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Oribags Innovations Limited here to save our environment

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:26

Oribags Innovations Ltd is an enterprise in Uganda that recovers organic waste and natural fibres into ecobags and a variety of innovative paper products.

It is an eco friendly innovations which deals in the manufacture of go green paper bags and boxes while utilizing agricultural wastes and fribres like cotton cuts, banana fibres, millet straws and normal bio mass to mention but a few.

Rusia Orikiriza, Founder and Managing Director said they provide eco friendly packing solutions as they also protect the environment.

Their mission is while utilizing locally available materials, Oribags Innovations Ltd aims to keep promoting environmental sustainability through value addition focusing on client needs, satisfaction and creating livelihoods.

Their products include Go Green Bags, Go Green Boxes, Stationary, gift bags, corporate bags, African craft bags, wedding boxes, traditional functional bags, gomesi boxes, kanzu boxes, jewelry boxes and wide range of Souvenirs.

“Whatever you want is how we tailor it like birthday packages, wedding and love messages and our prices are very friendly,” Rusia said.

Their factory is located in Buloba on Mityan Road but they have a factory Outlet and One stop Gift Centre at Equatorial Mall Suit 509. Plot 37-39 William Street Kampala opposite KCCA Central Division offices and they supply in over 40 Supermarkets in central region.

You can also currently find them at Bride Groom expo currently on at UMA Hall Lugogo Tent 18

To buy their products, call or WhatsApp on +256 774 510 325 or +256703049185 or find them on Facebook through this link

EXCLUSIVE: Bebe Cool on his Coke Studio Africa debut and Collabo with Jason Derulo 

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:52

Celebrated Ugandan artiste Bebe Cool makes his debut on Coke Studio Africa – 2017, this year. He has been paired alongside Nigerian star Falz, returning on the show for a second time. This pairing will also feature on a special episode Coke Studio dubbed ‘The Global Fusion Edition.’

Bebe Cool is ecstatic on his debut on Coke Studio Africa. He shared his sentiments at a Nairobi press conference held the Stanley Hotel. He said, “My career in music started 25 years right here in Nairobi so when I got that call from Coke Studio I was so happy and my fans are also happy. I would like to commend Coke Studio Africa for this great opportunity. As an artiste with experience in African music entertainment, I know the struggle of artistes and see the difference and challenges in East Africa and thanks to Coke Studio Africa – everyone benefits.”

He also touched on his upcoming collabo with Jason Derulo: “I could have dreamt of meeting with Jason or paid a lot of money to work with him but through Coke Studio I have met a humble guy who is on top of the charts worldwide. This is a special moment for me.”

The Coke Studio Africa press conference also unveiled Coke Studio’s international guest star – the American Pop/R&B star Jason Derulo alongside 1o other talented African stars, all set to feature on The Global Fusion Edition. They included Dela (Kenya), Rayvanny (Tanzania), Mr. Bow (Mozambique), Falz (Nigeria), Joey B (Ghana), Betty G (Ethiopia), Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe), Shekhinah (South Africa), Locko (Cameroon) and Denise (Madagascar).

Two acclaimed African music producers: DJ Maphorisa (South Africa) Masterkraft (Nigeria) will be producing all the music of the Global Fusion Edition. All the music will be performed and recorded live alongside Coke Studio’s highly talented house band. The new season is set to premiere in different regions from September this year and will broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa.

Jason Derulo is also excited on the recording of Coke Studio’s Global Fusion Edition experience so far. He revealed, “I have already done a song with the taste of Africa in this process,” adding, “We have made amazing music at Coke Studio and I think it will be magical and go beyond what the show intended. In the future I plan to continue with the African vibe – I am in the space and it felt so natural like it was supposed to happen.”

Bebe Cool’s unique husky voice and electric stage performances position him as East Africa’s undisputed reggae-ragga maestro. With a leagcy of more than two decades as a musician, he has certainly earned the title ‘Big Size.’ From early hits such as ‘Fitina’ to the more recent ones like ‘Love you Everyday’ – his growth and versatility is evident.

Photos: How it went down at Perfume Concert of Fête de la Musique 

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:48

Kampala’s lovers or classical and jazz music gathered at Sheraton Hotel for Fête de la Musique’s Sentire perfume concert on the evening of World Music Day, June 21st. The classical music audience – which was mixed with notably more internationals than Ugandans in attendance – was treated to free wine and eats as they arrived.

The concert was opened by École Française Music Club, which has enjoyed a multi-sensoral music workshop with the visiting main act, Laurent Assoulen, earlier in the day.

The Kampala Symphony Orchestra then took to the stage, including: Fredrick Kigunddu on Piano; Duncan Katimba on Cello; Mark Langa on Clarinet; Jonathan Beggs, Racheal Ellis and Petterson Wasswa on Violin.

They played several classical pieces, such as a Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano by César Franck, which is considered one of the finest sonatas for violin and piano ever written.

Suzan Kerunen, director of Pearl Rhythm Foundation, briefly took to the stage, and then the main act introduced his perfume-enhanced solo piano performance.

French Jazz composer and pianist Laurent Assoulen merged piano music with scents. Ushers passed out blotters sprayed with different perfumes to accompany the pieces of music he had composed for each scent.

“I composed each piece of music based on vibration of specific raw materials,” explained Assoulen. “I then shared the creation and inspiration with three Master Perfumers: Anne Flipo, Napoleon Bastos and Carlos Benaïm, who in turn interpreted and translated these sensations into perfume.”

Throughout his performance, ushers distributed five different olfactory strips with a different essence created for each piece. The five perfumes corresponded to five essential fragrance families – woody, floral, citrus, fruity and oriental – and each corresponded with a piece of music that Assoulen played on the piano.

The concert continued until after 10pm, by which point much of the audience was saturated with wine and perfume, and the evening concluded with audience members discussing their unique experience over a final glass in the Sheraton Hotel lobby outside the Rwenzori ballroom.

Two events remain on Alliance Française’s Fête de la Musique schedule:

Yesterday it was a Hiphop night at Alliance Française (on Bukoto St in Kamwokya). There was a screening of “Brooklyn” and a hiphop/poetry competition. Guest artists included Ruyonga, Jora MC, Lady Slyke, and Sylvester & Abramz.

Saturday June 24 – The main and final show will be held at École Française (on Lugogo Bypass) starting at 7pm and will include a long list of talented Ugandan artistes, with Navio closing down the concert at midnight.

These events are both free entry and all are welcome. You can also follow along by searching on social media for the hashtag #FDLMUg.

PRAU to host Professional Training Boot Camp for PR Practitioners

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:41

Second PRAU Boot Camp Launched Amidst Calls for Professional Qualifications

Uganda’s top public relations practitioners are set to undergo a professional capacity building upgrade at the end of this month in a residential training activity dubbed ‘PRAU BOOT CAMP’.

Organized by the Public Relations Association of Uganda, the second PRAU BOOT CAMP, scheduled for Thursday 29th June to Saturday 1st July 2017, will be held at the Sanctum Hotel in Entebbe. The first one was held in 2015.

“The PRAU BOOT CAMP is an exciting one-of-a-kind professional development training for public relations practitioners in Uganda to relearn the basics and essentials of the trade in order to scale their careers and businesses,” Cynthia Mpanga, the President of PRAU said.

The objectives of the PRAU BOOT CAMP are: Professional Development; Leadership Development; Knowledge & Skills building; Connecting members of PRAU and finally, Enhancing Collaboration & Driving Personal Growth.

“Some of the topics that will be tackled at the PRAU Boot CAMP include: Thriving In A World of Digital Media; The Art of Public Relations Strategy; Planning & Execution; Internal & External Stakeholder Management and How to Prepare & Survive a PR Crisis” said Mpanga.

Sheila Kangwagye, the PRAU Secretary General, highlighted the need for professional development by public relations practitioners: “This PRAU BOOT CAMP helps us to learn in a professional setting how to continuously ascribe to global standards and keep up to date with the latest trends in the PR industry, something many employers have been asking us to do.”

The trainers at the PRAU BOOT CAMP are drawn from locally and regionally experienced and recognized PR and communications professionals. Amongst them is one of the regional representatives of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Ann Gichuhi from Makini College in Nairobi, Kenya who will make a special presentation on the growing need for professional accreditation by the globally recognized PR body.

“The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status”, said Ann Gichuhi, senior communication consultant with Makini College and CIPR lead in Kenya.

The PRAU Patron, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, Cabinet Minister of ICT and National Guidance in the Government of Uganda, is expected to officially open the PRAU BOOT CAMP on Thursday 29th June at The Sanctum Hotel Entebbe.

To ensure a high level of training and a rich networking experience, only sixty (60) training slots are available for the PRAU BOOT CAMP which is proudly sponsored by: The Sanctum Hotel Entebbe, Local Host, Radio One FM 90, Royal Way Media, NBS TV and Eastlink Communications Limited.

For bookings and any more additional information, those interested can contact the PRAU Secretariat on +256 705 472 122 or email

Skytrax Hat-Trick For Etihad Airways First Class

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:34

Airline wins three major awards for its industry-leading First Class at the annual World Airline Awards

Etihad Airways has once again been presented with three coveted awards for the World’s Best First Class, Best First Class Onboard Catering, and Best First Class Airline Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. The event was held at the Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace, as part of the bi-annual Paris Airshow.

The prestigious World Airline Awards are widely considered to be a global benchmark of airline excellence. Winners are chosen based on the votes and findings of a ten month survey of over 19 million air travellers from 105 countries. The survey covers over 325 airlines, from the largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers, measuring quality standards for 41 KPIs across front-line product and service factors in the airport and onboard environments.

Linda Celestino, Etihad Airways Vice President Guest Experience Delivery, said: “This is a great honour for us – particularly as these awards mark the culmination of a global consumer satisfaction survey of millions of travellers around the world. Our First Class experience is unlike any other and has been tailored around exact requirements of those who wish to enjoy a truly bespoke hospitality experience, with the finest in-flight dining and amenities, incomparable levels of privacy and the genuine warmth and care for which we are known.

“These awards not only recognise our drive for innovation and a superior guest experience, but also reinforce our commitment to First Class travel – an experience for which we have set the industry benchmark.”

In recent years, Etihad Airways has won numerous accolades for its First Class service and cabin designs. This also marks the third time the airline has won all three First Class award categories at the World Airline Awards.

Edward Plaisted, Chief Executive Officer of Skytrax, said: “Etihad Airways continues to be a market leader in first class air travel, illustrated by their excellent performance in this First Class section of the awards. It is a remarkable display of consistency to yet again secure this very prestigious set of awards and we congratulate them on this achievement.”

Etihad Airways offers First Class private suites on a large number of its wide-body fleet of aircraft. The A380 First Class cabin boasts nine First Apartments, unique living spaces which at 39 square feet in area, and feature a Poltrona Frau leather armchair and a separate ottoman which converts into a full-length 80.5 inch long bed. A dedicated shower room is available for exclusive use by First Class guests.

The Boeing 787s are equipped with eight private First Suites in a unique curved aisle setting, an airline industry first, with a 10 per cent increase in personal space. The forward and aft facing suites feature a large Poltrona Frau leather armchair which converts into an 80.5 inch fully-flat bed. They also feature 24 inch TV monitors, large dining tables for dual dining, personal wardrobes and privacy doors.

Etihad Airways’ three-class configured longhaul fleet of Boeing 777s and Airbus A330/A340 family aircraft also feature private First Class suites, with Poltrona Frau leather seating and cutting-edge features and amenities.

Shock as the posh Kololo Heights Apartments is caught in water theft scandal

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:09

There was shock as staff of National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) unearthed water theft at the posh Kololo Heights Apartments.

Drama ensued yesterday as residents at Kololo Heights jumped out of the pool as NWSC team unearthed an illegal water connection at posh apartments earlier yesterday.

NWSC working with the Uganda Police launched a crackdown on illegal water theft. A number of culprits have been arrested, fined and others tried at the recently launched Utility court.

NWSC has warned several water theft customers to abandon the idea but all in vain.

“Customers who steal water deny many deserving customers a right to clean safe water. Legalise your water connection today and avoid the ongoing name and shame campaign,” NWSC said.

Meanwhile National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has systematically increased the number of public water points in a bid to improve services for the less privileged communities. This is in line with the Corporation’s 2016-2021 strategic direction and aims to ensure water for all, starting with all 179 towns by 2020.

NWSC hosts three-day Mutual Reliance Initiative meeting  

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:04

National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) hosted a 3 day Mutual Reliance Initiative (MRI) meeting at the International resource center Pacific Hall.

The purpose of the 3 day meeting that happens every six months was to review progress of works, compare notes between development partners and NWSC on the progress of ongoing projects, address challenges and craft ideas to better service delivery in Uganda.

NWSC MD Eng. Silver Mugisha

The meeting kicked off with opening remarks from the Deputy Managing Director Technical services who welcomed the donors and thanked them for their unwavering support and commitment.

The Director projects and capital development Eng Paddy Twesigye presented the status of projects and resolutions made from the previous MRI Mission.

Director Engineering services Eng Alex Gisagara further more shared the project of works and firmly assured the donors that the corporation is steadily moving in the right.

Speaking at the meeting, The NWSC MD Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha appreciated the speed and momentum of works. “We must do all these things in the spirit of reciprocity and further more promise to always do our part.” He further more commented on:

-status of Ggaba water treatment plant rehabilitation works.

– His reservations about the Sanitation fund.

– He emphasised the need for value proposition and innovation in all the deliberations.

– Emphasis on consumption rather than unproductive consumptions.

– He appreciated the donors for the support and continuous engagements.

Lead MRI Ms Nadia Baubion thanked the management of NWSC for the effective use of the donor assistance both financially and thru various advisories.

“I’m happy that the various projects under packages 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 are progressing. Ggaba water works is already in board, such progress is commendable. She further thanks KFW for the commendable leadership throughout the previous 6 years. We promise to take on the mantle with amass support,” she promised.

The meeting ends today.

Policy Statement by Hon. Frank k. Tumwebaze, Minister of ICT and National Guidance at World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2017

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:58

The Minister of ICT and National Guidance Hon. Frank Tumwebaze together with a delegation of staff from UCC and Hon Maxwell Akora attended the #WSIS2017 forum in Geneva organised by the International telecommunications Union(ITU) last week.

They had a lot of discussions on strategies to narrow the digital divide among our citizens especially between the urban and the rural poor.

“We had a lot of side and panel session interactions to pitch for our countries ICT investments. We did this successfully. The secretary general of ITU committed to send a team of top IT consultants to help us in our digital vision formulation and also look at our innovation progress with a view of identifying support areas. It’s promising,” Frank Tumwebaze said.

Below are the remarks the Minister made on behalf of Uganda as a member county to ITU

Theme: Bridging the Digital Divide

Date: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Time: 16:45–17:30,

Policy Statement by Hon. Frank k. Tumwebaze, Minister of ICT and National Guidance; Republic of Uganda

The Secretary General of the ITU, Mr. Houlin Zhao,

Mr. Chairman,

Your Excellences Honorable Ministers,

Distinguished delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen

It gives me great pleasure to participate in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS 2017) forum and present this Policy Statement to you distinguished delegates.

On behalf of the Government and People of Uganda, I congratulate the International Telecommunications Union and its partners for organizing this very important forum. This forum is particularly important for the world as it enables stakeholders discuss and identify ways in which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets can be achieved through leveraging on ICTs and deepening digital transformation.

Mr. Chairman, the Government of Uganda has placed ICTs as one of the key drivers for the country’s growth and development because it realizes the immense benefits and opportunities that ICTs create for the economy and its citizens. ICTs therefore form an integral part of the Country’s development agenda.

Ladies and Gentlemen, through partnership with the private sector, Uganda has made great strides in extending ICT services all over the country. As of 2016, the country had achieved 100% area coverage for radio broadcasting services while voice telephony stood at 85% at sub county level. With regard to usage, penetration of voice telephony and internet stands at 63.4% and 51.9% respectively, largely driven by the mobile revolution.

Distinguished delegates, Uganda aims at having 100% access and usage of ICTs in the medium term. We however, like any emerging economy, continue to grapple with gaps in critical areas like; ICT infrastructure; ICT skills and relevant content among others. It is for this reason that we value such high level fora like WSIS that provide an opportunity to all stakeholders to dialogue, share experiences and identify new ways to address the challenges that we are experiencing back home with regard to promoting usage and access to ICTs.

Ladies and Gentlemen, in implementing Action line C2, that focuses on ICT Infrastructure, the Government of Uganda is extending the National Backbone Infrastructure to cover all districts in the Country including major institutions like local government offices, health centers and educational institutions. This government infrastructure is being put in place to augment the already existing private sector infrastructure networks. We have also ensured that we have in place a favorable policy and regulatory framework to further encourage private sector investment in ICT infrastructure. We are also encouraging the private sector to adopt innovative ways of deployment of infrastructure to achieve efficient use of resources. This has already borne fruit with the emergence of operators exclusively providing infrastructure as a service to other operators.

Distinguished delegates, Uganda has a young population with over 70% below the age of 35 years. We recognize that in order for them to realize the full benefits of ICTs, there is need to create awareness and build capacity of these young citizens. As such, we have integrated ICTs in our education system though embracing the use of ICTs in the delivery of the education curriculum. Our digital vision being finalised will further outline digital milestones for each sector of government to adopt in our efforts to fully take all government services online. This is in line with addressing SDG 4, which calls for ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all and ensuring lifelong learning opportunities for all. The government has established the requisite infrastructure in secondary schools, teacher training institutions and universities. To date, over 90% of the public secondary schools, teacher training institutions and universities have ICT laboratories equipped with the necessary content. This program also includes a teacher re-tooling program where school teachers are equipped with the necessary skills to impart ICT skills and knowledge to their students. We are working with the private sector, civil society organizations and development partners to ensure that the ICT in Education program is rolled out to all schools and hence achieve better appreciation of ICTs.

Ladies and gentlemen, in order to further promote the uptake of ICT services, the Government of Uganda is emphasizing the creation of an innovation driven ICT sector. Several initiatives are underway that aim at promoting and supporting the development of local ICT systems and solutions. We have further embarked on promoting the development of relevant local content to facilitate integration of ICTs in the social and economic sectors of Uganda. We believe this will encourage local users to embrace ICTs. We welcome the participation of various partners from the private sector, civil society and development agencies in achieving this objective.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we continue to explore other opportunities that will enable us realize our vision of achieving universal access and usage of ICTs. To further address access gaps, the government has embarked on leveraging existing infrastructure like post offices to enable access to e-services, including e-government services. The traditional post offices are being upgraded with internet connectivity to enable them accommodate one-stop Centres where the citizens can access all the available e-government services. In addition, we are encouraging the private sector to adopt other models of infrastructure deployment and sharing, especially in the underserved and unserved areas as means of reducing the cost of network roll outs. Similarly, we have further adopted coordinated planning and deployment of ICT infrastructure with other complimentary services like roads as well as utilities like water and electricity in unserved areas.

Mr Chairman, Your Excellences, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, as I conclude, it gives me great pleasure to inform you that Uganda has made great strides in advancing the WSIS Action lines. The Government of Uganda reiterates its Commitment towards furthering the implementation of WSIS Action lines using a multi-stakeholder and multi-dimensional approach. We commit to further ensuring that our policy and regulatory frameworks address emerging technological and industry trends so as to ensure that we bridge the digital divide. I thank the ITU for organizing this forum and the Government of Switzerland for hosting us. I look forward to interacting with other distinguished delegates and drawing lessons, sharing best practices and identifying emerging trends on various topical issues that we shall be discussing during this forum.

For God and My Country,

Hon. Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze,

Minister, Ministry of ICT and National Guidance

NWSC hosts Muslims to Magrib prayers   

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:54

On Tuesday evening, National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) hosted its customers for Magrib prayers at NWSC International Resource Center Bugolobi. The prayers were led by H.E the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadan Mubajje.

Speaking at the dinner, The Mufti of Uganda shared that water is part of Islam. Muslims pray 5 times a day and need water to achieve this holy deed. He thanked NWSC for the excellent service delivery models.

“I will do my best to ensure that all our mosques pay bills on time in appreciation for the services and such good acts that are in line with Islamic faith. To you my brothers and sisters, don’t waste water because you’re at the lake! Let’s stop being extravagant. Islam teaches us to work hard but don’t waste all you have worked for! The best food is the food from your hands and sweat. Don’t waste it!” He cautioned the believers.

NWSC MD Eng. Silver Mugisha addressing Muslims

Huawei Partners with MTN to Give Laptops and School Bags to Kireka Barracks School

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:24

Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider has today partnered with MTN Uganda to give laptops and schoolbags to pupils of Kireka Barracks School located in Kireka a suburb of Kampala.

This partnership is in relation to the ongoing 11th edition of MTN’s 21 Days of Yello Care initiative; a staff volunteerism project that aims to continue driving access to education, particularly through the digitalization of teaching and learning in the countries in which MTN operates. This year the project is running under the theme “Investing in Education for All”

The Huawei team joined MTN staff to take part in the various community activities that were being carried out at the school such as cleaning, painting, renovation and eating lunch with the students.

Mr. Hao Wen, the Huawei MTN Account Group Director noted that:”In this regard, Huawei and MTN have jointly given to Kireka Barracks School laptops and School bags worth 10,000,000UGX to the teachers and pupils to aid in administrative work, computer skills transfer and welfare of the children.”

In response to this, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, the MTN CEO thanked Huawei in particular for its contribution that is going to make a difference in the lives of the children of the school.

“Thank you so much our partners for the giving to this cause, which shows the spirit of giving back to the community as corporates who want to bring a change in the lives of Ugandans. Today I pledge that the 21 days of Yello Care is not the end, but a beginning of a continuous commitment from MTN and its partners to really contribute and invest in the education of this country,” he added.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police Mr. Asan Kasingye, who was also the Chief Guest commended MTN and its partners for investing in Education because it was a way of making the future of the children brighter than the days he went to school.

The School also received a donation of a renovated classroom blocks, text books, food stuffs, plates and cups, cleaning equipment and 40 three seater desks from MTN Uganda.

dfcu Bank announces sponsorship of 2017 Uganda’s Top 100 Mid-Sized Companies’ Survey

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:17

dfcu Bank has today announced its sponsorship of the 2017 Uganda’s Top 100 mid-sized companies’ survey. The announcement was made during a press conference at the dfcu Bank Headquarters in Nakasero, Kampala.

The Top 100 Survey aims at identifying Uganda’s fastest growing medium-sized companies in order to show case business excellence and highlight some of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs.

dfcu Executive Director, William Sekabembe addressing the media during the launch of 2017 Uganda’s Top mid-sized companies survey as other officials look on

Under the theme, “Staying ahead of the competition in the evolving economic environment”, the 2017 Top 100 mid-sized Companies’ Survey is an initiative of KPMG and the Nation Media Group, represented by The Daily Monitor in Uganda. Launched in 2009, the project currently runs in four East African countries; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. dfcu Bank now joins Insurance Company of East Africa (U) Group that has been part of the project for 4 years now.

Addressing the press briefing, the dfcu Bank Executive Director & Chief of Business, William Sekabembe revealed that dfcu will sponsor selected participants to attend Business Clinics conducted by experienced and renowned authorities in the Private Sector enabling them acquire knowledge and skills for best business practices and good corporate governance.

dfcu Executive Director, William Sekabembe and Tony Glencross Managing Director Monitor Publications Limited, shake hands during the launch of 2017 Uganda’s Top mid-sized companies survey as other officials look on

“dfcu Bank’s sponsorship of the Top 100 mid-sized companies’ survey 2017 is a show of our commitment towards supporting and growing the SME sector which is a key driver of Uganda’s economy. We believe that a collaborative effort to boost the competitiveness of SME sector in general is the silver bullet to ensuring businesses thrive in what is a constantly evolving economic environment in Uganda and East Africa as a whole,” Sekabembe said.

“Constraints notwithstanding, the top 100 Survey will give hundreds of business operations the opportunity to learn from each other; engage policymakers on their contribution to the economy; benchmark themselves against other business operations and so much more. Our belief is that this initiative will go a long way in boosting the skillset of the selected companies, eventually translating to improved business practices and increased profitability,” Sekabembe added.

Present at the press conference was Managing Director, Monitor Publications Limited; Tony Glencross who hailed the Top 100 Survey as, “…invaluable and highly relevant.”

Aidah Nalwadda from African Queen; one of the beneficiaries of the Uganda Top 100 mid sized companies addressing the media during the launch

“Uganda has been recognized as one of the most entrepreneur countries in the world, which presents us with the need for systems that will create informed and skilled entrepreneurs. On behalf of The Daily Monitor, I thank and applaud dfcu Bank for joining us as we work towards supporting and building the capacity of the SME sector.”

To take part in the survey a company needs to complete two questionnaires – a general questionnaire and a financial questionnaire. The questionnaires will be available at Monitor Publications Limited, KPMG offices and select dfcu Branches. Questionnaires will also be delivered upon calling 0392-080708.

Any company can participate (with the exception of banks, insurance companies, accounting /financial consulting firms) as long as it meets the following criteria: – has a turnover range: Ushs360m to UGX 25 billion, has a three year audited financial track record and is not listed on any stock exchange.

Sheebah Karungi shows off new tattoo

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:34

Super diva Sheebah Karungi has a new tattoo, we can confirm. The ‘Nkwatako’ singer showed her new tattoo on her social media yesterday. And it’s an interesting one with words ‘Karma’. The singer said the new tattoo means so much to her although she didn’t give details but promised to do in future.

“I am in love with my new baby! This Tattoo Means So much to me! One day, I will go deeper about its meaning to me but for now, I Will Leave it here. Thank you @kla_ink #KARMA,” Sheebah posted.

We have the pictures to check out Sheebah Karungi’s New Ink… We are Obsessing over it. Do you love it?

Meanwhile Sheebah is set to premiere her new video ‘Enjala’ this Thursday at Club Amnesia. She has called on her fans to turn up in big numbers and enjoy the new tune.

Enjala Video premiering this Thursday at Club Amnesia. Turn up my people. Thank you,” Sheebah posted.

DJ Aludah quits Nexus Lounge Najjera

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:28

Thirsty Thursdays at Nexus Lounge Najjera will never be the same again!! This is after the night’s biggest spin master DJ Aludah announced yesterday that he had the Najjera based hangout. Aludah made the night the biggest happening in Kampala on Thursdays putting Nexus Lounge Najjera as one of the most happening places in Kampala.

The DJ’s quitting comes in after the night’s clientele started reducing. Whether his departure will ignite the night or lead to its collapse remains unpredictable.

“I have parted ways with Nexus amicably and we shall continue to work together sometimes in the future. Time for a fresh challenge,” Aludah said. Below is his official statement;

DJ Aludah has left Nexus Lounge in Najjera

“A year and three months to be exact is the time I have dj’d at Nexus Lounge. Started when there was no one at the place, 1st night, I literally played for 10 people (all my DJ friends) hehe. But slowly with patience, persistence and full support from Ivan Kakooza we turned Nexus Thursday into the biggest Thursday night in Kampala which also opened doors for Friday and Saturday nights at Nexus turning the place in2 the Hottest spot in Kampala. It’s been a great venture I have to say. I have loved the challenge of turning an empty Thursday night into a proper turn up night (of course with a Team) Sadly, my time there has come to an end. I have parted ways with Nexus amicably and we shall continue to work together sometimes in the future. Time for a fresh challenge. A big thanks to everyone who responded to those weekly messages, who shared them, who came through to build Thirsty Thursday Night in pursuit of making Nexus the place to be. #WelcomeToMyDancefloorEP11,” Aludah posted.

ECHO contributes 2 million Euros to UNICEF’s emergency response to the South Sudanese refugee crisis in Uganda

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:24

The Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) has contributed 2 million Euros – 8 billion Uganda shillings – to UNICEF’s emergency nutrition and education response to the South Sudanese refugee crisis in Uganda.

“With over 2,000 South Sudanese refugees arriving in Uganda every day since July 2016, Uganda is now host to the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world,” said Isabelle D’Haudt, ECHO’s Humanitarian Advisor for Uganda.

“The European Union is therefore proud to support UNICEF respond to the major nutrition and education needs of children within both refugee and host communities in Uganda.”

Over 750,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Uganda since July 2016, with over 950,000 South Sudanese refugees now in the country since the beginning of the South Sudan crisis in December 2013.

“Considering 60% of all South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are under the age of 18 and 56% of the population in all South Sudanese refugee-hosting districts in the country are children, children are the face of the South Sudanese refugee crisis in Uganda,” said Aida Girma, UNICEF’s Representative in Uganda.

“UNICEF is very grateful to the people of the European Union for this contribution, which will help us urgently scale-up our response to many children in acute need.”

A recent food security and nutrition assessment conducted in the refugee hosting districts shows high malnutrition rates, stunted development due to chronic malnutrition and high levels of anemia among children and women.  Similarly, in the education sector, in both early childhood development (ECD) centers and primary schools, there are vast needs ranging from inadequate classrooms, teaching materials and latrines, among other needs.

The ECHO contribution will enable UNICEF to provide: nutritional screening for all children at refugee entry points; appropriate treatment and care for severely malnourished children; Vitamin A micronutrients and deworming medicine for children; and iron/folate supplementation to pregnant and breastfeeding women.

The nutrition intervention is estimated to reach nearly 200,000 beneficiaries.

For education, UNICEF will construct 7 new ECD centres as well as upgrade 15 ECD centres from a temporary to semi-permanent state, which will provide multi-sectoral quality early childhood development to around 5,000 young children.

As at May 2017, UNICEF’s response to South Sudanese refugees and host communities in Uganda has supported:

Over 135,000 children with vaccinations against measles and over 70,000 children with vaccinations against polio; nearly 185,000 people with clean water; 9,000 severely

malnourished children with therapeutic feeding treatment; over 12,000 children who have been separated from their parents and/or families with family tracing and reunification services; over 85,000, children and adolescents to access education; and nearly 50,000 young children to access critical Early Childhood Development services.

Geosteady set to thrill revellers at Global Cultural Event

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:18

Singer Geosteady real name George Kigozi William has been confirmed as one of the entertainers set to rock the Global Cultural Event slated for 13th August 2017 at Uganda Museum. The deal has been sealed and confirmed by the event’s host Mary Ingabire who also doubles as the singer’s International Manager. The event comes less than a month when the singer is hosting her concert on 8th September.

Who is Geosteady?

As a performer at the Global Cultural Event on 13th August 2017 at Uganda Museum, we are honoured to bring you the profile of one of Uganda’s fast rising singers.

Geosteady is a Ugandan born singer, song writer and audio producer. As a young boy, he was an active member of his childhood choir. It wasn’t long when he figured he had grown up as a vocalist, and then decided to take on music as a career.

In this musical journey, he has hit the airwaves with some ear-enticing hits like Mbuuza, Viola, Take You Home, Same Way and Owoooma. He has also featured some major local, regional and international artistes including Eddy Kenzo, Lydia Jazmine and Navio, Charly & Nina, to mention but a few.

No good work goes unnoticed. Geosteady Blackman has notched top local accolades like Best Collaboration at Uganda Entertainment Awards 2016, Best Zouk at HiPipo Awards 2016, Best Song HSMA 2017 and Best RnB Contemporary artist Zzina 2017.

He has entertained different crowds in South Africa (Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town), Rwanda, Dubai and will be remembered as the first Ugandan artist to rock Doha, Qatar. He is now lined up for the first ever “Geosteady Live In Concert” on 8th September 2017 at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, alongside shows in Las Vegas, London and Istanbul.

Geosteady is also a Brand Ambassador of a Youth led organization, Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) that does empowerment of young people in Uganda and provide them with up-to-date health information to enable them make informed decisions. He has also recently opened up a children support charity foundation aiming at raising a holistic child.

Get Updates of his music straight from his website or his social media pages by searching for him on;

  • Facebook: Geosteady
  • Twitter: @geosteadyoffici
  • Youtube: geosteady
  • Instagram: geosteadyofficial
  • Snapchat: Geosteady

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Barrister Fashions Ntinda ships in new stock

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:12

Ntinda based fashion gurus Barrister Fashions has shipped new classic stock for you to look smart. The fashion house located at Kisakye Mall near Tuskys and next to Chillies in Ntinda has imported top range ladies wear, bags, shoes, gents wear both casual and gentle.

Check them out on the Ground Floor and they can even do deliveries.

“I dress and feel myself am smart courtesy of Barrister Fashions in Ntinda moreover at lower prices. They can even deliver to homes, offices with in town,” a customer said.

“At Barrister Fashions, we have all kinds of classy gents and ladies clothes, bags, shoes, office, casual and party wear, visit us at Kisakye Mall next to Tuskys Ntinda, or make your order we deliver,” Hope T Nowe said.

The boutique opens from Monday to Sunday 8:00am to 9:00pm. Come and support and buy yourself smartness. For details, call 0782/757961168.

Fête de la Musique rocks fans at National Theatre  

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:07

At National Theatre on Monday June 19th, Alliance Française teamed up with Pearl Rhythm to present several talented upcoming Ugandan artistes at the National Theatre as Day Two of the Fête de la Musique.

Performers included celebrated Ugandan dancer Faizal Mostrixx, who put on a DJ set of danceable sounds fusing African beats and modern dance music, as well as an adorable duo of five year olds playing piano and singing gospel songs. A folk group named Amara Band surprised the crowd with a sweet new sound, and Joash got them dancing to reggae rhythms. Zoey the Story Teller entertained with her stories from Eastern Uganda, and Michael Kitanda shut down the evening with his sweet sax.

The event attracted the regular National Theatre crowd as well as new faces who are following the festival from one event to the next. As the performances began, a program manager from the Theatre took the microphone to assure the audience that National Theatre was to be renovated, not demolished as rumours have it. He thanked everyone for continuing to support the Uganda Cultural Centre.

The Fête de la Musique festival has three more events coming up in Kampala:

  1. A perfume concert by French artiste Laurent Assoulen on Wednesday June 21 at Sheraton (tickets at the door for 40k).
  2. Hiphop night at Alliance Française on Bukoto Street on Thursday the 22nd (free)
  3. The main / final concert at École Française on Lugogo Bypass on Saturday the 24th (free)

All these events start at 7pm.

Photos by Edwin Wamala

Africell supports World Refugee Day celebrations run in Nakivale

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:03

Yesterday was World Refugee Day. In Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda, it was a celebration bringing together over 11 nationalities to celebrate their traditions, dreams, and the peace they are building together.

Africell Uganda as part of their corporate social responsibility, joined the hundreds of refugees in the Nakivale Refugee Camp in a run to commemorate the day.

The first of its kind in the settlement, the World Refugee Day 5k Run was an initiative by the American Refugee Council (ARC) to help better life at the Nakivale Refugee Camp.

The run brought together refugees, Olympians, Africell staff, ARC staff, supporters, and lovers of humanity from all over the world; all united for one purpose – raising money for  youth activities in the Camp.

Speaking about the participation in the run, Africell’s Commercial Director Milad Khairallah says this isn’t the first time Africell is partnering with ARC to aid refugees.

Last year, Africell partnered with the American Refugee Committee (ARC) that saw the giant telecom aid “change makers”- a cluster of refugee youths from Nakivale Refugee Camp who had excelled at generating fresh ideas – get recognised and honored.

Milad said, “We are honored to be part of this year’s refugee day celebrations.  Africell believes in helping communities in distress or those who are underprivileged. Refugees are part of humanity and helping with such a cause is part of our vision to give back to communities where we do business. Our participation today is just a small boost to the Nakivale refugee community.”

Africell has over the years been involved in community activities that promote the welfare of disadvantaged communities. Besides the community development initiatives, Africell has also set up sponsorship schemes that aid community growth.

The ARC said the cause was for the youth. “We are all running for a cause, a chance for refugee youth. Young people in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda are getting active and doing some amazing things! And a small boost will help them take the next step towards excellence and including more youth in their efforts.”

Angella Katatumba receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:22

After just recently partnering with the Diplomatic Corps to hand over a cheque of 185,000,000M ($ 52,000 USD) UGX to the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) in support of her “Mulago Yaffe” campaign, singer Angella Katatumba has been rewarded for her humanitarian work.

Angella who also doubles as the acting Honorary Consul of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Uganda, was on Saturday 17th June 2017 given the Lifetime Achievement award by the Rotary Club, at an event at which she also served as the Chief Guest.

Angella Katatumba receiving the award

This comes at a time when the singer and acting Honorary Consul of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Uganda is gearing up for a charity drive slated for Friday 30th of June 2017 at Hotel Africana, Nile Hall.

The charity drive is an initiative missioned to fundraise for the construction of a home for Angel’s Center children with special needs.

Angel’s Center in Nansana, takes care of kids with mental challenges to help them become self sufficient individuals in the future.

Angella Katatumba’s award

The center’s goal is to accommodate at least 300 kids as opposed to the current 30 kids.

Angella will be performing at the event and with her amazing vocals, it is without a doubt that she will give a memorable performance.

Here is the UGX 72M Monster Motorbike that almost ended SK Mbuga’s life

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:09

City loaded tycoon Sulaiman Kabangala Mbuga aka SK Mbuga was almost sent to the creator by the monster Motorbike machine which he had bought a few day before the accident on Sunday evening.

Moments before he started the machine on Sunday evening

SK Mbuga shipped the BMW Motorbike RT 200 worth $20,000 approximately Shs 72m late last week.

To feel the power and comfort of monster machine, the tycoon decided to do a test ride in his plush home compound in Buziga.

The 72m BMW Motorbike that the tycoon crushed

No one knows what happened as yet but it is suspected that the wealthy tycoon pressed a wrong button which caused the machine to fly up in the sky crushing down in a few seconds later onto one of his posh cars parked in the compound.

In the process, the tycoon injured his face and part of his head as he was cut by glasses and got fractures on his legs.

Scans showed that the tycoon didn’t dislocate his knee and yesterday doctors at Nakasero Hospital where he is currently admitted were due to carryout surgeries to clear the injured parts.

SK Mbuga and his wife Jalia Birungi Mbuga

He was responding to treatment positively and by yesterday, he was talking as well as using his phone. Get well soon #SKMbuga