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Roke Telkom and Hello World Bridge Education Gap for Children in Rural Uganda, Amidst COVID-19 Disruptions

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With schools closed in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus disease, learners in rural areas have been able to continue learning through a network of internet hubs provided by Roke Telkom, a home-grown Ugandan public service provider for voice and data communications services, and Hello World, a UK-based charity.
In 2019, Roke Telkom partnered with Hello World to help remote and marginalized upcountry communities that are underserved by the internet, to access digital education. They built 14 ‘Hello Hubs’ around the country, 8 of these in Nakivale refugee settlement, 2 in Kampala and 4 others in Fort portal.

Children inside one of the Hello hubs

The solar-powered, outdoor, internet-connected computer kiosks are designed to provide communities with access to educational software, games, video and communication platforms. They are setup to give people the opportunity to connect with the world, have a voice in their community, educate themselves, and begin their journey towards economic empowerment.

By design, every Hello Hub is a Wi-Fi hotspot and is free, courtesy of Roke Telkom.

Children excited during a learning session

Michael Mukasa, the Chief Commercial Officer at Roke Telkom, says the disruptions occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic have pushed children in rural and refugee communities further to the edge with many likely to drop out permanently from the education system.

“COVID-19 has had a grim impact on children. However, our partnership with Hello World has in many ways been a silver lining because we have been able to extend access to at least 14,000 kids in underserved and unprivileged rural communities in a time when physical attendance in schools is a risk,” Mukasa said in interview.
Some 7.5 million learners (51 per cent) have not had any form of learning during the 14-month period that schools in Uganda have been closed, according to a recent report by the Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda (FAWE).

A boy plays a game on a tablet during a break

The report adds that learners from rural areas, were most affected with 52.2 per cent of them failing to access the materials compared to those in urban areas with 49.8 per cent.
As part of the Roke Plus offering, Meeting Apps and Office Suit Apps are zero rated, to eliminate barriers that could make it difficult for learners and teachers to interact virtually during such times which require social distancing. This zero-rate also enables business owners to reduce on the cost of data as they can coordinate, communicate with their teams at no charge.
Mukasa adds; “At Roke Telkom, innovation has always been at the center of what we do. At a time when learning was shifting from the physical classroom to virtual spaces, we rolled out these internet hubs to help children study at no cost. And we are impressed with the impact it has had – especially protecting them from risks that could have had long term effects on their physical, emotional and cognitive outcomes”.
During the lockdown and pandemic, over 15 million learners were affected by school closures exposing them to several risks including abuse, child labour, limited access to basic needs, sexual abuse, physical violence, pregnancy, theft among others.

An exterior view of a Hello hub taken during the night

For the majority of Ugandans, the internet remains out of reach, particularly in rural areas where 75.5% of Ugandans live. The country’s internet penetration rate stood at 52 per cent at the end of 2020.

According to UCC’s latest (December 2020) Communications market performance report, the number of active internet subscriptions stood at 21.4 million, translating into an internet access reach of more than 1 active connection for every 2 Ugandans.



Source – www.galaxyfm.co.ug

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Lugaflow rapper Gravity demands for Covid-19 relief money for families

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Lugaflow rapper Gravity wants every family to receive atleast UGX 800,000 as Covid-19 relief money.

Gereson Wabuyu commonly known as Gravity Omutujju has demanded the newly appointed Prime Minister Hon Robinah Nabbanja to give every household atleast make sure that every family gets UGX 800,000 as Covid-19 relief money to help them go through the lockdown that was imposed by President Museveni a week ago.

The multi Zzina Award winner made the demands while speaking in an interview on Spark TV’LiveWire show. “Shs50.000 that was proposed to be sent to each family should be increased with UGX 750,000 because UGX 50k is too little to feed a family for 42 days. If UGX 800k is sent to families, it can enable them to take good care of themselves during the 40 days of lockdown and will also help them to stay at home.” Said the Lugaflow rapper Gravity Omutujju.

Gravity also. gave the Premier free advice of giving the money to a particular head of the family if they want to avoid funding some families twice.

The rapper also requested all city landlords to pardon their tenants during this tough period where many are not earning money to feed themselves and their families.


He however said the tenants can pay later when the situation stabilises.



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Can You Trust Ugandan Casino Operators

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Uganda is one of the smaller African countries. Located in East-Central Africa, Uganda is home to over 47 million people, as estimated in 2008. Back in 2014, Uganda had a population of over 34 million. The country has several urban cities, including the capital city of Kampala, but its natural wonders are the major attractions. Tourists come to Uganda to witness the Seven Wonders, including the Rwenzori Mountains, Kibale forest, Kazinga Channels, and Mount Elgon Caldera.

When it comes to the country’s economic status, Uganda is one of the COMESA and EAC members. Thanks to numerous natural resources, fertile lands, mineral deposits, and regular rainfall, Uganda’s GDP is led by agriculture that accounts for over 70% of its GDP.

Speaking of GDP, Uganda is on the ninetieth spot with a GDP per capita of USD 916 as estimated in 2020. Besides agriculture, the Ugandan industrial sector led by manufacturing, mining, and construction is quite developed.

Gambling Laws in Uganda

Constant political instabilities have caused this African country to become one of the least developed and poorest in the world. When it comes to the country’s casino gaming industry, it is not as developed as casino industries in several other African countries, including Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. In Uganda, both online and land-based casinos can operate legally provided that they have obtained the required licenses.

The main piece of legislation concerning the casino gambling industry in Uganda is the Lotteries and Gaming Bill. Before the Lotteries and Gaming Bill, two other legislations monitored and governed the industry in the country, including the Gaming and Pool Betting Act from 1968 and the National Lotteries Act from 1967. These two were merged and the Lotteries and Gaming Bill become the main piece of legislation.

Today, numerous online casinos operate in Uganda and serve Ugandan players. Many of these are reputable sites with high-quality services and products and are also renowned, international brands that operate in many different jurisdictions, including Uganda. Back to the main piece of legislation, following the introduction of the Lotteries and Gaming Bill, a new regulatory body was also formed, the National Lotteries and Gaming Board.

Established under the main piece of legislation, the Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Body is supported by a collection of five different regulations. The main regulatory body regulates and licenses all gambling operators in the countries including the operations of sports betting houses, online casinos, and lotteries. The National Lotteries and Gaming Board is also responsible for licensing, supervising, and enforcement of all laws and regulations concerning the Ugandan gambling industry and lotteries such as the popular MTN Kaja Lottery.

Everything on paper looks great, but in reality, there are several contradicting aspects of casino gambling and sports betting. Considering quite low costs to enter this market, Uganda allows numerous casino gaming and sports betting operators to expand their operations here. Even though online casino gaming and sports betting activities in Uganda are regulated, there are still some unregulated sections.

This is also attractive for operators, so there is no wonder how the Uganda government collected massive taxes of over USD 3,1 million from the industry back in 2014.

In addition to the unregulated structure of certain industry aspects, Uganda also struggles with social issues mainly related to underage gambling. In order to gain more control over the Ugandan gambling industry, the National Lotteries Board doubled license fees to over USD 3,500.

The National Lotteries Board also prohibited gambling operators and companies from setting up gaming venues near government offices, markets, and churches. However, not much has changed since 2013, and the Uganda authorities are still looking for ways to strike a balance between the benefits of gambling or taxes and the potential social harms.

Online Casinos in Uganda

Despite these issues, renowned, international online casinos that operate in Uganda are one hundred percent reliable and trustworthy. Every iGaming operator that wants to operate in the country must obtain the required licenses. The Ugandan main regulatory body also performs various checks regarding security and privacy measures taken by these operators. As previously mentioned, numerous regulated, renowned, international iGaming operators serve Ugandan players, and these most certainly fall into
the category of safe and trustworthy online casinos.

Since the internet penetration rate in Uganda is quite low, the majority of sports bets are placed at retail sports betting sites. At the same time, online casinos are becoming more and more popular with major foreign online casino operators entering the Uganda iGaming market. So, what makes online casinos in Uganda trustworthy? They have certain things in common as following.

• They are licensed by the National Lotteries Board
• They offer RNG tested online casino games
• They employ SSL encryption data algorithms
• They offer reliable deposit and withdrawal options
• They provide safe online gaming sessions

Which Online Casinos in Uganda are Trustworthy?

Only Ugandan online casinos that are licensed and regulated by the National Lotteries Board are trustworthy, and fortunately, most online casinos operational here hold licenses issued by the main regulatory body. Trustworthy online casinos always employ the best SSL encryption technology in the form of AES 256-bit encryption. This is the most protective, military-grade technology which makes it impossible for anyone to get ahold of your personal information.

Online casinos in Uganda that deserve your attention always offer RNG tested and audited games. In other words, their gaming libraries feature one hundred percent fair games that deliver fair results at all times. Trustworthy online casinos also guarantee fair play to all registered players no matter which device they use, so mobile games, as well as those who use desktop devices and laptops, enjoy the same, high-quality treatment.

Reliable, secure, and trustworthy online casinos feature excellent banking systems with different deposit and withdrawal options. At these venues, all transactions comply with the strictest security protocols, so everyone’s funds are safe at all times. Secure withdrawals and deposits alongside reliable safety and privacy measures guarantee the most secure online gaming experiences. Trustworthy online casinos do not only employ the best security and safety measures but also offer high-quality customer care departments and generous bonuses.

Those looking for a reliable online casino operational in Uganda with generous bonuses can easily find such a facility, as shown here. Most international online casinos catering to Ugandan players offer welcome bonuses alongside free spins and ongoing promos with clear terms and conditions that everyone can understand. Lastly, trustworthy online casinos in Uganda boast impressive gaming libraries powered by eminent software providers. This means that Ugandan players have hundreds of games, including slots, table games, video poker games, and much more at their disposal.





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Kafumisi Weasel defends Rabadaba’s marriage from naysayers

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Kafumisi Weasel defends Rabadaba from naysayers

A week ago, Rabadaba was introduced to Nnalongo Maggie’s family in a move to legalise their bonking sessions that have been going on for over a year.

Soon after the Kwanjula, a number of people stormed social media like Full Figure, Mad Rat, and Chiko to attack Rabadaba for targetting Maggie’s money and in turn, he sent the fire back but also attacking and branding them ignorant and broke.

Fellow kafumisi Weasel has also come out to defend Rabadaba’s marriage with the late AK-47’s wife Nalongo Maggie Kiweesi.

The Gudlyfe singer advised haters to let Rabadaba enjoy his new marriage because a number of other people are surviving in toxic relationships.


Weasel Manizo also called for peace and brotherhood between Rabadaba and Madrat and Chiko after a verbal exchange that erupted when the comedian duo branded Rabadaba a weak man who gets married to women.

Weasel hailed Rabadaba for following his heart and making it official with the woman he loves, the woman of her life despite the fact that she is his later brother AK47’S widow.

It was at this juncture that Weasel requested whoever was throwing insults at one another to cease fire and spread love because they need each other.



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