Museveni to India-Africa Summit; Eliminate Trade barriers

Rwanda President and Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, seek this General Paul Kagame, adiposity has restructured the command of Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF), sending two senior officers to report to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Patrick Nyamvumba.

The affected officers include Brigadier General Joseph Demali who has been dropped from the position of Air Force Chief of Staff.

Demali, who also served as Airbase Commander for Kanombe Air Force Base, was replaced by Brigadier General Charles Karamba.

Karamba is now responsible for Command, Control and Management of the Rwanda Air Force and advises the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) on Air Force matters.

Brig Demali is a pilot with more than 2,300 flying hours in a variety of rotary and fixed wing Aircraft, according to the Ministry of Defence.

With an extensive wartime and relief operational experience, Brig Demali is also trained in Computer Networking and Software, Resource management and International Legal studies (DIILS).

Married with three children, Brig Demali has undertaken several military training courses including Air Power and Air Command and Staff courses at Air University, USA.

Demali’s successor, Karamba, has been serving as RDF Command and Staff College Commandant.

The army publicist did not reveal the reasons behind the changes.

Brig Gen Charles Karamba (L) of Rwanda Defence Forces accepts a plague from Commander Kenya Air Force Maj Gen Joff Otieno during Rwanda Defence Forces visit to Moi Air Base on Wed 02 Apr 2014.

Brig Gen Charles Karamba (L) of Rwanda Defence Forces accepts a plague from Commander Kenya Air Force Maj Gen Joff Otieno during Rwanda Defence Forces visit to Moi Air Base on Wed 02 Apr 2014.

Military spy chief dropped

Another senior army officer expected to report to General Nyamvumba’s office is Chief of Military Intelligence (J2), Lt Col Franco Rutagengwa.

Rutagengwa was appointed to the sensitive position in 2012 in a widely-publicised reshuffle that saw Col Francis Mutiganda take over as Director General of External Security and Major General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi appointed as the new Army Chief of Staff.

Interestingly, in the new reshuffle, President Kagame has appointed Maj Gen Richard Rutatina to replace Rutagengwa.

It should be remembered that Rutagengwa was replaced by Rutatina in 2012.

That was after Rutatina and then spy chief, Col Dan Munyuza were suspended and put under house arrest over acts of indiscipline.

More changes

Meanwhile, in the changes announced by Brig Nzabamwita, President Kagame appointed Brig Gen Innocent Kabandana as Commander Support Operations Force (SOF).

Brig Gen Innocent Kabandana

Brig Gen Innocent Kabandana

Kabandana has been serving as Defense Attaché at the Embassy of Rwanda in Washington DC.

He will be succeeded by Col Vincent Nyakarundi, the first ever Military Attaché to the United Nations (UN) in New York, USA.

Maj Raoul Bazatoha was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Defence Advisor, Rwanda Permanent Mission at UN, New York.
President Museveni has called on Indian entrepreneurs and business executives to come and invest in the Ugandan economy saying it is much easier to do profitable business and become prosperous in Uganda than in India or many other countries.

He said prosperity could be done through trade and investment as a strategic goal for India to promote partnerships with Africa.

The President was Wednesday afternoon addressing the India-Africa Business Forum at the Le Meridien Hotel, there New Delhi.

President Museveni addresses the India Africa Business forum in New Delhi

President Museveni addresses the India Africa Business forum in New Delhi

Museveni is in India on a four day working visit during which he will also address the 3rd India – Africa Forum Summit currently underway at the Indira Gandi Sports Complex.

President Museveni identified trade, seek infrastructural development, tourism and collaboration in scientific cooperation and research as areas that can be exploited to create prosperity sustainably through production.

He said the first stimulus for prosperity is trade “because the producer, and the buyer mutually support each other.”

He however pointed out that whereas Uganda has been supporting the prosperity of India by buying Indian products, India has, over the years not reciprocated in equal measure, thus the trade imbalance between the two countries.

President Museveni addresses the India Africa Business forum in New Delhi yesterday (3) (1)

Museveni urged Indian entrepreneurs to come and invest in Uganda

He explained that India’s exports to Uganda are worth US $1.6 billion, but only imports Uganda’s unprocessed coffee worth US $16 million only; thus creating unbalanced prosperity through trade.

He invited them to come and invest in the agricultural processing sector to add value to agricultural products for export.

He identified other areas as mineral processing, fresh water products, oil, gas and energy.

President Museveni called for “the elimination of trade barriers so that Uganda’s’ products such as textiles, tea and dairy products can gain access to the Indian market” but only blocked by consumer action.

He said, “It was trade not aid that leads to sustainable prosperity.”

He said other areas of interest are investment in infrastructural development and in tourism where Uganda is a much better tourist destination than most parts of the world, with permanent snow on the Equator all the year round.

The President had earlier met a number of investors who included those from the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Hinduja Group, and the Tata Group Chairman Mr. Cyrus P. Mistry who called on him at his hotel residence.

The meetings were attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s High Commissioner to India Elizabeth Paula Napeyok and Uganda’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and African Union Mull Katende.


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