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MPs Task Government To Terminate Hared Petroleum Limited Contract For Failing To Manage Fuel Reserves

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Hared Petroleum fuel depot in Jinja

Members of Parliament (MPs) have tasked Government to terminate Hared Petroleum Limited contract for the management of fuel reserves. The MPs accuse the company of failing to manage the reserves as per the contract.

The details of Parliament’s recommendations are contained in the report by the Public Accounts Committee following audits conducted by the Auditor General for the FY2014/2015 Ministry of Energy and Minerals that was presented to Parliament by Angeline Osegge, the Committee Chairperson.

The PAC Chairperson said, “Hared Petroleum Limited contract should be terminated henceforth for failing to deliver as per the contract terms, government should repossess the management and operation of the facility.”

It should be recalled that in 2012, the Government and Hared Petroleum Limited entered into a concessional agreement to refurbish, restock maintain and manage the petroleum strategic reserve facility at Jinja.

According to the agreement, the operator was required to manage the facility for a period of 10 years, with Hared Petroleum committing to build the government reserves within 6 months from the signature date.

However, an investigation by the auditors exposed the loopholes within the contract, revealing that despite the Concession agreement requiring Hared Petroleum to ensure that 40% approximately (12 million litres) of the storage capacity of the products is available at all times as a strategic reserve which is released whenever there is a national petroleum supply shortfall, this isn’t the case.

In his report to Parliament, John Muwanga, noted that at the time of inspection in September 2O15, there was only 274,000 litres of petrol and 331,000 litres of diesel in stock, an indication that the tanks had never had the 40% strategic reserves at any one time.

“From the above analysis it is evident that stock build up is not being achieved and consequently the national petroleum reserves are not serving the purpose for which they were established,” the audit report read in part.

However, when the Energy Ministry was tasked to explain why the Contractor had never fulfilled this obligation, the officials argued that Hared Petroleum’s ability had been constrained by unforeseen increased level of investment in the refurbishment that doubled and the challenges associated with the supply route of Mombasa management is also pursuing the option of capitalising the strategic reserve.

Additionally, PAC also expressed concerns over the big disparity between the amount of petrol and diesel in stock saying that it is an indication that Hared Petroleum had failed to fulfill the contractual obligation.

 

By Stella Mugoya

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Police Fires Teargas To Dispass Revellers At Bobiwine Blocked Concert In Busabala

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Police has fired teargas at revellers who turned up for the Bobiwine boxing day concert which was planned for today at One Love beach.

Hon. Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu alias Bobiwine Continues to condemn the manner in which his shows are being disrupted contrary to the resolution passed by parliament last week this website has learnt.

Earlier this morning police spokes person SSP Emilian Kayima told this website that Bobiwine and Fire base management had yet fullfilled the required guideline according to the rules and guidelines set by police. However Bobiwine by press time had vowed to proceed with the concert in defiancy

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After Fighting Bank Of Uganda, Sudhir Now Cited In MP Sanjay Tana’s Financial Woes

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It seems the supporters of Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia will stop at nothing in their maneuvers to target and bring down whoever stands in his way for anything.

The latest victim to suffer the wrath of the Sudhir network is none other than ex-Tororo Municipality MP Sanjay Tana who is being demonized with reports that his Bunga residence is being confiscated by Bank of Baroda on grounds of loan-defaulting. Sources which are involved in these battles between Indian business community guys with big egos say Sanjay’s trouble began when preparations began for Indian Prime Minister Modi to visit Uganda.

The members of Modi’s security detail and advance team preferred Sanjay Tana saying he was the one the Prime Minister was more comfortable with leading preparations. Sales reps from Sudhir’s Speke Resort Munyonyo started pitching for business this being a big opportunity to cash in on the hospitality money. They started going to the members of the Modi organizing committee who were headed by Sanjay Tana and others like Singh Katongole. They fronted a proposal and indicated benefits in case Sanjay used his influence to ensure Modi addresses a big business delegation at Munyonyo. But this proposal was flatly rejected after some people approached Tana and told him the Sudhir Empire was looking for an opportunity to use the Modi visit to blackmail Museveni to become more sympathetic and side with Sudhir the Indian tycoon in his battles with the incorruptible men at Bank of Uganda. Tana declined the offer and in the end Modi addressed the Indian community at Kololo as opposed to Munyonyo.

Sudhir became so furious and didn’t participate in many of the activities to welcome Modi in Uganda. His people considered this a lost opportunity to use Modi to neutralize Museveni’s indifference in the BoU saga. Those who know how vindictive the Sudhir network can be say it was now a matter of time before Sanjay Tana paid for his sins. There is no pretending that Sanjay Tana, having lost his MP seat, is financially not doing very well because he was even kicked out of Petrol Jinja road but this is a situation the Sudhir squads are taking advantage of to finish off Sanjay Tana on social media. It’s said even Modi wasn’t interested in Munyonyo because that would make his visit look like its partisan and private yet he wanted all Indians to benefit having enough audience with him regardless of their feuds and misunderstandings over petty differences. Whatever Sudhir lost in the Modi refusal to go to Munyonyo, he recovered in the way the idea to host the Ghandi Conventional Center in Entebbe was rejected. Instead the Center was taken to Jinja source of the Nile where Gandhi’s remains are buried after cremation. The location of the same in Entebbe would be bad news for Sudhir as his Munyonyo would be rendered weakened in terms of the business to host international conferences now that the Entebbe Express way has increased access by overcoming the jam on Entebbe road.

It’s said Sudhir’s people were bitter with officials like Ephraim Kamuntu and Godfrey Kiwanda because their tourism ministry wanted the Center in Entebbe and yet this would have destroyed Sudhir’s business in Munyonyo. Sudhir’s powerful supporters haven’t forgiven the bosses of tourism ministry and don’t be surprised if Kiwanda and Kamuntu face strong competitors and lose their MP Seats in 2021. This is very possible because Sudhir’s network members don’t forgive. They can keep quiet planning to strike at a right time in future. PPS Molly Kamukama is another powerful official who Sudhir’s people don’t like. They see her as someone who hasn’t helped their man to access Museveni to plead for his bank to be restored to total humiliation of Mutebile and other bosses at BoU. Sudhir supporters are always waiting for the day Molly will be fired and they slaughter their goats and chicken to celebrate because they see her as a very bad woman who is too strong for their machinations.

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SUDHIR/BOU WARS: The Naked Truth Exposed: Falsehoods Sudhir’s Fans Told Vs. Bank Of Uganda’s Kasekende

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L-R: Bagyenda, Sudhir, Edith Kasekende and husband Kasekende

Being the tycoon he is, there is little surprise that Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia has many fans and supporters operating in the social media space. These have nowadays been very active character-assassinating BoU officials they see as being responsible for the collapse of his Crane Bank empire. One of the biggest victims is Dr. Louis Kasekende, his reclusive wife Edith Kasekende and his former BoU workmate Justina Bagyenda. Sudhir’s supporters have uttered many things on social media targeting Dr. Kasekende and his wife who should be less concerned about the husband’s public position. One of the most notorious falsehoods is that Edith was being used as a conduit to coordinate funny deals between the Deputy Governor and some of the law firms BoU hired to prosecute the Sudhir case and to also finalize the sale of CBL and the recovery of USD80m from Sudhir and other CBL shareholders. It has been peddled that Edith Kasekende was dubiously hired to offer HR consultancy services for BOWMANS which is one of the law firms BoU had retained for the Sudhir case.

THE NAKED TRUTH;

The truth as established by Grapevine is as follows; sometime in 2013, BOWMANS suffered severe staff exodus and this was at a time the South African partners were buying into the firm and coming on board to boost its global profile. Many employees were leaving and this scared the South African partners. Price Watershouse Coopers (PWC) which is an HR and audit firm in Kampala was approached and hired to help restore sanity at BOWMANS. Francis Kamulegeya who heads PWC deployed Mrs. Baliddawa to head a team of consultants to help BOWMANS come up with better strategies to ensure staff retention or else the AF Mpanga firm then based at Workers House risked losing the BOWMAN partnership. Mrs. Baliddawa did some work and set up systems and even recruited an HR Manager for BOWMANS. This was a lady called Dorothy from Shell Uganda. She then went ahead with creating strong HR systems to ensure staff retention and talent attraction for the law firm. In her report, Mrs. Baliddawa pointed out why even when they were given instant salary increment, young lawyers still insisted on quitting AF Mpanga. The lawyers still quit even after the crowded Workers House office was abandoned for more spacious DFCU Towers. After sometime, Mrs. Baliddawa quit PWC and went into retirement. She left in place a team of young consultants carrying on the work at AF Mpanga/BOWMANS and this lasted several months for which PWC experts were paid a retainer. Meanwhile Edith Kasekende was also working with PWC and on Mrs. Baliddawa’s recommendation, Francis Kamulegeya deployed her to boost the teams working for BOWMAN to establish strong HR systems. That is how she came to work for AF Mpanga in her own right as an eminent HR practitioner and not as wife of Dr. Kasekende.

BOWMANS WORKING FOR SUDHIR;

By the way, this way before the AF Mpanga/BOWMAN lawyers ever got to be involved in any work relating to Sudhir and BoU. The truth is the law firm only worked for Sudhir during the takeover of Amama Mbabazi’s National Bank of Commerce by CBL. Fred Muwema, representing the NBC owners, used Justice Steven Kavuma to get a strange court order against CBL bosses including the MD Kalan, the DMD and Sudhir himself. He accused them of contempt of court that they went on to take over NBC operations even when there was an order restraining such as issued by Justice Kavuma. There was panic at Crane Chambers and city lawyer Alex Rezida (a director in CBL) recommended that AF Mpanga would handle that Muwema case on behalf of CBL. He led the AF Mpanga lawyers to Crane Chambers late evening and instructions were issued inside Sudhir’s office. The case was worn and the AF Mpanga attorneys moved on. That is the only deal they ever had with Dr. Sudhir who sometime back accused them of conflict of interest. Muwema’s client NBC had brought contempt of court criminal proceedings against both CBL and BoU which was separately represented by MMAKS. Then much later on, the same AF Mpanga came to do some work for BoU as external lawyers after some diplomatically powerful representatives in Kampala got concerned and insisted on AF Mpanga’s inclusion on the team of lawyers to pursue the CBL saga. Justine Bagyenda, the strong Mukiga lady who was at first very uncomfortable with the AF Mpanga law firm on grounds that it had represented Kizza Besigye and other FDC honchos in high profile cases, was instructed to add AF Mpanga on the list of BoU’s legal team to pursue the CBL matter. She directed PWC to closely work with the firm in carrying out a forensic audit on CBL and this angered the Sudhir camp. That forensic report became the basis for the CBL’ sale to DFCU which took it after other bidders became disinterested in seeing the bank’s vulnerable situation (it had just UGX1.5bn against depositor obligations stretching over UGX1trn). This was long after Edith Kasekende had been working for BOWMANS as HR consultant. Even after quitting PWC, after Francis Kamulegeya communicated that PWC would be scaling down on HR practice to concentrate on its core function which is audit, Edith Kasekende maintained a consultancy relationship with BOWMANS and all this clearly had nothing to do with Dr. Kasekende or any dealings regarding CBL. On starting her own company, she still occasionally moved in to support and supervise other teams on ground working to ensure the BOWMANS HR functions worked well. Of course she would be paid by BOWMANS for her services and it’s these payments that Sudhir’s fans misconstrued for being a conduit for money to her husband Dr. Kasekende.  Because they wanted to make Dr. Kasekende look shady and dirty, they also deliberately misrepresented Edith’s bank statements to exaggerate her bank balances as if she is a billionaire whereas not. She simply kept fixing her own retirement benefits package in order to get some interest at the end of the banking year but Sudhir’s fans made it appear she was damning rich.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST CLAIMS;

But there has also been claims of conflict of interest being propagated by Dr. Sudhir’s supporters. But there is one glaring case they never speak about. Ernest & Young which OAG John Muwanga hired to do the latest audit report on BoU had for some time back accumulated an axe to grind with Bagyenda. As the powerful Director supervision, Bagyenda had denied E&Y business a few years ago and struck them off the list of audit service providers after they missed submitting very important pre-qualification documentation.  And here was the same firm being tasked or hired by Muwanga to audit BoU decisions including those that occurred at a time Bagyenda was in key authority and decision-making positions. Its hard ruling out this being an opportunity to settle an old score against Bagyenda and other heavyweights at BoU.

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