Tuesday 23 January 2018
(Redpepper 07/03/13)
Dr Kizza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president along with eight other opposition politicians are tomorrow expected to at Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court to answer to charges in connection to participating in the illegal demonstrations in the country. Also expected in the dock are; Mr Mathias Mpuuga (MP Masaka Municipality), Ms Ingrid Turinawe (chairperson FDC women league), Mr Asuman Basaalirwa (Jeema party president), Mr Muwanga Kivumbi (Butambala County MP), Mr Francis Mwijukye (FDC youth mobiliser), Mr Munyagwa Mubaraka (Kawempe Division mayor) and Mr Chaapa Karuhanga (former presidential candidate). The nine opposition leaders are expected to enter plea to the charges of holding unlawful assemblies in the country.The nine were summoned on May 16, by Chief Magistrate...
(Standard Digital 07/03/13)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has been urged to step in and end the row over the ownership of Migingo Island with the Ugandan government. Nyatike MP Omondi Anyanga said President Uhuru should ensure that the Island reverts back to Kenya within the shortest time possible. Anyanga in whose constituency falls on the Island told The Standard in Nairobi that the continued harassment of Kenyan security officers and fishermen by Ugandan forces necessitated an intervention by the Head of State. “We have an assistant chief and Administration Officers in Migingo Island which is also a polling station in Nyatike constituency and it is important that Kenya secures it from the hands of Ugandan soldiers,” Anyanga said. Anyanga reminded President that during the...
(The Observer 07/03/13)
He was arrested and charged against a backdrop of an investigation into the mismanagement of the National Leadership Institute (NALI) which he headed from 2009 to 2011. Bantariza appeared before the General Court Martial, chaired by its newly- appointed chief, Brig Ddiba Ssentongo, today and was charged with three counts of fraud. Prosecution alleges that Bantariza on February 3, 2011 at Akamba Uganda Ltd, on Old Port Bell road in Kampala, received a tractor and its accessories, donated to NALI by the ministry of Finance. However, Bantariza allegedly claimed in forged receipts that NALI had bought the said tractor at Shs 67 million. After he was charged, Bantariza was remanded to Makindye Military Police barracks. Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, the...
(The Wall Street Journal 07/03/13)
LONDON--U.K.-listed oil and gas explorer Tullow Oil PLC (TLW.LN) said Wednesday it could be on track to repeat its success in Uganda as it announced positive test results from two wells in Kenya. The discoveries underscore East Africa's potential to become a major oil hub in the next decade as explorers tap into the relatively unexplored region. Tullow is already well-established in the region with its interest in the Lake Albert area of Uganda where the company and its partners have discovered in excess of 1.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent, one of the company's biggest discoveries to date. The area it is exploring in Kenya lies in the East African rift basin, of which Lake Albert is also a...
(New Vision 07/03/13)
KAMPALA - Uganda's central bank held its benchmark lending rate at 11 percent on Tuesday, citing renewed inflationary pressure. Policymakers said the bank expected annual core inflation would rise slightly over the next two-three months, before falling back towards its medium-term target of 5 percent. The rate was at 5.5 percent last month. Central bank Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile also said the bank had raised its economic growth forecast for the 2013/14 fiscal year to 6 percent from an initial forecast of 5.1 percent."The adverse weather conditions currently being experienced in most parts of the country could push up prices in the near-term and this poses an upward risk to the inflation forecast," Tumusiime-Mutebile told a news conference. The bank last...
(The Wall Street Journal 07/03/13)
KAMPALA, Uganda--China's state-owned Cnooc Ltd. (0883.HK, CEO) has expressed interest in investing in Uganda's oil refinery and a crude export pipeline, as the east African nation prepares to develop its fledging oil sector. Uganda's presidency said in a statement Wednesday that the Chinese company expressed interest in the two projects following a meeting between company Chairman, Wang Yilin and Uganda's Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, who is on a week-long state visit to China. Cnooc together with U.K.-based Tullow Oil PLC (TLW.LN) and France's Total SA (TOT) are in the process of developing Uganda's oil fields in the Lake Albertine Rift basin. Cnooc becomes the first company among the joint venture partners to express interest in the two projects, since Uganda...
(Voice of America 07/03/13)
UNITED NATIONS — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council later this month aimed at strengthening efforts to achieve peace in Central Africa’s Great Lakes region. Acting U.S. United Nations Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo told reporters Tuesday that the high-level Security Council session will take place on July 25. The U.S. currently holds the rotating presidency of the 15-nation council. “The session will build on several events that have brought renewed energy to this effort," she said. "Secretary-General Ban has accepted our invitation to brief, as has World Bank President [Jim] Kim. [U.N.]Special Envoy Mary Robinson and high-level representatives from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and the African Union have also been...
(Ventures-Africa 07/03/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday said it has earmarked up to $3 billion for Africa’s power sector over the next 5 years. AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, speaking from Dar Es Salaam, said the bank’s interventions will include investment loans, reforms, advisory and guarantees in the energy sector. This is part of the bank’s backing for President Barack Obama’s $7 billion Power Africa plan which Obama unveiled on Saturday in Cape Town, South Africa. The US-led power plan will pay more attention to advancing more access to power in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. Blue chip companies including General Electric and Symbion Power will also invest an additional $9 billion. Kaberuka said AfDB will...
(Xinhuanet 07/02/13)
The death toll in the weekend fuel tanker accident in central Ugandan has risen to 35, a top government official said here on Monday. Rose Namayanja, minister of information and national guidance, told reporters that the death toll rose to 35 people on Monday morning from the 29 that was reported on spot in the Saturday night inferno, as six out of 29 that were injured dried later. A Kenyan registered fuel tanker number KBL 361B caught fire after it was knocked by a station wagon car about 10 km west of the capital Kampala. "The impact and damage at the back of the fuel tanker caused a spillage of fuel on the road and the nearby papyrus swamp. The...
(New Vision 07/02/13)
With the hard economic times, individuals and families are increasingly getting shoved into finding alternative means of survival that are affordable. This involves cutting down on expenditure and saving money to cater for other crucial needs. One such family is that of Dr. Fred Musisi and his wife, Patricia, residents of Lubowa Estate, off Entebbe Road. The family has cut down costs by adopting the blueflame bioslurry gas for their cooking needs and fertiliser. Kitchen waste saving us, Patricia says before they secured this gas system, she used to buy a 13kg gas canister at sh110,000 every one to three months. “But since we installed the biogas system in March, I have not bought gas,” she explains, noting that the...
(Redpepper 07/02/13)
The failure by Members of Parliament and Ministers to attend Parliament sitting sessions is the highest form of corruption in the country. The public has sometimes described Parliament as a Universal Primary Education class with 386 representatives. Among these are 71 ministers who also attend Parliament on the government side. However, the public would be shocked to know that ever since the opening of its third session of the 9th Parliament only 32 MP’s have been debating or representing their issues as supposed to be. Friday the 27th of June, a head count in the house showed only 19 NRM MPs and 13 Opposition members led by the deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah were present. The NRM chief whip Justine Lumumba...
(Redpepper 07/02/13)
Transport fares to eastern Uganda have shot up as a result of the ongoing strike by drivers to protest against the revised express penalty scheme. On Monday, drivers in Busoga region parked their vehicles and block the Jinja-Kampala highway to express their dissatisfaction with the heavy fines in the revised express penalty scheme. They also blocked buses and heavy commercial vehicles from operating. As a result, some of the few passenger vehicles plying the Eastern route have hiked their fares by at least 3000 shillings. Transport from Kampala to Jinja has increased from 5000 to 7000 shillings, Kampala to Iganga costs 11000 shillings from 8000ug while Kampala to Malaba costs 15,000 shillings from 12,000 shillings. Moses Mugati, a driver of...
(New Vision 07/02/13)
The Constitutional Court Tuesday suspended a warrant of arrest against ministry of health permanent secretary Dr. Asuman Lukwago who is accused of attempted theft of sh2b. State Attorney Lillian Omara from Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) told the Anti- Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa that she received an order suspending Lukwago’s arrest. The Court on May 19, issued an arrest warrant for Lukwago to appear in court on July 2, after he had failed to respect the previous criminal summon issued against him. Lukwago, however, filed a petition in the Constitutional Court challenging his trial by the Director of Public Prosecution. The hearing presided by Justice Steven Kavuma suspended the warrant of arrest until the petition Lukwago filed is...
(Redpepper 07/02/13)
Colonel Shaban Bantariza, the newly-appointed Deputy Executive Director, Uganda Media Centre has been arrested over alleged mismanagement of money while working at the National Leadership Institute (NALI), Kyankwanzi.As you read this, the former NALI Director Tuesday appeared before the General Court martial chaired by Brig. Moses Ddiba Ssentogo and was sent on remand to Makindye Military prison. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the army Spokesman confirmed this news saying Bantariza could face Court Martial over the allegations against him. Col. Bantariza is alleged to have mismanaged this money while working as Director of NALI. He was suspended from his post then over the same allegations. it is alleged that while working as Director of the National Leadership institute in Kyankwanzi, Col Bantariza...
(New Vision 07/02/13)
Uganda's central bank held its benchmark lending rate at 11 percent on Tuesday, citing renewed inflationary pressure. Policymakers said the bank expected annual core inflation would rise slightly over the next two-three months, before falling back towards its medium-term target of 5 percent. The rate was at 5.5 percent last month. Central bank Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile also said the bank had raised its economic growth forecast for the 2013/14 fiscal year to 6 percent from an initial forecast of 5.1 percent. "The adverse weather conditions currently being experienced in most parts of the country could push up prices in the near-term and this poses an upward risk to the inflation forecast," Tumusiime-Mutebile told a news conference. The bank last month...
(New Vision 07/02/13)
A number of articles have been written on the controversy on the equitable use of River Nile by the River States especially in respect of the recent outburst by Egypt. The source of the Blue Nile and the White Nile are in Ethiopia and Uganda respectively. Lake Victoria contributes about 70% of the waters of the White Nile. The River Nile basin is shared by 10 riparian States which are Uganda, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Burundi, Congo, Eritrea, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. Though the River Nile may not flow through some of the above States they feed the River Nile with water from their lakes and tributaries. The question is can the Nile River States use the river without taking into...
(New Vision 07/02/13)
I am compelled to write this article after reading an opinion by Prof. George B Kirya titled “DDT use would save many lives in Uganda” published in the New Vision of June 27. Although I agree with Prof Kirya that malaria is a major problem in Uganda, I totally disagree with him on his argument that DDT use can help to eradicate the malaria problem in Uganda. The spiraling death rate from the malaria mortality rates in Uganda and Africa in general are not due to lack of DDT but other factors. Malaria is not like HIV/AIDS, Ebola or SARS which do not have known cures. It must, therefore, be confronted with the best available technologies and solutions and DDT...
(Daily Monitor 07/02/13)
Mr Fredrick Mujuzi, an agricultural input dealer at Container Village in the Kampala central business district was asked whether he could classify between natural seeds and genetically engineered ones. His response was a ‘No’. Mr Mujuzi says he imports his seed stocks from Kenya and South Africa, countries that are producers and users of genetically engineered products, but with laws regulating the usage of biotech products. However, Uganda, as a destination for such crops, has delayed enacting a law that checks on the consumption of such products, raising anxiety among agriculture experts. Dr Andrew Kiggundu, a senior researcher at the National Agriculture Research Organisation (NARO), said Uganda has porous borders which can be an opportunity for importation of hazardous genetically-modified...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
KAMPALA — As Ethiopia makes plans for its controversial dam, Uganda is poised to ratify an agreement that would allow water from the Nile to be used for irrigation. Both projects are vehemently opposed by Egypt, but upstream countries like Uganda see the Nile as crucial to their development. An ominous undercurrent is running through the politics of the Nile River basin. The Nile provides nearly all of Egypt’s water supply. The international agreements protecting it are about to be turned on their heads, however, as Uganda takes one step closer to changing the rules of the game. Uganda soon will become the second Nile-basin country to ratify the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA), signed in 2010. The CFA replaces a...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
President Obama is on the last leg of his three-nation tour of Africa, aimed at promoting U.S. trade with the continent. As Washington turns a fresh eye toward a continent that Obama describes as about to “take off," U.S. government officials and investors alike will find that geopolitical rival China has already made huge strides there. China’s footprint in Africa is huge. The 20-story African Union tower (in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia) which Beijing donated to the continental group is a testament to the size of Beijing’s ambition. “Every country, as it achieves global greatness, seeks to leave behind major landmarks that become evidence of its ascendance into global power," said Wole Soboyejo. Winston Wole Soboyejo spoke...

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