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Huawei Boosts MTN Kampala Marathon With Ush250m

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider has given 250,000,000 UGX towards the 2016 MTN Marathon’s cause to support the schools’ sustainable sanitation in Kampala. 

The 2016 MTN Kampala Marathon is set to take place on Sunday 20th November, with the aim of raising funds towards the construction of bio toilets with water harvesting facilities and environmental friendly bio gas technology. The bio toilets will reduce the cost of energy used in preparing meals for school children in Kampala. 

“This is our fifth time to give to this great cause and we shall continue to support efforts to improve access to sustainable sanitation for the urban poor school children in Kampala. We are therefore contributing 250,000,000 UGX to this year’s marathon,” says Mr. Stanley Chyn, Managing Director, Huawei Uganda. 

“In MTN’s business foot prints, Huawei Uganda was the first to partner with us and we are glad to work with it (Huawei) even in the future,” says Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Uganda. The ceremony took place at Huawei Uganda head offices at Rwenzori Towers on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. 

More than 150 Huawei staff have confirmed participation in the MTN Kampala Marathon 2016.

MTN Marathon Proceeds To Construct Bio Toilets in Urban Poor Schools

MTN Uganda has launched the 13th edition of the annual Kampala Marathon. The telcom company said money which will be raised from the marathon will be used to improve sanitation facilities in public primary schools in the outskirts of Kampala. The telco and Kampala Capital City Authority will construct environmentally friendly smart bio-toilet facilities in selected schools.

The internationally recognised Marathon will take place on Sunday 20th November 2016 in Kampala. It has been supported by several other corporate firms. They include Stanbic Bank, Huawei, New Vision, Rwenzori Mineral water and Spedag. Uganda Police Force will take charge of security and safety of runners while Uganda Athletics Association will offer technical support.

The Marathon will follow the theme “Run for Kampala”; an extension of the campaign initiated last year and is expected to attract 20,000 participants. One of the activities in preparation for the Sunday 20th November 2016 event include a Kapchorwa – Kampala run relay that will feature runners from the athletics heartland of Uganda.

With support from the New Vision and the other MTN marathon partners, a not-for-profit organization from Netherlands - From Coach to Coach has organized this fun relay; to raise awareness and support for the budding talent in Kapchorwa region of Uganda. This run will feature some of the big names in Ugandan athletics.  Participants in the relay will be running the MTN Kampala Marathon.    

Over the last 13 years, 170,000 entrants have participated in the MTN Kampala Marathon and have raised money in excess of Sh1.8 billion to help people in less privileged communities. Collections from previous events have been used in a number of projects; in the early years towards the provision of ‘Mama Bags’ to expectant mothers in the Internally Displaced People’s camps in Gulu and most recently to different water and sanitation projects around the country including Kotido, Karamoja, Amuria and Kiryandongo in Masindi.

Speaking at the launch of the 2016 edition of the decade old charity event, MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte urged the public to register and participate in what has grown to become Uganda’s biggest Marathon. Registration for the 2016 MTN Kampala Marathon will commence on Monday 7th November at the new MTN headquarters (formerly BAT offices) along Jinja road.

The public will access the registration points using the gate opposite Meat Packers. For convenience, the public can also register at Stanbic Bank - William Street Branch, the MTN service centres at Lugogo (Shoprite), Forest Mall, the MTN shop along Kampala Road, Kyaggwe Road and MTN service centre at Victoria Mall in Entebbe.

Interested members of the public can register for 25,000/- in cash or 23,000/- if they opt to use MTN Mobile Money. The marathon kit among others includes a bib encased with a timing chip that will register each runner’s time. This makes the MTN Kampala Marathon the only professionally timed marathon in Uganda.

Movit Wins Best Exhibitor Award At Trade Fair

Leading quality cosmetics manufacturer Movit Products Limited (MPL) has won the best overall exhibitor award at the 24th Uganda International Trade Fair.

The award was handed over to the Movit team by his Excellency presidentYoweri Museveni on Thursday evening, during the official opening ceremony.

At the Trade Show at UMA in Lugogo, Movit has showcased various products, even launching new products on the market. The new beauty products include 5 in 1 Braid Spray, Movit Hand Wash, Movit No Base Relaxer- Herbal among others.

Speaking at the event, Movit PR Manager Robert Kitenda said: “To Movit, our exhibition here at UMA represents a journey of innovation, adherence to quality standards and consistent meeting of customers’ needs from the beginning, in the never ending efforts to make them look good and feel great.” The trade fair is multi-sectoral trade exhibition of a variety of manufactured and agricultural goods and services; from all over the world. The objective of the trade show is to open new markets for exhibitors in Uganda and all over the world.

President Museveni thanked Movit for using local resources to provide employment to the youth. The trade show is attended by a multitude of Ugandans and foreigners from over 40 countries. Over 2000 exhibitors and over 300,000 visitors are expected at this year’s trade show.

Visitors range from school students, corporates, civil servants, the business community and the general public. This year’s theme “Empowering Women Parity in Manufacturing” is inline with Movit strategy of offering quality products to women who appreciate class , making the trade fair even more important as a platform to engage with the target consumer who is a woman of class.

Ashinaga Orphans To Showcase Cultural Diversity At Opera

To some children, losing a parent means an end to a purposeful life. This could be true in a country like Uganda where opportunities are hard to find. Some orphans have had a rough time growing. Many have given up and their lives have been washed away in untold suffering.

However there are organizations that are restoring hope to orphans whose lives is glaring at failure. Such organizations is the Ashinaga centre, a well-organized sanctuary for children with dreams bigger than their poor surroundings.

Ashinaga Centre based in Nansana on Hoima road, a few kilometers out of Kampala city, has its roots in Japan. It was started hundreds of years ago by Yoshiomi Tamai, a Japanese orphan, who wanted to give back to his society by uplifting orphaned children.

The Show's director John Caird

The Japanese organization that imparts confidence, entrepreneur and leadership skills among orphaned children rolled out an African leadership scholarship fund whose beneficiaries are picked across the African continent. The merit scholarship goes to orphaned children with potential to make a difference in their home country upon completion of university education in US, UK or Japan.

Every year, Ashinaga organizes cultural programs in Japan and USA, doing cultural performances and telling their stories in song, music and dance. This year, the concert will be in Uganda at Ndere Cultural Centre Tuesday 22, August, 2016, in Kisaasi, Kampala.

The multicultural concert will be joined by Ashinaga Japanese and American counterparts for a performance titled At Home in the World; it will be directed by John Caird. The cultural collaboration will be used to raise a profile of the Ashinaga African leadership initiative, which has helped many children get back their lives.

According to the organizers of the concert, the program wants to grow to provide more ambitious orphaned and bereaved students from sub Saharan Africa with opportunities for higher education at the world’s leading universities. The Show's director John Caird is a renowned award winning London based director, writer of musicals and operas.

Phaneroo To Celebrate Two Years Of Worship

Phaneroo, the biggest weekly Christian meeting in Uganda is to mark two years of a phenomenal existence with a two-day celebration from the 12th to 13th August 2016 at the Kampala Lugogo Hockey grounds. Phaneroo, which Greek word means 'to make manifest' is a fellowship gathering over four thousand men and women every Thursday 5-8pm at the MTN arena, Lugogo. 

‘Phaneroo is a force; an army; a model. It is not just one man. It is a people with a mandate, conviction and burden to see the testimony of the greatness of any child of God,’ says Apostle Grace Lubega, the Vision Bearer, ‘For this year’s celebrations, we are expectant; we believe to see a great manifestation of God’s power, an outpouring of his spirit and a radical transformation in the lives of multitudes.’

The anniversary celebrations will include a series of evangelism activities in and around Kampala for example the much anticipated “Yesu Yasasula campaign (Jesus Paid it all)” and massive street preaching. There will be a celebration service on 12th August. The celebrations will be crowned with a powerful healing service, the 'Healing Chronicles' on 13th August.

These anniversary celebrations are an indelible cornerstone of history; a critical building block on Phaneroo's eternal legacy.


Iddi El Fitr: MTN donates To Kawempe Islamic Orphanage

Telecommunication services provider MTN Uganda has donated an assortment of foodstuff to Orphans at Midland Islamic Orphans Primary School in Kawempe to celebrate Iddi El Fitr.

The foodstuff which included Rice, cooking oil, sugar and posho were handed over to the Director of the school, Sheikh Haruna Kikulukunyo Lubwama at a function which took place at the school. 

Ishmael Amwada, an MTN Employee, restated MTN’s commitment to continue identifying with the Muslim community during the important season of Ramadan. He said the company has in the past visited other mosques in and around the city with gifts as a sign of solidarity with Muslims community.

 Sheikh Lubwama who received the donations on behalf of the school hailed MTN for always responding to the needs of the disadvantaged communities in the country. “We welcome your kind gesture and appeal to other corporates to emulate this remarkable spirit of sharing that MTN has continuously exhibited not only to the Muslims but also to other entities” he said.

Economic Forum To Discuss Income Inequality

Industry experts, leaders in government, academia and the private sector from across East Africa will meet at the third LéO Africa Economic Forum to be held in Kampala at Kampala Serena Conference Centre on 22 July, 2016. 

 The LéO Africa Economic Forum is an annual gathering that meets to discuss the state of the economy in the region. The Forum over the past two years has addressed pertinent issues related to the extractives industry in East Africa. 

The 2016 forum, to be held under the theme: “Leave No One Behind: Promoting inclusive economic growth & decent employment for all by 2030” will be organized by the LéO Africa institute with support from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and United Nations in Uganda. 

“This year’s forum will focus on what economies in the East African region should do to stem the growing income inequality that is threatening regional security and stability,” says Kwezi Tabaro, the programmes coordinator at the LéO Africa institute. 

The one-day event is expected to attract speakers from Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya, and over 200 participants who will at the end of the conference sign a commitment to champion the need for equitable and inclusive economic growth and creation of meaningful employment for all working age East Africans. 

“Platforms like the Economic Forum on East Africa provide us an opportunity to engage the business sector in the region on what both the private and public sector can do to enhance inclusive economic growth that creates employment opportunities for our young people,” says Awel Uwihanganye, the Senior Director and Co-founder at LéO Africa.


Victoria University To Host Urban Governance Dialogue, Career Day

Victoria University with support from AVSI Uganda has once again partnered with Centre for Urban Studies and Research in organizing its 2nd Public Dialogue on Good Urban Governance and Youth Participation.

The guest speakers at the dialogue will be Mr. Anderson Howard Mugisa the Founder Member and Executive Director of the Federation of Young Entrepreneurs Uganda (FYEU) and Mr. Samuele Otim Rizzo Chief of Party SKY- Skilling Youth for Employment in Agri-Business AVSI Foundation.

The theme of the public dialogue is “Unlocking Youth Potential through ICTs in Good Urban Governance”. The event shall be held on Friday May 27th 2016, at the university campus on Jinja Road, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Victoria University has lined up powerful experts to present at Career Day

Victoria University invites students, youth groups and women groups, civil society organizations, government ministries, departments and agencies, private sector organizations, academicians, political leaders, local governments, NGOs & CBOs to the dialogue.

In the same spirit, the University will also host vacists, A’ level & O' level holiday makers, parents & career teachers at what they have called Career Day at Victoria University campus on 28th May 2016.

Guest speakers at the Career Day will include James Saaka, Executive Director, National Information Technology Authority-Uganda and Dr. Sabrina Kitaka, Senior Lecturer Dept Of Paediatrics, Makerere University College Of Health Sciences; Mulago Hospital.

Others are Andrew Mwenda, a leading Ugandan journalist, founder and owner of the independent, a current affairs newsmagazine and Ethan Mussolini, a renowned motivational speaker.

These experts will speak to students about making the right career choices, setting life’s goals and living a purposeful life. Entrance to the Career Day is free and the event will start at 9:00am-4:00pm.

Victoria University Public Dialogue To Debate Urban Governance


Issues of urban governance will dominate a public dialogue organized by Victoria University in partnership with the Centre for Urban Studies and Research. The meeting will take place on 7th April 2016, at Victoria University main campus, Jinja Road, Kampala, starting at 2.00pm and end at 5.30Pm.

Participants will discuss and share knowledge on how good urban governance and management can be promoted to improve service delivery, reduce urban poverty, improve urban productivity, create jobs for youth, address the challenge of climate change, establish inclusive cities and achieve the 17 newly introduced United Nations Sustainable Development Goals among others.

Professor Sabiiti Makara of Makerere University, as guest speaker, will headline the public dialogue under the theme ‘Promoting Good Urban Governance in Uganda: Challenges and Opportunities’.

Other participants will include government officials, political leaders, policy makers, development partners, academia, town managers, practitioners and urban governance researchers and all interested parties.

A panel of experts comprising of Dr. Ian Senkatuka (Chairperson National Physical Planning Board), Dr. Kiggundu Amin (Makerere University/Centre for Urban Studies and Research) and Mr. Samuel Mabala, (Cities Alliance’s Country Manager in Uganda), will identify and discuss emerging urban governance and management issues together with the audience.

Specifically, the public dialogue aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide a deeper understanding of what good urban governance is to the participants.
  • Raise public awareness about the emerging urban governance and management issues and challenges
  • Identify best practices that could be adopted in Uganda for better management of towns and cities
  • Identify key areas that require capacity building for better service delivery in towns and cities
  • Provide a platform for various stakeholders including urban managers, the private sector, political leaders, civil society organizations, academia and development partners to network and share knowledge.


Victoria University Introduces Program To Engage A ‘level Leavers


Victoria University, the fastest growing private university in Uganda, believes that they have a responsibility to offer professional guidance to secondary school leavers. For that matter, together with Success Africa Limited they have organized a five day Leavers’ Plugin training.

They are going to use the program to equip vacists with skills in public speaking and presentation; personal grooming and branding; choices and decision making; financial literacy; talent and alternative careers; life planning and Self-leadership

The program starts Monday 28th March to 1st April 2016 at Victoria University campus. To be part of this program, students are paying Shs100, 000. Over 300 students are expected to attend.  The lead facilitator of the training is Ethan Musolini, a renowned motivational speaker and trainer.

Musolini, also the CEO of Success Africa, will be joined by university lecturers and other experienced and inspiring personalities. Oscar Kamukama, the marketing and recruitment specialist at Victoria University, explained that the Leavers Plugin is aimed at keeping students busy and informed during their long holiday.

“We are a university and schools are a feeder for universities. So we target S5 and S6 students because these are guys who will be joining Universities tomorrow. We don’t want them when they are coming to study, we want them in a raw format so that we can grow with them.” Oscar explained why they are engaging the vacists.

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