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Custodian Board scam needs probe

UGANDAN tax payers could have lost billions of shillings as a result of fraudulent dealings and mismanagement of proceeds from the sale of departed Asians’ properties.

The Auditor General, in a special audit, has discovered that sh1.9b was withdrawn under mysterious circumstances from the Departed Asians Property Custodian Board divestiture account in Bank of Uganda, without any authority.

It was also discovered that the Government could have lost over sh2b as result of undervaluation of some properties while critical documents regarding the transactions, including a register of all the assets declared by the expelled Asians, have either disappeared or were never documented at all.

Institutions that should have been established by law for the efficient management of the funds were never created. In a nutshell, all the conditions for fraudulent management of the Asian assets were rife either by design or total negligence of the responsible organs.

The Auditor General’s recommendation that the custodian board management must first account for all the assets and monies realised should be taken seriously before the board activities are wound up.

It is unbelievable that with the high demand for houses in Uganda, over 3,000 expropriated properties still remain unsold almost 20 years later. It is also inconceivable how almost sh2b can be withdrawn from an account without authority and management continues with business as usual.

An independent body like the Inspector General of Government or the Police anti-fraud squad should conduct a thorough probe into who withdrew this money and how it was utilised with a view to criminal prosecution.

The custodian board management should itself be a subject of this investigation and as such, should not conduct this probe single-handed as suggested by the Auditor General.

The Government must also send a strong message by conducting a thorough investigation into the operations of the custodian board with a view to bringing those responsible to book, otherwise Ugandans will continue paying dearly as a result of corruption and sheer negligence by some public officers.

You can also read the article online at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/detail.php?mainNewsCategoryId=8&newsCategoryId=14&newsId=684915


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All visa seekers to be photographed and fingerprinted
P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will introduce fingerprinting and full-face digital photographs for visa applicants next year as part of its efforts to strengthen its security, prevent identity theft and combat terrorism.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced yesterday that it was calling for tenders from specialized international firms to set up a network of centers to provide biometric services to people applying for visas to the Kingdom.

"This important initiative has been taken to strengthen the Kingdom's security and improve services to visa applicants," said Prince Khaled bin Saud, undersecretary at the ministry. He said authorized biometric service centers would receive visa applications on behalf of Saudi embassies and missions, adding that they would provide quick, quality service at reasonable charges.

"These service centers will be established with the support of one or more trading partners and they will be under the supervision of the ministry and Saudi missions abroad," Prince Khaled said. "The centers will not only receive visa applications but also take fingerprints and full-face digital photos of the applicants," the Saudi Press Agency quoted the prince as saying.

He said foreigners must provide their biometric data to obtain all kinds of visas to the Kingdom, adding that biometric service centers would be established in major cities around the world from 2010.

The new move comes after the United Kingdom introduced the system for visa applicants. Subsequently, the Council of Ministers instructed the Foreign Ministry two weeks ago to sign a memorandum of understanding with the UK to facilitate taking biometric data of Saudis and expatriates intending to visit Britain.

The Cabinet also instructed the Foreign Ministry to hold talks with countries intending to introduce similar visa regulations. The UK was the first European Union member country to adopt biometrics and has so far rolled out the procedure at its visa issuing centers in many countries worldwide.

"It's basically to make the process much safer for the individual traveler," one expert told Arab News. "It's going to protect them against identity theft and against document abuse," he added.

"Identity theft is a major growing problem globally. It helps terrorism and organized crime, and undermines national economies," the expert said. "The new system helps keep visa applicants and their families safe from crime and terrorism. Visa applicants won't be accidentally mistaken for another person with the same or similar name," he pointed out.

Saudi Arabia has already begun fingerprinting and taking digital full-face photos of foreigners coming to the Kingdom on visit, Umrah and work visas. Foreign passengers are in long queues at airports and other entry points to have their fingerprints and full-face photos taken. The new biometric system will get rid of the long queues and delays at airports for fingerprinting. Prince Khaled did not give an exact date for introducing the new system for visa issuance.

Maj. Gen. Salim Al-Belaihed, director general of the Passport Department, has urged all foreign workers to get their biometric data registered as soon as possible so that they can avoid snags in getting their re-entry visas stamped on time.

"The fingerprinting process will take no more than five minutes. You should make sure that you do not have any decoration (such as henna), or any cuts or other markings on your fingertips before having your fingerprints taken," one security source said. One should also make sure that there are no cuts or bruises on his/her face.


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Stolen Rights fights for women's rights
Laura Bashraheel | Arab News

JEDDAH: Kholoud Al-Fahad, 32, believes women's rights are God-given - but they have been lost or stolen and need to be regained.

She is talking about a woman's inheritance right, and the right to see justice against those who take it away. She seeks public libraries, gyms and cultural clubs for women. She wants adequate housing units for widows and poor or abused women. She wants strong sexual harassment laws to protect workingwomen from chauvinists and perverts.

To this end, Al-Fahad, a blogger and former journalist, and others have organized a public opinion campaign called Stolen Rights.

"We started the campaign with activists and women who are already working in the field," she said.

Stolen Rights aims to foster a social movement to change the status of women in society. The campaign is collecting signatures to deliver to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

Al-Fahad said the struggle for women's rights is more than just listening to reports and making declarations about change. "Even activists are not active and enthusiastic enough," she said.

Like a lot of social movements these days, Al-Fahad is utilizing the Internet to spread the message. "We opened an online public conversations on Paltalk (an online instant messaging service) to deliver the message to the average Saudi woman and man," said Al-Fahad.

Stolen Rights also has a website: http://sites.google.com/site/stolenrights/stolen-rights-1

Al-Fahad said the efforts have incited some backlash.

"We have received threats from the extremists," she said, adding that she thinks these angry voices help feed extremism that is ignorant of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

"Many women think their job is to stay at home to serve their men, even if they are abusive," she said.

The role of women in the Kingdom has long been defined as a wholly domestic one. There are no women in the Shoura Council. The professional glass ceiling is low, with only the most exceptional (or well-connected) women gaining promotion or professional respect. Women must get permission from their guardians to obtain a passport and travel.

The above concerns are just a few of the 27 issues mentioned by Stolen Rights. Al-Fahad wants the women of the Kingdom to stand up and realize that their assigned roles in Saudi society is not about religion but rather a matter of paternal control that represses women's voices.

"Fourteen hundred years ago, during the Prophet's time, women had a role," she said.

Al-Fahad says critics of women's behavior focus on trivial matters like how women shape their eyebrows. Meanwhile, these same critics are neglecting to address horrible cases of rape, incest, custody and divorce.

"Such important issues are apparent on the surface and they're not being resolved," she said.

The objective of the campaign is to create a new generation that understands the role of women in society and to put an end to the practice of exploiting Islam to justify flawed views on women's rights.

Al-Fahad says she would like to hear more


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'Protection of media heritage a top priority'
Arab News

RIYADH: The Ministry of Culture and Information has rolled out a major archiving project with EMC Middle East, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, in a bid to streamline and digitize its library.

As part of the ongoing transformation of Saudi TV and Radio, the new EMC information management solution will provide the ministry with greater control over its media assets to boost its workflow efficiency and reduce cost of operations while protecting its legacy and automating the retrieval of information.

The ministry is committed to protect the Kingdom's legacy and to provide all Saudi citizens with a focal source of information about Saudi Arabia. The EMC solution will protect over 270,000 videotapes and 500,000 audiotapes, consisting of historical and cultural data on the Kingdom for over 50 years.

"The protection of the Kingdom's media heritage comes as a top priority for the ministry. Availability and ease of access to media assets are crucial factors in the broadcast industry to ensure effectiveness and maximum quality of broadcast services," said Riyadh Najm, deputy minister for engineering affairs.

"By deploying EMC's solution at two main sites, we will be able to digitize our media assets and easily duplicate it thus protecting our rich heritage and ensuring constant, redundant and automated availability of information while reducing operational and maintenance costs," he added.


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British envoy calls for compromise in politics

By Cyprian Musoke

THERE is need for more trust and compromise in Uganda’s politics to nurture a true democracy, the British High Commissioner, Martin Shearman, has said.

Speaking at the Vision Voice’s first Fair and Square show hosted by Paul Busharizi on Saturday, Shearman said mature democracy takes a lot of time, trust and participation.

“British democracy called for a lot of active participation. We need to understand our history in order to know where we are going. In democracy, if you don’t keep moving you fall over,” Shearman said.

“It seems there is little trust in the democratic process of Uganda. We need a national debate in which we should build trust.”

He said democracy was not about details of the electoral laws, but trust and compliance with the set rules that must be worked on.

“Building the Uganda Constitution was a comprehensive process that involved a high level of trust,” Shearman stressed.
He called upon the Government to engage the opposition parties in trust building and urged the parties to rise to the challenge.
The New Vision chief, Robert Kabushenga, who was also one of the panellists on the show, said Uganda had come a long way in democracy.
“Trust will come from the compromise of both sides,” Kabushenga said.

His co-panellist Apac Woman MP Betty Amongi said the opposition is demanding for a new Electoral Commission and reforms in the recruitment of presiding officers.

“We are saying the process should make it fair for both sides. What we need is a broad consultation that will come up with a commission everyone is agreeable with,” she said.

Shearman said the expiry of the contract of the current commission later this year should provide a good opportunity to come up with an agreeable one.

Buganda minister and city lawyer David Mpanga said developing democracy needed people to realise their power.

“We have many people thinking that money is in politics,” he said.

You can also read the article online at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/detail.php?mainNewsCategoryId=8&newsCategoryId=13&newsId=686241


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Jeddah to have Mideast's biggest dialysis center
Arab News

RIYADH: The biggest dialysis center in the Middle East, equipped with 140 machines to serve 800 patients daily, will be established in Jeddah at a cost of SR60 million. The center will be named after the late Makkah governor, Prince Abdul Majeed, and will be fully funded by the Prince Fahd bin Salman Charitable Foundation For the Care of Kidney Patients. The society has awarded the contract to Majd Al Ola Constructing and Contracting Establishment.

An agreement was signed yesterday by Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah and Dr. Mohamed Al-Arnoos, chairman of Majd Al Ola Constructing and Contracting Establishment. The signing took place in the presence of Prince Abdul Aziz ibn Salman, assistant minister of petroleum and mineral resources, who is the supervisor general of Prince Fahd bin Salman Charitable Society. Dr. Faisal Shaheen, chairman of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, was also present.

Prince Abdul Aziz said the construction of the center, which will be one of the biggest facilities in the world, will be completed within 18 months. The three-story center will be built on an area of 10,000 sq. meters at the King Fahd General Hospital in Jeddah. Its staff will include 17 consultants in nephrology, 34 resident-physicians and specialists in addition to 280 nurses. It will have separate rooms for patients receiving dialysis treatment and will have an outpatient department. The center will train patients and their family members how to operate dialysis machines at home. The center will be equipped with a state-of-the-art laboratory, training center, blood bank, counseling center, pharmacy as well as consultation clinics and rooms.

The prince thanked philanthropists who made the project a reality through their donations. The donors included the late Waheeb Binzagr, Khalid Juffali, Nasser Al-Rasheed, Omran Al-Omran, Emad Al-Muhaidib, Abdulrahman Al-Jomaih, Saleh Binladin, and Abdulrahman Al-Rajhi. The prince hoped that more philanthropists would help the society generate additional funds needed to complete the project.

Thanking the prince and the society, Al-Rabeeah said the ministry would recruit local as well as foreign medics and paramedics to staff the center. "We give priority to preventive health as opposed to curative treatment," he said. He said the ministry would ensure international standards in the maintenance and operation of the new facility.

According to Shaheen, people who are susceptible to renal diseases should have regular medical checkups. Those susceptible include patients suffering from diabetes, hypertension, urinary problems and obesity, he added.

Around 500 million people (10 percent of the world population) suffer from kidney problems and 90 percent of them have permanent kidney-related illnesses. The number also includes 1.5 million patients who are undergoing medical treatment following kidney transplants, he said, adding that the number would increase by 100 percent over the next 10 years. Patients who reach the end-stage of renal diseases are advised to undergo kidney transplant. It is estimated that there are about 11,000 dialysis patients in the Kingdom, with an annual increase of nine percent.

Shaheen said statistics indicate that the Western province has the highest incidence of kidney problems. "There are 3,300 patients who need dialysis but the number of dialysis units are limited," he said.

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