Dorothy Shonga set to launch new company in Malawi

Business lady and socialite Dorothy Shonga aka Cashmama is set to launch a new company called DC Brand Cloud. The company will be first of its kind in Malawi. According to her social media pages, the company will launch on 29th March 2018 in Lilongwe Malawi.

“Mark the date. First of its kind in Malawi,” Dorothy posted. DC Brand Cloud will deal in Advertising, Events Management, Experiential Marketing, Public Relations, Creative Design and Digital Marketing.

She is even set to hire an experienced MC from Uganda for Corporate Launch down in her homeland.

Meanwhile looks like Dorothy Shonga is finally set to divorce her estranged husband Herbert Shonga. This is after she posted on her wall looking for a good divorce lawyer.

This comes after Herbert posted a picture of his new chic Sheila wishing her a happy birthday.

“Happy born day to her, naye Herbert Shonga why post and delete? It’s bad to lose the moon while counting the stars. NB: a job awaits a good lawyer who can handle divorce issues in Kampala. Payment in $,” Dorothy posted.

I remain the undisputed champion, says singer Jose Chameleone

‘I Will Only Enter That Anticipated Showdown If The KCCA Will Agree To Let It Be No Time Limit’

Legendary singer Jose Chameleone has said he remains undisputed champion in the Ugandan music industry. The ‘Basima Ogenze’ singer said this after performing at Comedy Store show last night at UMA show grounds Lugogo.

On his rumoured music battle with Bebe Cool, Jose said he has heard of the battle with his big brother but revealed that no one has come forward to put the deal on table.

He also said that he will only enter that anticipated showdown if the KCCA agrees to let it be of no time limit.

“Blessed are my friends with whom we partied tonight at the UMA show grounds comedy night with Alex Muhangi, Madrat and Chico, Mariachi and the best comedians in the region. I really enjoyed being onstage for everyone. I remain the undisputed!!!!

I have heard of the battle with my big brother though no one has come forward to put the deal on table. I am a music Dynamo and who so ever wants to battle should know that that’s the day you are going to be buried before your disciples!!

And I will put a cross on your grave as I engrave R.I.P. I WILL ONLY ENTER THAT ANTICIPATED SHOWDOWN IF THE KCCA WILL AGREE TO LET IT BE NO TIME LIMIT!! He who runs out of music, Goes home. Stay blessed my people,” Jose Chameleone said.

Wool Betah Souljah joins Uganda Youth Convention UK list

Singer Wool Betah Souljah has been confirmed as one of the performers for the forth coming Uganda Youth Convention UK 28.

The ‘Gogolo’ singer said he is excited about performing at the event and promised to do his best come May 26th at Royal Regency Hall, Manor Park London. The list of performers for the annual youth gathering keeps getting interesting daily.

The convention will take place at Royal Regency Hall, Manor Park 501 High Street North Manor Park London E12 6TH. The ‘Gogolo’ star has promised the biggest performance on the night at the After Party.

The Uganda Youth Convention UK 2018 is a unique grass root organization that is going to provide counselling support services to the young youth from the Diaspora community.

Holiday youth camp (Young to youth holiday camp) where the youth will stay for holidays and be taught a lot of activities like sports, vocational studies. Computer literacy, and various camping and other domestic chores.

Gates open from 9:00am to 6:00pm then after to the event from theatre till 4:00am.

Entrance fee is £30 and VIP at £50. Registration is ongoing now through their website http://ugandayouthconventionuk.org/

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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Uganda & REHORE Sign Mou to Empower Women in Refugee Settlements

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) Uganda has today signed an MOU with REHORE, a local NGO that will see over 10,000 women refugees in Bidi bidi, Kiryandongo and Nakivale camps empowered for improved livelihoods. This initiative is one of the several that Century Bottling Company in Uganda has embarked on under the global 5 by 20 Coca-Cola pronouncement over the years.

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Uganda, Managing Director Conrad Van Niekerk addressing the media

5by20 is the Coca-Cola Company`s global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of 5 Million women entrepreneurs across the Company`s value chain by the year 2020. “Women around the World are already pillars of our business system and as part of our Women Economic Empowerment Program; we shall this time round empower refugees in camps in partnership with REHORE which will be the NGO that will actually do the day to day running of the project in the camps. By doing this, we affirm our need to build both our business and the communities in which we operate”. Conrad Van Niekerk, Managing Director, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Uganda.

In Uganda, running successful businesses is mainly a male domain. Through 5by20, we address the most common barriers women face when doing business which include; Lack of basic business skills, Lack of financial services or assets and lack of access to peer networks and mentorship. This initiative offers women access to business skills training, linkages to financial services and connections with peers and Mentors, along with the confidence that comes along with building a successful business. I am glad that we are able to support women through this initiative and our value chain. Conrad added.

This program through REHORE will identify women refugees in Kiryandongo, Nakivale and Bidi Bidi Settlement Camps who will be beneficiaries of a skilling program using locally available resources within the camps in addition to retailing Coca-Cola products and establishing plastic collection initiatives in the camps. The activities will include bee keeping, backyard gardening, echo bag production, candle making,  hair and beauty skills, catering, sewing and tailoring, soap making, colouring and painting as well as art and craft. We are pleased that together with our partner the Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, we are making an important contribution towards realization of the government vision 2020, Joseph Rwamihigo, the Founder of REHORE stated.

Joseph Rwamihigo, Executive Director, Restoration & Hope for Refugees (R) addressing the media

An empowered and successful woman creates a ripple effect throughout her community when she can afford her children’s education, provide basic medical needs for her family and help support and mentor other women entrepreneurs, the entire community benefits! said a beneficiary to the project.

Jose Chameleone reaches out to Goma juveniles in DR. Congo

Legendary singer Jose Chameleone has showed his side of giving a helping hand by reaching to juveniles in Goma. This was after a great music Showdown in Goma, Democratic Republic Congo over the weekend.

“I shared a helping hand to Don Bosco Juvenile community center where I delivered my love through giving them basic necessities like inspirational interaction sugar, Soap, detergents, Cassava mill etc in appreciation of Life and Love we both share.

Thanks the Priests and entire Don Bosco Goma for receiving my heartfelt love,” Chameleone posted.

Check out the video here https://youtu.be/cOfUl5jElHI

“Just in case you missed what happened through the weekend, I was in Goma - Democratic Republic of Congo and what I witnessed was the unstoppable power of my music that has sold me Border to Border. I deeply thank everyone who has believed in me from day one. Just know you part of my story as Great Joseph of this generation. We have together been through stiff challenges but with the mighty blessing from God much more is to be overcome.

My editing team is preparing the full Goma experience for your eyes to witness the unstoppable power.

Thanks my dear fans for the Love that inspires me to reach out for the skies and more,” Jose Chameleone

Check out the performance here https://youtu.be/2wu-QAgmCVI

Heartless woman kills hubby using iron bar  

Mukono Police have arrested a 25-year-old woman after investigations revealed that a case of aggravated robbery that left her husband dead was a cover up.

Jackline Nakku is detained at Mukono Police Station on allegations of hitting Eric Senyonjo Kiddu, 33, dead with an iron bar.

Nakku had reported a case of aggravated robbery in which her husband was hit by thugs on the head with an iron bar as he returned back from watching PSG Vs Real Madrid football match.

Suspect: Jackline Nakku

She told police that the thugs had gained access in the house and committed the crime. Scene of Crime officers visited the crime scene but failed to find any signs that showed break-in and reconstruction of the scene didn't add up. Detectives searched the house and found an iron bar covered with blood hidden below the bed.

The maid and children of the deceased were interrogated and all leads pointed at Nakku. They said they had not heard any struggle during the attack. A background search revealed that the couple's marriage has been staggering that several cases had been reported to police and probation officers.

Detectives tasked to explain how the iron bar ended up in their bed, she gave in and admitted that she hit the husband with a iron bar because of incidents of domestic violence.

District Police Commander (DPC) Mukono Division SP. Seguya Rogers confirmed the arrest and revealed that the murder case file has been opened CRB 210/2018.

NWSC senior managers in partnership building

Top managers of National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) including Managing Director, Eng Silver Mugisha spared some time to build partnership with leaders of other utilities across Africa.

This was during The 19th Congress of the African Water Association (AFWA) conference in Mali last week. The top NWSC leadership met Malian President H.E Ibrahim Boubacar Keita who hosted to them to discuss potential partnership.

“Building partnerships for excellent service delivery. The president of Mali H.E Ibrahim Boubacar Keita hosted the African Water Association Vice President and NWSC MD Eng. Silver Mugisha, NWSC Board Chair, AFWA Board members, utility MD's and officials from KCCA during the AFWA 2018 congress,” NWSC posted.

Parliament clears NITA-U over infrastructure

NITA-U cleared to proceed with the roll-out of the National Backbone Infrastructure Missing Links Project by Parliament, PPDA and World Bank

Yesterday (Tuesday), the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) was hosted by the Parliamentary Committee on ICT to update them on the enquiries raised on Uganda’s Missing Links project.

The Government of Uganda (GoU), through NITA-U, is implementing the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure (NBI/EGI) project to connect all major towns across the country including Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies via an optical fiber cable network so as to reduce the cost of public administration, support delivery of secure e-Government services as well as enhance communications services in the country.

Following the successful completion of Phases I – III of the NBI/EGI Project, as part of a deliberate effort to ensure the network is able to consistently provide 99.9 per cent, the Missing Links project was started upon. The Missing Links project details laying out of concentric rings connected through optical fiber cable that will ensure self-resilient National Communications Infrastructure.

During the discussion, the Chairperson of the ICT Committee, Hon. Annette Nyakecho welcomed views from the committee members on how to proceed in-light of two letters from the World Bank and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority that provided guidance that the procurement was ongoing and the Evaluation report wasn’t available to enable the investigation into the allegations made. It was further noted that according to Paragraph 24.7 of the World Bank Guidelines 2014, NITA-U is barred from sharing information in any form relating to the evaluation until the publication of the award of the contract.

It was therefore against this background that the Parliamentary ICT Committee Chairperson directed that NITA-U be excused from the meeting and would be invited back once the Missing Links procurement process had been concluded.

NITA-U welcomes this guidance from the Parliamentary ICT committee, World Bank and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) as it will allow for the conclusion of the procurement process of the national strategic project, Missing Links.

The expected benefits of this project include:

Improve redundancy for the existing National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) by creating more rings on the NBI and create redundant routes across the country geographically.

Extend the reach of the NBI/EGI to other major towns and regions that are not covered under the current scope of Phase I – III. It was a process undertaken over several years and borne out of existing high level requirements to cover the West Nile and some of the Northern Uganda Regions not covered in previous phases.

Extend connectivity to the major border points across the country and achieve the objective of regional connectivity.

NITA-U remains steadfast in its resolve in collectively driving economic development in Uganda through the leveraging of ICT an enabler to spur growth and improve livelihoods across the nation.

Gulf Eye Magazine officially launched

After famous Dubai based Uganda promoter, Ashley Quality, quit Rham events some time back, we have been following up closely her movement. She was later appointed brand ambassador of Mangu money transfer and later selected as the female publicity of Ugandans in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Latest reaching our desk has it on Tuesday 20th February she launched eagerly awaited magazine dubbed ‘Gulf Eye Magazine ’.

Her unique and beautiful idea has made her the first ever Ugandan Magazine owner in the gulf region but based in the United Arab Emirates.

She told this website that the magazine is to educate inform and socialise with Africans and mainly Ugandans in the gulf.

In the magazine, she has introduced different people like Rita Bills for entertainment columns, Moreen of BBS TV as brand ambassador and Sultan as manager. The magazine will operate online for months before doing hard copy.

NSSF to hold 4 day financial literacy, medical camp for members

The National Social Security Fund has today kicked off its Annual Customer Connect Week with various activities that include financial literacy trainings and product education to equip members with financial knowledge, as well as a medical camp to avail free health care to surrounding communities.

The financial literacy trainings will focus on topics that include saving, investment, planning for retirement, personal finance management and debt management. These will be supplemented by free financial advisory services from the Fund’s investment team, Capital Markets Authority, Uganda Registrations Services Bureau, Uganda Law Society and the Uganda Securities Exchange

On product education, the Fund will, during the week, focus on enrolling its members to their e-service channels that include SMS and email alerts in order to improve convenience and efficiency in their service delivery. “The average usage of our e-channels is at 56% on a monthly basis while the over the-counter engagement with customer stands at 43% - We now want to customers to be able to self-serve anytime, anywhere. This I believe, will eventually reduce the queues at physical service points.” Richard Byarugaba, MD NSSF said, during the launch of the Customer Connect Week.

In addition, members and surrounding communities will benefit from a free medical camp that will provide free Hepatitis B screening, Yellow fever vaccination, Diabetes and Blood Pressure screening.

“These activities affirm our mantra – which is to provide a better life for our members.” Byarugaba added.

Now in its 5th year, the NSSF Customer Connect week aims at increasing the Fund’s customer engagement and collecting feedback in order to improve its overall customer service experience.

“I am happy to note that through this and other customer focused initiatives, we have witnessed the Fund’s customer satisfaction rate grow to 92% as at December 2017 from 49% seven years ago – Meaning we are on the right track to improving customer service experience”

The initiative will take place from 19th to 22nd February at the Constitutional Square in Kampala and at the Fund’s branches countrywide.

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