At least 38 CSOs from Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo issued a communique rejecting the signing or conclusion of what they called secret agreements for the Tilenga, Kingfisher and East African Crude Oil Pipeline oil projects, until all court cases in various countries are determined. The cases mainly related to issues of human rights and the environment.
“By the time the directive was made we were actually at the tail-end of the rectification process, and 500,000 accounts were affected by the technical hitch in December”, said Kawujju.
This was also confirmed by the head of Corporate and Consumer Affairs at ERA, Julius Wandera.
The Minister for Local Government Raphael Magyezi says that currently the urban local governments can only raise 17% of their budgetary needs and they have to rely on the central governments and other external sources to fund the gap.
The ratio is much less at the rural local governments.
The Governor Emanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, says in a BOU statement, a high degree of uncertainty surrounds economic outlook, with many possible risks, with the main downside risk still being the coronavirus and possible variants.
The railway venture is part of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects that begin from Mombasa through Nairobi, to Kampala, Kigali and Juba. The multi-billion-dollar railway line conceived under the East African Community was agreed upon in 2011 by the presidents of Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan.
Richard Semulu of Ntinda, Kampala - who has operated an internet café for the last nine years, says that there is a drastic fall in returns from internet cafes compared to the 2000s when they had a lot of clientele.
Mayi Nabukenya, the new Wandegeya market Chairperson says there is no record of the vendors, location of their business and how much they have been paying and where. She says a number of people were given working space without registering with the market office.
The Joint Verification Trade Mission will not only involve the sugar verification exercise but also tackle other market access challenges in areas such as poultry, maize and dairy products.
Uganda exports sugar worth Ushs 350 billion a year, but this dropped to just over 200 billion, last year, before starting to rise as more sugar went to the Democratic Republic of Condo.
While EACOP managers reason that construction should start from Tanzania because it has the largest land area coverage of the pipeline, sources indicate that it was decided that they start from the Tanzanian side because of Tanzania's less complicated land tenure system.
In March several people using the prepaid electricity system, Yaka complained that they have been made to pay the 3,660 monthly service fees twice a month. Others got as little power as 0.5 kWh (units) for 10,000 Shillings, instead of the average usual of 20 units.
It is expected that pipeline shareholder agreements and others that are yet to be signed will be concluded when the new Tanzanian President, Samia Suluhu and her technocrats meet President Museveni on Sunday at Statehouse Entebbe.
State Minister of Finance David Bahati says that the move is intended to streamline the transport sector by getting rid of illegitimate cars and raising money for the maintenance of roads across the country. According to the breakdown, Car owners will pay 200,000 Shillings while motorcycle owners will pay 50,000 Shillings annually.