Buliisa Police Aiding Land Grabbers

By George Busiinge Local leaders in Bulisa district are blaming police for conniving with land speculators to grab their land in the oil rich areas. They claim the tycoons hire police men to harass residents by opening false charges against them once they have an interest in a certain chunk of land. Simon Agaba Kinene, the Bulisa district LC5 chairman observed that a number of residents from Nyamasoga A in Biiso sub-county where one Francis Kaahwa is claiming chunks of land have been arrested by police without being produced in court. Kinene handed over several petitions to the minister for lands, housing and urban development Betty Amongi detailing how police is being used to aid land grabbing. Kinene also blamed the district land board for being used as tycoon’s agents to allocate communal land to land grabbers. Steven Birahwa Mukitale, the area legislator asked the minister to request government to…

Mafias Want To Harm Me – Omukama Speaks Out On Intrigue In Bunyoro Kingdom

By George Busiinge Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has demanded government to beef up the security of Omukama Dr. Solomon Gafabusa Iguru as chaos continues to engulf the institution. Speaking during a press conference that was convened inside the palace by Omukama Iguru to clarify on the continued crisis in the Kingdom, the Kingdom Prime Minister Norman Lukumu says that there are mafias who may take advantage of the current situation to harm Omukama’s life. Lukumu disclosed that on Wednesday, one person was arrested at Kihande Palace in Masindi district duping the Omukama and his wife to vacate the palace on grounds that their lives were in danger. He explained that the suspect was arrested by Omukama’s royal guards and handed him to Masindi police station adding that the suspect's motive is not yet known. Police has declined to identify the man for fear of jeopardizing the investigation. Lukumu ordered the head…

We Will Not Bend Rules For The Sake Of Local Content – Govt Official

Government and oil companies will not bend rules in favor of local suppliers in the oil and gas sector because of local (national) content demands, an official in the ministry of energy and mineral development told this website in an exclusive interview at the 4th local content conference on oil and gas at Kampala Serena Hotel on Tuesday Morning. “The oil business is known to be capital intensive, of high risk, rewarding but requires high health safety standards. There is no way we are going to bend the rules, standards must be adhered to,” uncompromising Bernard Ongondia, the coordinator – national content development and capacity building at the ministry said. Ever since Uganda announced that it has commercially viable deposits of crude oil and gas, Ugandans have been upbeat to cash in on the oil money. Some of them feel it is their right as Ugandans to get a portion…

Former Energy Ministry PS To Advise Bunyoro On Oil Matters In New Kingdom reshuffle

By George Busiinge The Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara kingdom, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru has reshuffled his cabinet dropping eight ministers from their ministerial positions.The eight ministers who have been dropped include first deputy prime minister and minister for land, Kiiza Xavier and second deputy prime minister and minister for agriculture, Edward Byakagaba. Others are Teddy Owatta, minister for gender; Paul Kato, minister for works and infrastructural development; minister for culture and palace affairs, Mugenyi Ashirraf the minister of state for security, Retired Lt. Rugadya David and Hon. Kiiza the state minister for environment. The Omukama also dropped the kingdom speaker, Jose Wamara who has been replaced by Robert Irumba, the former kingdom’s attorney general. Rujumba Kahigwa who has been serving as the minster for environment and forestry had been demoted to deputy minister for foreign affairs. Kabagambe Kaliisa will now advise Bunyoro Kingdom on matters of oil and gas The Omukama…

Farmers Urged To Add Value To Produce

By George Busiinge Government has urged farmers to embrace modern agricultural practices and value addition to earn more from their produce. Michael Werikhe, the Minister for Trade and Industry said this will help boost their earnings, and export volumes. Speaking during the thanks giving service for Innocent Kamusiime, the Butembe County MP in Kyankwanzi recently, Werikhe noted that as the market for agricultural produce in the country and neighboring countries broadens, there is need for small holder farmers to adopt techniques that will help them survive in a highly competitive and saturated market. He added that government is willing to support all farmers who will add value to their agricultural activities. Speaking at the same function, Lt Patrick Kasumba, the Bujenje county MP in Masindi district appealed to Ugandans to desist from destroying swamps and forests if the country is to achieve its goal of modernizing agriculture. Kasumba noted that…

Garbage Mismanagement Worries Hoima Official

By George Busiinge The Hoima district Resident District Commissioner (RDC) has decried the poor management of garbage in Hoima Municipal Council.Isaac Kawoya told journalists in Hoima town last week that the town is littered with garbage which has caused a bad stench in some areas and all the streets are full of polyethren bags. Kawoya said Hoima Municipality officials should start their garbage collection work and change people’s attitude through sensitization to cub down the increasing garbage littering on streets of Hoima town since we are calling it oil city. He added that it’s very sad when outside people who always come to oil wells find Hoima in such a dirty condition.He says they should copy other regions where people are not allowed to little garbage anyhow to come and implement them in Hoima town. He added that office of the RDC is ready to come and help tofight garbage…

Venture Oil Companies To Launch FEED Studies

Joint venture companies Total, CNOOC and Tullow will be launching the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) studies for the Buliisa Upstream projecton Tuesday February 14th, 2016. In a brief statement, the JV partners said that during FEED, all necessary technical definition, cost and schedule estimates will be developed to allow the Joint Venture Partners to make a recommendation for a Final Investment Decision (FID). This, they said, will lead to the project execution and construction phase for the upstream facilities, required to produce Uganda’s Oil targeted for end 2020.

Hoima Mayor Cited In Forest Encroachment Wrangles

By George Busiinge The former Hoima Municipal Mayor Francis Atugonza is on the spot for aiding encroachment on Bugoma forest reserve in Kyangwali sub-count, Hoima district. Atugonza is alleged to have deployed hundreds of encroachers in Rwempuni village which is part of Bugoma forest reserve. The group is currently carrying out illegal cultivation and timber harvesting inthe reserve.The Kisindi sector manager Francis Madrama made the accusation onThursday while parading five suspects who were arrested forcultivating and harvesting timber in the forest reserve. The suspects include Abdul Mugisa, Muhesi Baruku, Shaban Ahmed all residents of Kabwoya sub-county in Hoima district, Herbert Kiyemba of Mitiyana district and Towendi Yakuti of Mayuge district. All thesuspects allegedly told NFA officials that they hired the land from Atugonza. According to Madrama, Atugonza hires each acre of land to theencroachers at Sh60, 000. He claimed that Atugonza’s agents have moved inside the forest by 300 meters…

Bunyoro Reawakens Demand For Fully Fledged University

By George Busiinge Academicians have asked government to make Gulu University Hoima campus a fully-fledged university since Bunyoro is the only region without a public university. The push to have Gulu University Hoima campus granted an independent university status comes at a time when a Memorandum of Understanding between Gulu University Main campus and Bunyoro kingdom that birthed Hoima campus nears to an end. Dr Felix Kaduchu, the chairman ad-hoc committee from Gulu University said they are assessing the progress of Gulu University Hoima branch after three years of existence and will recommend if it can be left to operate without affiliation. The committee last Friday Friday met Gulu University administration, Bunyoro kingdom officials and other education stakeholders to get their views about the institution. Kaduchu who is also the dean of studies at Gulu University main campus said they will produce a recommendation to the governing council for consideration…

Local Oil And Gas Sector Investors Warned Against Poor Quality Services

By George Busiinge Local investors in the Albertine Grabeen region have been advised to improve on quality of their services as one way of preparing to benefit from oil and gas sector. The good guidance was sounded by Dr. Lawrence Bategeka Member of Parliament (MP) for Hoima Municipality while meeting the members of Hoima Boda-boda Owners and Riders Association at Kasenta Guest House in Hoima town on Saturday. Bategeka who is also the vice chairperson for parliamentary committee on national economy and former deputy economic policy researcher at Makerere University, emphasized that the oil sector is expected to create enormous opportunities which he said will require quality services and products. He said that a lot of people of high class are expected in region as the country heads into oil production phase. These people, Bategeka said, will need quality food, accommodation, health services, transports and other services and products, things…
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