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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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GOVERNMENT SECURES NEW RADIOTHERAPY MACHINE

Kampala - Government has revealed that a new radio therapy machine was purchased but has not yet been delivered to Mulago Cancer Institute. This follows social media reports that circulated calling for a mass donation to purchase a new machine for Mulago Cancer Institute. Health Minister Elioda Tumwesigye took a guided tour with the

YOUTHS ELECTIONS TURN CHAOTIC

Mukono – Police in Mukono had to use live ammunition to disperse and rescue Mukono electoral returning officer, Sarah Kalyowa from the rowdy youths who had turned chaotic during the elections of youths councilors.

The youths had turned up to elect, only to find voters registers

MP STALKER APPLIES FOR BAIL

By UTN Reporter

Kampala High court judge Justice Jane Francis Abodo has set Friday 3rd July 2018 to deliver the ruling on the bail application filed by a 25 year old Brian Isiko, who was jailed for sending love messages to Kabarole Woman legislator

NEMA DELAYED ON CLOSING KAVERA FACTORIES

Court: Kampala High Court has extended the order stopping the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) from closing down factories that manufacture and recycle plastic products.

The injunction which has been issued by the Deputy Registrar Alex

Kayihura Warns Media On Aine

Threatens Legal Action

The Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura has warned Media Houses that have repeatedly alleged that the Police picked up former head of Security at the Go Forward camp Christopher Aine. Aine was picked by security operatives in Civilian cloths, to unidentified destination. Aine was moving from a Mobile Money outlet in Kyanja, Nakawa Division, near Kampala.

POLICY MAKERS CAUTIONED ON STATISTICAL DATA

The economy in Uganda is intensely under watch in light of middle income status aspiration.For a country to develop or transit from being poor to rich, it needs to sustain growth over generations, buoyed by the rate of economic activity. But to ascertain the figures, Uganda has been grappling to quantify the number of people engaged in any sort of business.

Interahamwe Rebels Feared In Kanungu

Kampala - Police has issued an alert across Kigezi Region following reports of presence of presence of rebel elements. The suspected fighters of the DR Congo based Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda [FDLR] have reportedly infiltrated areas of Kanungu, kidnapping people and killing.The FDLR is made up of former Hutu extremists who fled Rwanda after the 1994 genocide

Rights Bodies react on Ssejjusa Arrest

Kampala - The abrupt arrest of David Ssejusa, the former coordinator of Intelligence services last evening has caused mixed feelings among a cross section of Ugandans. Human rights’ defenders say that even if the arrest was lawful, the denial for his legal team to access him is illegal. Speaking to UTN, the Executive Director, Foundation for Human Rights Initiative

COOPERATIVES SUBMIT VIEWS TO PARLIAMENT

By Shakira Namatende

The cooperative Union in Uganda will Wednesday submit their views to Parliament on the proposed Cooperative Societies Bill 2014.

The bill seeks to regulate groupings in the category of

Cooperative Unions that are taking a strong mobilization wave in the Country side.

The cooperative Union is seen as a strong force that draws people together into uniformity seeking to address their economic and financial challenges.

As one of the activities to celebrate the International Cooperative Week, cooperators in Uganda will submit their views to the Parliamentary Committee on Trade, seeking for among other things an independent ministry, and fully fledged cooperative bank, and a degree of autonomy from their mother ministry of Trade.

They cooperators led by Uhuru Institute for Social Development will also carry out a tree planting campaign as a gesture to restore the environment.

Earlier on, the same body flanked by Uganda Cooperative Alliance donated blood in different Blood Banks countrywide, as a social responsibility gesture.

In Kampala, it was held at the Constitutional

Square, and a total of 15,000 units of blood were collected country wide.

As Leonard Okello the Chief Executive Officer Uhuru Institute explains, the country has a dire need for blood, a resource that is not manufactured anywhere, but human generosity determines its availability.

Byte……….Okello

The Institute partnered with Nakasero Blood Bank in this campaign with a target of at least 20,000 units of blood country wide.

Okello says the cooperators work towards an improved livelihood of the society, economic independence and improved healthy labor force for the country.

Byte………..Leonard Okello

Lilian Nantambi from the Nakasero Blood Bank say the collection is significant an will work to reduce the need across the country.

Byte……… Lilian Nantambi (Blood Donor Recruiter

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