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Countries Position in Ease of Doing Business Falls 12 November 2008

Uganda's position in ease of doing business has fallen to 111 from 107 in 2007, the Commercial Court's Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire has said, writes David Muwanga.

"We have slipped as a destination for investment. We need an effective commercial legal system to enforce contracts and improve the investment climate."

"Poor contract enforcement is a disincentive to economic growth. We have few judicial officers. This has created a backlog of cases, which is a cancer because it holds up capital if disputes cannot be resolved in a short period," he said while presenting a paper at a workshop organized by the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) at Hotel Africana in Kampala.


The Commercial Court orders government to refund about 20 billion shillings to over 50,000 motorist vehicle owners 15/05/2008

The money collected by Uganda Revenue Authority, was still outstanding on Road Licenses when government announced abolition of the levy in the 2007/2008 National Budget.

The Road License was abolished this financial year, and immediately after the ban was announced several vehicle owners stormed Uganda Revenue Authority asking it to refund their money.

URA however declined to refund the money saying as a body it had no authority to release funds to anybody except the Ministry of Finance, prompting the vehicle owners to sue government.

In his ruling Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire has ordered government through the Ministry of finance to effect the refund under section 3 sub-section 3 of the Finance Act 2007.


Barclays Bank sues former Budo head teacher

Barclays Bank has sued the former headmaster of Budo Junior School, William Ssubuliba Kayongo, for failure to pay back a sh1.7b loan.
Kayongo, who is under investigation in connection with the fire that killed 20 girls at the school two weeks ago, is jointly sued with the former headmaster of Kings’ College Budo, George William Ssemivule

The two secured loans from Barclays Bank between 2003 and 2005 to support their private secondary school, Berkley Education Enterprise. It is located at Bunamwaya on Entebbe Road.
Kayongo was until last month the headmaster of Budo Junior, a government-aided primary school belonging to the Church of Uganda. He served the school for over 20 years.
Kayongo was transferred to Buloba Church of Uganda Primary School in Wakiso district in March following a teachers’ strike over unpaid allowances and reports that the school was bankrupt.
Ssemivule is now the headmaster of Mengo Secondary School.
Barclays Bank, through its lawyers, MMAKS advocates, yesterday took Kayongo and Ssemivule to the High Court’s Commercial Division over failure to clear the loans and accumulated interest.
According to court documents, Kayongo and Ssemivule secured sh400m in personal loans in 2003. They borrowed another sh63m in 2004 and and sh200m in 2005, in addition to an overdraft.
The loans carried 21% interest.
According to a source, Kayongo is said to be the majority shareholder in the Berkley school.
“Though the school is owned by two people, Kayongo in charge of its management,” the source said.
The court has given them 10 days to file a defence.
Barclays Bank said despite numerous reminders, Kayongo and Ssemivule failed to clear the loans
The bank is demanding an unspecified amount of money as the cost of the suit.
The case has been assigned to Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire.
On April 14, one of the dormitories of Budo Junior went up in flames, killing 20 girls aged eight to 10.
The Police have interrogated Kayongo twice over the incident and mismanagement of the school.
The teachers said they had not been paid their top-up allowances for over six months.
The Buganda Road Court last week charged the dormitory matron, Damalie Basirika, and four security guards with negligence.

The Bagwere are a Bantu? ethnic group in Uganda? and constitute some 4% of the population. Around 500,000 Bagwere live in eastern Uganda and exist on subsistence farming?. The Bagwere speak the Lugwere? language.

They live in the Eastern part of Uganda mostly in Pallisa district, where they are over 80% of the population. They have the Bagisu, the Basoga, the Balamogi and the Itesot and also the Banyole and the Jopadhola (Badama) as their neighbhours

Mbale city, one time reputed to be the cleanest city in Uganda is home to some Bagwere, and have the following towns; Pallisa, Budaka, Kibuku, Kagumu, Kamonkoli, Kadama, Iki-Iki, Bulangira, Kaderuna, Tirinyi,Butebo,Kakoro. Luggwere is also one of the main dialects to be found in Pallisa town.
The bagwere have many clans the leading ones being the; Balalaka, Balalaka Bakomba, Bakomolo, balangira, Baganza, badaka, baumo, Banaminto, Bapalama, Banyekero,Batoloyi. Their traditional music is called Tongoli, a five stringed hand held instrument, modeled along a one string instrument elsewhere in Africa known as the Kora, The Bagwere are also identified with Namadu, a set of seven drums as one of the famous traditional musical instruments.
They are said to have emigrated to their present area from Bunyoro and Toro, and travelled along lake kyoga crossing river mpologoma. For this reason all tribes settled along the Kyoga like; Baluli, Bakenye, Balamogi have a similar language to Lugwere. Their initial area of settlement has shrunk considerably as the Teso and Bagishu pushed their frontiers inwardly.

The Bagwere are very proud of their heritage especially as they are few in number but are very well educated. 47 of them hold either PHD or masters degrees from world class reputable universities. Their most prominent son is the late Balaki Kebba Kirya one of the founding members of independent Uganda who died in 1994. Some notable Bagwere personalities over the years are; Gwanyi, Yoswa Kirya, Kabazi, Kageni, Prof Kiryabwire Africa's first black neuro-surgeon; Colonel Paul Babula an Israeli trained Mig Fighter Pilot. He was also presidential pilot for Amin, Binaisa, Obote II, Okello and Museveni; Ambassador Edward .M.K. Wakida once Vice President of ICAO in Canada; Engineer Johnathan Mwedde Chief Engineer Uganda; Professor George Kirya Vice Chancellor Makerere university and High Commissioner UK; Eng Kabanda a principal private secretary to the President of Uganda; Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire the youngest judge of the High Court; Ambassador Dr. Tomasi Sisye Kiryapawo (UK)and Electoral Commission; Professor Ruth Mukama, Ambassadors Mr and Mrs Taliwaku; William Mukama? The reknown teacher and politician, Professor Phillip Wabulya; Juliet Rainer Kafire Vice President Democratic Party and a remarkable woman said to have built many Schools in Uganda, Bishop Emeritus Alpakusad Gonahasa Assistant Arch-Bishop of Uganda, Hon Jennifer Namuyangu a State Minister for trade and industry, Dr. Laban Kirya a district chairman, Kalebbo Principal of Uganda Management Institute, Dr. Allan Kwabe a computer engineer in UK, Edmund Wakida an Attorney, Dr. Talisuna of Ministry of Health, Mr. Swaya of Min. of Finance, Bob Wasugirya, Dr. Mutono of the Lodoi Foundation, Dr. Anthony Kebba a renowned AIDS vaccine researcher for WHO, .Sam Lyomoki the Workers represetative in Parliament,Eng Wilson Mulebeke one of the few meterlogical engineers in Uganda, Prof. ABCD kweri, Dr. Twatatwa, Dr. Basima Mpandey, DVC kyambogo University and brother to Prof.ABCD kweri,Prof Yooswa Dambisya of Limpompo University, Dr. Dan Wagaine. Dr. Kawuuta, a comissioner in Min of Agric,Dr.Wilson.K.Kasolo a Board member of the National Forestry Authority, and the Principal of Nyabyeya Forestry College, Dr. Kinani a Permanent Secretary MOH, Professor Vinand Nantulya of Switzerland, Mr. Mulekwa Eriakimu Namooni the up coming area politician and Director Youth Awaken Organisation, Michael Daka an Infrastructure Consulting Engineer and a Member Daily Monitor Panel of Experts, Francis.W.Balya, Computer Systems' Expert and son to the late Edward .M.K. Wakida, Bob Mubaala their paramount cultural leader, referred to as Ikumbania, Nathan Namooni the clan head balalaka abakomba, and all clan leader.


Judge Gives Mulago Six Transformers 17 July 2008

The family of Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire of the High Court Commercial Division has donated six transformers to the Mulago Hospital Special Care Unit.

Abou Kisige reports that the machines, donated on Tuesday, will be used to generate heat for babies born prematurely.

"As a family, we have decided to donate to the special care unit, which we learnt has six incubators but they lacked operational transformers," Kiryabwire said.

The 500-watt transformers have power regulators, allowing them to work for long hours without interruptions, Kiryabwire added.

He urged the public to stop accusing Mulago Hospital of incompetence and instead offer help.

"I think it is time to stop pointing fingers and raise up as users and stakeholders of these facilities to do something about their challenges."

The Mulago executive director, Dr. Edward Ddumba, thanked Kiryabwire's family, saying the transformers would help save lives of premature babies.

He promised to name Ward 3A (neurosurgery) after the judge's father, Jovan Kiryabwire, who made outstanding contribution to the hospital when he served there.


United Way Launches a Day of Action Program

United Way launched its first ever Annual Community Day of Action on Sturday October. 17, 2008. Volunteers,donors from local businesses and NGO's spent a day distributing lifesaving bed nets in Nabuli, Pallisa. The day began with a kickoff breakfast and pep rally at Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire's family firm at Nabuli. Speaking on behalf of the United Way, Mr. Keneth Atim echored United Way's continued commitment to fighting malaria, a  preventable disease that kills over 320 Ugandan's everyday. "Whereas it is important to treat malaria with other interventions, it is also wise to prevent people from getting malaria in the first place by making sure families have access to bed nets" Said Kenneth Atim, United Way Board Member.
The most effective malaria prevention measure is for children and pregnant mothers to sleep under an insecticide-treated bed net every night; we know that many families in villages cannot afford to buy nets on their own. That's why United Way decided to join the campaign to mobilize funds to purchase beds nets for families who might need them. Malaria is endemic in 95% of Uganda, but people with low immunity, including pregnant women and children under five are particularly susceptible. Since last year United Way malaria campaign has targeted populations in Eastern Uganda Districts due their isolation from formal health facilities.

United Way Uganda would like to offer a special thanks to all Day of Action volunteers for contributing their time and talents during the 2008 Day of Action event by demonstrating that by working together, we can accomplish more than any single group can do on its own. Day of Action is designed to match volunteers with projects most NGO's could never undertake on their own.

Thank you to all who participated in the Day of Action. This day would not have been possible without your hard work and support.

Thank You Sponsors

  • Enerst & Young Uganda

  • Quality Chemicals Uganda Limited

  • Hon: Geoffrey Kiryabwire  and Family

Thank You Volunteers

  • John Muhaise Bikalemesa

  • Mama Angelina Wapakabulo

  • Rebbeca Mukasa

  • Betty Kasabbiti

  • Keneth Atim

  • Esther Kuloba

  • Katende Mohamed

  • Susan Nakangu

  • Keneth Atim


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