Uganda to hold annual students careers’ day: Minister Janet Museveni revealed.

The Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni has on Friday, July 12 revealed that Uganda will consider holding one day every year to celebrate careers’ day for school going students.

The minister, who was the chief guest at the special careers’ day celebrations organized by Incredible Youth at the Kololo Independence grounds, said that her sector has adjusted the curriculum at different levels of learning to address the demands of the 21st century.

“Many of our young people wanting to live a good life but don’t get the skills that can get them there. That has created that spirit of entitlement because they don’t do what they’re supposed to do because they want to live a good life without attaining it themselves,” she said.

Ms. Museveni further added that people the Ugandan education system lacks practical skills.

“People don’t appreciate skills and we need skills, in this country that is what has been lacking in our education. We have theory knowledge in our heads but we don’t have the hand to know what to do,” said the minister.

The Chairman Simba group of companies Patrick Bitature encouraged the students’ value time as it is the most valuable commodity they have adding that they should learn basic skills of life.

President Museveni at a graduation previously.

“It doesn’t matter the number of degrees u have, open your eyes, become financially literate, form the right habits, become frugal with your money, saving, investing, respecting time, respecting one another, build a network of people who can be useful to your life and use it well, Mr. Bitature urged.

The National Career Guidance Day was organized under the theme “preparing students with soft skills to become the competent” in order to provide youth with the tools necessary for improved reflection, knowledge and autonomy making had many students from different schools in attendance.

Mukwano CEO Amirali Karmali is dead

Mukwano Group of Companies Chief Executive Officer Amirali Karmali has died, sources close to the family said last evening.

He passed on at his home in Kololo, Kampala, where he was reported to be on oxygen support for days.

Karmali, born in the 1930s is the father to Alykhan Karmali, who is currently running the family business empire that spans real estate, banking, transport, and manufacturing.

The history of the Mukwano Group dates back to 1904, when Alimohamed Karmari, the father of Amirali, landed on the East African coast.

He made his way to Uganda and settled in Fort Portal in Western Uganda. It was his rapport with the local population that earned Alimohamed the nickname Mukwano, literally meaning friend.

He started a small business which, in the 1960s, gave birth to the transport business run by his son, Amirali Karmali.
Amirali later shifted his base to Kampala. He was one of the few Asians who stayed in Uganda during Idi Amin Dada’s military regime. Nonetheless, the uncertainty during the time could not allow many businesses, including Mukwano, to achieve their potential.

It thrived on and up to date, Mukwano produces most of the household items used in Uganda, including personal care products such as the petroleum jelly and drinking water.

A statement on the legacy of the business says Mukwano Industries Uganda Limited began operations in the 1980s in Kampala with a single enterprise store dealing in general merchandise and produce.
“The first major step in the growth of the company was taken in 1986, in the manufacturing of soap and edible cooking oil,” it reads.

“These were the mainstay of the company until the late 1990s when we made a major investment into the manufacturing of detergents and plastics. This etched Mukwano’s position to the helm of the manufacturing sector.”
All this was at the stewardship of Amirali. It reported that he handed over the day-to-today running of the empire to Alykhan in the mid-1990s.

In 2011, together with renowned industrialist the late Dr James Mulwana of Nice House of Plastics, Amirali Karmali was decorated with the ‘distinguished order of the Nile (class one) award’ for his distinct performance in production and enterprise development. Both men proved that in Uganda, one could start a business and it succeeds.

In the neighbouring markets, including Kenya, DRC, Sudan, and Rwanda, Amirali made sure Mukwano products traded as outstanding as possible, earning the country much needed foreign exchange.

While opening the Group’s Acacia Mall, one of the upmarket shopping centers in Kampala in 2014, President Yoweri Museveni challenged Ugandans to emulate Amirali and tap into the abundant wealth in the country.

Today, according to Group reports, they employ 7,000 people directly and indirectly within the various companies they own.
It has also severally been recognized among the top taxpayers in the country. The group’s revenues have been estimated to top up to $300m annually.

Bobi Wine promoter Bajjo granted bail

The Buganda Road Magistrates Court has released on bail, Bobi Wine promoter, Andrew Mukasa, also known as Bajjo Events.

Bajjo, as he is commonly referred to as was arrested by security last month as he addressed a press conference about the People Power Marathon at Centenary Park.

On Thursday, Buganda Road Chief Magistrate, Stella Amabilis okayed the music promoter’s bail application after asking him to deposit a cash bond of shs4 million.

Each of his sureties was asked to pay a non-cash bond of shs20 million but also ordered to deposit their National IDs with the court until the case is done.

The matter has been adjourned to July 25 for mention.

Charges

Following his arrest, Bajjo was charged with inciting violence contrary to section 83(i) of the Penal Code Act stemming from a video he released on social media in which he threatened to overthrow President Museveni before 2021.

Prosecution alleges that Mukasa during the month of June 2019 at various places including Masaka, Mbarara, Ibanda and Kampala incited the public to do an act of violence against the person of the President by reasons of his political opinion.

Mukasa is also accused of offensive communication contrary to section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011.

The state alleges that the accused during the month of June 2019 at various places including Masaka, Mbarara, Ibanda and Kampala willfully and repeatedly with intent to disturb the peace and privacy of the person of the President, recorded a video and posted it on social media.

The prosecution further alleges that the said video contained inciting messages that alleged that he was to overthrow the government of Uganda before 2021 with no purpose of legitimate communication.

On offensive communication, section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011 says that any person who willfully and repeatedly uses electronic communication to disturb or attempts to disturb the peace, quiet or right of privacy of any person with no purpose of legitimate communication whether or not a conversation ensues commits a misdemeanor.

That person is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty-four currency points or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both.

Twenty four currency points is an equivalent of Shs480, 000 currently.

Hundreds turn up for memorial service of businessman Arnold Mugisha shot in Naalya by security guard

Mugisha poses for a photo

Ainebyoona Arnold Mugisha was 26 when, on the early morning of Tuesday, he was shot to death in cold blood.

A first born in a family of four, with two degrees in real estate, he had cut his teeth in the real estate market working at Knight Frank and later divesting himself into business with the Hickory Restaurant in Kololo.

These details didn’t come in short at the memorial service this morning at All Saints Cathedral where his body was eulogized and prayed for.

“He came to me and said Daddy, many restaurants are run by white people, why can’t we start ours” a grieving Engineer Plan Mugisha, his father, told mourners.

“I gave him some money and he promised to pay me back, the restaurant was due to make a year on 20th and I know he was doing well” he added.

His father had last talked to him the night before when, Arnold walked out of the living room to his bedroom noting he was bored by the football his father was watching.

“I even told him goodnight” he recounts.

In the morning as his father set off for work, he asked his brothers to get water to refill the house on their way back from the gym.

It is the call that came after Arnold was done gyming with his two brothers that startled him.

“When I got the call he had been shot, I almost drove on the wrong side of the road to rush and rescue him”

Moments before Arnold passed on, his two brothers, who were with him in the car had frantically called their father asking him to rush to the Quality Shopping Village where the shooting had taken place.

“I never knew I’d ever hold my own brother and watch him die in my hands” a brother who spoke before the father said.

Details of the gruesome shooting still remain scanty. A hastily released police statement yesterday noted that Arnold had been shot by a guard

over a scuffle. The statement said that Arnold and his brothers had let a trolley skid down the hilly Quality Shopping Village parking where it scratched a car.

“You can imagine a trolley, an empty trolley at that and you shoot someone” the father angrily paused his speech to a church of jeering mourners.

“I will not revenge, I will ask God to give me answers, until then, I will not mourn my son” Arnold’s mother, who came in queue after his father grieved her son.

In the wake of Arnold’s murder, a barrage of social media debates linked his murder to his tribe. Born to a Mukiga father and a munyakole mother, Arnold, spent his life in Kampala at their home in Kiwatule and London where he studied.

“He never even knew the local language, he stayed here all his life” his father, chimed at social media reports.

“Government should address this thing called tribalism” he concluded.

Mourners at the service to remember Arnold Mugisha

Arnold’s friends revered him as caring and kind. A friend of his, before she broke down at the pulpit, said Arnold had left many unfulfilled plans in his life.

Angoria Moses, the Saracen attached guard that shot Arnold is currently recovering from mob justice wounds at the Mulago hospital. Police confirm that while there, he is under arrest and a possible charge of murder will be levelled on him.

196 people were murdered last year by shooting according to the Police Crime Report.

Arnold’s casket was wheeled out of the All Saints Cathedral in Nakasero to a processional hymn, “God Be With You”

Friends and mourners, mostly in tears, took turns to view it. He will be buried at a country home in Ntungamo on Friday after a vigil later tonight in Kiwatule.

Court issues criminal summons against Bobi Wine

The Buganda Road Magistrates Court has issued criminal summons against Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine.

Bobi Wine is accused of disobeying statutory orders and held a demonstration in the city centre in 2018.

On Wednesday, when the case came up for mentioning, the presiding magistrate, Gladys Kamasanyu was told the legislator and one of his co-accused, Denis Lule were not present.

The court was also told that the magistrate supposed to take charge of the case Esther Nahirya was indisposed and could not be able to take part in the matter at the time prompting Kamasanyu to adjourn it to August 12 but also issue criminal summons against Bobi Wine and Lule.

Charges

Bobi Wine is accused together with his brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, Julius Katongole, David Lule, Edward Sebufu also known as Eddie Mutwe and others still at large of disobedience of statutory duty contrary to section 116 of the Penal Code Act an offence committed in July 2018.

Prosecution alleges that the group disobeyed section 5 and 10 of the Public Order Management Act 2013 by holding a public meeting without giving notice to any authorised officer.

They have since denied the charges and granted bail.

The charges against the group are in connection with a protest he led againstOverthe Top Tax (OTT) commonly known as social media tax and mobile money tax that had been introduced by government last year.

South Sudan’s leader sorry for government’s failures

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In a candid speech on South Sudan’s independence day, President Salva Kiir has apologised for the “failures” of his government.

After a long civil war, South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 to great fanfare. That optimism was shattered following the start of South Sudan’s own civil war in December 2013.

Mr Kiir said that the war had led to “very serious financial challenges”.

He added that he was “fully aware that our people are angry because of the difficult living conditions imposed upon them by insecurity and economic hardship.

“This is further exacerbated by the failure of my government to pay salaries of our civil servants on time…

“I want to sincerely apologise to you my people on my own behalf and on behalf of the government for those failures.”

The president tried to strike an optimistic tone by saying that despite it not yet being fully implemented, last year’s peace deal has meant that “peace is holding throughout the country”.

He added that when a unity government was created the “economy will thrive”.

DP dismisses Coffee Bill as unfair

The Democratic Party (DP) bloc has urged Members of Parliament (DP) to reject the Coffee Bill rubbishing it as unfair to coffee farmers.   Addressing journalists at a weekly party press conference at the City House based party headquarters in Kampala on Tuesday; the DP bloc principals led by Nobert Mao dismissed the intended legislation.  

They said it is targeting to impoverish farmers and serve the interests of foreign companies dealing in coffee.   Both Mao and Abed Bwanika, the president of People’s Development Party (PDP), alleged that the legislation was targeting the predominantly coffee growing areas such as Buganda and urged members of parliament to reject it too.   The Bill among others gives powers to the Minister of Agriculture and the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) to register and deregister coffee farmers which DP is strongly opposed too. According to Mao, Coffee is very important since it directly employees more than 1.5 million Ugandans and contributes over 20% of our export earnings.   “As DP we believe in quality assurance, we believe in extension work to support farmers and also in regulating the brand to ensure that Ugandan coffee is promoted worldwide,” he said.   Majority of the coffee farmers roughly own between one to five acres piece of land and according to DP the biggest coffee farm in Uganda is foreign owned at Kaweeri in Mubende district by Norman Group best in Hamburg in Germany.   “The DP bloc is concerned because the government’s policy appears to be encouraging partnership with foreigners against indigenous Ugandans,” Mao alleged.   The bill empowers the minister in charge to delete a farmer from the list of coffee farmers. According to Abed Bwanika, this puts many farmers at risk of deliberately being frustrated out of coffee growing.   “I urge Members of Parliament not pass such a law. We should protect Ugandans in the business of coffee growing,” Bwanika said.   Bwanika alleged that the Bill may have peculiar motives, questioning why coffee, not any other agricultural sectors such as animal husbandry.

Man shot by guard for scratching car at Quality supermarket parking, guard mobbed

The proprietor of Kololo-based Hickory Bar and Restaurant, a one Arnold Mugisha was Tuesday morning shot dead at Quality Shopping village in Naalya, by a security guard attached to Saracen security company, after he reportedly scratched another car with a shopping trolley.

The incident happened at 10:30am after Mugisha and a colleague got involved in an altercation with the guard. It is reported that Mugisha while riding the trolley to his car, scratched another car in the parking lot.

The security guard on seeing this, summoned Mugisha and confronted him leading to a heated argument. The guard then walked away, only to return with his gun, shooting Mugisha dead.

Following Mugisha’s death, the security guard attempted to flee but was intercepted by a mob who pummelled him to death. Both bodies are at Mulago hospital pending post-mortems.

MS News contacted Hickory Bar and Restaurant management and they confirmed the death of their proprietor.

“Yes, he has been shot dead this morning. But we have not yet seen the body and we can not elaborate the circumstances under which he was shot,” one of the managers at the facility told Nile Post on condition of anonymity.

Hickory Bar and Restaurant is an upmarket eating joint located in Kololo.

Eyewitnesses claim that Mugisha was coming from the gym with his brother and they decided to buy some consumables at the supermarket.

In November 2016, Joseph Kanyamunyu, travelling with his girlfriend Cynthia Munywangari allegedly shot Kenneth Akena at Lugogo after the latter reportedly scratched the couple’s car.

THE Cabinet approved the Ratification of the Nile River Basin Cooperative Frame work.

River Nile in Sudan

THE Cabinet meeting sat on Monday July 8th 2019 at State House, Entebbe has resolved and approved the Ratification of the Nile River Basin Cooperative Frame work which will enables more than 300 million people rely on the waters of the River Nile. The Nile river basin contains over 10% of Africa’s landmass, in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Kenya. Many of these countries rely almost exclusively on the Nile as their source of freshwater.

According to the members of cabinet of the Republic of Uganda think that signing of the Cooperative Frame Work agreement is important because it would help in providing of a basis for establishment of the Nile River Basin Commission which will be a legal entity in the Nile Basin countries unlike the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) which is transitional arrangement without any binding legal basis which is needed to regulate the use, Development, Protection, Conservation and Management of the Nile River Basin water resources for the benefits of all the Nile Basin countries to enable donors to continue and upscale funding the Nile Basin as the Commission would be able to enter into legal arrangements with donors directly, unlike the present situation where the Initiative does so through the World Bank of GIZ, which charges a lot of transaction fees.

The River Nile at Cairo, Egypt.

River Nile is the longest River in the World. Flowing northward through the tropical climate of eastern Africa and into the Mediterranean Sea, the river passes through 11 countries: TanzaniaUganda,RwandaBurundi, the Democratic Republic of the CongoKenyaEthiopia,EritreaSouth SudanSudan and Egypt.

DR Congo’s Bosco Ntaganda convicted of war crimes by ICC

Bosco Ntaganda was convicted of leading a brutal campaign in eastern DR Congo

A former Congolese rebel leader has been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Fighters loyal to Bosco Ntaganda disembowelled babies and smashed their heads in, said judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In all, Ntaganda, nicknamed “Terminator”, was convicted on 18 counts, including murder, rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers.

He becomes the first person convicted of sexual slavery by the ICC.

He is the fourth person convicted by the ICC since its creation in 2002.

The 46-year-old former rebel has been involved in numerous armed conflicts in both Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ntaganda surrendered at the US embassy in DR Congo in 2013.

Analysts said it was an act of self-preservation, motivated by the danger he was in after losing a power-struggle within his M23 rebel group.

Who is Bosco Ntaganda?

  • Born in 1973, grew up in Rwanda
  • Fled to DR Congo as a teenager after attacks on fellow ethnic Tutsis
  • At 17, he began his fighting days – alternating between being a rebel and a soldier, in both Rwanda and DR Congo
  • 2002-3: Militia leader in Congolese region of Ituri
  • 2006: Indicted by the ICC for allegedly recruiting child soldiers in Ituri
  • In charge of troops who carried out 2008 Kiwanji massacre of 150 people
  • 2009: Integrated into Congolese national army and made a general
  • 2012: Defects from the army, sparking a new rebellion which forces 800,000 from their homes
  • 2013: Surrenders to US embassy in Kigali, after splits in his rebel group.

What did he do?

A three-judge bench found Ntaganda guilty on all 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the mineral-rich north-eastern region of Ituri between 2002 and 2003.

Ntaganda was a “key leader” who gave orders to “target and kill civilians” judge Robert Fremr said in the ruling.

Prosecutors had said Ntaganda was key in planning and running operations for the Union of Congolese Patriots (UCP) rebels and its military wing, the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC).

The armed group conducted attacks against people perceived not to belong to the Hema ethnic group, the ICC found.

In one attack, fighters killed 49 captured people in a banana field behind a village using “sticks and batons as well as knives and machetes”.

“Men, women and children and babies were found in the field. Some bodies were found naked, some had hands tied up, some had their heads crushed. Several bodies were disembowelled or otherwise mutilated,” Judge Fremr said.

Violence in the region has killed more than 60,000 people in the region since 1999, as militias battle each other for control of scarce mineral resources, rights groups say.

The judges ruled that Ntaganda had personally killed a Catholic priest, while the fighters he commanded ran rampage in the region.

The crimes took place when Ntaganda served as the deputy chief of general staff of Thomas Lubanga – who was the leader of the UCP. He was the first person to be convicted by the ICC in 2012 and sentenced to 14 years.

Ntaganda has 30 days to appeal.

All of those convicted so far by the ICC are from Africa. A fifth person, Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former vice-president of DR Congo, was initially found guilty of war crimes before being cleared on appeal last year.