Two companies licensed to develop industries in three districts

By Wasswa Deo

Uganda Free Zones Authority has today handed over licenses to two companies to develop industrial zones in three districts including  Jinja, Masaka and Kalungu.

The companies include, Jinja based Nilus group limited and Uganda wood Impex limited based in Masaka and Kalungu.

Nilus  group limited will take on Tobacco leaf processing for export to Europe, middle East and Egypt while Uganda wood Impex limited will be dealing in timber processing and essential oils for export.

While handing over the licenses to directors of these two companies, Magret Banga, the board vice chairperson of Uganda Free Zones  Authority, said that this has been done in line with the government’s policy to market and promote investment in the manufacturing and processing sector in order to boost Uganda’s export.

During the event, the investors urged the government to prioritize those who invest significantly as this will encourage further investment and growth of country’s economy.

Nilus group limited will invest US $ 10.5 Million in this project due to start in August this year  and it is estimated that the project will offer 220 direct jobs and 1400 indirect jobs. Uganda Wood Impex Limited will be  investing US $1.2 million and hoping to employ about 60 people.



Kyamabogo parents worry about employment for their children after graduation

As 7,157 students graduate from Kyambogo university this week some of their parents are skeptical about their future prospects given the high unemployment in the country.

On Wednesday, Prof. John Ssebuwufu, the Kyambogo University Chancellors conferred masters, bachelor’s degrees, diplomas and certificates on 1,973 students from various academic disciplines.

The graduation events are expected to last for three days. While most of the graduands are excited about their achievements, their parents and guardians are worried about the future.

45-year-old Rodha Asiimwe is the mother of Pamela Nankunda, who graduated with bachelors of Procurement and Logistics from Kyambogo University on Wednesday.

According to Asiimwe, although her daughter has graduated, she is worried about her future because of job scarcity.

Rev. Kenneth Byarugaba from Bunyororo Kitara Diocese in Hoima District told URN that they were happy having prayed for their children to succeed and graduate from Kyambogo university.

Byarugaba, however, said after making endless sacrifices, their major worry is finding a job for their children.

Despite this, Rev. Byarugaba remains positive about life and thanked Kyambogo University for being tolerant towards parents.

Despite being excited about her graduation, Pamela Nankunda said her worry is finding a job. According to Nankunda, her efforts to find a job immediately after her studies in May didn’t yield any results.

Nankunda argues that even if she opts to venture into self-employment her mother may not be able to support her since she has other children to cater for in school.

However, Arnold Namara, a graduate of Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance isn’t worried about employment. He thinks everyone has their own chance in getting a job.

Namara says he is ready to accept the challenge and hit the streets in search of employment.

International employment company on the spot over death of a young man in Qatar

The relatives of one Alex Mudamba who was taken abroad for employment by International Employment Linkages on Monday stormed the offices in Ntinda demanding for his body.

Mudanda’s mother Margeret Zziwa Mudamba says she got information from her son in  late July  that upon arrival in Qatar, he had been operated upon and one of  his kidneys removed without  his consent. Later, other organs of his body were also removed leading to his death at Hamad Hospital Qartar.

The officials at the company only agreed that the 17 year old boy had died after police was called in.

DPC Kira road Micheal Kasigire tells us that officials have written a statement promising to have the body flown back home by next week.

Earlier this year they were enormous reports about how Ugandans going to work abroad were ending up being mistreated and others dying due to poor working conditions.