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Election 2016

Law Society Members Fight Over Presidential Elections Statement

Uganda Law Society President Ruth Sebatindira

The overall construction progress of the Karuma Hydropower Project is on schedule, information pills http://crosswordfiend.com/blog/wp-includes/ms-blogs.php Dr Fred Kagambe-Kaliisa the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, http://comeduraredipiu.com/wp-content/plugins/thrive-leads/editor-templates/lightbox/51_set_vms_step2.php has disclosed.

He assessed during an on-spot field inspection of both Karuma and Isimba Hydropower Projects to understand the progress and assess where they are against the targets set and challenges faced during construction last week (23 -14 February 2016).

Kabagambe-Kaliisa said construction work is in the range of 27 – 30 percent complete in terms of civil works completion, indicating that significant progress has been made in other critical aspects such as excavation of the powerhouse.

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“The powerhouse excavation is near completion. That is the most important aspects of the construction of underground power systems and stations like Karuma,” Kabagambe-Kaliisa assessed.

The Permanent Secretary said the project is “a very benign project because it does not interfere with what is going on in the (Wildlife) Park Area.”

Karuma Hydropower Project is located in Kiryandongo district, which is also partly home of Karuma Wildlife Reserve and is planned to produce 600 megawatts of electricity.

The project is developed by the Ministry Energy and Mineral Development representing the Government of the Republic of Uganda through a bilateral agreement with the Peoples Republic of China. M/S Sinohydro Corporation is the project contractor.

Kabagambe-Kaliisa revealed that part of the project area will be gazetted as an industrial park so that power is consumed directly instead of transmitting it to distant areas.

“We are going to ensure there is good physical planning for Karuma area for factories, offices and residential areas,” he said.

Karuma Hydropower Project will also improve community services such as clean water supply, improved education and health facilities in nearby villages, and enhanced road infrastructure, Kagagambe-Kaliisa said.

“We are now starting to develop those amenities such as schools, churches and mosques and heath facilities,” he added.

Cost of power

“This project is also going to build two hospitals. That is going to have a very good impact on the project.

Karuma Hydropower Project, when commissioned in December 2018, is expected to lower the base cost of electricity and ensure adequate power supply in Uganda.

Kabagambe-Kaliisa explained that the generation cost of electricity would reduce because of the competitive cost of capital, lower interest rates and timely completion of the project, playing an important catalyst for accelerated social and economic development.

“This Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract was competitively bid for at a cost of $1.4b. The original cost in the feasibility study had put the capital cost at $2b.  The cost of lending was also very competitive,” he reflected.

Dr Kabagambe-Kaliisa said the decision of government to borrow money and invest in the project has also helped reduce the interest rates that would be paid back.

“The cost of borrowing for Karuma project is 3 percent. This is low compared to a weighted average capital of 13 – 15 percent if the money is from private capital,” he assessed, adding that completing the project on time would also bring down the cost of electricity in Uganda.

“We are very optimistic that we shall complete the projects in on time. Once the project is not delayed but progresses as scheduled, then the electricity tariffs can be controlled.”

 
The 17th Ordinary East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit has been rescheduled for 2nd March, cost http://costpricesupplements.com.au/wp-content/plugins/ubermenu/pro/widget.php 2016 in Arusha, http://cyberstudio.biz/main/components/com_k2/controllers/comments.php Tanzania with promotion of locally-assembly motor vehicles high on the agenda.

According to a statement sent to ChimpReports on Thursday, http://christiansforve.org.au/wp-admin/includes/template.php EAC officials said the meeting will consider Council reports on “modalities for promotion of motor vehicle assembly in the region and reduction of the importation of used motor vehicles from outside the community.”

Observers say the move will see East African countries buy automobiles from within the region, with Ugandan standing a better chance to reap from sale of locally made cars.

In 2010 President Museveni established the Presidential Initiative to support Science, Technology and Innovations at Makerere University by directing Government to ring fence Shs 25 billion (approximately US$ 10million at the time) over a span five years 2010-2015 for this cause.

According to Prof. Dr. Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa, Minister of State for Higher Education, Science and Technology, this initiative unleashed world-class talent among students in the College of Engineering, Design Art and Technology.

Together with their mentors they produced an electric car, the KIIRA Electric Vehicle Car, a proof-of-concept, to demonstrate that they had the skill, capability, capacity, passion and discipline to boldly take on innovations.

With an annual budgetary provision of Shs 10 billion since 2012, Government is continuing to support the process of commercialization of the Kiira EV Project through the formation of KIIRA Motors Corporation with expectation to roll out the first Ugandan manufactured vehicle in 2018.

By 2039, Kiira Motors will be able to manufacture original equipment and provide over 12,000 jobs, according to Prof. Tickodri.

“Such an investment will help catalyse linkages with other sectors and finance value addition especially in the oil and gas industry. Consequently, capital intensive projects like the standard gauge railway, roads, power dams will be funded,” said the Professor.

ChimpReports understands government has already provided 100 acres of land for the establishment of the Kiira Motors manufacturing plant in the Jinja Industrial business park.

The establishment of the plant requires Shs 470Bn and is projected to take at least 3 years.

The team wants government to provide timely financial resources as well as put in place a well structured policy framework for the business road map.

EAC business

Meanwhile, in Arusha, leaders will as well brainstorm on the promotion of the textile and leather industries in the region, and stopping importation of used clothes, shoes and other leather products from outside the region.

The long-awaited meeting will as well consider reports by the EAC Council of Ministers on the negotiations on the admission of South Sudan into the Community; Sustainable Financing Mechanisms for the EAC, and; the EAC Institutional Review.

The convention will consider Council reports on the Model, Structure and Action Plan of the EAC Political Federation.

The Summit is also expected to deliberate on a report by the Council on the verification exercise for the admission of Somalia into the EAC.

The Heads of State are expected to launch the new International East African e-passport (electronic-passport) during the meeting.

Also scheduled to be launched by the Summit is the Private Sector Partnership Fund which is expected to deepen the participation of the private sector in the East African integration.

The Summit will be preceded by a meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers that will take place at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha on 29th February 2016.
The 17th Ordinary East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit has been rescheduled for 2nd March, medications http://celstec.biz/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-press-this.php 2016 in Arusha, approved http://charadas.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/mobile-push.php Tanzania with promotion of locally-assembly motor vehicles high on the agenda.

According to a statement sent to ChimpReports on Thursday, cure EAC officials said the meeting will consider Council reports on “modalities for promotion of motor vehicle assembly in the region and reduction of the importation of used motor vehicles from outside the community.”

Observers say the move will see East African countries buy automobiles from within the region, with Ugandan standing a better chance to reap from sale of locally made cars.

In 2010 President Museveni established the Presidential Initiative to support Science, Technology and Innovations at Makerere University by directing Government to ring fence Shs 25 billion (approximately US$ 10million at the time) over a span five years 2010-2015 for this cause.

According to Prof. Dr. Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa, Minister of State for Higher Education, Science and Technology, this initiative unleashed world-class talent among students in the College of Engineering, Design Art and Technology.

Together with their mentors they produced an electric car, the KIIRA Electric Vehicle Car, a proof-of-concept, to demonstrate that they had the skill, capability, capacity, passion and discipline to boldly take on innovations.

With an annual budgetary provision of Shs 10 billion since 2012, Government is continuing to support the process of commercialization of the Kiira EV Project through the formation of KIIRA Motors Corporation with expectation to roll out the first Ugandan manufactured vehicle in 2018.

By 2039, Kiira Motors will be able to manufacture original equipment and provide over 12,000 jobs, according to Prof. Tickodri.

“Such an investment will help catalyse linkages with other sectors and finance value addition especially in the oil and gas industry. Consequently, capital intensive projects like the standard gauge railway, roads, power dams will be funded,” said the Professor.

ChimpReports understands government has already provided 100 acres of land for the establishment of the Kiira Motors manufacturing plant in the Jinja Industrial business park.

The establishment of the plant requires Shs 470Bn and is projected to take at least 3 years.

The team wants government to provide timely financial resources as well as put in place a well structured policy framework for the business road map.

EAC business

Meanwhile, in Arusha, leaders will as well brainstorm on the promotion of the textile and leather industries in the region, and stopping importation of used clothes, shoes and other leather products from outside the region.

The long-awaited meeting will as well consider reports by the EAC Council of Ministers on the negotiations on the admission of South Sudan into the Community; Sustainable Financing Mechanisms for the EAC, and; the EAC Institutional Review.

The convention will consider Council reports on the Model, Structure and Action Plan of the EAC Political Federation.

The Summit is also expected to deliberate on a report by the Council on the verification exercise for the admission of Somalia into the EAC.

The Heads of State are expected to launch the new International East African e-passport (electronic-passport) during the meeting.

Also scheduled to be launched by the Summit is the Private Sector Partnership Fund which is expected to deepen the participation of the private sector in the East African integration.

The Summit will be preceded by a meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers that will take place at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha on 29th February 2016.
A major standoff is building inside Uganda Law Society (ULS), treatment http://decarbon.uk.com/wp-includes/simplepie/credit.php following a statement issued by its President regarding last week’s presidential and parliamentary elections, ambulance http://danielcalvo.com/wp-admin/includes/class-walker-category-checklist.php Chimpreports has learnt.

ULS is an association that brings together more than 2500 lawyers from all around the country, and is charged mainly with ensuring high levels of professionalism amongst them.

The association’s president Mrs Ruth Sebatindira early this week issued a strong worded press statement that sternly criticized government for clamping down on contestants, and generally limiting the freedoms of Ugandans who woke up last Thursday to choose their next president and members of parliament.

The document has since sparked off outrage from some members of ULS, including senior executive council members who downrightly disowned it and condemned the President for acting outside her powers.

Mrs Sebatindira on the other hand called these dissenting members “extremist lawyers” who should be avoided.

In the statement, the President said a “somber mood was hovering over many parts of the country” in the wake of the election.

She expressed displeasure with the incarceration of the FDC presidential candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye by police as well as the continued arrests of opposition supporters.

“Ugandans were treated, during and after the vote to a menu consisting of tear gas, firing of live rounds in multiple locations in Wakiso, Kasese, Mukono, Kampala, Omoro and Jinja and in some cases there are reports of violent clashes among members of the population,” she complained.

The dossier concluded by calling for among others, restoration of Presidential term limits in the country, “strengthening the governance and independence of the Electoral Commission and other proposed reforms that Government ignored from a document that was referred to as the Citizens Compact.”

“The unfair treatment of a Presidential Candidate and the arrests of his supporters breed feelings of injustice and intolerance for political parties. Political parties are fundamental pillars of democracy. It is also a strange occurrence in an environment of multi-party politics,” reads the statement in part.

Uganda Law Society Executive Council members and staff at a recent function

Uganda Law Society Executive Council members and staff at a recent function

Upon release, some members of the ULS immediately took to social media to pour out their outrage, accusing their president of singlehandedly issuing the dossier without consulting the council first.

The ULS Executive Secretary Enock Barata tweeted, “This statement is not one made by or deliberated upon by Council. I disassociate myself from it.”

Mr Barata was backed by Nicholas Opiyo the association’s former executive secretary, who faulted Mrs Sebatindira for skipping the due process.

“A personal decision, however factual or wrong, must not be peddled as that of the Law Society. Process determines content,” he said.

Highlighting a “political undertone” in the statement, Opiyo noted, “but sadly that is how Ruth Nakakawa Sebatindira has run the society for so long.”

ULS treasurer Kalule Ahmed Mukasa also disowned the statement. He revealed that the ULS Executive Council was actually working together with election observers on a different statement when this came out.

He said he was compelled to withdraw the draft statement in order to follow the council’s processes.

When contacted, however, ULS president Mrs Sebatindira informed Chimpreports that she was not in the wrong issuing out the statement without consulting the association members.

As president she said, she is also the spokesperson of the Uganda Law Society and that the complaining members knew about this.

“I am the only one authorized to speak on behalf of ULS, and I think when people were electing me they had that in mind,” she told us on phone. “I am sure that when voting, they looked for people with good judgment.”

Sebatindira added that there had never been a need at ULS to call an annual general meeting to issue a statement.

“You can imagine the many circumstances our country is going though, having to call lawyers to sit down and deliberate the Society’s position. The responsibility lies with the office of the president to use good judgment and issue a well thought out statement. We are 2500 members; we cannot call all of them to issue a statement.”

She added, “We are always going to have a different view. The point should be whether or not I was right to speak out, and whether I spoke truthfully and objectively.”

On the council members disagreeing with the message in the dossier, Mrs Sebatindira described this as “unfortunate,” but added that there was nothing much that could be done about it.

“But at ULS, we don’t only speak for these dissenting members. We are a voice for many Ugandans; we speak for people who cannot speak and those that don’t have the space that we have.”

She went on to term the dissenting members as “extremist” who wanted to impose their political views on the association.

“Our members must stay away from extremist lawyers who want to bring their political party views to the society.”

“We know that many of these members belong to some of these parties and have represented them somewhere; but we must keep the society free from extremism,” she said.

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