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Chinese Firm Denies Whitaker Role in Railway Contract

Whitaker [L] meeting MPs at Parliament on Monday (Photo: Dickens Okello/ChimpReports)

A group of street children have appealed to government to come up with a comprehensive medical plan that embraces the lives of the homeless people living on the streets.

This was revealed yesterday evening during a special event named “Street Children are also Children” held at the National Theatre courtesy of Bonfire Uganda, discount sickness http://colourtherapy.com.au/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/lib/tickets/tribe-ticket-object.php in partnership with the Uganda National Cultural centre.

Abas Amin, http://cstaab.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/api/class-wc-api-server.php the Director Bonfire Uganda, said at the event; “Streets kids are faced with countless health complications and we feel and want to see all of them become active citizens with their voices also heard, since they do play a role in our society.”

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With the souring HIV/AIDS prevalence across the country, Abas says that unless government comes out and targets the most at-risk population like those surviving on the streets, a lot more youth will continue to be affected.

One of the street children Kabogoza Michael told at the bonfire of his 20 year life experience on the streets.

“I have been on the street for nearly all my life and now I feel I have nowhere to go. This is my home regardless of what I go through.”

Kabogoza says he realized he had contracted HIV/AIDs 4years ago after sleeping with a prostitute from one of the streets.

According to Kabogoza, many street kids and those who have turned into adults continue to live under the scare of health dangers because they lack guidance and support.

From his experience, Kabogoza cautioned the youth to restrain from using drugs including chewing khat [Mairungi], petrol sniffing and excessive alcohol. These and more, he said were the major driving force behind unprotected sex on the street.

“Life in the street is survival for the fittest; doctors tell us to take our medication on time and have a good diet but where do you get a good diet when you are not sure of where you will find cash?” he noted.

“In trying to strike a balance we came up with this event “Street Children Are also children” as a social reform program that aims at mobilizing and using street children to change their own fellows said, Micheal Boyd Buwembo, the project coordinator Bonfire Uganda.

Even after spending years on the streets, the street kids shared positive ideas on their Sexual Reproductive health and what kind of Uganda they would wish to see in their life.

Odong Sande, the leader of all the streets kids resident along Jinja road, Nasser and Entebbe road told ChimpReports that they have been able to contain certain health complications by mapping where all the locations where the street kids sleep, and digging deep into their pockets and take their fellows to Kisenyi health centre.
By Charles Bukuwa

The China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC) withdrew a legal suit filed against government of Uganda so as not to jeopardize future prospects for construction projects in Uganda, http://cwsgroup.com.au/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/tmpl/user_item.php it has emerged.

This was revealed by Mr. Zhao Jinhua, sickness http://ca-uqam.info/wp-admin/includes/update.php the Senior Assistant President of China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) in a meeting with the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Standard Gauge Railway, order http://couponsavingfamily.com/wp-content/themes/genesis/lib/functions/admin.php which is led by the Chairperson and Nakifuma County MP Hon. Kafeero Ssekitoleko.

The meeting took place at the CRCC headquarters in Beijing, China on Tuesday, 27 January 2015.

CCECC lost the multi-billion dollar railway contract to CHEC (China Harbor Engineering Company), which was reportedly favoured by president Museveni after committing itself to develop capacity of UPDF Engineers in the construction and maintenance of Lake Victoria Port Infrastructure System and the Railway Infrastructure System and also developing 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 and the company would further 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.

The court case would have delayed the railway project which government expects to boost cross-border trade, ease the cost of doing business, enhance labour mobility, attract foreign investments to create employment opportunities for locals thus widening the domestic revenue base.

The China Civil and Engineering and Construction Corporation is a subsidiary company of China Railway Construction Corporation Limited.

How case came about

Mr. Jinhua explained that the Branch Manager of CCECC did not report back on the Memorandum of Understanding that had been signed for the Eastern and Northern routes, hence and the subsequent court case.

He added that after receiving a letter from the Ugandan Minister for Works about the suit, they asked their representatives to withdraw the case.

“The legal suit was occasioned after the Memorandum of Understanding was cancelled but since we wanted to cooperate with the government on future proposals, we decided to withdraw the case,” he said.

The Chairperson of the Committee Hon. Ssekitoleko wondered why the CRCC, as a parent company, did not take interest in the Ugandan Standard Gauge Railway and sought to know the status of CRCC’s ownership of CCECC.

“Why didn’t CRCC pick interest in the projects in Uganda amid all the controversy and leave it to CCECC?”  Ssekitoleko pondered.

Mr. Zhao Jinhua clarified that CCECC is mainly for their overseas business and is wholly owned by the CRCC.

Later in the day, the Committee held a separate meeting with the management of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) whose President Mr. Zhou Tianxiang said that they attach a lot of importance to the market in Uganda and would like to be part of the infrastructural development.

“We would like to participate as a company that is involved in railway construction, and get to involved in the development of Uganda,” he said.

He added that they are ready to do preliminary infrastructural designs and have already set up a team to study railway planning in Africa.

“There is need to connect all railways into a network to achieve tangible results,” he added.

Tianxiang also reaffirmed the need to use local resources, provide training of local staff and carry out cooperation with local companies.

The Chairman, Hon. Ssekitoleko, said that the Committee was now certain of the status of CCECC and its capacity to carry out infrastructural development as evidenced by the works carried out in several parts of the world.

“We now know your legal and commercial status, your networks within China and elsewhere and the fact that you consider local peoples’ needs. There is no doubt that you are the kind of people we would like to work with,” Hon. Ssekitoleko stated.

The Committee will on Wednesday 28th January 2015 travel to Guangzhou to conduct site visits of the railway works being carried out by the companies, before returning to Uganda on 31st January 2015.
By Charles Bukuwa in Beijing, viagra approved http://cusanus-studierende.de/wp-includes/class-wp-matchesmapregex.php China

The China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC) withdrew a legal suit filed against government of Uganda so as not to jeopardize future prospects for construction projects in Uganda, it has emerged.

This was revealed by Mr. Zhao Jinhua, the Senior Assistant President of China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) in a meeting with the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Standard Gauge Railway, which is led by the Chairperson and Nakifuma County MP Hon. Kafeero Ssekitoleko.

The meeting took place at the CRCC headquarters in Beijing, China on Tuesday, 27 January 2015.

CCECC lost the multi-billion dollar railway contract to CHEC (China Harbor Engineering Company), which was reportedly favoured by president Museveni after committing itself to develop capacity of UPDF Engineers in the construction and maintenance of Lake Victoria Port Infrastructure System and the Railway Infrastructure System and also developing 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 and the company would further 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.

The court case would have delayed the railway project which government expects to boost cross-border trade, ease the cost of doing business, enhance labour mobility, attract foreign investments to create employment opportunities for locals thus widening the domestic revenue base.

The China Civil and Engineering and Construction Corporation is a subsidiary company of China Railway Construction Corporation Limited.

How case came about

Mr. Jinhua explained that the Branch Manager of CCECC did not report back on the Memorandum of Understanding that had been signed for the Eastern and Northern routes, hence and the subsequent court case.

He added that after receiving a letter from the Ugandan Minister for Works about the suit, they asked their representatives to withdraw the case.

“The legal suit was occasioned after the Memorandum of Understanding was cancelled but since we wanted to cooperate with the government on future proposals, we decided to withdraw the case,” he said.

The Chairperson of the Committee Hon. Ssekitoleko wondered why the CRCC, as a parent company, did not take interest in the Ugandan Standard Gauge Railway and sought to know the status of CRCC’s ownership of CCECC.

“Why didn’t CRCC pick interest in the projects in Uganda amid all the controversy and leave it to CCECC?”  Ssekitoleko pondered.

Mr. Zhao Jinhua clarified that CCECC is mainly for their overseas business and is wholly owned by the CRCC.

Later in the day, the Committee held a separate meeting with the management of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) whose President Mr. Zhou Tianxiang said that they attach a lot of importance to the market in Uganda and would like to be part of the infrastructural development.

“We would like to participate as a company that is involved in railway construction, and get to involved in the development of Uganda,” he said.

He added that they are ready to do preliminary infrastructural designs and have already set up a team to study railway planning in Africa.

“There is need to connect all railways into a network to achieve tangible results,” he added.

Tianxiang also reaffirmed the need to use local resources, provide training of local staff and carry out cooperation with local companies.

The Chairman, Hon. Ssekitoleko, said that the Committee was now certain of the status of CCECC and its capacity to carry out infrastructural development as evidenced by the works carried out in several parts of the world.

“We now know your legal and commercial status, your networks within China and elsewhere and the fact that you consider local peoples’ needs. There is no doubt that you are the kind of people we would like to work with,” Hon. Ssekitoleko stated.

The Committee will on Wednesday 28th January 2015 travel to Guangzhou to conduct site visits of the railway works being carried out by the companies, before returning to Uganda on 31st January 2015.
Uganda Peoples Defense Forces [UPDF] leadership has today confirmed preparedness to deploy troops in troubled Northern Nigeria, recipe http://ciprs.cusat.ac.in/wp-includes/class-phpmailer.php to fight against the Islamic terror group Boko Haram.

Former Army commander Gen Elly Tumwiine said this morning that such was the responsibility of any pan African army or government.

Media reports indicated last night that the army was being briefed on the expedition to Nigeria by the UPDF High Command on Monday, http://dchnf.dk/wp-includes/class-json.php and could be deployed in the next two weeks.

The army leadership was apparently still awaiting clearance from the African Union.

UPDF Chief of Defense Force Gen Katumba Wamala however was later to dismiss the reports as untrue.

He clarified through government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo that the UPDF had no intentions of deploying to Nigeria.

“Any suggestions that the UPDF has or is sending troops in Nigeria should be treated as false rumors.” he said.

Army spokesperson Col Paddy Ankunda also stated that the natiaon army had not sought greenlight from the AU for the mission.

But Gen Tumwiine, http://comeduraredipiu.com/wp-content/plugins/thrive-leads/editor-templates/lightbox/seven_set_v2.php while speaking this morning to the National Broadcaster UBC TV, revealed that the national army was prepared to set off for the mission in Nigeria.

He said the UPDF was obliged to “respond to any alarm by a friendly neighbor, just like any other African country.”

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, while speaking last week at the AU summit in Ethiopia appealed to fellow heads of state to send in support for the fight against the Islamist terror group, which has murdered thousands of locals in the northern part of the country over the last six years.

The African leaders agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency and the deployment was supported by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The US and Iran, have also rallied against the militia.

Boko Haram [Translating “Western education is forbidden”] is reportedly expanding its cross –border activities, and currently active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon. Led by Abubakar Shekau, with an estimated membership of about 10,000 fighters, the group has been linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS

Just this morning, the militants are reported to have killed at least 70 people in an attack on the Cameroonian town of Fotokol, on the border with Nigeria.

The attack comes a day after a regional force said it had driven the militants from a Nigerian town near Fotokol.

Gen Tumwiine who also represents the UPDF in parliament, said it was high time the continent united against such insurgencies.

“Africa had better look at combating terrorism as a big priority because the rest of the world is doing so,” he said.

“The sooner we organize our security on the continent, the better. We must stop wasting time on this,” added the General.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
By Charles Bukuwa in Beijing, try http://ciencialili.org/components/com_users/controller.php China

China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHECL) has reaffirmed its commitment and interest in building sections of the Standard Gauge Railway in Uganda.

This commitment was made by the President of CHECL, http://corepr.pl/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-panel.php Mr. Lin Yichong in a meeting with the Parliamentary Select Committee on Standard Gauge Railway at the company headquarters in Beijing, http://confusedcoconut.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/wp-tinymce.php China, on Monday, 26 January 2015.

Yichong said that the company has a lot of experience in the construction industry especially in the railway industry following their work in China.

“We have experience from China and we have been involved in building over 4,000km of rail both in China and other parts of the world,” he said.

Mr Yichong also revealed that unlike what had been reported, the company intends to use local materials and labour from Uganda.

He added that CHECL had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces for training of construction workers with the establishment of a college in Tororo.

“CHEC is committed to enhancing Ugandan economy by building and boosting the local industries, employing of Ugandans and ensuring minimum damage to the environment,” Yichong added.

When asked by the Maruzi County MP Hon. Maxwell Akora if Ms. Rosa Whitaker was involved in trying to source for a contract for CHECL,   the Senior Advisor of CHEC Mr.  Michael Orlando Blackburn denied that they had any relationship with her.

“We do not have any contract or contact with Rosa Whitaker. We also got to know her when this whole issue blew up,” Blackburn said.

He also added that no contract had been signed with the Government of Uganda since no progress had been made following the pronouncements by the East African Presidents.

Later in the day, the Committee met with the Deputy Director General in the Chinese Ministry of Transport Ms. Tang Guomei at the Ministry headquarters to seek clarity on the capacity of CHECL to handle the project.

Ms. Guomei clarified to the Committee that her Ministry had recommended China Harbour Engineering Company Limited only in the process of seeking to build the Standard Gauge Railway.

“The Ministry of Transport only recommended CHECL and does not know any other company but they could have had their own way of competing to get the contract,” she noted.

She also revealed that CHECL had the capacity to mobilise resources since they had a long standing relationship with the Chinese Import and Export Bank, China Bank of Development and several commercial banks that support Chinese contractors in securing contracts overseas.

Hon. Sekitoleko said that Uganda is interested in many Chinese companies but they need to do their work transparently and competitively.

Members of the Committee who are in China till 31st January 2015 include the Committee Chair Hon. Ssekitoleko, Hon. Clement Ongalo Obote (NRM, Kalaki), Hon. Rosemary Nyakikongoro (Ind., Sheema district), Hon. Patrick Amuriat (FDC, Kumi), Hon. Xavier Kyooma (NRM, Ibanda North) and Hon. Suzan Amero (NRM, Amuria district).

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