About Me

I am A Chartered Certified Accountant who does a bit of gardening.
The Pictures of the flowering and non-flowering plants, fruits, vegetables, culinary & aromatic herbs
in this blog are of my garden.
Most of my garden collections are driven by the Fs: They either Flower, have a Fragrance, provide Flavor, bring Fruit, Food or are air Freshening.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018


I was fortunate to get my 1st job just a month after my graduation. It was not a high flying one by any standard but I was so excited to have got a job! Many a graduate would have despised it, which Bachelor of Commerce degree holder would have wanted to work in an Indian family owned service station in a small town?
A couple of months into the job, they announced that they were going to retrench because the company was not doing well. I remember they had to choose between a secretary who could do accounting work or an Accountant who could do secretarial work. I happened to be the latter. Sadly therefore the secretary and personal assistant to the MD lost her job. I therefore became an Accountant and Secretary-cum- personal assistant to the MD.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

The end of the accounting profession as we know it?

The accounting profession will face significant changes in the next three decades, and professional organizations, their members, and educational institutions should respond

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) research—Drivers of Change and Future Skills—has explored these important changes, expected to be encountered by the year 2025. I was privileged to have been part of the team from Uganda discussing the future of the Accounting profession. One of the highlights was on the need to have professional Quotients and below is an excerpt from the report.

PROFESSIONAL QUOTIENTS (PQ): This analysis suggests that to add value for their employers and clients, the professional accountant of the future will need an optimal and changing combination of professional competencies: a collection of technical knowledge, skills and abilities, combined with interpersonal behaviours and qualities. By 2020, all professional accountants will need to develop and balance the necessary professional quotients to fit their role and stage of career.

Monday, 29 January 2018


A friend called me to speak to a group on a topic ‘Successful Financial Management Practices for SME's’. She made it clear that it was going to be pro bono and I willfully accepted because it’s a topic I am passionate about. After my presentation, one of the group members who had come in towards the end of my presentation requested if I could go and speak to their senior management team. She asked me how much I would charge for an hour but for some reason I felt hesitant to quote a fee and left it to their discretion. I was therefore very pleased to receive an honorarium from this organization after making the presentation.
A couple of weeks later, I received an email from the same organization requesting for my profile for possible future areas of engagement. This was followed by ‘interviews’ for potential consultancy work. We ended up signing a contract for 15 days of consultancy work and eventually other support services.
The point is, there are somethings that one can do for free, expecting no payment or reward, but in the right time, the reward duly comes. The reward may not be monetary; it may be new friendships, networks even new knowledge. Money is good! However, it should not be the only motivation to offer a service.
As the good book states, cast your bread on the waters: for you shall find it after many days. May 2018 be a year filled with many of those days, may it be a year of a bountiful harvest!

Tuesday, 23 January 2018


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Business as with life has its ups and downs. There are times when everything is going on well and there are those times when you have to tighten your belt to survive. In this article we will look at some tips on how to cope when the economy and conditions for business are not favourable.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

What to consider before Investing in Shares

To buy or not to buy Uganda Clay Limited (UCL) Shares has been the big debate. This came at the backdrop of Uganda Clays recently announcing that a dividend of 1 Ugx per share was declared. Only shareholders whose names appear as at close of business on 23 February will be eligible to payment of dividend.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Tax Planning Basics #Uganda

How you plan your business affairs can cause you or your employees to pay more taxes than necessary. The ability to understand the tax statues and how you structure your operations plays a key role in tax planning.

Tax planning is a process of looking at various tax options in order to determine when, whether, and how to conduct business and personal transactions so that taxes are eliminated or considerably reduced.
Although tax avoidance planning is legal, tax evasion – the reduction of tax through deceit or concealment - is not.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Basic compliance requirements for an #SME in Uganda

‘When it comes to a business and corporate management, compliance refers to the company obeying all of the legal laws and regulations in regards to how they manage the business, their staff, and their treatment towards their consumers. The concept of compliance is to make sure that corporations act responsibly’ writes Gary Trainor in an article Importance Of Compliance In Business. He highlights that the benefits compliance brings into any business include: avoidance of criminal charges, building positive reputation and higher productivity in the company.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The broke but profitable business ‪

Is it possible to run a broke but a profitable business?

Here is a scenario: A retail business buys stock of Ugx400, 000 and sells it on credit for Ugx600, 000. Although this transaction has made a Ugx200,000 profit, unless the credit is paid, the business will have a negative net cash flow of Ugx400,000.
If this kind of a scenario goes on for a while, the business will not be able to meet its obligations as they fall due and the small business may go out of business.

Friday, 22 April 2016

The 10 easy steps to Turning Your Passion into Profit

Someone said passion is not what gives you bliss or makes you happy 24/7, but what you’re willing to suffer for — what you genuinely believe to be worth the sacrifice. This is just a disclaimer to let you know that it is not necessarily and easy ride!

At about the age of 9 I realized I loved planting or growing things. We didn't have a garden or a shamba as is commonly known in East Africa but that didn't deter me from my passion. I would collect tins/cans or any container and plant flowers. I fondly remember getting those bulbs (before the energy saver bulbs with twisted designs came) and planting indoor water plants in them. My dear Mum joked that when I grow up, I would not have chairs in my house...she could only envisage plants all over!

I pursued Accountancy to its professional level got both ACCA and CPA-U but didn't stop gardening. After completing my MBA I felt more passionate about my passion....Gardening. I have grown to love accountancy and that's the reason for The Accountancy and Business Clinic Facebook page. However I have remained passionate about gardening hence Maua and More . Maua is Swahili name for flowers but we offer flower pots, flower pot stands and other garden accessories hence the flowers and more. To bring my two worlds together, I chose to be The Accounting Gardener (hence this blog)

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Are you ready to compete with a Robot for your job? #‎artificialintelligence

I was reading a document late in the night and reached a point where I wasn’t going beyond one paragraph. I suddenly wished someone would read out the document for me and I just listen. Adobe reader came to memory and I immediately converted the word document to PDF and turned on the Read-Out-Loud function. Well it helped but not quite because of a few limitations.

I got thinking of how machines are taking over human roles so fast. According to internet sources, it is said that perhaps 75% of the jobs done by humans will be gone in 50 years. As they are starting to do today, machines will manage the routine while humans take on the unpredictable – tasks that require creativity, problem solving and flexibility. No existing or future job without exception is safe simply because computers as general purposes machines think smarter, less error prone and continue to be programmed to be more creative than humans in the long run.