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Liquid Telecom Uganda Joins Muslim Fraternity In Fasting

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Liquid Telecom Uganda, the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa has joined Uganda’s Muslim fraternity in Fasting and observing the holy month of Ramadhan.

While supporting the Muslim Community at Kibuli Mosque, Kampala on 17th May 2019, Liquid Telecom acknowledged the contribution that the Muslim customers bring to the business and to the country. During the event, Liquid Telecom handed over items which included food stuffs and gifts to the Muslims in celebration of Ramadhan.

The company identifies and has values that always puts its clients and Ugandans happiness at the forefront of its plans and operations. “We believe that the milestone achieved by the firm are a result of the overwhelming support that we enjoy from the public and therefore we must reciprocate the love. There is no better way of doing this than joining our Muslim brothers to observe this holy month in fasting,” noted the Liquid Telecom CEO, Dennis Kahindi.

The CEO also reechoed their customer-centric innovation approach which leverages customer needs to serve better by delighting our customers. He noted that, the firm’s future-focused approach to new product development makes their services enduringly adaptable. “Our agile, flexible and dynamic business model keeps us at the forefront of telecoms innovation. And by listening to customers, we ensure that our solutions are constantly evolving to meet their needs,” explained Kahindi.

He also commended the exemplary contribution that Muslim community brings to LTU. “We have a huge customer base as well as staff who are Muslims by faith. Its therefore imperative to note that Islam faith is one of the pillars that keeps our firm steady in Uganda,” added Kahindi.

About Liquid Telecom – www.liquidtelecom.com

Liquid Telecom is a leading communications services and solutions provider across 15 countries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa that serves carrier, enterprise and retail customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity and digital services. It has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning over 50,000km, and operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi, with a combined 6,800 square metres of rack space. This is in addition to delivering leading cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Office365 and Microsoft Azure, and innovative digital content provision, including Netflix, NBA, TED and Kwesé Play. Through this combined offering, Liquid Telecom is enhancing customers’ experience on their digital journey.

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OPINION: Free Trade For African Countries: Continental Block Will Spur Trade And Develop Africa

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In his book, “Sowing The Mustard Seed”, Second Edition, President Museveni articulates the case for Pan-Africanism with a slant, in part, to business dividends. “The milk production of Uganda is now 2 billion litres, up from 200 million litres in 1986. Uganda, however, currently, consumes only 800 million litres per annum”. He adds that; “What will happen to the rest then? This is true of bananas, goats, cattle, fruits and other products? Our second layer of saviours are the East Africans, the South Sudanese, the Congolese and other regional partners”.

The President has been, and remains a strong advocate of regional integration in Africa. Now, further to the likes of EAC and COMESA, the big one is here. The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) endorsed by African Union (AU) Member States in Kigali, in March 2018, takes effect next year. This, after the ratification of the operational aspects of AfCFTA, at an AU extra-ordinary Summit in Niamey, Niger on 7th July 2019 – The New Vision, 20th July 2019.

The essence of Niamey pact is that Africa’s Free Trade Area will be operational effective July 2020. In Niamey, the necessary instruments were signed by the required minimum 22 AU Member States, including Uganda. It is a major break-through for business across the continent. With 55 Member countries, Africa’s Free Trade Area will dwarf ALL trading blocks, including the EU, in terms of membership. 

AfCFTA is bringing together a combined market of 1.2 billion people and economies with an aggregate GDP of USD 2.5 trillion. It is a huge market under which countries in Africa, will trade with each other, minus tariff barriers. AfCFTA will spur industrialization, grow economies, create jobs, strengthen indigenous capabilities and ease Africa’s vulnerability to external trading shocks.

For Uganda, niche items include fresh, organic grain foodstuffs, which have ready market in countries like Congo, Angola, Senegal, Namibia and the Saharan, North African Countries. Our other niche items include milk, fruits, fish, beef and household consumer items. Uganda is also progressively building capacity in oil and gas and services like tourism and ICT innovations, from which we stand to reap, among others. 

Intra-Africa business will slash Africa’s trade deficit, considering the continent imports food items alone, worth USD 60 billion annually. Relatedly, under the current skewed trade regime, intra-Africa business is at 16% while that with Europe, for instance, is at 65%.

Therefore, the AfCFTA will unlock Africa’s massive economic potential, right from the short term. Indeed, intra-African trade is now projected to rise to 60% by 2022. Retaining the USD 60 billion Africa is “donating” to Europe in annual food imports, will greatly boost the continent socio-economically.

In a riveting address, at a Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture at Makerere University on 31st August 2017, President Museveni submitted that; “Africa is a huge continent with a land area of 11.7 million square miles, which makes it 12 times bigger than India, 4 times bigger than USA and China each and more than 2 times the size of Russia. We are somewhat working on economic integration through the Regional Economic Communities; although we should be more religious and focused on this issue”. 

Credit to him and other regional leaders for bringing AfCTFA to life. We should, therefore, position Uganda tap into this huge continental market. Priority considerations include accelerating industrialisation, improving product/service value chains, fast-tracking oil, gas, energy and minerals’ development. Others are expanding transport and ICT infrastructure, enhancing agricultural production and aligning our fiscal policies, as may be applicable.

Moses Watasa

Commissioner, Communication and Information Dissemination

MINISTRY OF ICT & NATIONAL GUIDANCE

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Battle For Supremacy At Vision Group As Bukedde News Editor Fires His Deputy’s ‘Diehard’ Reporters

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All is not well at Robert Kabushenga’s Vision Group premises especially Bukedde Newspaper newsroom.

According to multiple sources from the industrial area based printing and publishing house, the war is between Bukedde news editor Ssalongo Richard Kayira and his deputy Semei Wesaali.

Sources told the Grapevine that the silent war erupted when Kayira, the head of the news room published an internal memo with a list of news reporters fired from Bukedde newspaper.  According to sources, Kayira also ordered the security at the gate not to allow the journalists on the list to enter the company premises.

“The list was published but they did not inform us that we were going to be fired,” one of the journalists on the list complained.

The affected journalists petitioned their boss Godfrey Kulubya the head of all the local newspapers at Vision Group.  In their petition, the over 50 reporters told Kulubya that the list is discriminative.

‘The list targeted some individuals because they are diehards to editor Semei Wesaali. Kayira thinks that they are helping him take his position,” one of the reporters who petitioned Kulubya stated. They further explained to Kulubya that there are names of people which were left out yet they are poor performers when compared to some of the people on the list, they even cited some names.

Kulubya was told that most of the journalists left out were working under Kayira in his new DGF project.

On Monday this week, Kulubya called an emergency meeting in Bukedde new room and asked for a written explanation from Kayira why he fired staff without his knowledge or that of the Chief Executive Officer Robert Kabushenga.  Kulubya denounced the list and asked the journalists in the meeting to tell their friends who were fired to come back and work with immediate effect.

“For your information the competition is high so you cannot start firing staff, if it is necessary, let us follow the necessary procedures,” Kulubya was quoted telling the newsroom.

Kulubya further told the meeting that they have plans of laying off a number of reporters so that they can remain with a few competitive ones.

Sources told this website that Vision group bosses are trying to set up new rules where journalists multi task for the various platforms.

According to the new plan, a journalist, when assigned to cover a story, is supposed to file it for New Vision newspaper, Bukedde newspaper, Bukedde radio and Bukedde TV.

When the news about the new plan fell in the ears of reporters, some panicked and bought video cameras and recorders to quickly adapt to the new rules.

When the Grapevine talked to some of the reporters who were not on the list, they disclosed that the journalists who were fired are lazy and don’t want to work. They are just using Bukedde newspaper as an address to extort money from the public.  

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There Is No Justice In Ugandan Courts, Judges Have A Mafia Cell That Plays Syndicate And Diverts Cases: You Have To Turn To Witchcraft – Mirundi Advises Senana Building Owner

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President Museveni’s Adviser on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi has advised Senana building owner Frida Nabirongo to try witchcraft if she is to fight the mafia who want to take her property because courts will not help her.

During his weekly one on one with Tamale Mirundi talk show on NBS TV, Mirundi told Nabirongo that, “You are dealing with a group of thieves, they are stealing from everywhere and have captured the state. What was their intention of pulling Crane Bank down? They wanted to steal from it. That is why that woman was selling it (Crane Bank) via phone.”

“Let her make an agreement with those lawyers (Standard Chartered bank) and give it to me, we shall see how those lawyers will touch it. I wrote a book titled the role of witchcraft in a malicious society. You cannot go to court, they will steal your building because the judges also have a mafia cell. They can play syndicate and divert the case, there is no justice in court,” Mirundi advised Senana to use witchcraft.

According to media reports Nabirongo initially acquired a 20.5b loan from Crane Bank to develop her property on Buganda Road. However, as the project went on, she realized she needed more money and approached Standard Chartered Bank who agreed to settle the Crane Bank loan and advance her more money to complete her project.

Reports add that she had been given 10 years to clear her loan with Crane Bank. However, she was shocked when the Standard Chartered loan documents indicated she had to pay Shs6.5b in just five months.

The businesswoman says that she used the Buganda Road title to acquire the Crane Bank loan and it was moved to Stanchart when they took over the loan.

“In the whole world, once the mafia get money, the president who helped them get that money becomes a liability. By the time those men took Sudhir’s bank, did they transfer his debts and loans that Crane Bank heard on the conditions that were given to the borowers by Crane bank or the conditions changed?” Mirundi said.

Last week, Standard Chartered bank through their lawyers of Sebalu and Lule advocates advertised Nabirongo’s Senana Building located along Buganda road over failure to pay the Shs6.5Bn loan acquired  from the bank.

The newspaper advert read that Standard Chartered Bank’s lawyers, Sebalu & Lule Advocates had instructed Century Associates to auction the building. “Duly instructed by Sebalu & Lule Advocates on behalf of their client the register mortgage, we shall proceed to sale by public auction the property mentioned below unless the debt pays all monies owing plus lawyer fees, our fees, costs and disbursements before date of sale,” the newspaper notice read.

According to the notice, transactions of the sale of properties will be held after 30days from date of notice at Sebalu and Lule Advocates offices in Kampala and all current occupants have been asked to cross check their tenancy status within 14days.

By Doreen Menezer

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