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.
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.
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.
As the giant Cabinet of the Republic are planning to scrap Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and National Medical Stores (NMS), that these are going back into their ministries. Because of how these two organizations has supposed wasted government funds and spending. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) knows the ordeal and the reasons for that, but they are instead scrapping the organizations, to keep the deals in-house and not as sole organization doing the operations as expert organizations for the government. That is why this will go back to Ministry of Works and Transport for UNRA and Ministry of Health for NMS. I have one more vital idea for the Cabinet members, but don’t expect them to so.
“The Cabinet has taken a decision to scrap Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and National Medical Stores and transfer their mandate to the mother ministries to reduce wastage of resources. According to a source, the decision was taken in two meetings with the first held on August 20 and the last one on Monday last week. The source said President Museveni was unhappy with the UNRA performance, especially in the rural areas where roads are impassable yet it is where majority of votes for his NRM party are” (Andrew Bagala – ‘UNRA to be scrapped in merger of government agencies’ 03.09.2018 link: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/UNRA-to-be-scrapped-merger-government-agencies/688334-4740804-qvrsbnz/index.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_DailyMonitor).
As these ideas are noble, but we know the reasons in itself. More direct control and cannot use the organizations as faults for the corrupt, graft and embezzlement anymore. The Cabinet are thinking this will stop this, but they are just making sure the deals and agreements made with tenders and buying, will be happening in-house and not by experts in the same regard as today. That is the real reaction to what is happening with this.
My advise would be find ways to merger and move responsibility from the Office of the President, State House and Office of the Prime Minister. As these could be moved to their representative ministries, as the Youth Livelihood Programme should end elsewhere. The budgets for the Residential District Commissioners are put under the President, this should be put Minister of Local Government and not under the President.
Like what does the budget of Internal Security Organization and External Security Organization lay under neath Office of the President, as this should be under the Ministry of Internal Affairs or Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As well as all the development expenditure that is parts of the Office of the President and Office of the Prime Minister. Both of these should have been put under fitting expertise of certain ministries, as the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Education and Sports, Ministry of Works and Transport and so on. As well, as the ones fitting Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Internal Affairs. All these ministries could have connected these projects under the State House, Office of the President and Office of the Prime Minister.
Like what does the Uganda AIDS Commission does under the Office of the President, shouldn’t this be under the Ministry of Health? Why does the Office of the Prime Minister have the Disaster Preparedness and not the Ministry of Internal Affairs or the Ministry of Local Government?
This is just what I wonder about, because, if the Cabinet is serious about scrapping UNRA and NMS, why are not the government looking into the weird expenditures at the Office of the Prime Minister, State House or even the Office of the President?
They should really ask and wonder. If they are not doing this as a political stunt, as we know how corrupt these enterprises are, but will it make a difference to cut out the middle-man? Peace.
The Project 1034 Mukono-Katosi Scandal that is going as far back as 2009-2010, but the official starting point of the project was in 2014, as the scheduled end of the project was in 2017. This was the works of the Ministry of Works Abraham Byandala. He got siphoned money to a non-existent company, which didn’t work on others than imaginary stuff for years. The bills that the state totally paid was up to 24 billion Ugandan Shillings. That this man was in-charge of and took over the years.
This scandal isn’t new, the documentation between Byandala, the companies and Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is all there, but that wasn’t good enough for him to suffer. That is because of his connection and that he is married to the upper-echelon of society. If he was an ordinary con-man he would linger in jail, but since he wears a suit and is connected. He could walk like nothing after a prolonged case and now they are clearing him of the charges. That happens as it has gone years since he ate this money and the state is ready to move on.
That the National Resistance Movement (NRM) are above the laws is proven with judgment like these. As the former Minister made up a company, siphoned money into the accounts of the make belief and made paperwork for possible road-works, without anything being delivered. The state paid for nothing and was still billed. They paid for ghosts and an a mirage made by the Minister.
This is like a really bad scam of the people and whoever carried the footed bills for company, which was non-existent. That shows the nerve of the NRM, as they are charging whoever oppose them, but their own thieves they are allowing freedom.
That Byandala has stolen billions of shillings is known. This was done while he was in power and he did it with others. As they tried all tricks to hide it, but it leaked and hit the public. As the prices of the road between Mukono-Katosi becoming to huge. The state was continuing to paying for a projects that lasted forever. That is why this is are real injustice. The people didn’t get the roads and their funds was taken by a Minister appointed by the President.
That is why this is insulting. As Byandala is walking away without a scratch, without an inch of pain and could take the billions like nothing. Peace.
Well, someone has to, because it is not like Chimp Reports or Soft Power going to question his word, neither New Vision, maybe the Observer or Daily Monitor. But a very selective group of media will question President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as quickly as he deserves. Because he speaks filthy and lack of truth at a pace it is hard to follow. Especially with the steady phase of By-Elections and new district elections that is happening these days. He is being their to boost the National Resistance Movement (NRM) hand-picked candidates, but in the midst of that, some of the common lies are coming.
Here is small piece of what he said in Kotido:
“The government has tarmacked the road to Moroto town. We have begun discussions with some companies on the possibility of constructing a road from Karamoja to Ethiopia. We shall continue studying the idea to see its viability” (…) “When I come to these rallies, it is because I want you to understand that the NRM is the party with a concrete plan for Uganda and we have a history of proof that we deliver on what we promise. It is therefore important that you support a tried and tested party. About cohesion in the party, I want you to know that we are like a football team. While some players are on the pitch, others are on the reserve bench. If the ones on the pitch don’t play well, we shall get the substitutes at the next match. We must have this discipline” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in Kotido Muncipality on the 22nd July 2018).
It is special that Museveni speaks about keeping its promises, every season it is recycling promises and pledges. He did it here too, making new roads and new development projects. Surely, he has promised the Karamoja everything between the Sun and the dusty dirt itself. The NRM have come with empty promises since 1986. The 10 point program is a forgotten tale, but not much of that is kept.
Neither can be said about the promises given during the campaign before the General Election 2016 or 2011. There are so many promises given by this party, it is hard to follow. In 2015 he promised to build the same road as today, but extend it to Ethiopia. Just to pitch it an inch different than in the past. Proving his selfish self I suppose. When he traveled here in 1998 even on a national tour, the people were preparing for road construction promises, that meaning he has been doing it 20 years. Promising the same old roads to the Karamoja people. That is so rich of him.
So, he is promising and saying he is keeping his promises. However, if you test those promises. You can see they are not holding water. That is why it is tiring to prove it. But someone has too. Peace.
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.
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)