Category Archives: Manufacturing

Government Asked to Use Local Contractors for Implementing District Projects

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Local government leaders are asking government to start using local contractors in implementing district projects.

The leaders say many projects stall because the procured contractors by the centre are usually engaged in more than one contract at the same time, affecting both delivery time and quality of work. 

They add that the current guidelines also disempower local contractors from growing.

Aviation Industry Picking Slowly; Players Hope for Full Recovery Next Year

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Uganda’s aviation industry is picking up slowly with the gradual increase in the  number of international passengers recorded in the last five months. 

Entebbe International Airport resumed commercial passenger flights on 1st October, 2020.

According to Uganda Civil Aviation Authority- UCAA figures,  a total of 49,600 passengers were handled in October 2020,  accounting  for a daily average of 1,600 travelers. The number rose to 51,000 passengers, approximately 1,700 per day in November and, then it moved upwards, by 15 percent, to 58,900 passengers in December. However, the numbers fell to 57,783 passengers in January 2021. This was a decrease of 2 percent.

Simi Registers Good Phone Sales on Local Market

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simi phoneSimi Technologies, the manufacturer of Uganda’s first mobile phones, says it has recorded high sales during the first year of its operations compared to their project. Simi technologies has been in business for 13 months following its launch late in 2019.  

David Beecham Okwere, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Simi Technologies, says that the company has managed to sell 400, 000 pieces of mobile phones since it started operations in November 2019. The company makes both feature and smartphones models, sold locally and internationally.

Elegu Residents to Get UGX 6 Billion Piped Water System

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The government in partnership with the German Development Bank are set to construct a 6 Billion Shillings piped water system in Elegu and Bibia town councils in Amuru district.  

The project seeks to boost water supply in the two town councils that often struggle to access clean water.    The project will have 2, 150 cubic meter water reservoir tanks, 1, 14 stance public latrines, 19 public pit latrines an6 stance Ventilated Improved Pit latrine for institutions as well as an 18.54km distribution network that will be connected to at least 300 people on a subsidized rate of 50,000 Shillings.

CSOs fear Magufuli’s Death May Impede EACOP Project Processes

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Different Civil Society Organisations -CSOs in Greater Masaka Region have said the death of Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli will hamper the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project processes especially the compensation process for the people affected by the oil pipeline project.

Winfred Ngabiirwe, the Executive Director of Global Rights Alert (GRA) says that Magufiuli’s demise will delay the vital negotiations on the pipeline project.   She says his absence may also change the dynamics because he personally was the biggest pusher for the project.   

UGX 9.2 Billion Awoo-Tochi Bridge Completed

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The business community and road users in Lango and Acholi sub-regions are excited following the completion of the Awoo-Tochi Bridge in Omoro District. 

For about six decades, locals in the area temporarily patched the bridge with wood logs and pieces of timber to facilitate trucks transporting goods and traders to markets in Lango and Acholi sub-regions for instance livestock markets in Amach and Amugo in Lira, Amwaa in Oyam and Elegu in Amuru.

In 2019, the Uganda National Roads Authority – UNRA sunk up to 9.2 billion Shillings to revitalize the bridge that was first built in the early 1960s during the British Colonial administration in the country.

Uganda-Made Bus Excites Mbale as Citizens Demand for Kiira Airplane Next

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There was excitement in Mbale City town as residents and the business community turned-up in big numbers to have a glance at the Kayoola bus. 

At around 6:00PM on Friday, Kayoola Diesel Coach, which was built by Kiira Motors Corporation and Luweero Industries, a military institution, emerged from Soroti city to enter Mbale City and started making rounds within town as it made stop overs in the major streets within.

The locally-designed and built diesel-powered bus which was on road test drives in the region left city dwellers excited with many grabbing photo moments while others cheered on saying the country has really developed if it can produce buses.   The dark grey 47-seater bus Reg No UBJ-720H that was made by Kiira Motors Corporation -KMC, the state enterprise spearheading the making of vehicles in Uganda and the Luweero Industries, a military institution.

UNRA Throws Away sh7.3 BN as Work Ministry also Flushes sh16.3BN in Masaka

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A new report of the Auditor General has unearthed an unnecessary expenditure of funds totaling 23.6 billion Shillings in the Works Sector.

The report for financial year 2019/2020 accessed by Uganda Radio Network-URN was presented by Auditor General John Muwanga to Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Thursday.

Out of the 23.6 billion Shillings, Muwanga notes nugatory expenditure in interest on delayed payments to contractors totaling 7.3 billion Shillings by the Uganda National Roads Authority- UNRA.

Nakasongola Road Remains Submerged For A Year

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Several residents plying between Nakasongola town council to Lwampanga Sub County are struggling to transport goods and services after rising water blocked the main road for a year.

Last year, water levels at Lake Kyoga rose to submerge shorelines, swamps, flood plains, roads, displacing thousands of people and other creatures.

Among the road cut off by the water is Sasira-Mwolwe-Kibuye –Munami -Lwampanga road which is estimated above 35 kilometres.

Residents Hold Illegal Loggers, Impound Over 1000 Bags of Charcoal, Timber

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Residents of Lokung East in Lamwo Town Council and Lokung Sub County in Lamwo district have impounded over bags of charcoal, timber and a truck belonging to suspected illegal loggers. The over 1000 bags of charcoal and over 250 pieces of timber are believed to have been produced from trees indiscriminately cut in Omuwa, Paladiya and Aweno Olwiyo villages in Dibolyec parish in Lokung East Sub County.

The Lokung Sub County LC V Councilor, David Ocan Kasisi says they swung into action after receiving a tip-off from concerned residents indicating that close over 200 none residents led by Habib Mwanje had pitched camp in the bushes in Omuwa and were indiscriminately destroying the natural forest cover. 

Uganda Revenue Authority tips Women on lucrative business opportunities commits to continue supporting Women in trade

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Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) tips Women on lucrative business opportunities, commits to continue supporting women in trade.

As Uganda prepares to join the rest of the world to commemorate the International Women ’s on March 8th, URA today organized a special conference for women to join hands and empower each other irrespective of their different business areas.

The conference held at the Next Media auditorium focused on the theme, “Women Rising to the challenge amidst a changing business environment.”

Farmers Willing to Cost-Share On Vaccines With Gov’t, As Quarantine Hits Milk Supplies

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Livestock farmers are calling on the government to privatize the import, purchase and distribution of farm inputs especially vaccines to improve the animal health service delivery. 

This comes at a time the country is battling the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak that has seen the government impose quarantine on at least four districts and restricting the movement of livestock and livestock products in some areas.

These measures have resulted in the shortage of milk supply in some parts of the country and a plunge in milk and beef prices in areas under quarantine. Mid last month, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries blocked the movement of milk, beef, hides and skins and other animal products from districts like Sembabule, Kiruhura, Kazo, Gomba and Isingiro.   

Six Arrested in Sheema over Counterfeit Veterinary Drugs

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The National Drug Authority-NDA has arrested six people in an operation on counterfeit veterinary drug dealers around the Ankole sub-region. The operation was conducted in the districts of Mbarara and Sheema.

The six arrested have been identified Wilson Kafeero a retired veterinary officer and former District Veterinary officer Buhweju district and his wife Olive Kafeero, Denis Kakuru an accountant in one of the pharmacies in Mbarara, Eridadi Tumwebaze, a Boda Boda cyclist and resident of Lubiri Cell Mbarara, Bernard Nuwahereza a manager at a diary in Sheema, and Godfrey Tumwebaze.