carriers' commercial success. Carriers need to choose the right industries and build new 5G capabilities targeting B2B. They also need to push for unified industry standards to accelerate 5G adoption at scale in B2B.

      To succeed in B2B, choosing the right industries is crucial. Private lines have become a quick-win use case for 5G in B2B, with more than 15 carriers having 5G private line services. Carriers can consider three factors when deciding which industries to focus on: industry attractiveness, commercial viability, and technical viability. Huawei suggests that carriers should currently focus on mining, steel, ports, and oilfield industries when developing 5G in B2B.

      Carriers need to build 5G network planning, construction, maintenance, optimization, and operations capabilities for B2B. For example, they need to improve their network planning capabilities that target different production environments of industries, and provide products and solutions that meet industry requirements. In addition, they need to develop service and ecosystem enablement platforms, provide standardized products and services, and build viable business models.

      Carriers need to push for unified industry standards. Unified industry standards are the basis for large-scale 5G development in B2B. Cross-industry collaboration is well underway. Many industries like mining and steel have begun to communicate industry standards through such efforts as publishing industry white papers, establishing ecosystem alliances, and participating in standards discussion.

  1. Carriers need to build future-oriented target networks. The telecoms industry needs to think hard about how their networks can be adapted to the ever-changing needs of individuals, families, and businesses as well as how to support the development of the digital economy. Huawei will continue to help carriers build future-oriented target networks to support their continued success.

Other speakers at today's session include Liang Baojun, Senior Vice President at China Unicom; Liu Jian, General Manager of Government-Enterprise Business Group at China Mobile; Choi Yoon Ho, Vice President of AR/VR Service at LG U+; Phil Kendall, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics; and Peng Honghua, President of 5G Product Line at Huawei.

Western Union Announces 50% Fee Reduction For Essential Workers Sending Money

COVID19 pandemic front-line responders and essential workers sending money globally using Western Union's digital channels have been offered 50 percent fee reduction for the next two weeks.

Western Union, a leader in cross-border, cross-currency money mover said the promotion ‘is a tribute by the company to these customers for their endless commitment to their local communities.’

Western Union President and CEO Hikmet Ersek said many of the world’s frontline or essential workers are global citizens who trust us with their hard-earned money and regularly send it to their loved ones.

“We want to acknowledge their dedication to keeping remittances moving to the communities and economies around the world that depend on them the most and support them as they continue promoting the health and safety of the communities around them.” Ersek is quoted in a press statement.

 More than 65 percent of global citizens working and living across the world occupy roles as first responders or in essential service industries, according to Western Union’s business intelligence.

These global citizens indexed high in such roles across major countries: 63 percent in the U.S.; 67 percent in the U.K; 68 percent in France; 70 percent in Germany; 62 percent in Australia; 58 percent in the UAE and 71 percent in Saudi Arabia.

In Uganda, Jason Nass, Regional Director, East Africa Western Union said remittances play an extremely important part of the economy. For the community here, remittances are often a lifeline, Nass said.

“The reduction in fees for frontline and essential workers around the world should help receivers locally in Uganda as they face the current pandemic,” he added.

The fee reduction, valid with transfer code THANKS2020, applies to any transaction initiated in the majority of Western Union’s digital-enabled countries at westernunion.com or via the Western Union app and received anywhere Western Union’s Global Network reaches: via bank account or wallet payout in more than 100 countries, as well as retail Agent locations in 200 countries and territories.

The fee reduction will run from now until May 20, 2020, and is available to first responders representing medical, police, and fire department professionals as well as essential workers across food, transport, utility, and other essential industries, including manufacturing and construction.

 

Mulemwa Reinstalled As PAU Board Chair For Second Term

The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Dr. Kitutu Kimono Mary Goretti, has this week inaugurated the second Board of Directors for Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) following the expiry of inaugural board team on 3rd October 2019.

Dr. Jane N. Mulemwa, who led the inaugural board for the past four years, having taken over office on 4th October 2015, was reappointed by President Yoweri Museveni and approved by parliament and will now steer the Authority for the next four years and her final term.

The appointment of the board and approval by parliament is provided for under the Petroleum Act, 2013. The Act provides that the PAU will have a Board of Seven (7) members and that, at least three (3) members of the Board shall be women. 

Dr. Mulemwa will now serve the Authority with other retained members Ms. Doreen Kabasindi Wandera and Mr. Kiryowa Kiwanuka. The new Board members that complete the seven member board are; Mr. Bernard Ongodia, the Principal of the Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba, Dr. Kevin Aanyu, a lecturer in the department of Geology and Petroleum studies at Makerere University, Dr. Noble Ephraim Banadda, a Chemical Engineer, and Ms. Lynda Biribonwa, an Environment, Health, Safety and Quality Management professional.

The Minister tasked the new Board to steer the sector to ensure the Final Investment Decision (FID) is achieved.  “You are coming on board at a critical time when the Ministry and the Authority are steering the Upstream and Midstream sector towards FID. It is also critical for the Authority to look beyond FID and adequately prepare for how the sector will operate post this milestone. You are therefore encouraged to ensure the right systems, processes and people are in place to steer the petroleum subsector forward,” she said.

Mr. Robert Kasande, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development revealed that the new Board had been approved as per the requirements of the law.

The law provides that the Board should have proven experience in any of the following disciplines: - Petroleum Geosciences or Engineering; Health, Safety and Environment matters; Law; Business Administration or Management; Finance or Economics; or, Chemical and process or Refinery Engineering.

The inaugural Board submitted the end of term report highlighting, among others, the achievements made, and challenges faced. While passing her vote of thanks to the appointing Authority, Dr. Jane Mulemwa commended the president for having followed the recommendation of the pioneer Board to maintain an institutional memory and continuity when appointing the new Board.

“The composition of the new Board clearly shows that the president followed our recommendation and consequently we have three (3) old members Mr. Kiryowa Kiwanuka, Ms. Doreen Kabasindi and myself being reappointed alongside four (4) new members,” she noted.

 

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