The Centre, with a capacity to seat 5,000 people is estimated to cost 290 billion Shillings. While Indian firms will build the centre, the Ugandan government is expected to provide land for the same. The government has since identified land measuring up to 16-acres in Manyago village, Entebbe Municipality.
Despite the outcry, Entebbe municipal council authorities led by the Mayor Vincent Kayanja De-Paul want the government to speed up the process in order to boost Entebbes strategic position in the wake of an imminent exit by the United Nations.
In support of the Presidents move, Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Sekikubo noted that Uganda has all the reasons to retain the base. He said Uganda hosts millions of refugees, deployed to Somalia and other African countries to ensure peace and has also contributed greatly to the United Nations system.
The move to relocate the base was unveiled by United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres showing that instead, the Kenyan Capital Nairobi has been shortlisted to host the office, which provides support for UN field missions in Africa. The other cities on the list are Budapest-Hungary and Mexico City.
The demand follows the trial in New York of two businessmen charged for paying millions of US Dollars in bribes to secure business deals in Uganda and Chad on behalf of a Shanghai-based multi-billion-dollar conglomerate that wanted to gain business advantages in Africa.
Journalists and researchers in Uganda still struggle to access information from government officials, 12 years after the law on access to information was enacted. In 2005, Parliament passed the Access to Information Act, thereby operationalising, at least in principle, Article 41 of the Constitution which provides for the right of every citizen of access to information in the possession of the State or any other organ or agency of the State.
Museveni says the Great Lakes and the United Nations are supposed to handle the endless man-made crises in Congo, including the occupation of Eastern Congo by terrorists from Uganda, other East African countries, Congo itself, Somalia and the Middle East but this is not the case.
He singled out Moyo-Yumbe-Koboko road in the neighborhood of Bidi Bidi camp, which is home to home to 272,000 refugees in Yumbe district and Kabiingo-Rugaaga-Magabi-Rakai snaking through areas around Nakivale refugee settlement in Isingiro district.
UN Resident coordinator Rosa Malango says that local governments hosting refugee communities are working on stringent budgets yet they are mandated to cater for the needs of refugees and natives in their jurisdictions. Malango was speaking during a workshop on Ugandas refugee policy at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala today.
UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says that women should not be confined to traditional feminine careers in low-paying or non-paying jobs but should be exposed to a broad range of careers at all levels in public and private sectors.