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    Nakalema Probes Kyambogo Bosses For Hijacking Gov’t Key Digitization Project…

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    From 2018, the government of Uganda began implementing a multi-billion digitization project aimed at automating all services delivery at all public Universities.

    The project, which the President’s Makerere Visitation Committee headed by Abel Rwendeire copied from Kyambogo’s e-campus, was and is still called Academic Information Management System (AIMS).

    The aim of the project was to block financial leakages and improve service delivery at the same time. It’s the system that all public Universities use to ensure students coming from S6 can electronically apply for courses they want online without having to physically travel to the campus. The system also makes it possible for students to be admitted electronically and a student can check his or her name on the admission list without travelling to campus. The same system makes it possible for the students to use their phones to pay tuition in the bank without travelling to line up as it was in the past. All the banks collecting fees are interfaced on the system and a student gets a text message indicating the University has received his or her tuition through the bank. This happens immediately after paying.

    The same system makes it possible for the students to register for exams online and to even know their marks and check their CGPA and general academic progress online. They can even check online to confirm if their transcript is ready or if they are on the graduation list. After marking students, a lecturer can electronically enter marks which the student can access to know how he or she performed in a given course unit.

    This system has ensured no rogue minded university officials can admit students or collect fees clandestine while cheating the University as it used to be. Before the system was introduced administrators at Universities like Kyambogo would connive with tellers in the banks to cheat the University whereby a student would pay Ugx10,000 and yet get a bank slip or receipt showing they paid Ugx1.5m as tuition. The crooked administrators working with shady bank tellers would share receive say Ugx1,000,000 from a student especially the poor ones who are about to miss exams, process for them a receipt indicating they have paid everything and yet the university would have only Ugx10,000 deposited on its bank account yet a student has a receipt shows he or she paid Ugx1.5m.

    The balance of Ugx990,000 would be shared by the thieving administrators and the bank officials. That is how an internal audit at Kyambogo where Katunguka had just become VC discovered that more than Ugx15bn had been stolen in this syndicate involving the banks officials and administrators at the University especially from the academic registrar and finance departments. This had been lost between 2006 and 2011. Many of the thieves were arrested and made to refund these billions which Katunguka used to develop infrastructure and fund research at Kyambogo.

    The Rwendeire report reflected on all these problems and recommended that the e-campus system of automating fees collection and other processes which Katunguka had introduced in Kyambogo to block financial leakages becomes the thing for all public universities. That is how the President directed the ICT Ministry and that of finance to use part of the innovation fund which has billions of cash to help expand and replicate this system to other public universities. That is how what used to be just e-campus for Kyambogo only was expanded to cover all public Universities and the cost in billions was met by the government of Uganda. The government continues to meet this cost through the ICT Ministry.

    Kyambogo already had experts and the teams which had developed e-campus. Those very same experts were brought on board to participate in the designing, development and installation of AIMS which was the expanded version of e-campus. Some of the Kyambogo experts acted quickly and incorporated a company called Zeenode Ltd which was contracted by government to serve as the process partner in the rolling out of AIMS. Their job was to design, develop and install the AIMS system for all public Universities. They would also offer some technical support services and general mantainance of the system besides training the local staff at each of the Universities.

    Zeenode Ltd has guys like Philemon Wenganga, Samson Zziwa, Joseph Katongole and Hedson Kisitu as some of its founders, directors and incorporators. They had been students of telecom engineering at Kyambogo University and had served as research assistants to the Principal Investigator when the e-campus system, which expanded into AIMS, was being developed years prior. They had graduated in 2010. And here is why they are now all of a sudden in very big trouble; whistle blower has reported to Col Edith Nakalema that the four very ambitious young men have illegally since registered the system as their own copyright with URSB.

    This is being disputed as illegal because the system belongs to the government of Uganda which paid them to develop it and not vice versa. The whistle blower informs Nakalema that doing such a thing is fraud aimed art cheating the government of Uganda for which the four very wealthy young engineers, officed at Lukwiya Road in Kiwatule, are supposed to be criminally prosecuted. If anything is to be registered at all regarding this AIMS system that has to be the government of Uganda because of the billions it paid to them through the ICT Ministry from the innovation fund. That the same was developed by the four engineers in the course of their employment as staff of Kyambogo University where they earn a very good salary just to specialize at developing systems for their employer which is a government University.

    The whistle blower also calls on Nakalema to become keenly interested in the parallel investigations CID is already conducting to establish the circumstances under which the four engineers came to be in multiple government employment contrary to clearly well-known government standing orders. Mbu some of the four engineers, whose riches we shall be exposing in our next story, work as full time employees at Kyambogo yet they are equally employed to work with civil aviation authority Entebbe which is a government agency. Some of them are also full time employees of MTN Uganda which makes it hard for them to work properly for Kyambogo University.

    CID has already questioned and taken documents from Kyambogo Director HR Richard Manana about this anomaly and the four engineers might end up being arraigned in courts of law to answer for criminal charges. At Kyambogo because they are very rich, people in top management have been knowing about this multiple employment but they fear to touch them for fear of being accused of just being envious because of their riches. The four young engineers are actually the richest at Kyambogo; they live in palatial houses and drive in opulent cars yet none of them has a bank loan anywhere. Their problems escalated recently and intelligence picked interest in them when they switched off the entire AIMS system for a full week something which paralyzed processes at Makerere and other public universities.

    Makerere bosses protested by writing a confidential letter to the President who became interested in understanding the invisible hand behind Zeenode Ltd whose actions almost caused a students’ strike. We have seen a written explanation in which the Zeenode bosses defended the switch as inevitable because the government’s licensing agreement had expired and the switch off happened automatically.

    This has been rejected by people in government’s intelligence services who have maintained that the switch off was an act of malice aimed at inciting students into a strike in order to embarrass the government of President Museveni to the benefit of Bobi Wine and his NUP party since this was towards election time. The first lady who is also minister of Education Janet Museveni is very sensitive to such things because she knows Makerere is naturally very chaotic and anyone switching off automation services for such a long time must be an enemy of government and a saboteur whose actions deserve to be inquired into.

     

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    Inside Akon’s Meeting With M7: It Was Totally “Personal” Bussiness, He Might End Up Setting Another “Real-Life” Wakanda City In Uganda…

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    Akon (R) sharing a light moment with President Museveni (L) at his Rwakitura country home

    Senegalese- American singer Akon has left many people talking since his arrival in Uganda yesterday morning.

    What Brings Akon To Uganda?

    With others excited and some questioning Akon’s visit to Uganda, the rap star’s trip to the pearl of Africa is solely in search of investment opportunities that would extend his business footprint in Africa, where his efforts include a planned futuristic city.

    The singer, real names Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam jetted into the country to meet President Museveni at the latter’s country home in Rwakitura.

    On arrival, Akon who was welcomed by Ugandan BET award winner Eddy Kenzo first visited the Old Kampala Mosque where he held prayers with Mufti Sheikh Shaban Ramathan Mubajje, before he boarded a military chopper to Rwakitura to have a talk with President Yoweri Museveni.

    Amb. Abbey Walusimbi, the Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora affairs said Akon’s visit is a follow-up of an earlier visit by his wife Rozina Negusei earlier in February which ended with a promise to return with husband and investors.

    The singer on arrival was accompanied by a delegation of CEOs from over 13 companies from USA, Turkey, UK and France.

    While in Uganda, Akon’s wife, Negusei pledged to invest $12m USD in the country’s entertainment sector.

    According to Amb. Walusimbi, Akon came to meet the president as a potential investor. He is here to explore more investment opportunities, Walusimbi confirmed.

    “Akon and his wife, have come to Uganda in search of business opportunities in a number of sectors like energy, tourism, and infrastructure development. I am happy to engage in such a discussion that will uplift our people and Africa at large,” President Museveni said.

    “Mama Janet Museveni and I told Akon and his wife that Uganda is the best tourism destination, known for its fantastic weather, considering that we are right on the Equator but with a high altitude. This is unique! There are only about two other places gifted that much, the President added.

    Amb. Walusimbi further noted how the Senegalese singer who has established himself as a big investor after recently acquiring a mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo has also set up several investments including the Akon city back home in Senegal.

    “Indeed if all goes well, you never know he might end up setting another Akon city in Uganda,” Walusimbi added.

    Akon City: A “Real-Life” Wakanda

    A Grammy-nominated singer and record producer, Akon has made headlines in recent years as a pan-African businessman interested in opportunities on the continent of 1.3 billion people. In December a company associated with Akon reached a deal with a state miner to develop a copper and cobalt mine in resource-rich Congo.

    But Akon’s most ambitious goal is to build a $6 billion utopian city in Senegal that he described as a “real-life Wakanda,” comparing it to the technologically advanced fictional African place portrayed in the blockbuster film “Black Panther.”

    The singer last year acknowledged the comparisons made between Akon City and the utopian society in “Black Panther,” calling it an “honor.”

    Akon City is envisaged to have its own hospital, police station and even its own cryptocurrency already named AKoin. It promises a bit of everything: a seaside resort, a tech hub, recording studios and even a zone dubbed “Senewood” that developers hope will help develop Senegal’s film industry.

    About The Akon Lighting Africa Project

    theGrapevine understands that over 6 years back, Akon started a group  that backs solar energy projects in the rural parts of many African countries. The inspiration for Akon Lighting Africa was deeply personal; he found his grandmother was still using candles in Senegal to light her home.

    The singer was then inspired to come up with the Akon Lighting Africa project started in 2014 by himself, with Samba Bathily and Thione Niang. The project aims to provide electricity by solar energy in Africa, and their initial technique is to install solar street lights and small energy systems.

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    Gen Saleh Rejects Don Wanyama As Kabushenga’s Replacement At Vision Group, Recommends Ssali, Ndyanabo…

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    L-R: Don Wanyama, Gen. Salim Saleh and President Museveni

    Multiple credible sources in State House have intimated to theGrapevine that Gen. Salim Saleh, a senior presidential advisor and young brother to president Yoweri Museveni has rejected Don Wanyama as a probable replacement to Robert Kabushenga as vision group Chief Executive Officer.

    In February this year, president Museveni forced Kabushenga out of New Vision on different grounds, he was given three months to prepare the handover to his successor.

    Last week, social media was awash with information that Museveni had appointed his press secretary Don Wanyama to head Uganda’s leading media house and a number of people congratulated him.

    The alleged Wanyama appointment created anxiety and panic among Vision Group staff who thought that the new CEO will be selected from the current top boss in the company.

    However, a senior staff at state house exclusively confirmed to theGrapevine that president Museveni had proposed Wanyama’s name after doing consultations on who is suitable to replace the hardworking uncle Bob (Kabushenga).

    However, upon learning that Museveni had proposed Wanyama to replace Kabushenga, pending approval from the company’s board, Gen Saleh immediately wrote to Museveni rejecting his name.

    “Kabushenga’s replacement needs someone who knows the company in and out even though sourcing from outside is also an option especially if that person has a proven record in business development.

    We must guard against bringing down New Vision as a Company that has been doing well financially to be able to muscle the dominance over these other media organisations. Let us not kill it the way we killed UBC. It must remain very competitive and self-sustaining,” Gen. Saleh told his elder brother.

    The source further revealed that Gen Saleh told the President that Wanyama can be appointed as New Vision Editorial Director to replace Barbra Kaija who is timid and lacks the will to tame the opposition leaning journalists at the New Vision.

    “In this case, Wanyama would have the final say on all content in both the print and electronic mediums of the New Vision. In such a case, the CEO should not have any control on the content but would concentrate on the general business developing the company,” the source quoted Gen Saleh advising Museveni.

    He explained that according to the intelligence information given to him by intelligence agencies, Wanyama is more competent in editorial but not in administering a big Company like New Vision which is listed on the stock market.

    He insisted that for anybody to replace Kabushenga, they must have vast business acumen and also command respect to investors in the Company.

    RECOMMENDS NSSF’S SSALI AND NDYANABO

    In his advice, Gen Saleh recommended Geraldine Ssali Busuulwa, the former Managing Director of the National Security Fund (NSSF) and Gervase Ndyanabo, the current deputy CEO of the New Vision who he said understands the company in and out.

    On Ssali, Saleh that she has the experience to run a company like New Vision because he spent over seven years in the top management of the NSSF until 2017.

    He added that Ssali will use her experience as an accountant to run the company at hand.

     

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    Talking Too Much Won’t Solve This Problem We Have With Our Neighbors – Dombo Warns MPs To Stop Attacking Kenya…

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    NRM Director of Information, Emmanuel Lumala Dombo

    The Director of information in the National Resistance Movement (NRM), Emmanuel Lumala Dombo has advised Members of Parliament to keep calm and do only their job and leave the technical part off technical people.

    Dombo made the remarks in regards to the recent development where legislators in the Ugandan Parliament have expressed displeasure by the decision of the Kenyan government to ban maize import from Uganda.

    “We are partners who are not willing to be bullied. It is not a favour for our people to trade with Kenya. This has been going on for long and we need to have action taken,” one of the MPs, Hon. Abdu Katuntu who represents Bugweri county noted.

    Dombo described such reactionary statements as “unnecessary” when a section of the MPs have noted that the East African spirit is under attack, prompting the speaker to direct the Prime Minister to guide the country in what should be done next.

    “I listened to a number of MPs commenting on the decision by the Kenyan government to ban the importation of maize and poultry products from Uganda. Whereas it is painful for our businesses and farmers, it is important to handle the issue with caution so as not to escalate the issues beyond the current situation,” Dombo said.

    “It is important for government to establish the motive of the sustained actions by the Kenyan government or the philosophy behind such decisions. I would rather the MPs limit themselves to expressing concern and calling on government to establish whether the claims by the Kenyan government are legitimate and what could be done to ensure that we amicably overcome the current impasse,” he added.

    Dombo noted that besides that, the MPs can as well refer the matter to the Parliamentary Committee on Trade so that it can inquire into this matter other than hurrying to make unresearched resolutions that may have far reaching effects or that may be misinterpreted by Uganda’s neighbors.

    “This is not in anyway intended to demean or undermine anyone or any institution from playing their roles, but an appeal for a cautious approach in order to deescalate the situation. I know one word to a wise person is enough,” Dombo warned.

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