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Civil Society Writes To ERA Demanding For Banang's Technical Capacity Profile

Fifteen Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have written to the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) demanding that the regulator provides them with information regarding Banang Power and Energy Limited and its technical capacity and financial standing that will enable the company to undertake a feasibility study for a dam to be constructed at the Uhuru Falls in an environmental and human rights compatible manner.

The letter signed by Yoram Banyenzai, the Chairperson of Guild Presidents' Forum on Governance (GPFOG) also requested ERA to provide them with information that shows how Bonang was procured to conduct a feasibility study for a dam at Uhuru Falls.

The CSOs say that while ERA invited communities and stakeholders to make comments on Banang Power and Energy Limited application to be granted a license to establish a 360MW hydropower plant at Murchison Falls, a chorused public outcry made it clear that no hydropower dam should be erected at the falls.

The environmentalists and tourism enthusiasts enjoyed temporary victory in August when Ephraim Kamuntu told the public that the cabinet had agreed to stop the planned dam at Murchison Falls.

But only three months later, in November, the cabinet approved a feasibility study to be undertaken for the development of a dam at the Uhuru Falls which are located near Murchison Falls. Experts say a dam at Uhuru would affect Murchison Falls.

Even with protests by the public and environmentalists, the minister for energy Irene Muloni this month told journalists that an MoU had been signed with Banang to undertake the feasibility study.

It is upon this background that the CSOs are requesting that ERA provides them with information about Banang's technical and financial capacity to carry out the study and the process through which Banang was selected.

"Our requests are made in light of the fact that our investigations on Bonang Power and Energy (Pty) Ltd led us to believe that the company lacks the technical and financial track record needed to undertake a feasibility study and develop a dam in an environmental and human rights compatible manner.

"We cannot let a company whose track record on the construction of hydropower dams is unclear to touch the iconic Murchison Falls, which are visited by over 30% of the 100,000 tourists that visit Murchison Falls National Park," the letter reads in part.

The CSOs in a statement they shared say a background check on Banang revealed that the company was first registered in January 2014 with a one Ernest Moloi as director before being deregistered in April 2017 due to failure to file annual returns.

The company was then re-registered in December 2017 and filed its annual returns on June 26, 2019. Investigations by the CSOs also revealed that before relocating to a yet to be known place, Banang rented a virtual office.

"Surely, a company that seems to have no office of its own, lacks a web presence, lacks clear information on what hydropower projects it has undertaken cannot be trusted with one of Uganda’s most prized tourist attractions, the Murchison and Uhuru Falls.

An investigation of the hydropower works that Bonang Power and Energy Ltd has undertaken reveals unconvincing results. On its website before it was pulled down, the company listed hydropower projects that were ongoing in Africa,” the CSOs say in the letter. 

Khyber Pass Restaurant Goes Indian With This Christmas Menu

The festive season is a period of adventure and a period specifically associated with eating good food and experimenting with drinks. And for the lovers of fine food, Indian foods are a good trial.

Khyber Pass Restaurant, located in the heart of Uganda’s capital, at Speke Hotel, Plot 7-9 Nile Avenue, Kampala, has a specially made Indian menu made for their clients this Christmas season.

And for a change and love of discovering new foods, make a date with Khyber Pass Restaurant and venture into the amazing Indian land of spice on 25th December.

Khyber Pass Christmas Menu consists of the Chicken Ki Bharmaar for Shs60, 000, Seafood Platter for Shs90, 000, Goat Meat Platter for Shs50, 000, Vegetable Platter for SHs35, 000 and Khyber Pass Family Platter (for three) at Shs100, 000.

The Chicken Ki Bharmaar will have chicken tikka, banjara kebab, malai kebab, chicken seekh kebab, and chicken wings; the Seafood Platter will have prawns tikka, zringa hariyali, fish tikka, nimbu machli tikka and fish hariyali tikka while Goat Meat Platter will have peshawari kebab, mutton seekh kebab, mutton kalimiri and mutton achari kebab.

The vegetable platter will have panner tikka, vegetable seekh kebab, tandoori mushroom, bharula abo, and tandoori gobi. The Khyber Pass Family Platter will have chicken, seafood, goat meat, paneer and vegetables.

The restaurant however in a way of warning indicates that all food items will be marinated with Indian spices.

Khyber Pass Restaurant is on the three restaurants and bar at Speke Hotel, the first and oldest hotel in Uganda, built in the British Colonial times of the 1920s. The other restaurants are an Italian restaurant, Continental restaurant, and Rock Bar & Grill.

The restaurants at the Speke Hotel have tasty, freshly cooked food served in a relaxed atmosphere that will give you the best restaurant experience in Kampala. Be sure you will be dining at good value for your money.

This unique restaurant gets its name from the Khyber Pass Mountain in Western Asia. The story of the Khyber Pass is composed of much color and romance, such tragedy and glory makes Frontier Cuisine look stranger than fiction. 

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Forest Cottages To Treat Guests To Christmas Burger Fete

So much can happen on Christmas day that little time is left for the family to prepare decent and unique meals to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. In such a case, the option of having a family day for a Christmas lunch or dinner comes in handy.

Well aware of this, Forest Cottages in Bukoto has lined up a unique menu made of burgers. The Christmas Burgers by the Pool has been designed to let guests’ taste buds jingle.

According to the hotel management, the burgers (meat, chicken, vegeables) will be served in an exquisite Christmas settings around by the poolside. This will l only cost Shs50, 000 for adults and Shs40, 000 for kids.

The Christmas Burgers by the Pool is one of the many activities the hotel has lined up this festive season. Customers will be treated to numerous discounts on accommodation, food and beverages.

Forest Cottages, located at Plot. 17/18, Naguru Hill, Old Kira Road, Bukoto, Kampala, one of the many hotels owned by the Ruparelia Group, is a remarkable hotel offering comfort, personalized service and the unique character of facilities that are purely African and of a safari style. Forest Cottages is set in a serene, African forest environment.

At the hotel, you get to feel the touch of nature in a comfortable and unique environment. The selectively planted smaller trees, bushes, shrubs and flowers make Forest Cottages an inspiring destination for nature lovers and eco tourists alike.

The artistic hotel provides a small sanctuary for forest wildlife such as colored turacoes, hornbills, and an additional 20 bird species. The secluded hotel offers peace and quietness in a natural green setting or the excitement of waking up to humming birds. All this beauty is topped up friendly and courteous and professional staff members.

A safari lodge style cottage accommodation in the heart of Kampala city, with individually designed luxurious cottages offering a relaxing and soothing experience. All the cottages are furnished with locally handmade furniture, and equipped with self-catering facilities with all essential amenities to ensure your comfort during your stay. 

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Kamwokya School Gets Promised Sanitary Toilets

Construction of good modern sanitary toilets at Good Samaritan Primary School in Kamwokya, Kampala suburb Friday commenced with a team from The Ruparelia Foundation leading way to the realization of this promise.

The money for setting up the sanitation facilities are proceeds from the Royal Ascot Goat Races social event that took place on October 12, 2019, at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

The Goat Races, Uganda’s most popular social events, that take place at Speke Resort was this year bigger, merrier and as always extravagant fashion. It provided a platform for revelers to network and mix business with pleasure.

Several companies sponsored this year’s edition of the goat races. These included Tusker Malt Lager, Ruparelia Group, 88.2 Sanyu FM, Goldstar Insurance, Speke Resort Munyonyo, Robbialac, and NTV Uganda.

And now the money that was raised from this social event is helping the ghetto people of Kamwokaya with better eco-friendly toilets. Rajiv Ruparelia said the charity was aimed at improving the sanitation in the slums of Kampala.

The state of sanitation many Kampala slums and in particular Kamwokya has been found to be wanting and initiatives by corporates like the Ruparelia Foundation come in handy to uplift the healthy living standards of the people who live there.

The Ruparelia Foundation works to improve and promote health, education, sports, general welfare, and poverty eradication, improve livelihoods, support the welfare of wildlife and preservation of the environment by fostering partnerships among businesses, corporations, with the government, non-governmental organization and individuals.

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