The national blood bank has been boosted with 5,898 units of blood following a successful nationwide blood drive championed by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and Equity Bank in partnership with Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS). This was in response to an appeal for safe blood in country.
The drive was held in Kampala at the Constitutional Square, Workers House, Queens Way, Mukwano Arcade and at all NSSF branches in Kireka, Mukono, Kawempe, Bakuli, Bugolobi and Entebbe from January 8 – 13, 2018.Outside Kampala, it was carried out in Mbale, Mbarara, Gulu ,Arua, Fort Portal, Jinja, Mukono, Kabale, Masaka at NSSF offices and selected places in the respective towns.
According to Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune, the Executive Director UBTS, the exercise was a success as many people heeded to the call for blood and turned up in large numbers at the various collection points. “The support that we received from NSSF helped us take the message out of office and into the field through radio interviews, talk shows and announcements. This helped drive the message on the benefits of blood further to potential donors hence the surplus,” he said.
Adding, “However, this is not enough because there’s still need for more blood given that the one we collect can only last 30 days after which it expires. On a daily basis, the country needs about 1,000 units. If we could get more of such campaigns that go outside the city, then we would be able to collect enough blood. We therefore appeal to more companies and individuals out there to continue turning up whenever we call upon them to donate.”
Now in its 8th year, the annual NSSF Blood Drive mobilizes blood donors countrywide, especially at this time when stocks of blood have greatly dropped at the Blood Bank due to a limited number of donors.
Richard Byarugaba, the Managing Director NSSF expressed his gratitude towards all those who responded to the call for blood donation.
“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all Ugandans who heeded to this call and came out to help save lives. Together, we have surpassed our target of raising 4,500 units of blood in just 6 days. Without blood, hospitals around the country cannot carry out lifesaving operations. It is therefore our responsibility as Ugandans to contribute to saving lives by giving blood hence this annual blood drive. This initiative is part of our Social Responsibility agenda which is premised on supporting vulnerable members of the community as well as improving their social well-being,” he said.
Blood is vital as it is used in surgeries, deliveries for expectant mothers and victims of accidents.
According to World Health Organization, (WHO), Uganda needs about 340,000 units of blood annually although less than 200,000 units are collected annually. It should be noted that only 1% of Uganda’s population that is eligible to donate blood regularly do so, causing blood shortages.
Blood donors can still donate at the national blood bank in Nakasero and at UBTS regional offices in Gulu, Arua, Fortportal, Mbale ,Mbarara, Masaka.
Shafique Katumba alias Katsha De’bank is an internet entrepreneur, investor, programmer, business magnate and philanthropist. He is also the founder of the Katsche Technology Group which controls as many as fifty 50 companies.
Katsha Debank’s story began with hiring movies for student viewing at school, for which he was laughed at. After Katsha’s Form 4 Vacation, His Mum gave him Money to travel to U.S.A to finish his Studies there, He registered twice at Harvard University and his applications were rejected, Then he used all the money that was supposed to be for Education to start a Software Company and later went to South Africa accompanied by his Uncle, A big move that turned him into a Millionaire. Software Engineering… That was his breakthrough.”
Nickname: “Money Lord | Mr Money Man (MMM)”
Date of Birth: May 29, 1988
Birthplace: Mulago, Kampala, Uganda
Residence: Sandhurst, Sandton, South Africa
Katsha De’bank is also known as the “Warren Buffet of Uganda”. Shafique Katumba is the founder of a number of companies and worked hard to accumulate lot of money. He has invested in a number of companies through which he has earned millions of dollars, so much so that his wealth has reached a net-worth of US$18.8 million Dollars. It is owing to his skyrocketing financial success and accumulation of millions of dollars that he has been given the title of “Warren Buffet of Uganda”. Shafique Katumba has earned most of his fortune from sectors such as real-estate, finance, technology and hosting. He says that he continues to work hard on his projects and therefore continue to earn from them. Shafique Katumba aims to increase his projects into the future as he is always looking ahead, trying to make the best out of his time and efforts to bring out a productive output for himself and his business projects.
Katsha De’bank (Shafique Katumba) is the second born to Mrs. Monica Kabali and the late Al Haji Nasri Sekitoreko.
Katsha De’bank completed his primary school education from Catherine Primary School and was the only student in the Kayunga district to get a Distinction (D1) in Mathematics in Kangulumira in the year 2002.
After completing his primary education, Shafique Katumba then proceeded to completing his high school education at Yale High School in Kayunga around 2003, but later completed his High school at Saint Pontiano Ngondwe Senior Secondary School around 2006.
In addition to all of that, Shafique Katumba is also the founder as well as the owner of Worlhost.com, Thekatshafoundation.org and Katschetechgroup.com. These are a couple of many projects which Shafique Katumba is running.
Further to this, Shafique Katumba is also the head of Katsha International College in South Africa which has as many as five 5 branches while its head office is in Johannesburg, South Africa. The college is said to be of international standard which provides high level education to both the locals as well as students from other countries of the word. The five branches of the college attend host a large number of students who study any of the many courses that are taught by high profile teachers.
Also, Katsha De’bank is the founder as well as CEO of “The Money Team Africa (TMT)”. There are also other members of TMT Africa who have partnered to work with Shafique Katumba. The following is a complete list of people running TMT Africa:
Triple G is an Afrobeat, rap, pop Collective of three brothers born in central-East Afrika and raised partly in Afrika and Europe.
Patrick Gihana “Gpat”, Serge Gihana “Sergent” and Marcelin Gihana “Imasaï”.
Growing up in Congo (RDC) in the 90’s where music culture was a big part of their lifestyle.
Congolese rumba and other African international sounds began to influence and inspire the young men and that’s how they got involved with music in general.
In 1998, they moved to Belgium with the whole family where they met different new cultures and societies they found themselves in a completely different world full of new and special music genres.
Football was always the first dream but the love for music became bigger and bigger and things changed quickly.
Inspired by the international music platform with genres like Rap, Rnb, Dancehall, Pop, Soul, Hip-hop and Afro-Beat they started with music in the year 2000.
Their first mixtape”Al’AISE”came out a year later and was a success, followed by THE THREE MUSKETEERS,BLOOD BROTHERS,FAMILY TREE & KISS & CUDDLE plus a lot of performances at schools, clubs, cafés, festivals ect…Also had the opportunity to go on tour in Congo, Rwanda(Africa), Belgium, France, Spain, Serbia, Holland and Germany.
Beside music they are also actively involved in films, series and advertising as actors. In 2014 they starred in a documentary “What about Eric” together with KrazyE which won the first price for best Belgian documentary at the Leuven International Festival of Short films
After a few solo projects, they came back together in 2016 with a new AfroSound to make the world dance, with their wonderful sound full of up tempo, very danceable songs and catchy melodic choruses with powerful lyrics and excellent flows!!!
They sing and rap in 3different world languages#ENGLISH#FRENCH#SWAHILI
With this new project, they are bringing the sun, the fun, the dance moves, the warmth and the party sound of their motherland to you all..!!!
Patrick Oboi Amuriat now dubbed POA by his increasing number of supporters and admirers was born in Soroti, in the Eastern part of Uganda to the family of Mzee John Amuriat of Kogili, Kanyum, Kumi District and Elizabeth Aciro Amuriat (deceased) hailing from the present day Omoro District.
He was raised and had his early education in Soroti and later in Lango and Makerere University. POA is a holder of Dip. Educ.(MU), Bsc. Engineering (MU) and Masters in Engineering (MU).
He prides in being a teacher, Civil Engineer, livestock farmer and progressive politician, with a great passion for Education and skilling of young people.
POA worked in a number of local and international Engineering Consulting firms and community development organizations and also had a stint in public service working with Kumi District for one year as District Engineer. He joined active competitive politics in 1994 first contesting during the CA elections.
Encouraged by the strong views of the FDC founding father Col. (Rtd) Dr. Kizza Besigye in his 1999 communiqué, POA joined Reform Agenda, actively teaming up with the campaign teams whichkept returning good results from his native Teso region. Later as MP, he was part of the Parliamentary Advocacy Forum, PAFO chaired by one of our most respected elders Hon. Augustine Ruzindana. It is during this time that he became part of the historic events that gave birth to what immediately became the most popular party, the Forum Democratic Change (FDC).
POA served as MP for 15 years from 2001-2016 during which he chaired the committees of Science and Technology; and Commission Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) and was a kingpin member of the Committee of Works and Transport for his entire time in Parliament. He exhibited exceptional management skills. POA always distinguishing himself as an opposition member and unreservedly spoke out against repressive policies of the NRM regime. He served his party diligently and consistently made a monthly financial contribution for ten (10) years towards the purchase of our headquarters.
In 2015 POA was called to the national campaign team of the FDC flag bearer as the National Field Coordinator and is a proud player of that team which secured victory for the FDC in the February 2016 Presidential elections. It is this victory that together with other progressive members of our society that he has continued to expend energy to reclaim through full time activism.
POA believes in DEFIANCE or non-violent struggle to ensure the removal of the military led establishment in Kampala and has spent the last over one year of his time working with networks for DEFIANCE Activities across the country as authorized and deployed by the Party.
It is upon this generated momentum and realization of the current difficulties that leadership of the FDC is experiencing that has turned the party to a shadow of its former itself, that POA offers himself for the leadership of what used to be the Great FDC as PARTY PRESIDENT.
POA and his robust team intend to infuse the following measures into the FDC that would ensure a more functional and dependable Party:
Return the much revered unity and harmony to the party that has evaded us in the last 5 years.
Lead the FDC party into activism and take advantage of the strength built in the Peoples’ Government (PG) DEFIANCE campaign to RECLAIM our victory, and indeed encourage the PG to occupy their rightful space in Najjanankumbi with the ultimate objective of closely working together to cause regime change in Uganda.
Returning the party to its owners, who are the grass root members by revitalizing our existing Structures and those to be filled and formed from being underutilized laid-back organizations to fully functional and action packed living foundation units.
Engaging the party membership in EARLY preparation of party candidates at all levels of competitive politics, and in so doing eliminate the stampede caused in candidate selection and minimize attrition in the number of elected FDC leaders, that has characterized the politics of our party.
Save the party the enormous amount of money spent in calling a Delegates’ Conference for the election of the Party President alone, by cutting short my term from five to three years to enable harmonization of the elections of all office bearers to happen in the year 2020. The funds saved will be sent to the Party branches for the running of party activities, thus highlighting his focus in the running of the Party in a more decentralized manner.
Introduction of a Business arm of the party that will operate in a pre-designed manner in order to generate funding and reduce the Party’s dependency on external funding.
As a priority ensure the commencement of the development of the Headquarters site into a Modern Trade Centre while housing the party. Business programs will also be rolled out to the party branches on request and merit.
Return our Elders and Founders and those who offered distinguished service to the FDC, into decision making positions by causing an amendment to our constitution to introduce accommodating structure to cater for them.
Strengthen and ensure effective functioning of Youth and Women structures and establishing a Persons’ With Disabilities (PWG) Structures throughout the country.
POA has made sacrifices, some of which have seen him being jailed by the junta. Despite these personal challenges, he is prepared to make even more sacrifices for the sake of our struggle to free our country.
Make POA your candidate of FIRST choice as you seek for LEADERSHIP WITH ACTION.
The Ministry of ICT and National Guidance has today held a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of ICT Innovation Hub at Nakawa Institute of ICT Campus.
Ground breaking ceremony was presided over by The third Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs, Hajji Ali Kirunda Kivejinja today morning at Nakawa.
In his speech, the Minster of ICT and National Guidance Hon. Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze said he is glad that his Ministry has broken ground for the construction of innovation centre.
“I am glad that today Wednesday November 8th 2017, my ministry has broken ground for the construction of the ICT Innovation HUB at Nakawa Institute of ICT campus.
This hub will be constructed by the UPDF engineering brigade at 1/3 the cost what the private contractors would have charged us. The total cost of the hub with all finishes and furnishings will be 5.6 billion and it will be completed within six months. I thank the UPDF engineering brigade for giving us a workable quick solution.
The Hub will offer free work-spaces to young innovators who can’t afford to hire commercial rental space in town. A process partner to mentor their trials will be put in place to manage the hub and manage the mentorship process. Innovations that go through the whole innovation eco-system and are quality assured will be commissioned to the market. Government will be first in buying and promoting those innovations.
Every year we shall be putting up a similar hub at every public college/University that offers land.
Without supporting innovations we can’t create jobs through ICT and our digital transformation as a country will lag behind. Our target as the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance is to close this gap by putting in place a functional Innovation eco-system. I am glad we are steadily progressing and accounting on what we promised,” Frank said.
Tugume Wycliff, most commonly known as ‘Ykee Benda’ is a Ugandan musician and producer, who is signed on to Badi Music Label. Some of his popular songs include Kyenkyebula, Munakampala, Farmer and Malaika. He makes his debut on Coke Studio Africa 2017 in the Big Break Segment collaborating with Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe) and Mr Bow (Mozambique).
His Big Break
The multi-talented Ykee Benda started doing covers before launching his professional career in November 2015. This year, he won Breakthrough Artist and Best Collaboration of the Year in the recently concluded Zzina Awards (Uganda).
He Does It All On His Own
Besides recording music, Ykee writes songs for himself and other artists as well. He also produces his own tracks. His inspiration comes from listening to African contemporary music and the Afro Beat genre. He has collaborated with Coke Studio Africa 2017 diva from Uganda, Sheebah Karungi on the remix of his song Farmer – a hit song that is credited with putting him on the map. Besides music, Benda is also a representative of Reach a Hand, an initiative that supports girl education.
Behind The Music
Ykee Benda was born to Alex and Ruth Mpakanyi and is the seventh born in a family of eight. He grew up in Kireka, a suburb in the Ugandan capital Kampala. Benda started singing in the Sunday school choir in a small church around his home and his passion for music grew tremendously while in campus in Annaba, Algeria, where he started by doing covers of different kinds of music while learning song writing and vocal training. Ykee also loves football and is a staunch supporter of the Arsenal Football Club.
Fallen former Minister, veteran politician and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) former National Chairman Major Edward Rurangaranga will be laid to rest on Saturday 5th August.
He will be laid at his ancestral home in Kaitanjojo Rukundo, Kitagata in Sheema District along Ishaka-Kagamba Road. According to family sources, the deceased’s body will arrive in Kampala today from Mbarara and will lie in State at Parliament on Thursday 3rd August and then on Friday there will be a church service in Kampala.
The body will then be transported to Kitagata on Friday for the final sending the next day.
Major Edward Rurangaranga died on Tuesday morning from his home.
Who is Major Edward Rurangaranga?
Major Edward Rurangaranga who was born in 1932 started on regime change. When the Milton Obote I regime fell in 1971, he was on Idi Amin’s hit list.
On February 22, 1971, barely a month after Amin had captured power, soldiers went looking for anybody who sympathised with UPC or Obote. Rurangaranga was such a man.
They went to his home, arrested and tortured him.
He was finally released after a few days, but was not in any less danger. As far as the regime was concerned, he was still a threat, even as a mere transporter with Kitagata Bus Service.
They waited for another chance to pounce on him.
The 1972 invasion of Uganda by exiles provided Amin’s soldiers with the opportunity they needed. And this time they sought to finish him off.
On the same date of the invasion, September 17, 1972, the soldiers picked him, shot and dumped him into river Rwizi in Mbarara. They were sure he was dead.
Surprisingly, he wasn’t.
Rurangaranga was found and plucked from death’s jaws by friends two days later.
They smuggled him out of the country to Kenya – a journey that took them 79 days.
He stayed in Kenya up to 1979 when he returned with the liberators who toppled Idi Amin.
Rurangaranga was more than willing to show you the scars from the bullets that were sprayed on him by Amin’s soldiers.
After Idi Amin was toppled from power, Rurangaranga became a major player in the successive regimes, courtesy of his role in the liberation movement.
He was involved with the “Kikoosi Maalum,” a military wing of that movement, and his work was to mobilize the people against the regime.
Though he had had no prior military training, Rurangaranga said his work was “superb” and was recognized by both the Tanzanian government – the main backer of the liberators – and by Milton Obote, upon which he was given the rank of Major.
In the Obote II regime (1981-85), Rurangaranga was Minister of State in President’s Office.
So in 1985 when the tides turned against the regime, Maj. Rurangaranga was in trouble again.
On July 27, 1985, soldiers led by Gen. Tito Okello Lutwa marched on Kampala and overthrew Milton Obote’s government.
As the city fell; something was happening at Rurangaranga’s home as well.
It was the trend all over the country. A witch-hunt was on.
Rurangaranga’s upcountry home at Kaitanjojo in Kitagata Sheema, like those of many representatives of the regime, came under attack. Not by soldiers, but by neighbours.
“We saw people in groups of 10 or more coming towards us,” he narrated.
“They were wielding pangas, machetes, shovels, spades, axes and were wearing angry faces.”
Rurangaranga’s guards were helpless as the mob descended upon his house.
“Not even one fired a shot. We knew things had fallen apart,” he said.
In the melee that ensured his neighbours “cut and demolished everything” – cows, goats, chicken were slaughtered for meat and others taken.
“They were all cut into pieces,” said Benon Nyerwanire.
Nyerwanire was a domestic worker at Rurangaranga’s home in Kitagata, Bushenyi.
By October 1985, the situation was no longer bearable. Rurangaranga flew out of the country that month.
He returned in March 1986 and was promptly arrested and detained for five years.
On January 21, 1991, he was set free.
When he arrived at his home, it was unrecognizable.
What could not be stolen was destroyed; plantations were slashed and buildings razed.
As the most powerful man in their area; a representative of a regime that they had come to despise; he bore the wrath of neighbours who accused him of “arrogance” and causing the death or disappearance of their kinsmen.
It is telling that despite this history, he was elected unopposed in 1992 to represent this constituency in the Bushenyi district council.
“They told me they wanted to show the whole world that I’m their man,” he said in an interview September 16. So why did they treat him badly?
Rurangaranga believed it was “just malice” at work.
He said he knows all those who took his property; among them a senior police officer that apparently offered to return the furniture and trunk that he took, according to Nyerwanire.
Rurangaranga then waxes religious; praying, “God shall reward them accordingly.”
There are inscriptions on the walls of the buildings that survived that show the extent of anger behind the attack on his property.
One inscription dated November 11, 1985 reads: “Rurangaranga, you have also lost! Are you still around with your family? I will come and you will see me. Your time is over, God has paid you in the same currency. You thought time would not come?”
Given their taunting nature, it is surprising that Rurangaranga has not erased them – yet; he has only just moved into this house.
His house sits on Kaitanjojo hill, Kitagata in Sheema from where he commands a beautiful view of the town and Muhito hills.
The inside of the renovated part of the house looks much more promising with the walls decorated with pictures of Rurangaranga and his wife.
But Rurangaranga spends his time on the verandah from where he entertains or reflects upon the past.
He attributes his regime’s collapse to “disorganization in the army.”
On top of his ministerial post, Rurangaranga was a member of the Defence Council, the army’s top governing body.
He says his president made a mistake when he allowed “a power vacuum” to prevail for two years after Chief of Staff Brig. Oyite Ojok’s death in 1983 in a plane crash.
Rurangaranga believes that although Brig. Smith Opon Acak was a well-trained officer he could not assert himself as Chief of Staff.
“He just became a victim of alcohol,” he said. He has no respect either for the soldiers that staged the coup.
He says, “The leaders of the junta wanted only to kill Obote, they had no agenda, it’s the reason why they knelt before Paul Muwanga, in my presence, begging him to accept being their Prime Minister.
He adds, but not without a tinge of ambiguity, “We looked on and knew Uganda was once again in horror which has not ended up to now.”
Rurangaranga, who died at 85, has been a trained teacher and agriculturalist, He is not convinced that the current leadership is up to any good.
In 1994 he competed in the Constituent Assembly elections and lost to Elijah Mushemeza.
He says has never forgiven President Museveni for “allowing a refugee to be saluted by Ugandans under the Ugandan flag” – in apparent reference to a Rwandan who was once State minister for Defence Mr Fred Rwigyema (RIP).
“It was a grave mistake any country could ever make,” he said.
The Obote 11 regime is remembered for having launched a scheme in early 1981 to have all Rwandans chased out of Uganda. Hundreds and thousands of them were chased from the country while others got stranded at the border because President Habyarimana’s regime in Rwanda would not allow them back either.
But with the backing of the Ugandan leadership the refugees eventually invaded the country in 1990 and took power.
Rurangaranga has issues with them anyway. He says there are still “so many” of them in the army and state structure and “Uganda cannot claim sovereignty over security.”
In reference to the apparent hostility between the leaders of the two countries, Rurangaranga says, “How can you develop antagonism, to the point of fighting, with such a country like Rwanda when you have their nationals in your security system?”
He is also riled by “the rampant corruption” and “moral breakdown.” He said, “Corruption has been institutionalized” and cites Kitagata hospital’s recent situation of having no drugs, “because money has been diverted or embezzled by officials.”
In Obote1 government, Rurangaranga was deputy District Commissioner while Eriya Kategaya was the District Commissioner of greater Bushenyi . Museveni was the Minister of Defence.
He is angry as he explains this.
His first wife; Joy who was commonly known as “Mama Bushenyi” died in 1999 and he remarried shortly after. All his children live in England.
When he is not occupied in selling matooke or looking after his cows, he chats with youngsters who also run some errands for him.
For him though, the “good old days” are history indeed. The house in his compound that housed soldiers has been turned into a clinic run by his wife.
Rurangaranga says as a leader he never neglected his people; the reason he returned in 1979.
If anything makes him feel vindicated it is the fact that his people elected him unopposed in 1992.
He was one of the founders of UPC in 1959 and has held various positions – official and unofficial – in the party over the years.
With a few years into the acting career, Maggie Paris Kiyingi is already a house hold name. She recently made an appearance in the ‘Honorable TV Series’ which airs on Thursdays on NTV Uganda. The new season is premiering this month. Read on…………….
SB: So tell me who Maggie Kiyingi is?
Magie Kiyingi: She is an Actor, entrepreneur, business woman, statician by profession. She likes working hard, coming up with new business ideas, and making new friends. She is a former TV presenter on the Teens club show, WBS TV. Maggie was born to Madam Dorah Mulindwa, second last born of seven.
She runs her own marketing brand called House of Kiyingi.
SB: Tell us about the house of Kiyingi
Magie Kiyingi: House of Kiyingi is a consultancy company that does both marketing and agency work. We have partnered with many companies and executed different projects. As a CEO, I can say the business is successful and it’s running in our favor. We work as a team. “We create, they celebrate”.
SB: You are also in acting career, tell us how it is going on with you?
MagGie Kiyingi: It’s a steady progress, I have done a couple of projects this year, the latest one is my appearance in the ‘Honourables’, a TV drama that is directed by John Ssegawa, it airs on NTV every Thursdays at 8pm. Season two premiers this July 2017. People should watch out for it, it’s amazing and exciting.
SB: How do you find acting career?
Maggie Kiyingi: I find it amazing, its fun filled the industry is growing fast. It opens you to the world out there and that comes with a lot of opportunities.
SB: Where do you see your acting career in the next five years?
Maggie Kiyingi: With God’s grace, i see myself being a part of bigger projects all around the globe. Bettering my career to greater heights and being recognized as a remarkable actor.
SB: Tell us your best moment in acting so far
Maggie Kiyingi: Every time when I am acting is my best moment.
SB: What is your message to those intending to join acting?
Maggie Kiyingi: They can join, the industry is so fresh, and still open to New talent. Let them come with passion for acting and not because they expect money from it. It’s a growing industry that needs to get built to the level of Nollywood and Hollywood. And it’s us the film fraternity to build it.
SB: What message do you have for your fans?
Maggie Kiyingi: They should watch out for my incoming projects and keep supporting me. I’m here because of them. It gives me energy knowing that somebody somewhere appreciates my work. I love them right back and may God bless them.
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