Kenj Nabirye

Kenj Nabirye

Minister Namuganza's Son Scores 4 In PLE At Kampala Parents

The state minister for lands Persis Namuganza is a proud mother after her son Rwakabale Dareen Adrian scored aggregate four in the 2019 Primary Leaving Examinations released on Friday by Uganda National Examinations Board at Kampala Parents School.

Rwakabale, who has been a pupil at Kampala Parents School, was hoisted by members of his family and a jovial Namuganza endlessly hugged the young man in a moment of pride.

Kampala Parents School maintained its good record in the national examinations after all its candidates passed to join secondary schools and other post-primary education learning institutions.

Last year, 225 pupils sat PLE at Kampala Parents School and of these, 172 got the first grade and the remaining 54 got the second grade. Among the 172 who got the first grade, 15 pupils scored aggregate four, 16 passed with aggregate 5 while 22 scored aggregate 6.

The School’s principal Daphne Kato attributed the good performance to a good working relationship the school had with parents while preparing the candidates.

“God is good and He has always been on our side. Continue working hard, put our school on the map and be role models,” Madam Kato congratulated the celebrating pupils while handing over the results.

She thanked the directors for catering for the children, providing necessities and required funds that keep the school on top. Kampala Parents School is one of the learning institution owned by the Ruparelia Group, a conglomerate owned by businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia.                                                                                                                                                     

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Inaugural Social Media Fest Gets Ruparelia Group Backing

The first edition of the Social Media Fest organized by Spotlight Publications has attracted the attention of Ruparelia Group who now join a list of distinguished sponsors of the event happening on 25th January at Silver Spring Hotel Bugolobi.

Ruparelia Group joins other sponsors like Uganda Communication Commission, National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA Uganda-U), NBS Television, Business Focus, Next Communications, and Tusker Lite.

The two-day networking event will bring together individuals, social media groups, influencers, bloggers, and digital marketing agencies, government agencies, various brands, and organizations. Revelers will be treated to an exhibition, entertainment and activities like games, snap chatting, and selfie challenges among others.

The social media Festival will run under the theme “Redirecting Social Media to Impactful Social Networking Engagements”. According to the organizers, the Social Media Festival aims at streamlining the social media industry towards effective and professional communication amongst users.

It also aims to promote digital marketing and e-commerce among Ugandans, amplify an impactful usage of social media, create a valuable avenue for marketing and branding, create a valuable avenue for product awareness, marketing, and brand visibility.



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Govt Has Done Well Attracting FDI, Economic Growth, Says Businessman Sudhir

The government of Uganda has done a good job to ensure that there is a conducive and competitive environment to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the country, businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia told journalists on Friday.

The businessman was speaking to the press during the official opening of a Chinese supermarket at Kingdom Kampala mall. The giant and magnificent mall is owned by the Ruparelia Group.

“Foreign Direct Investment coupled with our own domestic investments is the best way of creating jobs and thriving livelihoods for Ugandans,” the businessman said. He thanked the government for always supporting foreign investors to settle in the country and create jobs for Ugandans.  

The new supermarket called Shopping Union is owned by Ye Baochun, a Chinese investor. “Our focus is offering good and quality products at affordable prices,” he said at the opening of the supermarket.

Chen Xiao Lu, the Managing Director of Shopping Union Supermarket isn’t scared of the ‘mushrooming supermarkets’ in Uganda and past history.

“This is not a supermarket for the Chinese. It is an international market targeting Ugandans, Europeans, Indians, Chinese and all different kinds of people,” Chen Xiao Lu said adding that they will endeavor to offer the best price.

The supermarket is spacious and has a variety of items both local and international. The biggest advantage it has over other supermarkets is the ample parking space it has and how quickly one can get in and out.

“Now other supermarkets should be ready for competition,” Sudhir said, adding that the Supermarket will not only pay taxes but also employ Ugandans directly and indirectly.

Plan For Uganda To Legalize Marijuana Growing In Final Stages

Reports coming through are indicating that the Government of Uganda is in final stages of legalizing marijuana growing for mainly medical purposes.

Media reports say that Cabinet has set up a subcommittee to inquiry into a proposal of legalizing cannabis growing in the East African country.

The State Minister of Health for General Duties, Sarah Opendi, said the subcommittee is chaired by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda.

Rugunda, according to Opendi is currently processing the proposal that will soon be discussed by cabinet to critically look at the issues of enforcement and regulation.

“We are hopeful that early next year we should be able to receive a report from this cabinet subcommittee and thereafter we should be able to make a decision,” Opendi told media.

Whereas the Ministry of Health says 14 companies have applied to acquire license to grow medical cannabis for export, reports indicate that the number of people and private companies seeking to grow and export marijuana for medical purposes has increased from 20 in April to 50 in July 2019.

The government is also under pressure from the various marijuana dealers to explain why they allowed Industrial Hemp (U) Ltd, a private company working with another Israeli-based cannabis firm to grow marijuana in Kasese and “frustrated” others through “delaying tactics”. The company was given the license in 2016.

Among the ministries that will be in charge of issuing licenses to marijuana growing companies include; Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Justice, Internal Affairs, National Drug Authority (NDA) and Uganda Investment Authority (UIA).

The National Drug Policy and Authority Act, 1993 provides that “No person shall, without the written consent of the Health Minister… cultivate any plant from, which a narcotic drug can be extracted.”    


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