Sunday, 18 September 2022

Tororo Girls launch alumni association Sept 23, Kadaga chief guest

 

Hon. Kadaga will be Chief Guest

Tororo, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG | The 1st Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda and Minister for East African Community Affairs Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga will be Chief Guest as Old Girls of Tororo Girls School, led by Ms. Violet Nandudu, on Friday September 23 launch the Tororo Girls’ School Alumni Association (TGSAA). 

The launch, that will also have a fund-raising component, will be held at Golf Course Hotel, in Kampala from 3pm. NTV Uganda and Nile Breweries are some of the launch sponsors. Tickets to the launch, that were going for Shs.110,000, are already sold out.

According to TGSAA inaugural chairperson Ms. Nandudu, old girls have always been actively involved in improving conditions at their Tororo based school, but have been doing it informally.

"In a bid to promote development of the school, the TGS former student’s fraternity in the past actively participated in and operated alongside the school’s administration on several education and development projects," Ms. Nandudu explained. Tororo Girls School remains one of the top 10 girls' schools in the country, according to UNEB performance.

To streamline its operations, the former students formally registered an association under the name “Tororo Girls’ School Alumni Association (TGSAA) on 8th November 2021.   The Association embraces a diverse network of former students and operates as a social enterprise combining economic and social goals.  Its mission is, “a dedicated and vibrant association that empowers and mentors girls and women of Uganda.  And the Vision –“Collaboration within the Tororo Girls’ School Alumni and mentoring of Learners.” 

She said they value facilitating the future generation of Alumni to have the same opportunities and positive experiences like they did decades ago.

One of the exhibition stalls at the TGSAA 2022 Careers
Day at TGS. The pictured Police Officer is an OG

 "We envisage recognition of excellence awards, endowments, volunteer opportunities and an Annual Sponsorship Fund for deserving Learners as a means of ensuring that future generations of Learners have the opportunity to pursue quality education," she revealed.

The school has had 10 head teachers, including now former minister Hon. Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire,  since it started in 1965, and four of them will attend the TGSAA launch on September 23. The school's Current head teacher is Ms. Beatrice Akware Lumonya, an Old Girl of the school.

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Areas for improvement

Since its establishment and with the growing enrolment of learners, the school’s infrastructure has progressively depreciated. The school’s original structures were built to accommodate 400 learners.

In light of the pressure on facilities, the Board of Governors and Parents’ Teachers’ Association recently commenced the construction of an additional 700 capacity mega dormitory estimated to cost Shs. 5billion.

According to a statement from the alumni association, Tororo Girls has been one of those that has benefitted in the past from development grants and has recently received a grant from the Government of Uganda to refurbish its infrastructure. The school continues to appeal for additional contributions to restore it glorious infrastructure. There is also need to enhance decent living facilities for the School’s Teaching Staff.

The new dormitory project underway at TGS

The School’s transport facility comprises of a 59-capacity bus that was purchased in 2005 and is in urgent need of replacement, according to the alumni. With the near 2,000 learners, there is need for a bigger capacity bus to transport Learners and teachers for study and recreational events with dignity, in addition to 1-2 modern coasters - funds permitting.

The high increase of number of student enrolment over the y ears has not been coupled with expansion of infrastructure and related facilities in the school leading to lack of space in the dormitories, inadequate water supply, constrained toilet facilities and limited space in the sick bay.

History

Tororo Girls School (TGS) was founded by the United States Government in 1965 as a gift to the Government of Uganda to promote the education of the girl child.

The school was established to develop skilled women leaders in Uganda and the region post the country’s independence era. Among the very few girls’ secondary schools at the time in Uganda, TGS possessed state of the art infrastructure for Home Economics, Agriculture, Languages, Type Writing and Office Practice (Secretarial Skills) to provide practical skills to young women. The school is currently ranked one of the top 10 girls’ schools in Uganda.

TORORO GIRLS SCHOOL: Girls bidding farewell to
Mrs. Wataba on 17th September 2022

The School’s vision is: To set and maintain high discipline and academic standard of students and turnout an all-round developed Ugandan female.

The School’s Mission is: To be a centre of excellence for skilled dignified women of substance.

Current head teacher Ms. Akware Lumonya says "the school offers a transitional experience for the girl child to explore their academic and co-curricular potential. While at Tororo Girls’ School, the child has the advantage of focusing on five (5) strong education pillars; competence, confidence, positive character, creativity and above all knowledge."

LATEST RESULTS FROM THE SCHOOL

Uganda Certificate of Education (O’ Level) 

Year Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Total
2018 126 [55.6%]97 [42.7%]04 [1.8%]00227
2019 168 [70.3%]69 [28.9%]02 [0.8%]00239
2020 215 [74.9%]71 [24.7%]01 [0.3%]00287

Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education [A’ Level, Arts]

 Grade
Year A B C D E
2018 0825655322
2019 0616746547
2020 0231656031

*The grades above represent a Learner’s scores in one or more subjects. Table 3:  Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education [A’ Level, Sciences

 Grade
Year A B C D E
2018 0408111825
2019 0512162417
2020 04181422

22

 

*The grades above represents a Learner’s scores in one or more subjects.


HISTORY of Tororo Girls’ School Head Teachers

1.    Ms Marian R. Baibon [1965 to 1967]

2.    Ms Phyllis J. Roop [1967 to 1969]

3.    Mr. Doubleday Elwyn J. [1969 to 1971]

4.    Honorable Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire [1972-1973]

5.    Mr. Bwire Abisai  [1974-1977] 

6.   Canon Mrs. Joyce Bernice Nima, Headteacher [1977-1991]  

7.   Mrs. Pande Sarah, Headteacher [1992 to 2002] 

8.   Mrs. Tarinyeba K. Ida, Headteacher [2003 to 2012] 

9.      Mrs. Helen K. Wataba, Headteacher [2013-2022]:

10.  Mrs. Beatrice Akware Lumonya, current Headteacher [May 2022 to date]


Interim Committee Tororo Girls’ School Alumni Association

  1. Chairperson - Ms. Violet Nandudu  
  2. Vice - Mrs. Josephine Etima


 

Thursday, 1 September 2022

St Nicholas- Patron St of Repentant Thieves!


COMPILED BY Davis Ndyomugabe




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 πŸ”΅ St Nicholas is the patron Saint of repentant thieves! 


 ➡️Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, and students in various cities and countries around Europe.


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Oh you redeemed and redeeming saint

You of various others that your eye of mercy consoled and encouraged

Can the archer with his aiming arrow forget your pin point accurate wink

That by your nod the trophy he bruised in the bull’s eye!

The merchants and sailors he led profitably to valuable fortunes 

To Africa they hurried and scrambled with the cross

The African they lured in prayer and repentance 

His land and resources they carried away smiling 

And their churches and cities they built to shine and glow!

The brewers he teased with the agreeing palates to the tastes 

Today the straw is ever the throat irrigating!

To you our agitated and fearful children 

Hasn’t he lulled with lullabies lured to peaceful sleep

That your dear mothers may sweetly repose and rest after all the day’s chores!

You pawnbrokers where would you be without the Nicholas trust

To all your clients they have come and returned with broken smiles

Isn’t high interest and usury  theft!

The students, you browsing on the pages of knowledge 

Oh Niko, continue to strengthen and fill them with discernment 

The future is arid and dull without the milk of the book!


And yo our thieves, what can we say if it’s not for Nicholas 

All have sinned and come short of the glory:

Any thief or fraud who seeks forgiveness or clemency 

May, with a broken and contrite heart, 

On a bended knee approach St Nicholas in prayer 

It is never too late, it never is…

This may come as a huge relief to  all:

Lying politicians and most errant lawyers who have taken what is not rightly theirs, 

Of course to all robbers, pickpockets, burglars, land and property grabbers, 

Election riggers and all manner of pilferers and thievings 

And without exception, all thieves, including those who pilfer tithes and render wrong weights and measures!

The doctors and their allied colleagues who steal drugs, or benefit from wrong prescriptions are no exception!

The tax collectors who ascribe assess and recover illegal or excessive taxes is included!

The carpenters who steal nails, most times as a habit of hiding the nails in their hair!

The contractor who illegally allow wrong and mismatching measurements volumes and weights can seek mercy

The small thieves who steel the lips of bananas 

The butcher man who hides the meats and offals in their gum boots

The repairman and tailor who have left their customers wailing 

The surveyors who have stolen acres in inches and yards

Is there a category exempted from St Nicholas’s intervention?

Tell me of one and I will lead him to the saints with flutes and trumpets 

To find one on earth so sinless is celebration in heaven!

All humanity, whatever their calling, may seek St Nicholas’s intervention!

Even you reading this, you are not beyond forgiveness and recovery !

The elasticity of God’s mercy through His Saints looks favorably on you,

Only if you can say sorry and seek forgiveness and repentance 

On the cross He said it was over for the sinners!


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Davis Ndyomugabe of Qacheqis on forgiveness, especially frauds and thieves…

Wednesday, 31 August 2022

St Augustine quotes

 


πŸ”΅ AUGUST 31


⏮️ A month-end recap of St Augustine quotes ⏮️


✳️ No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ He who falls, falls by his own will; and he who stands, stands by God's will.

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ Since God is the highest good, he would not allow any evil to exist in his works unless his omnipotence and goodness were such as to bring good even out of evil

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ It is not that we keep His commandments first and that then He loves but that He loves us and then we keep His commandments. This is that grace which is revealed to the humble but hidden from the proud

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men 

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ The measure of love is to love without measure

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ What grace is meant to do is to help good people, not to escape their sufferings, but to bear them with a stout heart, with a fortitude that finds its strength in faith

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ Charity is no substitute for justice withheld

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ This joy in God is not like any pleasure found in physical or intellectual satisfaction. Nor is it such as a friend experiences in the presence of a friend. But, if we are to use any such analogy, it is more like the eye rejoicing in light.

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by accidents of time, or place, or circumstance, are brought into closer connection with you

— SAINT AUGUSTINE


✳️ The mind commands the body and is instantly obeyed. The mind commands itself and meets resistance

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ When it happens that I am more moved by the song than the thing which is sung, I confess that I sin in a manner deserving punishment

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳ Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ HOPE has two beautiful daughters. Their names are ANGER and COURAGE; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ People travel to wonder

at the height of the mountains,

at the huge waves of the seas,

at the long course of the rivers,

at the vast compass of the ocean,

at the circular motion of the stars,

and yet they pass by themselves

without wondering

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ Miracles are not contrary to nature but only contrary to what we know about nature

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by accidents of time, or place, or circumstance, are brought into closer connection with you

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ God provides the wind, Man must raise the sail

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ HOPE has two beautiful daughters. Their names are ANGER and COURAGE; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are

— ST AUGUSTINE


✳️ Some people, in order to discover God, read a book. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above and below, note, read... he put in front of your eyes the very things that he made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that?

— ST AUGUSTINE


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Monday, 1 August 2022

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Thursday, 28 July 2022

COFFEE: Here is what should be done





COMMENT | ROBERT KABUSHENGA | The current coffee debate started in December 2019 with the controversial Bill that later became law. Since then, some of us who are active in different parts of the value chain have been exchanging ideas on what can be done. I am going to share them here

We had hoped that there would be a forum where we can then share our thinking. Apart from the parliamentary committee on the Vinci Deal, we have simply been dismissed as foreign agents, parasitic and myopic. They see no use in engaging those who actually generate the coffee wealth

Those of us invested in the coffee sector take a 20 (or more) years perspective. You can't do that with myopia. We are involved in production of wealth so u can't say that is parasitic. Ours is for export so we are working for ourselves not foreigners.

Only those whose income and livelihood derives from taxes and levies can be correctly described as parasites. They are the ones who need to work for foreigners from whom they can extract 'rents'. Which is why they focus on the deals and are shortsighted in their outlook.

Anyway, what would we coffee sector players want to see?

1. We are in full agreement with the need to set up a soluble coffee plant. In fact I have been lobbying for this in some corridors. It will increase the value of low grade coffees that are fetching low prices in the market. The best option is a freeze dried coffee plant which gives the best instant coffee product. The model should be a PPP that invests in the plant but allows coffee final product entrepreneurs to rent time on the plant and produce their own coffee brands and market to the final consumer. This will spur local innovation in the local coffee values chain and generate diverse and more meaningful employment opportunities. It will also grow local consumption since soluble coffee is more convenient to make. This is especially true  for those who make coffee in their homes.

2. The other opportunity is that those who invest in Uganda coffee processing for the final consumer is the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). It means that we can position in urban markets across Africa but below the multinational processors. This would allow development of new markets as we build capacity to compete.

3. It is not enough to be outraged by the low income/prices we get for our coffee. That should not be the only driver for the decision to go to market with processed. For a start we have undercut our marketing scope by exiting the International Coffee Organization (ICO) and yet think we can grow coffee  buyers.

4. We must look at our current market. Uganda is a net coffee exporter. We sell our coffee mainly to processors. This requires us to know how they want their product. Imposing a product in a consumer could backfire. To go directly to end user market means to know how coffee is consumed. It may be that by processing for export in the manner we claim will earn us more money may have the opposite effect. Processing may come at a high cost and will make our coffee expensive. Market entry barriers are higher in this segment which denies us access to this lucrative market.

5. Coffee is a sensitive food product whose consumers have peculiar consumption tastes. Uganda is a landlocked country. The logistics of getting to the coast is an exercise in frustration. Locally, we have no food packaging industry to talk about. This complicates export of processed food.

6. For your information, there were earlier initiatives with taxpayers money invested setting up coffee processing outfits in consumer markets-Denmark, Egypt and China. We have private entrepreneurs already in processing of coffee for export. Some have been ruined. Have we assessed what happened?

7. There has been no marketing of our coffee to give it a unique standing. The processed coffee market is very unforgiving for those seeking to play here. Where is our coherent strategy in this regard? Over what sustained period will we invest in this to effect uptake of our coffee?

8. There are also the realities of international trade. We have been unable to resolve market access for food products with our immediate neighbors. How will we manage the barriers with the lackadaisical work ethic of public officials who should be out there creating market access. A simple example: Uganda has a high tariff on imported processed coffee. It is only fair to expect retaliation which will drive up the price of our coffee in those markets. There is the enduring issue of health concerns in consumer markets and our own weak standards regime.

9. There is the limited view that somehow value addition in coffee only happens with processing. 

10. Actually value is added right from planting with field and plant management which has effect on yield. Yield is crucial to how much we earn. Quality is another hence post harvest handling. The policy confusion is derailing the sector and will undermine the processing agenda. Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) argued that the Vinci processing approach is very good. But now wants to do a consultancy on the viability of such a plant. Earlier this year they signed a similar deal with Russians.

11. There is also the reality of the tight grip that coffee cartels have on the industry. Can we take them on without damaging ourselves? Do we have the muscle to dismantle this stranglehold? In the current geopolitics is this a front we want to open?

10. One more thing. Final consumers of high grade coffees have developed new tastes and expectations. They want their coffee made out of freshly roasted beans. This means that this has to be done as close to the market as possible. So roasting is now localized and miniaturized for this.

The different players in the coffee sector working together are in much better position to deliver value addition for coffee in a more beneficial & sustainable way than any of the options being peddled

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This article is curated from twitter handle @rkabushenga


Tuesday, 1 February 2022

The House passes the Landlord and Tenants Bill at the bills' Third Reading

 


PARLIAMENT has today passed the Landlord and Tenants bill at its third reading. 

The government introduced the Tenant Bill, 2O21 to regulate the relationship between the landlord and tenant; to reform and consolidate the law relating to the letting of premises and to provide for the responsibilities of landlords and tenants in relation to the letting of premises.

According to the proposals, a landlord shall give a tenant at least sixty days' notice before increasing rent, and it will not be more than 10% annually.

The House deleted clause 12 of the Landlord and tenants Bill 2021 which provides that a landlord shall install a prepaid electricity meter for each of the rented premises.

Also deleted is clause 48(1) & (2) that had stated that:

48. Subjecting tenant to annoyance.

(1) A landlord shall not subject a tenant to annoyance.

(2) A landlord who unlawfully subjects a tenant to any annoyance is liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred and fifty currency points or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both.

READ FULL REPORT BELOW

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE ON THE

LANDLORD AND TENANT BILL, 2O2I 

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Tuesday, 25 January 2022

World Internet Freedom rankings

The Global Drive to Control Big Tech:
 ILLUSTRATION @freedomhouse

World Internet Freedom rankings (selected)

✳️ Iceland - 1

✳️ Estonia -  2

✳️ USA - 11

✳️ South Africa - 12

✳️ Kenya - 17

✳️ Nigeria - 27

✳️ Uganda - 36 

AS the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) concludes a week-long online Media Campaign on Internet Freedom, here is a reminder of where Uganda stands in the world Freedom House Index.

The Internet Freedom week, as the United Nations has stressed before, provides an opportunity to journalists, civil society representatives, national authorities, academics and the broader public to discuss emerging challenges to press freedom and journalists’ safety, and to work together on identifying solutions.

According to Freedom on the Net, Iceland are ranked first in terms of internet freedom worldwide in the latest data from 2021 run on Statista.

Freedom on the Net is Freedom House’s annual survey and analysis of internet freedom around the world. 

Iceland placed first with 96 index points on the Freedom House Index while Uganda was 36th out 64 countries surveyed, with 49 points. 

Among the key findings were that global internet freedom declined for the 11th consecutive year. Freedom House found that greatest deteriorations were documented in Myanmar, Belarus, and Uganda, where state forces cracked down amid electoral and constitutional crises. Myanmar’s 14-point score decline is the largest registered since the Freedom on the Net project began.

According to the index, each country received a numerical score from 100 (the most free) to 0 (the least free). China occupied the last place in internet freedom, scoring only ten index points based on various factors including obstacles to access, limits on content, and violations of user rights. READ DETAILS HERE (click)
Statistic: Degree of internet freedom in selected countries according to the Freedom House Index 2021 (index points) | Statista
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