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The UPDF Special Forces Command (SFC) has commissioned two new buildings in Entebbe that will help bridge the accommodation deficit and enhance the welfare of Special Forces soldiers.

Umoja Hall, buy http://debbiehowes.com/wp-content/plugins/frontier-post/include/frontier_email_notify.php located at 10 Marines Battalion headquarters, ampoule and Kabuura Hall at Entebbe Military Barracks were officially commissioned this past week by the Special Forces Commander, treat Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba and the State House Comptroller, Lucy Nakyobe, respectively.

Umoja Hall will serve as a conference facility that will be used to host meetings, seminars, and presentations for the Special Forces and visiting military delegations.

Kabuura Hall was named after the late Maj. Robert Kabuura who served in the then Presidential Protection Unit (PPU), predecessor of the SFC, before his death in 1993.

Kabuura Hall will provide accommodation to SFC officers

Kabuura Hall will provide accommodation to SFC officers

The Hall is an accommodation facility that will host officers’ families that hitherto lacked decent housing.

Kabuura was a bush war hero that served in the High Command Unit (HCU) before its transition into the PPU after the success of the revolution in 1986.

Plans for more housing units in the future are in the works.

This will further alleviate the accommodation deficit and contribute to the comprehensive program to improve living conditions of all UPDF servicemen throughout the country.

Brig Muhoozi said the new buildings would address some of the gaps faced by the Special Forces in terms of accommodation.

Muhoozi and senior SFC officers inspect Umoja Block

Muhoozi and senior SFC officers inspect Umoja Block

The new Umoja residence for SFC operators

The new Umoja residence for SFC operators

He described SFC’s widespread and sustained infrastructure development policy as ‘nested within’ or part of the wider military’s deliberate plan to address the infrastructure deficit.

“The SFC is demonstrating the true spirit of patriotism. Patriotism is about hard work and dedication, not mere words. I’m therefore very happy that this spirit of self sacrifice is growing amongst Special Forces units and soldiers,” said Brig. Muhoozi at Umoja Hall.

Brig. Muhoozi also appealed to the officers to maintain the facilities in a good condition so that they could serve future generations of Special Forces operators.

Good housing facilities

The latest development underlines the SFC’s commitment to provide decent housing facilities to its operators.

In June 2015, SFC commissioned a brand new accommodation block (Sekyalo) at the headquarters of 10 Marines Battalion which is now accommodating 10 soldiers’ families.

Ssekyalo was the first commander of the marines unit in 1986, and was instrumental during the struggle in aiding the then NRA guerrilla chief, Yoweri Museveni, on his clandestine crossings of Lake Victoria from 1981 to 1985.

Earlier in 2014, another block was built and named Kankiriho Hall to provide shelter to 20 soldiers’ families.

Brig. Patrick Kankiriho was the commander of the UPDF 2nd Division at the time of his death in March 2013.

The State House Comptroller, Lucy Nakyobe said she was profoundly honoured to be associated with the Special Forces and its leadership, whom she hailed for their discipline, hard work and commitment.

She commended the SFC tradition of naming buildings after fallen comrades which immortalizes the dearly departed and comforts their families.
The UPDF Special Forces Command (SFC) has commissioned two new buildings in Entebbe that will help bridge the accommodation deficit and enhance the welfare of Special Forces soldiers.

Umoja Hall, seek http://clbattery.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/plugins/badbehaviour.php located at 10 Marines Battalion headquarters, site and Kabuura Hall at Entebbe Military Barracks were officially commissioned this past week by the Special Forces Commander, Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba and the State House Comptroller, Lucy Nakyobe, respectively.

Umoja Hall will serve as a conference facility that will be used to host meetings, seminars, and presentations for the Special Forces and visiting military delegations.

Kabuura Hall was named after the late Maj. Robert Kabuura who served in the then Presidential Protection Unit (PPU), predecessor of the SFC, before his death in 1993.

Kabuura Hall will provide accommodation to SFC officers

Kabuura Hall will provide accommodation to SFC officers

The Hall is an accommodation facility that will host officers’ families that hitherto lacked decent housing.

Kabuura was a bush war hero that served in the High Command Unit (HCU) before its transition into the PPU after the success of the revolution in 1986.

Plans for more housing units in the future are in the works.

This will further alleviate the accommodation deficit and contribute to the comprehensive program to improve living conditions of all UPDF servicemen throughout the country.

Brig Muhoozi said the new buildings would address some of the gaps faced by the Special Forces in terms of accommodation.

Muhoozi and senior SFC officers inspect Umoja Block

Muhoozi and senior SFC officers inspect Umoja Block

The new Umoja residence for SFC operators

The new Umoja residence for SFC operators

He described SFC’s widespread and sustained infrastructure development policy as ‘nested within’ or part of the wider military’s deliberate plan to address the infrastructure deficit.

“The SFC is demonstrating the true spirit of patriotism. Patriotism is about hard work and dedication, not mere words. I’m therefore very happy that this spirit of self sacrifice is growing amongst Special Forces units and soldiers,” said Brig. Muhoozi at Umoja Hall.

Brig. Muhoozi also appealed to the officers to maintain the facilities in a good condition so that they could serve future generations of Special Forces operators.

Good housing facilities

The latest development underlines the SFC’s commitment to provide decent housing facilities to its operators.

In June 2015, SFC commissioned a brand new accommodation block (Ssekyalo) at the headquarters of 10 Marines Battalion which is now accommodating 10 soldiers’ families.

Ssekyalo was the first commander of the marines unit in 1986, and was instrumental during the struggle in aiding the then NRA guerrilla chief, Yoweri Museveni, on his clandestine crossings of Lake Victoria from 1981 to 1985.

Earlier in 2014, another block was built and named Kankiriho Hall to provide shelter to 20 soldiers’ families.

Brig. Patrick Kankiriho was the commander of the UPDF 2nd Division at the time of his death in March 2013.

The State House Comptroller, Lucy Nakyobe said she was profoundly honoured to be associated with the Special Forces and its leadership, whom she hailed for their discipline, hard work and commitment.

She commended the SFC tradition of naming buildings after fallen comrades which immortalizes the dearly departed and comforts their families.
Former Works Minister, click http://cheapcouriercomparison.com.au/wp-includes/general-template.php John Nasasira has for the first time publicly spoken out on the numerous illegal procurements which were recently discovered by the ongoing investigation into UNRA, side effects saying the mess was accessioned by the “unnecessary” and “bureaucratic procedures” introduced by the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (PPDA) law.

“I am opposed to this procurement procedure because it has often times stalled road projects as a result of administrative reviews and the many actors involved who tend to derail the process hiding under the guise of the law. The tendering process itself takes half of a financial year, approved ” observed Nasasira.

The current ICT Minister worked in the Works docket for over a decade.

He told the UNRA probe commission in Kampala on Friday that, “It appears that when the PPDA law was being formulated it was crafted to cater for procurement of goods like stationery, office materials but not civil works.”

Nasasira wants UNRA to carry out adequate due diligence on contractors who bid falsely and later do shoddy work.

He lashed out at funding agencies such as World Bank for imposing rigid terms on clients making it hard to terminate contracts in case of incompetence.

“We sacked a supervising engineer on the Nebbi – Pakwach road project who wasn’t doing his work. I was shocked how a 72-year-old was evaluated and trusted with such an obligation. Since this company, China Henan International Cooperation (CHICO) was owned by the Chinese government, we engaged them and they sent another one.”

He explained that he was told by the Chinese Ambassador that it was another firm masquerading as CHICO.

The contractor was blacklisted for two years but later awarded another contract by World Bank despite the Minister’s rejection.

The Chairperson of the probe committee, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire asked; “Why should Ugandans pay Shs 6.7bn in over runs to World Bank for a road which failed even before completion?”

“It’s Uganda’s fault, not World Bank because the works were certified by UNRA upon completion,” replied Eng. Nasasira.

Political interference

There has been a tendency of influence peddling in UNRA by Ministers to do projects with some even chairing site meetings.

Former Works Minister Hon. Abraham Byandala at one point ordered the transfer of supervision of contracts from Directorates at UNRA claiming they weren’t competent enough.

“Roads are very sensitive politically because when projects get derailed, politicians will intervene due to public outcry. But there’s need to separate the role of the Minister from management and the Board,” said Nasasira.

He noted that the involvement of a Minister in the running of UNRA can’t be overlooked but insisted it should be supervisory.

“However, in case of emergencies such as El Ninos, the Minister should have the power to direct UNRA to make an immediate intervention.”

Nasasira expressed dissatisfaction towards the current composition of the Board at UNRA, saying it does not represent all stakeholders such as transporters.

Corruption on weigh bridges

The Minister admitted that during his tenure at the Transport Ministry he received complaints about extortion of money by UNRA staff at weighbridges.

“In October 2009, I asked the Police to carry out a simultaneous operation on all weigh bridges in order to ascertain the corruption allegations. I further initiated an inquiry into this whose report affirmed that corruption was indeed ongoing.”

The report cited extortion from truck drivers who had overloaded, trucks not being weighed, abuse of office, an outdated Road Safety Act which required amendment.

Nasasira told the commission that action was taken, among them eliminating sections of the Act that encouraged fines for overloading as well as negotiating in court.

CCTV cameras were also introduced at the weighbridges to step up supervision and record keeping in dealing with errant staff.

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