Man Making Missile In Hoima Wants To Meet Museveni

By George Busiinge

A 29 year old man is making a name and getting famous in Hoima district making military hardware. Anatoli Kiiza, a resident of Kiryangobe village in Kitoba Sub County claims that he has manufactured a missile which can fire 450 miles away. He has named it Sam Missile African Made In Uganda.

Kiiza’s attempt to fabricate one of the world’s most feared and deadly military equipment started in June 2012. This however did not go down well with Uganda police who arrested him at his workshop in Kiryatete suburb in Hoima municipality. He was freed without being charged in courts of law.

Ever since that time he has continued to research and improved on his innovation. He now wants to meet President Yoweri Museveni so that he can sell to him the idea and further improve it. He reveals that police has sabotaged him on several occasions and efforts to meet the president have yielded no success.

Kiiza, who has been arrested seven times since 2012 without prosecution told journalists in Hoima that Uganda can save money it spends on buying military weapons if it invests in innovative people like him. He has used the internet to know how missiles are made and work. He gets inspiration from countries like USA, China and North Korea that are manufacturing missiles.  

The Hoima district Resident District Commission (RDC), who is the administrative representative of the president at the district, Isaac Kawooya, said what Kiiza is doing is illegal and will be charged for several cases. He didn’t breakdown what cases that will be preferred against Kiiza when asked.

Kawooya questioned Kiiza’s motives if he continues to hide from security authorities. “If he is doing the right thing why is he hiding from security? He should come out and at least approach the office of RDC because we don’t know him,” the RDC, who heads and coordinates security agencies in the district, said in a telephone interview.

But Kizza explains that after being arrested by police on numerous occasions, he has lost faith in them preferring to meet the president. Kiiza’s missile has a war head section, a radar fuse, payload compartments, instrument compartments, skirt compartments and air vanes.

PHOTOS: Victoria University Hosts Vacists At Football Gala

On Friday, Victoria University Kampala hosted holiday makers at a soccerfest in an attempt to nurture local footballing talent and love for local football among teenagers. The University partnered with Federation of Students Football Association (FESFA) and Soccernet Uganda.


The one day event which took place at  at Victoria University Sports grounds at Kampala Parents School attracted students from St. Mary’s College Kisubi, Kings College Budo, Turkish Light Academy, Greenhill Academy, Makerere College school, St.Henry’s College Kitovu and Uganda Marty’s Secondary School Namugongo. A select team from different schools also participated in the gala.

Makerere College School, who were the winners of the day, walked away with a Cash Prize of Ushs300,000. Other winners were Obote Jonathan from Makerere College School who was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Golden Boot award winner Nasser Kagimu from Turkish Light Academy.

All the teams had a briefing from Victoria University Marketing personnel Lawrence Masesa and Interim Coach former Uganda Cranes Midfielder Nisteroy Kizito. The University is organizing Vacists sports clinic that will be launched in mid-February. The day ended with Jubilations from excited students and players.

MTN Mobile Money Customers To Get Insurance Cover

The benefits of mobile financial services are increasing each passing day. Telecommunication services provider, MTN Uganda, in partnership with aYo, launched an innovative micro-insurance products, Recharge with Care and Send with Care. The two are the first products launched by aYo - a joint venture between MTN and MMI HOldings - announced in September last year. aYo was formulated to have a strong focus on delivering micro-insurance solution across the African continent.

aYo Recharge with Care offers MTN pre-paid customers an easy way to get free hospital or life cover. Whenever you load MTN airtime, you will receive 30 days free cover. To sign up, simply dial *296# and choose the cover you prefer: MyHospital or MyLife

Adding aYo Send with Care to MTN Mobile Money transfers means that, in the unfortunate event of your passing or should you be hospitalized for a night or more, aYo will pay triple the amount you sent to your beneficiaries, either in one lump sum or in 12 equal monthly installment, depending on your cover level. All you have to so is dial *165*4# to start sending your money with care.

"aYo helps you look after your loved ones, and we even reward you for doing so. If you interact with either of our products on a regular basis, we give you bonus value which, when it grows to UShs2, 000, can be cashed out to your MTN Mobile Money wallet, used to buy more cover or MTN airtime, say aYo Uganda Marketing Manager, Thomas Sekanwagi.

Wim Vanhelleputte, Chief Executive Officer at MTN Uganda that aYo products strengthens their bouquet of mobile financial services offerings. "Send with Care adds a further layer of security and customer-facing benefit by adding cover to funds sent using MTN mobile Money, while maintaining the convenience that has become a core feature of Mobile Money itself.

"We are also very excited about Recharge with Care because for the first time, we are able to offer free cover and consenquently, peace of mind, on all airtime recharges on the MTN network, he concluded.

Edwin Kwesiga, the chief executive officer at aYo Uganda said the partnership gives them an ideal opportunity to demonstrate the value of life and healthcare cover to their subscriber base. “This will be achieved by building innovative products closely aligned to the real life and healthcare needs of the Ugandan consumer and will be backed by an awesome customer experience.”

Kampala Parents Best Mathematics Primary School In Uganda

The ministry of education and sport and Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) Thursday released the 2016 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) with Kampala Parents’ School emerging as best performing school in the country when it comes to Mathematics.

“This is to congratulate our pupils upon being the best in Math country wide in the just released PLE results by the Uganda National Examinations Board. We are so honored and humbled by this achievement.

Our sincere appreciation goes out to our dear students for their endless efforts, teachers, non-teaching staff, our esteemed parents and well-wishers. Thank you once again for your continued support.” Daphne Kato, the school principle said of their achievement.

The school which prides itself with start of art learning facilities and qualified teachers saw 200 pupils out of the 274 who sat for PLE pass in first division while the remaining 74 passed in super division two.

The released national PLE exams of 2016 indicated an improved general performance with a failure reduction of 9.2 percent. The boys' failure rate was registered at 5.3% and while that of girls was at 7.7%. Janet Museveni, the minister of education, expressed delight seeing that more than 50% of the pupils who completed primary education last year were female.

The results showed that male candidates beat their female counterparts; this is according to UNEB Chairperson Prof. Mary Okwakol. There was marked improved performance especially in English, with girls performing better than boys.

In the past, poor handwriting has been the undoing for some candidates. But this time round, according to UNEB, examiners reported that handwriting was more legible and candidates were more detailed in their answering of questions, with fuller sentences.

Museveni said that since the introduction of UPE, PLE candidature had increased. However, urban schools performed better than rural schools, with non-UPE candidates shown to have performed better than their UPE counterparts.


Hoima Resident Rearing Fish To Tap Into Oil Money

By George Busiinge

Ever since oil was discovered in Bunyoro kingdom, various people are strategizing to cash in on the oil money. While the oil business is dominated by international companies, local companies have been tipped to tap into oil money by providing services and locally available products like food.

Not to miss out on the growing opportunities arising because of ongoing oil activities in the region, Rajabu Byaruhanga, a resident of Kichwamba village, Hoima municipality in Hoima district has demonstrated that it is possible for Bunyoro people to rear quality fish right in their compounds near their houses by using wood boxes or plastic boxes. Byaruhanga intends to sell this fish from his farms to oil companies and company workers working in the oil industry.

Byaruhanga, who is also a farmer, has turned his compound into a farm for rearing fish. He says some residents in Bunyoro focus only on farming cash crops and food crops like maize, beans, peas, cassava and others forgetting that they can also rear fish like him. Byaruhanga and his family started fish farming back in 2013 although their efforts started paying off in June 2015.

Initially, the family harvested nothing from their first stock of 70 catfish due to poor supervision and care. He added that workers who were looking after the fish simply left them to predators. Then he decided to look for them himself. Byaruhanga says that in order to gain from oil and gas business which is booming in Hoima, they are entering all businesses that can earn them money. Fish farming is one that they have identified and has started paying off.

However a Non Government Organization which he declined to name gave him help through advising him and facilitating to construct fish wood box ponds. The NGO also gave him plastic ponds in order to look after this fish properly.

Byaruhanga added that this fish farming has enabled him to pay school fees for his children including one who completed secondary school last year. His family is also surviving on income generated from the fish farm.

INTERVIEW: We Need More Engagements With Government - Petroleum Students

Anita Badagawa is a final year student of Petroleum Geosciences and Production at Makerere University. She currently represents the petroleum students as the President of the Makerere University (MUK) Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter. She shared with EarthfindsSam Jumbwike their dream for the Oil and Gas Sector in Uganda

Tell more about the Makerere University Society of Petroleum Engineers/Students Chapter. How did it come about?

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) MUK Student Chapter was basically created under the SPE Uganda Section to extend the arms and influence of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPEI) in Petroleum Institute. The SPEI consists of 168, 000 members in 144 countries and about 368 Student Chapters worldwide. SPE membership includes more than 68, 000 student members.

Our Mission is to collect, disseminate, exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of Oil and Gas resources and related technologies for public benefit to both Students and Professionals.

On top of the above, the SPE Makerere Student Chapter aims to develop professional awareness among members and other Students doing degrees that are relevant to the Oil and Gas sector. We promote social and academic interaction among Geosciences and Engineering and promote unity among all engineering disciplines in conjunction with Geosciences Students’ Societies.

As of now, what are some of the things that you have undertaken as an association to fulfill your objectives?

We have organized recruitment drives to enroll more student members. We have had collaborative projects with Makerere Engineering Society, held distinguished lectures from Petroleum Engineering Professionals, built models for study purposes, sensitized people, undertaken trips to attend conferences on Oil and Gas in leading Oil Companies across the globe, and we recently organized the Oil and Gas forum that took place at Protea Hotel.

Petroleum Geosciences and Production is relatively new in Uganda. Where did your lecturers come from?

Yes it is true it is a new course, however we have had the Geology Department for a longer time and since half of our curriculum as petroleum students consists of geology related course units, lecturers to handle that were available.  

Now for the rest of the curriculum, we have had visiting lecturers of Petroleum Engineering from Oil Companies like Total, CNOOC, Tullow Oil Uganda and also government technocrats from the Directorate of Petroleum at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.

Can you sum up what Petroleum Students at MUK are taught for the entire course?

Throughout the course we study Petroleum Engineering, Drilling Engineering, Health and Safety, Reservoir Engineering, Geology, Drilling Fluids and Geo-Physics among others.

What are some of the challenges that you face as Petroleum Students?

There is inadequate exposure while undertaking the course mostly due to lack of instrumentation and equipment in laboratories. For instance we study quite a number of things that require hands on exposure and experience; however it is nearer to impossible to have an opportunity to learn with practice.

The software to work with is inadequate. Most of the data we deal with has to be worked on using licensed software that is only available in big Oil Companies abroad and rare to find here. There is also less communication from government concerning the Oil Sector.

Is this having an effect on your competitiveness?

Yes it is. There are few Petroleum Engineers that have studied in Uganda that can actually compete with the ones that have studied for example at Heriot Watt University. This is affecting us in that most of the operating companies are hiring expatriates to do the engineering work available.

We are not having enough practice to be in position to compete with the expatriates that are being brought into the country to do the engineering works in the Oil and Gas operations.

What advice do you have for government if we are to do better?

Government must beef up local capacity in the Oil and Gas Sector. All Oil and Gas Faculties at Universities and Institutes in Uganda should be furnished with efficient laboratories and enough equipment like Microscopes for Christolographical studies, Thin Sectioning Equipment, and Geo-Physical Equipment.

Also Oil and Gas Students should have enough study trips and be availed with the best Lecturers in the Petroleum Industry. The 6.5 billion barrels of Oil in place with about 1.5 billion barrels recoverable is good news to the economy of Uganda.

The revenues from the Oil industry will boost development in almost all the other sectors and this will place Uganda at a better chance of becoming a middle income country. The current Oil and Gas Regulations are good; they just need a lot more professional people to implement them in order to enable sustainable Management of Uganda’s Oil Resource.

From what we have studied, we have a lot to offer to our country in terms of building the Oil and Gas industry through proper regulations, good policy, good management to ensure that the Oil Resource is not misused in order to avoid the Oil Curse and above all ensuring that the Oil will benefit every Ugandan.

Hoima Leader Launch Operation Against Chinese Businesses

By George Busiinge

Chinese operating gambling businesses in Hoima district are on tenterhooks after the district leaders started a crackdown on their business. The most affected are the Chinese operating slot machines (jukebox gambling coin machine). This came after Hoima police and district leaders in Hoima launched an operation to impound all Jukebox.

The operation left Over 20 slot machines impounded and the operation was conducted in Kasingo, Buhimba, Kiziranfumbi, Kidoma and other areas. Abdul Batambuze, the district Chief Administrative Officer who led the operation said the operation was launched following a council resolution to crackdown on gambling. He said that the Chinese have moved deep in the rural areas and they are seriously cheating poor people.

They claimed that productive age are no longer engaging in development activities because they spend most of their time in gamboling adding that such business is fueling theft among the Youths. They claimed that every week, the Chinese collect millions of Money and they take it to their Country adding that such businesses do not contribute to the economy of the area. District leaders agreed to chase them away from Hoima.

 They added that parents have lost their Money because children divert school fees into gambling. This according to the leaders has attributed to school dropouts. Kadir Kirungi, the district chairman says they will soon start arresting landlords who house gambling businesses adding that Chinese are exploiting the local poor man adding that they should not belicensed again.

 Hoima Municipal Mayor Mugasa recently also complained against Indians over their involvement in petty Business. She explained that Indians are engaging in businesses which are not supposed to be carried out by investors such match box, books, oil, broom and pan check among yet they call themselves investors and this has forced indigenous business communities give up their businesses because they are no longer making any profit.


Delhi Public School Starts Admitting 2017 Students

Delhi Public School International is now accepting new students for the 2017 academic year, the Naguru based school announced in a statement. The school opened its doors to the Ugandan public when businessman Sudhir Ruparelia acquired Indian School of Uganda.

Sudhir then merged Indian School of Uganda with Delhi Public International School to come up with a revamped and custom made Delhi Public School International, one of the institutions using the Indian curriculum in Uganda.

Delhi Public School International is equipped to the highest standards with over 50 Smart Classrooms, ICT Labs, Science Lab, Home Economics Room, Art Room, Fully Stocked Library, Dinning Facility, Swimming Pool, Football Pitch, Indoor Games Room, Yoga Room, and School Clinic among others.

In the process of being admitted, pupils and students are assessed in the presence of their parents. The assessment tests are usually conducted immediately after the registration of the child or within a maximum period of next three working days. “We believe that children are our future. Therefore, we teach them well and let them lead the way. Our aim is to show them what they possess inside.” A school official explains.

“Through our innovative techniques, we strive to expose our students to a stimulating and enriching learning experience. Knowledge is accumulated in many ways. Students can accumulate knowledge through attending classes, reading books, searching the internet, and doing field work among others.

The knowledge acquired helps children to excel in various assignments and exams. They are able to apply it in life after school for example employment. The more knowledge students accumulate the smarter they become.” The school says in a statement.

Delhi Public School was officially opened on October 31, 2015 by former education minister Maj. (Rtd) Jessica Alupo. The former minister, during the opening of the school, praised Sudhir for having established a legacy that will stand for a long term. Sudhir owns various schools and a University thereby boosting quality education in Uganda.

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Victoria University Gets New Guild President

Uganda’s fastest growing private university, Victoria University, recently inaugurated a new student leadership team lead by Peter Isiko who takes over from Keith Mugabi as guild president.

The university also used the handover ceremony as the student and the entire institution staff’s end of year party. The event was held that at University main campus located on Jinja road, in the new Victoria Cafeteria.

The University thanked the outgoing cabinet for the enormous work they rendered to the institution. Mugabi, the outgoing Guild president, was in particular highly praised in a very special way for having led the Guild Council in an extra-ordinary way.

VIctoria University Promoter Rajiv Ruparelia

Speaking at the function Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia, the University Promoter, urged students to embrace team work and commitment in all they do if they are to be successful in Life. Students and staff members were served with lots of food, drinks and music.

The university then broke for the Christmas holidays. Students will resume their studies on 18th January 2017. The University is committed to the advancement of higher education in the country and the East African region by establishing exemplary, specialised and employment-oriented education. The university is currently enrolling for the JAN-FEB 2017 Intake.

Kigorogya Residents Request For Closure Of Fake Drug Shops

By George Busiinge

Residents of Kigorobya sub county, Hoima district are asking government to close fake drug shops that set up business when they heard that the area is going to be swimming in oil and gas money. Hoima and the neighboring districts have seen numerous local and international investors set up business to tap into market generated by the discovery of oil in the region.

But among the businesses set up in the region are fake drug shops, clinics and health facilities as owners anticipate fleecing the unsuspecting customers. Over four health units in Kigorobya sub county, Hoima district have been closed by the ministry of health for failure to comply with the set standards.

A team from Allied Health Professionals Council led by Fred Oyesige, the regional officer this week found several clinics illegally operating and being managed by non-qualified medical personnel. Among the closed facilities include Bethel drug shop in Kigorobya town council, Lyne Drug shop in Kibegenya, JMS in Kapapi among others.

Oyesige observed that several licensed drug shops were found operating as clinics and health centres saying this puts lives of patients at risk. “About 70 percent of patients who seek health services from private facilities get it from the unqualified personnel" He observed.

Several drug shop operators were seen closing and taking off on learning that the inspectors were in area. Oyesige noted that the operation is going to continue to other parts of the district to make sure that health services are streamlined for better delivery.


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