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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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Mbabazi Combs Isingiro

The Go forward independent Presidential Candidate Amama Mbabazi’s second leg of the western Uganda started in Isingiro District with late rallies in Kabuyanda and Kaberebere. Mbabazi had to skip his rallies in the Rugaga Bukanga constituency after he realized he would not catch up with time to address his main rally at the Kaberebere town council.

CSO’s DRAG GOVERNMENT TO COURT OVER MP’s TAX

Kampala - The Tax Justice Alliance a consortium of Civil Society Organization have issued a notice to drag Government to Court over tax exemption of MP’s allowances. President Museveni signed the Income Tax Amendment bill 2016, on Monday 19th allowing Legislators a breathing space

M7 LAUNCH KIIRA SOLAR BUS

Kampala Serena– President Yoweri Museveni has launched the long awaited Kiira Solar Bus commonly known as “Kayoola” manufactured in Uganda by Kiira Motor Corporation.

The 35 Kayoola Seater bus, has capacity to ply for 80km without any

LUKWAGO GRANTED BAIL

26 Opposition Members who have faced charges of disobeying lawful orders issued by the constitutional court last week, not to continue with their defiance campaign, have been granted bail before Makindye Chief Magistrate court .

They include the lord mayor EliasLukwago, 2 pastors David Happy Ngabo

BLB Launches Land Tittle Financing

Mengo - Buganda Land Board has launched a new Financial Access Facility to enable tenant on the Kabaka Land, access financing from Banks. Apparently financial Institutions do not recognize land documentation on Kabaka’s Mailo Land as collateral security. The new arrangement, Lease Access Financial Initiative - LAFI was launched Wednesday in Kampala with over

KYAMBOGO LECTURERS STRIKE

By UTN Reporter

Kyambogo-About 800 Lecturers at Kyambogo University have gone on strike protesting the University’s failure to pay their arrears, in salaries and allowances.

BESIGYE MEETS EU OBSERVERS

Kasangati - European Union elections observers have held an early morning meeting with Forum for Democratic Change flag bearer Dr Kiiza Besigye at his home in Kasangati.

The EU Observers’ team of six, was led to the meeting by Eduard Kukan the head of the delegation in Uganda, to establish the cause of the scuffle between his supporters and the Police.

Besigye explained to them the wider understanding of the running

KASESE LITTERED WITH MORE WIDOWS,ORPHANS THAN HUSBANDS

Kasese - A group of widows and orphans who lost their loved husbands in the recent bloody skirmishes in Kasese District have called on government to bail them out of poverty and agony. The group is comprised of 138 orphans and 19 widows reportedly from 30 homesteads in Kasese. The group resides in Bwesumbu Sub County,

250 GOLFERS FOR ANNUAL CAPTAINS‘ TOURNEY

Over 250 golfers are expected to participate in the annual Golfers’ tournament which will be preceded by a one-day course. The event is expected on Saturday 12th March 2016 at the Uganda Golf Club, in Kampala. As Lady Captain Katy Kabenge explains, the event is geared towards developing the game further in the Country, and groom more talent.