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Stop Hoodwinking Ugandans With Lies And Propaganda , Ugandans Will Foot The Bills For Dams And Roads – FDC’s Kaija To Museveni

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Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) deputy secretary Mr. Harod Kaija has asked the president  Yoweri Museveni and his publicists to stop telling Ugandans lies on how they have constructed the Entebbe Expressway, Karuma and Isimba dams and now the Source of The Nile bridge. In a letter that he shared with the grapevine, Kaija said that in future Ugandans would foot the heavy bills of these big sums of money that were invested in these projects against their will.

In his letter, Kaija says: Mr. Yoweri Museveni and his publicists are telling Ugandans how they have constructed the Entebbe Expressway, Karuma and Isimba dams and now the Source of The Nile bridge.

What they do not say is that all these projects are funded by loans, which will have to be paid back by Ugandans, not Mr. Museveni and his NRM party. If Ugandans used a “value for money audit” to evaluate the cost of these projects, they would pick sticks and flog the politicians.

Comparative economics requires that we compare our projects with similar projects in other countries. Karuma and Isimba dams are estimated to produce 780MW at a cost of $2.8 million per megawatt, making a total of $2.2bn.

Lesotho constructed a dam of 6,000MW at a cost of $800,000 per MW, totaling to $4.8bn. Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance dam, the largest dam in Africa, produces 6,450MW costing $991,633 per MW, totaling $6.4bn.

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If Uganda used the ($800,000) unit cost of Lesotho to produce the 780MW, we would only pay $624m and save $1.57 billion (this is assumed to be eaten). We would even double our production to 1,560MW and still have a balance.

If we used the higher unit cost of Ethiopia ($991,633), the 780MW would cost Ugandans only $773.4 million and save $1.4 billion (assumed eaten). If Uganda was to construct the Lesotho dam of 6,000MW using the Ugandan cost, it would cost the taxpayers about $17 billion instead of the $4.8bn the Lesotho taxpayers parted with.

If Uganda was to produce Ethiopia’s 6,450MW using the Ugandan cost, taxpayers would pay about $18.2 billion instead of the $6.4bn the Ethiopians paid. Let’s look at how much is paid in the roads.

Entebbe Expressway is 53km with four lanes. About $9 million was spent per kilometer, which brought the total cost to $476 million. Kenya’s Thika Highway is 50km long, eight lanes costing about $7.2m per kilometer, with a total cost $360 million.

If we used the assumed balance, we got from using the Lesotho cost of constructing a dam ($1,576bn), we would have another four-lane highway of 174.9 kilometers. That is the road distance from Entebbe to Bugiri.

If we used the balance from the Ethiopia cost, $1.426bn, we would have another four-lane highway of 159km. That is the distance from Kampala to Kalisizo towards Mutukula. If we decided to use the Thika highway cost of eight lanes costing $7.2 million and factor in our Lesotho unit cost balance of $1.576bn, we would have a 220km eight-lane highway.

If we used the Ethiopia balance of $1.426bn, we would have a 200km eight-lane highway. These distances would cover Kampala – Gulu highway. If Kenyans were given the money spent on the 53km four-lane Entebbe Expressway of $476m, they would have constructed a 66.1km, eight-lane highway!

If they were to have a four-lane, they would have 120.2km instead of Uganda’s 53km! As Ugandans struggle with skyrocketing Yaka bills, Ethiopian domestic consumers will not pay for the power they use. The majority of Ugandans will not be able to drive on the “pay as you drive” Entebbe Expressway, while Kenyans will drive for free on the Thika highway in Kenya.

One wonders why the Shs 2.5bn Luweero-Rwenzori project is supervised at a cost of Shs 33bn. The other day, Mr Museveni opened the $125m four-lane Source of the Nile bridge ($100m loan from Japan). It is 525 metres long and 52.9m wide.

Shanghai’s Napu bridge costs $119m. It’s a six-lane highway, 8,346m long and 46m wide. Nigeria’s Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge in Lagos is a four-lane dual carriageway highway, 1,357 metres long, 8.0mx2 carriageway (width) bridge and 2.3mx 2 walkway, streetlights. It cost $79 million.

In all these countries, where the above bridges are constructed, there are reports of corruption. The difference here is how much is stolen vis-a-viz the quantity of work done.

Museveni’s told Ugandans that about 90 per cent and 67 per cent labour and supervisors respectively who worked on the project were Ugandan. Most raw materials were sourced locally. At least $25 million from Uganda’s government was to compensate those whose land the bridge was to occupy. Who owns land on River Nile?

He also talked about the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), but this too is another expensive white elephant. Railway engineers inform us that it would be much cheaper to upgrade the existing rail tracks from British standard to German standard, replace bends with longer curves (to allow for higher train speeds) and upgrade rolling stock (locomotives). This would achieve the SGR objectives of carrying heavier cargo in a shorter time over the same distance at a much reduced cost.

What is unfortunate is that most of these projects are financed by poorly negotiated loans. Generations will hustle to pay back these loans yet most of the money is eaten by the “fat cats.”

 

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I Don’t Trust Them They Are All NRM Cadres – DP Boss Mao Attacks Constitutional Review Team

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Democratic Party (DP) president Hon. Norbert Mao has expressed concerns over the assembled constitutional review team citing partisan grounds and lack of integrity.

Addressing Journalists at the party headquarters, Hon. Mao said that he doesn’t trust the people nominated on the Constitution review commission because most of them are NRM cadres.

Some of those appointed on the review team include; former Yumbe MP Nusura Tiperu, former Attorney general Prof Khiddu Makubya and the chairperson of the Uganda National youth council Lillian Abert. According to Hon. Mao, the team requires people who are independent minded and who care about the future of Uganda without Museveni. He however commended government for the idea of coming up with this constitutional review saying it is timely.

Government named 14 people to sit on the Constitutional Review Commission committee to consider various constitutional amendments according to a letter sent by president Museveni on May 23, to Gen Kahinda Otafiire, the Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, who also wrote a reminder on August 7 to the President.

In the letter, Gen Otafiire recommended former Attorney General, Prof Khiddu Makubuya, to chair the commission deputized by former Speaker of Parliament and retired diplomat Francis Butagira.

“Your Excellency, as you are aware, government has committed itself on several occasions to establish a Constitutional Review Commission as a more elaborate process of amending the Constitution. This process will take into account the many constitution reform proposals that have been received by government,” Gen Otafiire wrote.

Sources at State House and in other government circles had varying opinions on President Museveni’s decision about the Commission and some said he has already made the appointments while others said he has not formally responded to Gen Otafiire’s letter despite the reminder.

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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WHY I QUIT NBS TV: The Man Is A Real Witch, A Sorcerer, A Hypocrite, A Liar And A Demon – Basajjamivule Speaks Out

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Political Commentator and NBS TV ‘the Eagle’ political show panelist,Basajja Mivule alias Bwadene Nsolonkambwe has poured his heart out over intrigue from one of his fellow panelists who is also an FDC member.

In a rant on his Facebook page titled ‘Polite Apeal’, Mivule blasted the FDC man for being a liar, a hypocrite and a witch, and promised to report him to Besigye.

Below is Mivule’s rant verbatim:

DEAR FACEBOOK FRIENDS , thank you for the greater love you continually share with me , again I say THANK YOU .

There’s this kind request I want to put before all of you : The truth is that I was not chased away from NBS TV , and Mr.Kin Kalisa , a very good friend of mine should not be blamed for my disappearance from the EAGLE PLATFORM .

The reason why am not appearing on the EAGLE SHOW is entirely personal , Mr . Kin Kalisa and the entire NBS TV management are not in any way to blame , I know how much you miss me and you have the reason WHY , but am the one to blame for keeping you guessing for quite long .

Any time I can go back because I’ve become part of NBS TV FAMILY , BUT HEAR THIS :- There’s a devil , a real snake which I can never work with again .

He made my life miserable, he never wanted me and another panelist on that show . One day someone gave him only 50,000 /= to go on air and say that I went to statehouse, and Museveni gave me 8 millions , and that I was going back next week to pick the balance of 4 million. .

He repeated it the following week , and again he repeated it the third week .

Another time he put it on me that together with Dr. Abed Bwanika , we were given money by the government of Uganda , to go to South Africa and buy goats but we ate the money .

I have heard Mr.Tamale Mirundi on several times talking about the money that was given to Dr Abed Bwanika but he has never , never , never added my name in that project . In fact , it’s something I first heard about from Tamale’s mouth , but he mentioned my name on air without first carry out any research on that matter.

This demon, the son of the biblical beast , has tried so much during it’s programs on air , to convince the viewers that he’s a saint , even the public tends to believe that the man is an angel , because he speaks like a priest , he demonizes NRM people and even the panelists yet he’s not as clean as am going to tell you.

This time round he’s spreading the rumor that there’s an MP who took me two weeks ago to President Museveni , and he gave me two hundred millions , to stop criticising him , and it’s the reason I left NBS TV .

The man is a real WITCH , A WIZARD , A SORCERER , A HYPOCRITE , A LIAR and A WOLF IN A SHEEP SKIN .

NOW , two months ago , the Snake went to state house , and met Col. Kaka the ISO Director , who is a very good friend of mine because we knew each other many years before he entered that office .

He had written a proposal to president Museveni through the ISO DIRECTOR , Col . Kaka , requesting for billions of money , to recruit all the prominent talk show hosts and the reporters plus some program producers into becoming NRM / Museveni’s private supporters .

He proposed that he was going to convince all the vocal journalists and presenters , to abandon all the opposition parties plus their leaders , mainly the people power of BOBI WINE , and they stop highlighting events , statements and programs for the opposition .

He proposed that he was going to give the selected media personalities beginning with the editors and producers a minimum of 50 millions to buy a simple car and the balance they buy a plot of land , and he said he was going to start from the media house where he works.

This holy priest who speaks like an angel from heaven , who spends a lot of time talking about how he was well brought up by her mom , highly educated , he calls himself a principled man , a man of integrity , he always talks about the professors who taught him at Makerere University and for that reason he looks down at his guests as no bodies ,

QUESTION :-

If he’s truly a principled man , one who is a member of the opposition , and who wants Museveni to leave power and go , how can you make a proposal requesting for billions of money to recruit all journalists / media personalities to become NRM supporters and automatically Museveni moles ?

Did his party send him to Museveni or approve of that proposal ?

Let someone help me to share this with Dr. Kiza Besigye , so that he may understand some of the people confess to belong to the opposition .

More info about the SNAKE with two legs , which puts on suits like human beings is coming soon , WATCH THIS SPACE .

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Ugandan’s Blasting Besigye For Telling Lies Have Memory Lapse, We Have Ourselves To Blame That M7 Is Still Here – Makerere University Councillor

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Makerere University Councillor Doreen Nyanjura has blasted Ugandans who are calling former president for Forum for Democratic Change Dr. Kiiza Besigye a liar.

Earlier today, a section of Ugandans took to social media and blasted Besigye for making endless prophecys of Museveni leaving power yet he (Museveni) is consolidating his stay.

Nyanjura, who is a die hard Besigye and FDC supporter reminded Ugandans that Besigye is in opposition to see M7 gone, and they have been voting for him because they want to see change. Below is Nyanjura’s post:

“I see some Ugandans with memory laps accusing Dr Kizza Besigye for telling ‘lies’ about M7’s exit in 2006, 2011 and 2016! They accuse Besigye of promising a tsunami, they accuse him of assuring Masaka people that they would witness M7’s departure.

The reason Besigye is in opposition is indeed to see M7 gone, the reason you and me are in the opposition is to see change. You vote for Besigye because you want to see change.

Who would not expect M7 not to be defeated with the numbers that turn up during KB’s rallies? Who would not expect a tsunami when we see M7 desperately paying, bribing and ferrying people to attend his rallies? Who would not expect a tsunami under the current high unemployment rates, high economic prices, land grabbing, nepotism, poverty etc?.

I am still confident, Masaka people will witness his exit.

Fighting for change is not an individual responsibility, is it not ashame that with all the over stinking challenges, we can afford to sit on social media and in front of TV sets and expect full realization of the tsunami to emanate from Besigye alone?

After the 2001 elections, Dr Kizza Besigye was incarcerated permanently at his home, they accused him of forming a rebel group, his life was in danger, many lives were lost. By the grace of God, he escaped to exile. What role did you play after Besigye was forced to exile?

When he returned from exile in 2005, he was imprisoned, charged with rape, treason, murder etc. The temple of justice was raped by the popular black mambas that rearrested KB and his co accused after they were granted bail. He was nominated while in jail. We all know KB won the 2006 election, that wasn’t KB’s victory, it was our victory and we ought to have fought for it until the end.

After the 2011 elections, A walk to work campaign was introduced, KB was at the front line, KB was even shot at, his car was smashed, he was spread with deadly chemicals. The Mulago arrest was such a horror!

KB won the 2016 elections, we was sworn in as the legitimate winner of the elections. Social media was switched off as soon as the video of his swearing in was released. He was brutally arrested, airlifted to Karamoja prison where he survived an assassination. No one was allowed in court during the mention of the charges. He was airlifted from Karamoja to Luzira Maximum Prison and his case transferred to Nakawa court, there were even attempts of transferring the case to Luzira prison in order to isolate him from the public and his supporters.

I vividly and painfully remember how KB used to be transported like a caged dog from Luzira prison to Nakawa court. The caged car had three different caged compartments and KB would be incarcerated in the centre cage, all the compartments would be locked with heavy paddocks.

During his Nakawa appearances, court would start at 7;00am not the official 9;00am! He would appear alone with his tormentors.

When he was finally granted bail, KB made it categorically clear that he had won the elections and he had the evidence which he was ready to produce in court. He went ahead to assure the chief Magistrate that he will was never appear in court again, he said M7 was the supposed to be in the dock answering treason charges because he committed treason by swearing in and yet he had not won the election. Indeed KB has never gone back to Court.

All I am saying is that KB has never let us down, he has always led us, we have ourselves to blame that M7 is still here. Besigye alone can’t defeat an armed ruthless dictator, we have a role to play.

I applaud several Ugandans who like KB have been at the fore front of the struggle.”

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