Thursday, February 25We Break the News

Author: Ronald Kabuubi

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“The Bank of Uganda held its policy rate unchanged at 7.0% as expected – however, there are some risks to our expectation of an early tightening. While the BoU is mindful of fiscal risks, it nonetheless sees inflation as ‘benign’, and expects to see a further deceleration in core inflation.  The BoU also notes that the economic recovery has lost some of its earlier momentum, amid rising COVID cases. Somewhat predictably, it has taken the decision to extend COVID credit relief measures for 6 months from April 1st, when the extraordinary measures were otherwise due to come to an end.  The Covid-19 Liquidity Assistance Program will also be kept in place, although this will be reviewed from ‘time to time’ as the pandemic evolves.  Razia Khan The market implications of this decision are ...
MTN Foundation Lights up More Schools across Uganda

MTN Foundation Lights up More Schools across Uganda

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The MTN Uganda Foundation, together with Fenix International Uganda as an implementing partner are set to light up other 56 schools with 200 kits in 24 districts under their “Light up A Village Project”. Under this project, the MTN Foundation has donated an overall total of 560 solar kits worth 380 million. Fenix International Uganda will install and maintain the kits. Acute power shortages even when connected to the national grid is the biggest challenge that students face especially when they have to study at night. Thursday, 11th February 2021- Kampala, Uganda: The MTN Uganda Foundation in partnership with Fenix International Uganda are set to light up more schools in an ongoing project dubbed “Light up a village”. With an extra donation of 190 solar kits, 56 schools from 24 d...
Ethiopian Festivities disclose its affluence in heritages

Ethiopian Festivities disclose its affluence in heritages

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(Pic1.Kifto) (Pic2. Doro-Wot) (Pic3. K'ile) (Pic4.Clergies Carrying tablets (Tabot) (Pic.5 Timket/Ethiopian Epiphany at the Castle of Gondar) (Pic6.Timket at Lake Ziway) (Pic7.Timket Ethiopian Epiphany at Kampala Ethiopian festivals are a blend of religious and cultural events that are mainly being celebrated in large groups. Being un-colonized, Ethiopians are endowed with the gut and tranquility to celebrate their festivals –be it religious or others – without fragmentation of the flavor and valor of the indigenous identities and cultures.  The country has accepted both Christianity and Islam peacefully in times as far as the religions were emerged. Christianity is believed to enter to Ethiopia in the 4th Century during the Aksumite kingdom. Simil...
MTN Renews Onduparaka FC Sponsorship contract,Unveils New OFC Jersey

MTN Renews Onduparaka FC Sponsorship contract,Unveils New OFC Jersey

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MTN to continue Supporting Onduparaka Football Club for another year MTN has supported the team since 2017/18 season MTN remains the biggest supporter of local sport in the country for the last 22 years. Tuesday 2nd February 2021: Africana Hotel – Kampala, Uganda: MTN Uganda has today announced the renewal of its sponsorship contract with Onduparaka Football Club. The renewed sponsorship deal from MTN also entailed the unveiling of a New Jersey for the Football club for the 2020/2021 season. OFC's Mercy Munduru (L) and MTN's Somdev Sen unveil the New Trendy OFC official Jersey to the media MTN has sponsored the west Nile based club since the 2017/18 season and will continue sponsoring the West Nile based Football Club for another year. While announcing the sponsorship re...
Trade, conservation top agenda as President Kenyatta hosts UK’s Dominic Raab

Trade, conservation top agenda as President Kenyatta hosts UK’s Dominic Raab

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Nairobi, 20th January 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Nairobi met visiting United Kingdom's Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Dominic Raab who paid him a courtesy call. - President Uhuru Kenyatta with United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Hon. Dominic Raab during a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi. The President and the Secretary of State discussed a wide array of subjects key among them the strengthening Kenya-UK commercial ties following the trade deal signed late last year between the two countries. President Uhuru Kenyatta with United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Hon. Dominic Raab during a courtesy call at State House,...
Emirates Group rolls out COVID-19 vaccination programme

Emirates Group rolls out COVID-19 vaccination programme

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Dubai, UAE, 18 January 2021: The Emirates Group on January 18th, rolled out a COVID-19 vaccination programme for its substantial UAE based workforce in coordination with the Dubai Health Authority and the Ministry of Health and Prevention. The inoculation drive began yester morning, with priority being placed on its frontline aviation workforce, including Cabin Crew, Flight Deck and other operationally focused roles. The airline, along with dnata, are among the first transport and air services organisations in the world to offer employees the option to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Over the course of the pandemic, Emirates and dnata have implemented multiple layers of safety measures, to ensure the health and safety of customers, employees and the communities served...
Kenya is determined to conclude trade deal with the US, President Kenyatta says

Kenya is determined to conclude trade deal with the US, President Kenyatta says

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NAIROBI, 19 January 2021 President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated Kenya’s determination to conclude ongoing negotiations with the United States of America and sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).  President Kenyatta with outgoing US Ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter,Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and Foreign Affairs CS Amb Raychelle Omamo at State House, Nairobi. The President gave the assurance Tuesday afternoon when he bade farewell to outgoing US Ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter who paid him a courtesy visit at State House, Nairobi. The Head of State said the FTA will build on the successes achieved under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) by ushering in better and bigger trade opportunities and prospects for Kenya. President Kenyatta with outgoing U...
Hajjar: New project to be designed for enhanced dates sector production chain competitiveness and hence increased exports and jobs

Hajjar: New project to be designed for enhanced dates sector production chain competitiveness and hence increased exports and jobs

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 First ever international virtual exhibition for Madinah dates organised under Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States (AfTIAS)JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, January 19, 2021/ -- Under the patronage of HRH Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Governor of the Madinah Province, the Madinah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), in cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDBG), the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) (www.ITFC-IDB.org) and the International Trade Centre (ITC), will organize, in the period 6-8/6/1442 (19-21/1/2021), the "International Virtual Exhibition for Madinah Dates" under the Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States (AfTIAS), which is supervised by ITFC.The virtual exhibition aims to promote trade and investment in ...
Standard Chartered Bank calls upon the general public to disregard recruitment posts / communications that don’t originate directly from them

Standard Chartered Bank calls upon the general public to disregard recruitment posts / communications that don’t originate directly from them

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Kampala – 19 January 2021: Our attention has been drawn to another group of unscrupulous persons hiring for the post of “Data Entry” job openings at Standard Chartered Bank and requiring candidates to pay monies for Covid 19 tests which are apparently sent to the recruiting persons. While we intermittently advertise several employment and development opportunities within Standard Chartered as and when they fall vacant, the alleged placements are not one of them. We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunity employer with a robust recruitment and resourcing policy and approach. This is to therefore inform the general public that such employment communications that circulate on social media or through other forums or platforms, not owned or originating from Standard Chartered Bank’...
GSK and Novartis announce collaboration to support scientific research into genetic diversity in Africa

GSK and Novartis announce collaboration to support scientific research into genetic diversity in Africa

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Combined funding commitment of GBP 2.8 million (USD 3.6 million) over five yearsBASEL, Switzerland, January 19, 2021/ -- Project Africa GRADIENT calls on local researchers to submit proposals exploring the link between genetic diversity and response to malaria and tuberculosis drugs in African patients; combined funding commitment of GBP 2.8 million (USD 3.6 million) over five years; researchers based at universities, science councils and other public research organizations across Africa are invited to express ‘intent to submit’ by March 1, 2021.GSK and Novartis (www.Novartis.com) today announced the launch of a collaboration to support high-quality scientific research investigating the link between genetic diversity across different regions in Africa and its potential impact on response ...
Top tier rugby action returns in February

Top tier rugby action returns in February

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The season will first be preceded by the Kenya Cup qualifiers involving the top six teams from the 2019/20 Kenya Rugby Union ChampionshipNAIROBI, Kenya, January 19, 2021/ -- Following clearance from the Ministry of Sport, Culture and Heritage, the 2021 Kenya Cup season will kick off on Saturday 27 February 2021 and will run for 11 match days with the top four teams qualifying for the semi finals on Saturday 22 May. The winners of the semi final encounters will play in the Kenya Cup final on Saturday 29 May.The season will first be preceded by the Kenya Cup qualifiers involving the top six teams from the 2019/20 KRU Championship. These qualifiers will be played on Saturday 6 February and Saturday 13 February respectively.This will then pave way for a league curtain raiser pitting the curre...
Press Release: New Uganda Cranes jersey

Press Release: New Uganda Cranes jersey

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The latest Uganda Cranes football jerseys have been released ahead of the Total CHAN Finals 2020 in Cameroon.  The Umbro designed kits will be worn at the tournament with Uganda Cranes taking to the pitch for its first match against Rwanda at the Stade de la Réunification Douala on Monday 18th January 2021.  Five members of the Uganda Cranes CHAN Contingent in Douala appeared in the official kit launch. Goalkeeper Charles Lukwago, right back Paul Willa, midfielder Shafik Kagimu and striker Brian Aheebwa are the poster boys for the new jersey while Head coach Johnathan McKinstry represented wore the kits for the technical staff.  The photo-shoot was conducted at Hotel Valle Des Princess in Douala.  Umbro statement on the new Uganda Cranes jersey  ...
NRM party looking into reasons for its poor performance in Buganda – Lumumba

NRM party looking into reasons for its poor performance in Buganda – Lumumba

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The NRM Secretary General Rt. Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba has regretted the party's declining performance in Buganda but said this should not worry NRM supporters since the party gained more support in other regions NRM Supporters celebrate at their headquarters in Kampala,Uganda.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. NRM Supporters celebrate at their headquarters in Kampala,Uganda.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Speaking at the party headquarters yesterday Ms Lumumba said even in Buganda where they didn't perform well there were no polling stations where President Yoweri Museveni the party presidential flag bearer scored zero. A bus decorated with a portrait of Uganda's President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who was declared winner for the 6th term.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/K...
SERVICE RESTRICTION ORDER

SERVICE RESTRICTION ORDER

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Wednesday, 13 January 2021 - Kampala, Uganda: MTN STATEMENT. MTN Uganda informs its esteemed customers and other stakeholders that National Telecommunication Operators in the country, have received a directive from Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to immediately suspend access and use, direct or otherwise of all social media platforms and online messaging applications over the network until further notice. MTN Uganda has, in compliance with its National Telecommunications Operator License and in accordance with MTN’s group-wide Digital Human Rights due diligence framework implemented the directive. MTN Uganda will continue engaging with the relevant stakeholders to limit the scope and duration of the service disruption.
East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 12th January, 2021

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 12th January, 2021

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Kampala,Uganda: East African Community Observer teams from the East African Community Election Observer Mission (EAC-EOM) to the January 2021 Uganda General Election were formally flagged off in Kampala this morning.  Flagging off the observers, EAC-EOM Head of Mission H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye, said that to ensure objectivity and impartiality, the observers had been drawn from all the EAC Partner States except the Republic of Uganda which is going to election on 14th January, 2021.  “The EAC-EOM short-term observers are drawn from the East African Legislative Assembly, Electoral Management Bodies, Human Rights Commissions, EAC Coordinating Ministries and the Staff of the EAC Organs, namely the East African Legislative Assembly, East African Court of Justice and the E...
COVID-19 Risk Communications Toolkit Uganda COVID-19 Resource Toolkit #2

COVID-19 Risk Communications Toolkit Uganda COVID-19 Resource Toolkit #2

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U.S. Embassy in Greetings friends and colleagues, My name is Natalie E. Brown, and I am the recently arrived U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda. I am delighted to be here in Uganda, but only wish I could send New Year's wishes under better circumstances. As the New Year begins and the desire to resume normal activities increases, I wish you strength and restraint. I know that doesn't sound very festive, but we have hung on this long, and relief is coming, although not yet within reach for most of us. Strength and restraint will allow us to keep ourselves safe, protect those we love, and demonstrate the tenacity and courage we all need as COVID infections surge and new and more infectious strains of the virus have emerged. Rather than sending a traditional New Year's greeting, I ...
Remarks of the EU Ambassador on NGOs bank account freezes

Remarks of the EU Ambassador on NGOs bank account freezes

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Kampala,Uganda The EU and its Member States are one of the largest development partners of Uganda. Most of EU funding goes to support government institutions but through their cooperation programmes, the EU and its Member States also support civil society organisations and private sector entrepreneurs. Civil society organisations contribute to the achievement of Uganda’s development objectives and are important stakeholders and development agents in the implementation of the third National Development Plan of Uganda. The EU and its Member States wish to underline the essential role played by civil society in any democratic country including in the electoral process. Civil society organisations engage in domestic observation, voter education, voter participation and violence preventi...
Statement by U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown

Statement by U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown

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on U.S. Concern Over Denying Ugandan CSOs Access to Their Bank Accounts U.S. Embassy Kampala January 9, 2021 Kampala, Uganda The U.S. government remains concerned over disturbing signs that civic space is closing.  With the election only days away, restrictions on civil society organizations (CSOs), delayed accreditation of domestic observers by the Electoral Commission, and interference with non-partisan voter education programming funded by Uganda’s international democratic partners have raised serious concerns about Uganda’s preparedness for a transparent, inclusive election.  Today we remain particularly concerned over how Ugandan institutions continue to block the bank accounts of several reputable and well-known CSOs, on questionable bases, preventing the...
EAC Election Observation Mission to the 2021 Uganda General Election launched  in Kampala.

EAC Election Observation Mission to the 2021 Uganda General Election launched in Kampala.

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East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 10th January, 2021: The East African Community Election Observer Mission to the Uganda General Election to be held on 14th January, 2021 has been formally launched.   H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye (middle).Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Speaking during the launch of the mission at a Kampala hotel, the Head of the Mission, H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye, who is also a former president of the Republic of Burundi, said that the Community attaches great importance to the promotion of democracy, which will in turn guarantee political stability in the entire region.  H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye addressing the Observers.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. “Further to the invitation of the Electoral Commission of Uganda, the...