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“Namugoongo” In The Context Of An Economic And Spiritual Analysis

“Namugoongo” is an area in a central province of the Uganda territory known as Buganda. By the time Britain colonized Uganda, Buganda was an independent Kingdom.

A king in Buganda is referred to as “Kabaka”. The first British group that arrived in Buganda was received with courtesy by the then Kabaka who wanted to know where they had come from and who their ruler was. They told him their country was Britain being headed by a lady referred to as “Queen”. He therefore proposed that it would be good and appropriate if he would marry that lady so that he would unite the two countries into one, namely Buganda and Britain. Later, one of those British visitors commented that when they looked at his throne, it was an item that could not even fit in the kitchen of their Queen.

However, they introduced their own type of belief to the local kingdom. In their teachings, they said there was a God that could not be seen by ordinary human eyes, but just through belief. That one must just believe that that God exists and that he or she must ask what he or she requires through that God and that that God would grant what is needed by anybody on Earth as He was above everything on Earth and after all was the very creator of the entire world.

Subsequently people began following the teachings of these newcomers much as the Kabaka’s domestic servants were also converted to this type of belief.
A type of prayer was introduced in the Kingdom illustrating the superiority of this type of a new God. It ran as follows:

“Our Father which art in Heaven. (Kitafe ali mu gulu)
• Hallowed be thy name. (Erinya lyo litukuzibwe).
• Thy Kingdom come. (Obwa Kabaka bwo bujje).
• Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. (Ebyoyagala bikolwe munsi nga bwebikolwa mu gulu).
• Give us this day our daily bread. (Tuwe olwaleero emere yaffe ya buli lunaku.)
• Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us. (Tusonyuwe ebibi byaffe nga ffe naffe bwetusonyowa abo abatusobyako).
• For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory (Songa bwakabaka bwo, obiyiza nekitiibwa)
• For ever and ever. (Emirembe ne naku )
• “Amen” Amiina (bwekityo kibe) meaning “As it should be”

The Kabaka himself heard his own domestic servants pray above his own head that another king comes and takes over from him.
On top of all this, people were told that apart from this very earth there was another world called “Heaven” which had no economic problems but full only of peace and comfort. In that world there were also people called “Angels” who had wings and could fly anywhere in the universe looking for friendship and peace. Third, that this “Heaven” world had a very beautiful and peaceful city called “Zion” where all human- beings would live together in harmony and friendship for ever and ever after death.
The Kabaka internalized all this and concluded as follows:
1. That there is really another “Kabaka”.
2. Stronger and more powerful than him
3. He is being asked by his own domestic servants to come and take over his Kabakaship.

The kabaka then developed concentrated economic emotions and sentiments to make sure his kingdom was not usurped.
He therefore arrested forty of this group of his domestic servants and decided to kill them.

He led them to Namugoongo, let them collect a lot of firewood which he could use to burn them alive. They saw the punishment extremely harsh and yet irreversible! So they also, according to their own spiritual conviction which was also irreversible, could not repent to the Kabaka as if they had wronged him. They therefore produced the following utterances in a form and content of a hymn as follows:
“Singa mbadde n’ebiwaawa nga malaika, nandibuuse, naandibuuse, eri mu sayuuni!”
(Meaning)
“If I had wings, like an angel, I would fly. I would fly, there to Zion!”
They walked spiritually courageously and succumbed to an inevitable furnace and died.

LESSONS:
• “Andrew Kaggwa”, (burnt), was “Kaahwa” captured by Buganda military force in a war between Bunyoro and Buganda and his name turned into “Kaggwa” in Luganda as a domestic servant in Kabaka’s palace.
• War is a continuation of politics where when peaceful means of solving problems fail, people resort to mutual slaughter. That is unfortunate.
• Politics is an expression of concentrated economic emotions and sentiments between classes struggling for state power. The kabaka therefore was struggling for state power on the basis of economics concerning his territory.
• Classes are groups of people which differ one from another according to how they are related in terms of labor and property ownership.
• The state is a weapon in the hands of a ruling class to:
(i)Reflect economic aims of that class.
(ii) Implement those aims
(iii) Suppress the aims of the ruled class which are considered incorrect
(iv) Suppress the economic aims of the ruled class

• The state is inevitably accompanied by Law. Law is the sum – total of obligatory and compulsory standards of behavior and conduct acceptable only to the ruling class to:
(i) Reflect social aims of the ruling class
(ii) Implement them
(iii) Suppress the considered incorrect behavior of the ruled class.

Need for proper spiritual life
• There can never be a proper spiritual life in the world without a mutually acceptable economic system.
(a) Owning a man or a woman in a home and make him or her work without pay is wrong.
(b) Owning land above others and making them pay rent is wrong and abominable
(c) Making men and women work at a very low wage level with the aim of gaining profits from them is very incorrect.
(d) Colonizing other territories is incorrect.
• Answers:
All those systems above should be abolished from each national territory on the globe. Each country should establish a welfare state where all are for each and each is for all. The people at Namugoongo were killed under slave – ownership in Buganda where land –rent is again practiced against peasants. This is unfortunate.
Political Economy should be taught in all academic institutions in order to liberate people from ignorance concerning labor and property ownership as sources of spiritual life vis – a – vis superstition.

Former Police Crime intelligence Boss Col Ndahura Atwooki charged by Army Court

Col Atwooki Ndahura, the former police director of Crime Intelligence has Friday been remanded to Makindye Military Prison over accusations of interfering with the process of law.

Col. Ndahura was arraigned before the Unit Disciplinary Committee (UDC) of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) at Mbuya, close to two weeks after his arrest.

He is one of the 26 police and military officers who were arrested over suspected criminal activities during the 13-year reign of Gen Kale Kayihura as head of the police force.

Army and Defence Spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire said that Col Ndahura was charged with interfering with the process of law contrary to Section 166 of the UPDF Act 2005.

The Mbuya-based UDC chaired by Col Tom Kabuye remanded Col Ndahura to Makindye Military Prison until July 13 this year.
The law:
Section 166(1) of the UPDF Act of 2005, states that a person subject to military law, who unlawfully interferes with the process of law as set out in the Act, commits an offence and is, on conviction, liable to imprisonment not exceeding seven years.

Uganda Releases 1st NDC Partnership Plan for Climate Action in Africa

Uganda Releases First NDC Partnership Plan for Climate Action in Africa
Press Release
28June 2018

The Government of Uganda released its strategy to deliver on commitments under the Paris Agreement, in a blueprint known as the Uganda NDC Partnership Plan. Building off progress already made through Uganda’s existing climate plans and policies, the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement captures the country’s ambitions for a sustainable future. The Partnership Plan complements this vision, while also serving as an accelerator for action. The Plan identifies five priority areas set by the government for implementation of its NDC, and begins to connect those priorities to available partner and program resources from across the NDC Partnership and its network.

In its NDC, Uganda puts strong emphasis on adaptation actions, to ensure all people and communities are resilient to climate impacts. To reduce its impact on climate change, Uganda has committed to reducing its emissions by 22 percent by 2030, with actions focused in energy, forestry, and wetlands. Through the Partnership Plan, Uganda is raising its ambition by setting the timeline to achieve several NDC actions sooner. Uganda seeks to mainstream climate resilience across sectors and develop early warning systems and robust monitoring systems by 2020, much earlier than originally planned. The Plan also aims to create an enabling environment for the country’s NDC by elaborating and clarifying actions for transformative change as the country grows and develops into the future.

Key to achieving Uganda’s climate goals is effective coordination and prioritization as well as monitoring and reporting on its climate actions and response.

The five priority areas for Uganda identified in its NDC Partnership Plan are: strengthened operational and gender-responsive policy and institutional frameworks for the effective governance of climate change; increased climate financing for planning and budgeting on the national and local levels; effective and institutionalized measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems to monitor greenhouse gas emissions and gender-responsive adaptation measures; strengthened capacity of government officials, civil society, the private sector and academia to effectively integrate NDC and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) commitments with a gender lens into existing and future programs; and accelerated project financing for NDC implementation.

To deliver on these priorities, the plan identifies 49 activities for the next three years, including enacting a legal framework for climate action; developing a project pipeline of investment-ready projects for funding across priority sectors; establishing and strengthening national climate change funding mechanisms; modeling national temperature and precipitation and extreme event scenarios; and developing a national greenhouse gas inventory system.

Uganda Climate Change Department Commissioner Chebet Maikut said, “Uganda recognizes the importance of fulfilling its commitments under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, while at the same time welcoming the support of development partners in pushing Uganda’s climate agenda forward. To this end, to the development partners and the NDC Partnership that have pledged support to Uganda’s climate ambitions – I thank you!”

He added, “It’s through such partnerships that we can achieve and meaningfully contribute to the global climate ambition that we desperately require to save tomorrow’s climate today.”

The newly-approved NDC Partnership Plan serves as the basis for planning, coordination, resource mobilization and transparency on NDC implementation between the government and partners.

Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit kicks off in Nairobi

The Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) Summit kicked off in Nairobi Tuesday morning.

The conference being hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta is being attended by H.E President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda while President Salva Kiir of South Sudan is represented by a special envoy.

Ethiopia, Tanzania, Burundi and the DRCongo are attending the summit as observers.

The Heads of State are expected to discuss the progress of mega infrastructure projects designed to benefit the wider Eastern Africa region.

Specifically, the leaders will discuss the progress of implementation of the outcomes of the 13th Summit, which was held in Kampala in April, 2016.

Top on the agenda of the summit is the progress of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project, which is being constructed in all the four Northern Corridor countries of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.

Kenya has already completed phase one of the SGR running between Mombasa and Nairobi while phase two of the SGR between Nairobi and Naivasha is 50 per cent complete.

The other Northern Corridor countries are at different stages to actualize the construction of the SGR.

Other issues to be discussed include ICT infrastructure development aimed at promoting regional inter-connectivity, oil refinery development following the discoveries of oil in Kenya and Uganda, where the two now join South Sudan as oil producing countries.

Power Generation, transmission and Inter-connectivity in the wider region, Air Space Management, Human Resource Capacity Building and the establishment of a single Customs territory are other key issues expected to feature at the Summit.

The Northern Corridor Integration Projects is a multilateral development initiative established in 2013 to speed up growth in the region through the improvement of infrastructure for ease of movement of people, goods and services.

In total, there are 16 key Infrastructure and socio-economic concerns that the NCIP focuses on, with the ultimate goal of improving the infrastructure for business, and ensuring inclusive growth that leaves no one behind.

Headline: Govt to borrow Shs 297b for Irrigation.

Cabinet sat on Monday June 25, 2018 at State House Entebbe under the Chairmanship of H.E the President and;
Approved the proposal to borrow USD 76.95Million from the African Development Bank (ADB) to support the Agricultural Value Chain Development Program (AVCP)This program will focus on:


Provision of water for irrigation at two levels: for rice farmers in Eastern Uganda through construction of a big irrigation scheme; and small scale irrigation for upland rice farmers in Northern Uganda;

Addressing value chain constraints for maize, rice and dairy/beef farmers in 28 districts;

Increasing volumes of high value grades of maize and rice in order to obtain premium prices in the Domestic and Regional markets; and

Providing logistical support to dairy regulatory activities countrywide and supporting the construction and equipping of an internationally accredited laboratory at the Uganda National Bureau of Standards, for Ugandan exports.

Approved the National Curriculum Development Centre (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The amendment is intended to:

Broaden the ex-officio membership of the Governing Council of the Centre to include more stakeholders on the Council and remove non existing Institutions and titles such as; the National Institute of Education, the East African Academy and the National Federation of Uganda Employees which are defunct, and include new Institutions and titles;

Remove limitations over eligibility of appointment of Chairperson of the Council; and

Harmonize the budgeting cycle of the Centre with that of Government (from Calendar Year to Financial Year) since Government is the statutory source of funds.

Approved the Local Content Policy for the Oil and Gas Industry in Uganda. The Policy has the following objectives:

To build capacity of Uganda’s Human Resources in the Oil and Gas Industry;

To promote employment of Ugandans in the Oil and Gas Industry;

To enhance the competitiveness of Ugandan Enterprises as suppliers and Joint Venture Partners;

To increase the use of domestically produced or available goods and services by the Oil and Gas Industry; and

To promote the in-country Research and Development (R&D) and Technology transfer to Ugandans.

Noted that the Ministry of Health will launch and initiate the National Physical Activity Day on Sunday 8th July, 2018 at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds under the theme “my health is my responsibility”. The objectives of the National Physical Day are:

To strengthen efforts in the prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases;

To take timely action on promotion of physical activity in order to keep the population of Uganda healthy and fit;

To encourage the population to adopt physical activity as a routine in their lifestyles in order to prevent Non- Communicable Diseases; and

To equip members of the public with more information about the importance of physical activities in Non-Communicable Diseases prevention and control.

The following services will be provided during the National Physical Activity Day;

Health Education Talks by the experts in the area of Non-Communicable Diseases.

Screening of major Non-Communicable Diseases and their risk factors including blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol and cancer among others.

Health advice prior to engaging in physical activities and the recommended measures.

Ofwono Opondo
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UGANDA MEDIA CENTRE

KENYA IS RISING; President Kenyatta to host Presidents Museveni and Kagame

President Kenyatta to host Presidents Museveni and Kagame for the 14th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP)

President Uhuru Kenyatta will today, Tuesday 26th June 2018, host President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda as well as a Special Envoy of President Salva Kiir of South Sudan for the 14th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

The NCIP is a multilateral development initiative established in 2013 and is aimed at speeding up development in the region particularly the improvement of infrastructure for ease of movement of people, goods and services in the region.

During the Nairobi meeting, the leaders are expected to review the progress made in the implementation of the various resolutions reached at during the 13th Summit held in Kampala, Uganda on 23rdApril 2016.

Among the key projects expected to feature prominently during the meeting is the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) where significant progress has been made with Kenya having successfully completed the Mombasa-Nairobi line and embarked on the Nairobi-Naivasha section which is now at 50 percent completion.

A commercial contract for the Naivasha-Kisumu-Malaba sections and a modern port at Kisumu has already been signed with the China Communication Construction Company (CCCC).

On its part, Uganda signed a commercial contract with China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) in March 2015 and recently completed the project appraisal exercise which was held parallel to the ongoing negotiations of financing which are expected to be finalized by September this year.

In Rwanda, preliminary engineering design of the new SGR line from Kampala to Kigali was completed in January 2018 while in South Sudan, preparation for a bankable feasibility study for the Nimule-Juba SGR line is on-going and is expected to be complete by December this year. Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contract for the line has been signed and the process for obtaining a commercial loan from China EXIM Bank is in its early stages.

Apart from the SGR, the Heads of State and the Special Envoy will be briefed on the progress being made in ICT and will be keen on the status of the One Network Area (ONA) for voice which is fully operational in all the partner states, while ONA for data is operational in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

Also expected to feature in the deliberations will be the progress of the oil refinery. Uganda signed a Project Framework Agreement (PFA) in April 2018 with the Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium to design, develop, finance and operate a refinery in Hoima. It is expected that a final investment decision (FID) will be made by May 2019. The Land for the refinery has already been acquired. Kenya has been requested to indicate the entity that will hold its 2.5 percent shareholding in the refinery.

Further, the leaders will assess and provide leadership on the progress being made in power generation, transmission and interconnectivity, a function that is being coordinated by Kenya.

So far, partner states have made tremendous progress in implementing their respective 220kV power transmission lines. Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya completed and commissioned their lines apart from the Bujagali-Tororo transmission line in Uganda, which is at 85% completion. In addition, partner states are working on a feasibility study on the standardization of 400kV lines, while ensuring full implementation of 220kV transmission lines.

Going forward, the four East African countries are actively stringing together power exchange agreements which are expected to be ready by end of this year and work towards a fully-fledged need based power trade in the region.

Other agenda items expected to feature prominently during the summit include the crude oil pipeline project, the commodities exchange, human resource capacity building and land.

The leaders will also review progress made in immigration, tourism, trade, labour and services; single customs territory; mutual defence cooperation.

Vatican diplomat convicted on child porn charges in first trial of its kind

Vatican diplomat convicted on child porn charges in first trial of its kind
June 24, 2018

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican tribunal on Saturday convicted a former Holy See diplomat and sentenced him to five years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography in the first such trial of its kind inside the Vatican.

Monsignor Carlo Capella admitted to viewing the images during what he called a period of “fragility” and interior crisis sparked by a job transfer to the Vatican embassy in Washington. He apologized to his family and the Holy See, and appealed for leniency by saying the episode was just a “bump in the road” of a priestly vocation he loved and wanted to continue.

Tribunal President Giuseppe Dalla Torre read out the verdict after a two-day trial and sentenced Capella to five years and a fine of 5,000 euros ($5,830.) Capella will serve the sentence in the Vatican barracks, where he has been held since his arrest earlier this year.

Prosecutor Gian Piero Milano had asked for a stiffer sentence due to what he called the “great” amount of material accessed, which included 40 to 55 photos, films and Japanese animation found on his cellphone, an iCloud and Tumblr account, which Capella viewed even after he had been recalled by the Vatican in August 2017.

Prosecutors and Vatican investigators said the material featured children aged 14-17 engaging in sexual acts.

Capella’s attorney disputed that Capella had distributed the material. He denied the amount of porn was excessive, and said his client had cooperated with investigators, repented and was seeking psychological help.

The Vatican recalled Capella, the No. 4 official in its Washington embassy, after the US State Department notified it in August of a “possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images” by one of its diplomats in Washington.

Soon after, Canadian police issued an arrest warrant for Capella, accusing him of having accessed, possessed and distributed child porn over Christmas 2016 from a church in Windsor, Ontario, using a social networking site.

His recall was immediately denounced by US Catholic bishops who, still stinging from the fallout of the clerical sex abuse scandal, saw it as an attempt by the Vatican to shield one of its own. But all along the Vatican insisted it would prosecute Capella, who was subject to the Vatican tribunal’s jurisdiction even though his crimes also occurred elsewhere.

The trial was the first known enforcement of a 2013 law for the Vatican City State that specifically criminalized possession and distribution of child pornography, punishing it with up to five years in prison and a 50,000 euro fine.

Now that the criminal prosecution is over, Capella will be subject to a canonical trial, which could result in him being defrocked.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Canadian authorities would pursue their case against him; the Vatican doesn’t extradite its citizens.

Capella said he realized that his actions were vulgar and “improper.” During a final statement Saturday begging for the minimum sentence, Capella apologized for the pain his “fragility” and “weakness” had caused his family, his diocese and the Holy See.

“I hope that this situation can be considered a bump in the road” and that the case could also could be useful for the church, he said.

Capella was a high-ranking priest in the Vatican’s diplomatic corps. He served on the Italy desk in the Vatican’s secretariat of state and was part of the official delegation that negotiated a tax treaty with Italy before being posted to the US embassy in 2016.

A canon lawyer, Capella is listed online as having written a 2003 paper for the Pontifical Lateran University on priestly celibacy and the church’s criminal code.

#BREAKING: NOT YET OVER! Museveni stops RDC transfers!

The newly appointed RDCs and their deputies will have to wait and continue to endure joblessness up to September which is roughly three months away.

This was one of the many decisions arrived at during a stormy planning meeting President YK Museveni convened today Sunday at State Lodge Nakasero. The meeting started midmorning and ended at 2pm. In attendance was President Minister Ester Mbulakubuza Mbayo, RDC’ Secretariat head Martha Asiimwe, PPS Molly Kamukama and Museveni who chaired the meeting. A few other State House departmental heads attended it too. On the agenda was the embarrassment the presidency endured a few days ago when it emerged that some dead NRM cadres had been appointed and their names included on list of new RDCs. This caused the presidency to be ridiculed on social media with many wondering if this wasn’t proof of a fatigued Museveni presidency.

During the Sunday meeting at Nakasero State Lodge, a furious Museveni sought to understand what happened and his handlers, specifically PPS Kamukama and belligerent Minister Mbayo, had to explain. It emerged that, despite being the line minister, Mbayo hadn’t made adequate input in the list as many of the cadres she considered to be very good mobilizers were left out. Examples include outgoing Butaleja RDC Richard Gulume and Luuka RDC Steven Bewayo. Coincidentally Mbayo, who is widely understood not to be doing well on the ground as MP, is the legislator representing Luuka as District Woman Representative. Many factors have eroded her popularity including her failure to concede Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s political supremacy and submit to her as a senior figure from Busoga. This has rapidly emboldened her political adversaries in Luuka where Bewayo has always been perceived to be the one holding forte for Mbayo in her absence as she serves nationally in Kampala. This is why Bewayo’s dropping from the RDCs’ list is taken to be something that has greatly injured her politically in her Luuka backyard. So during the Sunday meeting, Mbayo implored the President to permit her to revisit the list and come up with comprehensive proposals on how to strengthen it. Her argument was that many experienced cadres had been left out because of her ministry’s inadequate input yet she is the line minister. “That won’t happen. I’m the President of Uganda and I’m standing my ground. That list isn’t going to be recalled. If there are mobilizers that you say were inadvertently left out, let’s have them on the waiting list.

We shall consider them for the new districts that are going to be created. If not we shall find for them something else,” sources quoted Museveni as firmly saying during the State House meeting. Having heard from Mbayo clearly saying she didn’t have much input in the list, attention shifted to Molly Kamukama who members tasked to explain and account for the public embarrassment the Presidency suffered as a result of dead persons being appointed RDCs. “Your excellence we have been having a very long list of people who you have been promising deployment over the years. Their records have been with us for long.

Everything is on file and what we did was to get names of those you had promised jobs and we put it together. We didn’t know who had died and who hadn’t. That is how it happened,” sources quoted Kamukama as explaining. Some members felt it was improper for the Presidency Minister not to have had the last word on the RDCs’ list and consensus at the meeting was that this should never happen again.

FOCUS ON LC1;
Museveni decreed that members move on and the RDCs’ list be left the way it is. In what betrayed his anxiety regarding the possibility of NRM being trounced by the opposition groups in the upcoming LC1 elections, Museveni said any confusion engulfing the Presidency at this time would be very bad because it’s supposed to coordinate political mobilization to ensure majority LC1 chairpersons elected in the more than 60,000 villages are NRM. He referred to intelligence reports which show that the opposition has quietly been mobilizing and NRM shouldn’t take things lightly lest they get humiliated in the 10th July polls.

“In fact that’s why I’m directing that let all those newly appointed RDCs wait. We can’t have new people taking charge in the districts on the eve of such a very important election. It’s too near and by the time the voting day comes, those new RDCs will still be on orientation still learning the geography of those districts and that is why I’m directing you [Mbayo] to ensure that the incumbent RDCs occupy office until the LC1 elections are over. Let them [new RDCs] be doing voluntary mobilization wherever they are and prepare to report for work in September,”

Museveni reportedly directed bringing what had started as a very stormy meeting to an end. Sources maintained that Mbayo, who came expecting the President to be very furious at his PPS Molly Kamukama, left the meeting very much subdued after her expectations weren’t met.

Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa survives bomb attack

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has survived an apparent bomb attack in the city of Bulawayo.
Saturday 23, June 2018

Video footage from White City Stadium appears to show an explosion happening close to Mr Mnangagwa as he was leaving the stage having addressed supporters.
He was not hurt, his spokesman said. But senior officials are among those injured, Zimbabwe media say.
President Mnangagwa came into power last November, ousting his former mentor Robert Mugabe.
The president was in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city, to campaign for his Zanu-PF party ahead of nationwide elections taking place on 30 July.

Presidential spokesman George Charamba issued a statement recalling: “There have been multiple attempts on the president’s life over the past five years.”
The Zimbabwe Herald newspaper reported that Vice-President Kembo Mohadi had suffered leg injuries in the bomb blast, but there is no confirmation.
The paper described the explosion as an assassination attempt.
Other senior officials are also said to have been injured, as well as some of their bodyguards.

President woos Chinese investors, “The potential for cooperation between China, …

President Yoweri Museveni has said that the potential for cooperation between China and Uganda is so vast with many investment opportunities in agro-processing, mining and industrialization sectors.

The President made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting Chinese Hunan Province Governor Xu Dazhe and his delegation that called on him last evening at State House, Entebbe.

He informed his guests that Uganda produces a lot of coffee, fruits, cassava and sim-sim and wants to set up industries to process the food products to add value and create job employment opportunities.

“The potential for cooperation between China and Uganda is big. What we want is a reliable market for agro-products. Once we have the demand, we can produce whatever is needed,” he said.

Citing coffee, the President said its production has grown from 2.8 million bags to 5 million bags today with an aim of producing 20 million bags in the near future. He, therefore, urged the Chinese investors to set up factories that make machine tools needed by other factories. “We need to produce machines for different factories here and for the region,” he said.

According to Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) statistics, national coffee production increased by 1.3 million bags in 2017 compared to 2016. Uganda is second largest coffee producer after Ethiopia in Africa.

On mining, the President said that government was in the process of modernizing its mineral laboratory so as to supply the local industries.

“We used to produce copper here during the British times but it was processed only up to 94% and the copper ingots would not be used in our transformers. We would end up exporting copper ingots and importing more processed copper to come back to our factories,” he said.

Governor Dazhe said that like Uganda, Hunan Province is very strong in agriculture and presents many opportunities for cooperation with Uganda in that sector in order to achieve a win-win result for the two countries. State Minister for Planning, David Bahati, of State for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda, Uganda’s Ambassador to China, Crispus Kiyonga, among other officials, attended the meeting.