Ntungamo Residents Finally Permit Road Construction Progress

The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, unhealthy has hailed the establishment of an industrial Park in Kapeeka-Luwero district, help saying it will benefit the economic and trade cooperation between Uganda and China.

One of the 50 enterprises in the first rural industrial park will be an automobile assembling plant.

The Prime Minister, who was meeting a Chinese Liaoning delegation, added that the development of the park will speed up the industrialization processes of Uganda, create jobs, increase tax revenue and promote economic prosperity.

The delegation which met the Prime Minister last week, was led by the vice governor of Liaoning Province of the People’s Republic of China, Gang Rui.

The concept to establish the industrial park was first mooted to government in 2013 by Bing Zhigang.

The project was approved by the Ministry of Finance and the Liaoning Provincial Bureau of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation.

Rugunda informed the delegation that Uganda was getting low value from exporting raw materials.

‘The establishment of an industrial park in Kapeeka will help Uganda to add value and consequently get more Foreign Exchange,” he said, adding, ‘This is the beginning of the cooperation in promoting Uganda from agriculture to industrial stage.”


He congratulated the Chinese Government for having one of the fastest growing economies in the world. ‘When you bring industrialization in Africa, you bring development and therefore government will definitely support your effort,” he said.

Describing their investment as a starting point of cooperation with Uganda, Gang Rui informed the Premier that Liaoning Province was determined to develop stronger ties with Uganda. He said Liaoning has the largest variety of manufacturing industries in China.

The Uganda – Liao Shen Industrial Park in Kapeeka was commissioned by President Museveni.

The project is co-invested and managed by Zhong Da Group and Zhang’s Group.

According to the park’s investment manual, the project will cost about 600 million US Dollars.

Infrastructure construction at the site will be complete by the end of the year to pave way for the first 10 enterprises. These will include an automobile assembling plant and agro-processing, among others.

The meeting was attended by the Minister for General Duties Professor Tarsis Kabwegyere, State Minister for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Sports, Professor Tickodri Togboa and the Permanent Secretary Office of the Prime Minister, Christine Guwatudde Kintu.           
Hon. Margaret Mugisa Muhanga the aspiring Member of Parliament Burahya County, health Kabarole district has disclosed that she is living in panic following threats of killing her.

She revealed that she has received several calls from Kasenda sub county residents threatening to lynch her should she attempt to step in the area.

Muhanga, order the former Kabarole district woman MP beat John Businge  from Kasenda Sub County and Hon. Stephen Kagwera the incumbent in the recently concluded NRM primaries.

She is now battling these two and Paul Kasita the district councilor for disabled, sickness  who have come on the independent ticket.

In a brief harmonization meeting for candidates contesting for parliamentary seats at Electoral Commission Offices Bukwali in Fort Portal municipality on Friday, Hon. Muhanga asked the Returning Officer and DISO to warn her opponents from inciting people to threaten her with death, noting that this was affecting her campaigning.

But her rival Businge said Muhanga did not have any evidence of Kasenda residents intimidating and threatening to kill as she alleges.

Mr. Valley Kanzire the Returning Officer Kabarole and DISO Mr. Edmon Kamanyire asked Muhanga to provide clear evidence on the threats, and let police handle that matter.

In the same meeting the Returning Officer cautioned the nominated candidates in the district against campaigning for their party colleagues on rallies and radios, noting that these face disqualification.

He mentioned some of the candidates who were campaigning for aspiring MPs for Burahya county seat as Gilbert Kayondo, Jorum Bintamanya, Willy Snob Magezi Mapapa and Stella Kemigabo.

By Mark Kanyesigye

A section of residents on the Ntungamo-Mirama Hills have agreed to allow the contractor to progress with the road works in the area as they await their compensation.

This followed earlier reports that some locals had blocked the contractor from accessing their properties until they have been fully compensated.

During a site visit by a team from Uganda National Roads Authority, more about residents of Mirama Hills agreed to have the road works continue due to the safety risks associated with the steep gradient of the area.

Most of the residents had complained that they wanted compensation first but after a meeting with the UNRA project manager, patient Eng. Martin Olwa, shop they agreed that the works continue.

“It is better for the project to continue as we process the payments. We are still waiting for the response of the Chief Government Valuer so that we can disclose to each affected person how much money they will be paid,” Eng. Olwa said.

The major complaint was that after assessing their land, they have never heard from the compensation consultant again, yet they were receiving information that people in other areas were already being paid.

The LC1 chairman, Mr. ZaveriyoTinkasiire said that residents are very supportive of the project because it will develop the area. “Our only problem is that nobody was telling us what was happening. But now it is okay since they have explained to us, they can resume the work.”

This follows a similar move by residents of Karo Karungi to grant access to the contractor, Zhongmei to do bush clearing in their land as they wait for feedback concerning their compensation.

The Ntungamo-Mirama Hills road is a 37 km gravel road that was established in 1962, and is currently being upgraded to bituminous grade in a joint project between the Government of Uganda and Trade Mark East Africa.

After completion, it will serve as a convenient alternative to the Kabale-Katuna road which is longer distance to the Rwanda border. It is expected that after completion, there will be an increase in traffic by over 60 percent from the current number of motorists.

According to the TMEA Program Manager, Vincent Rudahunga, the road is very important since it is part of the Northern Corridor which stretches from Mombasa to Kigali under the East African Community framework.

“Our priority is ensuring there is ease in doing business within the East African region. We are not only working on the roads, but also improving the border posts. So far we have improved the Mirama Hills/Kagitumba border to a One Stop Border Post as part of a bigger plan to improve efficient access to markets,”Rudahunga said.

The one year project which commenced in September last year is expected to be completed in December 2016, and will cost U$22 Million.

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