National Housing Boss Resigns

Okoboi (C) at a recent function in Kampala

The Chief of Defence Forces in UPDF Gen. Katumba Wamala has warned soldiers against living reckless lives which he said is a grave concern for the nation.

The army commander issued the warning Wednesday while receiving of more than 2, approved 900 soldiers under the leadership of Brig. Dick Olum who had just returned from Somalia where they served under the AMISOM UGABAG XII.

Officials say this is one of Uganda’s finest and battle-hardened contingent that managed to liberate several towns from the deadly Al Shabaab.

The function was held at the Peace Support Operations and Training Centre, discount Singo in Nakaseke district.

“You have survived Al Shabaab insurgents while in Somalia .Don’t go out there and become overexcited. You should not die of over excitement but protect yourselves because we still need you, abortion ” Katumba warned.

Gen Katumba (R) shares a light moment with Brig. Dick Olum (L)

Gen Katumba (R) shares a light moment with Brig. Dick Olum (L)

“After one year of sacrifice of sleeping under the sun and the bad weather, use the money you have got to change your lives. At least build a 2 bed roomed house that will you will always remember that you were part of the Ugandan representatives in Somalia.”

Katumba further warned soldiers against conmen who he said are eagerly waiting to feast on their hard earned money, stressing that they (soldiers) ought not to trust anyone with money.

The army commander however applauded the AMISOM forces for  bringing sanity in the volatile Somalia region which he said no one dared to step foot.

“We were not sending the soldiers to die but do the job and come home alive as they have done. We never went to Somalia to fight for a territory but the lives of people in the country. In fact we wanted to give an opportunity to that small child, old man or woman in Somalia to live another day and this was our major concern,” the CDF stressed.

The army commander however noted that as much as they have been able to restore peace to a once abandoned country, a lot of challenges remain in Somalia’s quest for prosperity.

The commandos in a parade at Singo on Wednesday

The commandos in a parade at Singo on Wednesday

“There is need to consolidate what we have gained in Somalia. There is no cohesion in the Somali force and so we need to train and rebuild them because we shall not stay there forever. We don’t want Somalia to be like Iraq who are facing the ISIL/ISIS threat after the Americans pulled out.”

Katumba further noted that there is still a problem of road bombs (Improvised Explosive Devices) and the poor road networks which have stalled completion of the mission.

The Ugandan army was sent to Somalia in 2007 by the African Union under the AMISOM and has been able to capture and take full control of an area code named Sector 1 which includes among other towns Mogadishu, Afgoye and Barawe.
National Housing and Construction Company Ltd (NHCC) Chief Executive Officer, information pills Felix Okoboi, has resigned after only 9 months in office.

The news of the new organisation’s boss came in late Wednesday.

By 8:50pm when Chimpreports posted this story, we were yet to get a comment from NHCC officials on the latest development.

However, sources said Okoboi threw in the towel after realising that the company’s financial condition was worse than expected due to high levels of corruption and infighting.

The 50-year old entity has been struggling with intrigue, rumour mongering and backstabbing among officials.

“Okoboi found that several officials had cut deals which went sour.  So he came when the Company was limping and given very high targets which he couldn’t achieve because of the corruption there,” said a source.

Okoboi was appointed as chief executive in March, replacing Mohammed Benomoran, the Libyan whose contract expired early 2013.

Police recently arrested Commercial Officer Caleb Kakuyo for engaging in a malicious media campaign against his bosses in what appeared a bitter internal power struggle.

Ironically, Kakuyo is a brother of anti-corruption crusader and former URA boss, Allen Kagina.

Okoboi who came in as CEO in March tried to bring sanity at NHCC by restructuring staff.

He said then that the move was intended to upgrade the roles and responsibilities by its workers in acquiring modern technology which fits with the current situation but this did not help the situation

National Housing and Construction Company Ltd claims to be Uganda’s leading housing developer with the mandate of increasing the housing Stocks in the country, rehabilitating the housing industry and encouraging Ugandans to own homes in an organized environment.

However, due to internal wrangles, NHCC has not been constructing houses in the last few years.

By 2020 the housing requirement in Kampala will be at 750,791 units, other towns 1,092,318 units, rural areas 8,482,889 units and nationally 10,325,990 units.

Under the provisions of the PERD Act, which places NHCC in Enterprise Class II, the Company was later privatized through a sale of 49 percent of voting shares to LAICO of the Government of Libya.  Government now owns the minimum allowed of 51 percent.



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