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Possible outcome of the revised Investment Code of 2017!

Yesterday at the Plenary in the Parliament, discussed the revised Investment code of 2017. Which in its self isn’t the most exiting thing. Nevertheless, the reality is that this is now in Parliament shows a push from the Members of Parliament and the Committee of Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED). That they are up to something. They are trying to forge something ahead. However, as the President has claimed the bureaucrats for being lazy, this shows another attempt. However, if this parts of the laws are enacted. Will ensure that it takes longer and the quality of the Foreign Investor to hold onto the new demands of the state. This will also give more power to the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA).

As the September report on the bill states. They will register all investments and all incentives inventory, as off who is doing what and licensed to do. As the Foreign Investor has to comply too a more rigid laws to be able to in the first place now.

Because the change of laws is that an exports of a minimum of 70% of the production in the given incentive, hire at least up to 60% Ugandan citizens and accept to monitored by the authorities and the statutes within the law. This being the UIA, which has the oversight.

The Incentive before launching has to verified and certified by the UIA. The same authority that has oversight and register the incentives. The Foreign Investor has to notify the UIA if they are complying with their inventory to the UIA as per law.

As to make it more hectic for anyone to invest is not allowed to directly to be investing in farming, as production of agricultural output. They cannot do that, but they can be able and allowed to own factories and businesses that helps the farmers to get better crops or bigger livestock.

The law states further the priorities for a Foreign Investor, as per law: “1. agro processlng; 2. food processing; 3. medical appliances; 4. building materials; 5. light industry; 6. automobile manufacturing and assembly; 7. household appliances; 8. furniture; 9. logistics and ware-housing; 10. information technology; or ll. commercial farming”.

This really put the parameter for what they can and cannot do. They are specific as to who allows, what sort of investment, who certifies and who monitors. Therefore, a foreign investor, by law has to comply a lot more and has to have more paperwork to prove his business-plan, prove his investment, his hires and his initial plan for getting exports of the giving products. This will clearly hamper investments and create a longer time-table for them. As the Foreign Investor cannot focus on local market, but on international market, because that is how it is by law. In addition, when you invest in something, you don’t want to loose your certification or your rights to produce or export given products.

Also, the same investor needs to incorporate the business with the Registrar General, a certified of remittance by the Bank of Uganda, the second, the certified of remittance to lodge an application to the Department of Immigration and this department have to give the Foreign Investor a permit to do stay and do business in Uganda. Therefore, before engaging with the new criteria of the UIA and MoFPED, the investor has to get the BoU in check and get the Department of Immigration. If all of these factors doesn’t slow down a process, nothing does. This is clearly a way of securing jobs for bureaucrats and lesser the burden of the foreign exchange and remittance in general.

  1. Get UIA Approval and Certification of Business
  2. Get BoU Certification of Remittance
  3. Get Department of Immigration – Permit and Application of Remittance
  4. Getting monitored by the UIA to see you comply with the codes.

If that sounds like an easier way in, it doesn’t, more offices and paperwork, before even spending money. This code will clearly hamper more foreign investors from coming, unless they are giving Presidential Handshakes to the President. I am sure he then lets them in. Peace.

Bosco was warned in 2016 about printing own currency, but in 2018: Goes ahead with it anyway!

The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.” Ernest Hemingway

There are someone who doesn’t listen to advise, even when it is well written and with shown data to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in October 2016, as there was reports and even made deals at the State House on the 7th October 2016. As the meetings was already ensuring and securing the deals between the Government and the printing company Veridos GmBh. By that time the Veridos company had delivered their commitments to print currency in Uganda. Also a comprehensive business plan that envisioned the proposed joint venture between Veridos and the government.

Now it is the 10th October 2018. Surely for many or plenty, this sort of an agreement is forgotten. Again, today at Entebbe State House, the deals was sealed.

As the Chimps Reports stated: “In the meeting that took place at State House Entebbe on Thursday afternoon, President Museveni noted that this new venture would save Uganda a lot of money that it has been spending on printing documents from abroad. “There was hemorrhage of resources that was unjustified. Money was going out to print currency notes for a long time. About US$25 million was spent each year to create Ugandan currency,” he said” (Kyatusiimire, 2018).

He is saying this without saying the cost of what sort of agreement the government has with company they are already using. As the lack of openness is shown from the state. That is why in 2016, the documents leaked and today, they just came on a government friendly web-paper.

To long:

Interestingly, Mr Museveni, who thanked the German company for its joint cooperation, criticized government officials for “taking too long” to act on such “crucial matters that affect the country.” He added that licensing bodies must not “over price working licenses for investors because it cripples investment and discourages potential investors. “These things of taking two years to deliberate on such matters must stop. Why did you spend two years discussing something that was so obvious?” he wondered” (Kyatusiimire, 2018).

That wasn’t obvious to the Governor of Bank of Uganda Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile or the Minister for the Ministry of Finance, Planning Economic Development Matia Kasaija, who both was skeptical, not only because isn’t a company who is known for producing currency, secondly the costs are likely to be more, than what they have today and last the possibility for more forgery. All of this data was scrapped, as Bosco had decided himself.

So for some weird reason, Bosco want to take a bad deal, which his experts has said is a bad deal. He complains that his experts has made it takes this, because they didn’t have faith in the project. All been done at the State House, as it was started in 2016 and rewinds again in 2018. What value has the Governor of the BoU and Finance Minister, when their words are meaningless towards Bosco?

Someone please tell me, because I got nothing. Peace.

Reference:

Sharon Kyatusiimire – ‘BREAKING: Uganda to Print its Own Money Locally’ 04.10.2018 link: https://chimpreports.com/breaking-uganda-to-print-its-own-money-locally/

Bosco warns bureaucrats of sacking: They are his scapegoats for the lack of foreign investors!

President Yoweri Kaguta Musveni does not miss a beat; he skips on every track and sings his tune. He is never to blame and his patronage or his growing bureaucracy to blame. No, it is the ones that is hired to do the work, not the legislation, he passes through the Parliament, or from the State House even; no, it is the bad-boys in the offices, which are enforcing them. The big problem are the ones following the guidelines and following the rules, which the President has put up over time. Clearly, Bosco have forgotten that memo or these laws for that matter. It is his own words, and actions that tends to end up in scriptures that people has to follow. Not like they are blindly swallowing air at the offices, they are following the protocols and the rules of the day. Which have been implemented over the 32 years the President has resided over the main post of the nation.

“President Museveni warned lazy and bribe-taking bureaucrats to resign or risk being sacked. “We still have these lazy armchair officers at the different offices who continue to disturb our people; the investors. I will chase all these saboteurs,” he said. Investors must be facilitated to bring in expert skills, Mr Museveni said, instead of being frustrated through increased work permit rates and other bureaucratic procedure” (Dan Wandera – ‘Chinese are doers not talkers, says Museveni’ 01.10.2018, link: http://mobile.monitor.co.ug/News/Chinese-Museveni-Tiles-Nakaseke-Kyambadde-bureaucrats/2466686-4785104-format-xhtml-y40t4fz/index.html).

Therefore, Mr. President. You should look into the rules, the regulations and the laws that you have enacted, as the bureaucrats are following them and abiding them. They are making it slow, because the process you have built for them. If it was slim and easy laws to process and security check the investors, then the bureaucrats would do that, however, the NRM and you Mr. President has made it this way. They are most likely also giving you a Presidential Handshake to able to spend fortunes in the nation too. You know this and the state organizations knows too.

Instead of sending warnings of firing and calling them saboteurs, maybe, you should look into the laws, the regulations and use your NRM Caucus to implement changes that opens the gates for investors and also financial transactions in the country, as rigid it is today. That is why people are tending not to remit or sending funds, as the expenses for doing so is bananas. That is why you should use your powers for something good and not just order the army to solve crisis. But before you do that, maybe, just maybe, look into the plenty of laws that is enacted and active. Which are hampering foreign investors. That is if, you really care.

At this moment, you are just using the patronage, the cronyism you have created as a scapegoat. Not to make the state better or the financial climate either. Peace.

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The sorry state of Soroti Referral Hospital: A proof of prolonged mismanagement from the state!

That suddenly the Members of Parliament (MPs) was visiting the Easter Region and the Referral Hospital of Soroti. Yesterday, on the 7th September 2018. This happens suddenly, maybe, because of the added pressure, as they want to prove that the Hospitals and Medical staff in great shape. They need to show the President that his lack-luster work on the Health Care has been worth it. However, the MPs was disappointed, as the public should be too. This is something that has been in the works for ages!

MPs on the Parliamentary health committee visited Soroti hospital yesterday Friday 7th. The committee expressed disappointed on discovering that the hospital disposes infectious waste into toilets and that a number of medical equipments are broken down” (Parliament, 08.09.2018).

Because if they are surprised and about the state of how the hospital operates. This sort of activity has gone of for years at Soroti Hospital, as the lack of medicine was even stated in the performance of the hospital until September 2015. As the NMS had only delivered 63 % of the needed medicine in that given calendar year. In that given budget year, one of the smallest posts was for maintenance, meaning the reason for the sorry facilities at the Hospital has been going for years as well.

As the budgets for 2014/15 and 2015/16 shows alone is that the Parliament didn’t put in any money for rehabilitation or any significant construction in the Hospital. Except for the wards or the housing of staff. Which means, that is deliberate acts of not offering needed funds for the upkeep of the hospital itself. The MPs should be able to look into the back-log before walking on a field-trip to Soroti.

The Auditor General wrote an report in 2017 called: “REPORT OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL ON THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF SOROTI REGIONAL REFERRAL HOSPITAL FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30TH JUNE 2017”, Auditor General Muwanga published this on the 11th December 2017, where it states this about the hospital:

Medicines and medical supplies worth UGX.11,211,866 were not accounted for at the main store and user departments as shown in appendices i & ii. In addition, 8000 kits of determine were issued without supporting documentation as shown in appendix iii. These shortcomings may be a result of mismanagement or poor record keeping. This may have led to rampant medicine stock outs which hamper service delivery and occasion widespread public outcry” (Muwanga, 2017).

Therefore, what the MPs found in September 2018, was well known if they just looked a hot-minute into the paper-trail left behind. I didn’t even have to put in work to find these factors and mismanagement. Not even a field-trip to Eastern Region to figure that out. The MPs who has access and ability to gain the documentation before voting budgets. Could go into the paper-trail and configure the need for maintenance and general support of the buildings. Not only support funds for staff quarters/wards. Which is important in itself, but the hospital needed proper facilities to heal the sick.

Even a HURINET report from 2012 explains this:

The lack of space in most hospital wards was evidently the main cause of overcrowding. In the female surgical ward in Soroti for example, the in-charge said patients are admitted up to the verandas and the equipment sterilization room is not spared either. The records department head expressed similar concerns when he said: “because of lack of space, I have scattered documents which should have been in one place so if I need a file I have to create time in my busy schedule to move around to look for it” (HURINET-U; the state of Regional Hospitals in Uganda; November 2012 The report was produced under Economic, Social and Cultural Rights projects with the generous support of Democracy Governance Facility (DFG) Uganda and DIAKONI).

When, we can back in time and finds this lack of issues and with the near past lack of financing, the state of the hospital has to bad. As the Referral Hospital of Soroti haven’t been an priority and the NRM only comes for a PR Stunt. Not for deliberate change. Then would have done it already, as they have had the years to do so, if they really cared. Alas, that is not the case. The OAG, the Budgets proves the lack of care for maintenance and upkeep.

If the NRM had cared about the state of Health Care, maybe they had cared before, not only sending VIPs and MPs abroad for medical services themselves. Peace.

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The Presidential Handshake lives on!

You would think certain scandals and certain ways of thieving the public funds would be died down. The stories would end and the beneficiary of these scandals want it to go away, as it taints their legacy and remaining words about their time as Public Officials, as Clerics and Civil Servants within the State. However, in the matter of the Presidential Handshake, this whole thing just getting more legs and doesn’t die. It is like the President is proud of his bribing ways and proving a point today.

As the NBS TV reports:

“The High Court in Kampala has issued an interim order stopping the Inspector General of Government (IGG) from investigating and forcing beneficiaries of the 6 billion shillings presidential handshake to refund the money” (…) “The public officials had received the money as a token for their role in the 400-million-dollar Heritage Oil arbitration case which Uganda won” (NBS Television, 13.07.2018).

It is like the whole charade was mocked by the legendary report calling it an ‘error’ but not a crime. To give away public funds to civil servants and public officials, as a handshake after winning a court case. It is like the state doesn’t care about their lack of transparency, as long as the cronies are funded.

My favourite quotes from the report published in May 2017 says:

“This “handshake” expenditure was not budgeted URA activity and therefore, a diversion of the UGX 6 Billion without lawful authority was contrary to the PFMA” (…) “H.E. The President’s approval of this “handshake” was bonafide. However, it was an error of judgement” (…) “That all funds paid out of URA account to the beneficiaries of the “handshake” should be refunded” (…) “The Executive should come up with a Bill within 90 days to regulate and streamline the Presidential Donations Budget” (COSASE, P: 45, 2017).

After my calculation were all well beyong 90 days and nothing fruitful has happen, except now the High Court are saying the non-budgeted and the error of judgement by the President is “okay”. They don’t even have to refund, while there is no bill to regulate or streamline any Presidential Donations Budget, because who would dare to cross the authority of the State House and President at this point of time. No one with a clear mind, who will not end up in prison or lose his or her livelihood.

This is a proof of how little power the Parliament have in the current state, as they cannot even look into or question the Presidential Handshake. They cannot even check into the sudden gifts and donations made by the President. Which is a substantial part of the State House yearly budget.

This isn’t funny, this is a mockery of all the ones paying added taxes and paying for state services, as they are being hold in contempt, where a certain amount of big-men and cronies within the state can eat directly of it, without any consequence. Who knows what else the President misuse funds on, right now? Peace.

Reference:

The Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and the State Enterprises (Cosase) – ‘Report of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and the State Enterprises (COSASE) on the Investigations into the Circumstances under which the reward of UGX 6 BN was given to 42 Public Officers who participated in the Heritage Oil and Gas Arbitration Case’ (May, 2017)

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