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From whatsapp status to online application, MTN 2019 App challenge winner going strong

From whatsapp status to online application, MTN 2019 App challenge winner going strong

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, MTN, South Africa, Whatsapp
Featured photo Caption:Jonathan Katumba, Minute5 CEO making a presentation Young and ambitious are two words you would use to define Jonathan Katumba. At only 18 years of age, he and his co-founders, Abdallah Kambugu and Sharif Kasujja set up Minute5, an online fresh groceries delivery service company.  The decision to set up the company stemmed from the quest to assist his friend and co-founder, Kambugu, in his venture to sell tomatoes and passion fruits. “One of the co-founders is a farmer, so we were trying to help him sell off his produce and that’s how we came up with Minute5.  Initially he only grew tomatoes and passion fruits which we sold to people in offices through a Whatsapp number advertising in groups and on our statuses. Then people started requesting for ot...
We Are Welcoming Former Africell Customers With Exciting Offers, Airtel

We Are Welcoming Former Africell Customers With Exciting Offers, Airtel

Airtel Uganda, EAST AFRICA, Telecom, UGANDA
We Are Welcoming Former Africell Customers With Exciting Offers, Airtel Airtel Uganda is welcoming Africell customers with very exciting offers. This has come after Africell recently announced their departure from the Ugandan market effective October. The Chief Commercial Officer of Airtel Uganda, Amit Kapur says Africell customers will not only have a chance to get a number close to their preferred number range – based on availability but they will also get 50% bonus data on all weekly and monthly bundles. This will go on until the 15th November 2021. “For continuity and a seamless transition, we are welcoming former Africell customers with exciting offers. The former Africell customers will be connected onto the quality services offered by Airtel Uganda across the country gua...
Hotel Rwanda hero Paul Rusesabagina convicted on terror charges

Hotel Rwanda hero Paul Rusesabagina convicted on terror charges

EAST AFRICA, Entertainment, POLITICS, Rwanda, USA
Rusesabagina Arrested, To Face Charges In Rwanda – KT PRESS Paul Rusesabagina, 67, was found guilty of backing a rebel group behind deadly attacks in 2018 and 2019. His family has called the trial a sham, saying he was taken to Rwanda, from exile, by force. The US, where Rusesabagina is a resident, said it was concerned by the conviction. Taiwan News His journey from celebrated figure to state enemy happened as his criticism of the government grew. Initially he was hailed for his acts during the genocide 27 years ago. In the Oscar-nominated movie Hotel Rwanda, Rusesabagina, played by Don Cheadle, was shown as a hotel manager who managed to protect more than 1,000 people who had sought shelter. In a period of 100 days from April 1994, 800,000 people, mostly from the...
MPs Ssewanyana, Ssegirinya granted sh20m cash bail

MPs Ssewanyana, Ssegirinya granted sh20m cash bail

AFRICA, CRIME, EAST AFRICA, Masaka, NUP, POLITICS, UGANDA
MASAKA, UGANDA: MPs Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West) and Muhammad Ssegirinya (Kawempe North) have finally been granted bail after spending a week in Kigo prison on charges of murder in the recent Masaka killings. Presiding of the court session on Monday afternoon, Masaka High Court Judge Victoria Nakintu Katamba granted a cash bail to the Jailed legislators on shs Shs20 million each after ruling that their sureties were substantial. The MPS who appeared in court through the Zoom conferencing facility were represented by the legal team headed by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and Hon Shamim Malende. Hon Shamim Malende and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago represented the accused MPs in court. (Behind is Mityana Municipality MP Hon. Francis Zaake Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana were rem...
Practice Match: Crested Cranes Edge U20 Women’s National Team

Practice Match: Crested Cranes Edge U20 Women’s National Team

Crested Cranes, EAST AFRICA, Football, FUFA, UGANDA, UN Women, WOMEN, Women Emamanicipation, Women Football
Practice MatchCrested Cranes 1-0 U20 Women National Team Sandra Nabweteme’s first half strike was the difference as Crested Cranes overcame Uganda U20 Women’s National Team in a practice match played at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru on Monday. This was the third time the aforementioned teams were facing off. Crested Cranes won the first game 1-0 while the U20 side secured a 4-0 win in the other build up game. In Tuesday’s game, Nabweteme capitalized on goalkeeper Joan Namusisi’s howler in the 10th minute to slot home. Namusisi failed to deal with a long ball and instead fumbled with it thus gifting the striker who did no mistake to fire into the back of the net. Ayub Khalifa, the U20 head coach made several changes to the starting team with majority of the fringe players sta...
Buhari to push global COVID-19 vaccine equity at UNGA76

Buhari to push global COVID-19 vaccine equity at UNGA76

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, New York, Nigeria, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Security Council, UN Women, USA, West Africa
Agency Reporter President Muhammadu Buhari will join other world leaders to push for global COVID-19 vaccine equity at the ongoing United Nation (UN) General Assembly high-level meetings. The Permanent Representative of Nigeria in the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that the issue of equal access to vaccines was paramount to the president. The theme for the 2021 General Assembly is, “Building Resilience through Hope – To Recover from COVID-19, Rebuild Sustainably, Respond to the Needs of the Planet, Respect the Rights of People and Revitalise the United Nations”. “There is nothing more challenging and more pressing now than the global health; it is extremely urgent. “So, President Muhammadu Buhari will join others and...
Parliamentary Finance Committee Lauds Housing Finance Bank on Consistent Performance

Parliamentary Finance Committee Lauds Housing Finance Bank on Consistent Performance

AFRICA, African Development Bank, Banking World, EAST AFRICA, Housing Finance Bank, Kenyan Parliament, Leader Of opposition in Parliament, Parliament, Parliament Of Ghana, South African Parliament, Speaker Of Parliament, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliament, UK Parliament
Kampala, Uganda. The Parliamentary Committee on Finance has hailed Housing Finance Bank for the good performance over the years and the important role played in reducing the housing deficit in Uganda. This was during a meeting held on 16th September 2021 in which the Housing Finance Bank Managing Director, Michael Mugabi, along with a cross section of the leadership team appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Finance to brief them on the mandate and performance of the bank. Housing Finance Bank is the only commercial bank, among the 26 licensed tier 1 commercial banks in Uganda, that is 100% Ugandan owned. The Members of Parliament were happy with the bank’s good performance over the years and promised to support efforts to capitalize the bank and to have the bank par...
Governance: FUFA Super League Limited Convenes Successful AGM

Governance: FUFA Super League Limited Convenes Successful AGM

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Football, FUFA, UGANDA
The 8th FUFA Super League Limited (FSLL) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was successfully convened at the Ridar Hotel in Seeta, Mukono District on Saturday, 18th September 2021. FUFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Edgar Watson Suubi graced the AGM as chief guest. Other FUFA officials in attendance were third vice president Owek. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, FUFA Executive Committee member Rogers Byamukama, FUFA Deputy CEO’s Decolas Kiiza Hantaali and Humphrey Mandu Watenga, FUFA Competitions director Aisha Nalule as well as FUFA Secretariat staff Swalley Kenyi and Sadam Bulega. Arinaitwe Rugyendo (Board chairman) chaired the AGM. Arinatitwe Rugyendo, Chairman of the Board FSLL David Sserebe Bbunya (vice chairman), Fredrick Guy Kawuma (Member), Humphrey Mandu Watenga (Member), Ber...
Uganda thumps Kenya To Win Pearl Of Africa T20 Series

Uganda thumps Kenya To Win Pearl Of Africa T20 Series

AFRICA, Cricket, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, Sports, UGANDA
 A week after winning Derby Trophy (50 overs) Series against Kenya at the University Oval in Kyambogo , the Cricket Cranes did wrap up the Pearl Of Africa T20I Series at the lakeside oval in Entebbe after a tense and thrilling 6-run win over Kenya. Coach LaurenceMahatlane The Cricket Cranes won the final by six runs, a victory that saw them avenge their one run defeat to Kenya in 2019 at Lugogo Cricket Oval. Frank Akankwasa of Uganda emerged man of the match on 2/11(4), 12(10). Player:Frank Akakwansa Ronak Patel 27(22), Saud Islam 26 (25) and Simon Ssesazi 21(26) were among some of the host's top scorers. Kenya had better play from Gurdeep Singh 44(43), Irfan Karim 21(21) and Shem Ngoche 20 (25) The series also had Nigeria as the other participants. Simon Ss...
Museveni condemns coup d’etats in Guinea and Mali, says elections is the option for peaceful transfer of power

Museveni condemns coup d’etats in Guinea and Mali, says elections is the option for peaceful transfer of power

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, UGANDA
On Sunday, September 5, the world was greeted with the sensational news of a military coup d’état in the Republic of Guinea, a country on the far western side of Africa. The coup, led by Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, head of the Guinean Army’s Special Forces Group, overthrew the government of President Alpha Condé. The President had just recently begun a six-year term, after completing his initial two terms of five years each. Just as the news filtered in, reactions from the international organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the European Union, the African Union (AU), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as well as some governments including the Nigerian government, condemned the military coup d’état in Guinea and threatened to impose sanctions...
President Kenyatta mourns Archbishop Zachariah Kimani of Akurinu Church

President Kenyatta mourns Archbishop Zachariah Kimani of Akurinu Church

EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, Religion
NAIROBI, 18th September 2021, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta has eulogised the spiritual leader of the Akurinu Church, Zachary Magondu Kimani, who passed away on Thursday, as a dedicated servant of God who preached and stood for the peace, unity and progress of the Kenyan nation. Until his death, Archbishop Kimani was the National Priest-Patron and Archbishop of the Akurinu Church in Kenya. In his message of comfort and encouragement to the Akurinu Church, family, friends and relatives of the late prelate, the President mourned Archbishop Kimani as a progressive and humble leader who led by example, living by deep faith and trust in God. “It is very unfortunate that death has robbed our country of a humble, dependable and progressive spiritual leader who stood and worked relentl...
Najjemba Grabs Hat Trick As U20 Women’s National Team Outwit Crested Cranes

Najjemba Grabs Hat Trick As U20 Women’s National Team Outwit Crested Cranes

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Football, Sports, UGANDA, UN Women, WOMEN, Women Emamanicipation, Women Football
Uganda U20 Women’s National Team skipper Fauzia Najjemba was the star of the day as they ran riot against Crested Cranes in a practice match played at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru on Friday. This was the second game between the two sides. The first came on Tuesday with Crested Cranes winning 1-0. Najjemba led by example and orchestrated the damage on the Senior Team, scoring a hat trick while midfielder Shamirah Nalugya added the other. Right from onset, the U20 looked composed and were the better side in every aspect. The Crested Cranes on the other side were off colour. Najjemba opened the scores in the 17th minute capitalizing on a long ball from goalkeeper Daphine Nyayenga and she beat the backline for pace before firing a low drive into the bottom right corner of the net....
Emyooga was poorly executed – Parliament

Emyooga was poorly executed – Parliament

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, Kenyan Parliament, Leader Of opposition in Parliament, Parliament, Parliament Of Ghana, South African Parliament, Speaker Of Parliament, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliament, UK Parliament
The Emyooga programme across the country was poorly implemented, Members of Parliament have unanimously agreed.  The legislators during plenary on Thursday, 16 September, 2021, criticised the government for the systemic failure in the implementation of the presidential Initiative rolled out in October 2020 aimed at wealth and job creation. The Emyooga was intended to support among others, market vendors, welders, taxi drivers, carpenters, boda-boda riders, women, performing artists and restaurant owners who come together in form of savings and credit co-operative societies. Following reports of irregularities in the implementation of the programme, legislators were tasked to appraise the impact of the Emyooga funds in their constituencies within a week prior to commencement ...
African Development Bank’s SEFA grant to support first Super Energy Service Company (ESCO) in East Africa

African Development Bank’s SEFA grant to support first Super Energy Service Company (ESCO) in East Africa

AFRICA, Banking World, EAST AFRICA, Ivory Coast
The Super ESCO, to be run by the Kenya Power and Lighting Company, will develop and implement energy efficiency projects for both the public and private sectors ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, September 17, 2021/ -- The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) (https://bit.ly/39fnc7x) has announced a $1 million grant to support the government of Kenya to create a Super Energy Service Company (ESCO). The Super ESCO, to be run by the Kenya Power and Lighting Company, will develop and implement energy efficiency projects for both the public and private sectors. Super ESCOs are vehicles for channelling funds into public sector energy efficiency investments such as hospitals, schools, and street lighting, laying the foundation for private investment later in the commercial and industrial sectors....
Ms. Grace Muliisa appointed Managing Director of Ecobank Uganda

Ms. Grace Muliisa appointed Managing Director of Ecobank Uganda

AFRICA, Banking World, EAST AFRICA, Ecobank, Ghana, UGANDA, West Africa
Kampala, 17th September 2021 – Ecobank Uganda, a subsidiary of the leading pan-African BankingGroup, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, (‘ETI’), and parent company of the Ecobank Group, isdelighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Grace Muliisa as the Managing Director of EcobankUganda.The announcement was made by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ecobank Uganda, Mr. KinKariisa.Grace is a studious professional with over 20 years experience in the Banking Sector, across Africa andAsia. She is a seasoned leader with a track record of championing change, driving strategy, and buildinga high-performance culture. She brings a wealth of experience in Retail and Commercial Banking,Credit and Operational Risk Management, Business Banking and Digital transformation among others.Commenti...
Is Uganda’s  Kansiime praying to get Baby Number 2

Is Uganda’s Kansiime praying to get Baby Number 2

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Entertainment, UGANDA
The 34-year old and hubby Abraham Tukahirwa aka Skylanta recently welcomed their first child and even though she would later open up on how challenging the experience was, she now says she’s looking forward to baby number two. “I struggled to have a child, and (this one) comes as a blessing,” explained Kansiime, also a renowned actress and influencer, perhaps in reference to her earlier marriage to Gerald Ojok. On whether to plan for other kids, she pointed out. “I don’t know what I want, I don’t know when I will get what I want. I just pray for grace and good health. If God wants me to get 12 children I will, if he wants me to get 2, I will. “But if I can tell God how many children I want, I can ask one more. I would not mind if it was a boy or a girl,” she said. ...