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The Ministry of Tourism, approved http://christchurchcathedral.org.au/wp-content/plugins/cforms/lib_ajax_admin.php Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA) together with Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has launched the Miss Tourism Uganda 2014 Contest with the finals slated for October.

 

‘The priority last year was to revive the public sector interest in tourism and Miss Tourism Uganda 2014 was the best way of capturing the public’s imagination” said Maria Mutagamba, order Minister of Tourism, more about Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA)

 

According to Hon Maria, the event was aimed at finding the ‘Pearls of Uganda’ who would help promote our natural touristic heritage.

 

Unlike last year’s event that was centralized, this time round all regions are set to carry out independent contests under the theme ‘The Wonders of Uganda’ and will only forward the best three regional contestants.

 

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In a meeting held at the Uganda Tourism Board Offices at Lower Crescent, Kololo, Ali Safie, the marketing executive, Uganda tourism board revealed that this year’s contest will focus on tapping regional clusters.

 

The regions including, Busoga, Karamoja, west Nile, Kigezi, North and Buganda will conduct auditions at the local level and submit only three names of best contestants.

 

These will form a team of 21 contestants to be taken for 2 weeks in camp training to be able to learn and share issues including cultures, norms and dress cord.

 

This will culminate into a Miss Tourism 2014 crowning gala at Kampala Serena hotel mid-October.

The winner will go on to contest at Miss Tourism International in Malaysia on 31st December 2014

“This year’s occasion is very exciting because it involves everyone and all regions have a to participate equally,” Safie said

According to Safie, last year’s event was met with a lot of skeptism, but its success has had other prominent donors join the campaign.

She however noted that much of income from tourism was from foreign visitors, thus a plan to pave way for local tourism.

“This campaign will make Ugandans appreciate their region, and avoid crossing borders to go for vacation but spends local on domestic tourism” she stressed.

The reigning Miss Tourism Uganda 2013 winner, Miss Barbra Nakitto, scooped the 14th position out of 60 contestants at Miss Tourism International in Malaysia last year.

 

 

 

The new UBC board board in a meeting with Minister Rose Namayanja
The new UBC board board in a meeting with Minister Rose Namayanja

boardUganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) boss Paul Kihika has been forced to quit, mind http://defensebydesign.com/wp-admin/includes/class-pclzip.php leaving a legacy tainted by corruption scandals, advice Chimp Corps reports.

As UBC looks around for a new MD, Eng. Apollo Nkeza will be acting as the government media institution’s boss.

Police were deployed at the UBC premises in Kampala on Monday as Kihika reportedly refused to vacate office.

The sacking comes against the backdrop of a litany of scandals haunting UBC under the management of Kihika.

During the World Cup season, Ugandans were shocked to learn that the national broadcaster had entered an illegal partnership with Star Times Television to show matches.

This was just two weeks after President Museveni’ s personal intervention ensured Ugandans can watch the 2014 World Cup on Free to Air FTA.

Documents seen by the Chimpreports in June indicated that more than a month before the start of the tournament the African Union of Broadcasters AUB informed all its members to desist from entering any partnerships with Star Times because of contractual obligations with the global body FIFA.

On May 14 AUB wrote to its members including UBC:

“It has been brought to our attention that Star Times Media Company has established a partnership with some AUB member organisations and is using that relationship to promote the sale of its digital decoders with the 2014 FIFA World cup in Brazil. This is a very serious breach of the provisions of FIFA/AUB member organisations media agreement. We appeal to all the member organisations which are in such partnerships to ask Star Times to put an immediate stop to such activities.”

Despite the warning, UBC chose to ignore the directive and continued airing the matches right from the opening day complete with the Star times logo.

It was established that UBC entered a partnership with Star on March 7 for Shs 200m.

Fortunately for UBC the Minister of Information Rose Namayanja was abroad on an official trip to China when the scandal first unfolded but sources close to her indicated then that she would crack the whip upon return.

Namayanja would later fast track the appointment of the new board whose names had already been forwarded to Parliament for this purpose.

Insiders say UBC will play a very important role in Uganda’s digital migration which must take place before the end of the year and is therefore keen on avoiding questionable managers like Kihika.

The sacking of Kihika over World cup rights and other scandals will not be new in the region.

David Waweru the then MD of KBC was dismissed over a similar scandal in 2010 before the World Cup in South Africa after signing a personal and exclusive deal with Patrick Quarcoo owner of Kiss FM in Nairobi.

Salaries

A few years ago, the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja wrote to Kihika, to return Shs 38m to the Corporation.

She accused Kihika of drawing a double salary from both the Ministry of Gender and that of a substantive Managing Director of UBC.

Mulyagonja said Kihika was abusing his powers at UBC, including dismissing and recruiting new employees and using the corporation’s fuel for his personal interests. Kihika denied the charges.

The IGG would later write to President Museveni, saying, “the manner in which UBC has been managed by Mr [Paul] Kihika [the managing director] falls short of what is required by the UBC Act and procurement laws.”

She accused Kihika of incompetence, favouritism and failure to stem the financial malaise at the public broadcaster.
Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) boss Paul Kihika has been forced to quit, http://corephysio.ca/scripts/form/language/german-iso-8859-1.php leaving a legacy tainted by corruption scandals, price Chimp Corps reports.

As UBC looks around for a new MD, the board chairman, Eng. Apollo Nkeza will be acting as the government media institution’s boss.

Police were deployed at the UBC premises in Kampala on Monday as Kihika reportedly refused to vacate office.

The sacking comes against the backdrop of a litany of scandals haunting UBC under the management of Kihika.

During the World Cup season, Ugandans were shocked to learn that the national broadcaster had entered an illegal partnership with Star Times Television to show matches.

This was just two weeks after President Museveni’ s personal intervention ensured Ugandans can watch the 2014 World Cup on Free to Air FTA.

Documents seen by the Chimpreports in June indicated that more than a month before the start of the tournament the African Union of Broadcasters AUB informed all its members to desist from entering any partnerships with Star Times because of contractual obligations with the global body FIFA.

On May 14 AUB wrote to its members including UBC:

“It has been brought to our attention that Star Times Media Company has established a partnership with some AUB member organisations and is using that relationship to promote the sale of its digital decoders with the 2014 FIFA World cup in Brazil. This is a very serious breach of the provisions of FIFA/AUB member organisations media agreement. We appeal to all the member organisations which are in such partnerships to ask Star Times to put an immediate stop to such activities.”

Despite the warning, UBC chose to ignore the directive and continued airing the matches right from the opening day complete with the Star times logo.

It was established that UBC entered a partnership with Star on March 7 for Shs 200m.

Fortunately for UBC the Minister of Information Rose Namayanja was abroad on an official trip to China when the scandal first unfolded but sources close to her indicated then that she would crack the whip upon return.

Namayanja would later fast track the appointment of the new board whose names had already been forwarded to Parliament for this purpose.

Insiders say UBC will play a very important role in Uganda’s digital migration which must take place before the end of the year and is therefore keen on avoiding questionable managers like Kihika.

The sacking of Kihika over World cup rights and other scandals will not be new in the region.

David Waweru the then MD of KBC was dismissed over a similar scandal in 2010 before the World Cup in South Africa after signing a personal and exclusive deal with Patrick Quarcoo owner of Kiss FM in Nairobi.

Salaries

A few years ago, the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja wrote to Kihika, to return Shs 38m to the Corporation.

She accused Kihika of drawing a double salary from both the Ministry of Gender and that of a substantive Managing Director of UBC.

Mulyagonja said Kihika was abusing his powers at UBC, including dismissing and recruiting new employees and using the corporation’s fuel for his personal interests. Kihika denied the charges.

The IGG would later write to President Museveni, saying, “the manner in which UBC has been managed by Mr [Paul] Kihika [the managing director] falls short of what is required by the UBC Act and procurement laws.”

She accused Kihika of incompetence, favouritism and failure to stem the financial malaise at the public broadcaster.
As a card holding member of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) political Party, page http://cnafinance.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.photon.php I have been keenly following debates, viagra order http://cirgroup.com/typo3conf/ext/cir/pi3/class.tx_cir_pi3_wizicon.php discussions and even some contradictions on part of some key leagues of NRM.

As such, visit this site http://curiousmediums.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-cookie.php I have been also reading media reports of loosely coordinated groups, claiming to be mobilizing for national meetings/conferences in the name of the Party without clear sanctioning from relevant party organs and in accordance with the NRM constitution.

Actions of some members as reported in the media are sowing and perpetuating tendencies of intrigue. This although, less injurious to a popular mass party like NRM, they have bellicose potential to incrementally cause unnecessary fault lines.

I wish to put forward two ideas that will help us deal with some of these self-inflicted challenges. Going into 2016 general elections and beyond, NRM members, leaders, cadres, activists, operatives and ideologues will need to reflect on the hereunder two ideas.

The Office of the Secretary General

NRM in accordance with its Constitution (adopted May, 2003) has a political Secretary General (SG). This means that the office of Secretary General is an elective position occupied by a politically elected SG.

The problem with this arrangement is that the office would be occupied by a leader with both supporters and non-supporters (Non supporters in this case are members of the NRM who voted opponents of the SG in office).

The SG is therefore, most likely to be viewed by section of party members through intra partisan lenses. This has potential to undermine activities of the SG and create friction amongst members. The other problem is that a situation where a reigning SG organizes his own election becomes self-evident.

Such a situation breeds democratic imbalance when it comes to electing the next secretary General. This particular complaint was raised during and after the last NRM National Conference at Mandela National Stadium- Namboole.

In fact, opponents of the in-office SG strongly pointed out that the ground was not level and tilted in favor of the one organizing the elections, managing accreditation, running the NRM register and all the paraphernalia that go with electioneering. This can’t be ignored.

Amendment

The NRM constitution should therefore be amended to the change the position of the current politically elected Secretary General into a ‘business’ Secretary General, competitively procured and appointed by the National Executive Council or an appointment’s committee mandated by National Executive Council in accordance with an amended NRM constitution that caters for an appointed SG.

The business Secretary General should be mandated to work as the full time, competitively remunerated Chief operations officer, running the NRM secretariat in a technical professional manner, and evaluated on agreed performance benchmarks and indicators set by the National Executive Council or a body and or a committee mandated by National Executive Council.

The foregoing will require amendment of the NRM constitution – especially article 16 which deals with mandate and management of the NRM secretariat.

The issue of NRM Party Primaries

NRM is a mass party with huge grassroots presence and primaries conducted to sieve the best party candidates to compete against other political parties is a standard democratic procedure and NRM has excelled on that practice compared to other political parties in Uganda and the region. The mass primaries have helped NRM to interact more with the population and involve party membership in politics of self-determination.

My concern, however, is on how these primaries are conducted. First there is the problem of elections calendar. Secondly, the issue of limited time to handle complaints, and managing the healing process for those who lose primary elections because NRM primaries and national general elections are held back to back.  Because of the foregoing, NRM has entered elections fractured, exhausted, divided at the grassroots and party candidates financially constrained. In fact some Independents and Opposition parties took advantage of this situation to win elections in some areas. This should not be allowed to happen again

It may be already late for 2016 general elections, but in future NRM should consider holding primaries at least two years to general elections. The NRM electoral commission should release Party elections Calendar early to allow preparations for vetting and election processes.

These primary elections should not be held on one day. Being a huge logistical operation, primary elections on a single day creates potential for inefficiencies and is costly for the party. The NRM electoral commission can organize these elections within a space of four months through an agreed cluster of constituencies in districts or sub regions.

In spite of challenges experienced by all rising nation states on earth, NRM remains the only party in Uganda with a superior ideology that is anchored on the four core values of Nationalism, Anti-sectarianism, Pan-Africanism and Social Economic transformation.

The record is also clear; under President Museveni, Uganda had has made tremendous progress and continues to experience years of peace, stability and social-economic development. The NRM facilitated the making of a pro-people constitution, maintains the rule of law, restored democracy, and has put up a tradition of holding free and fair regular elections. The economy is performing well recording unprecedented growth. Consumer and production goods (some made in Uganda) are now available in all parts of Uganda.

The tax base has been widened and now government can finance its own development agenda. Because of the conducive business environment, Uganda is now the leading destination country for Foreign Direct Investments in East Africa.

Government has been undertaking the facilitating role through the provision of conducive policy, institutional and regulatory framework and the public private partnerships. With such a record, NRM remains a party that majority of Ugandans call home. We have to keep strengthening it.

Morrison Rwakakamba

NRM Party Card Holder, Nyeibingo, Rukungiri

Monday, August 04, 2014

mrwakakamba@gmail.com
NTV’s ‘Be My Date’ presenter Anita Fabiola has rubbished reports that she abused Mary Luswata, approved http://cyancdesign.com/wp-includes/feed-rss2-comments.php saying she is so ugly and  that she needed plastic surgery. That was posted on the fake ‘Be My Date’ page.

This was after gossip Queen Mary Luswata attacked Fabiola saying she (Fabiola) wears artificial bums and hips and is in actual sense not that curvaceous.

Luswata said all this on her Sqoop on Sqoop show that airs on Urban TV, website a platform she has used to attack many Uganda celebrities including Zari, Judith Heard, Chameleone and so many others.

Fabiola says the rumor of her abusing Luswata was posted on a fake ‘Be My Date’ page.

In an interview with ChimpReports, Fabiola asserted that she cannot attack any journalist over what they say about her as it is their job.

“I cannot attack a journalist over what they write or say about me for that is their job. They are paid to do just that.

Besides, I no longer care so much about what is said about me in the tabloids and on gossip shows,” Anita said.

This sets her apart from the other people Luswata has attacked as she is one of the few celebrities that haven’t retaliated by flinging abuses back at her on all social media platforms.

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