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NSSF boosts this year’s KAVC International Volleyball tourney with Ugx 180M

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Unlike previous years, this year’s NSSF KAVC International tournament will have the highest prize cash rewards courtesy of NSSF. The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) today announced an increase in the cash prize of this year’s NSSF KAVC International tournament, as well as an increase in total sponsorship package from 130m last year to 180 Million this year.

The winners for both Men and Women categories will bag USD 2500, the runners’ up USD 1,500 and the third place team USD $1000. It is a significant increase from last year when winners for both Men and Women categories took home USD 1,000, the runners’ up USD 500 and the third place team USD 300.This year’s tournament will take place from 2nd to 4th August 2019 at Lugogo Indoor Arena and the Hockey Grounds. Announcing the sponsorship, NSSF Deputy Managing Director, Patrick Ayota told the media in Kampala that an increase in prize money is intended to motivate and boost competition among the participating teams.

“As the tournament grows locally and regionally, it is important that our support matches the importance of this competition to both our Ugandan clubs and the others within the region. It is also important that we motivate the teams and reward the hard work that goes into preparing for a tournament of this magnitude,” he said.

He added that the Fund’s support to this tournament is in line with its social responsibility intervention to support youth initiatives.

“We are glad to play our part, along with other partners in sports, to nurture and grow local talent by exposing our Ugandan teams to the highest level of competition available in the region.”

“I liked what I saw from our Ugandan teams last year. I would like to challenge you to keep the trophies home,” Ayota added.

Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club (KAVC) President Milly Kure appreciated how far NSSF has brought the tournament and individual players for the last 11 years.

“The tournament provides a strong platform for individual players to showcase their talent and many of our players have competently utilized this opportunity and have been able to join professional clubs abroad,” Kure the KAVC said.

“Some of those players include Ronald Kitusi and Emma Kato playing for Kirehe club in Rwanda, Sharon Amito playing for UTB-Rwanda, Daudi Okello in Turkey and Cuthbert Malinga playing for Marek Union-Ivkoni in Bulgaria. This has reinstated hope in the younger players and rekindled the essence of Volley ball in Uganda” she said.

The funds will be used to boost the preparations and the tournament itself.The cash support will go towards hiring competition venues, purchase of competition and technical equipment, cash prizes and accolades for outstanding players, teams working lunches, Referees and officiating expenses, and a publicity drive.

The 2019 NSSF KAVC International has attracted about 40 teams from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, South Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania.

Ugandan teams are expected to put up a spirited performance at the back of their excellent showing in last year’s tournament.

Uganda’s KAVC and Ndejje University for Men and Women categories respectively are the defending champions.

The two experienced sides overcame Rwanda’s Gisagara Volleyball Club and Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) in tightly contest climax to the tournament last year.

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USAID AND THE UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING TO ADVANCE THE TWO-WAY TRADE AND INVESTMENT GOALS OF PROSPER AFRICA  

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U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Prosper Africa initiative is partnering with the United Bank for Africa (UBA) to increase two-way trade and investment between the United States and the nations of Africa.  This partnership ensures businesses are equipped with the technical and financial tools they need to enter into new trading and investment relationships in Africa and the United States.  

 USAID will provide technical assistance and advisory services to prospective businesses through its Trade and Investment Hubs, and will connect UBA with African Diaspora business groups working across the United States.  The MOU enables UBA, the only sub-Saharan African bank licensed to operate in the United States, to expand access its reach and extend financing to American companies in the United States looking to do business with African nations.

 Recognizing tremendous growth opportunities, USAID and UBA are collaborating to advance Prosper Africa’s goal of substantially increasing two-way trade between Africa and the United States. By working together, they will extend financing and technical assistance to businesses that will strengthen the American economy, grow African economies, and create jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

 The two institutions entered into this agreement as part of the opening ceremony of the Tunisia Prosper Africa Conference, co-organized by the U.S. Embassy in Tunis and the American Chamber of Commerce of Tunisia. The event facilitated U.S. and African business-to-business connections and featured remarks by key representatives from the U.S. Government and the U.S. and African private sector.

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USAID AND THE UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING TO ADVANCE THE TWO-WAY TRADE AND INVESTMENT GOALS OF PROSPER AFRICA  

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U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Prosper Africa initiative is partnering with the United Bank for Africa (UBA) to increase two-way trade and investment between the United States and the nations of Africa.  This partnership ensures businesses are equipped with the technical and financial tools they need to enter into new trading and investment relationships in Africa and the United States.  

 USAID will provide technical assistance and advisory services to prospective businesses through its Trade and Investment Hubs, and will connect UBA with African Diaspora business groups working across the United States.  The MOU enables UBA, the only sub-Saharan African bank licensed to operate in the United States, to expand access its reach and extend financing to American companies in the United States looking to do business with African nations.

 Recognizing tremendous growth opportunities, USAID and UBA are collaborating to advance Prosper Africa’s goal of substantially increasing two-way trade between Africa and the United States. By working together, they will extend financing and technical assistance to businesses that will strengthen the American economy, grow African economies, and create jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

 The two institutions entered into this agreement as part of the opening ceremony of the Tunisia Prosper Africa Conference, co-organized by the U.S. Embassy in Tunis and the American Chamber of Commerce of Tunisia. The event facilitated U.S. and African business-to-business connections and featured remarks by key representatives from the U.S. Government and the U.S. and African private sector.

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How Judiciary Reduced Salaries, Laid off Redundant Workers to Manage shs600m Shortfall of Wage Bill

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The top management of the Judiciary headed by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe approved the proposal to reduce salaries with minor amendments of judicial officers and also lay off workers deemed weak and redundant as acknowledged by their supervisors.

The decision was made to manage a shortfall of shs 600 million, a wage bill for staff on local contracts which accumulated beyond the institution’s budget provision.

As a result of this decision, the affected workers have since rushed to social media influencers to cry foul and also malign the Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana as having powers to determine salaries at the Judiciary.

However, this website landed on minutes drafted by a taskforce of five highly skilled officials within the judiciary and later approved by the top administrators in relation to streamlining the financial position of the institution.

Late last year, it was established that the wage requirement for staff on local contracts was more than the budget provision by over shs 600 million because the funds meant for other activities were being used contrary, to the law.

The decision to constitute the panel of five experts was hinged on the fact that some contracts of staff were already running, fortunately expiring in the middle of the Financial Year therefore this problem would be solved by rationalizing contract renewals due at the end of December 2019.

It was anticipated that this would be achieved by not renewing contracts of officers who had various weaknesses as raised in the reports from their supervisors, and those who were deemed redundant as reported by seine courts.

The five experts on the taskforce include:

Maureen Kasande, the Undersecretary/Chairperson

Justice Boniface Wamala, Judge of the High Court/ member

Ayebare Tumwebaze, assistant registrar/ member

Mrs Tummwine Apophia, Principal HRO/ secretary

Sulaiman Hirome, principal assistant secretary/ member

Opolot Simon Peter, principal economist/ member

The Task Force was tasked to review the applications for contract renewal and recommend those who were suitable for re-appointment with the view of;

Recommending only those who had satisfactory recommendations from their supervisors, ensuring that we fit within the wage bill and the establishment structure, harmonizing contract staff salaries with those on permanent and pensionable terms and the Task force submitted its report and some of the recommendations related to this subject matter include the following:

Contracts of all Office Attendants and Process Servers not to be renewed except for special cases.

This was based on the fact that redundancies were reported by various offices in this category.

Besides there is a good number of officers in this category on permanent and pensionable terms.

Renewal of contracts for Research Officers who are not attached to any Justice/Judge to be pended.

Officers whose positions were not vacant on the structure not to be renewed. These included; one Communications Officer and three Clerks of Works

Officers who did not meet the minimum requirements for the jobs and did not qualify for any other available positions not to be renewed. These included: Three Copy Typists and Ten Court Clerks.

Despite the above recommendations which were hoped to reduce the Wage Bill, on analysis, it was established that there is still a shortfall of over UGX 400m.

It was therefore decided that since contract renewals can have new terms, the salaries be reduced to enable us fit within the budget.

However, with the reduced salaries the judiciary still has a shortfall of about UGX 70m.

Solomon Muyita, the Judiciary spokesperson earlier weighed in on the taskforce’s decisions saying:

“It’s no secret the Judiciary engages some staff on short-term Local Temporary Contracts every year and performance reviews are conducted upon expiry of the contracts for purposes of weeding out those that fall short of the job requirements.

I’m aware that over 400 out of 508 staff who re-applied for their contract renewals at the end of 2019 luckily got renewals on recommendation from an Adhoc- Committee comprising senior Judicial and Administration staff.

The Committee however, recommended the non-renewal of some contracts for various reasons, including under performance or indiscipline, and redundancy. All the affected were individually notified in writing.”

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Live luxuriously in and around town on budget at fully furnished Eric Wilkins Apartments, open to public now

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Eric Wilkins apartments are a new home away from your home and are now open. The new apartments are located in different parts in and around Kampala. Eric Wilkins apartments first have been made affordable considering it will be a place everyone would love to spend, a day, week, month or even make home. They have been confirmed for tranquility and conducive ambiance around the city. The 2 bedroom lavish apartments are fully furnished and are available for short and long stay.

The website has learnt the apartments have availed packages for clients who can stay a day, week, month and even a year. They are located in Nyanama-Bunamwaya, Najeera and Entebbe.

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