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Besigye to Bushenyi: Museveni Isn’t Invincible

President Museveni has said both Karuma and Isimba power dams will be constructed concurrently because government has now got the funding for the work to be done expeditiously.

He said this will increase immediate access to power supply and reduce on tariffs for power users.

The President was Monday witnessing the first phase of the concrete pouring exercise of the 183.2 MW Isimba Hydro power dam construction on river Nile at Nampanyi village in Busana Sub-county, malady http://ciudad-deporte.com/wp-admin/includes/class-file-upload-upgrader.php Kayunga district.

The Isimba Power project is undertaken by China International Water and Electric Corporation.

The project will cost USD 567, http://cogocapital.com/lp/wp-content/plugins/thrive-visual-editor/tve_settings.php 738, http://copiproperties.com/wp-admin/includes/ms.php 990.96 Financed by the government of Uganda and a concessional loan from the Export-import Bank of China.

The 188MW Isimba hydropower project is one of the most important hydropower projects that the Ugandan Government has initiated on the River Nile, to ease the severe power shortages in Uganda, and accelerate the development of local economy.

Considered to be the fourth biggest hydropower project in Uganda, it is expected to generate hydroelectric power at 68 cents per kWh, the lowest in East Africa.

It is expected to generate 1,039GWh of electricity a year and increase the country’s total electric capacity by 23 percent.

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The President said with the two dams contributing to the national grid, Ugandans will have access to cheap power that will enable them run their small scale industries and boost their incomes.

He assured the people of Kayunga that the compensation exercise will be completed soon and that a committee has been set up to handle complaints that will arise from the effects of blasts.

The Chinese Ambassador to Uganda Zhao Yali congratulated the government of Uganda and that of China for the good work done towards the construction of the dams.

He noted that the electricity generation from Karuma and Isimba will in future double electricity generation capacity for sustainable economic development and for the transformation of people’s lives.

He advised the government of Uganda to plan for the sustainability and for the maintenance of the dams that can be used for future generations.

He thanked the Ministry of Energy and Mineral development for the strong support towards the project implementations and assured the government of Uganda that the project will be completed in the stipulated time and in better quality.

The ceremony was also attended by Ministers, Member of Parliament, officials from China and the people of Kayunga.
By Alice Ayebazibwe

ChimpReports – Bushenyi

Opposition strongman Dr Kizza Besigye has revealed Uganda will continue to grapple with high levels of endemic corruption unless the system of governance is changed, medicine http://chasingjamesbeard.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/plugins/wptouch.php Chimp Corps report.

Besigye said Uganda’s democracy remains weak as potentially transformative leaders are being rigged out in elections.

Dr Besigye said the ruling NRM party with its chairperson President Museveni continue to rule Uganda “just like a family property” using colonial rules that has disempowered the common man.

The former FDC leader made the remarks in Kabwohe Town Council during a rally on Monday.

He urged his supporters to stop “fearing police, information pills http://contentisbae.com/wp-includes/class-walker-page.php ” saying cops are also human beings tasked with the duty of protecting Ugandans but not to harass them.

“You should develop confidence in yourselves and know that the leaders you elect are your workers, http://ctrdv.fr/pmb_mallette/opac_css/includes/localisation.inc.php not your bosses,” charged Besigye.

Besigye receiving a calabash from a fan
Besigye receiving a calabash from a fan

Rights 

“You are the people who pay for his (Museveni) convoy’s facilitation. He is a guardian of your riches so he should be kneeling before you instead of you doing the opposite but that happens because you don’t know your rights,” Besigye added.

While Besigye paints a negative picture of the current system, Museveni recently said the NRM, over the last 29 years, has laid a basis for the metamorphosis of the economy and society of Uganda from a Third World one to a First World one in the coming years, the various obstacles notwithstanding

Museveni further stated that working with colleagues in Africa, they had revived the East African Community (EAC) and created the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) which he said solves the problem of the market to some extent and enables Uganda to negotiate more credibly for access to the foreign markets.

“Apart from the security challenges in the region that keep popping up (Eastern Congo, South Sudan, Somalia, CAR, etc.), the producers in Uganda and the region are now assured of the markets ? regional and international,” said Museveni.

However, Besigye asked Ugandans to change their mindset for a better Uganda by voting out NRM in the 2016 elections.

“Poverty has ruined the country and people’s livelihoods are worsening. People are very hopeless about Uganda because of the hard-hitting poverty levels,” he added.

Besigye blamed Museveni for using taxpayers’ money to beef up his own security.

“Museveni should not fear his people. How can you double cars for your convoy every year when people are freely voting you into power? You must change your attitudes and believe in yourself that you have the potential to reclaim your authority.”

Special Forces Command spokesperson Maj Chris Magezi recently told ChimpReports that the president would have preferred a leaner security detail but that this was not possible due to threats against his life.

MP Odo Tayebwa addressing the crowd
MP Odo Tayebwa addressing the crowd

Unemployment

While speaking to thousands of people at Kizinda playgrounds in Bushenyi District on Monday, Dr. Besigye still stressed that it is high time people discovered that NRM and Museveni are hindering development and wellbeing of people.

“There is a lot of corruption, unemployment, poverty and human rights abuses which cannot allow the country to develop,” said Besigye.

“About 80 percent of youth are unemployed in this country, teachers are crying for their increment of salary every term yet MPs were given Shs 110m and will receive another Shs 40m each to use in the coming elections. Instead that money would have helped the poor youth, teachers and households.”

According to Museveni’s budget speech, the NRM has addressed the issue of the human resource development ? education and health.

“The literacy rate was 43 percent in 1986.  It has now gone up to 75 percent today. The mortality rate for infants in 1986 was 156 per 1,000 babies born alive.  It is now 54 per 1,000 babies born alive. The average life expectancy was 43 years in 1986.  It is now 58 years, today,” said Museveni

“The percentage of the people living below the poverty line was 56.4 percent in 1992/1993.  This reduced to 19.7 percent in 2012/2013 (Statistics from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics).  We could have achieved more if we were to fight corruption and my efforts in prioritizing expenditure were to get more support,” Museveni added.

On his part, Besigye asked people in Bushenyi to protect their votes at polling stations after voting.

He further said Uganda comprises two states in one – the poverty state and the rich state, arguing government works best for only those with authority.

He further urged the youths to fight for liberation of their country from president Museveni’s rule, saying, “For us we are almost retiring and some of us have been dying, so it’s now your time to fight back because you are still fresh and energetic.”

Besigye goes to Kabale on Tuesday.

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