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.
Meet Nabongo, the Ugandan Girl Who Has Been to Every Country In The World
By Staff Writer
She is not a slay queen, that is why you may not know her. But she will be the first person in the world to have visited every country in every continent.
Jessica Nabongo is an American born Ugandan travel influencer who has been to 170 countries out of the 193 recognized by United Nations. She is left with 25 countries to go and all these she hopes to visit by end of 2019.
In North Korea for example, she could not travel on an American passport and had to use her Ugandan passport to gain entry. She is daring but above all, she is proof that the world is your oyster.
Richest Pastors in Uganda and Their Businesses Revealed
By Staff Writer
It pays to be a man of God in Uganda. We bring you the richest pastors aka men of God in the country as of 2019 and their main businesses.
Prophet Samuel Kakande (Mining and Agriculture)
Prophet Kakande of Synagogue Church of All Nations is probably the richest pastor in Uganda at the moment. None comes an inch close. He is the only man of God in Uganda who can buy a private jet. But above all, he is very humble in his dealings. You may never suspect he tops all. From driving the latest version of Jeeps and all other car brands, Prophet Kakande is into mining. He holds the highest number of individual mining licenses. From sand to gold to diamond, he mines it all.
He is also Uganda’s most successful commercial farmer owning acres and acres of rice and maize. He owns herds and herds of cattle. Of late, he’s also bought off most of his neighbours in Mulago as he prepares to construct the largest and most modern church in Africa. The church will have accomodation facilities for over 1000 people and will have a seating capacity of over 50,000.
Estimated Networth: $900 million
Pastor Joseph Sserwadda (Real Estate, Imports)
Pastor Joseph Sserwadda of Victory Church Ndeeba is a name worth mentioning in second position. His main focus currently is real estate. He is also heavily into trade.
Estimated Network: $800 million
Pastor Robert Kayanja (Real Estate, Imports)
Coming in closely is Pastor Robert Kayanja of Miracle Centre Cathedral. He literally owns chunks and chunks of land around lake victoria. He is also a large importer of different products in the country. He owns a number of arcades in the country.
Estimated Networth: $700 million
Pastor Aloysious Bujingo (Media)
He is the first Ugandan pastor to run a very successful media enterprise. Salt TV and Salt FM are the only profit making religious stations in the country. Although he is new money, these two enterprises put him in fourth position.
Estimated Networth: $200 million
Prophet Elvis Mbonye (Real Estate)
Prophet Elvis Mbonye is the latest entrant on this list. He has specialized in land acquisition. According to close associates, every two days, there is an acre of land being registered in his name. He owns the most expensive fleet on range rovers.
Estimated Networth: $50 million
To be Continued….
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Uganda league champions KCCA FC parade trophy before sponsors StarTimes
Uganda premier league 2018-2019 champions KCCA FC this morning showed gratitude to their main sponsors StarTimes when they visited their Lumumba avenue based offices with their trophy to appreciate all the support accorded.
Led by their captian Benjamin Ochan, the team headed to StarTimes offices, signed some of the staff jerseys and also took group photos with staff. StarTimes from the time of partnering with KCCA FC has seen the club complete its stadium in Lugogo and is said to have injected billions of shillings.
StarTimes Executive Vice President Franklin Wang in a congratulatory message said “I would like to inform everyone that the league had 480 games played in different stadium countrywide in the StarTimes
During this season, we have been able to broadcast 75 out of 100 live matches in different stadium countrywide. This is almost double the number of live game broadcast live in the previous season. It is also the biggest number of live broadcast games ever in the history of live football broadcasting in Uganda.
These matches were widely watched on both Sanyuka TV using the traditional television as well as on the StarTimes ON, which is a popular the StarTimes App that shows both local and international content.
During this season we were able to have two night games at Namboole Stadium between Villa Vs Kirinya Jinja and Villa Vs Mbarara City. These matches were greatly watched both at the stadium and on the App even when they were also broadcasted during peak hours. This was the first time we had night games in over ten years in Ugandan Football.
I would also like to thank teams their management and fans for the good discipline exhibited during this season 2018 / 2019. We have not had any cases of violence and discipline.
We thank the media, for the extensive coverage you have given us during this season, FUFA and UPL for the teamwork. We also would like to extend our appreciation of the security agencies for the work well done.
We are committed to continuously improve the quality of broadcasts. We also pledge to increase the number of upcountry game broadcasted live. We want to increase the number of night games with cooperation from the different club management and we plan to increase the total number of live games broadcasted in general.
We congratulate KCCA FC upon wining their 13 Championship title.”KCCA FC finished top of the league with 66 points after 30 games with last season’s champions Vipers FC coming second with 59 points. The club headcoach Mutebi in an interview with us promised to come even more dangerous next season. “We want to dominate Ugandan football,” he added.
Last year in August, StarTimes entered a 10-year deal for both tittle and broadcast rights for the now titled StarTimes Uganda Premier League and StarTimes big league.
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