Fourteen Seek to Replace Janet Museveni

The Secretary General of the East African Community, cheap Amb. Dr Richard Sezibera on Thursday paid a working visit to Roofings Rolling Mills 2nd plant in Namanve Industrial Park.

The Secretary General was accompanied by Hon. Dr. James Shinyabulo Mutende, Uganda’s Minister of State for Industry, Dennis Karera, the Chair of the East African Business Council (EABC) and the Ag. CEO, Lilian Awinja.

Hussein Omar, the EABC Uganda Chapter Chair, Dr. Samuel M. Nyantahe, Chairman of Confederation of Tanzania Industries, Amb. Jean Rigi, Burundi’s Permanent Secretary for EAC Affairs, and Commissioner Rona Sserwada from Uganda’s Ministry of EAC Affairs also visited the large steel plant.

The Chair of EABC Dennis Karera seeks more explanation of the operations of the Group from the Chair and Mananging Director,  Lalalni after the tour of the Plant.
The Chair of EABC Dennis Karera seeks for more explanation on the operations of the Group from the Chair and Mananging Director, Lalani after the tour of the Plant.

Welcoming the Secretary General to the Plant, the Chairman and Managing Director of the Roofings Group, Sikander Lalani said it was gratifying that Amb. Sezibera’s visit to the plant came immediately after the 1st East African Manufacturing Business Summit.

Lalani said the deliberations at the Summit were all geared towards job creation for the youth, increasing value addition, quality assurance, enhancing tax revenues, fair trade and most importantly, boosting the region’s economic standing in the world.

Lalani told the Secretary General of various issues that must be addressed at the regional level in order to boost the growth of the steel sector for example the need to increase the EAC Common External Tariff (CET) on galvanized wire to 25% in the region and the Re-bars to have either a fixed import tax rate based on volume at $250 EAC CET per tonne or based on value at 25% CET, whichever is higher.

The CEO also proposed removing cold rolled coils, galvanized coils and pre-painted coils removed from the duty remission schemes of Rwanda and Burundi.

He also requested the region to put in place a robust quality assurance system by way of adopting regional standards in the steel sector as well as putting in place a level playing field in tax administration.


He further urged Partner States’ governments to prioritize and enhance local/regional content for infrastructural and donor funded projects as a way of promoting the Buy East African, Build East Africa campaign.

Lalani disclosed that the Group was employing people from the region without any discrimination for as long as they have the required skills and ability to deliver.

He assured the Secretary General that the firm was keen on investing in the entire region depending on the enabling environment in terms of import duty policies, level of playing field and availability of markets.

The Minister of State for Industry, Dr. Mutende assured the Secretary General and investors in the region that Uganda Government was working to address all the issues impacting on her business environment including a reduction in energy costs.

EABC Chair, Karera called for a meeting of steel producers and stakeholders before the end of September 2015 to address the issues impacting on business in the sector in the region, adding that a regional code of conduct was being developed and will be considered for adoption at the November EAC Heads of State Summit.

In his remarks, Amb. Dr. Sezibera congratulated Lalani for the massive and quality investment in Uganda and the wider East African region.

He said that some of the issues raised were already being addressed by the EAC Secretariat, the Council of Ministers and EABC.
Following the recent declaration by First Lady, symptoms Mrs. Janet Museveni that she is not going to contest again for the Ruhama parliamentary seat, and fourteen NRM members have already expressed interest in her post.

These include Adens Rutaro, Julius Tukahirwa, Babrah Bindeeba, Amanda Magambo, William Bijukye, Arthur Mpiirwe, Moses Nyabakwiini, Moses Kahima, Veratino Twinomujuni, Amos Kakyene, Bashaija, Regina Kinyata, David Lutalo, Patrick Baliku and Brenda Ankunda.

On being nominated for the party primaries, Julius Tukahirwa one of the aspirants vowed to promote togetherness amongst the people of Ruhama as one of the means to develop the constituency.

In May 2015, the First Lady, Janet Kataha Museveni informed her constituents that she had received guidance from God’s that she should not stand again for the same seat.

Mrs. Museveni had represented this constituency since 2006 when she replaced Augustine Ruzindana.

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