GOtv to Screen 2015 Netball World Cup

Emphasis has been placed on the need to integrate current trends in ICT with agriculture in Uganda.

Agriculture contributes 1.3 trillion to the world economy while ICT contribution is 153 trillion.

In a discussion organized by Vodafone Thursday morning, sildenafil participants expressed the urgency to revitalize farmer cooperatives.

With the growing mobile innovations, telecom companies also need to avail affordable phones and internet for the low income farmers.

The panelists included Mr Robert Kintu, Ronald Katamba, Stuart Oramire, Victoria Sekitoleko and Prof. Maggie Kigozi.

Robert Kintu the Managing Director FIT Uganda said ICT enables farming to; increase production data, financial record tracking, traceability of produce among others.

“Uganda consumes 90 percent of matooke produced but the price of matooke is rising, demand is growing in Kenya. We need to use IT to help farmers keep track of market trends” he said.

Kintu asked that more partnerships with players who can offer training to farmers on how to use ICT. He also blamed low yields on farmer’s ignorance on the soil type that favors different seeds.


Prof. Maggie Kigozi shared her success in exploiting ICT on her Zuri Model Farm that is 3 years now.

She is involved in integrated farming; processing maize, planting mangoes, trees, ground nuts, matooke, plantain, coffee and also rears chicken layers.

Prof. Kigozi said ICT has facilitated regular communication, online banking, power by solar and money transfer through Mobile Money.

“We need to do away with negative talk about agriculture and start being positive. Otherwise feeding people with problems alone will hinder them from starting.” She said.

The Head of Marketing Vodafone Uganda, Jackie Namara said that such discussions help showcase what ICT can do in various sectors.

“There’s a lot of desire and hunger for such information. These forums spark off a wider conversation on some of the innovations in various sectors”

Namara added that government and other stakeholders must come on board in order enhance transformation. She announced that Vodafone in partnership with Mozilla Firefox will the coming year roll out a digital and web literacy program.


President Museveni, site who has served as Uganda’s leader since 1986, information pills will seek nomination from his NRM party on Friday morning to serve another five-year term at the helm of the country’s highest political office in land.

This means that should he win the 2016 presidential race as highly anticipated, sick Museveni will have ruled Uganda for a staggering 35 years.

Hardened by over a decade of armed combat action against the governments of Idi Amin and Milton Obote, Museveni’s NRA would later metamorphose into the NRM which has consolidated its power through persuading moderate rivals and cracking down on the headstrong.

Critics accuse President Museveni of suppressing civil liberties, rigging elections and falling short of combating endemic corruption that continues to hurt government’s service delivery.

But Museveni maintains the NRM, over the last 29 years, has laid a basis for the metamorphosis of the economy and society of Uganda from a Third World one to a First World one in the coming years.

“The NRM has addressed the issue of the human resource development ? education and health.  The literacy rate was 43 percent in 1986.  It has now gone up to 75 percent today,” said Museveni in his budget speech this year.

“The mortality rate for infants in 1986 was 156 per 1,000 babies born alive.  It is now 54 per 1,000 babies born alive. The average life expectancy was 43 years in 1986.  It is now 58 years, today.”

The percentage of the people living below the poverty line was 56.4 percent in 1992/1993.

This reduced to 19.7 percent in 2012/2013 (Statistics from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics).

Museveni admitted that Uganda could have achieved more if government were to fight corruption.


Latest reports indicate that security has been tightened at the party headquarters in Nakasero for the President’s arrival.

Although at the opening of the exercise, the party electoral commission chairman Dr Tanga Odoi discouraged members from coming along with groups of supporters, Museveni has picked a number of NRM leaders who will escort him to pick his forms.

Among them is UPDF’s Gen Caleb Akandwanaho better known as Salim Saleh.

Others who comprise the membership of the NRM Leaders Forum will also be part of the entourage.

They include Hon Janat Mukwaya, Eunice Nambuya, Maj. Tom Butime, Dr Eric Adriko, Joan Kategaya, Teddy Wamusi, Magode Ikuya, Ambassador Gabriel Kangwagye, Kintu Musoke, Mambe Mukwama, and Kabandwa Kiggundu.
MultiChoice through its DTT brand GOtv will exclusively broadcast all the She Cranes matches at the 2015 Netball World Cup matches live on Super Sport Select 2 from August 7 to August 16.

The Netball World Cup, about it which will be held in Sydney Australia, is the pinnacle event of international netball.

The tournament brings together the world’s top 16 teams who will battle it out to be crown international netball champions.

Speaking  during a sendoff dinner sponsored by GOtv in honor of the She cranes at Sheraton Hotel Kampala on Wednesday,Patricia Kiconco the GOtv segment brand manager said the company was proud of the progress and achievements the She Cranes have registered over the past five years.

She commended the hard work and perseverance on the part of the players and coaches as reaching the world cup is the crowning achievement of their efforts.

She Cranes Cutting a cake during their send off dinner at Sheraton
She Cranes Cutting a cake during their send off dinner at Sheraton

The She Cranes is the number 14 ranked netball team in the world according to the INF world rankings and are billed as one of the continent’s favorites.

Dr. Sarah Nkonge, the Patron of the team expressed pride at the Cranes conduct and achievements on and off the court.

“I salute the team for your spirit of fair play which has been recognized globally and the passion you bring to the game this, leaves me with absolutely no doubt that Uganda will be well represented at the Netball World cup,” Dr Nkonge said.

Dr. Sarah Nkonge also thanked the corporate companies, parliamentarians and Ugandans who responded to the team’s financial call and helped raise the much needed funds that have enabled the team participate at the prestigious tournament. ”There was a time it looked as if the girls would not travel but thanks to all of you represented here today this will no longer be the case,” She added.

The She-Cranes will take on Zambia’s Shepolopolo on Friday 07 August at 19:00 CAT with Malawi “Queens” taking on South Africa’s “Spar Proteas” on Saturday 08 August at 04: 40 CAT.

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