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MTN’s Kibanda Xpress knocks off 60% marketing costs for local film industry- Mzee Bwanika

MTN’s Kibanda Xpress knocks off 60% marketing costs for local film industry- Mzee Bwanika

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Uganda’s film industry under their umbrella body, Pearlwood has renewed optimistim in the profitability of the industry following a partnership with leading telecom MTN Uganda which will cut the former’s marketing costs by 60 per cent. Recently, MTN Uganda in partnership with Albayan Media Limited, the platform provider through the YOTV mobile app and the Association of Core Film Producers Uganda Limited trading as Pearlwood launched Kibanda Xpress, a channel housing local Ugandan movies. The partnership is expected to boost consumption of local content and in turn revenues of film makers since Kibanda Xpress through Yo Tv has vast reach in different parts of the country. Marketing and distribution challenge Seasoned film producer and speaker on the pearlwood board of director...
MTN GOGAMES F.A.Qs

MTN GOGAMES F.A.Qs

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                          What is MTN GoGames? MTN GoGames is a web-based portal that allows MTN customers to enjoy over 100 world-class games in multiple categories ranging from casual, sports, puzzles, action, adventure and so much more. socialmedia-GoGames10 - Copy Who can play games on the MTN GoGames portal? All MTN prepaid and postpaid customers with internet enabled devices e.g., smartphone or tablet with a web browser will be able to register and play games for FREE. How do I access and play games for free on the MTN GoGames portal? A screen shot of the Go Games Page with various games for everyone To access the portal, Visit http://mtn.gogames.run/ using your preferred browser e.g., Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera etc. on your smartphone or tablet.  ...
Ntungamo Woman MP Elect Lauds MTN for Donating Ramadan alms to Western Uganda

Ntungamo Woman MP Elect Lauds MTN for Donating Ramadan alms to Western Uganda

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With a few days left to end the holy month of Ramadan, MTN Uganda and Salam Foundation have carried on with delivering support towards the groups of Muslim communities that have been at the forefront of fighting Covid-19. This is their way of thanking them for their tremendous efforts and to offer them some relief as they observe their month-long fasting period. Dr. Nathan Onyachi received the alms on behalf of the medical staff at the Masaka Regional Referral Hospital This week saw the MTN and Salaam Foundation team reaching out to the Muslim communities in Masaka and Ntugamo districts with food alms comprising of Rice, Wheat flour, Maize flour, sugar, beans and cooking oil among others. MTN's Aggrey Byaruhanga (L) and Ian Mugambe (In Black) handing over the food items to the It...
MTN Kampala marathon: Bududa landslide survivors, refugees enjoy a decade of safe water

MTN Kampala marathon: Bududa landslide survivors, refugees enjoy a decade of safe water

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Prior to 2010, it was survival for the fittest to access water from a borehole in Kiryandongo district where over 2000 people relied on only 2 functional boreholes. Runners in action Kiryandongo district which houses survivors of the Bududa landslides in Mbale is also the host community for
 refugees in the refugee resettlement camp. As Julius Weleka, the chairman LC 1, Panyadoli A village as well as chairman of the Bududa community narrates, the water situation was so bad that it led to fights between themselves and refugees. A section of the 10KM race participants prepare for flag off “The relationship between us and the refugees was very bad because people were fighting for water. Sanitation was also very bad because people did not have water. The number of people gettin...
MTN UGANDA RESPONDS TO HIGH COURT RULING ON TRANSITIONAL LICENSE FEES.

MTN UGANDA RESPONDS TO HIGH COURT RULING ON TRANSITIONAL LICENSE FEES.

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TUESDAY 4TH May 2021 – Kampala, Uganda: On April 24, 2021, MTN Uganda received a ruling from the Civil Division of the High Court of Uganda, (Miscellaneous Cause Number 240 of 2020), in relation to a transitional license fees of US$ 14,140,030 (United States Dollars Fourteen Million, One Hundred Forty Thousand, thirty only) assessed by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) for the period October 2018 to June 2020.While MTN Uganda respects the decision of the High Court; it appreciates that the Laws of Uganda provide an opportunity to have this matter reviewed by the Court of Appeal. MTN is confident that the Court of Appeal will at an appropriate time, consider all matters raised by MTN comprehensively and pronounce itself in accordance with the law and evidence on record. MTN Ugan...
MTN Reduces Mobile Money Withdrawal Fees.

MTN Reduces Mobile Money Withdrawal Fees.

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Stephen Mutana while addressing the press at the MoMo withdrawal price cut press conference MTN’s new Mobile Money withdrawal fees went into effect on Saturday 1st May 2021. In addition to the reduced rates, customers also get MTN Senkyu points for withdrawing mobile money as well as using other MTN MoMo services The reduced MTN Mobile Money withdrawal rates are some of the lowest in the country, and together with the Senkyu Points benefits, MTN MoMo offers the best value for mobile money customers across Uganda. Monday 3rd May 2021: Kampala-Uganda: MTN Uganda has today announced the reduction of its Mobile Money withdrawal fees. The change took effect on Saturday 1st May 2021. The reduced withdrawal rates coupled with the Senkyu points that one earns when withdrawing m...
MTN and Salam Deliver Ramadan alms to Eastern Uganda

MTN and Salam Deliver Ramadan alms to Eastern Uganda

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As the Muslim community continues to observe the holy month of Ramadan, MTN Uganda and Salam Foundation have carried on with delivering support towards the groups of Muslim communities that have been at the forefront of fighting Covid-19. This is their way of thanking them for their tremendous efforts and to offer them some relief as they observe their month-long fasting period. The MTN and Salam Team with the staff of the Mbale Regional Referral Hospital Since the beginning of Ramadan, MTN and Salam Foundation have so far delivered assorted Ramadan items to various Frontline workers in the Muslim communities to support them during Ramadan. The food items donated include Rice, Wheat flour, Maize flour, sugar, beans and cooking oil among others. The first beneficiaries were The Mu...
Polly Namaye lauds MTN for Donating Ramadan Alms to Kampiringisa National Rehabilitation Center

Polly Namaye lauds MTN for Donating Ramadan Alms to Kampiringisa National Rehabilitation Center

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As the muslim community continues to observe the holy month of Ramadan, MTN Uganda and Salam Foundation have carried on with delivering support towards the groups of muslim communities that have been at the forefront of fighting Covid-19. This is their way of thanking them for their tremendous efforts and to offer them some relief as they observe their month-long fasting period. Polly Namaye (2R) and Ian Mugambe (R) handedover Ramadan alms to the Principal (3L) The Ramadan with MTN project started with an Iftar dinner at Hotel Africana and thereafter, food alms were delivered to the Kibuli and Old Kampala mosques before rolling out to the various muslim communities around the country. The items donated included Rice, maize flour, sugar, beans and cooking oil among others. Early t...
Quicker treatment for patients as MTN blood plasma extractor accelerates component extraction

Quicker treatment for patients as MTN blood plasma extractor accelerates component extraction

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Kampala,Uganda:Patients in need of blood are receiving quicker treatment following an MTN Uganda donation of the automated blood component extractor to Uganda Blood Transfusion services (UBTS) which mines components faster. Prior to the donation, UBTS used manual methods of blood component extraction which took about 30 minutes to extract samples from about ten samples compared to the one minute using the automated machine. The process, Otekat says was slow leading to equally tortoise-paced service provision to hospitals and patients in need of blood components for treatment especially those in regional areas. However, Ms Grace Otekat head of laboratories UBTS says the machine has now enabled the blood bank improve component extraction which is critical to the treatment of ac...
Uganda Red Cross Society launches a shs-235bn five year strategic plan

Uganda Red Cross Society launches a shs-235bn five year strategic plan

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The Uganda Red Cross Society has launched a five-year strategic plan peddled aimed at consolidating financial, institutional sustainability and service delivery in the country. The Shs235 billion strategic plan is premised on the unit cost of executing the various focus areas which include Information and technology (IT) systems. Uganda's first Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Moses Ali launches the five year strategic plan.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The secretary general of the Uganda Red Cross Society, Robert Kwesiga said the process of developing the new strategic plan was vigorous and consultative from all stakeholders. “I want to appreciate the support from the Uganda Red Cross Governance structures, Branch network, staff volunteers, partners and the government of Uganda,” ...
Kibanda Xpress puts Ugandan Movies at the Fingertips of MTN Customers

Kibanda Xpress puts Ugandan Movies at the Fingertips of MTN Customers

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Kampala,Uganda: Early this month, MTN Uganda launched Kibanda Xpress, a digital Platform from which its Customers can access a plethora of Home-grown entertainment Content. SOMDEV SEN, the MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer shares more about this initiative in this interview. Q.What is Kibanda Xpress? A. Kibanda Xpress is a new Video on Demand channel that MTN Uganda has launched as a distribution channel for local Ugandan content especially Ugandan Films. The service is provided in partnership with the Association of Core Film Producers Uganda Limited (trading as PEARLWOOD) as the content creators and Albayan Media Limited the platform provider through the YOTV mobile app. Q. What does this mean to an ordinary person out there? A. This is a channel where Ugandan movie prod...
MTN Hands over Iftar Items to Old Kampala and Kibuli Muslim Headquarters

MTN Hands over Iftar Items to Old Kampala and Kibuli Muslim Headquarters

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MTN Uganda and the Muslim community have had a long standing relationship. Every year, the Telecom stands with the Muslim community as they observe the holy month of Ramadan by offering food and alms to the muslim community through Salam foundation. This year’s Ramadan was launched with an Iftar dinner between MTN, Salma Foundation and the Muslim community at Hotel Africana. Thereafter as has been the norm since 2017, MTN Uganda in partnership with Salam TV once again reached out to the Muslim community to handover food and alms to the muslim community members, specifically the covid-19 Frontline workers. Some of the targeted groups include the Muslim members in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces, Uganda Police, Uganda Prisons Services, Orphanages, Teachers and Prisoners among othe...
Children with disabilities get medical relief in MTN-Corsu hospital partnership

Children with disabilities get medical relief in MTN-Corsu hospital partnership

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For close to two years, Doreen Ataro lived with a bent leg painted with burn bruises from a fire accident. At only one and a half years of age, the young girl fell in a pool of fire where she was playing and sustained injuries to her left leg. As the father Denis Oroto narrates, Ataro’s accident caused his daughter so much pain. “Her left leg was burnt by the fire causing it to curve to a certain extent. She couldn’t move or shower herself. The mother had to feed and shower her,” he recounts. But it was not only the physical turmoil that foiled the family. Ataro’s accident also took a toll on the father’s finances. Oroto has spent nearly Ushs500,000 in an effort to treat the daughter and have her leg restored to normal. However, his effort was all in vain as the heal...
MTN Partners with Tooro Kingdom to donate 80 fully kitted hospital beds to health center IIIs in the kingdom

MTN Partners with Tooro Kingdom to donate 80 fully kitted hospital beds to health center IIIs in the kingdom

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MTN partners with Tooro kingdom to donate 80 fully kited hospital beds to various health center IIIs in Tooro KingdomThe donation is part of a commitment the telecom company made mid this year in which it signed over a commitment of shs700million to support social, economic and cultural programs of the kingdom.MTN believes that working with cultural institutions is a worthwhile partnership as they promote shared values in the communities. Saturday 17th April 2021- Fort Portal, Western Uganda: MTN Uganda and the Tooro kingdom have donated 80 kitted patient beds to various health center III’s in Tooro Kingdom. The donation is part of MTN’s commitment to support the kingdom in her efforts to uplift the social, economic and cultural life of the people of Tooro. MTN hands over bed...
MTN Uganda & Salam TV hold special Ramadan Dinner for the Muslim Fraternity

MTN Uganda & Salam TV hold special Ramadan Dinner for the Muslim Fraternity

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At the dinner, MTN Uganda and Salam TV once again  launched their joint campaign to reach out to the Muslim Covid-19 frontline workers during the holy month of Ramadan Outgoing Member Of Parliament Hon.Hajji  Latif Sebagala and Wim Vanhelleputte at the MTN Ramadan Launch Dinner that was held at Hotel Africana MTN Uganda through Salam TV will distribute alms to the Muslim Covid-19 Frontline workers who have been at the forefront of rendering critical services to the country throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic. MTN Uganda has a long-standing relationship with the Muslim community in Uganda which spans many years. Thursday 15th April 2021- Kampala, Uganda: MTN Uganda in partnership with Salam TV Uganda has once again held a Ramadan dinner for the Muslim community to commemora...
DIGITAL FINANCIAL SERVICES EXTEND CREDIT TO UNBANKED UGANDANS

DIGITAL FINANCIAL SERVICES EXTEND CREDIT TO UNBANKED UGANDANS

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Slightly over one in every three Ugandans have a bank account, with a reported 16.5 million Ugandans still using traditional saving methods such as physical cash, livestock and agriculture. With only 16 million bank accounts in the country, over half of the population has no access to savings or credit through financial institutions, as drivers of capital investment and, ultimately a higher rate of economic growth. Digital financial services, however, are playing a pivotal role in plugging this divide as various institutions are partnering to enhance access to financial services for the unbanked. Take for instance the MoKash platform in which customers of Ugandan mobile telecommunications company MTN can save from as low as Shs50 and borrow amounts from Shs3000 to Shs1 ...
How mobile money masked Ugandans against covid-19

How mobile money masked Ugandans against covid-19

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Mobile money was the proverbial financial mask shiedling the entire country when movement was at its lowest and fear of infection at its highest. The life altering announcement by President Museveni limiting movement of people around the country and closing the nation’s borders to the world meant that people could not travel to take or receive money and food to their loved ones.  So for many, mobile money was the saving grace that even with the looming danger of a deadly virus, their loved ones far away would have access to money to pay for food, shelter and medicine. Benjamin Mukasa’s female friend in Mukono worked at a saloon in downtown Kampala. At the onset of the unprecedented lockdown, stranded without the privilege to move to friends, destitute of money, the y...
MTN Uganda to Support Ayebare’s Online Butchery

MTN Uganda to Support Ayebare’s Online Butchery

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When MTN launched the MTN for Good campaign in February 2020, they had set out to celebrate youths out there that have stepped out of the comfort zone and dared to dream. They also wanted to awaken youths to the fact that dreams can come true if they pursued them as is the story of Tony Ayebare a young man with a big dream. “Necessity is a mother of invention” is a good old adage that Tony Ayebare vividly brings to life. The young graduate of Information Technology was forced to invent Uganda’s first online butchery to fill the gap that was standing between him and fresh meat. “Back in 2018, I wanted to eat meat but I could not easily get it because I was staying far from the butchery,” reminisces Ayebare. For almost every shopping need today, including food, there was an ...
MTN Uganda to Connect Brick Making Graduate to His Dream

MTN Uganda to Connect Brick Making Graduate to His Dream

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When MTN Uganda launched the MTN for Good campaign in February 2020, the telecom giant intended to awaken the youth to the fact that their dreams are just some actions away if they dared to pursue them. What came out of the entries was the fact that there are young people out there are already stepping out of the comfort zones and daring to dream big. A case in point is one Joseph Semayengo. Rather than stay unemployed, Joseph Semayengo, a graduate of Information Technology decided to get his hands dirty earning a decent living. While many youths shun blue collar jobs in favor of white collar jobs, Semayengo has decided to take up brick making despite his degree in Information technology, something that endeared him to the voters who found his modesty likeable and realistic....