The presidential campaigns have finally climxed, with voting slated for tomorrow, Thursday.
However, this term’s campaigns will go down history as the most heated, especially given the heated propaganda, controversies and violence that have marred the entire vote search process by the eleven candidates.
Common consensus, however, is that the race has been majorly been between National Unity Platform (NUP) boss Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM)’s Gen. Y.K. Tibuhaburwa Museveni. Particularly, while Museveni has spent the entire campaign showing proof of the progress NRM has ushered in the country by launching endless government projects, Bobi Wine has dwelt on exposing the failures of the regime, especially the rampant corruption and alleged plunder of the country’s resources by President Museveni and a few of his inner circle members. Ironically, such talk was perpetuated by a section of his supporters that even came up with a list of prominent local companies that they are alleged are owned by Museveni and his close confidants; mainly his family members. Sources say that should NUP assume power, Bobi will launch a fight against corruption in which he intends to begin with investigations into the operations of the said companies.
The Second Opinion exclusively learnt that the said investigations will seek to ascertain these firms’ true ownership as well as legal compliance in terms of tax payment and related obligations.
Against this background, The Second Opinion carried out investigations to ascertain the true ownership of the said companies. Interestingly, these are owned by common businessmen and entrepreneurs as listed below:
BIDCO UGANDA LTD
Its file at URSB shows that BIDCO was incorporated on Thursday, February 21, 2002. It was however very much promoted by President Museveni, largely due to its high absorption rate of labour hence immense job creation potential across its value chain right from palm farmers to factory workers. It is probably the passion with which the president promoted it that led to talk that he owns it. However, a search at the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) shows that the company is neither owned by Museveni nor any member of the First Family. Records show that BIDCO’s shareholders are: African Oil Palm Limited, Tarunkumar Bhimji Shah, and Shah Vimalkumar Bhimji Depar.
SAMONA PRODUCTS LIMITED
Incorporated under No. 63196 on Thursday, March 25, 2004, the company is claimed to belong to a member of the First Family. However, our search at URSB proves otherwise; listing the company’s registered shareholders as: Michael Mukasa Kasawuli, Nakato Lewokadia N., Nsinda Paul, Kagwa Edward, Namisanvu Juliet, Kitooke John, Kasawuli Tom, Muwaya Joseph, Babirye Anna Maria, Nabyato Rita and Nasamula Treesila.
SAMONA INVESTMENTS LIMITED
It was incorporated under No. 76292 on Friday September 23, 2005. Although alleged to also belong to a member of the first family, the records at URSB actually show that this particular company’s shareholders are: Samuka Agencies Ltd, Pacify Guest House Ltd, Samona Products Limited, Salongo Kasawuli Mukasa. It however has no directors and neither are its shares allotted.
SAMUKA AGENCIES LTD
The company was incorporated under No. 64941 on Monday, June 28, 2004. Despite claims linking it to the First Family, the company is actually equally owned by: Muwaya Mukasa Joseph, Kyakuwa Nakamya Mukasa, Edward Kaggwa, and Nakyana Justine Mukasa (each of whom has 25 shares).
PACIFY GUEST HOUSE LTD
It was incorporated under No. 63915 on Wednesday, May 4, 2005. Whereas URSB records show that it has no appointed directors, its shareholders do not include any member of the First Family. They are: Salongo Mukasa Micheal, Muwaya Joseph, Nakamya Mary Gollet, Lumunye Micheal, Nakato Cotrida, Nabyato Rita, Namisanvu Juliet
QUALITY CHEMICALS LTD
It was incorporated on Friday, October 10, 1997. Its shareholders are: CIPLA EU Ltd, Emmanuel Katongole, Frederick Mutebi Kitaka, and George William Baguma.
CIPLA QUALITY CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES
It was incorporated under No. P 558 on Friday, October 7, 2016. Records at URSB show that the list of its shareholders is “ATTACHED”, as is the list of the allotment of shares. However, its directors are: Nevin Bradford, Emmanuel Katongole, George William Baguma, Dr. Ranjana Pathak, James Pauler Miller, Stevens Mwanje, Mark Daly, Samuel Opio, joseph Baliddawa, and Peter Mugyenyi.
AYA & SON LOGISTICS EXPRESS LTD
It was incorporated under No. 156742 on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. Curiously, the AYA dynasty is among those speculators have always linked to the First Family patriarch. However, the search at URSB shows that the company is owned by common Ugandans that include: Tumuhairwe Frederick, Baguma Dorothy, and Joyce Mbabazi.
AYA AND SONS COMPANY LIMITED
Incorporated under No. 222508 on Thursday, June 2, 2016, the company is owned by Ouni Francis Achwera and Obote Haron.AYA BAKERY (U) LIMITEDIts incorporation date is Tuesday, January 13, 2004 under NO. 61996. It is owned by Mohamed Mohamed Hamid and Awed Ali Zinalabdin.
AYA BISCUITS (U) LIMITED
Registered under No. 72094 on Wednesday, May 18, 2005, the company is owned by Mohamed Mohamed Hamid and Awed Ali Zinalabdin.
AYA CONSTRUCTION & CIVIL ENGINEERS LTD
The construction company was incorporated under No. 60107 on Thursday, August 28, 2003. Its shareholders, however, are not members of the first family but rather: Katherine Awor Okao, Sylivia Akao Ocen, Scovia Anyu and Labeka Akech Okello.
EXIM BANK (U) LIMITED (IMPERIAL BANK)
It was incorporated under No. 118309 on Monday, May 10, 2010. It is owned by Exim (Tanzania) Limited, Amazal Holding Limited, and Export Finance & Investments Limited.
KAKIRA SUGAR WORKS (CHANGED TO MADHVANI SUGAR WORKS)
It was incorporated under No. 1932 on Tuesday, January 22, 1946. It is owned by Madhvani Sugar Holdings Ltd and Muljibhai Madhvani & Company Limited.
PEARL DAIRY FARMS LIMITED
It was incorporated under No. 107603 on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. It is owned by Esnea Limited and Maziwa Limited.
G.B.K GROUP OF COMPANIES (U) LIMITED
The company was incorporated under No. 101372 on Tuesday, August 26, 2008. URSB lists its shareholders as: Godfrey Kacuma, Richard Musinguzi, Godwin Tumwebaze, Dorothy Kacuma, Herbart Bwongonzya, Rogers Twineamasiko, Brian Bishagama Musiika, and Caroline Ayinembabazi
CITY OIL (U) LIMITED
Registered under No. 60304 on Thursday, September 11, 2003, the company is owned by Mandela Group Of Companies Ltd and Mandela Auto Spares Limited.
ESKOM UGANDA LIMITED
Incorporated under No. 26021 on Friday, November 22, 2002 by URSB, the company is owned by Eskom Enterprises Soc Ltd (S.A) and Thozama Gangi.
MANDELA GROUP OF COMPANIES LTD
Incorporated on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 under No. 220680, the company is owned by: Omar Ahmed Hussein, Abdulahi Ahmed Sheikh, Hussein Ahmed, Hassan Ahmed Hussein, Yasin Ahmed, and Salman Hussein Ahmed.
MANDELA AUTO SPARES LIMITED
The company was incorporated under No. V8695 on October 16, 1990 and is owned by Mandela Group Of Companies Ltd and Omar Ahmed.
TATA (U) LTD
It was incorporated on Wednesday, May 11, 1994 and records who tyat it is owned by Tata Africa Holdings (SA) (PTY) LTD and Len Brand. CAFÉ JAVAS LIMITED The company is owned by Mandela Auto Spares Limited and was incorporated on Monday, April 4, 2011.
KINYARA SUGAR WORKS LIMITED (KINYARA SUGAR LIMITED)
Incorporated on Friday, May 4, 1990, the company has several shareholders who include: Rai Holdings Ltd, Sarbjit S. Rai, Vectrum Uganda Limited, Rajbir S. Rai, Amaanraj Singh Rai, Jaswant S. Rai, Tejveer S. Rai and William Byaruhanga
ECOBANK UGANDA LIMITED
Incorporated under No. 97180 on Thursday, April 3, 2008, it is owned by Ecobank Transitional Inc (Togo), Equity Group Holdings PLC, Dele Alabi and Dr. James Mwangi.
MOGAS UGANDA LIMITED
It is incorporated under No. 61048 on Thursday, October 30, 2003. It is owned by Mogas Mauritius Limited, Maestro Oils & Gas Solutions (Mogas) DMCC LTD.
HERITAGE COFFEE COMPAY LIMITED
It was incorporated on Friday, March 21, 2003 and is owned by: Phyllis Ampumuza Kijumbi, Phillipa Itabaza Kristal, Abraham Ngabirwe, and Henry Ngabirano.
MOVIT PRODUCTS LIMITED
The company was incorporated under No. 35079 on Thursday, May 22, 1997. It is owned by Birungi Simpson, Turyatunga Jackson, and Katushabe Grace. DHL INTERNATIONAL LTD The logistics firm is incorporated under No. V1702 on Friday, June 20, 1986. It is owned by Deutsche Post International Bv (Dutch), Deutsche Post Betiligungen Holding GMGH (German)
DHL GLOBAL FORWARDING (U) LIMITED
It was incorporated on Thursday, May 2, 2002 and is owned by Ocean Overseas Holdings Limited (UK) and Ocean Group Investment Limited (UK).
Uganda Telecom Limited (In Administration)
It is incorporated under No. P411P on Thursday, February 19, 1998. It is owned by Ucom Limited and the Uganda Minister of Finance.
MADHVANI ENTERPRISES LTD
It was incorporated on Tuesday, June 10, 1986 and is owned by Manubhai Muljibhai Madhvani and Mayur Muljibhai Madhvani.
MADHVANI INVESTMENTS LTD
Incorporated on Monday, June 10, 1985, the company is owned by Manubhai Muljibhai Madhvani and Mayur Muljibhai Madhvani.
MADHVANI AND COMPANY LIMITED
It was incorporated on Tuesday, April 1, 1980 and is owned by Madhvani International LTD (Panama), Meenaben Jayant Madhvani and Nitin Jayant Madhvani.
MADHVANI CONFECTIONERS LTD
This company was incorporated on Monday, May 26, 1980. It is owned by The Government of Uganda (4,900 shares) and Advait Investments, S.A (Luxembourg) with 5,100 shares.
MADHVANI INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LTD
It was incorporated on Monday, June 10, 1985 and is owned by Manubhai Muljibhai Madhvani and Mayur Muljibhai Madhvani.
Incorporated on Wednesday, September 14, 1994, the company is owned by Sikander Lalani, Anisha Lalani, Nashila Lalani, Oliver Lalani and Ryan Lalani. Others are: Winfred Lalani, Ariana Lalani, Sheikh Ibrahim Arif, Alexander Lalani and Alina Lalani.
IMBA TELECOM LIMITED
It was incorporated under No. 37097 on Friday, February 27, 1998. It is owned by: Simba Properties Investment Co. LTD, Patrick Bitature and Carol Bitature.
SIMBA PROPERTIES INVESTMENT CO. LTD
It was incorporated under No. 191436 on T u e s d a y , October 28, 2014. As opposed to the first family, its registered shareholders are: Patrick Bitature, Carol Bitature, Patrick Jonathan Bitature, Trevor Grant Bitature, Natalie Patricia Bitature, and Stefani Mel Bitature.
GARDEN CITY INVESTMENTS LIMITED
Another company popularly linked with the first family. However, records from the URSB show that it was incorporated under No. 58378 on Friday, May 30, 2003. It is owned by: IRDI Management Limited, Ramlakhan Susilnath Akkilanand, Bhagwendath Tewarie Parmessar.
GOLF COURSE HOTEL LIMITED
Incorporated under No. 62715 on Friday, February 27, 2004, the hotel is owned by Mansukhlal H. Chotai, Amerjeet S. Virdee, Sparrow Hawk, and Investments (London, UK), the majority shareholder with 98 shares.
RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (2003) LIMITED
It was incorporated under No. 58250 on Thursday, May 22, 2003. It is owned by Bhasker Kotecha and Jayesh Kotecha (99 shares).PICFARE INDUSTRIES LTD The company is owned by: Mitul Kishor Jobanputra, Mandakini Kishor, Jobanputra, Siematic Corporation, Kishor Liladhar Jobanputra.
EAGLE AIR LIMITED
Incorporated on Tuesday, June 28, 1994, the company belongs to Capt. Anthony Gonza Rubombora, Patrick Rusama, and William Cwa.
HARRIS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
Incorporated under No. 104403 on Tuesday, December 23, 2008, the company is owned by Champ Group (Mauritius) and Yasser Kassem Ahmed.
UGANDA AIRLINES LIMITED
It was incorporated under No. 41849 on T h u r s d a y , September 2, 1999. It is not owned by the first family, but rather by the Minister of Works and Minister of Finance.