1.Sheikh Abdul Karim Sentamu Apr. 2012
2.Sheikh Abdul Jawali Sentunga Aug. 2012
3.Sheikh Yunus Abubakar Mudungu Aug. 2012
4.Hajji Abubaker Kiweewa Jun. 2012
5.Sheikh Dr Abdul Kadir Muwaya Dec. 2014
6.Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga Dec. 2014
7.Sheikh Ismail Ssebugwawo Jan. 2015
8. SPSA Joan Kagezi Mar. 2015
9.Abdul Rashid Wafula May 2015
10.Sheikh Ibrahim Hassan Kirya Jun. 2015
11. Major. Sheikh Muhammad Kiggundu Nov. 2016
12. AIGP Kaweesi Mar. 2017
As I write, Bloody Mukabya, a top person at KCCA is entangled in a sex scandal that has for years been kept under wraps from the public. It involves him snatching a married woman, a one Jessica Hilton (Facebook names: Jessica Myles) from her husband, Patrick Okapiri who is a high person in the Ministry of Gender. Okapiri has been married to Jessica for over 7 years now. But they have no children together.
The two love birds have been in their relationship for many years although Mr. Okapiri has been unaware. All Jessica’s relatives are fully aware of her actions but have decided to keep it to themselves because it is rumoured that her husband “doesn’t function”.
In fact in 2015 after Christmas, Mukabya was hosted by Jessica at her family home in Ngora – where she showed off Mukabya to whoever cared to ask. He was there for about two days. After his visit, he returned together with Jessica’s mother who was unwell at the time to Kampala for treatment.
It is said that at one point in 2015/2016, Jessica actually left her marital home and settled at Mukabya’s pad in Seeta for some time. Whether she went back to her marital home is not yet clear though.
Who is Hilton Jessica?
She’s a tall, brown and outgoing girl from Teso. She goes by the name Jessica Myles on her FB page. She’s about 40-42 years old but you can not tell from her looks. She could easily pass for a 30-year old. While her mother is known, her father is not known. But she grew up at a prominent minister’s home from Ngora/Teso who passed away recently.
She studied at Nakawa Business Institute (Now MUBS) and has a child from a Tanzanian man she met while studying at Nakawa. He went back home and left her with the kid. This child is currently being raised by Mr. Okapiri since he has failed to ‘manufacture’ his own from Jessica. As earlier stated, rumour has it that he doest function since he has been living with over 4 known women but all failed to produce children.
After Nakawa, she studied for a degree in procurement/logistics at Kyambogo University, all sponsored by Mr. Okapiri. Jessica loves the good life and doesn’t hesitate to enjoy her life with whoever has the means to finance her expensive lifestyle.
And who’s Patrick Okapiri?
Now, if you are talking about moneybags in town, Okapiri is one of them although many people aren’t aware. In fact, many who know him are shocked that his name never appeared anywhere during investigations into the pension scam at Public service. He worked in public service for many years in the salaries section. He was later transferred to Gender where he is now a commissioner.
He tries so hard to mask his riches by living a humble existence but those that know him are aware of how immensely rich he is. He owns a number of buildings in Kampala’s suburbs. He has no known children despite being married for many years. You will find him on a good day enjoying his beers and when he gets high, you find him insulting all the hangers-on he took out for a drink.
His in-laws openly despise him for supposedly having been “knocked by a ram” which probably explains why they are not bothered by their daughter’s philandering ways. Hmmmm, the things that go on in Kampala!
- A mugwere from eastern Uganda. Studied mass communication at Makerere University.
- Worked at New Vision as a business reporter before joining URA.
- Currently works with KCCA, having come there with Musisi from URA.
- He is a top person at KCCA.
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At the start of the year, www.campuseye.ug took an editorial position and made a commitment that it was going to be the lonely voice that transforms this country. We offered to speak out against things that no other media house would, or was. We committed to do this strongly and with boldness. One of the things we are strongly against is the poor customer service and care in this country, how a customer in this country is treated like a beggar. Businesses grow because of customers and they fall because of the same.
Citi Bites is one of those businesses. It is a fast food restaurant located in kisasi. On Wednesday evening, I decide I need a burger and I decide to check them out. From the moment I got in, I could read from the frustrated looks of their clients that something was amiss. There was one gentleman who kept shuffling between the counter and off to waiting tables. He was playing both roles.
I get in and he asks me to wait as he was coming to serve me. Luckily there was Tinah Teise on NTV doing her Login Extra. So there was something to keep me occupied. Mind you, I am standing by this time. The guy keeps walking to and fro and at one time I guess he even forgets that he’s keeping me waiting. The Login comes to an end.
I was going to walk out, but I decided to live through to the natural end of this experience and see how it all goes. Finally he comes to my service and even when he does, his attention keeps on divided between the chef, another customer and me. He looked extremely absent minded.
Anyway, I tell him I want a burger accompanied by chips. I ask for the amount and I pay up. Then as he’s processing it, one of the managers whispers in a ‘don’t care’ voice. “Gwe you are taking those orders yet you have not even checked if we have chicken fillet.” And true to it, he checks in the fridges and there is no chicken fillet. At that point, I have made up my mind, I am not settling for anything less than a burger. He then in a scared way returns my money. That means it took them 45 minutes to come to a decision of accepting that they would not offer me pizza. This made the whole fast-food bit lose meaning.
I slopped down to Alejandros which is living up to its billing as a fast-food restaurant. I got a burger for a cheaper price and in the fastest period of time. The girl at Alejandros was friendly, and very prompt. I almost tipped her. She made you feel that indeed customer is king.
At Citi Bites, it seemed as if I was begging them to take my money. Of all restaurants in Kisasi, Citi Bites currently takes the award for the worst of them all. Weeks back, one of my siblings bought cow-peas there only to experience the worst of salt in sauce. He failed to finish the food.
We are calling out this restaurant in the hope that you are not shocked if you experience this kind of poor service there. But we are also hopeful that somebody will deliver this to them as feedback for improvements. If you are ever in Kisasi, try Citi Bites at your own risk. You may die of hunger.
If you have faced poor customer service, we promise to offer you a platform to name and shame that place or person.
We posted a photo of a white man probably an expatriate refueling his car using a jerry can. One of the people who commented summarized the situation with two words; “Jerrycan economy.” I doubt this gentleman realized the deep hidden meaning in these two words. The fact that all of a sudden, everyone in the country is in debt, the future generations are in debt, the real estate industry has come to a standstill and car bonds are crying.
Uganda’s third largest bank is no more. Our billionaires are off the African lists. Companies are closing, others downsizing. Many are not certain of their future. Government is broke. And indeed, we are now running out of gas along the way, no more full tanks. Is this a jerrycan economy?
How did we get here considering that the President had promised this Kisanja to be one of ‘Hakuna Muchezo.’ How all of a sudden could growth stagnate, CEOs get fired, and big companies exit this economy? Is this Muchezo pure? It’s time to have a critical rethink of our economy. Otherwise, this Jerrycan economy will swallow even the next generations.
As a matter of fact, the country is limping on the 5 factors of production. It is all simple economics.
- We have failed to solve the land issue
- We have the most inefficient of labor
- We lack capital
- We are low on enterprise
- We have failed to scale our information resources
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What is my story: I went to IIT, one of the best colleges in India, and stood first in my class. Thereafter I did PhD in Chemical Engineering, and worked hard towards my studies. I put a lot of hours towards my studies in my life, and I have seen some other students who were far better than I. Based off their experiences and stories, and my own experiences, I am putting together a few characteristics that I have observed in the topmost students.
Some of these students include JEE toppers, class toppers in various branches, amazing students who not only studied, but also did extra curricular activities.
Here are the characteristics of topmost students, and I assure you that if you did all of them, you can become a topmost student as well.
- I have seen that the topmost students had close to 100% attendance. If you study in a school, college or a university and attend all the lectures, the chances of your retaining everything would be very high. In addition, you would be able to take your own notes one hundred percent of the times. This becomes crucial down the line towards a semester end. You would usually feel far more prepared compared to some others who did not attend all the lectures.
- Taking notes
- This is a principal characteristic of a topmost student. Topmost students would never rely on someone else taking notes for them. They would take their own notes. You are far more likely to retain everything better that is written in your own handwriting, than to retain it in someone else’s handwriting. If I ever missed a class, I would borrow someone else’s notes, and write down all the things in my own handwriting. I never photocopied anyone else’s notes. I also used to take notes in multiple colors. Usually blue, red, black would do it.
- Listening carefully
- Topmost students listen very carefully in the class and lectures. Professors and teachers strive towards delivering their best, and good students want to absorb every bit of it. They listen carefully, process it in their brain, understand it, and write it down.
- Asking questions until understanding
- Most professors are usually very willing to answer the questions in a classroom because they want the students to understand the material and it tells them that the students are understanding the material correctly. Good students do not hesitate to ask a few questions. Now you must not disrupt the whole lecture, and you must not be trying to test the knowledge of your teacher. You should ask genuinely and briefly. Sometimes I have seen really good student taking a moment after the class to ask a question that is still unanswered. This way they do not have to disrupt the whole class, and many teachers are willing to do this.
- Reading books
- Great students do not just rely on the subject material and notes taught in the class. They read books, and they read a lot of them. I have always seen a lot of books in topmost student’s rooms. They get them from libraries or buy them, but they do not shy away from books. This is actually the crux of understanding. If you are not spending most of your time in reading books, then you may not be understanding the subjects completely. Often, a few things are missed in the lectures, and it is highly valuable to study the things in books
- Writing the concepts
- One cannot read and understand something fully. Writing makes a huge difference.
- This one comes straight from Francis Bacon: Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others; but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books, else distilled books are like common distilled waters, flashy things. Reading makes a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit: and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know, that he doth not.
- Studying with other great minds
- I have never understood any subject completely without knowing how well some others are understanding it. Studying in group makes a big difference. Topmost students do spend some time in group studies, but not a whole lot. I have seen them clean up their concepts after they have spent enough time on self studies.
- Creating a great environment for study
- It is vital to create an environment which is free of noise, random visuals, cell phones, Facebook, whatsapp, that are very big distractions. I used to find a very quiet, cell phone free, and well lit place so that I could concentrate as best as possible.
- Every hour spent this way makes an extra impact towards understanding, and memorization.
- Topmost students create that distraction free environment for themselves. The place should be clean, free of noise, visual distractions, and ergonomically correct. Studying for long hours is very much possible if your posture is correct, and you are not going through any pain.
- Developing mnemonic techniques
- Topmost students come up with mnemonic techniques.
- Now this may not be the best example, but it would serve the purpose. In this example I have shown how you can memorize the number of days in a month for all 12 months.
- Good students come up with a lot of such techniques to memorize and understand the concepts.
- Memorizing a lot of things
- I highly recommend reading this detailed answer in case you haven’t already. Rohit Malshe’s answer to What is the best way to memorize or remember what you study/read?
- Memorization is a significantly powerful part of learning process. It comes handy when you have to explain the concepts to someone else. I do not mean to say that memorization is the only way. It is useful only when someone has understood the concepts.
- Nothing in the world comes to you easily without practicing. We are not very good at retaining knowledge. It is pivotal to continue revising the concepts, so that they stay fresh in our minds. No matter what your subject is, just like musicians practice, practice, and practice, you should too.
- Bringing perfection in everything
- Topmost students continuously look for ways to bring perfection in whatever they do. Whether it is attendance, or note taking, or memorization, or any other concept. Certainly one cannot reach perfection, but that is how they reach excellence.
- Strategically dividing time between subjects
- It has often happened with me, that I get some of the subjects very easily, and naturally, and they are my strong subjects, and there are some other subjects I do not get naturally and easily. If I spend my time enough on both, my performance will be higher on the strong subject. Usually if getting good grades is the key, then topmost students strategically balance their efforts. They first put enough efforts on their strong subjects, and when they are confident of the good grades, they put enough time on their weaker subjects. They try to convert their weaknesses into their strengths.
- Giving your best
- Topmost students do not give up at any point of time in life. They study from early on in the beginning of the semester, stay consistent, and continue to study until the day of the exam and after.
- I spent an enormous number of hours studying in library. After the school or college would be over, I used to spend almost 3–4 hours in a library where it is really quiet, and I could concentrate very much. If you want to be a topmost student, you have to go one extra mile every single day. There is no shortcut there.
- Clean up the concepts after an exam
- This is essential in the real world. Each day is an exam and you would fail a lot of times, but it is worth it to spend time to clean up the concepts after the failure. Topmost students clean up their concepts after the exam. If you could not answer the problem in the exam, then are you going to take the course again? Probably not! So when are you going to learn that material? It is best to take some time to learn it after the exam. It is a very heavy burden, but a really good effort nevertheless.
- In colleges, many subjects are somewhat connected, and one leads to the other, so it is best to clean up the concept even after the semester is over.
- Retain notes and books for long time and revisit them often
- Topmost students retain their notes, and every now and then flip a few pages from those notes so that the material is retained after a long time.
- You never know when you are going to need it. The longer you retain something, the more useful it becomes in the life.
- Divide the hours across the semester
- Just like you cannot practice in a week and run a marathon, you cannot study in just one night and hope to get topmost grades. That simply does not work. Topmost students study consistently and across the semester. They strategically come up with a very good plan, and stick to it. They put extra efforts towards compensating for a failed plan. Such as, if you couldn’t study on a Wednesday because of an unforeseen problem, then you must make up for that loss on Saturday and Sunday.
- Using the weekend.
- I have seen a lot of people in the world somewhat depressed and feeling low on a Sunday. Topmost students use that time to go through something simpler, and that adds value to their lives by spending that time positively.
- Saturday and Sunday contribute to ~ 28 % of the time of the week. Topmost students do not waste that time. Instead, they utilize it to their advantage, and do more with it.
The phrase; “you think you’ve made it in life” has been trending on social media. We took time to compile some of the very best of posts that stood out.
- While at MUBS, students who slept in Akamwesi thought they had made it in life.
- Makerere Babes who sleep in Olympia think they have made it in life
- People who work in a bank counting other people’s money think they have made it in life
- People who are constantly on Facebook Live think they’ve made it in life
- Both Bobi and Bebe’s fans think they’ve made it in life
- Niggas who bed girls money think they’ve made it in life
- These ladies who date celebrities think they have made it in life. My sister you are just a hit and run casuality
- Your mum carried you for 9 months and you are now a side dish thinking you made it in life
- Whatsapp group Admins think they’ve made it in life
- Some bu guys with 6 packs think they’ve made it in life
- Girls on snapchat think they’ve made it in life
- People who make daily Whatsapp statuses think they’ve made it in life
- Girls who always say their guys are abroad think they have made it in life
- People who post about made it in life think they’ve made it in life
- Girls in high school who never used to eat school food thought they had made it in life
- Babes who pronounce Juice as “Jus” think they have made it in life
- People that fill tables with beer bottles while in bars and nightclubs think that they have made it in life
- People who go swimming over the weekend and post pics think they have made it in life
- Guys who take pics in huge jumpers whatsoever think they have made it in life
- African parents who drive TX Prado think they have made it in life
- Girls who smoke Shisha in a bar think they have made it in life
- People who sleep in Kiwatule and Naalya think they have made it in life
- ADD MORE
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By Dr. Drew DdembeA few weeks ago UNEB released A level results and to the consternation of the Ugandan facebook twittersphere the winners of the stakes were “non traditional” schools such as Kitende etc. I did not join that debate, nor the subsequent one on school fees at the time but I will now weigh in with some thoughts! I warn you that some people may find my opinion offensive — but hey, what’s new! For many years it was given that a who is who of top performing students and schools had to include a handful of central region mainly church founded schools many affiliated to the old Buganda establishment in one way or another such as Buddo, Kisubi, Namagunga, Gayaza, Namilyango etc! Many of these schools are over a 100 years old! Before Museveni came along, these schools were often kept company by regional giants such as Ombaci, Butobero, Layibi college, Tororo girls, Busoga college, Ntare, kigezi high, Bweranyangi etc. These regional giants were just as likely to have a student top the country as any of the central region schools and they ensured that the regions were not left behind in the struggle for an education. Alternatives to the top schools included Namagunga, Nabisunsa, Nsambya, Kitovu and the exam factory of Kibuli SSS! These had a decent intake to university but were not exactly considered to be the top choices and were usually a second choice. With the advent of UPE, USE and all manner of NRM chaos, the regional schools pretty much died save for a handful in the west, education became centralised and privatised. While prior to the NRM there was only one private college worth going to, Namasagali and often for reasons other than academics, given it provided a whole lifestyle and other useful life skills rather than just churning out nerds and geeks with doubtful social skills. The first private exam factory was St Noah on Entebbe road that was quickly followed by Standard High school Zzana which was affiliated to a one Basajabalaba also later to expand into the university business with Kampala International University! Greenhill, an offshoot of Kampala parents school founded by Mrs Wambuzi followed for the upper (educated) middle classes. The men who industrialised exam factories however was a one Muyingo and Mulindwa, who independently of each other started schools like Namugongo, Seeta, kitende and related chains of affiliated schools appealing to the midddle classes hunger for grades and status! Now there is a private school on every hill of Kampala including many “international schools” of doubtful “internationalness” I doubt that this last one is a real word but I couldn’t find a better description for them! These schools have now taken the crown for manufacturing A’s and B’s from the traditional old schools but what remains in dispute is the quality of his output compared to the traditional giants! Before we talk about the quality and what evidence there maybe for and against this argument, you may notice a pattern here — “quality” education including” exam passing factories” are all now concentrated in the central region and the regions, thanks to the NRM’s shortsightedness have died! Education and access to higher education have been privatised and are really expensive. One of the recent controversies was the fees charged by the traditional giants whose fees have traditionally never really been low, but are now considered to be exorbitant. Private schools cost even more and so called international schools — well some quote fees in US dollars for the doubful value! In our days there was only one international school, Lincoln and hardly any Ugandan would ever even consider taking a child to it as their level of education was considered to be inferior to and irrelevant to a Ugandan child accessing higher education. If you wished to go overseas you sat your UNEB side by side with your SAT’s and the GCSE, arranged privately! As a SMACK old boy I can comfortably say that it was pretty much a given that SMACK would always be in the top ten, and even more likely the top 5 and often would be number one, a position it exchanged with Buddo, occasionally Namilyango and very often with the two female giants of Namagunga and Gayaza. The same could be said of virtually any of the desirable professional courses at university with a weighting heavily in favour of the sciences. For a SMACK student to end up in a “flat” course, read non professional course, was considered close to death! All aspired to and often most obtained entry to medicine/pharmacy/dental surgery, engineering, law and commerce etc — you get the picture! They were under represented in other courses. You could count on them to dominate the intake in their chosen course with often the whole class getting admitted to the course of their first choice while other schools with even higher numbers of candidates would be lucky to admit a single student to university for any course! On my first admission to university, I was admitetd to the sciences for Physics, Chemistry and Geology. I lasted a year and changed courses the next year in a story that will be kept for another day. One of the things that convinced me I was in the wrong place was a lecturer coming upto me on my first day and telling me he hated people like me in his course because he knew if I was from SMACK, Geology couldn’t possibly have been my first choice! All SMACK kids aspired for other professional courses in his opinion and they resented ending up in other departments so he preferred those who were grateful to be at university doing anything to those who were so priviledged by their background that they didnt realise just how lucky they were to be in his class! He proceeded to be obnoxious to me and my other former classmate from SMACK, who left the country at the end of the year for Europe! At the end of the year, while I had passed, I very happily told him I had taken up his advice and changed schools! A class a few years behind me in medical school had 21 girls from Namagunga, 20% of the medical school intake for that year. There are years when SMACK or one of the other central region traditional schools achieved the same feats! In the last decade however the cup for the largest number of A’s and B’s and overall straights distinctions has gone to the new schools led by muyingo’s schools. Courses like law have been dominated by these students many with straight A’s in 4 subjects. they have crept into the top ten, positions traditionally held by the old schools. not that the old schools have not been doing well, they have and they remain relevant but their territory had never really been invaded like this before. the occasional Namasagali, Nabisunsa or kibuli top scorer had never been a threat. One gets the feeling that the world has changed but the question remains — do the old schools still offer a better quality education or are all A’s and B’s the same? The answer appears to have been presented by Law schools around the country. In particular the spectacularly high failure rate of law school graduates in LDC. There was apparently a realisation that there was very little correlation between these very high pass rates and admission UCE grades and performance in law school. This is a part of a general complaint from other courses as well. It is also a general complaint that todays university graduate is functionally illiterate compared to those in yesteryears! The question raised then was how did law schools manage to take the best performing students in the country and then turn them into morons — unless they were morons in the first place, trained to pass exams like trained monkeys! One theory was that unlike the old schools were students were grounded in the core subjects required to perform well in law school, admission requirements were now weighted towards having more A’s irrespective of whether they were relevant to ones chosen course so students with very little grounding in the core skills required for law school still got admitted with high marks! Makerere university law school took matters into their own hands in 2012 with spectacular results! According to a study at MUK, there was a mismatch between UNEB high school grades and performance in law school. They concluded that A level grades were not the best single indicator of academic success in the law programs and legal practice and that poor performance was generally attributed to poor comprehension and communication skills, poor analytical skills and a lack of solid knowledge based on good understanding of the legal principles. In the first exam held in 2012, a total of 1,367 candidates sat the pre entry exam of which only 721 achieved the pass mark of 50%, qualifying to be recommended for admission. Of these candidates 1201 were students who had recently passed their A levels, but only 586 passed with a score of at least 50%. A further analysis of the results lent credence to the idea that its not the best nor the brightest who score the highest entry marks to university with some of the best performing students in the UNEB A levels scoring the worst grades and some of the poorer performing students performing quite strongly on the specific cognitive skills that were tested. It was also discovered that the traditional “old” schools were more likely to demonstrate a grounding in these skills compared to high performing candidates from some of the new exam driven ‘factories’! Namugongo martyrs, SMACK, Gayaza high school were noted to be among the strongest candidates irrespective of UNEB grades! One observation was that the main ‘feeder’ schools to the law programme in recent years such as kitende which was providing upto half of the admission to law school and Kawempe muslim performed dismally! This was despite most observers judging the exam as being ‘basic and fair’ and aimed at judging the candidates general knowledge, awareness of current events as well as numeracy and reasoning! The pre entry exam covers the following areas; – Reading and Comprehension Skills – Language Skills – Numerical Skills and Logic – General Knowledge – Analytical Writing Skills The pre entry exam has been continued each year despite protestations with a similar pattern — little correlation between high school grades and ability to pass the entry exam and candidates from old ‘traditional schools’ consistently performing more strongly on the core skills the exam tests for while those from new private exam driven schools perform worse! Its been noted that LDC is starting to note a difference in the quality of candidates it gets for its programme and that this is reflected in their pass rates! In 2015, 2,254 candidates sat for the exams, with only 468 oobtaining a 50% pass mark, a failure rate of 81%! Of the 4 best candidates students, 2 were from Gayaza High School and 2 from St. Mary’s College Kisubi. A 5th student was from Kibuli SSS. The overall pass rate was about 19% with only about 19% of high school students passing the test. Diploma holders pass rate was 20.6%, nature age entry students 44% while degree holders had the best pass rate of 57%. The top high school candidates had equivalent grades to the top mature entry candidates while the top diploma and degree holders had significantly lower top grades! Of 1364 candidates who sat in 2013, only 997 passes with 40% failing to achieve a mark of 50%. The same pattern emerged with traditional school candidates performing more strongly in comparison to those from new exam oriented schools! What can be devined from these results is that there is a greater emphasis on passing A levels with a top grade without paying attention to core skills required to maintain performance in law school. While other schools have not followed suit, there are similar complaints regarding weak candidates admitted with strong A level grades that do not reflect their subsequent performance at university. This suggests that other schools may have to follow suit with pre entry exams in order to compensate for the effect of commercialised exam oriented factories whose focus is admission to university rather than imparting the relevant core skills of Reading and Comprehension Skills, Language Skills Numerical Skills and Logic, General Knowledge and Analytical Writing Skills. One could argue of course that this criteria is elitist and is not valid but I will leave that argument to others! The NRM has created distortions in the education environment that have concentrated all of the “best” schools into the central region, killed the traditional regional giants that had a balancing regional and social class effect and placed access to a higher education in the hands of the highest bidder while watering down the candidates admitted to university resulting in a mediocre output! As they say, Garbage In, Garbage Out! If I had to do it all over again, in the current environment, given the above results, I would still prefer to go to SMACK! My peers, predecessors and followers at SMACK have and continue to conquer the five continents in every field except politics which they have left to the least qualified — the pigs, something that must be fixed! Not that I am volunteering as am never ever likely to — ever as politics isn’t my thing! Note; If you feel that your school has been slighted, it was not the intention of this article! Ditto if you feel your school was left out!
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I was one of those who thought government should have intervened in the Crane Bank scenario. This was all because of my moral imperative. But on the economic side of things, I am wholly against government interventions during a recession. Time and again, recessions have proven to be good for economies. Just like in evolution, the strong survive, the weak wither.
It is now common word that Uganda’s economy is collapsing or in a recession of sorts. Inflation has soared, businesses are closing, jobs are becoming scarce, food prices have gone up and the government is broke. Yet all that we hate about this recession is what we should love about it.
- Time For Efficient Businesses To Survive
- In yester years, Ugandan businesses have been surviving based on political patronage and rent-seeking. That is ending. We are seeing businesses awakening to a realization that in the long term, the only way a business can be sustainable is if it is efficient and is constantly innovating. Only efficient businesses will survive these times, the weak inefficient won’t.
- The Money In the Economy Will Finally Reflect Actual Production
- We have endured many corruption cases, money earned in dubious ways. This caused a surge in the real estate and property sectors abnormally driving up prices. The money in circulation was not an actual reflection of the production output. That is changing, the real estate bubble is bursting and many people are realizing the properties they bought were over-priced. Plots of land they bought at 200 million were actually 30 million. There were also cases of South Sudanese money that drove up prices. That is now ending.
- A Self-Correcting Mechanism
- Let’s face the facts, many businesses in Uganda shouldn’t even be surviving. Most have been on drips simply because of the various government contracts they got in dubious ways where they gave kick-backs. Why should these businesses be in the economy? In theory, recessions punish both companies that have made bad decisions (by putting them out of business) and incompetent workers who put their employers at risk (by putting them out of work). See this Ugandan economic collapse as a purge. In the process, laid-off employees intuitively find other work at firms in underdeveloped sectors that are in need of more labor. Thus, work is distributed more efficiently elsewhere in the economy where there is more demand for labor. Subsequently, the weakest players in bloated sectors do not survive, and the strongest businesses in those sectors become leaner and more efficient.
- Innovations and Inventions
- What does world class look like? How many Ugandan businesses are operating with best practices in their field? This Ugandan economic collapse is bringing about innovation, new ways of thinking. It is now high time for businesses to stop and rethink their ways of work, optimize business processes, become leaner and more agile. Those who are down-sized from their jobs will go out to start their own businesses. Incompetent employees will be showed the exit. Those who keep their jobs will have to improve working methods. “The only thing the governments usually do is to postpone the day of reckoning or to redistribute the ill effects of the recession, making some people suffer less at the cost of some others, or worse, convert a recession into a stagflation. If you ask me, the second best thing the government can do is to let the recession take its own course. The best thing? To stop manipulating the currency supply and the interest rate (which cause the bubble at the first place).”
Thus, I really believe we should enjoy this economic downturn. It is all good for us. Government should not even intervene to stop it. (It can’t stop it anyway). Government’s goal shouldn’t be eliminating recessions. Its goal should be helping citizens get through them with less damage.
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It is increasingly hard for most high profile personalities in Uganda to run their own Facebook pages. As such, they are forced to hire social media specialists to run these pages. Social Media Managers in Uganda became popular during the time Sarah Kagingo was managing President Museveni’s social media pages.
Yet, these have not been without blunders. In 2014, Richard Goldston, President Kagame’s Ghostwriter on twitter accidentally settled a personal score using the President’s Twitter account. He was forced to quickly delete the post but damage was already done. This prompted President Kagame to start managing his Twitter account to avoid such similar occurrences.
Not in Uganda. Charles Etukuri, a journalist who is better off as a duck farmer may have finally exposed his cover as the man who managed IGP Gen. Kale Kayihura’s page. Etukuri accidentally posted information meant for Kale Kayihura’s page on his own account before rushing to delete it. But damage was already done. This raises questions on the new kissy relationship between journalists and public figures and whether this doesn’t result in them being compromised.
Other sources have also intimated that Etukuri is the man who runs Frank Tumwebaze’s social media accounts. For a senior content writer at New Vision, people may now start taking his stories with a pinch.
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It’s all not rosy at Marsh Uganda Limited, the largest insurance broker in the Ugandan market and a member of the Marsh & McLean companies.
December 2016, the MD one Latimer Mukasa was recorded supposedly offering a bribe to a potential client in anticipation of getting the business.
Whoever recorded the gentleman then sent the recording to Marsh Africa in South Africa(Regional Marsh headquarters) . Marsh South Africa led by their MD Michael Duncan, COO Kobus, Head Legal Prabashini, Ryan and then responded on January 14th by ordering a forensic audit in Uganda conducted by PWC Kenya, and suspending the MD Latimer Mukasa with the Finance Manager and the chief accountant. Later, the 3 officials decided to quit citing unfair treatment during the audit etc.
It was discovered that there were lots of underhand dealings, bribes in the company all authorized by the Company Headquarters Marsh South Africa had been going on in the Ugandan operation.
The Company’s New york based owners(Marsh & Mclenan companies -MMC ) have threatened to quit the market and have put to task Marsh SA team to explain. Marsh SA in turn took over management of the Marsh Uganda Operation .Marsh SA (the Company headquarters) then decided to appoint Alex Mukasa (whose qualifications dont meet the regulators requirements for a principal officer)as the Acting MD, without the board approval. They thereafter brought in Staff (south Africans) from SA to handle the Ugandan operation. These include Bushy Bodibe, Fred all in charge of Finance,and Vincent for IT with Kobus as the over seer. HR issues are handled by one Teboho . None of these have a work permit , just a normal business visa but both the regulator (IRA) and immigration have let this happen
On or around March 2nd, URA issued agency notices on all Marsh Uganda accounts, citing non payment of taxes of over 600M. These are fiduciary accounts, they do hold clients monies/premiums that are paid directly to Marsh as brokers by its clients and it should go to the insurance companies. The broker owes insurance companies over 8Billion in premiums that were collected but never remitted. The regulator has been quiet in all this much as is aware.
All these issues, stress, caused a lot of anxiety which made many employees to worry for the future . In reaction, several employees including senior management decided to resign . The COO, one James has quit, Senior Managers Juliet, Allan, Solomon, Tejal, Martin, Angella etc. Out of the 24 employees the company had, 13 have tendered in resignations and are all leaving between March 9th and April 20th.
Marsh SA, (the company headquarters that took ) reacted by withholding due bonus payments for all the ‘resigners’ in a bid to force them to stay against their will. The staff reacted by standing by their decision and have since decided to pursue the matter in court
The company continues to run as a shell, with its major clients already writing to terminate their services, all technical employees gone, liabilities including clients monies exceeding the assets , foreigners working within without paperwork, staff morale at its lowest, an MD who doesn’t meet IRA requirements…..
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Goodlyfe singer, Mowzey Radio (real names, Moses Ssekibogo) faced his worst fears when traffic police caught him red-handed, drunk-driving. Mowzey Radio tested above 0.08% alcohol content in his blood which caused traffic police to instantly arrest him. To add salt to injury, bottles of beer and spirits were found in his car, some below his steering wheel which further infuriated the officers.
What followed next was Mowzey Radio trying to resist arrest. This annoyed the traffic officer who was forced to manhandle the celebrity. It took minutes before the crowd realised that the man in question was the crooner himself, Mowzey Radio. Immediately the crowd came out to save him and aid in his resistance.
We have learned that Mowzey Radio has petitioned Gen. Kale Kayihura over what he called mistreatment by his officers. He says he deserves more as a Tubonga Nawe artiste. Guess no one is above the law in this Kisanja Hakuna Muchezo.
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The Distress of Ugandan Feminism: Radicalisation and the Emergence of Pseudo-Social Justice and Slacktivism
Prepared by Ugandan Men
Ugandan feminism has registered gains over the years. In the early nineties, post the NRM liberation war, Ugandan feminists through the various women movements achieved audience through their struggle for seats in the Constituent Assembly. Over the years, Ugandan Feminism has lost identity, and the struggle for equality has lost a footing. The question of “why am I a Feminist” has proven a harder complex equation to solve for many a Ugandan feminists. Scholars now think that Ugandan Feminism has slacked into pseudo-social justice Warriorism and Slacktivism. The modern-wave of Ugandan feminism has seen a rare kind of radicalisation with a flair of posturing. What then is the future of Ugandan Feminism? Was it a Social Experiment that was bound to fail? Did it achieve its objectives (if it had any in the first place)? And are the faces of Ugandan Feminism worth the billing to lead this movement? This paper starts off by following Ugandan Feminism from its inception, its initial objectives, its collapse into radicalisation and pseudo-justice mantras and why it was always an experiment bound to fail Finally the Paper provides ways for which societies can achieve equity and not equality of genders without having to brand movements by names and why Ugandan Feminism is long overdue for burial.
Keywords: Uganda, Feminism, Uganda Feminism, Social Justice, Slacktivisim
Feminism in Uganda did not start off by the name. It started off in the form of women’s movements. These were women organising together for a common objective that many a times was rarely about the liberation of women but how to find solace with each other, and benchmark from each other. The little research that has been captured about Ugandan women’s gender roles in precolonial times is by Sylvia Tamale and Alii Tripp. However, research of these two is also very lacking on depth and has no gone beyond mere guessing and filling in the gaps of lost oral history through extrapolation. After all, all history is but mere guesswork and bias.
While many scholars have unambiguously agreed that women played an inferior role in Ugandan history, oral tradition has tended to disagree. In Buganda for example, the mother of the Kabaka, Nalinya always had strong and lasting influence on decisions made in the Kingdom. In Acholi, the District Council rejected a bill that was to require women to seek permission from men before leaving their clan districts. This is not to downplay the fact that in some societies women faced it rough, but it is to show that there had already been advancements in gender roles, even without an active agenda to achieve the same.
Much of what we know as disempowerment of women and subjugation was not worth the name in pre-colonial Uganda. The Ugandan society has always been built along communal ties. The interests of the communities and families always took centre stage against one’s individual interests. Young men would be forced to fight for the communities against their wills. Just like women, men would be forced to marry from another family against their own wishes. And many historians have failed to capture this important aspect of the rise of Ugandan feminism through these darker eyes.
In the sixties, Ugandan women were remarkable for their hyper mini-skirts and liberalization. Ugandan who experienced the shift in the 70s could not believe that society could have a co-existence of two scenarios where in the former, women were free and in the latter, women’s freedoms were curtailed. The space for women re-opened once again in the eighties after the NRM took over power. This resulted in the election of women representatives to the National Resistance Council (NRC).
Fast forward, the women’s movements and feminist collective groups in Uganda have to many strayed from the agenda, the pursuit of the goals has changed and for many insiders and outsiders, there’s no fundamental question to solve, nor a higher purpose to achieve. It is a journey to nowhere, and the woman that the feminists set out to liberate is no longer the concern of these movements.
To the men, the feminist movement in Uganda has now realised itself as a man-hating movement of angry ladies with selfish goals and interests and at its peak, a radicalisation structure for the ladies of the country.
Against this backdrop, this paper will attempt to answer three central questions:
- What is the current state of Uganda’s Feminist movements?
- The rise of the social justice warriors, radical feminists and slacktivists in the feminist space
- Why the movement has hit a bleak and how to achieve equity for genders
To be continued…..
I spoke to a number of Ugandan Graduates, the fresh ones and asked them to share those things they would do differently if they went back to campus. Here’s what they all had to say;
Taking “the campus experience” a bit too seriously and thinking that life ends after University. I could have networked better with professors or maybe spent more time reading good books. The truth is that for people who life right, it only gets more fun after campus. I managed to move to a major city about 3 years after graduation, parties I went to were way better, girls I ran into a lot hotter, and people I met a lot cooler.
I took too much life advice from losers who amounted to nothing in life after campus rather than taking life advice from winners who made something out of their lives. The losers who amounted to nothing are the ones who will come on here, talk about how much life after campus sucks, and convince you how life ends after campus while they moved back in with their parents and couldn’t even get a job.
I made the same mistake: I spent all my time and effort on academic matters while my social life slowly died, ignoring that networking is just as important. Unfortunately, OP, building a social life after campus/uni is difficult: It’s not impossible, but it’ll require great effort.
So yes, I do regret that… very much.
I would tell my younger and naive self to tell the band mates and the girlfriend both to go fuck themselves. Both were absolutely SHIT without me. Girlfriend ended up with a kid who’s father wants nothing to do with the kid, and she’s now dating a heroin addict. Band broke up because the remaining members couldn’t write songs. They were dependent on me showing up to practice with pre-written material.
Drop the dead weight, kiddo, and do you. You’ll be glad you did in about three years. Ohh, and don’t move next door to Monik once you do get that IT job. She’s fucking psycho and family/your landlords scam you for money.
Hash Benon Mugula:
Grow, grow, grow.
I was a naturally negative, pessimistic, cynical person with a big ego.
That is no way to go through life, I wish I had started meditating and seeing things differently sooner, other than that I don’t have many regrets.
Did I go to many parties? No. Did I get laid much? No.
But is that a true measure of success? I guess it depends.
Either way, I find it fruitless and sometimes harmful to regret this and that and wish you had networked more or studied harder. It’s a done deal, you can control everything from this second on, not the other way around.
So grow mentally and be as conscientious and friendly as you can bear and great things will come.
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Is there an association that speaks out for those who drink Soda in a night club?
I enter this place with a friend. We go to this table with an old mzungu lady who’s lived in the country for the last 14 years. She’s doing the hard whiskeys and spicing them up with beers on the side.
We ask for our favourite waitresss. She comes over. We order alvaros. When the alvaros arrive, the stares begin. I look once again to be sure all is okay. My zip is not open. There is no fly in ny drink. So why the stares?
Then it hits home. We are taking sodas. She offers to buy us some beers assuming we’re broke to afford beers. We decline her request. She offers some of her whiskey, we decline.
Then she whispers to me; “you guys are weird. Why you not taking beer?”
I respond. “M’am alvaro has malt so it could possibly create beer in the stomach. Isn’t beer made from malt.”
She is angered. “What! I know the difference between soda and beer!” She shows me a friendly middle finger. I stand up and groove to to Busy Signal’s song; “free up black people.”
I need freedom. We need to be freed up. We are being held hostage. We sip the first sodas to finish. We order for more. She tells the waiter; “bring them beer.” Her cries fall on deaf ears.
At our third round of alvaros, she’s pissed. Her face is getting red. She bids our table farewell. She bids the club farewell.
But why why? Why the racism against soda drinkers? Are we not a people? Do we not get high? Do we not dance to the same songs? Do we not breathe the same air? Are we not humans? Where are those who fight for equal rights? The discrimination must stop.
Free up all soda drinkers in night clubs and bars.
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If any of you has noticed that MC Mariachi has become rare and his popularity is dwindling, we can tell you that all is not well for the stand-up comedian. The man who was able to overthrow MC Kapale from his seat is now facing a mammoth of problems.
Ever since the year started, MC Mariachi’s Creditors have been after his neck. At some point, he even surrendered the 3rd hand car he had bought to fit his celebrity status. The pencil-thin comedian now only appears at shows after confirming that none of his creditors is around.
“Not only that, but I feel like he is losing his magical words that would crack up the public. The debts and depression are eating him up badly. He got a loan to buy some land. Then he got a loan from another source to start house construction, but he didn’t use the money for those initial aims,” a close female friend to the comedian tells us.
MC Mariachi was sold on a few fake network marketing gigs to help him get rich faster. “Someone came to him one day and told him about AIM Global and World Ventures. So he put all his money from loans there. Time forward, that money has produced no profits. Instead of getting rich faster, he’s getting bankrupt,” the friend further narrates.
Mukasa, another close buddy to Mariachi says it is not just loans, it is his new celebrity life that is killing him. “You remember when Odochi aka Omara Daniel was a celebrity and he had all these many girls, he was in Heaven, but he ended up wasting even the little money he had. The same thing is happening to Mariachi. He stopped living a simple life within his means. He had all these girls that always begged to visit him. So he even upgraded from nateete where he used to stay and moved to another upscale suburb where he ended paying more rent. Now he’s broke, and he’s even seeking out more loans,” Mukasa tells us.
All efforts to reach Mariachi proved futile. He kept on switching off his phone before sending a message saying he’s a bit sick and is not in a position to speak. We hope all gets well with this comedian.
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The Red Pepper media empire must be nearing its last days according to current conditions. We’ve learned that the media empire has run low on cash and staff are being hit every day with news of a cost-driven agenda.
Last month, the Red Pepper directors sat and decided to start off with dislodging Hello Magazine. Hello has struggled ever since it came to the market. Years back when it was being launched, the plan was for Red Pepper to premiurize and compete with the likes of Daily Monitor and New Vision. Hello would then be expected to fill in the tabloid gap of Red Pepper.
Time forward, the dreams and grand ambitions for Hello did not come to fruition. “Never at one point did Hello ever make a profit. It was always at a breakeven point, just able to make enough money to pay off all costs and then look forward to another limping month,” an insider tells us.
The tip off the iceberg came last week when staff at Hello threatened to go on strike. The top management had decided that the salary arrears would not be cleared as there was no money. Instead, all staff would be showed the exit and those who chose to stay would be kept on freelance basis and commission based payments. When this news landed in their ears, staff decided to organize a strike which the management go to know of in time.
Today the management officially announced that it had suspended the operations of the Swanky Tabloid that never lived to its billing. At its highest, Hello only managed 1000 copies in sales.
But it is not Hello that has been suspended, Red Pepper is also currently searching for a buyer for Juice FM. Juice FM has failed to gather listenership to-date. This is evident with its social media pages that take months to be updated. At one time, its license was about to be recalled over non-payment.
Then comes the struggles of Red Pepper. Red Pepper has had to deal with the booming online media platforms in Uganda, some of which have been launched by former and current employees of Red Pepper. To add salt to injury, the Red Pepper website has not been able to compete at par.
“Red Pepper has no stories. Even the political stories they used to break are no longer there. They have run out of gas. Reporters get paid late. Others plagiarize stories from online sources. Then others have to use uncouth means to get money by threatening to release bad stories about certain elements. There is no light at the end of the tunnel,” another insider tells us.
We have also learned that the Court cases also greatly injured Red Pepper. They had to maintain teams of lawyers. And also kept on losing a number of cases. They also made many enemies in the process so the adverts were not forthcoming as the very people they blackmailed controlled advertisement budgets. “Can you believe staff NSSF contributions have not been remitted since November 2016? We just come to work here to pass time, use free internet and claim to have an address,” another journalist reveals to us.
Among other papers that Red Pepper group has suspended include Akapapula (sports) and Emalalu. The Red Pepper sales have also drastically dropped. And the newspaper has failed to hit its annual targets for two years now. Figures show a 40% drop in sales and 50% drop in readership.
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Ian Ortega, a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineer wrote some advice for Ugandan graduates on his Facebook Page. We found it extremely touching and inspirational that we had no option but to re-share it here. If it speaks to you, then share this story afterwards:
Dear Fresh Graduates; congratulations.
I am a little late. But hey, it’s not a race as such. You are probably going to hear or have already heard a lot of advice. The truth is, no one has it all figured out. You will have to make up the pieces together as you go long. There is really no blue print.
Your friends are about to become distant. As they each follow their career paths, the distance will only grow longer until you finally realize that you really came into this world alone.
So then, that means; you must define what success means to you. If success means having a job, go out and look for one. If it means being your own boss, go out start your business. If it means settling down and being a good modern housewife. Go do that. As long as you are happy, and as long as its your definition of success, let no body try to tell you otherwise.
You’ve spent the last part of your life trying to correct your mistakes. Please stop already. Everyone is already focusing on your weaknesses. Let them do that work for you. Go focus on your strengths. Play by your strengths. If your strength is that of a uber driver, please go sign up as one.
You will soon realize that your degree doesn’t define you. In fact no one cares whether you are an engineer, a lawyer or an economist. So celebrate your achievement for now, but no one really cares except your parents who are happy they now have one less expense to cater for. That said, you should realize that you are not really special beyond your graduation party. Sorry to burst your bubbles.
Life will sometimes be sweet. Sometimes it will be painful. There will be some losses. Embrace it all. It is all life.
Speaking of intelligence. Life is very political. You are going to need emotional intelligence more than you thought you did. You will soon realize that sometimes the people who get ahead at work are not those who work the hardest but those who are seen to be working the hardest. Make your results visual. On that note, be your biggest fan, blow your Trumpet a little and be a little Donald Trump. Speak up, don’t step on many toes, break a little rules and always fall back to your emotional intelligence. Corporate politics exists, be ready to play it.
Always be learning, be growing, be improving. Cut down your ego. Don’t be afraid to ask someone to teach you something you don’t know.
Always show up. Life is random, much of life is about showing up. May be your future business partner is at that boring party you have been invited to. Say more Yes(es) but also say more No(s).
Take more risks, take more chances. No one is really judging you. If you feel like a rolex, go out, buy one. Remember, whatever makes you happy, go do that. Action, action, action. Always be in action executing on something.
If you must spend a lot of money, spend it on your bed and mattress. You will need a safe place for you to cool your thoughts once in a while.
Don’t fake a life. Be patient. Don’t feel bad if your friend gets a job before you do. Relax. Keep taking more chances. If you make money. It is up to you to do anything you want with it. If you want a car, buy one. If you want to save it, do so.
Most of you, you are going to work on things that are totally unrelated to what you study. All that matters at the end of the day is that you can pay your own bills. Avoid cliques at work. Don’t take sides. Don’t judge. Don’t gossip.
Spice up your MS Word skills. They will come in handy. Keep a smile on your face. Be the guy who can operate the printer with ease. The guy who can pull off those MS excel tricks. It will earn you respect quickly.
Go download the QUORA app. And add on the youtube App. You will be amazed at how much you learn from these everyday. If your boss gives you a hard assignment, never tell him you can’t do it. Google exists to teach you. Go spend that night awake and deliver on that project. That’s how your earn his or her respect. Don’t forget it is also your job to make your boss look good.
Make some money. Go out with friends. Take some Black bell. Dance a little. Pray if you feel like.
Above all, feel free not to follow any of the tips prescribed here. Everyone is as clueless as you are. The only difference is that everyone acts like they have their shit together. And that’s what they call confidence grad. It will take you places.
That said, you are not really special. You are not the first neither are you the last. And no one cares. It is your life to live. You are born alone, you die alone and are burried alone. So be happy.
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Doctor Jonathan Kirungi, a fresh graduate from the Makerere University College of Health Sciences just took the graduation party concept to a whole new level. The young doctor decided to throw his party at Hotel Africana where he hosted friends and family. It was super happiness and celebration of achievement in the house. Navio was one of the music artistes that graced the party.
We bring you the photos of the celebrations. Kirungi is a former student of Uganda Martyrs’ SSS Namugongo. According to friends, he’s one of the most down-to-earth people. They believe his personality and great brains will transform the world of medicine.
Kamand Kojouri once commented about Graduation day;
“This is a day of celebration!
Today, we are divorcing the past
and marrying the present.
and you will find God
in every room.
Today, we are divorcing resentment
and marrying forgiveness.
and God will find you
in every tune.
Today, we are divorcing indifference
and marrying love.
Drink, and play that tambourine
against your thighs.
We have so much celebrating to do!”
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By Ingrid Lunden
While Google is using MWC to show off some of its advances in native apps on mobile devices — specifically in chat apps — the world’s biggest chat app company is doing something completely different. Today, Facebook announced that it is building a 770-kilometer (500-mile) fiber backhaul network in Uganda, in partnership with India’s Airteland wholesale provider BCS, carriers that both have networking businesses in the country; and its Telecom Infrastructure Project is leading the charge to invest $170 million into telecoms infrastructure startups.
Alongside this, the company is also making headway on its other efforts to play a bigger role in the infrastructure behind how people connect to the internet (and specifically to Facebook) through its Telecom Infrastructure Project. Facebook’s own Voyager optical networking transponder is now being deployed and tested by the carriers Telia and Orange in Europe.
Facebook said it expects the Uganda project — which will see “tens of millions of investment” from Facebook — to cover access for more than 3 million people (that’s not how many will use it, but how many can potentially be covered). As a backhaul network, the purpose will be to provide more capacity to wireless carriers’ base stations so that they can offer 3G and 4G mobile data services (in many places in the developing world, carriers still can offer no more than 2G or 2.5G).
The Voyager project, meanwhile, is one of a number of updates from the TIP, which was created by Facebook last year but (like Facebook’s other connectivity project, Internet.org) counts a number of other members — in this case, over 450, including large and small, regional carriers; equipment and software vendors like Intel and Microsoft; and more.
Other news from the TIP today included the announcement that the TIP will commit $170 million to invest in startups that are building or working on telecom infrastructure solutions. This, in my opinion, is an interesting development, considering how so much of the recent period of development in startups and their funding has been focused on software solutions.
Facebook and the TIP are not revealing too many details yet on which companies are the recipients of this funding — we have asked and will update as we learn more — but it notes that others that are contributing to that $170 million pot include Atlantic Bridge, Capital Enterprise, Downing Ventures, Entrepreneur First, Episode 1 Ventures, IP Group plc, Oxford Sciences Innovation and Touchstone Innovations, along with other investors, incubators and institutions.
“We believe this focused investment direction from these innovative investors will bring new infrastructure solutions to the industry,” Facebook said in today’s announcement. During a meeting at MWC, Facebook VP Jay Parikh offered a for more details on how Facebook is involved in the fund. “Facebook is not actually investing in that in terms of actual money. That’s the VCs that . We are lending our expertise in mentoring, we help them understand how to do hackathons, how to build out their space, we will offer any expertise we can if they decide to use our open source hardware and software.” He added that the company is essentially helping to bring the knowledge it gained from running its production environment at scale and its culture to these centers. “It’s more sustainable this way,” he noted.
To that end, there are also two new “acceleration centers” getting launched in the UK, spearheaded by BT, for carriers and Facebook to consider and deploy infrastructure solutions from startups in the field. This is on top of a first center that Facebook launched in South Korea last year with SK Telecom. You can read more about TIP’s other projects, which are largely in the very technical, piloting phase of networking technology, here.
Network connectivity, and Facebook’s “mission to connect the world,” have been longstanding side themes for the social networking company, whose bread and butter continues to be advertising on its social network, which includes Facebook, but also Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.
Whereas Facebook usage is nearly ubiquitous in regions like North America and Western Europe, in developing markets, especially in places where the infrastructure is lacking for good internet access, it’s less used, and so Facebook’s connectivity efforts are in part a way of creating the right circumstances to attract more business.
But those efforts, while having an overtly charitable and good goal of bridging the digital divide, have had very mixed results up to now. Internet.org — the project where Facebook has partnered with several other companies to provide essentially “free” mobile internet in selected countries — backfired when it got blocked in India over net neutrality concerns (specifically that Facebook’s initiative was helping Facebook more than anyone else). It’s still managed to connect 40 million people with the initiative, which has continued to expand.
Parikh noted in today’s press conference that the company is currently focused on the Express Wifi project in India and that we should “stay tuned” for any further announcements.
And while today’s news is about how Facebook appears to be focusing more on building the exact physical infrastructure that it has said in the past was too costly to deploy, it’s also continuing to explore further wireless options, such as this plan to offer access in Africa via satellite. That plan faced a setback when Facebook’s first satellite was destroyed when SpaceX’s rocket exploded last year. Parikh, however, believes that satellites are something the company remains to be interested in and that it is the best solution for remote areas (and potentially a complimentary technology to its Aquila drone efforts).
The Internet.org situation in India shows how governments, businesses and the general public are indeed raising questions about what the full benefits or detriments are of companies like Facebook getting more involved in areas like connectivity. These are questions that will continue to be raised as Facebook provides ever-loftier presentations of its vision. Meanwhile, on a more basic level, there are ongoing questions of just how beneficial more connectivity is without better understanding of what’s being shared. The rise of fake news, for example, coupled with freshly minted surfers, is a scary prospect.
Credit: Tech Crunch
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Although Uganda is one of Africa’s tinniest countries, it is also one of those with the biggest hearts. Aspen Malmberg, the Rotary Foundation Services Manager revealed that Uganda is the second largest contributor to the Foundation in Africa. Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria tops the list and Uganda immediately follows in.
According to a Rotarian, “In the Rotary family, we are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting changes in our communities and around the world. Our diverse occupations, cultures, and backgrounds give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service drives us to take on the world’s most challenging problems.”
Congratulations once again to Uganda for that generosity.
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