FDC Firebrand Christopher Kibazanga Defects to NRM

Museveni meeting with Rwenzori leaders at State House Entebbe

National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has today entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uganda Registration services Bureau (URSB) to enable information/data sharing on companies registered with URSB and bio-data for NSSF members.

URSB is mandated under cap 210 of the Laws of Uganda to deliver a number of registration services aimed at facilitating and enabling the private sector growth hence leading to a better investment climate in the country.

The signing ceremony was held at the URSB head office at on Georgian House Kampala between NSSF, buy Managing Director Richard Byarugaba and Registrar General, ask Bemanya Twebaze.

Bemanya appreciated the partnership and said Government has always enjoined institutions to partner so as to eliminate bottlenecks to service delivery.

According to Byarugaba, under this arrangement URSB will provide NSSF with information on companies, bio data for NSSF’s members.

“This information is vital in enabling the Fund improve compliance and benefits processing. Our partnership with URSB is therefore very timely because it enables us access vital information on companies’ necessary for our compliance audits.We therefore believe that with increased access to information, our compliance levels will improve to 82% by close of this financial year up from the current 77%,” Byarugaba said.

Bemanya announced that URSB will have a registration centre at NSSF, while the Fund will also have a service centre at URSB.

“Synergies like this are among the drivers of service delivery through complementing each other and providing a platform for sharing best practices, experiences and establishing networks.The National Development Plan 11 enjoins all the public agencies to collaborate and augment each other for better service delivery,” Bemanya said.

Information from URSB shows that the bureau carries out all registrations required under the relevant laws and maintains registers, data and records on registrations affected by the bureau and acts as a clearing house for information and data on those registrations.

Registrations carried out are, businesses and companies, legal documents, Intellectual Property Rights, Civil matters (births, deaths, civil marriages, adoption orders & single status letters) and Insolvency.

The partnership with NSSF is also envisaged to help the fund reduce on their turnaround time for benefits processing because URBS will now avail the Fund with additional bio data on its members including details on next of Kin, date of birth among others.

The Partnership with NSSF isn’t the first for URSB. Together with KCCA and URA, URSB is running a TREP project which has seen the organization register many business names in Kampala, and has now devised plans to roll out to the countryside beyond Kampala.

URSB has revealed that their other Partnerships with UIA and Posta Uganda has seen bureau centers housed within the two institutions, a move that has eventually reduced congestion at the URSB head office and also saved peoples’ time and costs on transport to reach the URSB head office for registration services.
Former Busongora South FDC MP, search Christopher Kibazanga has officially been received by President Museveni in the ruling NRM party.

ChimpReports broke the news of Kibazanga’s quiet defection in July 2014.

Presidential advisor, ask Duncan Abigaba said Kibazanga, the younger brother of Rwenzururu King Wesley Membere, crossed to NRM during a meeting at State House Entebbe.

During the function, President Museveni held discussion with cultural leaders from the Rwenzururu Kingdom of Kasese and the Obudhingiya of Bundibugyo.

“In the same meeting, he officially received FDC bigwigs Christopher Kibazanaga and Gideon Mugisa into the NRM,” said Abigaba.

It is understood Kibazanga met with Museveni on July 16 at the president’s upcountry home in Rwakitura.

That was the time when government was at loggerheads with Rwenzururu kingdom over tribal violence in the Rwenzori region in which over 92 people died.

Kibazanga’s decision to quit will not surprise many as he was no longer active in FDC activities.

The former FDC firebrand had spent the better part of his political life criticising President Museveni’s government.


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