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Open Day Thriller As KISU Students Showcase Talent

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It is every parent’s dream to see their children excelling at academics and co-curriculum activities in school. It is a sight of joy. And it was what parents went through when Kampala International School Uganda staged their Open Day.

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Students exhibited art crafts, music and dance, class work among other things. The Bukoto based school is one of the leading international schools in the country. The school formerly known as Kabira International School was established in 1993.

The school is home to over 600 students representing 60 nationalities providing them state-of-the-art facilities include four science labs, three computer labs, three music rooms, three performance areas, an indoor gym, outdoor basketball court, 25 metre eight lane competition swimming pool, two libraries, smart boards in most classrooms and a five acre playing field.

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Speaking during KISU open day, Steve Lang, the School Director said that they want students to be active learners and self-motivated to engage themselves in their own learning process. “At KISU we want our young people to be inquisitive, articulate, and confident. We want them to have the resilience to overcome any obstacle in their learning.” Lang told a gathering at school’s open day recently.

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Inside a One Year Long Campaign to Capture Ashburg Katto, People Power’s Online Strategist

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“I cannot afford to lose the online battle. NRM has many achievements. We are at our best, but it’s being projected as though we are at our worst. What is the blocker? You have told me many stories. I now want action. NRM is the actual People Power. What’s that other People Power,” a frustrated Museveni asked those attending a morning meeting at Rwakitura.

The meeting had been at short notice. The attendees had traveled late in the night to make it for the morning assignment. “Mr. President, I think we have a way out,” Balaam raised his hand with a smirk on his face as if having an eureka moment. Museveni rolled his eyes to listen to what Balaam had to say. “As long as we capture the main guns of People Power, we shall have won the battle,” Balaam noted. “If we go for the big fish, if we go for an Ashburg Katto, an Eddie Mutwe, a Ssegirinya, and even Peng Peng, then People Power will be dismantled,” Balaam told the President.

It is then that the long year campaign to infiltrate People Power kicked off. The big question now was the how. Ashburg was a vibrant radical extremist. He’d grown himself from a laissez-faire blogger into the architect of People Power online. To many, he was the equivalent of David Axelrod to Obama’s campaign. He’d enabled Bobi Wine to achieve virality of the beret. Many say, if it was not for Ashburg Katto, there would be no ‘People Power’ in Uganda. The young man had rebranded himself into the official mouthpiece of this movement. He’d grown close to Bobi Wine, they say, he’d washed his hands and could eat with the elders.

But the NRM needed an entry point into the movement. The appointment of the elites such as Joel Ssenyonyi was the perfect entry point. With the entry of Ssenyonyi, and other elites as dictated by greater forces, it was rumoured that Bobi Wine ceased being the ‘buddy’ that he was. He slowly begun sidelining his ‘ghetto friends’ preferring to love them from a distance. Where in the past he would travel with Ashburg to South Africa, he now preferred to make those trips with the ‘educated folks.’ It’s these cracks that got NRM an entry point for the final assault.

But to get a big fish, one needs a hook, an ally of sorts. For people such as Kanyomozi, that link is a skirt, a very lucky skirt. In the case of Ashburg, it had to be his Blaise Compaore aka Ray Supasta. It is then that the commercial forces started to quote Supasta. At the time, Supasta had toned down and decided to rebrand himself as a businessman, an influencer. The commercial force would proceed to make it mandatory to have Supasta as an influencer for all their events. It was a subtle way to soften him. “They would basically give him over 20 VVIP tickets, on condition that five of those went to Ashburg Katto. But no mention was made about their cross to NRM. They were left to continue with their affiliations,” Robbie one of the tacticians in the NRM camp tells us.  

Before long, ambition would get the best of Supasta, he now begun to dream bigger. At one point he would tell Ashburg, “we are not growing any younger. Museveni is still here to stay. We need to get serious with our lives. Joel Ssenyonyi earns a salary. We earn nothing,” Supasta told Ashburg.

Ashburg could see these things playout. He’d failed at his manicure business. He’d lost out on the deal to make the People Power uniforms. He couldn’t even be allowed to make a single T.shirt. The only payment he got from Bobi Wine were photo moments, rice from events and litres of teargas. “But how do we move to the other side?” Ashburg asked.

As they say, that question set off a snowball of possibilities and the rest is history. Time forward, for over six months, Ashburg Kato, Ray Supasta and Balaam became bosom buddies. They were convinced to spend time in the camp while waiting for the right moment to come out. COVID-19 presented the perfect moment.

As things stand, the People Power movement is now in a disarray. Ashburg has warned all those attacking him to desist from doing so as he has a list of names and photos of those who’ve eaten. “I have all your scandals on my hard-drive. It’s best you go slow on me. I know which people have been eating. How has Eddie Yaawe built his mansion? What about the job Barbie is getting? Should I talk about the side dishes of your leaders? Take me slow,” Ashburg has warned.

With Museveni’s approval ratings at an all-time high, there was no better time for one to publicly join NRM. People Power has been disoriented. It will need to find time to build and sustain a new online base. But it could be a little too late. They built their brand on extremism which alienated many potential supporters. Many are disgusted by their style of politics, abuses, attacks. Museveni and NRM come off as a better more reasonable and accommodative side. Time can tell how the rest plays out. But many think Bobi Wine will be running a lonely campaign come 2021.

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It’s the End of Mayiga’s Reign as Buganda Prepares for a New Katikirro

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On 11th Monday, the Katikirro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga had a press conference to mark his 7th year as the Prime Minister of Buganda. On the same event, he told the press about a book that he was soon to launch and unveiled some of the achievements of his seventh year.

Yet, behind the press conference was a coded message. It was the Katikirro’s farewell speech. We can now reliably confirm that as soon as the Lockdown is fully lifted, the Kabaka will unveil a new Katikirro.

According to our sources, the Katikirro had planned to use the press conference to prempt the news of his replacement. “He had not planned to mark his 7th anniversary. But he felt it best to set the record straight on his achievements before his replacement is announced. He has not had it easy. There have been many unfriendly forces,” Mugwanya tells us.

Mugwanya continues; “one of the things the Katikirro did was to streamline processes. He put in place things such as approval matrix. He formalized the procurement process at the Kingdom. By doing this, he earned himself many enemies. Take an example of the Majestic brands, it meant that to work with the Kingdom, you had specific targets and deliverables. This did not go well with many people. Many were selling off land in the Kingdom without following process, Katikirro made it practically impossible for all this to continue.”

As such, Katikirro told the press that although the journey had not been easy, there were some things to celebrate. He talked of Masengere for example. But he could not explain the flattening of Ngule as the Kingdom beer brand.

But his body language was revealing. It revealed a hurting man, hurting, angered, betrayed and feeling like his reign had been nipped short in the bud. He took swipes at some of his public enemies, Tamale Mirundi and Frank Gashumba.

He described Mirundi as a drunkard and Gashumba as a conman. Only a man on his way out could afford to go bareknuckle. We can confirm that Mayiga has begun delagating most of his duties as he prepares to handover. “He tried to ask for an extension. But the Kabaka thinks it is time for a fresh pair of gloves. His replacement is equally young though less charming. Kabaka thinks after seven years, there is not so much someone can turn around. Katikirro will be remembered for etoffali and kyapa mu ngalo,” Mugwanya opines.

The Central Government will have Katikirro to thank for a fonder relationship between Buganda and the NRM government. It is these ties that he fought hard to mend. A part of him realized that he could win more through friendship than having rifts. Yet never before had many people dared to attack the institution of Buganda than in his time. “Remember when Sheikh Muzaata took him on. Remember when many poor Baganda defied the kyapa mu Ngalo. At some point Mayiga’s problem was shooting beyond his reach. He had to temper his ambitions. He tried to catch more than he could handle. It is this humility that was lacking. He saw himself as Mr. Superman, Iron Man. He thought past Katikirros were docile. He did not bother to learn from them but little did he know that Buganda was not built in one day. We cannot say that he failed to try, let us say he tried and failed.”

It will be the end of a reign for a man who came in seven years ago. The youth in Buganda will miss him. But eventually even the best of dancers exits. To some, Mayiga had become as big as the institution he represented. That has a way of getting into people’s heads. It was his undoing. Over-ambition flared with over confidence.

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Affirmative Art empowering young Ugandans

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Byaruhanga Arnold, the East Africa Coordinator at Affirmative Art.

Byaruhanga Arnold, the East Africa Coordinator at Affirmative Art.

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With the country under lockdown following global breakout of the novel Coronavirus, it is no longer business as usual. Individuals and companies are actively adapting to the new normal and finding creative ways to keep engaged with their audiences.

Affirmative Art, a platform created to help young people achieve their dreams, has taken to webinars to empower young Ugandans on the internet amid the lockdown.

Through interactive workshops held online, they encourage individuals to share their experiences, equip them with life skills and also inspire them to take action so as to achieve their dreams.

The live sessions which are being conducted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on different platforms including Facebook and YouTube are benefiting dozens of young Ugandans who always tune in, giving them a productive way to spend their time while they stay at home.

“An Affirmative Art session will enhance core human mental abilities. You will acquire skills to help you to focus, see new patterns, imagine, be creative, and empathically understand your dreams, and to come to deep insights. If you don’t find this amazing you have a missing sense of wonder. Which, by the way, is something ART definitely can bring back, too.” Explains Byaruhanga Arnold, the East Africa Coordinator at Affirmative Art.

Affirmative Art was founded by Eirik Jarl Trondsen in 2012 after he realized art could be a powerful tool for development by helping individuals identify their goals and visions in life, given art is a universal language, and does not require literacy.

Affirmative Art is achieving their mission by conducting tours across the globe. In their most recent tour which was held in December 2019, a team from Affirmative Art visited different countries in East Africa including Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. They conducted sessions at universities, institutions, secondary schools, and galleries among others where an estimated 2500 people were empowered to understand their dreams while using art.


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Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa’s Corporate Social Responsibility Are Paying Off in Northern Uganda

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Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa’s approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Northern Uganda continues to empower communities to uplift themselves. Ayabatwa’s CSR in this case is based on food security, income-generation, afforestation and access to clean water. 

1. FOOD SECURITY 

Ayabatwa’s company based in Northern Uganda established the Arua Organic Agricultural Centre (AOAC) which demonstrates to communities best practices in food production. 

Crucially, AOAC teaches farmers continuous farming even where rains are scarce. Solar-powered irrigation is now operational, which permits the growing of over 15 different food crops.

A key aspect is to keep these crops well mulched helping the soil to retain more moisture, keeping the temperature low and increasing the soil fertility.

Overall, encouraging and supporting farmers not only to improve food security but also to generate incomes is central. For example, a small farm can produce more than required to sustain a family. By adopting good agricultural practices farmers produce excess food thereby helping to improve Uganda’s food security.

2. INCOME-GENERATION

Farmers are continuously sensitized to expand their income portfolio and not depend only on cash crops. These are several initiatives in this regard. In the case of bee-keeping, 9 apiaries were installed in all regions where farmers learn best practices in bee-keeping. Second, farmers are assisted to grow their own mini forests. A small forest can produce enough wood for domestic consumption and provide extra income every year by selling construction material and charcoal.

3. AFFORESTATION 

In the area of afforestation, 2.4 tree seedlings per year are given to farmers free of charge. Farmers are taught that tree planting goes together with cash crop growing. Tobacco. Native tree species and fruit trees are supplied to the farming communities. 

4. PROVIDING CLEAN WATER SOURCES TO COMMUNITIES

Shallow wells are constructed for communities – providing clean water access to over 15,000 people in the Arua region. This also ensures that children don’t travel long distances to fetch water from rivers thereby undermining their education and their future. 

Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa and his companies remain fully committed to the CSR path they have practiced over the years, namely, giving a hand to local communities as they lift themselves from poverty. 

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