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Interpol Director Sees Off 100 to UAE, Commends Middle East Consultant for clean Record.

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By Amon Baita

The director Interpol Uganda police Dr Fred Yiga have commended management at Middle East Consultants Ltd Uganda’s largest labour recruiting and exporting company for being diligent while carrying out their labour exporting activities and maintaining a clean record.

Dr.Yiga made the remarks while giving a key note address to over 100 Ugandan youths at Middle East Consultants headquarters in Muyenga who left yesterday afternoon for Jordan to work as cleaners.

The Interpol director noted that as police chief in charge of policing Ugandans who work abroad, he has never received any bad report from any Ugandan recruited abroad against Middle East Consultants.

“I want to commend you for being diligent and maintaining a clean record, I have not seen or received any complainants from the people you take abroad that they got problems.”

He added that “The good thing with you is that your people go in company branded T-shirts which means you use the airport and it is easy to identify you even at broad not like other briefcase companies who use panya-panya to sneak people out ending up suffering there.”

Dr Yiga also advised those leaving to develop a saving culture for their earnings if they are to realize from their hard work.

He also urged them to remained disciplined at their place of work if they to win trust and love from their employers.

“Have good behavior, you can’t make money if you are misbehaved” He advised.

Gordon Mugyenyi the Middle East Consultants Managing Director also noted that the company takes the lives and rights of Ugandans the company takes abroad as the first priority.

Mugyenyi explained that they keep in touch with the employers and the workers association in the Middle East to ensure that the people taken by Middle East Consultants are safe.”

“For us at Middle East we don’t give tourist visas, what we give is employment visas and we sign an agreement with the employer. We also remain in contact with the employer so in case of anything we contact them immediately and solve the issue there and then. Mugyenyi said.

He added that Ugandans who were taken by Middle East Consultants to Middle East countries formed an Association headed by an elected president and his cabinet which also helps to handle their issues while liaising with their employers.

“At every end of 4 months, Middle East Consultants sends its representative to countries where our people are working from for fact finding to ensure that they are well and safe at their places of work”.

The Managing Director also revealed that the company introduced to its people a saving culture where they are in a group of 10 people where they collect their monthly salary and give it to one member on rotational method something he says has greatly helped them.

“If they are in a group of 10 people and each one is earning 2m, if they collect 20m and give to one person and he/ she sends that money home and buys a land of shs 20m that means at the end of one year he will sell it at shs 60m thus making profits. “He explained adding that Ugandans have market than West Africans calling those going to remain disciplined and keep Uganda flag high.

Testimony

Charles Ssebagala
Ssebaggala Charles a former car washer and a hustler at Kubili Makerere Kavule in Wandegeya says life has not been easy for him but says when he had that

Middle East Consultants was taking Ugandans abroad for work, he approached them and they helped him very much even though he did not have money for the process.

Ssebaggala who is going as cleaner says MEC owners are good listeners because they listened to his problems and helped him to get a job.

“Am happy for Middle East Consultants because they helped me a lot and am grateful my visa has come and am going.” Ssebaggala.

He says he hopes to use his earnings to help his family members who have helped him during the process. He urged other unemployed poor youth to hurry and apply for a job with Middle East Consultants it will help them.

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Nofeka, a new online retailer platform launched

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Nofeka, a new Ugandan online retailer platform has been launched. The new platform comes at a time when there is limited movement of people and access to food markets and produce stores due to the on going COVID-19 pandemic.

Kiyega Daniel the retailer’s founder and CEO says its thus the right time to launch an online retailer platform that also does deliveries so as to ease life for Ugandans mostly those affected by movement restrictions.

With an offering of a wide range of products ranging from groceries, clothing to electronics, furniture and toiletries among others, the retailer’s founder Kiyega says they are targeting to have at least 10,000 orders a month with in one year.

This, according to the firm’s projections, will grow to 1 million orders a month 5 years down the road as they step out of Uganda into East Africa and Africa at large.

Download the Nofeka app on Google Play or Apple store or visit their website  to get started.

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Fin tech app, Cash Chat to reward users with mobile phones

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Asher Namanya, the founder and developer of Cash Chat App

Asher Namanya, the founder and developer of Cash Chat App

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Financial technology app, Cash chat that has been giving opportunities to those looking at sustainable self employment through signing up on it and signing up other users for a commission has expanded its offering.

With over 100000 users across East Africa, the app has new features and customers can now do a number of other things like chat, make calls for free on the app, send money abroad and win great prizes!

In partnership with Pixan Uganda, all new customers who sign up to cash chat now by downloading the app, becoming members and take a picture of themselves and their phone showing the app will win brand new Pixan M9 phones, power banks and other accessories.

Cash chat now also gives members a chance to make additional money through bringing adverts onto the platform for a commission and saving on the app where they can earn good interest on the cash chat savings product.

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Great Lakes Energy Company donates 5 Brand New Cars to COVID-19 Taskforce

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Great Lakes Energy Company has donated five brand new Nissan Double Cabin Pick-ups to the Covid-19 national taskforce.

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Great Lakes Energy Company (GLE) has handed over five brand new Nissan Double Cabin Pick-ups worth 134,300 US Dollars (approximately UG Shillings 507.6m) to Hon. Mary Okurut, the Minister In Charge of General Duties and the head of the Government Covid-19 taskforce.

The five cars will help transport medical workers and distribute food across Uganda as the country continues to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

GLE has always contributed to the communities that they operate in across Africa by supporting sustainable development projects, mainly in Health, Education and Conservation.

Commenting on the donation, GLE Director Michael Kearns said: “Given the gravity of the ongoing pandemic, we felt it prudent to respond to the President of Uganda’s appeal for additional logistical support to boost the Ministry of Health’s fleet. We are honored to contribute to the alleviation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda by donating these 5-brand new pick-up trucks that will be used to transport food and medical workers to the areas they are needed the most”, he noted.

Speaking on behalf of the COVID-19 taskforce, Hon. Mary Okurut thanked GLE for the donation that will go a long way in providing additional support to the taskforce as it implements the different interventions to curb the spread of the virus.

Guided by two main pillars of strengthening healthcare infrastructure and providing assistance to the most vulnerable communities, GLE allocates funds, separate to the operational business expenditure, to support chosen philanthropic and Corporate Social investment endeavors. Last year, the company worked with local partners to fund a health outreach activity in Rushere district as well as a youth sports tournament to teach Uganda youth about teamwork and leadership.

This donation is part of Janus Continental Group’s Africa-wide COVID-19 response and shows the huge potential of public and private sector partnership, bolstering the efforts of civil society and healthcare institutions. Standing together with governments and societies, JCG is guided by the WHO call for whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In January 2019, GLE completed the $25 million Uganda-based Kabulasoke solar power plant developed in conjunction with the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd. The 24MW solar power plant, which is already connected to the national grid, serves over five million people in rural Uganda.

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NBS TV staff on Cloud 9 following Pres. Museveni tweet endorsement

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Staff at NBS TV are on cloud 9 after President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni shared a screengrab of the station.

In a tweet on Thursday, Museveni shared a photo of a television screen showing NBS TV, which was streaming the budget speech live from Parliament.

The photo’s caption read: “This afternoon at State House Entebbe, through a technology platform, I participated in the presentation of the national budget to Parliament.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the budget ceremony was carried out in a scientific manner, with President Museveni addressing Parliament and the world from State House.

For the Kin Kariisa-owned station that’s made a visible-for-all effort to be on top of the news at all times, advanced technology has been at the forefront, enabling them to be an authority on major happenings, especially with their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have also been able to position themselves as the kings of live coverage.

Recently, Ministry of Health officials were seen watching NBS TV’s sister station, Salam TV. These surely are major wins for the Kamwokya based Media House.

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