Besigye vows not to quit the struggle

By Moses Kidandi
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) founding president Dr. Kiiza Besigye has vowed not to give up the fight against regime change until it is achieved.

Dr. Besigye made the remarks during celebrations to mark FDC’s 15 years of existence held at Mandela National Stadium Namboole.

He says those who are saying his time is up and that he should retire need to know that he is not only fighting for others but for himself as well.

Besigye says he will only retire when the struggle is over or he is no more.

Cabinet agrees to borrow over 20million Euros to establish availability of minerals

By Gloria Nakiyimba

Government is borrowing €20,622,435 from the Corporate Internationalization Fund of Spain, for the implementation of Project “Airborne Geophysical Survey and Geological mapping of Karamoja. According to Ofwono Opondo the Executive director of Uganda Media Center the move was approved by cabinet on Monday.

Geological mapping will enable Government to establish the mineral resources of the country especially in Karamoja region, improved technologies of artisanal and small scale miners which will translate into better livelihoods.

Universities and other government agencies will benefit from access to minerals data to facilitate research.

Cabinet also approved that the contracts of Nabugabo Updeal Joint Venture Company, Homeklin (U) Ltd and Kampala Solid Waste Management Consortium be extended for another one year as government works out a comprehensive mechanism of garbage collection, management and recycling.

During the cabinet session at State House Entebbe, KCCA was given a green light to continue with the Policy of outsourcing garbage collection services except in slums where KCCA should collect the garbage its self.

Minister for Kampala Betty Olive Kamya Namisango Turomwe says it was agreed “that KCCA should continue the dual policy of collecting garbage from very low income localities for free, while those able to pay should pay for the services of garbage collection at reasonable fee to be determined by KCCA not the concessionaires themselves”.
The decision is based on extensive consultations that were carried out on the needs of the City.

ICC puts Uganda in the spotlight for not arresting Omar Al- Bashir

The International Criminal court-ICC has formally asked the Ugandan Government to explain its failure to arrest and surrender Sudan’s president, Omar Al-Bashir for trial. Bashir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur was in Uganda on May 12th to witness the swearing in of President Yoweri Museveni.

During the ceremony, Museveni described the ICC as a bunch of useless people, saying they had withdrawn support from the court. As a result, the ICC registry sent a verbal note to Ugandan authorities reminding them of their obligation to arrest and surrender President Omar Al Bashir. According to Phakiso Mochochoko, the ICC head of Jurisdiction, complementarity and Cooperation division, Uganda as a member of the Rome Statute is obliged to arrest and detain any suspect wanted by the court.

Mochochoko says they want Uganda to explain why it failed to comply and arrest Bashir in accordance with its obligations under the Rome Statute. “The judges  seek clarification from the relevant state(s), and then will render their ruling on whether a State Party has failed its obligations under the Rome Statute and in so doing prevented the Court from exercising its functions and powers under the Rome Statute” Mochochoko states.

Mochochoko however says this judicial process is ongoing and it is premature to speculate on its final outcome at this stage. He says that having ratified the Rome Statute, Uganda must also refrain from conduct that undermines the object and purpose of that treaty. According to Machochoko, It is particularly disturbing that a number of suspects indicted by the Court remain at large and even more disturbing when suspects travel to State Party countries without being arrested as is the case here with Uganda.

When contacted on the matter, the deputy Government spokesperson Colonel Shaban Bantariza told URN that the Government will answer ICC accordingly.


Valentine’s holiday visit to Abu Dhabi’s latest leisure hub, Yas Island.

Juliet Komuhendo was the lucky winner of a fully paid for trip for two to Abu Dhabi for valentines. The promotion run on #TheOverdriveShow with Gaetano and Lucky.

In order to take part in the competition, listeners had to answer questions about Etihad Airways posted on The Overdrive Show Facebook page.

Juliet took the challenge and emerged the winner of a trip sponsored by Etihad airways, 91.3 Capital FM and Yas Island Rotana. She tells a story about her trip;

We set off on Friday 12th/2/16 around 1:30pm and landed at Abu Dhabi international airport at 8:20pm.

Dorah, a friend of mine who works in Abu Dhabi picked us so we did not hustle with looking for cabs and asking around how to reach the hotel.

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Juliet Komuhendo on her flight to Abu Dhabi

After doing a brief tour around the city courtesy of our friend , we checked into the Yas Island Rotana hotel at about 10:30 pm where we were welcomed by a team of very hospitable and friendly stuff.

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In our hotel room.

The hotel room was very spacious and wonderfully arranged with a fully stocked mini bar and an amazing balcony view.

21 Juliet KomuhendoWe were up by 8am the next day, prepared and headed for breakfast . The breakfast buffet was superb. They served various dishes and delicacies, different juices and numerous fruits.  Kwegamba after the heavy breakfast time for lunch would reach but you wouldn’t feel the need to eat again.

After breakfast we set out to go sightseeing. We went to Yas Marina circuit where they hold the Formula 1 racing. I see the racing cars on TV where they look like video games., Looking at them in real life was a great experience.20 Juliet Komuhendo

We then headed to Ferrari world, largest Indoor Ferrari themed amusement park in the world.
We saw the Formula Rossa, the world’s biggest and fastest roller coaster. Unfortunately I did not go riding in it because I could not stand the fast speeds and everything else that comes with heights and roller coasters.

Juliet Komuhendo 8Also had a chance to look at the cool vintage Ferrari. If my finances had allowed, I would have gotten behind the wheel of a real Ferrari  and take a spin around Yas Island.

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My tour in Yas Mall, the biggest shopping mall in Abu Dhabi

Later, we went to the Yas water world, just had a look at the huge water park with various water slides. The day was finalized with a tour in Yas Mall the biggest shopping mall in Abu Dhabi. Because of the high costs, we managed to buy a few items like shoes and clothes from some shops that offered %age discounts.

Juliet Komuhendo  3At around 4:30pm we took a cab to Dubai. I must say it was really expensive but there is no way we would miss out reaching Dubai.

I had already linked up with Beatrice a friend and former classmate of mine who works with an I.T firm in Dubai. As we waited 4 her to join us, we toured d various shopping centers in the Marina mall.

10 Juliet KomuhendoTogether with her man, they later picked us from d Marina mall and gave us a brief tour of Dubai town, d Dubai mall(biggest mall in d world) then took us to watch d dancing water, (d Dubai fountain, world’s largest choreographed fountain system). After watching like two sessions of the fountain they bought us dinner at Wafi Gourmet restaurant.

The restaurant is one of the best positioned giving a fantastic view of d musical fountain and the glamorous Burj Kalifa tower.24 Juliet Komuhendo

At Wafi Gourmet restaurant we were joined by another friend and former classmate Phillip. He also works in Dubai. Phillip really came in handy when time to head back to Abu Dhabi reached, he guided us on how to load money on the electronic cards used in the Metro( Electric Train) and buses.

Since it was already late in the night, He escorted us through the foot bridge. I must acknowledge that it’s quite a distance from the Dubai mall up to the Metro station much as it has travellators that ease the movement. The metro took us up to the bus station thou unfortunately we were not in time to catch the last bus to Abu Dhabi. We again took a cab back to the hotel.

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Valentines day evening.
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time to play in the sand

On Sunday 14th Feb, being valentine’s day we decided to just relax and enjoy the day by chilling at the beautifully designed Yas beach with clean, clear water and white sand.
Juliet Komuhendo 6It was really refreshing and re-energizing as we enjoyed the relaxing sounds of the waves, went swimming and played various beach games.

We closed down the day with a fantastic dinner at the Yas Island Rotana hotel, rested and prepared 4 our departure back home since we had an early flight the following day.

The trip was very short but super fun and memorable. It felt nice travelling by plane again, having travelled to Zurich Switzerland a few years back for A Google Scholars retreat.
My partner however was traveling by plane for the very first time and the experience was overwhelmingly amazing.

I really would like to take this moment to thank Etihad airways, 91.3 Capital FM and Yas Island Rotana for giving me that once in a life time unforgettable opportunity to spend my valentine’s in a very special way.

I must say my listening to 91.3 Capital FM finally paid off, otherwise I would have never known about the promotion.

I call upon other people who doubt such promotions to change their perceptions and always try their luck.

Keep tuned to 91.3 Capital FM for such promotions and more and when you have to fly, look no further, fly Etihad. It’s the most comfortable and cool airways ever.

Also would love to convey my special thanks to my Friends Dorah, Phillip, Beatrice and her boo who made my visit worthwhile and to my other friends the likes of Reenah, Marjorie, AnneMariam, Tina, Afie, Lydia, Jovita, all my workmates, churchmates, thanks too for your help, advice here and there and prayers.

Special thanks to my family for always being there and to my boo. Love him so very much.

Juliet Komuhendo


Spreading the love.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner for many people. The day is considered as a moment to celebrate love around the world in many countries on February 14 each year although it is not a public holiday in most of them.

Etihad Airways and 91.3 Capital FM are spreading love this valentines day by giving away two air tickets and a complimentary stay at the Yas Island Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi from 12 to 15 February to a winner in a campaign that started running on 3 February 2016.

To participate, listeners had to tune in to Capital FM’s OverDrive show programme hosted by Lucky and Gaetano which takes place daily between 3.00pm and 5.00pm and answer trivia questions about Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi.

Lucky and Gaetano were joined by Toyin Alaran the Etihad Airways General Manager for Uganda during the show and a draw was held live in the 91.3 Capital FM studios on Wednesday 3rd February to pick the lucky winner.

Komuhendo Juliet a marketing executive with Ubongosoft ltd for the Estate Online Uganda marketing platform at Kanjokya house, kanjokya street Kamwokya emerged this year’s lucky winner.

Juliet says, “I received a call from Gaetano and Lucky of The Overdrive show on 91.3 capital FM as the winner of the Etihad pair of return tickets to AduDhabi for Valentines. I was so excited when they called me though at first it was unbelievable.”

Komuhendo had submitted her winning answer on 3/2/2016 via The Overdrive Facebook page. At the time the call was made, Juliet was at her work place. Upon receiving the news, she screamed out loud, “yes I am going to Abu Dhabi, I am a winner,” prompting her workmates to ask for more details. They later joined in the celebration and started to congratulate her.

Juliet adds that she is definitely so excited, very happy and can’t wait to experience the city of love, Abu Dhabi.

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Toyin Alaran (L), the Etihad Airways General Manager for Uganda, and Apollo Onyango (R), Capital Radio Senior Sales Executive, hand over a dummy ticket to Komuhendo Juliet (C), the winner of the Valentines campaign.

Abu Dhabi is a genuine leisure haven, with attractions for every taste, home to over 200 natural islands, Ferrari World the world’s largest indoor theme park, the futuristic Yas Waterworld, Yas Links Arabia’s only true links golf course, the laid-back Yas Beach, vast expanse of desert – with 300 metre dunes and long sand valley perfect for adrenaline fueled off-road driving and over 57 award-winning restaurants, cafes, lounges and bars.

In her parting remarks, Komuhendo expressed her heart felt appreciation to Etihad Airways and 91.3 Capital FM for the once in a life time opportunity.

By Tukundane Yonna