UIRI Nominated for 2015 African Business Award

The National Electoral Commission on Monday morning met with majority of the 2016 presidential aspirants at their head offices in Kampala.

The aspirants were summoned by the Commission Chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu to iron out the squabbles that have been rising about the elections roadmap.

President Yoweri Museveni was represented by the NRM lawyers Hussein Kashillingi and Edwin Karugire, pill while Amama Mbabazi was represented by his lawyers of the Fred Muwema and Company advocates.

During the meeting, viagra 60mg a number of aspirants expressed concerns over what they termed as sheer disregard of the EC’s electoral guidelines by some of the so-called big shots.

They were perturbed that aspirants such as President Yoweri Museveni and Hon Amama Mbabazi were already conducting open campaigns which is against the law.

One of the aspirants and former NRA Commander Maj. Gen Benon Biraaro demanded that the EC reigns particularly on President Museveni, who he said is misusing his presidential privileges to reach out for support from Ugandans.

“We now don’t know the difference between presidential duties and campaigning especially when it comes to aspirant Yoweri Museveni,” he retorted.  “This must be cleared.”

The same concern was raised by other aspirants Buganda Ntege Kyumakyayesu and William Mwesigye who demanded that the EC draws a clear line between campaigning, consultations and Presidential duties.


In his response, the Commission Chairman Eng Kiggundu said he had no justification to restrain what President Museveni says in his rallies up and down the country about his party, noting that he still is the country’s Fountain of Honour.

“You can deny it, but [Museveni] is Fountain of Honour, and besides I have not seen a written letter from him, like all of you, that he is an aspirant,” interjected Eng Kiggundu as the aspirants roared in disagreement.

Gen Biraaro was also distraught that Uganda Police was using offensive methods to foil meetings of some of the aspirants.

Biraaro advised Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura, who was present at the meeting, to prevent instead of using force to stop said illegal meetings.

“You can give me mileage by the tools you use to block me. I didn’t appreciate the use of air assets because that gives the candidate more publicity,” he added in reference to fighter jets that were unleashed in Soroti town where Amama Mbabazi was holding a consultative meeting with his supporters last week.

Other aspirants in the meeting expressed discomfort with the time the EC allocated them to look for signatures for their nomination, while others revealed a number of flaws on the forms.

While the EC requires that signatories for every candidate in the 75 districts across the country must be cross checked with their national identity cards, the aspirants informed the Commission that most voters are not yet in possession of their IDs.

Their pleas to have signatories use their previous voters’ cards fell of the ECs’s deaf ear, which insisted that the information on the voters cards was generated from the previous 2011 voters register which was retired.




The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) recently committed a grant of US $22-million to finance water and sanitation facilities in the West Kordofan State of Sudan.

More than 130, ask 000 people in the rural areas of West Kordofan State are targeted beneficiaries.

Water supply points will also benefit approximately 730, 000 heads of livestock.

According to the Bank, the Water Sector Reforms and Institutional Capacity Development Program that targets all 18 states of the Republic of the Sudan will kick off in January 2016 for implementation spanning a four and a half years.

It will focus on building a resilient and sustainable water and sanitation sector that meets the needs of all users or beneficiaries in Sudan, and in particular West Kordofan State.

The program is expected to enhance peace-building, improve livelihoods and build resilience against climate variability and change in the country.

The AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina, who chaired the Board meeting in which the grant was approved on Wednesday said, “Up to 30% of girls stop going to school essentially to help their families with water chores. This has to stop.”

Water and sanitation access in West Kordofan State, currently estimated at 60% and 23%, respectively, are far below national averages of 71% and 35%.

Per capital average water consumption stands at about 10 liters per day with the population in some northern parts of the state surviving on less than three liters a day.

The AfDB will finance the program with a grant of US $21.06 million from its Transition Support Facility (TSF) and a US $0.90-million rural water supply and sanitation initiative trust fund grant.

According to Mohamed El Azizi, Director of the AfDB Water and Sanitation Department, “The overarching aim of the program is to provide improved water supply and sanitation facilities for the region’s resilience and stability.”

“It will focus on gaining in efficiency of the water and sanitation sector and on capacity development for federal and state staff and beneficiary communities,” he added.
Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI), treatment the Government’s lead agency for industrialization and technological innovation has been nominated for the innovation award in the 2015 African business awards.

The African Business Awards, launched in 2008 recognize individuals and companies that are driving Africa’s rapidly transforming economy and creating new economic opportunities for citizens and communities all over the continent.

Other nominees for the innovation award that were announced by African Business Magazine include Abellon Clean Energy, Ghana, International Human Resources Development Corp (IHRDC), Invest in Africa and XYPNET, Zambia.

According to the event organizers, the winners will be presented at an Awards ceremony which will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York on September 23, 2015.

Now in their 7th year, the Africa Business Awards will be held on the eve of the African Leadership Forum, a high level dialogue bringing together some of Africa’s leading political and business actors.

Entries are assessed by a judging panel of renowned individuals who are chosen for their expertise on the African Business Industry, with scores based on a set of qualitative and quantitative criteria.

Among the judges will be Solomon Asamoah, Vice President: Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration at the African Development Bank and  Amadou Mahtar Ba, Chief Executive of the African Media Initiative (AMI) and co-founder and Chairman of AllAfrica Global Media

Commenting on the Awards, Omar Ben Yedder, Managing Director of IC Publications and Group Publisher of African Business magazine said, ‘It is encouraging to read the many achievements that are taking place all over the continent, despite the headwinds and difficult global environment.”

“The continent continues to be blessed with some remarkable individuals, who are driven and relentless in their ambitions to playing a transformative role. The caliber of entries is very high and continues to reflect and recognize Africa’s outstanding individuals and businesses,” he added.

President Hage Geingob of Namibia, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, Hon. Cristina Duarte, Cape Verde’s Minister of Finance and Planning and Hon. Hannah Tetteh, Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs are expected to speak at this unique platform to discuss key issues geared at enabling sustainable transformative growth in Africa.

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