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Museveni Orders UIA to License Saudi-based investors in Water Transport
President Museveni has directed Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) to license water transport investors from Saudi Arabia.
“I direct Uganda Investment Authority to issue you a water transport license. You can serve the Kampala- Kisumu- Mwanza route,” said Museveni.
“You can also serve the water link between Kampala and Entebbe. You may also invest in the exploration of iron ore and copper on condition that the metals undergo value addition,” he said.
The President made the directive this past weekend at State House Entebbe when he received and met a joint delegation of investors from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and India whom he encouraged to also invest in the hotel industry.
The Chairman of Trade and International Chamber of Commerce of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Eid Abdulhadi Al Olaibi, led the delegation.
The President told the delegation that they are most welcome to build hotels in towns in the country and in the National Parks adding that the Government would provide them land for the development of hotels.
Mr. Museveni also interested them in agriculture and assured them that there is enormous potential in organic farming in the country.
He advised them to consider undertaking fruit processing and starch production leading to the manufacture of biscuits and other confectionaries from bananas.
He observed that bananas are better than wheat when it comes to making confectionaries. He suggested to them consider engaging in the production of upland rice that is not destructive to the environment and that the Government can avail them land to establish coffee and tea.
The President further briefed his guests on immense opportunities in infrastructure development adding that to tap into that sector, they should register their construction firms locally and partner with Ugandans.
He also informed them that the Government is interested in assembling computers in Uganda to ease their availability to schools. He pledged to enable them get land for the establishment of tea and coffee processing plants.
Mr. Eid Abdulhadi Al Olaibi, on behalf of the delegation indicated interest in developing water taxis to serve the Kampala – Entebbe routes as part of measures to avoid traffic congestion as a way of availing reliable transport to wananchi. He also expressed their interest in promoting water transport on Lake Victoria to link the towns of Kampala and Kisumu in Kenya and Mwanza in Tanzania.
Mr. Olaibi also revealed that they would like to establish tourist hotels in Lake Victoria islands of Lake Victoria for the establishment of 7-star tourist hotels and resorts to promote tourism.
Ugandan Joins Prestigious Canada Federal Police
Constable Frederick Mubiru has become the first Canadian of Ugandan decent to join the RCMP-Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the federal and national police force of Canada. The RCMP provides law enforcement at the federal level.
The Mission was represented by the Deputy Head of Mission Ms Margaret Kyogire at the graduation ceremony in Regina this month.
ChimpReports understands Constable Mubiru received the Cross Pistol badge after attaining 244 out of 250 score pistol shots and achieved the highest score in Applied Police Science in a class of25 cadets.
During the course, he was responsible for Chapel Choir programs, in charge of liaison of the troop physical training and responsible for troop fleet of vehicles.
Suicide Bomber Kills Somalia Security Forces
The United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned the suicide bombing on Saturday that reportedly killed government security officers and civilians in the city of Gaalkacyo.
“This attack occurred because extremists feel threatened by the progress that is being made with reconciliation efforts in Gaalkacyo,” said the head of UNSOM, Michael Keating in a press statement.
“The country has suffered enough violence and bloodshed; it is time for reconciliation,” added Mr. Keating, who is also the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia.
According to initial reports, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in an area of the city known as Jiiro Abdullahi Yusuf, where security forces were stationed, killing at least two senior security force commanders as well as civilians.
Al-Shabaab has reportedly claimed responsibility.
“The people and authorities in Gaalkacyo are courageously finding a way forward; they should not be derailed by this assault on their chances of a peaceful future,” Mr. Keating said.
The Puntland and Galmudug state administrations control the northern and southern sections of Gaalkacyo, in north-central Somalia, respectively. This division has been a cause for recurring cycles of violence.
In January 2017, however, an agreement was reached by the Puntland and Galmudug state presidents.
The accord stipulated a withdrawal of forces from the disputed city, the removal of all roadblocks to allow free movement of people and goods, and the introduction of joint police training and patrols.