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Ex Reporter Nahabwe Was Fired For Extortion

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 07:33
Ex Reporter Nahabwe Was Fired For Extortion

Last week the management of Red Pepper was informed that one of our former employees, Ronald Nahabwe, had taken to social media to malign the company, its staff and its directors.

Nahabwe’s rant was in response to a notice that was published in Red Pepper notifying the public that he is no longer an employee of The Pepper Publications Ltd. However, Red Pepper Management would like to inform our readers, advertisers and the general public that the publication of the notice wasn’t intended to malice or witch-hunt Nahabwe or any other former employee as he so claimed.

It was rather a mandatory procedure that the company undertakes whenever necessary to avoid being misrepresented.

In that regard, Red Pepper would like to highlight a few facts regarding why Nahabwe was fired and a notice published.

Ronald Nahabwe was a junior reporter for Red Pepper having joined the company as a student intern.

Because he showed promise of becoming a good journalist, the company retained him and gave him the chance to practice his profession.

With time though, Red Pepper was informed that Nahabwe had joined a gang of unscrupulous individuals who work with rogue members of the security forces to intimidate and extort from members of the public.

Last year, Nahabwe was arrested, taken to court and remanded after city businessmen Ephraim Ntaganda and Drake Lubega produced evidence of criminal defamation against him and three other journalists.

Consequently, a decision was taken to suspend him after Ntaganda provided evidence that showed that Nahabwe had tried to extort money from him.

Following a disciplinary hearing later on, a seemingly repentant Nahabwe was allowed to resume his duties on the presumption that he was innocent until the allegations against him in court were proved.

But hardly a month later, reports citing Nahabwe’s misconduct resurfaced. Investigations showed that he had forged Pepper Publications Ltd letterheads and was impersonating the different Red Pepper directors and extorting money from some members of the public through false pretence.

In one such incident his victims caught him in the act and an irate mob thumped him, leaving him for dead and bleeding profusely (as per picture evidence in related public notice). This case was reported at Seeta Police Post where Nahabwe spent days in the cells before he was bonded.

In another incident, Nahabwe in connivance with a one Victor Nuwagaba (another rogue ex-employee whose notice of termination was also published) was discovered to have tried to defraud a school director again via impersonation and intimidation.

The company decided that enough was enough and thus terminated Nahabwe’s employment.

Two weeks ago week however, evidence cropped up that Nahabwe together with his brigands who included some policemen, were attempting to extort from a member of the public who had reported a case at police.

This was when a decision was made to publish a notice denouncing him as a Red Pepper employee.

It was out of guilt that he took to social media to malign the company.

Red Pepper would like to reiterate its commitment to contribute to the employment of youths and other Ugandans in this country. We also urge our esteemed readers, advertisers, well-wishers and the general public to ignore with contempt the malicious misrepresentations being traded by Nahabwe and gang of ruffians.

Red Pepper is proud of so many former employees who have moved on to become star performers in several fields.

Red pepper would also like to warn Nahabwe and his gang that they will be fought with the full force of the law in case they do not desist from dragging this company into their criminality.

We request the public to help us fight these extortionists by alerting the police or calling numbers contained in our notice titled ‘Help Us Fight Extortionists’ that runs in Red Pepper and its sister publications every day.

Kayihura Powers Recharged, Given More 3000 Men

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 14:16
Kayihura Powers Recharged, Given More 3000 Men

By Serestino Tusingwire

On Saturday President Museveni passed out 3000 police officers who had completed an 18months training at Kabalye, Masindi district.

Out of 3000, 1256 are cadets including pilots, doctors, engineers and accountants whereas 2685 are police constables.

The police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, said these officers will be deployed in the Kampala Metropolitan Area that covers Kampala, Wakiso, Entebbe and Mukono districts.

These are expected to join and add strength to the old force in order to fight ‘fujo’ as the president earlier said, that Kayihura’s men were fighting ‘fujo’ while referring to beating of Besigye supporters.

Speaking at the function, Museveni applauded the police leadership for building the force from a mere 18,000 men to now 44,000 which he said is a big achievement to the country and has helped champion peace in Uganda.

“We have been able to build a force based on quality and that is why  you can only enter police after attaining S.6; This is basic because in some cases police officers act alone unlike in the army where you work as a group, ”Museveni said.

“When you are alone, things are difficult for you. It is the reason both numbers and quality matter a lot in the police force. It is because of this quality that the police moves very fast.” He added.

In his remarks, the Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura applauded president Museveni for standing with the force at all times especially in critical moments.

“I thank you for standing with us when we were under attack. Building an institution is painstaking but we are human beings liable to mistakes. We appreciate your efforts in building capacity of the police,” Gen. Kayihura said.

Kayihura lauds M7 for standing with him during brutality criticism

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 12:58
Kayihura lauds M7 for standing with him during brutality criticism

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has thanked President Museveni for standing with him and the police force during his trying moments when he was under public criticism for allegedly brutalizing Opposition supporters.

“We thank you in a special way for standing up for us at a critical moment when we were under attack,” Gen Kayihura told the President over the weekend during the pass-out of cadet officers and police constables at the Police Training School, Kabalye, Masindi District.

“Understanding that building institutions and systems is a painstaking process, it isn’t drama. There are mistakes and setbacks because we are human beings. However, we thank you for the appreciation inspite of these setbacks and mistakes made.” Kayihura added:

It’s remembered that last month, Gen Kayihura and seven senior police officers were dragged to Makindye court in a private prosecution on charges of torturing Dr Kizza Besigye’s supporters.

Activists alleged that he had failed to manage his officers and demanded for his sacking.

On the contrary, President Museveni praised Gen Kayihura for not tolerating any kind of Fujo in Kampala.

While at the same function, President Museveni said the time for housing armed forces, teachers and health workers in ramshackle structures has ended.

“I have told the army leadership that we have stayed in mama ingiya pole (ramshackle structures) for a very long time. Time has come to get our children from Mama ingiya pole to permanent structures,” he said.

On the very issue, Gen Kayihura said the police have started building 1,000 apartments for police officers at Naguru, a Kampala suburb, and that they are planning another 9,000 units in the Kampala Metropolitan Police Area.

“We shall use our land in the city through the Private-Public Partnership to solve the problem of housing in the police force,” Gen Kayihura said.

M7 to attend Aronda memorial lecture today

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 12:46
M7 to attend Aronda memorial lecture today

By Serestino Tusingwire

President Museveni is expected to attend the memorial lecture in honour of fallen former Internal Affairs Minister and CDF, Gen Aronda Nyakairima at Makerere University Main Hall today.

The former UPDF Commander died last September of a heart related ailment aboard a flight from Seoul in South Korea.

Several high profile speakers are expected to attend the lecture in honor of the departed army general.

Apart from the President of Uganda, the Chief of Defense Forces Gen Edward Katumba Wamala is expected to deliver the key note address on his predecessor.

Family members, friends, former workmates, bush war comrades and mere citizens are all expected to attend the lecture organized by the National Association of Youth Entrepreneurs Uganda (NAYE).

The death of Gen Aronda Nyakairima at the age of 56 came as a great shock to the nation as his sickness was unknown, according to family members.

Following his death, President Yoweri Museveni directed medical checkups in the UPDF to be streamlined and for physical health of all soldiers to be emphasized by all commanders through compulsory refresher courses.

UN Takes 300 S Sudan Machar Forces To DR Congo

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 11:16
UN Takes 300 S Sudan Machar Forces To DR Congo

The United Nations has announced that its peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has evacuated nearly 300 supporters of South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar, many of them wounded or malnourished.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric stated on Friday that the armed militants and civilians crossed into DR Congo from South Sudan with Machar, who was evacuated from Garamba National Park with his wife, son and 10 aides on August 17, AFP reported.

According to Dujarric, the UN mission evacuated some 300 of Machar’s followers from Garamba Park in northeast Congo near the border with South Sudan between August 24 and September 5 on humanitarian grounds since many of them were either injured, acutely malnourished or in life-threatening conditions.

South Sudanese Rebel Leader Riek Machar (AFP photo)

He further added that the UN peacekeepers, known as MONUSCO, handed 117 individuals including Machar, his spouse and son to Congolese authorities.

The UN spokesman then noted that as of Thursday there were an additional 183 individuals in two MONUSCO-run facilities, where they are getting medical treatment or recovering while the Congolese and South Sudanese work on a longer-term solution to the persisting conflict.

Dujarric also stated the UN is making efforts to promote a solution between authorities in both African nations and “regional actors” regarding the presence of South Sudanese opposition fighters in Congo.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, but it was soon hit by a major civil war that began in December 2013 when government forces loyal to President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, battled rebels led by Machar, his former deputy who is a Nuer.

At least 50,000 people have been killed in the fighting and over two million people have been displaced.

Even after a peace deal reached in August 2015 established a unity government, it has been violated regularly by continued fighting.

South Sudan civil war: A timeline of events

December 2013: Fighting erupts after Kiir accuses Machar of plotting to overthrow him.

January 2014: A ceasefire is signed between the government and the opposition.

August 2014: The first round of talks begins in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, as fighting continues in violation of the peace deal.

February 2015: The government calls off general elections due in a few months because of the ongoing conflict.

August 2015: The president signs an internationally-mediated peace deal under which, Machar would return as vice-president.

April 2016: Machar returns to Juba and is sworn in as first vice-president in a new unity government.

July 2016: Kiir sacks Machar after a new wave of fighting erupts. Machar leaves Juba with his troops, saying he would return only if an international peacekeeping force guarantees his safety.

August 2016: The opposition figure flees the country.

Source: PressTV

Drumbeats & The Future of African Innovation

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 11:02
Drumbeats & The Future of African Innovation

By Arinaitwe Rugyendo

On September 02nd, I received an e-card to an exclusive event, the kind I last experienced in Carpe Verde, somewhere in 2014.

A friend, Dr. Olugbenga Adesida, had organized the one in Cape Verde, called the African Innovations Summit. Some African presidents were in attendance, notably President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

We had converged to knock our heads on the future of African innovations.

During the summit, everybody agreed that the event had been timely, for Africa was changing. The continent was making major progress in many areas.

“Growth has been strong and macroeconomic variables have witnessed major improvements despite the difficult global circumstances,” the summit organizers posited in unison.

But why were we meeting then, if Africa was a bed of roses?

The problem then was that very few African countries could still claim to have successfully transformed their economies.

“The changed global landscape of the 21st Century requires major upgrade in African societies and economies. Success will require that African societies and economies be driven by creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship as the essential keys for socioeconomic transformation,” one presenter observed.

Consequently, the summit observed that it was crucial for the development of a knowledge-based economy to enhance Africa’s competitiveness. Nearly everyone agreed that African countries must be able to fundamentally alter the nature of their economies, become more creative and innovative to support socioeconomic transformation. A number of us from Sub Saharan Africa focused on the solution to the challenges facing the continent as being ingenuity and creativity of Africans themselves. But this is where it stopped. We all packed our bags and went home a few days later.

However, the Summit organizers kept the hope thereafter- and this is what I like about African optimists.

“The good news is that Africans are innovating. The Summit launched a process to critically review what is happening and how to learn from the emerging African experiences, what the challenges are, and how best to build robust innovation systems in African countries,” the organizers observed a year later.

Fast forward!

On September 01st, when a Public Relations company, DICTUM, sent me an email to attend a similarly ‘limited audience’ event the next day in Naguru, I was very eager.

“So what was this about?” I asked.

The sender said I was a preferred guest for ‘DrumBeats’ inaugural ThinksandDrinks256 event.’

‘Drumbeats’ is an African content project that aims to preserve, aggregate, generate, amplify and disseminate imaginative African content. Drumbeats is a catalyst for the new African story, harnessing technology, networks, partnerships and experience to bring a rich and diverse African story to the world,” the sender told me.

When I probed further, I got to understand that a group of Ugandans had decided to start a movement of people who love to think outside the box and discuss- over a drink of their choice- innovations, creativity and celebrate ingenuity currently taking place in Uganda but largely going unnoticed, hence the Twitter hashtag #ThinksandDrinks256.

It was a full house at the Dictum green compound. Africapedia, an online source of facts and data on Africa, The Independent News Magazine and Rugyeyo, an Agronomics company, were busy curating interesting presentations from an eclectic pack of innovative, creative and restless minds, exploring new ideas and paths for Africa’s future.

The topics cut across different sectors and ideas in Arts and Culture, African film, Design, Agronomics and photography.

Fred Masadde, a seasoned Marketer had his choice on “the 10 best photos of Uganda of the last 30 years.”

Urban farming expert Dr. Diana Nambatya had an intriguingly intellectual piece on why “the cool Ugandans of the future will be those with green fingers,” arguing Africa’s futures lies in the ‘Green Economy.’ Her Green Movement is taking the country by storm, making it possible for urban dwellers to grow and eat organic foods from their squeezed domestic backyards.

Controversial Elmar Stroomer, talked about “designing our future & how to lose and win the game.” The dude is from a company with an uncharacteristic name- Designers Without Borders (DWB). I had only came across Medicins San Frontier (Doctors Without Borders). He’s the guy behind the boda-boda helmets redesigned in national colors. He has also invented a cooking stove!

But it was Isaac Godfrey Nabwana, the brain behind ‘Wakaliwood,’ a shantytown film making company behind the sensational film ‘Who Killed Captain Alex,’ that really carried the day. Isaac talked about  “the spirit of Captain Alex and What Uganda’s ‘Wakaliwood’ can teach the rest of the world about film.” He got a standing ovation for his ingenuity and creativity. He said Ugandans need not invest in CNN to brand itself; Wakaliga would do it for free. No wonder his innovation has gone viral. When I asked him how much he had used to start what is potentially a global sensation, Isaac replied: ‘Passion.’

The future of African innovation is bright. We will need more of these conversations to create a critical mass of innovators, techprenuers and creators to realize the dream hatched at the African Innovations Summit in Cape Verde. But above all, we must remain optimistic about the African story. It is very rich and raw.

Woman Thumps Tamale Mirundi At Court

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 14:21
Woman Thumps Tamale Mirundi At Court

Senior Presidential Adviser on Media, Tamale Mirundi was on Friday thumped to pulp by a yet to be identified woman at court.

The incident happened during a court session in which murder suspect Muhammed Sebuwufu was granted bail by High Court judge, Masalu Musene. Sebuwufu is charged with the murder of Betty Katushabe

According to a local newspaper, a wailing middle-aged woman, believed to a close member of the bereaved family, grabbed Mirundi by the collar and dragged him in a lightning fracas. This was after the motor mouthed presidential adviser had mocked the family. The reports add that onlookers dashed to separate the two to avert further escalation of the clash.

In trying to extricate himself from danger, Mirundi attempted to slap the woman but he was restrained, the Daily Monitor reports. An embarrassed Mirundi said he would have beaten he if he had the chance.

“That woman survived me. She would be no more if I had held her by the neck. How can she try to beat me? I guess she was even just paid off to wail,” he said.

Uganda On The Spot Over Israel Weapons Transfer To S. Sudan

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 13:25
Uganda On The Spot Over Israel Weapons Transfer To S. Sudan

Israel sold rifles to Uganda in 2007, which the latter transferred to South Sudan’s national security service in 2014, a United Nations says in a report.

According to the Associated Press (AP), Israel said it didn’t receive a request from Uganda for weapon transfer.

Eitay Mack, an Israeli lawyer was quoted saying that weapons export licenses require knowledge of end users and mid users, meaning the transfer would either have been done with Israel’s knowledge or would have prompted an investigation into the offending company.

He said no investigation was known to have been opened.

Israel’s opposition lawmaker, Tamar Zandberg told AP that Israel stopped sending firearms to South Sudan in 2013, but that export licenses for surveillance equipment continues.

The European Union has placed an arms embargo on South Sudan, while the United States has imposed sanctions on top military officials from both sides of the country’s conflict.

In August, the UN Security Council approved an additional regional protection force to enter South Sudan, but decided against an arms embargo on the country.

“Even without an international arms embargo, states should unilaterally suspend arms transfers given the likelihood that arms would be used to commit human rights violations,” Elizabeth Deng, Amnesty International’s South Sudan researcher told AP.

Israel was one of the first countries to recognise South Sudan’s independence when the latter broke away from Sudan in July 2011.

Since South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013, tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced.


Saturday Earthquake: 13 Dead, More Than 200 Injured

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 13:04
Saturday Earthquake: 13 Dead, More Than 200 Injured

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake that struck parts of East Africa on Saturday has killed at least 13 people and injured 203 in northern Tanzania, the authorities say.

The quake struck close to the border with Uganda and Rwanda near Lake Victoria. In Uganda, reports indicate that houses were damaged in Rakai district.

Images posted on social media showed significant damage to buildings in Bukoba, a city of more than 70,000 people where most casualties were reported.

Tremors were felt as far away as western Kenya.

“This incident has caused a lot of damage,” Deodatus Kinawila, the district commissioner of Bukoba, told the BBC.

“For now, the situation is calm and under control,” he said later.

“Some people have been discharged from hospital,” he added. “We don’t expect many more injuries.”

The US Geological Survey says the quake struck at a depth of 10km (six miles) at 15:27 local time on Saturday.

East Africa’s Great Rift Valley runs along a geological fault line but major earthquakes there are rare.

A magnitude six quake struck the Tanzanian town of Arusha, east of Bukoba, in July 2007.

SMART Launches Top Up & Receive 20% Cash Back Promotion

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 10:49
SMART Launches Top Up & Receive 20% Cash Back Promotion

Wth the recently launch of SAMRT Pesa , SMART Uganda has  launched a new promotion to enhance customers user experience.

SMART Pesa Cash Back guarantees customers will receive 20% of any amount they load of airtime back in the form of e-float (mobile money), when using SMART Pesa. The bonus cash can be used for other SMART Pesa transactions or physical cash withdrawn.

SMART recently launched its mobile money platform with a promise of delivering affordable mobile financial services to all Ugandans.

“We have received very good traction on the platform since launch just over a month a go, with over 20,000 subscribers signing up to the services. This promotion is aimed at rewarding those currently on the platform for their support thus far and encouraging others to join us” commented Brenden Kachenje SMART Uganda’s Acting Chief Operating Officer.

“We know that financial inclusion is very important, not only to our customers, but to all Ugandans. From being able to send and receive money to family and friends, topping up airtime as well as bill payment; SMART Pesa will support people’s everyday needs, with robust systems that offer unparalleled reliability” continued Mr. Kachenje.

In Uganda, the amount of money transacted through all mobile money payments platforms or mobile banking grew by Sh8.5 trillion in the year 2015.

This demonstrates that the platform is now the fastest growing means of payments and Ugandans have continued to embrace it over the years.

SMART is majority owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

What Exactly Happened at the 9/11 Attacks

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 10:25
What Exactly Happened at the 9/11 Attacks

On September 11, 2001, at 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors.

As the evacuation of the tower and its twin got underway, television cameras broadcasted live images of what initially appeared to be a freak accident.

Then, 18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second Boeing 767–United Airlines Flight 175–appeared out of the sky, turned sharply toward the World Trade Center and sliced into the south tower near the 60th floor.

The collision caused a massive explosion that showered burning debris over surrounding buildings and the streets below. America was under attack.

The attackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations.

Reportedly financed by Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorist organization, they were allegedly acting in retaliation for America’s support of Israel, its involvement in the Persian Gulf War and its continued military presence in the Middle East.

Some of the terrorists had lived in the United States for more than a year and had taken flying lessons at American commercial flight schools.

Others had slipped into the country in the months before September 11 and acted as the “muscle” in the operation.

The 19 terrorists easily smuggled box-cutters and knives through security at three East Coast airports and boarded four flights bound for California, chosen because the planes were loaded with fuel for the long transcontinental journey. Soon after takeoff, the terrorists commandeered the four planes and took the controls, transforming ordinary commuter jets into guided missiles.

As millions watched the events unfolding in New York, American Airlines Flight 77 circled over downtown Washington, D.C., and slammed into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters at 9:45 a.m.

Jet fuel from the Boeing 757 caused a devastating inferno that led to the structural collapse of a portion of the giant concrete building.

All told, 125 military personnel and civilians were killed in the Pentagon, along with all 64 people aboard the airliner.

Less than 15 minutes after the terrorists struck the nerve center of the U.S. military, the horror in New York took a catastrophic turn for the worse when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke.

The structural steel of the skyscraper, built to withstand winds in excess of 200 miles per hour and a large conventional fire, could not withstand the tremendous heat generated by the burning jet fuel. At 10:30 a.m., the other Trade Center tower collapsed. Close to 3,000 people died in the World Trade Center and its vicinity, including a staggering 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher floors.

Only six people in the World Trade Center towers at the time of their collapse survived. Almost 10,000 others were treated for injuries, many severe.

Meanwhile, a fourth California-bound plane–United Flight 93–was hijacked about 40 minutes after leaving Newark International Airport in New Jersey.

Because the plane had been delayed in taking off, passengers on board learned of events in New York and Washington via cell phone and Airfone calls to the ground. Knowing that the aircraft was not returning to an airport as the hijackers claimed, a group of passengers and flight attendants planned an insurrection.

One of the passengers, Thomas Burnett Jr., told his wife over the phone that “I know we’re all going to die.

There’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey.” Another passenger–Todd Beamer–was heard saying “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll” over an open line.

Sandy Bradshaw, a flight attendant, called her husband and explained that she had slipped into a galley and was filling pitchers with boiling water. Her last words to him were “Everyone’s running to first class. I’ve got to go. Bye.”

The passengers fought the four hijackers and are suspected to have attacked the cockpit with a fire extinguisher.

The plane then flipped over and sped toward the ground at upwards of 500 miles per hour, crashing in a rural field in western Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m. All 45 people aboard were killed.

Its intended target is not known, but theories include the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland or one of several nuclear power plants along the eastern seaboard.

At 7 p.m., President George W. Bush, who had spent the day being shuttled around the country because of security concerns, returned to the White House.

At 9 p.m., he delivered a televised address from the Oval Office, declaring, “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”

In a reference to the eventual U.S. military response he declared, “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”

Operation Enduring Freedom, the American-led international effort to oust the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and destroy Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network based there, began on October 7.

Within two months, U.S. forces had effectively removed the Taliban from operational power, but the war continued, as U.S. and coalition forces attempted to defeat a Taliban insurgency campaign based in neighboring Pakistan.

Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks, remained at large until May 2, 2011, when he was finally tracked down and killed by U.S. forces at a hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

In June 2011, President Barack Obama announced the beginning of large-scale troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, with a final withdrawal of U.S. forces tentatively scheduled for 2014.

Hima Cement Inks Ush84 Million Pact With Pearl Of Africa Rally

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 10:06


Hima Cement Inks Ush84 Million Pact With Pearl Of Africa Rally

Hima Cement Ltd, has  announced a USD25, 000 (Ush84million) sponsorship of the 2016 edition of the prestigious Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally slated for September 16 – 18, 2016.

Speaking during a press briefing convened to relay the announcement, Mr. Allan Ssemakula, the Hima Cement Marketing Director disclosed that the contribution will also go towards implementation of a Road Safety Awareness Campaign conducted with the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda’s (FMU).

“Hima Cement is an organization that is keen on road safety. Now that we are sponsoring rally, a prestigious sport which both directly and indirectly influences behavior on the road, we thought it wise to have a stand on road safety alongside our sponsorship. The campaign will run until the end of the year,” Ssemakula said.

Adding: “We are proud to support FMU which has a longstanding tradition of carrying out road safety campaigns in partnership with the Uganda Police and Ministry of Works; most recently on Masaka Road; which is one of the areas of concern for the whole country. Hima Cement is glad to partner with FMU in this regard because Health and Safety, on and off the road, is a core value of our organization.”

Hima Cement Limited is the sponsor of rally driver, Ambrose Byona also known as ‘Omunyetto’. Byona in his Mitsubishi Evo 9 and navigator, Derrick Lubambula will be taking part in the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2016. Hima Cement has also in the past sponsored legendary rally ace, Chipper Adams.

Mr. Dusman Okee, the FMU President lauded Hima Cement’s timely contribution saying that road safety was one of the aspects of the sport that the federation was looking at strengthening.

“We are happy that Hima Cement has come on board to support not only the rally (Pearl of Africa Rally) but also FMU’s road safety campaign. As you may know, Uganda is ranked in the top ten countries in the world with the highest number of road accidents; most of them attributed to over speeding and reckless driving. We have taken it upon ourselves to sensitize road users on proper driver etiquette; for drivers to check their vehicles before every journey, to have enough rest, plan their journeys and take regular breaks, to wear seatbelts, lookout for other road users and most importantly not to over-speed. This contribution from Hima Cement and their expertise in Road safety will help us in taking the road safety message even further,” Okee stated.

He added that FMU was happy that companies such as Hima Cement had agreed to bolster the image of the Pearl of Africa Rally; a move he said would help the event regain its past glory as one of the best organized events on the continent.

The Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally is one of the main motorsport events in the country. It is part of the National Rally Championship and the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC).

During the 2015 edition of the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally, Hima Cement injected Ush20 million into the event. The cement maker has been part of the sport for many years having been the title sponsor of the Pearl of Africa Rally between 2000 and 2004.

MTN Uganda launches HelloWorld

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 09:53
MTN Uganda launches HelloWorld

MTN Uganda has  launched HelloWorld, a roaming service that enables MTN customers to enjoy discounted calling, SMS and internet rates while travelling to their favorite destinations around the world.

MTN has categorized various countries into price-based zones, “Zone One” and “Zone Two”, when you dial *160*55# from your MTN line. In countries under Zone One, customers can subscribe for HelloWorld at UGX. 1,000/- per day, while the subscription rate is UGX. 500/- per day in Zone Two.

All a customer needs to do is subscribe to the zone with the partner network in their selected country, for the number of days they will be travelling; after which they will be able to enjoy discounted calls within that country, to any network in Uganda or anywhere else in the world.

MTN HelloWorld subscribers can also send SMS at discounted rates, receive SMS for free and best of all enjoy affordable internet straight from their smartphones while roaming.

“In addition to affordable roaming rates, MTN HelloWorld offers peace of mind and convenience to travelling customers. We are delighted to have introduced a solution that will allow customers to keep their MTN number on to stay in touch without the need to get a new SIM card or buy a calling card in every country visit,” said MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mapula Bodibe.

“A customer doesn’t always have to subscribe every time they travel to a different country. If your trip covers countries within the same zone, you do not need to subscribe again. However, if your trip covers countries in more than one zone, you will need to subscribe to the two zones to enjoy the service,” added Ms. Bodibe.

For customers subscribed to MTN HelloWorld, data is charged as low as 0.4/- per KB (about 400/- per MB) to 2/- per KB (about 2000/- per MB), a much more favorable alternative to other roaming solutions. Furthermore, subscribers do not have to depend on Wi-Fi hotspots to keep their internet connections active.

This service is not available with Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan partner networks due to the availability of the already discounted One Network Area roaming service, that enables you to enjoy special tariffs on calls, SMS and internet within East Africa.

Zone One includes countries like South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, Tanzania, DRC, USA, UK, China, Canada, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Ghana while Zone Two covers USA, UK, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Portugal, France, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, among others

Uganda Cranes & What Needs to Be Done

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 00:04
Uganda Cranes & What Needs to Be Done

By Arinaitwe Rugyendo

The Four-decade jinx has been resolved.

Uganda will be a contender for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy in Libreville-Gabon, come January 2017.

After 38 years trying and failing- but not failing to try- the national team, The Uganda Cranes, qualified for the continent’s premier tournament after whipping Comoros 1-0 at Namboole stadium, last Saturday!

Coach Micho Sredejovic’s boys were the better team; often creating better chances and having the tension parked audience at Namboole under their feet. It was a win well deserved and I congratulate these boys.

What all this means to a country struggling to shift into a middle-income status, is alot. Triumphs in sports often bring with them branding, tourism, foreign exchange, foreign direct investments, jobs, national fitness, national happiness and patriotic opportunities to nations. And if ruling political parties and those contending for power positioned themselves well in sport, the political dividends can be enormous!

That said, today I will speak very bluntly!

The Uganda Cranes did not win because of the Four Decade jinx. We had resigned to fate and sometimes, to football mathematics, witchcraft, mysticism and speculation!

The Uganda Cranes won because they wanted to make a statement to the whole country that they are very tired of the lack of visible political will in sports and the wanton neglect of not only sporting facilities, but also, of sportsmen and women in this nation!

The people of Uganda and their government have abandoned sports and left it to fend for itself. I have explained this point before in these pages and during the just concluded Uganda Premier League Awards, 2016. A casual scan of the former sportsmen and women who have fought hard for Uganda would show you how dead our country is. It would leave you wondering why none of them, not even the ones who went up to AFCON 1978, have ever deserved a single medal.

You would be shocked to discover that national sportsmen and women live miserable lives, have no proper remuneration and those who have long left the scene, have no pension, just like senior civil servants and politicians do.

If the current #Tulambule campaign to boost Uganda’s local tourism (never mind that no single sportsman has been included on the circuit except sexy artists), included a visit to the dilapidated sports grounds around the country (if any of them is left), you would be very pissed off.

A few months I have spent at the helm of the Uganda Premier League, I have learnt that Uganda has 56 sports federations. All these are entitled to just about 8-11 billion shillings annually from the Government of Uganda. The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) alone, receives Shs. 4 million a year from this token allocation. This is why nobody should be shocked that Coach Micho has gone for over six months without pay. And if he has no pay, his players must be dying.

How can a beautiful game, that saw Hon. Janet Museveni yelling her heart out at Namboole, a game that united friends and foes in business and politics, a game that united rioters with a tear gas-wielding policemen and the military, and finally, a game that brought glory to a country after nearly 40 years in the doldrums, be so neglected like this?

The answer starts with you and me, and then, government! We must sort out the ideological questions in sports and the political will on the part of government. We must sort out planning, prioritization and implementation issues. We must pay for games and sponsor local clubs to nurture talent. We must all participate- the private sector, government and individuals.

The Ugandan parliament is awash with so many caucuses; mainly political, tribal and religious. Why not a national caucus on sports to discus this? Why focus your caucuses on narrow and very parochial interests? You hear of Banyankore, Baganda, Bakyooli caucuses, etc etc! What sort of leadership is this?

I shall return to this next Saturday!

Tanzania earthquake kills 10 and injures 192

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 21:23
Tanzania earthquake kills 10 and injures 192

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has killed at least 11 people and injured 192 in northern Tanzania, the authorities say.

The quake struck close to the border with Uganda and Rwanda near Lake Victoria.

Images posted on social media showed significant damage to buildings in Bukoba, a city of more than 70,000 people where most casualties were reported.

Tremors were felt as far away as western Kenya.

“This incident has caused a lot of damage,” Deodatus Kinawila, the district commissioner of Bukoba, told the BBC.

“As we speak now, the number of injuries stands at 192 and 11 dead. Because we are still collecting the information it’s likely to go up. Even the number of injuries is likely to go up.”

Rescue workers have told the BBC that local hospitals are full and cannot cope with the number of injured. Buildings have collapsed and people are still trapped underneath the rubble.

The US Geological Survey says the quake struck at a depth of 10km (six miles) at 15:27 local time (12:27 GMT).

East Africa’s Great Rift Valley runs along a geological fault line but major earthquakes there are rare.

A magnitude six quake struck the Tanzanian town of Arusha, east of Bukoba, in July 2007.

Source: BBC

Leaked UN Report Accuses Uganda Of Escalating S. Sudan War

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 16:36
Leaked UN Report Accuses Uganda Of Escalating S. Sudan War

South Sudanese government forces have acquired two jet fighters and truckloads of small arms ammunition and were seeking to manufacture bullets, UN sanctions monitors said in a confidential report seen by Reuters news agency.

The report on arms flows and security threats to South Sudan added that opposition troops have not received any significant arms shipments from abroad.

The report claims the Juba government bought two L-39 fighter jets that were serviced in Uganda


The monitors also said that armed government actors were imposing “debilitating movement restrictions” on UN peacekeepers.

They warned that the economy of the world’s newest nation had effectively collapsed because of government policies that included buying weapons instead of funding social services.

Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan, reporting from Juba, said that the report is likely to anger those who should benefit from social services, which are already underfunded.

“South Sudan’s economy has been in freefall since it floated its currency against the dollar in December last year,” she said.

“Half of South Sudan’s population live beneath the poverty line, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. South Sudan’s consumer price index is up 700 percent from this time last year. It is difficult for ordinary civilians to get food from the market.

“Some civil servants can earn as little as two or three dollars per month, which makes it hard for them to be be able to sustain their families.”

More than 200,000 people rely on humanitarian assistance, Morgan added.

Riek Machar (C) is said to be recuperating at his house in Khartoum, Sudan


The report strengthens the case for an arms embargo, a move recommended by the monitors to the Security Council in January. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also called for an arms embargo.

“There is no evidence to suggest that more weapons are required in South Sudan for the government to achieve a stable security environment,” the UN monitors said.

“Rather, the continued influx of weapons … contributes to spreading instability and the continuation of the conflict.”

The report said that while Sudan had provided small arms, bullets and logistical support to opposition troops, they “found no evidence to date that Sudan – or any other neighbouring country – has provided heavy weapons … which has limited the opposition’s ability to mount large-scale operations”.

However, the monitors received reports that government troops have made significant, ongoing arms procurements, including the likely recent acquisition of two L-39 fighter jets.

The report also states that two truckloads of ammunition were transferred to the capital, Juba, from Uganda in June


“While the panel has received preliminary reports from two sources that the jets were serviced and painted in Uganda, the panel has not yet been able to confirm their origin or if these jets have been purchased or are on loan,” the monitors said.

Two truckloads of ammunition were transferred to the capital, Juba, from Uganda in June, while late last year South Sudanese army chief Paul Malong asked a Lebanese company to begin developing a small arms ammunition manufacturing facility in Juba, the monitors said.

“It is not clear from currently available information whether this project has proceeded in the intervening period,” they added.

Talk of arms embargo

In the wake of deadly violence in Juba in July, the council said it would discuss an arms embargo if Ban reports this month that the government was not cooperating with the deployment of 4,000 more peacekeepers and was obstructing 12,000 UN troops already on the ground.

A UN peacekeeping mission (UNMISS) has been in South Sudan since the country gained independence from Sudan in 2011.

The UN monitors said that in rhetoric and action, government-affiliated forces “have actively threatened the operations and personnel of UNMISS and other UN agencies, and both parties have continued to target humanitarian workers”.

During the violence in July, between 80 and 100 uniformed soldiers overran Juba’s Hotel Terrain compound, home to the staff of international organisations, and in four hours killed an ethnic Nuer journalist and raped at least five foreign aid workers and other staff working at the compound, the monitors said.

South Sudan Gen Paul Malong reportedly contacted Lebanese to begin developing a small arms ammunition manufacturing facility in Juba, the monitors said

The monitors said that given the number of soldiers involved, the number of items stolen and the systematic damage inflicted, “this attack was well coordinated and cannot be considered as an opportunistic act of violence and robbery”.

The UN Security Council has long threatened to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan after the country spiralled into civil war in 2013, but veto powers Russia and China are wary that such a move would benefit opposition fighters because it would be harder to monitor them than to police the government.

The Security Council set up a targeted sanctions regime for South Sudan in March 2015, then in July blacklisted six generals – three from each side of the conflict – by subjecting them to an asset freeze and travel ban.

A political rivalry between President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and opposition leader Riek Machar, a Nuer, sparked the civil war.

The pair signed a shaky peace deal a year ago, but fighting has continued. Machar fled the country after the violence between their troops erupted in July.

The monitors said in the report – which was requested by the Security Council – that “the actions and policies of the two major parties” pose the most severe security threats to the peace deal and the transitional government.

“The focus of many of the central military and political figures on mobilising their respective tribes has continued to escalate the conflict from a primarily political to a tribal war,” the monitors said.

AL Jazeera

Sheraton Hotel Employees Flaunt Appetizing Flesh At Fun Day

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 16:09
Sheraton Hotel Employees Flaunt Appetizing Flesh At Fun Day

Recently, Kampala Sheraton Hotel held their annual fun day, in which the top management mingles with their subordinates.

OMG! We almost saw her nini


At first, all we expected to see were men in suits and ladies in floor-sweeping outfits. This however, turned out in extremely the opposite way.

The event kicked off at around 6pm with various guests trickling in, to catch a glimpse at the highly anticipated fun day.

Sheraton Hotel MD keenly-watching his employees do their thing


From then up to around 9pm it was kept on the low, with drama, dances and a few other activities dominating the podium.

Later on however, the house was literally set on fire when several models, also employees of the hotel, hit the run way in flesh-revealing outfits.

Cut out of distinct fabrics, the models showcased what truly creativity means with their outfits.

okay guys this is great work you both looked nice


The girls here flashed their tempting flesh as the dudes in the audience cheered on in unison.

Actually, one would easily mistake the event for a Miss Tourism gala, considering the relativity in presentation and stage acts.

Also in attendance was the Sheraton Hotel General Manager Jean-Philippe Bittencourt who cheered on the participants from the word go till the climax.

Our snapper Elisha Muloki caught the event on camera, just for you.

Thats the smile you pull when nakagigo offers you after the sweetest nankani


Muder Suspect Sebuwufu Granted Bail

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 15:18
Murder Susupect Sebuwufu Granted Bail

By Serestino Tusingwire

High Court Judge Justice Wilson Masalu Musene has finally granted a Shs20million cash bail to the Pine Car Bond boss Mohammed Ssebufu.

Sebuwufu was also ordered to deposit his passport with the court and must report regularly to the court starting October 7th.

Sebuufu, had his first bail application denied last month on grounds that he would influence or intimidate witnesses.

His co-accused SP Aaron Baguma was also granted bail by the same Judge yesterday.

Ssebufu’s sureties who include Tamale Mirundi, Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata, and Hajji Abdul Karim have been bonded shs100million non-cash each.

Sebufu, had been on remand at Luzira prison since last year with seven others over the charges of murdering businesswoman Donah Katushabe over a 9m debt she owed to him.


Alcohol Consumers ‘Worried’ As Parliament Moots Tough Liquor Regulations

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 14:16
Alcohol Consumers ‘Worried’ As Parliament Moots Tough Liquor Regulations

By Serestino Tusingwire

Parliament through Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze (DP) has tabled the tough ‘Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill 2016’ seeking to stop alcohol sale and consumption before 5pm and after 12:00am.

Once passed, the violators of this law will risk a Shs2m fine or one-year jail term or both, according to penalties in draft alcohol regulation.

The bill aims to consolidate all alcohol related laws and set tougher sanctions on alcohol consumption by, among others, creating national, district, and sub-county licencing and regulation committees.

It provides that a retailer cannot sue to recover any debt extended willingly to a consumer of alcohol unless the alcohol is served to a resident hotel, Inn or lodge guest. This means that bar owners would incur losses unless patrons pay up before leaving the service point.

The Bill provides for jail not less than 10 years to individuals who sell alcoholic beverages to children or buys for them, though the it does not say how the age of prospective alcohol buyers will be verified.

The Bill also seeks to ban advertisement of alcohol, just like the country did with tobacco, eliciting strong caution from players in the former industry.

However the bill is criticized already alcohol brewers saying alcohol cannot be simply washed away because it’s as old as humanity.

“Alcohol cannot be simply wished away. It is as old as humanity. They should also understand the role of the beer companies to the growth of Uganda’s economy”. Onapito Ekomoloit, chair Uganda Alcohol Industry Association said.

CONFESSION: I’ve Never Tasted A Gal’s ‘Sompyo,’ Mabirizi ‘Spiderman’ Reveals

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 13:10
CONFESSION: I’ve Never Tasted A Gal’s ‘Sompyo,’ Mabirizi ‘Spiderman’ Reveals

By Serestino Tusingwire

Mustapha Lule, the man now christened ‘spiderman’ after surviving death despite jumping from the rooftop of Mabirizi complex last weekend has spoken out on the good and bad he has experienced in his life and why he attempted to take his life.

According to him, for the years he has lived in this world, he has experienced more hardships than good things and that’s why he deemed himself useless and attempted to commit suicide.

Speaking to our reporter from his sick bed, Lule said he has never had a girl friend and doesn’t have any experience associated with babes including tasting their ‘sompyos.’

“I have never had any girlfriend in my life,” he confessed.

In his story, Lule is a Primary Seven drop-out, and was renting a Shs50, 000 room in Nansana with his brother, but failed to pay rent plus other debts. He says sticks are part of his daily meal because of failure to pay the money he owes to different people.

“I was a tailor but with few clients and sometimes I would close the day without money for transport back home,” he said, adding: “I have many problems in my life that sometimes I regret why I was born.”

Lule’s mother, Ms Amatu Namakula, said he came to her house two weeks ago begging for Shs15, 000 to look after himself but she couldn’t help him.

It is suspected that at this point, Lule thought that he was useless and decided to commit suicide though God still wanted him to live.