Maj Gen David Muhoozi appointed the new CDF

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and President of the Republic of Uganda, HE Yoweri Museveni has made appointments, transfers, and promotions in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces as follows:

Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, who has been the Chief of Defence Forces, has been seconded to the Government and appointed as Minister of State for Works.

Maj Gen David Muhoozi, who has been the Commander Land Forces, is promoted to the rank of General and appointed Chief of Defence Forces.

Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi, who has been the Joint Chief of Staff, is promoted to the rank of Lt Gen and appointed the Deputy Chief of Defence of Forces.

Lt Gen Charles Angina, who has been the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, is appointed the Deputy Commander Operation Wealth Creation.

Brig Peter Elwelu, who has been the 2nd Division Commander, is promoted to the rank of Maj Gen and appointed the Commander Land Forces.

Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who has been the Commander Special Forces Command, is appointed Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations.

Lt Col Don Nabaasa, who has been the Commander 1st Battalion of Special Forces Command, is promoted to the rank of Col and appointed the Acting Commander Special Forces Command.

Maj Gen Sam Turyagenda, who has been the Commander Air Forces, is appointed Senior Presidential Advisor on Air Forces matters.

Brig Charles Lwanga Lutaaya, who has been the Deputy Commander Air Forces, is promoted to the rank of Maj Gen and appointed Commander Air Forces.

Brig Charles Otema, who has been the Chief of Logistics and Engineering, has been promoted to the rank of Maj Gen and appointed General Officers Commanding the Reserves.

Brig Charles Bakahumura, who has been the Chief of Military Intelligence, is appointed the Chief of Logistics and Engineering.

Lt Col Abel Kandoho, who has been a staff officer under the office of State Minister for Defence in charge of Veteran Affairs, is promoted to the rank of Col and appointed the Chief of Military Intelligence.

Brig Sam Okiding, who until recently was the Contingent Commander of UPDF Forces in Somalia, is promoted to the rank of Maj Gen and remains substantive commander of Field Artillery Division that he commanded before going to Somalia.

Brig Gavas Mugyenyi promoted to Maj Gen and remains in command of Air Defence Division.

Maj Gen Nakibus Lakara, who has been the Deputy Commander Operation Wealth Creation, goes back to headquarters for redeployment soon.

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TIGHT SECURITY AT THE HIGH COURT

By Robert Ssegawa

The 31 people accused of murdering Muslim clerics have arrived in high court amid tight security.

Security has been tightened at the high court where the trials expected to kick of today.

All roads heading to the international crime division of the high court are also blocked.

The hearing will be before the panel of 3 justices Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Percy Tuhaise and Jane Kigundu.

The suspect include the leader of tabliq sector at Nakasero mosque Sheikh Yunus Kamoga alleged to have mastermind the murder of several muslims across the country.


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UPDF colonel arrested over rebel activities

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Photo: Edward Abili

A senior army officer in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) was at the weekend arrested for allegedly having links with an unnamed rebel group.
Colonel Dan Opit Odwee, the airforce garrison commander, is being detained at the Makindye Military cells over subversive activities, the army confirmed yesterday.

The former 4th Division infantry operations and training officer is the most senior army officer among more than 30 soldiers, including Capt Ojara, the arms officer (head of armoury) at Bombo Military Barracks, who have so far been arrested over treason.

The army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, yesterday confirmed his arrest. “He was arrested for subversion and investigations are still ongoing,” Lt Col Ankunda said.

The army publicist refused to mention the threat and the subversive activities Col Odwee was involved in but sources say he is linked to other soldiers who have already been arrested in different army units for subversion.

His son, Mr Edward Abili, yesterday posted on his Facebook page about the arrest and expressed the family’s anguish for not knowing from where his father is being held.

“Does anybody in Uganda know where Col Dan Opito Odwee is? He has been arrested by the Ugandan government and taken to a secret location. If anyone has any information, please let me know because he is my father,” Mr Abili wrote.

The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, said yesterday the army officer’s arrest by the military was connected to Nakawa MP Michael Kabaziguruka’s treason case.

“There is a joint investigation that we are carrying out on information we got that some people are planning to carry out attacks on police stations, military installations and disturb the peace of the city. So I am sure that could be part of it but I am not yet updated,” Gen Kayihura when asked to comment on the matter after launching the Police Rectification programme intended to streamline operations of the Force.

“Kabaziguruka is helping police with investigations in the same matter and I am sure all the others are helping with investigations. That’s the status,” the police chief said.
Sources say the top army leadership was supposed to go for a retreat at the National Leadership Institute Kyankwanzi but it has been cancelled.

Col Odwee was arrested from his home in Katabi, Entebbe. Sources close to the family say the arresting team tied Col Odwee’s hands on his back before he was bundled into a vehicle and driven to Makindye Military Barracks in Kampala.
Some of the soldiers arrested for allegedly being part of the scheme to destabilise government are from Bombo and Air Defense in Nakasongola District, sources say.

Mr Kabaziguruka, who was arrested last week, before he was released on police bond last Thursday evening, said he was interrogated and questioned about subversive activities. He said the security agencies are linking the activities to former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye and former spy chief David Sejusa.

Past case
Dr Besigye, indicted for treason, is currently on remand at Luzira prison. The Constitutional Court in 2006 dismissed a similar charge against him, saying his trial in a court for allegedly heading the shadowy People’s Redemption Army, was unconstitutional. Dozens of his supporters incarcerated on similar offences were later granted amnesty in exchange for incriminating Dr Besigye while those that declined remained in prison, with the last PRA suspect released this year.

 

GOVERNMENT IS INTRODUCING AN ELECTRONIC VISA APPLICATION SYSTEM

By Carol Namala

Government is introducing an electronically controlled system that will enable applicants for Visa, and work permits to submit applications.

The commissioner, Immigration Control at the ministry of  Internal Affairs Namara Anthony says  applicants will be able to submit application  through the Uganda e-immigration web portal and get their Visas without a hustle adding that this can be don from anywhere in the World.

Namara says the new system will improve efficiency and effectiveness, promote accountability and ease communication between agencies.

He adds that the same system will also be in position to give feedback to the applicant and can be accessed on the website www.visas.immigration.go.ug. He says the immigration department will be able to receive and process the applications electronically by July this year.


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AIDE MEMOIRE -DR SPECIOSA KAZIBWE WANDIRA CANDIDATE FOR CHAIRPERSON, AU COMMISSION (2016-2020)

Dr Wandira has been endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uganda and the Eastern African Region as their Candidate for the post of Chairperson, AU Commission.

Dr Wandira is a physician and trained social scientist, veteran politician, diplomat and Pan Africanist. In 2013 she served as Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations for HIV/AIDS in Africa and is currently a member of the African Union Panel on the Wise, one of the critical pillars of the Peace and Security Architecture of the African Union.

As Executive Vice President of the Republic of Uganda for a total of 9 years – beginning 1994, and the first Woman Vice President in Africa, Dr Wandira oversaw government restructuring and pragmatic economic reforms that are credited with delivering commendable economic growth rates for Uganda that continue to this date. She was also at the forefront of efforts to find lasting solutions to regional conflicts, facilitating and mediating conflicts in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Sudan and Somalia.

Dr Wandira served as Deputy Minister for Industry and Technology (1989-1991) and as Cabinet Minister forWomen in Development, Culture and Youth (1991-1993), spearheadingthe first and internationally acclaimed multi-sectoral strategy to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

Impassioned by the Pan Africanist ideal, and steeped in the understanding that Africa needs African solutions to African problems, Dr Wandira has traversed the African continent mobilizing governments to embrace gender policies that involve women and young people in peace building and conflict resolution mechanisms.

Dr Wandira will draw from her vast international experience and global networks to mobilize Africa to take charge of her destiny through crystalizing Africa’s vision of ‘an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena’.

Born on 1 July 1955 in Uganda, Dr Wandira holds a Doctor of Science (DSc) in Populations and Global Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, USA, (2009), a Master of Medicine (MMed-Surgery) (1987) and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBCh.B) (1979) from Makerere University Kampala.

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280 MPS VOTED, 9 ABSTAINED AND 4 VOTED AGAINIST SSEKANDI AS VICE PRESIDENT

By Alice Lubwama

Moments before the 2016/17 budget reading, parliament presided over by speaker Kadaga approved Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi as vice president of Uganda to serve for the second term.

The motion to approve Ssekandi was moved by Ruth Nankabirwa the newly appointed Government chief whip and seconded by Dp’s Gonzanga Sewungu and Odonga Otto for Aluur County.

A total of 280 members voted in favor of the reappointed VP, while 4 voted against and 9 abstained from the poll.

In a short speech after being approved, Ssekandi thanked members for putting their trust in him and also the President for seeing more potential in him.

Those voted against include Mwijukye Francis Buhweju county, Sewanyana Allan Makidye west, Kasibante Moses Lubaga north and Mubarak Munyagwa Sserunga.

After seconding Ssekandi for vice president MP Odonga Otto urged him to speak to the president to have a dialogue with Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye to have him released from jail. The house also approved Kasese woman MP Winne Kizza as opposition leader and Ssemujju Ibrahim as the opposition chief whip.

Parliament also constituted the appointments committee headed by speaker Kadaga  with NRM having majority members  including Arinaitwe Rwakajara , Hellen Ondoa, Makumbi Henry, Moses Balyeku , Beatrice Rwakimari among others.

Other members include Joseph Sewungu of DP, Santa Olumu from UPC , Winnie Kizza , Betty Akol and Francis Mwijukye all from FDC. Gen. Elly Tumwine will represent UPDF on the committee.


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UGANDA’S DOMESTIC REVENUE BEATS SHS. 11,333 BILLION PLANNED TARGET

By Tukundane Yonna

Inflation rate in Uganda has remained stable and in single digit as planned. Annual headline inflation was recorded at 5.4% in May 2016.

In the first half of the last financial year, inflation peaked at 8.5% in December 2015, due to the pass-through effects of the sharp weakening of the Uganda shilling against the US Dollar.

This also caused an increase in prices including electricity tariffs which adversely affected both manufacturers and domestic consumers.

However, Government implemented prudent fiscal and monetary policies that reduced inflation and therefore restored, as I speak now, price stability in the economy.

The provisional outturn for Uganda’s domestic revenue for the financial year 2015/16 is Shs. 11,598 billion equivalent to 13.2% of GDP. This is higher than the planned target of Shs. 11,333 billion.

The Shs. 11,598 billion is accounted for as follows: provisional outturn for tax revenue is Shs. 11,192 billion, non-tax revenue is Shs. 282 billion. Oil capital gains tax revenue Shs. 124 billion.

Uganda’s provisional outturn for total external financing during the year 2015/16 is Shs. 5,602 billion, of which project loan disbursements is Shs. 4,355.4 billion and grants Shs. 1,247 billion. The provisional outturn for non-concessional loan disbursements is Shs. 3,041 billion while a concessional loan disbursement is Shs. 1,315 billion.

The non-concessional loans are financing major priority projects such as Karuma and Isimba Hydropower plants and other projects in the transport and ICT areas. Budget support loans were Shs. 120 billion.

Government domestic borrowing is projected to be below the amount planned of Shs. 1,384 billion for the financial year.

THE SHILLING RECOVERING ITS STRENGTH

By Tukundane Yonna

Uganda’s earnings from exports are far less than what it spends on imports resulting in a large trade imbalance vis-à-vis our trading partners. The revelation came out during the reading of the 2016/17 budget at Serena yesterday.

In the 12 months to March 2016, Uganda’s imports were worth US$ 5,647 million; compared to export receipts of just US$ 2,669 million, less than 50% of our import bill.

“A combination of factors including the strong US Dollar, the stagnation in export receipts, and speculative tendencies in the run up to the 2016 General Elections led to rapid weakening of the Uganda Shilling,” said Hon. Matia Kasaija

The Uganda Shilling lost 39% of its value vis-à-vis the US Dollar between September 2014 and September 2015. However, prudent fiscal and monetary policy as well as the successful completion of the General Elections has now restored confidence in the economy, with the Shilling recovering its strength to Shs. 3,326 per US Dollar by April 2016, a 10% improvement compared to the position in September 2015.

Uganda’s foreign exchange reserves remain adequate, estimated at US$ 2,925 billion representing 4.4 months of future imports of goods and services in April 2016. The target recommended in the East African Community is 4.5 months of imports.

3 MAIN REASONS FOR UGANDA’S LOWER GROWTH ECONOMY GROWTH

By Tukundane Yonna

Uganda’s economy is said to have remained resilient a midst a volatile global environment. Total national economic output is estimated to have expanded by 4.6% in the financial year ending, supported by robust growth in the services and construction activities.

Although this is lower than the growth target of 5.0%, it is significantly higher than the projected growth for sub-Saharan Africa of 3% projected the same period. Lower growth of the economy arose from three main factors:

  1. The sharp fall in international commodity prices such as coffee, tea, minerals, which form the bulk of Uganda’s exports. For example, Tea prices have dropped from US Dollar cents 403.03 per Kg in July 2015 to US Dollar cents 237.99 per Kg in April 2016; and Copper from US$ 5,456.75 per tonne to US$ 4,872.74 per tonne. The shift to Services in China’s economy, has also contributed to the fall in global demand for minerals and other commodities;
  2. The decline in private sector credit growth as a result of high interest rates, which have constrained domestic activity; and
  3. The strengthening of the US Dollar as a result of the recovery in the US economy which led to depreciation of our shilling. This caused domestic inflation. The strong Dollar also made imports more expensive, constraining business cash flows.

Hon Matia Kasaija says despite these challenges, Services continued to grow strongly rising by 6.6% from 4.5% last financial year during the 2016/17 budget reading at Serena Conference hall yesterday.

Agriculture, which is the back-bone of Uganda’s economy, expanded by 3.2% in real terms compared to a growth rate of 2.3% the previous year. Meanwhile Industry grew by 3.0% which is lower than the 7.8% recorded a year before.

MUSEVENI WARNS ANYBODY WHO WILL OBSTRUCT INVESTORS IN ANY WAY

By Tukundane Yonna

 

 

President Museveni has maintained his stand on reversing the culture of buying without selling as in the State of the Nation address.

“Kugula without kutunda is a recipe for failure.  I am seriously engaging KACITA (Kampala City Traders) on this,” the president said addressing members of parliament during today’s 2016/17 budget reading.

Mueveni insists that government shall work for exports all over the globe and not just exporting unprocessed coffee and cotton, but exporting final products e.g. textiles, processed fish, processed milk and milk products, vegetables oil, etc.

The president noted that some companies are already exporting final products. Fine Spinners have already exported 2.5 million pieces of T-shirts to Europe and East Africa and, they are planning to double their exports to 5 million pieces of T-shirts by next year.

Nytil is exporting in the region.  Milk factories are exporting milk and milk products to Kenya, South Sudan, Congo, Tanzania, Sudan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Nigeria, Syria,  USA and other COMESA countries.   Uganda’s processed fish has for long been exported to the European Union – 80%, Japan – 4%, UAE – 5%, USA – 4% and others (Israel, Asia and Middle East) – 7%.

The president affirmed that anybody who obstructs investors in any way will be dispensed with.