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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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Charles Mbire gains $1.2 million as stake in MTN Uganda rises above $51 million



Ugandan businessman and MTN Uganda Chairman Charles Mbire has seen the market value of his stake in MTN Uganda surge above $51 million in just two days, as the share price in the leading teleco company increased by a single digit.

The single-digit bump in the share price caused the market value of Mbire’s stake to gain UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million) in less than two days.

The million-dollar increase in the value of his stake came after Uganda’s largest telecom company delivered the country’s largest-ever IPO through the listing of 22.4 billion ordinary shares on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE).

Upon completing the largest IPO in Uganda’s history, MTN Uganda raised a record UGX535 billion ($150.4 million) from the applications that it received for a total of 2.9 billion shares, including incentive shares.

As of press time, Dec. 7, shares in the company were trading at UGX204.95 ($0.0574), down six basis points from their opening price this morning.

Data gathered by Billionaires.Africa revealed that since the telecom company registered its shares on the Ugandan bourse on Mon., Dec. 6, its share price has increased by 2.5 percent from UGX200 ($0.056) to UGX204.95 ($0.0574) as of the time of writing, as retail investors sustained buying interest long after the public offering.

The increase in the company’s share price caused the market value of Mbire’s 3.98-percent stake to rise from UGX178.45 billion ($49.96 million) to UGX182.86 billion ($51.2 million).

In less than two days, his stake gained more than UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million).

In a statement after the successful listing of MTN Uganda’s shares, Mbire said the IPO shows the confidence that Ugandans and other investors have in the company, its brand and strategic intent.

“We commend all the regulators for their support in our work to become a USE-listed company and to comply in a timely manner with the listing provisions of the national telecommunications operators’ license,” he said.

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350 million (debt free).

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350. ( debt free).

He is into communications-revenue assurance-cement-distribution-oil services-real estate-oil exploration and logistics.

Source: Billionaires Africa

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2-year-old dies at Arua hospital as nurse demands Shs 210,000 bribe




A two-year-old child died at Arua Regional Referral hospital after a nurse, Paul Wamala demanded a bribe amounting to Shs 210,000 before carrying out an operation. 

The incident happened on Saturday, after Aron Nabil, a two-year-old child was referred to the hospital for an operation after he was diagnosed with intestinal obstruction, a medical emergency caused by a blockage that keeps food or liquid from passing through the small intestine or large intestine.

According to the relatives of the child, Wamala allegedly asked them to initially give him Shs 30,000 to buy medicines to commence the procedure. He however returned shortly asking for an additional Shs 180,000 from the relatives.

Emily Adiru, a resident of Osu cell, in Bazar Ward, Central Division, and a relative of the child says although they paid money to Wamala, he abandoned the child without carrying out the operation. According to Adiru, Wamala later refunded Shs 200,000 through mobile money, after she threatened to report him to the police.

“They told us this boy needs an operation which was supposed to be done in the morning on Sunday at around 7 am. They took him inside there, some doctor came from the theatre, he called one of us and said, we should pay Shs 70,000 for buying medicine to start the operation. We paid the Shs 30,000 [but] after paying the Shs 30,000, after some minutes, the same man came and opened the door and called us again, and told us we should pay another Shs 100,000. We also paid the Shs 100,000 and we thought it is finished. We were outside there waiting for our patient to come out [but] then this man came back again and said we should pay another Shs 80,000,” said Adiru.

Although the operation was later carried out after a 7-hour delay, the child didn’t make it, and relatives attribute the death to negligence. Miria Ahmed, a concerned resident wonders why such incidents have persisted at the facility which is supposed to service the citizens.

“Is the problem the hospital, is it the management or it is the human resource that is the problem in the hospital? A small child like this you demand Shs 210,000 for the operation? Well, if the money was taken and the operation is done, I would say anything bad but this money was taken and the small boy was abandoned in the theatre,” she said. 

When contacted Wamala refused to comment on the allegations. Dr Gilbert Aniku, the acting hospital director says that the hospital will issue an official statement later since consultations about the matter are ongoing.

Arua City resident district commissioner, Alice Akello has condemned the actions of the nurse saying she has ordered his arrest so as to set an example to the rest. The case has been reported to Arua regional referral hospital police post under SD reference No:05/30/05/2022.

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Mexican president’s Mayan Train dealt new legal setback | Tourism News




Activists say the planned tourist train will harm the wildlife and natural features of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been dealt the latest setback to an ambitious plan to create a tourist train to connect the country’s southern Yucatan Peninsula.

On Monday, a judge indefinitely suspended construction on a portion of the project, known as the Mayan Train, saying the plans currently do not comply “with the proceedings of the environmental impact evaluation”.

The ruling follows a legal challenge by activists who said they were concerned the 60km (37 mile) portion of the train that would connect the resorts of Playa del Carmen and Tulum would adversely affect the area’s wildlife, as well as its caves and water-filled sinkholes known as cenotes.

The original plan for the disputed section was for an overpass over a highway, but the route was modified early this year to go through jungle at ground level.

The federal judge cited the “imminent danger” of causing “irreversible damage” to ecosystems, according to one of the plaintiffs, the non-governmental group Defending the Right to a Healthy Environment. In a statement, the group said that authorities had failed to carry out the necessary environmental impact studies before starting construction of the section.

Lopez Obrador had announced the ambitious project in 2018, with construction beginning in 2020. The roughly 1,500km (930 mile) cargo and passenger rail loop was presented as a cornerstone of a wider plan to develop the poorer states and remote towns throughout the about 181,000sq km (70,000sq mile) Yucatan Peninsula.

The railway is set to connect Caribbean beach resorts with Mayan archaeological ruins, with authorities aiming to complete the project by the end of 2023. The plan is estimated to cost about $16bn.

The project has split communities across the region, with some welcoming the economic development and connectivity it would bring. Others, including some local Indigenous communities, have challenged the project, saying it could not only disrupt the migratory routes of endangered species, including jaguars, tapirs and ocelots, but could also potentially damage centuries-old Mayan archaeological sites.

The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism, the government agency overseeing the project, has said that it expects to “overcome” the latest challenge and that work should continue after an environmental impact statement is finalised. It said the Environment Ministry was currently reviewing its environmental application for the project.

For his part, Lopez Obrador has insisted the railway will not have a significant environmental effect and has accused activists of being infiltrated by “impostors”.

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