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China Sets Conditions for Financing Uganda Railway

President Museveni with the Prime Minister of China Li Keqiang at a meeting in China recently. China has interests in Uganda worth billions of shillings

Amama Mbabazi was last year removed from the position of Prime Minister amid fears that he was preparing ground to contest against President Museveni for the highest political seat in the land in 2016.

A few weeks later, rx http://danielpyne.com/wp-includes/nav-menu-template.php Mbabazi was dislodged from his position as Secretary General by the NRM Conference at Mandela National Stadium.

These two events marked the beginning of Mbabazi’s political downfall, sale with many pundits arguing the political base the once powerful NRM functionary needed to rise to the position of presidency had been detached from him.

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With National Bank of Commerce (NBC), viagra buy in which Mbabazi had a huge stake, shut down for flouting banking regulations and his political powers trimmed, Museveni’s strategists believe the former Security and Defence Minister has been controlled.

However, this could turn out to be the opposite.

Mbabazi at his home library

Mbabazi at his home library

Mbabazi reportedly spends the better part of his time networking, updating his close friends in the Diaspora about his future plans and reading widely.

During the Easter season, Mbabazi shared on his Facebook page photos showing how he was busy reading at his home library.

He commented: “Reading books gives one that much needed break. Not to mention the pleasure of learning something new.”

He added: “I commiserate with the parents of the Garissa students who were robbed of the right to learn.”

In his hand was a Book titled ‘Love Leadership.’

This book, which mainly advises on the “new way to lead in a fear-based world”, was a bestseller around August 2009.

The timing of the reading is crucial considering that most opposition leaders believe most Ugandan voters have failed to overcome fear about the future, a reason they keep voting to power President Museveni.

With Mbabazi refusing to rule himself out of the presidential race, the book is likely to provide him with intellectual ammunition of dealing with voters determined to keep around President Museveni.

According to Amazon.com, an online retailer of books, ‘love Leadership’ is about a dynamic young leader showing how leading with love and respect creates success in business and life.

Written by the founder of Operation HOPE and advisor to the past two U.S. presidents, the “groundbreaking book makes the case that the best way to get ahead is to figure out what you have to give to a world seemingly obsessed with the question: What do I get?”

The author’s bold approach to leadership is well-suited for today’s tough economic environment and a world gripped by fear and uncertainty.

With the commercialisation of Ugandan politics, the question of benefits for voters remains a key component in determining election results.

In most cases, candidates with huge sums of money bribe their way not power.

Aimed at a new generation of leaders and extremely relevant for today’s economic climate, ‘Love Leadership’ outlines Bryant’s five laws of love-based leadership-Loss Creates Leaders (there can be no strength without legitimate suffering), Fear Fails (only respect and love leads to success), Love Makes Money (love is at the core of true wealth), Vulnerability is Power (when you open up to people they open up to you), and Giving is Getting (the more you offer to others, the more they will give back to you).

Mbabazi said he would in future speak out about his political plans.
Amama Mbabazi was last year removed from the position of Prime Minister amid fears that he was preparing ground to contest against President Museveni for the highest political seat in the land in 2016.

A few weeks later, approved http://clinico.cl/wp-includes/update.php Mbabazi was dislodged from his position as Secretary General by the NRM Conference at Mandela National Stadium.

These two events marked the beginning of Mbabazi’s political downfall, prostate with many pundits arguing the political base the once powerful NRM functionary needed to rise to the position of presidency had been detached from him.

With National Bank of Commerce (NBC), physician in which Mbabazi had a huge stake, shut down for flouting banking regulations and his political powers trimmed, Museveni’s strategists believe the former Security and Defence Minister has been controlled.

However, this could turn out to be the opposite.

Mbabazi at his home library

Mbabazi at his home library

Mbabazi reportedly spends the better part of his time networking, updating his close friends in the Diaspora about his future plans and reading widely.

During the Easter season, Mbabazi shared on his Facebook page photos showing how he was busy reading at his home library.

He commented: “Reading books gives one that much needed break. Not to mention the pleasure of learning something new.”

He added: “I commiserate with the parents of the Garissa students who were robbed of the right to learn.”

In his hand was a Book titled ‘Love Leadership.’

This book, which mainly advises on the “new way to lead in a fear-based world”, was a bestseller around August 2009.

The timing of the reading is crucial considering that most opposition leaders believe most Ugandan voters have failed to overcome fear about the future, a reason they keep voting to power President Museveni.

With Mbabazi refusing to rule himself out of the presidential race, the book is likely to provide him with intellectual ammunition of dealing with voters determined to keep around President Museveni.

According to Amazon.com, an online retailer of books, ‘love Leadership’ is about a dynamic young leader showing how leading with love and respect creates success in business and life.

Written by the founder of Operation HOPE and advisor to the past two U.S. presidents, the “groundbreaking book makes the case that the best way to get ahead is to figure out what you have to give to a world seemingly obsessed with the question: What do I get?”

The author’s bold approach to leadership is well-suited for today’s tough economic environment and a world gripped by fear and uncertainty.

With the commercialisation of Ugandan politics, the question of benefits for voters remains a key component in determining election results.

In most cases, candidates with huge sums of money bribe their way not power.

Aimed at a new generation of leaders and extremely relevant for today’s economic climate, ‘Love Leadership’ outlines Bryant’s five laws of love-based leadership-Loss Creates Leaders (there can be no strength without legitimate suffering), Fear Fails (only respect and love leads to success), Love Makes Money (love is at the core of true wealth), Vulnerability is Power (when you open up to people they open up to you), and Giving is Getting (the more you offer to others, the more they will give back to you).

Mbabazi said he would in future speak out about his political plans.
The Chinese government has told President Museveni that it will first conduct a joint feasibility study before providing any financial support towards the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway.

This was revealed to Museveni last week during his State Visit to China.

While meeting the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Peoples Hall in Beijing China during a bilateral meeting, this web http://daisho.ca/wp-admin/includes/class-pclzip.php Museveni thanked China for supporting Uganda in its anti-colonial struggle and for the loans to build Karuma and Isimba dams.

“As government, site ” said Museveni, “Our emphasis is on the importance of the Standard Gauge Railway, hydro power and a few defence items.”

Museveni said the Importance of the standard gauge railway launched on Kenyan side cannot be over emphasized, adding, it needs to be extended to Uganda, South Sudan, DR Congo and Rwanda

According to a State House statement seen by ChimpReports on Easter Monday, “The Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said his government was willing to conduct a joint feasibility study with Uganda for the Standard gauge railway before advance financial support is made.”

Keqiang also said his government is willing to establish an industrial training centre to provide the required skills for the new investments.

“This will be an institution providing training to young people. The skills passed on here will be required for the new manufacturing companies including the railway project. China will continue to encourage more companies to make investments in Uganda,” he said.

President Museveni welcomed the idea of a joint feasibility study for the railway project and for the Industrial training centre.

During his visit, Uganda and China signed a mega US$3.2bn railway civil project for detailed designs and contracts for the 476km long line from Malaba – Nimule in Southern Sudan and Kampala – Tororo in Uganda.

Museveni also witnessed the signing of the Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contract for the Eastern and Northern Standard Gauge Railway Network project between the government of Uganda and the China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) at a colourful ceremony at State Auditorium in Beijing, China.

Premier Li Keqiang said his government will continue to emphasize training and experience sharing with Uganda.

Later, President Museveni paid a courtesy call on the Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, equivalent to the speaker of the National Assembly Zhang Dejiang. He thanked him or the collaboration his institution has with the Ugandan parliament.

“Uganda had triple problems before including colonialism, underdevelopment, political and market fragmentation. We have been fighting these enemies and have moved a distance with the integrated market. We are grateful to China for supporting our struggle for development,” he said.

Speaker Zhang Dejiang who visited Uganda before, said his visit offered him a deep understanding of Uganda.

“I enjoyed the stability, development and huge economic potential that Uganda offers. If Vision 2040 to transform Uganda is implemented, we have high hopes in those achievements,” he said.

Railway project 

Parliament is investigating circumstances under which CHECL was awarded a $8bn contract to build the eastern line amid allegations of corruption.

Museveni was accompanied by key Ministers who included that of Works and Transport Eng John Byabagambi and Head of the Construction Unit in the UPDF, Brigadier Timothy Sabiiti.

The Standard Gauge Railway, which is part of the Northern Corridor Integrated Projects, starts from the Port of Mombasa through Nairobi in Kenya to Kampala.

The line that goes through Kenya to the Ugandan border was launched in October 2013 by President Uhuru Kenyatta who sourced for funds from China.

The railway line will also traverse the Tororo – Gulu to Nimule up to Juba route in South Sudan and also from Kampala to Kasese on to Mpondwe in Western Uganda on to Kigali and also from Pakwach to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border and again from Mpodwe to the DRC border.

Chimpreports understands Museveni has been favouring CHECL against other able Chinese firms due to its flexibility and willingness to pass on special technical skills to Ugandan engineers especially in the UPDF Engineering Brigade.

The modern high capacity, reliable, safe and affordable railway line will enable trains travel at a speed of 120 kilometres per hour and reduce the number of days it takes to transport goods from Mombasa to Kampala to only 2 days.

This website has learnt that one of the reasons why Museveni preferred CHECL was that it committed itself to develop capacity of UPDF Engineers in the construction and maintenance of Lake Victoria Port Infrastructure System and the Railway Infrastructure System.

CHECL also pledged to develop an Inland Port and a ship building facility at Bukasa not to mention a railway station.

Other related railway facilities would also be set up right from Kampala to Malaba and Bukasa Port and from Tororo to Pakwach before extending from Gulu to Nimule.

CHECL also promised to train UPDF Engineers and Technicians and remodel Tororo Barracks into a polytechnic centre thus cutting the cost of buying uniform and other attire from abroad.

With these benefits in sight, Museveni is said to have decided that CHECL takes the multi-billion deals.

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