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Airtel Uganda Unveils 2017 Kabaka Run Kits

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Airtel Uganda has handed over the Kabaka Run marathon kits to the Buganda Kingdom at a press conference that was held at the Buganda Kingdom offices in Mengo.

The handover was graced by Buganda Kingdom officials led by the Buganda Kingdom Prime Minister Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga and the Buganda Kingdom Minister of Sports Owek. Sekabembe Henry, alongside Airtel Uganda directors and staff members led by the Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. Anwar Soussa.

Katikiro of Buganda, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga (C) officially unveils the Kabaka Birthday Run 2017 kit at Bulange Mengo as other partners look on.

Katikiro of Buganda, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga (C) officially unveils the Kabaka Birthday Run 2017 kit at Bulange Mengo as other partners look on.

For the past four years, Airtel Uganda has been the main sponsor of the Kabaka Run, one of the four major Buganda Kingdom activities that commemorates the Kabaka’s birthday, as part of an ongoing agreement with the kingdom to sponsor four of the kingdom’s main activities.

During the handover, the Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. Anwar Soussa urged all Airtel Uganda customers as well as the general public to show support to those suffering from sickle cells by coming and registering for the Kabaka Run.

“I would like to pledge our future commitment and support to the Buganda Kingdom, its people and its activities, as we unite to maintain the good glory of this Kingdom,” he added.

Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, the Buganda Kingdom Prime Minister thanked Airtel Uganda for honoring their commitment to support the Buganda Kingdom activities for the past couple of years.

He also thanked the telecommunications company for always coming out strongly to show support to Ugandans regardless of whether or not they use their services.

“Last year, Fistula in Uganda was our cause and you supported it. This year it is sickle cells and you are still here with us. On behalf of the kingdom and its people, allow me to say thank you,” he concluded.

The 2017 Kabaka run will be held on the 9 th April 2017 flagged off in Lubiri Mengo by His Majesty the Kabaka; this will have the 5km, 10kms and 21km routes.

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Kitende beats Budo S.S to defend COPA Coca-Cola Wakiso Regional title

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Kitende S.S successfully defended their COPA Coca-Cola Wakiso regional championship trophy when they defeated fellow Wakiso giant Budo S.S.

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Kitende S.S successfully defended their COPA Coca-Cola Wakiso regional championship trophy when they defeated fellow Wakiso giant Budo S.S over the weekend. This victory, which earned Kitende a slot in the 2018 national finals tournament, was reminiscent of last year’s Wakiso regional finals, which saw Kitende emerge victor after a formidable game against Budo S.S.

Budo S.S, St. Julian Gayaza, Standard High Zana and London College are the other four schools that will represent Wakiso in the national championships that will be held in May this year.

As part of the COPA Coca-Cola Silver Jubilee celebrations, Kitende S.S also won a brand new flat screen TV to enable them watch the FIFA World Cup that will also be happening this year.

Over the past 25 years, COPA Coca-Cola has become Uganda’s largest brand-supported grassroots football tournament with notable players such as Farouk Miya, Godfrey Walusimbi, Shaban Muhamad, Khalid Aucho and many others having gone through this tournament to make it to local and international clubs as well as to the Uganda National team.

The regional tournaments are currently being played in different regions across the country and winning teams will converge in Mbarara early next month for the National Championships.

Commenting about the recently concluded Wakiso Regional game, Mrs. Maggie Kigozi, the Coca-Cola Marketing Manager for Uganda congratulated both teams for putting up a spirited fight up until the last minute of the game. “I am proud to note that the quality of football in Wakiso region has greatly improved over the years of this prestigious tournament. I believe we have instilled values that these students will leverage on as they build their futures,” she noted.

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Thousands turn up for 2018 Kabaka birthday run

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More than 40,000 brave runners braved the heavy rains to take part in the 2018 edition of the Airtel Kabaka birthday run that took place on Sunday. This year’s run also celebrated 25 years of the Kabaka’s coronation anniversary.

The run that was flagged off at 7.00am by the Kabaka of Buganda; Ssabasajja Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, attracted notable participants from the kingdom including; the Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, Prince David Wasajja and Princess Katrina Ssangalyambogo.

Prince David Wasajja, who was also the Chief Runner of the day ran the 21 kilometers race while Princess Katrina Sangalyambogo took on the 10 kilometers.

The Kabaka Birthday run is part of Airtel Uganda’s five-year partnership with Buganda kingdom to support four of its main annual activities including the Kabaka’s birthday celebrations, Kabaka coronation and Eid-El- Fitri.

Addressing the crowds after the run, Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga applauded the participants for their enormous support to the Kingdom and its causes. “Each year, we note an increase in the number of partakers in the Airtel Kabaka birthday run. This year, we have more than 10,000 more participants than we did last year and on behalf of the kingdom, I commend you all for your consistent and growing support for the causes that we have chosen to support,” he said.

The Katitkiro also praised Airtel Uganda for partnering with the kingdom in advancing programs which benefit both the people of Buganda kingdom and the rest of the country.

“While we are commemorating milestones that are specific to Buganda kingdom, it is important to note that the proceeds from this year’s run will go to our efforts to fight sickle cell disease in Uganda. Partnerships such as the one we have with Airtel Uganda are invaluable because they allow us to make positive impact within our communities,” Mayiga added.

Addressing the media, Airtel Uganda’s Managing Director; Mr. V.G Somasekhar said that through its Corporate Social Responsibility programs, the company seeks to contribute to the socio-economic advancements of vast and different communities.

“One of our key beliefs lies in the power of partnerships. Together with the Buganda kingdom, we believe we can create awareness of the threats of sickle cell disease and empower people with information that will enable them to identify and prevent the sickle cells disease,” he noted.

“It is an honor to once again be part of a noble cause whose benefits will reach and help countless lives from across the country,” he concluded.

According to the Ministry of Health over 25,000 babies are born each year with sickle cell disease and over 80% die before their 5th birthday contributing to 15% infant mortality- 13.3% of the total population have sickle cell traits and 21% are within the Buganda region.

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Ugandan athletes promise to make country proud at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

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Ugandan athletes that will participate in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games have promised to do their best and make the country proud. This was during a breakfast organized by MTN Uganda on Tuesday morning.

“I am going to defend the medal I won in 2014 and also do better,” said Winnie Nanyondo, the 2014 800m Bronze Medalist at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

“I promise to do my best and believe that we shall come back with medals,” Juliet Chekwel, a long-distance runner, also added.

MTN Uganda through its sponsorship of several UAF calendar activities hosted the athletes as part of the send-off. According to Valery Okecho, the Corporate Communications Manager at MTN Uganda, the partnership with UAF has been ongoing for the last 14 years, with the highlight being the annual MTN Kampala Marathon.

“We wish you well in Australia and we hope for medals. We are backing you 100%. You are on the world stage and this is an opportunity for you to shine. We do hope that these games translate into your personal success,” Okecho told the athletes.

Speaking at the breakfast, Anne Edatu, the executive representative for the North East at the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF), expressed confidence in the athletes noting that they have made ample preparations.

“I have confidence that the athletes will do well, considering the training they have been undergoing for the last one and half months. While in the camp, we have been working as a team and we believe there is still an opportunity for growth and success.” She stated.

Uganda will have a team of about 15 athletes, participating in sprints, steeplechase, and long distance races. The athletes include; Winnie Nanyondo, Halima Nakaayi, Juliet Chekwel, Thomas Ayeko, Stella Chessang, Nanziri Emily, Albert Chemutai, Philip Kipyeko, Mercyline Chelangat and Joshua Cheptegei.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games are expected to kick off on Wednesday, 4th April 2018.

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