Kampala – Dr Adam Mugume, one of Ugandans finest economists, has on Friday March 27, been appointed Acting Deputy Governor Bank of Uganda.
Mugume replaces Dr Louis Kasekende whose tenure at the central Bank expired earlier this year.
Bank of Uganda board’s Chairman, James Kahoza, disclosed that Dr Mugume “will perform the executive functions of the Office of Deputy Governor until a substantive Deputy Governor is appointed.”
Mugume, who taught econometrics for many years at Makerere University, has been serving as the Central Bank’s Executive Director, Research and Policy Directorate.
An amiable officer, Mugume graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics at Makerere University before completing his master’s degree in economics from the University of Botswana.
He holds a PhD in Economics at Oxford University.
The designation puts Mugume closer to scooping the top position at the
central bank considering that Governor Tumusiime-Mutebile’s contract expires in 2021.
Mugume headed the modeling division at BOU between 2007 and 2010.
For his PhD, Mugume researched on applied econometrics and macroeconomics.
He also headed the Department of Economic Theory and Analysis at Makerere University.
He also consulted for the World Bank and African Economic Research Consortium between 2004 and 2007.
His experience lies in economic forecasting and policy analysis; macroeconomics, applied econometrics, and fiscal and monetary policies.
Kampala – A new online marketplace, https://www.suubula.com/, has launched its website in Kampala, Uganda to facilitate the trade of discounted products and services.
Suubula.com offers unlimited space to traders, farmers, entrepreneurs, ICT developers, manufacturers and real estate dealers to sell a wide range of products in different categories including Agricultural Produce, Livestock, Poultry, Farm Inputs, Fashion and Beauty, Food and Beverages, Apartments, Gadgets, Gifts, Books and Art among others.
The website launch comes against the backdrop of the spread of Coronavirus which has led to the closure of education and social facilities, grounding tens of thousands of people at their places of abode.
Suubula.com will allow posting of products on the site to allow entrepreneurs and commercial businesses connect with potential buyers who are at home and workplaces.Suubula.com Chief Executive Officer, Camble Hope, (Courtesy Photo)
“All one needs is to identify a product on the website, put in the cart and pay for it. We’ll then call them to make arrangements for swift delivery,” said Camble Hope, Suubula.com Chief Executive Officer,
“Those who are stuck with goods in the gardens and stores should also advertise them on Suubula.com so that the site delivers these products to potential buyers,” he added.
In the long run, Suubula.com will provide space for job seekers and employers to create employment opportunities for millions of people who are unable to find appropriate places of work.
The website will as well create “Home Jobs” especially those who are unable to find work or rent space at a commercial building but can use their skills to bake birthday cakes; produce table mats; prepare Rolex, coffee or yoghurt etc from their homes.
“You’ll be able to list your product/skills under “Home Jobs” on Suubula.com at a free cost,’” said Camble Hope.
“You no longer need ‘display space’ at a city mall for a gift shop if you can have your products viewed by millions of people on Suubula.com. We are changing the way we do business by facilitating the marketing of products and services and reaching out to millions of customers online.
Suubula.com exists to support businesses sell products and skills in the local market and elsewhere in the world.”
Almost 4.54 billion people were active internet users as of January 2020.
Camble disclosed that it is high time “we tapped the potential of this market.”
Suubula.com will also facilitate trade in bulk commodities, allowing wholesalers to obtain heavily discounted goods for local, regional and international markets.
Incorporated at Uganda Registration Bureau Services (URSB) in Kampala, Suubula.com will also allow existing businesses to list their shops, salons, bakeries, bars, restaurants, recreational facilities, gyms, real estate, etc on the website at an affordable fee.
The site, built by Ugandan ICT experts has a user-friendly payment platform and interface, allowing users easy navigation and location of their favourites products.
Suubula.com is using Flutterwave, an internationally recognised and secure payment system for transactions; and the company commits to total security and privacy of customer data. Deliveries will be arranged on order.
In the next 18 months, Suubula.com will embark on an aggressive marketing campaign targeting an audience of 5 million people to enable listed businesses, skills and products are linked to domestic and foreign markets.
“While your chia seeds and fruits go bad in the granary or garden, a businessman in Dubai is struggling to obtain a reliable supplier of the same,” said Camble, emphasising, “Suubula will address this bottleneck by linking producers and potential buyers online.”
Foreign products such as accessories and gadgets will be sold on Suubula.com, the site will give priority to Ugandan products.
“Gone are the days when human survival hinged on the availability of jobs or cash to rent space to run a business. Gone are the days when entrepreneurs, ICT developers, mechanics, plumbers, masons and builders etc would spend weeks without a trace for opportunities.
Suubula is here to transform lives by enabling your economic transformation through trade,” said Camble.
You can follow Suubula.com on social media platforms, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Suubulacom-109562647324950/ and Twitter, https://twitter.com/SubuulaS.
Las Vegas – Ariana Grande, American celebrity, followed the lead of the likes of Rihanna and coughed up millions towards fans who were out of jobs and had no source of income, Frank Mulu reports.
According to TMZ, the 7 Rings-hitmaker has been picking calls from her loyal fans and personally sending cash to them whenever they ask for help. Ariana was touched when a couple of fans told her they were penniless thanks to the pandemic and had lost their businesses in the whole confusion.
Some said they could not pay their electricity and water bills and this touched her heart.
Ariana sent them some money via cash transfer app Venmo after noticing the number of struggling people was growing by the day.
The best thing about the gorgeous superstar’s acts is she has never gone public about her donations and has kept her acts of kindness secret.
Her fans chose to praise her and open up about how her help aided them during this difficult time. Ariana has always been passionate about her fans and her kindness has been spoken about far and wide.
The soft-spoken, doll-faced beauty always believes she is on a mission on this earth and always empathises with the troubles her supporters go through.
He fondled me! Daddy Andre’s woes worsen as another songstress accuses producer of sexually harassing her
Kampala – Kasese born dancehall artiste Jesca Pafra alias J-Pafra has accused singer and music producer Andrew Ojambo Alias aka An-dre on the beat/Daddy Andre of sexual harassment, Grace Turyatunga reports.
While appearing on NBS TV’s Uncut Kalakata hosted by Zahara Toto and Anatalia Thursday, March 27, the singer claimed that Daddy Andre harassed her in his Najjera studio as well.
This comes after another upcoming artist known as Nadia Rania came out few days ago claiming that Producer Andre has been begging for sex as a pre-requisite for them to shoot a music video for their collaboration
According to Pafra, her experience working with Andre came to an awkward climax after the latter smooched her without reciprocation while she pursued a chance to have her song recorded in his studio.
“These artistes who have achieved something are using many young female artistes. They are using us even after we pay our money. I have a personal experience with Daddy Andre, I paid him UGX1.5m to record my song, then he asked that I go to his studio at home in Najjera,” she said.
“When I reached the house, his studio was dark, he started touching me all over then he started ‘squeezing me’, I was disgusted and left the studio and refused to return until he met me in the sitting room. I succeeded but he took it personal thereafter,” J-Pafra added.
Pafra claims that Andre on many occasions thereafter deliberately refused to hand over the song demos to her, but insisted on asking for sex first.
“One time he called me and said he was coming to Bwera, Kasese to handover the demos, but on condition that we sleep together,” Pafra claims.
“Upcoming artistes are suffering from these artistes and producers, we are being used, they think we admire them or must sleep with them,” she added.
She called upon Minister Nakiwala Kiyingi to reign on the matter, saying; “It is not only Daddy Andre, but there are also many more.”
However during the same show, Andre was interviewed concerning the allegations and he denied the accusations and instead accused the musicians of using him as a career ladder.
Kampala – Ugandan artiste, Moses Ssali alias Bebe Cool has released a new song creating awareness for the COVID-19, RedPepper Digital‘s Frank Mulu reports
The Kasepiki hitmaker features other local musicians such as Fik Fameica, FreshKid, APass, Paper Daddy, Fresh Daddy, Swangz Avenue’s Vinka, Awazi, John Blaq and others.
Uganda has so far recorded 18 cases of the coronavirus with no registered death yet.
The song calls upon Ugandans to stay at home, wash their hands with water and soap to prevent Covid-19.
“I would like to thank all the artistes who have participated in this chapter because they did this without any payment and would like to encourage you to also dedicate your platforms to educate our followers more about Coronavirus, and to follow the directives of the president and the Ministry of Health,” said Bebe Cool
“Look out for chapter TWO featuring more big UGANDAN stars from different districts/regions doing it in different LANGUAGES with chapter one video coming next week,” Bebe Cool added
He urged fans and other concerned Ugandans to select a part of an artist you love, sing and record themselves to share across social media platforms,
“This #CORONADISTANCECHALLENGE is meant to push more awareness about Coronavirus, entertain us and at least divert us away from worries as we stay indoors,” Bebe cool intimated
Nairobi – Kenya has today recorded its first Coronavirus virus death. The patient who died of the disease at the AgaKhan Hospital intensive care unit is a 66-year-old man who arrived in Kenya on March 13 2020, Grace Turyatunga reports.
The deceased was a diabetes patient. However, Kenya earlier confirmed three more cases of coronavirus making a total of 31.
In a briefing, Kenya’s Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi announced that the latest cases are all Kenyans and close contacts of previousLY reported cases.
She revealed that 906 persons have been traced and are being monitored and that 18 of them are already at the Mbagathi Hospital.
On Wednesday, Kenya stepped up its efforts against the coronavirus pandemic which has left more than 20,000 people dead worldwide.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled double-edged measures giving the economy, businesses and consumers various percentages of tax relief. He also introduced an indefinite 7pm to 5am curfew for the safety of the citizens.
In his first economic stimulus package to shield the economy from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the President ordered the National Treasury to give employees earning less than Kshs 24,000 (approx UGX875,000); a 100 per cent tax relief.
Those earning more than this will pay a maximum of 25 per cent, down from the current 30 per cent.
Barcelona, Spain – Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has donated €1m (£920,000) to fight the coronavirus outbreak in Spain, RedPepper Digital‘s Grace Turyatunda intimates
Guardiola, who is currently in quarantine at his home in Barcelona, has been working with his lawyers for the past few days working out the best way of using the money.
According to Guardiola, the money will go to a campaign being promoted by the Medical College of Barcelona and the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation.
However, Spain is one of the worst affected countries in Europe and Official figures on Tuesday showed that 2,696 people had died in the country and close to 40,000 are infected with the deadly pandemic.
The money will be used to help purchase medical equipment and protective material for the hospital staff involved in treating those admitted to hospital.
The Catalan region is one of the areas in Spain which has the most concentrated number of cases.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both reportedly donated 1m euros to coronavirus campaigns this week.
Last week, Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski also donated 1m euros to fight the pandemic coronavirus in Germany.
Mundo Deportivo reported that Barcelona forward Messi has donated a total of 1m euros to two hospitals, one in Barcelona and the other in his native Argentina.
Juventus and Portugal star Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes have also donated 1m euros to three intensive care units for patients suffering from coronavirus at hospitals in Lisbon and Porto.