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Kinobe named envoy to Congo

By Vision Reporter

Added 5th March 2009 03:00 AM

Former state youth minister Maj. James Kinobe has been appointed as the Ugandan ambassador to the DR Congo.

Former state youth minister Maj. James Kinobe has been appointed as the Ugandan ambassador to the DR Congo.

By Madinah Tebajjukira

Former state youth minister Maj. James Kinobe has been appointed as the Ugandan ambassador to the DR Congo.

Kinobe, who had earlier been posted to Moscow, was among the four ambassadors vetted by Parliament yesterday.

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Ssekandi, who also chairs the appointments committee which vetted the ambassadors, made the communication to Kinobe during the vetting exercise.

“I received the communication about Kinobe’s duty station from President Yoweri Museveni,” Ssekandi said.

After the vetting, the excited Kinobe told reporters that he was happy that the President was still interested in his services. He said he was hopeful that his posting would improve relations between the two countries

“The committee has officially communicated to me that I am posted to Congo. I now have a reason to smile since I am not jobless,” said the smiling Kinobe.

Kinobe had been designated to Moscow, but the foreign affairs permanent secretary, James Mugume, last month told MPs that Moscow had an envoy, Dr. Moses Ebuk.

He was formerly the Ugandan representative to the DR Congo.

Ebuk was posted to Moscow over two months ago and was still expected to present his credentials to the Russian president.

Other ambassadors vetted were Prof. Semakula Kiwanuka (Dubai), Angelina Wapakhabulo (Nairobi) and Idule Amoko as deputy in the Addis-Ababa mission.

Wapakhabulo told reporters after the vetting that she would work hard to promote Uganda’s image abroad.

Speaking to the press after the vetting, Kiwanuka said although he had been appointed during the global financial crisis, he would still lure investors to Uganda.

On the controversial Shimoni land, Ssemakula said talks were on-going with the Saudi Kingdom Hotel officials, with the view of reverting the land back to the Government.

The company is owned by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

“Shimoni is a big disappointment, but we are negotiating with them because they failed to perform.

“They did not fulfil their part and, therefore, we can revoke some clauses,” Ssemakula said without clarifying on what clauses could be revoked.

In 2006, the Government relocated Shimoni Demonstration School and Shimoni Teachers College to pave way for the construction of a hotel by October, 2007.

But up to now, there is no development on the prime city land.

Kinobe named envoy to Congo

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