Uganda scored highest as one of the best countries to live in, a survey of expats has revealed.
To determine where expats might find the best success of fitting in fast, global community network InterNations recently conducted their annual Expat Insider survey of more than 14,000 expats from 191 countries, asking residents to rate a number of aspects about life abroad, including how easy it was to settle in, a country’s friendliness and ease of making friends.
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Other countries mention were Costa Rica, Columbia, Oman and the Phillipines.
This East African country received the highest marks for friendliness. According to the InterNations report, 57% of expats in Uganda gave ‘general friendliness’ the best possible rating (the global average was 26%). Not only that, not a single respondent ranked this factor negatively.
Charlotte Beauvoisin, a British expat who writes about living in the capital Kampala at Diary of a Muzungu, said that welcoming all nationalities is an intrinsic part of the culture, and residents are quick to offer smiles to newcomers.
InterNations Ambassador Nadya Mileva, originally from Bulgaria and now living in Kampala, agrees, saying that the people are ‘amazingly friendly’.
“The country has a lot to offer, from breathtaking landscapes to high-end restaurants and bars to year-round summer,” she added.
Uganda isn’t without its problems, however, including the occasional power outage, pollution from old cars and infrastructure growing pains that can make traffic come to a complete standstill. But “the overwhelming majority of visitors to Uganda love the place. Many of us extend our contracts; many of us decide to settle here,” Beauvoisin said.
The majority of expats live in Kampala, where English is common and international restaurants abound.
“It has a high-energy core with a relaxed periphery well suited for families and others who prefer to stay at home,” Mileva said. While the southern half of the city is culturally diverse and less expensive, with easy access to Lake Victoria and the airport, the northern half is home to more affluent neighbourhoods. But expats live everywhere.
“There are not neighbourhoods predominated by mazungus [foreigners] and others only for Ugandans,” Mileva explained.
The country is also very affordable for food and labour – meaning that expats are usually able to maintain a high standard of living.
The Ugandan nationals living in USA and Canada have extended health services to locals Sheema district.
In a way of giving back to the community, Ugandan medical doctors from North America treated over 700 patients at a medical mobile camp set at Kabwohe Health Centre IV in Sheema district.
The Bulamu Health Care International director Gerald Atwine said the group of people from Sheema living in USA decided to start up the camp to give back to the community of Sheema by treating their various diseases.
He said the group partners with EKM Hope Foundation, which was formed when one Edgar Mutungi died of cancer in Toronto Canada in 2007.
He noted that the overwhelming number of patients at the camp clearly demonstrated the fault witnessed in health centers in Uganda.
‘’This is our 4th time in Sheema and we were overwhelmed by big numbers, which goes to show the gaps in health facilities in poor countries like Uganda where people don’t access regular routine screening ; it’s very absurd,” Gerald said
“When people don’t have access to health services and drugs and a health camp is announced, they pour in large numbers, because it is their only chance.”
Mutungi urged government to invest in posting more medical personnel deeper in the villages rather than just sending medicine there.
“You can have all the medication but if you don’t have the doctors to prescribe it then it’s going to expire; and we have actually seen most of the rural health centers being run by enrolled nurses,” he said
The Sheema LC V chairman Can. David KabugumiraDavid welcomed the program in the district saying that it will be on every after 3 months to kick non communicable diseases out of Sheema.
Out of 700 patients diagnosed, 2 kids were found suffering from heart diseases.
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The Minister for IT and National Guidance Frank Tumwebaze has Monday said that without ICT innovations economic growth in a country like Uganda will remain stagnant.
Tumwebaze noted that ICT innovations provide answers that drive a country to its destinations by bringing in position new technologies.
“We must demonstrate that ICT solves everything if at all we have hopes of getting support from our people and above all funding from governments and donors,” he said.
While addressing the 53rd meeting of the Africa Advanced Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI) that will be going on for three days at the Imperial Royale hotel, Hon Frank urged all institutions to introduce courses that are attractive for the young people.
“Institutes should put in more money so that young people get involved and actually form new innovations that can eventually solve the problems in our country.”
“First we are proud that the ICT world is doing well and it has transformed businesses, markets and so on. For example people no longer want to work in an environment with no WiFi because they cannot do their work well”
“We should also not give up on our staff; let’s give funding for them in our financial budgets to go back to institutes like AFRALTI and be trained again and again”.
AFRALTI is a Kenyan based Inter-Governmental Institute established in 1992 to supplement and spearhead ICT development efforts mainly in English-speaking Africa.
The Omukama of Bunyoro Kingdom, Dr Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, has reshuffled his cabinet and dropped five of his ministers.
In a Monday’s reshuffle announced by Jonan Atuhuura, the Omukama’s Principle Private Secretary, Harriet Businge Mugenyi has bounced back as the 1st Deputy Premier and Minister for Information while Edgar Agaba was appointed as the kingdom Attorney General.
Other new appointees include Oscar Baitwa as 2nd deputy premier and minister for lands and special duties, Jeff B-Baitwa is appointed minister for Oil and Gas, energy and mineral development, Dianah Jane Mugenyi as minister for education while Allan Bamuha has been promoted to full minister for works.
Those dropped include Paul Kato, former kingdom minister for works, Eugene Vigir former minister for Education, Xavier Kiiza former 1st deputy premier and minister for lands, Ashraf Mugenyi, former deputy minister for culture and palace affairs, Josh Wamara, former speaker among others.
Those who retained their positions include the kingdom prime minister Norman Lukumu, Johnan Atuhura as principle private secretary of the Omukama, Ronald Isagara as 3rd deputy premier, Evelyn Turumanya as minister for palace affairs, Hajj Bruhan Kyakuhairwe as minister for culture, Francis Mugerwa as minister for ICT and Kingdom public relations, Joy Catherine Byenkwa as minister for health and gender, Proscovia Bamutura as minister for Trade and Investment.
By Serestino Tusingwire
The Chairman of Libyan Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Holding Company, Dr. Faisel Gergab, has said that Uganda Telecom Limited still has a future.
Dr Gergab told MPs on the select committee probing the state of UTL that the Libyan firm was coming up with a transformational plan that is going to significantly boost the beleaguered company’s existing services.
“A new work plan has been developed with our Ugandan partners and that plan has already been submitted to Ugandan government, so we hope that when it’s recommended, UTL will be refurbished,” Dr. Gergab said.
He was speaking at a meeting with the MPs at Dubai International Financial Centre in the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Gerbab said the Libyan government was still willing to work with the Ugandan government to transform UTL.
The committee Chairperson, Okin Ojara, explained that the parliamentary select committee travelled to Dubai to meet with the UTL majority shareholders and board members because their offices are currently located in Dubai.
The committee is currently probing UTL’s Shs700 billion debt and alleged financial impropriety at the telecom companya
Out of 27926 cases received in Rwanda over the last 6months, local mediation committees locally known as ABUNZI have mediated and successfully conducted 25,502 cases, 542 cases transferred to formal courts, and 1932 cases are still pending.
Rwanda’s Ministry of Justice along with her chief partner in justice the Netherlands embassy in Rwanda, have praised the work done by Abunzi mediation committees.
Vasco Rodrigues the Netherlands secretary to Rwanda said; “we are happy about how the support we offer to the justice sector and we are trying to support the government’s policy of reducing cases that go in court.”
He advised that Abunzi mediation committees should be empowered in order to reach the goals.
Speaking to ChimpReports Kalihangabo Isabelle Rwanda’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice said the ministry is focused on empowering mediators by giving trainings and facilitating them with an aim of reducing cases taken to courts.
In what appears a deliberate move to address the trade imbalance between Uganda and India, an Indian businessman has been unveiled by Kampala to spearhead the East African country’s commercial interests in New Delhi.
Bank of Uganda (BoU) statistics indicate that bilateral trade between Uganda and India stood at $1,247.82 million (Shs4.2 trillion) in 2013.
Out of this total trade, India’s exports to Uganda were worth $1,231 million (Shs4.1 trillion) and Uganda’s exports to India were only $16 million (Shs54 billion) in 2013.
It’s understood Uganda’s exports to India are majorly agricultural commodities which include coffee, tea and legumes, among others.
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in charge of Regional Cooperation, Hon Philemon Mateke on Monday met with Uganda’s newly appointed Honorary Consul in Mumbai, Madhusudan Agrawal at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kampala.
According to Foreign Affairs Ministry Head of Public Diplomacy, Margaret Kafeero, Madhusudan Agrawal, a 61-year old co-founder of Ajunta Pharma Limited, was presented with an instrument of appointment to handle Uganda’s business and Consular interests in the Mumbai area, as a support office to the Uganda High Commission in New Delhi.
“Mumbai is the business Capital of India. He has vast experience of 44 years in successfully managing numerous business ventures,” said Kafeero in a statement to ChimpReports.
She said this explains his appointment by the Ugandan Government as the Honorary Consul of Uganda in Mumbai, India, Western Zone.
“His appointment will further strengthen the cordial relationship between Uganda and India bringing new level of growth for Uganda,” said Kafeero.
Agrawal intends to channel his efforts towards development of sustainable programs, promotion of tourism, affordable, renewable energy like Hydro and Solar for water pumps, clean water and irrigation and investment in health care and affordable housing.
He is also expected to foster the development of integrated industrial park-smart affordable city, steel plant and agriculture.
“This will go a long way in promoting and creating job opportunities, producing export oriented products from Uganda to various parts of the world by value addition,” said Kafeero.
“He also intends to ensure Government-to-Government collaboration especially in the field of education, technical- know- how, information and communication technology.
The ceremony was witnessed by the Chief of Protocol, Amb. Charles Ssentongo and Amb. Elizabeth Paula Napeyok, Uganda’s High Commissioner in India.
The Rubanda district Vice Chairperson Silver Baguma was rushed to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital in critical condition after he was involved a grisly accident along the Kabale – Rubanda Road.
Mr Baguma at around 11:30am was driving in his private Toyota Suzuki Escudo Reg. No. UAP 650Q headed to the district offices for an executive committee meeting.
At Harutenga, he failed to negotiate a sharp corner while trying to avoid knocking a bodaboda cyclist who was over seeding.
In the process his vehicle swerved off the road and over turned several times down the cliff.
He sustained several cuts and bled profusely. He was rushed to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital in critical condition.
Jogo Kenneth Biryabarema, the Rubanda district chairperson said he was notified about the accident and made a special arrangement with Hamurwa Health Center IV officials to rush the victim to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital for treatment.
Ramadan Tai the Rubanda district police commander at the accident scene appealed to the road users to respect traffic rules and regulations
The wrecked vehicle was taken to Rubanda police.
Uganda Cranes midfielder Khalid Aucho has secured a six months deal with Red Star Belgrade in Serbia.
Head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic revealed the news on Monday night through his twitter account.
Coming to coach in AFRICA i had a dream to have a player for my childhood team RED STAR BELGRADE.My dream became reality trough AUCHO KHALID
— MICHOcoach (@michocoach) February 20, 2017
Aucho was dropped from South Africa side Baroka FC in the mid-season together with his national teammate Geoffrey Massa after spending half a season.
The 23- year old started his career at JMC Hippos in 2009 before moving to Simba FC in 2012 where he spent a year and crossed Tusker FC and later Gormahia both in Kenya.
The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Irene Mulyagonja has said the 6 billion shillings paid to 42 government officers was irregular.
Mulyagonja, who appeared before Parliament’s committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) on February 20, 2017, said the justification that the officers did an extra-ordinary job in helping government save a $434 million capital gains tax slapped against Heritage Oil and Gas Limited does not count.
Quoting the Code of Conduct in the Uganda Public Service, Mulyagonja revealed that Section 7 states that an appropriate reward and recognition shall be awarded to an officer who exhibits good ethical conduct.
She added that a reward shall be accorded to the public officer by the responsible officer or an appropriate authority who has supervision over this person.
The IGG stated that the provision in the code of ethics is about ethical conduct and not good performance.
“Justification that says good ethical conduct entitles a person to an award for bringing about a win of a case for the government of Uganda or public institution is a misrepresentation,” Mulyagonja told the MPs.
She had appeared before the committee to give her position on the presidential handshake, which has since its revelation early this year raised public furor and prompted an investigation by Parliament.
Mulyagonja declined to give her position on the bonus payments, stating that the institution can only do so if a fully-fledged investigation has been initiated by the IGG’s office.
“There must be facts that the IGG has established to give a position. The IGG is prohibited from announcing herself on a matter unless she has heard from all parties so I can’t render an opinion on a committee probe. But maybe after the committee is done with its probe, we can be allowed to conduct another probe,” Mulyagonja stated
Opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has Monday shocked to learn about the death of the party Secretary General, Edward Ssganyi Alamo, a year after the death of the party Vice President Patrick Mwondha.
The disheartening news was confirmed by the party Administrative Secretary, Higenyi Kemba who told Chimp reports that Sseganyi had succumbed to Throat Cancer which he was diagnosed with a few months.
“It’s a pity that Sseganyi has died at around 5:00pm after he was rushed back to Mulago hospital. Sseganyi was recently diagnosed with cancer after tests were carried on him following severe ailments,” Kemba noted in a phone interview.
“After spending several days without eating, the late was operated in the stomach so as to allow in food through a tube two weeks ago. He was supposed to report back to Mulago on 28th this to assess his condition before flying him to Nairobi for Chemotherapy.”
Kemba noted that the body is currently at his home in Kawempe-Ttula as the party is harmonizing the burial arrangements with his family.