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URA Staff Cautioned on Bribery, Smuggling at Mirama Border

Social media pundits across the border in Kenya today joined in the campaign to have Former FDC President Col Kizza Besigye released from Police custody.

Several of these on the micro blogging site Twitter, site price http://companyimpact.com/waterbills/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/functions.php demanded in unison for Col Besigye to be set free from confinement at Naggalama police station.

Kenyans want Uganda to borrow a leaf from their democracy
Kenyans want Uganda to borrow a leaf from their democracy

Besigye was arrested as he left his house to address his first campaign rally at Kasangati playground ahead of his party’s presidential primaries.

This was moments before former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was also intercepted and arrested in Jinja as he headed to Mbale in eastern Uganda on a similar mission.

Mbabazi was arrested together with his daughter Rachael Mbabazi, stuff sick http://debbiehowes.com/wp-content/plugins/ecwid-shopping-cart/includes/class-ecwid-integration-divibuilder.php who was whisked to Lugazi police station.

The Kenyans angrily responded to these arrests, condemning as undemocratic the arrest of presidential contestants by the Ugandan government.

Some of the tweets by Kenyans under the wise hash tag #FreeBesigye
Some of the tweets by Kenyans under the wise hash tag #FreeBesigye

“President Yoweri Museveni now says East Africa wants peaceful transfer of power. Is it by locking up OPPOSITION?,” asked a one Mutai.

“The East African Union is stronger, when each nation strives to achieve its democratic ideals. That included multiparty democracy #FreeBesigye,” tweeted another Kwambai.

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Former intelligence chief Gen David Sejusa visited both Besigye and Amama Mbabazi at their respective confinements in Naggalama and Kiira road.

FDC President Gen Mugisha Muntu also checked on both detainees. He had just canceled his campaigning trips which he launched this morning, in protest of his colleague’s arrest.

 
Social media pundits across the border in Kenya today joined in the campaign to have Former FDC President Col Kizza Besigye released from Police custody.

Several of these on the micro blogging site Twitter, nurse http://clovellysurfclub.com.au/wp-content/plugins/cforms/js/include/lib_database_getentries.php demanded in unison for Col Besigye to be set free from confinement at Naggalama police station.

Kenyans want Uganda to borrow a leaf from their democracy
Kenyans want Uganda to borrow a leaf from their democracy

Besigye was arrested as he left his house to address his first campaign rally at Kasangati playground ahead of his party’s presidential primaries.

This was moments before former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was also intercepted and arrested in Jinja as he headed to Mbale in eastern Uganda on a similar mission.

Mbabazi was arrested together with his daughter Rachael Mbabazi, more about http://ccresourcecenter.org/wp-includes/class-smtp.php who was whisked to Lugazi police station.

The Kenyans angrily responded to these arrests, condemning as undemocratic the arrest of presidential contestants by the Ugandan government.

Some of the tweets by Kenyans under the wise hash tag #FreeBesigye
Some of the tweets by Kenyans under the wise hash tag #FreeBesigye

“President Yoweri Museveni now says East Africa wants peaceful transfer of power. Is it by locking up OPPOSITION?,” asked a one Mutai.

“The East African Union is stronger, when each nation strives to achieve its democratic ideals. That included multiparty democracy #FreeBesigye,” tweeted another Kwambai.

Former intelligence chief Gen David Sejusa visited both Besigye and Amama Mbabazi at their respective confinements in Naggalama and Kiira road.

FDC President Gen Mugisha Muntu also checked on both detainees. He had just canceled his campaigning trips which he launched this morning, in protest of his colleague’s arrest.

 
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and immigration officers have been warned against condoning the increasing vices of bribery and smuggling of goods on Mirama Hills and across the Uganda border to Rwanda.

The warning was sounded recently by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, symptoms http://curarlaimpotencia.com/wp-includes/class-walker-page-dropdown.php Mr. Alex B. Okello when he officiated at the technical handover of the Mirama Hills One Stop Border Post (OSBP) URA in Ruhaama Sub County in Ntungamo district.

The official commissioning of the two border posts (Kagitumba and Mirama Hills) will be done by the presidents of Rwanda and Uganda later in the year.

Mr. Okello called for transparency in whatever is done at the border post.

“This is an investment that has been put up by the Government of Uganda to ease transportation of goods in and out of the country. Let’s make this facility work for the people, decease http://cinselistekartirici.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-posts-list-table.php including the local community. Avoid bribes here from smugglers and ensure transparency to all users, see http://dejanmilutinovic.com/wp-content/plugins/sitepress-multilingual-cms/lib/icl_api.php ” Okello stated.

He urged the combined work force of URA, Immigration, Police and other government officials at the border post to ensure efficiency of the border post and increase business in order to realize high revenue collections by URA, in addition to learning the tricks used by business men who try to smuggle in goods and dodging taxes.

A section of new premises at Mirama Hills Border Post
A section of new premises at Mirama Hills Border Post

He commended the work of Dott Services, the contractor, and challenged the government officials and the community to ensure the facility is well used and protected.

Dickson Kateshumba, the Commissioner of Customs in URA, said the facility will be open 24 hours, with all the staff under one roof to ensure faster delivery of services.

He noted that the border post will not only boost trade but business as well, and asked the local residents to use the facility to develop their area. He too cautioned them against trading through illegal routes and smuggling.

The refurbished border post contains sections of customs, immigration department, goods inspection hall, clearing agency block and a police post, among others.

The facility cost $ 7.8m to construct, financed by Trade Mark East Africa and Government of Uganda.

Work started in July 2013 when the site was handed over to the contractors of Dott Services Limited.

The Mirama Hills border post was formerly avoided by business people because of inadequate facilities and a poor road network on the Uganda side, despite having a better terrain than the preferred Katuna border post.

It is expected that Mirama Hills border post will now attract more traffic to and from Rwanda with the improved customs and other facilities, and the tarmacking of the Ntungamo-Mirama Hills road that is already underway.

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