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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 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...
Outgoing MPs receive tips on life outside Parliament

Outgoing MPs receive tips on life outside Parliament

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Members of Parliament will have opportunity to live differently after expiry of their term of office following training on life outside Parliament. Speaker Of the Ugandan Parliament Rt.Hon.Alitwala Rebecca Kadaga (R) awards Hon. Jalia Bintu for her long Service. The Rebecca Kadaga Institute of Parliamentary Studies has organized a two day seminar where outgoing MPs of the 10th Parliament will receive tips ranging from the financial, social and management sectors. Speaker Of the Ugandan Parliament Rt.Hon.Alitwala Rebecca Kadaga. Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga who officiated at the opening of the seminar said this is an opportunity for the outgoing MPs to pick ideas on how to live once they have left the House. Speaker Of the Ugandan Parliament Rt.Hon.Alitwala Rebecca ...
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...
President Kenyatta and Prime Minister Boris Johnson speak ahead of UK-Kenya Global Education Summit

President Kenyatta and Prime Minister Boris Johnson speak ahead of UK-Kenya Global Education Summit

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27th April 2021Press ReleasePresident Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday spoke with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on phone.In their conversation, the President and the Prime Minister discussed several matters of mutual interest, top among them the Global Education Summit which Kenya and the UK will co-host in July. Through the Summit, Kenya and the UK aim to raise 5 billion USD, the amount needed to get 175 million children into school around the world.Besides the Summit, President Kenyatta and PM Johnson talked about Kenya-UK collaboration in the fight against Covid-19, climate change and, regional security and peace.On Covid-19, the President and the Prime Minister explored new avenues of collaboration including research on identifying new mutations of the virus and accelerated access t...
Gov’t to continue securing jobs for NYS graduates, President Kenyatta assures

Gov’t to continue securing jobs for NYS graduates, President Kenyatta assures

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GILGIL, Nakuru County, 24th April 2021 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured graduates of the National Youth Service (NYS) that the Government will continue securing jobs for them through the institution's newly unveiled electronic repository system. President Uhuru Kenyatta salutes a march past by the National Youth Service (NYS)  recruits  during their Passing-Out parade at NYS College, Gilgil, Nakuru County. The President said the technology enabled tracking and repository system will make it easier for employers from both the public and private sectors to source employees from NYS. Meanwhile, the President noted that NYS graduates are steadily being absorbed into the Kenya Defence Forces, National Police Service and other uniformed services and instructed the institut...
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...
President Kenyatta commends Equity Bank for growing Africa’s economic freedom through its continental expansion

President Kenyatta commends Equity Bank for growing Africa’s economic freedom through its continental expansion

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KINSHASA, DR CONGO, 21st April 2021-President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended Kenya's Equity Bank for its growing continental presence saying the financial institution's expansion is helping unite Africa and expand her economic freedom. President Uhuru Kenyatta and Equity Bank Group CEO Dr James Mwangi unveil a commemorative plaque to signify the official inauguration of the rebranded Equity BCDC office block in Central Kinshasa, DRC.  "Today, the Republic of Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo forge a stronger bond through the merger of Banque Commerciale du Congo (BCDC) and Equity Bank Congo (EBC). President Uhuru Kenyatta with Equity Bank Group CEO Dr James Mwangi and DR Congo's Central Bank Governor Deogratias Mutombo during the official inauguration of the rebranded Equi...
Emirates commences IATA Travel Pass trials simplifying COVID-19 related travel requirements

Emirates commences IATA Travel Pass trials simplifying COVID-19 related travel requirements

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Emirates today commenced trials of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass– a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information. The first passengers travelling from Dubai to Barcelona on EK 185 today trialed the ‘digital passport’ to verify and share their pre-travel COVID-19 test status with Emirates. The trials are a step towards making travel more convenient, enabling travelers to manage COVID-19 related documentation digitally, safely and seamlessly throughout the travel experience. In the future, travelers will also be able to share vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate travel. Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating...
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...
Nasa successfully flies small helicopter on Mars

Nasa successfully flies small helicopter on Mars

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The American space agency has successfully flown a small helicopter on Mars. The drone, called Ingenuity, was airborne for less than a minute, but Nasa is celebrating what represents the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world. Confirmation came via a satellite at Mars which relayed the chopper's data back to Earth. The space agency is promising more adventurous flights in the day's ahead. Ingenuity will be commanded to fly higher and further as engineers seek to test the limits of the technology. "We can now say that human beings have flown a rotorcraft on another planet," said a delighted MiMi Aung, project manager for Ingenuity at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Getting airborne on the Red Planet is not easy. The atmosphere is ve...
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 ...
Carrefour Uganda Wins Maiden Consumer Choice Award – Best Shopping Supermarket Category

Carrefour Uganda Wins Maiden Consumer Choice Award – Best Shopping Supermarket Category

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Carrefour, owned and operated by Majid Al Futtaim in Uganda, received the Gold Award for Best Shopping Supermarket at this year’s Consumers Choice Awards. The Consumers Choice Awards 2020/2021, which took place on March 31, 2021, recognize business excellence annually by conducting comprehensive and objective independent market research survey, to determine brand reputation, customer satisfaction and business excellence for the quality of their service. In a statement released by the retail giant, Carrefour thanked the Consumer Choice Awards for the prestigious award. “This award is a testament to the hard work of our colleagues and recognizes our efforts to deliver exceptional value for our Ugandan customers through more convenient and modernized shopping experiences,” the s...