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Nwoya to conduct fresh verification of pastoralists

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Nwoya district security officials and leaders will commence fresh verification of pastoralists.

The decision follows concerns that the majority of the pastoralists have evaded eviction, and are still illegally grazing their cattle in the district, nearly two months after an eviction order was issued.

The State Minister for Internal Affairs Gen. David Muhoozi in February ordered the eviction of all defiant pastoralists occupying community lands in Acholi, Lango, and parts of the West Nile sub-region.

The eviction orders stemmed from President Museveni’s directive requiring all pastoralists to fence off their grazing land, provide private water sources and settle land conflicts with locals.

Christopher Omara, Nwoya Resident District Commissioner who took over office barely a month ago says he found that only 11 pastoralists out of more than 50 have reportedly left the district voluntarily.

Omara says only about 494 cattle were reportedly transported out of the district in the past months, adding that thousands of cattle are still being illegally grazed in the sub counties of Got Apwoyo, Lungulu, and Anaka.

According to Omara, they now intend to verify the cattle keepers to find out if they have met all the directives issued by the President. He however says they will first meet with all the parish chiefs and local council one chairpersons in the affected sub counties before carrying out the verification.

“We have relaunched the operation now, all those (Pastoralists) who haven’t met the requirements must leave with immediate effect because this is disrespect to the presidential directives,” said Omara.

Omara adds that they have also begun receiving complaints of crop destruction from farmers in the various sub-counties where the pastoralists are herding their cattle.

“The community members are now complaining, others say they have started cultivation and the animals are destroying their crops because it’s a farming season. We want to rectify the situation by evicting illegal pastoralists,” he said.

Emmanuel Orach, the Nwoya LCV chairperson however faults the landowners in the community for continuously offering chunks of land to the pastoralists for grazing their animals and settlement.

He says whereas it’s the right of an individual to offer his/her land on a hire basis or sales, the majority of the pastoralists haven’t been able to fence it, sparking off contests with their neighbors.

According to Orach, the fresh verification exercise will help them to establish genuine pastoralists and those who are illegally occupying land so that they are evicted.

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Benon and Vamposs share rehearsal teaser videos

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The much-awaited fifth episode of Tusker Malt Conversessions is about to drop, and oh boy, it’s going to be a musical rollercoaster like no other!

The teaser videos that have been circulated on social media have left fans tapping their feet in anticipation as the dynamic duo, Benon and Vamposs, gear up to deliver a heart-warming episode.

The teaser gives us a sneak peek into the rehearsals where Benon, with his signature smile, promises fans, “just be ready for surprises, and I think people should expect a premium Benon & Vamposs.”

These two maestros have been instrumental in shaping the Ugandan music scene, and now they’re back to spill the beans on their journey, success, and maybe a bit of their infamous banter.

“The creative process has been hectic; we still have the chemistry, and I think it’s something that comes from performing together for a long time and the many years we have crafted our art…,” reveals Benon in the teaser.

But it’s not all serious. Vamposs can be heard poking fun at Benon’s love life, adding a dash of humour to the mix. “I don’t see where you even got this love that you are writing about except lying to this crowd,” he jokes.

On a more sombre note, Vamposs shares, “We have a lot of different stories. We are working with the band to see how mellow we can get. It’s not going to be all that rough,” hinting at a different stage presence which will be more intimate in comparison to their usual vibrant performances.

Music lovers should save the date; Sunday, March 3. The fifth episode of Tusker Malt Conversessions featuring Benon & Vamposs will be live on the Tusker Malt and Swangz Avenue YouTube channel at 6 pm. Don’t miss out on the chance to witness the magic, the music, and the memories.

You can also catch up on previous episodes featuring the likes of Kenneth Mugabi, Lilian Mbabazi, The Mith, and Juliana both YouTube pages.

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Ronald Mayinja reveals the inspiration behind his classic song “Necklace”

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Renowned Ugandan singer Ronald Mayinja has shared the story behind his popular song “Necklace.” Born in 1976 in Benja-Gomba, Ronald Mayinja has produced numerous hit songs throughout his career.

Necklace, in particular, has remained one of the favourites among fans, especially those in love. At a press conference for his upcoming concert Old is Gold Mayinja at 49, the singer disclosed that the inspiration for the song came from his girlfriend Julie.

Julie, who attended boarding school while Mayinja was in day school, sparked his fears of losing her to someone else. He penned down “Necklace” as a request for her to entrust her necklace to him to cherish in her absence.

However, after receiving advice from Mariam Ndagire, Mayinja decided to make the song more relatable by expanding its meaning beyond his personal experience.

He hence created a song that resonated with anyone who has ever been in a long-distance relationship or felt the ache of missing someone they love.

He crafted lyrics that painted a vivid picture of two souls yearning for each other’s presence, using the metaphor of a necklace to symbolize the connection they shared.

Over the years, “Necklace” has remained a timeless classic in Ugandan music. Its universal theme and emotional resonance have allowed it to transcend time and continue to touch the hearts of listeners, regardless of age or background.

Mayinja’s decision to expand the song’s scope and make it relatable to a wider audience proved to be a stroke of genius, cementing his status as a celebrated veteran musician in Uganda.

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MTN Uganda| CEO’s congratulatory article for UCC@25

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MTN Uganda congratulates UCC on its silver jubilee.

Sylvia Mulinge, CEO of MTN Uganda spoke to our journalist about the significance of the Uganda Communications Commission’s 25-year celebrations. UCC regulates the communications sector, which includes telecommunications, broadcasting, radio communication, postal communications, data communication and infrastructure.

Below are excerpts of the conversation;

Q: What message would you like to convey to George William Nyombi Thembo on his appointment as the Executive Director of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and to UCC as they celebrate 25 years?

A: We extend our heartfelt congratulations to George William Nyombi Thembo and the entire team at the Uganda Communications Commission on their 25th anniversary. Their dedication and leadership have played a pivotal role in shaping Uganda’s telecommunications landscape and driving digital transformation. We look forward to continued collaboration with the UCC in advancing our shared goals of connectivity, innovation, and economic empowerment for all Ugandans. Cheers to 25 years of excellence, and here’s to many more years of success ahead!

Q. Let’s delve into some of the milestones achieved in partnership with the UCC. Firstly, could you elaborate on MTN Uganda’s support for UCC’s projects such as the Uganda Film Awards?

A: Thank you. Indeed, our partnership with the UCC has been instrumental in driving initiatives like the Uganda Film Awards. At MTN Uganda, we believe in the power of youth and creativity in propelling Uganda’s development forward. Supporting platforms like the Uganda Film Awards not only celebrates local talent but also empowers the youth to showcase their creativity on a global stage.

Q: That’s commendable. Another area where MTN Uganda has made significant contributions is the Uganda Communications Universal Service and Access Fund (UCUSAF). Could you shed some light on MTN’s involvement with UCUSAF and its impact?

A: MTN Uganda has always been committed to bridging the digital divide and ensuring that all Ugandans have access to essential communication services, because we believe everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life. Since its inception Our contribution of UGX 36 billion alone to the Uganda Communication Universal Service and Access Fund in 2023 underscores this commitment. This investment has facilitated the expansion of communication infrastructure to underserved communities, ultimately enhancing connectivity and socio-economic development across the country.

Q: Let’s shift gears now to the groundbreaking announcement of MTN Uganda being granted 5G spectrum license by the UCC. What does this milestone mean for MTN Uganda and the country’s digital landscape?

A: Receiving the first 5G spectrum license from the UCC is a testament to our shared vision of driving economic growth and empowerment in the digital era. Embracing 5G technology opens up a world of possibilities for Uganda, from attracting more investments to fostering innovation and positioning the country as a digital hub in the region. We are excited about the prospects that 5G promises and remain committed to leveraging this technology to transform lives and businesses across Uganda. It’s these collaborations that inspire our brand’s clarion call that together, we are unstoppable in the pursuit of common aspirations to progress our communities.

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