Museveni gets special phone call from Egypt’s power man en Sisi

By Watchdog reporter Uganda’s president Museveni’s influence on the continent keeps growing, being consulted on key issues especially on security by various leaders. Egypt’s powerful president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has made effort to bring Museveni close and consults him on a number of things, especially about the Nile basin dynamics. Egypt is one of the most powerful African and Arab countries, and its president, a military general, is one of the most powerful leaders in Africa and Middle East. Now Gen Sisi last weekend, according to our sources, spoke to President Museveni by phone. Museveni who was heading for the...

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Vivo Energy Uganda hires new managing director, Hans Paulsen takes on Group role

By Watchdog reporter Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants, has hired a new managing director, Gilbert Assi. This appointment follows the successful leadership of the company by Hans Paulsen over the past three years. Mr. Assi brings a wealth of experience having worked with Vivo Energy and Shell for the past 20 years in several leadership positions, most recently as the Group Head of Distribution. Prior to this he spent two years as managing director of LPSA, Vivo Energy’s joint venture transport, storage and shipping company in Madagascar, where he very...

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Water Minister Cheptoris launches WASH media awards 2017

By Watchdog reporter The second edition of the Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (Wash) media awards has been announced. Minister of Water and Environment Sam Cheptoris launched the awards round at the Ministry’s head offices in Luzira, a suburb of Kampala on the shores of Lake Victoria. The awards gala is expected t o take place on October 6. The inaugural WASH media awards took place at Sheraton hotel and a total of seven journalists were awarded for their work in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. They got accolades and cash prizes. The awards will see competition among practicing print, television, radio and online media professionals and freelance. Awards organizers say, winners are those journalists who excel in reporting in water, sanitation and hygiene topics. The Uganda Wash Media awards initiative is a collective sector aimed at recognising and encouraging excellence among the media fraternity in raising awareness on the importance of WASH. The minister said there is still a problem of raising awareness about WASH issues, which he blames for the greatest burden of diseases. “33% of Ugandans don’t have access to clean and safe water,” said the minister, adding that 21% of Ugandans have no toilet and therefore practiced open defecation. The deadline for submission of entries is September 11, 2017, at 5pm. The awards are supported by the ministry of water and environment, Water Aid, SNV,...

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Veteran dramatist Charles James Ssenkubuge Siasa BOWS OUT OF theatre to concetrate on his church

By Mike Ssegawa After quitting radio a couple of years ago, veteran dramatist Charles James Ssenkubuge Siasa is kiss GOOD BYE to the STAGE too. So sad. Siasa is not an ordinary dramatist. He, together with Aloysius Matovu Joy and Benon Kibuuka, have been at the heart of Uganda’s theatre for the last three decades. No group has been as consistent and committed as them, may be Ebonies. Ssenkubuge, a serious joker, who once stood for president of Uganda before he dropped out of the race, has had a large life on and off stage. And going by his...

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Irene Ntale, Maro to perform in Boston next week

By Lawrence Kazooba Irene Ntale might have left Swangz Avenue label but that didnt take away her network worth which is still counting. The singer is slated to perform in Boston next week – and Ugandans  as well as other people of colour especially Caribbeans are excited about the singer’s return to the city of fun. News reaching our desk indicates that Irene Ntale will be joined by Maro for an International Saturday performance. Boston possibly has the biggest concentration of Ugandans in US, and events guru Alvin Kasule is one of the people behind the duo’s concert in...

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