Author: The Duke of Kigezi

Concerns on the increasing public debt burden continue to dominate debate and this time, Deputy Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa has directed the Committee on National Economy to make an assessment on the country’s public debt and report back to Parliament. Tayebwa made the directive during the debate on the National Budget Framework Paper for financial years, 2024/2025 – 2028/2029 (NBFP) on Tuesday, 30 January 2024. According to the Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development (General Duties), Henry Musasizi, composition of public debt stock as at end of June 2023, was Shs86.7 trillion. Tayebwa gave the Committee on National…

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New products aimed at enabling school owners start off the year and parents get tuition, after a hard end-of-year season have been launched by Standbic Bank – Uganda. The Bank says that this is in response to the repetitively stiff economic environment and low activity in the economy, characteristics of the beginning of the year. The product under a three-month campaign dubbed “Oli Sorted” also benefits Ugandans with the need for capital to boost their businesses. Israel Arinaitwe, Head of Personal Banking said after the last quarter of the year which is characterized by high-spending, individuals and businesses need cash…

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Enterprises and other organisations in Uganda are now able to build their data centres and reduce business costs, instead of relying on service providers. Enterprises and other organisations in Uganda are now able to build their data centres and reduce business costs, instead of relying on service providers. The BYODC initiative will enable companies, government agencies or any institutions to save as much as 45 per cent of the costs they spend on private companies to manage or protect their data, according to electronics giant Toshiba. Uganda is the third African country in Africa after Kenya and South Africa where…

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Centenary bank launches its latest innovation called CenteWhatsApp Banking, following its commitment to provide customer-centric banking solutions innovatively. The service is designed to provide customers with convenient and secure access to a wide range of banking services directly through the widely used messaging platform. CenteWhatsApp banking capacitates WhatsApp to bring banking services closer to customers, ensuring they can transact anytime, anywhere, through the messaging platform on their mobile devices. This initiative represents a significant step towards redefining the banking experience and promoting financial inclusion in Uganda. Fabian Kasi, Managing Director – Centenary Bank noted, “As we all know, the landscape of banking…

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The official list of nominations for the 2024 iKon Awards has finally been unveiled. The second edition of the awards is slated for 23rd March 2024 and will aim to honour and celebrate exceptional people and entities in the Ugandan cinema and television industries while providing a forum for constructive change. Voting for this year’s awards will be conducted online by last year’s winners who make the Ikon Awards Academy. The list is as follows: BEST FILM The Kitara Chronicles – Yiga Sadat, Kizito Sudaisy Sebbowa The Passenger – Meddy Sserwada, Hadijah Nakanjako Unheard – Polly Kamukama, Joseph Ken Ssebaggala All…

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The Chinese New Year celebration that was held in Uganda with a cultural fusion of Chinese and Ugandans in a Tai Chi performance was a sign of the deepening people-to-people ties between the two countries, Several Ugandans and the Chinese community flocked Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala for a “temple fair,” a traditional cultural event that features all kinds of Chinese folk art, followed by a gala evening, to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Dragon, with the Spring Festival falling on February 10th this year. The event was adorned by lion dances and creative performances combining Ugandan and Chinese…

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The world’s largest cruise ship has made its way to Puerto Rico as it prepares to accept its first paying passengers. Locals and tourists in Ponce, Puerto Rico, were given a sneak peak at the 1,198 foot-long, 250,800-tonne pleasure cruiser, named the Icon Of The Seas, as it took a break in port as part of its trial voyage, necessary to gain its certification. The 20-deck vessel, five times larger than the ill-fated Titanic, towered above the town on the southern coast of the Caribbean island. The massive ship, which cost cruise-line company Royal Caribbean $2 billion (£1.58 billion), boasts…

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What seems to be a feud between singer Gravity Omutujju and Bobi Wine is about to brew again as he has thrown more jabs at the singer turned politician, saying he is not doing enough for the people of Kyadondo, not even building a single hospital yet he ”Claims” to be a leader taking aim at Bobi Wine’s alleged lack of contribution to healthcare infrastructure in Kyadondo. Gravity Omutujju minced no words as he accused Bobi Wine of failing to build a single hospital despite positioning himself as a leader. The singer, known for his mercurial stances, criticized the National…

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Clues regarding the weapons used and potential suspects in the the shooting of Pastor Aloysius Bugingo have been gathered by detectives investigating the case, according to the Ugandan Police. Pastor Bugingo of the House of Prayer Ministries was involved in an attack earlier this month in the Namungoona-Lubaga Division in Kampala, that claimed the life of his bodyguard, Richard Muhumuza. A 20-Million-Shillings bounty was announced to whoever had information leading to the arrest of the suspects involved in the shooting, after the police initiating investigations through the Kibuli-based Special Investigations Division (SID). During a weekly security press briefing at Police…

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It has been rolled out by the National Identity Registration Authority (NIRA) that in the coming term of school, all children aged 16 years and above will be registered for national identity numbers and national identity cards. “We would like to inform the public especially parents and guardians that we should be carrying out a mass exercise in schools this term in a bid to have students registered countrywide,” said Oborne Mushabe NIRA spokesperson-Kampala. The exercise will target all school going children in primary and secondary schools who have never registered for national identity cards. In a press briefing, Osborne…

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