By Our Reporter
As a move to restore lost tree cover, Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) and Rotary Uganda on Friday planted over 3000 indigenous trees on 60 hectares of land in Gangu Central Forest reserve, Butambala district. This is the second phase of the tree planting program that was launched in 2018.
Uganda Breweries Limited through its Water of Life initiative signed a partnership with Rotary Uganda to jointly restore 200 hectares of forest reserves within Lake Victoria water catchment areas. The project worth UGX 245,000,000 will see the two entities continuously plant trees in different forest reserves. In phase one of the project, 40 hectares were planted at Gangu forest reserve last year.
According to National Forestry Authority, massive deforestation is one of the most critical environmental crises facing Uganda. Uganda’s forest cover across the country tremendously declined from 24% (4,933,271 hectares (Ha)) of land area in the 1990 to less than the current 9% (1,956,664Ha) in 2018. This means that 3,000,000 ha of forest cover have been lost in 25 years.
Speaking during the tree planting activity, Uganda Breweries Corporate Relations Manager Rhona Arinaitwe said, “UBL is very passionate about to environmental conservation. The water we use for our production processes comes from Lake Victoria and as such, we need to protect the Lake’s catchment areas as a way of protecting the lake. Now that we are done with the afforestation at Gangu, we are moving on to restore Nawandigi Central Forest Reserve in Mpigi District.”
The Speaker of the Buganda Lukiiko, Patrick Mugumbule applauded these efforts and warned against the community against depleting forests.
“The high rate of deforestation has led to habitat loss and soil degradation. Deforestation is also contributing to climate change effects which have led to a substantial decrease in the water volume.” Mugumbule said, adding that deliberate planting of trees will go a long way in conserving the environment and ensuring a sustainable supply of clean water resources.
UBL will for next four years, work with Rotary Uganda and National Forest Authority to plant trees and ensure that they are well maintained and protected against illegal activities.
Former BigEye.ug writer Jonah Kirabo set to represent Uganda in Turkey
By Staff Writer
Former BigEye.ug writer and journalist, Jonah Kirabo is set to represent Uganda in a Turkish annual leadership conference, this website has confirmed.
Named LOCALINTERNational Conference, the programme gathers recent university graduates every year in Turkey’s capital city; Ankara as well as other cities in Turkey such as Istanbul among others to provide graduates with local governance training through instructions, practical governance and field visits including social activities and trips within Turkey and all expenses are covered by Turkey’s Union of Municipalities.
This will be the first time that a Ugandan is selected to attend this conference that happens every year since 2012.
An excited Jonah Kirabo took to his social media to announce the milestone saying that he owes his success to God as over 10 Ugandan’s applied for the opportunity but it was only him that was chosen.
“Proud to be the first ever Ugandan to be selected to attend the LOCALINTERNational Conference that is hosted annually in Turkey since 2012. Over 10 Ugandans applied this year but I was the only one who was selected to join the other 41 recent graduates from Europe, Asia, South American and Africa,” Jonah said in part.
He told this website that he hopes to use the skills from the conference to boast his journalism and leadership skills when he is back.
The conference will take place in Turkey between 18th – 29th August 2019.
*About Jonah Kirabo*
Aged 22, Jonah Kirabo is a recent graduate of Business Administration from Makerere University.
Despite pursing a business degree, Jonah has always had a passion for journalism and leadership. While at Campus, he worked as news reporter for several blogs and local websites including BigEye.ug and Campus Eye before joining the Nile Post where he is currently employed.
He is also a current student of journalism and media at the Kansanga based Media Challenge Initiative.
Engineer Peterson Mwesigwa Is Once Again Overall Best Student at LDC
By Staff Writer
Peterson Mwesigwa could be the most intelligent Ugandan alive today. He holds a Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Technology.
Two years back, he was the first person to get a first class Degree at the Law School after over a decade of only second class degrees.
Now Mwesigwa is also the top student at this year’s graduating platform. He was awarded for topping everyone. He is surely an exceptional achiever.
A man standing at the interesection of the arts and sciences. An Engineer and now a lawyer.
Andrew Mwenda on Loss of Mother: “I feel Empty and Lost”
By Staff Writer
It has been a sad week as one of Uganda’s best journalists, Andrew Mwenda laid his mother to rest.
While eulogizing his mother at All Saints Church, Mwenda described her as the most beautiful chic that ever lived. But one could not help but see the pain in his statements.
At 12 noon, Adyeeri Constance Muhangazima, was laid to rest in the great village of Kanyandahi.
Andrew Mwenda then took to Twitter to express his current pain and depression. He called it the biggest blow ever. He talked of feeling all lost and alone.
We can only pray for the best of comforting to the old man of the clan. Losing a mother is surely the hardest thing that ever happens to anyone in life. There is no hole deeper. It is a hole that cuts through a soul.
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