Men more likely to catch TB compared to women

By Alice Lubwama

The latest reports from the Tuberculosis department at Mulago hospital indicate that men are more susceptible  to  catching TB compared to women with a ratio of one woman in four people.

According to the head of the TB and Leprosy department in the health ministry, Dr Stavia Turyahebwa, more men contract the disease because they are always in crowded places where transmission can
easily take place.

Dr Turyahebwa  notes that although men are the ones carrying the highest disease burden in the country, their health visits are very low which leads to increased deaths.

TB is a highly infectious and deadly airborne disease which is preventable and curable, when diagnosed earlier and isolate and treat the patients to prevent the transmission.

According to the World Health Organization annual TB report for the financial year 2016/2017, the budget for Uganda’s national TB program is $54 million of which only 29% is funded, leaving 71% not funded.

Worse still, of the 29%, only 3% is covered from domestic sources; while 26% is covered by external grant funding.

According to Dr Turyahebwa the ministry of health is now changing the TB treatment regiments and time line from 24 months to nine months, making life easy for patients to adhere to treatment as well as cut on
the costs of drugs and treatment.

UGANDA: Church embarks on demarcating land and constructing a wall fence to protect the land from grabbers.

The Bishop of Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese, Rt. Rev. Samuel Kahuma has decried the rampant grabbing of church land in the diocese and called upon Christians to move very fast in ensuring all land belonging to the church is clearly demarcated and tittled.
Bishop Kahuma made this call during service where he confirmed 109 members into Christianity.
In his sermon to Christians at Parajwoki C.O.U Parish, in  Hoima Municipality, over the weekend, the bishop quoted the Book of Numbers (Chapter 34)where God commanded the Israelites to demarcate the boundaries of the land he had given to them.
His calls comes after the Entebbe archdeaconry was land housing St. Mark Church Namate was on the verge of being taken by the state.  The state had wanted to give land away to construct a Mahatma Gandhi memorial which the church objected to.
The church has now embarked on demarcating the land and constructing a wall fence to protect the land from grabbers.
Story by Gloria Nakyimba

MTN launches global music app TIDAL in Africa

Global music and video streaming platform, TIDAL and MTN Uganda have announced an exciting first of its kind collaboration where the Mobile telecom company will offers its customers a variety of options for a data-inclusive TIDAL membership as part of their mobile plan to gain access to exclusive high-quality streaming music, videos, concerts and more.

tidal in Uganda

What to expect: Speaking at the launch in Kampala Lior Tibon an official of TIDAL says Africa is a continent that has long been an inspiration for music  around the world and TIDAL is excited to highlight the vibrant musicians on their platform adding that they are thrilled to bring a new wave of digital music to Uganda as part of this collaboration.

What’s next for TIDAL in Uganda: MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout revealed that in celebration of the Ugandan music industry and the start of a digital music revolution, the 2 companies will hold an exclusive Collaboration Conference and ‘The MTN TIDAL Experience’ on 27th and 28th September respectively.

Report by Patrica Osman

Welcome to Africa.

What you need to know: TIDAL has over 50 million songs in our catalog and over 200,000 high-quality videos, offering passionate music fans both a premium and high fidelity sound quality, along with high-resolution video, and expertly curated editorial content. TIDAL provides a 30 day free trial period to all new customers on both subscription tiers.

African Cities: Kampala to invest in Cable Car transportation.

Kampala Capital City authority is looking for 200 million US Dollars to embark on the project to introduce cable cars in a bid to decongest the city of traffic.

“We conducted a feasibility study for cable cars in Kampala and we discovered that it is viable and so we are looking for money to run a pilot project. We are actually very composed and we think it is something that can happen in Kampala”  KCCA spokes person Peter Kauju told Capital reporter.

 

Kampala Capital City authority is looking for 200 million US Dollars to embark on the project to introduce cable cars in a bid to decongest the city of traffic. “We conducted a feasibility study for cable cars in Kampala and we discovered that it is viable and so we are looking for money to run a pilot project. We are actually very composed and we think it is something that can happen in Kampala”  KCCA spokes person Peter Kauju told Capital reporter. uju says under the pilot project, cable cars will run from Bwaise in Kawempe division to the new taxi park in the city center. It’s against this backdrop that Kampala Capital City Authority is organizing an investors’ roundtable conference for September to devise ways to fund the project. “We are making preparations for an investors’ conference to see how we can come up with the financing method or possibility for this project to happen” Kauju said. Kauju says they have contacted several companies that can provide the service of installing cable cars in the city. Cable cars are popular tourist means of transport in the French city of Grenoble. These round gondola lifts with clear glass sides gives one a bird’s eye view of the city. They could be new tourist attractions in Kampala as tourists would have a clear view of the city on the seven hills from the sky. French POMA company ; who are experts in ropeway transport are have been in talks with the authorities in Kampala over a possibility of introducing cable cars in the city as the best solution to transportation without creating congestion. Medhi Caillis the commercial officer for Africa zone says using high technology, 5000 people can be transported per hour using cable transport system that is very fast in terms of speed. Depending on the size of the cabin and speed, the car can take between6-12 people every 10-15 seconds. The system once put in place it would not have any conflict with other traffic users since it is installed in space. According to Caillis, cable system can be installed within 12-18 months making it cheaper. The company cable cars are responsible for transporting 6.5 million passengers per hour in different cities where the company enjoys a worldwide presence. With a worldwide presence in more than 80 countries in western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia and NewZealand, POMA produces 50 lifts every year accounting for a total of 8000 lifts in five continents. Some of the advantages of using cable cars are that they give a high level of passenger safety, they do not emit fumes, use clean electricity contributing little to air pollution, operate in a quiet manner saving the public from noise pollution and can serve challenging terrain. They require less time and money to implement. To have cable cars running little land is required and there is no need to excavate the ground. However, much as cable cars provide high quality transport experience, they don’t serve many passengers as a bus or a taxi would or better yet a train. A cable car service could be disrupted due to bad weather especially extreme winds since they are pulled by cables that are elevated from one tower to another. Reporter: Gloria Nakiyimba

Kampala Capital City authority is looking for 200 million US Dollars to embark on the project to introduce cable cars in a bid to decongest the city of traffic.

“We conducted a feasibility study for cable cars in Kampala and we discovered that it is viable and so we are looking for money to run a pilot project.

We are actually very composed and we think it is something that can happen in Kampala”  KCCA spokes person Peter Kauju told Capital reporter. uju says under the pilot project, cable cars will run from Bwaise in Kawempe division to the new taxi park in the city center.

It’s against this backdrop that Kampala Capital City Authority is organizing an investors’ roundtable conference for September to devise ways to fund the project.

“We are making preparations for an investors’ conference to see how we can come up with the financing method or possibility for this project to happen” Kauju said.

Kauju says they have contacted several companies that can provide the service of installing cable cars in the city.

Cable cars are popular tourist means of transport in the French city of Grenoble. These round gondola lifts with clear glass sides gives one a bird’s eye view of the city. They could be new tourist attractions in Kampala as tourists would have a clear view of the city on the seven hills from the sky.

French POMA company ; who are experts in ropeway transport are have been in talks with the authorities in Kampala over a possibility of introducing cable cars in the city as the best solution to transportation without creating congestion.

Medhi Caillis the commercial officer for Africa zone says using high technology, 5000 people can be transported per hour using cable transport system that is very fast in terms of speed. Depending on the size of the cabin and speed, the car can take between6-12 people every 10-15 seconds. The system once put in place it would not have any conflict with other traffic users since it is installed in space.

According to Caillis, cable system can be installed within 12-18 months making it cheaper. The company cable cars are responsible for transporting 6.5 million passengers per hour in different cities where the company enjoys a worldwide presence.

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With a worldwide presence in more than 80 countries in western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia and NewZealand, POMA produces 50 lifts every year accounting for a total of 8000 lifts in five continents.

Some of the advantages of using cable cars are that they give a high level of passenger safety, they do not emit fumes, use clean electricity contributing little to air pollution, operate in a quiet manner saving the public from noise pollution and can serve challenging terrain. They require less time and money to implement.

To have cable cars running little land is required and there is no need to excavate the ground. However, much as cable cars provide high quality transport experience, they don’t serve many passengers as a bus or a taxi would or better yet a train. A cable car service could be disrupted due to bad weather especially extreme winds since they are pulled by cables that are elevated from one tower to another.

Reporter: Gloria Nakiyimba

United bank of Africa changes banking landscape with digital products strategy

By Edwin Muhumuza

United Bank for Africa–Uganda has reiterated support for Ugandan entrepreneurs to ensure growth and development . According to Emeke E. Iweriebor, the Executive Director /CEO East and Southern Africa, In the last 5 years, UBA has supported infrastructure and development projects in East and Southern Africa worth over 500 million USD.

With a presence in 20 African countries it has been at the forefront of funding massive projects in Infrastructure, healthcare, education, oil and gas and agriculture. This were remarks made during a press meeting organized by the bank to discuss its strategic plans for the second half of 2018.

Meantime,Acting CEO, Johnson Agoreyo expressed optimism in the performance of the financial services institution this year. He has revealed that so far the bank has doubled the yearly revenue of 2017 in this 2nd quarter of 2018 alone. This is attributed to excellent performance in its treasury, credit and transactional income.

Relatedly, Ugandan clients of UBA will have to wait until the end of August  as the bank integrates  agency banking in its operations. This as Chief customer service executive, Agoreyo reacted  to how far they have gone to adopt  the shared agency banking platform, a  low cost model  meant to ensure financial inclusion by reducing access barriers to financial services . Currently UBA  is recruiting agents.

Digital Banking

United Bank of Africa has pioneered and is leading in digital driven banking solutions with the introduction of the first Chat banking Assistant-Leo. The platform enables the client to access all services in the banking hall, on their mobile phone including, account opening, funds transfers and airtime purchase.LEO,has been recognized by Facebook, CEO, Mark Zuckerberg as ‘’doing incredible things’’ during the just concluded Facebook Developer conference F8,in California, US.

Currently, the bank is implementing an e-voucher payment system project with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and fisheries to facilitate funding of over 4500 customers and will soon launch an advanced mobile banking solution available on a mobile application with a goal of widening service offering and responding to ever-changing customers needs.

With operations in 20 countries and 3 global financial centres; London, Paris and New York plus a growing network of 11 branches in Uganda alone,United Bank of Africa has established itself as a Ugandan giant in Financial services provision.

Strategy

The Bank aims to increase growth in deposits, generate quality risk assets while ensuring sustainable profit ,an NPL ratio of 3% and ensuring top digital banking.

 

Ugandan farmers encouraged to explore permaculture

By Gloria Nakiyimba
Ugandan farmers wishing to increase productivity on the farm have been advised to start practicing Perma culture and make use of nature to improve yields.
At The Bec Hellouin Organic farm in Normandy north of France, farmers here use science and knowledge of the soils to ensure maximum production on the farms.
The farm sitting on 20 hectares of land was started by Perrine Herver Gruyer and her husband Charles Herver Gruyer in 2006.
“Perm culture is a new way or set of rules that determines an organization of things that makes most of the natural cycle” the Herver- Gruyers explained
The couple grow more than 80 varieties of fruits, vegetables,  in their garden in  a manner that ensures compliance with and protection of the environment.  Only organic fertilizers are used on the farm.
Thus the farm produces only organic foods without any chemicals that can harm the environment. The food, fruits and vegetables are usually bought by people who enjoy organic food for health linked benefits.
The major clients are cancer patients and pregnant women who usually go to the farm or place orders for the products.
Perrine says their farm heavily relies on the trees as source of nutrients in addition to having good knowledge of the type of soils.  This she says ensures that proper vegetables and fruits are grown on the right soils with the required nutrients.
12 hectares of land were set aside for growing trees which give a shade for some plants, act as wind breakers on the farm and provide nutrients for the plants.
The farms   exploit  wild vegetation   to ensure that they get better yields at the end of the day and work on the upper layer of the ground about  5 centimeters deep in the ground and not further than that
“Rely on the trees and rely on whatever wild vegetation can give you.  You have got extremely interesting wild trees and wild plants that can be used for a lot of things as organic matter, as food for the human beings or for the animals.  Those plants   usually they are going to collect all the nutrients from the soil and give them to the other plants nearby” Perrine   told a team of Ugandan journalists that visited the farm.
They can shred the trees and leaves that are decomposed to make manure.
According to Perrine, farmers wishing to practice Permaculture   must   start on small scale as to  be able to monitor progress and expand later on.
“Do it small, the smaller it is the better it is because you can observe and understand better “ she says.
For the case of Ugandan farmers Perrin says they should make use of domestic animals on their farms as they are very useful in the eco-system under the condition that they are considered as workers.
She keeps hens on a free range basis that she says feed on pastes like snails and ants that would attack crops but at the same time the chicken droppings are used as fertilizers.
Animals such as cows can also be used as workers on the farm.
“Use domestic animals not only as food but also as workers on the ecosystem.  Don’t let them go where they want, eat all the trees, eat all the plants but you have to watch them. Otherwise they shall be errant and you are not going to use whatever they give you”
The animals according to Perrin can give a farmer a lot of manure that can be used to fertilize the soil instead of chemical based fertilizers that can be harmful to the ecosystem.
At the Bec Hellouin organic farm mixed farming is the order of the day.  Various fruits such as vines, tomatoes, apples, oranges, cherries, are grown.  Some of the vegetables grown on the farm are peas, celery, beat root, beans, carrots, cabbages, cauliflower, onions, egg plants, pepper, pumpkins and radish among others.
Numerous research projects are done on the farm to explore natural and efficient agricultural practices that contribute to regenerating the biosphere.
The farm also offers training in perma culture, market gardening, for professional and private individuals.

DNA results point to kidnappers who have been in custody

The Government has announced that tests carried out on several bodies of women killed and in a series of reported kidnaps have matched those of killers who have been in custody.
Records show that over 72 women were kidnapped between 2017 and 2018 out of which 36 were found to be self kidnaps.
Internal affairs minister J.J Odong says they are currently holding seventy two suspects in custody with seven in court while one of them has been 100% scientifically proven to have had contact with the diseased women and government is going to compel him by all means to reveal the motive of killing the women.
The minister was speaking to the media about the Key concepts of National security which include politics,Economics,the military and the general society.
By Kidandi Moses

New study projects steady growth in broadcast industry

By Deo Wasswa

The new study on  indicates that out of 8 million homes in Uganda, 49% are equipped with TV reception, while the other 51% don’t have access to TV yet.

The study conducted by SES, the world-leading satellite operator, is an annual market research that provides valuable market insights for industry players, as well as local producers to further understand the broadcasting landscape and demonstrate the important roles of satellite infrastructure.

The study also indicates that the age group 26 – 30 is the most group that watch Television at 21% followed by the age group between 21 – 25 at 19%.

The study has been conducted for over 20 years in Europe and this is the first of its kind for the case of Uganda.

According to Ricardo Topham, the research team leaders, this year’s survey was expanded with the addition of three African countries, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. For the survey in Uganda, 4000 interviews were conducted.

IT Minister Tumwesigye dragged to court

By Sania Babirye

A member of the ruling National Resistance Movement David Kamukama has gone to the high court in Kampala challenging the nomination of  fellow party member and also minister of Science and Technology Elioda Tumwesigye’s nomination in the coming party primary for  the Sheema municipality  elections.

Kamukama says Tumwesigye who is also the current MP for Sheema North’s nomination   is illegal because he was nominated out of time which was four days after the official nomination program.

He is now seeking court to quash minister Tumwesigye’s nomination.

The party primaries are slated for the 31st of this month while elections will take place on the 19th of July 2018.

National Medical Store to shift base to Kajjasi

By Wasswa Deo

National medical store is set to shift from Entebbe to Kajjansi by mid next year to have a bigger capacity of warehouse for it’s operations.

Speaking to media, Moses Kamabale, managing director national medical store says the facilities apparently  at Entebbe has a capacity of storing only 8000 pallet positions but still there is demand for space as supplies exceeds the space available.

With the new facility,  the capacity will now increase to 30.000 pallet positions and this will be the biggest of the kind on the continent.

The construction in Kajjansi is ongoing and the facility will sit on 10 acres of land.