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Doing Business In Mbale, Iganga, Tirinyi Made Easy After Road Construction Giants Dott Services Puts Final Touches On 100km Road…



Dott Services Contracts Manager Eng. Jamesone Olonya

Road construction giants Dott services limited has revealed that they are putting final touches on the 100km Iganga-Tirinyi-Mbale road.

During a media tour of the state of the art road, Dott Services Contracts Manager Eng. Jamesone Olonya, thanked Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) for diligently playing a supervisory role during the construction process, he promised that the project is expected to be finished next month (August).

“We are happy that throughout the duration of this whole project, we have been closely supervised by our employer and we think the UNRA team is doing a very good job,” Eng. Olonya said.

Eng. Olonya said that the 100km road that cost UGX 135 billion and was fully funded by the Ugandan government will not only ease transport for people and goods, but will also reduce accidents since they have put special walkways for pedestrians in some busy trading centres.

“Completion of the road was initially set for April 2020 but it was extended by three months by UNRA after heavy rains raised the water levels on the many rivers along the highway,” Eng. Olonya said.

The road starts at Nakalama, a suburb of Iganga District, on the Jinja–Tororo Highway, approximately 44kms and proceeds in a north-easterly direction, through Namutumba, Tirinyi and Kamonkoli before ending at Mbale, a total distance of about 100 kilometers.

Locals in Iganga and Mbale told theGrapevine that they are happy that the new road is going to boost business in their areas by easing the movement of goods in the four eastern districts of Iganga, Namutumba, Tirinyi in Kibuku District, Kamonkoli in Budaka District, and Mbale.

DOTT Services Ltd is a 25 years’ old Ugandan Company, incorporated in 1994.

The construction company is ranked in Class A1 tier and also has operations spread out in countries like Zambia, South Sudan, Tanzania and India among others.

By Sengooba Alirabaki



I Don’t Own All Those Building, I Work For Someone Else: Tycoon Drake Lubega Discloses Why He Has Refused To Forgive His Tenants Rent On ‘His’ 17 Arcades….



Tycoon Drake Lubega

After yesterday’s battles with his tenants, tycoon Drake Lubega has now revealed why he has refused to forgive his tenants rent arrears for the lockdown period.

During his 17th Covid19 address, President Museveni cleared the reopening of 110 arcades that had met the set Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), by Ministry of Health.

However, Drake Lubega, who owns over 17 buildings refused to comply saying that some of his tenants had not paid their rent arears.

Even though most of his colleagues who own buildings forgave their tenants rent for two months, Drake insisted that every tenant must pay all his money including the months of lockdown.

It is alleged that he even confiscated their property for failing to pay rent arrears.

While speaking to NBS, Drake said he owns only two building, “I think I own around two buildings but I have bosses who have trusted me and I run their buildings and businesses on their behalf. I’m a dedicated worker.”

Most Ugandans who work in arcades in town allege that the real owners of these arcades are government officials who hide their loot in these buildings and the people we call tycoons are mere managers or brokers.

Drake Lubega allegedly owns the following buildings; Majestic Plaza, Jesco Plaza (located at formerly DV8), Astoria Plaza (next to former Barclays Luwum Street), Titanic Building at Johnson street, Energy Center, Jesco (near Ham grounds), Eco Plaza, Totale City Plaza, Qualicell Bus Terminal, Jamboli, Pentagon, Atalanta, Mini Price(bought from John Sebalamu), ESCO Plastics (Katonga), City Complex in Kiyembe, Qualicell on William street, and Jesco in Nabugabo among others.

Drake Lubega also owns other properties like factories in Ntebetebe, Bweyogerere, Elite School in Bwebajja, numerous warehouses, vast land among other properties.

Abagaga be Kampala are commission Agents for govt officials

Posted by Harunah Kiyemba on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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City Businessman Runs To Court After Being Arrested And Detained For Being Kagame’s Spy…



Businessman Mugisha and Prossy Boonabana (inset)

City businessman has run to the High Court Civil Division Kampala seeking a court declaration that he is not a Kagame agent or spy.

Henry Mugisha of Lloyd FX Limited through his lawyers of C/M M/S Kigenyi-Opira and Company Advocates has dragged fellow directors in the said company, Prossy Boonabana, Sulah Nuwamanya and police officer Godfrey Chebet in court for deformation.

In his suit, Mugisha claims that on 27th March 2020, he was arrested unlawfully and imprisoned for several hours at his office by different security operatives who accused him of being a Rwandan operative spying for Rwanda in Uganda.

He revealed that after security operatives searched his office and home, two of his flash discs, his passport, two smart phones and laptop were taken.

He noted that the entire search was done when he was handcuffed. After, he was driven to Special Investigation Unit in Kireka for further interrogations.

In his affidavit, he stated that for the nine days he spent in cells, he was told that the defendants told security agencies that he was in possession of a gun and spying gadgets which was not true.

“The investigations were done and the security personnel were fully satisfied that all the allegations against me were false, malicious and I was unconditionally released and all my properties were returned to me,” he stated.

He noted that the defendants misled the security agencies by informing police and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) that he had a gun which was false.

He said that the defendants wanted to cause pain, psychological torture and defame him before the general public.

He narrated that as a business partner to the defendants, his troubles started when he demanded accountability from the defendants for money amounting to USD35,000 in one of the company meetings which they failed to produce.

He noted that this sparked disagreement among them that is why they decided to fabricate criminal charges against him.

He explained that on 27th March 2020, Godfrey Chebet, a police officer number 38541 broke into his office and illegally took the company’s books of account and even stole money amounting to USD 2500.

He said that he reported a criminal case at Central Police Station in Kampala vide SD REF 23/27/03/20 and the case is still ongoing before Buganda road chief magistrate’s court.

He stated that when the defendants learnt that he had opened up a criminal case against them, they started threatening to report him to security agencies that he is engaging in espionage.

He said that because of the torture he went through, he wants the defendants to compensate him with one hundred million Uganda shillings (Shs.100,000,000) as income he lost for the days he was illegally deprived of his properties and detained for 36 days he spend without his trade tool (laptop).

He also wants a public apology in all media platforms where the story was published or broadcast.

He also wants general and exemplary damages for libel, special damages of Shs.200m.

The defendants have 14 days to file their defense.


By Sengooba Alirabaki


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You Are Not The Only Ones Closed, Wait For The President – Security Minister Gen. Tumwine Warns Traders Against Striking….



L-R: Okello together with Ministers Tumwine, Among and Kyambadde

Security Minister Gen. Elly Tumwine has warned arcade owners, KACITA leaders and traders that they will be imprisoned for inciting violence if they try to open arcades to resume business.

Kampala Minister Betty Amongi, trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde, Security Minister Elly Tumwine, the state Minister for Kampala Benny Namuggwanya and Kampala Resident City Commissioner Faridah Mayanja inspected some of the Arcades in Kampala to see which ones have complied with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be reopened.

Later, while addressing the landlords of City Arcades and tenants, trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde disclosed that they have done their work of inspecting all the arcades and  out of the 2000 arcades in Kampala Central Business Center, only 47 have complied with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) like having good  Water and Sanitation centers, clean premises, proper access ways , good waste management for both solid and liquid waste and social distancing.

Amelia disclosed that cabinet is going to meet the President and by the close of this week, the President will hopefully address the nation and guide on those arcades which have complied with the SOPs.

The chairman inspecting committee Dan Okello listed some of the arcades that are set be reopened, they include: Mukwano Arcade, Grand corner House, Arua park Complex , Mega Plaza, Zai Plaza , Nabugabo Business Center, Angles Arcade , Capital Center arcade among others.

Kampala Minister Betty Amongi pleaded with tenants to talk to their landlords about their most pressing issues instead of being misled to strike by some KACITA leaders.

Some KACITA leaders had organised tenants to forcefully reopen the arcades today after giving government a three days’ ultimatum.

Minister for Security Gen. Elly Tumwine warned KACITA leaders that if it was another government, they would be in jail now for inciting violence.

Gen. Tumwine said that government has not yet allowed arcades to resume work, he cautioned traders to remember that they are not the only ones still in lockdown, but boda bodas, churches and mosques are also not yet opened but they have not taken the KACITA way.

He however warned that security was ready to handle the traders to maintain law and order.

The Landlords led by Hamis Kiggundu asked government to allow them to resume their businesses because they are not the ones who brought Coronavirus. He however promised that as landlords, they are ready to comply with all measures put by government and scientists.

Tenants lead by Geoffrey Katongole, the chairman Kampala Arcades Association said that they are tired of staying at home.

Katongole revealed that their families lack what to eat because of the lockdown while many of their colleagues have business loans on their necks.


By Timothy Nyanzi


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