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Government sells 250 acres of prison land at Shs1.2m
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LAND BONANZA: The Kirinya Prisons land that has gone to investors at Shs1.2 million. PHOTO BY PAULINE KAIRU

By Mercy Nalugo (email the author)

Posted Friday, October 15 2010 at 00:00
The government is once again in the spotlight over questionable sale of land in Jinja to private investors—at a laughable price. Parliament is investigating how 252 acres of Kirinya Government Prisons land on the shores of Lake Victoria was parcelled out to investors at Shs5,000 an acre reportedly on the President’s directives.

The entire piece fetched Shs1.2m. Brokers Daily Monitor spoke to yesterday said land in the area goes for Shs20m an acre on the open market.

Caveat call
Documents produced before the Public Accounts Committee indicate that the land was given to Lake Victoria Information Communication Technology and Bio-Tech (LAVIT)—a firm owned by Mr Richard Raja, a businessman and the Jinja East MP, Mr Igeme Nabeta.

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The investors are to establish a computer processing plant on the land. The committee chaired by Budadiri West MP Nandala Mafabi yesterday directed the accounting officer of Uganda Prisons, Mr Simon Kimono, to write to the Uganda Land Commission to slap a caveat on the Kirinya land.

“Is it right to give away 252 acres of land to an MP and you ask tax payers to pay for the relocation? This is unheard of. The government should have used the money to construct more schools and hospitals so that the poor can access them,” said Mr Mafabi.

A letter written in January 2008 by President Museveni—but only made public yesterday—directed then Internal Affairs Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to immediately transfer the land to LAVIT.

“Coordinate with the ministry of Finance to expedite the facilitation of relocation. The prisoners can be kept anywhere in Uganda. That Kirinya land is prime, near town, at the shores of Lake Victoria and next to the railway line,” reads the letter.

“It should therefore be used to create employment, generate export of services to increase our forex earnings and contribute directly or indirectly to the expansion of the tax base,” it adds.

President cited
The legislators, however, were skeptical that the President could approve a deal where public prime land is given away at peanuts.

“As a committee, we are saying no evicting prisoners in Kirinya. How can we give Nabeta free land and build a prison elsewhere using tax payers’ money just because his business partner is brown? We are putting a caveat and we don’t want any activity on the land until we are through with investigations,” Mr Mafabi ruled.

The legislators, however, heard their concerns could yield little since the investors already possess the land title.
The land according to the Auditor General’s report, was given away hurriedly without a formal business/land use plan to justify the prison’s relocation.

Mr Kimono told the MPs that the land transaction was done without his knowledge. MP Nabeta could not be reached as he is reportedly out of the country.

The government has previously come under criticism for dishing out public land to investors--some of whom have failed to develop the facilities.

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the lavit park in jinja
Located in Jinja (Eastern Uganda), the LAKE VICTORIA INFORMATION / COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND BIO-TECH (LAVIT) Park is envisioned to be the preferred and distinctive technology and innovation centre for Uganda and the East African region. The Park focuses on research and development, marketing, sales, services, and capacity building in information technology (IT), biotechnology and related knowledge-based industries. With encouragement and support from the government - LAVIT is poised to catalyse and accelerate the development of these new growth sectors.

LAVIT capitalizes on the opportunity of knowledge as a production resource and innovation as the cornerstone of strategy for many of its tenants. The institution of LAVIT is a knowledge entitiy that is powered by innovative capacity with strong reliance on ICT. It creates and maintains the knowledge infrastructure needed in rendering the human and physical resources effective - and enhance productivity in all sectors such as commerce, transportation, manufacturing and services - all leading towards poverty eradication


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Experts advise on new power sources

By Sheila Naturinda (email the author)

Posted Thursday, October 14 2010 at 00:00

Kampala

Energy experts have asked the government to quicken plans to generate power from Murchison Falls to curb power shortage.

While appearing before Parliament’s oversight committee of commissions and state authorities, Mr John Mugyenzi, Uganda Electricity Generation Company managing director, said if the government considered generating power from Murchison Falls, the country would rid itself of power shortages. They projected that the country would be able to generate 900mega watts at the falls.

Currently, all the proposed four power dam projects on the Nile River cannot generate enough power for the whole country.

In total; Karuma, Ayago, Isimba and Bujagali are expected to generate 1700 mega watts. “If they factor in the costs involved and know-how to mitigate what they have interfered with, then Uganda could get good amounts of power from Murchison Falls,” Mr Mugyenzi said
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all four dams planned to be completed by 2014.there all in jinja.


bujagali dam 250 mw



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njeru technical centre
Njeru centre to host age group camps
Wednesday, 30th June, 2010
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Harrison performs a ceremonial hand-over of the pitch to FUFA's Mulindwa

By Norman Katende
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FUFA will start holiday training camps for age group national teams in a bid to develop talent and form a base for the senior team, The Cranes.

The local soccer federation boss Lawrence Mulindwa said this at the commissioning of the new artificial turf pitch at the Njeru Technical Centre on Tuesday.

“This is a blessing to us. We will be holding holiday clinics for the age groups from here. We now have the facility which is ours and that is what we have been looking for. We can say the road of nurturing talent from a tender age to the senior national team starts now,” said an excited Mulindwa. The holiday camps will attract the U-13, U-15, U-17 and U-20 teams for both boys and girls.

FIFA specialist in artificial pitches Eric Harrison received the facility from the contractors Greenfield international. It was part of the Win in Africa for Africa FIFA project, aimed at building technical manpower. It cost about sh1.4bn.

“We expect this project to develop many talents to feed the national teams. If you want to maintain this field from 8-10 years, you must avoid uninvited people on the turf,” warned Harrison.

State sports minister Charles Bbakabulindi cautioned the federation against holding musical concerts on the pitch.


Ministry to build training centre
Tuesday, 28th September, 2010
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By Norman Katende

MINISTRY of education permanent secretary Xavier Francis Lubanga will set to head a team of 13 that will be in charge of constructing Uganda’s first fully furnished high altitude training centre in Kapchorwa.

It is expected to be used by athletics, rugby and football at first and will be funded by the Ugandan and German government together with the world soccer governing body FIFA and athletics body IAAF. It is expected to cost sh400m to construct.

Athletics, football and rugby association bosses Dominic Otuchet, Lawrence Mulindwa and William Blick are part of the committee, together with international sports expert Gunter Lange, who is the brainchild of the centre.

The centre set to be constructed at an altitude of 2555m will have a jogging and running track, a grass and artificial turf field, indoor gymnasium and indoor swimming pool, a strength room and physiotherapy room and a hotel.
 

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Fight for ownership of Asians' property rages on
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OLD BUT WANTED: Some of the departed Asians' property under construction in Jinja town.

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Posted Saturday, October 16 2010 at 00:00
A storm is brewing in Jinja as government agencies investigate incidences of a property scam in which a property agency as well as government officials are alleged to have pilfered up to 400 departed Asians’ properties, writes Saturday Monitor's Pauline Kairu.

A storm is brewing in Jinja as government agencies investigate incidences of a property scam in which a property agency as well as government officials are alleged to have pilfered up to 400 departed Asians’ properties.

The Departed Asians Properties Custodian Board (DAPCB), an agency charged with the responsibility to manage all assets left behind by the over 50,000 Asians who were forced out by the late dictator Idi Amin, is trying to unearth circumstances under which the contented properties are being controlled by some individuals formerly working with the former DAPCB.

DAPCB’s executive secretary, Bernard Tumwesigye confirmed to Saturday Monitor in a recent interview that his office in conjunction with those of the Inspector General of Government, RDC’s and local councils were involved in an investigation to try and recover the properties allegedly misappropriated over time with the connivance of some corrupt lands officers in Kampala.

The agency, since its re-installation about a year ago, has detected several cases involving fraudulent land transactions, forgery, altering documents and trespassing on the departed Asians’ properties.

Apparently, about 4,000 such properties are being audited countrywide in a suspected scheme in which they were illegally mortgaged, sold or encroached upon sometimes with the connivance of the very institutions and individuals responsible for safeguarding them.

Ownership disputes
In Jinja where the highest number of properties is reportedly mired in the decades-long pillaging, most of the affected properties are currently locked in ownership disputes.

“In Jinja most especially, the state of plunder is massive. S.N. Gandesha & Co. and both the District Land Board and the Jinja Municipal Councils have been either controlling or trying to sell land belonging to the custodian board,” Mr Tumwesigye said during the interview.

S.N Gandesha & Co, a property management firm, is being investigated for allegedly holding about 109 buildings in Jinja and several others in Kampala.

“Following the investigations, it is estimated that about Shs30 billion in properties belonging to the government are held by the unauthorised rent collectors in Jinja alone. This is money that should be going to the government but it is in people’s hands,” he said.

“We are scrutinising how this firm is coincidentally run by Grace Makisho, who was the Area Manager Eastern Region Custodian Board, before the board was rendered inactive,” he said.

“Also the relations between the property management firm and a law firm that Sanjay Patel used to work for bearing a suspiciously similar name before it was wound up.”

According to information from various investigating authorities, following the death of the original owner of the law chambers, Mr Suresh Gandesha in 2003, Mr Makisho and Patel allegedly undertook the running of the firm subsequently changing the name from the former, S.N. Gandesha & Company Advocates Legal Chambers to the current S.N Gandesha & Co.

Reason to believe
“We have reason to believe that these properties whose records disappeared from our offices at the time he (Mr Makisho) left the custodian board are the ones now under this agency’s management,” Mr Tumwesigye revealed.

“Makisho never even made a hand over report, we have looked everywhere but it is nowhere.”
Interestingly, since two months ago when he summoned the duo to substantiate their claim to the properties they have refused to oblige.

“I gave an opportunity for them to be heard, and I have asked Sanjay to come here and prove authenticity of all the documents claiming ownership of these properties, but for two months he has not responded,” he said.

“Further to our clarification meeting between myself and Mr Sanjay Patel, it was resolved that you shall produce the legal nexus between registered owners of those properties by 1972 and the current management,” the DAPCB February 12, 2010 statement said.

The letter also pointed out discrepancies like continued use of letters of disclaimers other than Certificates authorising repossession to effect transfers on certificates with Ministry of Lands directly yet the mandate to authorise transfers lies with the Minister of Finance.



Katakwi power Line Construction


President Yoweri Museveni has clarified that the loan that the government is to receive from the World Bank for the installation of electricity power line from Soroti to Wera has not materialized saying that government, on its part, has already started erecting electric poles from Wera to Katakwi using its national energy funds.

The President made the clarification yesterday while meeting leaders of Youth Pilot Projects in Teso Sub-Region at State Lodge Soroti. He said that the government could not wait for the World Bank’s funding to materialize for the electrification exercise to start from Soroti but had to use its energy funds to begin work on its portion from Wera to Katakwi.


"We have started building the electricity line from Wera to Katakwi not because we got a loan from World Bank. World Bank takes long. They haven't started; so from Wera to Katakwi it’s our own money we are using from the energy fund. You don't have to ask anybody", he explained.
The President was responding to the concern of the Katakwi district LC5 Chairman, Mr. Robert Erongot, who wondered how power could be tapped from Wera to Katakwi not from Soroti.


President Museveni called on leaders of the area to explain such issues to wanainchi, especially the youth. He further told the youth that in 1986, government was getting only Shs.5 billion in the whole country as revenue, but today Soroti district alone receives Shs.16 billion and the new district of Serere is to get Shs. 14 billion from the central government.


"We are now collecting Shs.5 thousand billion, which is a thousand times more than what we used to collect in 1986, and we are going to tarmac the road from Tirinyi - Pallisa to Kumi and other roads in the region", he informed the youth.


Commenting on their activities that include poultry, fruit growing and oxen projects, President Museveni advised them to consolidate those activities and later venture into planned farms like one acre of coffee, bananas, goats, piggery as well as grow crops that are vegetative and can be passed on to other youth in the area.
The President pledged to provide to every Sub-County a hatchery and each district a food mixer. He commended the ox-plough scheme but recommended heifers to be added for continuity purposes in order to ensure the sustainability of the oxen project.


On Arrow Boys’ Groups, President Museveni commended the youth in general for realizing that there was enormous wealth in the soil and thanked the Arrow Boys for joining youth groups. He pledged to have the Arrow Boys arranged in their specific groups for affirmative action.


President Musveni later met a group of over 150 FDC leaders from Kasilo Sub-County who crossed over to NRM. The group that comprised former FDC leaders in the Sub-County was accompanied by the NRM flag bearer of the area Mr. Fred Opolot who told the Chairperson of the Movement that members of the group and their followers had heard the NRM message and had now de-linked themselves from FDC. He added that the members are now engaged in de-mystifying lies spread by the opposition in the area.


The former FDC Chairperson in Kasilo Sub-County, Mr. Silver Erau, thanked President Museveni for showing them the light. He handed over a stick that he said he had been using to de-campaign NRM and President Museveni.

In their memorandum, the FDC converts said they chose to return to NRM as prodigal sons and daughters who were once lost but now found because of failed promises, bad leadership.
The NRM Vice Chairperson, Eastern Region who is also the flag bearer for Soroti Municipality, Captain Mike Mukula, noted that Teso Sub-Region is opening a new political page.
President Museveni thanked all those who crossed to the Movement for coming back and wondered why service delivery was poor yet the Central Government remits funds to all Sub-Counties throughout the country. He challenged them to ask Kasilo Sub-County LC3 Chairperson, to inform them how the money sent by the Central Government is spent.
"When you say you don't have resources, have you asked the LC3 Chairperson for those resources? Find out how much money is being received and how it is spent", he said. He further called on them to check on how NAADS funds are used since 6 families in each parish are supposed to benefit from the programme’s funds.
"That could mean that the money is not being sent or if it is sent, you are not informed about it. You can now see the importance of having good leaders", the President said.
On education, President Museveni told the Kasilo group that government had undertaken the responsibility of educating children free up to senior 4 adding that the onus was now on parents to provide their children with uniform, scholastic materials and lunch. He called on leaders to ensure that parents are not charged any extra fees by school authorities.
"The main idea of NRM was to give parents a total holiday of 13 years so that they save for the education of their children at higher institutions of learning. But even if your child does well and is among the 4,000 best performing students in the country, that child can get free education at public universities. Free vocational education is also available, and government will educate science students from areas that were then disturbed in Northern and Eastern Uganda for 3 to 4 years to enable their parents to pick up their economic and ability to earn money for the welfare of their families", he said.
 

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Mogas Uganda Limited – Completion of a New State of the Art Depot
Background



Established as a lubricating oil company in 1994, Mogas Uganda became an oil marketing company supplying engine oil lubricants among other services. Mogas Uganda has been serving the country’s fuel industry in two different aspects.

Over the years MOGAS has increased its market and product visibility in Uganda, in line with expanding MOGAS operations in the region. This strategic growth has included investing in core operating assets.

Value added products have been broadened to make MOGAS a strong integrated regional downstream oil marketing company with operations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo, UAE and Southern Sudan. Among other core operating assets MOGAS has recently added a modern inland depot, 4300m3 capacity, located in Banda, Kampala, Uganda.

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The provision of white products(petrol, diesel, and kerosene) and black products with high fuel oil for Industry use and then low fuel oil for motors and domestic use.

The refined oil is extracted from the crude oil through fractional distillation, then with additives, base oil and engine oil lubricants are acquired.

Recently, the company completed a multi million state of the art depot, in Banda, at the outskirts of Kampala City which not only being an impressive landmark, will ease their operations, profitability, brand equity as well as their market share in the Industry.

The depot awaits commissioning, and comes to solve some of the consistent challenges that the company has been facing, overtime. Previously, Mogas would bring products from Nakuru in Western Kenya; store them in different rented depots to be kept for distribution. The entire project is estimated to over US$1 billion.
Capacity

This facility boasts of 5 tanks, with each tank commanding a capacity of 865,000 litres. Two tanks contain petrol, that is premium motor spirit, two tanks for diesel, that is automotive gas oil, and one tank is for kerosene which is also known as bulk illuminative kerosene.

The lubricants come as packed products, from Tanzania, where the Mogas affiliate there is lube packaging plant. Mogas is also the sole distributor of Castrol Oil in Uganda.
Safety and Security

With the new tanks, a huge investment has been undertaken to ensure security and safety, for the facility, as well as the surrounding areas, and infrastructure. The petrol tank has a special provision to cater for the fact that fuel is highly flammable, volatile, and evaporates.

The company specifically invested in a blanket like cover which floats up and down to prevent the mixture of fuel and air, elements which are catalysts for fire. This highly technical investment also prevents the volumes of fuel which would have otherwise been lost through evaporation.

There are also foam pipes, which are designed for alternative purposes of safety. These pipes on top of the tanks, work automatically, with the fire alarm to spray foam on top of the fuel film, thus stopping the air and sealing the gap of air which would otherwise permit the fuel to combust. This technology is the first of its kind in East Africa.

The facility also boasts of a fire and explosion proof pump, which sprays foam and water automatically in case of a fire outbreak. In addition to all those safety measures taken, all the light fittings are flame proof, vacuum pleated and rubber lined, which ensures that they can withstand any freak accident caused by an accidental electric spark.
Solving Existing Challenges

This new facility however gives the advantage of efficient storage and effective stock control. The other advantage is that the company can now host other guest fuel companies-as their depot. Apparently, loading oil with others depots proved a logistical challenge as it even resulted into loosing potential sales in the process of loading and offloading.

The facility now provides another commercial purpose of selling fuel commercially as a whole seller unlike previously, when it was done through a retail network. Therefore, entry into this bigger market increases turnover, its market share in the fuel industry, since these dynamics depend largely on how many fuel barrels sold to determine an increase.
Project Location and Authorisation.

The location of the depot is ideal in a sense that Banda is an industrial area according to the Kampala City Council town planner. Contrary to the different reports that the facility has had to contend with over its construction, each and every aspect from environmental, to precautionary or otherwise, was carefully considered.

The company obtained authority from all the relevant government bodies like National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Kampala City Council (KCC), the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, and Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development. Officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral resources visited the site and gave additional regulations which are being followed.

In addition to that, the managing director highlighted the convenience of the depot’s location, “It is an appropriate location because of the Northern by-pass where fuel tankers and road trucks pass, to save time and for convenience.
Challenges

Despite the fact, that the plot belongs to MOGAS, squatters in and around the area, claimed money and had other unrealistic demands for compensation, after construction. Ideally, they would have to move away, and for the particular challenge, a lot of negotiations, had to be made for compensation.
Quality Controll

Quality control within this plant has been achieved, because tests and certification have to be approved before the fuel is stored.

With the new facility and resources, recycling of products is more effective because the trucks can fuel, store, then go back to collect more.

This benefits the clients who are assured of good supply and more quality fuel products. Having large capacity tanks also ensures availability of fuel in times of scarcity, because the strategic reserve stock guarantees at least 15 days stock, when there is a fuel crisis.
Role of Project Team

The successful completion of this facility is attributed to the team of a knowledgeable, highly qualified, experienced and hardworking team who not only undertook the project with a cost effective strategy but with all the important aspects of such a sensitive project revisited.

It was completed on time, without losses or the challenges of over designing with consultants were avoided.

The project employed supervisory staff from their Tanzania affiliates who know the system, its flow of Information in the entire operation, its dependency level, and the entire group structure with a well utilised in-house expertise.
Future Plans.

Mogas U Ltd is looking at expansion by increasing more fuel stations in the country and more widely investing in a gas bottling plant. There are also plans to increase their market share in the region and to the South African Market like Malawi and Zambia, while working with their affiliates to provide the best services to their clients.
 

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construction in jinja

a building u/c(left) and a new office(right)


the new samsung office (left)


mabirate house u/c the (blue,orange and white building)



another new office(the white building)



construction in gulu


new office



new offices u/c




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the lavit park in jinja

Government sells 250 acres of prison land at Shs1.2m
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LAND BONANZA: The Kirinya Prisons land that has gone to investors at Shs1.2 million. PHOTO BY PAULINE KAIRU

By Mercy Nalugo (email the author)

Posted Friday, October 15 2010 at 00:00
The government is once again in the spotlight over questionable sale of land in Jinja to private investors—at a laughable price. Parliament is investigating how 252 acres of Kirinya Government Prisons land on the shores of Lake Victoria was parcelled out to investors at Shs5,000 an acre reportedly on the President’s directives.

The entire piece fetched Shs1.2m. Brokers Daily Monitor spoke to yesterday said land in the area goes for Shs20m an acre on the open market.

Caveat call
Documents produced before the Public Accounts Committee indicate that the land was given to Lake Victoria Information Communication Technology and Bio-Tech (LAVIT)—a firm owned by Mr Richard Raja, a businessman and the Jinja East MP, Mr Igeme Nabeta.

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The investors are to establish a computer processing plant on the land. The committee chaired by Budadiri West MP Nandala Mafabi yesterday directed the accounting officer of Uganda Prisons, Mr Simon Kimono, to write to the Uganda Land Commission to slap a caveat on the Kirinya land.

“Is it right to give away 252 acres of land to an MP and you ask tax payers to pay for the relocation? This is unheard of. The government should have used the money to construct more schools and hospitals so that the poor can access them,” said Mr Mafabi.

A letter written in January 2008 by President Museveni—but only made public yesterday—directed then Internal Affairs Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to immediately transfer the land to LAVIT.

“Coordinate with the ministry of Finance to expedite the facilitation of relocation. The prisoners can be kept anywhere in Uganda. That Kirinya land is prime, near town, at the shores of Lake Victoria and next to the railway line,” reads the letter.

“It should therefore be used to create employment, generate export of services to increase our forex earnings and contribute directly or indirectly to the expansion of the tax base,” it adds.

President cited
The legislators, however, were skeptical that the President could approve a deal where public prime land is given away at peanuts.

“As a committee, we are saying no evicting prisoners in Kirinya. How can we give Nabeta free land and build a prison elsewhere using tax payers’ money just because his business partner is brown? We are putting a caveat and we don’t want any activity on the land until we are through with investigations,” Mr Mafabi ruled.

The legislators, however, heard their concerns could yield little since the investors already possess the land title.
The land according to the Auditor General’s report, was given away hurriedly without a formal business/land use plan to justify the prison’s relocation.

Mr Kimono told the MPs that the land transaction was done without his knowledge. MP Nabeta could not be reached as he is reportedly out of the country.

The government has previously come under criticism for dishing out public land to investors--some of whom have failed to develop the facilities.

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the lavit park in jinja
Located in Jinja (Eastern Uganda), the LAKE VICTORIA INFORMATION / COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND BIO-TECH (LAVIT) Park is envisioned to be the preferred and distinctive technology and innovation centre for Uganda and the East African region. The Park focuses on research and development, marketing, sales, services, and capacity building in information technology (IT), biotechnology and related knowledge-based industries. With encouragement and support from the government - LAVIT is poised to catalyse and accelerate the development of these new growth sectors.

LAVIT capitalizes on the opportunity of knowledge as a production resource and innovation as the cornerstone of strategy for many of its tenants. The institution of LAVIT is a knowledge entitiy that is powered by innovative capacity with strong reliance on ICT. It creates and maintains the knowledge infrastructure needed in rendering the human and physical resources effective - and enhance productivity in all sectors such as commerce, transportation, manufacturing and services - all leading towards poverty eradication


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he gatway entrance

LAVIT's gateway entrance represents the whole development of the park. Its elements of glass and steel, combined with local natural slate and stone, represent the growth of modern technology advancements within the local context. Elements of solar panels and windmills do not only represent an environmentally-sustainable design, but also serves the practical purpose of generating sufficient power to illuminate the gateway come nightfall. The gateway also incorporates a large LED screen to display relevant information to visitors.

LAVIT Lodge


Jinja University & Makerere Business School


Governments Worldwide are increasingly recognizing the need to facilitate access to public services to citizens, businesses and industries through the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Like many countries that have ventured into ICT and BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) initiatives, we believe that providing quality education - in the right environment - will be a catalyst towards taking confident strides into the IT economy.

We dream of a modern and state-of-the-art centre of higher education and learning that is equipped with facilities of the highest quality and standards, developed around a well-formulated and open curriculum - and is backed by the best faculty members of staff possible. Its graduates are adequately equipped for the job market and its various challenges that lie ahead. With this dream, LAVIT has envisioned and is in the process of materilising the Jinja University ("JUST") and Makerere Business School - as key components of LAVIT's environment. JUST is LAVIT's centre of excellence for higher education and learning, which will complement the Park's other acitivites and facilities which are built around research and development and ICT and Biotechnology operations.

JUST, being part of a new and fresh environment - is a welcomed getaway from the concentration of ICT training institutions which are currently centred within the capital city of Kampala.


map of the lavit park



IT PARK

The Information Technology Park is the portion of the Special Economic Zone gazetted for Information Technology projects. To facilitate this, the Park will be connected to two high speed fibre links (up to 1.2 TB/s ) to the outside world as well as to redundant power lines to ensure business continuity which is much needed in today's competitive world.


LAVIT has chosen four key projects to kick start the development at the Park that will provide cutting edge services to both local and international clientele as well as to stimulate growth for subsequent projects.


These projects represent some of the most urgent services whose demand is already existent in the region at the moment and we are sure there couldn't be a better time to invest in them than now.


These projects include :-

- Data Centre

- Fibre MAN

- Jinja University Of Science and Technology

- Internet Exchange Point


These are covered in detail below.



Data Centre

With the world moving into the information age, fast access to information is inevitable for proper business growth. Also with the Internet shifting to the localization phase where local content is emphasized and the landing of two fibre cables LAVIT firmly believes that investment in a High Tech Data Centre is a very attractive venture.


Currently we have a lot of content providers like newspapers who host their websites overseas because of the cost and reliability of local hosting. We believe with an ultra modern Data Centre we shall see a paradigm shift from Overseas hosted services to harnessing the power of Data Centres like ours to deliver timely information to the public without worries of latency.


International Content providers like Google are also moving to provide content to local communities by establishing cache's near their target market; currently there are only two such cache's in Africa and we are optimistic that the arrival of Fibre cable into East Africa also helps make Uganda a preferred hosting destination for both locals and multinationals.


Fibre - Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)

Uganda, like many developing countries is still grappling with issues of Last Mile connectivity; currently Wimax is widely deployed although the obvious problems like the fact that it's still being developed which comes with a lot of incompatibility issues as well as the high Total Cost of ownership (TCO) which stems from operational and maintenance costs as well as upgrade every couple of years makes it a moot choice of technology.


LAVIT firmly believes that a Metro Fibre backbone in the town of Jinja will be a very worth investment considering that currently every Telecom company has to dig up their own fibre which mean transferring the cost to the final consumers let alone the half hazard manner of cable laying which results into intermittent connections because of road construction among other things.


Considering The Geneva 2006 (GE06) Agreement (Digital Broadcasting Migration), and the reasons above, we believe investing in a Fibre backbone will be a model design that the government can replicate in other districts of Uganda notwithstanding the monetary value that it will bring when the migration and introduction of services like IPTV start being enforced by the Communications Commission. The self healing nature of the rings planned will make our MAN infrastructure preferable to even the existing Telecom companies.



Internet Exchange Point (IXP)

An Internet Exchange point is a place where Internet service providers (ISP's) meet to exchange traffic. Uganda already has a 12 peer Internet Exchange Point that is running in Kampala on a free-to-peer model. This model has been criticized by many who are interested in using the Exchange Point for their business needs and has left them frustrated as they are unable to find a facility that can provide the network, power redundancy and fast access to services that meets their clients need.


Also the IXP has been considering the possibility of a Disaster Recovery site for the current exchange point and also having an alternative peering point. We believe that the Data Centre and the Metro fibre provide just what we need to setup a commercially competitive exchange point.


Because Jinja is strategically located near where the Tanzanian and Kenyan Fibre loops terminate into Uganda, we see this Exchange point poised to be the regional Exchange point where content providers like the newspapers and Google would definitely want to be close to – The multi functional role of this exchange point makes it just what the rest of the East African region is looking for to share traffic at regional level, making this investment very timely.



Jinja University Of Science and Technology (JUST)

Governments Worldwide are increasingly recognizing the need to facilitate access to public services to citizens, businesses and industry through the use of Information and communications technology (ICT). Like many of these countries that have ventured into IT and BPO's we believe providing appropriate education will be a stepping stone into the IT economy.


We dream of a modern Institute of Technology that through the quality of facilities, well formulated and open curriculum development will compete with the other Training Institutions in the country. we hope to achieve this by availing state-of-the-art training facilities and an open curriculum development model that turns out graduates that are adequately equipped for the job market and bring the kind of credibility that the institution needs.


Currently most of the ICT Training Institutions are located in Kampala (the Capital) which is now being strained in many ways that the quality of education administered is dissipating. We anticipate that state-of-the-art facilities and administration of proper training will make the JUST a competitive Training ground outside the already congested capital
 

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Jinja Recreation Park

As part of Tirupati's social obligation in Uganda, Tirupati Development (U) Ltd has purchased 15 acres of prime developable land situated in Jinja town and is interested in developing it into a recreational Park. Jinja town is 80Km from Kampala and is a popular tourist destination that attracts both locals and tourists.

The proposed development consists of recreational facilities such as children’s rides, family fun activities, man-made lakes with boat rides, restaurants and accommodation designed round a conducive and relaxing environment constructing an assortment of recreational activities, restaurants, shopping facilities, entertainment facilities and a hotel.

Project cost of this development has been estimated at US$6,000,000.

Tirupati’s experience in this area stems from the two natural parks that our mother company, Tirupati Sarjan India, has developed.


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Uganda to build first cable-stayed bridge in EA
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By Pauline Kairu (email the author)

Posted Friday, October 29 2010 at 08:33
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A monumental cable-stayed bridge with a length of 525 metres will replace the 56-year-old one at the Owen Falls Dam over the River Nile in Jinja, officials have said. It will be the first cable-stayed traffic bridge constructed in the region.

A cable-stayed bridge consists of one or more columns, normally referred to as pylons, with cables supporting the bridge deck. The Bridges Engineer at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Mr Jonathan Tugume, on Tuesday said the planned bridge will cost $125 million. The old one that sits atop the Owen Falls Dam-completed in 1954, is said to have exceeded its designed lifespan and is set to collapse if not relieved in time.

Despite numerous emergency repairs, it is still said to be in suspect structural condition.
Furthermore, its interconnectivity with the dam has been identified to be increasing its risk exposure.
The bridge is a major link between the Northern Corridor Route and Uganda’s landlocked East African neighbours like Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The project will be funded using a $100 million loan from the Japanese government at an interest of 0.01 per cent while the government of Uganda will fund the remaining $25 million,” Mr Tugume said.
“The construction works have been appraised for financing by the Japan Government Development Loan and construction is expected to commence in mid-2012 and will be completed in 2016,” he said.

Mr Tugume was on Tuesday taking the 6th joint transport sector review team through the progress status of the second Nile Bridge project at the site in Jinja. The decision on this type of bridge was reached following studies on the geological features of the different proposed sites of the project, the engineer said.

The bridge
He said taking into consideration the width of the river (300 metres), the geological conditions of the area and the implications of building in the river’s waters, this type of bridge is the most technically feasible option.

The bridge to be located to the south of the old bridge will have two major pylons and a dual (2-lane) carriageway bridge deck (road surface) projected to serve for 120 years. The bridge will be constructed using concrete, and coated with an asphalt layer.

In appearance it will seem to be hanging in the air, supported by two 70 metre high pylons connected to the deck by heavy-duty steel cable stays. One pylon will be set on a small island in the river
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Government waives taxes on Proline land
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By Andrew Mwanguhya (email the author)

Posted Saturday, October 30 2010 at 00:00
Construction on the proposed modern academy on the 30-acre land in Entebbe should start early next year after President Museveni ordered a waiver of taxes on all sports related imports for Proline Soccer Academy.

In the President’s letter to the Lands and Finance Ministries this week, also copied the Prime Minister, Ministry of Education, that of Presidency and Proline Academy managing director, Museveni also orders the waiver of Shs330m in premium the school were supposed to pay to acquire the land title.

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. Ferdinand senior is the academy patron.

“I am, therefore, directing that all these payments are immediately waived so that construction on this land can begin as soon as possible,” reads the President’s letter. Museveni’s gesture is likely to spark other academies into demanding similar treatment.

“It’s also important to note that Proline will import construction materials and other sports equipment during the construction. I request you to waive off the taxes on the materials and sports equipment that will be brought in by Proline for this cause.”

49-year lease
The Land Board approved a 49-year land lease to the school in April and the academy wrote to the President in May requesting the waiver of the premium and taxes since he had given them the land freely.

“With the title now secured, development on the 30-acre land (equivalent of 30 soccer fields) situated on plot M 135, Entebbe municipality, should start early next year,” says academy director Mujib Kasule.


He adds that a 10,000-seater stadium complete with underground sprinklers, three training grounds (one with an artificial turf) and a hostel, all facilitated by Rio, will be developed.

The academy that will also serve as a normal school for non-footballers will include an indoor soccer pitch, swimming pool, gym and an administrative block.
England’s Man United and West Ham are heavily involved with the academy launched in September 2006.


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rio ferdinand is building a football acadamy in entebbe and a 10,000 seater stadium . construction starts next year.
 

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Uganda to build first cable-stayed bridge in EA

An artistic impression of the proposed bridge on River Nile in Jinja

Posted Friday, October 29 2010 at 08:33
Jinja

A monumental cable-stayed bridge with a length of 525 metres will replace the 56-year-old one at the Owen Falls Dam over the River Nile in Jinja, officials have said. It will be the first cable-stayed traffic bridge constructed in the region.

A cable-stayed bridge consists of one or more columns, normally referred to as pylons, with cables supporting the bridge deck. The Bridges Engineer at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Mr Jonathan Tugume, on Tuesday said the planned bridge will cost $125 million. The old one that sits atop the Owen Falls Dam-completed in 1954, is said to have exceeded its designed lifespan and is set to collapse if not relieved in time.

Despite numerous emergency repairs, it is still said to be in suspect structural condition.
Furthermore, its interconnectivity with the dam has been identified to be increasing its risk exposure.
The bridge is a major link between the Northern Corridor Route and Uganda’s landlocked East African neighbours like Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The project will be funded using a $100 million loan from the Japanese government at an interest of 0.01 per cent while the government of Uganda will fund the remaining $25 million,” Mr Tugume said.
“The construction works have been appraised for financing by the Japan Government Development Loan and construction is expected to commence in mid-2012 and will be completed in 2016,” he said.

Mr Tugume was on Tuesday taking the 6th joint transport sector review team through the progress status of the second Nile Bridge project at the site in Jinja. The decision on this type of bridge was reached following studies on the geological features of the different proposed sites of the project, the engineer said.

The bridge
He said taking into consideration the width of the river (300 metres), the geological conditions of the area and the implications of building in the river’s waters, this type of bridge is the most technically feasible option.

The bridge to be located to the south of the old bridge will have two major pylons and a dual (2-lane) carriageway bridge deck (road surface) projected to serve for 120 years. The bridge will be constructed using concrete, and coated with an asphalt layer.

In appearance it will seem to be hanging in the air, supported by two 70 metre high pylons connected to the deck by heavy-duty steel cable stays. One pylon will be set on a small island in the river.
 

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Additional housing units coming to Mbarara

By Mugisa Isaac Mathias

The National Housing and Construction Company are planning to construct over 8000 housing units across the country in the next four years.

The acting chief executive Muhammad Benuruma says there is need for real estate companies to invest more in the construction of houses to address the increasing demand.

Currently Uganda is facing a deficit of 100,000 units to accommodate the demand of ever increasing population which is growing at the rate of 3.2 percent annually.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, over 30000 housing units are needed to be constructed each year in ordered to meet the demand.

Benuruma says they will construct over 100 housing units in Mbarara under the first phase of this project.

The Company is a government owned entity mandated to increase the housing facilities to all Ugandan across the country, rehabilitate the housing industry and encourage Ugandans to own homes in a well planned environment.
 

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Japan gives Sh230b for new Jinja bridge
Monday, 1st November, 2010
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By Tadeo Bwambale

JAPAN has granted Uganda sh230b to build a new bridge on River Nile in Jinja. It is expected to serve as a major trade route connecting Uganda to the Kenyan port of Mombasa, Rwanda, Burundi, the DR Congo as well as Central Africa.

It will replace the bridge at the Nalubaale Dam, formerly known as the Owen Falls Dam, which is in danger of collapsing.

The old bridge, which was commissioned in 1954, houses Uganda’s main source of hydro-electricity.

Construction work on the new bridge is expected to start in March 2012 and will take four years, according to works minister Eng. John Nasasira.


Nasasira said the bridge would also serve as a tourist attraction.

According to the project design, the new bridge will be 525 metres long, with a dual lane and three span cables, making it the largest in the country. The project is jointly funded by the Ugandan government and Japan.

Speaking at the signing of a loan financing agreement at the finance ministry in Kampala yesterday, Japanese ambassador Keiichi Kato said the project was a sign of an enduring partnership between Japan and Uganda.

He said the bridge would strengthen Uganda’s relationship with its neighbours, as well as improve trade in the East Africa.

Finance minister Syda Bumba said the project was a government initiative to address infrastructure deficiency in the country.

Repayment of the loan will take up to 10 years, with a possible extension of 40 years, Bumba said.


Karimojong resettle around dam
Monday, 1st November, 2010
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Kobebe dam under construction in Moroto district
By Olandason Wanyama

MOROTO district leaders have embarked on a mobilisation drive to resettle Karimojong families around Kobebe dam ahead of its completion in January next year.

The resident district commissioner, Nahaman Ojwe, told the herdsmen on Friday that the area had agricultural potential.

“The area around Kobebe dam has a lot of wealth promises,” he said.

Kobebe, a multi-purpose dam being constructed by a Chinese company, will have a total storage capacity of 2.3 billion litres of water.

The Government said the water will be used for small scale industries and irrigation, since lack of water has been the biggest problem that has hampered development in Karamoja.

Ojwe said the area was good for grazing and growing crops.

He said the army had been deployed to protect residents from warriors.

“We can also reverse the trend of dryness in our region by preserving the environment,” he pointed out.

Ojwe cautioned the Karimojong against cutting down trees, saying it was the cause of persistent drought in the region.

Fort Portal rebuilds Mpanga market
Monday, 1st November, 2010
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By Hope Mafaranga

VENDORS in Mpanga market in Fort Portal town, Kabarole district are to vacate the premises to pave way for the reconstruction and beautification of the market.

The Fort Portal town clerk, Jimmy Ambrose Atwoko, said the reconstruction exercise is expected to be completed in 18 months.

Atwoko said the new market will have storied buildings and a bank to serve the vendors.

He said the bank will enable the vendors save and borrow money at low interest rates.

The new market will also have health facilities, a shopping mall and a day-care centre for the vendors’ children.

The vendors, according to Atwoko, will relocate along the Fort Portal-Kampala road, about a kilometre away from the old market.

He disclosed that this financial year, over sh60m had been set aside for infrastructural development and planting trees around the market.

Atwoko said in the recent council meeting, it was resolved that people who are caught littering the town be charged sh100,000.

“Fort Portal has been one of the cleanest towns in the country, we shall not tolerate indisciplined people who make our town dirty. The sh100,000 fine to those caught littering the town will serve as a lesson to others,” he added.

He urged residents to take garbage to designated locations so that it can be taken to the garbage recycling plant at Kitere in the western division. The garbage is used to make manure.

Masindi town road works start
Monday, 1st November, 2010
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A worker grading Karugaba road in Masindi town last month. Over sh346m has been committed to road rehabilitation by Masindi Municipality.

The money will be used to grade and tarmac roads on the municipality’s main streets

Masaka gets sh2b for modern market
Monday, 1st November, 2010
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By Dismus Buregyeya

NYENDO-Ssenyange division in Masaka municipality has received sh2b from the central government to construct a modern market.

Construction of the storied market will begin in January, according to Gonzanga Kisirinya, the division LC3 chairperson.

Addressing residents of Nyendo during the swearing in ceremony of the market leaders on Wednesday, Kisirinya said the old stalls will be relocated before December.

“All those who have stalls should register because they will be given priority after completion of the modern market,” he said.

The new market will have a micro-finance project, children recreation centre, hotels, vehicle loading and off-loading provisions, including a health dispensary, according to the division town clerk, Mary Achaa.

Masaka municipal council recently received sh3b for the construction of a modern market to replace the dilapidated central market.

The Government accessed the funds from the African Development Bank.

Masaka mayor Charles Kasibante warned all stakeholders to keep politics out of the management of the facility.

“We are facing some difficulties in establishing a leadership for the market and that is why construction work for the municipal market, which was scheduled to take off by September, was pushed to next year. Let’s keep political interests out of the market project,” he said.

The market vendors were advised to prepare to be relocated near the Masaka taxi park until the new market construction is completed.

But the market’s vendors have opposed the instructions, saying they prefer to operate in the children’s park, which is in the centre of the town.
 

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Karimojong resettle around dam
Monday, 1st November, 2010
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Kobebe dam under construction in Moroto district
By Olandason Wanyama

MOROTO district leaders have embarked on a mobilisation drive to resettle Karimojong families around Kobebe dam ahead of its completion in January next year.

The resident district commissioner, Nahaman Ojwe, told the herdsmen on Friday that the area had agricultural potential.

“The area around Kobebe dam has a lot of wealth promises,” he said.

Kobebe, a multi-purpose dam being constructed by a Chinese company, will have a total storage capacity of 2.3 billion litres of water.

The Government said the water will be used for small scale industries and irrigation, since lack of water has been the biggest problem that has hampered development in Karamoja.

Ojwe said the area was good for grazing and growing crops.

He said the army had been deployed to protect residents from warriors.

“We can also reverse the trend of dryness in our region by preserving the environment,” he pointed out.

Ojwe cautioned the Karimojong against cutting down trees, saying it was the cause of persistent drought in the region.

Fort Portal rebuilds Mpanga market
Monday, 1st November, 2010
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By Hope Mafaranga

VENDORS in Mpanga market in Fort Portal town, Kabarole district are to vacate the premises to pave way for the reconstruction and beautification of the market.

The Fort Portal town clerk, Jimmy Ambrose Atwoko, said the reconstruction exercise is expected to be completed in 18 months.

Atwoko said the new market will have storied buildings and a bank to serve the vendors.

He said the bank will enable the vendors save and borrow money at low interest rates.

The new market will also have health facilities, a shopping mall and a day-care centre for the vendors’ children.

The vendors, according to Atwoko, will relocate along the Fort Portal-Kampala road, about a kilometre away from the old market.

He disclosed that this financial year, over sh60m had been set aside for infrastructural development and planting trees around the market.

Atwoko said in the recent council meeting, it was resolved that people who are caught littering the town be charged sh100,000.

“Fort Portal has been one of the cleanest towns in the country, we shall not tolerate indisciplined people who make our town dirty. The sh100,000 fine to those caught littering the town will serve as a lesson to others,” he added.

He urged residents to take garbage to designated locations so that it can be taken to the garbage recycling plant at Kitere in the western division. The garbage is used to make manure.

Masindi town road works start
Monday, 1st November, 2010
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A worker grading Karugaba road in Masindi town last month. Over sh346m has been committed to road rehabilitation by Masindi Municipality.

The money will be used to grade and tarmac roads on the municipality’s main streets

Masaka gets sh2b for modern market
Monday, 1st November, 2010
E-mail article Print article
By Dismus Buregyeya

NYENDO-Ssenyange division in Masaka municipality has received sh2b from the central government to construct a modern market.

Construction of the storied market will begin in January, according to Gonzanga Kisirinya, the division LC3 chairperson.

Addressing residents of Nyendo during the swearing in ceremony of the market leaders on Wednesday, Kisirinya said the old stalls will be relocated before December.

“All those who have stalls should register because they will be given priority after completion of the modern market,” he said.

The new market will have a micro-finance project, children recreation centre, hotels, vehicle loading and off-loading provisions, including a health dispensary, according to the division town clerk, Mary Achaa.

Masaka municipal council recently received sh3b for the construction of a modern market to replace the dilapidated central market.

The Government accessed the funds from the African Development Bank.

Masaka mayor Charles Kasibante warned all stakeholders to keep politics out of the management of the facility.

“We are facing some difficulties in establishing a leadership for the market and that is why construction work for the municipal market, which was scheduled to take off by September, was pushed to next year. Let’s keep political interests out of the market project,” he said.

The market vendors were advised to prepare to be relocated near the Masaka taxi park until the new market construction is completed.

But the market’s vendors have opposed the instructions, saying they prefer to operate in the children’s park, which is in the centre of the town.
 

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Museveni defies MPs on Kirinya Prison give-away

By Yasiin Mugerwa (email the author)

Posted Wednesday, November 3 2010 at 00:00

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Even after Parliament halted the planned give-away of Kirinya Prison, an investor has invited President Museveni to grace the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a computer processing firm on the land.

In a letter to MPs, the chief executive of the firm, Mr Mathias Nyombi, yesterday confirmed that the President will preside over the occasion.
According to Mr Nyombi, the ground-breaking ceremony for the Lake Victoria Information/ Communication Technology and Bio-Tech, was postponed from November 1, on the request of the President to allow the event fit into his schedule.

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee chairman, Mr Nandala Mafabi, whose committee on October 14 blocked the planned relocation of Kirinya Prison, accused the President of impunity and asked him to reconsider his stand on giving away the land. “It’s a clear indication that the President is not committed to fighting corruption,” he said.

Kirinya Prison is the second largest detention centre in the country, located in Jinja. The facility houses over 1,000 inmates. The 230 acres of land also has a remand facility and a primary school. “The President should tell us his interest in this matter. This is public land and not his land. The good thing we are in campaigns and this matter is going to be an election issue.”

In July this year, Daily Monitor reported that President Museveni had ordered the prison land be given to a Malaysian investor to create jobs.
In a January 10 letter to PAC through Uganda Prisons authorities, President Museveni said: “Prisoners can be kept anywhere in Uganda.”

In the same letter, the President directed the Internal Affairs and Finance ministries to transfer ownership of the land to the investor. “I am writing to direct you, that the land on which Kirinya Prison is housed be transferred to Lake Victoria Information Communication Technology and Bio-tech, immediately.” However, Mr Simon Kimono, the prisons’ accounting officer, denied knowledge of the letter.

The Auditor General, Mr John Muwanga, in a report asked PAC, to investigate officials at Uganda Prisons to explain the circumstances under which they entered into the deal without any business plan from the company on relocation of the prison.


River Nile bridge to be built in 2014

By Martin Luther Oketch (email the author)

Posted Wednesday, November 3 2010 at 00:00

Kampala

The construction of the second bridge on River Nile in Jinja will commence in 2014, the government has announced.

The bridge, which will be larger than the one built in the 1950s, will be constructed using a loan of Shs229 billion donated by the Japanese government.

Speaking after the signing of the loan agreement between the government and Japan on Monday, the Minister of Works, Mr John Nasasira, said the completion of the construction will be in 2016. “Commissioning of it for public use is going to take place early in May or August 2016,” he said.


The River Nile is part of the northern corridor express route way to the DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi and other Central Africa states. Mr Nasasira said that 95 per cent of the goods that come into Uganda and transported to neighbouring countries pass through the Nile Bridge.

High freight cost
A key challenge currently facing importers and exporters in Uganda and other East African states is the high cost of freight. Railway transport, which should have reduced transport costs in Uganda, is only 26 per cent operational. This has impeded the country’s competitiveness in the East African and world markets.

The Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, Mr Keiichi Kato, said the new bridge will offer new and vast trade opportunities to the East African Community.
“I am confident that the Nile bridge will promote further interaction among people and increase business opportunities in the region, which will bring more prosperity and brighter future to Uganda and EAC region,” he said.

Finance Minister Syda Bbumba, who signed the loan agreement on behalf of the government, said the building of second bridge is timely because the old one has suffered a high wear and tear over the last year 58 years.
 

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Mbarara has a new hotel called the Acacia Hotel on Kabale Road. It’s very convenient for the University and Hospital. It’s also near enough to various bars and restaurants.
I liked staying at the Acacia Hotel because it is clean and modern. I was particularly happy to get away from other noisy establishments. The staff are friendly and very efficent. The menu has a good selection of African food and offered plenty of choices. The daily ‘specials’ always seemed to be differnt from the usual fare and good value.
Some rooms don’t have mosquito nets (not everybody needs them) so make sure you request a mosquito net, if required.
 
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