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Government expands parliamentary chambers to accomodate new legislators
Wednesday, 4th August, 2010


By Cyprian Musoke
THE construction of a sh132b chamber to accommodate the higher number of MPs starts soon with the first phase after a suitable contractor was identified.

With the creation of new districts and counties, Uganda is expected to have 402 legislators, an increase of 69 MPs from the current 333.

Appearing before the public accounts committee over the Auditor General’s report yesterday, the administration deputy clerk, Kaija Kwamya, told the MPs that phase one will involve the construction of an underground car park.

The chamber will be located on the western wing of Parliament (facing Serena hotel), which is currently a parking yard.

Kaija said they proposed to borrow a lumpsum amount of money so that it takes about 18 months to have the structure in place.

“If we are to go by the current budgetary allocations, it will take us 10 years, yet the number of MPs will increase to over 400 next year,” he said.

Kaija added that Seyani Brothers had been displayed as the best evaluated bidder to notify other bidders if they had complaints.

“We are preparing a project proposal for the banks and Housing Finance and Stanbic banks are ready to give us the money,” he said.

Committee members, led by Nandala Mafabi, demanded that the President’s office vacates the section of Parliament occupied by the vice-presidency.

This, they argued, would save Parliament from spending over sh1b in annual office rent on Baumann House.


National Housing reclaims part of Nakivubo wetland

Wednesday, 4th August, 2010

The wetland that the National Housing is reclaiming just behind Bugolobi flats

By Gerald Tenywa

THE National Housing and Construction Corporation is reclaiming part of Nakivubo swamp near Silver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi, despite orders from the wetlands management department to stop the project.

Nakivubo swamp, located between Kampala city and Lake Victoria, cleans waste water such as sewage and industrial effluent before releasing the clean water into Lake Victoria.

The three-acre piece of land, which the National Housing Company has fenced off, belongs to an arm of Nakivubo swamp separating Kitintale from Bugolobi.

In a letter of July 19 to the corporation, Paul Mafabi, the wetlands commissioner, stated: “The purpose of this letter is to advise you to stop the activities going on at the site.”

Mafabi pointed out that the company owns land on Plot 1-5 St. Kizito Close, Bugolobi Parish, but much of it lies in a swamp.

He also reminded the company that such land should be used in accordance with the National Environment Act of 1995 or any other law.

He copied the letter to the National Environment Management Authority, the Nakawa Division resident district commissioner, the principal assistant town clerk and environment officer.

The National Housing chief executive officer, Joseph Kitamirike, told The New Vision on Tuesday that they plan to construct apartments on the plot.

“We have received the letter and we are studying it,” Kitamirike said.

However, by Tuesday, a grader was excavating parts of the swamp under reclamation.


Cranes secure big attire deal
Wednesday, 4th August, 2010

By Norman Katende
NATIONAL soccer federation FUFA has signed a four-year kit sponsorship deal worth $5m (sh10bn) with American-based company +ONE Fashion USA Corp.

FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa and +ONE Fashion officials signed the agreement in Kampala on July 23.
The agreement, with a four year extension clause, comes into effect September 4 when Uganda hosts Angola in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

According to the FUFA chief executive Edgar Watson, the contract will see the sportswear manufacturing firm not only dress the national team, but also make Cranes replica jerseys for sell to the fans across the country.

“The jerseys will be patented, which will save FUFA from the loses,” explained Watson. FUFA has been incurring loses as a result of counterfeit jerseys made in Kampala.

Under the agreement, +One Fashion will provide kit for training and matches, balls, travel bags and jogging suits.
“They will also give the federation money,” Watson added but the money was not disclosed.

The Cranes will also benefit from an annual training camp outside Africa. In addition, a programme to assist the Cranes prepare for the 2012 Nations Cup and 2014 World Cup qualifiers will be put in place.

The sports attire manufacturing firm has similar programmes in Canada, USA, Guyana, Ghana, Zambia, Columbia and India and it becomes FUFA’s first kit sponsor after the controversial El-Sporto over seven years back

At the same time, FUFA will enter talks over renewing their contract with MTN, the Cranes team sponsors, whose old deal ended with the 2010 World Cup campaign.


Roofings to save sh197b import bill
Wednesday, 4th August, 2010
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By David Mugabe

ROOFINGS Group, the steel manufacturers in Uganda plan to venture into mining to feed its expanding manufacturing plants.

“The opportunities remain immense. Many of us will go into mining because the raw materials are available in the region,” said Stuart Mwesigwa, the business development manager.

An aeronautical survey conducted about four years ago revealed that the country is rich in minerals. Several investors have acquired mining licenses. Roofings will be one of the few indigenous companies to explore this lucrative mining sector.
Roofings is currently constructing a $112m factory at Namanve.

Upon completion, the new plant will have a capacity of 120,000 tonnes of steel products and inputs.

“We are already making these products at Lubowa on Entebbe road but we have been importing the raw materials. Now we are making the raw materials at Namanve,” said Mwesigwa.

Roofings annually imports 70,000 tonnes of steel raw materials.

“Some of it will be for our consumption and the rest will be sold to the region,” said Mwesigwa.

A tonne of imported steel raw materials costs $1,250, says Mwesigwa. Broken down, it means Roofings has been meeting an import bill of about sh197b ($87.5m).

The first phase of the wire galvanising plant will produce electric cables. The other products are chain links, barbed wires and packaging products reinforcements.

The second phase, making hot rolling mill, will produce 72,000 metric tonne of high tensile rebars and twisted bars. It will be ready by Sept. The third phase will be a cold rolling mill to be complete by 2013.

The steel rolling mill will produce rebars, round bars and other wire products. Roofings currently employs 1,000 people. The Namanve plant employs 400.
“We expect this to double,” said Mwesigwa.

In 2008, Roofings earned $44m in export earnings and was voted exporter of the year. In the same year, 80,000 metric tones of steel products were exported to the great lakes region.

Established in 1994, Roofings has expanded to 120 outlets. Roofings other range of products include galvanized iron sheets, hollow sections and wire products like nails, barbed wires, chain links and steel plates.

Challenges
The most stifling is the high cost of electricity and poor infrastructure that affects the transportation of raw materials from Mombasa.

There is also bureaucracy at the ports, said Mwesigwa. He also complained of unleveled playing field.


Yamaha to start boda assembly plant
Wednesday, 4th August, 2010
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By Ronald kalyango

NILE fishing company, the distributor of Yamaha products in Uganda, is going set up a motorcycle assembling plant at the Namanve Industrial Park.

Christopher Saazi, the managing director, said they have already acquired land in the park for the plant that is expected to start assembling bikes next year.

“We have completed almost every thing. I am optimistic that we will start assemblimng the motorcycles by June next year,” said Saazi.

He was speaking at the unveiling of the new Yamaha Crux motorcycle at Pacific Hotel in Lira.

Saazi added that the Namanve plant would also serve as the regional distribution centre for East African.
“Uganda is strategically placed to serve all the five East African countries in the common market,” said Saazi.

Meanwhile, Jun Hirata, the Yamaha manager for east and north Africa, has said the firm will provide free training in motorcycle repairing and servicing to youths in the country.

He said the project was aimed at equipping motorcycle mechanics with skills that will enhance their competitiveness.




Telecoms in war over data services
Wednesday, 4th August, 2010

By David Mugabe

DATA and mobile internet services are emerging as the new competition war front for service providers ever since the landing of undersea fibre optic cables, TEAMS and SEACOM, about a year ago.

Service providers and telecom executives have admitted that uptake for mobile connectivity and data services are rising.

MTN chief executive officer, Themba Khumalo, has described it as another turning point.

“This is the beginning of a data revolution in Uganda, it picks the ordinary person,” said Khumalo at the launch of the MTN 3G experiential.

The undersea cables have increased bandwidth capacity by almost double while prices have not come down. This has increased the speed and amount of data that can be transmitted on desktops and mobile handsets.

ICT analysts view the rash for the data market (especially mobile internet) as being mostly spurred on by the very crowded voice market.

“12 years ago, voice was a luxury for a lucky few. Now we have the perfect match between service and pricing. If everybody can access data, the economy would be richer,” said MTN’s Isaac Nsereko.

Uganda has seven telecom operators: MTN, utl, Zain, Warid, Orange, Smile and I-Telecom. But competition is mainly among the first five. This competition has also mainly focused on voice, until the entry of larger data capacity through the undersea cables.
According to Edouard Blondeau, Orange chief officer strategy, Orange today has 30,000 corporate and individual clients on their data service.
It is estimated that Orange controls about 70-80% of the mobile internet market with their modem plug-ins priced at sh25,000 per month (500MB) service, making it one of the cheapest on the market.

Meanwhile, MTN has presented several 3G enabled handsets and devices. The 3G provides enhanced data capacity and high speed mobile internet access. With the MTN devices, all that a customer requires is a 3G+ compatible device to gain access to a portable internet access service. The MTN mobile internet goes for as low as sh500 for 20 MB for an hour.

“The uptake has been beyond our expectations from data consumption per customer and number of customers signing up,” said Nsereko.

The emergence of data as a new avenue for competition has seen telecoms paint the city with creative billboards and newspaper adverts selling their different data offers.

Uganda telecom was the first to build a 3G network in Uganda and still leads overall data market with about 80% market share. But utl’s Mark Kaheru could not disclose the number of clients who have signed onto the 3G service but says clients as far as Gulu can access their 3G services.

Yaron Assabi, the chief executive of Digital Solutions Group, a private provider based in South Africa, says African markets do not yet have the right environment for widespread adoption.

“In many African markets, technology is still stifled by reasons including cost, accessibility and regulation. While in recent years, we have witnessed sizeable amounts of deregulation and investment in these markets that have created more competitive environments, cost remains a crippling variable to widespread access and adoption,” said Assabi.

However, there is very visible rise in mobile phone penetration numbers across Africa that indicates a mass demand and existing potential. Internet penetration is between 2-5% compared to voice that stands at over 30%.

“We believe we can bridge the gap,” said Nsereko.

Experts also believe that to make mobile internet more relevant, service providers must find rich-media content and lower browsing costs.

“This will play a revolutionary role in bridging the digital divide and building African economies by connecting previously constricted communities across Africa to the rest of the world,” said Assabi.

The pricing structure seems to stir data tariff war. The competition has enabled end users use their sim cards both for voice calls and internet connection.

The July 11 bomb blasts forced service providers to explore new ways of service delivery. Orange, for instance, sought a regional alliance by integrating its loop with a Kenyan partner to hook onto SEACOM.

After the bomb blast, only about 20% capacity was available for the market as providers opted for the slow and expensive satellite back up.

The bomb also interrupted certain real time applications like skype and related voice applications. It also brought to the fore questions of infrastructure sharing in which service providers with underground cables were able to stay connected while those with limited connection were cut off.

Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Venansius Baryamureba, advised service providers to maintain high quality service because it is the only guarantee that will keep customers.

“The best customers have the money, they are not worried about the price,” said Baryamureba.
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China and Uganda’s trade increased by 10% in 2009

By Faridah Kulabako (email the author)

Posted Thursday, August 5 2010 at 00:00

Trade volumes between Uganda and China increased by at least 10 per cent in the 2009 financial year following the signing of a memorandum between the two countries’ employer organisations.

Speaking at the Occupational Safety and Health seminar in Kampala on Tuesday, the Chinese Ambassador Mr Sun Heping, said trade between the two countries stood at about Shs550 billion ($250 million) in 2009 despite the global economic challenges.

Streamlined relations
In 2007, employer organisations-the Federation of Uganda Employers, China Enterprise Confederation and the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise-signed an agreement to promote good labour relations, encourage responsible business, trade relations and investments.

At the time of the agreement, trade volume between Uganda and China stood at about Shs490 billion ($222 million). Exports to China stood at about Shs44 billion ($20 million) while imports from China were about Shs440 billion ($202m).

Uganda exports cotton, coffee, leather, fish, and minerals, whereas major imports from China are mechanical and electric appliances, textiles and garments, pharmaceuticals, porcelain, enamel and foot wear.

Close collaboration
Mr Heping attributed the growth to close collaboration, joint effort, entrepreneurs’ creativeness and the growing interest Ugandan traders have with their Chinese counterparts.

He said: “This is significant progress but there is still great potential.”
The March 2010 World Trade Organisation statistics indicate that Norway is Uganda’s second largest import origin country while China is fifth. Norway is also the fourth largest export destination for Uganda products.

Martin Kasekende, the FUE chairman said, since its inception, the federation has engaged in a number of programmes aimed at addressing labour related challenges.
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Pallisa gets sh1.56b for roads, markets
Thursday, 5th August, 2010
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By Francis Okiror

Pallisa district has received sh1.56b from the Community agriculture and infrastructure improvement programme (CAIIP) for the construction of modern markets and 58km of community roads in Agule, Petete and Kagumu sub-counties.

A total of sh1b will be spent on constructing the roads, while about sh4m will be used to set up the markets.

The chief administrative officer, Moses Bukenya Sseguya, on Monday said contractors had been approved and the sites handed over to them.

Greenland building contractors and civil engineers will build the markets in Agule and Petete at sh246m and sh107m, respectively. The market in Kagumu will be built by Trandit at sh97m.

A total of 22km of roads will be constructed in Agule by Gwaka Plant and Machinery Hire Service at sh400m.
In Petete sub-county, Leading Age Investment will construct 13km at sh295m.

They include the 7.2km road from Radio Uganda (Butebo) to Nasuleta Primary School, the 4.6km Bigesa-Namuswata-Kamenyamugongo road and the Petete township 2km access roads.

Khabusi Building Contractors and Furniture Centre will construct 21km of community roads in Kagumu at the cost of sh410m. The roads include Nankokoli-Nabuli (3.8km), Issa Kaali-Nankokoli and Nakitende-Hill View (4.8km), Nangaiza-Nabuli (7.3km), Nangaiza-Nabulanganga-Kapunyasi (4km) and Nangaiza to Majala (1.8km).

Sseguya said other roads to be worked on include Chelekura-Odusai-Opadoi, Opeduru-Pasia and Oigomojong-Ariet Keria-Okunguro.

Handing over the sites to the respective contractors, the district chairperson, Issa Taligola, said the programme had been rolled out to Apopong, Kakoro and Bulangira sub-counties, where 15km of roads will be constructed in each area.

He urged the beneficiaries to work with the contractors to ensure quality work.




Ugandan tourism sector on rapid rise to recovery

'Uganda is a niche market -- If you want to have
an experience with apes, chimpanzees and
gorillas, you will only have to come to Uganda'

SPECIAL REPORT BY XINHUA CORRESPONDENT Ronald Ssekandi

AMURU, Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda’s tourism sector is on a recovery trend following the easing of the devastating effects of the global economic downturn that ravaged the sector.

Tourism is one of Uganda’s major foreign exchange earners. According to figures from the ministry of trade and tourism, revenue from the sector was 350 million U.S. dollars in 2006, 450 million dollars in 2007 and 600 million dollars in 2008.

It contributes about 8 percent of Uganda’s Gross Domestic Product and is seen as one of the sectors with the most promising growth prospects.

Tourism experts however predicted at the onset of the global economic down turn that many tourists to Uganda especially from Europe and the United States would cut back their travel spending and switch to cheaper destinations.

In 2008, growth in tourist arrivals to Uganda was down to 8 percent, compared to a 19 percent increase in 2007.

Edwin Muzahura, marketing and public relations officer of the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), a government agency charged with marketing the country’s tourism sector said here on Monday that the situation is now changing.

"We are seeing better arrival figures this year and I think the credit crunch negative implications are beginning to ease a little bit in the western world that is why we are seeing some numbers going up," he said at a press briefing at Uganda media center.

Kailash Natani, an Indian tourist who was on a boat cruise on River Nile in Murchison National Park, Uganda’s largest park, told Xinhua that though the financial crisis affected him, there are signs of recovery.

"The global financial crisis affected all of us but now we are coming out slowly," he said accompanied by his wife, a son and his parents.

After learning a bitter lesson from the effects of the global economic downturn, Uganda is now concentrating on looking for new markets apart from the traditional Europe and U.S. ones.

The East African country is now focusing on domestic, regional and markets in Asia.

Muzahura said that the recently opened East African Common Market, grouping Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi provides an opportunity for the country to boost its tourism sector if it positions itself strategically.

"Uganda is a niche market; we have special products that you can not find anywhere else in East Africa.

"If you want to have an experience with the apes, chimpanzees and gorillas, you will only have to come to Uganda," he said, hoping to tap into Kenya’s and Tanzania’s tourism sectors by interesting the tourists who go there to also come into Uganda.

According to Muzahura, Uganda is also using the ongoing Shanghai Expo in China to promote the East African country’s tourism sector there.

"China is such a market that we think we need to target ... we are at the Chinese expo, we are using it strategically to market tourism," he said.

Meanwhile, tour companies have also started reducing their rates for domestic tourists in a bid to boost domestic tourism in the country.

Some companies even offer a discount of up to 25 per cent to Ugandans.

Maanan Madhvani, the director of Madhvani Group, which has a string of hotels in Ugandan parks, told Xinhua that the opening up of other markets other than Europe and the U.S. will increase tourist arrivals in Uganda.

"The financial crisis and recession has hit us as it has hit a lot of other industries but with these other market forces and opening the boundaries to East Africa and so on, I think we are seeing an increase in the number of tourists," he said.



Construction of Nyagak Power Dam back on track

By Joseph Miti & Patrick Komakech (email the author)

Posted Friday, August 6 2010 at 00:00

The construction of Nyagak hydropower dam meant to supply power to the West Nile region has resumed after stalling for over four years. Mr Simon D’ujanga, the Energy state minister said on Tuesday while handing over the project documents to Mr Kundlik Bhapkar, the Specon director-contracts that the construction of the 3.5MW dam had started, with the handing over of the project design to the contracted company - Spencon Services.

Early completion
He said: “We had earlier estimated this project to take nine months, but since President Museveni asked for it to be complete by December, we are going to sit with the contractor to see how best it can be done.”

Under the Energy for Rural Transformation Project funded by the World Bank, the government supported the West Nile Rural Electrification Company Limited (WENRECO) through subsidies to develop the Nyagak power project in September 2006.

The project then anticipated to last for months, stalled for four years after facing various challenges including the world economic slowdown and administration among others.

Mr D’ujanga said: “We expect acceleration of work so that this region can get cheaper power from the hydro resource compared to the heavy fuel generators which are costly,”

The project delays have limited the region (eight districts) to heavy fuel generators which are expensive. Mr Emmy Kakura, the Zombo District chairman said the region has no reliable power supply to allow economic development.

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New Vision newspaper gets new look
Sunday, 8th August, 2010

Top right is the new design of the print copy while inset is a preview of the various weekly products

By Taddeo Bwambale

TODAY, New Vision, Uganda’s leading daily, unveils its new, fresher and attractive design. It features a futuristic, cleaner look, making the newspaper the best in the market in terms of content and colour.

CEO Robert Kabushenga said the new design will cater for a more dynamic readership, especially the young, whose pattern of reading newspapers has changed given new media technologies.

“For the last 24 years, New Vision has set media standards in Uganda and improved the industry. We have served our audiences well but are now creating a newspaper for our future readers,” he said.

New software worth sh150m will be purchased and installed to enhance the print quality, he revealed. New Vision’s sister paper, Sunday Vision, will be redesigned in September, he said.


David Billington, an international designer and editor, said the new design will help to keep pace with other competitors like mobile phones, Internet, i-pads, radios and television and the changing reading culture.

“In 2010, newspapers have competition from all directions. When considering this, we should not only think about newspapers,” he said.

“New Vision is going to be bigger, clearer and have better pictures. Readers will notice that once it hits the market,” Billington added.


Bigger, better Vision

Dear Readers,
New Vision has today evolved into a newspaper written and edited for you. It is fresher, bigger and better. We pledge to provide quality and relevant editorial content to inform, educate and entertain you.

Designed by David Billington, an inter¬national newspaper and magazine de¬signer, your paper is now more beautiful, appealing and easier to read. The new New Vision offers the following:
# A richer package of hot news from every corner of Uganda. With our profes¬sional countrywide network of journal¬ists, we shall offer detailed news up to village level everyday.

# More relevant content that meets your informational, educational and entertain¬ment needs, while addressing real issues that affect your community.

# The redesigned New Vision is your newspaper. Your opinion, therefore, mat¬ters. So, you will have many opportuni¬ties to share your views on topical issues. So, get back to us on phone, by SMS, on Facebook or Twitter, by post or simply visit us. Everyday, the paper will have something special for every reader. Don’t miss your refreshed news magazines throughout the week.


Monday
The Health & Beauty magazine, with its carefully selected team of experts is your perfect guide to a beautiful, long and healthy life. The fresh, vibrant look makes it easy and fun to read. Still on Monday, you will get our well-developed Job Mart, which brings you thousands of job offers. The section also has more practical tips on how to get a great job and to excel at it.

Tuesday
Women and agriculture are the two legs on which Uganda’s economy runs, which is why the Tuesday edition is dedicated to supporting these pillars. Her Vision is a guide on how to juggle many important roles in life and yet live a productive life. Harvest Money will empower farmers to put money in the pocket Farmers and agro-dealers will be able market their products and services by advertising in the pullout. Harvest Money is your one-stop farmers’ market.

Wednesday
With Vision Mwalimu and TOTO, your Wednesday is even richer. Mwalimu, our well-researched and authoritative educa¬tion supplement, brings you holistic up-to-date information on education matters. Mwalimu is the Swahili word for teacher.

Mwalimus are revered as custodians of wisdom and societal values. Accordingly, Vision Mwalimu will have something for the teacher, students, parents and education policy makers. Toto, the new children’s section, has been repackaged into a pretty magazine for our precious children, and they will love it.

With its rich story series, puz¬zles, riddles and beautiful pages, Toto comes with nothing but fun for the family. It will expose children to varied styles of writing and improve their reading and writing skills. For the teachers, Toto is an engaging teaching aid. Just look out for it and stock it in your class library.

Thursday
On this day, New Vision will come to you with a wholesome business pack¬age that gives you the edge to move the market.

You cannot afford to miss our tender section, special business supple¬ment and the informative Motor Mart. Many car owners spend a fortune on car maintenance, paying for services they can provide themselves. The new Motor Mart comes to your rescue with the new Do-It-Yourself column, so you experience your car in a pleasurable way.

Friday
Vision Blitz, the new magazine, is your weekend companion. It is a fresh and exciting whole new world of showbiz, with lots of hilarious gossip about your favourite celebrities. From the latest movie releases to celebrities and be¬yond! Friday will be relaxing.

Bargain
Bargain is your one-stop place for your shopping and culinary needs. It will save you the trouble of moving from shop to shop by showing you where the bargain is. In it, you will also find recipes, restaurant reviews and fashion for style lovers.

Saturday
Intimate, your new relationship pullout, is an opportunity to share life and love. The pullout is freshened with Dr Love’s humorous and cutting-edge ideas and doctors advice and tips on how to be a total man.

We will still offer you the unique fe¬male touch in Essence.
Find your dream love, after which you can announce your kwanjula, engage¬ment and wedding free of charge!

Swagg, the teens’ section, is a smash¬ing newsy magazine with fresh and off-the-hook designs like no other in this country.

Swagg will spin your life around: There’s fashion to give you the latest trends, music and movie reviews on what has just dropped.



Moyo leaders clash over road project
Sunday, 8th August, 2010

A tractor grading part of Aliku-Hothi road in Moyo town

By Dradenya Amazia

LEADERS in Moyo district have clashed over the tarmacking of the 300-metre Aliku-Hothi road in Moyo town. The project, worth sh171m, was awarded to Ms Mukalazi Technical Services by the works ministry in 2008.

The district chairman, Peter Iku Dolo, and the chief administrative officer, Aloysius Aloka, want the contract terminated, citing shoddy work.

In a letter of July 16, addressed to Samuel Leku, the acting town clerk, Aloka noted: “You have engaged Ms Mukalazi Technical Services without sorting out all the necessary legalities. The contractor also started work without sorting out the salient technical issues about the project.

“I, therefore, direct that all your decisions must stay until instructed otherwise,” the letter read.

The directive followed a July 12 letter by the town engineer, Julius Tamale, stating that the contractor be suspended due to lack of insurance in case of accidents, poor grading of the road and traffic management.

However, Leku defied the directive, saying the town council is autonomous.

Consequently, Leku, on July 6, interdicted Tamale for allegedly refusing to supervise the works, laziness and arrogance.

But Tamale rejected the dismissal, saying the right procedures were not followed.

Aloka also said the interdiction was hurriedly done and unplanned.

Leku, however, said Aloka had nothing to do with the activities of the town council.

“The project will continue. We are autonomous and we don’t account to him,” Loka said.

He accused the district leaders of frustrating the council development plans.


Government dispatches sh24b to SACCOs
Sunday, 8th August, 2010
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THE Government has dispatched sh24.5b grants to the Savings and Credit Cooperative Organisations (SACCOs).

The grant comprises 44 money safes, 55 filling cabinets, calculators and 200 bicycles.

Addressing journalists at a ceremony that flagged off the distribution of support kits to SACCOs at Nakawa in Kampala last week, Ruth Nankabirwa, the micro-finance state minister, said the materials would enhance economic independence among the poor.

“We are distributing kits at every district sub-county. We are aiming at Prosperity-for-All especially for the rural poor,” Nankabirwa said.

Under the Government policy of one SACCO per sub-county, she said, it is mandatory to have a savings bank, salaries for three SACCO staff and office rent for two years.

Nankabirwa said the kits were aimed at making essential services accessible, affordable and sustainable at every sub-county in Uganda.

She added that an information system to boost people’s knowledge would be established at each sub-county.

Apart from the support kits, training is also offered to board members and management team of SACCOs to promote sound management practices.

“Over 14,000 staff in 735 sub-counties have been trained in financial loan management and business entrepreneurship. We don’t want to be suspended like NAADS,” Kyaka Twaha, the field operations manager of the Uganda Co-operative Savings and Credit Union, said.

He credited the Government for its efforts in encouraging people to re-invest money that would have otherwise gone into buying expensive equipment.

Nankabirwa said the money safes would encourage people to save without the risk of high interest rates.

The Government has for the last two years provide building grants to SACCOs through the rural financial service programme.

Samuel Galiwango, the chairperson of Nyimbwa sub-county in Luweero, said the project will instil a culture of saving
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Shs190 billion to improve sewerage system

By Flavia Nalubega (email the author)

Posted Monday, August 9 2010 at 00:00

Kampala

National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) is set to construct a modern sewage treatment plant to recycle waste matters. The plant is also expected to be used for the generation of electric power. Addressing journalists in Kampala last week, Dr William Muhairwe, the NWSC managing director, said about Shs193 billion (68 million Euros) has been set aside for the construction of the plant on the Nakivubo channel.

The project, financed by the African Development Bank, the German government and the European Union, will also involve works along Kinawataka, Nalukolongo and Lubigi sewerage channels. Dr Muhairwe said the construction process that will begin in April 2011, will include the construction of new sewerage treatment plants in water catchment areas around Kampala.
He said the project will kick off with the Nakivubo plant, and then move to Kinawataka, Nalukolongo and Lubigi. However, the water body has expressed concern over private individuals who have settled on the land gazzetted for the project.

According to information available the land, which was given to the water body for the project by Kampala City Council and National Environment Management Authority, has been occupied by people who hold titles from the Uganda Land Commission. The illegal occupation has allegedly delayed the project, which was scheduled to begin earlier.

Many people are claiming for compensation before they can vacate. Besides the sewage plant, a water treatment system will also be set up in Mukono to improve the water system and ensure that there is better water supply especially in the Eastern parts of Uganda.
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Comparing Uganda’s remittances to rest of EAC
Monday, 9th August, 2010
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By Vision reporter

SEEMINGLY, Ugandans working abroad are not only flying the country’s flag high, but they also contribute significantly to the economy back home.

In 2008, for example, Ugandans in the diaspora remitted about $723m back home, this represents about 5% of Uganda’s gross domestic product (GDP) ,which is a measure of the total value of goods and services produced in the country in a given year.

This figure is equivalent to 35% of the deposit base of all Ugandan banks as of March 2008 (figures computed from budget speech of 2008/2009).

When compared to Uganda’s budget for the fiscal year 2008/2009, this figure is equivalent to about 23% of the budget.

Or put another way, it is bigger than the largest allocation to any one sector in the country.

How does Uganda compare to her East African peers?

According to a World Bank report on development indicators (see below), Uganda’s $723m remittances come second to Kenya which bagged about $1.6b in 2008 from Kenyans in the diaspora, representing about 5.6% of its GDP.


Tanzanians abroad sent home $18m in 2008, which represented a paltry 0.09% of East Africa’s third biggest GDP.


On the other hand, Rwandans working outside their country, which is slated to grow by 6% this year, sent home nearly three times what Tanzanians did, at $67m. This accounted for 1.5% of their GDP
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The Burundians abroad sent home the smallest amount at $3.6m, which was 0.31% of their GDP
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Uganda’s large remittances, relative to Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda, may be explained by the larger number of Ugandans living and working abroad, who migrated as refugees during the turbulent 70s and 80s and perhaps, more recently, as guards in Iraq and Afghanistan.


FUFA, clubs agree on pro league
Monday, 9th August, 2010
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By James Bakama

LOCAL soccer governing body FUFA and top division clubs have finally reached a consensus on how to run Uganda’s first professional league.

The Uganda Super League Limited board announced yesterday that its differences with FUFA had been resolved and the league would as a result kick-off on September 17. Fixtures will be released on August 17.

“We are not a break away league. We recognize and respect the fact that FUFA is Uganda’s football governing body,” board of governors chairman Kavuma Kabenge told a press conference at Lugogo.

League committee secretary Moses Magogo confirmed that the board had agreed on the key issues of enshrining FUFA in its memorandum and articles.

Magogo, also a FUFA executive member, however noted that the league would only be fully embraced if it is included in the federation’s constitution. An amendment has to be passed at FUFA’s August 20 general assembly.

Board member Mujib Kasule said of the 13 clubs that remained in the super league after the 2009/10 season, only Police and CRO hadn’t yet fulfilled the registration requirements.

The two have been given two weeks to finalise the process just like newly promoted sides UTODA, Maroons and Gulu United.

USL Ltd will have the 16 super league teams and FUFA as the shareholders. The clubs have equal shares. Kasule clarified that FUFA doesn’t have voting rights.

Unveiling their business plan, Kasule said their board is following the Premier League model with funding from sale of TV and media rights, title sponsorship, awards and special occasions’ sponsors, sell of memorabilia, copy rights, gate collections and other commercial ventures.

The shareholders are each required to pay sh1m to help run the league. Relegated teams will be refunded.

The board will advertise for the post of Chief Executive Officer.


IAAF boss to support 2017 X-country bid
Monday, 9th August, 2010
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By Norman Katende

INTERNATIONAL Athletics Federation president Lamine Diack has promised to back Uganda’s bid to host the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country championships.

Uganda is seeking to become the fourth African country to host the world event after Morocco hosted the championship in 1975 and 1998, South Africa (1996) and Kenya (2007).

Hosting an international event was one of the main targets for the local athletics federation as they drew out their ten-year programme early this year.

And when the athletics federation president Dominic Otuchet met Diack in Nairobi a fortnight ago, the Senegalese was pleased with Uganda’s plan and promised to support it.
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Kampala gets new town clerk

By Robert Mwanje (email the author)

Posted Wednesday, August 11 2010 at 00:00

Ruth Kijjambu has been replaced as Kampala Town Clerk. Mr Abby Iga Musajjalumbwa who has been working as a commissioner in the Urban Inspection Department under the Ministry of Local Government, takes over with immediate effect.

According to a letter signed by Local Government Permanent Secretary John Kashaka, Ms Kijjambu is directed to vacate office with immediate effect.

“Following the expiry of your appointment as acting town clerk, this is to instruct you to vacate office of the town clerk, Kampala City Council, which you have been holding in acting capacity,” the letter dated August 9, reads in part.
“You will hand over office to Mr Abby Iga Musajjalumbwa, whom I have assigned the duty to caretake the office of the town clerk, Kampala City Council pending recruitment of a substantive Town Clerk,” the letter reads further.

End of reign
When contacted, Ms Kijjambu said, “I have been relieved and I am happy to welcome my successor. I think I have served my term and its time for others to take over.”
Ms Kijjambu, who has been at the helm of city council for four years in an acting capacity, replaced Mr James Ssegane who was suspended on allegations of mismanagement of council funds in September 2006.

According to the letter, Ms Kijjambu will be redeployed as the principal assistant town clerk at the division level at any division of Kampala.
“You will, immediately after the handover, report to the acting town clerk for assignment of duties and posting in your substantive post of SPATC.

These instructions take immediate effect,” Mr Kashaka said in the letter.
When contacted, Kampala Mayor Hajj Nasser Sebaggala described the changes as timely and important to improve council’s service delivery.

“I think the changes were necessary and have come at a right time. We have been missing a lot of money because of uncoordinated operations and planning,” Hajj Sebaggala said on phone. He said the council needs a quick decision maker to catch up with the dynamic nature of the city.

The letter is also copied to the Local Government Minister, the head of Public Service Commission, Secretary to the Cabinet, Auditor General, Ministry of Public Service and Kampala mayor.

Mr Musajjalumbwa commended Ms Kijjambu’s contribution towards the management of KCC during the four years when city council held important summits like Chogm, AU among others.


KCC gets Shs1b for city beautification

By Robert Mwanje (email the author)

Posted Saturday, July 17 2010 at 00:00

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The government has assigned Sh1 billion to Kampala City Council towards the beautification of the city through opening drainages, cleaning roads and planting grass. According to Kampala Town Clerk Ruth Kijjambu, the project will involve sweeping and washing roads in the Central Business District, opening drainage channels and collecting garbage.

The ambitious campaign to beautify and modernise the city follows President Museveni’s recent directive to improve the environment. “This is a smart campaign to improve the image of our city. We have started washing roads every night, planting grass, trees and de-silting the drainages with the new casual staff in the city,” Ms Kijjambu said at City Hall on Thursday.

Kampala Central Division Senior Assistant Principal Town Clerk, Ms Justine Kasule, said about 700 employees have been recruited to implement the new regulations as city scouts, sweepers, slashers and machinery attendants. City council has also acquired 10 road washing trucks to operate on tarmac roads. The trucks sweeps and store the dust and light objects.

Ms Kasule said KCC will also invest in community sensitisation. “Our biggest problem is the attitude and behaviuor change. We have a duty to change our people from littering the city where bins are available,” she said.


Third internet cable starts operation

By Walter Wafula (email the author)

Posted Wednesday, August 11 2010 at 00:00

Ugandans expect more price reductions in the cost of internet, following the launch of the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) in South Africa last week.
EASSy, like the Seacom cable, is an undersea high speed internet cable system connecting 21 African countries from Southern Africa to the north and the rest of the world.

The cable went into commercial service at the end of July but was announced operational last Thursday, according to the EASSy Consortium, composed of the MTN Group, France Telecom, Uganda Telecom and Bharti Airtel.

The over 10,000 kilometre cable was set up with the objective of condensing the cost of telecommunication on the continent between African nations, Europe and North America.

It was built at a cost of Shs578 billion ($263m) by 16 telecom operators and international investors. In an interview on Tuesday, Mr Ken Mwai, the general manager Afsat Communications Uganda, predicted that the arrival of EASSy internet capacity, will lead to a further reduction in the cost of the service and at the same time boost reliability.


Mr Mwai told Daily Monitor: “Based on what I have heard about the pricing for the service, we expect further price reductions in bandwidth costs.”
He added: “This will pass on to customers in terms of low price benefits.”

Low prices
Until its launch, Uganda and other East Africa states have been served by the Seacom and The East Africa Marine System (TEAMs). Following their entry in the region last year, internet prices tumbled by more than 75 per cent, with internet speeds more than quadrupling.

While prices have come down significantly, reliability of internet delivered via the undersea cables, is yet to be satisfactory and remains in the range of 80-90 per cent according to experts.

This is because the existing cables breakdown due to various factors including maintenance and destruction by construction works. Internet reliability is expected to be drawn from acquisition of more fibre optic internet capacity from all the three cables, by internet service providers, as a way of diversifying risk of service breakdowns.

Mr Jacques van der Walt, Chairman of the Procurement Group which is responsible for technical aspects of EASSy was reported to have said that the cable is now “the most reliable system serving the African continent.”


Government says oil refinery study complete

By Walter Wafula (email the author)

Posted Wednesday, August 11 2010 at 00:00

A detailed study concerning the viability of the construction of an oil refinery in Uganda has been finalised. The conclusion paves way for the government to take a decision on whether to construct a refinery with the capacity of producing at least 150,000 barrels of oil per day, or not.


Mr Peter Lokeris, the state minister for energy, told Daily Monitor in Kampala on Monday that the consultant (Foster Wheeler, a Swiss company), that was contracted for the study submitted the findings to the energy ministry last week.

Details next week
“It (the study) has been concluded. I hear it arrived from the consultant. I am still waiting for a copy from the commissioners,” Mr Lokeris said in an interview on Monday when asked about the progress of the feasibility study, which was scheduled for completion mid this year.

The minister said he would provide details from the findings next week after examining the Foster Wheeler report. The findings will give the government, and oil company Tullow Oil Plc and partners, the green light to set up a $10 billion (Shs22 trillion) oil refinery in the country.


If set up, it will be the single largest project to have been established in the country. It is also expected to become the leading source of revenue.

Processing oil
The refinery is expected to process Ugandan crude oil for domestic consumption and export. At least 2 billion barrels of oil -more than enough to meet Uganda’s demand for the next 3 decades have been discovered in Western and Northern Uganda.

Foster Wheeler, the Switzerland-based engineering and construction firm won the contract for the feasibility study, in February this year after beating 34 other contestants.

The company’s scope of work included; the development of the location and configuration of the planned refinery.
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Now Uganda moves to deploy 
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Uganda aims to implement a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Kampala, the East African country’s capital, says Uganda National Roads Authority transport economist Jeremy Bassy Aguma.


The bus system will link the capital with Entebbe International Airport.

Aguma says the system is 
required as Kampala has witnessed increased traffic as well as parking demand in the bustling central business district.

The current public transport system, which makes use of mini-
bus taxis, also adds some complexity as rates and timetables are not fixed, service levels are low and road safety is compromised, says Aguma.


He says the system which is now being looked at for implementation will see purpose-built buses use dedicated lanes, stopping at specially designed stations every 500 m, with each bus replacing four to five minibus taxis.

Aguma notes that a BRT system has been chosen as a solution to the capital’s congestion headaches as it is the cheapest mass transit system compared to, for example, rail.

He says government gave the go-ahead for the system in January, with the $267 000 pre-feasibility study running until September.

This will be followed by a 
detailed design period up to 2010, construction from 2011 to 2013, and the procurement of buses from 2012 to 2013.

“The BRT system should be 
operational in 2014,” says Aguma.

“We’re currently seeking funding from the World Bank.”

Aguma says funding constraints are some of the project’s biggest challenges, with current estimates at between $2-million and $4-million a kilometre.

“We are thinking of developing an initial 20-km network.”


Another challenge in developing the system is the resistance from existing public transport operators, such as taxi owners, much as has been the case in South Africa, where the disgruntled taxi industry has managed to delay the implementation programme of a BRT system in Johannesburg, for example.

The Uganda BRT system will follow in the footsteps of similar systems being planned in 
Ghana, Tanzania, Senegal and Nigeria.
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Government delivers Cranes bus to FUFA
Tuesday, 10th August, 2010

Education and Sports Minister Namirembe Bitamazire handed over the Cranes bus to FUFA boss Lawrence Mulindwa yesterday

By James Bakama
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EDUCATION and Sports minister Namirembe Bitamazire has called for proper allocation of resources in soccer governing body FUFA.

The veteran politician who represented President Yoweri Museveni at a hand over of a sh319m 2009 model Isuzu bus to FUFA, told officials of the body to put the vehicle to its intended use.

“This bus should not be used for transporting tomatoes, cabbages and sand. It is a national team bus,” warned Bitamazire while presenting the bus to FUFA at the National Council of Sports headquarters, Lugogo.

FUFA boss Lawrence Milindwa promised to put the bus to proper use.

The official noted that the white coloured vehicle branded in the national colours of black, yellow and red would promote the national team’s image.

Mulindwa said the bus had come at the time the Cranes are about to start the 2012 Nations Cup qualifiers. He also described the President’s offer as a vote of confidence on the Federation.

Museveni offered the bus at a 2009 dinner to honour the national soccer team’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup triumph.

It followed a plea from FUFA vice president Jowali Kyeyago for a new mini-bus to replace the ageing one used by the team at the time.

“A minis-bus is small and weak. I shall discuss with the minister so that we give you a real bus. I don’t want you to be at risk traveling in Kamunyes (minis buses),” promised Museveni at the dinner.

Later, as Museveni interacted with the players, he discovered that it would take more than a bus to cheer them up.

“Muzei tuli baavu nnyo. Obwavu bututta (Your Excellency we are very poor. We are dying of poverty),” midfielder Stephen Bengo told the President.

Museveni immediately promised financial reward for the players. They were later offered $3000 (sh6m) each.

Bitamazire said Museveni would officially present the bus to the Cranes. “I knew you needed to use the bus so we handed it over.”
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Uganda: Country Removes Limits to Tourism
Joseph Olanyo

9 August 2010

Kampala — The Uganda Government's decision to remove exclusive zones in her national parks is boosting park tourism following the construction of new accommodation facilities.

Twenty years ago, the Uganda Government gave exclusive rights to a few hoteliers to build accommodation facilities in the country's three major national parks.

While the rights were aimed at boosting a dormant sector then, the move constrained the growth of the sector as visits to the parks have been constrained by limited accommodation there.

But the lifting of the exclusive rights is boosting the sector as investors take on ventures in the wildlife conservation areas.

The government had given the early proprietors a 25-kilometre exclusive zone for 30 years. That meant no other investor was allowed to erect a similar facility within a radius of 25 kilometres.

But stakeholders in the industry have welcomed Government's decision saying it is working to boost to the sector.

The Managing Director Palace Motel Ltd in Uganda's Western town of Fort Portal, Mr Ben Rwabutara, says while security in the once insecure parks and mountainous area is good, inadequate accommodation remains a big challenge.

He said exclusive zones around the parks had affected the tourist arrivals since no investor was allowed to set up any infrastructure within a radius of 25 km.

Rwabutura is currently setting up 20 self contained cottages on the periphery of Katwe Town council bordering Queen Elizabeth national Game Park. The cottages are like those in Kidepo National Game Park Rwabutara is urging Government to aid the tourism sector if it is to be more competitive.

"Lack of Government input in helping people who are interested in developing the industry is a big problem.

The government should help in identifying investors who are interested in constructing lodges," Rwabutara said.

Mweya Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth Park has a capacity of about 50 rooms and it is fully booked year-round.
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State Minister for Tourism Serapio Rukundo, says the Ministry in conjunction with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) have identified areas suitable to tourism investors.

"The exclusive rights given to Madhvani are no longer there. "We discussed with Madhvani about the proposed sites for development," Mr Rukundo said. The Queen Elizabeth Park in western Uganda covers 2,000 square miles, Murchison Falls, which lies in Gulu and Masindi, covers 3,840 square kilometres, while Kidepo in Karamoja is 1442 square kilometres wide. The Madhvani Group is the biggest concessionaire with a hotel in Queen Elizabeth National Park and two in Murchison Falls, among others. Despite having unique tourist attractions, Uganda's tourism sector remains the poorest in the East African region.


Nile Breweries puts Shs6bn into Barley
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 07:09 By The Independent Team

In a bid to reduce on its costs of production, Nile breweries has stepped up its campaign to use locally grown beer making products. The company which had all along been importing Barley grain from West Germany has embarked on having the Barley grown locally in areas of Kapchorwa, Bukwo, Kigezi, and Agoro hills in Kitgum district. The company has put aside up to Shs 6 billion for the purchase of the Barley in the second season of harvest that begins in Sept this year. This was announced by Nile Breweries Corporate Affairs Director Onapito Ekomoloit during the launch of the Breweries ten Sustainable Development priorities. The sustainable development priorities include discouraging irresponsible drinking, making more beer using less water, reducing energy and carbon footprint, working towards zero waste operations, promoting packaging re-use and recycling and encouraging enterprise development in its value chain. The company also plans to construct a US$4-6million affluent treatment plant. NBL was last financial year ranked the number one tax payer in the financial year ended June 2010 after paying up to Shs 100 billion in VAT and excise duty.
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u.g man, do you consider Uganda's comparatively large population as an asset or a liability? I can see a lot of movement out of the country when the full intergration of the EAC picks up speed.
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u.g man, do you consider Uganda's comparatively large population as an asset or a liability? I can see a lot of movement out of the country when the full intergration of the EAC picks up speed.
i really dont kow how to think about it the high population makes life difficult for the country. but trust me people wont shift out of the country in millions though a few will. ugandans have a strong sence of pride and love for uganda. it is working as an asset as people make thousands of new jobs in uganda .ut a liability because of its fast growth . this means kampala needs to build 1 million homes by 2015 so far they are keeping up with the rate but i is making the constrution industry work.
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Police need sh92b for 2011 polls
Wednesday, 11th August, 2010
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THE Uganda Police Force needs sh92.3b to effectively keep law and order during the 2011 general elections. However, the money was not provided for in the 2010/2011 national budget.

The deputy Inspector General of Police, Julius Odwee, yesterday told MPs that the money would be used to recruit 18,000 special Police constables and train them for two weeks, cater for allowances, transport, uniforms, feeding and to hire a helicopter.

Odwee, together with the internal affairs state minister, Kirunda Kivejinja, and permanent secretary Steven Kagoda, were appearing before the parliamentary committee on defence and internal affairs to defend the sh241.8b Police budget.

The budget has a shortfall of 137.7b, of which sh45.4b is on normal operations like wages, non-wages and capital development.

Odwee said they had made a sh201b election budget but it was revised to sh92.3b and the money had not yet been released.

“We appeal to you honourable MPs to ensure that the money is availed in the shortest time possible to ensure smooth and peaceful elections,” he said.

According to the police election budget, transport takes the highest share of sh30b, followed by feeding sh19m, and fuel at sh18m.

Kagoda said they were negotiating with the finance ministry to release the money as soon as parliament approves the budget.

Latiff Ssebaggala (DP) asked whether the army would not be deployed during the elections.

Odwee responded that even with all the targeted constables recruited, the Police cannot cover all election centres across the country, hence the need to involve other security agencies.

“We can effectively deploy our force for campaigns but not for general elections in all polling centres countrywide. We shall also deploy anti-riot Police in volatile areas.”

The MPs opposed the hiring of a helicopter.
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Tycoon destroys another city wetland
Wednesday, 11th August, 2010

Sources said a filling station is to be built on the Kansanga wetland that has been fenced off

By Gerald Tenywa

AFTER reclaiming a wetland at the gorge opposite Spear Motors in Nakawa Division, a city tycoon has turned his eyes to Kansanga, where he has fenced off another wetland.

“This is impunity because this developer is aware of the laws regarding wetlands,” said Paul Mafabi, the wetlands commissioner in the environment ministry.

“It is necessary for law enforcement agencies like the Police to restore order and protect the swamp from total destruction,” he said.

Sources said John Imaniraguha was planning to establish Fuelex outlets (filling stations) in the wetlands.

Mafabi noted that Imaniraguha appeared on the list of the 100 holders of titles in wetlands in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono, which were erroneously issued by Kampala City Council and Uganda Land Commission.

In an August 2 letter, Mafabi ordered Imaniraguha to stop destroying the wetland. He also sent copies of the letter to the Police seeking their intervention.

Yesterday, New Vision found workers paving way for filling of the swamp with murram. A source, who did not want to be named, said they were under orders to accomplish the reclaiming mission within a month.

The officer in charge of Kansanga Police Post said he had received Mafabi’s letter, but declined to protect the swamp. “This is not our work. I will not make any further comment because the matter is being handled by higher authorities. Contact Kabalagala Police Station for any further comments.”

On Tuesday, an inspection team from the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) was blocked from accessing the site by a private security firm.

This, according to George Lubega, who was heading the NEMA team, was reported to the Police at Kabalagala, but they declined to intervene.

The Kabalagala division Police commander, Bob Kagarura, said there was no directive sent to him to enforce the law.


Try trade financing
Wednesday, 11th August, 2010

By David Ssempijja
UGANDAN businessmen may find it easier financing their operations today than in the past, with banks introducing new loan products.

Trade finance, which uses the clients’ goods as collateral rather than fixed assets like land and buildings, is taking hold.

Joseph Magala, a dealer in second hand clothes in Kikubo lost a sh200m business deal in December 2007. He was one of the victims of Kenya’s post-election violence that paralysed cross-border trade in the region.

No sooner had the ship containing his consignment docked at Mombasa Port from Dubai, than the region’s transport system was rendered inactive.

Magala’s woes were precipitated by the fact that he was investing money borrowed from individual money lenders.

“I spent months out of business because I had sold out more of the stock I had in Kampala on credit. Business generally dwindled because of lack of stock and more of my customers could not pay promptly.

The loan interest was being calculated at 10% per week. By the time the consignment arrived after four months, I couldn’t afford paying taxes forcing me into signing an agreement with the money lender that he pays the taxes and owns the merchandise as well as the security,” he laments.

Trade financing experts say traders resort to money lenders because of the short time spent in loan processing. However, a bank offers more friendly repayment terms.

According to Christian Baine, the executive director of Coronet Group, a credit support and collateral management firm, trade hindrances were common in both local and international trade.

“Our banking industry is getting more aligned to the modern ways of financing trade. Current assets traded by the customers under collateral management arrangements are considered as the best alternative to fixed assets as security,” he said.

How it is done
The buyer (client) avails the bank with information regarding the profitability of the business in question, and the bank arranges to pay the supplier and secure the goods.

The goods are consigned in the name of the bank. The supplier will then ship the goods together with the necessary import documents to the order of the bank.

The bank will then entrust the handling and processing of the consignment and documentation with the collateral management company until they are secured in certified customs warehouses, as collateral security under warehouse receipt schemes.

Upon agreement, the bank may also cover other import costs like freight, marine risk, insurance and taxes.

Collateral managers are charged with providing the banks with all the necessary information about the market situation of the product dealt in as well as advising bankers about the storage risks, market, pricing, quality and others that may compromise the profitability of the deal.

Whenever the client completes a sale, the buyer will be required to deposit the funds onto a collection account with the bank.

On confirmation of receipt of the funds, the bank instructs the collateral managers to release an equivalent portion of goods to the client. This continues until the loan and interest are recovered. The balance or profit is credited onto the client’s account. The profits are shared between the client and bank.

“In some cases, when the loan is covered and the client still has more goods in the warehouse, the collateral manager is relieved of the management duties and the client can take charge,” says Baine.

Trade financing can also be used to structure businesses for SMEs operating locally.

“We envisage designing more desirable trade financing products for banks and equip them with the latest technical knowledge on how to avert risks,” he says

Baine, whose firm helps financial institutions in tailoring appropriate trade financing products for their SME clients, says institutions have various other convenient ways of facilitating trade, but there were gaps in information flow about the same.

“Bank systems of providing letters of credit are also serving as an ultimate remedy to the current trading challenges,” he adds.

A Letter of Credit is a binding document that a buyer can request from his bank. It gives the seller reassurance that he will receive the payment for the goods after presenting the necessary documents.

Where are the services offered?
Local banks that have adopted similar financing systems include Housing Finance, dfcu, Uganda Development Bank, Bank of Africa, Stanbic and Kenya Commercial Bank.

Whereas some other banks can finance the deal 100%, at UDB, a client is required to finance 30% of the deal.

“This type of financing comes with many economic advantages. That is why on a monthly basis we lend to at least five corporate clients dealing in local and international business,” said Stephen Opeitum, the bank’s operations director.

He said the client or the trade consultants must convince the bank that the business in question will be profitable. UDB also wants the client’s business audited accounts for three years.

“We only need to inform people about the changing trends in the finance industry so that they quickly derive benefits from the available flexible services,” he said.

Opeitum says this type of financing may at times slightly be constrained by price fluctuations, a challenge too small to overshadow its benefits in facilitating trade.

How does URA fit in the equation?
The Uganda Revenue Authority’s Richard Kamajugo says many have benefited from the current asset collateral system.

“Tax clearance was made easier with this system. Customers contact their banks to intervene by paying taxes on their behalf. For example, they can pay taxes for quarter of the whole consignmement and goods are partially released to the customers from the customs bonded warehouses.

After selling, he/she pays the bank, and secures more money until the whole consignment is fully cleared,” he said.
“However, most traders are ignorant of the existence of these services. But if well publicised, we shall cease to auction goods as a result of failure to clear taxes,” he added.

He was, however, dismayed that though the system was doing wonders for other traders, car importers, despite leading in tax defaulting, are not taken care of in this system because banks are still skeptical about them.

“We request banks to seek services of consultants about the possibility of tailoring flexible loan products that suit the dynamics of car dealing so that they also start being considered as collateral just as is the case in other goods,” said Kamajugo.

Central Bank’s appeal
Juma Walusimbi the Bank of Uganda was impressed the system was gaining ground in Uganda, a step towards boosting trade.

He advised banks to always ask the beneficiaries of such financial products to produce Credit Reference Bureau (CRB) cards in order to avoid risks associated with securing loans from different banks using the same securities.

A CRB card contains individual, institutional or company financial information across all banks in Uganda.
The cards are backed by high level technology with particulars about the borrowers’ debt profiles and repayment history, enabling lenders to make more informed lending decisions. It also allows inter- bank exchange of information in the process of accessing credit.

“For institutions like banks, each signatory must be availed with a CRB card which is produced to the bank to verify the credit worthiness of a given entity.

We encourage all companies and individuals to come to Bank of Uganda and we process these cards for them at no cost,” Walusimbi said in an interview.


EAC-Turkey free trade zone talks next month
Wednesday, 11th August, 2010
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TURKEY and the East African Community will start negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement and a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement next month, the East African Business Council has announced.

The announcement comes at a time when a team of leading businessmen and investors from Turkey are scheduled to visit East Africa between September 28 and 30, to explore investment opportunities at the EAC-Turkey Business Forum to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The business forum themed: “Connect to East Africa: the heart of business opportunities” targets to conclude 15 joint ventures between the Turkish delegations and EAC.

“It will encourage Turkish businessmen and investors to explore possibilities of investments in the EAC countries,” said Agatha Nderitu, the executive director of East African Business Council.

The forum, which will also run an international exhibition, is expected to attract 300 participants from EAC and Turkey drawn from specific sectors such as textiles and clothing, agro-processing, construction and real estate, infrastructure, mining and natural resources and tourism.

The Business Forum is organised by the East African Business Council together with the Turkish embassy in Tanzania.
Turkey lately established embassies in Dar es Salaam and Kampala, while the Turkish president, Abdullah Gul, visited Kenya and Tanzania in February 2009.

“All these developments reflect the momentum gained in the EAC-Turkish relations and that the Republic of Turkey supports the successful integration process of the EAC countries,” read a statement.


Masaka road works complete next year
Wednesday, 11th August, 2010

PROJECT DUE: Work on the Kampala-Masaka Road is on schedule, according to Dan Alinange, the roads agency spokesman. He added that construction would be completed in the middle of next year. Work on the road started in 2009


UNRA gets new contracts committee
Wednesday, 11th August, 2010
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By Ben Mugisha

THE Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) has got a new contracts committee. The committee, which starts work on Monday, is headed by Eng. Charles Naita. Enoch Kalema, Benjamin Olobo and William Tumwine are members. Tumwine will be the legal officer.

The former committee was disbanded by the chairman board of directors, who is also the secretary to the Treasury, Chris Kassami.

It was headed by UNRA’s administration boss, Patrick Muhumuza, Justine Ongom was the secretary and Marvin Baryaruha, the roads agency’s corporation secretary, was the legal adviser.

Others were Jerry Aguma and George Bwanga.

Dan Alinange, the roads authority spokesman, said the restructuring was meant to ensure efficiency and quick service delivery. He added that the former members had a lot of other responsibilities at the roads agency headquarters in Kampala.

“Muhumuza is very busy drawing up contracts and Baryaruha has a lot of work too as our corporation secretary.

Therefore, they could not get enough time for the committee, yet it needs someone on a fulltime basis because it handles a lot of work,” Alinange explained.

Although some quarters claimed the committee was incompetent, Alinange said since the committee is the busiest in the country, it needs members who are not committed anywhere else.



Vision share price up
Wednesday, 11th August, 2010
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WITH its freshly redesigned newspaer, the Vision Gruop opened the week at an 11-month high of sh785 share price on the bourse.

On Tuesday, it shot up to sh790, as Uganda’s largest media house enjoyed a period of increased liquidity.

“Demand on the counter from both retail and institutional players continued to outweigh supply,” read a market report from African Alliance, a brokerage firm.
New Vision turnover was 541,150, from 685 shares traded. Last Tuesday, New Vision did not trade.

Total turnover at the bourse also shot up slightly to sh63m on Tuesday, from last week’s sh62m as the market stayed steady.

The total number of shares traded, however, fell to 311,453 from 348,249.
The USE All Share Index shot to 1,074.30, from 1.041.39 on Tuesday, which, according to reports, is a year to-date high “spurred by appreciations on Uganda Clays and New Vision counters.”

Stanbic Bank, however, was the market leaders, with turnover rising to sh59.7m (or 95% of the market trade value), from sh54m a week earlier.

Stanbic shares traded also rose to 266,731 from 240,630.

There was a bid for 2.3 million Stanbic shares.

National Insurance Corporation (NIC) maintained the sh70 share price realizing sh2.7 million in turnover which was a decline from the sh4.8 million of the previous week.

NIC shares traded fell to 38,000 shares from 68,000 shares. There were outstanding bids for 2.4 million NIC shares.

Uganda Clays on Tuesday posted declined volumes of 6,037 from 38,064 and turnover of sh362, 220 from sh2.3 million of the previous week



Citadel signs deal
Wednesday, 11th August, 2010

Rift Valley Railways being flagged off in the first freight train in Kampala destined for the port of Mombasa

By David Mugabe
CITADEL Capital, a leading private equity firm in the Middle East and Africa, has signed a debt package of $2.6b to finance construction of a $3.7b second-stage oil refinery in the Greater Cairo Area.

The deal was signed with Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation. The news will be of particular interest to Uganda that is currently carrying out a feasibility study on the kind of oil refinery that should be built for the country’s budding oil industry.

Citadel recently acquired a 49% stake in Sheltam Railways Company, the largest single shareholder and lead investor in Rift Valley Railways of Kenya and Uganda.

Citadel’s interest in railway infrastructure is set to go a long way in relieving the East Africa region of its infrastructure challenges that has greatly hampered the region’s competitiveness.

When completed, the refinery will produce over 4 million tonnes of refined products per annum, including over 2.3 million tonnes of EURO V diesel, the cleanest fuel of its type in the world.

Marwan Elaraby, managing director Citadel Capital, said: “We are delighted to announce the debt package for what we believe stands as one of the largest project finance deals ever assembled in Africa.”

Institutions participating in the debt package include the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

News of the debt package came just weeks after the International Finance Corporation (IFC) announced it would invest equity of $100m in the project.

The project’s builders expect to complete construction and operational testing in the second half of 2014, in time for operations to begin in 2015.



Govt clears more districts for digital TV
Wednesday, 11th August, 2010
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By David Ssempijja
RESIDENTS of Masaka and Jinja are the next beneficiaries of the digital television transmission.

The National Broadcasting Council has granted a formal permission to Star TV, a new Chinese pay television service provider, to operate a digital terrestrial television in Jinja and Masaka,
Star’s expansion into the east and central regions means that the public will tap into opportunities of watching, not only international channels, but also local ones whose signals could not reach the areas.

“Our signal strength also adds a clear reception to the locally operated and subscribed TVs like Bukedde, UBC, WBS, Record and NBS,”said the company head of marketing, Kevin Chen.

Star hit Uganda airwaves in February this year, with signals initially covering Kampala and neighbouring areas of Entebbe, Wakiso, Mpigi and Mukono.
The customer base has reached 30,000 with an average of 200 subscribers buying monthly subscription scratch cards everyday.

The firm currently charges an initial access fee of sh120,000 and sh15,000 for monthly fee for subscribers limited to accessing only 30 channels and sh25,000 payable by those accessing a full package of 40 channels.

Kevin said the company has also introduced digital TV sets with inbuilt decoders, giving users a chance to subscribe to other pay television service providers like Dstv in addition to those offered by Star.

With 20 years’ experience and development, Star Group of Companies is now the most influential Digital TV operator in China, with more than seven million digital subscribers. Star has successfully operated in Rwanda and has begun its migration work in Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi.


Dutch experts to refurbish Lugogo
Wednesday, 11th August, 2010
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EXPERTS from Netherlands are expected in the country next week to start laying the floor for the sh1.6bn refurbished Lugogo Indoor stadium.

The renovation, funded by the MTN Foundation, is nearly complete.

Work on the facility would have been completed eight months ago but was delayed because of increase in cost of materials and security concerns.
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Great news. Im shocked its the first factory though. With chocolate, it makes sense that its processed in Western countries as it oftens melts in the tropics. This doenst appy to coffee so it should be produced in the growing nations.
There are places in the tropics that are cold.
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Govt pledges support to boost local brands
Thursday, 12th August, 2010

planning: Ministry of trade’s Peter Ngategize (right) discusses with other officials at the workshop

By David Ssempijja

THE Government will support local entrepreneurs develop strong brands, Gaggawala Wambuzi, the state minister for trade, has said.

This is a critical step as investors seek to tap into economic benefits that accrue from franchising. The move, Gaggawala said, would strengthen Uganda’s position in the East Africa common market.

“As we seek to popularise our products and services in the regional market, the Government must also put emphasis on helping local investors develop franchises,” he said.

This was in a speech read by the commissioner for internal trade, Raymond Agaba, at the opening of the second franchising awareness workshop at Hotel Triangle in Kampala.
It was organised by Abbedax, a trade systems development consultancy, the Vision Group and the finance ministry.

Franchising involves business systems where companies (franchisers) legally allow other investment establishments (franchisees) to use their brands within their marketing and operation strategies.
Franchisees must remit a percentage of their periodical profits to the franchiser.

The economic advantage to the franchisees is that they deal in products and services with already established popular brands which realises quicker returns on investments, they must however operate in a manner that does not compromise the integrity of the franchisers.

Gagawala said government would fund awareness campaigns about franchising such that Ugandan brands widen local presence and penetrate markets of other countries
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Uganda shines at China expo
Thursday, 12th August, 2010
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OVER one million people have so far visited the Ugandan stall at the ongoing World Expo in Shanghai, China to look at the world’s rare animal, the mountain gorilla.

“I cannot tell the number of people we have received since we started, but it is in millions. I am happy that our gorilla campaign is doing very well,” Ann Karungi, a Uganda Export Promotions Board official, told Ugandan journalists on a tour of China.

The young and the old, all queue in hundreds daily to take photographs with the imposing effigy of the mountain gorilla, one of the most sought out animal by tourists.

The World Expo, which started on May 1, 2010 is one of the biggest global events held every four years. It is aimed at promoting the exchange of ideas and development of the world economy, culture, science and technology as well as improving international relations.

About 200 nations and 57 international bodies are taking part in the expo expected to attract 70 million visitors.
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Govt pledges support to boost local brands
Thursday, 12th August, 2010

planning: Ministry of trade’s Peter Ngategize (right) discusses with other officials at the workshop

By David Ssempijja

THE Government will support local entrepreneurs develop strong brands, Gaggawala Wambuzi, the state minister for trade, has said.

This is a critical step as investors seek to tap into economic benefits that accrue from franchising. The move, Gaggawala said, would strengthen Uganda’s position in the East Africa common market.

“As we seek to popularise our products and services in the regional market, the Government must also put emphasis on helping local investors develop franchises,” he said.

This was in a speech read by the commissioner for internal trade, Raymond Agaba, at the opening of the second franchising awareness workshop at Hotel Triangle in Kampala.
It was organised by Abbedax, a trade systems development consultancy, the Vision Group and the finance ministry.

Franchising involves business systems where companies (franchisers) legally allow other investment establishments (franchisees) to use their brands within their marketing and operation strategies.
Franchisees must remit a percentage of their periodical profits to the franchiser.

The economic advantage to the franchisees is that they deal in products and services with already established popular brands which realises quicker returns on investments, they must however operate in a manner that does not compromise the integrity of the franchisers.

Gagawala said government would fund awareness campaigns about franchising such that Ugandan brands widen local presence and penetrate markets of other countries
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Uganda shines at China expo
Thursday, 12th August, 2010
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By Mary Karugaba
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OVER one million people have so far visited the Ugandan stall at the ongoing World Expo in Shanghai, China to look at the world’s rare animal, the mountain gorilla.

“I cannot tell the number of people we have received since we started, but it is in millions. I am happy that our gorilla campaign is doing very well,” Ann Karungi, a Uganda Export Promotions Board official, told Ugandan journalists on a tour of China.

The young and the old, all queue in hundreds daily to take photographs with the imposing effigy of the mountain gorilla, one of the most sought out animal by tourists.

The World Expo, which started on May 1, 2010 is one of the biggest global events held every four years. It is aimed at promoting the exchange of ideas and development of the world economy, culture, science and technology as well as improving international relations.

About 200 nations and 57 international bodies are taking part in the expo expected to attract 70 million visitors.
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i really dont kow how to think about it the high population makes life difficult for the country. but trust me people wont shift out of the country in millions though a few will. ugandans have a strong sence of pride and love for uganda. it is working as an asset as people make thousands of new jobs in uganda .ut a liability because of its fast growth . this means kampala needs to build 1 million homes by 2015 so far they are keeping up with the rate but i is making the constrution industry work.
Is the construction industry booming then and is it mainly local companies handling the contracts?

How about M7, is the population behind him?
I think you know that the Kongolese think of him. Either way, keep up the good work on representing Uganda.
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