Archive for June, 2015

Diani’s Colobus Conservation – where results in protecting the primates is key to their survival


(Posted 30th June 2015)

South Coast residents have been invited for a conservation fundraiser on the 28th of July, when a bit of potluck and a sense of navigation are ingredient for participants. Those willing to host either a starter, a main course or a dessert will pay half price while others who, perhaps for not being ready to be called a chef yet, the evening will set them back 5.000 Kenya Shillings, equivalent to approximately 50 US Dollars at current rates.

All those signed up will meet at a central meeting point in Diani and are then told where they need to go to find their supper.

The Colobus Conservation is one of the south coast’s leading conservation NGO’s and, supported by Safarilink among many other corporate sponsors, seen as largely responsible for the survival of the black and white colobus species. Few of what once upon a time were dozens of groups and numbering in their hundreds if not more, do now remain in this part of the Kenya coast due to the past encroachment on their main habitat. Those were the extensive tropical forests which lined the coastlines of Eastern Africa but were cut for timber, make space for farms, houses and resorts other human activities.

Colobus conservation, in addition to having put up rope ladders across the busy Diani beach road to allow the primates safe crossings, are also involved in taking in injured and even orphaned Colobus, to nurse them back to health and then release them back to their groups or have them join another if it cannot be found out with certainty where they came from. Several hotels today pride themselves to have Colobus groups on their properties and guests are suitably briefed not to feed them and not to tease them so as to give the Colobus a safe and disturbance free environment in which they can thrive.

Local residents and businesses asked about their level of support for the Colobus Conservation were quick to profess their regular contributions, aware that the black and white primates form a major attractions for tourists when they come to this part of the Kenya coast and that the work of the trust has for many years been entirely transparent and results published on a regular basis.

President Michel says a categoric no to a tourism resort at Cap Ternay


(Posted 30th June 2015)

No more large hotels’ was one of the core messages in President James Alix Michel’s address to the nation when he announced, on the occasion of the first ever combined celebration of the Independence Day and the National Day, that the development of new large foreign owned resorts would be halted under a moratorium. President Michel was at the same time announcing that there would categorically be no resort development at Cap Ternay, where the government would rather construct the Blue Economy Institute and facilities for the archipelago’s youth.

Projects, which have already been approved and were in the planning and construction phase, will not be affected by the new presidential decree. The announcement was enthusiastically welcomed by local Seychellois entrepreneurs who have often invested their life savings to construct, self-catering facilities, B&B’s, holiday villas and apartments and who under government policy changes in recent years were able to enter the tourism industry under a broad empowerment programme.

The government will now launch a study to determine the carrying capacity of the archipelago’s main islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue to establish how many tourists per annum can be catered for and if there is at all further space in the future for the development of some remaining sites for tourism purposes. The study will take into account such critical issues as water, electricity, skilled local manpower and waste management, all in line with the Seychelles’ commitment towards sustainable ecofriendly operations of all aspects of commerce and life.

The announcement about Cap Ternay also finally put to rest constant murmurs that this prized site was to be hived off to foreign investors for a resort development and critics now had the wind taken out of their sails when President Michel committed his government to the establishment of a national institution on that site, and leisure facilities for the island’s youths.

Notably did the president also announce the lifting of any duty on electric vehicles while hybrid vehicles would only attract a duty of five percent. He also decreed that every new home built from now on would require to install solar panels and solar water heaters but that subsidies would be available for qualified applicants to reduce the cost burden of the initial investment.

Seychelles – Another World is indeed just that, a country which has dedicated more than half of its territory to conservation, a country which future depends on halting climate change on a global scale and a country which is therefore playing its own progressive role to minimize the archipelago’s carbon footprint. Leading by example and putting his money where is mouth is, so it is thumbs up and full marks for President Michel, who with such feathers in his proverbial cap can confidently stride towards the next elections in early 2016.

Carmen Nibigira gets the thumbs up as new EATP Coordinator


(Posted 30th June 2015)

Following the departure of Ms. Waturi Wa Matu, who served as Coordinator for the EATP since the launch of the regional tourism apex body three years ago, was the organization seeking to fill the position with an equally competent individual from across the member states of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

In a breaking news development can it now be confirmed that Ms. Carmen Nibigira, former Director General of the Burundi National Tourism Office and presently a Ph.D. Candidate at Clemson University in South Carolina, was selected unanimously and will upon completion of her studies take over the vacant position in Nairobi.

Carmen took Burundi’s national tourism office from a previously hibernating state into the spotlight among the East African tourism boards, winning ITB’s Best African Exhibitor Award among many other accomplishments during her one year term of office, before she had to return to the United States to complete her Ph.D. studies.

Carmen earned the respect and admiration among East Africa’s tourism fraternity and no doubt will her appointment be warmly welcomed across the region.

Gifted with both academic credentials as well as skills in diplomacy, besides her extensive network in Eastern Africa and beyond, is Carmen thought to be the perfect choice to take over from Waturi and take EATP to the next level, as East Africa’s tourism sector needs to unite to succeed against sharp competition from Southern Africa’s safari destinations.

Said Carmen in a brief statement sent out earlier on to this correspondent: ‘I am very honoured to have been selected as Coordinator for the East Africa Tourism Platform. Waturi Wa Matu did a phantastic job since the launch of EATP and has, together with the representatives of the member countries, driven the regional tourism agenda forward. EATP has recorded significant successes and I look forward to building on these achievements and help take East Africa’s tourism industry to the next level. The region has many opportunities and challenges and the best chance to succeed is to stand together and form a united front when we market the region and engage with the governments, private sector and all stakeholders to deal with current constraints. I will be taking up the position during the month of July and very much look forward to work hand in hand with the representatives of the five member countries to ensure tourism is recognized as a leading source of employment, foreign exchange earnings and both foreign direct investment and local investment. I look forward to shaping sound policies supporting development tourism while bringing solutions to some of the pressing issues like wildlife management and conservation as well as human capital’.

Waturi Wa Matu also wished her successor, with whom she worked hand in hand when Carmen was head of Burundi’s national tourism office, all the best, when discussing the new appointment earlier in the month. Waturi, now at Trade Mark East Africa, will remain linked to the tourism sector and assured this correspondent that the industry can count on her continued support in the future from her new position.

Meanwhile will no doubt, now that the news are finally broken, East Africa’s tourism boards and tourism trade associations as well as the tourism fraternity at large be looking forward to Carmen taking up her position in mid-July. Watch this space for future reports on EATP’s range of activities.

A visionary and inclusive National Day address by Seychelles’ President James Alix Michel

National Day Address by President James Alix Michel, 29th June 2015

Mon, 29 June 2015
Dear People of Seychelles,

Your Excellency Mr Tommy Remengesau, President of the Republic of Palau,

President James Richard Mancham,

Vice-President Danny Faure,

Vice-President Joseph Belmont,

Monsieur le Préfet de la Région Réunion,

The Speaker of the National Assembly,

The President of the Court of Appeal,

The Acting Chief Justice

The Designated Minister

Monsieur le Commandant Supérieur des Forces Françaises de l’Océan Indien,

Monsieur le Commandant de la Gendarmerie Nationale,


Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly,

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly,

Your Excellencies Heads of Diplomatic Missions,

Distinguished Guests,

I remember…

Yes, I remember 39 years ago, as do thousands of Seychellois, that day, that night, when our little country became an independent state.

From a small obscure corner of the old stadium, I witnessed that glorious event, so historic. That moment of joy. That moment of glory, that moment of hope which all Seychellois had been waiting for and sharing. A grand date with our destiny.

At midnight on the 29th of June 1976, President James Mancham and Prime Minister Albert René – the two great personalities of the history of Seychelles, two whom we pay a special tribute tonight – saluted the new Seychelles flag as it rose slowly and proudly, while the Union Jack was lowered. A republic was born. A colony was no more. We, Seychellois, took our destiny into our own hands. We were aware that the road ahead of us would be long and difficult. We were aware of the challenges ahead, but we were determined to overcome them. Our determination, reinforced by the hopes of a free and independent people.

Your Excellency Mr. Tommy Esang Remengesau,

President of the Republic of Palau,

Your Excellencies,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are proud and honoured to welcome you to Seychelles as our guest of honour for our National Day celebrations. It is always a pleasure to share our accomplishments with our fellow island brothers and sisters who share a deeper appreciation of the specific challenges faced by Small Island Developing States in promoting sustainable development and the Blue Economy.

Seychelles and Palau are naturally aligned as two countries that have “sustainability” at the heart of our development efforts. And we are united in our efforts to continue speaking, with a loud and strong voice, one voice of the SIDS, to make the rest of the world listen! In particular in this year of climate action. I pay tribute to the exemplary working relationship that Seychelles and Palau share, through our joint-chairmanship of the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA). Our exemplary working relationship also finds vigour in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), not least through our participation in the SAMOA Conference last year and in other important fora. Our efforts are bearing fruit. Together we can make a difference, together we have made a difference and we shall make a difference! Thank you, Mr President and your delegation.

Monsieur le Préfet de la Région Réunion

To you, too, I want to say how honoured and happy we are to have you among us on this memorable occasion. History has produced exemplary relations – not to say unique – between Seychelles and Reunion. Up to now no uncertainty has managed to dent the fraternal ties, friendship and mutual respect between us. Today, we share a privileged moment, and I thank you whole- heartedly for being with us in Seychelles.

Dear People of Seychelles

We have made much progress since we gained our Independence. This is undeniable. The creation and affirmation of the identity of our people. One people, one nation. Progress in Education. In Health. In Housing. In the welfare of the elderly. The creation of opportunities for young Seychellois. The development and flourishing of businesses. The empowerment of Seychellois. The growth of the Gross Domestic Product. A considerable improvement in our standard of living. The strengthening of social justice and dignity of our people. The radiating of the image of Seychelles abroad. So many elements that represent progress that we have achieved together. Together, with our sweat, with our determination and resilience, we have built our Seychelles. A prosperous Seychelles with a high level of income, and a high development index. A Seychelles with a solid and performing economy, with foreign exchange reserves in excess of half a billion US dollars.

Truly, much progress, much achievement, and much transformation, which are the pride of our nation, the joy, the satisfaction of our people over the last 39 years.

Today, as we celebrate the 39th anniversary of or Independence, the time has come for us all to look toward the future. Put our differences aside and strengthen our national unity. One country. One people. Let us continue our efforts to put right the wrongs of the past. But at the same time, let us appreciate the positive things that have happened and which have benefited our people as a whole. Let us recognise and appreciate all the benefits that we enjoy: the stability of our country, the peace that reigns within it, and our national unity. That’s my message to all Seychellois today. A message of peace and unity. A message of love, compassion and solidarity. This is what will bring us toward greater prosperity.

Dear People of Seychelles

Many things have changed since our Independence. Seychelles has experienced phenomenal transformation. We must continue to transform Seychelles for it to remain a country of progress. We must continue to transform our country for it to generate even more prosperity for all Seychellois.

That is the task of my Government. A proactive Government, dynamic and responsible and always in touch with the people. It seeks ways of preserving its gains, and continues to create an environment, and puts measures into place, to create greater prosperity and enhance the wellbeing of our people.

Remaining connected with the people means always going out towards them. Involving them in governance, in decisions that concern their everyday lives. Give people the power to manage their communities, their districts, in ways that are democratic, free and efficient. That is the objective of the new Bill on District Administration that Government will be proposing to the National Assembly shortly. It will provide for every District to have a District Council which is directly elected by the residents of the District. This is yet another important step in the evolution and strengthening of our democracy.

Dear People of Seychelles

Our prosperity depends mainly on our productivity and economic activity. Tourism and fisheries have long been the principal pillars of our economy. We depend considerably on them. They generate employment, investment and they are the principal motors of our economy and budgetary resources.

Another sector which I always emphasize upon – and which I will continue to emphasize – is the small and medium enterprise sector. Its development is a key element of the strategy and plan of my government to make available more opportunities for our youth, and generally, to empower our people. We have already put in place the tools, and we will continue to introduce all the measures which help the development and blossoming of small and medium enterprises in a harmonious and equitable manner.

It is with this in mind that we will be introducing legislation to give even more support to the small and medium enterprises. With this new law, small businesses with a revenue of less than SR250,000 will only have to register with SEnPA without falling under the administrative procedures of the Seychelles Revenue Commission. The new law will also enable small and medium enterprises to have more access to credit and, in certain cases, benefit from the subsidy for small innovative business start-ups. We are freeing the hands of Seychellois!

At the same time licensing procedures will be simplified further. Certain categories of small enterprises will be able to obtain their licences within a period of one week. They will be able to start their operations whilst the necessary procedures are undertaken to ensure their conformity with applicable health and environmental regulations. Here again, we are freeing the hands of small Seychellois businesses!

These measures are aimed at allowing all Seychellois, who wish to do so, to start their businesses and contribute to the prosperity of our country and the wellbeing of our people. The measures are also aimed at reducing bureaucracy and improving service delivery – issues that I have spoken much about, and which I continue to address.

Dear people of Seychelles,

My government believes in the initiatives of all its citizens. We will always put in place measures aimed at increasing productivity and improving service delivery. These need to be accompanied by certain incentives. We believe in rewarding hard work, productivity and innovation. As part of the measures, in January 2016, all public sector employees who are not on fixed term contract will receive a 13th-month salary, based on their performance. The measure is not applicable to constitutional appointees. Some private companies are already offering this type of incentive to their employees, to reward them for good performance. We will continue to encourage others to do the same, mindful of the need to minimize its impact on small and medium enterprises.

The dignity and comfort of, and support for our elderly citizens, and for those who are unable to work, as well as the more vulnerable in our society, have always been a concern of this government. In my state-of-the-nation address earlier this year, I talked about retirement pensions. I said it could not remain static and that we would look into the possibility of increasing it whenever possible, based on budgetary resources. Having taken everything into consideration, I have the pleasure today to announce that we can do it. And we shall do it. From December 2015, retirement pensions will increase by SR500 per month. This increase of SR500 per month will also apply to beneficiaries of Government pensions. This demonstrates that we are firmly committed to continue improving the standard of living of our people who have devoted themselves to the service of our nation. We will never forget our elderly citizens, or the more vulnerable persons.

I take this opportunity to salute the efforts of many of our elderly citizens who have contributed over many years to make our independence a success.

They know how things used to be in those days. And they see the difference today.

Among the elderly generation are people who worked prior to Independence and to date have not benefited from a pension from the then British administration. They include the Seychellois sailors who served on the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) tankers and other British vessels. My government is undertaking to provide them with some financial support in the form of an ex-gratia payment as from 2016. This is in recognition of their contribution. We continue to support them in their initiative to get assistance and compensation from the British government.

I have mentioned the more vulnerable members of our society. Among them are the single mothers. I have always urged our young people to take their responsibilities seriously. And I will continue to do so. Becoming a parent is a major responsibility which one cannot delegate or abandon. My government is aware of the difficult situation of many single mothers. At the same time we want to help their total integration into society, particularly through productive and remunerative work. As a government contribution towards this aim, and also after taking into account the costs of day-care which maybe excessive for many mothers, we have decided to provide additional support to the day-care centres, which will help mothers who are more vulnerable. The measures we are taking will benefit all mothers – not only single mothers – provided they meet the relevant criteria. Once again, let us take our responsibilities seriously. Let us work and contribute towards our own wellbeing and the development of our country.

Dear people of Seychelles,

You know the intensity of our struggle for the protection of our environment and the importance my government attaches to renewable energy. Our principles are recognized worldwide and they have reinforced our reputation as ardent defenders of the environment and the interests of small island states. We want to continue to lead by example. Renewable energy is a key component in our strategy, not only because of the positive impact on the environment but also because of its economic value. This is why we want every Seychellois family to have access to renewable energy. We do not just want to encourage families to install solar panels on their houses, but we also want to support them financially and technically. As from next year government will subsidise the installation of solar panels for families that meet certain criteria, mainly the collective household income. It will also be compulsory for every new house and building to have its own solar panels installed. Here, too, a certain level of subvention may be applicable, depending on set criteria.

With the same aim in mind, with effect from 15th July 2015, duty on all electric vehicles will be abolished. At the same time, duty on hybrid vehicles will be reduced to 5%. This measure will help promote our policy of clean and renewable energy.

Renewable energy is the future. It complements the Blue Economy. This is the future we have chosen and which will ensure the survival of our children, the children of our children, and future generations. This is the lasting and sustainable future.

The Blue Economy is the foundation of our two main industries. Small and medium-sized businesses are adopting this concept with enthusiasm. A concept that is innovative, visionary and rewarding. We want the Blue Economy to benefit even more small businesses and small enterprises. In order to encourage this, we are introducing a programme whereby government will offer loans – through the Development Bank and SBFA (the Small Business Finance Agency) – specifically for small and medium enterprises wishing to start activities linked to the Blue Economy. There will be a special consideration for Praslin and La Digue where the possibilities of starting new businesses are limited, and especially so in the case of La Digue. Our objective, once again, is to empower our people, especially our youth, to strive and earn a living.

With regard to environmental protection and management in the context of the blue economy, I wish to say a few words on the development of tourism infrastructure. This infrastructure continues to serve us well. We have several tourism establishments which are either in the hands of our Seychellois entrepreneurs or owned by large international companies. Many of them are of international repute which bring prestige to our country. The presence of the big international hotel chains attests to the confidence they have in Seychelles, in our economy. I thank them for this. I also thank the Seychellois owners of hotels and guesthouses for the major role they are playing in our tourism industry and their significant contribution to our economy.

I have consulted and listened. I am convinced today that the time has come to stop the building of new big hotels, and to consolidate and enhance the unique products that Seychelles is offering. Consequently, my government has decided to impose, with immediate effect, a moratorium on large hotel projects on Mahé and the inner islands, with the exception of those projects for which approval has already been granted, or for which a commitment had been made by Government. A carrying capacity study, to be conducted with local and foreign expertise, will assist government in taking the necessary and informed decisions on all tourism development projects in the future. This strategy will create more space and opportunities for small hotels run by Seychellois.

I spoke of the Cap Ternay project in my State of the Nation address. Unfortunately, speculation and allegations concerning this project continue to circulate. Today I want to put a stop, once and for all, to all these speculations. There will be no construction of any hotel at Cap Ternay. This unique site will host a Blue Economy Institute, and facilities for the youth. This is the best use of this site, for the benefit of all Seychellois and also the international community.

Dear People of Seychelles,

On several occasions I have spoken of our ambition to turn Seychelles into a knowledge-based society, a knowledge-based economy. A society where in each family there will be one or more graduates. This is happening gradually. Our ambition is achievable, but it must all start with a sound education. By strengthening of the quality of the foundation and the structure of our system of education, so that it better meets the needs and expectations of the New Seychelles. This is a matter which has been the subject of much debate in the National Consultative Forum. And I thank members of the Forum for their advice and suggestions they have made on education.

After much deliberation, my government has decided to extend the period of compulsory education from 10 years to 11 years, that is, up to Secondary 5. This will better prepare our youth for post-secondary education, equip them better for the world of work, and help them become better citizens.

It is good that we are continually reforming and boosting our education system. It is good, but this alone is not enough. What do we do with all the youth who complete studies in post-secondary institutions? What opportunities, what hope, do we give to all these young people for their integration into the world of work? For the start of a satisfying career?

My government is constantly reflecting on this matter. The youth of Seychelles are the future, the youth of Seychelles is the hope of our country. How do we help them realize their dreams, their ambitions, their aspirations? I think that one of the main measures is to offer them the opportunities for decent, productive and remunerative work that will enable them to realize their potentials to the maximum. Partnership with the private sector – particularly with its principal representative, the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce & Industry – is indispensable.

Government is encouraging private companies to recruit more young people who have completed post-secondary institutions and are unemployed. As an incentive, we are proposing that Government pays 40% of the salaries of such young people who are employed by private companies for a period of one year, for salaries up to a maximum of SR7,000 a month. We shall begin implementing this scheme in 2016.

Let us work together for the development of our youth. Help them to become exemplary workers. Free their hands. Prepare them to take over the direction of the country. Let us educate our children to appreciate what we are as a people, the things we have accomplished together. Let us teach them to build the future together.

Dear people of Seychelles,

Freedom is priceless. There is no price for the dignity of a people. On the 29th June of 1976 we gained our freedom and dignity. Our pride and our identity as a nation. Let us continue to support our fundamental principles. Let us continue to live our moral and spiritual values. Our Creole values. And Let us inculcate these values in our children.

We are ready and will always be ready! The energy, resilience, fighting spirit, the unity of our people, are stronger than ever. The determination which invigorates our people today is stronger than ever, as strong as when we were fighting for our freedom. Our determination to sail to the new horizon and cross new frontiers is stronger than ever. These are what give us our strength as a nation. These are what unite us. These are what allow us to look toward a better future for our Seychelles, and we will never, never go backwards!

Today, 30 years after the historic event, we proudly hoist the flag of the Third Republic while our national anthem reminds us of our solemn obligations. These are the powerful symbols of the pride, unity, and fraternity of the New Seychelles which we committed ourselves to defend when we created the Third Republic.

39 years since our Independence … The event we are commemorating today is a powerful symbol of our national unity, which we need to adopt in our daily lives, and in our actions. A symbol to erase divisions so that we are all able to stand together, proudly, to swear to the new spirit of fraternity, of working together for our New Seychelles in peace, harmony and stability.

It is the occasion for a new celebration, a solemn moment which will unify us forever.

People of Seychelles,

Today is Our Day!

Let us seize this historic moment for us to make history!

Dear People of Seychelles.

I wish you all a happy Independence Day. May God continue to bless and protect our country, may God continue to bless the Seychellois people! We all love Seychelles!

Thank you!

So which are Kampala’s top hotels? Read on to find out all about it.


(Posted 30th June 2015)

The formal rankings of Kampala’s hotel industry, when they were announced last weekend, brought few surprises in the top, 5 star tier, even though some previously self-styled 5 star properties lost out rather badly, leaving the owners with bruised egos and the general public satisfied that some form of justice was finally done.

The fact that the Kampala Serena Hotel was named as a 5 star hotel was universally accepted as recognizing the fact that indeed it was the country’s leading hotel and conference centre. The Kampala Sheraton was classified to be at the coveted 5 star level too, as was the Commonwealth Resort in Munyonyo, located in the neighbourhood of this correspondent’s own residence. No other hotel made it to the top and those who expected the Lake Victoria Serena Resort to be named will just have to wait a little longer, as this classy lakeside resort is located outside the city limits and will probably be on the list of upcoming ranking targets by the Ugandan authorities when the teams of inspectors move on towards Entebbe, Mukono and Jinja before going further upcountry.

Among those Kampala based hotels attaining 4 star rankings were perhaps some surprises but no one would argue that the Protea Hotel Kampala is among them. Named alongside the Protea was the Speke Resort Munyonyo, which is part of the greater Munyonyo resort and conference complex.

There were reportedly some rumblings over other 4 star hotels where the owners perhaps expected more and the tourism trade and public at large expected less as the Imperial Royale Hotel, Hotel Africana and the Royal Suites Bugolobi completed the 4 star roundup.

A total of eight hotels made it into the 3 star category and it is to be seen if the 5 stars one of them had attached to their name over the front entrance gate will be removed anytime soon or else remain until either this correspondent or someone else with the guts climbs up and tears the now officially surplus stars, which have misled the public for so long, down.

Among those named was the Kabira Country Club, the Fang Fang Hotel, the Fairway Hotel and the Mackinnon Suites with the balance made up by the Silver Springs Hotel, Ivy’s Hotel, Sports View Hotel and the Grand Imperial Hotel.

Ten more hotels attained a 2 star ranking and fuller details will in due course be available on the Uganda Tourism Board website, as UTB – the implementing government agency – intends to showcase such quality attributes when marketing the country at large and Kampala in particular.

The criteria used were developed under the auspices of the East African Community and the standards are used across the five member states, giving visitors to the region at last a level of assurance that they can have some confidence in the star ranking system used and align the various levels across the five countries. Said one official on condition of anonymity to this correspondent on the phone in response to a question: ‘I have to agree, if we were to compare our rankings with those in Dubai, which you asked about, we cannot compare their 5 and 4 star results with ours. But we worked within the framework of the EAC which defined the standards and developed the catalogue of criteria. The inspectors worked in accordance with that catalogue. True, there is room for future improvement but we had to start somewhere to silence critics like yourself that the grading took too long. It is also true of course that the exercise was delayed and should have been done years ago for the Commonwealth Summit in 2007. However, the regulations were only passed in 2014 and without regulations and implementation guidelines our hands were tied. Once those regulations were published we embarked immediately on the exercise. It is now also up to the media to help publish those results and make Ugandans and our visitors aware’.

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More food news from Kampala, courtesy of ‘RefinedPalates’


Yujo Bar & Restaurant is the Japanese place on Akii Bua Road in Nakasero. I’d never tried Japanese food before, and this week I thought I’d treat both my readers and I to some Japanese. Therefore, off I went on a solo mission to Yujo
It’s a neat place; wooden tables and chairs with dirty cream (yes, that’s a colour) cushions arranged on a tiled floor, in sets of two, three, four and six dining arrangements complete with chopsticks, dominate three sided of the gazebo. There is a bar in the centre of the arrangement, stocked with what I suspect to be Japanese spices and brews. Unlike many restaurants, there are two to three chefs at the sushi bar. Muted lights brighten the room and the music is of course Japanese. After getting comfortable, a waitress in black, white and green Japanese chef’s garb brought me a menu. 

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More from ‘RefinedPalates’ who goes on exploring Kampala’s restaurant scene


Mantra 1
Tucked in the hotel district in the heart of Kampala, Mantra restaurant is found on plot 8, Kintu road. It’s right opposite Imperial Royale Hotel. On a quiet Sunday evening, a friend and I headed over to see what it’s got to offer. 
On entering the gate, an imposing “house” (might have been a private residence once upon a time) greets you. There’s a largely alfresco setting in the expansive compound, with sitting areas nestled in gazebos made of bamboo and wood. ‎My friend and I chose the smaller gazebo at the far end and a courteous host walked us over. 
After finding a seat in the sofas at the farthest end of the preferred gazebo, a waitress approached us with the menu and briefly left as we pondered what to eat. Dishes served at Mantra are predominantly Indian and sea food. I was a little disappointed, but trudged on…

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