Road Safety: World Bank launchs a road inspection report of the North Eastern Road Corridor

BY GLORIA NAKIYIMBA

The World Bank has today launched a road inspection report of the North Eastern Road Corridor which calls for improvement of safety measures to make the road safer for all users. Some of the safety measures proposed in the report include, changing the design of the road to make it more consistent to the terrain.

Other measures are , improving the cross section from two-lanes to four-lanes with guardrails in the towns of Tororo, Mbale, Soroti and Lira and at the Manafwa steep descend, use of speed guns, installation of speed humps, and delineation of horizontal curves to enhance safety for night-time driving with chevron signs.

The 340km stretch, known as the North Eastern Road Corridor Asset Management Project covers the Tororo-Mbale-Soroti-Lira-Kamdini road, and is about to undergo rehabilitation and improvements funded by the World Bank “Uganda has made important strides in the past decade to reduce communicable diseases, maternal deaths, and improve the overall life expectancy. Therefore, a concerted action on road safety would bring additional far-reaching benefits for the public health sector, and economic development,” said Tony Thompson, Country Manager, World Bank.

The report, funded by the Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility, identified several challenges including rapid urbanization along the corridor, poor road design that is inconsistent with the geographical terrain, ineffective and limited speed control measures as well as steep embankments and slopes.

According to the report a total of 98 accident black spots were identified in the corridor – equivalent to one black spot every 3.5km.

Speaking at the launch of the report in Kampala on Thursday, Allen Kagina the executive director Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA noted that “the unit will be coordinating and liaising with all key stakeholders, including the police, the contractor, and the National Road Safety Council. The Unit will follow up on the NERAMP road safety performance and compliance to requirements of the national road safety standards and programs.”

UNRA says road Safety activities are aimed at the reduction of road traffic injuries and fatalities by strengthening the road safety management capacity, and reducing road crashes on the project corridor.

UNRA boss Kagina says the authority’s Traffic and Road safety department will play the leading role in the implementation of the safety interventions of the project, particularly the education and support to enforcement aspects.

The unit will follow up on the NERAMP road safety performance and compliance to requirements of the national road safety standards and programs.

Road safety education campaigns will be carried out in schools and on radio and TV stations in major towns along the road corridor including Tororo, Mbale, Soroti and Lira while support will be given to the road safety enforcement agencies like police in enforcing safety measures.

Charles Muhangi found dead in his bed

BY ROBERT SSEGAWA

Police has confirmed the sudden death of Charles Muhangi a city business man, sports personality and also the proprietor of Horizon coaches.

Muhangi was reportedly found dead this morning at his home in Buziga surbab of Kampala in Makindye division by his wife.

According to Vicent Ssekate the CID spokesperson, police got the information from local leaders in Buziga and sent detectives to his home who confirmed his death.

“All i can tell you is we are taking the body to Mulago for postmortem and ascertain the possible cause of death” Ssekate said.

Mike Mawanda a family friend says the family will also conduct a joint post mortem with police through a family doctor.

“ We have heard from the people who were with him last night in the meeting, he was not sick up to 1 am he Departed and agreed to meet this morning”, says Mawanda.

60 year old Muhangi a renowned rally driver was the first Ugandan to win African rally championship in 1999.

He has been involved in a land wrangle with property mogul Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu alias Young. The three Kampala business men were battling for the ownership of Qualicel Arcade, and Nabukera arcade .

Muhangi claims ownership of the 0.58 hectares of the land on which the two arcades were built.

Last month the office of the Solicitor general issued Muhangi with a letter confirming the ownership of the land that housed the two arcades.

Muhangi further produced the letter to Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Moses Kafeero for eviction, and was given a go ahead letter and officers to secure the premises during the eviction.

After retaining the ownership of two arcades Charles Muhangi change the names of Arcades from Qualicel terminal to “Horizon city” and Nabukera Plaza to “Bazannya N’engo”.

After changing the names of Arcades the two tycoons Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu alias Young closed the two arcades last month in protest which left many traders renting on the buildings stranded on streets of Kampala.
The arcades were later opened after two days.

The two business men were accusing Charles Muhangi of grabbing their buildings and have been battling the case in the courts of law for the last 13 years.

UBA Foundation launches Each one Teach one’ initiative

By Edwin Muhumuza

United Bank of Africa(UBA) Uganda through the UBA Foundation, the arm of the bank charged with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has launched the ‘Each One Teach One’ Initiative designed to benefit youths in Africa.

The purpose of the Each One Teach One Initiative is to create opportunities where UBA staff across the continent voluntarily commit their time to their communities, teaching youths various skills such as cooking, agriculture, foreign languages, photography, fashion design, music, reading, writing and much more, to empower youths with knowledge, which in future will facilitate their financial independence and support enterprenual development.

In Uganda, the team launched the project at Bugema Adventist Secondary School where UBA staff donated literature books, agricultural material, planted trees and trained students on financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

The ‘Each One Teach One’ initiative will be rolled out across the country in areas of operation.

‘We believe the youth are the future of this country and the education they receive does not singlehandedly prepare them to succeed in the future. Through the UBA foundation and the ‘Each One Teach One Initiative’, we hope to give the youth a head start by equipping them with the necessary skills to succeed,’ said Johnson Agoreyo, the UBA Uganda Managing Director and CEO.

According to officials at the Bank,UBA Foundation through its four major areas of focus – education, environment, economic empowerment and special projects will continue to positively impact the lives of Uganda youths and communities.

United Bank for Africa (UBA) is one of Africa’s leading financial institutions, with operations in 20 countries and 3 global financial centers: London, Paris and New York.UBA has evolved into a Pan-African, provider of banking and related financial services through diverse channels globally.

United Bank for Africa Uganda represents UBA’s pioneer country activities in the East and Southern African sub-region. With a growing network of branches and ATMs across the country, the bank continues to expand the retail and commercial playing field in Uganda by delivering unique financial products and solutions.

A BRAND NEW CAR GIVEAWAY: Capital Radio unveils festive season promotion

BY GLORIA NAKIYIMBA

Capital Radio has unveiled a new promotion this festive season in which one lucky listener will win a brand new Toyota Mark Grand car. The General Manager Capital Radio Peter Mungoma says the promotion aims to reward listeners for their loyalty.

“It is aimed at saying Thank you for being good customers, thank you for being good listeners and because it is the season of giving, we think it should continue and it starts with Capital and our partners to give back to our loyal listeners” he said.

In the Win a car promotion, listeners will also be able to win an instant prize of 50,000 every day and other prizes from partners as a way of rewarding them for their loyalty.

“Listeners and clients have an opportunity to win a car which is really the most exciting part of the promotion. All they have to do is go any of participating partners of ours, spend some money with them, will be given a coupon with a code which will allow them to go into the draw” Mr. Mungoma averred.

The Prize

The grand prize is a Toyota Grande Mark two solon car worth millions of shillings.

“It’s one of Uganda’s favorite cars Toyota. Toyota is a good car!. It’s a car fully registered, you’ll be able to get your keys and get a log book to your ride” said Mungoma.

The car is currently on display in the Capital gardens at Plot 1 A cooper road Kisementi – Kololo. As the campaign gains momentum, the car will be displayed at different outlets of participating partners.

How to participate and win.

The general manager Peter Mungoma says there are two ways in which to participate in the promotion.

The first one is to listen to Capital Fm. Presenters will be giving out three codes every day for six days.

This will happen during the Breakfast Show with Gaetano and Lucky, AM-PM with Flavia and during the Over drive show with Oulanya and Tattu.

“All you have to do as the listener, once the cue to call is given, just call in, give us the code then you will go into a draw to win the car. But also you win an instant prize of 50,000 shillings to every listener who calls and gives the right code” he explained

The second way is to walk into any of our partners premises, spend some money with them.

According to Mr. Mungoma, “Spend money in those areas for whatever service or product that you are getting, you will win an instant prize but you’ll also be given a coupon which will allow you to go into the draw for the ultimate prize. The more times you spend at these outlets of our partners, the more chances you have of winning a car”.

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Dennis Ssentongo Capital Radio’s Sales Manager says the grand draw will be held on 10th of January 2019.

The Partners

This is a joint promotion to reward both listeners and clients this Christmas

According to Ssentongo the number one station in Uganda has proudly partnered with leading brands in the market to make this promotion a dream come true for the winner.

The partners are Hisense, Samsonite, KFC, Lazio Italian restaurant, Torino bar and restaurant, Comfort Homes, Water & Pumps International, The Athena Hotel, Nina Interiors Ltd, Kasenge Forest Resort, Universal M. Entp, and Victory tour and travel center.

UK in major drive to end malnutrition in Karamoja

By Edwin Muhumuza

Government has committed to sustain all program interventions to strengthen the health systems to end malnutrition in Karamoja. This during the launch of the Karamoja Nutrition Program, an initiative funded by UKAid and implemented by the United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF) and the United Nations World Food Programme(WFP) in Kotido district.

Approximately 28million Pounds have been invested in Karamoja by the UK .The nutrition program is expected to strengthen government’s health system to ensure children and mothers across the region receive high quality health and nutrition services and are better nourished.

Chiefguest, the minister of Karamoja Affairs, Hon. John Byabagambi, in his remarks challenged local leaders to champion the program and not look at development partners as saviours.

‘’We must work for ourselves, our people and we go out whenever there is good weather to grow and store food.’’Byabagambi noted.

In attendance, area legislators and local government leaders continuously appealed for more support of Karamoja in education, Agriculture and more programs to which the minister urged them to own the program to benefit their communities.

‘’I don’t want any local leader to expect the development partners to lead their programs. You do not expect them to be everywhere because the money they have cannot satisfy all of us. We are lucky that they can get tax payers money from the UK and give it to us..’

Delegates sign on the board as a symbol of pledging to support the initiative.
Delegates sign on the board as a symbol of pledging to support the initiative.

Francesca Stidston, the Acting Head of Office for the Department for International Development(DFID) said ,’’reports say Karamoja has made commendable progress in improving health outcomes, however more needs to be done to ensure that even the hardest to reach have access to life saving services.’’

Ms Stidston noted that, the information gathered had steered the direction they took on the Karamoja Nutrition Program but also not forgetting that Malaria is the leading cause of sickness in the region therefore UK is pleased to launch this program along with our support for the prevention and control of malaria in this region.

‘’This program aims to save more lives, reduce vulnerability of women and children while ensuring increased productivity. The UK government remains committed to reaching 50million people by 2020 and such programs will continue,’’she added.

84% of people in Karamoja are unable to afford a nutritious daily diet,45% of households have limited access to food and over have of all households do not have much diversity in their diet. The reason why malnutrition is a major impediment to Karamoja’s development, undermining the health and economic prospects of the population,reports suggest.

Initially Karamoja was free from malnutrition but due to insecurity in the 90’s a lot of cattle was lost and so elders, children and pregnant mothers who entirely depended on milk and other by products for food could no longer have access to the nutritious food. This coupled with a harsh environment was not able to provide an alternative and hence communities resorted to consuming local gin/alcohol and thus malnutrition, according to local leaders.

Rakai school fire suspects 8 arrested.

By Alice Lubwama
Government has confirmed that eight people suspected to have caused the fire at St. Bernard secondary school have so far been arrested. On Sunday evening fire caught a senior three dormitory at St. Bernard secondary school in Rakai district leaving nine students dead while others injured.

Giving a statement on the fire that gutted the school  The state  minister for higher education John Chrystom Muyingo said that nine students have lost their lives (Update: 11 now confirmed dead) while nine students sustained injuries and receiving treatment at Manya , Kalisizo and Kitovu.

Muyingo also says that government  has given to given financial contributions to the families of the students of the children that were affected in the fire to assist them in paying medical bill and making burial arrangements.

Muyingo also says that they would like schools to equip their institutions with fire extinguishers and also equip them with techniques on how to combat fire.

However a number  of MPs mainly from the central region  are bitter why government had failed to bring out a report on the so many schools that have been burnt and students loosing lives.

Rakai woman Mp Juliet Kinyamata and Robinah Sentongo Kyotera woman MP said that they need a report to know the people behind these acts. ‘Don’t make us suspect that there are big people in government behind the fires, many schools have been burnt but no one is coming out to give a report. What is intelligence doing – she stated.

Uganda’s Parliamentary committee scrutiny for the defunct banks kick starts

The parliamentary committee on commissions, statutory authorities and state enterprises has today started scrutinizing  the closure of the  defunct banks by questioning the criteria which was used to close Teefe bank.

The committee chaired by bugweri county mp Abdul katuntu quizzed the officials of the central bank headed by the governor Tumusime Mutebile on how they could close this bank without knowing its liability and assets.

The auditor general in his report noted that some of the documentation of Teefe trust bank where denied to his office. The committee now discovers that this bank was closed without an inventory report, However bank of Uganda’s  deputy governor Louis Kasekende in response said that the law by then did not require them to fill an inventory
report.

“ The nature of documents required at that time did not include the inventory so we don’t have that inventory as of now.’’ `It is true that the Financial Institution statute specifically provides for it, but any institution that is acting prudently if you’re taking over a bank, you can’t move in an institution take it over without documenting what you’re taking over, Katuntu replied

The meeting has now been adjourned to Thursday this week to allow BOU reorganize itself and Provide to the committee the list of assets and liabilities that were taken over by the central bank at the time of dissolving the bank.

A special audit on the closure of Teefe Trust Bank and six others commercial banks by the central bank  was ordered  by the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) in November 2017.

The  committee ordered for  the  auditor after  discovering  that Bank of Uganda  had not  provided the liquidation agent and period for Teefe Trust Bank since it was closed 25 years ago, despite the BOU liquidating  the assets of the bank.

Teefe trust bank was closed in 1993, by the central bank as it was deemed bankrupt. The  special audit report of the Auditor General queried the mistakes  in the closure of Teefe Bank , International Credit Bank Ltd Greenland Bank ,  Co-operative Bank , National Bank of Commerce ), Global Trust Bank (2014) and recently Crane Bank Ltd.

The auditor also observed that there were no guidelines in place to guide the identification of the purchases of the defunct banks.

New report indicates Ugandan businessmen are not benefiting from Government incentives

By Alice Lubwama

The recent Top 100 survey has revealed that 67% of Uganda’s gross domestic product comes from Kampala. While releasing finding from this year’s survey, Dr Fred Muhumuza a renowned economist said that most of the businesses are done in Kampala leaving other areas undeveloped.

The survey also shows that a number of Ugandans now own businesses although a number of them depend on bank loans to operate and grow.

Dr Muhumuza advised the small business men to reach out to others who have existed for some years to get ideas on how sustain their business and grow them.

The research has also indicated that many of business people are worried of unstable interest and government policies as unfavorable which are reducing business confidence in people.

On Government incentives; a number of business people say they are not benefiting from the incentives given by Government, although Dr Muhumuza notes that some incentives are not direct and the business
community could be getting them when they are not aware.

The research further shows that many business people are becoming professional and more are constituting boards as well as hiring professional workers.

Cooperate governance is governance is very key in business; business people should have board members who can give ideas to grow their businesses. Muhumuza said.

The report also highlights business challenges that are facing SMEs such as high taxes, high costs of production, competition from sub-standard goods, unstable economy, high foreign exchange rates, limited access to credit, among other things.

The survey aims to identify Uganda’s fastest growing Medium Sized companies in order to showcase business excellence and highlight some of the country’s most successful entrepreneurship stories. SMEs are
celebrated contributors to wealth and job creation in Uganda.

Katamba named new DFCU boss

By Gloria Nakiyimba
 
Mathias Katamba will be taking over the leadership of  DFCU bank in January 2019 and will be taking over from  Chief Executive officer Juma Kasame . After eleven illustrious years  Juma Kasame is finally bowing out as Chief Executive Office  at the second largest Bank in Uganda,
“Mr. Juma Kisaame will be leaving DFCU in the first quarter of 2019 on retirement and will be succeeded by Mr. Mathias Katamba. “Mr Katamba will take over the leadership role at dfcu Bank as CEO starting from January 2, 2019.” said board chairman Jimmy Mugerwa.
He says Mr.  Kisaame has  played a pivotal  role in assisting dfcu Limited, the holding company, realign the shareholding that brought on board strategic partners like Arise Investments BV that include Rabobank, Norfund ) and FMO.
According to Chairman Mugerwa, Kisaeme  also led the most successful acquisitions in the banking industry in Uganda when the Bank acquired some assets and took over some liabilities of Global Trust (U) Ltd Bank (In liquidation) in 2014 and later in 2017 acquired some assets and assumed some liabilities of Crane Bank Limited .
During his tenure as CEO  Kisaame  increased shareholders value,  saw DFCU Bank rise to become the second largest bank in the country; resulting in three-fold balance sheet growth to over three trillion Uganda shillings, a customer base of close to one million and a network of 65 branches. The incoming new CEO  Katamba,  has  more than fifteen) years’ experience in the Finance & Banking sector.
“We look forward to his taking the helm at DFCU and believe he is well placed to continue the progress of the bank, building on the successes of his predecessor to the benefit of all stakeholders, contributing to the very important business sector in which DFCU operates and to the growth of the Uganda economy as a whole,”  Mugerwa noted.
Mr. Katamba  also has expertise in Strategic Management & Investor relations, Retail Banking and strong business intelligence. He has been working Housing Finance bank.
He holds an M.Sc. in Financial Management from the University of London, has also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Education at Harvard University and the Advanced Leadership Program