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LANGUAGE BARRIER DERAILING PROCESS OF KARUMA DAM CONSTRUCTION

Failure to communicate between Chinese Engineers and Ugandan workers at the Karuma Dam construction project has been reported to be one of the major constraints slowing progress of works.

The Chinese Contractor Sinohydro says 30% of the works is done ahead of 2018 when the 600mega watt project is scheduled to be complete.

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Construction work in progress with an estimated 3,300 workers three quarters of which are Ugandans. 70% of the Engineers are Chinese who have complained of inability to ably communicate with the Ugandans hence slowing decision making and task execution.

SB ENG HENRY BIDASALA, COMMISSIONER FOR ELECTRIC POWER AT MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND MINERAL DEVELOPMENT.

The Local council I chairperson Karuma, Severino Opio put forward his discontent as regards the recruitment process, but was quick to relent a disclaimer that the 448,000 salary scale by Sinohydro is a worthwhile move.

SB SEVERINO OPIO, LCI KARUMA

With Exim Bank China funding 85 percent of the Karuma Hydro Power Dam, the government is left with 15% to propel the $1.6 billion project forward. When asked whether the Chinese firm Sinohydro will forever stay in charge of the Karuma dam project, he regrets the lack of skills exhibited, but still provides a possible resolve.

SB ENG HENRY BIDASALA, COMMISSIONER FOR ELECTRIC POWER AT MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND MINERAL DEVELOPMENT.

The tunneling, being done in layers sets the upper layer, also known as heading at 84% and the benching, that is, the downer layer at 40%.

However, with just 30% physical work and prospects of finished work by 2018, one wonders whether this highly hoped for project will be concluded by the estimated time.

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EC BOSS PUT TO TASK IN PRESIDENTIAL PETITION

The Electoral Commission chairman Eng. Dr.Badru Kiggundu has been put to task by the Lawyers of the TDA Candidate Amama Mbabazi to explain why the commission had to enter data of the different Districts into the Tally sheets without

INSIDE STORY: WHY TANZANIA EXPELLED UGANDAN REFUGEES

In our inside report on the illusive Ugandan refugees who were expelled from Tanzania in 2014 and have been living a hopeless life in Uganda ever since they returned home after living in Tanzania for 30 years, we disclose why the Tanzania government had to expel Ugandan refugees hugely comprised of Bakiga, Banyankole, Banyarwanda, and Barundi speaking people.

GOVERNMENT DEFIES COURT ORDER ON KAVEERA

At the end of the last month high court judge Margaret Oguli dismissed the petition in which the plastic manufacturers sought for an injunction to NEMA activities against them but rather awarded costs for all the loses that could suffered by manufacturers. A few days later government as defied court decision to compensate losses suffered by the manufacturers in the process of enforcing

CHEBROT LOSES ELECTION CASE

By UTN Reporter

Kampala - The Court of Appeal confirms Kenneth Soyekwo as the validly elected MP for Tingey County in Kapchorwa District.

MUMBERE BAIL HEARING FOR 6th FEB

BY UTN REPORTER

Jinja - Hearing of the second bail application for Jailed Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has been fixed for 6th/February/2017 before Jinja High court. According to one of Mumbere's lawyers Evans Ochieng, this particular application has been allocated to Justice Michael Elabu.

POLICE SPOKESMAN ESCAPES ASSASSINS

By UTN Reporter

Police Deputy spokes person Patrick Onyango has survived an assassination according to sources.

THE HUNTER BEING HUNTED, KIRUMIRA TRANSFERRED TO NALUFENYA

BY UTN REPORTER

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Gen Kale Kayihura has appointed ASP Edgar Akankwatsa to replace the controversial ASP Muhammad Kirumira as the new District Police Commander (DPC) for Buyende.

This development was announced by SSP Emilian Kayima, the police spokesman.

Kirumira was arrested on Thursday morning from his home Bulenga

UNEB WITHHELD 4525 UCE 2017 RESULTS

BY Maria Eyoru

The Uganda National Examinations Board, UNEB has withheld 4,525 results on allegations relating to exams malpractice.

At least results from 33 Schools have been withheld.

According to the Examining Body, there has been a general improvement in the

ULS RAPS GOVERNMENT ON POLLS

Kampala - The Uganda Law Society has added its voice to the growing chorus of condemnation of the treatment of FDC’s Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye who has been arrested 6 times in a space of eight days on charge neither clear nor communicated.

In a strongly worded statement, the society’s President