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Wage bill management in local governments

Leveraging information technologies is crucial in mitigating challenges posed by new normal of COVID-19 COMMENT | PHOEBE ATUKUNDA | The Government of Uganda decentralised human resources management and development to Local Governments (LGs) under Section 126 of the Local Governments Act Cap 243. This legislation gives LGs powers to determine …

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More borrowers seek credit from banks

The second wave of the pandemic pose downside risks to credit growth Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | Banks have recently received more loan applications and extended more credit to borrowers amidst the coronavirus pandemic. This is good for jumpstarting the economy that has been hit by COVID-19 lockdowns. Till …

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Re-opening schools post-Covid-19

Insights from Uwezo Surveys in Uganda Kampala, Uganda | MARY GORETTI NAKABUGO | Covid-19 has forced an unprecedented level of school closures, affecting more than 1.7 billion learners around the world. Now, a question of growing concern is how governments should be planning for the re-opening of schools. Education systems …

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Russian vehicle tracking deal

How Museveni letter trapped Muhwezi Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | On Tuesday July 27, the new Minister for security, Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi made a humbling return to the headlines of Ugandan news media when he made a statement to parliament regarding the controversial vehicle tracking deal between Uganda …

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M-KOPA expands into Nigeria

Nairobi-based lender M-KOPA is expanding into the Nigerian market, and have hired an ex-Andela executive for the job | DAVID THOMAS | Kenya’s M-KOPA, which offers underbanked customers finance to acquire solar lighting, smartphones, TVs and domestic appliances, is expanding into Nigeria after a successful pilot project. M-KOPA, which means …

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Umeme, Stanbic dominate Uganda bourse trading

Future performance remains uncertain due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | Stock turnover at the Uganda Securities Exchange recorded a 74% growth in the second quarter of this year to Shs5.9bn compared to the previous session as energy and banking dominated trading. Electricity distributor, Umeme, …

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Billionaire’s space race

Leaving planet earth in crisis is a terrible idea? | THE INDEPENDENT | The four minutes billionaires Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos spent in a state of weightlessness on the edge of space recently were historic feats in the burgeoning space tourism business, but many critics say Branson, Bezos …

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