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Meet the new UNAA BOT and Electoral Commission

Board of Trustees

One of the UNAA Council’s most urgent tasks after the 2018 UNAA Convention in Seattle was to confirm a new Board of Trustees.  We are pleased to unveil the now confirmed UNAA Board of Trustees:

  • Mr. John Agaba – Chairman
  • Mrs. Aisha Musoke Ogwang – Secretary
  • Dr. Benjamin Omara Abe
  • Ms. Caroline Olok
  • Dr. Peter Simbi

Click here to READ MORE about the UNAA BOT

Electoral Commission

Furthermore, On December 4th, 2018, in a letter to BOT Chairman John Agaba, the UNAA Speaker Alex Semwanga confirmed on behalf of the UNAA Council the appointment of the following individuals to the UNAA Electoral Commission.

1 Herbert Twase
2 Betty Wakou
3 Hydeen Reich
4 Florence Bazanye
5 Ivan Mwanja
6 Florence W Studstill
7 Fiona Babumba
8 Fred Byabagye
9 Alex Lubega
10 Tina Kasujja

11 Mohamed Kaggwa
12 Kriss Namakola
13 Barbara Munube
14 Richard Kyabihende
15 Wasswa Ddamulira
16 Elizabeth Alinda
17 Samantha Muhunde
18 Philip Mbabazi
19 Sophia Nabadda
20 Micheal Mugwanya

Please join us in wishing our incoming officials success in their efforts to move UNAA forward.

Introducing Hassle Free Registration & Check-In

Introducing Hassle-Free Check-In at the UNAA Convention

Tickets delivered to your inbox. Skip the registration lines at the UNAA Convention. Now when you buy your tickets online, you will receive your tickets in your inbox. That includes pdf files so you can download and print them.

The new barcoded ticket system comes just in time for what is expected to be a full-house UNAA convention, given that it is an election year. The barcodes will provide an added layer of security while significantly reducing the lines at the registration booths.

UNAA is always striving to make your check-in process smoother at the convention. The office of communications is rolling out this feature starting with tickets purchased online. Our aim is to be able to provide this service to all our delegates.

More information on the check-in process to follow soon.

If you have any difficulties registering or have questions, please send us a message via this form.

Thank you!

UNAA Office of Communications

Report: 2018 Trade and Investments Forum

REPORT ON THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE 10TH ANNUAL TRADE AND INVESTMENTS FORUM

The 10th Annual UNAA Trade and Investments Forum took place on Friday August 31st 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington. It was part of the 30th Anniversary Convention of the Ugandan North American Association.

Get the report by clicking the ‘Download Report’ button below.

Submit Applications for Community Fund

PRESS RELEASE

Applications for the Second $50,000 UNAA Chapter Development Program (CDP) Fund Now Open

For the third year, the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA) is pleased to announce that it will award grants from the Chapter Development Program (CDP) Fund totaling $50,000 in the 2017- 2018 Fiscal Year.

The Chapter Development Program (CDP) Fund was created with proceeds from UNAA Sponsors, Partners, and well-wishers. These grants are geared towards those Local Ugandan North American Communities, Cultural Organizations, Associations (“UNAA Chapters and Affiliates”) whose missions, purpose and activities reflect those of UNAA.

GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON OCTOBER 15TH 2018.   Please direct all proposals and applications in electronic format to:  secretary@unaaonline.org

Background

A few years ago, the Community Outreach Initiative (COI) was launched and it has since grown into the largest community mobilization and outreach effort in UNAA’s history. This effort is greatly responsible for the huge success of the UNAA Dallas 2013, UNAA San Diego 2014 UNAA New Orleans 2015, UNAA Boston 2016, UNAA Miami 2017 and UNAA Seattle 2018 Conventions which registered historically high numbers. As you all know, there were some questions raised last year in regards to communities that received the grants. Due to those questions, a few changes have been instituted to minimize the abuse of the grant funds.

If a community received funds last year, please submit your accountability report to the Executive Secretary at secretary@unaaonline.org before applying for this year’s grant.

The Chapter Development Program

This is a purely voluntary effort designed to benefit only the Chapters and Affiliates which choose to participate. The funds ($50,000) will be shared between the Chapters and Affiliates using the criteria elaborated in the next section. Every Chapter and Affiliate will need to submit a new application every fiscal year. A successful application in one fiscal year does not automatically carry over to the following fiscal year.

Definitions

Chapter : An example of an organization qualifying as a UNAA chapter is the Pacific Northwest Ugandan North American Association (PNUAA) based in Seattle, Washington.

Affiliate : An example of an organization qualifying as a UNAA Affiliate is the North American Masaba Cultural Association (NAMCA).

Application Criteria for admittance as a UNAA Chapter

  1. Association must be legally registered in North America with aims, objectives and activities that are legitimate and shall at all times be consistent with those of UNAA.
  2. Association will support the efforts of their members to attend the UNAA Convention and Trade Expo by promoting it prominently on their website, mailing lists; social media and on any other marketing paraphernalia at a minimum and by ensuring that the only community activity scheduled over the Labor Day weekend is the UNAA Convention and Trade Expo.
  3. Association shall be based in a region that is currently represented in the UNAA Council. Currently UNAA Council Members are listed here – http://www.unaaonline.org/unaaonline-council
  4. Association must apply annually to participate in the Chapter Development Program (CDP) by the deadline communicated by the Executive Secretary.
  5. Association must have at least 15 paid up UNAA Members in good standing who are unique to that particular Association and cannot be claimed by another UNAA Chapter or Affiliate.
  6. The Association’s members claiming UNAA Membership must have paid/renewed their membership in the current fiscal year, but before the deadline for application.
  7. The leadership of the Association shall be composed of directly elected officials.
  8. Association must submit proof of its legal status, Bylaws and constitution, leadership structure, proposal on how the funds shall be utilized for community development and commit to annual accountability of any funds received from UNAA. Annual Reports shall be submitted to the UNAA Executive and copied to the UNAA Council Representative in whose Region the Association is registered.

Application Criteria for admittance as a UNAA Affiliate

  1. Association must be legally registered in North America with aims, objectives and activities that are legitimate and shall at all times be consistent with those of UNAA.
  2. Association will support the efforts of their members to attend the UNAA Convention and Trade Expo by promoting it prominently on their website, mailing lists; social media and on any other marketing paraphernalia at a minimum and by ensuring that the only community activity scheduled over the Labor Day weekend is the UNAA Convention and Trade Expo.
  3. Association must apply annually to participate in the Chapter Development Program (CDP) by the deadline as communicated by the Executive Secretary (October 15th 2018)
  4. Association must have at least 10 paid up UNAA Members in good standing who are unique to that particular Association and cannot be claimed by another UNAA Chapter or Affiliate.
  5. The Association’s members claiming UNAA Membership must have paid/renewed their membership in the current fiscal year, but before the deadline for application, COB August 1st.
  6. The leadership of the Association shall be composed of directly elected officials.
  7. Association must submit proof of its legal status, a constitution, leadership structure, proposal on how the funds shall be utilized for community development and commit to annual accountability of any funds received from UNAA. Annual Reports shall be submitted to the UNAA Executive.

Apportioning between Chapters & Affiliates

UNAA Chapter Members shall be weighted by a factor of 1.5 and UNAA Affiliate Members by a factor of 1 in determining how the $50,000 will be disbursed to the Ugandan North American Communities. See the example below for 500 UNAA Members.

GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON OCTOBER 15TH 2018. Please direct all proposals and applications in electronic format to:  secretary@unaaonline.org

Seattle 2018 Highlights: Leave your Feedback

UNAA Seattle 2018 was a resounding success, thanks to the faith placed in the organization by its patrons and sponsors. The 30th anniversary convention recorded an attendance that surpassed expectations given all the challenges of the past year.

Key highlights included:

  • 10th Annual Trade and Investment Forum featuring the first ever Venture Podium
  • 2nd Edition of Miss Uganda North America (Night of Culture and Fashion for Women Empowerment)
  • Seattle City and Technology Tours of Boeing and Microsoft for all ages
  • A revamped UNAA Youth Forum with youth-focused topics and a new panel format
  • New secure registration format
  • Convenient and frictionless, sold out Saturday Evening Dinner Boat Cruise
  • Cutting of the 30 year anniversary cake and over $4,000 raised for the Uganda Fistula Fund at the Annual Cultural Gala and Fundraising Dinner

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Here are some highlights.

Political Forum: Addressing Uganda’s Political Climate

The Ugandan North American Association’s Executive Committee condemns in the strongest terms possible:

  • The excessive use of force by security forces in arresting alleged protesters, honorable members of parliament and journalists.
  • The torture of suspects.
  • The continued incarceration of suspects with little or no access to proper health care and their support system of attorneys/family/friends.
  • The on-going incarceration and trial of Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu – a civilian – in a military barracks and Court Martial, respectively.

The political forum at the upcoming UNAA convention in Seattle this year may well turn out to be the most intense and contentious political forum in UNAA history. While the situation in Uganda continues to change by the minute, it is nevertheless expected that several senior leaders from the Uganda Government will attend the convention.  These include the Speaker of the Uganda Parliament, a mixed delegation of NRM and opposition members of parliament, at least one cabinet minister, and Uganda’s Ambassador to the United States.

In light of the accumulated history of persecution of prominent opposition leaders and the on-going crisis in Uganda, what do these members of Uganda’s leadership have to say to members of the Uganda Diaspora?  And when seated in the same room, literally face-to-face with these individuals, what do members of the Uganda Diaspora present at the forum want to ask of these leaders?

  • Is there are workable solution to the impasse or should we expect more of the same?  
  • Does the Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament have a responsibility to protect the lives and ensure the health and wellbeing of members of parliament?
  • What is the Speaker doing to address the situations of Hon. Zakke and Hon. Ssentamu.
  • Is the promise of democracy dead for Uganda?  
  • What role should the Uganda Diaspora play in helping to address these issues?

Join us this coming Labor Day weekend as we ask the visiting politicians from Uganda to address these and other very contentious issues during the Political Forum at the 30th Annual  UNAA Convention in Seattle.

Sponsor Highlight: Fakhruddin Properties

UNAA welcomes Fakhruddin Properties to the 30th UNAA Convention in Seattle, Washington!

Internationally acclaimed property developers, FAKHRUDDIN PROPERTIES will be participating in the 2018 UNAA CONVENTION through their group company in Uganda, FAKHRUDDIN PROPERTIES UGANDA LTD.

There is a huge deficit of housing in Uganda and FAKHRUDDIN PROPERTIES is pioneering the drive to provide premium quality, modern homes at truly affordable prices.

“We are passionate about housing and our principal business goal in Uganda is to ensure that every Uganda can own a home.”

“Access to ownership of homes in Uganda has thus far been limited to a very small section of the population because good quality homes are priced beyond the reach of the majority of Ugandans. We intend to change that. With proper planning and efficient systems it is absolutely possible to construct modern, quality homes which can be sold at truly affordable prices whilst still generating a profit for the developer”, said Haidry.

Current data indicates a housing deficit of 1.2 million homes in Uganda with a further 300,000 required year on year.

At this year’s event FAKHRUDDIN PROPERTIES UGANDA LTD will be showcasing its ongoing projects in Kampala, JASMINE COURTS Najjera, HAZEL RESIDENCY Namugongo & TULIP TOWER Naalya.

The company has structured a long term business plan aimed at developing several similar projects all across Uganda.

Alex Muhangi to host at UNAA Seattle 2018

Ugandan comedian and creator of Kampala’s famous Comedy Store, Alex Muhangi, will be one of the hosts at the 2018 UNAA Convention in Seattle, Washington. Muhangi will host the Annual Grand Banquet for Cultural Heritage. The dinner, which will feature a fundraiser and a keynote speech from Global Soap Project founder Derreck Kayongo, starts at 7:00 PM on Sunday September 2nd 2018.

Alex Muhangi is a Ugandan comedian, actor sound engineer, director and host of hit comedy show Comedy Store Uganda. He has been listed as one of the top 10 Ugandan comedians and personalities and as one of the pioneers of standup comedy in the English language in Uganda.

Muhangi has performed across the world including South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Kenya (Churchill Show), Tanzania, Rwanda, Canada, Australia, Somalia, UK, German, Norway, Sweden, Nigeria, Ghana, Turkey, UAE, China as well as appearing on The Improv in the United States.

See you in Seattle!

UNAA Cultural Gala Keynote: Derreck Kayongo

Ugandan philanthropist and motivational speaker Derreck Kayongo will give the keynote speech at this year’s UNAA Convention Grand Banquet for Cultural Heritage. The event will be the climax of this year’s UNAA Convention in Seattle, Washington. The dinner starts at 7:00 PM on Sunday September 2nd 2018. Derreck will also be a judge at Miss Uganda North America.

Derreck Kayongo was born January 25, 1970, in Kampala, Uganda, just before General Idi Amin Dada seized power in a military coup. The new regime became known for its brutality, and today Idi Amin is one of history’s most notorious dictators. As violence spread through the country and civil war erupted, Kayongo and his family became refugees in Kenya. He later immigrated to America to attend university. Today, he is a successful entrepreneur and human rights innovator.

Though most well known as a 2011 CNN Hero and founder of the Global Soap Project, Kayongo is an expert in environmental sustainability and global health, as well as the current CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2016 the Georgia State Senate passed a resolution recognizing Kayongo’s incredible journey from refugee to CEO.

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