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Women In Bunyoro Bitter Over Oil And Gas Opportunities Exclusion

By George Busiinge

Women in Bunyoro sub-region are lamenting that they have been excluded from accessing the country’s oil and gas opportunities.

They claim that although the government and other stakeholders have been engaging different people on how to benefit from oil, little efforts are in place to help women.

Dez Liz Abahangirwe, a certified welder from Bunyoro region, decried that oil and gas companies don’t favour women in the region. She revealed that oil companies haven’t offered women employment opportunities.

Dez also revealed that while different people have been trained by oil companies and given skills, women haven’t been involved.

Also, many women were not and aren’t being compensated during the RAP implementation in the oil refinery area.

The aggrieved women expressed their concerns during an oil and gas engagement organized by ActionAid and Bapeneco in Hoima town.

Fred Kakoraki, the Hoima District LC 5 vice-chairperson, however, commended the women for coming out to air their concerns.

He advised them to not only consider the direct oil and gas benefits but also involve in other activities as service providers.

Robert Rukahemura, the personal secretary of the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom prime minister said that Banyoro can’t stop lamenting until there are better off.

Caroline Nakajubi from ActionAid says it’s high time to stop lamenting and have in place a complete action plan.


FITNESS ALERT: Take Charge Of Your Wellness At Kabira Country Club Gym

The need to be more aware of our physical health status increases each passing day especially now when the COVID19 pandemic has made many of us inactive due to lost jobs and working from home. Because we are usually home sleeping, sitting or napping in couches, our bodies have become unfit.

And following the reopening of gyms, saunas and other wellness places, you can use the free time to work out and get your body back in shape.

Hotels like Kabira Country Club in Bukoto, have the right wellness facilities and have put in place the SOPs recommended, therefore, you can be sure that the COVID19 risk has been minimized.

 “Trying to quickly shed off the remainder of that quarantine weight gain or maybe trying to tighten up your tummy before your scientific wedding, now is the time for you to work out,” Kabira Country Club said in social media messages encouraging the public to try out their gym.

Adding: “Don’t let your wellness take a backseat when you can be in the rider’s seat instead, jump into our workout studio. No matter your choice of workout, we have it covered,”

Kabira with the state of the art gym provides clients with the space to do aerobics and Zumba on select days and for a limited number of clients. Services like Zumba have a wide range of health benefits like controlling stress levels.

With one of the biggest and best-equipped gym in the East African region, Kabira Country Club gym instructors have the expertise and experience that has helped their clients attain their fitness and healthy living goals.

Apart from the gym, Kabira Country Club has with supervision reopened its outdoor activities like swimming, sports activities, aerobics and jogging.  “We know you must have missed the sharp dives, the cool breeze and the green nature down here!

Well, we are overjoyed with the good news that we can’t wait any longer to announce that all our outdoor activities will officially be open to the general public. However, terms & conditions apply,” Kabira announced through its social media pages.

Kabira Country Club offers exquisite business and good family time and for the years past, Kabira has capped its beauty by keeping maximum standards and quality services.

Set amongst a foray of palm trees in an idyllic suburb of Bukoto, less than a 15-minute drive from the hub of Kampala city, Kabira is the premier boutique hotel in the city.

Through the gates and up into a swanky courtyard the Club is cut off from the clamour and hustle that surrounds it.

For any kinds of inquiries please call; +256 752 711 009.

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Govt Should Compensate Sudhir For Crane Bank Losses – MP Lutamaguzi

The government of Uganda should expedite the compensation of tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia for all the losses he incurred during the wrongful closure of his bank Crane bank Ltd, Paulson Lutamaguzi Ssemakula, the Nakaseke South Member of parliament has said.

While appearing on CBS radio talk show last evening, Hon Lutamaguzi said that if it was not for the jungle being practiced by those in office, Dr Sudhir would have been compensated as directed by courts adding that it is his rights to be compensated as directed by commercial court.

He also called for the complete overhaul of the entire Bank of Uganda saying that if the same people are still in office no fruitful investigations will ever be conducted on its operations saying that whoever that tries to investigate it including parliament is bribed and cases die.

The legislator who also sits on finance committee of parliament explained that the overhauling of the Central bank and other institutions of government would help to eliminate all the mess being done by those who think are the untouchables.

Lawyer Ssemakadde of the Center for Legal Trust on the other hand also noted that Bank of Uganda and its legal advisors are wrongly interpreting the financial institutions Act by rushing to illegally liquidate Crane Bank.

SOURCE: Command1Post


BoU Battle With Ruparelia Group Unhealthy For Uganda’s Economy

By Ben Ssebuguzi

One of the online news sites, CEO magazine, carried a big headline: “BoU purported liquidation of Crane bank is illegal,”. This is not the first time Bank of Uganda (BoU) is seen in an apparent battle with Ugandan investors.

There are a number of other cases including; HCCS 493/2017 and civil appeal 252/19 both filed by BoU to influence the illegal liquidation of defunct Crane bank which is an asset of Ruparelia group.

It seems like BoU officials are disguising under the Financial Institutions Act 2004 to abuse their offices and torment our investors. This vice cannot be left to flourish by the youths of Uganda yet we always look up to investors to get employment.

After the NRM led by President Museveni took over power in 1986, they instituted The Departed Asians Property Custodian Board (DAPCB) with the purpose of returning Asian properties confiscated by late President Amin in 1972, this portrayed to the investors around the world that we respect and protect the rights of investors.

This has earned as a good reputation as we have seen an influx of many investors in Uganda of which is a good achievement which needs to be guarded.

What is happening currently at BoU is more likely to run down the drain the achievements of this country.

Even despite other Accountability bodies including, The Auditor General and COSASE faulting their actions, they have gone ahead to prove to the whole world that they are above the law.An act which is likely to taint our good policy towards investors.

One of the significant challenges of our country is unemployment. According to AfDB report 2014, out of the unemployed people in Uganda, 83% are youths, which call for urgent attention by government agencies like BoU to work towards reducing unemployment. To the contrary, the aforesaid is seen to be acting in bad faith.

As young people; we get concerned when we see bad people with selfish interest use their powers to torment investors who are our lifeline hence taking away their precious time to think and establish other projects to employ more Ugandans.

In a nutshell, BoU is washing and drying it’s linen in sand. We, therefore, plead with the line minister of finance to continue to remove the bad apples in BoU in order to save the situation before the tax payers money is put to waste.

Ben Ssebuguzi is a budding economist and Secretary General of Uganda Poor Youth Movement.

SOURCE: Command1Post

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