If I want to become a Millionaire, Where do I start?

By asking this question you have already started.

DISCLAIMER: The methods I’m about to show you are quite unorthodox. The results are not typical, and will depend on your particular work ethics, preferred formula (system) speed of execution and determination.

Try the following:

1. Unlearn Everything You Know

This is because if you knew what to do to become a millionaire, you would not be asking this question.

How do you unlearn stuff you’ve been taught since childhood?

Well, everything you’ve been taught since childhood is crap. The books you’ve read, the education system you’ve attended from high school to university. Besides, you were taught by teachers and professors who never run any successful businesses (sorry professors); whose only sphere of influence is the classroom and campus, etc…

Ooh, yes. I know you’re asking – What about my Ivy-League MBA?

Forget it for now… That will only get you a JOB (Journey Over Broke), in a company that will buy your time for a pittance. By the way, it’s better to be broke than to trade your time for money in a 9 to 5 grind.

The books I’ll recommend below will show you how to buy your own freedom (if you’re already a modern-day slave) and help you to unlearn everything you thought you knew about wealth.

You’re going to invest in a new kind of education.

Still here? If you’re still with me, then I think you’re beginning to have guts. Let’s continue…

Start by reading new type of books.

Here’s a list of 21 books I’m recommending for you to start with.

You may never have heard about these books. They may not be the most sexy books to read, but believe me, if you start reading them, your mind will begin to turn around and your life will begin to change.

  1. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  2. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
  3. Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
  4. The Intelligent Investor – Benjamin Graham
  5. Money Master The Game – Tony Robbins
  6. The 4-Hour Work Week – Timothy Ferriss
  7. The Millionaire Fastlane – MJ DeMarco
  8. The Millionaire Next Door – Thomas J. Stanley
  9. The Richest Man In Babylon – George Samuel Clason
  10. The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
  11. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  12. How To Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  13. The $100 Dollar Start-Up – Chris Guillebeau
  14. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Robin Sharma
  15. The E-Myth Revisited – Michael E. Gerber
  16. The 10X Rule – Grant Cardone
  17. ZERO to ONE – Peter Thiel
  18. Start With Why – Simon Sinek
  19. Losing My Virginity – Richard Branson
  20. Tools of Titans – Timothy Ferriss
  21. UNSCRIPTED – MJ DeMarco

Can you handle all these books and more? How many books should you read in a year?

Well, 52 books is recommended (one book per week), but if this is too much for you, you can try reading at least one book every two weeks. You should abandon most of your existing comforts and develop a regular reading habit.

If you want to become a millionaire you MUST abandon comic opera and read boring books such as these ones.

Since the question is not about books, I will not delve into this matter further. I’m sure you can do the rest of the homework yourself…

2. Change Your Belief System

This is very important, and I’d like to discuss it at length. Your current belief system is WRONG because it has gotten you nowhere.

As most people would have you believe, becoming a millionaire is not a walk in the park. The biggest roadblock to becoming a millionaire is your belief system.

Changing your belief system involves educating yourself and accumulating new information by reading books among other mental exercises you must practice.

You must begin to change friends. You must begin to change your social life. These are just some of the sacrifices you make for becoming a millionaire.

Start exercising your body and watch your diet. You don’t want to become an old, sick millionaire.

There it is. I’ve just given you a success formula.

Before we proceed, let me ask you three questions.

  1. Do you believe you can become a millionaire?
  2. Why do you want to become a millionaire?
  3. What are you willing to sacrifice to become a millionaire?

The second and third questions are very important. Answering these questions will help you determine whether you have what it takes to become a millionaire and are willing to pay the price.

3. Model A Proven Success System (Vehicle)

There’s a famous saying by Personal Development Guru, Tony Robbins:

“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.”

– Tony Robbins

As discussed before, let’s rule out getting a JOB as a viable method to become a millionaire. Possible but difficult, and it takes a long time and an aggressive financial plan. Besides, you should earn a net pay of $200,000 or more per year, and save aggressively to become a millionaire. Not many jobs pay that kind of money.

By far, the quickest way to become a millionaire is to start a business. This is the most highly recommended vehicle.

Business is risky, but the returns are a zillion times higher than any other vehicle. Besides, that’s the whole purpose of reading the books I recommended earlier.

If you want to become a millionaire, the best advise I can give you is “DO NOT re-invent the wheel”.

You can do that later once you become a millionaire.

The best way is to find a market where other people are already making money, then get into that market.

Then follow a proven success system (don’t copy) to deliver a product or service.

There are way too many businesses you can start. The type of business you choose totally depends on your preferences, speed of execution, work ethics, passion, and your determination.

You must understand that starting a business or becoming an entrepreneur does not guarantee you will become a millionaire. That depends on your particular circumstances, preferences and other factors such as capital strength.

That being the case, here are some businesses/industries you can venture into and become a millionaire. Again, how long it takes to become a millionaire in any particular industry/business depends on several factors as mentioned.

  1. Financial Services (Banking, Insurance, Stocks, FOREX, Options, Futures, Cryptos)
  2. Wholesale, Retail & Fashion (Retail Chains, Department Stores, Online Stores, etc.)
  3. Technology (Hardware/Software, Robotics, eCommerce, Online Businesses)
  4. Education (Schools, Colleges, Universities, Learning Material, Online Resources, Self-Development Courses, MOOCs, etc.)
  5. Entertainment & Recreational (Movies, Gambling, Betting, Gaming, Music, Arts, Sports, etc.)
  6. Accommodation & Food (Hotels and Restaurants)
  7. Real Estate (Housing & Construction)
  8. Manufacturing (Food Production, Motor Vehicles, Robotics, Electronics, etc.)
  9. Healthcare (Hospitals, Drugs, Medicines, Health Maintenance, Biotechnology, etc.)
  10. Energy (Electricity, Renewable Energy, etc.)
  11. Agriculture (Smart Farming)

ADIC: Influential Lists – Youths 2019

Nyesiga Naboth, Uganda

35.Nyesiga Naboth, Uganda

He is a born leader passionate about engaging men and boys to promote gender equality, end violence against women and girls, and know more about sexual and reproductive Health and rights especially for youths including girls. Currently, a senior year high school student at Bishop Comboni College, Kambuga, in Kannungu District, he has gathered his school mates and inspired his teachers to form an Equality Club which advocates for the rights of girls, women and youths in school and society. Recently, the school started giving him special access to the internet lab, to allow him take this message to the social media and inspire other youths to promote equality and non-discrimination while working with fellows from 2 nearby schools to start up Equality Clubs at their schools too.

Nominations 2020 are taking place on ADIC’s website, Nominate your self if you think this matters to you. Please let us support the women.

Thanks for reading.

Motivation: If you are worried about your job/future, Read this

 Dear reader, you’re reading this because you’re worried about your job / future. Today I want you to read this 1 minute short caption. . . .
Do you know why we go to school? 
We go to school to study. .
Why do we have to study? 
To get a job.
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Why do we have to get a job?
To earn money, right? .
So if the final goal is to make money then why there is no subject on money in our education system? Like seriously. Why don’t we learn about this new online world around us? Or learn about investing, money management etc etc?

Did you know that there are +330 million people in USA and “coincidentally” 330 billionaires.

It’s about 1 billionaire per 1 million people.

Why? 
Because our school system does not teach us about finances.
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So that’s why today by I highly recommend you to follow some of the mentors on Instagram.
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Their daily morning insta story session will help you a lot. Here they are:
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1) @investearnsave

2) @masteraspirations

3) @jonpenberthy

4) @jeremycpark

 School is not a path way for getting job or making money! It is to cultivate an individuals mind. Through cultivation, you will have a clarity and purpose in your life. And through both of them, you choose the path of your career. If school sole purpose was to find a way to get you money and make you rich! You’ll be a rich person but without freedom of your own mind. School teaches you how to think and adapt better. Through thinking you can learn, act & grow as per your thoughts!

KYIJANGA Got Talent: TUMUHEKI RAMATHAN

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“He was born to eat” Ampeire Ronald his friend said

When experience turns into a hobby, He has recorded a 21-year involvement in eating competitions with his agents under a private competition Project. He is believed to be the First student below 20 years to consume 15 percent of the food served to students at his former school during his stay at the school. He broke Mugunya Nicholas’ record of being the fastest student in Posho consumption.

Tumuheki Ramathan is a former student at BISHOP COMBONI COLLEGE KAMBUGA. He perfected in politics and academics while he was in High school. He partnered with a group of students under his Label COTOSA while still at Ordinary level in Form three.

He was nicknamed by his former school mates as “the kitchen destroyer” during his stay at school. He was branded “Musalamu” because of his dangerous food attacking methods during their Fasting period.

For more information about this talented young man, Ask for more information in the comment section.

NEW GAME: Beijing closes food market, locks down district after new corona virus outbreak

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Beijing swiftly shut down the city’s largest wholesalemarket after dozens of people became infected withcoronavirus, and officials have declared“wartime management” in one district, according to reports.

Of the 500 people who were tested on Friday, seventested positive and showed symptoms of COVID-19, with an additional 46 asymptomatic people testing positive. The cases mark the first local transmissions of the disease in the Chinese capitalin 55 days,according to the South China Morning Post.

People wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus stop at a checkpoint outside the Xinfadi wholesale food market district in Beijing, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Beijing closed the city's largest wholesale food market Saturday after the discovery of seven cases of the new coronavirus in the previous two days.

People wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus stop at a checkpoint outside the Xinfadi wholesale food market district in Beijing, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Beijing closed the city’s largest wholesale food market Saturday after the discovery of seven cases of the new coronavirus in the previous two days. 

Patient Zero in the new outbreak is believed to have visited the Xinfadi market in the Fengtai district, a market that accounts for…

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BBNaija Star, Khafi’s Brother Shot Dead In London

BBNaija star, Khafi Kareem, is presently mourning the death of her younger brother, Alexander, who was attacked in west London on Monday, June 8. Alexander, 20, was shot close to his family house in Shepherd’s Bush, West London. He was said to have been walking back home from a convenience store when he was shot […]

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GENDER BALANCE: Progress towards gender equality at work is draining away

British mothers are more likely than fathers to have lost or left their jobs during lock down

Who do you fire first? As this crisis scythes through the economy, bosses are making painful decisions about who to let go. New hires, especially the young, are always at risk from the phenomenon of “last in, first out”. Old hires can start to look expensive. But while other postwar economic downturns have been “man-cessions”, this one is hitting women harder. That’s not how it looked at the start of this crisis, with “male sectors” looking vulnerable and men at greater personal risk from Covid-19. Yet in the US, women accounted for 55 per cent of jobs lost in April, compared to only 22 per cent during the 2008 financial crisis. In the UK, 17 per cent of women reported being newly unemployed that month, compared to 13 per cent of men.

This reversal is partly because coronavirus has devastated the services jobs that were more resilient to previous recessions. Male-dominated manufacturing and construction were hardest hit in the financial crisis: this time, social distancing has damaged hospitality, leisure and retail, where many women work in customer-facing positions. The last man-cession wasn’t simply about industry mix: in the US, men were hit disproportionately hard in almost every sector except financial services, where women lost jobs at a higher rate. One explanation is that companies cut their most expensive staff, who tended to be male, and kept those in more flexible, part-time work, often women.

Ten years on, there are more women in senior positions who look expensive. But a big difference during this crisis has been the need to juggle paid work with home schooling, domestic chores and sometimes looking after ailing relatives.  As parents are stretched to breaking point, progress towards gender equality is quietly draining away. While fathers are also under pressure, British mothers are one and a half times more likely than fathers to have permanently lost or left their jobs during lockdown.

The impact of this will be all the greater, because there were a record number of mothers in the UK workforce before the pandemic struck: 75 per cent in 2019, compared to 66 per cent in 2000, according to the Office for National Statistics. It is not yet clear how much damage will be permanent. In the short term, more parental attention is generally good news for children. But while many parents treasure the enforced time with their offspring, they are also struggling. I recently spoke to the mother of an autistic son whose carers cannot visit safely at the moment. He doesn’t understand coronavirus: he blames her for the change in his routine.

Even those facing less extreme challenges, but who fear the kids are going feral while they are glued to Zoom meetings, have taken unpaid leave or requested furlough to get through this period. The risk is that these working mothers are more likely to be selected for redundancy. Even those who cling on may decide to prioritise a higher-earning husband, if offices reopen before nurseries do. Mothers are also far more likely to be interrupted than fathers, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. In my household, I am usually the first to be plagued with questions about homework, missing clothing, injuries caused by impulsive DIY projects or, as yesterday, by my 10-year-old crashing a bicycle while wearing no shoes.

I grudgingly admit that I would feel upset if they turned to my husband more regularly than me. But there’s no doubt that having the bandwidth to focus puts you ahead. Susan Pinker, in her book The Sexual Paradox, tells the story of one American university which offered extended parental leave to academic couples, only to find some fathers using the time to write their next book. Lower down the scale, an increase in female unemployment will be devastating for families.

The majority of single parents are female. Women still earn less, save less and are over-represented in low paid, insecure jobs, and that’s doubly true for some ethnic minority communities. Women in Britain from minorities are reporting higher concerns about debt after the pandemic than either white women or men. In the UK, some Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities are suffering acutely: they tend to have relatively few women in work and the men are reliant on a narrow range of jobs. Not all the gains of recent years have to be lost, however.

The crisis could end up being positive for gender equality in the longer term if employers and spouses alike become more aware of the burden of child rearing and housework that women carry. A group of researchers at Northwestern University, the University of Mannheim in Germany and the University of California, San Diego, believe there will be a culture change as a result of the fact that, in some families, women have been the key workers in this crisis, with men having to shoulder more domestic chores.

They argue that such changes often persist: in Spain and Germany for example, fathers who take “Daddy months” of paternity leave become subsequently more involved in childcare. No one yet knows how deep this recession will be, or how long. But right now, it looks as though difficult decisions by individual companies will collectively roll back some hard-won progress. Women are not recession-proof.

Original Source: https://www.ft.com/content/2f66006c-9528-4bdf-a62d-e42df1c841c8

NEW GAME: Beijing closes food market, locks down district after new corona virus outbreak

Beijing swiftly shut down the city’s largest wholesale market after dozens of people became infected with coronavirus, and officials have declared “wartime management” in one district, according to reports.

Of the 500 people who were tested on Friday, seven tested positive and showed symptoms of COVID-19, with an additional 46 asymptomatic people testing positive. The cases mark the first local transmissions of the disease in the Chinese capital in 55 days, according to the South China Morning Post.

People wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus stop at a checkpoint outside the Xinfadi wholesale food market district in Beijing, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Beijing closed the city's largest wholesale food market Saturday after the discovery of seven cases of the new coronavirus in the previous two days.

People wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus stop at a checkpoint outside the Xinfadi wholesale food market district in Beijing, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Beijing closed the city’s largest wholesale food market Saturday after the discovery of seven cases of the new coronavirus in the previous two days. 

Patient Zero in the new outbreak is believed to have visited the Xinfadi market in the Fengtai district, a market that accounts for roughly 90 percent of the city’s produce.

Traces of the disease were found on cutting boards, forcing a citywide scramble to remove fish – particularly salmon – from restaurant menus and supermarket shelves.

Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of Beijing’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed that all of the new cases were linked to the Xinfadi market.

The Beijing Health Commission has said that at least three of the symptomatic patients were employees at the market, according to The New York Times.

Eleven neighborhoods around the market have issued a stay-at-home advisory, and citizens have been urged to avoid traveling in or out of Beijing. Sporting events and tour group trips to Beijing have been suspended and classes have been cancelled for students in kindergarten and the first three years of elementary school.

Officials have said that more than 10,000 people who work at the market will be tested, and the market itself will be disinfected.  All patients who have tested positive are in quarantine and under observation.

More than 1,900 workers at markets across the city have already been tested, according to the commission.

Feng Zhanchun, a public health expert, said the links between the number of positive cases means the virus is spreading in the community. The spread and response have so far echoed that of Wuhan at the start of the pandemic.

“If it can’t be put under control right now, the virus will affect many people in a short time because of the high density of population in cities,” Feng said.

Premier League return. No Fans, but who will it effect?

Will this affect the fixtures?

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By the time, the Premier League restarts on Wednesday, it would have been exactly 100 days since Leicester City beat Aston Villa 4-0.

At the time, little did we realise that unforeseen circumstances would mean we would have to wait for over three months for the return of top flight football in England.

Despite being one of the latest leagues to return back to action – Bundesliga and La Liga ahead of Premiership – it will still be a most welcome sight for football fans to see once again.

It will certainly be different watching football to what it was over three months ago. Gone will be the sight of sold out stadiums along with genuine football fans chants. Instead it will see matches played behind closed doors, with relatively few people allowed inside the grounds.

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ALLAN TURINAWE: The Ambitious Young Man.

Allan Kawindi Turinawe


His name is Allan kawindi Turinawe
He was born on 9th November 1998 in the rural poor community of Kyepatiko in Nyakinoni in kanungu by John kawindi and Kenyangi Stella.
He is the First Born among three children.
He attended Lyantonde Model primary School and kihihi progressive school for primary Level, then went to Bishop Comboni college kambuga from S1 to S5,
While he was at Comboni, he was suspended and then went to over 4 schools for his S6.
He went to Kihihi Highschool, Nyakinoni SS, kigezi college Butobere then Finally Completed High school education from San Giovanni.

He later went to Kampala International University For a Bachelor of law.
He is a great sportsman who played football under his name as a goalkeeper. He also supports all football-related activities.
He is a referee with the federation of Uganda football Associations,

Our Reporter NYESIGA NABOTH managed to catch up with him for an interview;

Naboth: Good evening Mr. Kawindi
Kawindi: good evening to you how you doing today

Naboth : How is the lockdown treating you.
Kawindi: really the lockdown is treating me so so bad everything is at a standstill, the academic work stopped, business and everything lucrative.

Naboth: so how are you trying to make the ends meet now during this period?
Kawindi: Am planting a lot of coffee, so far I have planted 400 seedlings than a banana plantation, I have so far planted around 120 suckers.

Naboth: That is so nice of your brother, how do you spend your leisure time?
Kawindi: I read a lot History Books, and historical documentaries, AM also a fan of football and politics.

Naboth: You were one of the guys we found so popular in Bishop Comboni college, what made you popular?
Kawindi: I did almost everything In School, I was in almost every club except YCS and drama club.

Naboth : So you’re a young man who hustles to get whatever he wants, how do you make it?
Kawindi : I always see where other people are not seeing, and always try to be relevant,

Naboth: what else do you do apart from academic work?
Kawindi: AM the CEO of Wind Sports Center I deal with all Sports equipment.

Naboth: Popular guys always have people they look onto, who is that person that has really inspired you?
Kawindi: Bro. Kato John Bosco has always told me to see where other people are not seeing.

Naboth: Are you in any relationship?
Kawindi: No please, am trying to be in one but the lady hasn’t accepted yet but I know she will accept

Naboth: What has been your greatest moment so far?
Kawindi: joining BCCK

Naboth :What has been your lowest moment?
Kawindi: the day 2nd November 2016 when I was expelled in BCCK.

Naboth : Thank you for sharing with us your Story.
Kawindi: welcome

I hope you enjoyed our interview with one of the greatest Iconic youth in Western Uganda. He is a man of his word.

For Donations, Support, and more information about the interviewer and the interviewee contact us through the comment section. or at nyesiganaboth8@gmail.com

Thank you for reading.

Jacwich earns from online marketing. WHAT ABOUT YOU?:

May Jacwich with her phone that she uses to

May Jacwich with her phone that she uses to market brands online. Photo by Gabriel Buule 

In Summary

  • Many who have always interacted with Jacwich, refer to her as a go- getter, who is determined to take on opportunities at her disposal.
  • She currently boasts of more than 19,000 followers on twitter which she uses to get more clients.

Joining University was her dream but even after completing a course in social work and social administration, Modesta May Jacwich was no stranger to the song of job scarcity among graduates and youth in Uganda.
She dreaded moving from office to office in search for jobs. Her initial idea was to venture into the creative industry as a model and an actress. However, Jacwich later became an influencer who earns from social media.
She promotes brands, individuals and products via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram among other social media platforms.

Many who have always interacted with Jacwich, refer to her as a go- getter, who is determined to take on opportunities at her disposal.
During her first year at Makerere University in 2018, she joined Twitter just like any other social media platforms for entertainment. At the time , she did not know that this would turn out to be her source of living.
Jacwich reckons that one of the tweeps sent her a direct message interesting her in making money on Twitter, an idea she welcomed with open hands. She notes that her business mentor was already involved in social media influencing, which helped her to grasp some concepts and tips.
“He was willing to help me learn. He had many influencing gigs and he wanted to bring me on board” she adds.

The Business
Her interest was catalyzed by her love for social media and she was glad to earn while having fun. She says the more she worked on other people’s gigs, the more she learnt. She later started advertising as a digital marketer and an influencer to attract willing clients.
“My job is to talk about a brand, product, service or an individual on behalf of the owner in a positive way. The idea is to create an online community and have meaningful engagements online on behalf of the brand or product owner,” says Jacwich.
Influencing is the new form of advertising and marketing aimed at tapping into the numbers on social media platforms, who in the end can pick interest in a product or brand.

Considering technological advancement, mobile devices and a digital era, many companies are opting for online marketing as opposed to traditional marketing.
Jacwich says sometimes she has to be part of what she is influencing in order to interest others in the product or service. For example, sometimes I post a selfie purporting to be drinking an energy drink in order to influence my followers into buying the same product. We normally use a light language, and fun and engaging messages to market,” she adds.
Jacwich is making a killing out of her hustle. She says she is currently the official Twitter manager of three companies in Uganda. What started as a joke, today has created many networks for her and earned her money which she uses to cater for her bills.

She, however, says her pay is determined by what her client needs and the budget of a particular client. Her clients meet her data costs before any transaction is made.
Jacwich says her best paying gig was when she was part of a team influencing Coca Cola products. She says some of the companies she has done online marketing for fail to meet their financial obligations.
“I spent data on a team of influencers and at the end of the day we were given a bottle of minute maid and the pay master disappeared” she sadly notes.
Talking numbers, initially, she had created a following of nearly 10,000 people and her account was hacked and brought down. She currently boasts of more than 19,000 followers on twitter which she uses to get more clients.
Jacwich says digital marketing and influencing is one of the businesses that need less capital. She is however quick to mentions that it requires proper planning and discipline.

“How you project yourself on social media determines the type of clientele one gets. If you are a war monger who is focused on say political fights, you will attract clients in that category. If you act sane, reputable brands will come your way,” she adds.
She says any serious influencer should own a good quality smart phone, tab or laptop to smoothen work.

Model and actress
Besides online marketing, Jacwich also works as an actress and a commercial model. She says the art industry has enabled her to network and also star in movies such as The Last Tragedy -Samuel Kizito’ s Kemi and she is also among the cast of a predominantly female driven film on Human Trafficking dubbed Asiya The Last Queen.
Inspired by Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, Jacwich is a commercial model whose career begun in 2018 and managed to get a spot on Gala Model management in the runway house project. To her, modeling is her side hustle as she aspires for more in life.

Protestors storm RDC’s office over police killing of Mukono head teacher

Armed with placards with writings, ‘Black Lives

Armed with placards with writings, ‘Black Lives Matter, Mukono Lives Matter, Justice Must Be for all not for NRM, M7 or the Rich,’ the protestors asked government to compensate Mutasiga’s family and several other Ugandans who have suffered the same fate in the hands of the security personnel ever since the lockdown was announced by President Museveni in March this year.

In Summary

  • Mutasiga, the head teacher of Merry Times Primary School was on April 14 shot in the thigh by police officers as he tried to protect a teenager who was found at his shop in Wantoni Mukono District selling chapati a few minutes past 7pm.
  • Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Mr Luke Oweyesigyire on Wednesday said the two officers were arrested and the case was forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Protestors on Friday stormed Mukono Resident District Commissioner’s office demanding justice for the head teacher who died this week at Mulago after he was shot by a police officer enforcing curfew.
Four of the protestors led by Ms Lydia Namayengo, a resident of Kasangalabi village in Mukono District were, however, arrested by Mukono police for allegedly inciting violence and holding unlawful assembly.
Others arrested included Ivan Tamale Nkoyoyo, Peter Kimbungwe Mugaru and Henry Lubanga.

“We condemn the continuous brutality being meted out against innocent citizens by the police, Local Defence Unit (LDU), military and other security agencies. We demand that all the police officers involved in the shooting of one of the teachers of our kids, Eric Mutasiga be produced in court and charged accordingly,” Ms Namayengo said before her arrest.

READ:Mukono headmaster succumbs to gunshot wounds at Mulago hospital

Eric Mutasiga, the head teacher of Merry Time
Eric Mutasiga, the head teacher of Merry Time Primary School in Mukono District succumbed to gunshot wounds he sustained in a scuffle with police officers who tried to arrest a chapati vendor. COURTESY PHOTO

The protestors also demanded an explanation from the RDC, DPC, DISO of Mukono District and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Martin Okoth Ochola, why police officers involved in shooting unarmed citizens go unpunished.

Mukono lives matter

Armed with placards with writings, ‘Black Lives Matter, Mukono Lives Matter, Justice Must Be for all not for NRM, M7 or the Rich,’ the protestors asked government to compensate Mutasiga’s family and several other Ugandans who have suffered the same fate in the hands of the security personnel ever since the lockdown was announced by President Museveni in March this year.
However, after their arrest, the officer in charge of Mukono police station, Mr Ismail Kifudde said the protestors would be charged with inciting violence and unlawful assembly.

Four of the protestors led by Ms Lydia
Four of the protestors led by Ms Lydia Namayengo, a resident of Kasangalabi village in Mukono District were, however, arrested by Mukono police for allegedly inciting violence and holding unlawful assembly.

Mutasiga shooting
Mutasiga, the head teacher of Merry Time Primary School was on April 14 shot in the thigh by police officers as he tried to protect a teenager who was found at his shop in Wantoni Mukono District selling chapati a few minutes past 7pm.
He was later admitted to Mulago National Referral Hospital where he breathed his last on June 8.
One of his neighbours, Mr Moses Mukasa, said two officers tried to arrest the chapati vendor and when Matasiga intervened, he was shot by an officer in civilian clothes as he pleaded for the vendor to be pardoned.
Mutasiga’s widow, Ms Viola Nabatanzi said that on the fateful day, she received a phone call at around 7:30 pm announcing that the father of her two kids had been shot by police.

She said Mutasiga was first rushed to Namirembe hospital in Mukono but was later referred to Mulago national referral hospital for better medical management.
She said they reported the case to police but were never helped.
“When we reported the matter to police, we expected a thorough investigation and justice for my husband. However, seems our case was never taken serious because on the following day, police heads appeared on television claiming my husband was fighting the officers before he was shot in self-defence. The police heads and the Force’s spokesperson lied to protect their officers,” she said.

“We never heard from them (police) after my husband was admitted to Mulago. We struggled with the medical bills until he breathed his last. I did not even know that I would lose him until he was taken to the theatre on Monday and pronounced dead hours later,” she said.
Mutasiga was the family’s sole breadwinner.
“Now I have nowhere to get support for our children. I want justice for my husband. The officers should be brought to book, I want to see them in Court,” she told mourners on Wednesday.

The victim’s mother speaks out

Mutasiga’s mother, Ms Joy Ntasiga Namugaru, described him as a kind, caring and a hardworking son.
“My son didn’t deserve to be shot by officers supposed to protect his life. What did he really do to necessitate the shooting? Why are police officers reckless with their guns? Why do they shoot innocent people? Now how am I going to survive?” the tearful Namugaru wondered endlessly.

What police have done so far
Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Mr Luke Oweyesigyire on Wednesday said the two officers were arrested and the case was forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
“We haven’t received the file back but we suspended the two officers as we continue to investigate,” he said.
Mutasiga who was buried on Wednesday in Nakisunga Sub County in Mukono District becomes the seventh person to be killed by law enforcement officers while implementing the COVID-19 preventive guidelines over the last 75 days.

Paulo Muwanga: From liberation hero to prisoner

NRA rebels at the battlefront shortly before

NRA rebels at the battlefront shortly before they captured power. There is a school of thought that subscribes to the view that Muwanga was instrumental in the NRA overthrow of the Okellos’ government. File Photo  

When Tanzania responded to Uganda’s aggression in the Kagera Salient, according to Ephraim Muwanga, the Acholi exiles chose his father to lead them in the war.

“They said they would not fight unless he was with them. That is how he came to be at the war front. As they were approaching Mpigi, the Ugandans run out of ammunition.
MI6 (at the urging of Muwanga), through Bulgaria, shipped the weapons to Tanzania. They, through former Tanzania president Benjamin Mkapa, said Muwanga was too close to Obote for their comfort.”

However, the men at the battle front were clamouring for Muwanga and Bishop Yona Okoth advised those at the Moshi Conference to listen to them. “Tito Okello broke the impasse by suggesting that two governments should be in place – a political government and a military government. That is how dad came to head the Military Commission.”

Later, Muwanga and president Yusuf Lule fell out.
“Dad hated the statement Lule had made during his swearing in at Parliament, ‘Kyetwayagaliza embazzi, kibuyaga asudde (What we were hoping the axe would fell, a gust of wind has instead caused to fall). It was (Tanzanian) president Julius Nyerere who forced Lule to give Muwanga the position of minister of internal affairs, which he had first offered to Dr Andrew Kayiira.”

Obote’s second coming
The fall of Amin caused a lot of insecurity in Kampala, with killings of prominent people. Muwanga blamed Kayiira and Robert Ssebunya for supporting these criminal acts. According to Uganda’s Presidents – An Illustrated Biography, in his 1990 paper, Notes on Concealment of Genocide in Uganda, Obote blamed the minister of defence, Yoweri Museveni, for these acts.

At the time, Museveni’s Front for National Salvation (FRONASA) and Lt Col David Oyite Ojok’s Kikosi Maalum were the most powerful factions in the army. Muwanga was affiliated to Kikosi Maalum.

On May 22, 1980, with the Military Commission in charge of Uganda’s affairs, Muwanga became de facto president. Many believed he was paving way for the return of Obote to power. However, his son disagrees.

“Muwanga would have been the last person to organise Obote’s return. They did not like each other. That is what people have failed to understand. We always asked him (Muwanga) why he did not prevent it but he told us he was helpless. He was uncomfortable with the military leadership. The elections were supposed to take place on September 30, 1980, but ‘someone’ in the Commission threatened him. I will not mention names. Honestly, dad was between a rock and a hard place. As his children, we always blamed him for not taking the presidency yet he had the power and the opportunity. Dad said becoming president had never been his desire.”

The events that led to the much-contested December 1980 elections have been much written about. When UPC won the election, Obote appointed Muwanga vice president and minister of defence.

“When the (National Resistance Army) rebels attacked Kabamba Barracks (February 6, 1981), Muwanga proposed that a new election be held with only children (Museveni and Kayiira) contesting amongst themselves. His advice was dismissed. Every government has purists, and Obote II had Rwakasisi, whom Obote listened to more than he did Muwanga, Allimadi, and (Edward) Rurangaranga. That war (1981-1986) had only two victims – the Baganda civilians and the Acholi soldiers.”

1985 coup
In 1984, as Muwanga was being driven from Republic House to Equatorial Hotel, he came across an old friend, Lord Andrew Bendicto Adimola.

“He told the driver to stop the car and asked Adimola to hop in. He was surprised that the deputy president of the Democratic Party was living in the ruins of Equatorial Hotel. My father gave him the entire well-furnished top floor of our house on Plot 33 Kololo Hill. My father lived on the ground floor and shared his private cars with Adimola. Jokingly, he told Adimola, ‘If things change, do not treat me badly.”

Mr Muwanga claims his father did not know Adimola was the chief architect of the 1985 coup against Obote, although they were sharing the same house. When, on the morning of July 27, 1985, the Tito Okello and Bazilio Okello staged a successful coup, they chose Muwanga as their executive prime minister. The Okellos – under pressure from the NRA – dropped Muwanga from his position 24 days later and replaced him with Abraham Waliggo.

Did he die a happy man?
Muwanga’s son says his father’s greatest joy was that he did not bury any of his children. “His only regret was that what he had given his entire life for had not been achieved in Uganda, except for Independence. It is a well-known fact that many Baganda hated Muwanga, but life offers us options and we are free to take them. I only wish they could take time to understand him. If you hate Muwanga, what did he do to you personally?”

After 1986 NRA takeover
Muwanga arrested and charged with treason

There is a school of thought that subscribes to the view that Muwanga was instrumental in the NRA overthrow of the Okellos’ government. However, his son puts it this way: “Dad said he had been the pillar of the Acholi (in power) for a long time and enough was enough. As the NRA was advancing on Kampala, Tito Okello sent a helicopter to Church Road in Entebbe to pick dad. He refused to go into exile, saying: ‘Enzige bweziba nga zakundya, kazijje zindiire wano.’(If the locusts are to eat me, let them find me here). The man always spoke in parables.”

On October 3, 1986, Muwanga, together with three cabinet ministers, three senior army officers, and 17 others, were arrested for treason.
“Putting him in prison was very unfortunate,” Muwanga’s son says, continuing: “There are people who are still alive today, who profess that if it had not been for Muwanga, they would not have survived the exile in Tanzania. Why did he (Museveni) lock him up?

That is a question you should ask him. My father was accused of kidnap with intent to murder. President Nyerere twice begged him (Museveni) to release Muwanga. He said he could not because the Baganda hated him. Nyerere told him it was better for the Baganda to deal with Muwanga themselves. Museveni sent someone – I will not mention the name – to tell Muwanga that he had forgiven him. Dad was sick but he thanked Museveni for his forgiveness and asked him to take him to court on those very charges he had forgiven him for if the cases were genuine.”

On October 25, 1990, the state prosecutor, Mac Dusman Kabega, informed court that the State had lost interest in the case. Six months after his release, Muwanga died on April 1, 1991 at Nsambya hospital in Kampala.
The announcement of his death was aired on Radio Uganda at 1pm, by Jaberi Bidandi Ssali, Kintu Musoke, and Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, his three protégées in the 1960s UPC Youth League.

Covid-19: Jinja Hospital discharges 13 patients

One of the patients narrates his ordeal before

One of the patients narrates his ordeal before being discharged from Jinja Hospital on June 12, 2020.  

In Summary

  • The Ministry of Health on Friday reported seven new cases of Covid-19 pushing Uganda’s tally to 686.
  • In mid-May, health workers, treating suspected Covid-19 patents at Jinja hospita, laid down their tools over the issue of risk allowances.

A total of 13 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from Jinja hospital after recovering and testing negative.
Speaking at their send-off on Friday, the Director Jinja Regional Referral hospital, Dr Florence Tugumisirize, said the discharge brings to 17 the number of recoveries out of the 35 patients that have been undergoing treatment at the facility.
“Today (Friday) we have discharged 13 patients but previously, we discharged four and are now remained with 18 patients, including a baby; but the results came indicating negative but the mother is positive,’’ she said.
She, however, added that no health worker at the facility has tested positive of Covid-19.

“Since April when we registered the first Covid-19 case, no health worker has tested positive and we’re making sure that we follow the guidelines and standard operating procedures,’’ she said.
According to Ms Tugumisiriza, they currently face a challenge of inadequate beds to accommodate the increasing number of Covid-19 patients.
“Although we have just received 200 mattresses, the number of beds are not enough yet the number of patients keeps increasing,’’ she said.

Chapati vendors to be tested

Ms Tugumisiriza said allegations that Covid-19 patients have been escaping from the isolation units to buy snacks are yet to be confirmed.
“We have agreed with the district health officials and the village chairperson to take samples from people manning chapatti stalls and quarantine them as a preventive measure because we can’t take such allegations lightly,’’ she said.
Dr Asad Muyinda, the in-charge Covid-19 isolation unit at Jinja hospital, urged the public to obey all guidelines from the Ministry of Health to reduce the increasing number of patients.

Director of Jinja Regional Referral hospital,
Director of Jinja Regional Referral hospital, Ms Florence Tugumisirize addressing the 13 patients before discharging them.


The Nursing officer In-charge of Isolation unit, Ms Aisha Nakawunde, urged the discharged patients to become advocates of Covid-19 in their communities through sensitisation.

Mr Taddeo Kikomeko, one of the discharged patients, appealed to security officers to stop ‘intimidating’ Covid-19 patients while being taken to the hospital.
“After my results turned out to be positive, two Police patrol vehicles were sent to pick me plus two other vehicles as if I was a thief.
“The public fears police and the UPDF; I’m being discharged but I fear going back because the public is likely to reject me given the way we are treated when we are being taken to the hospital,’’ he said.
Mr Yoweri Musimba, another discharged patient, said his employer’s vehicle survived being burnt by angry residents after police picked him from his home after he tested positive.

“We appeal to police to change the way in which they pick us from our homes. When police came for me, they also took all my other family members and the home was left with nobody. The neighbours became violent and wanted to burn my employer’s vehicle,’’ he said.
The patients appreciated the frontline team for their care and hospitality and asked Government to increase their salaries.

In mid-May, health workers, treating suspected Covid-19 patents at Jinja hospital, laid down their tools over the issue of risk allowances.
They claimed they were supposed to receive Shs80, 000 and refreshment allowance of Shs15, 000 per day but they had not received money by that time.
They later resumed work after their issue was sorted out.
The patients are being treated at a former Jinja hospital mental health unit.
Currently, Uganda’s Covid-19 cases stand at 686.

Covid-19: 8 new cases confirmed in Uganda, 199 discharged



Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng

Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng 

In Summary

  • The minister will update Ugandans on the Covid-19 response and also clarify on reports of fake virus results allegedly issued by Makerere University laboratory.

The ministry of Health on Saturday said eight more people had tested positive for Covid-19, pushing Uganda’s virus cases to 694.
In a tweet on Saturday, the Ministry said a total of 199 who previously tested positive for the virus had recovered and been discharged from hospitals across the country.

“Results from samples tested on 12 June 2020 confirm 8 new Covid-19 cases. The total confirmed cases are now 694. Four truck drivers from Elegu while one is a truck driver from Mutukula Point of Entry. Three are among contacts and alerts; two from Kyotera and one from Arua,” reads the tweet.
At least 18 foreign truck drivers tested positive for Covid-19, according to the ministry officials.

The results were released just hours before the scheduled address by the Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng on Saturday afternoon.
The minister will update Ugandans on the Covid-19 response and also clarify on reports of fake virus results allegedly issued by Makerere University laboratory.
President Museveni on Thursday while speaking during the budget reading event, accused Makerere University laboratory that is doing coronavirus testing of faking test results. Mr Museveni said the incorrect results from Makerere lab could have been caused by work overload.

“Some of the 679 confirmed cases were classified as positive when they are not by a laboratory in Makerere because they were careless. Apparently there were a few people working there and probably got tired,” he said.
Before the President complained about Covid-19 results from Makerere laboratory, Daily Monitor got complaints from some of the “patients” who were affected by the suspected wrong results.

A “patient” who was admitted to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital after testing “positive” for coronavirus a week ago, said he got a text message on Monday saying he was negative again for coronavirus and was discharged.
Government in April gave the Makerere University laboratory a nod to start testing for coronavirus following assessment by technocrats from the health ministry.
According to the health ministry, the laboratory was assessed and they found sufficient equipment required to test for Covid-19. The Ministry also examined medical workers in the lab in terms of skills, number and their safety.
Prof Pontiano Kaleebu, the director Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), said in April that they assess the capability of the laboratories to do accurate tests before approving them.

The Makerere University laboratory has been at the centre stage of testing for the virus especially during the community surveillance.
The Makerere based laboratory has also supported government facilities like the UVRI with diagnostic kits when shortage hit the country.

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury will be ‘the biggest heavyweight fight in history – Barry Hearn

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Barry Hearn is the founder of Matchroom Sport while his son, Eddie, has taken over the reigns of Matchroom Boxing
Barry Hearn is the founder of Matchroom Sport while his son, Eddie, has taken over the reigns of Matchroom Boxing

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury will be the biggest heavyweight fight in boxing history.

That’s according to Barry Hearn, after the British boxing superstarsagreed a two-fight deal,with the first bout set to take place in 2021.

Joshuaholds the WBO, WBA and IBF belts while Fury has the WBC title, having ended Deontay Wilder’s reign in stunning fashion earlier this year.

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It’s a showdown the boxing world can’t wait for and Hearnbelieves it will be occasions like no other we’ve ever seen in the sport.

Asked on the Sports Breakfast if there was stadium big enough to host Joshua vs Fury, Matchroom supremo Hearn replied:No, of course not!

“This is one for (Elon) Musk. We have to take…

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Winners, losers in 2020/2021 Budget

Fuel trucks offload fuel at Vivo Energy Depot

Fuel trucks offload fuel at Vivo Energy Depot at Namuwongo, Kampala on September 20, 2016. Excise Duty on fuel has increased from Shs1,200 to Shs1,350 per litre. FILE/PHOTO  

A mini-survey conducted by Daily Monitor revealed that seven out of 10 people wanted tax on fuel either reduced or eliminated.
This is on the ground that such a gesture will result in reduction on fuel pump prices.
As a result, the current transport fares, which have since doubled will drop and consequently see the prices of commodities decline further.
However, by the time the Minister of Finance, Mr Matia Kasaija, delivered the Budget speech yesterday, a Shs150 increment on the Excise Duty rate on fuel was declared.

Tax analysts interviewed say tax on fuel is a cash cow, meaning it will take a monumental sacrifice for the government to scrap or reduce it in times like this when the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and its subsequent containment measures are taking a toll on livelihoods, businesses and the economy.
Mr Kasaija described the Shs150 increment as a modest adjustment on the Excise Duty rate on fuel. The intention, he said, is to improve competitiveness in the region, support compliance, remove ambiguities in the legislations, and close loopholes that may lead to revenue leakage.

Some tax relief
The Budget whose theme is, “Stimulating the economy to safeguard livelihoods, jobs, businesses and industrial recovery,” offered some short relief to businesses.
Tax relief measures such as deferring payment of Corporate Income Tax or Presumptive tax for Corporations and Small, Medium Enterprises (SMEs) until September 2020, followed by the payment of any Corporate Income Tax and Presumptive Tax due April 1 to June 30, for tax complaint businesses with a turnover of less than Shs500 million per annum is commendable.

This will address the short-term emergency liquidity requirements of businesses, boosting their cash-flow and ensuring business continuity.
Mr Kasaija also made it clear in the Budget speech that no interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. This, he said, is aimed to benefit companies including SMEs, especially in tourism, manufacturing, horticulture and floriculture. The number of taxpayers benefiting from this measure for whom Corporate Incomes Tax is applicable is 10,140 and the Deferred Tax is estimated at Shs12.5 billion.
In addition, the number of taxpayers benefiting from the presumptive tax measure is 23,892, and the Deferred Tax is estimated at Shs1.38 billion.
The government also deferred payment of Pay-As-You-Earn Tax (PAYE) by sectors affected by the pandemic until September 2020.
He said no interest will accumulate on tax due during this period. An estimated Shs65.35 billion due from PAYE for manufacturing and tourism sectors is being deferred. For floriculture sector, the expected PAYE deferral is Shs0.237 billion.
Also, he noted that government will waive interest on tax arrears and penalties accumulated before July 1 to lessen the tax liability of businesses who voluntarily comply with their tax obligations. The expected tax relief as a result will be Shs50 billion.

It further emerged that there will be tax deductibility of donations for the coronavirus response. This will be allowed on the value of the donations the private sector has made towards fighting the virus.
Despite the downpour, the Mr Kasaija’s mood wasn’t dampened as he declared that government would expedite payment of outstanding VAT refunds. This will be done by Uganda Revenue Authority who have already been instructed to speed up payment of outstanding VAT refunds due to businesses accompanied by measures to limit fraud. As a result, an additional Shs120.53 billion will be refunded.

Boosting local production
To promote import substitution and the development of local industries, Mr Kasaija said: “We have increased Import Duties on goods that are produced or can be produced locally. The Import Duty on agricultural products has been increased to 60 per cent and other products to 35 per cent.”
He continued: “Hitherto, we have been importing refined industrial sugar yet we are a surplus producer of sugar. We have agreed with sugar manufacturers to produce refined industrial sugar locally and we shall protect them from imports.”
Finally, regarding specific tax measure, VAT on the supply of agricultural equipment will be exempted. The supply of processed milk will also be VAT exempt to enhance the price competitiveness of milk produced in Uganda.
And for the benefit of fighting the pandemic, taxes on supplies for diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and management of the epidemics, pandemics and health hazards, will be exempt from custom duties.

Burundi court orders president-elect sworn in after leader’s death

FRIDAY JUNE 12 2020

Evariste Ndayishimiye, Burundi's

Evariste Ndayishimiye, Burundi’s president-elect.

In Summary

  • Both Kenya and Uganda on Friday announced they would be flying their flags at half-mast to honour Nkurunziza
  • Nkurunziza’s death on Monday aged 55 came just days after the election of his successor Ndayishimiye, who was meant to be inaugurated in August.

Burundi’s constitutional court on Friday ruled that the country’s newly elected leader Evariste Ndayishimiye be rapidly sworn in following the sudden death of President Pierre Nkurunziza earlier this week.

Nkurunziza’s death on Monday, aged 55, came after the May election of his successor Ndayishimiye, who was meant to be inaugurated in August.

The unusual situation raised questions over how the transition would be managed, as the constitution calls for the speaker of the national assembly to step in if the president dies.

However in its judgement the court wrote that an interim period “is not necessary”.

The court ruled that the country must “proceed, as soon as possible, with the swearing-in of the president-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye”.

Nkurunziza, a devout evangelical who believed he was chosen by God to lead Burundi, leaves behind a deeply isolated country in political and economic turmoil after his divisive 15-year rule.

His 2015 run for a third term in office sparked protests and a failed coup, with violence leaving at least 1,200 dead while some 400,000 fled the country.

A climate of fear marked by a crackdown on the opposition and media settled over Burundi, while a personality cult grew around Nkurunziza which saw the ruling party name him a “visionary” and “supreme guide for patriotism.”

United Nations human rights investigators have said the period since 2015 has been marked by likely crimes against humanity committed by state forces, citing extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests, disappearances, torture and sexual violence.

Nkurunziza’s decision not to run in the May 20 election shocked many, as it came after the constitution was changed to allow him to do so.

Handpicked successor
His successor Ndayishimiye, 52, was handpicked by the ruling party’s core group of powerful generals, and won the election with 68.7 percent. Opposition claims of widespread fraud were dismissed by the constitutional court.

While he is also a general, Ndayishimiye is not a regime hardliner and Nkurunziza was expected to continue to play a significant role, possibly limiting the independence of his successor who is reputed to be more tolerant and open.

“In principle it is an opportunity for him to free himself, in the sense that we would have expected Nkurunziza to play an important role in the future,” said Richard Moncrieff, an expert with the International Crisis Group (ICG).

However some observers have said he may run into trouble with the generals if he tries to introduce reforms or improve the human rights situation in the country.

After the news of Nkurunziza’s death Ndayishimiye vowed to “continue his high-quality work that he has done for our country”.

A source in the French presidency said the country would work with its European partners and “extend a hand to the new Burundian president”.

“For the first time we will have a leader who is not just forging ahead regardless of the consequences, wrapped up in divine faith.”

Questions over death
The government has yet to announce a date for Nkurunziza’s funeral, but is marking a seven-day period of national mourning, during which it has banned music in bars, nightclubs and karaoke, a statement said Thursday.

Both Kenya and Uganda on Friday announced they would be flying their flags at half-mast to honour Nkurunziza.

The Burundian president died of what the government said was a heart attack, however suspicion is high he may have had the new coronavirus.

His wife Denise Bucumi was hospitalised at the end of May with the virus. A medical document seen by AFP said she had tested positive for the virus and suffered “respiratory distress”.

A medical source at the Karusi hospital where Nkurunziza died, told AFP he had also been in “respiratory distress” before his death.

A medical source at the Kamenge university hospital in Bujumbura told AFP that the head of the institute of public health “came to requisition our hospital’s only ventilator and the head of our reanimation service in the name of the presidency on Monday at 10am”.

Both were flown to the hospital in Karusi, but it was “too late, president Nkurunziza was already dead,” a medical source in Karusi said.

Burundi has largely ignored the virus outbreak, taking few measures to combat its spread compared to many of its neighbours which implemented strict lockdowns and curfews, and holding an election campaign.

The country has officially reported 94 cases and one death.

BCCK PRODUCT: Enabling Support Foundation

NYESIGA NABOTH being mentioned in one of the great website that has proven its postive impact to the society.

In all the years Enabling Support Foundation has been in Kenya and Uganda in early child learning, we’ve met some of the greatest teachers and students in the region. One of them is an extraordinary student, Nyegisa Naboth, a 19 Years old who just completed his High School Education in Uganda.

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On growing up: The trap of manhood.

Read this below. Its intresting

The Extra-terrestrial Infinitesimal

Growing old is easy, growing up is painful

Ever since we have been able to think, we’ve been looking towards the future. We imagine how we will look when we grow up, the sort of people we are going to become. Without even knowing it, we set these expectations for ourselves because everything seems possible. From a young age we hear time and time again, “you can do anything that you set your mind to.” Untainted by the harshness of the world, we believe it.

The idea of growing older whispers promises of freedom. At this age you’ll be able to drive, at that age you’ll be able to vote. Eventually you’ll go on to pursue a career or a particular lifestyle. You think that when you’re older, you can be whoever you want. As a child I was always very fond of drumming and always wanted to be…

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Bandits kill 99 people in northern Nigeria

In Summary

  • Since May 14, the military has launched a counter offensive against militants, named Operation Katsina. Soldiers have since killed 392 bandits in the area.

At least 99 people were killed Tuesday by bandits in Borno and Katsina states, in northern Nigeria.

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum on Wednesday confirmed that 81 people were killed in Faduma Koloram village, in Gubio local government area of state. Thirteen others were injured as they tried to flee the attackers, he added.

Mr Zulum said the bandits could be the same ones who attacked Gajiram local government area some months ago.

He said peace will only be realised if the insurgents are dealt with and defeated.

“That requires a lot of support from the government,” the governor added.

Mr Gambo Isah, spokesman of the Police Command in Katsina State, on Wednesday also confirmed that 18 people in Kadisau, Faskari Local Government Area of the state, were killed on Tuesday. Twenty-six others were injured as they tried to repulse the attackers.

He said more than 200 bandits attacked Kadisau village and stole food.

“The bandits faced serious confrontation from some people of the area…they [the attackers] started shooting, killing 18 people on the spot,” Mr Isah said.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has condoled with the families of the victims.

Ms Sadiya Umar-Faruk, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Human Development, said, “The Federal Government under President Muhammadu will not relent in its efforts to ensure that the perpetrators of the evil act are brought to book.”

Since May 14, after the military launched Operation Katsina to fight militants, soldiers have killed 392 bandits in the area.

‘Davido Is A Disrespectful Bastard’ – Kemi Fumes

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Controversial Journalist Kemi Olunloyo has taken a swipe at Nigerian Artist Davido for deceiving his fans about his alleged Banana Island Mansion.

According to the investigative journalist, Davido did not buy the mansion from Banana Island as he made everyone believed. She added that the mansion still belongs to the father of the young billionaire.

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Kemi emphasized that she is a journalist and one of her duties as a journalist is to post news. She stated that she isn’t using Davido as a stepping stone to trend because she’s a journalist.

Kemi however tagged Davido as “an ungrateful bastard” who uses dubious ways to deceive people.

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How do good leaders give advice? The short answer: They don’t

Rose Wong

Instead of having an answer to every question, the most effective leaders are coaches — people who can guide others to arrive at their own solutions, put them into action, and set goals, says researcher and management consultant Julia Milner.

Here’s an unfortunate truth about the working world: Too many leaders in organizations simply don’t know how to lead.

Why? In part, it’s because the skills that get someone elevated to a top job may have little to do with their ability to guide and inspire others. It’s also because many of us hold an erroneous assumption about leadership, according to Julia Milner, leadership researcher and academic director of the Global MBA program at EDHEC Business School in Nice, France. Namely, we think that a leader should be the supreme expert who can give advice to any of our employees about anything and everything.

As a result, people end up becoming overly prescriptive micromanagers. So, what separates a good leader from a so-so one? The most effective leaders are coaches, according to Milner. “Instead of teaching people, you’re helping them to arrive at their own solution,” she says in her TEDxLiege talk. And, she adds, with the right training, anyone can learn how to be a coach.

Milner, who as a management consultant works with leadership in companies in Europe, Australia and Asia, has observed this tendency towards micromanagement, and she’s seen the significant impact it can have on employee morale and turnover. As she explains, “People do not leave jobs; they leave their leader.”

To examine the problem, Milner and her colleague (and husband) Trenton Milner conducted a studyThey recruited a group of 98 professionals enrolled in a leadership training course and divided them into pairs; the people in each pair were asked to coach each other on the topic of time management for five minutes. These conversations were filmed and later evaluated by the subjects and by coaching experts. After receiving 15 hours of training in leadership skills, the subjects participated in another set of five-minute coaching conversations, which were also filmed and assessed.

Despite being told before the first conversation that they should coach the other person, most subjects engaged in “motivational micromanaging,” or giving advice sweetened with a bit of motivation, reports Milner. Not surprisingly, they reported dissatisfaction with the experience when their fellow participants didn’t respond kindly to being told what to do. Milner says, “Some said to me, ‘I had such a difficult partner. I was coming up with all these great ideas and solutions, and they were basically ‘Yes, but’-ing me.’”

But after the training, “what we found was quite astonishing,” says Milner. The coaching conversations became fruitful rather than adversarialOne subject told her, “All I had to do is provide the space and the room to let them reflect, let them think it through, and arrive at a plan.”

Here, she shares some of the basics of being a good coach:

Listen

A poor leader is frequently too busy dispensing advice to fully understand the situation they’re being asked about. And because they don’t know all of the issues at stake, they risk focusing on the wrong ones. Listening allows a manager to be as informed as possible; it also shows respect and confidence in the other person.

Ask the right questions

Yes/no questions have a tendency to shut down conversations; they can also make people feel like they’re being led in a particular direction. Instead, a good manager poses open-ended questions — these gently guide the other person to brainstorm possible solutions and to decide which one is the best. “You’re acting like a sounding board, allowing room for the right answer to develop,” says Milner.

Assist with goal setting

After an employee settles on a solution, a manager should work with them to create a plan to implement it. Together, they can establish a desired outcome. This process not only serves as a spur to action, but it also ensures that the two people are aligned. “Sometimes, we think it is clear where we are heading, but often we later realize the other person was going in a completely different direction,” says Milner. “Good goal setting can avoid these misunderstandings and ensures all parties are pulling in the right direction.”

African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement to set Africa Free

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With some sectors and businesses returning to work under level 3 of Lockdown regulations in South Africa, it appears that business is ready to jump back into the saddle. However, amid all the ongoing crisis and stay at home orders world-wide, it’s best to make the most of the time by understanding present public policy debates, economics and market behaviors at the moment. The Covid19 period was the best educator on how different industries are affected by changes; and how marketers need to mend some ways to counter the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the near future.

In fact, over and above the rapid impact COVID-19 has had on how we conduct business, the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) policy debate is at the centre and to be considered as a significant propeller of growth.

According to the African Trade Report 2019, Africa has the potential to achieve great things, noting that its contribution to global trade remains marginal at 2.6 percent, and that, while intra-African trade rose to 18 percent in 2019 from 5 percent in 1980, it remains low compared to intra-regional trade in Europe and Asia.

The report highlights that AfCFTA is scheduled to launch sometime early 2021 and once completed will have a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of more than $2 trillion and 1.27 billion people. The AfCFTA promises significant gains for the continent: $16.1 billion in welfare gains, GDP growth of 1-3%, employment growth of 1.2%, intra-African trade growth of 33% and a 50% reduction in Africa’s trade deficit. It also promises lucrative potential for businesses and investors operating on the continent 90% of tariff-free trade across African markets, reduced trade barriers and liberalisation of services-trade. Whilst the targets seem to be far-fetched, the practicality of the strategies make for sound economic sense and to top it all, the political will is evident.

Africa for a very long time has been a consumer of foreign products and has been the biggest importers of foreign goods, but this is the time for Africa to consolidate efforts and trade amongst each other. A noble idea indeed and logical. This is the beauty of what the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement presents. Once fully implemented, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) states that AfCFTA aims to reshape the continent’s social, investment and trade arena in a fundamental manner. It lays the foundation for the African Customs Union, a cornerstone of the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063. The goal is the elimination of tariffs and other barriers to free trade, resulting in free movement of goods, services, investment and people.

Together with this significant potential, businesses and investors also need to account for some of the key challenges that they will face in fully leveraging this agreement. From a Pan African chamber of Commerce Innovation perspective, we believe there is a political will because there’s a consistent narrative on the free trade position for the African continent. African leaders seem to be really pushing for a free trade system for Africa. We also believe that ongoing digitalisation is paving the way for a new African economy, with e-commerce platforms and internet penetration expediting transactions, reducing costs and leading to a new generation of transnational digital consumers. African governments need to capitalise on the opportunities associated with digitalisation, by bolstering regulatory environments and supporting the development of digital ecosystems.

We are one Africa and therefore we should be one market and this is can be a lucrative market compared to the each country battle for left overs approach. Africa as one market with the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement in full swing will represent one of the greatest trading areas since the beginning of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). It will create a single market for goods and services, facilitated by the movement of people to deepen the economic integration of the African continent, and in accordance with the pan-African vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa” enshrined in Agenda 2063. This is one way the Pan African Chamber of Commerce believes can help leapfrog and position the continent for global competitive advantage post COVID-19. However, we first need ground-breaking and Innovative ideas and solutions that can address socio economic challenges Africa is likely to face as a result of COVID-19 and beyond.

We need to review how we are structured as a continent. Gone are the days of merely being a minerals supplier to the rest of the world. For a continent as big as Africa, we need to focus on industrialization in order to provide for goods and services to be traded amongst each other. Even beyond trading amongst each other, in the near future there is an opportunity to scale production capacity in order to trade with the world.

Crucial to the implementation of AFCTA will be investment in infrastructure, telecoms, make sure that the trade routes are operational and optimal. African Innovation will be core to developing industries, and will enable able solutions and innovation that suits the African market that in turn will help create new job opportunities for our people. This will in turn improve the economy, improve the standard and quality of life for our people which will result in Africa as a continent improving and upgrading its position in the global market place.

In terms of Intellectual Property (IP) we need to collaborate and harmonise our IP laws across different countries. Policies within the respective African countries will have to be enabling to ensure that the supply has the meeting local and continental demand. It’s good to note that some countries have started driving industrial policies that are accommodative.  

Many industries are suffering due to this global pandemic situation. For instance, travel industry suffered a major setback, per International Air Transport Association (IATA), global airlines may lose $113 billion in sales if the coronavirus continues to spread at the current rate. As policy makers, economists, none-profit organisations, private and public sectors together we know how to adapt per the changing scenarios and demands. This is what we have to do at the moment as well. This is one way where the African continent can fast- track its development and comparative advantage in the market place. African countries can take this risk in order to realise their idea or vision to change their comparative advantage. The continent can build a comparative advantage from an idea. However, it is important to note that this requires intelligent international policies and effort through research, training and human capital. 

To be a great leader, you need to start by leading yourself

Most people go into top positions with good intentions, but those often crumble due to the demands — and perks — of the job. If you want to succeed, devote some time and energy to self-leadership, says consultant Lars Sudmann.

Being a leader is a little like being a parent, says Lars Sudmann, a former corporate executive, in a TEDxUCLouvain Talk. Beforehand, we have all these rosy visions of how we’re going to do it, how incredible we’re going to be, and how we’ll sidestep the mistakes that we see other people make.

But when it’s our turn to assume the role, we find that reality doesn’t match our expectations or imaginations. Sudmann, for example, believed that he would ace his first leadership role. Then, he held his first major staff meeting, an employee asked a question about the company’s email signature, and the proceedings — and his command of them — completely fell apart.

After some months, Sudmann realized he was fighting against certain entrenched factors that keep all leaders from improving. Like many in the working world, leaders have too much to do and not enough time to do it; desperate to look effective, they race around like headless chickens and don’t clearly think through their priorities and strategies; and being in a position of power causes them to assume that the people beneath them will take care of a lot of problems.

Sudmann, now a management consultant in Belgium, found a potential solution to these “classic leadership problems” in Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher. Rather than spending his time trying to learn to rally and guide others, Marcus Aurelius focused a surprising amount of his energy on mastering self-leadership. Sudmann also came across an instructive quote from Dee Hock, the founder of the Visa credit card: “If you look to lead, invest at least 40 percent of your time managing yourself.”

Sudmann has found this orientation tremendously helpful — first, as a leader and, more recently, as someone who helps other leaders succeed. Below, he breaks down three actions that go into self-leadership.

Be aware of your shortcomings

Leaders need to know all of their biases, predilections and weaknesses. It’s crucial information for a boss to have, but it’s not always easy for them to receive such feedback from their colleagues and underlings. Even when they’re told they won’t face retribution or punishment for their comments, many people still find it difficult to offer genuine criticism.

Instead, try what Sudmann calls the “character traits check.” Think of someone you’ve worked with who — in your opinion or the opinion of trusted colleagues — was a bad leader or boss. What were the things they did that caused those negative judgements of them? Next, ask yourself: Do you share any of those behaviors? Then, says Sudmann, give yourself a score for 1 to 5 (1 being you don’t really share the behavior to 5 being you share it to the nth degree).

Perhaps you had a leader who kept important information away from her employees, which made it difficult for everyone below her to do their jobs. Or, maybe you had had a micromanager? A yeller? Someone who played favorites — and let everyone know it? You probably also experienced leaders whose actions were less dramatic or egregious but still detrimental. Maybe they were a vague communicator? Or they always told you they’d get back to you “later” but “later” somehow never arrived?

Don’t be surprised if some of their behaviors hit home with you. “What we find bad in others very often resonates with ourselves,” says Sudmann. After you identify your potential areas of improvement, make a plan for how you’ll work on them. Try to do a character traits check every month.

Engage in daily reflection

Every day, take 5- 10 minutes to think about the challenges you’ve recently handled and the ones you’ll soon face. While Marcus Aurelius was fond of reflecting in the evening, Sudmann likes doing this over morning coffee. Questions to pose include: “How did my leadership go yesterday? How would the leader I’d like to be have faced the challenges I faced? What about my challenges today? What could I do differently?” Write down your thoughts so you can refer back to them and learn from them.

Regulate your feelings

No matter how much preparation and reflection you put in, there will be employees, colleagues, clients and associates who anger, frustrate or annoy you. Sudmann candidly admits there will be “all these moments you face as a leader when you think, “Argh! Stop doing this!”

That’s where the practice of “reframing” comes in. When those teeth-grinding times occur, suggests Sudmann, “stop and ask yourself … on a scale from 1 to 10, how important is this issue right now?”

You should engage with 9s and 10s right away, but you’ll find that many things which shatter your calm will be of lesser importance. With anything that’s a 6 or lower, either excuse yourself physically (“I need to take a quick break; be right back”) or figuratively (“Let me take a minute to go over what you’ve said”). Then, give yourself a moment to think: “How would the leader I aspire to be handle this situation?” The answer will come to you.

The Unexpected Turn Of Events Of This Couple After Forty Years

The love story of Bobby and Cheryl Love would be considered beautiful, but it was not really on the romantic side. The couple had lived with each other for forty straight years. Because of this, most people might seek their advice about the secret of a good and happy marriage. It did seem that the two had everything figured out. But that was just what we saw on the surface. There was one thing about Bobby’s past that Cheryl had zero ideas about. And once she found out the truth from the most unlikely source, everything had started to change.After 40 Years Of Being Married, Woman Finds Out From The FBI Who Her Husband Really Is

After 40 Years Of Being Married, Woman Finds Out From The FBI Who Her Husband Really Is

On one of the mornings of January 2015, Cheryl rose up from bed while she let her husband sleep some more. She began with her typical and usual morning routine. She did not expect to hear a knock from her door. During one of her interviews with the Humans of New York, Cheryl said, “I opened it slowly and saw the police standing there.”

Not Your Typical Morning

“Crazy Lady”

Bobby and Cheryl Love had a “crazy lady” who lived just next to them for a few years now. The police frequently checked on their neighbor. Because of this, Cheryl thought that the people standing outside her house got the wrong address.

Asking For His Name

The men who rushed into her residence wore vests with the recognizable letters F, B, and I (FBI). She only grew more confused with what was happening and had entirely no idea what these men were doing in her house.

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Cheryl was already shaken up. In an interview, she said, “They went straight back to the bedroom, and walked up to Bobby.” She heard the FBI agents ask her husband, “What’s your name?” And his husband softly muttered, “Bobby Love.”

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US police labelled the most violent among developed countries; Here’s the data

Sometimes people fail to recognize someone’s responsibility to his Nation. Life matters and a lot.

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Enough.

That’s the message from many of the protesters who have filled American cities for nearly two weeks, demanding justice for the death of George Floyd and seeking to end a litany of police killings of black Americans.

The protests have rippled across the United States and throughout the world, with activists streaming through the streets of many capital cities in solidarity with the movement.Floyd was just one of the many Americans killed by police officers each year. But in other developed countries, such incidents are rare.Statistical comparisons show that police in the US typically shoot, arrest and imprison more people than similarly developed nations.

Each nation listed below either accompanies the US in the G7 group of the world’s most advanced economies, or is ranked similarly on global wealth, freedom and democracy indexes. But when it comes to policing and criminal justice, the US is a noticeable outlier, and black Americans are disproportionately…

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How Do You Abandon Your Degree For A Man? — Reactions As Davido Allegedly Cheats On Chioma

Is it acceptable, For me No, Education First? What about you?

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There is no argument that the relationship between Nigerian music superstar David Adeleke otherwise known as Davido and his third baby mama Chioma Avril Rowland is shaking.

Amid speculations over fears their relationship could hit the rocks, Davido has proven to be one that could hardly live and infidelity-free life.

You would recall that an Instagram blogger, Gist Merchant who has insider gave a vivid account of how Davido impregnated a UK based Makeup artist born of Angolan descent, Larissa Lorenco, making her his 4thfourth baby mama.

On top of that, Larissa is said to have delivered a baby boy for Davido adding another male child to Ifeanyi, son of Chioma.

It is insightful to note that Chioma who was in pursuing her tertiary education where she was studying Economics dropped out of school because of Davido.

An Instagram user is still trying to wrap his mind around…

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Mobile money transactions hit UGX 7.2 trillion

 Mobile money transactions hit the Shillings 7.2 trillion in March 2020 from Shillings 3.4 trillion in 2016. The Finance Minister Matia Kasaija disclosed this while presenting the 2020/2021 financial year budget estimates to parliament.

He explained that the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector performed well since internet users have increased from 7.5 million in 2016 to 11 million in March 2020.

Kasaija also revealed that the total telephone subscriptions which constitute 60 percent mobile subscriptions increased from 21 million in 2016 to 28 million in January 2020. He added that the national backbone infrastructure now covers 49 districts, 480 ministries, agencies and local governments and 7 border posts.

“The monthly average unit cost of internet bandwidth for one megabite per second (1Mbps) on the backbone has reduced from US Dollars 300 to US Dollars 70. The 500-seater ICT Innovation Hub at Nakawa was also completed during the year. Furthermore, 172 ICT Innovators were supported under the National ICT Initiatives Programme (NIISP) to develop e-solutions. Some of their software applications have been used for business continuity during the coronavirus lockdown,” he said.

Kasaija also said that Posta Uganda launched community information centers in Kitgum, Kasese, Moroto and Mubende to enhance the provision of information on government services and programs. He also said Posta Uganda successfully implemented the International Postal System (IPS) at 48 district post offices enabling improvement in international and national operational efficiency in timely exchange of post.

In regard to power, Kasaija said the country continues to make long strides in developing economic infrastructure. He revealed that the country’s electricity generation capacity now stands at 1,254 megawatts with the completion of the 42 mega watt Agago-Achwa II, the 76 mega watt Kyambura and the 5.9 mega watt Ndugutu power projects.

“The 183 Mega Watt Isimba Power Project and its transmission lines were commissioned and the 600 Mega Watt Karuma Power Project is 98 percent complete and is due for commissioning in November 2020. The Karuma – Kawanda Transmission Line is also 82 percent complete. Construction of Nyagak III Power Project also resumed in May 2019,” he added.

He also noted that the electrification of industrial parks has progressed with the commissioning of the Mukono and Iganga industrial parks sub-stations. “Under the Rural Electrification programme, 14,820 kilometres of medium-voltage power lines and 10,280 kilometres of low voltage distribution power lines have been constructed. Since we launched the free Electricity Connections Policy in November 2018, 277,500 rural households have been connected with a target to connect 300,000 rural households annually,” Kasaija explained.

BUDGET: Gov’t to cut billions off travel, focus on agriculture

2020/21 financial year budget to be read on today

Kampala, Uganda Government will announce a cut of billions of shillings off travel and conferences and ensure that ministries, departments and agencies become efficient as it faces limited funding to run the 2020/21 financial year budget to be read on Thursday.

Also, the government will seek to use agriculture as a resilient sector that will anchor the country’s growth next financial year as uncertainty over coronavirus crisis lingers on.

Margaret Kakande, the head of the Budget Monitoring Unit (BMAU) at the Ministry of Finance said the government will step back on sectors like tourism, giving it limited resources because it is now next to impossible to attract any visitors.

The tourism sector will be allocated 197 billion Shillings, a slight improvement from 193 billion Shillings in the 2019/20 financial despite it being the most battered by the effects of COVID-19. Kakande said that the government has cut billions off all ministries’ travel budget both for inland and foreign trips.

This started early from April with most agencies having their travel budgets cut to ‘zero’. Kakande said this will continue with the new financial year. Travel for different officials takes more than 100 billion Shillings in a particular financial year.

The budget which is expected to be at least 45.5 trillion Shillings will look to address three things – support the recovery from the coronavirus crisis, disaster-prone areas and then bear in mind of the 2021 general election.

Finance Minister Matia Kasaija will announce the biggest allocations to works and transport, security, interest payments, education and health in that order.

Works and Transport in particular will be allocated 5.8 trillion Shillings accounting for 12.5 percent of the budget. This is a slight drop from the 6.4 trillion Shillings the sector got in the 2019/20 financial year. Still it taking the biggest chunk is an indicator that the government hasn’t moved away from its focus on roads despite having a health pandemic. Kakande said some of the projects have been committed and it’s a legal obligation that the government continues paying them.

Security will be allocated 4.5 trillion Shillings but much of this money is classified. Interest payments, the money government pays to lenders for lending their money will be 4 trillion Shillings up from 3 trillion Shillings last year while the Health sector will get 2.7 trillion Shillings a slight improvement from the 2.5 trillion in the 2019/20 budget.

Kasaija will also announce a wide range cut in taxes in the push to recover from the coronavirus crisis but also appear to appease the 2021 general election voters. These include most agriculture inputs, cooking gas and processed milk.

Allan Mugisha, an auditor at Ernst and Young, said some of these cuts are good for the environment and boost the agriculture production. Of interest in the budget will be the source of funding. Kakande said domestic taxes and international taxes have been cut by the closure of businesses, borders and limited consumption.

She said they don’t expect a lot of grants from donors as their own countries are also suffering from coronavirus impact.

The major source of funding will be borrowing, she said. According to figures presented by Ernst and Young, the government will borrow up to 11 trillion Shillings from external sources for the 2020/21 budget. It expects grants of 1.7 trillion Shillings.

The money will go to both budget and project support.  The government hopes to raise 33 trillion Shillings from domestic sources.

COVID-19: CAA losing 500m UGX daily from Entebbe airport lockdown

Bombadier CEO and Vice President with CAA and National Airlines Board Chairpersons pose for a picture with President Yoweri Museveni.

Kampala, UgandaThe Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said it has lost atleast 534 million shillings daily due to the lockdown of Entebbe Airport.

According to the CAA Deputy Executive Director Fred Bamwesigye, on a daily, before April 2020, they were generating revenue of between 16 billion and 17 billion shillings monthly, but that figure has now drastically dropped to less than a billion shillings a month due to the lockdown.

Bamwesigye was on Wednesday appearing before the Parliamentary committee on National Economy to present a statement on the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Aviation industry.

As a result of the lockdown, CAA has for the last 70 Days from April lost atleast 37 billion shillings.

According to Bamwesigye, Ugandas Air traffic has reduced from 136,338 passengers in the month of April 2019 to only 987 (emergency cases) passegers in April 2020.    

The number of Aircraft movement has also reduced from  2,469 in April 2019 to 241 in April 2020. Imports and Exports have also declined from 2,291 and 3,230 tonnes respectively in April 2019 to 1,893 and 993 tonnes in 2020 respectively.

He says the suspension of flights at Entebbe Airport has affected duty free shops, restaurants, Airport taxi operators, fuel farms and ground handlers among others. He says as a result of the lockdown, CAA which employs 1,360 people has sent some people to work from home.

Bamwesigye says that 40 % of their workforce is employed on site, while 60% are working from home and on call when they are needed. On resumption, CAA says they are waiting on the Directive of the President, but return to normalcy will take about 18 months pending on the finalization of a cure of COVID-19.

He says CAA has also already received applications from Airlines to resume operations and Government should look into that. They have called for adequate stimulus to ensure the industry gets back to operations.

THE BUDGET: Uganda budget speech 2020-2021

Minister heading to read his budget today. PHOTO PARLIAMENT UGANDA MEDIA

Kampala, Uganda  The Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija is this afternoon reading his budget speech for 2020-2021.

Government will announce a cut of billions of shillings off travel and conferences and ensure that ministries, departments and agencies become efficient as it faces limited funding to run the 2020/21 financial year budget. The estimates were approved by parliament in April. (see background to budget bottom)

In the measures, government will seek to use agriculture as a resilient sector that will anchor the country’s growth next financial year as uncertainty over coronavirus crisis lingers on.

The tourism sector will be allocated 197 billion Shillings, a slight improvement from 193 billion Shillings in the 2019/20 financial despite it being the most battered by the effects of COVID-19. Government is expected to cut billions off all ministries’ travel budget both for inland and foreign trips.

The budget which is expected to be at least 45.5 trillion Shillings will look to address three things – support the recovery from the coronavirus crisis, disaster-prone areas and then bear in mind of the 2021 general election.

Finance Minister Kasaija will announce the biggest allocations to works and transport, security, interest payments, education and health in that order.

Works and Transport in particular will be allocated 5.8 trillion Shillings accounting for 12.5 percent of the budget. This is a slight drop from the 6.4 trillion Shillings the sector got in the 2019/20 financial year. Still it taking the biggest chunk is an indicator that the government hasn’t moved away from its focus on roads despite having a health pandemic. Kakande said some of the projects have been committed and it’s a legal obligation that the government continues paying them.

Security will be allocated 4.5 trillion Shillings but much of this money is classified. Interest payments, the money government pays to lenders for lending their money will be 4 trillion Shillings up from 3 trillion Shillings last year while the Health sector will get 2.7 trillion Shillings a slight improvement from the 2.5 trillion in the 2019/20 budget.

Kasaija will also announce a wide range cut in taxes in the push to recover from the coronavirus crisis but also appear to appease the 2021 general election voters. These include most agriculture inputs, cooking gas and processed milk.

BLACK LIVES MATTER: ‘Stop the pain’, George Floyd’s brother tells US Congress

After testifying to Congress, Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, marched with others near the White House to protest police brutality and racism

Washington, United States  The brother of George Floyd, whose killing by police sparked worldwide protests against racism made an emotional plea on Wednesday to the US Congress to “stop the pain” and pass reforms that make officers accountable for brutality.

One day after burying his brother in Houston, Philonise Floyd appeared in person before a House hearing, where he described the anguish of watching a viral video of George’s death and demanded lawmakers act to fix law enforcement problems including systemic racism.

“I’m here to ask you to make it stop. Stop the pain,” the younger Floyd said.

“I can’t tell you the kind of pain you feel when you watch… your big brother, who you looked up to your whole entire life, die — die begging for his mom,” he said.

“He didn’t deserve to die over $20,” he said, referring to his brother’s alleged effort to use a counterfeit bill before his arrest.

“I’m asking you: is that what a black man is worth, $20?” Floyd asked. “This is 2020. Enough is enough.”

Floyd, who wore an anti-virus mask bearing an image of his brother, wiped his forehead and fought back tears as he implored lawmakers to “listen to the call” he and protesters were making for justice.

“Maybe by speaking with you today, I can make sure that his death will not be in vain.”

After the hearing, fist raised, he joined demonstrators on the streets outside the White House demanding justice and police reforms.

“There is systemic racism not just in our law enforcement but also in housing, education, and everything we do,” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden tweeted after the hearing.

“We have to do the hard work to end it.”

– ‘The pain of America’ –

George Floyd, 46, died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25, when a white officer, who has since been charged with murder, pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

Protests — some violent, most peaceful — erupted nationwide in some of the most serious US civil unrest in generations.

Lawmakers united in expressions of sorrow and support for Floyd, with longtime House Republican Jim Sensenbrenner telling him: “The pain of your brother I think has become the pain of America.”

The five-hour-plus hearing came after congressional Democrats unveiled a package of reforms this week aimed at ending police brutality.

The legislation would ban chokeholds, make it easier to prosecute officers for abuse, require anti-racism training and bar fired personnel from working in police forces in other districts.

It would also restrict police departments’ use of qualified immunity, which shields officers from being held personally responsible for wrongdoing.

“If there is no accountability,” Floyd family lawyer Benjamin Crump said, police brutality and other abuse “will keep happening.”

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler said that while most cops were decent and law-abiding, there was a “systemic problem” in law enforcement that requires comprehensive solutions.

“The nation demands and deserves meaningful change,” Nadler said.

– Killers ‘will face justice’ –

With lawmakers agreeing on the need for a genuine discussion about police treatment of African Americans, several Republicans including Jim Jordan expressed their desire to enact reforms.

“It’s as wrong as wrong can be,” Jordan told Philonise Floyd about George’s death, “and your brother’s killers will face justice.”

Lawmakers heard too from the sister of a security officer who recently died in Oakland, California, in a shooting blamed on protesters.

“We will never solve generational, systemic injustice with looting, burning, destruction of property and killing in the name of justice,” said Angela Underwood Jacobs, who extended her condolences to Floyd’s brother.

She also described as “ridiculous” calls by leftist activists to “defund the police,” an effort that has been attacked by President Donald Trump and Republicans as dangerous and misguided.

Tensions rose during an exchange between House Democrat Hakeem Jeffries and Dan Bongino, a conservative radio host and former Secret Service officer.

Jeffries noted how several white accused mass murderers were arrested without incident while many unarmed black Americans have been killed in police encounters.

“I don’t know why you’re making a racial thing of it,” Bongino said.

“Because black lives matter, sir,” Jeffries said, shooting Bongino a withering look.

“Yeah, all lives matter, sir,” Bongino countered.

Meanwhile in Minneapolis, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said he was launching reforms to provide “a new paradigm of peacekeeping” for the community.

The move is an apparent bid to appease the city council which recently pledged to dismantle the police force.

When your partner wants to abstain until marriage

In Summary

  • Relationships. For a long time, there have been debates on the appropriate time to have sex. Many argue that having sex before marriage does not affect you in any way while others say it does. But what happens when one partner refuses to wait?

Relationships have for long been said to be a fragile matter and in as much as technology is changing so fast, hence trying to pull everything with it, some things remain unchanged. With marriage in mind, many wonder if sex before marriage is okay while others think it is not fine. So, where does one draw the line?
If people with varying thought lines are in a relationship, what happens? Do we get married to satisfy our desires?

Do we split because we are not compatible?
Evelyn C Kharono Lufafa, a counselling psychologist, says courtship is a time when a man and woman get to know each other and develop their relationship before getting married. “Generally speaking, this is when the good feelings of love towards each other are at the peak hence a tricky time for the intending couple. The need to be together is so intense and seeing that our bodies are sexual by nature, if put to extreme temptation, you may fail to stay in control. This puts the couple in a compromising state of thinking that sex is the only way of showing how much you love your partner,” Kharono shares.

Putting marriage into perspective, Beatrice Balitenda Kakembo, a counsellor and sex therapist at Inspirations Counselling and Parenting Empowerment Services, says regarding when to have sex, the obvious and usual answer would be to wait and have it after the wedding! “But one needs to ask, “why after the wedding?” as there are several reasons why one may vouch for that,” she shares. Could it be that it is a moral or religious issue? Is one a virgin and wants to keep their virginity until their wedding day? Or is someone trying to hide a sexual problem which if revealed before the wedding could be disastrous to the relationship? Could it be fear of sex now?
Quality of your relationship
There is also need to evaluate the quality of relationship you have, look at how long you have known each other, why you love each other, and how you met to start the relationship.

More to that, have you thoroughly, openly and sincerely talked about your sexuality, why can’t one wait till the wedding, what is the motive to want sex now, how has the party that desires sex before marriage handled this sexual thing before, and so much more.
“There are 1001 questions to be asked when this is the scenario as they help in coming up with a conclusive answer,” the counsellor mentions.
Think of the long-term
Kharono also shares that having it at the back of your mind that you will eventually be together for many years is another way of bearing the waiting time. “There are other ways of showing each other love such as holding hands, sightseeing together and many others that will not compromise your set target,” she mentions.

Set boundaries
While sometimes that may fail, Kharono urges couples to support one another through setting up boundaries for meeting places as well as time so that you do not put yourselves in compromising situations which will make you get resentful feelings, especially for the partner who values waiting to have sex only after marriage.
Kharono also mentions that this waiting period is the most important for a couple that is intending to get married as they have to discuss the future, kind of family they would like to have and more so the marriage preparations.
“Therefore, to avoid anything that will destabilise or put an end to the future, the two people need to also engage in other energy draining activities such as swimming, and aerobics besides thinking about each other all the time. They could also find a charity activity such that this keeps them actively engaged in other activities too,” she advises.

Communication
Communication during this time is also important as it is good to keep it open and understand why you need to wait for marriage and how this impacts on your relationship as well. “The more you speak freely about the topic of having to wait for a good cause such as marriage, the stronger you become by working together to keep your promise to each other. Remember this is the most difficult thing to do even for a good professed Christian and so the need to keep looking forward to the marriage day by supporting each other through open communication,” she says.

EDUCATION: Have learners gained much from TV/Radio lessons?

I work with learners of all ages and sometimes when you want to make an assessment of a decision taken for the learner, you ask the learner themselves.

Ask them simple questions like, what did you study today? Have you read a book today? What about the lessons on TV, do you like them? You are bound to get some insight into how they are fairing and what needs to be improved or removed. Has anyone bothered to ask learners if this is really working?

Educational media is a strong tool whose teaching and learning compliments traditional approaches to learning. It engages learners or students and aids retention of knowledge. However you must bear in mind that for most learners, teachers and parents, this was a new venture.

This project is difficult to implement especially for lower primary pupils, who have never experienced audio-visual learning at an earlier stage.The positive results are bound to be minimal.

Attention span/ learning pace
We live in a visual world, and for pupils/students today, the concentration span during a lesson is more likely to be lower than when this same pupil/student, is watching the Thundermans’ on nickelodeon or a soap/series for the older students. I talked to a colleague at work who is a parent to both O and A level students. I asked if they were watching any of TV lessons.

He said one of the students was very interested and wouldn’t miss a lesson while he had to plead with the other. The latter has no interest in television and has no capacity to sit and listen to a radio, besides his lessons are scheduled for the afternoon when he is out playing football with his friends.

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The times allotted for these lessons on the different radio/TV stations were dictated by the stations regardless of the child’s capacity to grasp chemistry at 4pm.

The ministry assumed that learners would grasp at their own pace which is a good idea however, learning pace is mired by a few hiccups like failure to complete homework, concentration span, and the TV is needed by many others, lack of no on-spot challenge from the teacher who may also not be appealing to the student , no follow through by many parents who in this season have other concerns or who do not have these gadgets and who cannot access material from districts.

There are those among us who have taken these lessons seriously. Take for instance the parents who ensure that their children attend the TV/radio lessons and also work on t he packages sent by school making sure to send the work back to the schools for assessment and record keeping. Then there are those who have for one reason or another not been very vigilant about the who studying from home initiative.

This means that when schools eventually open, there will be two kinds of learners, those who continued learning and those whose learning ended the day schools were locked down. I wonder how this will be dealt with?

Media as an instrument for education can only be effective if ICT/ Visual/audio learning is given a foundation at the earlier stages of learning because this medium entails concentration, discipline and interest on the side of the learner.

The teacher or tutor with a few illustrations staged straight out of a classroom in his school, who talks hurriedly and does not own his lesson or his studio as a class because he was not trained on how to operate in this kind of environment becomes a personality chosen to do a duty, but without presentation and passion

Racism: US cop kills Black man with his knee and Ugandan digs in

I am fortunate to have a couple of clever friends, who travel not to sightsee, but to learn. They read non-fiction books, watch too much international TV news, and don’t miss a conference where people doing ground-breaking things are speaking.

Several of them are Ugandans. Now, there is something about Ugandans – they pay attention and are interested in regional and general geopolitical issues in ways that you don’t find in equal measure in most parts of our Africa. I have always had this suspicion that many of them aren’t even aware that they are different in that way.

There are several reasons for it, the first being that in this region, Uganda was the first post-independence “exile nation”, beginning with the 1966 troubles when the Milton Obote government attacked the Lubiri and the Buganda Kingdom, setting off a chain of refugees and exiles that has, really, never stopped. Two generations of Ugandans have now lived with part of them outside the country, and they have had to be outward-looking to connect with it.

Secondly, even counting in the short-lived Tito Okello and Bazilio Okellos, Ugandan leaders have always had an external gaze. Idi Amin, was big on liberating Palestinians from Zionists (got him in trouble with the ill-judged hostage situation that led to the humiliating 1976 Entebbe raid by Israeli commandos), and he used to stage mock military drills liberating South Africa from racism and fascism.

He derided imperialists daily. Obote was an internationalist, and President Yoweri Museveni has been loudly pan-Africanist, and has played his hand, sometimes with disastrous consequences (DR Congo), and sometimes with laudable results (Rwanda, South Sudan, Somalia, South Africa).

The result is that very many people know or have family who have been involved in these theatres and stories, and awareness about other countries’ politics and their history of struggle is nearly as mainstream as folk tales.

THE GENERAL: Kasirye Ggwanga shook the tent but never pointed at circus master

NYESIGA NABOTH AND MFITUNDINDA EZERA

In Summary

  • This cynicism about the ‘patriotism’ of the regime is one he would repeat in several subsequent media interviews.
  • Like the other senior officer above, Gen Ggwanga, who died this week, learnt to see the system the way it really was, not the way he wanted it to be.

A story is told of a senior military officer who was asked, in private and among trusted friends, why he is almost always silent about any of the regime felonies or misdemeanours.
The officer in question is one of the relatively few who had an education of note before joining the war, and is, therefore, considered to have a head on his shoulders. His answer was not long in coming.

He reminded his audience that there was a time, after the regime had taken power, when he tried to play by the rules by being honest and respectful of the rules. It had got him nowhere. In fact, he said, it had got him into trouble, presenting him as one of those who “spoke too much English” and “thought they were better than others”.
The officer licked his wounds dry and waited for penance. When it came and he once again found a spot at the feeding trough, he took a vow of silence. Never again would he look up from the trough and conduct himself in the undignified manner of those who speak with food in their mouth. It is not even African!

And boy, did he keep his vows. Over the years, the only noises that emerged from him did only when it appeared like he was being barged away from the feeding trough. But as long as the maize bran rolled and he was able to take the bacon home, Mr Officer ran his mouth like a silent maize mill.

He isn’t the only one. Over time, the eager fighters that brought the NRA to power split up into two broad groups. One believed in the cause and saw the shortcomings as teething problems or as the inevitable hurdles of State building, so they stayed the course and went away quietly when their time came.
The other came to see it as a façade for a narrow, corrupt, ethnically chauvinist power-hungry elite in which they were mere appendages. Some went away quietly, others continue to shout themselves hoarse over it. The fence separating the two broad camps had many holes and many have spent the last three decades crossing back-and-forth.

The difference with Maj Gen Kasirye Ggwanga was that he was publicly honest about it. It was hard not to be; he had fought in the Uganda Army under Idi Amin, suffered as a prisoner of war under Obote, then closely studied and hobnobbed with the various rebel formations that emerged, before throwing in his lot with the NRA.
In an interview with this newspaper 16 years ago, he confessed that he had joined the rebellion after Obote’s soldiers killed his elder brother, an airforce veteran, in February 1982. “That is why I went to the bush. Forget about this [expletive] patriotism; it doesn’t work with me.”

This cynicism about the ‘patriotism’ of the regime is one he would repeat in several subsequent media interviews. These interviews often coincided with moments of friction between the Maj Gen and the law or the regime and had the same intended effect of grunts during argy-bargy at the feeding trough.
When things were quiet, and there was no shoving, and all animals were happy, if not equal, he retreated from view and managed himself and what we saw as his eccentricities but could perhaps have been post-traumatic stress disorder, in the relative solitude of his Camp David farm.

How government will finance Shs45 trillion budget

THURSDAY JUNE 11 2020

Finance minister Matia Kasaija displays the

Finance minister Matia Kasaija displays the Budget briefcase last year. PHOTO / RACHEL MABALA 

In Summary

  • Last month, the President announced that the country had lost $1.3 billion worth of remittances from abroad due to covid-19 pandemic.

In his pre-election year budget, Finance minister Matia Kasaija will internally raise up to Shs32.97 trillion to fund part of the spending pressures in the 2020/21 financial year. The balance of Shs12.52 trillion will come from external sources such as loans and grants.
According to figures approved by Parliament in April, the election- year budget has increased by 12.3 per cent compared to the Shs40.5 trillion appropriated for the current financial year.

Internally, the government intends to raise Shs21.7 trillion from domestic revenues while Shs3.5 trillion will come from domestic financing to recapitalise Banks of Uganda.
The government also intends to raise another Shs7.4 trillion for debt re-financing and an additional Shs215.6 billion will from local revenue for local governments.

External budget support
From the external sources, Mr Kasaija projects that Shs2.9 trillion will come from budget support and another Shs9.6trillion will come from project support.
Budget support is a method of financing the budget through a transfer of resources from an external financing agency to the partner government’s national treasury.
Budget support, according to Ministry of Finance spokesperson Jim Mugunga, is a package of financing, conditionality, policy dialogue and technical assistance. It may be provided either as general budget support (GBS) or as sector budget support (SBS). GBS supports the implementation of a National Development Plan III, while SBS supports the implementation of a sector-development programme.
The government intends to fund the budget by 72.5 per cent while 27.5 per cent will come from the external pool. The government used to rely on donor money to finance the budget but the situation has since improved.

Traditionally, Mr Mugunga explained that donors have provided aid either through the financing of specific projects (project aid), which often involved direct participation in their design and implementation, or through providing support to the recipient government’s budget (conditional budget support) while imposing conditionality on how to allocate the available resources.
With economy and businesses struggling to remain afloat due to Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Kasaija and the Uganda Revenue Authority face an uphill task ahead. Tax and related revenue sources are projected to nose-dive due to the slow pace of recovery in the private sector, especially for the tourism and hospitality, the country’s major revenue drivers.

From the external sources, the country is likely to suffer slow remittances from migrant workers abroad as well as development finance partners. Last month, the President announced that the country had lost $1.3 billion worth of remittances from abroad due to covid-19 pandemic.
Government has since unveiled a stimulus package for struggling businesses even as experts say the measures are too inadequate to cushion both the economy and tax payers.
Parliament has already noted with concern that the country’s total domestic revenue (inclusive of Local Government Revenue) in the 2020/21 financial year accounts for only 48.2 per cent of the projected resource envelope, leaving the country with unsolved shortfalls.