EDITOR’S PICK PART II: 40 of my 57 reasons I am proud to be a Ugandan (#UGat57)
Ugandans here and in the diaspora, welcome back from the 57
th Anniversary celebrations!
th Independence Anniversary, in a 3 part series, I chose to
celebrate the fifty seven (57) things that have gone well; the things that have
put a smile on my face and made me proud to be a Ugandan.
Behold, the second 40 of 57 my subjectively objective reasons that have varously made me stand tall and proud to be a Ugandan.
What are your reasons?
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Abebe Dam in Karamoja can cater for 267,000 cattle, when at 70% capacity, for 4 months during the drought. This is in line with the government’s development plans to industrialise Karamoja region which has been facing severe droughts due to the semi-arid nature of the region. President Museveni recently visited the area in June 2019 during his Wealth and Job creation tours and met regional leaders. Government has embarked on the contruction of a 132 KV power-line to support the industrialization of Karamoja sub-region. This will also fast-track the construction of a cement factory which is expected to create jobs in the area. Government also intends to build 20 valley dams for water security. 22 of 57
Arise and Shine Maize Millers Ltd was financed by Uganda Development Bank. The factory collaborates with farmer cooperatives in Kiryandingo district for the supply of maize grain namely Nyamahasa and Bweyale Area Cooperative Enterprises. Through UDB support the company upgraded its silos and warehouses, and is currently overhauling it’s existing local grain handling system to modern low-power processing technology, which has boosted the factory’s processing capacity to 60MT from 40MT per day. Arise and Shine Millers also collaborates with farmer cooperatives in Kiryandingo district for the supply of maize grain namely Nyamahasa and Bweyale Area Cooperative Enterprises. Bweyale is currently producing 9,000MT per season from 1,150 registered members while Nyamahasa has 1,350 registered members producing over 10,000MT per season Government of Uganda by the end of FY2018/19 capitalised UDB to the tune of UGX 272bn. An additional 103bn is planned for the FY2019/20 so as to reduce the cost of money for local entreprenuers 23 of 57
URA Commissioner Customs, Dicksons Collins Kateshumbwa (Centre) was recently elected as chairperson of the WCO Council in June 2019, ahead of the Russian contender Ruslan Davydov during the annual WCO Council session at the WCO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Uganda’s Kateshumbwa will preside over WCO’s Policy Commission that meets twice a year. He will also chair all council meetings that take place annually. Kateshumbwa takes over from Uruguay’s Enrique Canon who has been the Council Chairperson for the last 2 years. The WCO Council is the highest supreme body of the World Customs Organization shaping the global customs and international trade agenda. 24 of 57
The on-going airport expansion works include erection of a new cargo centre with a storage capacity of 100,000 tonnes, way higher than 59,000 tonnes of the former centre, this includes an apron plus an upgrade on the runway. Uganda Civil Aviation Authority projects that the Entebbe International Airport expansion will lead to an increase in passenger traffic to 3.5 million annually from the current 1.8 million which will boost the tourism industry in Uganda. The rehabilitation works for expansion of aircraft parking apron 1, are at 71.9% while the second runway is at 85% completion. CAA is currently working on all airport access roads which are at 95% completion plus establishment of a new fuel firm and hydrant system. The expansion project aims to increase the passenger terminal’s capacity from the current 410 arriving and 320 departing passengers to 930 arriving and 820 departing passengers during peak hours. The airport renovation will increase the availability and frequency of international flights. The expansion will also improve aviation safety and security 25 of 57
Fish Exports at Fresh Perch Limited, employees loading fish on a truck. Fresh Perch is a privately owned commercial Fish exporting company based in Entebbe, a small Lakeside town along Lake Victoria Shores within Uganda. Fresh Perch is among the leading exporters of Nile Perch from the Country. Nile Perch products are well known for their freshness and consistently excellent quality. This is attributable to the natural, fresh, cooler waters of Lake Victoria in Uganda, and the small vessels which are unloaded frequently The Nile Perch is a large fish found extensively in the rivers and lakes of Africa. In Uganda, It’s mainly found in Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater Lake in the world. The Nile perch is silver in colour with a blue tinge. It has distinctive dark-black eyes, with a bright-yellow outer ring, it’s one of the largest freshwater fish in the world. 26 of 57
An aerial view of the roads in Gulu. The government of Uganda was able to construct five roads totaling to 3.638km at a contract sum of 16,180,000= VAT exclusive. They include; Alokolum road, Labourline, Acholi Lane, Cemetery road and ring road. The roads constructed under phase 1(a) and 1(b) include, Kabalega road(0.160km), Adonga road(0.334km), Crane Avenu(0.195km), Philip Tarner(0.266), Odur min Odyek(0.336), Commercial road(0.364), School(0.355), Salvatore Alwoch(0.672), Opwonya Walter(0.670), Muroni(0.694), Lumumba Avenue(0.250) and Lango road(0.226). 27 of 57
In Feb 2018, the construction site of Tororo central market was officially handed over to the contractors, Youngjin construction, a Korean based construction firm following a fire outbreak that left vendors counting losses. The project was a move by the NRM government to make sure that the vendors run their businesses normally again. Several vendors whose businesses were affected by the 27.7 billion shillings project jubilated over the new development that is expected to be completed in two years. 28 of 57
This picture was taken on Wednesday 25th September, 2019 in the Freedom Square while presiding over the Makerere University Agricultural Day and Exhibition. The event was held under the theme: “Enhancing Youth involvement in Agriculture to Mitigate Increasing Food insecurity and unemployment in Uganda”. The Agricultural Day and Exhibition was a university wide event spearheaded by students from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) aimed at refocusing the youth towards active involvement in Agriculture. The Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni invited Makerere researchers to Statehouse after the Independence Anniversary celebrations this month to discuss how the University’s technologies and innovations can be scaled up to cause transformation in the agricultural sector. He also directed the line Ministries including the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations to be part of this meeting to forge a way of establishing a Government fund to support graduate training especially the science disciplines. 29 of 57
The government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Works and Transport in conjunction with Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda are developing a new second International Airport in Kabaale Hoima. Kabaale International Airport is to be the second international Airport in Uganda, developed with the aim of boosting the oil, agriculture and tourism industry in the Albertine Graben. Primarily, the airport will facilitate easy and quick transportation of the equipment’s and machinery for the development of the refinery, given the bulky nature of some of the components and delicateness of the refinery machinery. The construction works officially commenced on 18th April, 2018 under SBC (U) Ltd. The airport is being developed in two phases and is presently at 24.33% completion of overall construction works. The first phase includes the development of a runway, taxi ways, apron, fuel farm, fire station, multipurpose hangar, perimeter fence, drainage facilities, water supply and sewerage disposal. Terminal building and landing instruments. The second phase essentially targets airport capacity enhancement which includes the expansion of the passenger terminal building, establishment of permanent cargo complex, establishment of a permanent control tower and construction of a parallel runway. 30 of 57
The construction works underway on the Kapchorwa-Bukwo road. The project, a multinational operation, is set to provide an important link between Uganda and Kenya by connecting the 2 countries at the border post of Suam. The project runs from Kapchorwa Town to Suam on the Uganda side while on the Kenya side, the road project will connect Suam to Kitale on to Eldoret By-pass. The road project supports the regional integration objective of member countries of East African Community (EAC) and the Great Lakes Region, especially Uganda and Kenya, thereby making connection to Suam and further linking with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan and improve trade. The Uganda side project is being financed by the African Development Bank (ADB) and African Development Fund (ADF) loans and the Government of Uganda’s counterpart funding. The project involves the upgrading of the 73-Kms Kapchorwa-Suam section road. The 77km road project will be a game changer for this sub-region rich in agriculture and tourism potential. Don’t forget cross-border trade with Kenya 31 of 57
Kampala’s nightlife, especially in the Kabalagala Nightclub district is known all over Africa and attracts people here, Rwandans, Kenyans, South-Sudanese, and Tourists flock here for a night on the town in Kampala and the bars do not close at 2 am like in the West but stay open until dawn and beyond, some stay open for 24 hours a day, no wonder Kampala is the city that never sleeps. The music is loud, mostly played by a DJ – not too many bars have live music, though it is becoming more fashionable. The main thing is that people stay safe and secure while out on the Town – hitting Bars and Nightclubs in Kampala. This is due to the fact that security in Uganda has improved over time under the current government. Security at Bars and Nightclubs at larger establishments is good – all guests are scanned or patted down –Kudos to private security companies do this in many cases, and they are armed, at times there might even be two or more depending on the bar size. Bouncers are on duty – Armed Security and more is done to keep the places relatively peaceful so that clients can enjoy themselves. Tourism Police are now also making the rounds to some Bars and Nightclubs, and you will also find police checking various bars for any illegal activities such as drug use. Bouncers inside of the bars are no-nonsense kind of guys that quickly stop any situation not conducive to other clients. 32 of 57
Latitude Hotel- Latitude 0°- named after its position on the equator is located on the outskirts of the lively city of Kampala, atop the peak of the quiet, leafy suburb of Makindye, it just 45 minutes from the international airport. This signals growth in the tourism sector. According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Uganda received 1.8 million tourists in 2018, up from 1.4 million in 2017. In 2017, the 1.4 million arrivals injected about $1.4billion into the economy. This contributed to about 10 percent of the GDP 33 of 57
On May 17 2018, @KagutaMuseveni commissions new municipality roads in Lira town. The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development is implementing Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) program. The roads sparked excitement among the locals, as they will boost trade within the region as well as with neighboring countries like South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) thus spurring social-economic development in the region. These roads have been constructed under the program called the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID). The program implemented Land’s ministry is being funded by the World Bank and the Government of Uganda through a US$150m( aboutsh549) loan and is running for a period of five years from 2013-June 2018. The program was designed to enhance institutional performance of 14 municipal councils so as to improve urban service delivery. The project is also intended to expand urban infrastructure, and enhance the capacity of the 14 municipal local government to generate own source revenues, improve urban planning, and strengthen financial management, procurement, environmental and social systems. 34 of 57
On May 19, @KagutaMuseveni commissioned Enyau Road 0.9km in Arua Municipality that cost UGX7bn under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) program. This was the government’s initiative to rehabilitate the roads that are in a sorry state in Arua Municipality. Some of the roads in the municipality lacked designated vehicle stops, while sewage lines and drainage channels malfunctioned. Within five years after the project, the municipality will be able to generate high revenues and improve lives of the people out of this. 35 of 57
MV Vanessa, the new Vessel operated by Mwanza Maritime Department plys the Entebbe-Kalangala route. The vessel is supplementing MV Kalangala to transport people and cargo to and from the Island district. Vanessa that carries 54 passengers docks both at Lutoboka pier in Kalangala district and waterfront pier in Entebbe municipality. The high tech Yatch runs at a speed of 40 knots from Entebbe to Kalangala, which means it takes less than an hour to reach its final destination. It travels to Kalangala on Friday Evening taking revelers to tour the island. The vessel returns on Sunday evening to Entebbe. It costs 35,000 for a single trip to Kalangala and UGX 70,000 for a return journey. MV Vanessa started operation on May 31st, 2019. 36 of 57
Raxio Data Centre Ltd a company is owned by Roha, a US greenfield investment company. It set up Uganda’s first state-of-the-art data centre in the Namanve Industrial and Business Park. According to Robert Mullins, the Director of Raxio, its data centre is the “country’s first Tier III, truly carrier-neutral co-location facility.” The data centre has been designed to global Tier III standards by Future-Tech, a UK specialist data-centre design company with over 30 years of experience. Raxio’s plan to build a data centre came at a time when the Uganda government was getting jittery about having its citizen’s data in foreign data centres and is working on relevant laws to regulate the data collected by different companies in Uganda. 37 of 57
Since April 2017, thousands of girls have benefitted from training in a project dubbed Presidential Initiative on Skilling Girl Child programme. They receive training for six months in different centers such as Nakulabye, Ntinda, Luzira, and Mutundwe among others according to project manager, Faridah Mayanja. The project, since its inception has reduced on unemployment levels since they are given hands-on skills as well as start-up capital. Even those who don’t have money to go to other established vocational skills have been helped with skills for income-generation. The Presidential Initiative of skilling the girl child started in April 2017 by the President of Uganda to empower the girl child and since then has benefited 12,651 girls. It should be noted that when women are empowered, the whole community stands to benefit as they are in a position to contribute to the economic development of the country. “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, and you feed him a lifetime” this is a common adage we subscribe to as a program” 38 of 57
The Registrar General of Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) Bemanya Twebaze has been elected President of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Advisory Committee on Enforcement. He is a Board Member of Capital Markets Authority (CMA). He is a Board Member of the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA). He is a Board Member of URSB. He served as Chairman Administrative Council of the Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) from November 2013 to November 2015.He has previously served as Director and Secretary to a number of other companies. As Administrator of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) since May 2017, he spearheaded its return to profitability. Mr. Bemanya has re-aligned URSB’s operations with emphasis on use of technology to support and simplify registration operations. Under his leadership, URSB has continued to register notable success in improving service delivery, promoting private sector growth through enterprise formalization and revenue collection. 39 of 57
The Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) is the principal stock exchange of Uganda. It was founded in June 1997. The USE is operated under the jurisdiction of Uganda’s Capital Markets Authority, which in turn reports to the Bank of Uganda, Uganda’s central bank. The exchange opened to trading in January 1998. At that time, the exchange had just one listing, a bond issued by the East African Development Bank. Trading was limited to only a handful of trades per week. As of July 2014, the USE traded 16 listed local and East African companies and had started the trading of fixed income instruments. The exchange is a member of the African Stock Exchanges Association. The USE operates in close association with the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange in Tanzania, the Rwanda Stock Exchange, and the Nairobi Stock Exchange in Kenya. According to published reports in 2013, there were plans to integrate the four exchanges to form a single East African bourse. Uganda All Stock Index (ALSIUG) is the benchmark Index of the Uganda Securities Exchange 40 of 57
Western Uganda music icon Reagan Muhairwe aka Ray G held a successful concert in June this year in Mbarara, western Uganda as he celebrated his 9th year of making music. The talented Runyankore singer was born on June 12th 1992 in the Western Uganda District of Bushenyi. He started singing in 2009 while he was in senior three but rose to fame in 2014 after releasing his hit song Amarari which gained airplay across the country. He has since released several songs, most of which are love themed. Unlike other artistes from Western Uganda who when they rise to fame tend to change to singing English and Luganda, Ray G has maintained his style of singing which will predictably make him hard to dethrone from Western Uganda for a long time. Currently, he is signed under ‘Awesome Entertainment, a Mbarara based music label. Thanks to the NRM government for recognizing and supporting talent.
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