By Edwin Muhumuza
Mps on the committee of natural resources have expressed disappointment following the delay by the ministry of water to embark on the rehabilitation of waste water treatment facilities since 2013.
Chairperson,Elly Asiku grilled Mr. Sowed Sewagudde from Ministry of Water why even the construction of sanitation facilities on lake shores,treatment and disposal of sludge in selected municipal areas of Jinja,Wakiso and Kampala had not taken off.
The cause has been attributed to the slow procurement process that took two years to secure a consultant to undertake the feasilbility study.However,Hon.Asiku noted that the main problem with Ugandan technocrats was poor planning and end result being loss of tax payers money.
The delay in commencement of construction and rehabilitation works had resulted in deteriorating quality of water in Lake Victoria.
Early this year President Yoweri Museveni commissioned the new Ggaba Water Works that will increase water supply in Kampala from 200 million litres to 250 million litres per day.The $42 million works is funded under the Kampala Water Lake Victoria WatSan Project, that has seen the government and development partners complete rehabilitation of Gaba I & II treatment plants and complete new transmission mains from Gaba to Namasuba.
By Deo Wasswa
National agricultural crops research institute Namulonge has commenced a new study to find the genes (DNA) for various Jack fruits spices in the country.
By Sania Babirye
A member of the ruling National Resistance Movement David Kamukama has gone to the high court in Kampala challenging the nomination of fellow party member and also minister of Science and Technology Elioda Tumwesigye’s nomination in the coming party primary for the Sheema municipality elections.
Kamukama says Tumwesigye who is also the current MP for Sheema North’s nomination is illegal because he was nominated out of time which was four days after the official nomination program.
He is now seeking court to quash minister Tumwesigye’s nomination.
The party primaries are slated for the 31st of this month while elections will take place on the 19th of July 2018.
By Moses Kindadi
National Environment management Authority has banned Chinese contractors Sino Hydro from giving away the high quality rock that was extracted under ground as they constructed bunkers and other facilities at Karuma .
Several Ugandans have requested to take up the high value rock known as muck for personal use.
How ever NEMAs Senior Environment officer Akelo Gonasa says the rock is now a government resource which can be used for other government projects in future like the railway line and oil pipeline,she says they are strictly supervising the contractor to ensure that they comply with the set environment standards at the site.
The rock is now dumped in Murchison falls National park.
NEMA has now ordered the contractor Sino Hydro to cover the rock so as to reclaim the natural environment inside the park
By Deo Wasswa
The government has launched procurement processes for Kampala-Jinja Express high way project.
The project due to commence next year, will cost US $ 1bn and the constructions will affect over 100.000 people who will probably receive their compensations in the next financial year.
According to minister state for Works, Katumba Wamala, the 95 kilometer highway is expected to boost and link trade between Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.
Minister has also urged residents who will be affected by the project to stop building houses and other buildings to help the government not incur much cost during the compensations.
The 5 years project will be funded by Uganda government with a big financial support from European Union.