Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has enhanced its presence in East Africa with the launch of new services between Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania and Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

On touching down at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar esSalaam, the inaugural flight was welcomed with a water-cannon salute, and a troupe of traditional Tanzanian dancers.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the auspicious occasion, which was attended by Dr Shaaban Mwinjaka, Permanent Secretary, Tanzanian Ministry of Transport, Dr Adelhelm James Meru, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources, H.E. Mbarouk Nassor Mbarouk, Tanzanian Ambassador to the UAE, among other dignitaries.
Dar es Salaam is Etihad Airways’ third departure point in East Africa, along with Nairobi and Entebbe, and its ninth destination on the continent.
Operated by a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft with 16 Business Class and 120 Economy Class seats, the new service is designed to provide business and leisure travellers with a direct daily service between Dar es Salaam and Abu Dhabi, with convenient onward connections to key destinations in the GCC region, Europe, Indian Subcontinent, North Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia.Mr Barranger said: “The launch of Etihad Airways’ flights to Dar es Salaam is consistent with our strategy of targeting areas of strong growth in emerging markets.
“Dar es Salaam is a wonderful destination for tourists seeking to experience the great culture and history of Tanzania, and provides the gateway to numerous national and international tourist attractions, including Mount Kilimanjaro, the wildlife-rich national parks of the Serengeti, and the spice island of Zanzibar.
“The UAE is also a major trading partner with Tanzania and our new point-to-point services strengthen the two-way flow of trade and commerce between the two countries. The flight scheduling offers guests convenient onward connections, and caters for the strong traffic flows between Tanzania and key destinations across our global network, such as Ahmed Abad and Mumbai in India or Beijing and Shanghai in China.

“Not only does this service provide our guests with direct access to an exciting new business and tourism destination, it also further strengthens our presence in East Africa and across the African continent,” he added.
By Joshua Mutale

State minister for planning warns presidential candidates against making empty promises.

The Minister of State for Planning has warned all
presidential candidates against making empty
promises to the electorate.
Hon. David Bahati says some of the promises
the candidates have made cannot be fulfilled in
the short term. Speaking at the launch of the
State of Uganda and state of the world
population reports, Hon.Bahati said presidential
candidates have been promising to increase
teachers’ salaries, raise the budget allocation for
agriculture and other sectors and provision of
computers and sanitary pads to all school going
children without considering the technicalities
involved. He therefore urges them to stop
exploiting the situation and lying to Ugandans.

Uganda Cranes ewandudde Ethiopia mu kikopo kya CECAFA .

Uganda CranesTtiimu ya Uganda ewandudde eya Ethiopia mu kikopo kya CECAFA  mu kusimulagana peneti ggoolo 5 ku 4 oluvannyuma lw’okugwa amaliri 0: 0 mu ddakiika 90 n’ezongerwamu .

Ethiopia y’abadde omutegesi w’ekikopo kino omwaka guno era nga kati Uganda Cranes yeesozze oluzannya lw’akamalirizo  nga egenda kuttunka ne Rwanda  ku lwomukaaga luno nga 05 / 12 / 2015 mu kibuga  Addis Ababa.


Uganda Cranes face off with hosts Ethiopia.

Uganda-Chan-3-300Uganda Cranes face off with hosts Ethiopia Walia
Ibex in a mouthwatering Cecafa Senior Challenge
Cup semifinals today at the National
Stadium in Addis Ababa.
Cranes last reached the semis of the tournament
in 2012 under then coach Bobby Williamson as
they went on to lift their 13th trophy at the
Namboole Stadium in Kampala beating Kenya 2-1
in the final.
Ethiopia made a slow start to the tournament
with one win, two draws and a loss during the
group stages. They lost against Rwanda before
beating Somalia 2-0 and finished with a 1-1 draw
against Tanzania.
They faced the Kilimanjaro Stars again in the
quarters coming from behind to draw 1-1 in
regulation time before beating them on post
match penalties.
Cranes started the group stages on a low losing
to Kenya 2-0 before coming back beating both
Zanzibar and Burundi. Cranes booked their
semifinal by beating Malawi 2-0 to set up the
mouth watering clash against Ethiopia.
Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s side
goes into the game as favourites who have an
impeccable record in the competition. Having
once coached St. George of Ethiopia, Micho is
more conversant with the Walia Ibex style of play
and set to deploy some of his key players led by
impressive captain Faruk Miya who is also
fighting to get the golden boot.
Juuko Murshid, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Erisa
Ssekisambu, Shafiq Bakaki and Hassan Wasswa
are some of the players expected to play a
pivotal role as Uganda Cranes fight to upset
Ethiopia Walia Ibex.

Independents dominate Kampala MP nomination.

At least thirty four out of about seventy
candidates vying for parliamentary seats in
Kampala are running as independents.
According to the list of aspirants to be
nominated by the Electoral Commission,
Independents are 34 with the National
Resistance Movement (NRM) fielding 10
candidates, Democratic Party (DP) 9, Forum for
Democratic Change (FDC) 7, Social Democratic
Party (SDP) 1, Conservative Party (CP) 1,
Uganda Federal Alliance 1 and JEEMA 2.
This is in sharp contrast to the 2011 elections
where majority of candidates were flag bearers
for political parties.
Notable among those vying as Independents
include DP member Shifra Lukwago who is vying
for the Kampala Woman seat with Florence
Kiyingi, the official DP flag bearer. Latif
Ssebagala, also a DP member will tussle it out in
Kawempe North with DP candidate, Suleiman
In Kawempe South, Ssebuliba Mutumba hopes to
retain his seat against DP’s Daniel Ssali.
In Kampala Central, incumbent Mohammed
Nsereko returns but as an Independent against
NRM’s Minsa Kabanda.
Some of the candidates are however not happy
with the arrangement. Latif Ssebagala believes
that the independents question would have been
avoided if the respective political parties handled
internal strife well.

Rail transport to kick off very soon.

Uganda Railway Corporation together with KCCA
and Rift valley railways have announced the
launch of commuter passenger services between
Namanve and the central business district
starting 7 December.
Five coaches from the central business district
will ply Kampala-Namanve route at shs1000.
In the morning, time of departure from Namanve
will be at 6:30am and arrival in Kampala will be
at 7:20am.
In the evening, time of departure from Namanve
will be at 4:15pm and arrival in Kampala at

EC proceeds first phase of the parliamentary nominations.

The Electoral Commission has proceeded the first phase of the the Parliamentary nominations with 40 parliamentary aspirants for Kampala district women MP, disabled , youth omong others .

The aspirants in  Kampala district are required to turn their nomination forms at Lugogo in Lugogo Conference hall .

Nakawa division parliamentary aspirant Ibrahim Kasozi , his maiden reason to contest as MP is to economically empower the rescue them from unemploymnet and ensure they establish income generating projects .