Micho Heaps Praises on West Nile Side that Thumped Cranes

West Nile team

Uganda will host the 13th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit scheduled to take place on April 22-23, no rx 2016 in Kampala under the Chairmanship of H.E. President Yoweri Museveni.

The Summit will be preceded by a Ministerial meeting on April 21, generic 2016 and a Senior Officials’ meeting on April 19-20, salve 2016.

According to a statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the countries that will participate are Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

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The Secretary-General of the East African Community and the Executive Secretary of the Northern Corridor Transit Transport Coordination authority will also attend as observers. Private sector representatives from Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda will also participate.

The Northern Corridor is the transport corridor that links the EAC landlocked countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan with the Port of Mombasa, Kenya.  The corridor also serves Northern Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

Under the NCIP framework, the Heads of State and Government continue to provide the political impetus necessary for the implementation of the projects in a faster and more efficient way.

“The forthcoming meetings will review the status of implementation of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) since the last Summit held in December 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda,” revealed the Ministry.

These projects are in the areas of infrastructure development, energy, information technology and socio-economic development.

They include: Standard Gauge Railway; Oil Refinery Development; Political Federation, Power Generation, Transmission and Inter-connectivity, Crude and refined Oil Pipelines Development, Human Resource Capacity Building, Commodities Exchange,Immigration, Trade, Tourism, Labour and Services among others.

Significant progress continues to be made in the implementation of the projects. For instance, the ongoing construction of the standard gauge railway which has reached 70% completion on the Mombasa-Nairobi sector; construction of Malaba-Kampala sector expected to begin in July 2016.
As the hearing of the Presidential petition in which former Presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi disputes the election results carries on, store his lawyers have accused the Electoral Commission for relying on illegitimate sources to declare winner.

Muhammad Mbabazi, one of the petitioner’s lawyers spent the better part of Tuesday morning arguing that there were no hard copies of declaration of results forms at the Namboole tally centre as signed by district returning officers.

“We went for inspection at EC, we asked for these documents but we still haven’t received them and neither has court,” he said.

Muhammad further argued that there was no tallying at Namboole but rather mere ‘posting of results’

According to the affidavits of the second respondent (EC), there’s evidence that there were no DR forms, no tally sheets as well as return forms at national tally centre. Other affidavits sworn by candidate agents say there was no breakdown of results as they filtered in at Namboole.

“If there were no DR forms then what did the EC rely on to declare the first respondent (Museveni) as the winner? Our submission is; if there are no DR forms then there are no results,” submitted Muhammad.

The petitioner further asked why the EC moved away from using hard copy DR forms as required by law in Section 56 of the Presidential Elections Act to using scanned copies which are still not been presented.

“There was no fairness and transparency. The EC instead enacted his own law and Dr. Badru Kiggundu relied on his own results. The fundamental departure from principles that guide elections renders the outcome invalid.”

Mbabazi’s lawyers questioned how the EC got these sheets on that very day yet there is no evidence of the documents being scanned. They faulted the electoral body for replacing candidate agents with technology which made the tallying process prone to errors.

In his evidence during cross examination on Monday, Electoral Commission Chairman, Eng. Dr. Badru Kiggundu admitted that the Commission didn’t rely on hard copy forms but rather soft copies which were electronically transmitted. Kiggundu said he couldn’t provide the data used but confirmed it was on computers.

Uganda Cranes boss Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has heaped lots of praises to the West Nile select side that defeated the national team 1-0 at the Greenlight stadium in Arua on Saturday 12th March 2016.

Onduparaka youngster Caesar Onega came off the bench in the 70th minute hunt down the hapless Cranes.

“I rate them(West Nile select) highly before and after the match with coaches and players from the region, more about ” Micho told Chimp Sport adding that he “will warmly recommend those under-20 players that have excelled to Kefa Kisala (national Under-20 head coach).

The hosts’ squad was largely comprising players from Fufa big league sides Onduparaka FC and Paidha Black Angels who shared 8:3 ratio in the starting team. Other teams that provided players include Doves All Stars FC, stuff Hot Springs FC and Bugoigo F.C from Bulisa.

“we need to spot and tap talent early enough.”

The Serbian sounded unimpressed with the set of players he picked for the tour and revealed to Chimp Sport that he will retain only six players and also heaped praise on The Saints FC youngster Yasin Mugume.

“On our side we took 23 players; six of them will be retained in 35 players (to prepare for Burkina Faso clash) while others will look for their chance next time while some players will have chance with the Under-20 like Mugume that is copy paste player like Kayizi Vincent in best days,” Micho summarized.

The Cranes will now embark on preparations for the upcoming 2017 Afcon qualifiers against Burkina Faso on Saturday 26th and Tuesday 29th March 2016. The first leg will be hosted in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and return leg in Kampala.

West Nile XI vs Cranes
Kasim Nisar, Alex Gasper Adriko, Toha Rashid, Khalid Odagui,  Ibrahim Faisal, Gadhino Gadafi, Muhammed Shaban(70′ Ceasar Onega), Rashid Agau, Gadafi Wahabu (all from Onduparaka) (Sabir Nesta Rajab, Vitalis Adulmalek Tabu (Paidha Black Angels F.C)

James Alitho (G.K), Joseph Nsubuga, Hassan Musana, Sadat Kyambadde, Timothy Denis Awani, Ivan Ntege, Milton Karisa, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Yasin Mugume, Rahamat Senfuka, Emmanuel Kalyowa

Uganda Cranes Team II:

Mathias Kigonya (G.K), Denis Okot, Allan Munaaba, Bernard Muwanga, Sam Kintu, Yunus Sibira, Kezironi Kizito,Erisa Ssekisambu, Julius Mutyaba, Geofrey Sserunkuma, Edrisa Lubega


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