Rwanda,Uganda Join Infrastructure Giants AFC

The Kitgum Woman Member of Parliament, decease Beatrice Atim Anywar has finally decided to stand for the newly created Kitgum Municipality parliamentary seat on an independent ticket.

Anywar according contacts in Kitgum is set to arrive at the office of the Electoral Commission`s Returning Officer, Joan Adul on Thursday to be nominated.

She will be battling her own opposition party FDC’s flag bearer Denis Onekalit and the Kitgum mayor Richard Ojara who defected from Uganda People`s Congress party to the National Resistance Movement.

On her campaign poster, Anywar has maintained the FDC`s blue color though the writings say she is a TDA candidate and using the picture of elephant not the key.

Anywar is representing the Women of Kitgum on the FDC ticket but recently disagreed with the party officials before denouncing the candidature of the party presidential flag bearer Dr. Kizza Besigye and joining the Go Forward`s Amama Mbabazi.

This website revealed recently that the genesis of the impasse between Anywar and the FDC officials stemmed from the Kitgum Municipality race.

Anywar according some FDC members, wanted to go through the primaries unopposed but the former Makerere University guild president, Onekalit also quickly expressed interest in the seat.

Anywar perceived the entry of Onekalit as a plot by the top officials including Dr. Besigye to kick her out of the race.


She together with her supporters in mid-November stormed the party offices at the district and destroyed stuff including ballot papers and the register.

Events turned around this week when Anywar appeared at Dr. Besigye`s rally with a petition she handed to the party president Gen. Mugisha Muntu saying she was unfairly locked out of the municipality race.

Her prayers however, only landed on the party leadership’s deaf ears, prompting her to stand as an independent candidate.
Rwanda and Uganda are the first East African countries to become members of Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), advice a leading development finance institution for infrastructure projects in Africa.

Rwanda, approved which signed the Corporation’s instrument of accession and acceptance of membership on 4 November and Uganda, stomach which signed on 6 November bring the Corporation’s total members to 13. AFC’s other members are: Cape Verde; Chad; Côte d’Ivoire; Gabon; the Gambia; Ghana; Guinea-Bissau; Guinea; Liberia; Nigeria and Sierra-Leone.

AFC says the accession of these countries marks a significant milestone in its mission to address Africa’s pressing infrastructure needs and build the foundations for robust economic development across the continent.

To date the Corporation has invested US$2.6 billion in projects across 24 African countries and in a wide range of sectors including power, telecommunications, transport and logistics, natural resources and heavy industries.

Andrew Alli, CEO of AFC, commented on the announcement: “By improving the infrastructure of these fast-emerging East African economies we hope to facilitate closer intraregional trade links, a goal that can only be achieved if the adequate transport, telecommunications networks and power supply are in place. This is where AFC steps in, and we are excited by the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

“Lack of essential infrastructure remains a critical constraint across Africa; for example, over 620 million people do not have access to reliable electricity. AFC works closely with both public and private institutions to develop innovative financing solutions for large scale infrastructure projects in Africa and oversees the whole project cycle, from concept to completion.”

Uganda and Rwanda are forecast to maintain positive growth rates over the coming years, with the IMF predicting 5.6% and 7% GDP growth in 2015 respectively. Rwanda’s pivotal geographical location at the intersection between East and South has made it a commercial centre bridging the two regions.

Improving the quality of infrastructure is a priority for the governments of these countries. The government of Uganda, for example, plans to implement an US $11 billion program over the next ten years utilizing both the public and private sector, to upgrade the country’s power and transport infrastructure in particular.

Hon. Matia Kasaija, the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, stated that “Uganda is pleased to be one of the first East African Countries to become Members of African Finance Corporation (AFC). AFC is bringing innovation to the development and financing of infrastructure on the continent. In line with the EAC’s strategy of ensuring that Partner States’ provide basic infrastructure as one of the Operational Principles of the Community (Article 7 (b)); we are looking forward to stronger presence of AFC in the East African region and particularly in Uganda”

Hon. Kasaija added that Uganda’s partnership with AFC will go a long way in helping the Government to attain the Uganda’s Vision 2040 Strategy of “A Transformed Ugandan Society from a Peasant to a Modern and Prosperous Country within 30 years.”

The Rwandan Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Mr Claver Gatete, commented on Rwanda joining AFC: “I am delighted to officially announce Rwanda as the first East African member country of the Africa Finance Corporation, a development institution well known for its capability of providing innovative financing solutions to large infrastructure projects on the continent.”

As one of largest financers and developers of infrastructure in Africa, AFC is perfectly placed to help improve the quality of East Africa’s infrastructure, enabling the region to capitalize on its strategic position and strong growth prospects.

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