19 UPDF Generals retired, advised to invest carefully.

retirees at the dinner at State house Entebbe on Monday.

President Yoweri Museveni and Commander-in-Chief of Uganda Armed Forces has advised the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) retirees to invest their retirement package wisely and create a base for themselves in civilian life.

The President was on Monday evening speaking at a farewell party he hosted at State House, Entebbe for 19 retiring UPDF Generals who have served the country for a period of between 30 to 45 years.

The retirees included Generals Joram Mugume, Nathan Mugisha, Jim Willis Byarugaba, Samuel Turyagyenda, Timothy Mutebile Sabiiti, George Gyagenda Kibirango, Matthias Sewankambo, John Baptist Mulindwa, David Kaboyo, Francis Achoka Ongom, Emmanuel Musinguzi, John Charles Anywar, Sam Kakuru, Adolf Sserwadda, Ramadhan Kyamulesire, Charles Wacha Angulo, John Mugogo Tumwebaze, Kenneth Ocen Obwot, and John Mary Kaganda.

The colorful ceremony that was graceful with music played by the UPDF Band, President Museveni handed over certificates of recognition and field sticks among others to the Generals who were escorted by their families and thanked them for the years of serving and liberating Uganda. He also hosted them and their families to a dinner.

I remember Joram Mugume when attacking Kabamba in 1983. When we had no food, he linked us with his uncle who gave us a cow that helped us for a few days, he recalled.

He commended the Generals for having served and sacrificed for their country right from the beginning when they were being paid little or no salary. He noted that this was the reason why the Army has been able to grow on a very healthy foundation and why there is peace and rapid economy growth in the country.

If we first insisted on a good pay, the country would have no Army. Because we were able to provide security for our country, business has boomed. You now find people dying of rich-men diseases like gout. If countries like Somalia can also first start by having a volunteer army, they can be able to save their country,” he said.

The President advised the retirees to go back to their villages and teach people how to make money through farming as opposed to producing for their stomachs.

He also urged them to teach wananchi the need for regional integration saying that it was the only way that Africa would prosper and have an advantage as a big block.

“Things are moving very well in East Africa because they have agreed to create a confederation. If Africa does not establish a center of gravity for itself, it can be in very big trouble,” he added.

The Chief of the Defence Forces, Gen, David Muhoozi advised the retirees to find something worthwhile to do with their time.

“You retire from active service but you must also retain the image,” he said.

He disclosed that there would be a regional command that would keep in touch with the retirees to check on their well-being. He noted that the UPDF had been enabled to standardize and give a befitting send off to its retirees because because of the peaceful country and the economic growth.

On behalf of the retirees, Gen. Joram Mugume, expressed happiness that as they retired, the Army had achieved the original mission of keeping peace. He thanked the UPDF for being a disciplined Army and urged those still serving to keep focused on the country’s historical mission.

“I have memories of 1970 Cadet Course in Munduli, Tanzania and how tough it was. We returned to a hostile environment which later culminated into the 1986 guerilla war which I was part of,” he said.

He again thanked other retirees for having worked tirelessly for the liberation of Uganda.

Kenyan fishermen held in Uganda freed after paying $1,800 fine.

At least 30 Kenyan fishermen who were arrested by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) officials in Homa Bay County, western Kenya, on Saturday have been set free after paying a collective fine of Ksh180,000 ($1,800).

The fishermen, who were being detained on Hama Island in Uganda, were freed on Sunday night.

They were accused of trespass and use of illegal fishing gears in Lake Victoria.

According to Homa Bay County Beach Management Units Networks Chairman Edward Oremo, the fishermen were accused of using ice during fishing.

The ice increases the shelf life of fish, therefore enabling fishermen to stay in the lake for several days.

They were from various beaches in Suba North and Suba South sub-counties.

Mr Oremo reported that URA officers conducted a raid in Sare and Kiwa beaches in Suba South and confiscated five boats.

They arrested 15 fishermen from the two areas.

He added that the officers proceeded further to Suba North where they arrested 15 more fishermen and confiscated five other boats on Saturday.

More than 100 million Uganda shillings raised in Mbarara cancer run.

Run in action at Mbarara cancer run on Saturday.

More than 1,500 people on Saturday July 27th participated in the five-kilometre cancer run in Mbarara Town to create awareness about cancer among children and raise funds for treating the patients.

The run was organised by Global Health Collaborative (Uganda) in collaboration Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital (in the United States) and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).

At least Shs109m was raised by the participants and donors. Dr Howard Weinstein, Chief Pediatric Oncologist Massachusetts General Hospital who represented the institution, brought a contribution of $20,000 (about Shs 74 million) from the donors.

The money will be used to buy cancer medicines, care for children receiving cancer treatment and support the staff this year. The children cancer clinic at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) is registering the overwhelming number of children suffering from cancer.

Currently, 165 patients being managed at the clinic. The pediatric cancer ward was established in 2017 under Mbarara Regional Cancer Centre as an intervention to the challenge of cancer.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga early this month launched the eighth edition of the Rotary Cancer Run at the event held at Rotary-Centenary Bank Cancer centre at Nsambya Hospital.

This year’s run will be held on Sunday, 25 August at Kololo Independence grounds and in 40 other towns across the country.

The Managing Director of Centenary Bank, Fabian Kasi, also pledged to continue the support towards the Cancer Run.

“As Centenary Bank, we acknowledge the relationship we have had with Rotary Uganda for the last eight years. This year, we shall contribute UGX165 million and we believe this will go a long way in helping with the organisation of this year’s run,” he said.

BEACH SOCCER: The 8th UBSA Ordinary General Assembly confirmed.

UBSA delegates who attended last year’s AGM at JEVINE Hotel.

Ubsa general secretary has confirmed the date for its ordinary assembly to the media today at Fufa SIGs offices, Lungujja.The Ubsa 8th General Assembly will take place on Saturday 31st August 2019 at Fufa SIGs headquarters, Lungujja. 
The Assembly will focus mainly on the statutory obligations. Account to members and also present the activity report for the new season, 2019/20 together with the season budget. Members have already been notified and sent a reminder too in regard to the assembly business.
This years ordinary assembly is special in away that it must discuss extensively on the next years Afcon finals here in Uganda. Focus will be put on strategies to prepare ourselves in time. Ubsa the association mandated to run and manage the game of beach soccer in the territory of Uganda is strict on matters of governance. 
The release was made by the acting deputy ceo Ms. Sarah Birungi today during the quarterly press briefing at ubsa offices. She called upon all the delegates to mark the date.Members who have not cleared their annual membership subscription will not be allowed to attend the assembly.
Ubsa Excom meeting is on today Tuesday 23rd July 2019. Then tomorrow Wednesday will meet the leagues club officials at Fufa SIGs offices boardroom, Lungujja. 
Its mandatory to all FUFA members to hold their assemblies before the main FUFA general assembly takes place. Fufa ordinary general assembly will take place in September in Adjumani district, West Nile region.
Last years ubsa ordinary assembly was held at Jevine hotel, Rubaga in Kampala district. We expect the FUFA president to be the guest of honour.

Kisoro: Famous Lawyer Isaac Sendegeya shot dead.

Unidentified assailants have shot and killed Counsel Isaac Sendegeya, a partner from
Sendegeya and Company Advocates in Kisoro district.

Sendegeya 40, was killed last night at around 2:00 am at the door of his house in Nturo village Chihe parish Nyakinama Sub-county, after returning home from Kisoro town.

The Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson Elly Maate says that the deceased was shot from the back, he died instantly.

Mr Maate says that police recovered one cartridge from the scene while the body of the deceased is pending postmortem.

Mr Maate has asked the public to cooperate with police during the investigations so that the assailants are arrested and charged accordingly.

Area district counclor and vice chairman Kisoro district Ramadan Ndikuyeze urged police to keep people of the area by patrolling during night and government to reduce the number of from people.

WHY AFRICA MUST ELECT ENG. MOSES .H. MAGOGO.

WHY AFRICA MUST ELECT ENG. MOSES .H. MAGOGO AS EAST & CENTRAL CAF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER DURING THIS 41ST CAF GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Today football continental body go into elections to vote for executive members to represent their zones during the 41st CAF General Assembly in Cairo, Egypt.Uganda is represented in this assembly by FUFA’s vice presidents Justus Mugisha and Darius Mugoye together with the chief executive officer Edgar Watson Suubi.
This CAF General Assembly is very special for us as Uganda and the entire region. It holds the key for the game growth and game changer as well. Uganda has never gotten a representative to the CAF top decision making body until recently when CAF presented co-opted Eng Moses Magogo to the excom for two years.
However today’s decision of electing our own to the CAF executive committee for a period of four years will top most opportunity for us and entire region. He is an already tested and approved in terms of brilliance in football adminstration and planning. East & Central Africa this is the time for the game to get right representation at continental top decision making organ.
It will be prudently viable for the region  if they  unanimously vote for the best candidate in the names of Eng. Moses Magogo. His achievements are visible and self explanatory. Let’s build on them and develop our beautiful game of football in East & Central CAF zone.
Eng. Moses Magogo is contesting with his fellow East African Eng. Tenga from the united republic of Tanzania. For the good of the game, our brother Eng. Tenga should step down for the good of the region.
Voting is slated for this Thursday 18-07-2019 in Cairo, Egypt at 1pm.Uganda must today stand in solidarity towards the successful election of Eng. Moses Magogo.Today’s decision will mean a lot. Modern football requires modern and competent leaders like our very own Eng. Moses Magogo.
Let’s embrace and pray for his victory. His victory is Uganda’s victory and the entire region. 

MSNEWSUG LETTER: Golden opportunity for Uganda to host AFCON 2020 Beach soccer finals.

Having won the bid last year, Uganda gets a golden opportunity to host Africa’s elite beach soccer finals. This means a lot for the country as it comes with multiple opportunities. Ugandans must prepare early enough to reap from this.
Since inception, Uganda has never hosted any continental football finals and this becomes the first opportunity the Pearl of Africa is getting. Hosting Africa in Uganda should be translated into many opportunities for our people right away from merchandise sellers to hotel owners and transport companies.
International media will for the entire period of the tournament be focusing on Uganda. So as a country we must utilize this period to market ourselves positively internationally.
Beside promoting our tourism, corporate companies must utilize this time to showcase their products and encourage foreign buyers to buy.
This hosting comes a long with challenges of beach soccer facilities which am sure will at the end be a benefit.Let’s sell Uganda as the pearl of Africa. Our focus must now be on embracing this opportunity and work with Fufa to deliver a more successful event.
I happened to attend the last one in Egypt last year which was hosted by Sharm El Sheikh on the shores of Red sea. Let’s bring out Uganda’s cultures and traditions to the outside world during this period.
Emphasis should now be on our partners, government, other agencies to passionately support Fufa to deliver this wonderful tournament.Uganda is known for its hospitality and must vividly show this to our visiting delegation.
Hosting such tournament of this magnitude means having CAF executive here, FIFA delegation, Beach Soccer worldwide officials and regional sports fraternity all in Uganda for almost 3 months. All these are translated into foreign exchange opportunity, job creation and many more.
As a country, we must strategize early enough to tap into these opportunities. Remember its Africa in Uganda. Fufa is there to present an opportunity to Ugandans to exploit positively.Uganda last year failed to qualify to the finals in Egypt after being eliminated by Ivory Coast  1-3 in Entebbe & 4-4 in Abidjan.
Its now or never to bring out our potential. 2020 is our year. Let’s support the boys, let’s support FUFA, UBSA and our country. 

MSNEWSUG LETTER: GOVERNMENT MUST INVEST IN SPORTS INFRASTRUCTURE.

To realise maximum sports sector development, government must quickly look into development of sports infrastructure facilities to support the efforts of sports federations. We need at least regional stadia to effectively develop the youths potential in all regions of Uganda.
 Standard sports facilities must be elected in Jinja & Mbale for Eastern region, Soroti & Moroto for North East, then Mbarara & Kabale for Western, Fortportal & Hoima for Mid West while Lira & Gulu for northern and finally in Arua for West Nile.

Kakyeka stadium.


If such facilities are developed and spread across the country, would generate revenue to the country and also create a favourable climate for youths to engage in more viable ventures and mitigate the would be youths misuse in things like riots, crimes and other negative activities.
Uganda as the case is today can’t bid for continental competitions such as Afcon because it lacks standard infrastructures. Hosting international competitions wouldn’t only bring into the country foreign exchange but would also market itself to global tourism.
Let’s our policy makers think big. Uganda at its peaceful moment and massive infrastructure developments are going on, let’s not forget sports infrastructure that would make the sports sector a big  employment sector especially for youths.Efforts must be made in realisation of this.

Kabale municipal stadium.


Uganda Development Agency needs to critically look at the potential of the sports sector in creating opportunities for the youths who constitute the biggest proportion of the population in Uganda.English Premier League is the biggest revenue contributor in the English Economy, I believe we can do the same here if we plan well and have the sports sector well set.Its my opinion. Let’s join hands to make our point clear before the policy makers.

MSNEWSUG LETTER: WHY GOVERNMENT MUST INVEST MORE MONEY IN THE SPORTS SECTOR IN UGANDA.

Uganda is one of the few countries that is blessed with talents if well tapped would solve the challenge of youth unemployment. Sports industry in Uganda is a gold mine if well planned.
Recently while receiving the returning Uganda cranes from Afcon finals in Egypt, president Yoweri Museveni hinted on many advantages of football. As a country we can pick from there if we package properly our sports houses and tail them on talent identification, development and deployment.
Policy formulators in this country must sit down and design a strategy on how to make sports sector another lucrative employment area for naturally talented Ugandans in various sports disciples. This would in the long run reduce on the level of unemployment in Uganda.Globally, the most highly paid person are sportsmen and women. Its very possible as a country to plan for this if we are to strategically create placement for our youths.
Most of Uganda’s sports federation are doing their best in this industry but without the government effort to regulate and plan for this sector still little will be released. 


Federation of Uganda Football Associations under the leadership of Eng. Moses H. Magogo have of recently taken the lead by engaging the key stakeholders in understanding why sports industry must be properly planned and regulated.
Government on top of coming up with a sports budget, should also come up with  a policy that compel all corporate companies to have sports budgets if they are to receive tax incentives. If propagated am sure we will see more companies into sports partnership and sponsorships. Its the way to go and must be put into law so that sports associations are financially empowered to promote their industry and give our youths platform for discovering their natural talents.
President Yoweri Museveni must be thanked for being visionary in understanding why Uganda Cranes needed to heavily funded inspite of the detractors. By mere appearing at the Africa’s Elite championship, Uganda as a country reaped big.My appeal is to make it routine and we must challenge Africa’s big boys.
Many Youths have attained education freely as a result of their talents by playing various sports disciples. If sports can offer free education, provide income to many youths, give taxes to the country, helps companies to market and sell their products, minimize rates of criminality as put it by the president recently, why not put in money, develop the sector to become one of most employment sector in Uganda.For God & My Country.