National
Uganda to open 5 new missions
Publish Date: Apr 25, 2013
Uganda to open 5 new missions
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign affairs James Mugume
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Joyce Namutebi            
            
Uganda is to open missions in Mogadishu, Brazil, Kuala Lumpur and Asmara, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign affairs, Ambassador James Mugume has said.

He explained that the opening of a mission in Mogadishu is key to Uganda's image in Somalia. He, however, said additional Sh2.48b is required by the ministry to effect it.

"We have played a big role in stablisation of Somalia. We should help the Somalis come together, consolidate the benefits on the progress we have made in the security sector," he added.

He also explained that Brazil, Kuala Lumpur and Asmara are "among the fastest growing economies and have an impact on regional trade and security." Opening of these missions, he said, requires sh5.8b.

He was appearing before the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs together with state minister for international affairs, Henry Okello Oryem over the budget of the ministry for the coming financial year.

Uganda's missions, Mugume said on Tuesday, have a budget of sh68b in 2013/14 compared to sh67b for the previous year.

On the mission building in Ottawa Mugume told the committee that the building had been condemned and even the property management unit had recommended that they move out. "We have decided to move staff temporarily," he said.

He briefed the committee about proposals contained in a Cabinet Paper they had written on financing Uganda's properties abroad.

Mugume told MPs that they require at leastsh10b to meet the immediate maintenance costs for Uganda's properties abroad and also Sh26b to clear arrears for Uganda's contributions to international organisations.

He also revealed that a provision for exchange losses estimated at sh5.9b is required to cover for depreciation of the shilling against the major foreign currencies.

The ministry, he said, also requires sh500m to facilitate the appointment of Ugandan candidates to the UN general Assembly in effort to influence decisions favourable to uplifting the country's image.

Reacting to the submission MPs, however, asked the ministry officials to reduce the mission in order to manage those that would be remaining effectively given the small resource envelop the ministry gets.

Kole MP, Fred Ebil particularly objected to the opening of a mission in Asmara saying the ministry should concentrate on those that can generate revenue.

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
MP Ssebuliba Mutumba appeals to KCCA on evictions
Kawempe South Member of Parliament Ssebuiba Mutumba has appealed to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to establish a plan for businesspeople displaced by ongoing demolition of illegal structures in the city....
WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015
Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to west Africa by the middle of 2015, the World Health Organization said Friday, after new cases of the virus were reported in New York and Mali....
KCCA demolishes structures in Wandegeya
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has demolished several illegal structures in Wandegeya in an operation which lasted for close to five hours....
Army chief urges youth on hard work
The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala, has cautioned the youth against impatience urging them to devote their energies to productive activities. He said most youth spend time watching movies which have given them an illusion of a rather glamorous life...
Rakai launches campaign against teenage pregnancies
Rakai district has partnered with local charities to end child marriages. This follows reports of an increase in the rate of school dropout among girls.According to the Abubeker Lutaya, the Rakai district schools’ inspector, child marriages have contributed to girl child school dropout...
US Embassy empowers Kampala youth
Sports betting and gambling are fast becoming a serious challenge to youth employment in Kampala City since majority of losers in betting resort to crime including robbing and hitting people with iron bars....
Should diplomatic passports issued to ex-govt workers be with drawn?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter