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THE GOLDEN BOY OF AFRICA, BMK FINALLY DIES.

WEALTH AND FROM GRASS TO GLORY

OTAI JAMES

Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige better known as BMK, a self-made homegrown tycoon who rose from grass to grace after he dropped out of school, has died.

Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige, (2 October 1953 – 10 September 2021),[2] commonly known as BMK, was a Ugandan businessman, entrepreneur, and hotel owner. According to a 2012 published report, he was one of the wealthiest people in Uganda.

In 1997, BMK started with the 40-room motel Hotel Africana, on Kololo Hill, which is within Kampala's central business district. During the next decade, the hotel grew into a four star establishment.[4]

BMK, known for his tenacity and hard work is believed to have died of cancer related complications from a Nairobi hospital after years of battling ill health. He was 67.

A close family member, Eng Mubarak Ngobya told Daily Monitor that he on Friday ''spoke on phone to Mr Kibirige at around 5:30am before he (Mr Kibirige) was pronounced dead shortly after.''

In his book, My Story of Building A Fortune in Africa, BMK explains how he toiled for years and built Hotel Africana with branches in Kampala, Moroto and Lusaka in Zambia with business interests in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda. He also owned a chain of spare parts outlets in Uganda, Dubai, Japan and Zambia.

From a humble beginning, BMK, as he was fondly known, ran businesses built over decades transforming his conglomerate into one of the most respectable enterprises in the country.

Born in 1953 to Ali Kibirige, a businessman and Mariam Kibirige, BMK was one of 36 children.

BMK’s acquaintances say, as an entrepreneur, he believed in a version of success that largely depends on one’s ability to keep showing up, even in the face of adversity. He faced challenges but didn’t give up.

During the next ten years, the hotel grew into a four star establishment, with several amenities, a swimming pool, manicured gardens and a conference center, the African

[08/31/21]   SUDHIR RUPERALIA TO START RECORDING STUDIO

OTAI JAMES

The Ruparelia Group, a Ugandan-owned business empire has announced plans to establish a new state of art music record label in Uganda as it aims at promoting the talents of Ugandan youths in the entertainment industry.

According to a well-established source at the Ruparelia Group, the new music record label will manage and promote musical artistes in the country.

This website has exclusively learnt that Dr. Sudhir’s son, Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia who is also the Group’s Managing Director is undeniably the brain behind the project as he moves to venture into the music industry, thanks to his popularity among Ugandan artistes primarily due to his support toward them.

According to a well-established source at the Ruparelia Group, the new music record label will manage and promote musical artistes in the country.

This website has exclusively learnt that Dr. Sudhir’s son, Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia who is also the Group’s Managing Director is undeniably the brain behind the project as he moves to venture into the music industry, thanks to his popularity among Ugandan artistes primarily due to his support toward them.

According to Rajiv, the new record label will aim to establish a healthy competition with the existing labels in Uganda as it projects to become the leading music label in Uganda and East Africa

His great love for Ugandan music and Ugandans artists like Spice Diana and Ykee Benda prompted him to start the record label. Rajiv’s soft heart for musicians has seen him sponsor the education of young stars including Fresh Kid and Felista at the family’s Kampala Parents School through the Ruparelia Foundation scholarship scheme.

The Ruparelia group managing director also said that the aim of this label is to start recording Ugandan music beyond borders and that his going to do this with the help of a friend in England ( names withheld ).

Citing an example, Rajiv said the new music label record (which he did not giv

17/08/2021

GOVERNMENT RECEIVES 2 DIGITAL TB, COVID 19, X RAY EQUIPMENTS FROM GERMANY WORTH 90,850 EUROS
OTAI JAMES
The Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Health has received,2 digital X-ray equipment’s from German Government worth 90.850 Euros.
While receiving the equipment at the Ministry of Health headquarters the, Ps Ministry of Health Diana Atwine, said, it is estimated that 60% of TB patients are coinfected with HIV and Tuberculosis, accounting for the leading cause of Death in persons living with HIV and Aids.
Tuberculosis still remains a health threat in Uganda which has been dealing with the dual pandemic of TB and HIV, and now covid 19.
In addition to two digital X ray machines by the German Government the Country now has 7 machine that would enable the Country achieve 90% TB treatment coverage.
The 2 Machines will be stationed at Arua regional hospital and Maracha hospital respectively.
The digital x ray machines arwe relevant to also be used to screen Covid, this brings the total number of x ray equipment currently in the Country to 7
The implementing partner, the Uganda Episcopal conference, through its medical department, Uganda Catholic Medical bureau has been awarded a 4-year TB project entitled, TB moving beyond the question holistically address needs of refugees and host populations in settlements in northern Uganda.
The project funded by the German Cooperation through the German Tuberculosis and leprosy program is worth 987,19425 Euros, scheduled to run from 1/12/20 to2024.
The project implementation is top cover three refugee hosting districts of koboko,Terego,Modioko,and targeting Lobule,Imvepi,and Rhino refugee camps and their populations amouting to 621,503,the project will be hosted by theDiocesa Arua.
In addition to two digital X ray machines by the German Government the Country now has 7 machine that would enable the Country achieve 90% TB treatment coverage.
These 2 Machines bringd the total number of digital X-Ray Machines to 7, the Mini

GOVERNMENT RECEIVES 2 DIGITAL TB, COVID 19, X RAY EQUIPMENTS FROM GERMANY WORTH 90,850 EUROS
OTAI JAMES
The Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Health has received,2 digital X-ray equipment’s from German Government worth 90.850 Euros.
While receiving the equipment at the Ministry of Health headquarters the, Ps Ministry of Health Diana Atwine, said, it is estimated that 60% of TB patients are coinfected with HIV and Tuberculosis, accounting for the leading cause of Death in persons living with HIV and Aids.
Tuberculosis still remains a health threat in Uganda which has been dealing with the dual pandemic of TB and HIV, and now covid 19.
In addition to two digital X ray machines by the German Government the Country now has 7 machine that would enable the Country achieve 90% TB treatment coverage.
The 2 Machines will be stationed at Arua regional hospital and Maracha hospital respectively.
The digital x ray machines arwe relevant to also be used to screen Covid, this brings the total number of x ray equipment currently in the Country to 7
The implementing partner, the Uganda Episcopal conference, through its medical department, Uganda Catholic Medical bureau has been awarded a 4-year TB project entitled, TB moving beyond the question holistically address needs of refugees and host populations in settlements in northern Uganda.
The project funded by the German Cooperation through the German Tuberculosis and leprosy program is worth 987,19425 Euros, scheduled to run from 1/12/20 to2024.
The project implementation is top cover three refugee hosting districts of koboko,Terego,Modioko,and targeting Lobule,Imvepi,and Rhino refugee camps and their populations amouting to 621,503,the project will be hosted by theDiocesa Arua.
In addition to two digital X ray machines by the German Government the Country now has 7 machine that would enable the Country achieve 90% TB treatment coverage.
These 2 Machines bringd the total number of digital X-Ray Machines to 7, the Mini

[08/17/21]   GOVERNMENT RECEIVES 2 DIGITAL TB, COVID 19, X RAY EQUIPMENTS FROM GERMANY WORTH 90,850 EUROS
OTAI JAMES
The Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Health has received,2 digital X-ray equipment’s from German Government worth 90.850 Euros.
While receiving the equipment at the Ministry of Health headquarters the, Ps Ministry of Health Diana Atwine, said, it is estimated that 60% of TB patients are coinfected with HIV and Tuberculosis, accounting for the leading cause of Death in persons living with HIV and Aids.
Tuberculosis still remains a health threat in Uganda which has been dealing with the dual pandemic of TB and HIV, and now covid 19.
In addition to two digital X ray machines by the German Government the Country now has 7 machine that would enable the Country achieve 90% TB treatment coverage.
The 2 Machines will be stationed at Arua regional hospital and Maracha hospital respectively.
The digital x ray machines arwe relevant to also be used to screen Covid, this brings the total number of x ray equipment currently in the Country to 7
The implementing partner, the Uganda Episcopal conference, through its medical department, Uganda Catholic Medical bureau has been awarded a 4-year TB project entitled, TB moving beyond the question holistically address needs of refugees and host populations in settlements in northern Uganda.
The project funded by the German Cooperation through the German Tuberculosis and leprosy program is worth 987,19425 Euros, scheduled to run from 1/12/20 to2024.
The project implementation is top cover three refugee hosting districts of koboko,Terego,Modioko,and targeting Lobule,Imvepi,and Rhino refugee camps and their populations amouting to 621,503,the project will be hosted by theDiocesa Arua.
In addition to two digital X ray machines by the German Government the Country now has 7 machine that would enable the Country achieve 90% TB treatment coverage.
These 2 Machines bringd the total number of digital X-Ray Machines to 7, the Mini

[07/31/21]   RUPERALIA GROUP PLOTTING TO DEVELOP FORMER CIM HEADQUATERS INTO A MULTIBILLION DOLLAR PROJECT.
OTAI JAMES
Military headquarters in CMI kampala is soon to became Sudhir Ruperalia multi billion project worth billions of Dollars.
The Groups Executive Director Sudhir Ruperalia,said, Every developing country needs a matching stock of high quality real estate infrastructure to fuel further growth and you can always count on us to play that role, so you can be able to focus on your core business.
Phase one of the project will cater to office space while the building will have 16 lettable floors with 27,240 sqm of built up area.There will be two parking floors, accommodating 360 cars.
“This latest project is one of several dozen of greenfield projects,” he said, adding:
“One of very many to come in the near future, largely to feed Uganda’s growing demand for high quality and sustainable retail, residential, office and industrial solutions”.
Ruparelia Group Managing Director Rajiv Ruparelia said the Pearl Business Park’s location, design and amenities have been optimised to maximise functionality, health and safety and productivity in mind and subsequently value for money for its occupants. “It is essentially a green office, sustainably designed, to minimise negative impact on the environment, while enhancing the health and comfort of the building’s occupants,”he said.
“Amenities such as thriving pedestrian and people spaces, ample parking as well as rich and vast landscapes as well as the building’s layout design have been sustainably designed to optimise daylight and air quality,” he said.
According to building schematics, the Pearl Business Park will be installed with a fully automated fire detection system on all floors.
In case a fire breaks out, “the building will be fitted with three form and three extinguishers on each floor with an elaborate fire sprinkler system backed up by a 145,200 litre reserve tank”.
Easily accessible staircases is a must all levels.
For secu

19/07/2021

CITY TYCOON ADVICES UGANDANS BUSINESS PEOPLE OF HOW TO RECOVER FROM COVID 19

It is also my prayer that the government extends, into 2021 and possibly 2022, many of the credit relief and tax administration measures it had put in place at the peak of the first wave, to aid quicker economic recovery,” Dr Sudhir said in a New Year,We are entering into recession period globally and the exception is likely to be India and China with ~2% GDP growth in 2020 which is way below ~5 – 8% in the past several years.

This were words from a Business Tycoon,in an Exclusive interview, advising the rest Government on how Busineses can thrive after covid 19 lockdown.

Sudhir said , observing the Covid-19 mitigation Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) is essential for the reopening of the economy almost fully, saving jobs as well as raising the necessary tax revenue to keep many of the government programmes running.

President Yoweri Museveni on rectly re-imposed a strict lockdown that included the closure of schools and the suspension of inter-district travel to help beat back a surge in COVID-19 cases in the East African country.

Most of the new restrictions, Museveni said, would be implemented for 42 days. An assessment of their impact will then help the government decide whether to ease or prolong them, he added.

Uganda implemented one of Africa's tightest lockdowns at the beginning of the pandemic more than a year ago, but it was gradually lifted as cases slowed to a trickle.

A recent rapid survey of businesses by the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) in Uganda reveals that three-quarters of the surveyed businesses have laid off employees due to the risks presented by COVID-19 and subsequent containment measures. Indeed, the results suggest that lockdown measures have reduced business activity by more than half. In terms of sectors, we find that businesses in agriculture have experienced the largest constraints in access to both inputs and markets for outputs due to

CITY TYCOON ADVICES UGANDANS BUSINESS PEOPLE OF HOW TO RECOVER FROM COVID 19

It is also my prayer that the government extends, into 2021 and possibly 2022, many of the credit relief and tax administration measures it had put in place at the peak of the first wave, to aid quicker economic recovery,” Dr Sudhir said in a New Year,We are entering into recession period globally and the exception is likely to be India and China with ~2% GDP growth in 2020 which is way below ~5 – 8% in the past several years.

This were words from a Business Tycoon,in an Exclusive interview, advising the rest Government on how Busineses can thrive after covid 19 lockdown.

Sudhir said , observing the Covid-19 mitigation Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) is essential for the reopening of the economy almost fully, saving jobs as well as raising the necessary tax revenue to keep many of the government programmes running.

President Yoweri Museveni on rectly re-imposed a strict lockdown that included the closure of schools and the suspension of inter-district travel to help beat back a surge in COVID-19 cases in the East African country.

Most of the new restrictions, Museveni said, would be implemented for 42 days. An assessment of their impact will then help the government decide whether to ease or prolong them, he added.

Uganda implemented one of Africa's tightest lockdowns at the beginning of the pandemic more than a year ago, but it was gradually lifted as cases slowed to a trickle.

A recent rapid survey of businesses by the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) in Uganda reveals that three-quarters of the surveyed businesses have laid off employees due to the risks presented by COVID-19 and subsequent containment measures. Indeed, the results suggest that lockdown measures have reduced business activity by more than half. In terms of sectors, we find that businesses in agriculture have experienced the largest constraints in access to both inputs and markets for outputs due to

19/07/2021

SUDHIR RUPERALIA GETS HIS JAB AT BUKOTO

OTAI JAMES

Ruparelia was vaccinated at UMC Victoria Hospital in Bukoto, which is one of the designated vaccination sites in Kampala. He falls under the category of people aged over 50, who are considered most at risk of contracting the coronavirus.

The ministry is urging people to ‘ensure that you get the vaccine when your time comes’, offering assurance that the vaccine is ‘safe and effective’.

Start the health ministry has been offering free vaccination but due to the limited number of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the inoculation has started with the people who are most at risk of contracting COVID-19

UMC Victoria Hospital is the first private hospital to be accredited by the Ministry of Health to administer the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine.

On March 05, Uganda started preparations to kicked off its first phase of the vaccination against COVID-19 with the limited 964,000 doses got through donations to be administered to high-risk groups including healthcare providers, security personnel, teachers, journalists, persons aged 50 years and above and those with underlying health conditions to benefit from phase one of vaccination.

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was shipped via the COVAX facility—the world’s facility for universal access to COVID-19 vaccines.

The arrival marked a historic step towards the goal to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in an unprecedented effort to provide at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021.

According to government officials, Uganda targets to vaccinate 49.6 % of the population, which is about 21,936,011, in a phased manner. Each phase is planned to cover 20% of the population – approximately 4.38 million people.

COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO) – w

SUDHIR RUPERALIA GETS HIS JAB AT BUKOTO

OTAI JAMES

Ruparelia was vaccinated at UMC Victoria Hospital in Bukoto, which is one of the designated vaccination sites in Kampala. He falls under the category of people aged over 50, who are considered most at risk of contracting the coronavirus.

The ministry is urging people to ‘ensure that you get the vaccine when your time comes’, offering assurance that the vaccine is ‘safe and effective’.

Start the health ministry has been offering free vaccination but due to the limited number of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the inoculation has started with the people who are most at risk of contracting COVID-19

UMC Victoria Hospital is the first private hospital to be accredited by the Ministry of Health to administer the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine.

On March 05, Uganda started preparations to kicked off its first phase of the vaccination against COVID-19 with the limited 964,000 doses got through donations to be administered to high-risk groups including healthcare providers, security personnel, teachers, journalists, persons aged 50 years and above and those with underlying health conditions to benefit from phase one of vaccination.

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was shipped via the COVAX facility—the world’s facility for universal access to COVID-19 vaccines.

The arrival marked a historic step towards the goal to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in an unprecedented effort to provide at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021.

According to government officials, Uganda targets to vaccinate 49.6 % of the population, which is about 21,936,011, in a phased manner. Each phase is planned to cover 20% of the population – approximately 4.38 million people.

COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO) – w

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