Saturday 16 December 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 06/26/13)
KAMPALA — Uganda has agreed to a plan to build a pipeline from its oilfields to a new port being developed on Kenya's northern coast, Uganda's foreign minister said on Tuesday, enabling crude exports and boosting its oil industry. The pipeline to Kenya's Lamu port, where work on berths is starting, would also provide a route to export crude oil from South Sudan, which now relies on a pipeline through its northern neighbor Sudan. Rows between the two have disrupted flows. Uganda, Kenya and other East African states want to capitalize on a string of oil and gas finds across the region that could make the area a major energy exporter. But production has been delayed, partly due to questions...
(The Observer 06/26/13)
Building a refinery might be a complex undertaking given the nature of Uganda's oil, but it will save the country millions of dollars, according to a top oil and gas consultant. "Uganda's refinery will be complex because of the nature of our oil. Our advantage, however, is that Uganda's oil has low sulphur content," Gerald Banaga-Baingi of HiL Consultants said. If Uganda's oil had high sulphur content, the country would have had to spend about $71m for a desulphurisation machine. Banaga-Baingi was speaking at a seminar organised to educate the different players in the oil and gas industry about the licensing, contracting and production sharing dynamics. The seminar, held at Kampala Serena hotel recently, was organised by the Uganda Chamber...
(New Vision 06/26/13)
The UK has banned the issuance of travel visas to tuberculosis (TB) patients from Uganda because of the high incidence of the disease as identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO). According to the new visa application procedures issued by the UK, Ugandan TB patients intending to stay there for more than six months will be denied visas with effect from June 30. This also applies to children above 11 years. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Kampala is currently operating a health centre, where Ugandans intending to travel and stay in Britain for over six months are being subjected to pre-entry screening. Each applicant will pay $70 for the test. Sadati Sserunjogi, a medical officer at IOM, confirmed...
(Redpepper 06/26/13)
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health Dr Asuman Lukwago has petitioned the Constitutional Court seeking to block proceedings before the Anti Corruption Court, saying they are unconstitutional. Dr Lukwago is among others wanted by the Anti Corruption Court for conspiring with 3 others in an attempt to steal over Shs1 billion from the ministry’s Global Fund project. In his complaint filed on June 7 before the Constitutional Court, Dr Lukwago accuses the DPP of initiating criminal proceedings against him for not having performed his duties as accounting officer and yet he did not accord him a hearing, a move he says is an abuse of a legal process. Through his lawyers of Akampumuza and Co advocates, Dr Lukwago...
(Redpepper 06/26/13)
Former army commander General Aronda Nyakairima’s approval as Minister of Internal Affairs on Wednesday hit a snag after Parliament’s appointment’s committee deferred the process pending consultations with President Yoweri Museveni. This news was contained in a press statement issued by the Clerk to Parliament Mrs Jane L. Kibirige saying the committee chaired by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga had reached the decision and agreed to defer the process to a later that will be communicated. Elioda Tumwesigye, the nominee for Minister of State for Health’s approval was also deferred. It should be recalled that early this month,President Yoweri Museveni made some slight changes in the government that saw now former army commander General Aronda Nyakairima appointed Internal Affairs Minister...
(Voice of America 06/26/13)
KAMPALA — A Chinese company has plans to build Uganda's first auto manufacturing plant, a move that could boost industry in a country that has always relied on more expensive imports. But carmaker Foton must first overcome Ugandans' profound suspicion of Chinese products. African roads have traditionally been plied by second-hand cars, some in appalling condition. But a Chinese company, Foton, has set out to change that. Earlier this month, the company announced that it would be building a new manufacturing plant in Uganda, with plans to export Ugandan-made cars to neighboring countries. Foton already operates a similar plant in Kenya, but for Uganda this would be a first. Until now, Ugandans have always relied on expensive imported brands like...
(The Observer 06/26/13)
Former Regional Affairs minister Isaac Musumba breathed a sigh of relief today after he returned to the country following a harrowing nine weeks in India. “The public was shocked, mad, felt betrayed. They bayed for Musumba’s blood,” Musumba said during a news conference held at Hotel Africana shortly after his arrival. Flanked by Igara East MP Michael Mawanda, and businessman Nathan Magoola, whose passports were also confiscated alongside his while in India, Musumba said political rivals had been put to shame after the Supreme court in India absolved him of allegations of extortion. On April 19, Mumbai police questioned the trio at Trident hotel over allegations that they had sought to extort $20 million from four senior officials of Videocon...
(Daily Monitor 06/26/13)
KAMPALA – The former Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Geoffrey Kazinda has Wednesday been sentenced to 5 years in prison by the Anti Corruption Court sitting in Kampala. Justice David Wangutusi handed Mr Kazinda 5 years for abuse of office, 2 years for forgery and another two years for unlawful possession of government stores. The judge said the sentences will run concurrently. On Wednesday last week, Justice Wangutusi found Mr Kazinda guilty of 29 counts of fraud with one count of forgery being an alternative count. The judge however, reserved the sentencing for today. Core to this fraud is that Mr Kazinda who has been on remand since October last year was found guilty of...
(Daily Monitor 06/26/13)
The leadership of Kampala City Trader Association (Kacita) is meeting their members Wednesday to discuss a resolution it reached with government regarding a fee charged on pre-inspection of imports. On Monday, just a day before the traders closed their shops, the Trade Minister, Amelia Kyambadde, in an emergency meeting with the traders, agreed that there are gaps surrounding the Pre-import Verification of Conformity to Standards programme (PVoC) which she said is committed to solve. The PVoC scheme is a government initiative to ward off the influx of counterfeit and substandard goods from being imported into the country. It requires traders, majority of whom are importers to subject their products/purchases for inspection in the country of origin before being shipped to...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/26/13)
Uganda‘s Minister of Water and Environment, Professor Ephraim Kamuntu, said Uganda plans to ratify the Nile Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA) in the shortest possible time. He said the old colonial treaty of 1929 and the Egypt/Sudan bilateral agreement of 1959 addressed only the interests of the users of the Nile and ignored the contributors of the water. They were used to block development of hydro-electric power and food security projects in upstream countries including Uganda, he said. These were not consulted and did not negotiate or sign the colonial era agreements. The Minister said that his country, as one of the signatories of the Nile CFA, then had to ratify the Agreement. He said his Ministry had already submitted the...
(New Business Ethiopia 06/26/13)
To discuss the problem of sub-standard anti-malaria drugs in Africa and address key topics and challenges faced by the malaria community, experts from 25 countries across Africa met today (June 26, 2013) at the 12th annual National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) Best Practice Sharing Workshop in Kampala, Uganda. Novartis with support from leading international organizations, including the Global Fund, Clinton Health Access Initiative, ACTwatch, the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, and the Global Business Coalition, has developed the workshop program to increase efforts to combat malaria. Novartis Malaria Initiative focuses on improving access to treatment, helping communities deliver better healthcare and investing in research and development. The Initiative is one of the largest access-to-medicine programs in the healthcare industry and...
(Voice of America 06/25/13)
A Chinese company has plans to build Uganda's first auto manufacturing plant, a move that could boost industry in a country that has always relied on more expensive imports. But carmaker Foton must first overcome Ugandans' profound suspicion of Chinese products. African roads have traditionally been plied by second-hand cars, some in appalling condition. But a Chinese company, Foton, has set out to change that. Earlier this month, the company announced that it would be building a new manufacturing plant in Uganda, with plans to export Ugandan-made cars to neighboring countries. Foton already operates a similar plant in Kenya, but for Uganda this would be a first. Until now, Ugandans have always relied on expensive imported brands like Toyota. The...
(NPR 06/25/13)
While a few states in the U.S. are debating mandatory labels for genetically modified foods, some African nations are considering a bigger question: Should farmers be allowed to plant genetically modified crops at all? The question carries extra weight in countries like Uganda, where most people are farmers who depend on their own crops for food. Ugandan's love bananas so much that the word for food is the same as that for the popular banana dish "matooke." Ugandan's love bananas so much that the word for food is the same as that for the popular banana dish "matooke." Growing GM crops to sell is currently legal in only in the region: Egypt, Sudan, Burkina Faso and South Africa. But scientists,...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/25/13)
(Reuters) - Uganda's leading opposition politician has been arrested by police for the second time in less than a week for trying to destabilize the country, the latest in a series of actions seen as aimed at silencing dissent. Police said Kizza Besigye was arrested for trying to spark a new round of protests against high prices and other grievances that he had championed in 2011 and which led to violent clashes with the security forces. His aide denied any such plan. Besigye, a one-time ally of President Yoweri Museveni, has been held repeatedly on similar charges of inciting the public, most recently with a detention of a few hours on Thursday. Museveni, who won local and international praise in...
(In2 East Africa 06/25/13)
The two leaders have a range of bilateral as well as pertinent regional and international issues to discuss. In a closed-door meeting at State House Entebbe, according to a Monday press release, they discussed various issues including the rehabilitation and upgrading of the existing railway to standard gauge and the building of a crude oil pipe line and refinery. The two presidents also talked about the need for fast-tracking clearance of goods at the Kenyan port of Mombasa. Other issues exchanged were the need to undertake a joint road project – Kapchorwa-Suam-Kitale – to facilitate trade between the two countries and the need to support Uganda’s pharmaceutical manufactures, Quality Chemicals to supply drugs to Kenya. President Paul Kagame, who jets...
(In2 East Africa 06/25/13)
ENTEBBE – Rwandan President Paul Kagame is in the country for trilateral talks with presidents Yoweri Museveni and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta. Kagame arrived ahead of an infrastructure summit due later on Tuesday at Entebbe. Kenyatta arrived Monday on his first official visit as Kenya’s president and held bilateral talks with his host, President Museveni at State House, Entebbe. According to updates on Kenyatta’s timeline on social networking site Twitter, the two heads of state discussed the construction of a standard gauge railway line from Mombasa as well as the construction of a refinery in the region. They also discussed the implementation of reforms to enhance efficiency at the Kenyan port of Mombasa. Last week Kenyatta announced that the period taken...
(Capitalfm Business 06/25/13)
ENTEBBE, Uganda, Jun 25 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has held bilateral talks with his host President Yoweri Museveni ahead of the infrastructural summit that will be held on Wednesday in Entebbe, Uganda. During their talks at Entebbe State House, the two leaders discussed key issues which will form part of the agenda of the summit including the construction of a standard gauge Railway line from Mombasa as well as the construction of a refinery. Also to be discussed during the summit will be the implementation of reforms to enhance efficiency at the port of Mombasa. The two leaders also deliberated on the disarmament of communities living along the common border with a view to enhancing peace and security. The two...
(Daily Nation 06/25/13)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the Kenyan and Ugandan governments hold the key to the prosperity of their citizens. Expressing his commitment to the ideals of the East African Community, President Kenyatta noted that his government was focused on achieving integration. The Head of State also reiterated the need for unity among the political, legislative and public service leaders of EAC member states so as to ensure that the potential of the Community is achieved. Speaking during a state banquet held in his honour at State House Entebbe, Uganda, President Kenyatta noted that regional economic integration is an important component in the development agenda of the East African Community, noting that integration can only be achieved by getting rid of...
(Redpepper 06/25/13)
Justice Catherine Bamugemereire leading the tribunal into a petition asking for the removal of Kampala mayor Erias Lukwago. Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has filed a response defending himself before the on- going Tribunal investigating a petition to have him removed from office. Lukwago was dragged to the tribunal by 16 Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) councillors accusing him of abuse of office, incompetence and misconduct among others. The Tribunal that began its work on June 20th had asked him to file a defence to the said allegations before that date. Through his own Law Firm of Lukwago and Company Advocates and that of Alaka and Company Advocates, the Lord Mayor has since filed a written response to the councilors’ petition,...
(Redpepper 06/25/13)
The newly elected Member of Parliament for Butebo County Dr. Mutono Patrick Lodoi has today sworn in formally as a MP as parliament reconvened. The National Resistance Movement (NRM)’s candidate was declared the winner of the Butebo by-election by the Pallisa district Electoral Commission Registrar Charles Rwebero which he won with 22,915 votes, taking up 88.8 percent of the total votes cast. Mutono’s election came after the death of Stephen Oscar Mallinga in April this year who was serving as a Minister of Relief, Disaster and Refugees and Member of Parliament for Butebo County Constituency. Mutono was elected on a National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket which he won in the primaries beating six others to take it. He is known...

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