Proceeds from this year’s CJ’s Kyambogo run will be committed to promoting neonatal health care

Proceeds from this year’s CJ’s Kyambogo run will be committed to promoting neonatal health care in one of the health facilities under Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA management. Funds raised from the 1st September annual event at the Kyambogo cricket oval will be used to purchase incubator machines to improve the lives of preterm born babies in Kampala.

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Buganda’s Royal Prince David Kintu Wassajja will be the chief runner at the Café Java’s run under the theme “ run 4 premature babies”

“I am very glad to be here to be part of this very good noble cause which is to raise money for the premature born, the less fortunate and disadvantaged people in our society. As you all are aware, I am a sports enthusiast, I like running, and running is more enjoyable when you are running for a good cause so I am very happy to be part of this initiative” averred Prince Wassajja.

He encouraged the public to participate in “a very good cause to raise money for buying equipment for premature babies”. To those not willing to run, Prince Wassajja says they can buy tickets at 20,000 from all Café Javas restaurant outlets around Kampala, thereby contributing to the cause.

According to Yasin Ahmed, the director Café Javas they chose this cause following an increase in reports of premature babies dying in hospitals around Kampala Statistics show that preterm births in Uganda stand between 13-14 percent, while 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide. “ When this opportunity came to support the Kyambogo run, which translates to supporting the premature babies in buying incubators for some of the hospitals, we quickly jumped on it because it aligns with the Mandel Group of companies goals to support sports and support premature babies,” said director Café Javas

A preterm baby is a high-risk infant prone to infection due to the compromised immunity and undeveloped antibodies. South Africa’s High commissioner to Uganda Prof. Maj. Gen. Lekoa Solly Mollo will be the chief guest. Yayiro Kasasa of Beyond Sports organization, the key organizer of the event revealed that the run will have 21 Kilometer, 10 Kilometer, and 5 Kilometer targeting a total of 1000 participants.

DP’s Mao unbothered by members named in People power coordinators list

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Democratic party ( DP) says it will not take disciplinary action as anticipated against it’s members who are named as coordinator in people power’s team.

Last week, People power pressure group led by Kyadondo East member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobiwine released names of it’s coordinators country wide which included DP members .

The list had Busiro East MP Medard Lubega Ssegona, Butambala member if Parliament Muwanga Kivumbi, Mathias Mpuga MP Masaka municipality among others who are members of the DP block.

Addressing a news conference at the DP headquarters today , party president Nobert Mao said that DP is still committed to work with People power pressure group to bring about change , adding this should be spearheaded by DP as an institution and not at an individual level.

Mao further says he has been informed that President Museveni’s agents in opposition have the intention to destroy the people power movement and DP Bloc efforts.

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.

NITA-U launches the E-government Excellence Awards

By Patricia Osman
In a bid to enhance service delivery through use of E government ,the National Technology Authority has launched the NITA E-govt Excellence Awards under the theme Bold Digital Governemnt;Unlocking Service Delivery.

The month long celebration during the month of June will see an Expo for government services held from the 20-21st at Garden City roof top followed by a glamorous awards ceremony on the 27th of June 2019.

NITA-U executive director James Saka said the main objective of the awards is to share experiences with various govt entities across the country with a vision of innovative administration, access of information and enhanced service delivery through the application of e-govt.

The environment is ripe for the govt to have an expanded online presence. Citizens can now access information easier with more that 70% of Ugandans having mobile phones, 98%of government offices having fully functional websites; 319 government applications are up and running. 81% e government services are accessible through the e-citizens portal www.ecitizen.go.ug. The national backbone infrastructure stretches over 3000 kilometers across 60 towns, connecting 415 government offices, Ssaka added.

Speaking at same event Peter Kahiigi director E govt services says according to the United Nations e-government survey of 2018, Uganda’s online service index improved from 50% in 2016 to 57% in 2018 which puts the country in the high online service index bracket. The survey also indicated that Uganda’s e-government development index(EGDI) improved from 36% in 2016 to 41% in 2018 which is above the African average of34% adding that Uganda is currently ranked number one in Africa in cyber security by the global national cyber security index.

Mr. Ssaka further says their aim is to continue enabling the lives of Ugandan citizens by demystifying the concept of the use of ICT through the provision of reliable and consistent online government services. These awards will recognize the strides made in that journey, he adds.

The awards will be preceded by a four week campaign which will focus on sensitizing the government and private sectors on the critical role ICTs play in transforming service delivery, job creation and accelerating socio-economic development. The campaign will include an exhibition dubbed the e-government expo that will provide an opportunity for government ministries departments, and agencies to show case government online services. The Expo will also attract innovators, academia, Fintech to show case their prospects for digital governance.

Global firm Ernest and young will ensure that there is a high caliber adjudication and quality assurance,there by delivering a credible reputable vetting process.

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.

Justice Bamwine asks lawyers to challenge judges prolonging adjournments

By Daudi Zirimala

The principal Judge Yorakamu Bamwine has lashed at the judges who make prolonged case adjournments saying these have contributed to case backlog in the Judiciary.

According to Justice Bamwine, Judges in different courts of judicature should stop making long adjournments because such adjournments lead to case back log and deny deny justice to Ugandans.

He has also implored lawyers to always challenge judges and magistrates who make such adjournments to at least make short adjournments in the shortest time possible.

Principal Judge Bamwine made the remarks at the launch of the International center for arbitration and Mediation in Kampala ICAMEK which is intended to handle the growing number of commercial disputes and huge case back log within the courts.

The Uganda Law Society and the Uganda Bankers Association resolved that a private sector led arbitration center ICAMEK be established to ensure quicker resolution of disputes,Promote access to justice,train mediators and arbitrators and generally position Uganda strategically as a competitive and attractive investment hub.

Speaking at the same function the minister of Justice and constitutional Affairs Hon Kahinda Otafiire who was the chief guest said that ICAMEK will play its part in de-congesting courts of commercial matters especially banking cases, therefore assist expeditious delivery of justice and facilitate the commercial growth and development of the country.

He noted that due to resource constraints the judiciary has over 155,000 cases pending resolution within formal judicial system and this statistics was obtained after a careful study by National Backlog Committee setup by the judiciary of Uganda and with support with the ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

We should all note that the government of Uganda is continuously taking steps to ensure that Uganda is an investment friendly destination as borne out by the policy measures it has undertaken including passage of favorable fiscal measures,infrastructure improvement,investment in energy generating capacity and assurance of security of personal property and safety of the citizens said Gen Otafiire.

Hon Otafiire further said that one of the determinants of luring investors into our country has been the establishment of ICAMEK as an alternative dispute resolution center will be received and viewed favorably by owners of capital with intentions of investing in Uganda.

New board members of Investment authority asked to screen investors

By Moses Kidandi

Seven members of the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) board that was recently appointed by the Finance Minister Matia Kasaija has been inaugurated.

The seven were appointed following the presidential assent to the new Investment act which among other things led to the reduction of the UIA board members from 13 to seven.

While presiding over the inauguration ceremony held at the UIA board room today, the state minister for investment and privatization Evelyn Anite tasked them to attract high quality foreign direct investments in the country.

Anite said the authority has been fond of attracting quack investors a vice that must stop.

She said the investors must be able to add value to the country’s natural resources and also provide decent jobs to Ugandans.

The minister also cautioned the new UIA board members against corruption or risk their contracts being terminated.

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

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

BREAKING: Pope declines visit to Uganda.

By: Moses Kidandi

The Catholic church in Uganda has announced that Pope Francis won’t attend the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

The assembly of Catholic Bishops in the country invited Pope Francis to visit Uganda again in July this year to grace the climax of these celebrations. However, the Uganda Episcopal Conference Secretary-General; Msgr. John Baptist Kauta indicates that His Holiness won’t make it to Uganda through the program for the celebrations will proceed as scheduled.

The opening Mass for the climax of the celebration is expected on July 23, 2019, at Lubaga Cathedral and the closing Mass will be on July 28, this year at Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine Namugongo under the theme; Church, Family of God in Africa, celebrate your Jubilee! Proclaim Meet and Welcome Christ your Savior.”