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Uganda to Lose USD 1.6 Billion in the Tourism Sector Due to COVID-19

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The European Union (EU) Ambassadors to Uganda have appealed to government to consider having in place a comprehensive master plan that will ensure the resuscitation of the country’s tourism sector.

The remarks were made at a press briefing by the European Union delegation led by the EU Ambassador Attilio Pacifici.

Tourism together with others sectors in the country have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sector came to a standstill in March after President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni announced the closure of all borders, together with Entebbe International Airport.

According to Jeanne Byamugisha, the Executive Director Uganda Hotel Owners Association,Uganda expects to lose US Dollars 1.6 billion in tourism revenue of which 45 percent comes from the hotel industry.

She also noted that a recent study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) indicated that in five years’ time, Uganda will not have achieved the 1.8 million tourists who have been coming in annually.

Uganda was targeting to hit 4 million tourists by 2020.

She said that something crucial like provision of tax holidays or a stimulus package has to be done for the sector to be resuscitated and bring in money for the country.

The Belgian Ambassador Rudi Veestraeten said that Uganda needs an active response towards the tourism sector even before the pandemic is over



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Museveni Address Rescheduled To Sunday

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The Presidential Address on COVID-19 has been postponed to Sunday, September 20, 8pm according to Senior Presidential Press Secretary, Don Wanyama.

Wanyama through his Twitter said: “Good people, the Presidential Address on COVID-19 has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 20th, at 8pm. It will be live on TVs and radios. Asante,” Mr. Wanyama tweeted.

This week, the President summoned a special cabinet meeting to determine the future of learners and other sectors such as bars, sports and music events.

Last week, there were reports that schools, especially candidate classes are set to reopen for the second term that will end in mid-December, and that third term was to begin in January or February, whereas UNEB exams are to be written in March or April 2021.

However, Minister for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba urged the public to ignore these kinds of reports that are speculating about the reopening of academic institutions.

Nabakooba said that only President Yoweri Museveni has the mandate to reopen schools and all other institutions that were closed as a measure to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.

“The mandate to guide the nation on the reopening of schools and other institutions is with His Excellency the President of Uganda,”

“When it comes to the national COVID-19 response, I want to call upon Ugandans to be calm and ignore some of the speculative messages regarding the reopening of public institutions.”

The Ministry of Education was the first to dismiss the reports as being untrue and asked parents to disregard the same.

In total, Uganda’s health ministry has to-date declared 5,594 Coronavirus cases, of whom over 61 have died and 2,544 have recovered.



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Uganda’s Kiplimo Wins 3000m Race In Rome

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First rising long-distance runner Jacob Kiplimo is back in the headlines again after he won 3000m at the Diamond League in Rome, Italy.

Just weeks after winning the 5000m at the Golden Spike Meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, the son of the land registered a time of 7:16:64 to beat Norway’s pre-race favourite Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the Stadio Olympico in Rome, Italy in the men’s 3000m final during the IAAF Diamond League competition.

This comes a week after an exceptional record-breaking performance at the 59th Ostrava Golden Spike in the Czech Republic last week, where he set a new meet record over the 5000m distance clocking 12:48.63.

Kiplimo’s record in Rome over the seven-and-a-half-lap distance broke Australia’s Ryan Gregson’s meet record of 7:42.19.

Fellow athlete, Joshua Cheptegei has joined many Ugandans to congratulate Kiplimo upon his achievements.

“Huge congratulations to my colleague Jacob kiplimo upon running the 6th fastest all time over 3000m in Rome with a time of 7:26, running a world lead, national record, the future is indeed bright.”



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214 New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed As Death Toll Rises To 61

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