New Victoria University Council Eyes Charter Status

Upon assuming his responsibilities as the chairperson of the new 14-member governing council at Victoria University on Wednesda, Joram Kahenano, has said the priority now is to help Victoria University attained the prestigious and important Charter Status. “We have already made an application (for a charter to the National Council for Higher Education); the Council is going to concentrate on those things that NCHE requires of us. We have looked at the infrastructure and set up,” Kahenano told journalists shortly after swearing it. Under the Universities And Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001 (As Amended In, 2003 And As Amended In,…
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COVID19 Cases At Bank Of Uganda That Never Were

The deputy governor Bank of Uganda Dr Michael Atingo-Ego and a group of ‘influential’ individuals duped the governor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile that there were confirmed Covid-19 cases at the central bank, an insider told Eagle Online. Apparently, the reported COVID-19 ‘never existed’ but ‘a creation of some individuals together with Dr. Atingi-Ego’ to keep the governor and some non-essential workers away from their workstations at the central bank and work from their homes. Sources further told Eagle Online that it is at this very time that matters of Crane Bank resurrected and so is the issue liquidation. “Sources within the central…
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Dfcu, Prudential Partner To Offer Hospital Cash Cover Insurance

dfcu Bank has partnered with Prudential Uganda to launch a campaign aimed at ensuring that customers in the informal sector who are hospitalised can earn a daily stipend in lieu of lost income. The newly launched Dembe Account Hospital Cash campaign has been dubbed as ‘Kili-fit with hospital cash”. Kili-fit means “it’s fine, it’s okay or it’s fit” in luglish or slang. The campaign will see dfcu Bank customers who hold the bank’s Dembe account for low-income earners in the informal sector gain access to a fixed daily cash benefit of Shs20,000 per night if hospitalized for more than one…
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High Standard Facilities To Create Good Environment For Learning

The chairman, board of director, Victoria University, Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, says the increasing education demand exhibited by the growing number of students can only be solved by institutions putting up high standard infrastructure that will enable modern-day learning. The businessman, speaking at a webinar organized by Victoria University on Thursday 18th November 2020 with the theme” The Journey and Future of Victoria University,” explained that education is the right and necessary tool that can add value to society. He then said that for this to happen, there is need for the right investment to be made. He said when The…
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Fresh Dairy Boosts Its Free Home Delivery Services With More Fleet

Fresh Dairy, the leading dairy products producer in Uganda has boosted its free home delivery services with more fleet to deliver both Fresh Dairy and Brookside products. The expanded home delivery fleet includes more tricycle Tuk Tuks and mobile vans and a dedicated sales team that deliver door to door with an aim of heightening consumer convenience. Sales Manager, Fresh Dairy – Henry Samanya said, ‘Our home delivery solution is aimed at ensuring that consumers remain safe and healthy, while enjoying the greater convenience of safe product transportation using our door to door tricycle Tuk Tuks and mobile van delivery…
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Pneumonia Claims Kampala Parents School Teacher

The deputy principal Kampala Parents School in charge of academic affairs Odoi Leopold has dead, the school management sadly announces. “With great sorrow, we communicate the death of one of our greatest team member Mr. Leopold Odoi on Monday. May his soul Rest In Eternal Peace,” the school said. The school says Odoi who died on Monday succumbed to bronchopneumonia which resulted into difficulty in breathing coupled with recurrent hypertension. He has been buried today at his ancestral home in Ivumbangabo in Bugiri district. The school said Odoi will be remembered for his dedicated service, diligence and hard work which…
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COVID19: Uganda Relaxes Restrictions On Externalization Of Labor

Ugandans who have been waiting for the opportunity to work abroad in different capacities including as housemaids now have a chance after government on Tuesday announced that they are lifting the ban following the ministry of health advice. The minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Frank Tumwebaze has announced that licensed companies involved in the sourcing of external employment for Ugandan migrant workers can resume their operations following a ban in March to stop the spread of COVID-19. “This is to inform all licensed companies involved in the sourcing of external employment for Ugandan migrant workers, that following the…
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COVID19: Kampala Parents'School Pupils Greatly Benefiting From Online Lessons

Kampala Parents School took to online teaching when the government closed schools to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID19), a pandemic that has rattled the world. And after months of conducting lessons using online platforms like social media, zoom, email and other digital tools, the school principal Daphine Kato says that progress has been registered. "The teachers are in the process of covering the syllabus of their respective classes. Furthermore, our pupils have benefited a great deal from the practical skills like baking and salad making being taught by their teachers," Kato said in a letter to the parents. She…
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Kampala Parents School Sets Dates For 2021 Term One Intake Interviews

Kampala Parents School, one of the leading private primary schools in the country, has set dates on which it will conduct interviews for pupils who want to join the school in the first term of the 2021 academic year. For parents who wish to have their children study at Kampala Parents' School, interviews for primary one pupils are scheduled on Saturday 7th November, primary two to primary four are set for Saturday 14th November, primary five to primary seven are taking place on Saturday 21 November. There will another opportunity for primary one on Wednesday 24th November. For Baby, Middle…
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Fresh Dairy Supports Dairy Development Authority’s Clean Milk Handling And Production Campaign

Fresh Dairy has today handed over approximately 264 litres of milk to the Dairy Development Authority (DDA) in aid of their clean milk handling and production campaign which is expected to attract over 400 dairy farmers from various organizations across Uganda. Speaking during the handover ceremony, Director Technical Services Dairy Development Authority - Akankiza Samson said that the campaign is aimed at teaching farmers about clean milk handling and production which is vital for milk hygiene. Akankiza commended Fresh Dairy on the partnership with DDA and mentioned that the milk from Fresh Dairy will aid in showcasing to farmers samples…
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COVID-19: Labour Export Companies Protest Ministry Ban

Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA) has said that they will officially close business with immediate effect following the refusal by Ministry of Gender, Labour & Social Development (MGLSD) to lift the suspension of externalization labour. On 20th March by MGLSD suspended the externalization labour including the clearance of Ugandans travelling abroad to work in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus. But with the resumption of international passenger flights and the reopening of Entebbe Airport, MGLSD said they have received many clearance requests for migrant workers intending to return to their workplaces abroad. In response, the MGLSD…
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Medical Marijuana: Sudhir Ruparelia Writes To Museveni With Suggestions

Below is a letter businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia has written to President Yoweri Museveni asking the head of the nation to allow the licensing of companies intending to participate in the farming of medical marijuana. Your Excellency, I believe you very well recall the vanilla ‘madness’ of 2002-2005 when Ugandan farmers got rich overnight in Mukono and Masaka; those good old but shortlived days when vanilla almost became like gold. We all remember when farmers in had to spend nights in their gardens, guarding their golden harvests from thieves; when traders started fighting each other over who should buy from…
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Here Are Homeschooling Tips Every Parent Should Know

Uganda has over 15 million students in different institutions of learning according to the Ministry of Education and Sports. As a way of controlling the spread of COVID-19, only 10 percent of these learners who are mainly finalist students will be reporting back to school starting October 15th 2020 leaving the majority at home. The Minister for Information and Communications Technology and National Guidance Honourable Judith Nabakooba in a recent media address urged continuing students to take homeschooling seriously as it could determine their promotion to the next class. Now more than ever before, parents are going to find themselves…
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Uganda Awaits As Rwanda Inches Closer Medical Cannabis Licensing

Uganda will have to wait in uncertainty while Rwanda progresses towards becoming a huge exporter of medical cannabis after cabinet made a key decision this week. Rwanda on Tuesday announced that cabinet on Monday 12 October 2020 approved regulatory guidelines that provide a framework for investment in the production and processing of medical cannabis for export to growing global market. Clare Akamanzi, the chief executive officer of Rwanda Development Board, said Rwanda will begin to receive applications for licences from interested investors for this high-value therapeutic crop. Such a development has eluded Ugandan companies who for the last three years…
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Focusing On Africa's Challenges & Opportunities In Digital Health

Omnia Health Live Africa (live.Omnia-Health.com) set to bring together policy drivers, thought leaders, expert clinicians and decision-makers to transform healthcare's most pressing challenges through collaboration and empowerment.The international healthcare community sits at a critical juncture, particularly with the COVID-19 pandemic placing a spotlight on some of the industry's biggest resource challenges.According to Wouter Molman, Executive Vice President for Informa Markets – Healthcare, the pressures placed on Africa's healthcare systems over the last six months have led to a stronger call for innovative technological and digital solutions to support better patient management, universal access and disease prevention.Omnia Health Live Africa, a…
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When The Ruparelias Defied COVID19 & Toured Kidepo Valley National Park

The tourism sector is slowly coming back to life after the COVID19 pandemic brought all travel plans to a halt. But as people continue to live with the virus, travel enthusiasts are back on the road going places. In Uganda, the tourism fraternity is opening up with caution – the hotels and national parks have been opened and functioning as by the set Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other health guidelines. After close to seven months of no major travel, businessman Sudhir Ruparelia took time off and travel to the North Eastern part of the country with his family. The…
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PHOTOS: Ruparelia Foundation Hands Over Eco Brick Toilet Project To Slum Dwellers

A team from The Ruparelia Foundation Friday evening handed over the eco brick toilet project to residents of Nsooba cell in Mulago III, Kamwokya and pupils of Good Samaritan Primary School. The foundation said the project will benefit 500 underprivileged pupils of Good Samaritan Primary School which has been running without toilets and local residents in the neighbourhood. The facilities were built using proceeds from the Royal Ascot Goat Races 2019 held at Speke Resort Munyonyo in partnership with Tamarai investments Ltd and Ghetto Research Lab also the project contractor. Other funders included Tusker larger, Robbialac, Speke Resort Munyonyo, NTV…
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COVID19: Real Estate Dealers Optimistic Sector Will Be Profitable Again

Operators in the real estate sector in Uganda have expressed optimism, belief and faith in the industry that they say has been hit hard by the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. They say that with the economy opening up after the global lockdown, businesses will normalize and players in the sector will be able to make some money and in return offer clients their money’s worth. This and more were some of the issues that were discussed during a Victoria University webinar held under the theme 'investment in real estate in the post COVID era’. The mid-morning webinar was broadcast live on…
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Ruparelia Foundation’s Naiya Visits Mulago Hospital’s Pediatric Unit

Mulago Hospital’s Pediatric Unit was Thursday morning the proud recipient of gift hampers from Ruparelia Foundation’s Happiness Hampers Initiative delivered by Naiya Ruparelia, a trustee of the foundation. 240 children in the children's ward of Mulago benefited from Naiya's generosity. The Ruparelia Foundation basing on their catchphrase “Enriching Lives Together” has embarked on a mission to bring smiles and remind those in need that their community cares about them. Starting with the children at the Pediatric unit at Mulago Hospital in Kampala. The Happiness Hampers initiative will take place quarterly as a means of ‘bringing a smile’ to the kids…
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Hope As KISU Moves To Take Over GEMS Students

GEMS Cambridge International School, Kampala (CIK) in August announced that it will be closing its doors in December due to the COVID19 pandemic that has affected their intake and operations. “As a result of these circumstances, we have been forced to make some very difficult decisions, and it is with great sadness that I am writing to advise you that CIK will close after the first term of the new academic year, with 31 December 2020 as a tentative closure date,” Riz Ahmed, the chief executive officer, GEMS Africa said in the statement. And now it has emerged that Kampala…
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Construction Of Ecofriendly Toilets In Kamwokya Complete, Ready For Handover

In Uganda, many schools in impoverished communities lack sanitary facilities like toilets or pit latrines. This puts the health of learners and teachers at stake due to poor hygiene. It is even worse for schools in ghetto areas that lack enough land and space to construct and expand these facilities. Sometimes, it has taken the intervention of philanthropic organizations through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs for such communities to have better sanitary facilities. The latest beneficiary of this giving spirit is Good Samaritan High School in Nsooba, a ghetto community sitting between Kamwokya and Kyebando. In June last year,…
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Surviving COVID19: Real Estate Players To Discuss Impact, Solutions

When the countrywide COVID19 pandemic inspired lockdown was eased, many tenants couldn’t afford to pay rent. This meant that they had to vacate the premises. Even those who had desired to start-up businesses that required property space, they quit because the pandemic had depleted their finances. Some landlords in an attempt to retain their tenants forgave their rental arrears or offered them discounts. Also, landlords are offering huge discounts to attract new tenants but it is not proving to be easy. Business is slow for real estate dealers as a result of the pandemic that has affected all aspects of…
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Women Need To Be Looked At As Equal As Other Members Of Society - Sheena Ruparelia

Some of Kampala most influential young women Friday afternoon met at Victoria University in the auditorium to discuss the theme ‘Enhancing Women Capabilities towards development in Uganda,’. The talk show streamed online was attended by Sheena Ruparelia of Ruparelia Group, Uganda Law Society President-elect Phiona Nabasa Wall, Katusabe Ssemwezi the Academic Registrar Victoria University, Karitas Karisimbi a Media personality and Malaa Kivila Odera the Founder & C.E.O Sylmax Consult. Sheena noted that women struggle to make it in life is long, hard but very possible if they unite and work together. “we must support one another; we must be willing…
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Africa's Post-Pandemic Recovery Likely To Be Prolonged & Uneven

Specialist risk consultancy Control Risks and independent global advisory NKC African Economics, the Africa-focused subsidiary of Oxford Economics, have launched the fifth edition of the Africa Risk-Reward Index. The index offers a comparative snapshot of market opportunities and risks across the continent. It provides a grounded, longer-term outlook of key trends shaping the investment landscape in major African economies, which should inform the strategies of organisations looking to invest in or grow their business in Africa. Investors seeking to minimise risks and maximise rewards are cautioned not to focus on headlines, but rather on specific country, sector and project contexts.…
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Three Accelerators To Help Health Services Respond Faster To COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the world: dominating our mindscape, international discourse, national budgets and overwhelming global health systems. COVID-19 has challenged every industry – especially healthcare – to think differently, rely on data, target action and rapidly trial new models of care and technology in the race to save lives and preserve health.BroadReach, a group of social impact businesses, hosted an online meeting with industry leaders to explore how data and technology have helped to speed up the time for health services to respond to COVID-19. Through the discussion, three major themes emerged highlighting how technology, data and…
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COVID19: New Tenants To Get 3 Rent-Free Months

As traders are struggling to bounce back from the gallows of COVID19 pandemic, landlords are giving them offers that will facilitator them to do business in a sustainable manner. In that spirit, Crane Management Services, the real estate and property management agency at Ruparelia Group, has announced that it will offer new tenants 3 Rent-Free Months. The offer is for Hardware City on Entebbe Road, Hardware Plaza near Nakasero Market, Market Plaza located at Market Street in Kampala and Electrical Plaza located along Market Street in Nakasero. However, Crane Management Services managers said the offer doesn’t apply for apartments on…
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Uganda COVID19 Cases Cross The 4000 Mark

Uganda Tuesday 8th September 2020 recorded 201 new positive COVID19 cases pushing the country's tally to 4101. A break down indicates that of the 201 Tuesday cases, 2 were Ugandan truck drivers, 45 were alerts, 153 contacts and 1 returnee from UAE. Luckily there was no death recorded on Tuesday. The cumulative number of recoveries now stands at 1, 876. These new numbers mean that Uganda's cumulative confirmed cases is 4, 101 and 46 deaths. 417, 897 Ugandans have been tested so far.
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COVID19: Victoria University Reveals Date To Commence Online Classes

President Yoweri Museveni recently guided that the education sector should be systematically be reopened by first allowing medical students to return to their respective training centers. The National Council for Higher Education (NCHEE) also communicated to universities it has had inspected and found fit to reopen permitting them to conduct online classes or e-learning. And through the faculty of health sciences, Victoria University has announced that it will start conducting online classes for its students on the 28th September 2020. The Ag.Vice Chancellor of Victoria University Bill Nkeeto said the reopening of schools for students undertaking health-related courses will curb…
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COVID19 Pushes Forest Cottages To Repackage Rates

Service providers in the tourism sectors are each day pondering how to stay afloat in the face of the COVID19 pandemic. For positive results, many are coming up with special rates to appeal to a domestic market which had been outpriced by the hospitality industry. Forest Cottages in Naguru, a member of Speke Group of Hotels, has announced unbeatable offers in an attempt to serve their clients affordably and sufficiently. Forest Cottages, which are located in a serene and secure suburb of Kampala city, is offering discounted prices on single deluxe rooms, apartments and luxurious suites. You can also exclusively…
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Ruparelia Foundation Donates Computers To Journalism Institute

Ruparelia Foundation through Kampala Parents’ School has donated 10 computers to African Institute for Investigative Journalism. The donation was handed over to Solomon Sserwanja, the Institute’s Executive Director, Mrs. Daphine Kato the Principal Kampala Parents School. Mrs. Kato represented Rajiv Ruparelia one of the directors of Ruparelia Foundation. Gareth Onyango, the General Manager Premier Advertising, a Ruparelia Group company, was also present. Onyango said the donation by Ruparelia Foundation is meant to support E-learning in schools in order to help students to access classwork and digital learning resources online while schools are closed. He noted that Ruparelia Foundation recognizes the…
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