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Wednesday, November 21 2018

The ordinary electronic passport is sky blue in colour

Applicants applying for the renewal and new passports are likely to be given the new EAC electronic passport as the current paper passports are being phased out. The deadline for the current passports is 2021 and issuance of the new passport will commence in January 2019. Kenya and Tanzania are already issuing the ePassport..Read More

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Saturday, October 28 2017

DSTV cuts prices ahead of festive season

The lowest package is now going for shilling 33,000/- Read More

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Saturday, June 10 2017

2017 100 most reputable people on earth

Global performance reputation management consulting agency has released it's first list of 100 Most Reputable People on EARTH. They have amassed high reputation for themselves through their works and achievements. The list that includes our very own Winnie Byanyima is in alphabetical order.

Aamir Khan- Actor
Adele - Singer
Akinwumi Adesina - President, African Development Bank
Alex Ferguson- Global Ambassador, Manchester United
Alexis Tsipras- Prime Minister, Greece
Andrew D. Hamilton-Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford
Angelina Jolie- Actress
António Guterres - Secretary-General, UN

Aung San Suu Kyi - Politician & Diplomat
Barack & Michelle Obama - Fomer First Family, USA
Benjamin Netanyahu - Prime Minister, Israel
Bill & Melinda Gates - Co-Founders, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Billy Graham - Evangelist
Bishop David Oyedepo || General Overseer, Living Faith Church Worldwide
Brian Chesky - CEO, Airbnb
Calestous Juma - Professor/ Author, Havard

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Activist
Chris Anderson- CEO, 3D Robotics
Christiane Amanpour - TV Host, CNN
Christiano Ronaldo - Athelete, Real Madrid
Christine Lagarde -Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Dalai Lama - Dalai Lama
Daniel Ek - Founder, Spotify
Darren Walker - President, Ford Foundation
David Beckham - Former Athelete
Denzel Washington - Actor

Desmond Tutu - Retired Bishop, Anglican
Dr Okonjo Iweala - Former Finance Minister, Nigeria
Dr Paul Enenche - Senior Pastor, Dunamis International Gospel Centre
Charles Fombrum - Co-Founder/Chairman,            Reputation International
Elizabeth Warren - Senator, Massachusetts
Ellen De Generes - TV Host, Ellen Show
Elon Musk - CEO, SpaceX
Emma Watson - Actress

Evan Spiegel - CEO, Snap Inc
Graça Machel DBE - Co-Founder, Africa Progress Panel
Helen Clark - Politician, New Zealand
K. Rowling - Writer
Jack Ma - Founder, Alibaba Group
Jackie Chan - Actor
James Corden - TV Host, The Late Late Show
Jay Z & Beyonce - Singers

Jean Liu - President, Didi Chuxing
Jeff Bezos - Founder, Amazon
Jennifer Lopez - Singer
John Legend - Singer
John Lewis - Representative, Georgia
José Mujica- Former President, Uruguay
Justin Trudeau - President, Canada
Klaus Schwab - Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

Kofi Annan - Co-Founder, Africa Progress Panel
Larry Ellison - Co-Founder, Oracle Corporation
Larry Page - CEO, Alphabet
LeBron James - Athelete, Cleveland Cavaliers
Lei Jun - Founder, Xiaomi Inc
Leonardo DiCaprio - Actor
Malala Yousafzai - Activist, The Malala Fund
Mark Zuckerberg - CEO, Facebook

Mathews Phosa - Politician/Lawyer
Michael Bloomberg - Founder, Bloomberg LP
Michael Jordan - Retired Athelete
Mo Ibrahim - Founder, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Muhammad Yunus - Founder, Grameen Bank
Narendra Modi - Prime Minister, India
Obiageli Ezekwesili - Co-Founder, Transparency International
Oprah Winfrey - CEO, Oprah Winfrey Network

Pastor Enoch Adeboye -General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God
Patrick Awuah - Founder, Ashesi University
Paul Kagame - President, Rwanda
Paul Krugman - Economist
Paul Ryan - Speaker, House of Representatives
Pele - Retired Footballer
Pope Francis - Pope, Roman Catholic Church
Queen Elizabeth II - Queen, United Kingdom

Raymond Wang - Inventor
Rebecca Enonchong -CEO, AppsTech
Reid Hoffman - Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
Jesse Jackson - Activist
Richard Brandson - Founder, Virgin Group
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi - Emir, Kano
Satya Nadella - CEO, Microsoft
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum - Prime Minister, UAE

Shirin Ebadi - Lawyer
Stephen Hawking - Director of Research, Centre for Theoretical Cosmology
Steve Forbes - Editor-in-Chief, Forbes
Steve Harvey - TV Host, Steve Harvey Talk Show
Strive Masiyiwa - Executive Chairman, Econet Wireless
Sundar Pichai - CEO, Google
Taraji P. Henson - Actress
Theresa May - Prime Minister, Britain

Tim Berners-Lee - Director, World Wide Web Consortium
Tim Cook - CEO, Apple
Tom Cruise - Actor
Trevor Noah - TV Host, The Daily Show
Unity Dow - Activist
Usain Bolt - Athelete
Warren Buffet - Executive Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway
Will Smith - Actor

Winnie Byanyima - Executive Director, Oxfam International
Yoshinori Ossumi - Cell Biologist, Tokyo Institute of Technology

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Thursday, October 20 2016

Bank of Uganda takes over Crane Bank management

Messages about Crane Bank were last week circulating on social media sites like wildfire..This prompted the Central Bank, Bank of Uganda, to come out and issue a statement on October 13, 2016 that all was well.

"It has been brought to our attention that messages have been circulating on Whatsapp instructing depositors to withdraw their money from Crane Bank within the next week. We wish to categorically state that these messages were not issued by Bank of Uganda."

That was a statement from a source at Bank of Uganda. In a twist of events, the bank with over 40 branches and 21 years old in the country has been taken over by the central bank exactly one week later.

"This action has been taken upon a determination by Bank of Uganda that Crane Bank limited is a significantly undercapitalised financial system and that the continuation of Crane Bank's activities in it's current form is detrimental to the interests of it's depositors."

Crane Bank's CEO Sudhir Ruparelia and wife at Munyonyo

Hours before the announcement, there was heavy deployment at the bank's head office in Kampala whose front parking area is normally decorated with Land Cruiser V8 rides in metallic colours..

Meanwhile, the signature on the document communicating the takeover is different from the one the Governor uses while signing on money, something that made many especially the depositors to believe that, may be, it wasn't true but sadly it is.

The two different signatures are authentic as confirmed by Bank of Uganda this afternoon.

The two signatures are aunthentic

Official message announcing the takeover of Crane Bank by Bank of Uganda

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Tuesday, September 20 2016

Toyota Ractis going for close to 19Mshs

Buying of cars online is one thing many are embracing lately most especially when one comes across bargains. The tax man has even made life simpler by adding a tool to their website that gives you an estimate of how much taxes you would be paying for your preferred car.

On the URA website, you find a link to the Motor Vehicle Tax Calculator which redirects you to the computation of taxes on imported vehicles.

We were interested in this Toyota Ractis which is not a common vehicle on Kampala streets now but that won't be the case five years later.

It's CIF to the nearest port which is Mombasa for those in Uganda for example was US$ 2,360. It was manufactured in 2007 making it 9 years old assuming we were to import it in the country this year. The exchange rate for the US dollar [which varies from time to time] was $ 3,389.02.

Once the above fields are entered, the tool then returns with the total tax which in this case was Ugx: 8,398,278/- It should be recalled that before getting to this stage, you must have paid the US$ 2,360 which is approximately 7,960,000/- to the overseas seller who happens to be in Japan at least for the majority of the vehicles in Kampala.

Once the money is received, he then arranges to ship your car to Mombasa, it normally takes about 28 days or there about. During the time of shipping, you can arrange with a clearing and forwarding company to have your car delivered at your door step or better still, get onto one of these buses with free wifi on board to Mombasa and drive back with your new ride, it's fun.

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Saturday, June 04 2016

Salvador was one of the first Uber riders in Kampala

On June 2, UBER- an American multinational online transportation network company with it's head quarters in San Francisco, California opened it's doors in Kampala, Uganda. Users and drivers will sign up for the service that connects you to a ride/driver within your area.

Highlights

  • Rate Per Km UGX900
  • Cancellation fee UGX 5000
  • Minimum fare UGX 5000
  • FREE rides up to June 5. 2016
  • Earn extra money by being a UBER driver

You can also make some extra money when you feel like driving..You drive when you want to and go to locations that you choose. Similarly, a passenger who wants to use the service will request the app, enter destination, driver info including name, photo, license plate number, make and model will show up so you know the car that you are hopping onto way in advance. No need to pay as your credit card will be charged.

Special Hire drivers like we call them here can easily join the service as they already have the requirements that one needs to be a UBER driver. A driving license is a must have, 3rd party, vehicle license which are pretty obvious for an average car owner, criminal record, badge and KCCA Permit are the other requirements.

Clear pictures of the above have to be uploaded on to the UBER site. Once your account has been set up, you can add other drivers onto your account by clearly filling in their details.

As part of the launch, UBER is providing 6 free rides within Kampala this weekend. The promotion that started on Thursday 2 June ends Sunday 5 June 2016. To unlock your free rides, simply download the app to your SMART phone and sign up with the code MOVEUGANDA and there you will gain access to six trips of not more than shillings 20,000/- 

Uber estimated charges from Kampala to Jinja

We tried finding out what an 80km journey from Kampala to Jinja would cost and the range was between Shs78,000/- and 103,500/- This service does not necessarily replace the other options that are already in place but it's more of a widened scope and could actually be less costly as you are getting a driver within your circle.

"We’re really excited to be launching Uber in Kampala, a world-class African city. We are inspired by the city’s rapidly developing infrastructure and spirit of entrepreneurship and look forward to giving people in the city an affordable, easy and flexible choice to move around the city safely and reliably," Alon Lits, the Uber Sub-Saharan Africa General Manager noted.

Uber is now in 12 cities in Africa with Kampala inclusive. Other cities include Johannesburg, Durban, Nairobi, Casablanca, Lagos, Mombasa, Cairo, Capetown, Abuja, Alexandria and Port Elizabeth.

With UBER, you know the driver and car way in advance

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Monday, May 23 2016

Mbuga and Pemba's BMW X6 recalled by URA

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has recalled a total of 186 cars to their Nakawa Headquarters before May 31, 2016. The vehicles have to be presented to the Assistant Commissioner Enforcement for verification. Failure to do so, the cars will be impounded on sight and the owners apprehended.

Among the wanted cars are Pemba Sports Africa's maroon BMW X6 and businessman SK Mbuga's black BMW X6. The other customized registration number plate is 'CHEUNE5' owned by Muyanja Derrick Senyonga.

URA re-calls registered motor vehicles

The exercise is to help the authorities to determine if the said cars paid the actual tax and were imported genuinely in the country. The full list of the affected cars can be got off the URA facebook page. The affected cars are in the UAX...UAY series.

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Wednesday, December 02 2015

Rail service between Namanve and Kampala

Uganda Railways Corporation in partnership with Kampala Capital City Authority and Rift Vallet Railways have today announced the resumption of passenger rail services between Namanve and Kampala.

The train will operate four trips in a day at a cost of shs1500/- per trip. At 6:30am, the train will be departing from Namanve station to Kampala Station a journey that is expected to last approximately 40 minutes.

The train service will start this Monday, 7 December 2015.

Kampala-Namanve train schedule
Trip Origin Time Destination Time
First Namanve 6:30am Kampala 7:20am
Second Kampala 7:35am Namanve 8:15am
Third Namanve 4:15pm Kampala 5:05pm
Fourth Kampala 5:30pm Namanve 6:15pm

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Monday, October 12 2015

some of the destroyed property at Uchumi Supermarket
Uchumi Supermarket main branch was this evening raided by court bailiffs, goods worth millions of shillings were destroyed in the process.

Uga Chick Poultry breeders dragged Uchumi to the Commercial court for failing to pay Shs185M for poultry products supplied between March and July this year. Bailiffs were seen raiding the main branch on Yusuf Lule road grabbing whatever could help them in recovering the monies owed.

A few weeks back, Uchumi Kabalagala branch was forced to close following a shs 70m power debt to UMEME, staff who were still demanding for last month salary were sent on forced leave as they waited for a final decision from the head office in Nairobi.

Last year, the Kenyan departmental store had to close it's Freedom City Mall branch citing poor location as the reason for the low sales, the premises are now occupied by OUTLET supermarket.

Capital Shoppers has equally not made it any easier for Uchumi, they opened up a branch at the Garden City Mall basement taking over most customers who had parked at the basement who had no reason of going to the first floor for basic items.

Short of that, business has been slow for other tenants as a result of the many malls that are opening up in the city like the Oasis Mall, Village Mall in Bugolobi, Ham Towers in Makerere, Quality Village in Namugongo among others.

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Friday, July 24 2015

President Obama gets off the Air Force One in Kenya
Today is Obama day in Kenya. President Barack Obama's Air Force One touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 8:02pm.

President Obama who did not come with his wife and daughters was received by his half-sister, Auma Obama, and the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta plus other top officials.

At his hotel, President Obama dined with his Granny, Mama Sarah who raised his now deceased father as a child plus other relatives. Kenyans lined parts of the route to the hotel to cheer as the motorcade made it's way.

President Obama will tomorrow address the 6th Annual Global Entreprenuership summit that takes place from July 24-26 in Nairobi and later proceed to Ethiopia. Locals are positive the Obama visit will yield many benefits. Security is tight in Kenya with many roads closed.

Mr. Obama is the first sitting US President to visit Kenya and also the first US leader to address the African Union when he travels to Ethiopia this Sunday.

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Friday, July 24 2015

British Airways suspends flights to Entebbe
British Airways has suspended services from London Heathrow to Entebbe Airport because, the service is not commercially viable according to the Regional Commercial Manager, Edward Frost.

In a letter dated July 23, 2015 the RCM noted that the last flight will depart London Heathrow for Entebbe on 02 October and leave Entebbe on October 3, 2015.

This was the shortest route for Ugandans travelling to UK as it was a non stop flight taking you 8h 45m. It was also ideal for the elderly and unaccompanied minors.

"As a company we will continue to evaluate our route network and we therefore trust that it will be possible for us to work together again in future," Edward Frost concluded.

Customers who had booked after the above dates are advised to contact their travel agents to work out alternative plans.

Kenya Airways has a relatively shorter route of 11h 20m with a 1h 30m stop in Nairobi (NBO).  Emirates will take 13h with a 1h stop in Dubai (DXB).

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Friday, September 28 2012

Sarah Kizito being arrested by the KCCA enforcement officers
Business at Centenary Park was yesterday at a standstill after police raided the area as early as 4am and sealed off part of the park that is right opposite the Electoral Commission.

The main entrance to Centenary park via Wampewo Avenue was blocked as police denied entry through the main gate. Some of the affected Centenary Park tenants were seen parking their property to pave way for the demolitions. Police was on full alert to avoid any chaos.

Early in the day, there was a scuffle between the KCCA city enforcement officers and the workers in the park who were trying to resist arrest as the demolition of the fence on Jinja road was under way.

The Lady Charlotte boss Sarah Kizito a wife to Godfrey Nyakaana the Kampala Division Central Chairman was arrested in a manner that was not ideal for a lady. The  affected tenants have up to end of the month to vacate the place.

The affected businesses include Ice Ways, Car Security Gadgets, Effendy's, Spice Gardens, Kidz Avenue, Vitamin Cafe, Diva Models among others.

Police at the Centenary Park as the affected parties talk to journalists on 27-Sep-2012

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Thursday, August 30 2012

The Royal Ascot goat races is this Saturday

Its that time of the year when business shifts to Munyonyo with all cocktails of booze, food, babes, hats and crazy fashion as the order of the day at Speke Resort Munyonyo all in the name of Royal Ascot Goat Races.

The event simply gets better every year though half of the guests don't even have a clue which goat is on the race track. Guests are encouraged to put on their best as various prizes stand to be won for Best dressed couple, best hat, best goat, best dressed man and best dressed lady among others.

The event attracted over 10,000 guests last year and that number is expected to be higher on Saturday 01 September, 2012. The main route to Munyonyo is likely to have slow traffic on that day so motorists are advised to use alternative routes like the Salama-Munyonyo route that connects from Entebbe road in Kibuye.

If you got no invite, you can still pay at the gates. This years event will have a variety of entertainment for both children and adults including aerobatics display and fireworks in the evening.

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Monday, August 13 2012

A section of Capital Shoppers that was gutted by fire on 12.Aug.2012
Capital Shoppers Complex on Stretcher road in Ntinda had a number of shops and property destroyed as a devastating fire engulfed the complex in the evening hours of Sunday.

According to eye witnesses the fire started from the Bata shop that is adjacent to the supermarket and spread to the Orient bank ATM. It is however not clear to what extent the supermarket was affected.

Over three fire brigade trucks came to the scene and ran out of water as they tried to extinguish the fire that was spreading to the basement and other parts of the complex. There was a stampede as shoppers ran to safety.

The shopping complex has banks like DFCU and Centenary, Capital Shoppers supermarket, GO Tv offices among others. More on this to follow.

The entire Bata shop was destroyed and nothing was saved.

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Saturday, July 07 2012

A copy of the log book that is issued by the system after registering and the guitar man was Maurice Kirya entertaining guests
Its now official that all vehicles will be registered online following the launch of the Online Vehicle Registration method by Uganda Revenue Authority.

A copy of the new log book that replaces the old one was also showed during the launch at Serena Hotel on Friday. In attendance was the Commissioner Traffic, Uganda Police Dr. Steven Kasiima and the guest of honour was Hon. Byandala, the Minister for Works and Transport.

For new vehicles an agent will be required but for old vehicles, you just have to enter your vehicle particulars on a form off the URA website. To validate your vehicle, one must have a 10 digit TIN number.

The online system went live on the 02-Jul-2012. Motorists have exactly one year to register or validate their cars. Police officers will be equipped with tablets to verify vehicle details on spot once that deadline expires.

Related:
Car Registration Simplified in Uganda
URA to Track all Vehicles Online

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Monday, July 02 2012

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has effective 1st of July 2012 rolled out a new way of registering, transferring and deregistering vehicles from Uganda to other countries. The same sytem helps car owners with getting duplicate number plates in case the first one got lost.

This registration applies to all vehicles that were registered earlier and those that are being imported into the country. Cars that are already in use will have to be registered from the URA website(ura.go.ug)by clicking how to validate your existing vehicle or registering a new vehicle with the help of a 10 digit TIN number.

A form will appear in which all particulars of the vehicle have to be entered, submitted to which a receipt will be issued. Once the details submitted match with those in the URA database, the old log book will then be withdrawn and replaced with a new one. It is even easier for imported cars because a clearing agent will be the one to do that.

Registering of cars is free and for the new ones, import and registration dues will apply. Motorist now have one year from the above date to effect the change over from the old log-book to the new one.

The Acting Commissioner Domestic Taxes Henry Saka appealed to motorists to comply within the one year to avoid impounding of their vehicles.
Related:
URA to Track all Vehicles Online

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Thursday, June 28 2012

URA in drive to have all vehicles registered online

If you have driven along Entebbe-Kampala highway, you will notice the huge billboards on the sides. On the billboards you see this message: "Get Out of Line Get Online-Quick Vehicle Online Registration Today! Does that Vehicle belong to you?"

Uganda Revenue Authority is in a drive to have all the vehicles registered online. Vehicle owners will have to go to the URA website ura.go.ug and enter all the relevant vehicle particulars.

The Vehicle Online Registration is a move that URA is resorting to in curbing duplicate number plates. The beauty with this is that once a number plate is entered into the system, it will not accept similar number plates and in this way, car owners will voluntarily drive to URA to establish who the rightful owner is.

A month back, Uganda Revenue Authority impounded over 300 vehicles with identical number plates something that forced them to mount a search on those behind the vice and their efforts have landed on some four whom they suspect to have hacked into their database.

Now if you have a vehicle and the logbook is not in your name, then the question of; Does that vehicle belong to you? might have to be addressed by either ensuring that you effect the transfer from the previous owner, or to ensure that the person/company that sold you formalises the transfer process.

It becomes practically impossible to fill that URA online form if the name on the log-book is not yours unless when the online form will be designed to accomodate that. We will let you know as soon as that form is up and running on the URA website.
Related: Bad Black's Car Among Those to be Verified by URA

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Sunday, April 29 2012

Why buy a car from Japan when you can buy it locally? - This is certainly a question that has been disturbing many given the fact that there are many cars in bonds around Kampala and other nearby places. We will break it down for you after interacting with a number of people engaged in the practice.

It's cheaper - It's cheap because you have bought it otherwise if you buy it and you are to sell it, then you will incorporate your profit margin in the price which has to be met by the final buyer of the car.

Flexible Payment Plans - A car being bought from Japan has two payments. The first one is the person selling you the car and the next one is the tax man. The tax man normally charges at least 70% of the cost as taxes. In the case of the bond, you have to meet three plans, the above two and the profit for the seller.

Fresh Is Good - New cars are costly per say so the majority drive reconditioned vehicles which are 'new' anyway. You are better off getting it straight from Japan so that you own it there and then as opposed to getting it from the bond when some valuable parts have been replaced with very basic ones.

Latest Models - If you are in search of latest models, then the online option could offer better results as opposed to the old models that have over stayed in bonds.

Challenges
However, purchasing of vehicles online has it's challenges. You could land on a website that is not genuine, wire your money and never get your car shipped to Africa. The practice depends on trust because you are sending money to people you have never met and not even sure they exist.

This is the sole reason buying cars locally as opposed to buying online is still popular.

How to buy a car from Japan?
Search for a car of your choice, contact the seller on how how and where to pay, the car will then be shipped to Mombasa or Dar-Es-Salaam. You can get it from Mombasa or your clearing agent can help.

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Friday, April 27 2012

Mckenzie of Jam Agenda and Straka can now be watched all over Uganda, Kenya, TZ and Sudan
Wavah Broadcasting Station (WBS) can now be viewed on DSTV joining stations like UBC, NTV and Bukedde which are on channels 153, 140, 141 and 148 respectively.

"Viewers will appreciate the value it brings in terms of countrywide and regional reach in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Sudan. DStv has the expertise to take the signal to all parts of the country," said Gordon Wavamuno, chairman, WBS.

"It is a historic partnership that we've worked on for a long time because we had to comprehend what it really meant and its benefits," he added.

Other TV stations that are yet to join DSTV are NBS and Record TV among others.

Related: Bukedde's Agataliiko Nfuufu Live On DSTV

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Thursday, March 29 2012

MTN Mobile Money subscribers in Uganda will from now on be able to send and receive money using their mobile phones. The mobile money subscribers will be able to send and receive money from 450,000 locations in 200 countries.

One can send up to $1,500 per day in instalments of $500 each. MTN Mobile Money was the first one to roll out mobile money transfer services and it has also been the first one to go global.

"We are indeed excited about this new collaboration with Western Union as it extends the reach of our innovative solutions beyond Uganda's borders," Chairm MTN Uganda Charles Mbire said.

In a related development, customers with an MTN mobile money account can send money to any one in the 200 countries with Western Union and that money can be withdrawn off a counter.

UTL has the M-sente, WARID has W-Pesa, Orange Mobile Money and Airtel Money have just launched. The telecom company seem to realised how the new technologies have eaten into their GSM earnings, so the competition is now shifting to internet and mobile money.

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Wednesday, March 14 2012

         DSTV in Uganda
DSTV Customers using the old Phillips smart cards were yesterday sent messages on their decoders letting them know that the cards will expire in a week's time. Customers are to carry their decoders and smart cards to the nearest Multichoice branch or agency to have the card swoped for free.

Once the seven days elapse, the service will be disabled and restoring it will require $20 so you need to do this real fast at least to avoid that bit of frustration. Meanwhile, customers on Compact and Access packages will have a price increment of $2 effective April 01, 2012.

This coming Saturday at Forest Mall between 9:00am and 6:00pm, Multichoice Uganda has arranged the 'Greatest Show on Earth' where they will be displaying the latest in digital entertainment and also fixing the decoders to be compatible with the smart cards. There will be lots pf prizes to be won in the raffle draw.

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Monday, March 12 2012

The Pioneer Easy bus transporting passengers to Kampala
This morning taxis were on strike protesting the Shs120,000/- charged by KCCA per month. The taxi drivers want to pay Shs70,000/- or if it's 120,000/- then it should be paid at the rate of Shs4,000 per day as opposed to paying the entire amount in one installment.

Passengers were stranded, salon cars were over loaded and boda boda's were making a killing from this. Within minutes of that drama, the orange 'darlings' came from no where in a convoy of taking passengers at a cost of Shs800 in a distance where taxis charge Shs1,500/-

The buses have not yet started operating officially but because of the strike, they were allowed to transport passengers. To this, the buses did not even have registration plates implying that the move is temporary as they still have to sort out a few issues as far as the Pioneer Easy Bus contract is concerned.

The conductors in these buses are called Stewards and each bus has two of them, one coordinates those entering and issues them with a receipt after they have paid and the other collects receipts from passengers once a passenger has got to their destination.

Taxis are flexible when it comes to pricing because you will be charged based on the distance but the only complaint in the pioneer bus was from those passengers who were travelling short distances and still had to pay the same price like those doing long distances.

Short of that being day one, the buses were clean, no radio but that aside, the driver and his two stuarts were smartly dressed in there white short sleeved shirts which were already succumbing to the Kampala dust, orange neckties and a grey trousers.

Luggage
If you have luggage and you get on to this bus, you must be prepared to carry it and in fact the stuart said that those with luggage won't be allowed on board. So if you are carrying a dirty bag, you should be prepared to sit with it on your white clothes..!

It was inevitable that these buses had to have policemen on board because the taxi drivers were actually warning them for having joined the market and were threatening to do harm to the buses, short of that, the majority of the passengers using the buses were very happy and welcomed the service with open arms.

Related: Inside the Pioneer Bus

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Wednesday, February 15 2012

Pioneer Easy Bus in Kampala
The first batch of the pioneer buses are already in Kampala.

The Pioneer Bus stops are already in place where passengers will have to sit and wait till the bus gets to the stage. The buses are now parked opposite Kampala Parents School and are expected to start operating on March 01.

In the UK for example, the transport system is streamlined to the extent that if there is a delay, the passengers at the bus stop will be notified on how long it will take for the next bus to show up at the bus stage.

Officials from the Pioneer Easy Bus have assured the public that there won't be any delays now that the buses are many. The buses will offer transport services within Luzira, Bweyogere, Ntinda, Mulago, Nakawa and Namugongo among others.

The buses have a provision for the disabled plus a sitting capacity of 30 passengers and 30 standing.

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Monday, February 06 2012

Getting where to park on Kampala road is a problem
Parking space in the Kampala Central Business District is a problem with most parking slots now turned into no parking zones either by it's proximity to a court, police station or otherwise.

This has left motorists with no choice but to park on pavements as most commercial buildings have limited parking slots for tenants and customers. If you get to Kampala city by 8:00am, it will take you some time to locate parking if you are lucky.

KCCA Notice
Responding to parking on the pavements, Kampala Capital City Authority has come up with a notice; "Prohibiting Vehicle Parking On Pavements''. The notice that was signed by the Executive Director, J.Semakula Musisi read in part; Any vehicle found parked as aforesaid shall be impounded and towed away at the expense of the offender.

The fuel you use looking for where to park might actually be more than what you used to go to Kampala for those who reside 3 to 7kms out of Kampala

The Pioneer Easy Bus Project
The first 100 buses out of the 500 are already in Mombasa being cleared and will soon start making their way to Kampala. They will be operating in the central business district for 24 hours employing close to 4,000 people. Commuter taxis will now operate in the outskirts.

The buses have a total capacity of 61, of which 31 will be seated and 30 standing fully equipped with seats for the disabled. With the buses in the pipeline, you might as well park your car, get onto the next bus other than suffering with where to park.

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Wednesday, January 18 2012

                Metroplex Shopping Mall, Naalya
It has ample parking space a few kilometres from Ntinda in Naalya after Engen petrol station with Shoprite Supermarket and a number of shops specializing in a number of items. On the first floor you find the food court, a pharmacy and the famous Wine Garage for an assortment of wines.

FoodCourt  - Nawab Authentic Indian Restaurant famous for kebab, Masala chips plus vegetable mix flatter and next to it is Big Mama's Kitchen for Healthy African Food with Chcken, Nyama and goat Muchomo all served with chips costing you about Shs 12,500.

Huo Guo follows specializing in chinese cuisine and next to it is Latin King taking care of your pizza needs. However, like all good things, there's a problem of smoke though.

Cinema - At the time of our visit, plans were underway of setting up a cinema hall for the movie lovers.

Kids - Metroplex Children Play Area is well equipped with an assortment of items to ensure your kids have fun while at Metroplex. It has slides, swings, sand, bouncing castles, toys and a lot more but the kids have to part with at least Shs 5,000 to enjoy the games and rides.

Banks - Standard Chartered Bank is yet to open but Diamond Trust Bank is already operational. Metropolitan Forex Bureau is just next to Shoprite, adjacent to Bata shoe company.

Supermarkets - Shoprite is one of the biggest entities on Metroplex shopping Mall making it a one stop shop for Naalya residents and those using the Northerbypass.

Fashion - The mall has lots of fashion shops specializing in trendy outfits, lingerie plus African wear designs.

Kids Shops - Babylicsious, Selonie Kids centre are some of the shops on the Metroplex Mall with kids accessories.

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Saturday, January 14 2012

Kampala traders under their umbrella organisation KACITA have called off the strike that had left most of the shops in the Kampala busy district locked from Wednesday to Saturday afternoon. The strike was was to last for three days but spilled over to the fourth day after they were not convinced with the outcome of the previous meetings.

They now demanded to meet the President on Saturday and also vowed to keep the shops closed until the said meeting was done. In the meeting, the President gave the Governor Bank of Uganda five days to come up with proposals on the issue of interest rates that led to the strike.

The issue of paying rent in dollars plus rescheduling of loans to flexible periods will be looked into. Traders who went for the meeting were thoroughly checked and journalists locked out of the meeting area at Serena Hotel that was tightly guarded as the meeting took place.

Shops will now open on Sunday and some were seen open on Saturday afternoon.

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Friday, January 13 2012

Kampala City Traders under their umbrella organisation KACITA will not open the shops on the fourth day when they were expected to operate before meeting the President.

Shops that have been closed since Wednesday were to open on Saturday morning at the end of the three day strike but this won't happen after the traders resolved to open after the end of their meeting with the President on Saturday.

The Kampala Metropolitan Commander Andrew Felix Kaweesi had earlier on told the traders who wished to open their shops to do so but those who opened on Friday morning were attacked by a group of angry youths.

Police is now looking for the KACITA publicist to make a statement and should it turn out that he was behind the youth who attacked the traders who had opened their shops in Kikuubo, they will not hesitate arresting him.

The traders blocked a section of Luwum street paralysing traffic as they were discussing developments in the meetings they had held with the President, KACITA leaders and other stakeholders.

The Kampala Central MP Mohammed Nsereko joined them saying that what they(traders) were doing was in order and that the shops won't open if the issues affecting them are not resolved.

Police came in just in time to disperse the crowd of traders that were threatening to become unruly.

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Thursday, January 12 2012

Uganda's Electricity Regulatory Authority has increased the tariffs with effect from January 15, 2012. The tariffs for domestic consumers has increased from Shs 385.6 to 524.5 per unit and commercial consumers now stand at Shs487.6 from 358.6 per unit.

The tariffs for medium industries have shot from Shs333.2 to 458.9, per unit while large industries are now at Shs312.8 from 184.8, per unit.

The tariff for street lights has increased from Shs364.3 to 488.7 per unit. The increase is aimed at sustaining the power sector according to the regulator.

The Electricity Regulatory Authority is charged with the responsibility of generation, distribution and transmission of electricity energy in Uganda.

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Thursday, January 12 2012

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The best places for shopping in Kampala to ensure that you get quality products have been lined up for you. Most of these shopping centers can exchange items especially electronics in case they turn out to be faulty, have customer rewards programs and ample free parking. However, you are advised not to leave valuables in the car.

Game Discount Store - Located at Lugogo Shopping Mall is ideal for local and international quality products, publishes a product price list in the dailies to make you plan better and very reliable when it comes to replacing faulty items though you must have an original receipt.

Shoprite - The branch on Ben Kiwanuka street is conveniently located for those using minibusses for public transport and another branch is on Lugogo Mall, the same complex housing Game Discount Store making it a favorable shopping spot.

Capital Shoppers - With their latest Capital Shoppers branch at Garden City which has also joined the several 'cities' in town gives you totally different shopping experience. Shop while you exercise in the process cutting on your gym costs now that there is no conveyor belt. Restaurants, Banks, Hair Salons, pharmacies and so on can be found on this complex

Tuskys - The first outlet is in Ntinda with another just opened recently right opposite Makerere University is one of a kind. On top of what you find in a supermarket, they have food ranging from posho, matooke, beans, meat chips, and the usual chicken. This works wonders for many especially single folks out there who are in a rush with no time to prepare a decent meal.

Kenjoy - Known for closing by 9:00 pm so after that you might not find the supermarket open. One tricky item in these supermarkets has been toilet rolls but this particular supermarket is known for stocking U&Me toilet rolls which are not very easy to beat when it comes to quality. The last time we checked, it had run out though.

Embassy Supermarket - On your way to Kansanga after the American Embassy where it derives its name is very ideal for Kasanga and Muyenga residents who might choose to take a break from the jam to chill off while shopping.

Super Supermarket - Located in Bukoto with two floors of both local and international products.

Quality Supermarket - Back in the days they used to have one branch in Old Kampala, but now this local supermarket is clearly giving other supermarkets a run for their money with branches in Namugongo, Lubowa and the latest in Kitende along Entebbe road, they also have bonus cards.

Tip: Customers should endeavor to use cards when paying for their shopping items if possible or better still, examine very well their money because some of the supermarket attendants can claim that your money is fake and you won't have access to it. It is fine if the "fake" money is destroyed before you, but when one walks off with it, you will be left wondering if it was fake in the first place.

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Wednesday, January 11 2012

Most shops in Kampala remained closed on day one of the strike which is to last for three days with some traders around Kisekka market playing football and netball in the roads which would otherwise be very busy with traffic on a normal day.

Business in other parts of the country is going on normally though security is deployed all over to ensure law and order. There's heavy police presence in and around Kampala as most traders are juts outside their shops looking on.

The traders in Kiseka market are using the chance to appeal to the authorities to release the Buganda Riot victims who were arrested in 2009.

Meanwhile, the latest from the KACITA PRO Issa Sekito has confirmed that some traders are already withdrawing their money from the banks though some of the banks are not worried about the move now that it's not only traders that bank with them.

The President is likely to meet the KACITA leaders later in the day.

Related:
Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) To Strike
Kampala Now Flooded With Shopping Malls

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Wednesday, January 11 2012

                  Garden City and Metroplex Mall in Naalya
Garden City was more or less the only shopping centre around Kampala and later Nakumatt Oasis which is right next to it opened shop clearly making it a complex of shops as it had banks, restaurants, beauty shops and so on but now more 'cities' are coming up in the outskirts of Kampala.

Freedom City along Entebbe road, Quality Village in Lubowa, Capital Shoppers City in Ntinda, Metroplex in Naalya among others will surely go a long way in decongesting the city.

The shopping malls have food courts, ample parking, children play areas and ample parking though some still offer free parking space but this won't go on for long. At Nakumatt Oasis, parking control management systems are in place.

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Tuesday, January 10 2012

Kampala City Traders Association members have vowed to go on with their three day strike that kicks off on 11.January.2011 which will see all shops closed according to the KACITA spokesperson Issa Sekitto.

The traders will also go to commercial banks and withdraw all their money all in an effort to compel government to intervene on the issue of interest rates which the traders say is eating into their profits and leaving them with barely nothing.

It is not clear what the traders will resort to after the three days. The strike is likely  to paralyse upcountry businesses too as they use Kampala as a hub to replenish on their stock.

The traders were in a meeting today (Tuesday) with the Prime Minister to try and avert the looming strike but they failed to come up with a common position. The governor Bank of Uganda, Prof. Emmanuel Mutebile was asked what his take was regarding the commercial banks interest rate, he said that he had no legal basis to force the hands of banks interest rate on the charges.

“As we tighten monetary policy by increasing the Central Bank Rate, we expect commercial banks to follow suit and increase lending rates. I have no legal basis to force the hands of banks on the charges, its matter for them and their clients,” said Mutebile

Bank of Uganda has increased the prime commercial bank lending rate to over 30% in a bid to control the high inflation but this has left many traders and borrowers alike choking on the high interest rates.

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Friday, December 09 2011

      Bukedde, New Vision, X-FM and Urban TV are some of the products by Vision Group and now The Sun Newspaper
The team at the Industrial area based Vision Group are not sleeping as seen from the products they keep on adding on the already long list. They recently revamped their website to embrace the latest web technologies, have just signed a partnership to have Bukedde on DSTV with effect from December 12, 2011 and now they've just added another paper to the newsstands dubbed The Kampala Sun.

The 32 page newspaper that costs Shs1,000/- hit the streets today, December 09 and will be coming out every Friday.

According to a statement from Vision Group: "The Kampala Sun is your all-access VIP backstage ticket to the secrets of the rich and famous, the crazy and the notorious, the wild and the restless in this capital of ours-whether they are celebrities or even if they are just flukers, if it's happening anywhere, Kampala Sun will have our noses in it to bring you the scoop and make sure you never fall behind when it comes to what's going down in town."

The cover page story was "Weasel's 25 Kids & Their 16 Mums" Weasel is Jose Chameleone's young brother who seceded from Chameleone together with Moze Radio to form the Goodlyfe Crew.

The other main story was about Bad Black's lover Greenhalgh being a fake millionaire and lots of celebrity pics.
Related: Bukedde's Agataliiko Nfuufu Live On DSTV

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Tuesday, December 06 2011

          The launch of the YouTube domain by Google in Uganda
Uganda is steadily taking it's position in Africa when it comes to issues of the internet. Kenya and South Africa have for long been dominating some of these innovations when it comes to which countries to consider in Africa, but not anymore as Uganda has now joined them.

This can be further seen from Youtube launching a local domain tagged to Uganda www.youtube.co.ug which is the world's largest video sharing service owned by Google. On YouTube, you can upload your own videos that can be shared  and viewed globally.

"Through such platforms like YouTube, Uganda will be able to market itself to the rest of the world more easily. YouTube has presented us with a unique opportunity, and I call upon all Ugandans to use it as a platform to showcase the features of our country that make us fully Ugandan - music, wildlife, news, tourist sites, and so on," said the Information and Communication Technology Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.
Filed under Google, Business

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Tuesday, December 06 2011

Vision Group's Robert Kabushenga(L) and the General Manager of MultiChoice Uganda Charles Hamya  after putting pen to paper

On December 12, 2011 at exactly 10:00am(EAT), Bukedde TV will be live on DSTV channel 148 joining NTV and UBC that are currently viewed on channels 141 and 140 respectively.

Bukedde TV is popular courtesy of it's version of news dubbed 'Agataliiko Nfuufu' which in most cases is exclusive. Agataliiko Nfuufu lovers are going to increase now that all DSTV customers in the country will be able to access the channel.

The service will be accessible only to viewers across Uganda in the initial stages and later beyond the Sub-Saharan region. Other TV stations like WBS, NBS have not yet joined but will certainly do so now that analog technology is being phased out as we cross to digital broadcasting.

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Wednesday, November 30 2011

                Shoprite in Kampala, Uganda
Shoprite's latest branch along the Northern bypass in Kampala is now open to the public and it will target customers who use the Northern bypass. The first branch is around the main taxi park and the other branch in Lugogo.

Located on Metroplex Complex Naalya, Shoprite which can easily be confused for the other branches while inside can be accessed on the immediate left turn after Engen Petrol Station in Naalya.

Big Name supermarkets have taken over the outskirts of Bugolobi, Ntinda, Makerere and the competition among them has seen customers enjoy quality products in form of 'sale promos' around this time of the year.

Customers have resorted to moving from one supermarket to the other in search of bargains. At Game for example, there was a rush for washing machines that were going for less than Shs600,000 and laptops going for less than Shs1m.

Meanwhile, as the little known supermarkets are coming up, the big name supermarkets like Capital Shoppers, Nakumatt, Uchumi, Quality Supermarket, Tuskys and Shoprite are busy spreading to all viable centres.

In Ntinda alone, one has access to Tuskys, Quality Supermarket, Kenjoy, Super Supermarket clearly giving you a wide range of choices.

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Friday, November 25 2011

MTN Mobile Money has been down for at least a greater part of this week and the message from MTN is that they are upgrading the service. Just like Sports Betting that has become a job to many, so is MTN Mobile Money but the rate at which it has been down, many agents have been redundant in the process as they wait for the service to stabilize.

The service centers should be flooded with customers trying to get an explanation  about the prolonged downtime of the service. However, the good news is the service is being upgraded to even offer more services than they are already serving which will include among others withdrawing western union money using the mobile money service.

Of the new services that will be unveiled after the upgrade, Mobile Money customers accounts will be linked to their bank accounts so that in event of being in a place where you cannot access you bank account, you can still withdraw from one of the authorized agents using mobile money.

The upgrade is expected to be done by December 15, according to the notice that MTN put in one of the dailies this week. Customers will for now have to bear with the poor service as they grace themselves for better times ahead.

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Tuesday, November 22 2011

Empty gas cylinders at Shell Petrol station in Ntinda
Cooking gas or LPG has been scarce for the last one week in Kampala. Shell Gas in particular is out of stock from every Shell filling station that you turn to. This means that even when the fuel stations replenish their stock, chances are it will run out faster as many consumers are expected to stock for the festive season that is around the corner.

Load shedding plus the cost of charcoal have pushed the demand for gas up as it relatively lasts longer than a bag of charcoal of course depending on the usage and family size.

Some of the pump attendants we spoke to said that some trucks were heading to Kampala from Mombasa, so we should be sorted any time soon. Shell Ntinda, Bukoto, Lugogo By Pass, Stretcher road and Nakawa did not have gas as of yesterday and this morning.

The 24 hour load shedding coupled with scarcity of gas makes life very difficult for those homesteads that prefer to cook from inside as opposed to cooking from outside. A 16.2kg gas cylinder was costing Shs100,000 but it's unlikely that the price will remain the same during the festive season.

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Thursday, November 10 2011

A guest during the PAM Awards with a Rwenzori Premium Finest bottle before him
The Nakawa based Rwenzori Bottling Co. Ltd which is a subsidiary of SABMiller Plc has launched yet another pack on it's long list of brands dubbed 'Rwenzori Premium Finest' which is of course is the same Rwenzori mineral water but this time packed in a blue 750ml bottle.

The move was prompted by the over 40 mineral water providers on the market. $300,000 was pumped in the project whose mineral water is filtered nine times making it one of the healthiest products in the region.

Rwenzori Premium was made for those customers who demand for something beyond the usual. The blue bottle can easily be confused for wine if you do not look closely. In the just concluded PAM Awards, the bottle was mixed with wine bottles but if you hadn't known about water being packed in a blue bottle, then you would think it's an alcoholic drink.

In some places the bottle is going for Shs 3,000 and it can be got from all the main supermarkets before it rolls out to the entire country.

Related: Mineral Water

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