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The Ugandan Ministry of Defence has, sales adiposity at its headquarters in Mbuya, clinic visit web signed a memorandum of Understanding with China Wanbao Engineering Corp to manufacture commercial emulsion explosives at Luwero Industries Ltd (LIL) premises in Nakasongola District.

The Vice Chairman of China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO), information pills Hon Tang Deng Jie, who arrived in the Country on November 13, 2015 signed on behalf of China Wanbao Engineering Corp and the Managing Director LIL, Maj Gen James Mugira, signed on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.

In recent years the emulsion explosives have had a large increase in the usage on surface and underground mines.

The reason for this are the great advantages that emulsion explosives offer compared to other types of explosives on the market.

The advantages of emulsion explosive include safety and security, excellent resistance to water, increased velocity of detonation, transport, handling and storage, savings in drilling operations and low gas emissions

On November 14, 2015, the Minister of State for Defence Gen Jeje Odongo presided over the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the multibillion factory in Luwero Industries in Nakasongola.

The ground-breaking ceremony was witnessed by Hon Tang Deng Jie with a 10-man delegation from China, Minister for Gender Labour and Social Affairs Hon Muruli Mukasa, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Defence, Rosette Byengoma Rosette and the Joint Chief of Staff of the UPDF Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi among others.

Gen Jeje Odongo said the joint venture was initiated by President Yoweri Museveni.

“The idea of this explosive plant was born in December 2013 when the Commander-In-Chief, in his strategic understanding of the economy and security environment, guided that there was need for LIL to partner with a company in establishment of an explosive plant in Uganda as one of the drivers of development in the Country,” Gen Jeje Odongo said, adding that, “Under this joint venture, much will happen in this area. Not only shall we be able to deal with our problems but also assist others in the region.”

He thanked the Chinese counterparts for their continued support in different fields saying “this kind of strategic intentions are beyond just business but go deeper to positively impact on the lives of the people of Uganda and the region at large.”

Minister Muruli Mukasa, who is also the area Member of Parliament said, “this is another Land Mark in the transformation story of Uganda. The opportunities to the community will be enormous, economically and in terms of skills development. This will greatly contribute to the fulfillment of vision 2040.”


According to the Managing Director LIL, Maj Gen James Mugira, the factory is the first of its kind in the region.

“This will be the only manufacturer of commercial emulsion explosives in the East and Central African region. The products will therefore have a big market. It will improve on the financial base of LIL and reduce or stop its reliance on the National treasury,” said Maj Gen Mugira.

He added that more mineral deposits have been discovered in the region which will require huge quantities of commercial emulsion explosives for mining.

Maj Gen Mugira further said: “Defence Industries and capabilities, worldwide, are strategic at countries’ forefront and extremely important for any country”.

He said the plant in which UPDF Engineers will be key workers will also serve as a one stop center for storage of explosives which will ensure accountability of explosives in the country as a counter terrorism measure.

Maj Gen Mbadi, Hon Tang, Gen Odongo, Mrs Byengoma Rosette, Hon Muruli and Maj Gen Mugira during the laying of a foundation stone for the plant

Maj Gen Mbadi, Hon Tang, Gen Odongo, Mrs Byengoma Rosette, Hon Muruli and Maj Gen Mugira during the laying of a foundation stone for the plant


Hon Tang said China is committed in sharing with Uganda to strengthen and modernize Uganda’s National Defence capabilities and propel economic development.

He was pleased that the recent upgrade of LIL production lines by NORINCO has helped improve on the output of the factory.

He pledged continued support to LIL so that it can contribute further in National development, adding that the Kyoga Dynamics partnership will go a long way in further consolidating the positive relationship between Uganda and China.

NORINCO offers technical and equipment support and some raw materials to LIL. It recently started providing full sponsorship to LIL Engineers for post graduate studies at Beijing Institute of Technology.

LIL produces small ammunitions for use by Uganda security agencies, tools and spare parts for weapons and does metal fabrication production. It also repairs, fabricates and upgrades Infantry fighting vehicles, upgrades AK 47 riffles and repairs weapons of all calibers among others.

Officials said following the 2013 strategic guidance by the President, bids were open and MORINCO merged the best partner of five bidders and on September 3, 2015, a Limited Liability Company called Kyoga Dynamics Ltd was formed in Uganda which will engage in the manufacture and production of commercial emulsion explosives.

This was a result of a joint venture entered into in June 2015 by China Wanbao Engineering Corp and LIL, a subsidiary of National Enterprise Corporation under the Ministry of Defence.

Construction and establishment of the Kyoga Dynamics Ltd plant will be concluded by October 2016 when production will start, according to Defence officials.
The Electoral Commission has rejected presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi’s change of campaign program, purchase Chimp Corps report.

Mbabazi revealed in a weekend media brief about the postponement of the Northern region tour over unknown reasons.

Mbabazi’s lawyers were yesterday expected to write to the EC to allow them change their schedule for the candidate to travel to Kigezi.

However, EC spokesperson Jotham Taremwa says Mbabazi’s alleged plan to alter the campaign rota has been declined.

“JPAM (John Patrick Amama Mbabazi’s) change of campaign program has not been approved by the Commission,” said Taremwa in a tweet on Monday.

Contacted by ChimpReports, Taremwa said to change a presidential candidate’s rota, the EC must first review the entire campaign program.

“This is not a simple matter. The Commission must ensure harmony in the presidential candidates’ campaigns. You have to write seeking permission from the Commission. It is not proper to simply write notifying us about a change,” he added.

Taremwa said before campaigns kicked off last week, candidates sat on a round-table with Commission officials to agree on their campaign trail.

“As of now, we expect all presidential candidates to be where they committed themselves to be.”

Mbabazi, who today travelled to Hoima, is expected to connect to Gulu, Lira and Arua.

He intended to skip the north by heading to Kabarole, Kasese, Kanungu, Bushenyi and Mbarara.

While Mbabazi’s camp is yet to explain the reason behind the attempted change of the campaign program, the move comes against the backdrop of UPC’s decision to support President in the 2016 presidential elections.

In Buganda, Mbabazi has relied on support from DP leaders to hold successful rallies.

Some areas in Northern Uganda where Mbabazi planned to hold rallies are UPC strongholds.

On Friday, Kole District Woman Member of Parliament, Joy Ruth Acheng said, “Since UPC doesn’t have a Presidential Candidate, people should vote for Museveni because of the good things his government has done such as rural electrification, good roads and money for the elderly.”
In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week, malady the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, will on Wednesday host a one-day African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) Preparedness Workshop, for export-ready small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The event which will take place in Nairobi will highlight the practical knowledge and skills necessary to maximize export opportunities under AGOA.

According to the event organizers, the workshop is a Networking opportunity for small and medium sized enterprise owners.

It will draw attention to a firm understanding of the Kenyan export process.

The Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) which has commenced on Monday is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.


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