Construction Sector Stimulates Growth in Uganda

Chairman BOD Mr Wanzira (in blue suit) shares a moment with members at Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday

Police have deployed heavily along Entebbe Road ahead of former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s arrival on Sunday afternoon.

Mbabazi is expected to arrive at Entebbe Airport at exactly 1:00pm.

Chimp Corp Kenneth Kazibwe says this one of the biggest security deployments in recent years.

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“Anti-riot police, about it counter terrorism personnel and military police are at almost all junctions, recipe ” says Kazibwe who has just arrived in Entebbe Town.

The reporter adds: “They are patrolling the entire highway both on foot and in pickup trucks.”

He says the security forces are armed to the teeth.

Dozens of military and police trucks continue to pour soldiers and cops along the highway.

Security officials dressed in civilian attire can be seen making communications using security headset walkie talkies.

Sniffer dogs have as well been rolled out in full force especially in Entebbe Town.

Police’s bike squad comprising commando units are patrolling Entebbe Town with AK 47 assault rifles slung on their backs.

ChimpReports understands that Gen Kale Kayihura on Saturday night directed all police force units to remain on standby with the view of arresting all Mbabazi supporters who will pour on the streets to welcome the former Prime Minister who has been on a tour of Europe and United States.

He also directed Special Operations Directorate to keep guard of all towns along the highway particularly Katwe, drug Najjanankumbi, Kibuye and Nkumba.

In a press statement issued Saturday, Gen Kayihura warned the law enforcement body would come out strongly to crack down on any individuals or groups that attempt to cause commotion along Entebbe Road.

While he did not mention Mbabazi’s return, it is common knowledge that he was warning the former premier’s supporters who have been mobilising to give the presidential hopeful a heroic welcome.

Mbabazi has been holding meetings and giving interviews to the foreign media in Europe and United States.


Just a few hours after announcing his presidential bid last week, hundreds of Mbabazi’s supporters stormed the streets to show their support to the former Prime Minister.

Police quickly swung into action, before arresting over 30 supporters of the toppled NRM Secretary General.

“The police alert the public that we have not been notified of any such activities and therefore they are unlawful. The police will ensure that traffic flow along the highway is not disrupted and business life both in Entebbe and Kampala goes on normally,” warned Gen Kayihura yesterday.

Mbabazi, who recently triggered president Museveni’s anger by referring to Uganda as a “tired” nation which needs invigoration, said in an interview published this week by UK’s Independent newspaper that, “I could be arrested.”

He added: “I would not be surprised – but I’ve been engaged in too many struggles against regimes to be fearful.”

President Museveni recently said Mbabazi’s name had appeared in many intelligence reports linking him to the fabrication and circulation of sectarian content on social media.

Mbabazi denied the charge.

On his possible arrest, Mbabazi told the UK newspaper: “If I didn’t fear Idi Amin then, I won’t have fear now.”

Mbabazi, who maintains that, “There is a very strong feeling in the population that it is time to change leadership”, told VoA network on Wednesday that he had discussed the arrest of his supporters with President Museveni.

He said Museveni directed that arrests should cease but that they had continued.

Observers say a showdown between police and Mbabazi supporters is likely to occur along Entebbe road today.

Kayihura said in a statement that, “We call upon members of the public in Kampala, Entebbe and along the highway to cooperate with police as you always do. It is vigilance that has kept us safe and it is vigilance that will keep us safe.”

ChimpReports will give you live updates on Mbabazi’s return. Stay tuned…
The construction industry which comprises the building, remedy civil engineering, water, sewerage, power, telecommunications and other physical infrastructure works, is playing a significant role in the socio-economic development of Uganda, it has emerged.

This was revealed during the quarterly networking event hosted by Uganda National Association of Building & Civil Engineering Contractors (UNABCEC) at Kampala Serena Hotel poolside on June 26, 2015.

The event that was steered under the theme, ‘The Impact of the 2015/2016 Budget on the Construction Industry’ was attended by several stakeholders and dignitaries.

Speaking at the event, UNABCEC MD, Michel Mivule noted that the construction sector, “contributes greatly to the gross domestic product (GDP), improving the livelihood of the citizens of the nation and acts as a catalyst for development of other economic sectors in the nation.”

He also highlighted that Uganda had registered high achievements in all sectors of the economy, with a consistent growth of GDP greater than 5 percent per annum which had necessitated the expansion of the country’s physical infrastructure in all sectors including transport and communications; housing and buildings; water and sanitation; energy; health; education; and agriculture.

“I am glad to inform you that UNABCEC has taken on the initiatives to train local contractors and also lobby government to create an enabling environment to ensure increased participation of the local firms in physical infrastructure development and management,” Michel stated.

Speaking at the same event, the chairman Board of Directors, UNABCEC, Jonathan Wanzira expressed pleasure for the networking meeting noting that it was timely as the 2015/16 budget had just been released and the Government of Uganda had allocated 14 percent of the budget to energy and infrastructure, in total, amounting to USD 1.062 billion.

“The budget clearly demonstrates that the Government of Uganda is dedicated to sustainable and progressive growth. This growth must be driven through enabling domestic markets built on solid foundations,” he pointed out.

He said the budget clearly demonstrated that the Government of Uganda is dedicated to sustainable and progressive growth.

“This growth must be driven through enabling domestic markets built on solid foundations,” said Wanzira.

“UNABCEC has embarked on this task by offering technical courses for construction professionals in construction disciplines such as Estimating and Costing and Construction Site Management which we have conducted with great success around the country in Mbarara, Gulu, Arua and soon to be offered in Mbale (ECBr) in July and Hoima (CSM) in August,” he disclosed.

Jonathan further noted that UNABCEC, through the vision and leadership of its Board of Directors, had now gone a step further to acquire 20 acres of land on which they planned to develop a specialized training centre to impart and upgrade construction specific skills.

The Uganda National Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (UNABCEC) is a 22 year old, non profit, non political, member-driven association that brings together building and civil engineering contractors as well as construction related materials manufactures and suppliers of both goods and services to promote their mutual interests.


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