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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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LAW FIRMS FIGHT OVER REPRESENTATION OF KAMPALA CASINO SHARES CASE

A war of legal clientele representation has erupted in Shs3.3 billion property dispute commercial case involving three businessmen over the shareholding of the premier gambling outfit, Kampala Casino.

In a letter dated February 22 that our reporter learnt of, a United Kingdom (UK)

GRADUATED TAX BACK

Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group [CSBAG] is calling for the return of Graduated Tax to help widen what they say is an increasingly narrow tax base for the economy. Officials from CSBAG say Graduated Tax is one of the progressive taxes that contributed greatly to the growth of the country’s economy, since every individual of the required age would pay it directly.

UNICEF DECRIES OF ROTTING HEALTH FACILITIES IN KARAMOJA

Nakapiripirit is one of the seven Karamoja districts zoned in hard to reach area of the country with limited facilities in health and education. Efforts to have mothers deliver from health facilities are slowly scaling up from 20.5% to about 50% it were 2009 to date respectively. This success is largely attributed to several interventions made

BUGANDA RUNS IN KABAKA BIRTHDAY AGAINST FISTURA

As one of the main celebrations prior to the King of Buganda’s birthday, early Sunday morning, crowds turned up in big numbers to be part of the third Kabaka birthday run against Fistula amongst mothers. By 5am, the Palace in Mengo was already crowded with more crowds still flocking in. Ambience

POLICE LAUNCHES HI-TECH FORENSICS UNIT

The Uganda Police has launched a multi-Billion Hi-Tech forensics Centre as the fight against crime rages on.

WOMEN ENTREPRENNEURSHIP PROGRAM LAUNCHED

Kampala; Government has launched the Uganda Women Entrepreneur Program that seeks to finance women’s capacity to grow and expand their business as well as accessing market for their products.

Under the auspices of the ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, UWEP as

POLICE NETS STATE HOUSE IMPOSITOR

Police in Kampala has arrested a 50year old man who has been imposing as a State House employee attached to the pledge and welfare department. Mr. Muhammad Kigundu has been targeting civil servants, ministers, and other civil servants promising promotions and increment of salaries in the public service ministry. Upon arrest Police say the suspect have extorted over 16 million

EXIM TAKES OVER IMPERIAL BANK

Exim Bank of Tanzania has taken over majority shareholding and operations of Imperial Bank Uganda. The Tanzanian Bank has attained 58.6% of shareholding in Imperial Bank, formerly owned by Mukwano Group, after months of financial uncertainty and liquidation. Exim Bank of Tanzania is trying to establish its foot prints in

Minister Challenges Investors On Localized Airline

The Minister of Tourism Maria Lubega Mutagambwa has called for need to have a localized airline which she says is the only missing link to boost tourism in Uganda. The Minister made the remarks during commissioning of Hotel African’s New Lobby and Restaurants during which the Minister revealed that the Hotel has been elevated to five star Hotel.