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Stop Disturbing Mbabazi – Otafiire

Prime Minister, visit http://chat.novaintermed.ro/wp-includes/class-wp-ajax-response.php Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said the government is considering preferential industrial electricity tariffs for big projects as a part of measures to attract more investments in the economy.

President Museveni has repeatedly said high electricity rates continue to hurt Uganda’s economic growth prospects.

Expensive electricity increases the cost of doing business, cost scaring potential investors whose capital would lead to job creation, increased tax revenues and general economic transformation of Uganda.

Rugunda said the economy was growing modestly but if big industries were subjected to discounted tariffs, more would come up in industrial parks that the government is establishing countrywide.

Dr Rugunda was meeting the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, Zhao Yali, thanking the Chinese government for supporting capital-intensive development projects in the country.

The Ambassador had paid him a courtesy call at his office on Tuesday.

Rugunda reiterated the government’s commitment to revamping infrastructure, including timely completion of Entebbe Expressway, expansion of Entebbe Airport and construction of the planned standard gauge railway to boost transport, tourism and other sectors.

“We want to see Chinese tourists here but their numbers are still low,” he said.

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“If the country is opened up with more and better roads, electricity and other infrastructure we shall see more investments and solutions to unemployment.”

“We would like to see our country develop capacity to produce cement, steel and other products that are required in the construction industry, and there should be no reason why we cannot achieve a growth rate of 12 percent and above,” the Prime Minister noted.

After congratulating Dr Rugunda on his appointment as Prime Minister, Ambassador Yali announced that China had set aside US$30m for construction of a vocational training institute in Kampala Business Park, Namanve to service industries that are coming up.

Yali said in addition to funding Karuma, Isimba and Ayago hydropower projects, China would finance the proposed expansion of Entebbe International Airport.

He called for speedy implementation of oil and gas projects, including the proposed oil pipeline, and robust tourism promotional activities to attract large numbers of Chinese tourists.

The Prime Minister and the Ambassador also discussed other issues of bilateral interest, including work permits for Chinese nationals.

At least 270 Chinese companies have opened up multi-million dollar businesses in Uganda and over 60 Chinese development finance projects are under implementation, creating about 30,000 jobs in diverse sectors.
The Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, this http://darkriver.net/wp-admin/includes/post.php Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire has blasted media houses that have concentrated their reporting on matters concerning sacked Premier, stuff John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, treatment saying they are infringing his right of privacy.

The Minister who was addressing a press conference today at the Media Centre in Kampala said some media houses have gone past reporting about him and have reached an extent of practically harassing him by reporting lies about him.

“Leave him in peace. What has he done to deserve this harassment from you journalists?” wondered Otafiire.

Otafiire said Mbabazi, who took leave from office as NRM Secretary General weeks after being replaced as Prime Minister, must be suffering with all the infringement on his privacy.

The flamboyant Minister further refuted reports that he is planning to stand for the position of Secretary General of the ruling National Resistance Movement.

“I will not jump the river before reaching the bridge,” he added.

It should be remembered that Hon. Kahinda Otafiire was one of the top contenders of the position of Secretary General during the dramatic September 2010 NRM delegates’ conference at Namboole in which Mbabazi emerged winner, cementing the rivalry between the two NRM/A historicals.

Observers say Otafiire’s remarks should be taken with a pinch of salt as he is a known enemy of Mbabazi.

He and Gender Minister Mary Karooro Okurut recently told a gathering in western Uganda that “we will not allow someone in NRM to pull down our leader. He keeps pulling his (Museveni) trousers.”

While the two ministers did not mention names, they are thought to have been referring to Mbabazi.

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