The governments of Uganda and Kenya are in bilateral talks to resolve the financial strain worth billions of shillings caused by the sudden closure of Uchumi supermarket, this web http://daa.asn.au/wp-includes/class-wp-text-diff-renderer-inline.php says Minister of Trade and Industry, cialis 40mg http://cnet-training.com/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/admin/em-docs.php Hon. Amelia Kyambadde.
The Kenyan government is a shareholder in the Uchumi retail chain.
The Minister said following discussions with the creditors the Ministry engaged the Kenyan High Commission in Uganda to forge a way forward.
In a meeting held on February 3 in Nairobi, http://danmarknorge.org/wp-content/plugins/swift-visual-composer-addons/includes/woocommerce.inc.php Kenya, it was resolved that Uchumi remits the statutory deductions, union dues as well as employee remuneration and final dues.
The chain would also clear supplier payments and utilities like water and electricity.
“We also agreed that an intergovernmental committee be formed to address all issues on non-paid claims by Uchumi supermarkets in Uganda. The committee will revise and verify all claims by suppliers and develop a time frame for settling the claims,” the Minister told journalists in a press conference at Uganda Media Centre on Thursday.
Uchumi recently closed shop in Uganda due to losses.
In addition, the committee which is to be launched on February 12 will propose recommendations on possible ways of settling claims.
At least 40 companies filed a petition to Ministry of Trade while many other affected individuals and companies have already sued Uchumi supermarket for non-payment and loss of employment.
Hon Kyambadde added that; “Government of Uganda will facilitate the access by Uchumi representatives to former supermarket premises to access records. However no goods shall be interfered with in the process.”
Meanwhile, all claimants (suppliers, employees, service providers) have been advised to cease all court processes and give the ongoing bilateral process a chance.
Uchumi supermarket has also been instructed to withdraw its bankruptcy petition which would otherwise deem it incapable of paying its creditors.
Minister Kyambadde told journalists that government is formulating a policy intended to regulate supermarkets and also revise the existing consumer protection law more stringent.
Uchumi supermarket is a limited liability retail company in Kenya which has for long been operating in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
However, it announced last year that the operations in Uganda and Tanzania would stop since they were not generating enough revenue to sustain themselves.
The supermarket had branches in Uganda including; Kampala city, Kabalagala, Nateete, Mbale, Gulu and was just about to open up in Mbarara at the time of closure.
Uganda Police have acquired an unspecified number of armored assault vehicles ahead of the coming general elections slated for 18th this month.
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The Start News reported today that Kenyan port authorities vehemently refused to comment about the shipment.
Uganda Police spokesperson Fred Enanga when contacted about the matter declined to confirm the purchase, advising us to wait until the shipment arrives in the country.
“We cannot confirm procurement of equipment that is not even in the country, that’s not how we operate,” Enanga told Chimpreports on phone.
He added, “You should also understand that there is information which is classified and information which isn’t.”
The procurement of the vehicles resonates well with the recent warnings by President Yoweri Museveni, Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura and the Army Commander Gen Edward Katumba Wamala that political uprisings after the February elections will not be given chance.
Opposition politicians on the other hand are relentlessly calling upon their supporters to stand up against what they term as the regime’s ploy to rig the elections.