Mbabazi Set to Launch Full Manifesto

By Raymond Lukwago

The Parliamentary Select Committee investigating school land grabbing in Kampala, prescription has grilled Kyambogo University management over negligence in managing the institution’s land.

This matter arose after the latest survey process revealed that the University had so far lost 34.7 acres of land, some of which have been deliberately given to Ministry of Education to build its headquarters and 10 acres to unknown land grabbers.

While appearing before this committee, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Eli Katunguka Rwakishaya said the University Council agreed to give some land to Ministry of Education on free hold to construct its headquarters.

“The land from Kyambogo University was given to the Ministry of Education around 2003/2008,” Prof Katunguka said.

This raised concern among Members of Parliament, questioning why the campus land was given away without any formal arrangement.

However, Katunguka insisted that the giveaway was facilitated by the “cordial relationship” between the two institutions.

“There was a PS, Francis Ruhanga who received the title and passed it on to the Uganda Land Commission to curve off the land for the ministry of Education only. That was the instruction given,” Prof. Katunguka revealed.

“I think there was a connivance with some members in the land commission to curve off some extra piece of land for people we don’t understand,” Prof Katunguka added.

At day’s break the committee chaired by Hon Robert Migadde resolved to summon officials from the Ministry Of Education along with the manager of Megh Industries to clarify on how they got ownership of the university land under the free hold system.

Hon Migadde continued to observe that a date will be set to meet the respective officials to explain themselves.

Land grabbing in Kampala has been on the rise in recent years, with schools losing prime properties to fraudsters in the city.
Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has revealed to the media that the national team is set to play three international build up games against Malawi and two other North African teams which he didn’t disclose.

The Cranes are expected to play Malawi away on July 6, abortion 2015.

Namibia will present a good challenge for the Cranes team which will largely comprise players from the national Under-23 team which is preparing for the second preliminary stage of the Caf junior championships against Egypt later on 8th July away.

“We have organized an international build-up match against Malawi national team on 6th of July. We are using the game to prepare for Chan and also the Under-23 game against Egypt, more about ” Micho said

He further added, “Two other North African teams have been lined up but we shall inform you later when everything is done.”

Uganda national teams are having two assignments ahead, the Chan second leg qualifier against Tanzania in a week’s time and the Under-23 clash with Egypt in a period of one month.

The national team has so far played two international friendlies recognized by Fifa, beating Nigeria 1-0 away and sharing spoils with Gambia in Kampala.

Previous Uganda Cranes matches;

Wed 19/11/14 ;Guinea 2 – 0 Uganda
Wed 25/03/15; Nigeria 0 – 1 Uganda
Tue 09/06/15; Uganda 1 – 1 Gambia
Sat 13/06/15; Uganda 2 – 0 Botswana
Sat 20/06/15; Tanzania 0 – 3 Uganda

Ever since he made known his intentions to become Uganda’s next president last week, recipe Hon Amama Mbabazi is steadily proving himself a juggernaut, hospital as his faultfinders – majorly supporters of the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni – strain to catch up with his laid out strategies toward next year’s elections.

Mbabazi is now set to lay out “in the coming days, mind ” the entirety of his detailed policies and implementation strategies that he hopes will transform Uganda at a much faster pace, once he is elected president.

In his last week’s presidential contest declaration, Mbabazi – who now calls himself the desired leader of the current generation – laid out the summary of his 8 – point program for the country.

President Yoweri Museveni in response however, said the policies were more or less a replica of what the NRM has been embarked on over the past years.

Some of Mbabazi’s critics also referred to his program as a slightly deflated version of the NRM 10 – point program.

They went on to remind him that he was not God-sent since he has served in the same ‘ineffective’ government holding a number of key positions that he could have used to create the change he now talks about.

“…because if there is anybody who could be questioned about this government’s weaknesses, Hon Amama Mbabazi is one of them,” retorted President Yoweri Museveni last week.

The ghost of corruption and government resource misappropriation cases in which he was severally mentioned years back, has also resurfaced to haunt his alternative policies.

But Mbabazi says, he will be countering all these assertions when he unveils his full program in the coming days.

Mbabazi while appearing on the Straight Talk Africa program on the VOA in US last evening, said he would be explaining in detail, how he intends to bring about better governance, transform the economy and generally enhance Ugandan’s quality of life.

“I will be specific in each one of them, about where we are, where we have bottlenecks, and what we need to do to overcome them,” he said.

Referencing the proverbial old broom, Mbabazi said that having been in government for a long time, he understood particulars what need to be reformed.

“I have been in it, I know where the problems are, I know where the weaknesses are, i know why I was not able to do certain things, and i will talk about all them.”

He added, “It is time for change. And I am offering myself to lead that change from the old generation to the new. And I don’t think there’s anyone better suited to do that than I am.”


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