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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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MULAGO RELOCATES EMERGENCY UNIT

Mulago National Referral Hospital complex has shifted its emergency department or causality to the assessment center at old Mulago hospital complex.

This is intended to give room to the contractor

16 Die On New Year Celebrations

Police say 16 people died during the New Year’s celebration in the greater Kampala Metropolitan region with over 57 people nursing wounds in different health facilities.

BOBI WINE TO BE PRODUCED IN COURT MARTIAL-UPDF

BY OTIM NORBERT

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) have reaffirmed its commitment to produce Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine to be charged before the military court

AGE LIMIT DEBATE NOT OVER YET- KAFEERO

The initiator and mover of the ill fated private members bill Eng. Kafeero Sekitoleko seeking for an extension of retirement age of judges, has revealed that the battle for the same is not yet over.

Eng Kafeero Ssekitooleko’s bill proposed that the Chief Justice’s

UGANDAN WANTS COMPENSATION FROM JAPANESE EMBASSY

Kampala - A Ugandan Business man wants the Japanese Embassy to compensate him after Japanese Police tortured him. Paul Kiryowa wants Medical compensation to the tune of US $130,000 from the Japanese Embassy in Uganda, claiming he was tortured by the Japanese Police in Tokyo six years ago.

KATOSI ROAD SCAM, SUSPECT ASKS COURT TO PLEAD GUILTY

Joe Ssemugooma, the former AG Director Finance and Administration with the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has expressed his willingness to plead guilty to the corruption charges and also refund the tax payers money that he allegedly took in connection to the famous Mukono-Katosi road scam

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This development happened mid morning when the hearing of the

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

KATIKKIRO CHALLENGES UGANDANS ON LOCAL BRANDS

By Nakiyingi Sumayya

The Katikiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga has challenged Ugandans to promote local brands in an attempt to respond to the global business dynamics.

KAIHURA AND TUMUKUNDE FIRED

BY NTALE YOUNUS

President Yoweri Museveni and Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda Armed Forces, in an attempt to professionalise Ugandan Ploce Force and Security in the country has fired police boss Gen Kale Kayihura and security minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde

One of the Bush war hero Gen Elly Tumwine has been appointed as the new