Prices hike as traders eye Christmas

By Robert Segawa

It is week to Christmas day, thousands of people continue to flood the city center for shopping of clothing and food stuffs.

Traders have now resorted to increasing the price of different commodities due to demand .

Thousands of people travel from city to villages for Christmas festive season, transport fares have also continued to soar on major routes plying to different districts from Kampala.

Traffic police has also put in place strong guidelines on bus drivers which include a ban on driver making a return journey with operation Fika Salaama put on high alert.

As of today, from Kampala to Mbarara transport fares range between 25000 to 30,000, Kampala to Rukungiri 40,000 to 45000. Kampala to Kabale 35000 to 40,000, Kampala to Kisoro from 40,000 to 45000. Kampala to Kasese from 30,000 to 40,000, Kampala- Fortpotal from 30,000 to 35000, Kampala to Bundibugyo from 30,000 to 40’000 and Masindi is now at 25000 shillings,
Those plying on Eastern route, fares have increased by 10,000 shillings and now from Kampala to Mbale from 20,000 to 25000, Kampala to Soroti from 25000 to 30,000.
Heading to Northern part of the country, Kampala to Gulu from 30,000 to 35000, Kampala to Arua 45000 to 50,000.

Cross border, buses have also increased fares from Kampala to Nairobi from 65000 to 71000, Kampala to Mombasa 111000/=, Kampala to Kigali Rwanda from 50,000 to 55000, Juba is now 100,000 and Kampala to Burundi 65000/-. According to Aturinda Donald, manager Savannah coaches the transport fares are expected to increase depending to number of people traveling.
Prices for different food stuffs around Kampala markets have also witnessed a sharp increase.

A bunch of Matooke is ranging from 15000 to 30,000 in St. Balikudembe, Kalerwe Market, Kibuye and Nakawa Markets.

Chicken is ranging from 15000 to 30,000 in St Balikudembe, and Kalerwe as well as Nakawa Market depending on the breed and the size.

According to Kawoya Fred businessman dealing in Matooke there is enough food in the villages but said they are finding it difficult to transport it because of slippery roads caused by heavy rainfall.

This was the most peaceful Christmas; Kayihura

By Robert Ssegawa
30 people died in homicide cases on Christmas day compared to 50 people who died last year.  While releasing the latest crime report today, the Inspector general of Police Kale Kaihura noted that this year’s Christmas was the most peaceful one ever enjoyed by Ugandans.
He has attributed this to proper community policing responsive capabilities, as well as team work of crime preventors.

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.




Bishop Luwalira urges Christians to dress decently when going to church

Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese has cautioned Ugandans against domestic violence ahead of this year’s Christmas celebrations.

Delivering his Christmas message this morning at Namirembe Cathedral, Bishop Luwalira called on Christians to look up to Christ as a symbol of hope.

He also asked government to handle the security of Ugandans and their property with wise counsel and discernment.

Bishop Luwalira also decried the suffering of the business community due to heavy taxation and exorbitant loans.

Bishop Luwalira appealed to Christians to dress decently when going for church services.
He called on government and all those in authority to expedite the trial of those implicated for the murder of Muslim clerics.



See the World’s most weird Christmas traditions

Have a look at some of the most weird Christmas time traditions around the world

1. Gather ’round the flaming Yule Goat

In certain parts of Scandinavia, nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a giant straw effigy of a goat.
The “Yule Goat,” (or julbocken, if you’re fancy) originated like most Christmas traditions, in that people aren’t exactly sure. It has some roots in Norse mythology, wherein the god Thor rode around in a chariot pulled by goats. But in more recent history, the lore plays out more along the lines of the Christian association of goats as demonic creatures.
Either way, there are lots of goats. Typically, they manifest as cute little ornaments you put on the tree, but some towns erect giant statues of the goat. And sometimes people set those statues on fire. Adorable.

2. Someone needs to potty train that log

In Catalonia, Spain, they have pooping logs.
The Tio de Nadal (Christmas log) or Caga Tio (crapping log) is like a cross between a Tamagotchi and a piñata. A few days into December, parents gift their kiddies a friendly looking hollow log for them to care for. Every night, the family “feeds” the log and covers it with a blanket. Then, on Christmas, they sing log songs and beat the log with sticks, ordering it to eliminate. And eliminate it does — nuts, dates, candies — and when it can eliminate no more, its swan song comes in the form of some pungent food like onion or herring.

3. Your Christmas scene? I poop on it

There is a suspicious amount of defecation involved in Catalan holiday celebrations.
The caganer is a traditional sculpture that originated in Catalonia and spread to most of Western Europe. It’s basically a little figure that drops trou and poops all over nativity scenes. Why? Honestly, why not — some say it’s a fertility symbol, and others claim the figures are supposed to be a reminder that poop, like death, is a great equalizer. Sometimes people make caganers of celebrities, government officials or royalty.
The figure is typically hidden somewhere in the scene (hopefully, far away from the baby Jesus), and little kids have a blast trying to find it.

4. Hide yo brooms, hide yo wife

In Norway, they have a pretty solid idea of what witches and evil spirits do and do not like. And man, do those spirits love brooms. They also love Christmas, so on Christmas Eve, people hide their brooms so witches and the like won’t hang around. For good measure, a male family member may pop his head out the front door and fire off a few blasts from a shotgun to show those spirits who’s boss.

5. Krampus is here to scar your children

Kids, meet Krampus. He looks like a goat who has eaten 20 other goats and then walked through fire. He will threaten you with rusty chains and kidnap you if you’ve been naughty. Sometimes, he is literally an embodiment of Satan.
The same people who brought you the messed up world of the Brothers Grimm are also responsible for Krampus. In Germany, Austria, Croatia and surrounding countries, a guy dressed as Krampus will roam the streets terrifying children and reminding them that with the sweetness and light of Christmas comes an equal and opposite force of darkness and evil, and if you’re a naughty little girl or boy, Krampus will cart you off AND EAT YOU. Bye!

6. Wanna see my lucky underwear?!

In Italy, Spain and parts of Central America, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve. Normal enough: Red has long been considered an auspicious color, and swaddling your bum in it seems like a decent way to start the New Year off on a good, er, foot. But whenever there’s underwear involved, you can count on people to get weird about it.
Every year, in the small Spanish town of la Font de la Figuera, people take the opportunity to the fullest and run around in their crimson skivvies. And yes, it’s usually freezing cold. It’s not a Christmas tradition, but you still have time to pick up a pair of Hanes and traumatize the neighbors. You can tell the judge you were just being cultural.

Sports minister wants FUFA accounts issues rectified before Christmas

The State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi has expressed his unhappiness over the way the Uganda FA is handling matters to do with their frozen accounts.
“I told the Fufa officials to write to me a letter that I can act upon and follow up the matter, but nothing has gotten to my desk yet,” Bakkabulindi told URN on Monday morning.
Last Friday the Uganda Financial Intelligence Authority (UFIA) disclosed that they have frozen some Fufa accounts as investigations over their financial operations continue.
Sydney Asubo, the UFIA executive director in an interview with URN said if the FA fails to act and rectify certain things, then the authority will act tough after the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) where Uganda will be participating.

But the Minister insists that the FA should act quickly and write the letter so that his office can follow up the matter before the Christmas holiday. Moses Magogo, the FA President told URN last week that the freezing of the accounts has caused some financial challenges as they struggle to prepare the national team for the 2017 Afcon in Gabon.

Bakkabulindi however disclosed that he met one of the FUFA executive members, Dennis Mbidde over the weekend and advised on what action to take. Last October the same body froze the FA accounts as they investigated allegations of money laundering.
And Asubo insisted that investigations have continued since last year in relation to a number of issues. He said last year they re-opened the FA accounts because they did not want to disorganise the entire operations.
The FA President Magogo who is in Djibouti to attend a FIFA seminar has requested for the unfreezing of the accounts so that their operations can continue normally. Last week he said Fufa issued a cheque to the Uganda Revenue Authority to pay taxes for the Afcon qualifier match between Uganda Cranes and Comoros and it bounced because of the frozen account.
Insiders say because of the frozen accounts the FA is struggling to pay the agents fees who have arranged for international build-up games against Gabon, Tunisia, Libya, Slovakia and African Champions Ivory Coast. The Cranes are expected to use the build-up game to prepare for the 2017 Afcon.


Lindsey Striling: A Savior Is Born

Lindsey Striling plays the famous Christian classic hymn “Hallelujah”. This hymn is one of the most renowned and beloved hymn of all times and which was originally recorded by Leonard Cohen on his album Various Positions in 1984. Since then many artists have tried their hands on covering this song, but Lindsey Striling’s unique rendition of this song is going to blow you away!

The artists include; Jeff Buckley in 1994, Alexandra Bruke and Beirut in 2008, Matthew Schuler in 2013, among many others.

Lindsey walked on the New York City subway with her violin. Baffled strangers at first gave no reaction whatsoever. However, as soon as she started to play this incredible song, everyone was blown away. Through this video, Lindsey wants everyone to value one’s life and give happiness to everyone around.

lindsey_stirling_wallpaper_2_by_nitr1x-d6xt3pp“I have realized that a lot of times I have failed to see the beauty in me. That is in the moments and the people that surround me every single day. And this video is actually a real humbling experience. It reminded me of a time when I honestly felt like no one could see the beauty in me. And maybe that’s something that you relate to. Because you think may be no one sees the beauty in you. But there is on person that I have learnt that always sees the beauty in us. And that’s our savior Jesus Christ.


This is the time of the year where we have the opportunity to celebrate his birth. And he was the greatest gift we have ever been given. His gospel allows us the knowledge to know that we can be with our loved ones forever. And in my darkest moments, Jesus Christ has given me hope.

Please note that there is a gift inside of you. He sees it I see it and really hope that you can see it.”

Lindsey Stirling (born September 21, 1986) is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, singer and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her YouTube channel, Lindsey Stirling, which she introduced in 2007.

Stirling has been named in Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 In Music: The Class Of 2015. Forbes notes her quarter-finalist position on America’s Got Talent season five in 2010, a No. 2 position on the Billboard 200 for her second album Shatter Me in 2014, and her 7 million subscribers on YouTube.


lyrics to Hallelujah

Movies to watch this Christmas holiday

It is early December and the festive season is almost upon us. Televisions have began showing a vast variety of holiday movies. But these Christmas movies can keep you entertainment this Christmas

The Night Before (2015)

The newest of the adult-themed Christmas movies, The Night Before manages to be full of holiday spirit and a completely successful tale on the transition into adulthood. The film reunites stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt with 50/50 director Jonathan Levine and adds co-star Anthony Mackie into the mix for a strong blend of stoner hijinks and Christmas fun.

Full of ugly holiday sweaters, the movie follows Ethan (Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Rogen), and Chris (Mackie) on their annual holiday tradition of drinking the night away on Christmas Eve. While the tradition may have started as a way for Ethan to cope with the loss of his parents, Isaac and Chris have started to worry it’s actually preventing him from moving on. Witty dialogue and likeable characters keep the movie from becoming too bleak as the characters struggle with growing up and moving on. The humor is elevated by some great appearances from Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling, Jason Jones, and Michael Shannon.

Joyeux Noël (2005)

This film takes place during the First World War, as an unofficial Christmas truce in 1914 brings together some French, Scottish, and German front-line soldiers for a short cease-fire and Christmas celebration. What starts as a bloody and brutal war movie turns into a heartwarming story of peace on Christmas—even if that peace was ultimately short-lived. Inspired by real events, the film tells the true story of a group of soldiers who engaged in an unauthorized cease-fire, meeting each other in No Man’s Land for a short respite from battle.

After the Scots began singing Christmas songs, the German, French, and Scottish officers agree to the cease fire, with the soldiers meeting and exchanging stories from home. Unfortunately, the brief glimpse of brotherhood fades quickly, as several soldiers are punished for the truce and the reality of war sets in again. A French film, Joyeux Noël won several international awards and was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Apartment (1960)

We’re all familiar with It’s a Wonderful Life, which is arguably one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time. But if you’re looking for a classic movie that’s a little less mainstream and with slightly more adult themes, then Billy Wilder’s dark Christmas comedy The Apartment is a perfect choice thanks to its humorous cynicism but ultimately uplifting tone.

Starring Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon, the film follows C.C. Baxter as he tries to work his way up the corporate ladder by allowing company executives to use his apartment for their extramarital affairs. Filled with sexual liaisons, suicide attempts, and drunkenness, the film isn’t a family affair. While it’s not your traditional Christmas movie, the events of the film take place around the holidays, with pivotal scenes happening at the company Christmas party and a New Year’s party. Considered controversial for its time, The Apartment was still a critical and commercial success, winning five Academy Awards.

The Ref (1994)

The Ref is on over-the-top comedy of errors that is full of Christmas hijinks. It follows the story of an unlucky cat burglar named Gus (Denis Leary) who, through an unfortunate twist, ends up having to take a dysfunctional suburban couple (played by Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis) hostage.

The couple, fresh from a rough therapy session, are unable to let their marital problems go, even in the midst of a hostage situation. Gus must act as a referee for the bickering couple, all the while trying to evade the police and dealing with the couple’s extended family as they arrive for the holidays. While it may not be full of glowing holiday spirit, The Ref is the perfect movie for anyone not looking forward to spending another holiday with their families.

Bad Santa (2003)

Much like The Ref, Bad Santa has very little in the way of traditional holiday clichés and warm-fuzzies, making it a great antidote to an excess of Christmas cheer. It stars Billy Bob Thornton as Willie T. Stoke, a professional thief who disguises himself as a department store Santa Claus every year in order to pull off the perfect Christmas Eve heist. But much to his assistant Marcus’s (Tony Cox) dismay, Willie’s alcoholism and sex addiction start interfering with his Santa duties. The heist is further complicated by a poor kid who believes that Willie’s the actual Santa, and a security guard who may be onto them.

The film seems to take pride in its offensiveness, with Willie’s Santa becoming basically the Santa of every parent’s and kid’s nightmares, as he shows up drunk, pees himself, and has sex with store clerks. But it’s not just an offensively funny movie for the sake of laughs; it’s also a great movie with some knock-out performances from Tony Cox, Bernie Mac, and Billy Bob Thornton. Thornton plays the drunk Willie so well that he even earned himself a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.

Scrooged (1988)

Scrooged is a more adult and modern take on the classic Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, starring Bill Murray, which makes it one of the greatest adaptations by default. In this 80’s classic, Murray plays Frank Cross, a cynical television executive who is demanding his employees work on Christmas Eve so that the station can put on a live production of A Christmas Carol. After Frank sees the ghost of his old mentor, we are taken through the traditional Christmas Carol storyline, with the ghosts of present, past, and future all making an appearance.

Full of incredible performances from popular 80’s celebraties, including Murray’s turn as Frank, the movie also stars John Glover and Bobcat Goldthwait, with a host of cameos including Jamie Farr, Buddy Hackett, Mary Lou Retton and Anne Ramsey.

Trading Places (1983)

Another 80s classic, Trading Places is set in the couple of weeks around the holiday season, even going into New Year’s. It stars Dan Aykroyd as a successful stockbroker named Louis and Eddie Murphy as a petty crook named Billy Ray, but the two are forced to switch places when the wealthy Duke brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) make them the subject of a bet. The millionaire brothers arrange for Louis to get arrested and lose everything as part of an experiment over whether a person’s environment or heredity determines their later success.

The holiday backdrop adds an almost tangible quality to the desperation felt by Louis, and some of the most stand-out scenes happen at holiday events, including a scene where Louis crashes a Christmas party dressed in a Santa suit. It’s a witty and fun movie that, despite being written for adults, still manages to convey the messages of a classic Christmas tale – like helping others in their times of need.

Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually is the classic Christmas rom-com that combines the holiday sentiment we all crave at this time of the year with humor and realism. Set during the extended holiday season, it follows eight couples as they navigate what can ultimately be a lonely and depressing time of the year for many people. There’s a husband who recently lost his wife; a wife with a cheating husband; a writer who can’t get any work done; a man in love with his best friend’s new wife.

As each of these stories play out and interconnect, the characters most overcome their own challenges with love and the holiday season. It brings together an all-star cast, managing to make good use of everyone, including Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, and Keira Knightly. Because there are eight stories, not all of them can have happy endings, but the overall message is one of hope and love.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

If your favorite childhood Christmas movie is Home Alone, than Christmas Vacation is the perfect, slightly more adult choice. While not totally inappropriate as a family movie, there is enough profanity and adult jokes to earn the film a PG-13 rating. Writer John Hughes (Home Alone, National Lampoon’s Vacation) returns with laughs and heart as the Griswold clan stays home to celebrate Christmas, with the traditional Griswold disastrous results.

Christmas Vacation is the third in the National Lampoon’s series, but the first where we get to see the Griswold’s in their natural environment: their home. Chevy Chase as the father of the Griswold family continues to bring laughs with his penchant for slap-stick comedy, having repeated encounters with precarious ladders. But of course, it’s not just a funny movie – it’s also a Christmas movie, with a family coming together and being reminded about the love they have for one another.

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)

The third installment in the Harold & Kumar series, 3D Christmas continues their strong tradition of stoner comedy, but this time in 3D. Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) are both back, with the film picking up six years after the events of Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. Over that time, they’ve gone their separate ways, but events conspire to bring them together for the holidays. When the duo accidentally burn down a prize Christmas tree, they must embark on a journey to find a replacement.

While the boys hunt down the perfect Christmas tree, they get up to their typical trouble-fueled adventures, including encountering the Ukrainian mob and getting kidnapped. But despite the missteps, the adventure re-unites the friends in time for Christmas morning, making it a surprisingly sentimental holiday outing for two of our favorite stoners.





source: Screenrant