Museveni warns Ugandans against intimidating investors

President, Yoweri Museveni has warned Ugandans against intimidating and bad mouthing investors who come to do business in Uganda.

According to Museveni, the continuous hatred of Ugandan traders towards foreign investors spells doom for the country’s economic prosperity.

Last month, city traders went up in arms against government for licensing foreigners to engage in petty trade. However, Museveni says such rants are not good if Uganda is to attract more investors who have created jobs for Ugandans.

Museveni was speaking during the commissioning of a multi billion dollar Sun Belt Textile company in Masese division in Jinja municipality on Monday evening.

He pledged to repair roads that connect Jinja to other parts of the country to ease trade in order to create an enabling environment for investment.

Museveni asked Ugandans to come together to create an enabling environment for the investors to create more jobs. Sun Belt Textile Company, which started operating in 2012, manufactures bed sheets, blankets and bed covers among others.

It employs over 1000 employees.

 

President Museveni not interested in succession and removal of age limit talk

President Yoweri Museveni has dismissed calls to discuss the removal of the age limit from the constitution and his succession, saying it’s not the right time.

Recently, a section of the media carried reports showing that some legislators allied to the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party were planning to table a resolution pushing the removal of tap limits.

President Museveni’s son-in-law, Odrek Rwabwogo also wrote to the media calling for debate on the political transition, economic reforms and internal democracy in NRM. Now, president, Museveni has distanced himself from talk of the removal of the age limit, saying he isn’t interested in the matter.

Museveni will be above 75 years at the expiry of his current term, which makes him ineligible to contest for presidency without the removal of the age limit from the constitution.

Addressing journalists at Kawumu State Lodge in Luweero district on Tuesday evening, Museveni said he is only concerned about the future of Africa and what should be done but not small things like age limit.

Abdul Nadduli, the Minister Without Portfolio agrees with Museveni, but warns him to reign in on his family members and relatives, saying they may lead to his downfall.

But the Democratic Party president, Norbert Mao will not have any of this. According to Mao, Museveni is interested in the removal of the age limits to allow him become president for life.

He argues that NRM has no alternative to succeed Museveni that is why they are plotting to remove the age limit to enable him stand again.

According to Mao, Ugandans should continue discussing the political transition and avoid being diverted by Museveni that he isn’t interested in the matter.

He notes that Museveni duped Ugandans that he was not interested in the removal of term limits from the constitution but turned around to bribe MPs to pass the proposal.

 

 

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Museveni asks citizens, security personnel to be vigilant

The president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has come out to condemn the manner in which Andrew Felix Kaweesi and many more Ugandans have been killed.

In a press statement from State House, the president has directed immediate installation of security cameras in all major cities and a long highways a project that he says was stalled by paying attention to improving roads and electricity.

The president also  has also called upon security personnel and all citizens to be vigilant and on the look out for the thugs who have habitually used motorcycles to kill people.

Earlier today, the nation watched in shock graphic  images of assistant inspector General of Police and police spokes’ person, Andrew Felix Kaweesi lying in a pool of blood, where it is said that unknown gun men shot him, his guard and driver to death.

Gen Angina sends Captain Bashaija to jail over land grabbing

Lieutenant-General Charles Angina the deputy Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) has ordered the arrest of the OWC coordinator for Mbarara Municipality, Captain David Bashaija, over alleged misconduct.

Angina issued the order on Saturday night after a meeting with all OWC coordinators from Ankole and Kigezi sub regions held at Lake View Resort Hotel Mbarara.

According to Angina, retired Captain Bashaija had been subjected to investigations and it was found out that he has been using his position to grab land. The land he is said to have grabbed includes 31.8 hectares from the National Agriculture Research Organisation (NARO) Institute in Mbarara.

Angina revealed that although there are other enncroachers onthe land who will also be dealt with, Bashaija should be arrested immediately. He assiged Colonel Sikaji Tumusiime  Ankole regional OWC commander to have the Captain Bashaija arrested by Monday March 13th 2016.

The order comes barely a day after President Museveni who was in Mbarara on Friday ordered that encroachers on the NARO institute’s land to vacate immediately.

Museveni who was speaking on Friday at the handover of  40 tractors to farmers in the cattle corridor at Mbarara Zonal Agricultural Research Development Institute along Mbarara-Bushenyi road.

The president revealed that he was not happy to learn that some residents of Mbarara have descended on land meant for research development and decided to fence it off and use it for personal gains.

The president therefore ordered that the traditional boundaries of 1,300 acres of land must be restored as a matter of urgency saying that the government would not have loved to first use force against the encroachers.

Sarah Kagingo, the OWC communications and public affairs officer URN that they have also received repeated complaints that the Captain Bashaija has been using the name of P President Museveni and that of General Salim Saleh to intimidate people. Saleh, who is Museveni’s young brother, is the overall OWC coordinator.

According to Dr. Imelda Kashaija, the deputy director general for NARO, indicated that the agricultural research development institute in Mbarara has lost 31.6 hectares to Captain Bashaija. Another 64.3 hectares of land has been occupied by a businessman identified as Ibrahim Sali who transferred it to Hajuni investments.
ur reporter that the order to have him arrested was not issued in good faith.

He says that he acquired the land from the Uganda Land Commission and that if they are interested in taking it up, they should instead work out a clear procedure that will see him compensated.

 

 

 

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Six men face three years of jail for vandalizing Museveni’s farm

Six men have been sentenced to three years in jail for vandalizing President Yoweri Museveni’s farm in Lutunku village, Lugusuulu Sub County at the border of Sembabule and Gomba district.

The convicts were arrested on December 11, 2016 while in possession of 26 rolls of chain links part of which had been used in fencing president Museveni’s farm.

The six, all residents of Kampala, were identified as Caleb Ahimbisibwe, Jeremy Ssemugenyi, Isaac Mutabike, Johan Muwanguzi, Umar Mugerwa and Charles Serwadda. The six pleaded guilty to the offense and told court that they were selling the chain links to scrap dealers around Kampala.

Prosecution led by Allan Mucunguzi, the Sembabule State Attorney, told court that the accused persons were found with stolen chain-links valued at 53 million Shillings. The chain links had been used to cover a distance of about 1 mile on the farm.

Court heard evidence from 11 witness including two police officers who all pinned the accused persons to the offense. Prosecution also presented three lorry trucks upon which the exhibits had been loaded destined for Kampala.

Sembabule Grade I Magistrate George Miftundida observed in a ruling delivered Thursday, that the accused persons were notorious thieves who braved a long distance from Kampala to Sembabule, an implication that they had a lot of time conspiring to commit the offense. Court also observed that all the accused persons are young men who deliberately chose theft as a way of life other than employing their energies to work.

The magistrate downplayed pleas for pardon by the convicted persons and accordingly sentenced them to three years in jail.

However, court acquitted the Godwin Arinaitwe, the seventh suspect who prosecution alleged that aided the theft with finance, after evidence against him was found to be inconsistent.

The judgment was received with mixed reactions among residents of Sembabule district, where some people considered it too harsh to people that had prayed for leniency, while others say it would contain theft in the area.  Godfrey Tumwesigye, a farmer told URN that the area had suffered enough attacks of this nature. He described theft as the biggest threat to pastoralism in the district.

 

 

 

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Despite our political views I had a working relationship with Tito Okello – Museveni

By Kidandi Moses
President Yoweri Museveni has described former President General Tito Okello as a man who used to work for consensus and harmony.
Museveni made the remarks at a ceremony where he joined the people of  Acholi Sub-Region in Northern Uganda to pay tribute to  General Tito Okello Lutwa.

General Okello Lutwa served as President of Uganda from July 1985-January 26 1986. He died on 3rd June 1996 aged 82 years.
President Museveni further disclosed that despite their political differences, he kept a good working relationship with General Okello Lutwa, which he noted, later laid a foundation for the new generation.
The memorial service was organized to celebrate the lifetime contributions of the late Gen. Tito Okello Lutwa at Lapana village, Namukora Parish, Chua East Constituency in Kitgum district.

President Museveni says Shs. 6 billion ‘handshake’ was deliberate

By Moses Kidandi

President Yoweri Museveni has revealed to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Caucus that the Shs.6 billion that was given to a group of lawyers after winning the oil case against Heritage Oil, an independent Jersey-based oil and gas exploration and production company, was deliberate adding that he is proud of the Uganda group who fully deserved their reward.

The President made the remarks as he addressed the NRM Caucus that took place at State House, Entebbe.

He informed the meeting that the case was no ordinary case and observed that it was an international war, which the lawyers and the tax ladies (Ms. Allen Kagina and Ms. Akol Doris), won amidst the pressure, challenges and the temptations that they faced.

Mr. Museveni also reiterated that during the court proceedings of the case, he was approached by many people who told him to settle the issue outside of court because, they said, Uganda was likely to lose a lot of money.

He, however, said he had been strengthened by that Ugandan group of young people who assured him that they were going to win the case. It was through this background that he decided to thank them.

Museveni says the group saved Uganda trillions and gained US$451 million.

He further told the Caucus that in the last 30 years, he has only given the monetary ‘handshake’ twice; the first that occurred in 2006 when he was very happy with a group of scientists who had discovered oil and rewarded them publicly in Kololo with the highest being given about US$20,000, and the second being the recent one.

Photo by Kenneth Kazibwe, ChimpReports

Museveni warns against foreign intervention in Africa.

By Moses Kidandi

President Yoweri Museveni has called on African countries to oppose foreign intervention in the continent if it lacks approval of appropriate and legitimate African bodies.

Museveni made the remarks as he deliverds a keynote address at the France-Africa Summit in Bamako-Mali.

Museveni says unilateral actions by International Forces without the permission of the African Union or a legitimate national force is imperialistic and must be rejected completely.

The President saluted the recent decision by African countries (Senegal, Angola and Egypt) to vote against a resolution aimed at imposing sanctions on South Sudan.

Photo: BBC.com

NRM day celebrations to be held in Masindi

By Moses Kidandi
The venue for the  victory celebration of the National Resistance Movement is Masindi. The Party will be celebrating their recent win in the presidential elections on the 26th January which is also the NRM day.

This year’s celebration will be observed under the theme, “Uganda’s success under NRM leadership is shared victory.”

The function will be held at Golf course Masindi and will be presided over by His Excellncy the president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

This year will mark, 31 years of NRM in power. The NRM has been in power since 1986.

 

Facebook post lands FDC’s Swaibu Nsamba in hot soup

Swaibu Nsamba Gwogyolonga, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC chairperson for Katikamu South Constituency in Luweero district is in trouble over an offensive social media post against president, Yoweri Museveni.

Nsamba was picked up by Police detectives from Wobulenzi town council over the weekend and detained briefly at Wobulenzi Police station before he was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters at Kibuli.

He was interrogated by Bill Dickson Ndyamuhaki, the Acting Police Commissioner of Electronic Counter Measures Department on Monday and was charged with offensive communication contrary to section (25) of the Computer Misuse act 2011.

He was released on police bond on Monday afternoon and ordered to return on Thursday December 15th when he is expected to appear before court over the charges. Police also confiscated Nsamba’s phone as part of the exhibit in the case.

Trouble for Nsamba stemmed from his Facebook post expressing how he will announce and mourn the death of president, Yoweri Museveni when he dies. The post was accompanied with a Photoshop of Museveni and how will look after his demise. Nsamba says the charges against him infringe on his freedom of expression.

URN couldn’t reach Police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi to comment on the charges brought against Nsamba. Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala, the Chief Executive Officer Unwanted Witness Uganda, a civil society organization, which seeks to promote secure uncensored online platforms has condemned the arrest of Nsamba.

He describes the charges against Nsamba as vague and a threat to freedom of thought and expression. He also disclosed their plans to challenge the Computer Misuse Act 2011 in court, saying it is offensive to Chapter Four of the Constitution and promotes self-censorship.

In May this year, Police arrested Henry Mutyaba and Robert Darius Tweyambe, both residents of Kampala for allegedly circulating a photo on Facebook claiming that Museveni is dead. The duo was charged with demeaning the person of President and charged with computer misuse. Their case is yet to be concluded.