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Railway Storm: Rosa Whitaker Faces Ugandan MPs

Whitaker [L] meeting MPs at Parliament on Monday (Photo: Dickens Okello/ChimpReports)

 

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has rubbished results of an opinon polls published in media today about people’s views on the 2016 presidential elections.

The Poll purportedly places incumbent President Museveni against all opposition leaders, try http://cityhoodfordc.org/components/com_jomcomment/languages/danish.php including former Prime Minister Hon Amama Mbabazi.

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Speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters, http://civicgentledentalcare.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-automatic-upgrader-skin.php the party spokesperson, John Kikonyogo noted that the poll “could not be authenticated and thus deserved not to be taken seriously by any upright thinking citizen.”

“How can an authentic research report be evaluated and results published in just after two weeks, is that time enough since the research was conducted in December 22nd,” Kikonyogo noted.

Kikonyogo said the polls might have been made from one’s house and results released for their own intended reasons well known to them.

“We shall not be off tracked by such fake reports but we shall continue with our country wide grassroots mobilization and election of our representative.”

“We inform all Ugandans that we are still in good position to take over the leadership of this country and we are working hard to provide an option to Ugandans.’

According to the Ipsos and Daily Monitorpoll, if elections were held today, Museveni would win a fifth term by 57, while FDC former president Col Kizza Besigye would manage only 8 percent, Mbabazi 5 percent.

Ipsos is a reputable global market research company with headquarters in Paris.
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The first ever Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa in the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will be interviewed in camera and proceedings will be barred from the media, Chimp Corp, Dickens Honeywell Okello, reports from Parliament.

Whitaker arrived at Parliament Building in Kampala at around 3:19pm.

Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga in 2014 ordered an investigation into the much-anticipated infrastructural project following reports that its cost was recently raised from $8bn to $11bn under mysterious circumstances and that the procurement process leading to the awarding of the contract to Chinese firm China Harbour Engineering Company (CHECL) was done in secrecy after edging out China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

It is understood President Museveni wrote to the Works Ministry in support of CHECL which was seconded to him by the powerful American lobbyist Whitaker.

“Some time ago, our Black American compatriot, Ms Rosa Whitaker…brought to us a Chinese group known as the China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHECL),” said Museveni in the letter dated September 9, 2012.

“It is, therefore, wise that you deal with CHECL who came first and, according to confidential information, have not attempted to pay any bribes,” he added.

Highly placed sources say Whitaker convinced Museveni to award the contract to CHECL after the company committed itself to develop capacity of UPDF Engineers in the construction and maintenance of Lake Victoria Port Infrastructure System and the Railway Infrastructure System; develop an Inland Port and a ship building facility at Bukasa not to mention a railway station.

Other related railway facilities would also be set up right from Kampala to Malaba and Bukasa Port and from Tororo to Pakwach before extending from Gulu to Nimule.

CHECL also promised to train UPDF Engineers and Technicians and remodel Tororo Barracks into a polytechnic centre thus cutting the cost of buying uniform and other attire from abroad.

With these benefits in sight and having worked closely with Whitaker, Museveni is said to have decided that CHECL takes the multi-billion deal, a move that angered CCECC which had already signed an MoU with Works Ministry to rebuild the eastern line of the railway.

Considering that CCECC had claimed investing ‘shs47bn’ in surveys, government decided to explore means of granting them a contract for the western line which the company rejected.

The western area is hilly, implying CCECC would invest more resources in the rehabilitation of the railway line, while the preferred eastern section is largely a flatland.

The move sparked off a political firestorm with government officials fighting in the media on behalf of the two antagonistic Chinese firms.

The Parliament committee has since held discussions with government officials, the latest being president Museveni at State House Entebbe last week.

Museveni reportedly told MPs that several government officials took bribes from CCECC and that corrupt organisations would not take part in the railway project.

Whitaker started the United States Trade Representative’s Office of African Affairs and was the lead U.S. negotiator for trade agreements with African countries.

Under her leadership, the U.S. was credited with a string of initiatives to enhance American trade, investment and economic cooperation with African countries.

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