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    You Rule Us Because You Wield Guns Not Because We Love You – MP Ssemujju Tells Security Minister Muhwezi…

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    Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda (L) and Minister Muhwezi (R)

    There was a bitter exchange between Security Minister Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Jim Muhwezi and FDC Spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda over security matters in the Great Lakes Region.

    During the debate on NTV’s on the spot, Ssemujju told Muhwezi that some Ugandans don’t love the Museveni government but fear those who rule over them.

    “You rule us because you wield guns and we may fear, not because we love you. If I say something you will kidnap me like you are kidnapping all our agents here in Kampala and taking them in unknown destinations,” Ssemujju told Minister Muhwezi.

    He added, “People who run the state think it’s their property and that is why Jim Muhwezi speaks the way he speaks. I think Gen. Jim Muhwezi thinks he is a bigger shareholder in Uganda than myself or any other person.”

    Ssemujju also attacked Muhwezi over the conflict in Congo between Uganda, Rwanda and DRC.

    Muhwezi replied, “I came here (interview) to talk about Uganda’s security and not the security of Great Lakes Region, I am not a Minister of Security in Congo, I am a Minister of Security in Uganda.”

    Kira Municipality’s Member of Parliament however argued that he is not surprised that a minister responsible for security says he is limited to Uganda yet the problems he is explaining affect Uganda’s neighbours.

    He further added that Muhwezi has been tearing the Constitution apart.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    AS UGANDA END’S ITS MARRIAGE WITH UMEME: Here is government’s New Plans To Transition From Umeme To Uganda National Electricity Company Limited (UNEL)…

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    The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has commenced the implementation of the Power Sector Reforms, targeting to enhance sector performance and provide affordable power to the people of Uganda. The move follows a Cabinet Directive of October 3, 2022.

    The reforms are expected to minimize expensive private capital in the Electricity Sub Sector investments in generation, transmission, and distribution. It will culminate in creating the Uganda National Electricity Company Limited (UNECL) as a state-run entity with majority shareholding under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement as a possible option.

    Cabinet, among others, directed the Ministry not to renew the Concession and Privatization Agreements for Eskom Uganda Limited and UMEME Limited after their concessions come to their natural end.

    Eskom is the country’s largest energy generator on a 20-year concession effective March 1, 2003, for managing and maintaining the l80MW Nalubale and 200MW Kira Hydropower Plants. Umeme is Uganda’s main electricity distribution company, holding a 20-year electricity distribution concession from the Government of Uganda, effective March 1, 2005.

    The Ministry has already formally notified Eskom and UMEME of the Government’s decision not to renew their concessions agreements when they come to their natural end in March 2023 and March 2025, respectively.

    The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL), and Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL) have also been directed to make appropriate arrangements for the transition.

    Hon. Dr. Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, appreciated UMEME and Eskom for the yea rs of continued support and investment in Uganda’s Energy Sector. “On behalf of the Government of Uganda, I take this opportunity to appreciate ‘UMEME and Eskom for the Operation and Maintenance of the Government assets on behalf of UEDCL and UEGCL for the past 18 and 19 years, respectively.”

    The Minister noted that the electricity distribution network under UMEME covers a large percentage of the country, has grown in asset capacity and complexity and employs about 2,000 staff.

    “To this effect, I call upon the parties to the concession agreements to ensure a smooth transition of all the relevant responsibilities and asset handover in close coordination with this Ministry,” the Minister said.

    She said the Ministry would spearhead the transition process and engage all concerned parties, including the shareholders, to ensure that the Government of Uganda’s decision to end the concession naturally is executed reasonably.

    The Ministry has already constituted a Joint Committee to handle the Eskom Concession and is in the process of making a similar arrangement for the UMEME concession. The respective Committees are tasked with the planning and management of the end of the concessions to ensure seamless handover of the operations of the assets .

    “Government is committed to avail the necessary financing to ensure it fulfills its obligations in the related agreements,” elaborated Irene Sateebe, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry. “UEDCL and UEGCL will be supported to enable them to manage the transition period and operation of the concessions as happened with the SOMW Namanve Thermal Power Plant that has reverted to UEGCL in 2021.”

    The Permanent Secretary said the Ministry, with the support of the Auditor General, would undertake a valuation of the companies’ investments to determine any outstanding obligations by Government.

    The Ministry continues to put in place all measures to ensure universal access to clean, reliable, and affordable energy.

     

    Source: Solomon Muyita, Principal Communications Officer (Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development)

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    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Legislators To Strategise On How To Save MP Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake

    National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned his party legislators to strategise on how to save Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake from angry parliamentary leadership.

    According to credible sources in NUP, the meeting is expected to take place next week at their party headquarters in Kamwokya.

    Last week, Bobi Wine blasted his legislators for not giving enough support to their own (Zaake) when he was protesting deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa’s ruling stopping him from debating the ongoing abduction of people especially in Buganda.

    “I want to salute Hon. Francis Zaake and tell him that as an individual, I am very proud of him. NUP is very proud of you and Ugandans that were abducted are very proud of you. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of parliament, thank you for not shutting up, thank you for doing exactly what you were elected to do,” he said.

    Even though Bobi Wine praised Zaake, Tayebwa referred him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee and the hearing of his matter kicked off on Tuesday.

    However, sources in NUP revealed that Bobi Wine wants his legislators to put up a spirited fight to frustrate the move of disciplining Zaake.

    These were days after the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among warned Zaake that parliament will take criminal action against him to recover the institution’s properties he declined to return after being removed from the position of the parliamentary commissioner.

    Among told parliament that Zaake declined to return the parliamentary car even though he has been informed in writing to return it

    Former Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa advised Bobi Wine to investigate Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who was acting as the Leader of Opposition on the day Zaake protested because he was the one who stopped other opposition legislators from joining Zaake and telling him to move out of the plenary.

    One of Bobi Wine’s Personal Assistant Julius Katongole said that the motive of the meeting that Bobi Wine summoned is not to condemn or attack anyone but it is about guiding them on how to work together and use parliament to fight president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s bad acts against poor Ugandans.

    He rubbished allegations making rounds that Bobi Wine summoned the legislators to introduce to them their new parliamentary leadership after firing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba from the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic At KCCA As M7 Directs Minister Magyezi To Investigate RCC Burora Claim On Misuse Of PDM Cash…

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    Lubaga deputy RCC Burora (L) and Minister Magyezi (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed in writing the local government minister Raphael Magyezi to investigate the allegation made by Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner(RCC) Anderson Burora against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on mismanagement of the government Parish Development Modal cash.

    Minister Magyezi confirmed the development and said that the president directed him to present his findings to cabinet by the coming Monday so that the ministers discuss the matter.

    He said that the president was very concerned with the allegation made by Burora and praised him for standing his ground and speaksoff to the alleged government officials.

    Magyezi told theGrapevine that the president wants other Resident District Commissioners (RDC) to do what Burora did to inspect government projects for the good of the country.

    Last week, Burora suspended the operations of Parish Development Model citing irregularities in implementing the program by allocating the funds to people who are not supposed to benefit from it.

    “We have seen lists bearing names of people who are well off, who own cars, are salary earners and those who own big shops being fronted for Parish Development Model. The project was intended for the 39% population that lives hand-to-mouth, not those who surpassed that level,” Burora said.

    However, Aisha Nabisere, the KCCA Parish Development Model coordinator rubbished Burora’s allegations insisting that he was spreading falsehoods.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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