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VIDEO: President Museveni Tours Buckingham Palace, Dines With The Queen

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President Yoweri Museveni has held various meetings with several leaders at the sidelines of the CHOGM 2018 including UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson with whom he held a productive meeting, the two leaders talked about strengthening the relationship between the United Kingdom and Uganda. The two leaders agreed to cooperate in tackling regional problems together.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) is held every two years to enable leaders of the commonwealth countries come together to discuss global and commonwealth issues, and decide on collective policies and initiatives.

The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of 53 sovereign state. Nearly all of them are former British colonies.

The President also held a meeting with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi with whom he discussed bilateral issues between the two countries.

Earlier, the President was welcomed on arrival at the Buckingham Palace for the official opening of CHOGM and later at St. James Palace, by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Theresa May.

The President alongside other Commonwealth leaders was hosted to a reception by Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth at the St. James Palace.

The President and other leaders were later hosted to a grand dinner by Her Majesty the Queen at the Ballroom, Buckingham Palace.

Today the President joins other Heads of State for a retreat at the Windsor Castle. Later President Museveni is due to hold a bilateral meeting with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Earlier during the opening session, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May thankedHer Majesty The Queen for her generous invitation into her home, the first time the full Heads of Government meeting has been there in almost forty years.

President Museveni with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi

“I am also struck by the number of Heads of Government we have assembled here today – a powerful demonstration of our commitment to revitalize the Commonwealth, and to tap into its vast potential.And that vast potential has been clear at the forums this week. Our Commonwealth family has spent the last four days sharing perspectives and finding ways to make a real difference to people’s lives. I think I speak for everyone around the room when I say that we have all been inspired by what we’ve seen and heard, particularly from our young people,” she said.

President Museveni with UK Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Theresa May

President Museveni with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

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Corruption Still A Big Problem But We Are Committed To Ending It – Museveni

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President Museveni (Centre) with the first Hon. lady Janet Museveni on his left and Vice president Rt Hon. Edward Ssekandi on the right

President of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has expressed big concerns over the growing levels of corruption sighting it as one of the big problems the country is facing.

Mr. Museveni was addressing a gathering that attended the Annual thanksgiving ceremony held last evening at state house Entebbe. “The major problem now is corruption and we are committed to ending it. I can guarantee you we shall defeat corruption. I recently made some announcements but will dwell more on this subject in my New Year message

With First Lady Janet, we hosted guests at State House, Entebbe for the Annual Thanksgiving ceremony, whose theme was picked from Psalms 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in Unity”.

Uganda is beginning to go over the hill after we started from a low base in 1986. We have been trying to get up the hill but with a firm foundation now, the movement uphill is faster and easier.

We now have enough electricity, better roads and general infrastructure. Bishop Joseph Abura from Karamoja testified about how easily he now gets to Kampala.

Ugandans are also working harder. For example we have had a bumper harvest and prices of foodstuffs are coming down. It will help reduce inflation too. Take maize, production has gone up to five million bags from two million bags.

I thank Dr Barry Lenhardt, the preacher, for his good message, especially praying for our country’s prosperous future. I also commend the organisers for giving this function a national character by inviting Ugandans from all parts of the country,” Mr. Museveni said.

In attendance was also the religious leaders from the different sects

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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End Of The KCCA Road For Musisi As  She  Finally Hands Over Office Today

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KCCA outgoing Executive Director Ms. Jennipher Musisi (Left) with President Museveni

Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) Executive Director Ms Jennipher Musisi has this morning handed over the office official to the Minister of Kampala, Hon Betty Olive Namisango Kamya.

Ms.Musisi who ends her seven and half tenure as the KCCA director, leaves her office following today her resignation notice she wrote to president Museveni informing him about her resignation two months ago that takes effect today, December 15th. In her resignation letter, Ms. Musisi cited lack of political support and low funding among other reasons as the major factors that led to her resignation. In her words Ms.Musisi said, “When given an opportunity to make a difference, let your existence matter by leaving things better than you found them.” She also informed journalist’s earlier that she has achieved a number of things in the city ranging from infrastructure, healthy, education among others asserting that the authority will thrive even when she departs.

Ministry for Kampala Hon. Betty Kamya thanked the outgoing executive director of the commendable job done and insisted that she had receive the office ceremonially and await further instructions from the president on what to do. she also informed Ms. Musisi that president Museveni had not yet technically accepted her resignation and to this effect he had not yet appointed her replacement. On the 15th October 2018, Ms. Musisi submitted her 21-page resignation notice to President Yoweri Museveni Monday indicating that she would step down on December 15, 2018. In her letter to the president,Ms. Musisi highlighted a number of challenges in the management of Kampala. Key among them was the unceasing bickering between the political and technical wing of KCCA. “One of the challenges has been to reconcile the competing interests between political perspectives/ decisions and the strategic plans of the KCCA technical team. Consequently, it has increasingly become difficult to achieve set targets,” Musisi said.

She equally pointed out the inadequate political support to the efforts of the KCCA technical team to transform Kampala, a result of which many planned city improvement plans have not received political support and Musisi acknowledges that KCCA is unable to fully meet the government and public expectations in city development programmes and service delivery demands due to inadequate funding.

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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New Formation Unveiling Delayed Until Next Year – Muntu

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General. Mugisha Muntu addressing a conference at Hotel Africana in October

New formation Leader Gen. Mugisha Muntu has said that the New formation party won’t be unveiled on the 25th December as early anticipated.

Gen. Muntu through the party social media page this morning, said that process involved could go up to the 31 st of December this year as most of the requirements had yet not been finalised by the electoral commission. He said further that other processes like unveiling the party name, symbols, policy platforms and other things required by the party could be done after electoral commission finalized.

A copy of the press statement realised this morning

On the 25th of September 2018, Gen. Muntu announced that he had parted ways with Forum for Democratic Change(FDC) after two months of national wide consultations and exit speculations.  Gen Muntu took that political direction after he lost the FDC party presidency to Mr Amuriat in November 2017 and ending speculation about his fate.

By Remmy Atugonza

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