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Museveni, King Oyo Join Hands to Fight Poverty

Museveni meeting Oyo at Rwakitura during the weekend

Prime Minister Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has come out refuting media reports that he was involved in a move to cover up a corruption case implicating Works and Transport Minister Hon Abraham Byandala.

Mr Rugunda was accused in a Sunday monitor publication, purchase http://chakraboosters.com/wp-admin/includes/class-plugin-upgrader.php of holding a meeting in which he attempted obstructing Police investigations into the Minister’s alleged role in the graft scandal surrounding the Mukono-Katosi road construction project.

In the meeting at his offices, medications http://checkhimout.ca/wp-includes/template-loader.php Premier Rugunda is reported to have asked head of Police’s Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department [CIID] Grace Akullo to drop the investigations into Byandala’s case.

The Prime Minister however, in a Sunday evening statement, described the story as disingenuous and incorrect

Rugunda stated that while he was alive to the reports about the controversies surrounding the road project, his and government’s interest was to ensure effective delivery of services to the people of Uganda, and value for money for all public funds spent on implementation of Government programs.

“The issues raised about the procurement process to construct the Mukono-Katosi Road are serious and require proper investigations to establish the truth,” he said.

“These investigations have to be done by the institutions mandated by the Constitution to do so, and the Government fully supports them to conduct their work unhindered.”

Minister Byandala was recently summoned to Police’s Special Investigations Bureau to explain his role in the questioned procurement process for the contractor of the 74km road project.

He however, turned down the summon on grounds that he had recorded another statement with the IGG, something that didn’t go down well with CIID’s Akullo.

Yesterday’s publication alleged that Rugunda had asked Akullo to go easy on Byandala since he is a “senior government servant who has served the country for a long time and such summons would diminish his political ratings ahead of the election period.”

In his brief retaliation however, Rugunda doesn’t acknowledge or deny holding the meeting with the CIID boss as alleged in the paper.

He only states, “It is not only incorrect, but disingenuous to read in sections of the press, suggesting that there is a plan to prevent due process from taking place. This is totally unfounded. Obstruction of justice has no place in the conduct of public affairs.”

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change Spokesperson Mr John Kikonyogo told us he was unconvinced by the Premier’s response.

“I am not satisfied. He didn’t tell us whether the meeting took place in his office. We need to know if he indeed summoned the CIID chief,” he said.

MR Kikonyogo, however, quickly” added that the media claims were not to be taken as gospel truth, since they could not be authenticated.

Many people, high ranking at that, are involved. They are after each others’ necks. Byandala is being fought by fellow ministers. So it’s not easy to know the authenticity of the story,” he noted.

 

 
Prime Minister Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has come out refuting media reports that he was involved in a move to cover up a corruption case implicating Works and Transport Minister Hon Abraham Byandala.

Mr Rugunda was accused in a Sunday monitor publication, seek http://crewftlbr.org/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/common/src/tribe/abstract_deactivation.php of holding a meeting in which he attempted obstructing Police investigations into the Minister’s alleged role in the graft scandal surrounding the Mukono-Katosi road construction project.

In the meeting at his offices, look http://chipinhead.com/wp-includes/class-wp-term.php Premier Rugunda is reported to have asked head of Police’s Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department [CIID] Grace Akullo to drop the investigations into Byandala’s case.

The Prime Minister however, symptoms http://cuencahighlife.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/really-simple-captcha.php in a Sunday evening statement, described the story as disingenuous and incorrect

Rugunda stated that while he was alive to the reports about the controversies surrounding the road project, his and government’s interest was to ensure effective delivery of services to the people of Uganda, and value for money for all public funds spent on implementation of Government programs.

“The issues raised about the procurement process to construct the Mukono-Katosi Road are serious and require proper investigations to establish the truth,” he said.

“These investigations have to be done by the institutions mandated by the Constitution to do so, and the Government fully supports them to conduct their work unhindered.”

Minister Byandala was recently summoned to Police’s Special Investigations Bureau to explain his role in the questioned procurement process for the contractor of the 74km road project.

He however, turned down the summon on grounds that he had recorded another statement with the IGG, something that didn’t go down well with CIID’s Akullo.

Yesterday’s publication alleged that Rugunda had asked Akullo to go easy on Byandala since he is a “senior government servant who has served the country for a long time and such summons would diminish his political ratings ahead of the election period.”

In his brief retaliation however, Rugunda doesn’t acknowledge or deny holding the meeting with the CIID boss as alleged in the paper.

He only states, “It is not only incorrect, but disingenuous to read in sections of the press, suggesting that there is a plan to prevent due process from taking place. This is totally unfounded. Obstruction of justice has no place in the conduct of public affairs.”

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change Spokesperson Mr John Kikonyogo told us he was unconvinced by the Premier’s response.

“I am not satisfied. He didn’t tell us whether the meeting took place in his office. We need to know if he indeed summoned the CIID chief,” he said.

MR Kikonyogo, however, quickly” added that the media claims were not to be taken as gospel truth, since they could not be authenticated.

Many people, high ranking at that, are involved. They are after each others’ necks. Byandala is being fought by fellow ministers. So it’s not easy to know the authenticity of the story,” he noted.

 

 
President Museveni has received and held a meeting with Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Tooro Kingdom and his delegation that included among others the Omukama’s mother Best Kemigisa several Kingdom Mministers and other senior Kingdom officials.

The meeting took place January 10 at the President’s country home in Rwakitura, order http://celiac-disease.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-shortcodes-endpoint.php Kiruhuura district.

The President, ed http://cfsk.org/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/widgets/em-locations.php Omukama Oyo and his delegation discussed a number of issues related to how the Government of Uganda and the leadership of the Kingdom of Tooro can work together to empower the people of Tooro to overcome household poverty to which both President Museveni and Omukama Oyo concurred was the major problem in Tooro Kingdom and Uganda in general.

President Museveni told King Oyo and his delegation that all leaders at all levels need to take the message of fighting poverty seriously.

He said that emphasis needs to be put on educating the masses to do away with subsistence agriculture and engage in modern agriculture that, about it http://chernichovsky.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/templates/single-product.php he said, should be profit-oriented.

He noted that one of the major problems, especially in the rural areas of Uganda, was enterprise selection where people with small land holdings, as a result of land fragmentation, continue the cultivation of low value agricultural crops maize or even keep traditional breeds of animals with low economic returns that lead to their earning less income on small land-holdings.

President Museveni told King Oyo and his delegation to join him in sensitizing the population about the danger posed by land fragmentation. He said that the negative backward practice is likely to turn into a national crisis if it is not handled now.

“Land fragmentation will be a national crisis if we don’t stop it now. We don’t want to legislate about it like some countries but we have to educate the population on the eminent danger and halt it,” he said.

Omukama Oyo, who earlier had visited a number of model farms in Masaka and Kiruhuura districts on his way to Rwakitura, commended the President for his endless efforts in fighting poverty in the country.

He hailed the existing level of cooperation between the Central Government and the Kingdom of Tooro which, he said, was warm and mutually beneficial.

The Omukama further said that the leadership of Tooro Kingdom had joined the government efforts in the fight against poverty and also supplemented government efforts in health, education, the fight against HIV/AIDS and provision of clean water, among others.

 

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