Bunyoro Rejects Proposal to Construct Hydro Power Dam At Murchison Falls




Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom is up in arms against the proposed construction of a hydro power dam at Murchison falls.

Early this year, the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) published a notice in newspapers indicating that it had received an application from Bonang Power and Energy (Pty) Limited for the construction of a power dam in Murchison Falls.

“ERA has under section 29 of the Electricity Act 1999 received a notice of intended application of a license from Bonang Power and Energy(Pty) Limited for the generation and sale of electricity from a hydropower plant proposed to be established near Murchison Falls in Kiryandongo and Nwoya districts,” read the notice published in the government owned New Vision.

The notice drew uproar from the public with conservationists, saying the project would deal a devastating blow to tourism. Now, Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has thrown its weight behind those opposed to the project.

The Kingdom Prime Minister, Andrew Byakutaga, says they strongly condemn the move, adding that the kingdom will not at any point allow government to establish a power dam on Murchison falls.

Byakutaga says Murchison falls is a strong heritage site for Bunyoro Kitrara kingdom, adding that any development aimed at its destruction will not be tolerated. He says Murchison falls remains a strong Tourism attraction site in the Kingdom.

According to Byakutaga, the Kingdom has already written to the Electricity Regulation Authority-ERA warning the agency not to take many any attempts to establish a power dam on Murchison falls.

Apollo Rwamparo, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and Antiquities in Bunyoro Kitara kingdom, says it is rude and unacceptable for government to give away Murchison falls for the construction of a power station yet it is a bio-cultural site.

He wants government through the Energy ministry to cancel any engagements with Bonang or any other company regarding the feasibility study.

Rwamparo says activities that are harmful to biodiversity such as dams in protected areas should be stopped and condemned in the strongest terms.

He says tourism is one of the most sustainable industries, which feed the country’s economy, even with very little government effort, interest and investment.

The Tourism sector alone earned the country Shillings 1.6 billion in the 2018/2019 financial year and Murchison falls remain one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Uganda.

Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP) is managed by the Ugandan Wildlife Authority. It is in north-western Uganda, spreading inland from the shores of Lake Albert, around the Victoria Nile, up to the Karuma Falls.

The park straddles the districts of Buliisa, Nwoya, Kiryandongo, and Masindi.


Thugs Take Over Church Premises



Unidentified thugs have taken over the prayer park of St. Denis Sebugwawo Catholic Church in Mbale municipality.

The church is found in Nyanza cell in Namatala Ward in Industrial Division along Mbale-Jinja highway.

For over four years, the church which is surrounded by slums has been a breeding ground and hideout for criminals.

They vandalize church property; grab resident’s phones and bags among other things.

Father Leo Magombe, the Parish Priest St. Denis Sebugwawo Catholic Church told PRIME RADIO that there are people he hasn’t identified who break into the church and steal property like the public address system, goats and poultry among other things.

He says the thugs have been using the prayer park as a hideout for planning their criminal activities until recently when the church resolved to construct a perimeter wall.

Magambo says they have tried to engage the local leadership of the area to find a solution to the problem in vain. He explains that the thugs are mainly characterized by idle youths who hail from the same place and Namatala slums.

Wafula, the LC I Vice Chairperson Nyaza cell, says the place is very dark in the night. He says that two people have been killed around that the church within a span of two weeks.

Sula Waswaga, a resident of the area, says the area surrounding the church has turned to be very dangerous more especially to people who move early morning and late evening.

John Robert Tukei, the Elgon Region Police Spokesperson told PRIME RADIO that Police is aware of the criminal threat at the church.

He however, says the crimes are committed by people living around the church, adding that crime escalate because residents don’t share information with security officers.


Anti-Corruption Walk Paralyzes Transport in Kampala




Transport within Kampala city centre has been paralysed following the anti-corruption walk. The walk is aimed at intensifying the fight against corruption.

The walk being led by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni started at around 8:30 am from the Constitutional Square to Kololo Ceremonial Grounds where the main event is taking place.

He was accompanied by politicians, members civil society organizations and religious leaders among others.

The walk however paralyzed traffic in the central business district and other parts of the town.

Several roads in the central business district were closed forcing many motorists to abandon their vehicles and resorted to walking. All motor cycles were also not allowed to go beyond the cut off points.

On Kampala road, passengers were stuck on the road waiting for taxis.

Motorists heading to the city centre from Wandegeya were diverted to Nakasero Road while Nile Avenue was also restricted and motorists diverted at Speake Road.

In some places, Boda Boda cyclists also hiked the transport costs.

Erias Ssembatya, a resident of Bwaise says that he was charged 4,000 shillings to town yet he normally pays 3,000 shillings.


Police in Running Battles with Besigye in Kasangati




Running battles dominated parts of Kasangati in Wakiso district, as security forces prevented former FDC President Dr Kizza Besigye from leading a procession to the city centre in Kampala this morning.

Besigye had planned to lead an anti-corruption walk from Katonga road in Kampala to the constitutional square, a parallel event to a walk organized by the Inspectorate of Government, in which President Yoweri Museveni is leading a procession to Kololo Independence Grounds.

Police surrounded Besigye’s home early in the morning to stop him from leaving, but he somehow found his way out. He was intercepted at Mpererwe town, a move which attracted youths trying to block his arrest, sparking running battles between the two sides.

Meanwhile at Katonga Road where Besigye was heading, the office is equally surrounded by security personnel who have blocked its access to the public. There are about eight people who are still hopeful that by midday, they will start the walk.

Lydia Mugisha, Dr Kiiza Besigye's Secretary says She found difficulty accessing the premises and was only allowed in after a long bargain with security personnel.

John Mugisha, one of Besigye’s supporters found at Katonga Road describes the blockage as unfortunate and ridiculed government institutions for failing to tame corruption and hoodwinking the public that there is a political will to end the vice.

Lawyer Abdallah Kiwanuka who is also waiting at Katonga Road says that the walk is meaningless when corruption continues despite existence of institutions like the Inspectorate of Government and the State House Anti-Corruption Unit. He says there is lack of political will to fight corruption in Uganda.

Today president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is leading Ugandans in the Anti-Corruption walk to raise awareness against corruption.


MPs Demand Boundaries for Proposed Cities




Members of Parliament have asked the Ministry of Local Government to present clear boundaries for the proposed 15 cities. The cities include Arua, Mbarara, Gulu, Jinja, Fort Portal, Masaka and Mbale. Others are Hoima, Lira, Entebbe, Soroti, Nakasongola, Kabale, Moroto and Wakiso.

The call followed a motion presented by the Minister of Local Government Tom Butime presented seeking parliamentary approval for the creation of the new cities. He said that the creation of the new cities will result in effective administration and take urban services closer to the people.

However, MPs led by Busiro East MP Medard Sseggona, the Leader of Opposition Betty Ocan and Ndorwa East MP Wilfred Niwagaba asked Butime to present clear boundaries for the proposed new cities. Sseggona noted that the government has altered boundaries of districts without consulting some local governments.

He cited the example of Entebbe city which will be made up of Entebbe Central and Entebbe North, yet Wakiso District Council resolved that Wakiso City will be made up of Busiro County and Kyadondo County.

Niwagaba demanded boundaries of the new cities with the specific details on which parishes and constituencies fall under which city.

The Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah says the House will discuss the motion further on Thursday.


Fight Against Corruption needs Just change of attitude -Oulanyah




Unless Ugandans take the fight against corruption from their own frontline, all efforts to eliminate it will remain just a public show, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has said.

Oulanyah was speaking at the anti-corruption event aimed at launching a fight against corruption. The event at Kololo Independence Grounds was preceded by an anti-corruption walk led by President Yoweri Museveni, from the city centre.

In a place filled with top government officials, Oulanyah said that Ugandans are all guilty of abetting corruption, and called for internal reflection from everyone in order to stem corruption out of the country. Amidst cheers from the crowd, Oulanyah said it was time to stop the pretence and stop being corrupt.

According to Oulanyah, the pretence and show biz in the country is so much that everyone talks about corruption without identifying it.

Oulanyah adds that Ugandans need a change of attitude to stop corruption. He used a biblical allusion in his speech saying when a person who has not been corrupt should be the first to cast a stone on the corrupt.

At the same event, President Yoweri Museveni observed a need to ensure that the temptation to be corrupt is eliminated, making reference to words in the Lord’s prayer which calls for humans not to be led into temptation.



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