Tuesday, May 31, 2016

#Uganda to build gold refinery, make jewels



[Wait wait.  How is that oil refinery coming along?  Just wondering!]
Uganda will build a gold refinery to stop exporting unpurified gold, President Yoweri Museveni announced while delivering the State of the Nation Address at Serena Conference Centre in Kampala Tuesday.
He said minerals, like agriculture, produce raw-materials for industry (for factories).
“We are, accordingly, moving on that front.  The Chinese company in Sukuru hills, near Tororo, is working on producing phosphate fertilizers, sulphuric acid and steel.”
He said the facility, once fully developed, will generate annual income of the magnitude of US$306 million and create 1,800 jobs.
Similar operations will be done at Kilembe, Butogota in Kanungu, Muko in Kabale, Namekhera in Bugisu.
“We must build a gold refinery in the region.  The only gold refineries are, apparently, in Dubai and in South Africa.”
He said Uganda, Tanzania, Congo, South Sudan export unpurified gold for which they get US$970 per ounce.
Yet an ounce of purified pure gold, goes for US$ 1,212 per ounce.
“This is not correct.  Therefore, the artisanal mining needs to be monitored and guided so that they do not become part of the haemorrhage.  As long as you are only collecting the bukunkumukira (fragments, particles) of gold, in the form of alluvial gold, the State should ignore you.”
He noted that the artisanal miners should be regulated and what they are harvesting should be known and recorded.
“At the same time, three things should be happening. One, exploration by licensed people should continue. Nobody should stop properly equipped scientific exploration to continue.”
He also suggested that the Minerals Department should have a fully-equipped laboratory that should conclusively analyse the samples so as to determine the exact content of the minerals.
Once the rock of the gold or diamonds or whatever from which the bukunkumukira are coming from is located, capable large scale investors should come in so that they directly mine and process as well as buying from the regulated and licensed artisanal miners.
The two can work together but in an organized and coordinated way, the president observed.
“Therefore, the four must be coordinated and legalized: artisanal mining, exploration, industrial mining and processing as well as refining.”
According to him, unregulated and illegal artisanal mining will be part of the haemorrhage and will block great opportunities: industrial mining, processing and refining which bring in much more money, transfer of technology and create more jobs.
What is true of gold and diamonds is also true of other minerals e.g. coltan (columbite tantalite), tin, wolfram etc.
“All this should be discussed with our artisanal miners like the ones I saw at Kamusenene in Bukuya. I do not want high-handed actions by corrupt and selfish officials roughing up our people.”
The president said all Ugandans are intelligent and they are able to tell what is good and what is bad when you show it to them clearly and patiently.
“Above, I have only talked about gold (alluvial or from the hard rock).  I have not talked about jewellery.  Our gold must be converted into jewellery so that we get more money from our gold, create more businesses from that gold and create more jobs.“
The artisanal miners will therefore, get organised so that we can assist them to make jewellery from gold.
“However, you cannot make, jewellery unless you purify the gold which takes us back to the issue of the Gold Refinery.”
http://www.theinsider.ug/uganda-to-build-gold-refinery-make-jewels/

#Museveni: No country is more democratic than #Uganda


[Now you know why there should be an age limit for being a dictator.  Imagine, his main opponent is in court as I write this and share the article from The Insider.  So much for democracy.  Who does his PR anyway?  Total fail.]
President Yoweri Museveni says there is no country in the world that has a better democracy than Uganda.
“No country in the world today has a better democracy than Uganda, for example special representation for women, youth, disabled, the army and others,” Museveni said while speaking at the State of Nation the Address delivered to Parliament, Tuesday 31 May 2016.
In the presence of Parliament delegations from Kenya, South Sudan and East Africa Legislative Assembly, Museveni said democracy is one area where Uganda does not need aid.
“I have been hearing some circles talking of “political reforms”.  Modesty is not always a virtue.  The fact of the matter is that Uganda has already carried out the “most advanced political reforms”.”
He said having followed closely world and historical events for the last 50 years, the president was not aware of any society anywhere in the world that is more democratic than Uganda as far as the forms and structures of democracy are concerned.
“This is because the architecture of this democracy was put in place by, mainly, we, the freedom fighters, working along with the other delegates of the Constituent Assembly (CA), who had been fighting for democracy for a long time both here and in other parts of Africa.”
Museveni said the country is now done away with the sub-colonialism of the colonial and the time following the end of colonialism, before the advent of the NRM leadership.
“This is, for instance, the first time we have a Member of Parliament representing the IK people who had been described as the “vanishing tribe of Africa” by one writer in the 1960s.”
“We have, also for the first time, an MP for Tepeth.  We have, for long now, had MPs representing the Ssesse Islands and Buvuma Island.”
He said Uganda’s democratic structure is comprehensive, thorough and massive and can not easily rivalled.
The only pollution to this glorious and massive Liberation Movement has been the mistake of the careerists introducing the use of money in electioneering, the president noted.
“We shall also struggle against that.  Therefore, democracy is one area where we do not need aid because that is what we fought for here and in the rest of Africa for many decades.”
He said the story of Uganda and the NRM is a long one.
“We went through the decades of resistance and liberation (1971 to 1986) and we have been through 3 decades of recovery.”
Uganda’s Constitution provides for representation of special interest groups of women, youth, persons with disabilities, workers and the army – on grounds of historical marginalization.
“Democracy is one area where we do not need aid because that is what we fought for a long time,” Museveni said.
The size of Uganda’s GDP in shillings was 6 trillion in 1986 and was Shillings 74 trillion by 2014.
In US dollars it was 4 billion in 1986 and was US$ 27 billion by 2014.
The size of the GDP of Uganda would be and will be much bigger if we were to export and when we export more products.
“If, for instance, the shilling appreciates to Uganda shillings 2,000 per one dollar, the GDP would be US$42 billion today.”
http://www.theinsider.ug/museveni-no-country-is-more-democratic-than-uganda/

Kadaga rejects FDC shadow cabinet - #Uganda


[It is likely that her ancestors from the shrine told her they would be no good as they betrayed Dr. #Besigye.  Bite me!]
The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has rejected nominees for leadership positions for the Opposition in the House.
On 27th May 2016, Hon. Nandala Mafabi (Budadiri West) and also Secretary General of Forum for Democratic Change, wrote to the Speaker of Parliament nominating Kasese district woman MP, Hon. Winnie Kiiza as “the Leader of Minority in Parliament.”
In the same letter, Mafabi, himself a former Leader of the Opposition, nominated Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda (Kiira Municipality), as “the Chief Whip” of the Opposition and Hon. Cecilia Atim Ogwal as a Commissioner on the Parliamentary Commission.
Speaker Kadaga said she had hoped to present the Leader of the Opposition to the House to receive the President’s State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, 31st May 2016.
“I have noted that neither the Constitution, the Rules of Procedure nor the Parliament (Powers and Privileges Act) do we have a Leader of Minority. I have written back to ask for a clarification,” said Kadaga adding that “He also named Hon. Ssemujju as Chief Whip not Chief Opposition Whip. I have also written back for clarification as well.”
Article 82A (1) of the Constitution provides that “Under a multiparty organisation of multiparty form of government, there shall be, in Parliament, a leader of the Opposition.”
In the Administration of Parliament (Amendment) Act, the Leader of the Opposition” means the member of Parliament who is the leader in Parliament of the party in opposition to the Government and having the greatest numerical strength in Parliament.”
The Act also provides that the person elected as LOP, whose major duty is to keep the government in check, would take office upon a formal announcement by the Speaker.
The Administration of Parliament (Amendment) Act also provides for a Government Chief Whip appointed by government and a Chief Opposition Whip appointed by the official opposition.
The Chief Opposition Whip is mandated to ensure attendance, participation in proceedings and voting in Parliament of MPs in the Opposition.
http://www.theinsider.ug/kadaga-rejects-fdc-shadow-cabinet/

Lessons for African dictators after Hissène Habré being convicted in Africa


Over the last 3 years, the world has seen many African despots want to get out of the ICC (they are signatories to it).
The loudest voices are "ICC is biased against Africans".
Not exactly because only those who deserve it end up at the Hague.
ICC has prosecuted some non blacks and none Africans.
You choose to murder and maim your own people and think that justice will never catch up with you.
WRONG.  Every country you go to for exile, no matter how much money you have will usually have people from your own country and they will petition that country and demonstrate about your atrocities.
With Social Media now, all your actions are documented.
Some of the goons in Uganda talk straight into the camera about why they think tear gassing people is okay.  Some are caught on camera torturing and shooting people.
Which nation will then protect you without facing the wrath of their own country and the immigrants in that country who might be from your country?
When the dictator from Chad (Tchad) flew into exile into Senegal, he thought he was secure.  It is Senegal that convicted him and sentenced him to life imprisonment sans palace, sans riches, sans servants, sans luxury.
When Ugandan goons attack the people, undress the ones they arrest, beat up people and do it on rolling live cameras, I wonder who shall protect them.
The conviction of Hissène Habré ought to tell you that money and power will not protect you even if AU or ICC does not get you.  
Go ahead and assume the friendly neighbouring country will protect you.  WRONG.  Those countries receive far too much aid from countries which will never forget the ills you have caused and we are here to keep all your ills in the lime light.
Watch the video.  The camera is rolling.  It is someone using a phone and sent it and we put it on Youtube.  All we have to do is zoom in and get each face.
You can find all the videos about the military police brutality in Uganda on my Youtube channel.
http://nangalama.blogspot.ca/2016/05/lessons-for-african-dictators-after.html

The silent killer - cancer and it really kills in #Uganda


While Ugandan parliament and opposition apportion themselves big salaries and know that they can fly out of the country to abroad for medical treatment, the regular people are dying. 
I have written a lot about about my late father Dan Nangalama and how he died unnecessarily under this current Junta Military government by dictator #Museveni.
I have also written about Carol and her struggle with cancer and the lack of treatment in Uganda (which is to become a middle income country in 4yrs).
Just when I was getting over Mzee, another family member died this past Sunday night.
He had myeloma which is treatable if diagonsed early.  It has been treated in many countries with sucess. 
We are talking about Uganda where so few can afford diagnosis and treatment.
Not too many people in the country can fly their relatives abroad for treatment.
If you sleep with Jarukanga, you get everything.
This is a young man, a PhD and professor at some of their best hospitals and they just let him die, just like that.  Jusque comme une fume dans le poof!
We bury him this week.  We have another family member who has cancer and soon we will likely have another funeral.
It was nauseating to see their president give them a long speech that put his own cabinet to sleep saying he would use the next 5 yrs to improve health care (and then so many other things).  What happened in the last 30yrs of the junta regime ruling Uganda?
What happened to all the money you all stole from the donors for health care?
That is the second family member I lose under pathetic health care.
My voice shall become louder.  But to think that Mulago is the main country referall hospital, research hospital and teaching hospital and once you see this video, you will realise why Ugandans are in trouble and why many of us in the diaspora will not pack up and return to Uganda.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDpMxObgJGY

Video: Global slavery index says 45.8 million people in servitude - #Uganda


About 45.8 million people around the world are trapped in modern slavery, a charity said Tuesday -- almost a third more than it estimated two years ago.
The Walk Free Foundation's Global Slavery Index said that India has by far the largest number of modern slaves, 18.35 million, followed by China with 3.39 million and Pakistan with 2.13 million.
North Korea was found to have the highest per capita rate of modern slavery, with 4.37 per cent of its population affected.
The report -- launched at a London event hosted by actor Russell Crowe -- ranked 167 countries by the number of people affected by practices included forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage and sexual exploitation.
The total of 45.8 million is 10 million more than the group estimated in its last report in 2014.
Walk Free Foundation chairman Andrew Forrest said the level of slavery hadn't necessarily increased, but more data was available.
"My gut feeling is that it is actually increasing still and it will be a year or two before it turns around," he said. "But it is going to turn around, the way the world is waking up to it.
"We're going to look back on 2016, 2015, and see that's where it all started to change, that's where India started to move aggressively against slavery," he said.
He urged nations to follow the lead of Britain, which has passed a tough law against modern slavery, with penalties of up to life imprisonment for keeping people in servitude.
CTV News.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI2f2X2bsLo
http://nangalama.blogspot.ca/2016/05/video-global-slavery-index-says-458.html

Video: Canada Fort McMurray widfire residents to return home June 1


[I am writing frequently about the fire in Alberta for Canada is my home away from home.  The fact that even Africa sent Fire fighters tells me that living in Canada, I have no other choice.  In fact it is family and friends in #Uganda (my home country) who keep asking me if Canada is burning to the ground.  I thank you all.  As mentioned in the past, our family lives on the East Coast and the fire is burning on the West Coast.]
While residents are urged to follow the phased re-entry plan, access to all of Fort McMurray begins Wednesday, officials said.
Zone 1 – Lower Townsite, Anzac, Fort McMurray 468 First Nation, Gregoire Lake Estates – is scheduled for re-entry beginning at 8 a.m. June 1. But residents of other neighbourhoods won’t be turned away, nor prevented from accessing their homes except in Beacon Hill, Waterways and Abasand, deemed uninhabitable for now.
The aim of the phased plan is to ensure resources such as welcome centres aren’t overwhelmed and that essential services are in place, officials said.
“Give us the opportunity to stagger the approach and phase it in,” Bob Couture, director of emergency management with the Regional Emergency Operations Centre, said.
While there won’t be roadblocks preventing access to other safe neighbourhoods, there will be an enhanced RCMP presence.
“The number of police patrols within Fort McMurray will be increased… until everyone is home safe,” Wood Buffalo RCMP Supt. Rob McCloy said.
McCloy said he wasn’t concerned that looting or other criminal activities would take place during the re-entry process.
“If a resident returns home and it appears some kind criminal activity has taken place, call the RCMP complaint line,” McCloy said.
He added the Wood Buffalo RCMP detachment is fully operational.
The municipality said if people return before the recommended time, resources may not be ready in their neighbourhood. For example, ATCO crews turning on gas service by zone. So, if you go back early, the gas may not be on for your house.
In addition, Couture said if everyone comes back at once, “we’re going to overwhelm the system.”
A survey done by Red Cross indicates 75 per cent of residents plan to come back to Fort McMurray. Muncipal officials are expecting roughly 14,000 to return Wednesday.

Re-entry plan:

“Tomorrow morning we expect the first wave of Fort McMurray residents displaced by the wildfire to return to the community,” Alberta Emergency Management Agency’s Scott Long said.
Long asked returning residents to respect the timelines for each zone. He warned that the re-entry is phased to maintain order on the highways leading into the area.
“We anticipate tomorrow will be a very busy day on the highways into Fort McMurray,” Long said. “Please allow plenty of time.”
“Gas up,” he added. “Gas stations are limited …north of Wandering River.”
RCMP will be monitoring traffic on the ground and by air. STARS Air Ambulance will also be on standby.
Those who live in the least-damaged areas of the region will be allowed to return home first. Houses and properties that have been severely damaged will be fenced off.
The dates and communities scheduled for re-entry are as follows:
  • Zone 1: Lower Townsite, Anzac, Fort McMurray 468 First Nation, Gregoire Lake Estates (June 1)
  • Zone 2: Parsons Creek, Stone Creek, Timberlea, Eagle Ridge, Dickinsfield (June 2)
  • Zone 3: Thickwood, Wood Buffalo (June 3)
  • Zone 4(a): Gregoire, Prairie Creek, Saprae Creek Estates (Saturday, June 4)
  • Zone 4(b): Grayling Terrace, Draper (June 4)
For those requiring transportation back to Fort McMurray, buses will also be shuttling residents back.
Long said officials had the capacity to bus 2,000 people but so far, only 150 had registered for the transportation.
He said Fort McMurray is prepared to handle 100 per cent of residents coming back this week, but expects between 40 and 50 per cent will return – temporarily or permanently.
“At the end of the day, we’re bringing back 85,000 people to the community of Fort McMurray,” Long said, admitting it will be a big operation. “Safety is the overriding factor. We have done everything in terms of mitigation to reduce the risks in terms of transportation. We are doing a phased entry… The biggest risk would be people not following the advice the recommendations of the municipality and the government.”
While residents are encouraged to follow the phased re-entry dates, access to the community opens at 8 a.m. June 1. Officials will restrict access to Zone 4 until Saturday, June 4.
Global News will have crews in Fort McMurray for the re-entry process.

Re-entry criteria met:

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Tuesday that the five criteria required for the June 1 re-entry start date to stand had been met.
The conditions were:
  • Wildfire is no longer an imminent threat to the community;
  • Critical infrastructure is repaired to provide basic service;
  • Essential services, such as fire, EMS, police and health care, are restored to a basic level;
  • Hazardous areas are secure;
  • Local government is re-established.
“I am pleased to report today that these conditions have been met, and voluntary phased re-entry will begin June 1 as planned, with the exception of the neighbourhoods of Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways, as outlined yesterday,” Notley said.
Global News.
http://www.theinsider.ug/video-canada-fort-mcmurray-widfire-residents-to-return-home-june-1/

When lightning strikes, take cover -#Uganda


Lightning in science is a sudden electrostatic discharge between a cloud and the ground.  
This discharge is referred to as a strike if it hits an object like the SFC soldier at statehouse, and a flash if it occurs within a cloud.
Objects struck by lightning experience heat and magnetic forces of great magnitude.
Even though roughly 90 percent of people struck by lightning survive, humans or animals struck by lightning may suffer severe injury due to internal organ and nervous system damage.
Buildings or tall structures hit by lightning may be damaged as the lightning seeks unintended paths to ground.
By safely conducting a lightning strike to the ground, a lightning protection system can greatly reduce the probability of severe property damage.
However, lightning serves an important role in the nitrogen cycle by oxidizing nitrogen in the air into nitrates which are deposited by rain and can fertilize the growth of plants and other organisms.
Lightning in culture and religion
In Many cultures, lightning has been viewed as part of a deity or a deity in and of itself.  In the traditional religion of the African Bantu tribes, lightning is a sign of the ire of the gods.
Verses in the Jewish religion and in Islam it is also ascribed to supernatural importance of lightning.
In Christianity, the Second Coming of Jesus is compared to lightning.[Matthew 24:27][Luke 17:24]
The expression "Lightning never strikes twice (in the same place)" is similar to "Opportunity never knocks twice" in the vein of a "once in a lifetime" opportunity, i.e., something that is generally considered improbable.
Lightning and politics
Ahem, Some political parties use lightning flashes as a symbol of power, such as the People's Action Party in Singapore, the British Union of Fascists during the 1930s, and the National States' Rights Party in the United States during the 1950s.The Schutzstaffel, the paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party, used the Sig rune in their logo which symbolizes lightning.
The German word Blitzkrieg, which means "lightning war", was a major offensive strategy of the German army during World War II
As I had told you in the past, in Uganda, the incarceration of one pastor Ngabo for his defiance by providing religious leadership for FDC weekly prayers became a turning point in the relevance of lighting in Uganda politics.
It was during the same time that his wife proclaimed that lightning will strike those responsible for her husband's incarceration. Indeed the effects were loud and clear.  
Soldiers guarding Statehouse Entebbe and Nakasero weren't spared and lives were lost.  May their souls rest in eternal peace.
It was not only the SFC soldiers who were hit, but a kids' party in France was struck and a soccer play ground in Germany was also hit by lightning.  Some 11 kids were hospitalised in France and 30 were hospitalised in Germany.Lightning always looks for the quickest to hit the earth so taking shelter under a tree is a hazard.
I also should tell you that when Hon. Jim Muhwezi was campaigning for the 1st time as MP against Rwomushana who was my CA delegate in rukungiri, a local church school had been hit by lightning with some fatalities.
He used the unfortunate incident to install a lightning conductor on each building in that school and I tell you what, he got 99% of the vote at that polling station.
NB: The Unicode symbol for lightning is U+2607
MARK
The author is a Ugandan researcher, writer and news reporter .
http://www.theinsider.ug/when-lightning-strikes-take-cover/

Video: #Besigye returns to court for mention of treason case - #Uganda


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FLDISeMljQ
Uganda's opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye is due in court on June 1, 2016 for the case he has been charged with of treason.
On Wed. May 11, 2016, Dr. Besigye was arrested.  This followed his escape from his home at Kasangati (Kampala area).
He eluded the heavy military police around his home and ended up in downtown Kampala.  Soon, videos and pictures of him being down town Kampala hit Social Media and went viral.
At the same time, a video showing him apparently being sworn in as president of Uganda hit social media and went viral.
Besigye was soon accosted, arrested and flown to the Northern part of Uganda.  He was jailed in the Moroto government prison.
Once word got out that Besigye was in Moroto, opposition supporters of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), swamped the prison to demand for his release.
A riot broke out in the cell where he was being held and one NRM prisoner was stomped to death.
Not soon after that, Besigye was airlifted from Moroto back to Kampala where the alleged crime had been committed. He had been charged in Moroto (court stood for a short time and after hours to slap treason charges on him).
On his next court appearance in the Nakawa court (just outside of Kampala), lawyers, family and friends had been barred from seeing him (same as what had been done in Moroto) and the security deployment was heavy.  The court session only lasted 10 minutes and started 30 minutes earlier than had been told his supporters.
Besigye was then remanded to the maximum security prison in Uganda, Luzira.
Many of his supporters have visited him and we have written articles about all this.
Besigye will be back in court today (Wed. June 1, 2016) to plead.
We shall bring you all the news as it happens when he gets taken to court.
One of Besigye's lawyers is the Lord Mayor elect of Kampala, Erias Lukwago.  His swearing in coincides with Besigye's court appearance and the visit of the Turkish president Erdogan to Uganda.  Lukwago's swearing in has been postponed until next week.
http://www.theinsider.ug/video-besigye-returns-to-court-for-mention-of-treason-case/

African dictator Hissene Habre gets sentenced. Is #Museveni next?








[There are many pictures that go with this post.  If you open the link at the bottom, you will see them all.]
Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni is likely to be the next rogue African despot to be charged for War crimes and Crimes against humanity, after the successful prosecution of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre by an African Union court.
[Free Uganda Statement on the occasion of the sentencing of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre to life imprisonment for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity.
Posted by Dr Vincent Magombe, Secretary Free Uganda Leadership Committee and Press Secretary FU – 31/05/2016]
Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni better take note - one of Africa’s most prolific anti-people terrorist, Hissene Habre, has just been found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity, by the African Union's specially established 'Extraordinary African Chambers'.
Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, assisted by his barbaric terror gangs, commanded by the notorious General Kale Kayihura and Museveni's own son Muhoozi Kaneirugaba, who was recently irregularly promoted to the rank of Major General, has intensified a savage campaign of murder, kidnappings, arrests and torture of pro-democracy activists, which including the illegal detention of top leaders of the freedom struggle, for example Dr Kizza Besigye who is being illegally held at Luzira prison in Kampala.
The conviction of Chad's Hissene Habre, on similar accusations as those now being levelled at Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, should be a wake up to call for Museveni and his likes, who should begin to realise that even the African Union, which until now has been seen as a toothless entity that just looked on as rogue African leaders terrorised and dehumanised the continent's masses, may no longer tolerate such fascistic and inhumane illegalities. African killers and terrorist despots will no longer roam freely on the African continent. They will no longer kill, torture and illegally imprison thousands of innocent African people with impunity.
Museveni clearly qualifies as a candidate for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity trial, either by the African Union's 'Extraordinary African Chambers' or the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
His continued terrorising and dehumanising of innocent Ugandan citizens should be judged in the same way as Hissene Habre’s illegalities.
Free Uganda applauds the African Union and the 'Extraordinary African Chambers'. for successfully prosecuting and sentencing one of the most vicious killers and torturers of African people.
We now urge you to turn your attention to the long-suffering people of Uganda.
 We, too deserve our liberation from this incredible savagery and terrorism from Museveni and his gangs.
The Struggle for a free and peaceful Uganda continues.
Next may be you, Mr Museveni! The terror and barbarism that you are unleashing on a daily basis onto the Ugandan population is no different from that which Hissene Habre unleashed on Chadian people. 
These charges against Hissene Habre, which include charges of murder, torture, etc., are premised on Mr Habre's grievous violations of the rights and freedoms of the people of Chad - things that Ugandan people are now very familiar with - for example the mass imprisonment, enforced disappearance, and torture, etc., which are now a common feature of Ugandan life.








Senegal court finds former Chad dictator Hissène Habré guilty


A court has sentenced former Chadian president Hissène Habré, known as Africa’s Pinochet, to life imprisonment for murder, torture, rape and crimes against humanity committed during his eight-year regime.
Human rights campaigners have hailed the conviction as a precedent-setting warning to other dictators who trample on their citizens with apparent impunity.
At present in Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza has forced through a third term in office and his regime is the subject of widespread accusations that it is jailing, torturing and killing opponents to his continued rule.
Mr Habré, 73, is a former rebel leader who took power by force in Chad in 1982 and was then supported by the US and France to remain at the helm as a bulwark to Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.
He has been living in luxurious exile with his wife and family in Senegal since he was topped from power by Chad’s now president in 1990. He was found guilty by a court in the neighbouring country of personally raping his citizens, imprisoning them in his presidential palace and an underground jail and issuing direct orders to his security services to torture and kill them.
The conviction was the culmination of a 10-month trial which saw 69 of his victims give evidence against him along with former members of his secret police, handwriting experts who confirmed he signed orders to kill and maim, and human rights investigators.
Investigators found that at least 40,000 people were killed and 200,000 were tortured during his rule, which was marked by fierce repression of opponents and the targeting of rival ethnic groups.
The trial, at the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal’s capital Dakar, was created in 2013 under an agreement with the African Union and represents the first time the courts of one country have prosecuted the former leader of another for alleged human rights crimes.
It also represents Africa's attempt to build its own system of continent-wide justice amid criticism that The Hague-based International Criminal Court has unfairly targeted African leaders.  Mr Habré refused to address the 10-month trial but was forced to attend by force while his lawyers boycotted.
After an initial outburst when he was brought before the court, Mr Habré was compelled by force to attend the hearings and remained mute until the judgement was read out, when he shouted "Down with France-afrique!" before being bundled away.
Survivors of his atrocities who crammed into the court to hear the result responded with shouts of “we won! We won!” before streaming out into the streets where they blocked traffic as they danced and sang.  Reed Brody, a lawyer for Human Rights Watch who has spent the last 15 years working with victims to bring the former president to justice, said the conviction was a warning to other despots.
"This verdict sends a powerful message that the days when tyrants could brutalise their people, pillage their treasury and escape abroad to a life of luxury are coming to an end," he said.  "Today will be carved into history as the day that a band of unrelenting survivors brought their dictator to justice."
Clement Abeifouta, president of a Habre survivors association, said reaction to the verdict was one of “complete satisfaction".  "It's the crowning achievement of a long and hard fight against impunity. Today Africa has won. We say thank you to Senegal and to Africa for judging Africa," he said.
The Telegraph.
http://www.theinsider.ug/senegal-court-finds-hissene-habre-guilty-of-murder-rape/

#Museveni orders army, police, gov’t officials to use local items - #Uganda


Madam Speaker, In fulfillment of the Constitutional requirement under Article 101 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I am here to deliver the State of the Nation Address, 2016.
First of all, I congratulate all the Ugandans on the recently held elections, the swearing-in of the President, Members of Parliament and Local Government leaders.
Madam Speaker, since my last Address, the Nation has lost a number of important personalities from different walks of life. Parliament has lost the following members:
(i)            Late Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, former Minister of Internal Affairs;
  1. Late Hon. James Mutende, former Minister of State for Industry and Technology;
  2. Late Hon. Omwonya Stanley, Member of Parliament Okoro County – Zombo District;
  3. Late Hon. Susan Namaganda, Woman Representative – Bukomansimbi District.
Madam Speaker, I request that we all stand up and observe a moment of silence in memory of the departed persons. May the Almighty God rest their souls in eternal peace.
I have been hearing some circles talking of “political reforms”.  Modesty is not always a virtue.  The fact of the matter is that Uganda has already carried out the “most advanced political reforms”.  Having followed closely world and historical events for the last 50 years, I am not aware of any society anywhere in the world that is more democratic than Uganda as far as the forms and structures of democracy are concerned.  This is because the architecture of this democracy was put in place by, mainly, we, the freedom fighters, working along with the other delegates of the Constituent Assembly (CA), who had been fighting for democracy for a long time both here and in other parts of Africa. How many other countries in the world have special representation for the women, for the youth, the disabled, the workers or the soldiers?  We have also done away with the sub-colonialism of the colonial and the time following the end of colonialism, before the advent of the NRM leadership.  This is, for instance, the first time we have a Member of Parliament representing the IK people who had been described as the “vanishing tribe of Africa” by one writer in the 1960s.
We have, also for the first time, an MP for Tepeth.  We have, for long now, had MPs representing the Ssesse Islands and Buvuma Island.
I do not know why I forgot the people of Kome Island whom I intend to visit in the near future.  The people of Sigulu Island already have an MP. Our democratic structure is comprehensive, thorough and massive.  It is not easily rivaled.  The only pollution to this glorious and massive Liberation Movement has been the mistake of the careerists introducing the use of money in electioneering.  We shall also struggle against that.  Therefore, democracy is one area where we do not need aid because that is what we fought for here and in the rest of Africa for many decades.
The story of Uganda and the NRM is a long one. We went through the decades of resistance and liberation (1971 to 1986) and we have been through 3 decades of recovery.  The size of our GDP in shillings was 6 trillion in 1986 and was Shillings 74 trillion by 2014. In US dollars it was 4 billion in 1986 and was US$ 27 billion by 2014.  The size of the GDP of Uganda would be and will be much bigger if we were to export and when we export more products. If, for instance, the shilling appreciates to Uganda shillings 2,000 per one dollar, the GDP would be US$42 billion today.
We would, then, already be a middle-income country. The shilling depreciates because we import too much and we export little and, mainly, of low value.  We still export quite a bit of unprocessed raw-materials.
We are donating US$875million to China each year in imports.  We are donating to India US$1.154 billion each year in the form of imports; to UAE ─US$406 million; to EU ─ US$637 million; to USA ─ US$89 million; to South Africa ─US$257 million, etc. Yet our own exports to these countries are as follows: India ─ US$24.8 million; to UAE ─ US$.62.6 million; to EU ─ US$433 million; to USA ─ US$27.2 million; to South Africa ─ US$4.7million; to China ─ US$54.7 million. While the economy of Uganda recovered, as pointed out above, we were not yet able to end this haemorrhage because we lacked the basics.  The crucial basics lacking were electricity, low transport costs and easy transport means.  The big deficit of infrastructure could not be tackled through the traditional foreign aid.  That effort was miniscule and of little impact.  That is why, in 2006, the NRM decided to set up the Energy Fund and increase, massively, allocations to the Road Fund.
I gave the details of these in the campaign period.  I do not have to repeat them here.  That far sighted decision, has created the necessary base we needed for takeoff.
We now have 5200kms of tarmac roads compared to the 1200kms of 1986 that, moreover, needed urgent repair.  We now have 850mgws of electricity compared to the 60mgws of 1986.  We are in the process of adding an extra 1000mgws in the next five years by working on Karuma, Isimba, the mini-hydros, the geo-thermal in Lake Katwe, the gas-powered stations and those using HFO (Heavy Fuel Oil). We already have a surplus of 100mgws during even the peak hours in the evening (6:00p.m to 10:00p.m).  At night only 350mgws is consumed.  During the off-peak hours of the day, 500mgws are consumed. Therefore, during the night hours after 10:00 p.m., the surplus is 500mgws.  That is why I would encourage some factories to work at night.  The only problem we have are the high prices of electricity caused by the expensive money the Bujagali developers used.  We shall get a solution for it.  As I have said before, the power from Nalubaale is at 1.04 US cents per unit.  That from Bujagali, on the other hand, is at 11US cents per unit. By a combination of measures, we shall resolve this handicap in a win-win way. The future electricity stations, especially, the big ones, will never be expensive in the same way.
With this better base of electricity and the improved roads, we are now, for the first time, in a position to decisively tackle the haemorrhage by attracting and incentivizing investors that will save the huge money in dollars that we are currently donating to India, China, UAE, Japan, EU, USA, etc. ─ a total of US$5.528 billion per year.  This huge amount of money goes for textiles (US$888million), leather goods (US$0.22million), fruit products (US$20.2million), second hand cars (US$568.7million), carpets, etc. etc.  All these can now be made here.  Fortunately, the investors are there.  They just need a good atmosphere for investing. What is the good atmosphere needed?  First of all, now that the electricity is abundant, we need to ensure that it is cheap for, at least, manufacturing ─ not more than 5 US cents per unit.  This, we have started implementing.
Secondly, the Government institutions, without exception, must buy locally made products provided they are of good quality and comparable price.  That, however, should not be an excuse for continuing to import what can be made here.  If the quality is not yet perfect, discuss with the manufacturers how that can be improved.  All the uniforms for the Army, the Police Force, the Prisons Service, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the Medical services, etc., must be bought locally.  So should the boots, the belts, the head-dress, the jackets, etc., etc.
Thirdly, we are discussing with the other EAC members about stopping this haemorrhage of our resources.  One sector, for instance, is assembling cars rather than importing the already assembled cars.  When a car is imported in knockdown state and is assembled here, it is about 25% cheaper because it is cheaper to transport car parts on ships and trains than importing assembled cars.  When a car is already assembled, it occupies more space on the ship and on train flat-bed wagons.  Hence, it is more costly.
All this is not just about stopping the haemorrhage of our money to the outside and paying more than we should pay.  It is also about jobs for our children.  By importing so much from outside, we are creating jobs for the children of the Chinese, the Indians, the Japanese, the Europeans, the Americans and the Middle Easterners and forgetting about our own children. This must stop.  If all the textiles that are used in Uganda are made here, we shall save US$888 million, annually and create about 45,000 direct manufacturing jobs.  By insisting on only allowing vehicles that are assembled in-country (lorries, buses, mini-buses, pick-ups and piki-pikis) to be sold in the Ethiopian market, they have created 160,000 jobs.  You can check that easily.
I have talked to our importers. These policy changes or evolutions should not take one year.  We can phase them; but they must be triggered. Otherwise, we shall be slaves.  We shall continue to run a supermarket for foreign products but which we call country.
The NRM has created the base for our country to graduate from being a supermarket for foreign products to becoming a manufacturing centre for goods, in which we have got comparative advantage.  It is not just the availability of cheap electricity, low transport costs, the availability of the ICT backbone and piped water in the country.  Those utilities must be in well organized industrial parks so that investors do not have to drain swamps, make roads, bring electricity, waste time begging bureaucrats who do not know what building a country means.  Since the idea of industrial parks has been talked about for ages, I have now directed the Engineering Brigade of the UPDF to build these parks, starting with the one of Nakasongola.  Investors should only come to build factories and not to be swamp-drainers and land surveyors.
The fourth factor that is crucial that we must expunge is corruption among the political leaders and the public servants.
I have quite a bit of information about leaders who ask for bribes from foreigners and locals who invest here. During the campaign, I compared these to rats who eat stored millet.  These rats must be exterminated.  They damage our future.
In the NRM caucus, we shall discuss more.  However, in this term, the corrupt are going to see how a Muyekera (Omuhekyera, resistance fighter) looks like. We are going to stamp out corruption as we stamped out indiscipline in the army.  It is a shame for a minister or a government official to ask for favours from, especially, foreigners. “I have failed to finish my hotel or house”, “I have failed to pay school fees for my child”, etc.  If you need help, talk to your Party, to your relatives, to your colleagues but not foreigners or business people.  That is nauseating corruption.  Struggle to live within your means.  Corruption should and will be stamped out. You saw the Commission of Inquiry (mismanagement of UNRA) report which pointed out that the Ushs. 9 trillion we have spent in the last 7 years could have built 5000 kms of roads instead of the 1000kms we built.  That is why I set up that Commission of Inquiry to expose all that and more. The thieves should remember a Runyankore saying: “Akabikirwe ekaramu tikajunda” ─ “something written down in ink (or by pen) never rots”.  Therefore, the thieves are an endangered species.  When we were fighting Idi Amin, we would decry the presence of the illiterate Amin soldiers in Government.  We would blame them for all the mistakes.  It is, therefore, a big disappointment that educated people can be part of the corruption.  NRM has never failed to confront any battle.  We shall similarly win this one.
Fifth, do not delay any project. A request for investment should not take more than two days. Why should it? The investor has already made his or her calculation.  It is his or her money. Why the delay? The excuses about the environment are, also, not valid. Many of the manufacturing processes are well known.  Their best practices are known.  If it is an abattoir, it needs this and that, if it is a milk factory, it needs such and such, if it is a stone quarry, it needs this and that.  I will simply not tolerate any delay of more than two days.  Recently, for instance, we got offers of people who want to start an airline in Uganda who will, apparently, save us the US$420 million per annum that we are losing every year.  If somebody has no ulterior motives, it is easy to quickly decide on what to do in such a matter.  No delays in investment decisions.
I have spent alot of time talking about manufacturing.  This is, however, not to forget about services (tourism, banking, hospitality, education, health services, professional services, etc). These have no reason not to move well.  The country is peaceful and it will remain so.  The infrastructure elements required (roads, the railway, electricity, the ICT backbone, the undersea cable, etc.), are either in place or are being worked on.  The government, however, will intensify the efforts to capitalize Uganda Development Bank (UDB) because it is erroneous to think that you can modernize agriculture and industrialize the country using Commercial Banks.
This is a mistake. Uganda Development Bank will be capitalized so that it gives low-interest loans to agriculture and industry (manufacturing). The services sector is already employing about 430,000 people.  We shall work with our partners abroad to increase the number of tourists to, at least, four million per annum instead of the present 1.3 million tourists per annum.  Again, on the issue of financing, the NRM had the foresight to leave UDB out of the privatization.
I wanted to see whether the involvement of the private sector in Banks, would lower the interest rates because of “competition” and the “efficiency” of private actors.  Well, the facts show that it has not.  Even when the inflation rate is 5%, the Banks lend at 23.5% as of now.  It is these Commercial Banks that are fuelling the craze of importing by giving endless loans to importers (abagula).  Abakola ebintu (manufacturers) and the abatunda (those who sell) do not feature much in the lending scheme of these Commercial Banks. 22% of their lending is to importing.  Should we say that the commercial banks are part of the haemorrhage?  Fortunately, we have the option of UDB that will come to our rescue.  There are, however, short-term issues that must also be addressed in addition to capitalizing UDB.  There is the problem of Government not paying arrears of private companies that supplied to Government.  I have already directed Government to resolve this issue.  In any case, the Banks should not use this excuse to grab people’s properties as long as there is evidence that those companies are owed money by the Government.
Secondly, there are companies that supplied to the Government of South Sudan but were not paid on account of the crisis that was going on there.  I have already directed government to help these companies.
In the oil sector, there are companies that borrowed money in order to, for instance, buy drilling rigs.  Hence, on account of delays in the oil programmes, these companies’ loans have attracted huge interest and yet they are not yet working.  These companies will get support from the Government to negotiate with the Banks for reasonable treatment.
Fourthly, the Government is going to bring legislation to deal with consumer protection.  Some of the Commercial Banks and money lenders, apparently use unethical methods to steal the property of Ugandans.  I have, for instance, heard of money-lenders presenting money-lending as a sale and using any default by the borrower to grab people’s properties.
Ugandan companies should also be more careful in dealing with these Banks because some of them use their ignorance.  The Government is now fully aware and will take all the legal and appropriate counter-measures.  Islamic Banking which we have legalized will also bring in a new philosophy to the chagrin of these sharks.
When it comes to agriculture, there will, initially, be two major efforts.  Number one, continue to battle with the 68% of the homesteads that are still in subsistence farming.  I have talked about this alot in the past.  This time, however, the difference is that I have given written orders to OWC to stop “trying to be everywhere and end up being nowhere”.  I have directed them to, initially, concentrate on three cash crops: coffee, fruits (meaning oranges, mangoes and pineapples) and tea.  According to the planned allocation for the coming financial year, I am sure, using one acre of seedlings per homestead, will cover about 2 million homesteads in one financial year out of the 7.3 million homesteads that live in the whole of Uganda.  That will not be a bad effort when they are added to the 270,000 homesteads already served with perennial cash-crops by OWC in the last 2 years.  I have told OWC of Mao Tse Tung’s exhortation that “it is better to cut off completely one finger of the enemy so that he remains with only nine than to injure all the ten” which then may recover so that the enemy remains intact.  In fighting, we always strive for the battles of annihilating the enemy rather than merely routing the enemy.
This struggle is about pulling the 68% of the subsistence farmers into the money economy and avoiding any further land fragmentation.  There are, however, many Ugandans that are already involved in plantation agriculture (e.g. sugar and tea estates), there are large scale farmers like myself and there are quite a number of medium and small scale commercial farmers.  All these are part of the 32% of the homesteads that are already part of the money economy.
The plantation owners are fully capable of sustaining themselves and developing their businesses.  The only support they need from Government is policy support.  Take the example of new sugar factories poaching sugarcane of the older ones.  This must stop.  The policy of no new sugar factory in the radius of 50 kms must be implemented.  Otherwise, we shall have the phenomenon of suicidal “cannibalism” by these factories.  The tea growers need fertilizers.  The big ranchers need machinery for bush clearing etc.  The ranchers and the country will be well served by the State helping to buy and concentrate young bulls for fattening (kugomora) so as to feed the new abattoirs that have been built in the country.  One abattoir needs 400 cows per day.  I am one of the big farmers.
However, I currently sell only 1,000 cows per year.  There is a clear need here to re-organize the agro-industrial sector.  By establishing feed lots, I can rear for you 100,000 cattle for slaughter per annum.  However, in the short run, the quick solution is for the Government, through its agencies, to buy young bulls from farmers, fatten them and maintain a ready supply to the abattoirs as the farmers are assisted to industrialize their farming and move away from relying only on free-range farming (ente kusetuka).  Otherwise, with a national herd of 14 million cattle today, it is not a problem supplying a number of abattoirs each requiring about 146,000 cattle per year.  It is simply the organization.  This is where Government actions are required.
Later on, all the farmers will need support for micro-irrigation using solar-powered water pumps. I have told Makerere University to develop these solar-powered water pumps.   We are also working with some investors to see how to tackle the problem of low use of fertilizers in Uganda.  In the USA, they use 132kgs, per hectare, of fertilizers.  In Uganda, we only use 2.5kgs per hectare.
There is the minerals sector.  Minerals, like agriculture, produce raw-materials for industry (for factories).  We are, accordingly, moving on that front.  The Chinese company in Sukuru hills, near Tororo, is working on producing phosphate fertilizers, sulphuric acid and steel. That facility, once fully developed, will generate annual income of the magnitude of US$306 million and create 1,800 jobs.  Similar operations will be done at Kilembe, Butogota in Kanungu, Muko in Kabale, Namekhera in Bugisu.  We must build a gold refinery in the region.  The only gold refineries are, apparently, in Dubai and in South Africa.
Hence, the whole of this area (Uganda, Tanzania, Congo, South Sudan) exports unpurified gold for which we get US$970 per ounce.  Yet an ounce of purified pure gold, goes for US$ 1,212 per ounce.  This is not correct.  Therefore, the artisanal mining needs to be monitored and guided so that they do not become part of the haemorrhage.  As long as you are only collecting the bukunkumukira (fragments, particles) of gold, in the form of alluvial gold, the State should ignore you.  However, these artisanal miners should be regulated and what they are harvesting should be known and recorded.  At the same time, three things should be happening. One, exploration by licensed people should continue. Nobody should stop properly equipped scientific exploration to continue.
Secondly, the Minerals Department should have a fully-equipped laboratory that should conclusively analyse the samples so as to determine the exact content of the minerals.  Thirdly, once the rock of the gold or diamonds or whatever from which the bukunkumukira are coming from is located, capable large scale investors should come in so that they directly mine and process as well as buying from the regulated and licensed artisanal miners.  The two can work together but in an organized and coordinated way.
Therefore, the four must be coordinated and legalized: artisanal mining, exploration, industrial mining and processing as well as refining. Otherwise, unregulated and illegal artisanal mining will be part of the haemorrhage and will block great opportunities: industrial mining, processing and refining which bring in much more money, transfer of technology and create more jobs.
What is true of gold and diamonds is also true of other minerals e.g. coltan (columbite tantalite), tin, wolfram etc. All this should be discussed with our artisanal miners like the ones I saw at Kamusenene in Bukuya. I do not want high-handed actions by corrupt and selfish officials roughing up our people. All Ugandans are intelligent. They are able to tell what is good and what is bad when you show it to them clearly and patiently.
Above, I have only talked about gold (alluvial or from the hard rock).  I have not talked about jewellery.  Our gold must be converted into jewellery so that we get more money from our gold, create more businesses from that gold and create more jobs.  The artisanal miners should, therefore, get organized so that we can assist them to make jewellery from our gold.  However, you cannot make, jewellery unless you purify the gold which takes us back to the issue of the Gold Refinery.
Then there is the shame of illegal fishing. In 1986, there was not a single fish-processing factory on Lake Victoria or anywhere in Uganda.
I built the first one with Italian support at Masese. By 1995, about 17 fish factories had sprung up employing over 1.3 million people in the value chain; by 2005, we were exporting 36,615 tonnes valued at US$ 143.6 million per annum. Once it was realized that there was money in fishing, all parasites descended on our Lakes and started fishing out all the young fish. The fish in the Lakes is now depleted. The anti-illegal fishing officers became the fish poachers.
The consequence is that the fish stocks are very low in the Lakes. Out of the 21 fish processing factories, 12 have closed. The others are limping on, operating at less than 30% capacity and only earning US$ 96 million per annum. This shame will not be allowed to continue. First of all, I am going to cause the registration of all the fishermen on the Lakes so that we know who is who. Anybody with a criminal record will not be allowed on those Lakes. Secondly, I will buy surface radars that can watch the Lake surface all the way to the international borders with Tanzania, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo. No illegal boats will operate on those Lakes.
Thirdly, we shall encourage the acquisition of ships and steamers that will transport people to and from the islands so that the illegal fishermen will not hide behind the cover of being canoe-transporters. I have put a number of ministers in that sector to no avail. This is a big shame. No boat will be allowed in the fish breeding areas. If the Anti-illegal Fishing Law is not strong enough, then the Ministry must bring a stronger one. Anybody engaged in illegal fishing, transporting young fish, buying or selling them, must go to jail for, at least, five years. These are enemies of our future and our prosperity and must be treated as such.   We shall also set up an interest-free revolving fund for the fishermen to buy the proper fishnets and ban all the bad fishnets.
Therefore, Honourable Members of the 10th Parliament, I stand before you today as a proud Jajja (grandfather) that has been engaged continuously for the last fifty years in the struggle for the liberation of our people, the recovery of our economy and its growth and expansion as well as the socio-economic transformation of our country. Using that historical vantage point, I am able to confidently say that Uganda is now on the point of take-off for the reasons I have enumerated above and take off it will, obstacles and problems notwithstanding.
I cannot, however, conclude my address without touching on these two points: Petroleum and the East African integration. The 6.5 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, now that we have solved the issues of the refinery and the pipeline, will help us to more easily fund the roads, the railway, electricity, irrigation, some aspects of education and health as well as the innovations of our long suppressed scientists. Prof. Isharaza died recently without realizing his dream of industrializing the production of the powerfulMuhoko (luwoko) products. The poor language of the scientists calls Omuhoko “phytolacca dodecandra”.
With our oil money, all the economically viable products of our scientists will be funded ─ the electric car (Kiira), the bus (Kayoola), the muhoko and ekiboombo products  of  the Late Dr. Isharaza, the banana starch, eshande (banana) juice  etc., etc.
The final one is East African integration, leading to a political federation. In the last 50 years, this has been our aim, following in the footsteps of Mzee Mwalimu Nyerere, that great African leader. Information from Arusha indicates that there is now a good level of convergence on this issue among the East African States.  Economic integration is moving well. Political integration is also a sine qua non of guaranteeing our sovereignty. I salute the Ugandans for supporting political integration unreservedly. The political and economic integration of East Africa is not just for sentimental reasons.  It is in order to ensure our prosperity. Our brothers and sisters in
Ethiopia, whom I salute, are effectively using their market of 90 million people to attract investments by giving local investors protection.  The size of the market is not just for sentiments.  The 160 million people East African market should be used to pull in investments for the prosperity of our people.
In the coming session of Parliament, the Government will present to you for consideration, the following bills:
  1. Agriculture Extension Bill
  1. Amendment of the NAADS Act 2001
  1. Amendment of the Universities and other Tertiary Institution Act (2011)
  1. Fisheries (Amendment) Bill
  1. National Coffee Bill
  1. Uganda Construction Industry Commission (UCICO) Bill
  1. The Engineers Registration Act (Amendment) Bill
  1. The Roads Act (Amendment) Bill
  1. Foreign Service Bill
  1. Uganda Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs Bill
  1. Overseas Properties and Immunities Bill, 2010
  1. Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016
  1. Administration of the Judiciary Bill, 2016
  1. Geneva Conventions (Amendment) Bill, 2016
  1. The National Legal Aid Bill, 2015
  1. Uganda Wildlife 2015 Amendment Bill
  1. Uganda Land Commission Bill
  1. Landlord-Tenant Bill
  1. NEMA Act (Amendment) Bill
  1. The Climate Change Bill
  1. Water Act (Amendment) Bill
  1. Consumer Protection Bill
  1. Cooperatives Societies (Amendment) Bill
  1. New Sugar Bill
  1. Data Protection and Communications Technology Bill
  1. Uganda Communication Act (Amendment) Bill, 2015
  1. National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) Amendment Bill
  1. Physical Activity and Sports (PAS) Bill
  1. Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) Amendment Bill
I, therefore, have the pleasure to declare the 10th Parliament open.
I salute all of you.    May God bless Uganda.
State of the Nation Address by President Yoweri Museveni on May 31, 2016 at Serena Conference Centre in Kampala
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