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Vivo Energy Uganda marks Safety Day with a renewed commitment to personalise Safety.

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Vivo Energy, the leading pan-African distributor and retailer of Shell and Engen-branded fuels and lubricants, has held its annual Safety Day across the whole company, reinforcing the importance of Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE) at Vivo Energy.

Safety Day is an opportunity for all employees and contractors at Vivo Energy to refocus on the importance of HSSE. The theme of this year’s event: “Safety: Why it matters to me”, invited employees, contractors and partners to express why safety mattered to them, focusing on personal testimonials on why they felt safety was important.  In addition to the testimonials, Safety Day activity included townhall meetings, safety education courses, on-site safety inspections and team quizzes. The company’s ultimate ambition is to achieve a world-class safety culture, where HSSE is fully integrated into the ways of working for all parties at Vivo Energy.

In Uganda, Vivo Energy staff visited retail sites to engage with the retail teams on the importance of safety to their operations and personal lives, on product cross overs and contamination and security incidents. The staff teams carried out a detailed Health, Safety, Security and Environment inspection of their Shell fuel stations to gauge effectiveness and implementation of the company’s established safety regulations and practices among its customer facing personnel at the stations. 

The Country Leadership Team visited its Contractor and Haulier sites to hold staff meetings and carry out safety inspections; in an extension of the Safety Week activities.

Umeme Managing Director, Selestino Babungi and the Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director Gilbert Assi (3rd and 4th left) join the winners of the Staff Safety Challenge during celebrations to mark Safety Day at Vivo Energy Uganda Head offices recently.

During the Safety Day Staff Town Hall held at Vivo Energy Uganda offices, Managing Director Gilbert Assi commended all staff and contractors for the stellar HSSE track record maintained by the Uganda operating unit in 2019.

“Safety Day this year urges us to stop and reflect on why safety is important to us. When we personalise safety, its importance is brought into clear perspective. Safety, both personal and at your work place and homes cannot be overemphasised. We owe it to ourselves, our families, our colleagues at work, our customers and to everyone. I urge you to all continue to espouse our safety practices now more than ever in your daily routine,’ said Assi.

Umeme Managing Director Selestino Babungi who attended the celebrations as the Chief Guest, lauded Vivo Energy Uganda for championing occupational health and safety at the workplace. He urged the triple ISO certified company to share best practices on safety with all stakeholders in order to create safer work environments.

Umeme Managing Director Selestino Babungi delivers his remarks as Chief Guest to Vivo Energy Uganda staff at celebrations to mark Safety Day 2019 under theme ‘Safety: Why it matters to me.’ He lauded the company for championing safety at the workplace and among its staff and customers.

Grant Bairstow, Head of HSSE for the Vivo Energy Group said: “Safety is an integral and essential part of everything we do at Vivo Energy and remains an absolute priority across the business for our staff and contractors.  Whilst safety is embedded across the company our annual Safety Day provides a moment for all our teams to stop; reflect on why safety matters to them; and ensure we are doing everything we can to achieve our aim of ‘Goal Zero’ – no harm to people and minimising our impact on the environment.”

Bairstow concluded: “Vivo Energy has a very strong safety record, but we can always do more and we must never become complacent. We have successfully adopted a proactive culture of safety and are proud of our strong Total Recordable Case Frequency of 0.19 incidents per million exposure hours in 2018.  We continue to work hard to achieve our HSSE goals in order to make continued progress to become Africa’s most respected energy business.”

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Chaka Demus & Pliers NOT coming to Uganda

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Chaka Demus & Pliers

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Jamaican reggae duo, Chaka Demus & Pliers are not coming to Uganda, we can confirm. Popular for songs like “Tease Me” and “Murder She Wrote” among others, the Jamaican stars had been rumored to be the headliners for a Valentine’s Day show to be held at Kololo Independence Grounds. As it turns out, it is just that, a rumour.

Salavdo who is hosting the Africa Laughs show at the Kololo Independence Grounds on Valentine’s Day debunked the rumours while speaking to media on Tuesday.

“Chaka Demus & Pliers coming to my show were simply that — rumours,”  Salvado said. “This is why you have not see any artwork or official communication from us about them.”

Salvado, whose Africa Laughs show is returning for the 5th edition, further revealed that the show will instead feature Tanzanian bongo star Harmonize.

“Harmonize is going to bring the Valentines feeling to the show,” he noted.

The Africa Laughs show will also be graced by top comedians from across the continent like Nigeria’s Kenny Blaq, Kenya’s Eric Omondi, Congo’s Eddie Kadi and Zimbabwe’s Alfred Kainga. They will crack up comedy lovers alongside Uganda’s very own like Daniel Omara, Prince Emma, Ronnie Mc Vex, Agnes Akite and Madrat & Chiko among others.

The show is slated for 14th February this year.

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Comedian Salvado to celebrate 10 years in industry at Africa Laughs show

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Patrick 'Salvado' Idringi

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Arguably Uganda’s funniest man, comedian Patrick “Salvado” Idringi is set for a rib-cracking show dubbed ‘Africa Laughs’ come February 14, 2020 at Kololo Airstrip.

The natural, blunt and hilarious “Man from Ombokolo” who draws his humour from events in society and his village Ombokolo celebrates 10 years since he traded his engineering career for stand-up comedy.

Addressing journalists at a press conference held at Speke Apartments to officially announce the show, the much sought-after comedian revealed that comedy has changed his life and helped him grow as a person.

“I want to thank God that 10 years later, after I decided to take this path, I am still here and going strong.” Salvado told media. “I must say it has not been an easy journey but I have loved every bit of it and very excited to be celebrating this milestone.”

First held in 2013, Africa Laughs in partnership with The Singleton will this year be running its fifth lap and to celebrate the milestone, Salvado will be joined by international comedy giants like Kenny Blaq, Eric Omondi, Eddie Kadi and Alfred Kaingo in addition to our own crème de la crème, such as Daniel Omara, Prince Emma, Ronnie Mc Vex, Agnes Akite and Madrat & Chiko. Tanzanian bongo star Harmonize will also grace the event.

“Valentine’s Day also happens to be my birthday. Not only will I be celebrating 10 years in the industry, I will also be celebrating 35 years on this earth. It is going to a special show. ” He added.

Salvador’s blend of laugh-out-loud humour and attention to ridiculous details while narrating stories has earned him a widespread following across Africa and beyond, making the laugh fiesta the most-anticipated comedy show of the year.

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Why Ssebulime divorced Judith Babirye

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Judith Babirye and Paul Musoke Sebulime during their introduction ceremony.

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Gospel singer and Buikwe Woman MP, Judith Babirye is divorced again. The singer’s marriage to fellow MP Paul Musoke Ssebulime has been dissolved by court.

Babirye and Sebulime were married in a traditional ceremony held in July 2018 in Bunga, Kampala.

But barely a year into their union, Sebulime filed for divorce. According to court documents, Ssebulime testified that he had not seen or heard from Babirye since 22 December 2018. In fact, he did not know of his wife’s whereabouts for seven months he waited before petitioning court.

Ssebulime also accused Babirye of denying him conjugal rights. He said that the couple had not been intimate since the second week of August 2018.

He further said that Babirye’s attitude towards his friends discouraged him from freely interacting with them for fear of upsetting her and this caused him psychological and mental torture because he was forced to live a lonely life.

The family division of the High Court, on 20 December 2019, finally annulled their marriage on grounds of cruelty. It ruled that Babirye’s actions were not a demonstration of any commitment to the success of the marriage and therefore the two could no longer stay together as husband and wife.

Judith Bairye was married to Samuel Niiwo in her first marriage, with whom they have a daughter together. They divorced in 2017.

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