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Generals Muhwezi, Kayihura: We Are Ready To Salute New Commander-in-Chief

Gen Kayihura speaking to the media at the breakfast meeting held at Kampala Serena Hotel on Thursday

Over 1300 participants from across 50 countries, drugs http://cfsk.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-themes-list-table.php including 40 African leaders and decision makers from 24 African countries attended the Africa Global Business Forum in Dubai.

The forum focused on what government leaders in Africa can do to facilitate long term growth and how they can ensure long term financing for these strategies.

Hosted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, sick the forum brought together hundreds of business and private sector leaders for a two day discussion on increasing investments in Africa.

The event also saw more than 100 side meetings between delegates and speakers.

Rwanda’s President, buy more about Paul Kagame said that when it comes to foreign investment in Rwanda, the fundamentals are in place, such as political stability, structural reform, macro-economic stability, increasing capacity and skills of people.

“Looking at the demographic trends that exist, we also see continued urbanization, and all these elements set the stage for economic growth,” he said.

He added that the country is moving toward regional integration, and this necessitates continued investment in infrastructure.

Kagame said to set up the right environment, there is a need to focus on private investments, supported by the public sector, and work is already underway in this.

It is as simple as building on what already exists to bring down the barriers and continue to invest in areas such as ICT and sectors that are not affected by Rwanda’s geographical position, he concluded.

Uganda’s Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, addressed a session, ‘Rethinking Education- Developing Africa’s 21st Century workforce.”

The session discussed the importance of education for Africa’s future growth and the role of education in providing innovative solutions.

The Premier explained that it is important to ensure people receive education so they can contribute to themselves, to the continent and to humanity.

“For Uganda, there is a plan in place to train manpower in critical sectors, such as oil and gas, in collaboration with the private sector and other agencies,” he said.

H.E. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General, East African Community, said that one of the strategic imperatives is to form one effective market.

“There are various regional blocs in the continent but the central idea of the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement was to comprise a market of 26 countries, 152 million Africans, and markets that comprise 58% of Africa’s total GDP,” he said.

A number of agreements were signed, including one between Investment Corporation of Dubai and Rwanda Investment Authority and a MoU between the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry with Coface and National General Insurance Company (NGI).

The Africa Global Business Forum 2015 was held under the theme ‘New Drivers, New Partners’ and coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Dubai Chamber.
Retired Ugandan General and serving Information Minister Jim Muhwezi has pledged to salute a new commander-in-chief in case President Museveni loses the 2016 election, prescription http://dailyampersand.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/integration.php Chimp Corps report.

He, salve http://costpricesupplements.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-form-handler.php was however, page quick to add that “I am working hard so that there is no change.”

Muhwezi said while “whoever is in the office of Commander-in-chief is salutable” and all serving and retired officers being required to show respect to the Constitution, “I am making sure that I am not put in that situation.”

A former spymaster who oversaw the NRA guerrillas’ intelligence systems in the bush and later in government after President Museveni seized power in 1986, Muhwezi is a close confidant of President Museveni.

Despite being removed from the powerful position of Health Minister amid a corruption scandal, Muhwezi continued to serve quietly in Museveni’s clandestine political intelligence network.

His return as Information Minister was not a surprise owing to his unquestionable loyalty to the establishment.

On Thursday morning, Muhwezi spoke at the Electoral Commission media executives’ breakfast at Kampala Serena, saying as a “law abiding citizen, I will respect the constitution.”

EC boss Eng Badru Kiggundu addressing the media

EC boss Eng Badru Kiggundu addressing the media

There is a considerable feeling among the population that the UPDF which metamorphosed from the NRA guerrilla outfit may not willingly surrender power in case of a possible defeat of President Museveni.

Museveni is facing stiff resistance from 7 presidential candidates but the strongest challenge will come from his former allies Col Kizza Besigye and Hon Amama Mbabazi who are pulling large crowds at their rallies.

As a strong political mobiliser, Muhwezi said the defeat of President Museveni “will not happen.”

He was responding to a question from this Corp on the army’s willingness to let power go to an opposition candidate.

Kayihura speaks out

On the same issue, the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura cautioned against “questioning the discipline of the armed forces.”

He added: “I am still a serving army officer. If there is a new Commander-in-chief who is different and I am still in position to salute him or her, I will because I am disciplined.”

He said whoever does not want to salute a new president, “you resign and go…because you are not conscripted.”

Senior government and security officials attended the function

Senior government and security officials attended the function

Kayihura said “UPDF is a highly disciplined force. The Constitution is not something to joke around with. We were involved in these struggles – no one should preach to us in observing the Constitution.”

He added: “We defend the Constitution with guns. In the past, the bullet removed the ballot. Now the bullet protects the ballot.”

News editors listening to speeches

News editors listening to speeches

At the function graced by State Internal Affairs Minister James Baba, army officers and other government officials, Eng Badru Kiggundu reaffirmed the Commission’s commitment to holding free and fair elections in 2016.

He said independent research shows the voter education has reached about 73 percent of the population.

Kiggundu, whose independence has been a contested issue, said the Commission cannot “work as an island because the election involves many stakeholders.”

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