People & Profiles

Dr Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero: From Humble Beginnings to Healthcare Hero

Dr Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero radiates confidence, elegance, and a commanding presence in her matte-black corporate suit. At 55 years old, she exudes an energy and poise that is both captivating and inspiring. Her spectacles accentuate the aura of intellectual prowess that she has honed over decades of service. Her bright red brooch with matching Afro-designed earrings adds a touch of vibrancy to her overall appearance, making her a true force to be reckoned with. Dr Aceng is a paediatrician, researcher, medical administrator, and politician. In this profile, we delve into her life and career, sharing her triumphs, challenges, and lessons learned.

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Opinion & Commentary

Advancing Uganda’s Socio-Economic Landscape through Agri-Tech Hackathons

According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the annual inflation rate for the year ending February 2021 was 2.3%, which increased to 3.2% in February 2022 and 9.2% in February 2023. As a result, the prices of essential food staples remain persistently elevated. Uganda produces more food than it consumes, yet access to nutritious food in the country is limited. Therefore, Food security remains a pressing concern in Uganda, intensified by factors such as population growth, climate variability, and market volatility. The Agri-Tech hackathon contributes to addressing these challenges by optimizing supply chains, improving storage facilities, and promoting crop diversification. Real-life examples, such as initiatives enhancing access to climate-smart agricultural inputs or improving market linkages for smallholder farmers, demonstrate the tangible benefits of technology in ensuring food security.

To appreciate the significance of the Agri-Tech hackathon that was held a couple of days ago at the Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology, it’s imperative to grasp the details of Uganda’s agricultural landscape. While the sector boasts abundant resources and potential, it grapples with systemic issues such as limited market access, low productivity, post-harvest losses, and inadequate technological integration. These challenges underscore the urgent need for innovative solutions to propel the sector forward. It should be noted that the success of Agri-Tech hackathons hinges on collaborative partnerships between the Government of Uganda, private sector entities, academia, and civil society organizations. Government plays a crucial role in creating an enabling environment through supportive policies and investment in agricultural research and development. Private sector engagement brings expertise, resources, and market linkages, while academic and research institutions contribute technical knowledge and innovation. Emphasizing the importance of multi-stakeholder collaboration and highlighting successful partnerships can underscore the collective effort required to drive agricultural transformation.

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Business

Resumption of Executive Order No. 3 Implementation in Northern Uganda Post-Quarantine

The resumption of Executive Order No. 3 in Northern Uganda is anticipated once the government lifts the current animal quarantine, as disclosed by Dr. Kenneth Omona, State Minister for Northern Uganda. The Order, initiated by President Museveni, aims to address illegal land acquisition by migrant cattle keepers and environmental injustices. Implementation had stalled due to a Foot-and-Mouth Disease outbreak, but plans are in place to continue once restrictions are eased.

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The Balance Sheet Equation: Why Electricity Tariffs In Uganda Will Remain High

Jinja. The Electricity Regulatory Authority on Friday announced the electricity tariffs for the first quarter of 2024. As expected, the new tariffs did not reflect a big change from the…

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Sports

“Fall from the Top: The Heartbreak of Dokolo Progressive School’s Penalty Shootout Defeat”

By Ouni Jaspher  Dokolo March 25. It was a thrilling day on the football field as Dokolo progressive secondary school faced off against St. John Bosco secondary school in the…

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Ugandan Long-Distance Runner Benjamin Kiplagat Fatally Stabbed in Tragic Incident

By Nancy Emily Nagujja The Ugandan athletics community mourns the devastating loss of Benjamin Kiplagat, a prominent long-distance runner whose life was tragically cut short in an unfathomable incident. The…

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Gossip

Jose Chameleone’s wife Daniella wants brother-in-law arrested over domestic violence

By Mathias Mwanga Daniella Atim Mayanja, wife to top artist Jose Chameleone wants her brother in-law Weasel Manizo behind bars for allegedly battering his baby mama Sandra Teta. Photos of…

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Winnie Nwagi allegedly denied entry to Internal Affairs Ministry over indecent dressing

By Mathias Mwanga Kampala– Songstress Winnie Nwagi has allegedly been barred from accessing Ministry of Internal Affairs headquarters due to improper dress code. According to a video that went viral…

Entertainment

Ugandan Culinary Enthusiast Mama D Sets New World Record in Marathon Cooking Feat

By Nancy Emily Nagujja Ugandan culinary enthusiast Dorcus Basheba Kirabo, affectionately known to many as “Mama D”, accomplished an extraordinary feat that could secure her a place in culinary history.…

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Government Urged to Deliberately Invest in Local Content

Emmanuel Ewaku, the director of investment at Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), criticizes the prevalent content style driven by Western ideals and emphasizes the need for a shift. “Uganda and Africa as a whole need to tell their own and get away from the hysteria content style, which focuses on which story sells. This system is a creation of the Western world, it is not ours,” Ewaku stresses.

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Health & Welness

Rising Concerns Over HIV Treatment Dropouts Among Young Women in Mbarara City

Health experts in Mbarara City are alarmed by the increasing dropout rates of people living with HIV from care programs. The HIV focal person, Dorcus Twinabaitu, highlighted the concerning trend of young women and girls discontinuing their ARV treatment, which poses a significant risk of spreading the virus in the community.

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