End of Year Mara Keynote

Friday 7th December at The Mara Launchpad

Topic: Basic Company regulatory and compliance matters

“Regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business.”

We have saved the mother of all keynotes to bring this very successful year to a close. If registering a company is one of your new year’s resolutions, if you are uncertain about issues of compliance in your company then make sure you sit in for this one.

If you have any particular questions on the topic that you want answered, please forward them by close of business on Tuesday 4th December. The speaker has been gracious enough to take early requests.

Speaker Profile

Ruth Sebatindira

LLM ( ManUK)

Managing Partner at Ligomarc Advocates


Ruth is a business lawyer. She is the founder of the firm as well as its Managing Partner. Her fourteen years’ experience spans the areas of; business deals, lender enforcement actions, commercial loans transactions and debt workouts, real estate, commercial litigation and private wealth and estate planning.

As a litigator, Ruth has handled unprecedented cases in banking and finance as well as in trademarks and drug regulation. The Firm is currently augmenting its energy and project finance practice and Ruth is heading this task.  Ruth worked as a Senior Tax Advisor with Deloitte & Touche, Kampala and with M/s Kalenge, Bwanika, Kimuli & Co. Advocates, a commercial litigation law Firm in Kampala.

Her professional memberships include; Uganda Law Society, East Africa Law Society, International Fiscal Association, Rotterdam, and International Bar Association, London.

Venue: Mara Launchpad, Ham Towers (Tuskys) Makerere, 3rd Floor

Time: 5:30-7:00pm



Innovation to Business this November/Global Entrepreneur Week (GEW)

16th November, 5:30pm at the Mara Launchpad.

Theme: “Passing it on”

An opportunity to be inspired and form critical partnerships that will benefit your business and that of another.

Sticking to the theme of this year’s Global Entrepreneur Week (GEW) which is “Passing it on” Some of the most innovative young entrepreneurs in Uganda today are going to tell you their stories of Innovation, how their dreams became reality and their contribution to the economy today.

Come join us and tell us what you make and how you can collaboratively support each other as business owners.

Presenting will be:

Davis Musinguzi of Medical Concierge and Inspire Africa Fame. Also the first winner of the Warid’s Entrepreneurship Fund.

Elijah “Bee” Beesingomwe Dilliva and $onda

Bernard Lungs of Charcolite and first beneficiary of the Mara Launch Fund Investment

Emily of Marem Business Solutions an Errands, courier and events company

Joachim Ewechu Africa Youth Fund

We shall also have 1-minute speed pitches from money-making startups in Kampala to get inspiration for your business idea’

Please come join us and be inspired by these young innovators as we celebrate Global Entrepreneur Week.

November Entrepreneur Bar

 How to monetize your application

Many Techpreneurs in Uganda have challenges when it comes to making money from apps (products). This Friday 2nd November 2012 starting from 5:30PM at Mara Launchpad during our monthly Entrepreneur Bar, The Thin Void team developers of WinSenga will lead a discussion on reliable Payment methods for developers in Uganda.

Mara Launchpad Entrepreneur Bar

This discussion will help you as a developer grow your product (App) revenue as you network and learn from fellow developers. Watch the video below about Thin Void’s Winsenga product.   

USE students’ report cards show troubled future for the holders

Taking a look at a USE school students’ report card is so painful that you are in doubt as to what their future will be. The students’ continued failure in most of their subjects is alarming. In some of the USE schools, the students barely have where to study from.

For instance, one USE school in Nakaseke District, has only two buildings – one housing three classrooms, head teacher’s office, and the staff room while the other, which is has been unroofed for six years, is almost collapsing. One wonders what kind of teaching and learning takes place in a such an environment, especially during and after rainfall, where students have to share a classroom.

In the past, the community used to work together in building schools – they made bricks, collected water and sand, among other necessary materials for putting up classroom structures for their children to learn. This is no longer the case. Parents or guardians simply sit back and start complaining about poverty in spite of the fact that they could be having untapped resources.

Sadly, many students in USE schools are themselves products of UPE schools. Many of them could have even failed their PLE exams. So it is expecting too much from these students to perform well unless a miracle happens. Their literacy and numeracy competence are already very low and may require many years to tune them in academic terms.

The students themselves lack enthusiasm in their studies because they often lack confidence and self-esteem. There is need for schools to equip USE students with tangible skills as a way of preparing them such that in case they do not make continue with their studies, they, can self-employ themselves. Motivation and inspiration is what many USE students require to rekindle their apparent diminished hopes. Schools receive text books from the Ministry of Education for mainly subjects like geography, chemistry and biology while others like agriculture, or Luganda are often left out.

In the USE schools, teacher absenteeism is common. Teachers are paid little salary yet they pay rent, educate their children and go to the same markets like the rest of Ugandans. When I was still in school, teachers absenteeism was unheard of. Teachers were always accessible by students seeking their guidance for one reason or another.

At the district level, inspectors of schools rarely visit secondary schools these days. Schools are left at the mercy of the head teachers, many of whom are also rarely at the school premises.

There have been many new districts created yet the challenging question of relating to the shortage of the human resource to run these districts remain unanswered. When Nakaseke District was curved out Luweero District, the move was not followed by manpower increment.

Therefore, this leaves many schools neither supervised nor supported by the local governments. There is no one who can be held responsible students’ failures. It is unfortunate that it appears many Ugandans do not have love for their fellow citizens as well as the country. Though Uganda’s motto is ‘For God and My Country’, many citizens do not live the import of this motto anymore.

People seem to have forgotten and is like everyone is on their own. It is true that teachers survive on a meager salary and the government should give them an increment.

However, have the teachers given their all to ensure that the poor learners in their hands improve?

Today’s generation makes teachers of tomorrow and if they are half-baked, we shall have half-baked teachers of tomorrow. Who will teach our children in the next 40 years and where does today’s responsible parent feature in all this?


Asha Najjuuko, programme manager,
Next Generation Schools

Next Generation Schools is a young Ugandan charity which partners with free secondary schools in disadvantaged rural communities in Uganda to raise educational standards through twelve key innovations. Founded by Mara Foundation and are now autonomous with an independent Board of Directors in Uganda. To read more about the work of Next Generation Schools, please visit our website www.nextgen-schools.org

Article  Source

As published in the Daily Monitor on September 3rd 2012