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Old January 28th, 2011, 10:10 PM   #501
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Unesco pledges Shs2b for Kasubi tombs reconstruction
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Posted Saturday, January 29 2011 at 00:00
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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has pledged $1 million (about Shs2.2b) towards the reconstruction of Kasubi tombs.

The chairman of the tombs reconstruction committee, Eng. Kiyimba Kagwa, said: “Unesco has committed its self to support us with $1 million. All they are waiting for is to see our readiness to commence the work.” He was speaking at a public awareness workshop on Thursday in Kampala.

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The physical reconstruction of Kasubi Tombs which fire gutted about 10 months ago starts on March 16, with the construction of the main mausoleum. Eng. Kiyimba said Unesco has also given a nod to the government and Buganda Kingdom to embark on the reconstruction. Unesco has also advanced about Shs140 million for organising a cultural exhibition ahead of the reconstruction.

The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Labour Ministry of Labour, Ms Rose Guwatudde Kintu, said Kasubi tombs has been enlisted among the world cultural sites in danger and added that several stakeholders have pledged towards its restoration. “It’s not always easy to have a cultural site reconstructed but we have managed to convince Unesco. Our challenge is to make sure that what is reconstructed is not a new creation,” Ms Guwatudde said.

The reconstruction work will be spearheaded by Buganda kingdom.
A perimeter wall will be built at the site, water and fire-fighting equipment installed using $71,342 (about Shs162million) from the World Heritage Centre. The 130-year-old royal tombs, which housed remains of four fallen Buganda kings, went up in flames on March 16.

Buganda Katikkiro John Baptist Walusimbi also launched the Kasubi tombs management plan 2011/2015 which stipulates the reconstruction process, structures and key features which should be considered.

Commercial centre
Under the plan, the tombs land will be split and part of its 64-acre piece of land used as a commercial centre to boost the kingdom’s revenue. Eng. Walusimbi said part of the land would be turned into a cultural village to attract more tourists, set up a tele-centre and a traditional tourist sanctuary. The entire plan is expected to coast about Shs10 billion.

“There is a new master plan to rehabilitate the tombs and ensure that the whole land is fully utilised within the cultural perspective. We have also resolved to erect a perimeter wall to avoid intruders,” Eng. Walusimbi said.
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naayla shopping mall is mall being built on a plot of land on the northern bypass. 20 metres from the road. the mall is expected to be a state of the art mall.being built by a rich Kampala tycoon(Karim Somani).it will be the first mall in that area of naayla and Bweyogerere.the mall is to be 15,000m2 .there is no renders of the mall.

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Old January 30th, 2011, 07:50 PM   #503
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kampala as of today

having gained our right to be here, iam deeply saddened by what we in uganda /kampala call development, new buildings. most of the buildings comming up have been hazardlly constructed and are not connected to any mains, they lack access for the handicapped ,no parking space , come fire kampala would be no more in just a few hours (uganda has one fire station with maybe two or three engines for its capital) ugandans we should shed light on what is seriously being degraded all in the guise of new buildings.appearances can deceive but the reality on the ground is that these sometime looking nice pieces are a time bomb waiting to happen and the long ruling regime is letting pple flaunt the building codes and stuff
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Kololo airstrip gets facelift
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KOLOLO Airstrip ceremonial pavilion undergoing refurbishment ahead of the presidential swearing-in ceremony in May 2011.
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Development on Proline’s 30-acre land to start
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By Andrew Mwanguhya (email the author)
Posted Wednesday, February 2 2011 at 00:00
The next few months will see several travels and meetings between Proline Soccer Academy and stake holders as the school gears up to the actualization of an education and football centre, the first of its kind in the region.
Lands minister Omara Atubo (pic right) handed over the long awaited title to the academy coach and director Mujib Kasule at the ministry headquarters yesterday.

President Museveni pledged free land to Proline on June 17, 2007 when the academy staff, Manchester United star Rio and his dad Julian Ferdinand visited him at State House, Nakasero, with the England captain tabling his plan. Ferdinand Snr is the academy patron.

“We’ll now hold meetings with Rio (Ferdinand) and the first phase, most of it this year, will involve experts from England coming over to assess the place,” said Kasule. “The physical construction on the ground should start soon after, latest next year.”

Valued at Shs3.6b
The 30-acre land (equivalent of 30 soccer fields) is situated on plot 135, Entebbe municipality, and is valued at Shs3.6b by the club’s independent surveyors.

The lease is for 49 years with the first five trial time. Kasule, who thanked the President “for helping develop Proline and sport in general” says a 10,000-seater stadium complete with underground sprinklers, three training grounds (one with an artificial turf) and a hostel will be developed. The Ferdinands, Rio chief steer, will fund the entire project.

Kasule adds that the academy, which will also serve as a normal school for non-footballers, will include an indoor soccer pitch, swimming pool, gym and an administrative block.

Manchester United and West Ham are the major clubs involved with the academy launched in September 2006.
In 2008, Proline’s senior team visited England and impressed in a series of friendly matches against Millwall, Portsmouth and Manchester United




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construction in central Kampala(cbd,kololo,nakasero etc) mapera house,kampala hilton and many other various towers








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Old February 6th, 2011, 12:32 PM   #511
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Ministers give away forest
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GIVEN AWAY: Structures have already been erected in the forest reserve. PHOTO BY YUSUF MUZIRANSA

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Posted Sunday, February 6 2011 at 00:00
Namanve Central Forest Reserve will be no more after two senior government ministers and the Uganda Land Commission authorised its clearance without following due process.

This means, according to experts, that the residents of areas surrounding the Namanve Industrial Park should ready themselves to suffer serious environmental hazards especially the pollution after the 3,250 hectare forest which would serve as an absorber of poisonous gases from factories, is destroyed.

According to documents Sunday Monitor has seen, the plan to give away the forest was the handiwork of Water and Environment Minister Maria Mutagamba and Housing State Minister Michael Werikhe.

Their scheme started in October last year when Mr Werikhe wrote to Ms Mutagamba asking for the forest land ostensibly “to relocate the slum dwellers from Kisenyi, Mulago, Katanga, Kivulu and other areas in Kampala.”

Genuine request?
“The Slum Dwellers International have always asked for land so as to initiate the low income housing project in Uganda to cover slum dwellers among others,” reads Mr Werikhe’s letter.

Ms Mutagamba wrote back: “In light of government need for land near the City for the above cause [resettling slum dwellers], I propose that the unutilised land in compartments...be set aside for this purpose and other developers that the Uganda Land Commission responsible for managing this land, may deem fit.”

The minister added that she was conceding to the give-away because a number of industries had been set up in the area. Ms Mutagamba also conceded because “… over time both the UIA [Uganda Investment Authority], Kira Town Council and other people have been encroaching on the area that had not been excise [cut out].”

Following Ms Mutagamba’s consent, the Uganda Land Commission sent in surveyors to demarcate the forest land into plots. However, National Forest Authority [NFA] officials are angry over the destruction of the forest reserve arguing that the forest was much needed in the area because of the Namanve Industrial Park which they say would pollute the surrounding environment.

And Ms Mutagamba is also aware of this likely situation as she conceded in her letter that: “Already there are reports of effluent discharge by the industries in the Industrial Park direct into Lake Victoria which will just compound the already sorry state of the Murchison Bay…” The NFA officials also argue that if the forest was to be destroyed, the law required that the government finds an alternative land where another forest can be nurtured and before the existing forest is cut down, Parliament must endorse.

The National Forestry and Tree Planting Act, 2003, instructs that “… amendment to an order declaring a central forest reserve shall be approved by Parliament, signified by its resolution.” The rationale of this instruction was that “the government or a local government shall hold in trust for the people and protect forest reserves for ecological, forestry and tourism purposes for the common good of the citizens of Uganda.”

But without due process, Uganda Land Commission has subdivided the land into plots against the objection from NFA. “I wish to add that any decision made should be in conformity with the forestry law whereby the de-gazzettement process should end with approval of parliament,” reads a letter by Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza, the NFA board chairman.

NFA security arrested officials from M/S Wemo Consultant Planners and Surveyors Ltd, for demarcating roads in the forest illegally but ULS Secretary, KSB Mubballa asked police to release them because he had authorised their activities in the forest. Although the forest was cut out for allegedly resettling slum dwellers, our investigation has discovered that the land was being parcelled out to senior government officials and their cronies.

ULS is already processing land tittles for several individuals who are not slum dwellers. When Sunday Monitor visited the area, several new construction sites were active in the forest reserve. Some of the trees being cut were for private tree farmers who had got licences from NFA. This new development could lead to litigation against NFA.

But ULS chairman Joash Mayanja Nkangi on Friday said he was ignorant about the land surveying. When showed letters originating from his office, Mr Nkangi said: “I don’t know anything about this. Ask Mubbala who wrote them.”

Mr Mubballa was not in his office when Sunday Monitor visited. He picked our calls but said he was driving; he never answered our calls again. By press time yesterday, his phone was switched off. Public land give-away has in the past 10 years become a hallmark of the government amid bitterness from the citizens.

But on March 15, 2007 while laying the foundation stone for the Royal Palms Estate project which was also controversially built on Butabika Hospital land, President Yoweri Museveni said: “I have heard some agents of backwardness saying we should not give away land to investors. But I have given you my word. You should not get worried about what such people are saying.”

“We have given you the land, ignore those who are talking, go ahead and build, nobody will bother you because we shall handle them.” When Sunday Monitor tried reaching out to Ms Mutagamba through the phone numbers provided on the parliamentary website, the mobile phone service providers alerted that the phone numbers do not exist.
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Shs18 billion motorcycle plant opens in Uganda
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Posted Monday, February 7 2011 at 00:00
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Nile fishing company, the distributors of Yamaha products in Uganda, have opened a Shs18.8 billion motorcycle assembly plant in Kampala. The plant, which opened recently, is the first motorcycle assembly plant in the country.

Speaking during the launch of the plant in Kampala, Mr Christopher Saazi, Nile Fishing Company managing director, said the plant has capacity to assemble 50 motorcycles per day, which as he said is enough to satisfy the country’s demand. He said: “The plant has one assembling line that can produce about 50 motorcycles per day, however by March 2013; we hope to have up to five assembling lines with a capacity of 250 motorcycles every day.”

The company is focusing at starting with the Yamaha Crux brand needed mostly for commercial purposes (Boda boda) but will also assemble other Yamaha brands.
According to Mr Saazi, the company is also focused at producing durable motorbikes that will enable customers get effective results and efficiency.
At least 1,000 motorbikes assembled at the plant before its launch are being tested for road worthiness, mobility and efficiency.

Mr James Kisambira, the company’s general manager, said the firm hopes to employ about 400 Ugandans, who will be tasked to make the firm the leading distributors of Yamaha motorbikes in East and Central Africa. Nile Fishing Company deals in motor engines, generators and motorbikes.
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Proline Academy dares to dream
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Written by John Vianney Nsimbe
Sunday, 06 February 2011 19:05
Following Proline Soccer Academy’s acquisition of 30 acres of land from government, John Vianney Nsimbe analyses what the proposed $8m project means for Ugandan football at large

It is almost four years since Proline Soccer Academy boss Mujib Kasule, together with Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand met President Yoweri Museveni at State House, asking him for land to build a soccer academy.

On February 1, Omara Atubo, the Minister of Lands handed over a 30-acre land title to Kasule, which marks the start of a long football dream. “This is the first step to a complete soccer academy,” says Kasule.

The PSA will have its offices on this site, three football training fields; dormitories for the footballers and a secondary school where at least 1,000 children including footballers will acquire education. This is what the PSA plans to entail.

However, there are strings attached to it: government demands that within the first five years, there has to be some developments on the land or else the title will be withdrawn. At least three football fields should be ready by 2016.

Kasule says the project will be done in phases because a lot of money is needed to develop this land that is valued at Shs 3.6bn.

“We need at least $8m to set up every piece of structure we have in plan for this site,” said Kasule. He adds that they also intend to build a 10,000-seater stadium with some hostels for rent. These hostels will also have full hotel services like a restaurant and a swimming pool.

However, this sounds quite ambitious. Already, Shs 350m is spent on Proline football club per year. They will have to raise much more for this venture.

Kasule said PSA has many friends and partners around the world. Most of these links have been created by Ferdinand and his family, whose major interest in this, is, apparently, to give back to the Ugandan child.

It’s important to note that government has scored big with this gesture. It’s a major contribution to sport. With hindsight, PSA’s acquisition poses a challenge to the rest of the football fraternity in Uganda.

When Villa won the Cecafa club championship in 2005 and Museveni hosted them, they asked for a bus. When The Cranes won the 2008 Cecafa senior challenge cup, they also asked for a bus. Villa and Fufa both got buses.

But doesn’t Fufa and Villa regret not having any foresight then? If they had asked for land, the two parties would now be in line for that now, probably. No doubt, PSA’s land pales in comparison to the buses in terms of value.

And indeed, other so-called ‘soccer academies’ will be in the shadow of PSA.

Only Lawrence Mulindwa, the Fufa president can take credit for setting up a semblance of a true soccer academy at St Mary’s Secondary School, Kitende. His school has a fully-fledged sports development programme covering mainly football since 2003.

He has offered scholarships to so many footballers, many of whom were out of school but are now national team players.

Players like Tony Odur, Caesar Okhuti and Mike Mutyaba went through the school before playing for Bunamwaya FC.

Others like Godfrey Walusimbi, Patrick Edema, Chrizestom Ntambi, Steven Bengo and Emma Okwi completed from the school and play for other clubs. Kitende is the kind of football academy within a school that is a success story.

Fufa CEO Edgar Watson hails the move as a positive gesture but cautions government to do more to help other academies.
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Government has embarked on the reconstruction of Kafumbe Mukasa and Kisenyi roads in down town Kampala. Repair works commence on Monday next week and will be undertaken by DOT services and Sterling Civil engineering Ltd at a cost of 6.4 billion shillings.

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Uganda Travel And Tourism News: Gayaza Road Construction Ends In June
First published: 20110209 2:35:22 PM EST

Widening of the Kampala-Gayaza-Zirobwe road ends in June this year, the Uganda National Roads Authority spokesperson, has said.

Dan Alinange, says the reconstruction of the above mentioned road is being undertaken by Energo Projekt.
The works on this road started in 2008 and it involves erecting road signs and widening Mulago round-about.

Alinange says the road was supposed to be completed in December 2010 but it delayed because the roadside business operators had refused to vacate the workplaces in order to pave way for the reconstruction works.

The construction of this road started at Gayaza-Ziroobwe in Wakiso district towards Kampala.The road has been widened by 11 metres.
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Kafumbe Mukasa Road repairs start
Thursday, 10th February, 2011
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RECONSTRUCTION of Kafumbe Mukasa and Kisenyi I roads, in the city centre, has started.The sh6.4b project, which was commissioned on Wednesday by the city engineer, Stephen Kinyera, is expected to take three months to complete.

Kinyera said 90% of the city roads were in a sorry state, but the City Hall had no money.

He said KCC needed about sh1 trillion to reconstruct and upgrade the city road network of 1,100km to tarmac.

However, Eng. Mugisha Obyero, the acting chief engineer at the works ministry, said all city roads were taken over by the central government as the city authority had failed to manage them.

While touring the area last year, the President was shocked at the sorry state of the road, and ordered the works ministry to reconstruct it, saying it was hurting small-and-medium businesses.

Stirling will reconstruct the road at sh5b, while Dotts will work on the sewer line in the area at sh1.4b.

Sh3b city cleaning drive launched
Thursday, 10th February, 2011
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Naluwayiro (2nd-left), Mugisa (2nd-right) and road workers sweeping a road in Kampala
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A sh3.2b project has been launched by the works ministry to rid city roads of dust and mud.Mugisa Obyero, the ministry chief engineer, and David Naluwayiro, the town clerk, yesterday flagged off the 15-month exercise that officially begins today.

Nusonic Limited, Nippon Parts Limited and Level 5 Associates, which have already beautified several junctions in the city, will handle the work.

Level 5 Associates, which recently purchased a sh120m road-cleaning truck, will clean roads in Nakasero and the Industrial Area,

Nusonic will concentrate on the Central Business District (CBD), while Nippon Parts will be in charge of Kololo.

They will scoop mud, sweep, trim lawns, pick litter and plant grass in some areas, according to the guidelines by the works ministry.

They will harmonise their activities with other groups involved in cleaning and collecting garbage in Kampala.

In the CBD, roads and streets will be swept six times a week. Some will be washed, while roads in Nakasero, Industrial Area and Kololo will be cleaned thrice a week.

A consultant, who is yet to be appointed, will monitor the work, Obyero announced at the ministry boardroom in Kampala, adding that the ministry would supervise the activities.

In a meeting attended by representatives of the three companies, Naluwayiro advised that Kampala’s traffic flow should be studied and a workplan drafted accordingly.

“The roads should be cleaned at night. The teams assigned on each lot should pick litter throughout the day and the public should be sensitised about the advantages of a clean city,” he said.

According Naluwayiro, upgrading the 760km of murram roads in Kampala to tarmac would reduce dust and mud in the city.

Enforcement of laws against littering, he stressed, had been relaxed owing to the ongoing political campaigns, but he vowed to strictly enforce the regulations after the general elections.

Obyero also announced that three companies have been awarded contracts to patch potholes and repair walkways in Kampala.
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Uganda: Owino Market Gets Sh3 Billion Credit Boost

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Dfcu Bank has extended a Shs3.8 billion credit facility to lock-up owners at St. Balikuddembe Market for the construction of an 11-storey market complex.

The move follows the successful negotiation of a 49-year lease with Kampala City Council mid last year, by the Lock-up Owners Association (SLOA), an umbrella organization that brings together vendors.

The proposed modern market will house up to 7,000 traders as well as provide space for stores, banks, restaurants, clinics and day care facilities and parking space for about 500 motor vehicles.

The Shs3.8billion support is part of the Shs120 billion required to complete the whole project.

While receiving the cheque in Kampala from Dfcu bank, Mr Godfrey Kayongo Nkajja, the association's chairman said traders have already contributed about Shs7 billion towards the project.

He said: "Each of the 7,000 traders has contributed Shs1 million. Our target is to raise up to Shs10 billion from our own savings.
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