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COVID 19, The need for business risk management and continuity plans for SMEs by Michael Jjingo

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As the world grapples with the COVID 19 pandemic, many organizations are at risk of short staffing or unavailable workers and services, but disaster recovery and business continuity plans can help sustain business. The need for risk management and business continuity plans is becoming more critical to firms as they adjust to the business disruptions caused by the coronavirus. Well, a virus in and of itself can’t shut your company’s systems, operations, or services down, but it can impact how a business functions, especially if people are quarantined at home or too sick to work or experience a network outage or other disruptions.

In as much as It’s not usual for businesses to face a pandemic like Covid19, but natural disasters, man-made disasters, security threats, and natural calamities (such as landslides or high magnitude earthquake) that are a reality, if businesses are to be guaranteed continuity, they should ensure a smooth recovery process and steadiness of operations, which is critical that they do a risk assessment and develop a recovery of services strategy.

Could we pose the question, “How can an organization ensure that business processes will be minimally interrupted?” How can businesses ensure staff safety, customer safety, data backup plans or recover lost data after a crisis? What safeguards and safety procedures can they implement for their employees to ensure continuity?

True, Businesses may also face other business disruptions such as thunder strikes, network outages, revenue loss, data loss, security vulnerabilities and threats, and stifled productivity, to name a few, but then, we must note that several businesses will not recover from the lock down, especially those that are not fully operating as of yet including; schools, bars, tour companies among others. Nonetheless, this doesn’t have to happen when a proper business continuity plan is in place.

The business continuity plans should include emergency provisions for workers to work remotely, while at home, and the support systems, which will require the company to invest money and time in ensuring a smooth recovery process following any type of natural or man-made disaster.

As a matter of Continuity of business operations, businesses should Implement remote access infrastructure that is capable of supporting the entire workforce (Wi-Fi devices, and other gadgets). SMEs should ensure proper access to necessary resources at the office even when workers are working remotely. There is need to keep employees online by offering them data, training, support allowances, and constantly communicating with them which is pertinent.

As a matter of self-support, Workers should also plan in advance for a major disaster by establishing a comfortable and quiet space to work from home (a dedicated office is optimal; routine, periodic testing of remote access)

Indeed, all smart business managers must identify potential threats for their areas of business. The business continuity plan may apply to any number of scenarios in which the business could be disrupted, from power outages, to employee strikes, to cyber-attacks on computer networks, then the most recent COVID 19.
In addition to knowing the threats that could derail your operations, it’s important to walk through what will happen in the wake of such catastrophes. If you’re unprepared for this possibility, chances are you will end up paying the ransom in order to regain control of your business.
As a matter of recovery planning, a technical team must be created. Whether you hire say, an in-house risk management staff or you work with a third-party vendor, you are going to need a team in place that can bounce into action when a disaster strikes. This team could help to create your business continuity plan as well as implement it, should the need arise.
In a nutshell, while rehearsing the Business continuity plan, a solid plan will have to identify essential business functions and find ways to restore them in the event of a partial or complete shutdown. The goal is to have minimal disruption but continue the greater part of the business delivery lines with ease.
The writer is the General Manager – Commercial Banking at Centenary Bank.



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EXPOSED! Ugandan gospel singer Julie Mutesasira weds fellow woman

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Former local gospel singer Julie Mutesasira has caused a stir online after photos of her kissing a fellow woman during their wedding went viral on social media.

The photos emerged after his ex-lover Pastor Steven Mutesasira officially tied the knot with his new lover identified as Judith over the weekend.

In the past, it was rumored that Julie divorced with her husband and fled to Canada but the rumors where yet to be confirmed until the photos of her marrying a fellow woman made their way on social media.





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Police Bosses Convene at Bulange ,Mengo Over Weekend Security Raid on Mbogo Clan Thanksgiving Function

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Top Police authorities are slated to meet the Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga this morning to tackle the security raid on a thanksgiving function organized by the Mbogo clan head, and religious leaders at Mugulu in Mityana town over last weekend.

Mobogo Clan head, Kayiira Gajuule had invited Bishop Emeritus John Baptist Kaggwa the retired Bishop of Masaka Diocese to grace the thanksgiving ceremony when anti-riot police stormed the area and sprayed teargas to disperse everyone.

This incident has since drawn widespread criticism from both Buganda kingdom loyalists who have since marched to Bulange Mengo demanding an apology from the Police besides the public condemning police actions

Just yesterday afternoon,. Police were forced to use teargas and live bullets to disperse a group of Buganda loyalists at Mityana municipality protesting the incident and demanding that District Police Commander, Alex Mwine Mukono unconditionally releases all the motorcycles he confiscated during the raid.

This compelled the police boss IGP Martin Okoth Ochola to apologize to the bishop and the Catholic Church.

The police political commissar led by a team of senior officers announced that they would be visiting Bishop Kaggwa at his home to announce their apology to his family and the church on behalf of IGP Ochola .

On Monday, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga apologized to the Catholic Church defending the police action on preventing the spread of COVID19.

He said the firing of teargas was caused by a group of uninvited politicians including Francis Zaake among others who had attracted youth.

Now according to the Buganda kingdom spokesperson Noah Kiyimba, a meeting between the Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga and the top police leadership is scheduled for 11:00 am at Bulange Mengo.



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Martha Kay shows off flexibility while exercising (VIDEO)

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Local Comedienne Martha Kay Kagimba a.k.a The Range Rover Girl showed off her flexibility and fitness in a video where she was recorded doing a full split.

For a couple of years, Martha Kay has often revealed how she is insecure about different parts of her body including her legs and her skin complexion.

Slowly, she has come to terms with her insecurities and she is proud of her complexion. There is one more thing she is working on now and she seems to be on the right track – FITNESS!





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