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Mother in Custody Over the Death of Her Son

By Beldina Nyakeke

Musoma — Police in Musoma are holding a woman with connection to the killing of her son.

Mara regional police commander Mr Mohamed Jaffari said the 22 year old women who is a resident of Rwamlimi street (name withheld), allegedly committed the crime on June 28.

He went on by saying that after one day the child died in undefined circumstances the situation that forced the neighbors to become suspicious, that the death of the child was caused by the punishment from his own mother.

Commander Jafari added that the neighbors then reported the incident to police, linking the mother with the death of her son. Thus led to her arrest her and holding her for some days while the police exams the source of the death.

“The body of the deceased child is being preserved at Mara regional government hospital for medical examinations, so that we can prove without a doubt what the cause of the death of that child was,” he explained.

Speaking to The Citizen on the condition of anonymity some neighbors said that the death of the child was caused by his own mother, as she caned him so much the circumstance led to the death of the child as he cried nonstop until he died.

They said that it was not true that the child died after one day, but he died a few hours after the punishment. Therefore alleging that the mothers source of the punishment, was that the child without being canned he would not eat the food that his mother prepared for dinner.

He said that since the child died at undefined circumstances they decided to report the incident at the police post so that thorough examination can be conducted, there after measures to be taken upon the mother to find the source of the death of her son.


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World Champ Beatrice Chepkoech Shines At Police Track Finals

By Ayumba Ayodi

World Cross Country Championships mixed relays gold medallist Beatrice Chepkoech cashed in on the absence of several stars to win women’s 3,000 metres steeplechase title Wednesday at the Kenya Police Service Athletics Championships at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Fresh from posting personal best in a second place of nine minutes and 01.57 seconds at Doha’s Diamond League meeting, Chepkoech obliterated the field of five athletes in a gun-to-tape performance victory of 9:50.06.

Chepkoech, who finished fourth at the Rio Olympic Games, edged out Abigael Jelagat and Anne Gathoni to second and third places in 10:16.6 and 10:20.4 respectively.

“It was a good victory even though I am still on medication, having been admitted a while ago after I fell sick,” said Chepkoech, who failed to compete in Shanghai last Sunday after she fell sick.

“I was admitted for three days after Doha but I am well now.”

Chepkoech, who will be seeking a double in women’s 1,500m final Thursday, said she hopes to be fit for the Prefontaine Classic on May 27 in Eugene, USA, where she hopes to turn the tables on world champion Hyvin Kiyeng and Olympic champion Ruth Jebet from Bahrain.

Chepkoech lost the Doha battle to Kiyeng, who ran a world lead time of 9:00.12, as Jebet, who is also the world record holder, came third in 9:01.99.

But Kiyeng, who is also an Olympic silver medallist, lost to Jebet in Shanghai, clocking 9:06.72 against Jebet’s winning time of 9:04.78. Kiyeng failed to compete in the Police meet Wednesday as did Commonwealth Games 3,000m steeplechase gold medallist Purity Kirui and the 2015 Diamond League 3,000m steeplechase series winner Virginia Nyambura.

However, Kiyeng will field in Thursday’s 5,000m final where she will take on the 2013 world 5,000m silver medallist Mercy Cherono, Africa Games 5,000m champion Margaret Chelimo and former world junior 3,000m steeplechase champion and record holder Ruth Bosibori.

Meanwhile, Eglay Nalianya, who was in Kenya’s 4x800m team at this year’s World Relay Championships in Bahamas, won her 800m semi-final in a slow time of 2:10.4.

World 1,500m silver medallist Elijah Manangoi illuminated the men’s 800m first semi-final race with victory in 1:48.1 to storm the final.

Manangoi edged out Job Kinyor and Justus Kipchoech to second and third places in 1:48.4 and 1:48.8 respectively.

Manangoi will also face Timothy Sein and Jeremiah Mutai won the other 800m semi-finals in 1:48.9 and 1:48.8.

Kiplagat Ruto won the men’s long jump in 7.82m while Anderson Muiruri bagged the triple jump title in 2.00m. Damacline Nyakeruri won women’s javelin in 45.94m while Ruth Njoroge went for the 10km walk race in 52:06.2.

Rotich Kipsang and Rose Rakamba won men and women’s discus with throws of 44.68m and 40.91m.

Hints Dropped On Tapping Onto EA Regional Potential

Governmennt institutions have been called upon to work closely with the public and to educate them on services that they provide.

The remarks were made yesterday by the deputy permanent secretary ministry of Foreign Affairs and East Africa Co-operation, Ambassador Ramadhan Mwinyi, during an educational seminar on East African integration and opportunities, that started yesterday and ends today in Gombani, Pemba.

Ambassador Mwinyi said a segment of the public had voiced complaints over poor treatment by some public servants, cautioning that, if the trend wasn’t checked, Tanzania would lag behind in initiatives towards East African integration and the world in general.

He pointed out that there were vast opportunities in the integration project, but if the public was not adequately enlightened on modalities on aspects like the required documents and conditions, they would be left behind and reduced to mere spectators and complainers.

Traders expressed disappointments over the long processes of getting travelling documents, especially when they had a limited time before travelling outside the country.

They also complained about the difficulties they faced in registering their products under the bureau of standards and food and drug authorities because they did not meet their criteria.

Ambassador Mwinyi stressed the importance of government institutions to facilitate swifter public access to their services, but in compliance with laws and regulations, to enable traders seize opportunities in the East African common market.

An officer from the Immigration department, Mr Haji Kassim Haji, explained that procedures related to travel documents were not aimed at hampering anyone’s dealings but for the security of the nation.

Ambassador Mwinyi urged the traders to form groups, so that issues like getting travelling documents can be addressed jointly under the guarantee of the institutions under which they operated.

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Police Spokesperson Threatens to Resign Over Torture Statement

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Cop Killers Must Be Tracked

The nation suffered another dismaying setback early this week when unknown assailants attacked and killed yet another police officer, Mr Deus Malenge, who was the Officer in-Charge of District (OCD) for Uvinza in Kigoma Region.

The officer, who was on his annual leave, had just driven back home in his car during a dark night from an outing at Kinyerezi on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam when he met his untimely death.

The hoodlums were lurking in dark shadows awaiting his arrival. The murderers used heavy objects which included axes and pieces of metal bars to bludgeon their victim. Indeed, the Police Force must be wondering who is attacking and killing its members devil-may-care style.

Armed bandits kill police officers nearly every month in this country. Most of the killings occur in Coast Region and the city of Dar es Salaam. Some killings have occurred in Tanga Region.

Perhaps the most daring attack mounted by criminals occurred in July, last year, when the bandits raided Sitakishari Police Station, and killed several police officers and a civilian.

The cut-throats also carted away several firearms, some of which are yet to be recovered. Those who trifle with the Police Force must pay a price. The motive behind the Kinyerezi killing remains a mystery.

Nevertheless, the Police Force must track the hoodlums and apprehend them. They must be arraigned. If they are found guilty for their nefarious felony they must face the full wrath of the law.

It is incredible that anyone in their right mind should commit such a heinous crime. This country is also home to armed robbers who, in some cases, kill their victims. These miscreants strike even in broad daylight.

This social evil, it appears, has become an incurable cancer in this country. The saddest part of this unfortunate scenario is that not only do these psychopaths deprive their victims of their hardearned prosperity; they also maim or kill people.

The current crop of armed robbers is, to say the least, ruthless, merciless, and evil. Before these times, these evil forces in this country carried out their nefarious and diabolical activities at midnight. What shocks this nation is what appears to be a large number of illegal firearms in highly dangerous hands.

These include AK47s, and high velocity pistols. Some of the guns have been stolen from police officers from military armories in neighbouring countries.

What the Police Force should do is mobilize good Samaritans to show its agents where illegal gun holders are located and, if possible, where they hide their arms. Bandits and other gun totters live in homes where it is difficult to hide their activities.


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Rayon Sports Seal 2016/17 League Title

Photo: Timothy Kisambira/The New Times

Rayon sports players and fans celebrate after beating Mukura Victory Sport to win the 2017 National Premier League.

By Geoffrey Asiimwe

Rayon Sports are 2016/17 Azam Rwanda Premier League Champions following their 2-1 win against Mukura VS, yesterday, at Stade de Kigali.

A brace from Malian striker Mousa Camara was enough to see Rayon claim this season’s title with four matches to spare, ending three years of wait.

The win took Rayon to 67 points, an unassailable 13 ahead of the former champions APR.

Djuma Masudi’s side started the game with aggressiveness in search for an early goal and this yielded them a brilliant free-kick in the 12th minute.

Midfield maestro Pierrot Kwizera curled in a very perfect ball that found Camara set and headed in a powerful ball that went straight at the back of the net sending Rayon fans into wild celebrations.

Camara had missed Rayon’s previous three games through suspension after escaping from the club’s camp without permission.

Despite giving Rayon a tough time during their first-round tie in Huye that ended 1-1, Ivan Minnaert’s Mukura did not pose any real threat in the first half.

Two minutes to half time break, Camara came close to scoring his second goal after a clear pass from Kwizera Pierrot, left him with only goalie Mpazimpaka to beat, however his powerful shot went wide.

The Malian snatched a brace in the 54th minute, his tenth of the season as he dribbled past Mukura VS defenders following a long ball from goalie Eric Ndayishimiye, to comfortably net past Mazimpaka.

However, celebrations in Rayon camp were cut short by Yousouf Habimana in the 56th minute following a brilliant cross from Christopher Ndayishimiye, which he headed in to give Mukura a consolation.

Despite Mukura making scary attempts in the final minutes to equalize, Rayon stood firm and contained them hence winning the game 2-1.

The loss left the Huye-based side Mukura VS ranked ninth with 32 points.

This is Rayon’s eighth league title after winning it in 1975, 1981, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2004, and 2013.

Rayon Sports will represent Rwanda at next year’s Total CAF Champions League. The champions are also still in contention for the Peace Cup title. They will face Police FC in thequarter finalround next month for a place in the semifinals.


Rayon Sport 2-1 Mukura


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Are Police Harbouring Criminal Syndicate Within the Force?

Photo: The Observer

IGP Kale Kayihura chats with some police officers at Lubaga cathedral recently.

opinionBy William G Naggaga

Some weeks ago, President Museveni made a candid statement about the police, which I believe most Ugandans applauded. The Force, he said, was “full of mafias”. Present on the occasion was Gen Kale Kayihura, the man who has been at the helm for the police for more than a decade. Many must have hoped that the axe was about to fall on the man at the top of the force, now that the big chief himself had declared that he was heading a force full of wrong elements, whom Kayihura should have known if he was on top of things.

By implication, the President was saying the police have in its ranks, a collection of evil characters, including thieves, con men, fraudsters and other scum of the earth. Mario Puzo’s best seller novel, The Godfather, and its sequels Godfather II and Godfather III brought out the character of the mafia better than anyone else. It was a fictionalised version of the mafia in America and their origin in Sicily, Italy. Starting from the late 19th century and for the better part of 20th century, it was a deadly scourge in at least 26 major American cities and ironically, the mafia even infiltrated the police at the highest levels. It controlled drug-trafficking, loan sharking, fraud, gambling and routinely carried out murders on orders from the heads of the mafia families. New York alone had five such families namely, the Gambino family, Lucchese, Genovese, Bonanno and Colombo family.

Any police clogged with mafias surely needed cleaning it up right from the top. President Museveni in his wisdom, however, chose to ask the IGP to do the cleaning and, as a sign of his confidence in the man in the ‘eye of the storm’, the President awarded Kayihura the unprecedented third contract to head the police; stretching his reign to 2022.

The Uganda Police has consistently over the years been ranked as the most corrupt institution in Uganda. It has also had an appalling human rights record, putting it at the top not only in Uganda but in the entire region. The police has been so militarised that it is more ‘military’ than the military itself. While in previous regimes one run away from ‘army types’, today people find the UPDF more approachable and more ‘civilized’ than the police.

The police have imposed illegal curfews on people’s homes and done it with unprecedented impunity. It has tear- gassed and beaten up so called suspected wrong doers in the full glare of cameras and has hired spokespersons who are trained to lie with a straight face.

The most recent case of the police torture of the mayor of Kamwenge Town council, Mr Geoffrey Byamukama, accused of “masterminding AIGP Kaweesi’s killing”, showed the police descend into the unsayable. From the pictures we have seen in the press and on television of the gruesome injuries inflicted on Byamukama one is forced to wonder what kind of ‘animals’ are capable of such horrific acts! The whole world has now seen and it definitely does not make one proud of being a Ugandan.

The torture is alleged to have taken place in the infamous Nalufenya detention facility where he was held incommunicado for four weeks before being transferred to Nakasero Hospital when his condition, became critical. In his statement at his hospital bed, Byamukama said: ” I think this is the right time for God to take me. I am tired and angry. I deserve to rest forever”. This is a powerful indictment of the police.

Ugandans have a right to know what is happening behind closed doors to suspects under police custody. Telling us Byamukama had “prior medical conditions” which “aggravated his situation” is absurd. It can’t justify the torture he went through and the pain he suffered. This is the 21st century for Heaven’s sake and not the 16th century. Statements that the public should hold on until “you get the right information” or that “the culprits will be brought to book” are empty and insulting to all decent people.

Mr Kasingye, the police spokesman, and colleagues should put themselves in Byamukama’s shoes and those of his family. They should realise that what happened to Byamukama and others before them, can also happen to them, members of their families or friends. Brutality like history, has a way of repeating itself and its perpetuators today should know that they may be the victims tomorrow.

Mr Naggaga is an economist, administrator and retired ambassador.

From Candida to Byamukama, a Portrait of Torture Drawn in Blood-Stained Paint

columnBy Daniel K. Kalinaki

On May 11, 1999 this newspaper published, on its back page, a photograph of two soldiers forcefully shaving a woman’s pubic hair. A few days later Candida Lakony, 24, came forward and claimed it was she in the photograph and that the dirty deed had been carried out in Gulu barracks.

The outrage was universal. Women activists were apoplectic. Usually calm folks shook with indignation. Of course, the NRA was not without blemish, as tales from the Bush War and post-war counter-insurgency operations showed.

Yet the photo was disturbing for we now had a new progressive Constitution, an elected government and the army had even changed its name to UPDF; such excesses were supposed to be things of the past. Secondly, there was something troublingly mundane about the photograph. This wasn’t a rebel or a mass murderer; it was a small helpless woman and the soldiers in the picture seemed to be doing it simply because they could. It was impunity by a thousand scissor snips.

The President met Candida, offered sympathies and promised to investigate and severely punish the errant officers. The story was not to have a happy ending; Candida and her lawyer failed to prove it was she in the photograph. She was jailed for giving false information to the police and died soon after her release.

This history offers important background and context to the current outrage and umbrage over torture, the latest being that of Geoffrey Byamukama, the Mayor of Kamwenge Town Council, and others arrested in connection with the murder of three police officers earlier this year.

What moves a man (they are often, but not always men) to drive a nail into another man’s kneecap or tie a low-hanging brick to their crown jewels? When Candidagate broke, many people swore by the last hairs on their heads, that it wasn’t and couldn’t be UPDF soldiers; why is it that almost 20 years few have any doubts about whodunit?

People who have studied the psychology of torture have found that most torturers are initially reluctant. Then they receive official encouragement to “go on, smash in that kneecap”, followed by peer encouragement, say of who can pull out a fingernail faster using a pair of pliers. Before long, they begin to dehumanise their victims, lose all inhibitions (this is where they come up with increasingly cruel and imaginative ways of causing pain), before torture becomes a self-perpetuating way of institutional life. The key to stopping the bleeding is to stop official encouragement of torture.

The Candida episode, regardless of the veracity of the photograph, was an opportunity to draw the line under any form of torture or human rights violations. It was missed. Instead, the 2001 elections opened the Pandora’s Box, saw the emergence of the ironically named ‘Safe Houses’ and allowed for torture to become a last-and-oftentimes-first resort for security operatives.

Initially it was meted out to suspected rebels and sympathisers, then to terror suspects, onto political opponents, and loud-mouthed journalists. Now if someone owes you money and refuses to pay you can extract it, together with a pound of flesh from any part of their body, if you have the right thug in security to call.

We are not yet at the Idi Amin stage where a security operative could ‘disappear you’ if you refused to smile as he took your girlfriend away from you in the bar, but we are frogmarching our way there, one ‘superficial injury’ at a time.

President Museveni, to his credit, has written to his security chiefs over the latest torture revelations to point out that the practice is “unnecessary and wrong”. However, the President appears more concerned about the limited efficacy of torture as an evidence-gathering tool and advises, almost in passing, that it “must not be used again if it was being used as I see some groups claiming in the media”.

The President should do more to condemn torture in all its forms; it is morally repugnant, illegal and unjustified. He should call for an independent inquiry into this and other cases of torture, human rights violations and extra-judicial killings, of which there have been plenty, punish perpetrators and compensate victims.

If those who authorise and conduct torture only receive a slap to their wrists then history will consign this government to the dark, bloodstained prison cells of violent impunity, to suffer the company of the Obote and Amin regimes. As a proverb from northern Uganda says, the teeth may smile but the heart does not forget.

Mr Kalinaki is a Ugandan journalist based in Nairobi.

Residents Demonstrate Over Road

By Alex Tumuhimbise

Kakumiro — Residents in Igayaza Trading Centre along the Kakumiro-Hoima road in Birembo Sub-county, Kakumiro District have protested against the proposed diversion of the road from Igayaza Trading Centre to Kisija, which is about 2km away from the trading centre.

The trading centre is located along the Kakumiro-Buhimba road, which is among the several oil roads earmarked for tarmacking ahead of oil production in 2020 in the Albertine region.

Police from Kakumiro dispersed off a few residents last Tuesday who had been incited by some local leaders.

However, Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has down played the demonstration, saying it was unnecessary because there is no any confirmation of diverting the road yet.

An official who spoke to Daily Monitor and did not want to be disclosed because she is not the agency’s official spokesperson, said experts are still carrying out surveys to establish the route of the road adding that people should remain calm and avoid being misled by self-seekers.

The official warned residents against politicising the road project by people who fear missing out on compensation of their property in case the route is diverted.

Ms Hanifah Lubega, the social cooperate manager in charge of Western region, UNRA, recently led a technical team from the authority in a meeting with different stakeholders and said experts in environment and other key areas in early March started surveying the areas, which will be affected by the road project.

The road will be crucial in the construction of a pipeline from Hoima to Tanga port in Tanzania.

She said the Kakumiro-Buhimba road will be tarmacked using funds from the EXIM Bank of China.

Two companies which are yet to be disclosed have already expressed interest in the tender of constructing this road.

While marking the 31st NRM anniversary in Masindi District in January, President Museveni said critical oil roads must be strengthened in order to allow the oil refinery equipment and pipeline sections to be transported smoothly.

These roads are Kigumba-Masindi-Hoima-Kagadi-Kyenjojo, which are already under primary construction stage.

Mubende-Kakumiro-Kagadi-Ndaiga which is also under construction. Others are; Kakumiro-Nkondo-Nalweyo-Buhimba, Hoima-Butiba and Rusarila-Kabamba-Ntutsi-Sembabule road.


Ms Hanifah Lubega, the social cooperate manager in charge of Western region, UNRA, recently led a technical team from the authority in a meeting with different stakeholders and said experts in environment and other key areas in early March started surveying the areas, which will be affected by the road project. The road will be crucial in the construction of a pipeline from Hoima to Tanga port in Tanzania.


Are Police Harbouring Criminal Syndicate Within the Force?

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Museveni Directive On Torture Good Opportunity to Rein in Police

columnBy Karoli Ssemogerere

President Museveni has hit the nail on the head summarising the futility of torture as a method of investigation. When with each passing murder, police publicly announces it will leave no stone unturned in bringing the culprits to justice; it essentially renews its free rein to do all and the unthinkable to cover up the episode and move on.

With the murder of AIGP Felix Kaweesi in March, a raw nerve finally seems to have hit the nation’s conscience. It goes without saying that key aspects of this murder were not different from prior murders of Joan Kagezi, Maj Kiggundu and others. These were signature crimes.

The group that has executed a number of Muslim clerics operates in a slightly different manner but with the same result. President Museveni seems to recognise this. He is also brutally honest by admitting the negative effect these events are having on the prospects of the country.

The elite group the President wrote to is perhaps the most educated group ever at the helm of the armed offices and police. Both police and the army are in the hands of highly qualified lawyers. Gen Muhoozi graduated at the top of his class and Gen Kale Kayihura graduated from Makerere as well. Below them may be some enforcers, Brig Peter Elwelu the Deputy CDF, was active in the Kasese operations; itself a joint army-police investigation that are still under a range of investigations.

By the time the President spoke out, a number of key events had taken place showing that things are getting out of control.

First was a bungled up investigation into the murder of the late Kawesi. If the case were to come up before a jury, none of the persons arrested would ever be found guilty given the mystery of where these people in the scores were found with little or no connection to the crime. This is a case where police in its wisdom did not find it fit to deploy sniffer dogs. This is also a case where police simply overwhelmed the national identification databases with fingerprints without giving a lawful justification why they kept on bringing fingerprints without pause.

Second was the failure of Parliament through the relevant committee, to get any information out of police why it was abusing its powers. Scenes from this committee show that save for three MPs, no one was willing to extract accountability from the leadership of police.

Third, the outcome of police’s foray into politics has destroyed the necessary barrier between the armed forces and police and the political process removing a key check and balance. This level of familiarity is a major risk factor in coups and instability.

The President must also have spoken from disappointment. The much hyped PR events by police on the progress they were making fell flat on their face when stories of firing cops were soon replaced with permanent images of a local politician in Kamwenge in the press complete with rotting knees and raw human flesh.

When the suspects were brought to court, they had impaired mobility. Uganda is a party to the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”) of the United Nations that bars the use of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment. In 2012, Uganda domesticated this Convention through the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act enacted in 2012. It is shocking that a whole Deputy Attorney General of Uganda is not aware of this fact.

The Minister of Security, Gen Henry Tumukunde, at a lower level has started speaking out against police excesses and police brutality. He knows a thing or two having been in the system before being ejected in 2005. He also perhaps has fresh memories of how he was shot at in the 2016 elections.

The country must quickly unite against the vision of barbarism and lawlessness. We must restore value to human life!

Mr Ssemogerere is an Attorney-at-Law and an Advocate.


Are Police Harbouring Criminal Syndicate Within the Force?

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Government Issues Two Free Zone Licences

By Jonathan Adengo

Kampala — Uganda Free Zones Authority (UFZA) has issued two development licences to M/s Nilus Limited and M/s Uganda Wood Impex Limited to develop free zones in Jinja and Kalungu districts in Uganda.

This brings the number of companies that have so far been licensed by UFZA to three. The first Free Zone Area in Arua was issued to Arua Special Economic Zone Limited (Arua SEZ) to develop a $12.7 million (Shs45.7 billion) free zone in Arua Municipality, Arua District.

A free zone is a special designated area where goods introduced into the area are generally regarded, so far as import duties are concerned, as being outside the customs territory. These include export processing zones or free port zones.

Speaking to journalists during the handover of the licences at UFZA offices yesterday, Ms Margaret Banga, the vice chairperson of the board of directors UFZA, said the Authority is finalising the national mapping exercise to identify sites for the suitable location of free zone areas in Uganda.

Ms Nilus Limited intends to undertake tobacco leaf processing for export to Europe, Asia and Middle East and Egypt. The projected capital investment for the zone is $10,597,606 (about Shs36 billion) and is expected to employ about 220 people. The company will also indirectly create employment to 14,500 farmers.

Mr Rob Kelsall, the managing director Nilus Limited, said in the first year of operation, they will process only Ugandan Tobacco Services Limited 2017 crop. This accounts for 27 per cent of the national crop.

“Nilus will only process the raw or green tobacco in to the processed or unmanufactured product which is then sold to the manufacturer who makes the cigarette. Nilus does not own aby tobacco or tobacco product in Uganda,” Mr Kelsall said.

Ms Uganda Wood Impex, which was granted a licence for six acres in Kalungu District, will process essential oil and timber for export to China, United Arab Emirates and India.

Mr Dinesh Nair, the managing director M/S Uganda Wood Impex, said the timber and sandalwood will be obtained from South Sudan and democratic republic of Congo since there is limited supply of wood here in Uganda.

The company says it will source its raw materials locally and regionally but will source the lemon grass from outgrowers in Kalungu and Masaka districts. They intend to use modern technology in the production process of the essential oils and timber.

Mr Richard Jabo, the executive director UFZA, said the Authority will facilitate the companies to get all the necessary clearances from government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.


Are Police Harbouring Criminal Syndicate Within the Force?

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