“Prepare for next chapter, speak with one voice without fear or divisions on the very things that affect us” Kabaka Mutebi tells Buganda Youth.

Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin Meets Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi

Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II & Katikilo Charles Peter Mayiga arrive at Buganda Youth Conference 2018 at Hotel Africana in Kampala. In the  red collar shirt is HTP President Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin among thousands who have attended.

The King of the most powerful kingdom in Africa, His Majesty Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has has closed the Buganda Youth Conference at Hotel AFricana in Kampala Uganda where thousands of youth have gathered to be enlightened about The Buganda Agenda and Development as the Kingdom prepares to celebrate its silver jubilee on 31st July 2018.

In his brief remarks, The Kabaka has said that in spite of the achievements, there’s no need to rest as the journey is still long.

“Prepare for next chapter, speak with one voice without fear or divisions on the very things that affect us” adds Kabaka Mutebi.

He has also called upon the youth to dedicate more time in studies to favorably compete in the job market stating also “Stop looking for work in foreign countries especially those where our people have faced so much suffering.”

In his remarks Katikilo Charles Peter Mayiga has called upon the youth to be hard working as they wait for federo system of governance.

Mayiga has appreciated Mr. Pius Bigirimana the Permanent Secretary from the ministry of Gender as well as Hon Nakiwala Kiyingi for contributing towards arrangements who earlier also addressed the youth.

The yout have resolved to;

1- Arrange the Buganda Youth Conference annually.

2-Establish Buganda Youth Resource Centre for Research, Skilling and job creation.

3- Revive  arrangement of taking Buganda Youth Overseas for further education and training and bring those skills to build the future.

4- Empower Youth Groups and Cooperatives for personal development and income generation.

5- Orient parents on vocational training necessary for youth.

Several motivational and inspiration speakers have addressed the youth on several subjects.

Ghanaian Asantehene Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II is expected in Uganda during the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Kabaka Mutebi at the end of the month

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Putin- Trump Meeting was Necessary for Global Peace.

Helsinki summit.

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Many Politicians and Media in United States are criticizing US President Donald J Trump recent meeting in Finland with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin but to several analysts around the world this marks a new era of global power balance.

When US is at loggerheads with Russia  the world remains divided. This momentous historical event would rewrite history especially since World War I, II and Cold War. Events in the Middle East, North Korea and other countries which are affected as result of two superpowers being apart would begin to have peaceful resolution of conflicts. Both US & Russia benefit especially at UN Security Council where Russia’s vote alone stops the rest of other votes.

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Buganda Passes Ugx 7.4billion 2018 Budget

Buganda Kingdom has passed a Ugx 7.4billion Budget to facilitate the kingdom’s operations during the Financial Year 2014/2015. The estimates reflect a decrease of UShs5.5 billion from the ending financial year whose budget stood at Shs12.9Billion.

The Kingdom’s Finance Minister Eva Nagawa Mukasa noted that this financial year budget income is to be raised from seven key aspects which include Buganda Land Board, Schools, Kingdom Ministries and   Companies, Tenants, Grants and payments from central government.

According to estimates presented to the Buganda Lukiiko at Bulange-Mengo, Buganda Land Board will generate Shs1.4billion, Shs229million Schools is expected from schools while another 278milllion is expected from Kingdom Ministries. Tenants will contribute Shs538million to the treasury, 350million is expected from grants while Shs588million will be collected from the Kingdom’s companies.

Also in the budget is an estimated Ugx 4billion from Central Government.

Nagawa explains that Buganda Land Board is likely to collect money from the installations that were recently returned to Buganda from central government.

The Kingdom will during the year concentrate on Development aspects citing completion of Kasubi Tombs, Masengere Building, Construction of a Museum, cleaning Kabaka’s Lake and to streamlining Kingdom operations.

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Kivumbi Visits Hospitalised Ugandan Legislator.

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Hon Abacanon Charles and his wife with Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin

Abacacon GutomoiHon Abacacon Charles Angiro Gutomoi, MP Erute County North Constituency, Lira District on FDC Ticket. Was Involved in an accident on 30th May 2018 at Karuma on Gulu-Kampala Highway
He is apparently in a private room at Mulago  National Referal Hospital being taken care of by his wife.

HTP President Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin paid visit to him at the hospital on Friday last week and shared his grief for the condition he is in.

Mr. Todt , the United Nations Secretary -General Special envoy for Road Safety recently expressed concern over the alarming rate of accident deaths on Ugandan roads adding that road crashes cost the Government of Uganda Shs.4.4 trillion (US$1.2 billion) annually which, he observed, represents 5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“On average, Uganda loses 10 people per day in road traffic crashes, which is the highest in East Africa,” said Mr. Todt as he handed over the report on Uganda to President Museveni.

There apparently no hospitals to receive and treat accident victims on major highways in Uganda puting the lives of citizens in danger. Recently UPDF Helicopter was used to air lift accident victims comprising of civil servants on the same highway to Kampala where they were treated.

Meanwhile another opposition Ugandan politician Betty Nambooze Bakireke on Mukono North is being hospitalised in India following back injury she sustained during the removal of presidential age limit debate at Uganda Parliament. The government has spent more than 500 million Ugandan Shillings so far on her treatment.

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Hon Abacanon Charles with Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin

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Hon Abacanon Charles and his wife with Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin

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Uganda President M7 Persuades Citizens on Social Media & Mobile Money Tax.

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Following massive uproar against newly introduced Uganda tax on use of social media and mobile money transactions, the president has reached to citizens to explain the tax. HICGI News Agency brings you Museveni’s message.

Dear Ugandans,
Greetings. I am using social media to share with you the reasons for the social-media tax and the mobile money tax.

Our budget for this financial year is Ug.Sh 32 trillion. The taxes collected from within Uganda and the other fees for this financial year will be Ug.sh.17.5 trillion. The balance (the difference) is handled by borrowing from outside the country, Ug.Sh 8.3 trillion, as well as borrowing from within the country, Sh 7 trillion. We, then, also get grants from outside to the tune of Sh280bn i.e 0.28 trillions.

Why do we have to borrow or beg from outside or even borrow from within? We do so because many people who are supposed to pay tax do not pay the tax. How do we know this? We know this by using the standard measurement used all over the World. This is the GDP: tax ratio. This means the amount of taxes paid compared to the size of the GDP, the size of the economy.

In 1991, it was only 4% of GDP. When we formed the URA, it rose to 12% and it has stagnated there for a long time. Last financial year it rose to 14.2%. In other countries in Europe, the GDP: tax ratio is 30% or more. The avarage GDP: tax ratio in Africa is 18% . Why is the GDP: tax ratio in Uganda so low? The following are the reasons:

(a) telephone companies have been under-declaring calls until recently when we acquired machines to see the telephone calls ourselves. Big shame to the culprits;
(b) Many of the people who should be paying taxes of incomes from rent do not pay or underpay;
(c) Many citizens are still in subsistence agriculture (okukolera olubuto kyokka, Itiyo pi ikeni ) and informal sector (juakali) and I always oppose taxes on those sectors (gonja roasters, mchomo sellers, mechanics, carpenters etc); in any case, it is difficult to know how much they earn;
(d) Absence of scanners on the borders allows false declarations of goods in containers. The URA now has 4 scanners only. I have directed them to buy enough scanners to cover all entry points by land, water and air; and
(e) Slowness in introducing electronic stamps to the goods imported from outside at the factory level.

We, therefore, end up getting revenue from consumer taxes on mainly luxuries; income tax; profit tax; and import tax on consumables minus the production inputs only. That is why we end up with the low GDP: tax ratio of only 14.2% and have to borrow or beg, yet our economy is growing.

Coming specifically to the social media and mobile money taxes, Ugandans need to ask the following questions:
1. Do you send social media messages to Facebook or whatever for free or do you pay?
2. Do you send mobile money for free or do you pay?
3. If you pay, whom do you pay?
4. Do you pay in dollars or in local shillings?
5. If you pay in local shillings, do the ones you pay, most of whom are foreign companies, take money out of Uganda in local shillings or in dollars?
6. If it is dollars, who earned those dollars?

Let us answer the last question first. Those dollars are earned by us who produce coffee, tea, the milk products, by our gold, by our tourism, by our processed fish , by our manufactured goods (e.g cement, textiles, soap, mattresses, cooking oil, etc).

Therefore, some of us, myself included, either earn the dollars or save the dollars by producing products instead of importing them, but some of our countrymen donate those dollars back to the foreigners by chatting endlessly on the social media. Is this correct or fair? Is it good for our country?

Mobile money transfer is, of course, different from the social media chatting. Social media chatting is a luxury by those who are enjoying themselves or those who are malicious.

Mobile money transfer, on the other hand, is a useful service. Since the informal sector (juakali, mchomo selling etc) is never taxed and I am always against those direct taxes on those sectors, is it too much for users of the mobile money senders and receivers to also make a modest contribution to the development of their country? The 1% was a miscommunication. The actual figure was 0.5%, half of one percent. That is what we should debate, on the mobile money.

As to social- media tax, all the moral reasons are in favour of that tax. The social – media users have no right to squander the dollars I earn from my coffee , my milk etc by endlessly donating money to foreign telephone companies through chatting or even lying and, then, they are allergic to even a modest contribution to their country whose collective wealth they are misusing.

The same with those who engage in games betting. They bet in local shillings. Since, however, our economy is an open one, the foreign owners of betting machines rush to the forex bureaus, buy dollars, the ones I earned , so as to externalize them. This is what affects our shilling.

The importers of foreign luxury goods- wines, whiskies, artificial hair, furniture, textiles, shoes etc, goods that can be made here, also squander our dollars. Fortunately, on account of our campaigns, the import bill has decreased from US$ 7 billion to US$ 5 billion. That is not enough, however.

There are no taxes on agricultural products, no taxes on machinery for factories or agricultural machinery , no taxes on raw- materials , no taxes on scholastic materials, no taxes on medicine, no tax on exports, no graduated tax etc. Most of the inputs in wealth and job creation are not taxed because we want people to engage in production. The essentials are never taxed.

This is to clarify that there is no tax on mere depositing of money on a mobile phone account. That confusion should be clarified. The half -percent tax, not 1 percent, is only on the sender and the receiver of money through mobile money. Discuss this.

I congratulate our Science team for demonstrating that we now have the eyes to see all the goings on in the telecommunication and financial services. No more games.

This capacity will be extended to deal with the criminal pigs that have made it a hobby to kill Ugandans. They will pay. I am, however, interested in a rational and honest dialogue, especially on the half -percent tax on mobile money sending and receiving.

Signed
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

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Uhuru Kenyatta Hosts 14th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects.

East African Leaders recently met in Nairobi, Kenya for the 14th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects. President Uhuru Kenyatta was lauded by his counterparts for hosting them and for his passion for a strong East Africa.

“I am happy that a dream that we started with our political elders; Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Mzee Milton Obote is coming to fruition. Things are beginning to move.” Said President Museveni.

President Museveni also adds that Uganda has woken up and is reaping fruits. For example, we are now producing 2.5 billion litres of milk while consuming only 800 million litres. The surplus 1.7 billion litres are consumed by our regional neighbors.

If it was not for this East African market, Uganda’s milk industry would have collapsed. It is the same case with maize. Whereas Uganda is producing five million tons annually, it only consumes one million tons, the rest being exported to our neighbors.

Museveni  also apologized to the people who have been affected by the Uganda Revenue Authority’s half-a-day work schedule and has directed that URA works 24 hours a day to make business easier, especially at the border points.

The electricity line to Rwanda through the Mirama Hills is now 75 percent complete. The target is to ensure that it is ready for commissioning by October this year.

He also appreciated President Uhuru for working on Kisumu port. Water transport makes business cheaper. He also disclosed that Uganda is undertaking a project near Entebbe to improve water transport network and so is Rwanda in ensuring connectivity through the Kagera River.

Museveni challenged the technocrats to study how developing this water transport network can help the region exploit the Muko iron ore deposits using the gas under Lake Kivu.

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Dr Apostle Paul Victor from India in East Africa again.

He shook Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania & Kenya last year- Since Thursday Night 21st June 2018, he has not rested. Dr Apostle Paul Victor on Friday Ministered at a Business Club Fellowship- Acrobatic Mission Fellowship of Mr. Najja Nsubuga Musoke which conveyed in muyenga at the home of a Member Mr. Denis and latter at Deliverance Church in Kasanga in the Overnight. On Friday he spoke to Married Fellowship at Deliverance Church in Makerere and then in Men’s Fellowship at Jokers Hotel of Pastors Mark & Mrs Kigozi. On Sunday he ministered at Pastor Grace Mwesigwa in Bweyogerere and Deliverance Church Kansanga and he will be ministering at Pastor Sarah Kawesa of Yesu Akwagala Ministries. The International Pastors Fellowship created by Heal The Planet Global Organisation-HTP encourages pastors around the world to connect. www.healdeplanet.org

Last year Dr Paul ministered at Ps Irene Manjeri’s Bethel Healing Centre, Rubaga Miracle Centre, Deliverance Church and many others.

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HTP President Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin with Dr. Paul Victor

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E. Africa Experience with Apostle Dr. Paul Victor

Indian Televangelist Dr. Apostle Paul Karl Victor Sr tonight at Bethel Center of Ps Manjeri.

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URA Holds 2018 Nationwide Budget Breakfast.

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One event. Five locations.

Last week on Monday 18th June 2018, Uganda Revenue Authority held a National Annual Budget Breakfast that attracted thousands gathered at different locations in the country.

This year’s budget annual post budget breakfast themed #KnowYourBudget18 occurred in five towns namely Masaka, Jinja, Kampala, Arua and Fort Portal.

There, thousands of people “hungry” for information about the 2018/19 amendments, opportunities therein and others over the past five years, gathered.

Presiding in Jinja, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga said local manufacturers and traders ought to be supported.

“Let us help regularise what they are doing. Let us support people in small scale businesses to exist lawfully…….,” she stated.

Apart from enabling proprietors derive a livelihood, she argued, small scale traders offered essential services to communities.

Citing fuel traders in rural areas, Kadaga said motorists now do not have to travel long distances in search of fuel.

Looking at her as she spoke, were over 1,400, who sat in a gigantic marquee at the Source of The Nile Hotel, one of the five venues of post budget meetings.

Presenting the opportunities in the 2018/19 budget, Assistant Commissioner Enforcement, Agnes Nabwire disclosed that taxes (import duties) on motor boat ambulances, maternity kits, racing motor bikes and rally cars plus tourist vans were scrapped.

And to stimulate local production, some items had their taxes raised from 25% to 60%. Among them are toilet paper, toothbrushes, packed water, exercise books, soap, blankets and chewing gum.

URA Commissioner Tax Investigations Department, Patrick Mukiibi urged participants to formalise their businesses by, among others, registration.

The Vice President, Edward Ssekandi echoed Kadaga’s comments on local manufacturers and investors whilst addressing participants in Masaka.

“We must not frustrate the investors because we are also beneficiaries of the infrastructural development and business,” he stated.

Following concerns about a proposed industrial park in Masaka, Ssekandi reassured participants that the project had not been abandoned.

In Kampala, Government announced a three-pronged approach to as it moves to maintain a stable macro-economic environment.

“First, the central bank will continue with inflation targeting, which for month, has been maintained at nine percent. As government, we shall continue encouraging the Bank of Uganda to maintain the economic fundamentals through a robust monetary policy,” the Deputy Secretary to the Treasury stated.

Government, Patrick Ocailap disclosed, would continuously recapitalise Uganda Development Bank and support its recapitalisation from foreign sources. This would enable the financial institution to offer credit to entrepreneurs below the commercial rate.

Additionally, Government would capitalise the micro support finance centre to facilitate lending to saving and credit cooperative societies and other microfinance bodies at lower interest rates.

“Once the monopoly of commercial banks is broken, there should be no reason we continue to have high rates in this economy. Our aim is to have a reasonable lending rate so that we can have more people access credit for enterprise growth,” Ocailap explained.

Organised for the fourth time, the events kicked off with opening speeches, presentations on tax policies (customs and domestic taxes).

Participants thereafter had the opportunity to respond to the presentations, asked questions an offered feedback.

Among the participants were Ministers, Members of Parliament, Resident District Commissioners and the clergy to name but a few. At each of the five venues, hundreds of people attended from beginning to end.

Monday (June 18, 2018) was the fourth time that URA organised #KnowYourBudget meetings. And it was the second time that people in the countryside benefitted from the meetings.

 

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A brainchild of URA, they were launched to sensitise the public on tax policies of an impending financial year. Each year the fora are spiced to ensure that the public walk away with knowledge on how to boost their businesses.

The gist this year were the opportunities for business growth and investment the Government has created over the past five years.

URA Annual Breakast 2018

Also read;

URA Unveils 2017-2018 Budget

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Museveni Addresses Parliament on Security

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President Museveni has Addressed a special sitting of the Parliament this afternoon on the question of security. This was in respect of his request to the Speaker of Parliament for a platform to deliver the address. Several MPs from across the political divide have attended.
 
After offering a historical and geographical perspective of Uganda and the region’s security, He announced 10 measures the government will undertake to check insecurity in the country.
 
1. All legally held guns will be finger-printed. When this happens, once a cartridge is fired, we shall be able to tell which gun discharged the bullet. If any legally-held gun is used in crime, we shall trace it, this includes guns in private hands but licensed by the police.
 
2. Every vehicle and motorcycle will be required to have electronic number plates with an electronic signal, installed at cost of the owner. However, we shall protect people’s privacy.
 
Our concern will only be with vehicles or pikipikis seen in an area where crime is committed. If one attempts to interfere with the number plate, the central monitoring unit will be notified.
 
3. Hoods for motorcycle riders is banned. Police will charge anybody covering themselves that way. Riders will also have to wear helmets with illuminated numbers both at the front and back.
 
These helmets will be registered and details captured in the central monitoring hub. I encourage the National Enterprises Corporation and our private sector here to manufacture these helmets here. We should not spend money importing them.
 
4. Installation of cameras on town roads and streets and along highways. Potentially the criminal or enemy can evade other forms of detection except the optical; eye, camera and telescope.
 
If necessary, the cameras will have thermal sensors. If criminals try childish games of covering their heads, they will be seen at the command post.
 
5. Modern foresinc laboratory. I thought the national ID project should have done this. We shall capture thumb prints and DNA of criminals so that we can trace once blood is left at the crime scene.
 
Even other elements like sweat, saliva, hair will also be analysed. If you want our country to be peaceful, why fear to offer DNA for storage. Support me so that we stabilize our country.
 
6. Speed of response and how quickly we arrive at the scene. I have directed the police to revive the 999 and reform the Flying Squad. It should be a real flying squad. We are providing UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones) and light helicopters.
 
7. The enemy can also use drones to promote crime. The defence committee has authorised 30 UAVs. We have 130 applications while 500 have been impounded. They were being smuggled into the country. The responsible minister will bring a law to regulate use of these drones.
 
8. Misuse of social media. Criminals use social media to threaten violence and create panic. We are going to acquire capacity to quickly locate criminals abusing social media. The government does not want to block these sites but we shall pick out the jiggers. We won’t cut the entire foot.
 
9. Acquire more scanners under the Uganda Revenue Authority to check all containers coming into and exiting the country. Criminals hiding guns as cargo will be grabbed. The Era of weak or non-existent state authority ended.
 
10. Back to the army. Our strategy is a small, professional, well-equipped army, backed with a large reserve force. Our military capacity is robust created over last 50 years. We have capacity to defend Uganda.

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Uganda’s 2018-2019 Budget

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Delivered at the Meeting of the 3rd Session of the 10th Parliament of Uganda on,
Thursday, 14th June 2018 at the Kampala Serena International Conference Centre
By Hon. Matia Kasaija (MP)
Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development

Madam Speaker, the Financial Year 2018/19 Budget has been
formulated based on the socio-economic achievements made in
the recent past, and the challenges that we still face today. The
right policies that the National Resistance Movement (NRM)
Government has consistently developed and implemented
over several years have led to key socio-economic development
gains. Click here to download PDF of full Government of Uganda Budget Speech for Fiscal Year 2018-2019_1

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