Pearl of Africa Hotel faces closure for defaulting on tax

Pearl of Africa Hotel, a five-star luxury facility in Kampala, has not paid local hotel tax worth sh39m, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has revealed. According to KCCA, the unpaid tax accumulated from December last year up to March this year. Local hotel tax is levied as per the Local Government (Amendment) Act 2008 Cap 243, and is paid by room occupants of a hotel per night. Documents seen and dated July 18, 2018 show that although the exact tax was sh33.7m, KCCA slapped on them a surcharge of sh5.3m for…

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HPV vaccine is safe, says health ministry

The health ministry has dismissed reports that the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is dangerous to girls. Social media was awash with claims that the vaccine, which was introduced by the government in 2015, has a contraceptive component that can cause infertility. The reports said it had been banned in many parts of Europe, the US and other places. In a statement on Thursday, health minister Jane Ruth Aceng said the allegations are false and unfounded. “The HPV vaccine was first licensed for use in 2006 across the world. Studies conducted…

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Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) to target China, India and Gulf states

After a hugely successful marketing campaign, the Uganda Tourism Board is looking to capitalise on a “proven strategy” to attract more travelers — this time focusing on the Chinese and Indian and Gulf state markets. The campaign almost doubled the number of UK and US tourists coming into the country last year. “Initially, we relied on two or three-day exhibitions, where we would camp in the countries (United Kingdom, United States of America and Germany) to showcase Uganda’s beauty, but then realised a better strategy,” John Ssempebwa, deputy CEO for…

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Uganda Gov’t promises to revamp Ankole palace

The government of Uganda, through the tourism ministry has set apart sh10b to refurbish the defunct Ankole kingdom palace in a bid to turn it into a tourism site. Located in Kamukuzi Division, Mbarara district, the palace was built in the 1930s. However, the palace lies in ruins while most of its land measuring about 12 acres has been encroached on, dilapidated structures are being occupied by Mbarara district lower staff. Following its current state, the tourism ministry has contracted Block Technical Service Ltd to rebuild the Mugaba palace. Work…

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China-Africa summit to target investment

African leaders will gather in Beijing Monday for a summit focused on economic ties, granting China a feel-good photo opportunity as it comes under increasing fire for its debt-laden approach to aid in the developing world. President Xi Jinping will host leaders from across the continent for the two-day Forum on China-Africa Co-operation, which will include talks on his cherished “Belt and Road” infrastructure programme. The massive scheme, aimed at improving Chinese access to foreign markets and resources, and boosting its influence abroad, has already seen Beijing loan billions of…

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