Tuesday 17 October 2017
(Daily Monitor 07/28/17)
Wakiso — The National Environmental Authority (Nema) has rejected a proposal by a Chinese company to excavate sand along the shores of Lake Victoria at Kawuku in Nkumba Parish, Wakiso District. The company, Mango Tree Group Ltd, has since last year been in the spot over allegedly engaging in illegal sand mining activities in the area. The company directors, however, sought official clearance from Nema, to conduct commercial sand mining at three sites on the lake shores at Nkumba, next to Kimi Island in Mukono District and near Kavejanja -Buusi Island, Wakiso District. According to Nema Executive Director, Tom Okurut, the company's activities have a negative impact on the eco-system on the lake shores, which would consequently affect the communities...
(New Vision 07/28/17)
This is mostly through under-pricing to get contracts and inability to complete projects within costs and schedule. This is mostly through under-pricing to get contracts and inability to complete projects within costs and schedule, according to the World Bank’s Uganda Economic Update, 9th Edition. Rachel Sebudde, a senior economist at the World Bank who presented the report, said the financial loss worsens the gap in infrastructure deficits for Uganda which the country has been trying to fill. The function took place at the main conference hall of the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. The report was entitled “Infrastructure Finance Deficit: Can public-private partnerships (PPPs) close the Gap?”. Sebudde explained that the estimated level of investment required for Uganda...
(New Vision 07/28/17)
Majority of Uganda's imported fuel comes in through Kenya's Mombasa Port. Ahead of next month's general elections in neighbouring Kenya, Uganda has assured the public that it is "prepared" and "will continue to do everything possible" to see that there is a "steady supply of petroleum products to the country". Majority of Uganda's imported fuel comes in through Kenya's Mombasa port. The rest passes through Tanzania's Dar-es-Salaam port. And so as Kenya goes to the polls early next month, Uganda's energy ministy says that keeping Uganda well supplied depends on how effective the import routes are kept as well as the storage facilities here. In a statement released Friday, the ministry said Port Dar-es-Salaam "remains handy in case of supply...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
London — Uganda between 2005 and 2010 had one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world Paying Ugandan farmers not to chop down trees cut deforestation in half and was almost 50 times more cost effective in fighting climate change than many energy efficiency programmes in the United States, according to a study released on Thursday. The study, by researchers from the U.S.'s Northwestern University and Dutch organisation Porticus, involved 121 villages with half paid about $28 a year for every hectare of forest left untouched while the others continued as normal. Using satellite images to track deforestation over two years, the researchers found 5.5 more hectares of forest - the equivalent of five rugby pitches - was...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barclays reported a 1.2 billion pound ($1.57 billion)attributable first half loss on Friday after taking a 2.5 billion pound hit from the sale of its Africa business and calling an end to its restructuring. The British bank said it had made a 1.4 billion pound loss on the sale of 33 percent of Barclays Africa Group, and took a further 1.1 billion pound impairment charge on the sale. Barclays in June cut its stake in Barclays Africa Group to 15 percent, ending more than 90 years as a major presence in the continent as it shifts its focus back to Britain and the United States. The losses from the sale of unwanted assets including the Africa business showed the costs...
(Xinhuanet 07/27/17)
South Sudan and Uganda have agreed on mechanisms to boost trade between the two countries through enhancing infrastructure development and cross-border trade electricity transmission. Speaking on state-owned radio Thursday, Dhieu Mathok, South Sudan's Minister of Energy and Dams said the government concluded a two-day discussion with their Ugandan counterparts and the two countries have to cooperate in cross-border electrification and road connectivity. He said Uganda has agreed to supply electricity to the South Sudan border towns of Nimule and Kaya, adding that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been developed and it will be signed after consultations with leaders of both countries. "In our sides as ministers of energy, we have discussed the MOU and we have finalized and it...
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
At a time when Africa is going through a difficult situation, the blue economy is emerging as a stepping stone to relaunch the continent in the right economic direction. But this type of economy is seriously threatened by “predators” who do not hesitate to plunder resources. The “cancer of illegal fishing” costs Africa about $ 1.6 million annually based on Economic Commission for Africa’s estimates. This and more on this week’s edition segment on Business on the Morning Call with Jean David Mihamle.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/26/17)
When Kato was called into his manager's office, the Ugandan driver assumed he would be sent on an errand, not be ordered to take an HIV test and lose his job when it came back positive, leading him to sue his Chinese employer for unfair dismissal. Kato, 45, is one of two HIV-positive workers who went to court in June to demand compensation from their former employer, China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), in Uganda's second high-profile AIDS discrimination case in two years. "(My manager) said: 'If you don't go for this test, you'll be fired'," said Kato, a father of three who declined to give his full name for fear of stigma. "We had to go along with it because...
(IRIN 07/26/17)
Uganda, the country with the world's fastest growing refugee burden, is failing to secure the help it needs to care for those forced across the border from South Sudan by war and hunger. Close to one million South Sudanese refugees, 86 percent of them women and children, have settled in northern Uganda as a result of the crisis. On average, 2,000 people arrive each day. The unprecedented mass influx is putting enormous strain on Uganda's already limited public services, and fragile local resources like land, firewood, and water. That, in turn, is fanning tensions between the refugees and host communities. The international community is struggling to respond to a crisis of this scale. In June, Uganda and the UN appealed...
(The Observer 07/26/17)
A Chinese firm, claiming to have been cheated out of a multibillion rock deal, has appealed to President Museveni requesting for his urgent intervention. China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) is battling with a local company, Welt Machinen Engineering Ltd, for Kamusalaba rock in Lorengedwat sub-county, in Nakapiripirit. Welt Machinen belongs to Ben Koriang and Felix Oroma, sons of Peter Lokeris, the minister of state for Minerals. Whereas CRBC maintain they need to extract gravel from the rock, Welt Machinen claims its intention is for commercial production of granite. According to a letter dated June 29, 2017, CRBC warns that their harsh treatment by some government authorities could deter other foreign firms from investing in the country. "The purpose of...
(The East African 07/25/17)
President Yoweri Museveni has approved the borrowing of Ush10.3 trillion ($2.9 billion) for the construction of the standard gauge railway from the Malaba border with Kenya to Kampala in the clearest signal yet that the regional infrastructure project is back on track. Uncertainty had hit the project after Uganda said it was considering building a railway through Tanzania after failing to get assurances from Kenya that it would extend the Mombasa-Nairobi line to Malaba. Kenya has since committed that its line, whose first phase to Nairobi was competed in June, will be extended in phases to Naivasha, Kisumu and eventually Malaba. The approval for the borrowing comes amid indications that China had agreed to fund the line only if it...
(Agence Ecofin 07/25/17)
In the framework of its great achievements programme, the Ugandan government wishes to easily access lands held by individuals by simplifying expropriation for public use. A constitutional reform which seems not to rejoice the civic society much. “We believe it is unfair. Rich people can defend their rights at the court; they can afford a lawyer. But we the poor we cannot. A poor man cannot even know the value of his land. This means that whatever the amount he gets for it, it is very likely that it will correspond to the property’s actual value. This also means that the farmers will receive meager compensation for their lands. A legal proceeding takes a year, that represents three agricultural campaigns...
(Daily Monitor 07/25/17)
The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Rtd Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire has skipped today's Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs sitting sitting on land amendment under unclear circumstances. The Minister together with Betty Amongi of Lands, Housing and Urban Development were expected to defend their quest for Constitutional Amendment before the committee. However, only Ms Amongi and the deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana showed up. Government wants Parliament to amend Article 26 of the Constitution to create room for compulsory acquisition of land by both the central and local government. The Bill currently before Parliament’s Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs has so far attracted public rejection, with government taking to the defensive to calm public fears. The bill...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in the meetings were interior ministers from Algeria, Austria, Chad, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Mali, Malta, Niger, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Estonia, which currently holds the EU Council presidency. Through the first half of 2017, nearly 84,000 migrants arrived in...
(Agence Ecofin 07/24/17)
In the framework of its great achievements programme, the Ugandan government wishes to easily access lands held by individuals by simplifying expropriation for public use. A constitutional reform which seems not to rejoice the civic society much. “We believe it is unfair. Rich people can defend their rights at the court; they can afford a lawyer. But we the poor we cannot. A poor man cannot even know the value of his land. This means that whatever the amount he gets for it, it is very likely that it will correspond to the property’s actual value. This also means that the farmers will receive meager compensation for their lands. A legal proceeding takes a year, that represents three agricultural campaigns...
(Daily Monitor 07/24/17)
In 2016 Deputy William Ruto pitched camp in the Elgon region of Uganda campaigning for Mr Yoweri Museveni who was running for presidency for the fourth term against his long time opponent Dr Kizza Besigye. Mr Ruto joined Mr Museveni’s campaign trail in the Elgon area, the home of the Sabiny, who share the same values and norms with Mr Ruto .Kenyans elect their president on August 8. We expected Mr Museveni to do the same in favour of his friend Ruto, who gave him a stiff arm that made him win in the Elgon region. It is only days to the election date following a tight race between mainly the National Super Alliance (NASA) led by Mr Raila Odinga...
(Voice of America 07/21/17)
Ugandan police say they arrested dozens of political opposition activists this week. The arrests coincide with speculation President Yoweri Museveni will act to change the constitution to allow himself to run for another term in 2021. Uganda's constitution stipulates presidential candidates must be younger than 75 when they stand for election. Museveni, who has held power for 31 years, will be 77 by the next election. Forum for Democratic Change official Ingrid Turinawe told AFP she believes the arrest of 56 opposition party members on Wednesday is linked to the issue. Museveni has not publicly communicated his intent to run for another term, telling the Ugandan media on Wednesday not to "waste your time" with the rumored constitutional amendment. On...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the tournament will continue to be held every two years and exclusively on African soil. The decision to increase the number of teams mirrors a similar one taken by UEFA to expand the European Championship, with 24 nations taking part at...
(AFP (eng) 07/20/17)
Police in Uganda announced the arrests of opposition activists this week amid speculation that longtime President Yoweri Museveni is planning to change the constitution so he can stand for re-election. No official move has been made to lift the bar on Museveni running due to his age, but Ingrid Turinawe, senior organiser for the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change, said he believes the arrests of 56 party members on Wednesday were linked to the speculation. "The government gets suspicious that whoever is meeting is discussing the age limit.
(Dw-World 07/20/17)
Police in Uganda have arrested at least 53 people including an opposition leader, for demonstrating against a plan to amend the constitution and scrap the presidential age limit. Norbert Mao, leader of the Democratic Party, was arrested alongside his supporters as they protested against the planned constitutional amendment. For days now, a clique of legislators from the ruling party, National Resistance Movement, (NRM), has been clandestinely agitating for the removal of the age limit which would give a leeway for the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni to run for another

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