Godfrey Olukya

  • East African Community Members Want To Remove All Non-Tariff Barriers To Trade

    By Godfrey Olukya, 10:26 am AFKI Original

    Rwandan trader Pierre Ndimwibo exports raw materials and imports electronic devices. Eliminating barriers like roadblocks and weigh stations will help his profits and grow his business, he said. East African Community members agreed on Jan. 14 to no new non-tariff barriers. Now they want all non-tariff barriers removed. It will save up to 20% of the time it take to import and export goods. Cross-border traders are all for it — if it ever actually happens.

  • Mining Experts Call For Regulations In Uganda’s Gold Rush

    By Godfrey Olukya, 10:09 am AFKI Original

    On a good day, James Mambule can mine gold worth 2 million Uganda shillings (about $700 US) from a mine in Uganda’s Mubende district. Miners are doing their work without any disturbances from police or other authorities, Mambule said. Mining experts say Uganda’s natural resources are being extracted by artisan gold miners who are unregulated.

  • Under Construction: Uganda’s First Fertilizer Plant

    By Godfrey Olukya, 11:31 am AFKI Original

    More than 1200 local Ugandans and about 100 Chinese workers will be employed at Uganda’s first fertilizer plant now under construction by a Chinese company, the Ugandan president promises. Siraj Sinde lives near the site in Eastern Uganda where the factory is to be established. “We welcome the project,” Sinde said. “It is going to get us jobs. Many youths here are unemployed and therefore such a project is appreciated.” Phosphates were discovered decades ago in Uganda but weren’t exploited until 2013.

  • It’s Back: What Ugandans Are Saying About The Anti-Gay Bill

    By Godfrey Olukya, 10:53 am AFKI Original

    More than 200 Ugandan members of parliament want an anti-homosexuality bill that was rejected by the court to be taken back to parliament and passed into law. Even if the Ugandan court rules in favor of gays, the gay community still is not feeling safe. “Peoples’ attitude towards us has not changed,” said one human rights activist. “There is need to sensitize them so that they start looking at us as sisters and brothers.” A Ugandan member of parliament said, ”We agreed to come up with a new version of the law that doesn’t hurt our Western friends but also protects Ugandans.”