Court Summons Ntoroko MP over Assault

 
 
 

 

NTOLOKO

The Chief Magistrates Court in Bundibugyo has summoned Ntoroko District Member of Parliament Ibanda Rwemulikya to answer charges of incitement to commit an offence and assault.

According to the criminal summons dated November 9th Rwemulikya is supposed to appear before the court on November 23 with his bodyguard Alfred Kakimanya.

It's alleged that on July 8th, the MP's bodyguards from Uganda People's Defence Forces - UPDF allegedly assaulted workers of BCR General Limited, the company that had been contracted to construct Kakara-Rwebisengo Road.

Drake Ategeka, the BCR General Limited supervisor told police that the company workers; Godfrey Alala, a grader operator and John Bosco Katusabe, a truck driver, were assaulted by Rwemulikya's army guards, prompting all the workers to lay down their tools.

Ategeka also told police that the workers had been assaulted at Makondo Bridge where part of the road was blocked.

However, Rwemulikya denied instructing his bodyguards to assault the workers, saying he is a law-abiding citizen.

 
 

Mbarara Municipality Residents Want Street Lights Installed

 
 
 
 

MBARARA

Residents of Mbarara Municipality are demanding for installation of street lights on all the major roads.

The Municipality which has six divisions has street lights installed only in Kakooba and a small part of Kamukuzi divisions. The other divisions of Nyamitanga, Kakiika, Biharwe and Nyakayojo lack a single street light.

Robert Bushweta, the LC IV councillor for Kakooba ward says that the absence of the street lights has forced traders to close their shops early for fear of being attacked by robbers.

Florence Twikirize a businesswoman in Koranorya - Bisharwe division says that she wonders why her area has no street lighting despite being a busy place. She says that the municipal authorities have been silent about the matter which she says is hurting her business.

Godfrey Turyasingura runs a pork joint in Rwebikoona, Kamukuzi division. He says that the darkness has always pushed away his customers since they mind a lot about the security of their vehicles and motorcycles.

Mbarara Municipality town Clerk Edward Lwanga says that there are plans to have the street lights installed and extended beyond the central business district. He, however, did not disclose when it will start.

 
 

Court Dismisses Cases Against Somali Terror Suspects

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

Justice Michael Elubu of International Crimes Division has dismissed terrorism charges against six of Somali nationals.

They include Muhammad Abdulkadir Hirsi alias Muhamed Abdul Aziz Adan, Abduullahi Bootan, Hassan Abduwali Muhamoud, Muhamed Ahmed Gele, Yusuf Osman and Muhamad Yusuf Farah.

Prosecution alleges that between September 2010 and 2014, the accused persons in various countries including Uganda, Kenya and Somalia, rendered support to the Al-Shabaab militia knowing that the support would be used in the commission of Acts of Terrorism.

They were arrested in 2015, from the areas of Kisenyi, Mengo and Bukesa, all suburbs of Kampala with suicide vests that were reportedly meant to be used in a series of terrorist attacks in Uganda.

According to court documents, Police Intelligence indicated that the group had been in constant contact with Adam Garar alias Muhammad, a member of the Al-Shabaab.

On Friday the case was dismissed due to lack of sufficient evidence.

"It is the finding of this court that the evidence by prosecution falls short to believe the charges against the rest of the accused persons except accused number seven and six", reads the judgment by Elubu in part.

However, Justice Elubu told ruled that the prosecution had adduced sufficient to prosecute two suspects who had been jointly charged with the six. They include; Abdul Kadir Muhamed Muhamud Sandir and Abdi Alli.

The court is yet to fix a date for their trial.

 
 

FDC Shuns State House IPOD Meeting

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

The Forum for Democratic Change- FDC party has shunned the Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue-IPOD meeting at State House Entebbe.

On Saturday members of IPOD visited the FDC party offices at Najjanakumbi and the NRM party headquarters. The members then proceeded to State House Entebbe for a meeting with President Museveni.

However, the FDC National Vice Chairperson Salaam Musumba declined to go to State House. She explained that the party leadership had instructed her to attend the meeting at the NRM party headquarters not at the State House.

The delegation which traveled to meet the President included the IPOD Chairperson Fred Ebil and the Uganda People's Congress Chairperson Lawrence Okae.

Others were NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba and her deputy Richard Todwong, JEEMA Secretary General Fredrick Kasajja and Democratic Party Secretary-General Dr Gerald Siranda.

This is not the first time FDC is shunning IPOD meetings at State House.

In 2016, the party under its former FDC President Mugisha Muntu said that they were comfortable meeting the President Museveni in any other place but not at State House.

 
 

President Museveni Pledges Direct Funding to Microfinance Institutions

 
 
 

 

LWENGO

President Yoweri Museveni has said that the Central Bank will directly begin financing microfinance institutions to spur development in local communities.

Museveni made the pledge on Friday while commissioning the Lwengo Rural Women Microfinance Institution located in Kinoni Town Council, Lwengo district.

He observed that such microfinance institutions have not been able to perform up to their expectations because they borrow from commercial banks at high-interest rates.

Museveni was responding to a 30 percent interest charged on loans offered by a women saving microfinance that he launched.

Lwengo Rural Microfinance institution was established in 2016 by the Bukoto South Member of Parliament Muhammad Muyanja Mbabaali. It has 1,500 women groups and is currently operating with 2 billion shillings.

George Mutabaazi, the Lwengo district chairperson says that the microfinance institution has started reaping big through improving lives of community members. He also says that the culture of saving has also improved.

Mbabaali says that microfinance institution does not ask for collateral security for members to acquire loans.

He also says that a big number of the members are involved in progressive agricultural practices ranging from growing tomatoes, poultry and piggery among other economic activities.

 
 

Uganda First Oil 2020 Ambitions Thwarted Says Muloni

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

The delay by international Oil Companies to make a final Investment Decision (FID) has thwarted government's ambitions for first oil by 2020.

Energy and Mineral Development Minister, Irene Muloni admits it may not be possible for to have oil out of the ground by end of 2020. She says her ministry has provisionally shifted the production timelines to 2021 depending on when the international Oil companies take a decision on whether they will invest in the production of oi in the Albertine Graben.

Muloni was one of the speakers at the just concluded the Africa Oil Week conference in Cape Town South Africa. She told the conference that the new 2021 timeline is line with industry targets.

The Joint Venture Partners (CNOOC, Total and Tullow) were expected to make a final Investment Decision for the integrated Lake Albert project by end of this year. But sources in the Industry indicate that the decision is unlikely to be reached with I the remaining one month.

The Lake Albert Development Project expected to produce around 230,000 bopd when it reaches plateau.

The government approved Development Plans for the project in August 2016 to develop the first 1.2 billion barrels of oil.

The Companies also conducted front-end engineering (FEED) designs and submitted them to government. Muloni confirmed that the government received the FEED design reports.

She said the government is still going through the processes of approval of the designs.

A source at the Ministry of Energy speaking on condition of anonymity told PRIME RADIO the Joint Venture Partners are still involved in evaluations to determine the viability of the projects before they can source $3-4 billion dollars for the refiner and another $3'5 billion for the 1,445 kilometer pipeline to the Port of Tanga.

Meanwhile PRIME RADIO learnt that there has been prolonged negotiations between Uganda and Tanzania over the Host Government Agreement for the East African Crude Oi Pipeline as per the Inter-Governmental Agreement between Uganda and Tanzania.

Negotiation of the Host Government Agreement (HGA) which shall be the framework for the implementation of the EACOP Project commenced in August 2017 but has been dragging on.

Some analysts say the delay to start oil development work has allowed time for an extensive exploration and appraisal programme in the Lake Albert area. But there is concern that the shifting of timeline to actual production is negatively affecting some of the industry players.

A delegation of EU diplomats this week visited some of the oil projects like the development of Airport in Kabale Hoima among others. While donor said they were satisfied with developments, they equally expressed concern about the delay.

Belgian Ambassador to Uganda, Hugo Verbist said infrastructure works around oil have been part of the government's priorities. But he says oil should now be produced so that the social, agriculture and other sectors can benefit.

Verbist said there are companies that established in Uganda alongside the oi value chain but their activities are almost on standstill because oil production has delayed.

Stephanie Rivoal, the Ambassador of France in Uganda perhaps put it more vividly as to why oil production should not be faced with further delays.

The French Government has been behind Total E&P which is one of the Joint Venture partners CNOOC and Tullow.

 
 

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