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UNBS finds danger in `home factories’

By Patrick Kagenda At the end of July, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) was set to destroy expired confectionaries worth Shs 22.5 million, cosmetics worth Shs 10 million, tinned beef worth Shs 4.9 million and food supplements worth Shs 6.5 million. The haul is part of goods worth …

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Business community counts its losses

By Patrick Kagenda The first thing I encounter when I enter Kalita Bus Services Park, located next to Nakivibo stadium, is a security check. The officer runs a metal detector across each passenger’s body and luggage, searching for explosive materials. Less than a week after the Kyadondo and Ethiopian Village …

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Union plans rescue of Bududa coffee

By Patrick Kagenda Region was leading Arabica producer in Uganda before landslide On March 2 several villages in Bududa district, which sits on the edge of Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda Bugisu region were buried under a landslide that killed approximately 350 people and destroyed, infrastructure, buildings, businesses, crops and …

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Open borders allow hiring the best

By Patrick Kagenda Interview with Charles Musisi Managing Director at Computer Frontiers When do you start your day? I start my day at 5 am. I’m an online man through and through. Naturally I take a quick look at the e-mails and the online local newspapers. At about 7:30 am …

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MBEA runs out of options

By Patrick Kagenda Capital market rues over Uganda’s oldest brokerage firm In January this year the Merchant Bank of East Africa(MBEA), Uganda’s oldest stockbrokerage firm, was handling the issuing of the National Insurance Corporation Initial Public Offering. Their office on Plot 44 Lumumba Avenue in the plush Nakasero neighborhood was …

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Slippery oil agreements

By Jocelyn Edwards Experts could demand renegotiation of Uganda’s PSAs In response to the June 29 tabling of the Petroleum Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs) by Energy Minister Hilary Onek, Rubanda West MP Banyenzaki says parliamentarians will seek expert analysis in order to determine whether or not they are fair to …

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Big budget trouble

By Patrick Kagenda UWA’s Shs 9bn `Friend a gorilla’ stalls over Shs 45m In Sept 2009 the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) launched a campaign dubbed “Friend a Gorilla” to raise Shs 9 billion to fund park activities to preserve the endangered mammals. Close to one year down the road during …

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Tomorrow’s money today

By Maya Prabhu Hot deals lure mobile money subscribers into cash-less class Mobile money first became available in Uganda a little over a year ago, and represents potential solution to the poor access to financial services that is a problem in many developing countries. In neighbouring Kenya, Safaricom has already …

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