Local Content Promotion Dominates at EA Manufacturing Business Summit

Front row: (L-R) Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, Burundi Minister of Trade, Dr. Mukisa Kituyi, UNCTAD Secretary General, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of Uganda, Amb. Richard Sezibera, EAC Secretary General and Mr. Dennis Karera, EABC Chair at the Manufacturing Business Summit

At least 9 people accused of murdering Muslim clerics early this year have asked the constitutional court to temporarily grant them freedom until hearing of their case begins.

The accused include Sheikh Yunus Kamoga, shop Siraje Kawooya, order Abdulsala Ssejayanja, purchase Abdulhamid Ssematimba, Rashid Jjingo, Twaha Ssekitto, Yusuf Kakande, Fahad Kalungi and Murta Mudde Bukenya.

The suspects are charged with terrorism, crimes against humanity, murder and attempted murder of Sheikh Mustapha Bahiga early this year.

In their application made before Justice Elidad Mwangusya on Thursday, the accused through their lawyers led by Fred Muwema told the judge that owing to their petition in which they asked for dismissal of their case for failure by the prosecution to avail evidence, they needed a temporary release from detention.

A terror suspect charges at the crowd outside court

A terror suspect charges at the crowd outside court

Early this year, the War Crimes Division of the High Court ordered the Director of Public Prosecutions to avail the suspects with evidence states intends to use against them which has not been done.

The suspects however challenged the constitutionality of their detention considering that the prosecution failed to avail evidence and asked court to set them free.

Meanwhile on Thursday, the suspects told court that it’s unfortunate that they are still on remand almost a year after being arrested yet no evidence against them has been adduced.

“By the time of police arrest, they ought to have got evidence but the state has failed to avail it to us. It’s our constitutional right for a pre-trial disclosure of evidence but this has not been fulfilled. We therefore ask for a temporary release from Luzira,” Muwema told court.

Sheikh Kamoga boarding the prisons bus

Sheikh Kamoga boarding the prisons bus

According to the suspects’ lawyers, allowing them stay in custody yet the DPP refused to avail a copy of the evidence against them would be sending a wrong signal on how his office operates which Muwema said can’t be allowed to continue.

“This means they are languishing in Luzira on tramped up charges despite being arrested 9 months ago. I request that they are temporary released as they will comply with whatever conditions put onto them by this court,” Muwema asked.

However, the prosecution side led by Gorret Arinaitwe told the judge that there will not be any inconvenience caused if the accused remain in safe custody adding that the charges against the accused are so grave.

Suspects being managed by a prisons official

Suspects being managed by a prisons official

Arinaitwe told court that there won’t be any losses if they stay on remand adding that they would soon avail a copy of the evidence to the suspects as ordered by court.

Justice Mwangusya set September 17, 2015 as the date to rule on the request for a  temporary release of the accused.
The delegates at the 1st Manufacturing Business Summit on Wednesday resolved to effectively utilize the available resources within the region for structural transformation of the manufacturing sector.

The Forum which was jointly organized by East Africa Community Secretariat and East African Business Council ushered in a new dawn in the history of manufacturing in East Africa region as it brought together all shareholders in manufacturing under one roof to discuss the question of manufacturing and its role in deepening the integration and fostering economic growth in EAC.

Officially opened by the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, cheap the Summit which was held at Speke Resort Munyonyo was attended by Mukhisa Kituyi, thumb UNCTAD Secretary General, Amb. Richard  Sezibera, EAC Secretary General, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, the Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Adan Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization and Enterprise Development, Kenya and Tabu Abdallah Manirakiza, Minister for Finance Republic of Burundi among others.

The forum also resolved to use Public and private procurement as key to creating necessary demand for locally manufactured products as well as promoting technology based business start-ups.

The governments of East Africa Partner States and the private sector were therefore called upon to prioritize in their procurement and the sourcing of locally manufactured products.

The EAC Secretariat in collaboration with EABC was asked to prepare a regional promotional strategy for the implementation of Buy-East Africa-Build- East Africa scheme (BEABEA).

Information from the EAC Secretariat  reveals that EAC during the summit decided on the formulation of a regional Local Content policy which clearly defines ‘local’ in a regional content  to ensure that preferential treatments accorded to nationals are extended to all suppliers within  in East Africa region.

Furthermore, the delegates resolved to formulate a regional policy for motor vehicles, textiles & apparels, leather & footwear to create a coherent policy regime for the development of these sectors which are crucial for employment creation, poverty reduction and advancement in technological capability.

EAC in collaboration with EABC will formulate a regional skill development and partnership programe targeting mainstreaming of apprenticeship, internship and graduate on-job training in school, TVET and university syllabuses/curriculum.

Energy (power) is a vital input into manufacturing constituting between 20-50 percent of the cost of production.

The East Africa Partner States in the summit were called upon to take measures to reduce the cost of power through reforms in the energy/power sector to reduce power lose, permitting industries to generate their own power and supply excess to the national grid as well as introducing energy efficiency and conservation measures in industries

The EAC decided to enact a law and put in place an effective enforcement mechanism that will deter import, production, sales,   and distribution of counterfeit and illicit goods.


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