Finally a module of communication for deafblindliness people in Uganda

By Alice Lubwama

Sense international Uganda a charity organization supporting deaf & blind people in Uganda together with National association of deaf blind persons of Uganda have developed a module of communication for persons living with both deaf and blind impairment that will be handed over to the government to be made the official language for these people.

Alice Nabaja from sense international says that the tactile module of communication will mainly help deaf blind people who have acquired vocational skills to be able to communicate with other people. Tactile communication is a form of nonverbal communication or body language in which touching, handshaking, kissing, etc. conveys a message from sender to receiver.

Sense international Uganda with support from big lottery fund is implementing a three year live hood project in Uganda supporting persons with deaf blindness with vocational skills to be able to live a dignified life. “Many of the people with deaf blindness especially the youth are in vocational training learning various vocations and being supported to go to the communities then work and live dignified life.’’ Nabanja added

She said that many of them have acquired skills in making paving stones, handcraft, carpentry, sanding, cookery and catering. Nabanja said that after acquiring the skills they need now to communicate with other people to be able to market their products.

The National coordinator of National association of the deaf blind persons of Uganda Yonah Waswa called for a deliberate move by government to ensure that there professionals that can train the tactile module of communication for these people to be able to communicate. He said that apparently most of them cannot communicate , attended too by their families and making their own choices because there is lack of communication between them and their families.

Waswa has also asked government to make a census and establish the number of these people to help in planning purposes. “If we are lining our national development plan suitable development goal then the first thing government can do is to carry out a census and establish the number of these people after doing that then it can be possible to adequately plan.’’ Waswa said
He also called for a special grant that will specifically target people who cannot see and hear plus their families.

Neo – liberalism is killing Uganda says Prof. Yash Tandon

By Edwin Muhumuza

Prof. Yash Tandon , a professed socialist has said a mix of maxism and socialism is key to solving Uganda’s economic and political challenges which he attributes to a well – engineered ploy by the west to keep Uganda poor. He made the remarks as he launched his book titled “Common People’s Uganda” .

The book is a Marxist-socialist manifesto that he presents to Uganda as a solution to the current socio-economic and political challenges especially the widening gap between the rich and the poor.According to Prof. Yash Tandon, Ugandans need a national dialogue uniting all political forces, through which, President Museveni should prepare to hand over power to the young generation.

He however, urges Ugandans not look at Museveni as the chief enemy, saying the enemy is neo-liberalism engineered by western institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, World Trade Organisation (WTO) among others, which have captured Uganda specifically and Africa in general.

‘’Uganda Neoliberal policy makers in Uganda are in denial about two things. One is a reluctance to look at imperialism in the face, and acknowledge that the capitalist-imperialist system of production and wealth distribution is inherently and fundamentally flawed. And the second is that left to the so-called ‘free market’, the system not only divides people between the rich and the poor but further compounds this division over time because the market rewards the rich and penalises the poor.’’

A united Uganda, he argues is what is needed to fight western imperialism. He also argues that political leaders should unite to broach a socialist vision that works for ordinary Ugandans.

In attendance was the third deputy Katikiro, Apollo Makubuya, interim president Alliance For National Transformation ,Hon. Mugisha Muntu, Governor Bank Of Uganda Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, Former Buganda premier Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere ,Uganda People’s Congress President Jimmy Akena, elder statesmen, civil society and the media. The launch was moderated by Makerere Uiversity Historian,Prof.Ndebesa Mwambustya.

Prof.Ezra Suruma, Chancellor ,Makerere University who gave the key note address agreed with Prof.Yash that indeed Uganda was facing an enemy or power that has been pressing Ugandans that must be addressed by everyone through contributions geared towards overcoming them other than opting for blame-game politics. He cautioned that, ’’when you dare to act there is a cost including loss of life’’

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UPC’s Jimmy Akena said it is going to take more work to restore what used to be the pride of Uganda economically because the foundations set by former president Milton Obote have been altered so much.

Alliance For National Transformation interim president Mugisha Muntu in his closing remarks noted that the challenges of Uganda are rooted in her politics and thus there has be general consensus across the board of all political actors to solve the question of how power is going to be transferred from one group to another in a democratic fashion and thereafter Ugandans can decide on what market system they want for themselves.

On the question of Patronage Politics, Prof.Yash notes that it is a trend not only in Uganda but a universal phenomenon especially in market oriented capitalist systems seeming to support the Cuban system with the argument that it was done in the national party’s democratic system. He adds that the world is approaching a system where the ‘’empire is collapsing’’ with regard to the EU-Brexit, nationalistic tendencies coupled with a gradual shift of power; industrial, political, economic to China where the Chinese Yen is likely to displace the US Dollar.

UBA rewards customers with trip to UEFA champions league semi finals.

By Edwin Muhumuza

Pan-African Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) PLC in partnership with leading global payments and technology company, MasterCard, have announced they are giving away all-expenses paid trips to the Semi-Finals and Finals of the 2019 UEFA Champions League to 12 lucky UBA Mastercard holders and their plus ones.

The Group Head, Marketing, Mrs. Dupe Olusola said the move was open to all existing and new UBA Platinum Mastercard holders, and an opportunity to pamper customers and give them a unique, unforgettable and priceless experience including flights, visas, 5-star accommodation, tickets to watch either the semi-finals or final matches of the UEFA Champions League and so much more with their MasterCard Platinum Access.

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A total of 12 UBA Platinum Mastercard holders from Nigeria and 11 other African countries will share the enthralling experience of watching the finals live with a loved one as well as enjoy the great ambience of host city of the Semi-Finals or Finals (Madrid). The participating countries are Uganda, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia.

Olusola said that The UEFA Champions League is the most sought-after trophy in club football competition, and one of the most followed sporting spectacles in the world. To this end, we decided to partner Mastercard and UEFA in bringing the most iconic and cherished moments in the history of football to our esteemed and loyal customers who are the reason we are so successful.

“We realize that, a lot of our customers love football and we feel giving them this treasured experience while they are pampered in far-away Spain is the way to go. These are the moments that make football such a passionate sport and we want to share these moments and experiences with our loyal customers across Nigeria and Africa,” Olusola said.

The campaign comes as UBA celebrates 70 years of Banking and excellence.

Now customers who qualify should get a UBA Platinum Mastercard and spend a minimum of $10,000 or its equivalent in his or her local currency to stand a chance to win the all-expense paid package.

Police fire teargas to disperse angry supporters of Bobi wine.

Robert Segawa

Police and military was heavily deployed at Busaabala One Love Beach a head of the Kyarenga Concert which was scheduled for today Monday 22 April.

By dawn police had mounted road blocks along Busabala road in Wakiso district, police patrols every were and teargas trucks parked at the main entrance of One love beach to block Bobi wine to access the venue.

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Police has arrested the Kyarenga extra concert organizer for defying orders.

Those arrested include the Kyadondo East member of Parliament body guard Edward Ssebufu aka Eddie Mutwe, Abbey Musinguzi Abbitex and Bajo were detained at Katwe police station.

The organizers insisted the concert will go on since they haven’t received a letter from the police stopping the concert.

Police says the organizers failed to stand by security guidelines, officers are currently battling Bobi wine supporters at ONE LOVE beach Busabala who want to access the Venue.

Supporters are now throwing stones at police, forced the forced the force to answer with teargas and rubber bullets to disperse them.

Yesterday police impounded two trucks full of speakers which were hired by the organizers of Kyarenga extra concert, and one truck was driven and parked at Natete police station while the Where about of the other are not known.

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According to the letter signed by Director of police operations Asuman Mugenyi who says the previous concert of Kyarenga was characterized with multiple incidents of theft, public nuisance, violation of traffic rules and misconduct.

Mugenyi in his letter further says police intelligence shows the concerts are a risk to public safety.

He has therefore ordered the Territorial commanders to block the concert which is scheduled for today Easter Monday.

The operation is headed by deputy police Commander Kampala metropolitan area Geoffrey Namuwoza who says police presence in area is aimed to keep law and order.

According to Kyadondo East member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi wine yesterday said so far 124 concert have been blocked by police since October 2017.

Today, singer Bobi wine locked him self in his car at a road block in Busabala.

UPDATE: Bobi Wine was later arrested.

Arch Diocese Dr. Cyprian kizito urges Christians to continue fasting.

By Robert Segawa

Christians have been asked to use today’s way of the cross as a sign of unity despite the main differences they have amongst each other.

Leading a joint good Friday prayers under Uganda joint Christian council ( UJCC) at Old Kampala SS pray ground after the Ecumenical public way of the cross , the Archbishop of Church of Uganda his Grace Stanley Ntagali expressed fears that if we fail to get United by the death of Christ on the cross, then we cannot be United.

He meanwhile says the nailing of Jesus on the cross is a sign of light for the people who are staying in the dark, this should be celebrated as a great Friday.

Ntagali urged the public to embrace Christ in their lives as to stop all things against his teachings such as ,injustices, domestic violence ,corruption which he says is rampant in our country just because of greedy and selfish people .

He adds that on this Easter people should do things which glorify God, desist from domestic violence, corruption hence peace in our families, communities and country at large.

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He has advised parents to keep a keen eye on their children because now days they face many challenges such as sugar Mummies, and daddies which disrupt them adding all this come because of parent neglect to their families.

Different people at Old Kampala playground have prayed for peace in the country, families, those in hospitals and communities as well.

On his part as new Chairman of Uganda joint Christian council the Arch Bishop of Kampala archdioceses Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga called upon all Christians as well as Ugandans to have a good life.

He pointed out the challenges such as corruption, nepotism, tribalism, violence against women and children, rampant killings of innocent men, women and children , manipulation of people, witch craft in our society and yet Uganda is a country that believes in God.

Archbishop Lwanga also wondered of many children begging on streets of Kampala who are learning bad behaviors, defilement, early marriages, child labor and exploitation of many children lives with single parents and some end up spending hour’s alone with maids which is dangerous to our future generations.

He further pointed out poverty caused by land grabbing and eviction in some parts of the country, change in rainfall patterns caused by the environmental degradation which has left number of families faced with dry spells leading to the death of cattle which has led to hunger and over dependence.

Archbishop Lwanga Consoled the business community who have been affected by closure of the Uganda Rwanda boarder, and prays that the two leaders meet and resolve the issues amongst their two countries.

Bishop Lwanga while leading the Christians on the ecumenical public way of the cross from Rubaga cathedral,Rubaga road, Kabaka Njagala, St Balikudembe parish Mengo Kisenyi, St James Church of Uganda, today , said that Christians should not stop doing what they have been doing during lent because the needy ,poor still exist and need prayers for protection from doing Wrong .

Bishop adds that our love to God must be extended to our families and communities and this in turn will help peace to prevail in our country

Peter Mungoma appointed CEO of Capital Radio 2015 LTD

By Gloria Nakiyimba
Capital Radio 2015 Ltd has appointed Peter Jackson Mungoma as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.

The managing director Managing Director Capital Radio 2015 William Pike announced the appointment in a statement issued Wednesday.

“As CEO, Mungoma will be expected to grow the reputation, revenue and profitability of the business and to lead its digital transformation. Under his leadership, we expect Capital Radio to consolidate its dominant position as the leading English FM station in Uganda and Beat FM to continue its challenge to become the leading Luganda radio in the country” said William Pike

Speaking on the new appointment, Mungoma has promised to grow the station revenue and listener-ship
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“What this simply means is added responsibility to ensure that we are continuing to invest in the right infrastructure, continue to invest in the right systems, continue to invest most importantly in the right people that will continue to deliver a great radio station to our listeners across the country. So our commitment is that we’ll continue to work with our audiences, with our advertisers to ensure that Capital radio is consistently delivering the numbers they are looking for, for their businesses” he said.
Mungoma has been General Manager of Capital Radio for the past four years and has presided over consistent revenue growth and strong listener-ship ratings.

“ I would like to express my gratitude to the board of directors , the management and most especially to the staff of Capital Radio with whom we have worked diligently for the last four year to achieve many of these milestones” the CEO noted.

According to Mungoma more investment will be made in the digital platforms as the only Private national radio station ensures to have good foot prints country wide.
“Capital radio has been broadcasting in this market since 1994 so we are actually 25 years. We’ve got transmitters across the country, Beat fm has got a transmitter or in Masaka which gives it massive coverage across the central region. We are also available online on our website; we are available on Tunein, so you can be able to listen to Capital anywhere in the world as long as you have access to a smart phone”.

For the advertisers, Mungoma had this to say “we gonna ensure that we continue to provide a brand that they will be very comfortable to advertise their products on, a brand that resonates with their own brands, and a brand that continues to deliver the objectives that they have set for us”.

Mungoma first joined Capital radio in November 1998 and left in 2004 at a time he was the deputy Sales manager. He joined MultiChoice in 2004. He also worked with GTV, Zuku Tv and later rejoined Capital Radio in 2015

Ugandans dissatisfied with COSASE

By Edwin Muhumuza

Debate on the COSASE report starts this Tuesday (26 February) on the floor of parliament amid high expectations that maybe officials implicated by the probe will be brought to book. What the public is demanding for already are the heads of the culprits.

When it was finally completed and read to the house a section of the public said it had promised too much but only to deliver too little.

While appearing on the Capital Gang Radio Show, Chairperson Abdu Katuntu expressed disgust that members of the public did not appreciate the role of other state institutions. This was in response to claims that his report was toothless and that culprits would walk away free as had been noted in other previous parliamentary reports especially the oil handshake report.

…‘a parliamentary committee report goes to the house where it may be adopted, dismissed or amended. When you have government institutions, they work in accordance with the law. Why we talk about the rule of law is to have different institutions perform different roles. Do not expect a parliament of a republic or a parliament of any country to start having the powers to prosecute or arrest. What will the Judiciary do, Katuntu argued!’

In 2017, Ugandans were angry that 36 government officials shared Shs.6 billion oil bonus code-named the “golden presidential handshake” by officials from the Justice ministry, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Ministry of Finance among others. It was this same committee that probed the saga and in public view nothing has been done about the officials. This was one of the issues that Katuntu had to explain in recent weeks amid intense criticism from sections within his FDC party including his successor MP Mubarak Munyagwa for what they said was incompetence during his two and a half tenure as COSASE Chairman.

Now another major report is due for debate by public representatives and the question being asked is what will the discussion help if nothing may be done to those the report seems to indict?

Katuntu says, ‘our focus was in the actions more than individuals because at the end of the day there are state agencies that should be able to take up the individuals. What we did was to say, look here, actually, we used two words deliberately, the officers and officials who participated in this process should take full and personal responsibility. That covers their actions but we imagine that other state agencies now go and look at exactly who handled this process’.

For over two months, Bank Of Uganda (BOU), officials led by the governor Tumusiime Mutebile appeared before the committee chaired by the Bugweri County MP to answer to queries raised by the auditor general’s confidential special audit report which revealed weaknesses in the management of Central Bank and questioned the Governor and his team for the hitches in the closure of at least seven commercial banks.

The sale of Crane Bank, however seemed to have opened a can of worms after the proprietor businessman Sudhir Ruparelia accused Bank of Uganda of being unfair. Crane Bank was a commercial bank licensed and supervised by the Bank of Uganda, the national banking regulator with total assets‎ amounting to approximately ‎UGX 1.81 trillion employing over 600 staff.

This was a much bigger financial entity compared to the other defunct banks and certainly had to attract immense public attention including the media. In his new report to Parliament, the Auditor General, Mr John Muwanga, queried BoU officials on the flaws in the closure of Teefe Bank (1993), International Credit Bank Ltd (1998), Greenland Bank (1999), The Co-operative Bank (1999), National Bank of Commerce (2012), Global Trust Bank (2014) and the sale of Crane Bank Ltd (CBL) to dfcu (2016)

Most Ugandans are aware that the closure of Crane Bank by Bank of Uganda was illegal, what remains to be seen is what happens to the culprits that were engaged in this illegality and whether other agencies such as the Inspectorate of Government, the ministry of Finance, Criminal Investigations Department of Police will bite.

Falitha Night and Day Care proprietor charged with Murder.

By Sania Babirye

The proprietor of Falitha Night and Day Care has been charged with accidentally causing the death of a four-year-old who was in her care and custody.

Carol Mirembe appeared on Monday before Makindye Magistrate court where she was formally charged.

According to the prosecution, on February 5th, 2019 Mirembe caused the death of Natasha Tendo whose mother left the country to look for greener Pastures thereby entrusting the child with the accused since 2017.

It is alleged that Mirembe hit Tendo on the wall and later put her to sleep in her bed where her body was found lying with blood which had leaked from her injured head to other children she slept with.

But Mirembe who appeared in Court carrying her own baby denied Manslaughter charges and asked court Presided over by chief magistrate Prossy Katushabe to release her on bail.

The magistrate has then set Mirembe’s bail at 1.5 million shillings after finding the two sureties she has presented to be substantial enough to compel her to attend the trial

Magistrate Katushabe has further set Mirembe’s case for hearing on March 7th, 2019 after state prosecutor Jackie Okao informed the court that inquiries are complete.

However, Police says Tendo’s body is still stuck at the KCCA Mortuary almost three weeks after her death with nobody claiming it

National army to resolve Libyan crisis says President Museveni

By Gloria Nakiyimba

President Yoweri Museveni says building a national army is one the key solutions to the problems in troubled Libya.
While meeting the visiting Afro-Arab Youth Council delegation, at Stat house Nakasero the president who is the Patron of the Council noted that “The problems in Libya can be solved through the building of a National Army where they incorporate both the old and new members of the forces.”

He is also proposing that elections should be held where all the Libyans will participate fairly, as the leaders under the African Union continue to search for a lasting solution to the Libyan conflict.

The delegation led by Mr. Abdulhadi Elhwig was in the country to consult with their patron as they prepare for the 3rd General Assembly of the Afro-Arab Youth Council Summit. This is scheduled to take place in Kampala in August this year more than ten years since the 2nd General Assembly of the organization was held in Kampala in 2008 that was attended by former Libyan President, the late Col. Abu Minyar Muammar Gaddafi.

Mr. Elhwig, saluted President Museveni for his e immense support to the group and for accepting to host the summit again in Kampala this year. Libya plunged into a crisis during the Arab spring protests in 2011 which led to civil war and the subsequent overthrow and assassination of Col. Gaddafi on 20th October the same year in Sirte.
The proliferation of armed groups in the once stable Maghreb country led to violence and instability that continues to plague Libya, resulting in the death of tens of thousands of people as well as casualties. The crisis also saw the crumbling of the Libyan economy mainly driven by oil.

Farmers asked to form groups to get government support

By Moses Kidandi

The Uganda People’s Defense Forces have announced the second roll out of government support from Government to local farmers under the operation wealth creation project. Under the second phase, farmers will be required to form groups from 61 in rural-based areas, 41 in urban areas and committees of 9 people in different villages across the country.
“We encourage them to form committees for management, for supervision, committees for finance and investment and then committee for technical for value addition, because we want to go agro-industrialization so that whatever they do, there is value addition,” said Gen. Angina

He emphasized that the committees are for collective responsibility to ensure that you cannot compromise an individual. “In finance where we find a group with a treasurer, we know that it is liable to miss the rest of the group because if the treasurer is compromised then you lose everything, we even believe that we take lessons from other failures that have been in cooperative, in SACCOs because of compromise” he stressed.

Deputy Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation Lt. Gen Charles Angina is now asking different farmers to start mobilizing themselves to groups to benefit from the free distribution of seeds, animals and other agricultural inputs. Gen Angina says farmers who will be organized stand the chance to be the first beneficiaries of Government support to local farmers

“We intend to see to it that we form farmers groups so that they themselves will choose what they want to plant. We only guide them that in this ecological zone you should not grow what will not do well. Because each ecological zone of Uganda has its strength in what you can do best” he said.

With a vision to promote and transform the agricultural sector in Uganda from the point of view of technical leaders, political leaders, farmers, the private sector, Operation Wealth Creation was launched by the Uganda government as an intervention intended to create a system that facilitates effective National Socio-economic transformation with a focus of raising household incomes for poverty eradication and sustainable wealth creation.

Gen Angina was speaking at the National Launch of activities to mark the 38th Tarehe Sita Anniversary at the Ministry of Defense Headquarters in Mbuya, a suburb of the capital Kampala. The day will be observed under the theme “Consolidating peace for sustainable development and prosperity”. The main celebrations will be held on 6th February .in the northern district of Kitgum.