Fully Focus in Mega East Africa collabo “Rush” (UNANI) with Nyashinski, Vanessa Mdee & Fik Fameica

International DJ, producer & promoter Fully Focus just released a new single to kick off 2020! Dubbed RUSH (Unani), the all East-African collabo features three music heavyweights; Nyashinski (Kenya), Fik Fameica (Uganda) & Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania).

RUSH is co-produced by Focus alongside Uganda’s hit maker Nessim & brings a new and different sound to the scene. A blend of the artists’ unique musical styles, the catchy banger is an up-tempo jam about the tingly feeling you get when you’re with that special someone.

RUSH (Lyric Video) on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb6nDQMQfEE

Speaking on the release, Focus says, “I spent the last decade curating & breaking African music to the world. Now I’m spending the next decade also making it. I hope Kenya & East Africa can finally get the shine they deserve on the global music scene with the music project I am doing, hence the need to unite the region.” Adding, “It’s a numbers game & we’re far outweighed by West Africa, so we have to play it smart to be able to win; strength by numbers is the only way in my opinion”.

Following this release, Focus is now working on releasing more new singles in 2020. Having moved to Kenya a year ago, he has remained on top of his game having released an Afrobeats mixtape with international group Major Lazer. He also launched his monthly event & annual conference ‘Passport Experience’ which brought Netflix & Roc Nation to Kenya. In 2019, he headlined an African Tour with shows in Ghana, Angola, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania & Burundi.

Listen to “Rush”: https://bit.ly/2sykQyW

Brian Kirasha set to contest for Kabale Municipality Mayoral seat

Latest political news reaching our desk from Kabale has it that Brian Kirasha has announced his intentions to run for Mayor of Kabale Municipality come 2021.
Brian, a tru Kabale born from the famous Kirasha family announced his intentions this week.
He is their own son, friend and comrade and his intentions to contest for mayorship Kabale  Municipality has not come as a surprise.
Brian was born from Kabale central and his dream is to serve the people of Kabale municipality.
Brian Kirasha has a degree in Social Works and social Admin (SWASA ) from UCU university Mukono, a degree in Development studies from Makerere University Kampala and a postgraduate also in marketing from Nkozi University.
He also did Advanced level of leadership skills certificate and entrepreneurship skills certificate from development studies and Kyankwanzi respectively.
He is a young energetic and smart minded guy who is ready to serve the people of Kabale.
Sources say Brian is set to launch his manifesto and address the residents more on what he will do once he is voted into the office come 2021.

Hon. Ogwang launches Digital Literacy Training for Eastern Region

The State minister for ICT Hon. Peter Ogwang accompanied by Fred Otunnu, the Director Corporate Affairs at Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) yesterday launched the 9th Digital Literacy Training for SMEs in Soroti at Light SS - Eastern Uganda.

Present at the launch also were officials from the Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises.

The minister said he was pleased at the launching the training which will provide business efficiency and new opportunities for global economy participation.

“I am today pleased to launch the Digital Literacy training for SMEs in the Eastern Region in Soroti. Digitalization of such SMEs will provide business efficiencies & new opportunities for global economy participation. We shall continue to invest in enhancing ICT infrastructure,” Hon. Peter Ogwang tweeted after the launch.

Television personality Dianah Nabatanzi opens Tanzi Collection

The BBS Terefayina entertainment presenter Dianah Nabatanzi has opened up a fashion house in Makindye.

Late last year, the sexy presenter who presents ‘Kirikitya’ show set up Tanzi Collection in Makindye to supplement her media earnings.

The collection which mainly deals in ladies attires is located next to Club Milano in Makindye. Go there and support your gal.

“Apologies for mistakes, appologise for unintentionally hurting someone - profusely. But dont appologise for being who you are. All kind of throw- Ons available at Tanzi Collection - makindye next to club milano.. Thank you so much for watching your number one entertainment Lunch Time show KIRIKITYA mon-fri 2pm/bbsTv,” Dianah posted informing her followers of her collection.

Kibaaju, LC5 Chairman, Sheema North Kampala residents meet to discuss development in the area

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheema North constituency in Sheema district Hon. Naome Kibaaju has met with movers and shakers of Sheema North who reside in Kampala and discussed issues to do with development in the area.

Together with the area LC 5 Chairman Mr David Kabigumira, Mr. Obadiah Rushambuza the group held dialogue over; education, water, roads, employment and other available opportunitues which will help the people of Sheema North.

The group agreed to have more engagements and work together together to achieve a common goal.

With over a year as the area MP, Hon. Kibaaju is one of the most hard working MPs. She has had several achievements beating those who have three years in the house.

Fashionista Jenny Linda opens a Fashion House

Former super model and fashionista Jenny Linda has fallen into things, we can confirm.

She has taken her love for fashion to another level by opening a fashion house in Kampala.

The fashion house called ‘Jenny Collections’ deals in ladies attires and is located at Ham Shopping Arcade down Nakivubo Shop C 61..

The fashion house deals in both wholesale and retail and to make an order, Contact them on +256784852580 or +256706562387.

Parliament pays tribute to businesswoman Amina Hersi

Parliament has today paid tribute to businesswoman, Dr. Amina Hersi in recognition of her prestigious European CEO Award, Entrepreneur of the year that she won in 2019.

Cecilia Ogwal (Dokolo) moved the motion for Parliament to honour Hersi who has invested in multiple sectors in Uganda and employed thousands of people.

Supporting the motion, the minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde said: “Amina Hersi formed 3000 women cooperatives in Northern region, I want to state that government has 34% in Amina’s project, it is going to benefit many Ugandans through employment, training and market.”

The chairperson, Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA), Pamela Kamugo hailed Hersi for her support to Atiak sugar factory and for mobilizing women in Northern Uganda into cooperative union where they will supply the factory as out growers.

Abraham Byandala praised Hersi who is of Somali origin but a Kenyan national for investing heavily in Uganda.
Robina Rwakoojo, the Gomba West MP, said Hersi had brought prosperity for the people of Northern Uganda.

“Many times we have achievers we don’t recognize, Dr. Amina Hersi brought happiness to the faces of women in Northern Uganda, and when we say women we mean that their achievements pass on to children and fathers,” Rwakoojo said.

How Judiciary has managed UGX 600m shortfall of wage bill

Reduced Salaries, Laid off Redundant Workers are some of the methods used in managing the shortfall 

The top management of the Judiciary headed by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe approved the proposal to reduce salaries with minor amendments of judicial officers and also lay off workers deemed weak and redundant as acknowledged by their supervisors.

The decision was made to manage a shortfall of UGX 600 million, a wage bill for staff on local contracts which accumulated beyond the institution’s budget provision.

As a result of this decision, the affected workers have since rushed to social media influencers to cry foul and also malign the Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana as having powers to determine salaries at the Judiciary.

However, this website landed on minutes drafted by a taskforce of five highly skilled officials within the judiciary and later approved by the top administrators in relation to streamlining the financial position of the institution.

Late last year, it was established that the wage requirement for staff on local contracts was more than the budget provision by over shs 600 million because the funds meant for other activities were being used contrary, to the law.

The decision to constitute the panel of five experts was hinged on the fact that some contracts of staff were already running, fortunately expiring in the middle of the Financial Year therefore this problem would be solved by rationalizing contract renewals due at the end of December 2019.

It was anticipated that this would be achieved by not renewing contracts of officers who had various weaknesses as raised in the reports from their supervisors, and those who were deemed redundant as reported by seine courts.

The five experts on the taskforce include:

Maureen Kasande, the Undersecretary/Chairperson

Justice Boniface Wamala, Judge of the High Court/ member

Ayebare Tumwebaze, assistant registrar/ member

Mrs Tumwine Apophia, Principal HRO/ secretary

Sulaiman Hirome, principal assistant secretary/ member

Opolot Simon Peter, principal economist/ member

The Task Force was tasked to review the applications for contract renewal and recommend those who were suitable for re-appointment with the view of;

Recommending only those who had satisfactory recommendations from their supervisors, ensuring that we fit within the wage bill and the establishment structure, harmonizing contract staff salaries with those on permanent and pensionable terms and the Task force submitted its report and some of the recommendations related to this subject matter include the following:

Contracts of all Office Attendants and Process Servers not to be renewed except for special cases.

This was based on the fact that redundancies were reported by various offices in this category.

Besides there is a good number of officers in this category on permanent and pensionable terms.

Renewal of contracts for Research Officers who are not attached to any Justice/Judge to be pended.

Officers whose positions were not vacant on the structure not to be renewed. These included; one Communications Officer and three Clerks of Works

Officers who did not meet the minimum requirements for the jobs and did not qualify for any other available positions not to be renewed. These included: Three Copy Typists and Ten Court Clerks.

Despite the above recommendations which were hoped to reduce the Wage Bill, on analysis, it was established that there is still a shortfall of over UGX 400m.

It was therefore decided that since contract renewals can have new terms, the salaries be reduced to enable us fit within the budget.

However, with the reduced salaries the judiciary still has a shortfall of about UGX 70m.

Solomon Muyita, the Judiciary spokesperson earlier weighed in on the taskforce’s decisions saying:

“It’s no secret the Judiciary engages some staff on short-term Local Temporary Contracts every year and performance reviews are conducted upon expiry of the contracts for purposes of weeding out those that fall short of the job requirements.

I’m aware that over 400 out of 508 staff who re-applied for their contract renewals at the end of 2019 luckily got renewals on recommendation from an Adhoc- Committee comprising senior Judicial and Administration staff.

The Committee however, recommended the non-renewal of some contracts for various reasons, including under performance or indiscipline, and redundancy. All the affected were individually notified in writing.”

Crested Capital wins spotlight initiative innovation award to address gender based violence in Uganda’s capital markets

Crested Capital have been recognized for our thought-leadership on corporate governance in the Capital Markets Industry by emerging as one out of four winners in the Innovation challenge to address Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Uganda’s private sector initiated by PSFU under the Spotlight Initiative.

The innovation award is meant to enable Crested Capital raise awareness about GBV related issues, particularly, in the Capital Markets Industry through workshops and presentations, as well as engaging market regulators to prioritize GBV policy as a licensing requirement.

We believe in equality, a harmonious work environment and safety for all individuals and are pleased to support efforts towards the attainment of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular, SDG 3 (Good health and wellbeing), 10 (Reduced inequality) and 16 (Peace and Justice Strong Institutions).
According to Dr Thelma Awori, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors at Crested Capital “Gender based Violence is a core issue that should be continually addressed by all organizations because fear of violence impedes employees from realizing their full potential not just at work but also in their families.”
Ms. Nabakka Ruth, Crested Capital’s Ag.Executive Director, “Addressing violence is not just the role of human rights activists or NGOs, it is the duty of every company to protect its employees from harassment within and outside the workplace. As thought leaders, we are honored to be undertake this project that seeks to address violence in the Capital Markets industry.”
Ivan Begumisa, one of the project’s Co-coordinators remarked, “I am proud to be part of the team striving to address the issue of gender-based violence, especially in workplaces. Every employee deserves to work in an environment devoid of any form of harassment.”

NSSF Blood Drive achieves 88.8% of target

National Social Security Fund (NSSF) in the recently concluded 6-dayblood drive managed to collect 8887 units of blood across the country, this was 88.8% of the set target of 10,000 units. The blood donation centers around Kampala collected 4,031 units in total while the upcountry donation points managed to collect 4,856 units throughout the six-day campaign.

The top three upcountry districts that collected the highest units of blood from the top were Mbarara which collected 659 units, Masaka collected 535 units and Hoima which managed to collect 380 units of blood respectively.

This year’s NSSF National Blood Donation Drive which was launched on January 13, 2020 at the head offices at Workers House in Kampala was under the theme “Stand Up for Life” and also dubbed with the harsh tag #EndingBloodShortage ran from Monday 13th to Saturday 18th January 2020.

The NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba during his remarks at the launch mentioned that their target this year wascollecting 10,000 units of blood which is four thousand units higher than the previous year, where they successfully managed to hit and go above their 6,000 units target.

Some of the areas within Kampala where the blood donation campaign happened included Constitutional Square, Workers House, Clock Tower, Mukwano Arcade and Owino Market, Kalerwe, Bwaise, Mukono, and Entebbe. The major towns upcountry like Hoima, Mbale, Mbarara, Gulu, Arua, Fort Portal, Jinja, Mukono, Kabale and Masaka also actively participated in the 6-day week drive.

These units of blood that have been collected are going to relieve the Uganda Blood Bank which is the official blood supplier of blood in Uganda on the current blood shortage. The blood bank is always expected to have blood available for the different hospitals and health facilities nationwide that need an average of 1,250units daily.

NSSF’s annual blood donation drive partnership with the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services is a move that not only seeks to reduce the gap of blood shortage in the country during the months of December and January when school institutions are closed for the long holidays. It is also a plea to the public countrywide to join hands for a greater cause by encouragingevery eligible person in the public to adopt a culture whereblood donation becomes part of their lives through donatingregularly to save a life.