Allan Katende, who is pursuing a degree course in Agriculture and Rural Innovation, looks forward to owning “the largest online business store selling shoes in Kampala City. He calls this an opportunity presented to him by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdowns imposed since March 2020.
James Onono Ojok, the Assistant Public Relations Officer of Gulu University, says that they have offered two buses of 67-seater capacity to pick up students from Makerere University and those stranded at Namayiba Bus Terminal in Kampala.
Bradford Ochieng, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer Uganda Tourism Board revealed in an interview with Uganda Radio Network recently that the bookings in the Country which dropped from 76% in 2019 to 2% during the lockdown have now recovered to a promising 28% between October 2020 and April this year.
The total donations to the COVID-19 task force were valued at 28 billion Shillings by May 2020. They included both cash and non-cash donations channelled through the national response fund, chaired by Emmanuel Katongole, the Executive Chairman of Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited.
The plan was unveiled by the State Minister for Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana in a presentation before the National Economy Committee of Parliament. The Ministry officials had appeared before the meeting to submit their views on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.
Julius Byarugaba, the Speaker of the Boda Boda Association which represents over 2,000 cyclists says that there is an increase in domestic violence because men are failing to take care of their families after the lockdown affected their daily income.
He adds that they intend to provide liquidity support to SACCOs and microfinance institutions, ensure revision of interest rates to borrowers, support SACCOs to develop new products, and capitalize the capacity building department at Uganda Retirements Benefits Regulatory Authority (UBRA) among others.
The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has called on businesses whose operation have been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic to consider investing in Safe Assets like Government securities and Cash investments.
The chairperson of the Bus drivers and owners, Nathan Byanyima, says that operating without reaching the border districts will also affect their in-country operations since most of the buses ply from the borders or get the travellers from the border areas of Kisoro, Kitgum, Arua, Bwera, Hoima and Tororo among others.
Watoto Pastoral Team leader Julius Rwotlonyo days that the Church has opted to downsize and adjust its activities and operations until the situation normalizes. Watoto Church employs over 1000 people across its 13 branches and homes.