Friday, August 30, 2019

Ethiopia to install 4G network ahead of telecoms liberalisation

A branch of state-owned Ethio Telecom is seen
A branch of state-owned Ethio Telecom is seen in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The country's only mobile and internet provider, has north of 40 million customers. PHOTO | REUTERS 

FATAL ATTRACTION: Idi Amin’s untold love triangle

Idi Amin weds Sarah Kyolaba in July 1975.
Idi Amin weds Sarah Kyolaba in July 1975. Kyaloba married Amin after he spotted her performing at the age of 17. FILE PHOTO | NMG 
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In July 1975, then Ugandan president Idi Amin wedded Sarah Kyolaba, as his fifth wife, at the Nile Mansion (now Kampala Serena Hotel), with Palestinian Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat as his best man.
Kyolaba became a public figure and often appeared with Amin at the country's national and sporting events. That was as much as the public knew.
But behind the scenes, their marriage cost the life of famous musician Jessy Gitta Kasirivu, Kyolaba's well-known lover and bandmate, who dared to stand up to Amin over the love of the woman he called his.
A newly-released documentary titled Bwana Jogoo: The Ballad of Jessy Gitta by Uganda-based Dutch journalist and filmmaker Michiel van Oosterhout, now provides first hand information on the love triangle between Kyolaba, Kasirivu and Amin.
A picture of Jessy Gitta Kasirivu. PHOTO |
A picture of Jessy Gitta Kasirivu. PHOTO | COURTESY
The one-hour seven minutes-long documentary features interviews and narrations by Kasirivu's former bandmates, old musicians, family members, Amin associates and analysts who were privy to the relationship between Kyolaba and Kasirivu, who were bandmates with The Cranes.
According to the documentary, on the morning of August 4, 1974, Kasirivu was arrested by Amin’s infamous State Research Bureau agents and bundled into the boot of a vehicle, and disappeared without a trace.
The story goes that, the ‘‘beautiful queen of dancing’’ Sarah, 17, had caught the eye of Amin.
Tony Senkebejje and Clyde Mayanja, two of the founding members of The Cranes band were among people interviewed for the documentary.
“I was responsible for arranging the music and we played a lot of western music, and when Congolese music hit, we combined the two sounds and we got what we called The Cranes sound,” Senkebejje said.
He recalls that the youthful guitarist Jessy Gitta joined the band later and that he used to arrange his own songs.
Meanwhile, Sarah had dropped out of St. Francis Secondary School, and joined the army band Suicide Mechanised Regiment based in Masaka District as a dancer.
Mayanja says that he recruited Sarah and other dancers into The Cranes and trained them to be stage dancers.
“When Jessy and Sarah met they liked each other and eventually fell in love. They spent their all free time together after rehearsals going to the cinema,’’ he said.
“Of course we knew that Sarah was Jessy’s girlfriend. They were together even before Amin met and started dating Sarah. We told Jesse, 'man you have to be careful.
We have heard this and that.' But he would be calm about it saying, ‘That is nothing, nothing is going to happen.' I thought she was just fooling Amin who was a tough man, I would say. She was still coming to Jessy...,” says Kasule, another band member.
Sarah was torn between Gitta and Amin and she would spend days at both their homes.
At some point, Gitta told friends that he was being followed by state security agents, obviously because of Sarah's relationship with the president. This was Amin's strategy to scare off Gitta.
“We had a meeting at Speke Hotel to discuss Jesse's dilemma. We asked him if he was ready to stay away from Sarah. He said he was not because they were in love.
Then Jessy stood up and walked out on us. He later quit The Cranes because of the pressure from us to leave Sarah. But he later re-joined the band and we could tell they were wildly in love and their emotions blanketed their reasoning,” Mayanja says.
“Jesse was stubborn and we all saw where the relationship was going. It was dangerous. That is why I came up with the song What’s Love,” Senkebejje says.
The song is also the signature tune of Bwana Jogoo and describes how confusing love can be to a young soul. It was partly inspired by Jessy’s death.
At the height of the love triangle, Gitta composed the song Ggwe Nonze (my chosen one) in which he pleads with Sarah to accept his marriage proposal and that he was willing to die for her.
Even after it was established that Gitta had been snatched by Amin’s infamous agents, his family was warned by same people never to talk about him.
His disappearance and apparent death was not even reported by the local press. And his body, just like those of many others at the time, was never found to be given a decent burial by his family.
The fall
After the fall of Amin’s regime in April 1979, Amin and Sarah fled the country.
Sarah died in London on June 11, 2015 from cancer and was buried in Wakiso District.
Amin died in 2003 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from kidney failure and was buried there.
Filmmaker van Oosterhout, told The EastAfrican that the story of Gitta is one of a terrible injustice.
“I didn't want to make a political documentary but one on how the life of an ordinary person—Jessy Gitta—can be destroyed under a brutal regime.
I wanted the focus to be on the musician, to show how daring some people were in resisting a brutal reality then and not giving up on love.
Growing up in the Netherlands, I learned that preserving these kind of stories in books and films is of utmost importance.
Uganda-based Dutch journalist and filmmaker
Uganda-based Dutch journalist and filmmaker Michiel van Oosterhout. PHOTO | COURTESY
Even after 75 years, fiction and documentary films come out about the Second World War and I believe there is a need and a demand for films that reflect on the past troubles here in Uganda.”
“In the case of Jessy Gitta, his family and friends were even forced to stop talking about him, as if he never existed. I hope Bwana Jogoo rights that wrong in a small way.
“We filmmakers have a role to play in reminding society to be vigilant not just in Uganda, because even in Europe, ugly old politics seem to be gaining ground.
I hope this film will just as well have an impact in the West. Jessy’s story is a universal story and that makes the film interesting even for those outside Uganda,'' van Oosterhout says.

How career women can build and maintain self confidence

Leadership. Participants at an Institute of
Leadership. Participants at an Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda training for women in Accountancy at Imperial Royale Hotel last week. Photo by Charlotte Ninsiima 

Ugandans in the Diaspora to run bank accounts back home

Mr Anthony Kituuka (R) led the team to Chicago
Mr Anthony Kituuka (R) led the team to Chicago  
By Monitor Reporter
Ugandans in the Diaspora will find it easy to run bank accounts back home at their convenience thanks to e-banking services that have been introduced to them by Equity Bank Uganda.

Umeme registers less connections than govt targets

Connections. Connection to the national grid is
Connections. Connection to the national grid is still low. Umeme only has 1.4m connections. FILE PHOTO  
By Christine Kasemiire
Umeme has registered a 7.2 per cent growth in customer connections with 93,580 connected in the

EDITORIAL: Kigali has come far, far away and it still has way to go

20 years ago, Kigali was a very dull town, there was no vibrancy and nearly everyone seemed weary and acted like a bureaucratic civil servant.
Business people were the worst; it was as if by opening a shop, they were doing a favour to their customers. When the clock hit mid-day, they closed shop and went home for lunch, and a siesta, to

How Africa escapes the 419 scammers

Even as the email scams are increasingly becoming more sophisticated, few if any of the victims are being reported in Africa.
A cynic I know has suggested that it is when the email or 419 scams, as they are also known, start hitting Africa that we shall know we have come to our own in the internet age. He may have had a point.

BK Group registers Rwf14.6 billion in profit

Bank of Kigali headquarters in Nyarugenge District. File.
BK Group has reported a profit of Rwf14.6 billion in the first six months of 2019 with the bank and insurance arms making the most contributions to growth.
BK Group has four subsidiaries; Bank of Kigali, BK Insurance, BK TecHouse and BK Capital.

Kigali City pledges support 24/7 business culture

City of Kigali Mayor Pudence Rubingisa (right) speaks during the news briefing as Nadine Umutoni Gatsinzi, the Vice Mayor in charge of socio-economic affairs takes notes at the City Hall on Wednesday. Sam Ngendahimana.
A few days ago, Daniel Kalisa, a university student, spent more than one hour at a bank’s entrance together with others waiting for the bank to open. They couldn’t be served before 8:00 a.m.
“My sister, who is in high school, had an exam at exactly 8:00 a.m. and I went to the bank early so

I&M Bank, Mastercard launch Rwanda’s first multicurrency platinum prepaid card

(L-R) Robin Bairstow, Chief Executive Officer I&M Bank, and Frank Molla, Director and Country Manager Mastercard, during the launch of Rwanda’s first Multicurrency Platinum Prepaid Card in Kigali. / Emmanuel Kwizera

I&M Bank, in partnership with Mastercard on Thursday, launched a prepaid platinum multicurrency prepaid card, which among other benefits will enable customers to enjoy seamless transactions from across four continents.
The card is unique as it gives the customers a possibility of transacting in 15 major currencies and be used to transact at more than 1,000 airport lounges all over the world.
Having been tested across four continents; Africa, North America, Europe, and Asia, for travelers and business people who have been carrying cash, you can now settle your bills in various luxurious hotels and apartments and other premium treatments with 50 million merchants globally.

This card offers you a possibility to_ load up to 15 currencies, gives you access to more than 1000 airport lounges, discounts in luxurious hotels and apartments.

The card can be used to make everyday transactions like paying for utilities, hotels, Point of Sale Machines (POS), at different local stores and shops, travel frights among others.
According to I&M Bank officials, cardholders can load funds onto the card in their local currency and lock in the exchange rates for any of the accepted 15 currencies all over the world.
This means that one will have instant access to the currency he or she requires at the pre guaranteed rate.

Robin Bairstow, Chief Executive Officer I&M Bank. Emmanuel Kwizera

Multicurrency platinum prepaid cardholders will also be able to access their accounts and load the card anytime, anywhere including via mobile and online channels and use the card at all ATMs and merchants that accept Mastercard.
Speaking at the launch of the card in Rwanda, Robin Bairstow, the CEO of I&M Bank, expressed gratitude that the bank was introducing the card on the Rwandan market, saying that it will help people to not only carry cash but also help with currency conversion.
“I am excited that we are the first to launch this card on the market; I am optimistic that this card will meet our customers' lifestyle and financial needs, much especially converting currencies,” he said.

Bairstow reiterated the bank’s commitment to continue embracing innovation to ensure its customers in Rwanda and beyond enjoy customized financial options that exceed expectations.
He revealed that even those who don’t hold an account with the bank can still acquire the card and enjoy the incredible experience the card has to offer.
Frank Molla, the Director and Country Manager of Mastercard, said that they were happy to partner with I&M Bank to introduce this innovation that will allow people to transact with maximum security and convenience both locally and internationally, in person or online.

“I am very delighted for I&M Bank to allow to being part of the cashless movement we are championing across the world, this is a great contribution towards developing a world beyond cash, giving more people with or without a bank account to transact securely, and conveniently both locally and globally,” he said.
Molla said that those who will sign up in the first three months will enjoy a 50 percent discount on every transaction.
Other benefits and features of the new card includes access to platinum insurance benefits which cover card fraud protection and purchase protection.

Body of slain Rwanda diaspora boss repatriated from Mozambique

Louis Baziga.

The body of late Louis Baziga, the head of the Rwandan community in Mozambique who was murdered in Maputo on Monday was flown home for burial on Friday evening.

Rwanda’s dry port to facilitate trade in region – UAE trade official

Mohammed Al Kamali the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Exports (centre) and Carlos Salim Al Hashim, Vice President for Arab Union of Land Transport (3rd right) during the tour of the DP World facility with a delegation of over 17 business executives from about eight sectors of the Middle East country (UAE) at Dubai Port World in Masaka Sector, Kicukiro District, Kigali of Kigali yesterday. Emmanuel Kwizera.
Rwanda’s dry port will ease trade not only in Rwanda, but also in the neighbouring markets, Mohammed Al Kamali the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Exports has said.
Dubai Exports is the promotion agency of the Department of Economic Development – a government body entrusted to set and drive Dubai’s economic agenda within the broader governance systems of the United Arab Emirates.
Al Kamali and a delegation from the UAE yesterday paid a visit to the facility owned by Dubai Ports World (DPW), a Dubai based global port operator.
The United Arab Emirates firm signed a 25-year concession agreement with government in 2016 to construct and manage the mega facility that sits on about 30 hectares of land.
Located in Masaka the dry port is the country’s largest inland cargo handling facility having become operational in June.
It has mega cargo handling facility with features such as container yard and bonded warehouse.
According to DPW, the first phase of the facility is now ready, with an annual capacity of 50,000 tonnes and 640,000 tonnes of warehousing space.
A delegation of over 17 business executives from UAE look at spare parts imported from Sharjah City at the Dubai Port World in Kigali on August 30. Emmanuel Kwizera.
Speaking to The New Times during the facility tour, Al Kamali said that the facility is as a solution that will ease trade in Rwanda, and close markets.
“It is not only going to serve this country but it is going also to reach to the closest markets to Rwanda. DP World’s solutions available for the traders are going to be very practical and competitive in terms of time,” he said.
A statement from DP World Kigali described the facility as a solution to inland logistics problems by providing a one stop shop for all logistics requirements and cargo services.
High trade costs are said to hold back economies so initiatives that increase physical access to markets enhance the trade environment and improve business competitiveness.
The new facility is also expected to reduce waiting time for trucks as it has adequate space for the offloading of cargo.
It is estimated that trucks often spend between a week and 10 days waiting at the current main cargo handling facility which not only consumes time but also takes up resources.
The waiting fees per truck is between $150 and $200 per day. The facility will eliminate such costs and allow truckers and clients concentrate elsewhere.
The size and capacity of the facility will allow trucks to deposit their containers at the facility as opposed to waiting until the assets are cleared.
Meanwhile, a delegation of over 17 senior executives from about eight sectors of the Middle East country (UAE) have been in Rwanda for some days on a trade mission and held business-to-business discussions with the Private Sector Federation on what can be done as they aim to reach wider markets in each other’s region, mooting for a “hub to hub” connection with Rwanda where Rwanda is looked at as a window for them to reach the Great Lakes region markets; and the UAE can serve as a window for Rwandan businesses to reach the rest of the world.

Britam targets individuals, firms with cyber risk cover

Benson Wairegi
Britam Group managing director Benson Wairegi. FILE PHOTO | NMG 
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Listed insurer Britam has launched a policy aimed at protecting businesses from cyber risk.
The product covers physical property damage, products liability, business interruption or supply chain disruption from cyber-attacks.

Banks gain most in Sh1,000 notes switch

Central Bank of Kenya
Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) building in Nairobi on November 1, 2017. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU 

CBK collects half of Sh1,000 notes ahead of deadline

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey account hacked, offensive tweets posted

Jack Dorsey
Twitter boss Jack Dorsey during a past event. His Twitter account was hacked on August 30, 2019. PHOTO | JIM WATSON | AFP