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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...
President Kenyatta announces a raft of incentives to woo Tanzanian investors

President Kenyatta announces a raft of incentives to woo Tanzanian investors

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NAIROBI, 5th May 2021, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta today announced a raft of incentives aimed at wooing Tanzanian investors to Kenya including the lifting of work permit and visa requirements. The President said his Administration will do all in its power to eliminate all non-tariff barriers for Tanzanian investors coming to do business in Kenya. President Kenyatta spoke Wednesday in Nairobi during the Kenya-Tanzania Business Forum, also addressed by visiting Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan. President Kenyatta cautioned Tanzanians and Kenyans against competing with each, and instead focus on creating a conducive environment for businesses to thrive. "We would like to see many investors from Tanzania coming to do business in Kenya. And I want to say this, Tanzani...
Her Excellency President Samia Suluhu Hassan of the United Republic of Tanzania lays a floral wreath at the mausoleum of Kenya’s Founding Father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi County.

Her Excellency President Samia Suluhu Hassan of the United Republic of Tanzania lays a floral wreath at the mausoleum of Kenya’s Founding Father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi County.

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The visiting Head of State was received by Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohammed (Sports), Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka.
Kenya and Tanzania agree to eliminate barriers to trade, movement of people

Kenya and Tanzania agree to eliminate barriers to trade, movement of people

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NAIROBI, 4th May 2021, (PSCU)— Kenya and Tanzania have today agreed to eliminate barriers hindering the smooth flow of trade and people between the two East African nations. The decision was arrived at today at State House, Nairobi during bilateral talks led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and visiting Tanzania Head of State Samia Suluhu Hassan. A joint team of experts will be set up to address the disjointed enforcement of cross-border Covid-19 containment protocols, one of the most pronounced non-tarriff trade barrier between the two nations. "Just as His Excellency the President has said, we have agreed that our Health Ministers need to sit down and come up with a structured system of testing our people at the border points to allow easy movement of our people so as to...
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...
The last from South African President H.E

The last from South African President H.E

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Cyril Ramaphosa Dear Fellow South African, We live in a country where not just journalists but any member of the public is able to freely articulate their views, their opinions and indeed their dissatisfaction without fear of retribution. As we conclude Freedom Month, we recall how far we have come from the days where social protest by artists attracted banning orders, and critical reporting by journalists risked imprisonment or the closure of publications. Last week, the organisation Reporters without Borders published the 2021 World Press Freedom Index, a barometer of the state of media freedom across the globe.Overall, it was found that there has been a decline in public access to information and an increase in obstacles to news coverage in a number of countries.  The report said th...
South African Parliament to resume this week

South African Parliament to resume this week

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Parliament, Sunday 2 May 2021 – Members of Parliament return from their constituency period this week to a demanding round of committee and House activities featuring a range of key public interest issues, including the national Budget.On Tuesday and Wednesday, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) is scheduled to hold a Budget and Fiscal Oversight Workshop themed: "Accountability in Public Expenditure through Effective Parliamentary Oversight", at which Minister of Finance Mr Tito Mboweni will deliver the keynote address. For the full workshop programme and resource documents related to it, please click https://www.parliament.gov.za/project-event-details/1579On Thursday, from 14.00, the NCOP is scheduled to have a Ministerial Briefing of Transport on: "Mitigating the Impact of the COV...
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...
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...