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John Ssegawa yeegaanyi okulya ssente z’akandolondoli

Bukedde TV - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:29

ABAZANNYI b’Akandolindoli bamaze ne badding’ana okuzannya katemba waabwe alagibwa ku Bukedde Ttivvi. Kyokka John Ssegawa awakanyizza ebibadde byogerwa nti ekibiina kyabwe kyasasika lwa lutalo lwa Pillawo....

‘Abaagala okusaanyaawo kadongokamu mbasekeredde’

Bukedde TV - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:29

AKULIRA abayimbi ba Kadongokamu mu ggwanga, Ronald Kawuki amanyiddwa nga DJ Kikoofi ira alabudde abantu abaagala okulinnyirira kadongokamu n’okumusaanyaawo n’agamba nti beerimba kubanga batandise essuula...

Eno mmotoka amasannyalaze gaagiyiseemu?

Bukedde TV - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:29

AMASANNYALAZE kye kimu ku bintu ebisinga okubeera eby’obulabe eri abantu nga ssinga ogazannyisa oyinza okugafunamu obuzibu n’oluusi okufa. Bwetyo n’emmotoka eno ey’ekitongole kya UMEME eyasangiddwa...

Katwecakalire entebe ewooma!

Bukedde TV - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:29

BASSENTEBE b’ebyalo mu munisipaali ya Makindye Ssaabagabo baasindanye mu kukoona ddansi. Baabadde ku kabaga akaategekeddwa omubaka w’ekitundu kino, Emmanuel Ssempala Kizito Ssajjalyabeene ku kisaawe...

Ogw'Omuyindi okukabassanya omukozi we kkooti egugobye

Bukedde TV - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:29

KKOOTI ento e Nakawa egobye omusango ogubadde guvunaanibwa Omuyindi akulira ettabi ly’essundiro ly’amafuta erya Shell ku Jinja Road ogw’okukabassanya omukozi we. Bashir Lobo akulira essundiro lino okumpi...

Kaweesi buried amidst pomp

The Monitor - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:11
Mourners from all corners of the country including police directors, army officials, MPs and ministers, among others arrived in the morning at Kyazanga

Botswana’s Ian Khama to step down next year

The Monitor - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:05
The Southern Times newspaper Monday said President Khama, who also leads the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), will be replaced by deputy President Mokgweetsi Masisi

Fille Defies Doctors’ Orders Not To Perform

Red Pepper - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:53
Fille Defies Doctors’ Orders Not To Perform

By Moses Batte

Celebrated singer Fille Mutoni has defied her doctor’s orders of not to perform but to stay in bed and get enough rest, following a deadly attack by unidentified thugs this morning outside her home in Kiwatule.

Pepper Online Snoops reveal that Fille was this morning hospitalised after being attacked by the thugs, who clobbered her severely, before robbing her Smartphones,  laptop, money   and other valuables.

Following the attack, her fans at Top Norch bar in Ntinda where she is supposed to perform tonight were worried sick, thinking she might not show up.  However, she surprised both her doctor and fans by assuring them that she will perform.

Fille sent shout-outs to her fans, assuring them that she will make it up to them  and below is her post;

“Fresh from hospital after today’s early rainy morning theft, God’s great am alive and we’re ok. Top Norch Ntinda see you soon with Cindy. They can’t stop God’s favour on me.”

Snoops reveal that Fille, a mother of one, drove to her home in the early morning hours only to be attacked by thugs who had trailed her from the previous location.

They first attacked the guard who fled for his dear life and quickly turned to MC Kats’ baby mama, who had raised her car windows although this did not stop them from smashing it using huge stones, before robbing her.

They left Fille fainted in the car, but she was later rushed to hospital by Good Samaritans.

SPECIAL REPORT: What Makes Uganda Standard Gauge Railway Costly?

Chimpreports - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:36

Around 2010, East African leaders realised that infrastructural bottlenecks were hurting economic growth.

Transporting a cargo from Mombasa to Kampala would take almost a month.

So how would the region export its commodities to the world market or even attract wealthy investors to build industries, transfer skills, add value to locally produced products and create jobs?

Usually, investors go to a country like China or Singapore targeting low costs of production and cheap transport to the sea or ocean.

Their products are usually meant for high-end markets in Europe, North America, Asia and other developed countries due to our limited market size and capacity.

For Uganda to achieve objectives of Uganda Vision 2040 such as a GDP per capita of USD 950o, investment in infrastructure projects is unavoidable.

It is equally important to note the worldwide competition of attracting investors by different countries, hence need for an investment climate that is competitive at global stage.

These investors must be assured of reliable, cheap and adequate transport services to the high end markets. Review of world trade and countries’ economic growth trends depict that participating in global value chains is imperative for growth.

It was on this basis that regional leaders including President Museveni, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Uhuru Kenyatta, then Tanzania president Jakaya Kikwete and South Sudan’s Salva Kiir decided to take action.

Under the auspices of Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP), the leaders agreed to develop a seamless high capacity, modern, reliable and safe SGR system across the four countries.

The four NCIP Partner states entered into an SGR Protocol to ensure development of the SGR with the same design standards from Mombasa to Nairobi, Kampala, Kigali and Juba.

Regional leaders launching SGR projects in Kampala

In Uganda the SGR will connect to the DR Congo through Kasese District and Arua District, to Rwanda through Mirama Hills in Ntungamo District to South Sudan through Nimule in Amuru District.

Standard Gauge Railway as a back bone of transport infrastructure must provide a transport service for export and import that is comparable to other services in other countries in terms of quality, cost and reliability.

These countries and their neighbors are at different stages of developing their respective railway systems in order to fully participate in international global trade and production.

Although different political agenda have been set especially on the development timelines, the countries are faced with challenges of raising the necessary resources either internally or through external borrowing.

External borrowing is largely dependent on the country’s GDP, Debt to GDP ratio, Revenue to GDP Ratio, and the country’s risk as assessed by international credit rating agencies.

The table below provides some information on the key macro parameters for the respective countries.

Indicator Uganda Kenya Tanzania Ethiopia Population (Million) 38.32 46.79 52.48 99.47 GDP USD(Million) 25,610 69,170 46,700 69,220 Per Capita Income 668.3 1,478.3 889.9 695.9 Debt to GDP ratio (%) 29.6 48 34.7 49.6 Credit Rating* B B+ NA B

Source: The World Factbook- Central Intelligence Agency (2015 figures)

            * http://www.tradingeconomics.com-list/rating

 

     Positioning

The Standard Gauge Railway Executive Director, Kasingye Kyamugambi told ChimpReports in an exclusive interview at his office in Kampala that Uganda’s strategic geographical positioning puts it at the heart of the East and Central Africa logistics chain and can evacuate its products through the ports of Djibouti, Mombasa and Dar Es Salaam among others.

“However, due to many factors, the port of Mombasa in Kenya and the port of Dar As Salaam in Tanzania are anchor points for two transport routes—the Northern Corridor and the Central Corridor—both crucial for the domestic, regional, and international trade of five Eastern African countries,” he noted.

The Ugandan taxpayer has in recent years expressed alarm at the cost of infrastructural projects valued in billions of dollars borrowed from China.

The Ethiopian-Djibouti line, which opened in October, cost $3.4 Billion for 656km while the Ugandan leg of 273km will cost $2.3bn. Kenya’s 472km stretch will cost $3.4billion.

Why should Uganda’s railways line be more expensive?

During the interview, Kyamugambi said the construction cost of railways “majorly depends on the unique characteristics of the specific project as determined by the design standard, the geology, terrain and hydrology of the project site.”

Kyamugambi further said the Ministry of Works and Transport carried out a study conducted by an international German consultant Gauff Ingenieure who provided the preliminary Engineering and feasibility study for the Malaba-Kampala SGR based on AREMA[1] standards.

“The consultant estimate without locomotives and rolling stock was USD2.4 billion for an electrified railway system and USD2.0 billion for diesel system,” said Kyamugambi.

“The contract price for the Eastern route, exclusive of locomotives and rolling stock and provisional sums is USD2 billion, but based on superior Chinese standards. Uganda’s contract cost for the Eastern Route of USD2.3 billion therefore includes locomotives, rolling stock and provisional sums,” he elaborated

He emphasised that the contract price and negotiations for the EPC turnkey contract for Malaba-Kampala SGR was based on the Employers requirements derived from the Gauff design, and NCIP agreements which were then provided to CHEC – the contractor.

“It is important to note that the railway systems can all be Standard Gauge but designed to different standards e.g. AREMA or Chinese or British or any other standards.”

Kyamugambi said the Northern Corridor countries agreed on China Class 1 Railway standard to ensure a seamless transport network while Tanzania is basing on AREMA standard while Ethiopia is China Class 2 Standard.

The AREMA standard is not a national standard but a standard of an association of some railways in North America while the Chinese Standard is a national standard.

The railways in the four countries are dominantly freight but will have passenger services.

The passenger trains can move at a faster speed compared to freight trains because they are shorter and lighter while the freight trains are longer and heavier.

Chimp Corp Giles Muhame interviewing Kyamugambi at the latter’s office in Kampala this past week

Kyamugambi said it is important to differentiate the attainable speeds of passenger and freight trains when analyzing the capabilities of the railway systems.

He further pointed out that Chinese Standards, although engineered from AREMA and British standards are much safer, robust, and durable, for example, the “embankments are higher and compacted to a specified densities, the drainage of the embankment is well done in very strong herringbone structures to protect the embankment leading to lower maintenance cost.”

He said it also has lower operation and maintenance requirements.

Over the last 30 years, it is only China that has invested heavily in railways and used them to catapult their economy, justifying the use of their standard.

Kyamugambi said in railway development, the highest cost is in bridges, followed by the earthworks (embankment), truck, stations, electrification, signaling etc.

For example, on Malaba- Kampala, 35 percent of the route is in bridges, 25 percent is in earth works and 10 percent in track, 10 percent stations, 5 percent electrification, 5 percent in signaling and 10 percent others.

Kyamugambi also pointed to terms of obtaining funds from China.

He said to borrow funds from the China EXIM bank, projects must be designed to Chinese Standards, EPC/Turnkey contracting mode, certain environmental standards must be addressed, and the contractor must be Chinese.

Comparison of Major Characteristics of the Malaba-Kampala and Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Projects 

Item Uganda Kenya Route Length 273KM 472KM Track length 338KM 609KM Standard China Class 1 China Class 1 System SGR SGR Traction Electric Diesel welding Continuous Jointed Curvatures 1200/800 1200/800 Gradient 1.2% 1.2% Trailing Load 4000/5000 metric tonne 4000/5000 metric tonne Structure Gauge Double Stack Double Stack Signaling Fully Automatic Fully Automatic Percentage of Bridges along the route 8.8 % of the route 5.9% of the route Super Bridge 1KM Bridge over river Nile None Cost per route Km (excluding locomotives) 7.32m/Km 7.288M/Km Total costs excluding locomotives USD204 Billion USD3.44 Billion

 

Kyamugambi said given that the Ugandan System is electric (at additional cost of 0.54m/km), with a major super bridge over the River Nile, and with 53KM in a swamp, Ugandan Malaba-Kampala SGR cost is comparatively lower than the Mombasa-Nairobi  SGR section in Kenya.

Furthermore, the cost per route-KM for the Naivasha- Kisumu section is USD13.7M per route- KM due to its unique characteristics including difficult terrain especially in the rift valley region where major bridges will be required.

He said Uganda deliberately took a decision to invest in an electric system due to the lower operation and maintenance requirements (at least 40 percent) compared to the diesel system.

“This will significantly reduce the project life time cost,” he noted.

Another important question on everyone’s mind is why invest all this money, of all places, in the Northern Corridor?

Kyamugambi explained that the Northern Corridor is the “busiest and most important transport route in East and Central Africa, providing a gateway through Kenya to the landlocked economies of Uganda, RwandaBurundi and Eastern DR Congo. It also serves Southern Sudan.”

The less busy alternative transport network serving the landlocked Great Lakes Region, said Kyamugambi, is through Tanzania, called the Central Corridor linked to Dar Es Salaam. This uses Tanzania’s Central Line.

Comparison of the Northern and Central Corridors in respect to competitiveness

ITEM THE NORTHERN CORRIDOR

(Mombasa – Kampala) THE CENTRAL CORRIDOR

(Dar Es Salaam-Morogoro-Tabora-Mwanza-Kampala) Distance

  1,250KM 1548KM (1228Km on land and 320km on water) Capacity per day 8640 containers 216 containers (due to limitations on the berth, vessels and loading and offloading time). Each wagon ferry/vessel carries 44 containers. Transit time One day (24hours) Three days per train (72 hours- optimistic) Restrictions No restrictions Some freight  like oil products cannot be carried on fresh water Freight Cost

  USD 100 per tonne USD 124 per tonne Major transshipment None Two- At Mwanza and Port bell.  Each vessel carries 44 containers. Thus for a train carrying 215 containers will require 5 vessels to evacuate the freight on the lake Capacity of Port Mombasa port is nearly 3 times bigger than Dar Es Salaam Port Dar Es Salaam, A third of Mombasa Port Current freight to and through Uganda 10 Million 0.5 Million Restriction on goods No restrictions Oil products not allowed on fresh water Access to higher end markets Nearer the Suez Canal the major shipping way Further from Suez canal and will require dedicated Vessels Expected completion time Around 2020 -Kenya has commenced construction of the Nairobi-Naivasha Route and is already sourcing for financing for Naivasha-Malaba section. Left with less than 300km to reach the Uganda Boarder) Around 2030. Tanzania has not commenced development of the 1219km route from Dar Es Salaam to Mwanza. If the route Rusomo, Rwanda and Burundi is done fast, then it may take longer to reach Mwanza Other Infrastructure requirements Railway infrastructure Mwanza Port, Bukasa Port, Railway infrastructure and Vessels

He further pointed out that the Northern route is important because the exports of Kenya to Uganda are estimated at about USD 1bn and Uganda imports about 10m tonnes through the northern Corridor.

Kyamugambi said the issue of cargo capacity will be severely limited by the fact that each wagon vessel carries 44 containers whereas a train can carry up to 216 containers. Therefore, each train can only be offloaded on into five vessels requiring about 15 hours to load and offload the vessels.

For the Malaba-Kampala SGR, up to 40 trains can be operated in a day transporting 8,460 containers.

“If such amount of Cargo was going to be transported on the lake, assuming that a massive of five wagon ferries are purchased,  we would require 40 days to evacuate cargo of one train,” said Kyamugambi.

“This means that the route not be viable. This coupled with the fact that oil products cannot be transported on fresh water make the Dar Es Salaam Mwanza Kampala Route can only be a minor alternative to the Mombasa-Kampala Route which should be looked at as the bark born of the railway network to the sea.”

Comparison of Malaba-Kampala and Addis Ababa –Djibouti SGR Projects

Item Uganda Ethiopia Route Length 273KM 656KM Track length 338KM 765KM Standard China Class 1 China Class 2 System SGR SGR Traction Electric Electric Tonnage per year Designed for 20-35m tonnes per year Designed for 10-20m tonnes per year welding Continuous Jointed every 300 metres Curvatures 1200/800 m radius 800/600 m radius Gradient 1.2% 1.85%-2.65% Trailing Load 4000/5000 tonnes 3500/4000 tonnes Level Crossings No level crossings Several Level crossings Structure Gauge Double Stack Single Stack Signaling Fully Automatic Semi-automatic Percentage of Bridges 8.8 % of the route 3% of the route Super Bridge 1KM Bridge over river Nile Maximum bridge 155 metres Earth Fill 51,620 m3/KM (365% higher than Ethiopia) 11,110 m3/KM Soil cut 30,510 m3/KM (116% higher than Ethiopia) 26,210 m3/KM Higher Embankments 3634 m3/KM (185% higher than Ethiopia) 1,961 m3/KM Geo-synthetics 19,803 m2/KM (966% higher than Ethiopia due to swamps) 2,050 m2/KM Rock fill 19,640 m3/KM (161% higher than Ethiopia) 12,210 m3/KM Cost of cement USD180/tonne USD125/tonne Cost of steel USD680/tonne USD480/tonne Cost of Diesel USD0.76/Litre USD0.62/Litre Royalties on materials and buying out licenses Land, royalties and licenses Land only Distance from the coast 1,170KM 350KM Cost of financing 85% borrowed/ 15% domestic 55% borrowed/ 45% domestic Cost per route Km (excluding locomotives) USD7.32m/KM USD5.213M/KM Total costs excluding locomotives USD2 Billion USD3.42 Billion

Kyamugambi said the Ethiopian system was first designed for Class IV and later upgraded to Class II and this resulted in addenda thus increasing the costs.

There are major differences as illustrated above in the terrain, topography and hydrology of the two project sites thus resulting in higher amounts of rock fill, soil cut, embankments, bridges, geo-synthetics that are major cost centres of railway development.

The Class II system looks cheaper at investment stage but will be more expensive in operation and maintenance. Because of the construction standard requirement.

It is important for railways designed for 100 years to look at life cycle costs rather than investment costs.

For the Uganda project one of the major cost centres is the bridge over the River Nile which is 1KM long whereas in Ethiopia the bridge over Awash is significantly narrow.

Kyamugambi said the design of the Ethiopian route was limited by the capacity of Djibouti Port, adding, “if adjustment factors are made for variances in material costs, quantities, risks, cost escalations and transport, the cost in Uganda should be 2.1 higher than the cost in Ethiopia.”

Comparison of Major Characteristics of the of Malaba-Kampala SGR with the Dar Es Salaam-Morogoro SGR Projects 

Item Uganda Tanzania Route Length 273KM 205KM Track length 338KM 300KM Contracting mode** EPC Turnkey (System approach)** Design and Build (Element approach)* Standard China Class 1 AREMA System SGR SGR Traction Electric Electric Welding Continuous Continuous Curvatures 1200/800 mR 1000 mR Gradient 1.2% 1.8%/ 2% Level Crossings No level crossings No Level crossings Structure Gauge Double Stack Single Stack Signaling Fully Automated Fully automated Percentage of Bridges 8.8 % of the route 1.8% of the route Super Bridge 1KM Bridge over river Nile Small bridge over River Ruvu (about 30m wide) Swamps 53KM No major swamp Formation width 7.7 metres 6.6 metres Minimum embankment height 2.5 metres 0.64 metres Cost of cement (Normal grade) USD180/tonne USD110/tonne Cost of steel USD680/tonne USD680/tonne Transportation capacity 22 million tonnes per annum 18 million tonnes per annum Royalties on materials and buying out licenses Land, royalties and licenses Only pay for land Distance from the coast 1,170KM 100KM Cost of financing 85% borrowed/ 15% domestic 50% borrowed/ 50% domestic Cost per route Km (excluding locomotives) USD7.3m/KM USD5M/KM Total costs excluding locomotives USD2.04 Billion USD1.029 Billion

The major differences between the Chinese standard and the AREMA standard are: The formation width (top width of embankment) is 7.7 meters for Chinese standards while AREMA is 6.6 meters.

SGR records indicate the height, design and construction of the embankment which is limited to a minimum of 2.5 meters high for Chinese standard and 0.64 meters for AREMA.

These high embankments in the Chinese standards require slope protection.

The Chinese classification requires the herringbone concrete structure for protection of embankments and concrete masonry for higher embankments of 6 meters while this is not a requirement for the AREMA standards require only benching and grassing.

Concrete structures is higher in Chinese standards than the AREMA standards

Kyamugambi said the safety factor in the concrete structures is higher in Chinese standards than the AREMA standards.

“The utilisation of engineering materials especially the geo-synthetics (geogrid and geotextile) for tightening the soft ground, the backfilling material and soft ground treatments are different in both Chinese and AREMA standards,” he observed.

The general design and construction differences in the two standards would therefore make a railway designed and constructed to Chinese standards (which is superior) more expensive than the one designed and constructed to AREMA standards.

Kyamugambi said both the Northern and the central corridor are important for the land locked east African countries but the northern corridor is a more viable route for Uganda as it has a higher potential to spur growth in the country and should be developed fast.

Police Officers Shoot Three in Mityana

Red Pepper - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:24
Police Officers Shoot Three in Mityana

Police in Mityana district are hunting for a group of their colleagues from the Flying Squad Unit, in connection with the killing of a one-year-old girl.

The rogue officers are accused of shooting the girl while they were pursuing her father whom they had been hired to apprehend by a resident of the area.

The killing comes on the heels of a damning accusation by the president about the existence of criminally minded officers in the police force.

The officers who are supposed to protect the community are reported to have descended on Bulumu village at 11 in the morning and surrounded the home of a resident called Pio Kato. Kato and his family managed to escape from their home upon hearing the sounds of the approaching men.

The officers caught up with his wife and two children by the roadside. They are reported to have fired at them, killing the one-year-old girl and injuring both Kato’s wife and son.

Some of the locals are pointing fingers at one of the residents called John Kulumba for hiring the rogue police officers to carry out the gruesome act. They accuse Kulumba of practicing witchcraft and had earlier asked him to leave the village.

Pio Kato is the man who is said to have brought up the witchcraft accusation against Kulumba which the locals believe is why he was targeted.

Residents took matters into their own hands by destroying Kulumba’s house and all his property. Police later intervened but could not save any of Kulumba’s property.

The Police spokesperson of Mityana, Norbert Ochom, confirmed the incident and promised to investigate the matter.

The Police chief is reported to have deployed the Flying Squad in Mityana to stop the increasing cases of motorcycle thefts.

Makerere Dons Sue Government Over Abortion Rights

Chimpreports - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:07

Two Makerere University law dons have dragged government to the Constitutional Court for its failure to formulate laws legalizing abortions.

The two applicants are Prof. Ben Twinomugisha and Dr. Rose Nakayi who are joined by civil  society health rights advocate ; Center for Human Rights and Development (CEHURD)

These want court to issue an order directing the Executive and Parliament to pass a law regulating termination of pregnancies so as to reduce the maternal mortality rate rising out of unsafe abortions.

The lecturers contend that the existing legislation has a lot to be desired because it only permits abortion in exceptional circumstances such as in a period when the mother’s life is at risk thus ignoring young girls and married women who may get unwanted pregnancies and are forced to embark on unsafe abortion methods.

The dons argue that other African countries with similar social and economic standards with Uganda such as Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana and Tunisia have deliberately developed laws to protect the rights of women by prescribing circumstances under which a woman is allowed to terminate her pregnancy.

They add that they see no reason as to why Uganda doesn’t use that as an example take the same steps of protecting the lives of women who are continue to die on a daily basis from the unsafe abortions

Kampala Needs 30,000 CCTV Cameras – KCCA

Red Pepper - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:28
Kampala Needs 30,000 CCTV Cameras – KCCA

It has emerged that Kampala city will require 30,000 Closed Circuit Television cameras to effectively monitor crime around public places.

The revelation, which was made by Dr Steven Ntambi, an engineer at Kampala Capital City Authority comes just two days after President Museveni ordered the installation of surveillance cameras around Kampala and other towns to help identify criminals.

“Kampala itself needs 30,000 CCTV cameras to be effectively monitored. This could cost the country over 100 million dollars,” Ntambi said.

The Pepper Online understands that KCCA has partnered with the Chinese government on a pilot project of testing about 30 cameras around the city.

However, many Ugandans have already started criticizing the project saying it’s just a wastage of tax payers’ money because Uganda is not yet developed to the extent of having the cameras function effectively citing loopholes like; dusty road, thieves and darkness in some parts of the city.

Since it was a directive from the president, we wait to see how the project will work out.

Rugunda Hails ‘Inspirational” Obote Minister Dr Nkwansibwe

Chimpreports - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:19

The Prime Minister Dr David Livingstone Ruhakana Rugunda paid a moving tribute to former Health Minister in the Obote Government and UPC strongman Canon Dr. Ezra Nkwasibwe who lost his mother last week.

The Premier recalled while addressing mourners at the funeral of Yunia Kerere Rushundahire that Nkwasibwe paid for his dowry when he (Rugunda) had just returned from exile in Europe.

DECEASED: Yunia Kerere Rushundahire

Dr Rugunda says on his return, Dr Nkwasibwe warned him that although he got married from exile, there were important traditions that he must fulfill including paying dowry.

“I told him I didn’t have cows or resources to pay the dowry and he offered me six cows, which I took to Jocelyn’s parents,” he said.

Dr Rugunda said it was Dr Nkwasibwe that inspired him to join the medical profession as well as politics, while he stayed with him after completing A’Level at Busoga College Mwiri.

Dr. Ezra Nkwasibwe eulogizes

The Premier says he used to attend UPC meetings with Dr Nkwasibwe who mentored him greatly, until they parted ways due to political differences.

Nkwasibwe’s mother Rushundahire passed away on Saturday aged 102, having been born in 1915 in Karorwa Bukinda sub county Kabale district.

She left behind 6 children, one of them Dr Ezra Nkwasibwe, who besides serving as minister of health, was also Member of Parliament for Rukiga.

Heavy Rains, Floods Mar AIGP Kaweesi Burial

Red Pepper - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:39
Heavy Rains, Floods Mar AIGP Kaweesi Burial

Mourners heading to Kitwekyanjovu village in Lwengo district to attend the burial of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi were this morning hampered by heavy rains that flooded the muddy roads to Lwengo.

Kaweesi was gunned down with his bodyguard CPL. Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Mambuwa in Kulambiro, Kampala, on Friday by unknown gunmen who were travelling on two motorcycles.

After a requiem mass at Lubaga Cathedral in Kampala yesterday, his remains were airlifted in a police chopper to his ancestral home in Kitwekyanjovu, Kyazanga sub-county in Lwengo district,  where  he is set to be laid to rest.

However, currently, hundreds of mourners flocking the area for Kaweesi’s final sendoff are finding it very difficult to reach the burial grounds, because of their cars being submerged in heavy floods.

Our reporters reveal that many of the mourners have decided to abandon their vehicles and walk to Kaweesi’s ancestral burial grounds, although they are scared thugs may vandalise them.

Look out for updates and proceedings about Kaweesi burial on Red Pepper website.

 

 

 

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