El-Nino: Hoima-Kampala Road Closed as R. Kafu Bursts

With an upsurge of internet penetration in Sub Saharan Africa, case unhealthy businesses have been tipped to leverage the digital space to market their products and services.

The 3rd edition of the ‘Vodafone Power Talks’ dialogues highlighted some of the existing opportunities and advantages of online marketing as businesses use technology for transformation.

Evelyn Nakitende, click the Administration Manager at Game Uganda, explained that e-commerce model has enabled the retail store to reduce costs, ease convenience for customers and increase its sales without necessarily opening local outlets.

“This way we can easily monitor customers traffic and we can also minimize customer run away – customers who may not have cash instantly but would love to purchase something,” said Nakitende.

However, online presence isn’t an end in itself but businesses must supplement this with other conventional strategies to push their products.

Much as Ugandans are slowly adopting online shopping, there’s still much confidence in foreign sites like Amazon, E-bay than the local ones.

“Businesses must think about facilitating ease and convenience in online payments. Customers want to just swipe a card and shop but not queuing up in long processes,” exclaimed Jackie Namara, the Head of Marketing at Vodafone Uganda.

With this progress notwithstanding, the question of security and fraudulent tendencies surrounding payment cards remains a setback.

Regarding security, global finance corporation, VISA has undertaken to close the gaps that expose its clients to vulnerability of fraud.

The Country Manager for Sub Saharan Africa Victor Ndlovu said; “VISA is investing heavily in data protection since this to us is so valuable. Our new tokenization system, card details will be stored on a cloud so that before transacting, the client only submits their PIN.”
Following torrential rains in western Uganda, viagra sale River Kafu has burst its banks, more about flooding a number of villages and destroying homes and property.

The Uganda Red Cross announced this afternoon that as a result, the Hoima- Kampala road has been closed temporarily to avoid catastrophes.

In a brief statement released by the organization, the El-nino rains which were announced earlier this month have also devastated other districts including Bundibugyo, Moyo, Manafwa among others.

In the western Kibale district, 30 cases of cholera have been reported this week.  The areas affected are in Ndaiga sub country in Kitebere and Nyamasonga parishes.

The outbreak is believed to be caused by the collapse of pit latrines due to the rains near the Hoima landing sites that contaminated the lake which is the only source of safe water. A Cholera unit has been established at Kitebere Primary School

In Bundibugyo flooding was reported in as River Humya in Bubukwanga Sub County burst its banks spewing water to the settlements and destroying infrastructure. The road to Bundibugyo is currently cut off and the branch is currently unable to carry out a detailed assessment.

In Moyo district northern Uganda, the floods have affected communities around affecting the R. Nile stretching up to Obongi Country.

“As a result of water logging, most of the crop yields like Cassava and sweet potatoes may rot. Destruction of pit latrines presents a possibility of a Cholera Outbreak due to contamination of water points,” fears the Red Cross.

Meanwhile in Eastern Uganda, a devastating hailstorm hit 10 Villages in Manafwa district.

About 400 Households have been affected and about 118 acres of food crops destroyed. The strong moving wind also uprooted huge trees and electricity poles


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