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A SOLDIER’S HEART: Colleagues and friends applaud Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba for his humility and discipline as he turns 45

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A team of young friends of the first son, General Muhoozi Kainerugaba on April 25th threw him a befitting birthday fete at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba who is the Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations, turned 45 years.

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The event was attended by his friends in the military, business community, civil service and Members of Parliament.

A jovial Kainerugaba thanked all his friends for organising and honouring the invite.

“We appreciate all of you,” he said, adding, this was his first public birthday celebration in 33 years. The last time was in 1986, very soon after Kampala fell.”

He said, he looked forward to continue serving his country in the armed forces.

Some of the guests included the Chief of Staff, Land Forces Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda, the Deputy IGP Maj Gen Sabiiti Muzeyi, the Chief of Staff Airforce Maj Gen James Birungi, Lt Col Edith Nakalema and the commander of the Special Forces Command Maj Gen Don Nabasa among other senior UPDF officers.

Font Muhoozi addresses friends and colleagues at the birthday fete thrown for him

Others were; Mr Patrick Bitature, Ms Evelyn Anite, Mr Frank Tumwebaze, Mr Peter Ogwang, Mr Rajiv Ruparelia, Mr Edwin Karugire, Mr Kiryowa Kiwanuka, Mr Robert Kabushenga, and Mr Ofwono Opondo, Mr Moses Byaruhanga, Mr Willis Bashaasha among others.

Several speakers praised Gen Kainerugaba for his humility and high level of discipline despite his privileged position as a first son.

Portrait of a soldier: Who is Muhoozi Kainerugaba?

April 24, 1974: Born in Dar Salaam Tanzania, while his father and mother- President Yoweri Museveni and Janet Museveni,the Minister of Education and Sports were in exile.

Currently, he serves as the Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations.

As a child, Muhoozi attended schools in Tanzania, Mount Kenya Academy in Nyeri Kenya and Sweden. After his father became President , he attended Kampala Parents School, then King’s College Budo for senior one and joined St. Mary’s College Kisubi (SMACK) where he completed his secondary school education in 1994.

He joined Nottingham University in the UK where he graduated with a Political Sciences Degree in 1997.

Businessman and Ruparelia Group Managing Director, Rajiv Ruparelia, ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze (MP), Lt. Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Lillian Aber the Presidential Youth Advisor at the dinner and Chief of Staff, Land Forces Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda

He in 1999 joined the army and the same year married Charlotte Nankunda Kutesa. The couple has three children together.

In 2000, he left his young family and was admitted to the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst for an Officer Cadet Course from whence he graduated in 2000 and was commissioned to the rank of Second Lieutenant on return. He then served as head of Combat Readiness unit within the Presidential Protection Unit (PPU).

He then became captain and later joined the Egyptian Military Academy where he took both the company and battalion commanders courses.  On return he became a major, still in what was now the Presidential Guard Brigade.

Gen Muhoozi, arrives with his wife for decoration as Lt General on February 19, 2019. The general has undergone several military trainings at home, on the continent, the US and UK. He has also been instrumental in some of Uganda’s major and strategic military sucesses.

He attended several courses including at the Kalama Armoured Warfare Training School, in Kabamba, Mubende District and at United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 2007 and graduated in June 2008. Following that, he successfully completed the Executive National Security Programme at the South African National Defence College.

Following his graduation from Fort Leavenworth in 2008, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and appointed Commander of the Special Forces Group in UPDF. On 16th May 2016 he was promoted to the rank of major general by the Commander in Chief.

On 10 January 2017, he was appointed to the post of Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations.

On February 8th 2019, Muhoozi was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. 

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A committee appointed by President Yoweri Museveni to study several complaints made to the Inspectorate of Government and Parliament about Bank of Uganda, has recommended “urgent and comprehensive review” of what it believes is an archaic “legal regime governing the Bank of Uganda.” “The Bank of Uganda Act Cap 51 was last amended in 1993, […]

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A committee appointed by President Yoweri Museveni to study several complaints made to the Inspectorate of Government and Parliament about Bank of Uganda, has recommended “urgent and comprehensive review” of what it believes is an archaic “legal regime governing the Bank of Uganda.” “The Bank of Uganda Act Cap 51 was last amended in 1993, […]

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Gov’t refutes missing money allegations at BoU but confirms currency related scandal

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Statehouse's anti-graft unit has confirmed they are investigating BoU over a yet to be specified crime. If confirmed, this will be a new low in the history of the bank

Government has refuted claims that any money is missing at Bank of Uganda but confirmed an investigation is going on to establish how illegitimate cargo, found itself on a chattered plane carrying new BoU banknotes on April 27th.

On June 14th, nearly 24 hours after it was first reported by online media houses, government spokesperson and Executive Director of the Uganda Media Centre, Ofwono Opondo P’Odel told  a hastily organised press conference that while there was no money missing.

“No arrests have been made, it’s just investigations of about six to eight Bank of Uganda officials in procurement, currency and legal for failing to do due diligence. Others are customs officials from the airport,” the Uganda Media Centre official twitter channel posted. 

He however did not explain why it took nearly 50 days, for government to come out openly about the scandal.

Ofwono Opondo said that following the discovery on arrival in Uganda, that the cargo plane, belonging to a yet unnamed carrier, was carrying 5 more cargo palettes, BoU officials reported to the Governor, who then called in the Statehouse anti-graft Unit to investigate.

“”Governor of Bank of Uganda Prof Tumusiime Mutebile then wrote a letter to the Anti-Corruption Unit at Statehouse to conduct a special expeditious investigation,” Ofwono said.

Earlier statements by both the Statehouse anti-corruption Unit and Bank of Uganda had confirmed an investigation was going on, but declined to specify the nature of the crime and the extent.

Both a letter to the Anti-Corruption Unit at Statehouse to conduct a special expeditious investigation,” Ofwono said.

Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema’s State House Anti-Corruption Unit called it a “special investigation on a matter pertaining to the Bank’s procurement and supply chain activities” while a statement by Bank of Uganda Governor, called it “an anomaly in the inventory of the expected consignment.”

Mutebile in his statement said that following the anomaly, he “requested the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of State House to investigate the matter.”

“The ACU has started investigations and Bank of Uganda is fully co-operating with the process,” Mutebile added.

Ofwono Opondo said that preliminary investigations showed that the extra 5 palettes belonged to 13 different entities that among others included the United Nations, USAID and city businessman Charles Mbiire.  

Cash heist?

When the story first leaked to the media, unconfirmed reports on several online media platforms said, Lt.Col Edith Nakalema’s unit raided the central bank this week and arrested five officials in the currency department over what is said to be unauthorised printing of vast sums of currency- said to be in excess of UGX90 billion, for private benefit.

It was also alleged that the money entered into the country via Entebbe International Airport, but never made it to the central bank’s strong rooms.

BoU’s Director of Communications, a one, Charity Mugumya was unreachable.

This reporter spoke to BoU Tumubweine Twinemanzi, the Executive Director, Bank Supervision and Mrs. Susan Wasagali Kanyemibwa, the Bank Secretary (Executive Director), who both declined to talk about the matter and referred this reporter back to the central bank’s spokesperson.

An answered questions remain

Even though government has refuted claims that any money is missing, it is unclear why it took more than a month to come out about the scandal.

It also remains to be understood why BoU senior officials initially denied knowledge of the scandal.

We will over the coming days unveil more details about the scandal.

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BUDGET: Kasaija to spend UGX982, 187 on every Ugandan in 2019/20

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Next year, in 2019/20, the government of Uganda plans to spend 23.8% more money than it has spent, this year financial year. According to a national budget read yesterday, by Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) minister, Hon Matia Kasaija, Uganda will in 2019/20 spend UGX40.5 trillion, up from UGX32.7 trillion in 2018/19.

Given Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) population projections of 40 million and 41.2 million people for 2019 and 2020 respectively, that is an increase of 20.2% from UGX817,433 to UGX982,187.  

But where will he get this money from?

According to Kasaija, out of the UGX40.5 trillion, UGX20.9 trillion (51.6%) will be tax and non-tax revenue raised locally. As a result Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) must collect 25% more revenue- their targets have been raised from UGX16.4 trillion in 2018/19 to UGX20.45 trillion next financial year.

Hoima Substation, Hoima-Nkenda Transmission Line- UGXUGX3 trillion has been allocated to the energy and mineral development sector, UGX562 billion more than the UGX2.43 trillion allocated in 2018/19

KAsaija also expects to borrow UGX2.8 trillion (7%) from local financial markets. The finance minister also plans to borrow from external sources, as well as receive project support from Uganda’s foreign development partners, altogether, UGX9.4 trillion (15.9%).

He also expects general budget support of up to UGX675.2 billion (1.7%) and aid of up to UGX201.1 billion. 

Because of the heavy debt burden, domestic debt re-financing will account for UGX6.5 trillion or 15.9% of the resource envelope- this is not actual money though.

According to Kasaija, the stock of Government debt rose to UGX42.8 trillion (USD11.5 billion) as at end-December 2018, up by 15.1% from UGX37.2 billion (USD10.2 billion). Of this external debt constitutes is 66.5%- UGX28.4 trillion or USD7.7 billion.

How will the money be spent?

Thanks to a burgeoning debt and the attendant need to restructure, Uganda will spend UGX10.6 trillion on debt repayment.

Kasaija however insists that our debt, although high, it is still sustainable- at 41.8% of GDP in nominal terms and 31.7% of GDP in present value terms, as of December 2018. This is well below the threshold of 50% Debt to GDP ratio contained in the Charter for Fiscal Responsibility and the East African Community (EAC).

Part of the newly completed Soroti-Akisim-Moroto road in Karamoja. Government has allocated government has provided UGX1.67 trillion more money for roads, increasing by 35% the planned expenditure on roads to UGX6.46 trillion

Works and transport will take UGX6.46 trillion, while security will account for UGX3.62 trillion and education and sports UGX3.37 trillion. The government will spend UGX3.14 trillion on interest payments, UGX3 trillion on the energy and minerals sector, UGX2.62 trillion to health and UGX1.73 trillion to the Justice/Law and order sectors.

The accountability sector will be apportioned UGX1.54 trillion while local governments will get UGX1.25 trillion. The agriculture, animal industry and fisheries as well as water and environment sectors will each get UGX1.1 trillion. Others are: public administration (UGX979.1 billion), Public Sector Management (UGX857 billion), legislature (UGX687.8 billion) and Lands, Housing and Urban Development at UGX227 billion. Trade and industry will get UGX202.8 billion, social development UGX219.2billion, tourism will get UGX193.7 billion and Science, Technology and Innovation, UGX186 billion.

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