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Kenneth Tumusiime’s 12 Years as a Bird Guide



Kenneth Tumusiime has spent 12 years in the Tourism and Wildlife conservation, working as o a tourist safari bird guide specialist in Uganda.

Last week l had a chat with him about his experience in the profession of which he was kind enough to share.

Tell us about yourself?

Am Kenneth Tumusiime a Tourist Safari Bird Guide specialist.

I am also a professional, experienced and knowledgeable, friendly Tourist Safari Bird Guide Specialist who is a keen wildlife photographer.

Passionate about travel with a good working experience of 12 years in tourism and wildlife conservation.

I have a family of five my wife and 4 children. I am a very responsible and dynamic person, self-motivated and result oriented with strong interpersonal conduct and integrity.

How long have you been a tour guide? How did it start?

Since 2008 I have been working as a Guide and I started as a Trainee Guide in Murchison Falls National Park working for Wild frontiers (G&C Tours) from a humble beginning.

What is your most undiscovered place in Uganda?

My Favorite and most undiscovered place in Uganda is Kidepo Valley National Park in Karamoja Region.

Like the saying goes ‘Go off the beaten tourist paths and take the road less traveled.”

What is your most exciting moment while doing your work?

Encountering 8 shoebills at Albert Delta in Murchison Falls national when I had a group of Birders from Colorado in USA in just one place was the most exciting moment.

What are the benefits of hiring a tour guide?

Each tourist destination has its cultural heritage as well as diversity. On your own, you might miss an opportunity to enjoy a new found cultural heritage wholly.

However, through the eyes of a local guide, you stand to benefit from fresh and unique insights about a location as they are passionate.

You stand to benefit from interacting with local families during a homestay, thus experience the real deal.

You can hardly encounter this genuine experience in a rented hotel.

The idea of traveling to a new region is to experience real as well as authentic meals, how they talk, how they interact with one another. You can’t find this on your own. Thus, the benefit you derive from hiring a native guide to show you around.

Having a native guide will save you from disappointments; they’re familiar with the best local attraction sites, cultural centers not forgetting the hidden unmentioned beautiful places.

Getting a tour by local guides gives you an opportunity to make real friends. They are more than talking, walking encyclopedias who offer facts about a place.

They tend to share their insights and are fun to have around. As they reside in the city, you’re traveling in, and they may take you through their daily lives at a personal level that you can relate to. Engaging in these conversations builds friendships that often last.

What are the qualities of a good tour guide?

A tour guide must have strong communication skills  because being a guide is all about having strong communication skills.

It’s ok to be a quiet person, but if you have to communicate with new people on a daily basis, you just have to be able to do it well.

On a basic level guides should be great at projecting their voices across a group, and be able to do so in a clear and easy to understand way. On an interpersonal level, being great at knowing how to communicate well with people is a huge asset.

A guide should be personable and outgoing.  We also refer to this as the “Star of the Show” quality, which isn’t something you can teach.

There can be a bit of social awkwardness when a new group of strangers show up, and a guide should be able to break that immediately to help people feel comfortable talking to each other and their guide.

This ensures later on they feel open to add comments or add questions along the way.

Tour guides need to retain a lot of stats and facts when walking people around a city- but they also need to be a great story-teller.

Guides simply can’t get the information wrong; spend extra time trying to remember it or spend the whole tour reading from a piece of paper.

Their memory should be so good, that it seems as if they’ve just always known these facts when they recite them. But most of all, the story needs to sound like it’s their own.

Things tour guides should have at all time?

The right phone

Reference/Field Guide Books.

Good Pair of binoculars.

A Map.


First Aid Kit

Smart Watch.

A personal voice amplifier.

How much have you travelled?

I have Travelled East Africa extensively in Northern Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, some few parts of Congo and southern Sudan so many Kilometers.

I have gone as far as Diani Beach in Ukunda Kenya, Serengeti National Park via Moshi in Tanzania

Advice to the people that would want to be like you?

Being willing to work hard and put everything into a venture, it is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love that anything in life worth having comes from patience and hard work.

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Another blow as Judge throws out Kiggundu’s lawyer Muwema



When court sat on Friday to hear the Kiggundu’s application to stop independent audit, he did not have a written application, and Justice Henry Adonyo instead ordered the plaintiff’s lawyer Fred Muwema to go make a written application seeking court to dismiss the audit and return to court on September 30 for a hearing of the application. But this adds more pressure on Kiggundu who is choking with the loans.

On 31 August, the judge ordered the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) to carry out and independent audit into the accounts of the businessman and financial statements exchanged between the two parties, and present a report to court.

When asked by journalists why he has filed for an application seeking dismissal of the audit, Fred Muwema had this to say. “We are saying that let the validity and legality of those credit facilities (loans) be decided first before you can audit” He said.

The ruling on the application of the main suit to determine whether the businessman owes loan arrears to the bank is set for 5th October 2020, after which a date for hearing of the case will be set.


Hamis Kiggundu through his companies Ham enterprises and Kiggs International (U) ltd sued DTB branches in Kenya and Uganda for deducting money from his accounts something which the bank contends and said they only acted as per the loan agreement of deducting 30% from Kiggundu’s accounts to recover the credit facilities rendered to him between February 2011 and September 2016

But Court documents filed by the bank in their defense shows that Kiggundu, between February 2011 and September 2016, was granted various credit facilities by the said DTB Banks.

First, via Ham Enterprises Limited, Kiggundu obtained a loan of $6,663,453 and another Sh2.5bn from the DTB (U) to finance his projects in the real estate business.

Later, according to New Vision, he got a facility worth $4.5m through Kiggs International (U) Limited from DTB (K) and mortgaged his properties, which include Plot 328 located at Kawuku on Block 248 Kyadondo, three plots that include 36, 37 and 38 on Folio 1533 Victoria Crescent II situated in Kyadondo and land on Makerere Hill Road on LRV 3716 Folio 10 Plot 923 Block 9.

Documents show that as of January 21, 2020, Kiggundu was in default on payment obligations of $6.298m on the loan facility of $6.663m, as well as sh2.885b on the demand overdraft facility of sh1.5b and the temporary demand overdraft facility of sh1b.

The banks say that Kiggundu was in default on the payment of another $3.662m out of a total loan facility of $4m and another $458,604 on a loan facility of $500,000, as of January 21, 2020.

The DTB consequently served him with a demand notice to either pay up or lose the assets that he submitted as collateral security. The bank threatened to attach a plot on Makerere Hill Road and other prime commercial properties.

Analysts says that Kiggundu’s lawyer is playing delaying tactics aimed at stopping the independent audit as ordered by the court earlier. Kiggundu had wanted court to believe his own audit of loan transactions, but that would amount to injustice to the banks that gave him money-DTB Uganda and DTB Kenya.

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Minister Rukutana charged with attempted murder, remanded




The state minister for Labour, Gender and Economic Development Mwesigwa Rukutana has been remanded to Kyamugorani prison in Mbarara district.

Rukutana appeared before Ntungamo Grade One magistrate Nazifah Namayanja this afternoon from where he was charged with seven offences related to attempted murder, assault, malicious damage, and threatening violence.

Rukutana was captured in a video that went viral on social media showing him grabbing a gun from one of his bodyguards and started shooting at a vehicle belonging to supporters of his political rival Naome Kabasharira. At the time of the incident, Rukutana had just lost the Rushenyi country NRM flag to Kabasharira.

The prosecution alleges that on September 5, 2020, at Kagugu village in Ntungamo district, Rukutana and others still at large assaulted Julius Niwamanya and threatened to kill or injure him together with three others. The others are Stuart Kamukama, Dan Rwibirungi, and Moses Kamukama. 

It is also alleged that Rukutana also willfully and unlawfully damaged a motor vehicle registration number UAR 840X Toyota Rav 4 type which belongs to Moses Muhumuza.

According to the Judiciary public relations officer, Jameson Karemani, Rukutana has not taken a plea of these charges against him since they can only be tried by the chief magistrate who was not in court today.

As a result, the magistrate decided to send him to Kyamugorani, awaiting his return to court on Tuesday.      

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Lira district headquarters closed over COVID-19




Lira district headquarters have been closed after one staff tested positive for COVID-19 last week. 

On Monday morning, district staff were blocked at the gate with only the deputy chief administrative officer, his secretary and the receptionist allowed access to their offices. 

Paul Samuel Mbiiwa, the deputy chief administrative officer says that only heads of department will be allowed at the headquarters while the rest will work from home. He adds that the restriction will help to curb the spread of the virus.

“You see corona is not a joke. We have taken a step at fighting it and that is why you are seeing the staff outside. Even in my office here I do not want people to come if there is anything we can discuss on the phone.”

Francis Okello Olwa, a senior community development officer who doubles as the district spokesperson says that the entire district offices will be fumigated and closed for two days.

Health authorities in the district are planning to take samples from all the staff because they could have interacted with the one who tested positive. Currently, there are 19 COVID-19 patients under treatment at Lira regional referral hospital.     

On Sunday four health workers at the hospital tested positive for COVID-19. Dr Patrick Odongo, a senior medical officer at the hospital also succumbed to the virus.  

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