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UNYPA shifts focus to HIV prevention among young people

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Olga Daphne Namukuza, the UNYPA Programs Manager

Olga Daphne Namukuza, the UNYPA Programs Manager addressing guests at the Y Plus summit.

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Uganda Network of young people living with HIV & AIDS (UNYPA) has unveiled their strategic plan for the next five years. The plan was unveiled during the annual Y Plus Summit which was held at Hotel Africana under the theme, “changing the narrative for young people living with HIV”.

Addressing guests at the summit, Olga Daphne Namukuza, the UNYPA Programs Manager revealed that they are expanding their HIV prevention program to target young people who don’t know their status and also integrating aspects like mental health awareness, gender based violence and malaria response among others in their strategic plan for the next five years.

“National and international trends of HIV are changing and so this is what is guiding us,” she revealed. “We will expand HIV prevention program to target young people who do not know their HIV status through intensified behavioral change messaging to prevent further new infections.”

According to UNAIDS, 1.4 million people in Uganda were living with HIV by the close of 2018. Further more, for every 1,000 new infections, a third are young people between the ages of 15 and 25.

“Young people are struggling with mental health issues and are also are at a big risk for gender based violence. If we therefore don’t address also these issues, we are doing big disservice to the young people.” She added.

As part of the 5-year strategic plan, UNYPA will also strengthen social mobilization, movement building and advocacy for inclusive participation of young people living by HIV in policy, legal and program development to ensure that their unique needs are met.

The strategic plan was developed with consultations from donors, implementing partners, district leaders and youth at district level.

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How A Young Man Reconciled Kirumira and Sudhir?

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In the aftermath of Bank of Uganda taking over Crane Bank, there was a rift between two of Uganda’s richest men. This rift would also go on to mark the collapse of the Kwagalana group. These two rich men were none other than Godfrey Kirumira and Sudhir Ruparelia.

At the time, it was becoming evident that Sudhir would end up in Luzira prison. Many of his friends would immediately begin to distance themselves from him as they saw his as some kind of plague at the time. “Sudhir was being isolated, no one wanted to even be pictured with him. BOU at the time had vowed to pursue him to the last property he owned in town,” says our source.

At the time, there were series of meetings that took place with the President and other parties. It is in this meetings that Sudhir would find the last lifeline on which to hang. It was too late to save the bank but it became clear after this meetings that Sudhir would not step in Luzira as many had earlier thought.

Kirumira who used to be a regular at Sudhir’s kabira country club became very absent. He used to go to Kabira every morning to read newspapers. He shifted to Africanna. Sources within Sudhir’s camp interpreted this as the final cut.

These strains went across to the children. The two best friends, Gideon and Rajiv each became rare in the other’s life. It is said that Rajiv and father went on a blocking spree. They were keeping their circle smaller. Around the same time, they would go on to fall out with the Chimpreports boss, Giles Muhame.

But how did Kirumira make it back to the good books of Sudhir? It is said, for this to be possible, it took the diplomatic brokering of a young man in this city.

“There is a young man who appears to have no power in this city. But it is him who singlehandedly brought the two back to talking terms. He even ensured that Gideon Kirumira became a regular at the Rajiv rally events. This young man, a lover of the skirt would then walk to Sudhir and advise him to begin rebuilding for the future. He told Sudhir how every friendship goes through strains. Both camps had tried to outfist each other. One camp thought the other wanted them implicated for the Kasiwukira murder. The other thought it had collaborated with the mafia to take Crane bank. It was time for the two camps to accept that something went wrong.

The cheerleaders in both camps were partly responsible for the rift. “You know the cheerleaders will spread all sorts of rumours as long as that means Sudhir or Kirumira would keep them even closer,” our source tells us.

With the reunion of the two rich men, could it imply the rebirth of the Kwagalana family? We shall return with a full story of how beef killed Kwagalana and how Uganda’s rich men are baying for each other’s collapse and why Forbes dropped Uganda from its assessments.

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Alex Muhangi Comedy Store go into hibernate following Corona scare

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Alex Muhangi and Comedy Store have announced they will take an indefinite break from their weekly comedy shows at UMA and have also cancelled their tours that were starting this month. This comes after the invasion of a dangerous Corona virus that spreads easily at gatherings to which comedy store is prone.

This is a precaution against further spread of the virus. This painful decision means that Alex Muhangi will suffer losses considering he bags tens of millions weekly from his shows.

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Sanyuka TV returns to StarTimes Nova bouquet

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StarTimes two years ago made a big investment in Ugandan football and talent when they bought the broadcast rights of Uganda’s topflight football league, birthing the StarTimes Uganda Premier League. The league airs on Sanyuka TV and is viewed by millions of passionate Ugandans.

Sanyuka TV on 1st February 2020 was moved from the Nova Bouquet to the Basic Bouquet, something that did not leave many Ugandans happy. The number of viewers reduced and consequently the Uganda Premier League fans were reduced to less than half. Many were left disgruntled.

StarTimes has heard the cry of many Ugandans and returned their much loved Sanyuka TV to the most affordable StarTimes bouquet – Nova. Greg Busolo, the Operations Manager at Sanyuka TV says, “Putting into consideration what our audience was telling us, we jointly decided to return Sanyuka TV to the StarTimes Nova bouquet. So far we have aired 69 games of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League and we plan to show more once the league resumes in May. We really appreciate the support the viewers have shown us.

Cleopatra Koheirwe the StarTimes PR Manager said, “We also have more content. The other good news is that the Fox Channels such as: Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic, ESPN, Foxlife and Fox are back! Plus we now have Nina Telenovela – a new channel for Telemundo fans, The General’s Daughter – a new TV series premiering on 25th March 2020 on Novela E Plus and more. So besides football and Sanyuka TV, there is a lot to enjoy on StarTimes. Our customers’ sentiments matter to us. We want to maintain the progress we had and keep the momentum going by ensuring that all Ugandans watch local football at an affordable price.”

Photo Caption L-R: Desire Mugumisa (PRO- Next Media), Greg Busolo (Operations Manager- Sanyuka TV) & Cleopatra Koheirwe (PR Manager-StarTimes)

Therefore, effective 16th March 2020, Ugandans will now continue to watch and enjoy Sanyuka TV, Uganda’s home of sports and entertainment on the Nova Bouquet.

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I want to dethrone Spice Diana – Burundi’s miss planet Iry Tina vows

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The Uganda music scene continues to grew and remain attractive all over the Continent. Burundian singer and miss planet has ventured into the Uganda music business and has come with goals to achieve. Iry Tina is a budding songstress that believes she has what it takes to take over the Ugandan music industry this year. Tina intends to step up the ladders to the finest female artiste in the country, a place so dear to our own Spice Diana. Spice has two years in a row remained top female star according to awarding bodies ij the country and Iry Tina looks forward to taking that spot.

Born and raised in Burundi, Irene Laura Uwimana alias Iry Tina is a talented female Singer, Super Model, Actress, and Businesswoman. The Burundian beauty queen won the Miss Planet Burundi crown in 2019 and participated in the Miss Friendship International World Final pageant the same year.

Tina believes if you shine in Uganda, you have shone in East Africa hence her move to base in Uganda. She previously has done songs like Mida Ya Love, Always On My Mind, Emergency (feat. Barbi Jay), Switch (feat. Nutty Neithan), Femme Africaine, Uko Wangu, Nsisitira, among others and still looks forward to growing her collection.

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