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Ministry of Finance sets June 15 to settle all salary arrears

The Ministries of Finance and Public Service have said that by June 15 2014, all the civil servants shall have received their outstanding salaries.

The Finance Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr. Keith Muhakanizi has therefore called upon all Chief Accounting Officers to submit the names of all public servants’ salary payment claims by June 4 2014.

Mr. Keith sounded a strong warming to accounting officers who will fail to submit the names in time that they will be sacked.

Many civil servants have gone many months without payment. Kasese Hospital nurses and doctors recently laid down their tools in protest over six months salary arrears.

This has greatly affected service delivery in many public institutions. The question is ‟ has the Government done enough to ensure that civil servants are paid in time?”

Chinese Company takes over Kilembe miles

A Chinese firm called Tibet Hima Mining Company Limited has taken over the management of Kilembe miles from Kilembe Miles Limited that has owned it since 1975.

Speaking at the hand over ceremony, the former general manager for Kilembe Mines, Mr. Fred Kyakonye thanked the Government for its determination to revive the mines. And it is very clear why the Chinese firm has to take over.

Tibet Hima Company’s project manager Mr. Alex Kwatampora said the company would rehabilitee the Mubuku Hydro Power Dam by increasing its production capacity to 14 Megawatts from the current 5 Megawatts that are produced. Production of copper and cobalt will soon start.

This is a great opportunity for Ugandans. This will increase revenue to the Ugandan Government. The company also promised to improve infrastructure such as roads and schools.

Uganda to begin producing nuclear energy

Speaking at State-of-the-Nation address at Serena Hotel on 5th June 2014, President Museveni was delighted to inform Ugandans that we shall soon start producing nuclear energy. A team of scientists has already been sent abroad for advanced training.

President Museveni said nuclear energy will be generated using the uranium metal that lies in the Albertine rift valley in a bid to accelerate economic growth through increased energy production in Uganda.

Nuclear energy also known as atomic energy can be used in the treatment of cancer, control of vectors diagnosis of diseases, tests in industrial and construction as well as petroleum exploration.

However the Ministry of Energy spokesperson Mr. Paul Kyeyune said Uganda will develop nuclear energy after geographical surveys have been conducted.

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