Kenj Nabirye

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Kampala Parents School Swimmers Shine At Gala

Kampala Parents School is steadily establishing itself as a swimming giant in the country after winning about 59 medals at the second edition of Midland National School Swimming Gala 2016 that took place at Rainbow International School Ugandna (RISU)over the weekend. The Ruparelia Group owned school won 13 Gold medals, 33 silver Medals, and 13 Bronze Medals.

On top of winning medals, two swimmers from the school were voted the best. Francesco Kagugube and Chiara Nansubuga were voted the best at the tournament that attracted over 400 swimmers from eight schools that participated in the one day swimming gala. The two pupils also happen to be siblings. Nansubuga, 12, is on the Uganda national swimming team.

Speaking to Earthfinds in an interview, Ronald Mubiru, the swimming coach at Kampala Parents School said that they put in a lot of hard work to see that the swimmers excel. “The pupils also have a lot of discipline and are dedicated to swimming,” Mubiru stated.

The head of games and sports at Kampala Parents School Godfrey Kyankya said the school treasures co-curricular activities so much that school has put in place enabling facilities to help pupils train in different sports disciplines comfortably. They have a swimming training schedule. The school trains every Thursday evening and Saturday morning. 

The talented Nansubuga said training hard and remaining focused has helped her to excel as a swimmer. She has participated in international tournaments with the national team and won international certificates and trophies. The second edition of Midland National School Swimming Gala was held in close partnership with Uganda Swimming Federation (USF) and sponsored by Midland Group of Companies through the Midland Foundation. It aims at developing young talented swimmers. 

Other schools that took part in the tournament included Lohana Academy, Seeta Junior School, Daffodils Primary School, Green Hill Primary School, Golden Berry Schools, Kampala Junior Academy and Taibah Schools. The overall winner was Daffodils, followed by Green Hill and Kampala Parents School. Max Kanyerezi, the head of swimming activities at RISU, said the school is determined to put swimming to a higher level and being part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.

MTN Foundation Gives Ushs109m To Rotary Community Health Projects


MTN through its social responsibility vehicle called ‘MTN Foundation’ has donated Ushs109 million to boost a Rotary health project designed to avail free medical treatment to needy communities.The project dubbed the ‘Rotary Family Health Days’ (RFHDs) was launched last week in partnership with Rotary Uganda, Centenary Bank and the Ministry of Health. 

RFHDs are meant to avail free treatment to communities. The project started on the 29th April and will end on 7th May 2016. This year’s theme is “Good Health, Happy Families”. “Through the MTN Foundation, MTN Uganda is constantly committed to improving the lives of its customers and communities. The Rotary Family Health Days are a great opportunity for MTN Uganda to give back to our communities. 

We believe our contribution to this noble cause will go a long way in changing the lives of many communities where Rotary Uganda will be setting up the different camps,” Gouldie said. MTN also encourage everyone to observe the days to get free medication from the Rotary camps that will be equipped with free, quality and professional medical care. 

The medical camps will offer both specialized and general services in areas of cancer screening (cervical and breast); child immunization and nutrition; family planning and maternal health; HIV/AIDS counselling and testing; dental services; optical and many other common community health concerns. 

The Rotary Family Health Days are not only meant to provide free medication to communities but also help solve the common health issues suffered by communities like Malaria, HIV/AIDS, family planning to mention but a few. 

According to Steven Mwanje, board Chair of Rotary Family Health Days project, the program is employed in six countries which include Uganda, South Africa, Lesotho Swaziland, Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania. “This program has reached over 470,000 people in Uganda and 1 million worldwide and is implemented in areas with inadequate medical facilities like limited drugs and majorly the hindrance to proper medical care,” he said. 

“I am very grateful to Rotary Uganda, MTN and Centenary bank for this noble cause and I will not take it for granted. We believe that this will change a lot of lives especially for communities that still have inadequate medical care and medication that is perceived as expensive or inaccessible. We encourage all communities to utilize these days to improve our health status.” Said Doctor Anthony Mbonye from the Ministry of Health. 

Over 82 camps will be set up all over the country and these will be deployed with 23 medical personnel from 10 health centres. There will be a team of 5 experts from USA, Canada, India and Uganda that will be deployed at Laaro Health Centre IV to specifically attend to maternal and child health issues. 

Watch out for the upcoming health camps 





7th May

RC Kajjansi

DCA-Entebbe, Mayors Garden

7th May

RC Nkumba

DCA-Entebbe, Kisubi

7th May

RC Entebbe

DCA- Entebbe, Mayors Garden

7th May

Rc Bwebajja

DCA - Entebbe, Abayita Ababili

13th May 2016

RC Kampala Impala

Gomba, Mpigi

14th May 2016

Inner wheel club of Mengo





E-Commerce Giants Kaymu Rewards Customers To Celebrate Two Years Of Good Business


The e-commerce giant Kaymu is celebrating two years of business in Uganda. In return, they have rewarding customers who purchase from their online marketplace during the month of April. Some lucky Kaymu shoppers have already been rewarded as part of the promotion. 

Customers remain loyal where it benefits them, whether in terms of convenience, attractive prices or a generally satisfying experience – so when they receive an unexpected reward from a company, it’s a pleasant surprise. Rewards remind the customer that you’re aware of them, that you appreciate their purchases, and that you’re willing to go above and beyond to keep them happy - And Kaymu seems to know this very well. 

Kaymu, which is Uganda’s largest online marketplace, launched the ‘Lucky Dip’ giveaway promotion to celebrate two years of business - and to thank customers for their support. Kaymu Uganda’s Marketing Manager, Stacey Mwesezi said it’s all about giving back to customers.

"We recently celebrated Kaymu’s 2nd birthday, so we’re thanking our customers for embracing our platform and bringing us this far. We’re not able to give a gift to every single customer we have, but we’ll give every customer who places an order during this promotion, an equal chance of winning – that’s why it’s called a lucky dip." 

Considering how convenient Kaymu is for both buyers and sellers, its success in Uganda is unsurprising. “The option of paying cash on delivery makes our buyers comfortable. Having an office in downtown Kampala makes our sellers comfortable, since many of them are based here too. Kaymu's success comes from understanding exactly what makes our Ugandan buyers and sellers comfortable and then adapting our business accordingly” she asserts. 

The prizes offered to the lucky winners included Ushs500,000 cash, Hellofood vouchers, Bluetooth speakers, 5 gigabytes of data courtesy of MTN, CV checks and interview training courtesy of Everjobs, a camping chair and umbrella courtesy of Tusker Malt and one night stay for two people at the luxury Lake Victoria Serena Hotel, courtesy of Jovago.

Conference To Address Oil & Gas Sector Suppliers Interests

The Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP) is set to host the second annual oil and gas convention from April 27-28, 2016 at the Kampala Serena Hotel, as the country seeks to spark renewed interest in the sector.

Running under the theme, “Suppliers’ Roadmap to Operational Excellence”, the conference is largely intended to reassure suppliers and subcontractors about the opportunities in the oil and gas sector amidst the tough industry challenges.

Irene Nakalyango, CEO, Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, says the conference is aimed at bolstering the industry and highlighting the salient opportunities available. “We call upon everyone involved in the supply of goods and services in the oil and gas sector to make it a point to attend this summit,” noted Nakalyango.

Uganda’s oil industry has been in a lull for almost three years mainly due to protracted negotiations between the Government of Uganda and the international oil companies (IOCs) revolving around the two critical projects of the refinery and the pipeline required for the future development of the natural resource.

This delay happening amidst falling global oil prices slowly dampened the expectations of subcontractors and suppliers many of whom have had to lay off workers.  

But there still exists vast opportunities in logistics, foods and beverages, security, finance, human resource, waste management, crane services and in joint ventures with more experienced foreign firms. To date, government has put emphasis on helping Ugandans get the requisite skills so they are competitive in the industry. Major infrastructure is also being built to boost the industry.

According to the IOCs’ baseline survey of June 2014 titled, “A survey to foster opportunities for Ugandans in the Oil and Gas sector”, Uganda’s petroleum sector will generate 100,000 to 150,000, direct and indirect jobs.

However, the survey identified some barriers that would obstruct people from joining the sector including limited information, lack of skills, poor infrastructures, and administrative bureaucracy among others. It also revealed that only 25 industries of the 420 surveyed in Uganda had high potential to supply the oil and gas sector.

Nakalyango said the convention will thus emphasize local service providers' critical needs, improvement and enhancement, mainly because they are the catalyst for national economic empowerment in the years to come.

To directly address these industry opportunities and challenges and how best the suppliers can prepare themselves to serve the interests of the IOCs and benefit from the national policies, the upcoming summit will also feature breakout workshops on the sidelines.

Logistics and transport firms, foods and beverages suppliers, legal service providers amongst many others are expected to attend. So far several firms including Bollore Africa Logistics, CNOOC Uganda, UAP Insurance, Total E&P, GIZ, Tullow Uganda and PWC have confirmed participation.

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