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Founder Of Ugandan Elderly Persons NGO Recognized In India

The Governor of Utar Pradesh, Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel, has rewarded Juhi Barot, the founder of Leela Foundation Uganda with an award to appreciate her efforts taking care of elderly persons in Uganda.

Juhi, the daughter of businessman Harshad Barot received the award at a prestigious ceremony in Visnagar Gujarat India. Juhi, who believes that, ‘Service to Humanity is Service to God’, formed this NGO along with her father in July 2019.

Leela Foundation has been actively involved in community services, education, philanthropy and many other humanitarian services throughout the country. And for their loving works, the NGO has won admiration from the government of Uganda.

In 2022, Leela Foundation partnered with Namoe & Company Limited together with Lilly Rose Akello, the Minister of Ethics and Integrity to gift over 1, 000 families with food packages to people who had been hit by famine in Karamoja.

The organization every year since inception donates food to the elderly persons during the Christmas season. This year, Juhi says, they have identified the elderly persons (jjaja) who will receive Christmas food gifts so they can have a happy festive season.

South Africa’s Ntokozo To Perform At Phaneroo’s Women’s Conference

Award-winning South African musician, Ntokozo Mbambo is scheduled to perform at the 5th edition of the Phaneroo Annual Women’s Conference, My Great Price, on the 17th of June 2023 at Kololo Independence Grounds.

The Siyabonga Jesu singer whose other popular songs include Jesus I love calling your name; Jesus, lover of my soul; and Elshaddai Adonai is one of several artists lined up by the ministry for this mega event which will attract tens of thousands of attendees from across the world.

With the date of the event fast approaching, the ministry plans to invade the streets of major cities and towns across the country in the morning of June 12th.

According to one of the organizers, Martin Walugembe, 'the street invasion is our opportunity as a ministry to extend an invitation to the thousands of commuters to join us for what will certainly be the biggest assembly of women this country has ever seen.'

As such, invasions are planned for, among others, the streets of Kampala, Arua, Masaka, Mbale, Entebbe, Hoima, Lira, Bushenyi, Luweero, Gulu, Mukono and Soroti.

"The theme for this year’s event is Transformed by Grace—an allusion to the inherent power of the Word of God to accomplish that which is impossible by human ability, and as such we implore women of all ages, from all walks of life, race, and affiliations to attend this life-transforming event.

"There will be powerful performances by local and international artists, exhibition by a selection of leading companies, panel discussion on topics pertinent to women, and a teaching of the Word of God by the General Overseer of the ministry, Apostle Grace Lubega.

Through My Great Price, Phaneroo purposes to raise women who are hungry for God, fervent in faith, demonstrative in the things of God, and fully equipped to make a real difference in their homes, workplaces, and society as figures of influence, mothers of and to nations, nurturers of great leaders, nation builders and role models.

My Great Price is free for all women, and gates open at 12pm.



Phaneroo's My Great Price Sweat Day To Promote Women's Health & Fitness

Phaneroo Ministries in partnership with SUKUMA and CHEZA African games will this Friday 9th June, 2023 (Heroes Day) hold "My Great Price (MGP) Sweat Day.

The fun-filled event will be held at Hockey Fields beginning at 7 am and it will be embraced by women of all ages, races, affiliations, and occupations. The program is free of charge.

The MGP S.W.E.A.T. emphasizes the value of physical activity, nutrition, mental well-being, spirituality, and community as approaches to wellness.

According to the Phaneroo management, the goal of this event is to promote women's health and fitness through a variety of enjoyable activities, such as a Sukuma dance class with a high-energy gospel vibe, a fitness workout, expert talks on nutrition and mental wellness, as well as a session led by Cheza that will feature a number of enjoyable games, including kwepena, rope skipping, mweso, and others.

This activity is part of a larger series that Phaneroo has planned in advance of its highly anticipated annual Women’s Conference, My Great Price.

"All women are welcome to attend My Great Price on Saturday, June 17, at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala. This year's theme, "Transformed by Grace," refers to the innate ability of God's word to deliver, transform, and reform anyone, anything, or any situation,"Phaneroo management said. 

"Through My Great Price, Phaneroo seeks to raise women who are desirous of God, fervent in their faith, and demonstrative in the things of God. These women are fully prepared to make a difference in their homes, places of employment, educational institutions, and communities as role models, mothers of and to nations, nurturers of great leaders, and nation builders."

Buliisa Football Mini League Kicks Off

By George Busiinge

The Buliisa football mini-league facilitated by TotalEnergies kicked off on Sunday in Buliisa district. Sixteen men’s football teams and six women’s football teams from different sub-counties in Buliisa are taking part.

While flagging off Total-Buliisa mini football league in the presence of key Buliisa district local leaders, the District Education Officer Godfrey Muhumuza appreciated the oil company for their kindness.

Damien Balossier from TotalEnergies said: "We organize the league to promote sportsmanship, talent search & development in the Company's areas of operation. This aligns with the company's commitment to youth inclusion & engagement with host communities.”

Caroline Namyalo, the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at TotalEnergies the mini football league was introduced in 2014. It was hoped that it would increase interaction between the company and local people.

It was hoped that it would promote unity and healthy living among the young people.

The matches will be held at four different school playgrounds in Buliisa. These will include Uganda Martyrs, Avogera, Biiso, and Booma.

TotalEnergies also facilitated the refurbishment of these playing grounds.

School Teacher Flees Over Threats

An elderly woman in Masaka and her family are living in fear after one of her grandchildren was outed as a gay man spreading the homosexual agenda.

While appealing for help, the granny (names withheld) says she fears for her life after the mob, openly vowed to kill her, burn her home and slash her gardens.  What makes it sad is that the Police have turned a deaf ear after several pleas for protection.

She reveals that the source of her misery is one of her grandsons, Hamza Ssewankambo who is accused of committing an abomination.

Ssewankambo, a former teacher is accused of spreading homosexuality to school-going pupils. He says that although he has since fled for fear of persecution by the hate mob, he continues to be harassed. 

“Ever since the secret came out that my son was gay, we have never known peace.  Several men have threatened to kill us and banish us from the village.  They are demanding that I produce Hamza.  They even tell me that they have protection from Security forces and I shouldn’t bother reporting the threats,” she laments

“My grandson the sole breadwinner was expelled from school over gay claims.  He was once beaten by a mob. They claimed parents had withdrawn their children from the school following his actions. When I reported to Police, I wasn’t helped,” She says.

She admits she lives in an intolerant neighbourhood where people can kill if you are suspected of harbouring someone who is gay.

She confesses that Hamza Ssewankambo lived a troubled life growing up. We always felt bad but tried to help him. We tried to get him a wife but we don’t know what went wrong and we thought he would change.  It was for our own safety because we felt threatened.

 When I heard he got into trouble I was very concerned but now people are coming to me threatening me and my home. I Have learnt that his on the run but I’m also worried his life too.       

“Police haven’t helped us. We live in fear,” she says.   She fears that they will end up like David Kato, a prominent gay rights activist who was murdered in his home in 2011 weeks after winning a court victory over a tabloid that called for homosexuals to be killed.

Recently, Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo said: "Homosexuality is not natural to Ugandans, but there has been a massive recruitment by gay people in schools, and especially among the youth, where they are promoting the falsehood that people are born like that."

"Our current penal law is limited. It only criminalises the act.

"We want it made clear that anyone who is even involved in promotion and recruitment has to be criminalised. Those that do grave acts will be given the death sentence."

Spice Diana Releases ‘Batutadde’ Song To Celebrates End Of Lockdown

Today’s reopening of the night economy after two years of a COVID19 inspired lockdown has sent several musicians into celebratory mood. To celebrate this milestone, many have hit the studio to their happiness on tape as music.

The first to release a song to celebrate the reopening of the bars, music concerts and the night life is Spice Diana, the reigning female artiste of the year 2021.

Fans favorite, Spice Diana has released a song titted ‘Kiggula Luggi” (Batutadde) to celebrate the official re-opening of entertainment industry.

According to people close to Spice Diana, Kiggula Luggi celebrates the beginning of the “Happening season” after two years of lockdown. Since COVID19 hit, artists have been barred from holding crowded concerts.

However, artists like Spice Diana been consistent releasing songs and music through the lockdown. While the artists haven’t been hitting the stage to perform, this music has been food for the souls of their fans.


Prudential Announces Africa Cup Of Nations 2021 Sponsorship

Prudential Africa has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to become the official insurance partner of the 33rd edition of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021.

At a press conference Douala, Cameroon this week to announce the sponsorship, Eric Mboma, Chief Representative Officer, Prudential Northern Africa Region said the sponsorship underscores Prudential’s commitment to the African continent.

“As we grow our business in Africa, we also want to support the passion and talent of its people. Africans share a common love for football and we are honored to be part of a tournament that unites the continent and brings together the brightest talents of African football.”

Commenting on the partnership, Confederation of African Football (CAF) General Secretary Mr. Véron Mosengo-Omba said, “We are excited and pleased to have on board Prudential as a partner. We share a common purpose in our commitment to developing local talent as well as driving prosperity for the people of Africa.”

Mr. Mboma added, “Through sports, Prudential wants to encourage people to stay active and lead more healthy lifestyles. As a life insurer, we believe that health and wellness are important for people to live fulfilling lives.”

AFCON 2021 has already started and will continue till 6 February 2022 with Cameroon as the host nation.

Fraudulent Socialite Kavuma In Trouble Over Speke Apartments Debt

The Uganda police is hunting for socialite Honest Kavuma aka Harsh Pappy for taking off without clearing a multimillion bill accumulated through accommodation, food and lavish spending at swanky Speke Apartments Wampewo.

Kavuma booked a room at Speke Apartments in 2018 which he paid for the first two years but started defaulting and now he is being hunted by the police. A case filed by Speke Apartments against him under Ref No.75/19/10/2021 has been opened up to recover the USD48, 000 bill.

''We are going to teach him a lesson. This time he will get saved. We want him to know that when you acquire a service you must pay for it. He will cough the money he took off with...or else he will rot in jail,'' a detective hunting for Kavuma said.

The Speke Apartments' saga is not the first fraudulent case against Kavuma; he, alongside Makai Cobra, Nathan Kimbuye and Walter Obera, are being investigated over credit cards and ATM scams.

In 2017 Kavuma was arrested and remanded to Luzira Murchison Prison on charges of money laundering. According to sources then, Kavuma was accused of fraud by Nigerian businessman Jay Florin Adedayo, Director of Citi commodities in Dubai.

It’s believed that Kavuma signed a transfer document that later bounced after allegedly altering a credit confirmation document in 2016 of US$193m from Chase Bank. After several pursuits by the furious Nigerian, Kavuma was put behind bars for several days until he was presented to the high court.

Represented by Bowmans of A.F. Mpanga Advocates, Kavuma later got out under unclear circumstances. That, however, wasn’t the end of his woes. Sources reveal that after a short while, Kavuma’s accounts in several Ugandan banks were frozen, leaving him stranded and unsure of his next move.



HiPipo CEO Wins CEO Of The Year Accolade

The Chief Executive Office (CEO) of HiPipo Innocent Kawooya has been awarded the TIG Network Afrika CEO of the Year Award, 2021-2022.

TIG (True Inspirational Generation) Network Afrika is an organisation and network whose intention is to elevate the role of the family in Africa.

They seek to establish the home as the base upon which children are brought up to discover and realise their utmost potential, and also to be an avenue to engender awareness and understanding, and ultimately address the existing gap between our children, their families, society, the state, and the media.

It is also their goal to give children a greater voice and bring about more involvement for them in the decision making of the nation. Their ultimate hope is to guarantee that Uganda reaps dividends from its young population, starting now and ultimately in the future. 

They thus recognise that it is important for children and youth alike to have homegrown role-models they can follow and emulate. And it is for that reason that they chose Innocent.

Innocent expressed his appreciation for the accolade. ‘I find it pleasing that the efforts of the HiPipo team are being recognised,’ he said, ‘this award was only given to me because I work with a fantastic team’. He added, ‘It should also never be forgotten that we have been blessed with extraordinarily supportive partners. What we have done would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship of the Gates Foundation, and the technical input of Modusbox, Crosslakes Technologies and the Mojaloop Foundation. This accolade is for all of us, and will spur us at HiPipo onwards to do even more’. 

2021 has been another fruitful and progressive year for HiPipo. With Innocent at the helm, the organisation once again made significant inroads in its advocacy for the adoption and dissemination of financial technology (FinTech), specifically as an avenue to increase Financial Inclusion amongst the underserved and unserved. 

In this vein, HiPipo successfully carried out all its FinTech initiatives, including the 40 Days 40 FinTechs & FinTech Landscape Exhibition, the Women-in-FinTech Hackathon & Summit, the Digital and Financial Inclusion Summit and the Digital Impact Awards Africa. And added to this was the (ongoing) Women-in-FinTech Incubator. ‘The Incubator is HiPipo maintaining a strong commitment to empowering women in the digital technology space’, Innocent commented, adding, ‘they must be prioritised for the knowledge and tools to build successful tech initiatives, for what they do shall ultimately serve communities better’.

There was also a landmark moment in HiPipo’s entertainment programs, as the 10th HiPipo Music Awards were successfully held at Mestil Hotel on the 10th of December, 2021, further cementing those honours as one of the most auspicious and longest running on the continent.

The year had also started with Innocent’s Kampala City Mayoral run, under the slogan ‘Digitising Kampala’. Needless to say, it’s an agenda he continues to chase, and we are grateful to TIG Network Afrika for recognising this. We say thank you, and promise that there is more to come in 2022.

World Class Stadium To Be Constructed On Land Kololo SS Uses As Playground

Businessman Rajiv Ruparelia has promised to construct a world class state of the art stadium on the government land that Kololo Secondary School (Kololo SS) uses for its sports activities.

Despite having leased the said land from government, Kololo SS, a government school, is refusing to vacate the land. The school doesn't own the land in question but only uses it as a sports ground.

The refusal to vacate the land has irked the businessman who wants to put sports academy called Premier Academy, an affiliation of Kampala Parents School.

Ruparelia said they plan to develop the land with a sports stadium, football academy, gym and conference facility for the sports fraternity.

“I want to build a football stadium, a volleyball court, tennis court, all-weather pitch, gym and a conference facility for all the sports fraternity to use. Of course there will be a fee, but a normal fee to use the facility,” he said.

''The selfish individuals had the opportunity to develop the land more than 40 years ago before the government handed us the title after realizing that Kololo SS would do nothing now they are hiring goons to derail our plans,'' Ruparelia added.

Now that the schools are closed, the land and the playground is being used by rogue residents to commit crime in the entire Nakawa Division.

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