The blessing of saving for your prosperity

Comfort Mpiriirwe Tumuhamye is a lecturer at the faculty of business and management in Uganda Christian University and a co-founder of Windel Investment. Through the inspiration of her mother, she developed love for saving when she was a student at the university which has benefitted her family in many ways. The Standard’s Eva Kyomugisha talked to her about this love. “I learnt to save from my mother,” says Comfort Mpiriirwe Tumuhamye. In 2004, while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Procurement and Logistics Management at Kyambogo University, Mpiriirwe decided to start…

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DOSA ends on a high

EVA KYOMUGISHA A mother and a counsellor were the words used by students to describe the outgoing Director of Student Affairs (DOSA), Olivia Ayo Birabi. The Vice-Chancellor, Dr. John Senyonyi announced last week during the community worship that Birabi would be leaving the university following the expiration of her contract. Mrs. Birabi was hired as the Director of Student Affairs (DOSA) in 2016 making her the first female DOSA at the university. Birabi replaced the Rev. Milton Tweheyo. Birabi says that coming to UCU was a huge change for her,…

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Is FGM the invincible vice?

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) among the Sabiny of eastern Uganda has become a critical issue. In 2010, the government of Uganda outlawed the practice after human rights defenders all over the world and health experts castigated the practice.  But the recent resurrection of the practice has left Ugandans wondering whether this barbaric ritual will ever be trampled. Note that UCU students from the region are not spared by the ritual.  The Standard explores the danger of the ritual and its origin:  Patrick Chelogoi, 35, is a teacher in Kween District, …

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I triumphed over HIV stigma, I now stand tall – Miss Y+

FRANCIS EMUKULE At 11 years, Gloria Nawanyaga, a third-year student of Uganda Christian University (UCU) learnt the hard truth that she was HIV positive. However, despite the stigma that soon followed her new discovery, Nawanyaga never gave up on life. Today, she is Miss Y+ (Young Positives), a position that has enabled her restore hope among hundreds of young people living with HIV. She is also an ambassador with Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV. This is her story At 11 years, Nawanyaga, 18 became so curious at…

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Mbabazi makes bucks in bricks

Francis Emukule Sharon Mbabazi is the new talk of campus and the nation although not like Bad Black (the slay queen).  Mababazi has become famous for laying bricks. Brick laying in Uganda is a men’s job. The third child in a family of five, Mbabazi comes from Masooli village in Gayaza Division. She has been laying bricks for the last eight years to meet her school dues and other needs. This job has earned her not only fame but she takes pride in the mud from which she mints money.…

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The power of audacious faith

In October 2016, Mitch Shalom’s life took a totally unexpected twist when she was involved in a road accident that claimed the lives of two people. She survived narrowly,  and was left for dead in the trench she landed in when a saloon car knocked the bodaboda she was on. She sustained five cracks on her skull, one stretching up to the ear! Together with her family and friends, they narrated her miraculous recovery to Francis Emukule. The shocker “On Tuesday at 3:15 pm I received a call informing me…

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Odongtho’s tale of lessons in the media

    FRANCIS EMUKULE A discussion about the Ugandan media on the  political scene would be incomplete without mention of CHARLES ODONGTHO, the host of the Frontline, a political talk show on NBS TV. The third child in a family of eight children, who has grown through the ranks to become a force to  reckoned with, recently talked to The  Standard. I have been a journalist for 19 years now since I started practicing in 1999. My first story was broadcast on 13 March over Radio Paidah, a radio station…

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The P7 dropout who got a degree

  FRANCIS EMUKULE Nelson Henry Nsubuga was abandoned at the age of six, following the divorce of his father George William Miiro, now 82, from his mother Victoria Nakabiri, now 71. “This negatively impacted on me. My mother gave birth to me when she was only 15; and when they divorced I did not see her again, for nine years.” “Due to this split I was not able to attain an adequate education. At the age of ten I joined Primary One with the support of my grandmother who educated…

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Drugs that poison our neighbourhood

  BY TEZRA KISAKYE Elias Mugabe, a resident of Kawuga-Mukono, spends the better part of his day chewing mairungi- a common narcotic drug leaf. For the last five years, mairungi, internationally known as khat, has been his breakfast because it helps him beat hunger and stay awake. Indeed, looking beneath his ripped, pale blue jeans, I see a bunch of the leaves ready for chewing. Drug users display signs of increased alertness, excitement, energy, talkativeness, decreased appetite and difficulty in sleeping. Health expert Henry Mukiibi from Serenity rehabilitation centre believes…

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Morality on a weighing scale

      FRANCIS EMUKULE The Anti-pornography Act, 2014 describes pornography as, “Any representation through publication, exhibition or cinematography, of a person engaged in real or stimulated explicit sexual activities, or any representation of the sexual parts of a person for primarily sexual excitement.”       Shortly after the law was passed on February 6, 2014 the Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Fr Lokodo, led a crusade around Kampala cracking down on people deemed to have breached any section of the anti-pornography law. Together with the police, Lokodo went…

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