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Jumia Travel Launches Flight Services

Jumia Travel on Wednesday announced Flights Services for travelers, a move that will boost its services reach. The launch comes at a time when the second African Aviation Summit is taking place in Rwanda.

The N°1 online hotel booking company is now offering both domestic and international flights by major airlines in the continent including Kenya Airways, Rwandair Express, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, KLM, Fly Dubai, Turkish Airlines, Air Arabia, and Air Seychelles among others.

It’s a new step for us as we aim to be the leading African Online Travel Agency, providing best customer experience for the travelers. It is also part of our broader program to create a one stop travel shop providing accommodation, packages, and flights all on the same platform, in a bid to streamline travel in Africa,” said Paul Midy - CEO of Jumia Travel.

Jumia Travel will be a Metasearch working in partnership with different partners including Amadeus. “The service (now available on travel.jumia.com/flights) enables our customers to find, compare, and book flights, as well as buy air tickets online with ease directly from various Airline companies across the world,” added Midy.

The launch adds to Jumia Travel’s list of personalized services to its huge customer base both locally and internationally. Accounting for only 3% of the world’s air traffic, Africa portrays massive potential for growth in the coming years, especially due to the increasing demand from the rising middle class and the growing African economies.

“Jumia Travel aims at capitalizing on a market that is progressively driving hospitality demand in the continent. With the International Air Transport Association, ‘IATA’ predicting a strong growth of 4.8% in passenger numbers in Africa in the next 5 years, this confirms our strategic commitment to provide infinite travel solutions to travelers,” added Paul Midy.

The company recently launched its holiday packages to foster domestic tourism in Africa and by including flights in its packages, Jumia Travel will continue supporting easier access to both African and universal destinations, while at the same time remaining keen to maintain “off-the-beaten path” travel solutions.

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Mafias Want To Harm Me – Omukama Speaks Out On Intrigue In Bunyoro Kingdom

By George Busiinge 

Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has demanded government to beef up the security of Omukama Dr. Solomon Gafabusa Iguru as chaos continues to engulf the institution. Speaking during a press conference that was convened inside the palace by Omukama Iguru to clarify on the continued crisis in the Kingdom, the Kingdom Prime Minister Norman Lukumu says that there are mafias who may take advantage of the current situation to harm Omukama’s life.

Lukumu disclosed that on Wednesday, one person was arrested at Kihande Palace in Masindi district duping the Omukama and his wife to vacate the palace on grounds that their lives were in danger. He explained that the suspect was arrested by Omukama’s royal guards and handed him to Masindi police station adding that the suspect's motive is not yet known. Police has declined to identify the man for fear of jeopardizing the investigation.

Lukumu ordered the head of the royal guards to increase security at Karuzika palace gate and his escort. “We cannot take this situation for granted, Omukama’s life should be safeguarded, from today Omukama should not move out with one guard, they should be more than one. “ Lukumu told journalists. The fears follow several documents allegedly authored by Omukama Iguru that were sent to the public creating confusion among the king’s subjects.

One of the documents was announcing the sacking of premier Lukumu, the other was about the appointment of Harriet Businge, as the acting kingdom premier while the third was denouncing the sacking of Jonan Atuhuura as the King’s principal private secretary. This confusion has left the Omukama’s PPS sacked and replaced by Omukama’s Son Richard Kitehimbwa Businge.

During the press conference, Iguru refuted reports that he sacked Lukumu and described the circulating documents as forgeries and urged his subjects not to abide by any of their contents. He says Lukumu is still the serving Kingdom Prime Minister and confirmed Prince Richard Kitehimba, his son, as his principal private secretary.

The King noted that the old cabinet is still valid and functional adding the new cabinet list released on Monday by his former PPS Jonan Atuhura is illegal. The Omukama, challenged the Kingdom subjects, chiefs and ministers to support the Lukumu for the development of the Kingdom.

Former Energy Ministry PS To Advise Bunyoro On Oil Matters In New Kingdom reshuffle

By George Busiinge

The Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara kingdom, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru has reshuffled his cabinet dropping eight ministers from their ministerial positions.The eight ministers who have been dropped include first deputy prime minister and minister for land, Kiiza Xavier and second deputy prime minister and minister for agriculture, Edward Byakagaba.

Others are Teddy Owatta, minister for gender; Paul Kato, minister for works and infrastructural development; minister for culture and palace affairs, Mugenyi Ashirraf  the minister of state for security, Retired Lt. Rugadya David and Hon. Kiiza the state minister for environment.

The Omukama also dropped the kingdom speaker, Jose Wamara who has been replaced by Robert Irumba, the former kingdom’s attorney general. Rujumba Kahigwa who has been serving as the minster for environment and forestry had been demoted to deputy minister for foreign affairs.

Kabagambe Kaliisa will now advise Bunyoro Kingdom on matters of oil and gas

The Omukama also retained Jonan Atuhura and Norman Lukumu as his principal private secretary and the prime minster respectively. He also appointed Mrs. Busiinge Hariet Mugenyi as first deputy prime minister and Oscar Busiinge Baitwa as the second deputy premier from minister for general duties.

Other prominent people in the country the Omukama has appointed are former first deputy prime minister and minister of public service, Henry Muganwa Kajura has been appointed as the Omukama’s advisor on palace affairs and former permanent secretary ministry of energy and mineral development, Kaliisa Kabagambe has been appointed as advisor on oil and gas affairs Edigar Agaba director spice media services as attorney General and Dr Kasirivu Atwooki advisor on land affairs.

All these was presented  by his principal private secretary  of Solomon Iguru  Jonan Atuhura  yesterday  in the Karuuzika palace  in the document  signed by the Omukama  of Bunyoro Ktara Kingdom Solomon Gafabusa Iguru.

Farmers Urged To Add Value To Produce

By George Busiinge 

Government has urged farmers to embrace modern agricultural practices and value addition to earn more from their produce. Michael Werikhe, the Minister for Trade and Industry said this will help boost their earnings, and export volumes.

Speaking during the thanks giving service for Innocent Kamusiime, the Butembe County MP in Kyankwanzi recently, Werikhe noted that as the market for agricultural produce in the country and neighboring countries broadens, there is need for small holder farmers to adopt techniques that will help them survive in a highly competitive and saturated market.

He added that government is willing to support all farmers who will add value to their agricultural activities.
Speaking at the same function, Lt Patrick Kasumba, the Bujenje county MP in Masindi district appealed to Ugandans to desist from destroying swamps and forests if the country is to achieve its goal of modernizing agriculture.

Kasumba noted that tampering with swamps and forests will lead to drought /climate change since “almost 40 per cent of the rain received in Uganda is as a result of the natural resources.

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