Quench that thirst with your home made taste elevated drinking water

It is extremely hot in Kampala lately and many of us would love to have a glass or more of water regulary. However there is also another group that just hates drinking water and are spending a little too much on unhealthy drinks like sodas. Today we bring you a few tricks you can use to improve the taste of water so as to go through this season, hydrated and healthy.

  1. Add a squeeze of lemon or lime (or both).
  2. Infusing water with fruit, fill a large jug with water, sliced fruit (try citrus, berries or melon) and ice; refrigerate overnight.
  3. Soak it in flavour, let pineapple chunks soak in water for at least two hours.
  4. Make a mash, mash up blueberries or raspberries in the bottom of your glass, then add sparkling or still water.
  5. Make a splash,pour in a splash of unsweetened cranberry juice.
  6. Cube Juice, make ice cubes out of no-sugar-added juice and add to sparkling or still water and cranberry juicewater.
  7. Mint it, tear up some fresh mint leaves and leave to steep in water before drinking.
  8. cuke it, add sliced cucumber for a refreshing zing.
  9. Add sparkle, make half the glass sparkling water, half the glass still water; it’s not as gassy as sparkling alone.
  10. spice it up, crush some basil leaves, add to water and leave overnight.
  11. Veg out, after boiling vegetables, such as carrots, reserve the water and chill overnight for a vitamin-packed blast of flavor.
  12. Pick and herb, Add an herbal tea bag like passion fruit; heat with lemon.




Prices of food stuffs increase ahead of Christmas celebrations

By Waswa Deo

As Christmas approaches,prices for food staffs have slightly increased in popular markets around Kampala due to increasing demand from communities.

In markets, Kalerwe, Lufula, Nakasero, Owino among others, prices in all these markets are not different.  A kilo of meat costs between 8500/= to 12,000/=, a bunch of banana costs, between 15.000/= to 40.000/=, chicken costs between 20.000 to 40.000/=,  a kilo of Rice is ranging between 2600 to 3600/= depending on different varieties.

However, the prices have not hindered shoppers from shopping.




Research reveals that Ugandans are the biggest Pork consumers in Africa

Ugandans’ raving appetite for pork makes them the biggest consumers of pork in Africa. This has been disclosed by Dr Ben Lukuyu, the Uganda Country Representative of the International Livestock Research Institute.

He was presenting research findings on sweet potato and production of silage from vines for growing pigs at the Roots, Tubers and Bananas end of project meeting in Entebbe, Wednesday. The research, conducted in Masaka and Kamuli districts, explored linkages between sweet potato production and growing of pigs for consumption and commerce.

Dr Lukuyu, an animal nutritionist, said the per capita consumption of pork in Uganda is 3.5 kilogrammes, making Uganda the biggest consumer of pork in Africa and second to China globally. He added that 1.1 million households keep pigs and 3.5 smallholder farmers directly depend on growing pigs, while millions others are employed in the value chain.

Dr Lukuyu said that while the pigs sub-sector is growing by leaps and bounds, it is facing a number of challenges like high cost of feeds, poor quality and quantity of feeds; hence the need to explore usage of potato vines.

He said although the growing of pigs and demand for pork is huge and growing, performance of Ugandan pigs in terms of weight gain and growth is relatively poor yet the potential of feeds is high.

Dr Lukuyu said the potato vines, key in making silage, are available locally at no cost from farms, homesteads, markets and hotels. He said there is an opportunity to exploit the wide availability of sweet potato vines, as well as other variety of feeds to boost piggery, adding that sweet potato vines offer better digestibility in pigs.

Dr Lukuyu added that the pig production industry is showing no sign of slowing down, hence the need to promote it.

Marsy Asindu, a student of Makerere University who was part of the research team, said market potential for silage from sweet potatoes is huge because so much waste is generated from the crop.

Asindu said in the research areas of Masaka and Kamuli they found out that the market for silage from sweet potato vines is eight billion Shillings and three billion Shillings respectively. Nationally, Asindu says that the market potential for silage made from sweet potato vines is 11 billion Shillings.

Uganda Investment Authority Investment Executive, Yvonne Munabi, said such sweet potato vines silage innovation should translate into lower prices for consumers instead of the reverse.

A kilo of pork presently goes for 10,000 Shillings, way too expensive for many Ugandans.

Uganda is the biggest producer of sweet potatoes in Africa, with most farming households actually producing the crop. The sweet potato is literally grown throughout Uganda including in arid Karamoja.




Behold the Nsenene season is upon us

It is that time of the month when grasshoppers commonly known as Nsenene are flying around by are also abundant in our markets. Well, a few people think they are creepy while others find them so delicious.

“Most commonly found and consumed in areas with grasslands, the writers of the U.N. report maintain that the critters are simple to cook, and especially tasty when roasted and seasoned with onion, garlic, chili or soy sauce. Their nutritional content makes them a hearty snack or addition to most meals.”writes Alexander Sifferlin  in Times.

Prepping these insects is a tedious job which prompts many sellers to sell them cook them with wings and legs on so the consumer does that for themselves.

These insects are actually very healthy and nutritious so when next you have a bowl this what you will be having;

Protein: 20.6 %

Fat: 6.1 %

Carbohydrates: 3.9 %

So when next you have you have your scrumptious bugs, have them with no guilt.


Suspected traffickers arrested with game meat valued at 2.5M

Two suspected traffickers have been arrested in possession of wildlife body parts valued at 2.5 million Shillings.

The suspects, identified as Isaac Akobo and Isaac Soyeko, were arrested in an operation mounted by officials from Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN), Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and police in Sebei sub region.

The entities acted on a tip-off by members of the public who had seen the two arriving on motorcycles from remote parts of Bukwo district to Kapchorwa with three skins of leopard, cheetah and a serval cat.

Police says the suspects had booked a special hotel room in town that they planned to transact business in wild game products with buyers whom they did not disclose their identity.

The police CID officer, David Mayanja Bisaso said the two are suspected to have been carrying out the illegal wildlife business from parts of Western Kenya and selling the products to buyers in Uganda.

He said that the suspects, now in police custody, will be arraigned in court later today to face charges of being in possession of wildlife products against the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Act.

Section 30 of the UWA Act stipulates that no person may engage in any activities which involve the utilization of wildlife and wildlife products without first obtaining a grant of a wildlife use right.

Police says that they are launching an investigation to identify the source of the animal trophies.

The Chief Executive Officer for Natural Resource Conservation Network Vincent Opyene said, once police establishes the exact country where the trophies originated from, they will follow up with the said country to ensure that the trophies are handed to that respective country.

This, he says, is according to the memorandum of understanding the countries that are experiencing poaching and trafficking activities reached when African countries met in  Johannesburg, South Africa to discuss  the fate of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Abel Ahabwe, the senior investigations officer with NRCN says human-wildlife conflict in Uganda and many other countries threatens cheetah survival.

Ahabwe adds that habitat loss for such wildlife also presents a major threat to cheetahs saying, “As human populations grow and expand, agriculture, roads, and settlements destroy the open grasslands that cheetahs favor.”


MAK Vice chancellor cancels suspension of students who protested against poor meals

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof John Ddumba Ssentamu has revoked the suspension of 15 students who were accused of masterminding a protest against provision of poor-quality meals.

The students were suspended yesterday for reportedly invading the University Hall kitchen serving centre on Tuesday October 18, and destroying property. Their suspension triggered a wave of other protests by university students faulting the administration of being arbitrary and unfair to their colleagues.

As tensions mounted, the University Vice Chancellor Prof John Ddumba Sentamu held a meeting with student leaders to resolve the standoff. The meeting was attended by among others, the Dean of Students Cyriaco Kabagambe, the Academic Registrar Alfred Masikye Namoah, Frank Mwesigwa the commander Kampala Metropolitan Police and Makerere Chief Security Officer SP Mucunguzi Jackson.

The student’s led by the Guild President Roy Ssembogga pleaded for reconsideration to allow the suspended students back to campus.

The Vice Chancellor based on the pleas to announce that the directive will be cancelled. The meeting which took place at the council room at Makerere University resolved that students  be called back as investigations take shape.

“I am going to write to the individual students who were suspended informing them of the decision. But the committee has already been constituted to investigate the involved students,” Prof. Ddumba said.

The affected students include: Gerald Wabugoya, Fahad Ndugwa, Joseph Mugume, Solomon Taremwa, Francis Kayira, Timothy Mambule, Justus Ayesiga and Simon Wanyera. Others are, James Kagenyi, May Francis Abit, Samuel Kigula, Rashid Kassim Njaliira, Rogers Ashabahebwa, Aziz Tworo and Donart Nayebare.

Earlier, their lawyer Isaac Semakadde had sought audience with the Vice Chancellor over the same.

Ssemakadde, an advocate with Centre for Legal Aid, said that the university needed to rescind the decision on ground that an investigative suspension cannot be for an indefinite period.


MUK students detest the quality of food they are served in the halls

Over 700 residents of Africa and Livingstone hall in Makerere University boycotted supper on Sunday evening to protest the deteriorating food quality. Makerere University contracted Bossa Catering and Institutional Services in August 2014 to supply food to Africa Hall and Livingstone, Galloway and Kabanyolo students’ hostels.

The move came after the university decided to phase out cooking for students and decided to hire service providers.  However, the students in Africa and Livingstone hall, say the food quality and quantity has been deteriorating over time.

On Sunday, angry students decided to seal off all entrances to the Africa hall dining and vowed not to eat unless the service provider improves the quality of meals he serves them. The Mess Minister, Timothy Mununuzi, threatened to mobilise students to pour the food unless the quality changes, saying they have been patient with the service provider for some time.

According to Mununuzi, they decided to stage a protest because they couldn’t take it anymore.

Gerald Oyeki, one of the angry students, wondered why BICs was slow at taking action.

Our reporter couldn’t reach the director Bossa Catering and Institutional Services (BICS). But one of the employees told URN on condition of anonymity that they have been experiencing water shortage, which has complicated their work.


Tourism minister launches Rolex festival

By Patricia Osman
The youth are being urged to embrace the sale of Rolex as a way of earning an income and improving their livelihood. The former minister for Tourism Maria Mutagamba was speaking ahead of the Kampala Rolex Festival this Sunday the 21st of August at Uganda Museum under theme Towards a hygienic environment to Youth empowerment.
She says the Rolex has empowered communities all over Uganda through feeding and providing income generating activities. The festival will held annually with aim of promoting health and quality standards in the Rolex business. It is also intended to enhance the delicacy to attract more youth to get involved at a commercial level as suppliers, stall operators Rolex chiefs and customers.
In the past month, the Ugandan rolex attracted the world’s culinary attention  when it was mentioned on CNN as one of the fastest new African fast food.
A rolex is an egg, vegetables and chapati wrap that is one of the commonest fast street food available in almost every part of Uganda especially in urban centers.

Food rations for refugees reduced to half due to funding

Government and Humanitarian agencies are reducing by half, food rations and cash assistance for refugees that arrived in Uganda prior to July 2015. The decision will affect around 200,000 refugees.

The decision comes at the backdrop of low levels of funding, together with a large number of new arrivals fleeing to Uganda from South Sudan since 7 July, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

However, refugees who arrived in Uganda after July 2015, as well as those who have been identified as particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, orphans, the chronically ill, and those in need of treatment for malnutrition, will continue to receive a full ration.

Refugees receiving full rations are provided with 2,122 calories of food per person per day, in line with the minimum recommended daily allowance, during their first year, decreasing as they become increasingly self-reliant during their time in Uganda. Other refugees receive cash assistance in place of food rations, which also provides them with the opportunity to exercise greater personal choice.

“People are fleeing because they are afraid for their lives. Our communities are welcoming them and giving them what we can: land and hope for a better future. But our message to the international community is this: we need your help to meet their basic needs until they are able to stand on their own two feet.” David Apollo Kazungu, a commissioner in the Office of the Prime Minister says.

The World Food Program-WFP requires approximately 7 million US Dollars every month to provide life-saving food assistance to refugees in Uganda. Despite the generous support of donors, the humanitarian response requires an additional 20million US Dollars to restore full food rations to refugees for the rest of the year.

“We have done everything we can to avoid this, but we have been left with no option but to reduce food assistance for many of the refugees in Uganda, in order to stretch available resources and prioritize the most vulnerable new arrivals,” said Mike Sackett, WFP’s acting Country Director for Uganda.

He added that; “We hope that this is temporary, and we are working as hard as we can to raise the resources needed to restore the full level of food assistance for as many refugees as possible.”

The humanitarian response to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda was already severely underfunded before the outbreak of violence in Juba on 8 July, which has since prompted more than 70,000 people to cross the border in to Uganda.

OPM and UNHCR lead and co-coordinate the response to the roughly 600,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda, and collaborate together with the World Food Programme to provide new arrivals with life-saving food assistance.

By the end of 2015, Uganda was the third-largest refugee hosting country in Africa and the eighth-largest refugee hosting country in the world.



Masses scramble for bites at Kololo

There was drama at the food distribution points at Kololo Independence grounds on Thursday afternoon during the swearing of president, Yoweri Museveni for a fifth term of office.

Tempers flared at the food distribution points behind the tents of the guests as hundreds of people clamored for food and drinks as the main event got underway.

Because of the big queues that had formed some of the people who couldn’t handle the pressure were forced to leave for the stronger ones.

One of the youth told URN that he came to Kololo to feast after hearing announcements that a lot of food and drinks would be served. “I only came here to enjoy food but it is very hard for me to get even a single plate, because of the big numbers,” he said.

Those who managed to reach the distribution point packed more than their share, which annoyed those behind them.

James Kasozi, one of those who missed the food faulted security personnel for failing to ensure order. “The only reason why there is a lot of disorder is because there is no security personnel to maintain sanity,” he said.

A woman, who declined to identify herself, blamed the mess on the limited number of people deployed to serve the huge number of guests. While people were scrambling for food, security was involved in a cat and mouse game with some people who brought merchandise for sale.

Ivan Omara, a grasshopper vendor told URN that he came hopping to make a lot of money because of the big number of people but to his dismay he was chased by police.

Frank Kaweesa, a vendor of sweets and drinking water also complained of slow business. He said most of the people shunned their products because of the availability of free food at the event.