The Police have taken samples from the Sunday evening fire at the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) Naguru hill staff quarters to the Government chemist in Wandegeya for examination. Fire gutted a block housing eight families of technicians, drivers, and guards, employed by UBC. The property also houses UBC masts and those of other private radio and television stations. There were no fatalities but four families lost their household property and two privately owned cars were burnt to scrap. Henry Kalulu, the deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, yesterday told The New Vision that preliminary investigations point to an electric short-circuit in the house of one of the residents, James Lubowa.
Employment policy in offing
An employment policy which will determine the minimum wage for workers is in the offing. The policy will address workersâ€™ plight, said the chairman of the National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU), Wilson Owere. He explained that the policy would check the exploitation of workers. Owere was briefing journalists on employeesâ€™ poor working conditions at Hotel Africana in Kampala. Stephen Barasa, the NOTU secretary general, called upon the Federation of Uganda Employers to support the efforts of NOTU in championing workersâ€™ rights on a minimum wage.
National IDs to ease work
The introduction of national identity cards would ease the process of acquiring a passport, Wilberforce Ngonde, the passport control officer, told The New Vision. Ngonde said the cards would stop impostors and non-citizens from acquiring Ugandan passports and strengthen national security. Most of the work is done manually, making identification of passport holders hard, he added.