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Jinja Stuck With Shs 1.3bn Street Lights Bill

Jinja municipality is stuck with an accumulated power bill worth Shs 1.3 billion.

Rajab Kitto, the spokesman, Jinja municipality, says the bill has been accumulating over the last five years.

Local authorities are mandated to clear power bills using collections from local revenue. He says the failure to clear the power bill, prompted Umeme to disconnect street lights plunging the municipality into total darkness.

According to Kitto, they are unable to raise sufficient local revenue to clear the bill.

“Of course you are aware that Umeme cut off its power and demands us a lot of money, which is about 1.3 billion. Unless people pay, there is no way we are going to pay that money. We are not in position to pay”, he said.

Majid Batambuze, the mayor Jinja municipality and chairperson Urban Authorities Association, says municipalities unable to sustain street lighting because of the heavy power bills. He wants government to direct power suppliers to incur the cost of streetlights across the country.

“These urban councils collect less revenue and yet they have a lot of other costs to meet. Street lighting is a very expensive venture. If the government can direct the power suppliers to incur the cost of the street lighting before being contracted, then the problem would be solved,” he said.

He however, says most urban council leaders are opting from solar powered streetlights, which don’t have monthly bills.

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Uganda: Jinja Stuck With Shs 1.3bn Street Lights Bill

Jinja municipality is stuck with an accumulated power bill worth Shs 1.3 billion.

Rajab Kitto, the spokesman, Jinja municipality, says the bill has been accumulating over the last five years.

Local authorities are mandated to clear power bills using collections from local revenue. He says the failure to clear the power bill, prompted Umeme to disconnect street lights plunging the municipality into total darkness.

According to Kitto, they are unable to raise sufficient local revenue to clear the bill.

“Of course you are aware that Umeme cut off its power and demands us a lot of money, which is about 1.3 billion. Unless people pay, there is no way we are going to pay that money. We are not in position to pay”, he said.

Majid Batambuze, the mayor Jinja municipality and chairperson Urban Authorities Association, says municipalities unable to sustain street lighting because of the heavy power bills. He wants government to direct power suppliers to incur the cost of streetlights across the country.

“These urban councils collect less revenue and yet they have a lot of other costs to meet. Street lighting is a very expensive venture. If the government can direct the power suppliers to incur the cost of the street lighting before being contracted, then the problem would be solved,” he said.

He however, says most urban council leaders are opting from solar powered streetlights, which don’t have monthly bills.

Uganda

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Zimbabwe: Gold Panners Encroach School

Gold panners here have become a menace.

In their hunt for the bullion, the panners have dug tunnels under classroom blocks at Globe & Phoenix Primary School, which supports communities around Globe & Phoenix Mine.

The school sits on a gold field and no matter how much security the institution has tried to set up, the panners have always found a way of burrowing through the ground under the school.

The situation has left the school community living in fear of collapsing into the ground.

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) was the first to raise alarm, fearing a possible catastrophe at the school, after discovering a tunnel drilled from Mapurazi Mining Syndicate Mine encroaching into the school yard.

Amakorokoza, as the gold panners are known, have reportedly been digging the tunnels during the night, away from the glare of security.

The tunnels have been a cause for concern to school authorities, who fear that school children might lose their lives in the event of the ground collapsing into the shafts.

The Financial Gazette last week visited the school located near Mapurazi Mining Syndicate where security has since been tightened to deter the panners.

James Chimuka, an executive at Mapurazi Mining Syndicate, said they tried unsuccessfully to stop the illegal miners from encroaching into the school through their claim but the illegal miners became violent.

“We have been engaging in continuous dialogue with the police and other stakeholders who can help us contain the situation. We have since armed our security because the gold panners are violent,” said Chimuka.

Chimuka said the mine had also engaged the school’s security to restore order and protect the learning institution.

“The gold panners have been digging shafts in the school yard which is not a good thing. We have since sealed all the shafts and we are currently helping the school security to maintain order,” Chimuka said.

Liberty Gwerume, a local resident, told the Financial Gazette that the gold panners were putting the lives of school children at risk.

“They are unnecessarily exposing children to the danger of collapsing into the mine shafts because of gold. The police should step in and prosecute such offenders,” said Gwerume.

EMA’s environmental manager, Benson Bhasera, urged Mapurazi to put in place mechanisms to deal with gold panners.

“We know that it’s an issue of survival, but as you can see, the school is in danger so we need to work towards stopping this madness. We will continue with our raids and we will work with the police who have the capacity to enforce law and order,” said Bhasera.

Kwekwe has since time immemorial been teeming with gold panners, who have caused havoc to the environment.

South Africa: Job Freezes Threaten Healthcare, Warns DA

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape wants the Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA) to answer questions over medical posts, noting that it will leave the poorest of the poor suffering most.

This follows reports that medical vacancies in several provinces are not being filled due to budgetary constraints.

Western Cape spokesperson on community development Lorraine Botha told Health24 that there were numerous issues relating to practising health professionals, and that unfilled medical posts was just one of them.

Botha, who is also the chairperson of the standing committees on social development and health in the Western Cape legislature, wants the HPCSA to appear in front of the committee.

The aim is to inquire how well resourced the Western Cape department of health is and whether they are facing any challenges with filling of medical posts.

“Inviting the HPSCA before the committee will give them the platform to come to Parliament and provide clarity around the extent of the issue at hand as well as others of its nature (that being where medical staff can for some or other reason not practice).

“Should it come to light, at the committee briefing, that doctors or other medical staff in the province are finding it difficult to practice due this issue, I will write to the Minister [Nomafrench Mbombo] to inquire about what her department is doing in the face thereof.”

She said solving the problem of unfilled vacancies would contribute to easing the burden on state hospitals, which were already overcrowded and largely understaffed.

Botha said the DA was committed to ensuring that all vacancies in critical areas were filled by well-trained staff, adding that she intended submiting parliamentary questions to the Western Cape department of health to find out the number of posts available.

Meanwhile, the national department of health rejected allegations that provincial health departments may be “freezing posts” amid tight budgets, according to Health-e News in an article published on Health24.

“We want to put it on record that there are no medical posts frozen in this country,” said Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi in a statement.

“If there is freezing of posts by government departments, they have nothing to do with medical doctors as posts in the health sector are exempted.”

He encouraged the public to send him the names of doctors who were unemployed due to “frozen posts” so that he could place them in a job.

Source: Health24

South Africa

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