Investing in Shares could reduce poverty in Uganda

By Mabaraza Brenda

In most cases when one comes across shares, dividends, capital markets, capital gains, stock broker, SCD account, among other related terms, they are baffled by what they mean. As evident from the term, a share is a unit of ownership in a company.

Automated trading at the Uganda Securities Exchange

As the Capital investment revolution is upon us, we as a country should endeavor to intersect with the rest of the world and fight poverty in a different angle and investing in shares should be an eye opener.

Speaking to media during a Business reporting training in Kampala, Andrew Mwima, the Trading Manager at Uganda Trading Exchange said that,

“shares are one of the four main investment types, along with cash, bonds, and property.”

He added that,

“they carry risk, but they often offer the highest returns.”

A countless number of Ugandans today think investing in company shares is either difficult and tedious or meant for the rich.

“…after being interested in buying shares, I was given a pile of documents to fill, I got lazy and forgot about it,” NBS TV business reporter highlighted. Bernard Yiga, a UBC reporter had a similar encounter,

“…the process was so long for a beginner yet I had lots of other things to do,” he remarked.

Others said they had no money when Andrew Mwima openly posed a question to the journalists asking why they had no shares in any company.

He further disagreed with the claim that the process is long and tedious.

“…once you have contacted a broker, the next step is opening a Securities Central Depository (SCD) account which is free and simple to fill,” he supplemented.

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By Mabaraza Brenda and Bwaita Robert

Obstetric fistula is described as a serious injury during childbearing caused by prolonged, obstructed labor due to lack of timely and adequate medical care. Fistula is not only a problem for adolescent girls but for women of all ages.

Uganda alone has an estimated 2.6% of women who have experienced obstetric fistula (UBOS, 2007). Based on population data from the most recent census, this equates to a national prevalence of over 142,000 women.

Obstetric_Fistula_Picture_(2)According to World Health Organization, fistula is an abnormal opening between the vagina and the bladder / ureter or rectum of a woman that results in constant leakage of urine and / or human waste through the vagina, accidental surgical injuries especially Caesarean section / hysterectomy, Gynecological cancers especially cancer of the cervix and its radiotherapy, sexual   abuse, rape and complications   of   unsafe abortions among others.

In an interview with a  28-year-old “Ruth” though this is not her real name for privacy issues,  is a resident of Opotan village – Rhino camp, Arua district. She revealed that she has lived with fistula for 18 years after attempting to deliver her first born through traditional birth in 1998.

Before reaching the nearest health center, she walked but couldn’t cover the 30kms left to get to the hospital. Accompanied by a neighbor, they sought services of a traditional birth attendant as labor pains increased, unfortunately, it was too late.


Tecno Mobile Launches Camon C9


By Mabaraza Brenda

Tecno Mobile Uganda has introduced a new smartphone into the market. The Tecno Camon C9, also known as the ‘Camera On’ phone is equipped with various unique features and is hailed for its superior camera.


Addressing the media at the launch held on 22nd June 2016 at the company’s headquarters on Kampala road, Nakazinga Huddah, the Tecno Senior Product Manager said, “As a company we continue to innovate to meet the needs of our customers.

The Camon C9 comes with a front camera that is specifically modified for the selfie lovers with an 83 degrees wide angle and 120 degrees’ panoramic selfie option.  This 13 Megapixels, double flash phone has its front and back cameras uniquely placed in the middle specifically to add a touch of realness to the photos taken.”

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BRICK MAKING: A new way to make money

By Mabaraza Brenda

Brick making, originally a reserve for the rural poor, is steadily becoming one of the most lucrative businesses in the urban areas. Many jobless youth have embarked on this journey as others stand by and under look this job.

The brick making industry has been boosted by the equally booming construction industry which has pushed up demand for building material mainly bricks.

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Several people in urban areas have been forced to purchase brick making machines to meet the ever rising demand but its not all bed and roses for the people involved in the brick-making sector.

For one, these machines cost a fortune which these youths can not afford. This is why they work tooth and nail, day and night to make a little extra money.

Fred Ntokole carrying clay soil for the second stage of the process; molding the clay into bricks after mixing it up with water.

Fred Ntokole, a brick maker in Namugongo – Mbalwa, a Kampala suburb joined the brick industry in 2008 after he dropped out of school. He could not afford school fees so he was forced to drop out and start working in this degraded wetland before teaming up with other youths who joined hands to find a suitable piece of land for their trade.

Ntokole says that finding land was not an easy task mostly because the landlords asking fee was a little higher than what they had anticipated to pay. This was the case for a while, not until they met up with Robert Onyango, a landlord who was willing to hire out a small piece of his land for a fee. The cost of hiring is about UGX 25,000 to UGX 70,000 or even more.

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Digital Revolution

Digital Revolution is the change from analog to digital technology. Digital technology includes the use of internet and gadgets like smartphones, computers, laptops, tablets as medium for disseminating information.


Journalism is the art of gathering, collecting and dissemination of information through various mass media platforms e.g. radio, television, print and internet.

Communication is the process of sending and receiving of information as intended by the sender through a channel.

Therefore, digital revolution is improving journalism and communication in the following ways;

  • It is creating an opportunity for allowing people to have more options on what to view and read. This is provided by technological tools like computers, smartphones and others which have attracted people to use them.


  • Digital journalism is opening up new ways of storytelling by providing news or information through various media like audio, video plus photos. This is possible through platforms like projeqt, WordPress, sound cloud and others.
  • It has enabled journalists to be flexible and adjustable to new technologies. For example, it has bridged up the gaps created between men and women in terms of opportunity because it does not discriminate according to sex. This explains the increased number of women involved in the journalism profession in Uganda like Agnes Nandutu, Josephine Karungi among others.
  • Digital revolution is also very engaging and encouraging to the entire public to participate in news production and reporting. It is because now it’s possible for anyone to write articles and post them on internet. So through participation any willing individual can have impact on the news today, thus changing the definition of journalism since it is more flexible and accessible.
  • It allows for connection and discussion at levels that traditional media like print, television and radio on its own does not offer. Here a person is able to comment and share their opinion with the original writers, hold discussions about the articles and topics between readers who have even never met but because they are connected by these different platforms on internet.


  • This revolution has enabled access to quick, efficient and accurate news within the shortest time. Through online sources journalists today are able to keep readers up-to-date in just seconds thus providing all relevant information online. Before the digital revolution, the printing process took a lot of time.
  • It has also promoted citizen journalism where every concerned and interested person is able to practice journalism regardless of their profession. This is commonly practiced on social media like Facebook, Whats App, twitter where people update the public on what is taking place in their surroundings.

Therefore, the digital revolution has a fundamental change on the journalism and communication profession and practice.


African ministers agree to sell tourism as a continental bloc


CNN’s Richard puts panelists on the hot seat to explain why tourism growth across the continent has been struggling. From L-R S.A Minister of Tourism-Derek Hane,CEO Tourism-Mwatsatsi, Deputy Minister of Tourism

By Sebidde Kiryowa and Solomon Oleny in Durban, South Africa

Re-written by Mabaraza Brenda

Tourism ministers from across the African continent have agreed to form a forum uniting them in order to address cross-cutting issues affecting the growth of the industry across the globe.

( In the pic - Minister of Tourism Mr Derek Andre Hanekom responds to questions regarding the SONA delivered by President Jacob Zuma on thursday 12/02/2015). International Cooperation, Trade and Security ( ICTS ) Cluster chaired by Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele held at Imbizo Media Centre, Cape Town, 15/02/2015. Siyasanga Mbambani/DoC.
Minister of Tourism Mr. Derek Andre Hanekom responds to questions the progress of tourism in Africa.

Derek Hanekom, the South African tourism Minister in a panel discussion moderated by CNN International anchor and journalist at the on-going INDABA 2016 travel show in Durban, South Africa said that,

“The Ebola outbreak which took place in West Africa resulted in dwindling tourism numbers in South Africa. Never mind that West Africa is closer to Europe than it is to South Africa. The actions of others elsewhere in Africa affect the image of us all as a continent because the world looks at Africa as one big country.”

INDABA 2016 travel show in Durban, South Africa.

INDABA, held annually in Durban is the third largest annual tourism expo in the world and the largest in Africa. It typically attracts between 8,000 and 11,000 of Africa’s tourism leaders, policy makers, global buyers and travel media seeking to promote tourism as a means of Africa’s economic growth and transformation.

This year’s 37th edition of the show is ongoing from May 7th – 9th at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Center.

Speaking to the New Vision on the side lines of the discussion, Agnes Akiror, the Uganda Tourism State Minister who is also in attendance confirmed this move.

“Yes we had a meeting and agreed to complement each other rather than compete. The understanding is that we would be more competitive as a united force,” she said.

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