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Big Brother Curse; Meet the strongest Ugandan housemates

The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has urged local governments to urgently streamline their activities and efforts towards improving service delivery in the country.

The Premier said effective this financial year Government has provided resources to enable Resident District Commissioners (RDC’s) monitor the implementation of Government programmes in their respective local governments.

Rugunda made the remarks while opening a workshop on service delivery in local governments at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Monday at the beginning of the Government retreat on budget performance for financial year 2013/14 and budget strategy for financial year 2015/16 which runs until Friday.

He said Uganda’s economy had expanded over the last two decades and the households had increased their incomes leading to a reduction in poverty levels from 56% in 1992 to 19.7% in 2014

“The progress Uganda has achieved is a reflection of the correct government policies that have been implemented in the past, case ” Rugunda said, cialis 40mg adding that these policies had led to the growth and stability of the economy but also created demand for greater infrastructure and social services.

He said some of the development challenges could be addressed by among other measures creating an enabling environment for private sector investment and enhancing production and productivity in primary growth sectors which could in turn create jobs and lead to economic growth.

Dr Rugunda however, pilule said concerns on service delivery had been raised in the education sector over the declining quality of basic education and absenteeism by teachers.

He also highlighted the critical shortage key professional staff such as medical workers and engineers in addition to the challenge of shoddy works in infrastructure development and misuse of public resources.


The Premier said the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries had been tasked to come up with implementation guidelines for the restructured National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS)

“Government is committed to move beyond poverty eradication to real development and wealth creation for every household as per Vision 2040,” said the Premier.

Minister for Finance Planning and Economic Development, Hon Maria Kiwanuka applauded Parliament for passing the Public Finance Management Bill, a development she said will enhance service delivery since consideration and approval of the budget by Parliament will be handled prior to the beginning of the financial year.

Her Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi pm his part, highlighted measures undertaken to strengthen public financial management and accountability in Government such as improving the security of the integrated financial management system and implementation of the treasury single account.

He also said through decentralization of the budgeting and payment of salaries and pension, the Ministry saved about 100 billion in the first quarter of this financial year by eliminating ghost staff on the government pay roll.

Muhakanizi also said school capitation grants releases will be aligned to the school academic calendar starting with the first term of 2015. He added that they had eliminated about 500,000 ghost students.

The President Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) and also Chairperson Jinja District, Fredrick Gume Ngobi urged government to increase allocations to local governments from the current 16% to at least 38% of the total national budget for effective service delivery in local governments.

He also asked Government to provide additional funds to local governments to enable them fill up the critical positions and increase staffing to at least 65% to enhance performance.
Big Brother Africa provides a platform for lucky housemates to get careers off the ground. With season nine closing next Sunday, buy and with no Ugandan housemate in the final, generic one wonders what don’t we do right? We have come close at times but not close enough.

Last sunday saw the eviction of Ellah aka Stella Nantumbwe. Ellah had given the country hope, healing after a slow start she managed to survive 5 nominations. But as fate had it she was evicted a week to the finale.

Today we review the top Ugandan representatives, what made them popular how long they spent in the house and why they didn’t win.

Morris Mugisha & Stella Nantumbwe aka Morris & Ellah;

Both housemates were pursuing modeling career at the time they entered the big brother house. However Ellah’s profile read Sales assistant while Morris read Unemployed. They are tied at 5th position because none of them made it to the season finale.

Morris Mugisha
Morris Mugisha

Morris was Uganda’s representative for season 3. He was evicted after 70days in the house. Key to his survival for this long was aiming to be head of house as many times as possible. This was after surviving a fake eviction in week 2 of the show. Morris’ game changed after he replaced popular housemate Tawana in week 7. The next time Morris was nominated, he was evicted with 8countries voting to evict.

Ellah aka Stella Nantubwe
Ellah aka Stella Nantubwe

Ellah was evicted on day 56 of season nine, despite a slow start Ellah’s game improved and at the time of her eviction, no housemate had nominated her. It was the decision of head of house who put her on the nomination list. Uganda is the only country which voted to save Ellah, Many social media enthusiats put Ellah’s behaviour as only reason she didn’t make it to the finale, Ellah was in a relationship with Tanzanian housemate Idris at the time of her eviction.


Kyle Duncan Kushaba & Sharon O Nalukenge

Kyle Kushaba
Kyle Kushaba

Kyle was Uganda’s representative for season 7 the star game, he came fifth on the final day of the show, a Journalist at the time of joining the Game, Kyle was one of the most popular housemates in season 7, only receiving 5 nominations from his fellow housemates in the 12week period he spent in the house. Kyle was put up for eviction in week 10 but Africa overwhelmingly voted to save. Kyle’s only undoing was his fellow housemates; he was up against stronger competition that included Prezzo the artist from Kenya.

Sharon O
Sharon O

Sharon Nalukenge a musician and fashion designer, Sharon was Uganda’s representative in season 6 of Big Brother amplified. Just like Kyle she came 5th at he season finale. Sharon received 11nominations in her time in the house. Season six saw a change in the rules and we would have two winners, this gave Sharon a chance at the $200,000. However it was not to be, The other Ugandan housemate for Season six also deserves a mention for the wrong reasons, Earnest Wasake had sex in the house with Tanzanian housemate Bhoke. Biggest reason for Sharon O’s failure to win was that “she was too reserved” and never opened up to her true character.


Maureen Namatovu

Maureen Namatovu
Maureen Namatovu

Big Brother Africa returned after a 4 year break, with new rules and new ratings after the mistakes of season one. Maureen Namatovu whose profile read fashion designer was Uganda’s representative. Maureen never made it to the finale, she was evicted on day 84 of the show . she will be remembered for her exploits with Code the Malawi housemate in the Penthouse. Maureen had sex in the house, pictures of her and Code were later leaked to online websites after the show completed. Maureen failed to win because she was up against Africa’s number one reality couple; Richiana (Richard & Tatiana) Richard was the winner that year.

Gaetano Jukko Kaggwa 

Gaetano Kaggwa

Being Ugandans 1st housemate in the inaugural season of Big Brother Africa, Gaetano aka Gae will always have a special place in Ugandans hearts-mainly for being in a steamy relationship with South African housemate Abby, Gaetano was also transferred to the Big brother UK house where he spent a week. He came fourth at the finale. Gaetano’s exploits on Big brother were a talking point and would change TV as we know it, Songs were composed by local singers Bebe Cool and Jose Chameleon. During this show activist called for the ban of Big Brother show in several African countries due to too much explicit content, this culminated in rating the show 18. Geatano returned to a heroes welcome only rivaled by the Former FDC president Dr. Kiiza Besigye. Analysts say Gaetano failed to win the money because of his relationship with Abby.


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