UGANDA: Border customs points have been working half days – IMAGINE!
|President Museveni has directed the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to start working 24 hours daily. FILE PHOTO|
DAILY MONITOR – In a bid to ease business at Uganda’s border points, President Museveni has directed the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to start working 24 hours daily.
“I must apologize to the people who have been affected by the Uganda Revenue Authority’s half-a-day work schedule. I am directing that URA works 24 hours a day to make business easier, especially at the border points,” Mr Museveni said in a statement he posted on his social media platforms on Tuesday evening.
The posts came hours after the president’s visit to Nairobi for the 14th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects.
“I am happy that a dream that we started with our political elders; Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Mzee Milton Obote is coming to fruition. Things are beginning to move. Uganda has woken up and is reaping fruits,” Museveni wrote.
“We are now producing 2.5 billion litres of milk while consuming only 800 million litres. The surplus 1.7 billion litres are consumed by our regional neighbours. If it was not for this East African market, Uganda’s milk industry would have collapsed. It is the same case with maize. Whereas Uganda is producing five million tonnes annually, it only consumes one million tonnes, the rest being exported to our neighbors,” he added.
According to him, the electricity line to Rwanda through the Mirama Hills is 75 percent complete ahead of its commissioning in October this year.
Just hours before Mr Museveni’s statement, his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta assured Uganda of his country’s willingness to extend the multi-billion Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line further to the Malaba border point in line with the earlier Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) vision.
The NCIP, popularly known as the Coalition of the Willing, is a loose outfit of the East African Community comprising of mainly Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan, to fast-track integration through infrastructure projects. Ethiopia, Tanzania and Burundi attended yesterday’s 14th NCIP heads of state summit as observers.
The recently commissioned SGR line from Mombasa port to Nairobi was a major talking point at yesterday’s summit. It was also a pointer to Kenya’s commitment and a wakeup call for Uganda in light of the chaos bedevilling its project.
—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: June 27, 2018 at 10:42AM