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Kabira Country Club Christmas Carnival Returns

The second edition of Kabira Country Club Christmas Carnival will take place on 25 November, 2018 at Kampala International School Uganda (KISU) in Bukoto. The hotel apologetically announced they had moved the carnival from the hotel premises 'due to unavoidable circumstances'.

Kabira Country Club is a lavish hotel in Bukoto, a Kampala suburb, offering accommodation, Health & Leisure, Food & Beverage, Conference & Events. It said the carnival is a perfect start to ‘your Christmas Season and ideal occasion to get all your Christmas gifts,’

“Join us for a heartwarming Christmas event that offers you entertainment, delicatesse, artisan market with over 100 vendors, live band, grand tombola raffle, kids’ activities, playground, jumping castle, face painting, and lots more,” the hotel management said.

Kabira Country Club is a full-service hotel, offering elegance and comfort in a relaxed atmosphere in Kampala's northern suburb of Bukoto. With stunning views of the greater Kampala cityscape, Kabira combines gracious hospitality with contemporary style.

With 95 luxurious guest-rooms and exceptional amenities, Kabira Country Club is perfect for a relaxing get away and somewhere to hold a special event or an impressive venue for a business gathering.

5 Reasons Uganda Is Really The Pearl Of Africa

By Caroline Ampaire

Ugandans this week celebrated the country’s Independence countrywide with pride. Many people from other parts of the world love it when they visit the famous Pearl of Africa. Below travel agency Jumia names five reasons why Uganda is loved. Read on.   

  1. The people - Uganda is famous for its people. In 2017, a survey by BBC among expatriates ranked Uganda as the friendliest place. Words like “welcoming” and “easy to make friends” and “hospitable” are readily used when referring to Ugandans.

Uganda is also blessed with diversity. There are an estimated 52 tribes residing in Uganda, each with their own customs that are still practiced to this day.  And with numerous lingual influences, it is no wonder that we have developed Uglish (Ugandan English), our own version of English. Uglish has since been put into a dictionary. 

  1. The food - Ugandan cuisine consists of traditional and modern cooking styles, practices, foods, and dishes in Uganda, with English, Arab, and Asian (especially Indian) influences. There is something for everyone, no matter what you like and no matter the budget. Distinctly Ugandan food like rolex and katogo are readily available on the street and in restaurants. 
  1. The party - If you have spent any amount of time here, then it is no surprise that this is number 3. Ugandans love a good party. There is no shortage of “plot” both in the day and night--be it a music festival, a house party, a food expo, silent disco or drinks at the local bar. You can party till morning and in the comfort of your home too. The best part, you can have foodand alcohol delivered to your doorstep by Jumia. 
  1. The land and wildlife - on top of the people, Uganda is blessed with beautiful lands and scenery. From the highlands of Kigezi to the flat plains of Karamoja, one word ties it all together, beautiful. And the best part is, it’s not too costly to travel around. With initiatives like UG Travelmonth, aimed at encouraging local tourism, there’s a package for everyone. Some of the most popular things to do are gorilla trekking -- the critically endangered mountain gorilla thrives in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Park, and of the 1000 mountain gorillas left in the world, Uganda is home to at least 400 of these.

Other gems include water sports like rafting and kayaking, along the Nile.

Did you know that about one-quarter of Uganda’s surface is made up of lakes and rivers?! 

  1. The cost of living - With everything Uganda has to offer, it is a very affordable country to live in. According to living index website, consumer prices in Uganda are 24.21% lower than in Kenya, yet in Rwanda, they are 10.25% higher than in Uganda. 

With all this said, go forth and celebrate the independence of the Pearl of Africa.





East Africa Recognizes Sudhir Ruparelia Leadership Skills

Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia’s star continues to shine and his influence on the African continent continues to be felt despite being involved in a lengthy and unprecedented legal battle with Bank of Uganda following the closure of Crane Bank, a commercial bank he founded in 1995.

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, PML Daily, an online news publisher reported that the businessman whose investment interests range from insurance, real estate, entertainment, hotels, resorts, education and agriculture has been voted the East African leader of 2018.

His experience in business leadership has inspired many people in the East African region and beyond and for that matter the profilers of the East African Book of Records saw it fit to bestow him that honour.

An official ceremony to present the award will be organized towards the end of October and delegates from all the East African countries will read citations in Honor of Mr. Ruparelia.

The East African Book of Records said Dr. Ruparelia joins a number of other personalities including Presidents Museveni, Jakaya Kikwete, Uhuru Kenyatta, President Edgar Lungu of Zambia, who have received similar awards before.

Dr. Ruparelia has risen from a youthful Ugandan exiled in London driving taxi to one of the richest Africans. Hi businesses employee close to 10,000 people directly and indirectly. He is an inspiration to many aspiring entrepreneurs on the African continent.

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Uganda Mineral Sector Underexplored, UCMP Boss Tells Investors

Stakeholders, especially investors, attending the seventh mineral wealth conference organized by Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP) at Kampala Serena Hotel have been told that Uganda as a s resource rich country has been under explored and should be in the next mining destination.  

The conference which concludes tomorrow is running under the theme: "Eastern Africa: The continent's next mining and Investment haven,". The conference also has an exhibition center with over 45 companies showcasing their products and services.

Richard Kaijuka, chairman UCMP Board of Trustees in his welcome remarks emphasized that Uganda is endowed enormously with a variety of minerals but have been under explored. Even with this under-exploration Kaijuka said Uganda has a number of exciting mining project on going.

Zacary Baguma, the acting director geological survey and mines (DGSM) at the ministry of energy and mineral development (MEMD), revealed that Uganda has metallic minerals, industrial minerals, gemstones and geothermal energy which were confirmed after the 2007 airbone geophysical survey.

The airbone geophysical survey only covered 80 percent of the country, the 20 percent being Karamoja region which was omitted due to insecurity in the region then.

Baguma said mineral production increased between 2012 and 2013 but a ban on exportation of metallic minerals by government saw that performance go down in 2014 and 2015. A lift on the same ban is now seeing the minerals production go up.

Robert Kasande, the permanent secretary ministry of MEMD said after the coming into play of the mining policy, government is working on concluded the review of the mining act. HE said this process is expected to be over before end of this year.

He said the law will will streamline the licensing of miners, organize artisanal miners, address issues of gender inequalities and child labour, health and safety issues and value addition. On value addition, Kasande said will ensure risk reduction for investors.

To fully increase exploration and utilization of the country’s minerals, government is working with European European to prioritize development minerals under the ACP-EU programme.

Thomas Ole-Kuyan, deputy country director (operations) said development minerals which are mainly used locally improve livelihoods for people involved, creates jobs and contributes to general development of a country.

He called on government to put in place the right policy and legislation to guarantee a condusive environment for mining sector to thrive. The ACP-EU supported the creation and passing of the mining policy, strengthens capacity for artisanal miners, promotes gender equality among others.

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