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Kadaga Orders Probe into Uganda Railway Project



President Museveni has described the fallen Kabale businesswoman, more about http://curarlaimpotencia.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/gplus-authorship.php Mauda Buhaburwa as a shining star who was not a pretender, http://cogocapital.com/lp/wp-content/plugins/thrive-visual-editor/editor/lb_post_grid.php but a person who had a genuine personality with open methods of work.

The President’s message was delivered by the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda during the funeral service at All Saints Cathedral, Kampala on Tuesday.

Rugunda also delivered the First Lady, Janet Museveni’s condolence message.

In his eulogy, Dr Rugunda urged Ugandans to emulate the exemplary life of the late Mauda Buhaburwa.

The Premier said she was a role model in Kabale and many people have excelled in life because of her.

“Let us emulate her example by being genuine and open like she did to build a better community for the benefit of all of us,” said Rugunda.

The Premier said all politicians in the area ensured that they had her support to succeed, adding that although she was not an elected leader, she was a leading opinion leader in Kabale.

All speakers described the late Mauda as God fearing, caring, hardworking, good mother and wife who loved the church and instilled in her children strong Christian values.

Rev.Onesmus Asiimwe in his sermon called upon the people of God to realise that life is not permanent on earth and that death is a reality we must accept.

He said the only sure way to live a meaningful life on earth in preparation for eternal life is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Service was also attended among others by the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala and the Chancellor, Makerere University, Prof. Mondo Kagonyera.

Mauda is daughter of a prominent family of Michael Mukombe and Esteri Kente in Kabale Municipality. The 74 year old mother of 5 children passed away on Monday at Mulago Heart institute due to cardiac respiratory failure.

She will be buried on Thursday in Kabale after another funeral service at All Saints Church Kabale.

 
The future of the $8bn standard gauge railway line expected to boost lucrative regional trade and cut the cost of doing business in Uganda remains grim after Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the much-anticipated infrastructural project, viagra order http://crystalcleanlaundry.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/wp-tinymce.php Chimp Corps report.

MPs argue the project’s cost was recently raised from $8bn to $11bn under mysterious circumstances and that the procurement process leading to the awarding of the contract to Chinese firm China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) was done in secrecy after edging out China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

The leader of opposition in Parliament, Wafula Oguttu, said, “We are happy that Parliament of Uganda has just passed a motion to set up a select committee of Parliament investigate the $ 8- 11bn Standard. Gauge Railway project. I hope government will see the sense and halt their planned signing of the dubious contract tomorrow.”

MP Nandala Mafabi said Parliament needs “a few people to look into the matter of the standard Gauge Railway project,” adding, “this is a very urgent matter.”

Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda also weighed in during today’s heated plenary session, arguing the select committee of Parliament should quickly be formed to probe the multi-billion project.

Efforts by Premier Ruhakana Rugunda to convince MPs to wait for a government statement on the project by Thursday did not bear fruit.

This compelled Speaker Kadaga to order a probe, arguing “government was given a few days to present a statement before this Parliament but this turned into months.”

She said the House could not afford to give government “more time,” adding, “we should go ahead and investigate.”

Chimpreports understands MPs rushed to pass a decision to probe the railway project after learning that government intended to sign the agreement with CHEC on Wednesday.

The Parliament’s decision is likely to set the stage for a fresh showdown between President Museveni who has been lobbying for funds for the railway project and MPs whom he accuses of frustrating government projects aimed at enhancing the country’s infrastructure and energy sectors.

Museveni in October launched the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway-line at a ceremony witnessed by the regional visiting leaders Paul Kagame and Salva Kiir and representatives of the countries in the region.

The Standard Gauge Railway, which is part of the Northern Corridor Integrated Projects, starts from the Port of Mombasa through Nairobi in Kenya to Kampala.

The line that goes through Kenya to the Ugandan border was launched in October 2013 by President Uhuru Kenyatta who sourced for funds from China.

The railway line will also traverse the Tororo – Gulu to Nimule up to Juba route in South Sudan and also from Kampala to Kasese on to Mpondwe in Western Uganda on to Kigali and also from Pakwach to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border and again from Mpodwe to the DRC border.

Museveni said the Railway line will be constructed by the Uganda Defence People’s Forces (UPDF) Brigade and the Chinese Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).

The modern high capacity, reliable, safe and affordable railway line will enable trains travel at a speed of 120 kilometres per hour and will reduce the number of days it takes to transport goods from Mombasa to Kampala to only 2 instead of the current 14 days.

MPs Theodore Ssekikuubo said government is deliberately delaying parliament’s inquiry into the deal on project for selfish reasons.

Museveni decision

Chimpreports understands that President Museveni recently warned the rival company CCECC he would kick them out of Uganda if they kept “involving yourselves in our internal politics. Do business and forget our politics.”

Museveni on September 9, 2012 wrote to Works State Minister Abraham Byandala in support of CHECL which was seconded to him by the powerful American lobbyist Rosa Whitaker, a former assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa.

“Some time ago, our Black American compatriot, Ms Rosa Whitaker…brought to us a Chinese group known as the China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHECL),” said Museveni in the letter, adding, “It is, therefore, wise that you deal with CHECL who came first and, according to confidential information, have not attempted to pay any bribes.”

This website has learnt that one of the reasons why Museveni preferred CHECL to CCECC was that it committed itself to develop capacity of UPDF Engineers in the construction and maintenance of Lake Victoria Port Infrastructure System and the Railway Infrastructure System.

CHECL also pledged to develop an Inland Port and a ship building facility at Bukasa not to mention a railway station.

Other related railway facilities would also be set up right from Kampala to Malaba and Bukasa Port and from Tororo to Pakwach before extending from Gulu to Nimule.

CHECL also promised to train UPDF Engineers and Technicians and remodel Tororo Barracks into a polytechnic centre thus cutting the cost of buying uniform and other attire from abroad.

With these benefits in sight, Museveni is said to have decided that CHECL takes the multi-billion deal.

But MP Winfred Niwagaba today said Parliament “cannot accept this railway line project to continue because it is an illegality which will cost us (Uganda) more money than we can afford to pay back.”



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