5 Things that Make Uganda a Unique Travel Destination

Uganda in East Africa is a home to gorgeous landscape, warm weather, and friendly people, plenty of heritage, wildlife, primates, lovely islands and developed road network. You can explore it just like other tourists and travelers across the world any time of the year. Sure it doesn’t have to be in a particular time of the year provided when time and work give way. However, Nightlife is only great in major towns like Kampala the capital city, Jinja, Mbarara, Entebbe etc. Though Uganda has famed to the world for mountain gorilla the country is also a destination that needs more exploration.

Comfortable Weather

Uganda is one of the lucky few countries in the world with perfect weather January – December and whoever visits the country enjoy warm sunny times and cool evenings. Uganda weather is perfect for all kinds of tour adventures including Bird watching, wildlife viewing, boat ride, kayaking, white water rafting, and nature walk, chimpanzee trekking, cycling, gorilla trekking, hiking, mountaineering and many more. However, Uganda receives some rain in some moths of the year though it shines immediately but in those months, mountain climbing safaris are not recommended. Therefore the rainy seasons months are Uganda are April, May and November also known as low season times of travel.
Cultural Heritage

The Uganda cultural heritage invites you to learn about the roots, history and way of life. All the country regions have tribal kingdoms as cultural institution. To sum it up Buganda, Busoga, Bunyoro, Tooro are the famous tribes with most recognized cultural institutions. Besides, the behavior of locals, lifestyle the remarkable hospitality is hailed from the roots. Uganda’s rich culture makes the country strong and unit’s people as one. Today some Uganda tour companies organize tours for you to explore the wide variety of customs and tradition.

Lovely Islands

Of course places like Miami ,Maldives, Tampa, Palawan are always  high on every ones list seeking for beautiful Island vacations but Uganda has something different to try this time and that is Lake Bunyonyi  and Ssese island on Lake Victoria. Since summer time is in the corner why not add exploring these incredible places on your Uganda safari program. Each Island is totally different and you will enjoy the best of your stay.

Wildlife

Wildlife is one of the most attractions that make all Uganda safaris awesome especially those to multiple safari destinations. A trip to Uganda without wildlife Viewing is good but not the best because some attractive features are missing. The striped Zebras, Lions, elephants, bush bucks, leopards, Kobs, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Rhinos etc. Uganda offers quite a unique wildlife viewing experience to visitors especially to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park , Murchison Falls National Park.

Many Primate Species

For those who want gorilla trekking safaris and chimpanzee safari tours, Uganda is a perfect destination in Africa to explore it all. Uganda has two mountain gorilla National parks- (Mgahinga and Bwindi forest) and several chimpanzee safari reserves and National parks including Kibale forest, Kyambura gorge, and Kalinzu forest reserve, Budongo forest, Ngamba Island and much more. Just plan well to head out for a wonderful gorilla and chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda.

Genocide in Burundi: All You Need to Know

Burundi is a small country like Rwanda and has a history of ethnic relations close to those in Rwanda.

EricThe problems leading up to the genocides of 1965, 1972, 1988 and 1993 can be traced to Tutsi fear brought about by democracy that changed things in favor of Hutu in the Great Lakes region including in southwest Uganda.
The September 1961 pre-independence elections were won by the moderate multi-ethnic party UPRONA led by the eldest son of the king Prince (ganua) Louis Rwagasore defeating the conservative party. Rwagasore became prime minister. In October 1961 he was gunned down by a Greek assassin hired by Rwagasore’s opponents who lost the election. His death split the party into ethnic factions.

In 1965 the country held the first post-independence elections which were overwhelmingly won by Hutus. But the king appointed a Tutsi as prime minister. The Hutu protested and Hutu soldiers attempted a coup creating a pretext for the Tutsi dominated military to commit genocide and get rid of Hutu threat to their future.
Alison Des Forges wrote that “The [Tutsi-dominated] army supported by civilian Tutsi ‘self-defense’ responded by killing between 2,500 and 5,000 Hutu.

After the attempted coup, a first generation of Hutu leaders was executed, and the army, now purged of Hutu officers, was on its own way to becoming a force virtually all Tutsi among its commanders and largely Tutsi in its ranks” (Current History May 1994).
What precipitated the 1972 genocide has remained controversial. Tutsi claim that Hutu attempted a military coup. Hutu claim it was engineered by Tutsi to get rid of them. Be that as it may, the fact of the matter is that the Tutsi in Burundi feared that a social revolution similar to what happened in Rwanda in 1959 could occur in Burundi as well. So they were determined to take preventive measures, some people argue.

The Tutsi dominated military committed genocide against the Hutu people. The target was the educated all the way to primary school children and all rich Hutu. The perpetrators of the genocide were for the most part drawn from the ruling Tutsi minority. The killings were conducted by the military assisted by the youth wing of the political party. Much of the genocide was planned by then minister of foreign affairs, assisted by then minister of interior and justice and the executive secretary of the ruling party. All three were of Hima origin [Hima are a clan of Tutsi]. And the latter two held positions in the army. The genocide targeted educated all the way down to primary school and wealthy Hutus which paved the way for the emergence of Tutsi ethnocracy. “For the next 20 years, all positions of influence and responsibility in the government, the administration, the army and the economy were in Tutsi hands” (Samuel Totten et al., 2004).

Alison Des Forges added that “The army responded with a repression so brutal to qualify as genocide. Over several months some 100,000 Hutu were killed, [estimates range from 100,000 to 300,000 as shown below] including virtually all with higher education; leaders and potential leaders and those still students in institutions of higher learning; leaders and potential leaders were targeted in an effort to ensure continued Tutsi domination. The army employed some new methods, such as helicopter attacks, but resorted once again to using civilian bands to extend its range, sometimes inciting them in radio broadcasts to attack Hutu in their vicinity. As the extent of the carnage became clear, several hundred thousand Hutu fled the country”(Current History May 1994).

The genocide took place between May and August 1972 with military help from Mobutu of Zaire and the country was placed under martial law. By the time genocide was over, what is important is not so much how many Hutu were killed but that almost every educated element was either dead or in exile. Estimated of those killed vary. Lemarchand gives an estimate of between 100,000 and 150,000. Hutus claim that the number was 300,000 dead. “However much one can disagree about the scale of the massacre, that it reflects a planned annihilation is hardly in doubt” (Samuel Totten et al., 2004).
Many methods were used to carry out the genocide. One of them was described this way: “During the genocide of Hutus by Tutsis in Burundi in 1972 … a perpetrator explained: Several techniques, several, several. One can gather two thousand persons in a house – in a prison, let us say. There are some halls which are large. The house is locked. The men are left there for fifteen days without eating, without drinking. Then one opens. One finds cadavers. Not beaten, not anything. Dead”(Steven Pinker 2011).

The world either kept silent or expressed solidarity with the Tutsi government of Burundi about the 1972 genocide. Lemarchand writes “The unwillingness of the international community to see through the humbug of official media and take heed of the many warning signs preceding the slaughter, all wrenchingly clear, is little short of astonishing. Perhaps the most surreal of all international responses to the slaughter came from the Organization of African Unity (OAU) – now the African Union (AU) – on May 22, 1972 during the visit to Bujumbura by the OAU Secretary-General Diallo Telli. ‘The OAU’, said Telli, ‘being essentially an organization based on solidarity, my presence here in Bujumbura signifies the total solidarity of the [OAU] Secretariat, with the President of Burundi, and with the government and the fraternal people of Burundi'”(Samuel Totten et al., 2004).

“To take full measure of western indifference, one can do no better than quote from the surprisingly guarded letter of the diplomatic corps delivered to President Micombero on May 30, at the initiative of the papal nuncio: ‘As true friends of Burundi we have followed with anguish and concern the events of the last few weeks. We are thus comforted by your appointment of groups of ‘wise men’ to pacify the country, and by the orders that you have given to repress the arbitrary actions of individuals and groups, and acts of private vengeance and excesses of authority”. Unsurprisingly, the only member of the diplomatic corps who refused to sign the letter, presumably objecting to its offensive wording was the French ambassador.
“Hardly more edifying was the response of the UN Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim, to the carnage. … Waldheim expressed his ‘fervent hopes that peace, harmony, and stability can be brought about successfully and speedily, that Burundi will thereby achieve the goals of social progress, better standards of living and other ideals and principles set forth in the UN Charter. … In 1972, as in 1994, the UN sat on its hands as hundreds of thousands of innocent Africans were being slaughtered”( Samuel Totten et al., 2004).

As in Rwanda 1994 genocide, there were sufficient warnings of an impending massacre of innocent Hutu by Tutsi in 1972 in Burundi but none took heed.
In June 1993, Melchior Ndadaye, a Hutu and young banker won the presidential elections with 65 percent of the votes cast. Although the October 1961 coup failed, Ndadaye was dead together with other senior officials including the constitutionally designated successor speaker of parliament. Allegations are that the failed attempted coup was planned by Museveni and Kagame in Entebbe Uganda. The day following the death of the president “Tutsi soldiers and police descended on communities where Tutsi had been threatened or attacked, as well as on others where there had been no trouble. They used unnecessary force against Hutu, including both those armed with spears, machetes and clubs and those who made no attempt to defend themselves.

In some communities soldiers used helicopters, machine guns and incendiary grenades, as they had in Ntege and Marangara in 1988. Elsewhere they arrived in armored vehicles and randomly strafed homes and other buildings. Soldiers and police collaborated in some attacks with civilians including bands of high school students”(Current History May 1994).

Since 1994 Rwanda genocide, Tutsi have projected themselves as a minority victimized by the majority Hutu. The record shows that since the 15th century when the Nilotic Tutsi from South Sudan began interacting with Bantu from the Cameroon/Nigeria border, it is Tutsi that have committed atrocities including selling Bantu as slaves. Tutsi monopoly of the military which they have used to defeat, dispossess and impoverish Hutu and Bairu of southwest Uganda has turned them into aggressors, not victims. Bantu who were wealthy and healthy before the arrival of Tutsi were turned into serfs subsequently reminiscent of medieval Europe.

The brutality of Tutsi towards Hutu was demonstrated without shame during an interview when Kagame was attending the Commonwealth Summit in Uganda. Kagame admitted that for four years his troops had done a thorough job of eliminating genocidaires and interahamwe in eastern DRC.
The question to ask is this: Since Hutu genocidaires and Interrahamwe look exactly alike other Hutu, live together and dress alike, and were no longer carrying machetes and guns how did Kagame troops manage to isolate genocidaires and Interahamwe from the rest of Congo and Rwanda Hutu before genocidaires and interahamwe were thoroughly eliminated? Kagame should be asked or forced to answer this question.
One more thing: How come in the Great Lakes region which includes Kenya and Tanzania endemic troubles are found in areas where Tutsi live in eastern DRC, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda? Tutsi cause trouble because they have insisted they were born to rule over others and they will achieve it by force of arms, a network of spies using Tutsi women where necessary and political intrigue.
So far they have had massive support from some powerful western countries that are protecting them at home and abroad especially at the United Nations where Rwanda now is a member of the Security Council and Uganda may be elected president of the General Assembly for the session starting this September in 2013. This external orientation is diverting mushrooming domestic problems in both countries. In Rwanda Tutsi and Hutu don’t like each other; Tutsi who stayed in Rwanda are not happy with Tutsi refugees who came back and took most of the good jobs and other benefits; and French-speaking Tutsi and English-speaking Tutsi who are jockeying for positions and other benefits. So the situation is fluid there as in Uganda where NRM is cracking, the military is beginning to crack and cracks have been reported in the police.
Rosy average economic growth and per capita income figures for Rwanda and Uganda captured in the 2013 Human Development report (HDR) mask wide disparities in income distribution and leave out of the report poverty and its offshoots of hunger, unemployment, disease, urban slums, alcoholism and drug abuse, domestic violence and crime and rapidly deteriorating environment particularly in Uganda. Democracy at gun point has become unsustainable. Museveni and Kagame have gone beyond rebranding. It’s time to have new leaders and we urge our development partners to help level the playing field.

Revolutions in France, Russia, Mexico and Ethiopia took place in conditions similar to those in Uganda today. We should learn from these lessons to prevent a repeat instead of ignoring them. We believe all people in the region should live together in peace, security and harmony and the region has enough to go round if justice prevails.

7 Fascinating Things About Rwanda You Probably Don’t Know

Are you curious about Rwanda and would like to learn more about this small and beautiful country during your African safari?

Do you wish to learn about the breathtaking attractions and strange laws of the country? Well, this is the time for you to know, everything you need to learn about her and untrue facts you need to clarify. However, some of the things you will find out will take your breath away and these include;

The World’s finest coffee comes from Rwanda

The Land of a thousand Hills favors the growth of some of the World’s finest coffee beans. Due to Government, farmer co-operatives and Non-Governmental Organizations’ efforts, the quality of coffee exported from Rwanda is always the best thus allowing to tourists to not only track the Mountain gorillas but also taste some of the World’s finest coffee brands.

One of the three countries to encounter the critically endangered Mountain gorillas

If you didn’t know, then you need to know that Rwanda is among the three exceptional countries in the World that can be visited for the critically endangered mountain gorillas. They are found within Volcanoes National Park, in the North-western side of the country thus can be visited at anytime of the year. Additionally, it is easier to track the mountain gorillas in this country than it is with the other countries (Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo)

Another interesting fact about this country that will take your breath away is the annual naming ceremony of the newborn mountain gorillas popularly known as the “Kwita Izina Ceremony” introduced in 2005. You can plan your next gorilla safari and Kwita Izina in September.

Plastic bags are not allowed (are illegal) in the country

You will discover that when you buy anything (be it souvenirs, groceries, food, shoes or clothes) in a store or supermarket, it will be packed or wrapped in a paper bag instead of plastic/polythene bags as it is done in the neighboring countries. Plastic bags were banned by the Government in 2006 in an effort to reduce the litter within the streets of the country.

Kigali is the cleanest City in the African Continent

One of the obvious reasons why Kigali is among the cleanest Cities in Africa is probably because Plastic bags were abolished in the country and surprisingly, you can be arrested if found littering rubbish on the street. This is strange for a Ugandan because in this country, even a smartly dressed man or woman will not be ashamed to throw rubbish on the streets and no one cares. Besides that, everyone including the President of Rwanda participates during the “cleaning days” of the City known as Umuganda. This culture is said to be contained in the traditional practice of Communal cleanliness.

Golden monkeys can also be tracked

Besides Mountain gorillas, golden monkeys can be tracked within Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and this also takes places within Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

The country suffered a genocide and has now recovered

The year 1994 was the most painful time for the people of Rwanda because over 800,000 people especially the Tutsi were killed and more than 2 million became refugees to the neighboring countries of Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rwanda is a land of a thousand Hills

Oh yes, Rwanda is the land of a thousand Hills, thus offering one of the most picturesque views you can ever find during an African safari. Not only that, this country has been known as the Switzerland of Africa, due to the numerous Hills and the cool climate.

Did you know that Rwanda is the only place with majority female parliamentarians?

Strange as it sounds, the country is the first place in the World with majority of female Politicians and mainly female-run institutions. It was actually ranked by the UN as the highest country in the World with most women in Parliament as of January 2017. There are currently 59 women in the 106-seat of Parliament (representing more than half).

4 Reasons Why You Should Track Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

Mountain gorillas are found within only three African countries that include Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. With about 880 of these Giant Apes left in the whole World, Uganda is a home to over 440 (about 400 in Bwindi Impenetrable and around 40 in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park) hence it would be a dream come true to meet face to face to one of the World’s most treasured wildlife.

With three options (choices), you are probably wondering which of the three countries would offer the most unforgettable gorilla safari experience and I recommend Uganda but these are the most interesting reasons why you can’t afford to miss tracking mountain gorillas from Uganda;

1. The country is safe for all tourists

Anyone who has ever been to Uganda will concur that she is one of the safest and secure countries in the African continent and the people are very friendly and welcoming to visitors.  If you compare the three destinations where gorilla trekking is conducted, Rwanda and Uganda are the safest while the Democratic Republic of Congo is often avoided due to the rebel insurgencies within the Eastern side of the country but the next reason is why you would rather track gorillas from the Pearl of Africa (Uganda).

2. Gorilla trekking is cheaper

If you compare Uganda and Rwanda, you should definitely choose the former because price of gorilla permits cost about $600 per person for foreign non-residents, $500 for foreign residents and Shs 250,000 for East African Community Residents compared to the latter that charges an exorbitant $1500 per person for all categories of tourists.  Much as the Democratic Republic of Congo offers permits at only $400 (cheaper than the two countries), but because of the ongoing instability in the Eastern side of the country, it is often avoided by tourists.

3. You can also enjoy the exhilarating Gorilla Habituation Experience

Uganda is the only destination is the whole World that offers the interesting Gorilla Habituation Experience where tourists are allowed to spend four hours with the Mountain gorillas instead of the usual one hour spent during normal gorilla trekking.  This adventure is conducted within two sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that include Nkuringo and Rushaga sectors and permits costs only $1500 per person. Gorilla Habituation is when these primates get used to the presence of humans.

4. The country offers shelter to the highest population of these Giant Apes

It is a clear fact that Uganda offers shelter to the highest number of mountain gorillas with more than half calling Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks home. There are over 400 (11 habituated gorilla families) and 40 (and one habituated group) found within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park respectively of the total 880 of these Giant Apes left in the World, hence 96 permits are sold in Uganda per day (based on the maximum number of 8 persons allows to visit a gorilla family).

Habituated gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include Mishaya, Bweza, Nkuringo, Kahungye, Busingye, Nshongi, Oruzogo, Bitukura, Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura while only the Nyakagyezi group is found within Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Therefore, Uganda is the best destination for gorilla trekking safaris because it has the highest population of mountain gorillas, the adventure is cheaper, the destination is safe for gorilla trekking and is the only country that offers the exciting Gorilla Habituation Experience.

Factor To Consider Before Renting A Car In Uganda

Renting A Car In Uganda

Are you looking for the most comfortable and excellent car to rent for safari travel or business in Uganda? For the excellent and comfortable car rentals in Uganda, the perfect way to save money is for you compare the costs of vehicles online and not only the rates displayed on the websites since costs can changed at any time based on the economic conditions and the personal needs. There are some of the things you have to know prior renting a car in Uganda. Ranging from the size of the car, the number of people you are going to travel with, costs, special discounts, company status to a required driver documents and extra rates included.

The size and the kind of the car matters

Many car hiring agencies in Uganda offer different charges depending on the size of the car someone requires to rent. The size of the vehicle is determined by the number of people it can carry, seating capacity and car model type. Select a car based on the number of people you are most likely to travel with, big cars especially the minibuses and minivans can carry from 15 to 50 people while the small vehicles such as the sedans can accommodate a maximum of five passengers and they all offer varied costs.

Valid driving permit or license

This is another useful factor for you to put mind while planning to rent a vehicle in Uganda. All car hire agencies in the country prior offering you their vehicle, the first thing they will require is your valid driving permit and they remain with a photocopy of your permit and passport photo and it is also advisable that you obey the traffic laws and be patient while driving on road.

Special discounts

Prior hiring a car in Uganda, you should consider discount offers, most agencies in the country provide special discount to clients in varied days, seasons and the depending on the size of the group. We provide special discounts to visitors provided that you book a car for many days say five and more. This also includes group travelers say two or more vehicles at the same time. For visitors who are interested in weekend getaway, they can request for their discounts in weekend vehicles on hire.

The number of people and size of luggage to be carried along

This also impacts on the cost of vehicle to be hired in that if you are traveling personally or as a couple, you simply require four door passenger car like the Toyota Rav4, Premio or any other economical vehicle to save money on the cost of fuel and even those small cars are provided at low cost. In case you are traveling in a group say a family and carrying huge luggage, you will require a big car especially minibus that can carry many people and luggage even at times you require an additional car to carry your property.

Destination where you need to visit

This also features among important factors to be considered before renting a car in Uganda for instance you are drive just around the city centre its better you get a simple vehicle like Rav4 but when you are going to travel in the rural areas to discover Uganda’s magnificent national parks, it is advisable that you rent a four by four safari vehicle since most road networks are in poor state and this can easily make you get stuck especially when you use a small car.

Car hire company status

Prior planning to rent a vehicle from a given car hire company, first carry out adequate research on which company you desire to work with as you may encounter several companies online and some of them may not be genuine. Prior putting any commitment fee to any agency first make sure that the company is dully registered, reliable and they offer pocket friendly prices.

Ask about the hidden charges

Prior deciding which car to rent from any company, first inquire more about the cost and hidden charges to avoid disappointments at last time. You need to discuss more on the fuel charges if it is included on the cost most car companies provide rates without fuel and driver so it is better to talk about it prior hiring a vehicle. As well, many agencies charge additional income if you return the car beyond the agreed time. Other charges may apply to GPS device, camping bags, travel map and many more.

Go through customer testimonies online

While hiring a car for a safari, you will encounter several options especially as you surf via the internet which may lead to more confusion while selecting the company to hire the car. To make the best option, you will require to go through car hire service testimonies from the past clients and you can easily find these on the website, Google reviews, social media like face book or check on the trip advisor. This will guide as different clients give their views depending on their previous experiences especially concerning car hire, drivers or full road trip experience and this can help you get out of doubts and worries on whom to book the vehicle with.

In conclusion, there are many factors for you to consider prior hiring a car for a safari in Uganda. The above factors offer you guidance on what to do or not to do to find that comfortable car that fits within your budget and desires. Other factors include safety precautions and reservation responsiveness. For more information, contact us and we shall be there to help you.

Things to Avoid When Renting a Car in Uganda

Renting a car has become a common part of travel experience you would think of. However it’s never an easy task to opt for. Do I need to buy for additional fuel? Pay for insurance, what about refueling the car. I hear horror stories about phony damages; no one is around to inspect the car. Okay can I drive in a foreign country, do they offer me a chauffeur. All these questions come into the minds of travelers intending to rent cars in Uganda. Among your options there are some things you need to avoid;

Prepaying for gasoline

Prepaid gasoline charges appeal to our desire for the Simplicity of travelling and concerns being late to the airport. Rental cars have come with options of refueling their cars unless you are completely sure that you will return the empty car, you can refuel it at your own expense making it more costly to the rental charges

Avoid returning the vehicle at the delayed time

Most companies in Uganda have ignored the extra hours they give before expiration of the agreed period, terms and conditions in line with the programmed tour. Companies like Auto rental Uganda, Car Rental Uganda, Rent  a Car Uganda have designed fares for the extra hours you spend with their fleet. Always read the terms and conditions of your chosen car rental on the return date. In most cases a penalty will be charged on top of your fully paid charges for hiring the car. Changed programs may cause this, un expected mechanical problem which should be communicated to the rental agency. Serious observation of the terms and conditions must be taken note of.

Avoid paying for extra costs

Make sure you check the auto agency’s insurance policy whether it covers you when you rent the car. The biggest extra costs are collision of the car you hired .So avoid to pay for extra costs in case the car got  head collision with another car yet it’s the company’s insurance policy Make sure that you follow your itinerary in order to avoid unnecessary costs on your trip to Uganda. Doing all these will help you to save some of your money and have beautiful luxurious trip that you will live long to talk.

Avoid taking the car before thoroughly inspection.

Examine the car of your choice both the exterior  and interior view still at the rental desk to avoid paying the damage that was already  in existence  Rental cars always advise their clients to full inspect the car they hire in case of any mechanical happened to them while on their trip. Things like the hand brake, wipers, horn, tyres, head lights, indicators, battery, check belts, brake fluids, hydraulic, oil level and the radiators

Avoid returning the vehicle when its fuel tank is empty.

Always   take clear observation of the nearby fuel stations as you are set for trip. Since most roads in Uganda are unsurfaced especially heading to the game reserves, make sure that you carry with you an extra fuel container like a jerry can in case  you got up with fuel shortages. Lastly terms and conditions should be taken in mind regarding to   your contract. Smoking in a non-smoking car, driving while drunk which violates Ugandan traffic rules. The car hired should be taken as if it is yours, keeping it clean, parking in safe areas and never allow un authorized person to  operate your car keeping in mind to lock the car properly when you moved out of it

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa Set To Be Sworn In As President on Friday

(HARARE, Zimbabwe) — Zimbabwe’s recently fired vice president was set to return on Wednesday to be sworn in as the country’s new leader, after Robert Mugabe announced his stunning resignation during impeachment proceedings against him.

The state-run broadcaster reported that Emmerson Mnangagwa would arrive at Manyame Air Base in the capital, Harare, at 6 p.m., and the Parliament speaker said he would be sworn in Friday after the ruling party notified him of its nomination of Mnangagwa to replace Mugabe until the end of the term next year.

Singing and cheering, several hundred people have gathered outside the air force base in anticipation of Mnangagwa’s arrival.

Some carried printed signs with images of Mnangagwa, suggesting a significant level of organization behind the jubilant turnout. Signs read “Welcome back, our hero” and “True to your word, you’re back. Welcome.”

A man in the crowd, Godwin Nyarugwa, said he was “very ecstatic” and that “we need change in this country, change in everything.”

Zimbabwe has been through “crisis after crisis” and Mnangagwa seems best suited to lead the country forward, said Nyarugwa, who has several university degrees but no job.

“We have to try him and see,” he said. “If he doesn’t come up with something, we need to change him as well.”

The air force base where demonstrators are congregating is adjacent to Harare’s international airport.

Zimbabweans are still reeling from Mugabe’s resignation Tuesday. They cheered and danced in the streets of Harare late into the night, thrilled to be rid of a leader whose early promise after the end of white minority rule in 1980 was overtaken by economic collapse, government dysfunction and human rights violations.

Now the focus turns to Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s longtime deputy who was pushed aside earlier this month as unpopular first lady Grace Mugabe positioned herself to replace him and succeed her husband. Mnangagwa fled the country, claiming threats against his life.

That led the military to step in a week ago, opening the door for the ruling party and the people to publicly turn against the president.

It was not clear what the 93-year-old Robert Mugabe and his wife would do next. Mugabe, who was the world’s oldest head of state, said in his resignation letter that legal procedures should be followed to install a new president “no later than tomorrow.”

The privately run Newsday newspaper reported that Mnangagwa would be met on arrival in Harare by army commander Constantino Chiwenga and ruling party officials and then was expected “to meet Mugabe for a briefing.”

Zimbabweans woke up to the first day in 37 years without Mugabe in power. With some nursing hangovers, they looked over newspaper headlines such as “Adios Bob and Ta-ta President.”

“I think this change of government is like a new breath of fresh air right across the country,” said Patrick Musira on the streets of the capital. “Everyone was engulfed with excitement and they are looking for a better future, a brighter future with work.”

Zimbabwe’s new leaders are faced with a once-prosperous nation whose economy has collapsed, sending well-educated but frustrated young people into desperate work as street vendors. Many have left the country altogether.

Mnangagwa is a former justice and defense minister who served for decades as Mugabe’s enforcer, a role that earned him the nickname “Crocodile.” Many opposition supporters believe he was instrumental in the army killings of thousands of people when Mugabe moved against a political rival in the 1980s.

So far in the current political turmoil Mnangagwa has used inclusive language, saying in a statement hours before Mugabe’s resignation that all Zimbabweans should work together to advance their nation.

“Never should the nation be held at ransom by one person ever again, whose desire is to die in office at whatever cost to the nation,” Mnangagwa said.

In a new commentary, the state-run Zimbabwe Herald newspaper stressed the importance of presidential term limits, saying Zimbabweans will “never again go back into a box of silence.”

It added: “We hope that when (Mnangagwa) finishes his stint in State House the cheers will be for a job well done … He has the best wishes of most Zimbabweans, at least today.”

How Kenyan Graduates Make Millions of Money Online

Are you tired of looking for that ever-elusive job? Are you a recent graduate who cannot land a good job without experience? Are you anxious to be your own Boss and decide your own financial destiny? If all or some of the answers to the above question is Yes, then here is how you can do it hassle free and without initial intense capital outlay.

With everything going digital and the internet revolution exploding, there comes with it massive opportunities to make money. Kenyans are making thousands of money from the online world. Common ways of making money is through article writing, blogging, transcription, programming and academic writing.

Recent survey showed that young Kenyan graduates are making a decent living online through academic writing. Academic writing has gained tremendous popularity in the Kenyan online free-lancing market. Basically, this involves the writing of research papers, essays, assignments, dissertations, thesis and many more. The client gives the writer a topic to research on, the money he or she is willing to pay and the time frame the assignment is expected to be completed. Once the writer completes the academic work, he is paid according to the site’s terms.

There exists thousands of legitimate academic writing sites that pay well. Academic writing opportunities can be quite broad, covering any type of writing that is related to education or academic research. Some great sites include: Writerbay (WriterBay.com) is a great site for online writing jobs. The site pays up to $20 per page, making it an excellent income opportunity for good writers. Payment is released on the 16th of every month.

Another great site is UvoCorp.com: Uvorcorp is one of the best research writing sites. Unlike the rest of the websites, it pays very well, has plenty of orders even in the low season and has supportive editors and administrators. Uvorcorp pays between $5 and $20 per page and writers here have the highest income potential.

Essaywriters.net is another great site. Though Essaywriters pays low, the good thing about it is that it has a lot of orders throughout the year. Essaywriters pays from $2.5 and the pay goes higher depending on the complexity and urgency of the order. Writers are also paid twice a month.

To be a good writer, one needs to be conversant with different writing styles of formatting the papers. Some of the commonly used styles include APA, MLA, Harvard and Chicago (Turabian).

How I became I Millionaire With Just a Laptop and Facebook Account

Gloria Otieno, a former Kenya airways employee quit her lucrative career to go home with only a laptop and a facebook page! This although seems to be unwise decision for most people, to her it was the beginning of a journey to making it big and reaping from her passion.

As an employee at Kenya Airways, she felt that the job was not her passion and thought that it was time to move on in search of her true passion. Gloria, a pharmacist by training is currently the owner of a top consulting firm in Kenya Recours Four Kenya Consultants Limited; a company that provides recruitment, selection, training and development of staff and design of corporate uniforms. It also offers training, helping to bridge the gap between education and employment by equipping participants with the required skills necessary for the workplace.

Gloria’s whose first deal was worth ksh. 200 says that it takes passion and commitment to get to where you want to be. Her first client was a 22 year old man who she did a CV for 200 shillings. After the young man landed an interview he referred her to his cousin and that is how the cycle began.

After the young man landed an interview he referred her to his cousin and that is how the cycle began. She asked happy clients to post their testimonials on her Facebook page and when she received more than 1,000 CVs in the first few months she knew she had business and she needed more people.

She however advices people that befor you quit your job, you must have a plan in place and be ready to work tirelessly towards it.
And her advice to young entrepreneurs? “An entrepreneur must have a plan. You must understand your business and the direction you want it to take. You should have a working knowledge about the business you plan to start before you start it. You also need common sense, appropriate experience, follow through and attention to detail,” she concludes.

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How Hackers Access for Facebook & Twitter

With the current trend of Twitter and Facebook account hacking for government institutions and prominent personal accounts. East Africa Business Daily News takes you through possible means how you account can be easily hacked. If You have a facebook or twitter account with large followers then I Advice you take time and read through this help.

1. Phishing

Phishing is still the most popular attack vector used for hacking Facebook accounts. There are variety  ethods to carry out phishing attack. In a simple phishing attacks a hacker creates a fake log in page  hich exactly looks like the real Facebook page and then asks the victim to log in. Once the victim log in through the fake page the, the victims “Email Address” and “Password” is stored in to a text file,  nd the hacker then downloads the text file and gets his hands on the victims credentials.

2. Keylogging

Keylogging is the easiest way to hack a Facebook password. Keylogging sometimes can be so dangerous that even a person with good knowledge of computers can fall for it. A Keylogger is basically a small program which, once is installed on victim’s computer, will record every thing victim types on his/her computer. The logs are then send back to the attacker by either FTP or directly to hackers email address.

3. Stealer’s

Almost 80% percent people use stored passwords in their browser to access the Facebook. This is quite convenient, but can sometimes be extremely dangerous. Stealer’s are software’s specially designed to capture the saved passwords stored in the victims Internet browser.

4. Session Hijacking

Session Hijacking can be often very dangerous if you are accessing Facebook on a http (non secure) connection. In Session Hijacking attack, a hacker steals the victims browser cookie which is used to authenticate the user on a website, and use it to access the victims account. Session hijacking is widely used on LAN, and WiFi connections.

5. Sidejacking With Firesheep

Sidejacking attack went common in late 2010, however it’s still popular now a days. Firesheep is widely used to carry out sidejacking attacks. Firesheep only works when the attacker and victim is on the same WiFi network. A sidejacking attack is basically another name for http session hijacking, but it’s more targeted towards WiFi users.

6. Mobile Phone Hacking

Millions of Facebook users access Facebook through their mobile phones. In case the hacker can gain access to the victims mobile phone then he can probably gain access to his/her Facebook account. Their are a lots of Mobile Spying software’s used to monitor a Cellphone. The most popular Mobile Phone Spying software’s are: Mobile Spy, and Spy Phone Gold.

7. DNS Spoofing

If both the victim and attacker are on the same network, an attacker can use a DNS spoofing attack and change the original Facebook page to his own fake page and hence can get access to victims Facebook account.

8. USB Hacking

If an attacker has physical access to your computer, he could just insert a USB programmed with a function to automatically extract saved passwords in the Internet browser.

9. Man In the Middle Attacks

If the victim and attacker are on the same LAN and on a switch based network, a hacker can place himself between the client and the server, or he could act as a default gateway and hence capturing all the traffic in between.

10. Botnets

Botnets are not commonly used for hacking Facebook accounts, because of it’s high setup costs. They  re used to carry more advanced attacks. A Botnet is basically a collection of compromised computer. The infection process is same as the key logging, however a Botnet gives you additional options for carrying out attacks with the compromised computer. Some of the most popular Botnets include  pyeye and Zeus.

If this makes sense and you care about you friends and relatives accounts the Share on their time lines for them to be aware.