SolarNow provides environmental friendly power options to farmers

By Daudi Zirimala

Farmers in Uganda can now smile after SolarNow a leading supplier of modular solar home system in Uganda pledged to provide farmers with modern irrigation solar systems to boast their productivity.

This was revealed by Chief of Operations Solar Now Lars Johannisson while receiving certification as a B corporation due to the impact Solar Now makes in the communities.

According to Lars, solar Irrigation systems the way to go because many farmers cannot wait for rainy seasons to plant their crops with affordable irrigation system Ugandans can boast agriculture.

He says SolarNow has installed solar systems to households,small businesses,schools and hospitals which has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by around 420 C02 tons.

Certified B corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance,public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

Government to spend about US $ 6 billion on nuclear power plant

By Waswa Deo

Uganda government will spend close to US $ 6 billion to construct a Nuclear power plant to generate extra power for industrial use both local and multi- national.

Sarah Nafuna Mudoko, Head of Nuclear Energy Unit in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has noted that the studies to construct this power plant are done and the first nuclear plant will be ready by 2031 with capacity of 1000 Megawatts and the second power plant will be ready before 2040.

According to Nafuna, the studies have recommended that this first nuclear power plant will be stationed around Lake Kyoga , and future stations will be constructed in Mubende, Lamwo and Kiruhura.

‘’We selected these areas, because they are safe for both, the plant and people. The nuclear power plant always stationed in areas that are free from earth quakes, areas with no valleys and most especially areas with enough water which could help in cooling’’.  Mudoko added.

The construction will kick off in 2022 with help of companies from Russia and China.

The ministry is currently working on policy and laws that will regulate and guide the establishment and use of the nuclear energy in the country.

Over 300 million Uganda shillings will be needed for each person who interested in going abroad to study and acquire more knowledge of working in the nuclear energy stations.

Mudoko, told us that over 50 people will be required to go abroad to obtain knowledge about nuclear energy to ensure that by time of construction, Uganda will be having engineers who can offer their services.


FDC promises to control Museveni’s appetite for power

By Wasswa Deo

Forum for Democratic  Change Party spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju Nganda has said that if Museveni has failed to control his appetite for power, they will help him to do so.

Addressing journalists at the weekly press conference, Ssemujju revealed that he is in consultation meetings with other opposition political parties, religious leaders, civil society organizations and other stakeholders to come up with the applicable measures to prevent President Yoweri Museveni and his agents from amending the constitution, especially article 102 b, regarding the presidential age limit.

He noted that the party has already agreed that all members of parliament who will be found supporting the removal of Age Limit will become their target in the war to make them lose their positions in coming general elections 2021.

Ssemujju has appealed to the public also to join the struggle against lifting of the Presidential age limit and any other emerging plans by the ruling government  that continues to violate the National constitution.

Deborah Malac asks government to address teenage pregnancies

The United States Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac has asked the government to do more to reduce on the high number of teenage pregnancies.

Ambassador Malac also said that avoiding teenage pregnancies should not be the role of the parents but also the government.

“There is need by the government to address teenage pregnancy. It is not only the parents, but the government should also work together to protect the young girls,” Malac said.

Malac was speaking on Thursday in Kabarole district at the opening ceremony of the newly refurbished maternity unit at Bukuku Health Centre IV. The facility that cost 1.2 Billion Shillings was renovated with funding from the Centre for Disease Control-CDC under the Saving Mothers Giving Life – SMGL programme.

Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole district LCV Chairperson had earlier told Ambassador Malac that the US government should support the district to reduce teenage pregnancy which he says stands at 32 percent and is one of the causes of school drop-outs.

Malac however tasked the district to work with parents, religious and cultural leaders in mobilising the community on the dangers of teenage pregnancies and preach abstinence from sex until the girls are old enough.

“Unwanted and unplanned pregnancies result into complications. The leaders, medical workers should emphasise that all girls should be encouraged to stay in school long enough to acquire education and skills,” Malac said.

Malac also asked men to test so that they are able to know their status. She added that the US will continue offering support to Uganda under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS ReliefPEPFAR.
Dr. Adeodata Kekitiinwa, the Executive Director Baylor Uganda said that 24 percent of maternal deaths in Uganda are a result of teenage pregnancies.

Records at the newly refurbished maternity unit indicate that the number of deliveries have increased from 12 in 2012 to 56 in 2016. The facility is equipped with 30 delivery beds and 10 incubators. It is also connected to the national power grid.

The Uganda Demographic Health survey 2015 indicates that about 14 per cent of young women and 16 per cent of young men had their first sexual encounter before the age of 15 while 57 per cent of young women had their first encounter before the age of 18.

According to the Population secretariat, of the 1.2 million pregnancies recorded in Uganda annually, 25 percent are teenage pregnancies. The secretariat also notes that the more than 300,000 teenagers who get pregnant annually also account for the bulk of unwanted pregnancies, which end up in unintended births or abortion.



Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh accepts to handover power and go to exile

Barely a few hours before his mandate expires, President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia is reported to have accepted a last-minute deal to relinquish power peacefully and go into exile.

According to reports from Banjul which are yet to be independently confirmed, Mr Jammeh agreed to step down in the interest of peace and stability of the Gambia after a tense closed door meeting with the visiting president of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Reports added that Mr Jammeh will leave for Mauritania tonight with President Aziz.

It is not clear whether he will settle there permanently or move to another country.

Mr Jammeh’s mandate expires at midnight tonight after his surprised defeat in last month’s election by opposition candidate Adama Barrow.

He had vowed to cling to power after accusing the country’s electoral commission of rigging the election in favour of the opposition.

His attempt to overturn the election result at the Supreme Court has been delayed because of a shortage of judges as most of the judges come from neighbouring countries.

Neighbouring Senegal and Nigeria have threatened to storm Banjul militarily and enforce last month’s election results unless he steps down by midnight.



-Jollof News

There is spewing drama behind the scene of Power series, it involves 50 Cent

Looks like there’s some drama going down behind the scenes of Power.

50 Cent wasn’t too happy after seeing a final cut of last night’s episode, which included a full-frontal shot of the rapper.

In a since-deleted Instagram post (not before The Shade Room grabbed a screenshot), 50 captioned a photo of himself and Agboh, “Don’t kiss my cheek, kiss my a–. This s–t is not funny. Tell the people form STARZ stop calling my phone, you call now. I don’t give a f–k if you on plane b—h.”

The rapper continued to rant on Instagram in posts that were later deleted, adding that his aunt won’t be able to watch the scene because of the edit. He later posted a photo of his aunt, whom he says called him about the episode.

According to 50, the first three cuts did not include a full-frontal shot, but with Power‘s record-breaking season, some fans believe that this is all just a publicity stunt. However, Kemp took to Instagram to remind 50 who the boss really is and to make it clear to fans that the rapper signed off on the scene.




Power promises a comeback after loss to City Oilers

Defending champions City Oilers Basketball club on Sunday night edged Power 86- 57 in a hotly contested National Basketball League game played at the MTN Arena, Lugogo.

Although at the start of the game Power took a lead 17-14 points in the first quarter, the defending champions made a come back in the second quarter to lead 38-32.

City Oilers continued the lead both in the third and fourth quarters outplaying Power. Kami Kabange scored a game high 21 points, while Jimmy Enabu and Laundry Ndikumana collected 15 points each for City Oilers.

Joseph Ikong scored 22 points for the struggling Power side. Juuko Daniel Najja, City Oiler’s forward told URN after the game that they played at the pace of the Power and picked up the rebounds well. Juuko says City Oilers are determined to retain the title.

Powers Ikong states that they played a poor game having failed in their defence and even had a disorganized offence. He says being their first loss, they hope to make a comeback.

In the Ladies game, KCCA  defeated A-1 Challenge 65-66. KCCA’s Florence Kalume and A-1 Challenge’s Susan Amito both scored 22 points. The other men’s games saw Sharing youths defeat Charging Rhinos 80-77, while Pemba Warriors humbled Destiny Phenoms 113-62.