Commonwealth Resort, Speke Resort Munyonyo Lineup Impressive Christmas Offers, Lunch Buffet

Christmas season is upon us and it is time for festivities, to have fun and show love and care to the people who matter in our lives, those we love and cherish. It is a time to make merry.

To stay true to the tradition, Uganda’s leading luxurious and executive hotels, Speke Resort Munyonyo and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, all owned by the Ruparelia Group, have returned with their now annually Christmas Lunch Buffet.

To complete the package the two hotels have lined up impressive Christmas offers on accommodation and other leisure activities. These start as early as 15th December through to 7th January, 2018. Clients who booked before 30th November, 2017, got a 10 percent discount.

The Christmas Lunch Buffet, which will happen on Christmas Day, 25th December, 2017, will be a three course menu serving a variety of food and drinks. From our own Ugandan foods and drinks, to Indian, European to contemporary and specials, the buffest will provide a rich menu.

Customers who want class, fun and top most customer care on the big day should expect a menu that has foods like golden salad, compound salads, assorted cheese board, cold meat platter, cold seafood counter, condiments, dressings and dip, a variety of soups, breads, hot buffet, pickles, coverings and sauces.

The hotels will also offer live cooking dishes like BBQ grills, Tawa and South Indian counter, pasta counter, Chinese counter served with deserts. This will be served starting from midday to late in the evening. A good lakeside breathe will be such a good feel in the company of good people.

The two sister hotels are offering special festive season rates on accommodation starting from 15th to 23rd December and from 26th to 7th December.

On offer are single deluxe rooms for one guest, double deluxe room for two, one bedroom suites for two, executive rooms for two, executive suites for two, presidential cottages for four and presidential suites for four.

Also available on card from 24th to 25th December are executive Christmas offers. These include single deluxe rooms, double deluxe rooms, one bedroom suite, executive room, presidential cottages for four guests and presidential suite for four guests.

The hotels say an extra person is provided with a mattress on the floor at a charge. All rates include taxes and are on full board basis which means you get breakfast, lunch and dinner but not drinks.

You also get a 30 minute boat ride and 10 minutes pony rides for kids. Residents have access to the swimming pool, gym, steam and sauna rooms.

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort was specifically constructed to host the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The resort located on Lake Victoria is dedicated to providing unrivalled comfort and unmatched service.

It has earned worldwide recognition as ‘the Presidents’ hotel’ for hosting numerous high profile guests, from Heads of State to foreign dignitaries and international celebrities, who consider it a home away from home.

Speke Resort Munyonyo like Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage are there for guest's enjoyment.

Other amenities at the hotels include air conditioning, balcony/terrace, desk, telephone can be found in selected guestrooms. Take a break from a long day and make use of private beach, fitness center, sauna, outdoor pool and fishing.

Speke Resort Munyonyo, a 5 star hotel in Kampala, is an excellent choice from which to explore Kampala or to simply relax and rejuvenate.

1000 Kasongoire Forest Reserve Encroachers Vacate Voluntarily

By Busiinge George

Over 1000 encroachers who had encroached on Kasongoire central forest reserve have voluntarily vacated it, after being sensitized by National Forestry Authority (NFA). Kasongoire Central forest reserve is located in Budongo and Kyabigambire sub counties in the districts of Hoima and Masindi respectively.

According to Stuart Maniraguha, Range manager in charge of the management of forestry reserves in Bunyoro, the entire forest reserve is surrounded by over 10 villages which include; Kiryabutuzi, Katuugo, Kasongoire, Bugandale, Kiryamyongo, Terera Kisagura, Kimanya, Kyabijwenge among others.

Maniraguha says that all encroachers who had planted food in the reserve were given a period of eight months to harvest their food noting that 275 households had occupied 400 of the 3069 hectares of the forest reserve.

He adds that there has been a challenge of the forest reserve boundary and the neighbouring communities saying that to solve the empathy, they engaged the authorities of Masindi and Hoima and resolved to open the 43 kms boundaries which was done successfully.

He also explains that about half of the 400 hectares which were recovered has been planted with trees noting that this is one of success interventions registered.

Muruli JohnBosco, the forest supervisor, Bujawe beat, says the reserve had been encroached on by tobacco farmers.

However, he adds that to discourage the farmers from growing more tobacco in the reserve they engaged the tobacco companies to sign agreements compelling them not to contract farmers who grow tobacco in the reserve.

Sunday Elisa, a resident of Katuugo village says he vacated the area after he was told that a forest reserve is for tree planting and not for settlement.

Noah Kererali, the chairperson LC1 Katuugo in Kyabigambire Sub County, says some encroachers were misled by the politicians who would tell them not to vacate

 

How To End The Year In Style – The Ultimate Tips

The end of year frenzy is upon us, which means that preparations in most organizations are already in high gear. The Christmas trees are going up, lights have been set up, ornaments have been hung and budgets have been made with everyone in the company eager for an end of year celebration.

After 365 days of hard work, it’s always nice to reward your team with a treat before everyone heads off to be with their families and friends for Christmas. Here are top 5 ideas of what you can do.

  1.       End of year party

This one is a classic plan for most organizations. The end of year Christmas party involves food, drinks, music and dancing and allows employees to interact freely and shake off the year’s stress. It also allows the administration to find out in a casual way how the year has been and what they can do to improve in the year to come. Please be warned about the one office drunk who never puts his glass down and the overly flirtatious individual who uses this as a chance to “mix and mingle”.

  1.       Work retreat

This is another idea that has become very popular in the last few years. Despite being expensive, if planned well a corporate retreat could be the perfect way to wind down the year. There are so many beautiful locations in Uganda and even Kampala itself where you can head to as an organization and get time away from the office to bond and destress from the year’s pressures.

  1.       Secret Santa

Secret santa is a new tradition that has been added to the list of things to do for end of year. Basically, it is a way to have everyone in the office reward one another. With secret santa, every employee picks a name that they have to buy a gift for without telling them.

  1.       Dinner Gala

This is another classic. A simple dinner always works to get everyone in the company together and to make it more special a band or comedian or musician could be hired. It may be less costly than a retreat and is much easier to organize once you have the venue sorted out. For Hotel options, Jumia Travel is your definite go to here.

  1.       Talent show

This a creative and fun way to close off the year. Being in work mode from January to December with no play is bound to get exhausting, so allowing people to show off their talents is a nice way too show off different ides of people within the work space. The talent show could have play showcases, fashion show and singing/karaoke competitions to mention but a few.

Jumia Travel is currently working around the clock to make it less stressful to figure out what companies should do to close off the year. So if you need a venue for a Christmas party or dinner do not hesitate. It also has some great corporate packages which make it more affordable to accommodate a team of 5 or more.

So, what will you be doing this year? Whatever it is, hope it closes off 2017 with a bang (sets off fireworks)!

 

Kids To Get Free Fruit Tree Seedlings At Green Xmas Festival

Parents and children who will attend the upcoming Green Xmas Festival will return home with free fruit tree seedlings, environmentalist Joseph Masembe, also the CEO of Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green, the NGO organizing the kids festival, said in an interview.

Joseph Masembe and NEMA boss Dr Okurut plant a tree

The festival which is organized annually will take place on Sunday, 17th December at Kololo Airstrip. The aim of the fun filled festival is to encourage children to plant trees at an early age.  Masembe believes that children need to be introduced to the idea of conserving the environment at an early age.

“We will give each child a fruit tree seedling on that day. We have to teach our children to care for the environment. There is going to be a lot of entertainment.” Masembe explained.

Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green is partnering with other stakeholders in this cause. It has partnered with NEMA, Riham, Milkman, Uganda Police, Sadolin, Capital FM and NBS Television.

Bonn Meeting Launch UCLG Africa Climate Task Force

The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Bonn, Germany from November 6 -17 2017, provided the framework for the launch of the UCLG Africa Climate Task Force and the presentation of its members to the political authorities and the general public.

The official launch of the UCLG Africa Climate Task Force was held in Bonn on Tuesday November 14, 2017 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Mr. Barnabé Dassigli, Minister of Decentralization and Local Governance of Benin, Chairman of the Specialized Technical Committee N° 8 of the African Union, in the presence of representatives of the first institutions that volunteered to join the Task Force. These were notably:

  • The African Development Bank (AfDB), represented for this purpose by Ms. Louise Helen BROWN, Climate Change Task Manager, Coordinator of the AfDB Fund for Climate Change in Africa;
  • The West African Development Bank (BOAD), represented by Mr. Bio Sawe, Director of the Environment and Climate Finance;
  • The Local Government Capital Investment Fund of Morocco (FEC);
  • The Special Fund for Equipment and Inter-Municipal Intervention of Cameroon (FEICOM), represented by Mr. Côme Awoumou, Deputy Director of Cooperation and Partnership;
  • OECD, represented by Ms Marie Trémolières, Senior Policy Analyst at the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) of OECD;
  • The Environment Agency for Territorial Development of the Presidency of the Republic of Benin, represented by Mr. Jean Claude Grisoni Niaki, expert in resource mobilization and structuring of projects for Climate Finance;
  • The 4C Agency of the Ministry of the Environment of Morocco, represented by its Director, Mr. Mohamed Nbou;
  • Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech, represented by Professor Fatima Arib, Sustainable Development and Major Projects Task Manager at the Presidency of the University;
  • The National Associations of Local Governments in Africa, represented by Ms. Florence Radzilani, Mayor of the Municipality of the District of Vhembe (South Africa), Climate and Environmental Planning Officer at the South African Local Government Association (SALGA);
  • NGO ENERGIES 2050, represented by its CEO, Stéphane Pouffary.

Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa, stated the intention of the Task Force to bring together, within the same ecosystem, the various stakeholders working with climate issues.

This is to enable them to support local governments in Africa in the implementation of NDCs and in the access to climate finance and most notably the Green Climate Fund. This is open to all those who wish to join it who can do so by applying to the General Secretariat of UCLG Africa. 

On behalf of the African Ministers of Public Service, Urban Development, Local Governments and Decentralization, the Hon. Minister Barnabé Dassigli of Benin, Chairman of the Specialized Technical Committee N° 8 of the African Union, commended UCLG Africa for its wonderful initiative, supported by STC N° 8.

He expressed confidence that the UCLG Africa's Climate Task Force would have a significant impact on the engagement of African local governments in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and pointed out that within the same support platform for local governments, development banks, institutions specializing in the financing of local governments, technical support agencies for local governments, academic and research institutions, associations of local governments and NGOs active in the field of climate, was a commitment to the synergy of the different stakeholders around the Climate Agenda.

Hon. Minister Dassigli confirmed that the African Union's STC N° 8 also supports requests made by local and regional elected officials during the preparatory Forum for COP 22 held in Cotonou in September 2016, especially with regard to the urgency of establishing a capacity building and technical assistance program for local governments to enable them to develop climate plans and prepare eligible funding applications for the Green Climate Fund; as well as for the recognition of UCLG Africa as an "Implementing Partner" of the Green Climate Fund.

The role of territories was recognized as essential for the realization of NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions). Local policy choices in terms of infrastructure, equipment and basic service delivery methods have made an impact on energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions.

Priorities for elected officials include giving a climate perspective to the everyday actions they carry out. There is also a need to build their capacities to measure, report and verify the contribution of their actions and policies in the reduction of emissions and adaptation to the effects of climate change.

This requirement for the Measurement, Reporting and Verification of climate actions (MRV) is one of the requirements of the Paris Agreement and one of the conditions to be met in order to access the Green Climate Fund.

The National Associations of Local Governments will be required to advocate with the representatives of the NDC Partnership and the focal points of Green Climate Fund in their respective countries.

Sheraton Continues 50 Years Celebration With Fun Run

Sheraton Kampala Hotel, continued with its 50 years’ celebrations with a fun run, meant to keep staff and clients fit.

The 5KM and 10KM run was attended by over 200 participants who are mainly Sheraton staff and selected guests. The fun run is less about talent and more about having fun and keeping healthy.

Fun runs are a great way for beginners to get motivated and for seasoned athletes to break up the monotony of training. A fun run is a friendly race that involves either road running or cross country running with participants taking part for their own enjoyment rather than competition

The Fun Run was to encourage workers of all ages to engage in physical activity, we want to promote lifelong fitness, improve levels of employee engagement and enhance team building

Sadolin, Little Hands Go Green Tie Up Environment Conservation Deal

Uganda's Little Hands Go Green, a Non Government Organisation (NGO), has got the backing of Sadolin Paints, Uganda's leading paint, to continue its environment conservation ahead of the Green Xmas Festival.

Sadolin and the NGO will give out 3,000 fruit trees during this year’s Green Xmas Festival set for 17th December at Kololo Airstrip. The fun filled festival targets children as a way of encouraging them to plan fruit trees.

This, according to Joseph Masembe, the CEO of Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green, is one way of giving responsibility to the youngsters to protect the environment they live in. He says climate change is a reality which needs to be address wholesomely.

This December it’s going to be bigger and better with the kids having far much more fun with their parents at the festival. We want to teach children to love the environment,” Masembe said.

Uganda's Little Hands Go Green is also partnering with Sadolin Paints, Milkman, NEMA, NBS Television, Riham Soda, Capital Radio among other partners.

National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Executive Director Dr. Tom Okurut revealed that the tree planting campaigns are good for the environment since they create sustainable livelihoods.

Sadolin Paints recently relaunched onto the Ugandan market after had canceled a contract with Sadolin Paints East Africa who where their local distributors. Sadolin Paints East Africa has been bought by Kansai Plascorn. 

Thereafter they partnered with Crown Paints East Africa to distribute, market and seek Sadolin Paints in Uganda. The relaunch of Sadolin Paints means ugandans can still access and enjoy they favorite paint. 

Johann Smidt, the director AkzoNobel decorative paints in sub-Saharan Africa, speaking at the relaunch in Kampala recently said they will offer global standard quality paint that the Ugandan people can enjoy.

“We are confident that with our partnership with Regal Paints, a subsidiary of Crown Paints East Africa, our new sales and distribution partner, will service Uganda and the region with excellence.”

Rakesh Rao, the chief Executive office Crown Paints East Africa, said the partnership is a strong statement on the investment by AkzoNobel and continuity of the Sadolin brand in Uganda and the whole region.

“The Sadolin brand has been a household name for many years. We embrace the level of professionalism, quality and global best practices that the brand enforces and are thrilled to enter into this partnership and facilitate the continued supply of Sadolin in Uganda and the region,” Rao said. 

 

Speke Apartments - We Are The New Face Of Luxury

You don’t miss it when striding on Jinja road, just opposite ministry of internal affairs or when climbing up Wampewo Avenue. Speke Apartment has since become another beauty in Kampala’s skyline.

The classy apartments is part of Speke Group of Hotels owned by Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia’s Ruparelia Group. This explains why the facility is such a magnificent piece of work. The businessman is known to going for quality in every bit of his investment.

Speke Apartments specialize in self-catering apartments for corporate, leisure and family travellers in Kampala for short or long term lets. Combining a great location with a secure, quiet, clean, serviced apartment accommodation spread out over five floors.

“We are the new face of luxury and decadence in the apartment world with incredibly spacious apartments, villas and penthouses that open up to beautiful balcony views, perfect for your relaxation moments,’ Sajeev Kulangarath ‎Assist General Manager in Speke Group of Hotels

“Live the Uptown urban lifestyle you crave. Our two and three bedroom apartments balance the style and hospitality of an intimate hotel with the space and comfort of a fully appointed luxury rooms.

Speke Apartments offer spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchens, sumptuous bedrooms and bathrooms, designed to make you feel at home. Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, these full furnished apartment have all you could possibly need in modern accommodation in Kampala.

Located within close proximity of the Central Business District, the apartments have convenient access to all parts of Kampala and essential social amenities.”

Lightning Kills 4 Pupils, Injures 5 in Hoima Municipality.

By Busiinge George

Four primary pupils died last week while five others are being hospitalized after lightning struck their school on Thursday afternoon in Hoima municipality.

The lighting struck St Prisca Primary School located in Nyarugabo cell, Kiduuma ward, Busiisi Division Hoima municipality, Hoima district.

The dead pupils have been identified as Evelyn Kasimere (P4), Macklin Kusemererwa (P6), Jackeline Karungi (P5) and Diana Kusiima (P6).

Those injured and hospitalized at Hoima regional referral hospital are; 14 year old Steven Asiimwe (P5), 11 year old Jorine Kusemererwa (P3), Racheal Atugonza (P6) and Enid Basemera (P6) and another who was not be identified by press time.

Three pupils died on spot while one died on the way to Hoima referral hospital.

The school teacher, Hope Florence said the incident occurred during lunch time at around 1:00pm. She explained that the pupils had converged in their classes to take shelter of the rain when lightning struck the class.

The Hoima referral hospital administrator, Stephenson Agamba regretted the incident saying the injured students are in a stable condition.

By Thursday evening, parents and relatives of the aggrieved families were flocking Hoima hospital in a somber mood.

The Hoima district Security Committee Chairman and the Residence District Commissioner have directed private school directors to install lightning arresters in their schools.

The incident comes less than a month after lightning struck Kifumura government aided primary school in Buhanika sub-county, Hoima district injuring at least 24 pupils.

African Governments To Examine Informal Economy And Climate Change

The City of Praia (Cape Verde) will host the 4th World Forum on Local Economic Development (LED), October 17-20, 2017. Over 1,500 participants from 120 countries are expected to attend the meeting organized by UNDP, United Cities and Local Government, ILO, The Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity and ORU-FOGAR.

 UCLG Africa, the umbrella organization of local governments on the continent, will participate in the event with a delegation led by the Secretary General, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi.

The Forum will be a venue for exchange on local economic development. The theme of the 4th edition is, "The contributions of local economic development to the implementation of the 2030 development program." It aims to provide guidance and principles for action to implement SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals.

The organizing committee's presentation sheet specifies that a special emphasis will be placed on the reduction of inequalities through local economic development. 

The forum will witness the participation of the President of the Republic of Cape Verde; the Prime Minister of Cape Verde; ministers from Ivory Coast, Angola, Mauritania and Bolivia, as well as numerous local and regional elected officials from Africa and other parts of the world.

During the forum, UCLG Africa will organize two sessions on October 18, 2017; the first of which is entitled, "Climate Change and LED: How to mitigate the effects of Climate Change while promoting Local Economic Development."

This will focus on the economic opportunities that climate change offers to people, including the poorest, building on the good practices of some African cities, notably Porto-Novo with the Songhai project implemented in Benin and on the experience of the 11 pilot cities, parties to the Covenant of Mayors for Sub-Saharan Africa.

The second session entitled, "Informal economy between regularization and access during transitional phases," will highlight the issues that need to be addressed with regard to the integration of the informal sector into the local economic development strategies and solutions provided by local governments in Africa and elsewhere.

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