PRESIDENT Yoweri has urged people in rural areas to form home-based companies to improve household incomes. In his state of the nation address at Parliament on Thursday, Museveni said: â€œEach homestead should form a home-based company to create jobs for the families and turn to commercialised agric
He said he formed a similar company in his home area in Rwakitura. Museveni said Uganda has only 260 registered companies, with a population of 28 million and that it needs at least 5.5 million companies. He urged MPs to pass on the advice to their constituencies. Museveni also advised agriculturalists to turn to fish farming. He said setting up fish ponds near homes would create jobs.
Cervical cancer worries MPS
Legislators are worried about the rate at which Ugandan women are suffering from cervical cancer. At least 46 out of 100,000 women in Uganda suffer from it and approximately 274,000 die globally in developing countries, the chairperson of the Network for African Women Ministers and Parliamentarians, Sarah Nyombi, said on Monday. Most of the patients at Mulago hospitalâ€™s Cancer institute are affected by the cancer, Beatrice Rwakimari, the publicity secretary, added.
Kassami stops receiving URA pay
Finance ministry Permanent Secretary Chris Kassami has stopped receiving a retainer and sitting allowances from URA. In letter addressed to the ura board chairman, he said: â€œI will not take retainer fees or sitting allowances. My service to the board, when possible, will be given ex-gratia. kindly advise URA management accordingly.â€
Appearing recently before the committee on commissions and statutory authorities over queries in the Auditor Generalâ€™s report for the financial year 1998 to 2006 last week, URA chief Allen Kagina said Kassami and trade ministry permanent secretary Sam Nahamya had received sh700,000 monthly retainer and sh300,000 whenever the board met.
URA losses billions in cases
MPs were on Wednesday shocked to learn that Uganda Revenue Authority lost billions of shillings in revenue in one year. The body has also lost over 50 cases since August last year, when its lawyers stopped attending Tax Appeals Tribunals.
The chairperson of the tribunal, Benjamin Kamugasha, told the committee on commissions and statutory enterprises that the lawyers were stopped by their board chairman Ibrahim Kabanda last year, because they had lost several cases.
â€œMany tax defaulters who have been sued by URA walk free due to the absence of lawyers to cross examine them,â€ noted Kamugasha. MPs summoned finance minister Ezra Suruma, to explain the anomalies.
VP, 21 MINISTERS, 55 MPS FAIL TO ACCOUNT FOR FUNDS
The clerk to Parliament, Aeneas Tandakwire, told the House that vice-president Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, 21 ministers and 55 MPs had failed to account for constituency development funds.
â€œSome MPs have submitted accountability and our internal auditors are still verifying them,â€ he said. He was reacting to the the Auditor Generalâ€™s Report of 2007, which said 250 Mps had failed to account for sh2.5b advanced to them under the Constituency Development fund.
Tandakwire said those MPs would not receive more money this financial year. The Auditor General asked Tandakwire to take punitive action against those who failed to account for the funds. Each MP receives sh10m per year.
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