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How COVID19 Exposed Intrigue Inside Kabushenga’s Fragile Vision Group And Forced Top Journalists To Run To Other Media Houses For Safety And Into Politics…..

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The deadly CODVID19 pandemic has not only exposed the fragility of our economy but also unmasked witchcraft, intrigue and National Resistance Movement (NRM) party politics at play in the country’s leading media house, Vision Group, which has forced top experienced journalists and managers to leave the company.

All hell broke loose when the group Chief Executive Officer of the company Robert Kabushenga implemented the board’s decision to send some of the staff on forced leave because of the outbreak of COVID19 pandemic.

Among the top journalists who were affected is the famous Innocent Tegusulwa of the host of the famous ‘Toli Mwavu mutwe gwo gwe mwavu’ show and Noordin Ntege all of Bukedde 1 television.

The affected individuals were supposed to receive a payment of Shs500,000 as their monthly salary. Credible sources at vision group whispered to theGrapevine that immediately after the forced leave ended, a number of staffs reported back to their work stations and among them was Noordin Ntege and Tegusulwa thinking that the COVID19 dust had settled and they were free to resume work.

Unfortunately, they were informed that the company had added them another term of forced leave.

Tegusulwa and Ntege on behalf of the affected staff immediately petitioned Kabushenga to explain to them why their forced leave had been postponed and why they were no longer allowed to sit at their stations.

Sources at the Vision group further disclosed that Kabushenga refused to meet the petitioners and directed them to discuss their issues with Bills Tibangana, the head of Televisions at Vision group.

This website established that in the meeting, Tibangana told Tegusulwa that he should wait until the company recovers from COVID19 financial shock.

The source disclosed that Tibangana’s communication forced Tegusulwa to play his last card by declaring his political move to join Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform party.

Tibangana on the other hand informed Ntege that Vision Group top management resolved to let him come back because he was needed to host political programs due to his experience in hosting political programs but on condition that his supervisor Hannington Muluta, the head of current affairs on all vision broadcasting waves officially communicates to top management.

“From that time, the man was always in Muluta’s office pleading with him to recommend him to the top management but he kept on promising him that he was going to work it. After some time, Noordin decided to move on because by that time there were a number of televisions asking him to join them,” our source revealed.

At this point, Ntege decided to move on and join Jinja based Baba TV as the station’s manager and head of politics and current affairs.

When contacted, Ntege confirmed that he left vision group to Baba TV because of a lucrative big offer from Baba TV.

“The guys gave me a big deal they doubled my pay, I am very happy and my life is now safe,” a happy Ntege said.

In the same development, Tegusulwa also joined Pastor Jackson Senyonga’s top media as a political show host.

Many senior staffs are at crossroads not knowing what to do next since most sections have been joined as the company continues to cut costs.

Like any other big organization, sources inside the industrial area based media house also told theGrapevine that there is a lot of intrigue among staff with many fighting for their colleagues positions using all the arsenal they can think of including witchcraft.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Government Inks Oil Pipeline Deal With Total…

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President Yoweri Museveni today presided over the signing of the Host Government Agreement (HGA) for the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project between the government and Total.

Museveni congratulated Total upon concluding this agreement which he said will now move Uganda closer to production of crude oil in Uganda.

“It has taken long but I want to assure Ugandans that this was deliberate. We have gone through every item,” Museveni said.

Statiscally, Uganda as a country has oil as a small fraction of its wealth. The big part is agriculture, industry, services and human resource. Museveni however said that Oil can be a good spark for transformation.

“It will bring money which we shall use to develop infrastructure, science and technology. This money will not be used for consumption. We shall use it to enhance our durable capacity,” Museveni said.

“I welcome our partners from France, led by the Total CEO and Chairman, Patrick Pouyanne. I will get in touch with His Excellency John Pombe Magufuli to follow up on Tanzania’s host agreement,” he added.

Museveni congratulated the Ugandan team, and commended them for being good negotiators.

Museveni confirmed that Uganda now has a good petroleum team in terms of science, economics, adding that they always help him because they know everything that’s happening across the world in the oil sector.

 

By Baron Kironde

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KCCA PAC Reveals Gross Mismanagement, Double Payments And Undue Payments To Unscrupulous Companies China Railway Group Seven, Energo Projekt – Lord Mayor Lukwago Says…

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Lord Mayor Lukwago receiving the report

The Capital City Public Accounts Committee (CCPAC) has revealed in its report today gross mismanagement, double payments and undue payments by KCCA to different stakeholders without following the due processes.

The Lord Mayor and his Executive Committee received the CCPAC Report at the Lord Mayor’s Gardens at City Hall from the Chairman Mr. Bob Kabaziguruka pursuant to Section 58 (9) of the KCCA Act.

CCPAC exercised its mandate of examining reports from the Auditor General and the Chief Internal Auditor for the financial years 2016/17 to 2017/18 as per the law established and therein made recommendations about the same.

Lukwago later wrote, “The Report highlighted gross mismanagement, double payments and undue payments by KCCA to different stakeholders without following the due processes. There are glaring findings particularly about Lot (1-6) where the initial estimated cost was Ugx 92,680,000,000 yet it ended up to Ugx 157,696,105,951.”

“The Secretary for Finance and Administration Hon. Moses Kataabu observed that with such inflated figures and exorbitant expenditures, Kampala Capital City Authority has lost colossal sums of money to unscrupulous companies like the China Railway Group Seven that was black listed by the World Bank. Many companies were awarded with lumpsum contracts to the detriment of tax payers,” he added.

Lukwago said that other discrepancies highlighted in the report include:

– KCCA buying the contractor equipment as it was with the China Railway Seventh Group which had its Surveying and Laboratory equipment paid for by KCCA.

– There were double payment as in the incident where Energo Projekt was paid for designing the road yet it had already been paid for in the initial contract. This followed a slight adjustment of the road under Lot 2.

– There were price hikes in the contracts of Kiziri Road in Nakawa Division under Lot 4 that was undertaken by Sterling Civil Engineering Limited from the initial 3 bn to 8.5 bns with just a 0.1 Kilometer length increment.

KCCA awarded contracts without securing the land that was to be used. Such encumbrances drained the KCCA accounts as it was during the Lot 2 and Lot 4 where 428 million was paid as interest payment.

– The Youth Fund also has cases where close to 200 million is unaccounted for out of the 3.5 bn that was allocated to KCCA. The rest can’t be satisfactorily accounted for and many of the youths that benefited from the grant can’t be traced.

Lukwago asked the Minister for Kampala to present the report to Parliament for scrutiny adding that no CCPAC has been presented to the Parliament from 2016.

He also reminded the Country that Kampala has just a third of constructed roads yet the then head of Technical Wing Jennifer Ssemakula Musisi and Director Legal Mr. Ouma Charles misused the mandate from the Authority when awarding such fraudulent contracts and therefore have to be held accountable.

The Lord Mayor reiterated that need of the oversight role from the political leadership to help in service delivery and frugality to the Authority Accounts.

He called for adequate funds from the Central Government to facilitate works at the Authority for better services in a bid to create an inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable City.

 

By Grapevine Reporter

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Dott Services Ready To Hand Over State Of The Art Arua Central Market To Locals To Boost Trade In New City….

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Two years back, Dott Services Ltd. embarked on a government project to construct Arua Central Main Market, the first of its kind in the whole district.

The Shs34.9bn Arua Central Market project was funded by the Africa Development Bank (ADB) under the Ministry of Works and construction commenced on the 18th Feb 2018 and the market will be ready for use by the 18th of October this year.

Mr. Mayombwe Hudson

Mr. Mayombwe Hudson, the site surveyor and supervisor confirmed that the project is 90% complete, “There’s no other structured market like this one in Arua, it will serve not only Arua but other neighboring places like Maracha and even Congo among other places.”

After completion, the Arua Central Main Market that sits on approximately four acres of land will be just enough to house thousands of traders. With a distribution of three levels of construction namely; the basement floor, ground floor and top floor with two major blocks (A and B) subdivided into two each (A1, A2 and B1, B2).

The market will among other businesses accommodate lockup shops, clothing and textile, fresh foods and beverages, restaurants, saloons plus many more related businesses.

The state of the art architectural plan of the central market is a master stroke, because of its user friendly nature; it will without doubt successfully help solve the question of crowding and untidiness so common in highly populated markets.

The entire basement will upon completion be powered by a 24/7 solar system to light away the shades of darkness underneath the building.

The market has a garbage collection area inside each one of the three floors, on both blocks. It is designed with a big tunnel that runs from the top to the basement, where garbage trucks will line up in turns to carry off the garbage in an extended effort to efficiently do away with littering.

The facility has cleaner’s rooms, equally distributed toilet rooms on each floor, including a provision for people with disabilities and a safe day care center ample space to accommodate nursing children of workers.

Besides designing stalls for fish and state of the art butcheries with drainage channels, the architectural plan of the facility also has a provision for fixed stoves for restaurants and kitchen use specially designed with smoke absorbers, powered by solar system regulators.

Dott Services area site surveyor however pointed out torrential rainfalls as a big upset to their work, and also admitted that the outbreak of the coronavirus has slowed down their works, citing that unlike basic building materials like cement which can be purchased locally, they strictly can only ship in some materials from abroad for construction, freezing their operations a numerous number of times.

 

By Baron Kironde

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