It is not the same regime because the western organizations put preconditions before we obtained western funding that we drop the original tactics and emphasize more on condoms and neglect the other methods. Therefore campaigns to create awareness about risky sex and avoidance of multiple partners were scrapped and people were told they were fine as long as they used condoms.This destroyed the mentality the government had created about risky sex as people felt safe with condoms which was wrong in situations where people could not regularly afford condoms.This increased the problem as the culture of safe sex was thrown out the door which in countries that are facing epidemics it may not be wise to drop your guard too early.What happened to the prevention strategy? its still the same regime.
http://namnewsnetwork.org/v2/read.php?id=121275KAMPALA, May 23 (NNN-NEW VISION) -- A multi-billion project to build a new bridge across River Nile at Jinja has taken-off. It will replace the bridge at Nalubaale dam (formerly known as Owen Falls dam), which has developed fatal cracks.
The Uganda National Roads Authority last week started compensating and resettling people who will be displaced by the new construction.
The project is jointly funded by the Ugandan government and Japan.
More than 30 structures, including Southern Nyanza Textile Industries and Nile Breweries plant will be demolished to pave way for the construction.
“We have identified the people and structures affected by the project, which will cost about sh5b in compensation,” said Dan Alinange, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) spokesperson, said.
It will be a dual carriage bridge with four lanes. It will cost an estimated $115.7m (about sh248b). Construction work will start a few months from now and will last 42 months.
“Normally, we give an allowance of three to six months for the affected persons to relocate before we begin breaking the structures,” Alinange said.
The announcement comes at a time when cracks and potholes are eating away the existing bridge, raising fears about the safety of road users and the hydro-electric power facilities. It is a major strategic link bringing in goods from Mombasa port to Uganda, Rwanda, DR Congo and Burundi. It is the only viable road link between eastern Uganda and the capital city, Kampala.
The bridge, completed in the 1954, has already exceeded its normal lifespan and is set to collapse if not worked on. In addition to carrying the road, the dam houses Uganda’s primary and strategic source of hydro-electricity.
The roads authority is planning emergency repairs on the bridge beginning next month, as it prepares to construct the new one. “There have been fears that the bridge might collapse any time, but I want to assure Ugandans that we are monitoring the situation,” Alinange said.
Statistics from the transport ministry indicate that as of December 2008, an average of 9,412 motor vehicles, 1,712 motorcycles, 1,691 bicycles and 669 pedestrians were crossing the bridge daily.
The same report forecasts that in the next 15 years, traffic flow across River Nile at Jinja will increase to 35,898 from the 9,412 recorded in the past two years.After completion of the new bridge, the old one will be retained because it houses hydro-electric power facilities.
http://namnewsnetwork.org/v2/read.php?id=121273KAMPALA, May 23 (NNN-NEW VISION) -- THE National Union of Trade Unions has rejected a proposal by the Ugandan Government to lower the retirement age of civil servants from the 60 to 50 years.
The workers’ leaders are also demanding that the Government involves them in the process. Workers’ MPs also rejected the proposal on Thursday.
At a meeting held at the workers’ body offices in Kampala, the Union leaders resolved that the retirement age be left at 60.
“You cannot force about 30,000 people to retire at a certain age because you are looking for a job for the youth,” the Union chairman, Wilson Owere said.
He added: “If you retire them at 50, what social security protection arrangements do you have for them? The Government needs to plan the process other than apply a fire fighting approach.”
Owere said retiring people at 50 will create more misery, not jobs.
In a letter to the Minister of Public Service a fortnight ago, President Museveni directed that the ministry considers lowering retirement age to 50.
If the proposal became law, over 30,000 civil servants, some of them senior Government officials would be affected.
The Union leaders proposed that the Government first enacts the employment policy. The policy would regulate Government recruitment, retirement process, benefits and methods of payment of benefits or gratuity.
Uganda is the only country in East Africa without an employment policy.
The meeting resolved to raise their concerns to the public service minister. They are also demanding a copy of the president’s letter and cabinet paper that has been prepared on the issues.
The general secretary of the Uganda Government and Allied Workers Union, Mary Kabole, called the proposal ‘an abuse of workers rights’ and called for more discussion.
The retirement age was 55 in the colonial administration, but was raised to 60 after independence in 1962.
Our hydro power potential is only 4000MW, the government is planning to increase power generation to over 10,000MW by end of decade from 500MW right now we therefore need to have other alternatives. Solar power technology is not advanced enough to meet our needs.Great, even tough i don'tlike Mu7.
But your 80% + Rural, why Nuke Energy?