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Hima Cement Scoops Platinum Honour At Export Awards



Building solutions firm, Hima Cement has been recognized as the exporter of the year at the annual Presidential Exporters Awards gala held at Grand Imperial Hotel on January 18, 2018.

The awards, organized by the Uganda Export Promotions Bard (UEBP) are meant to recognize manufacturers that have earned the country a great deal of foreign exchange through exporting some of their locally made products.

Allan Ssemakula, the Acting Country CEO, Hima Cement says that the cement maker’s continued focus on providing customers with innovative propositions combined with effective cost management have enabled the firm cater to the diverse needs of the markets that they serve.

“We are very honored to receive this award from the exports board; a sign of recognition for the service we are offering the nation. As Hima Cement, we are committed to being the preferred provider of cement and concrete based building solutions in East Africa with a strong focus on customer experience,” he stated.

Ssemakula also added that Hima Cement clients benefit from the technical expertise and product innovation that are the hallmark of LafargeHolcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry.

Hima Cement received the Platinum Award, making the cement maker the overall winner after exporting products worth USD56million in the regional markets.

A total of 50 companies were evaluated by UEPB, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Coopratives, the Private Sector Foundation Uganda and the Uganda Investment Authority in 18 product lines. The companies were assessed based on export performance, contribution towards Uganda’s socioeconomic development, product diversification and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda’s Prime Minister who officiated at the awards on behalf of the President, lauded the companies involved in the exports sector which he said was a sure way to earn the country much needed foreign exchange, jobs as well as improving the quality of lives.

He also encouraged exporters to work in groups and cooperatives in order to consolidate international trade gains such as sustainability of quality, quantity and timely delivery to international markets and also to continue investing in value addition.

Hima Cement offers a range of innovative and high-performance products that are highly adaptable. The cement firm lends itself to all kinds of projects like the Bujagali Hydro Power Project, Kampala-Entebbe Expressway, Karuma Dam, the new Jinja Nile Bridge among others. It currently serves its core markets of Uganda and Rwanda and exports to Eastern DRC and South Sudan.

East Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world with an average GDP growth of c7%; the construction sector is growing at a higher pace of over 10% per annum. Cement demand in Uganda and in the region is projected to remain strong supported by the resurgence in infrastructure development and key Mega Projects.

“We are very positive about the long-term prospects of the cement industry in Uganda and the region, and LafargeHolcim is keen to solidify its position in the region as the leading producer of building solutions providing its customers with innovative value adding propositions,” he explained.

The Platinum Award given to Hima Cement followed a thorough evaluation exercise held towards the close of 2017 that required firms to submit information on their export activities including revenue, marketing activities, innovations, among others.

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J.K Holdings drags CMA’s Kiryabwire to Law Council.




J.K Holdings has petitioned the Uganda Law Council over Capital Markets Authority’s Angella Kiryabwire for bleaching the professional ethics and the non discourse agreement.
In the letter dated May 18. 2018 from Tumukunde & Luwaga Co. Advocates and signed by Tumukunde N, J.K Holding accuses Angella Kiryabwire for leaking their confidential information to their competitors.
According to the letter, Ref/ 18/TL/05, J.K Holdings Limited sought to establish a Collective Investment Scheme through CMA, upon which Kiryabwire requested the company lawyer to furnish the authority with a checklist of all documents needed before approval.

The letter says that though Kiryabwire and JK. Holdings signed a Non-Disclosure of Information Agreement to third parties before the elapse of six years unless ordered by a competent court, she went ahead and shared the information with Stanlib Uganda Limited who runs a collective investment scheme called Money Markets Fund and IRSTA Limited.
JK. Holdings’ lawyer explained that they had mail correspondences between Kiryabwire, the Chief Executive Officer of Standlib Limited Mrs. Annette Rumanyika Mulira and Lydia Muleembe of IRTSA Limited.
“On August 12, 2018 at 11am, Mrs. Angella Kiryabwire sent all our documents we shared with her to after a few minutes forwarded all the documents received to this is the personal email of Lydia Muleembe the CEO of IRSTA Limited,”
As a result to sharing this information our software servers have been hacked into, several messages have been sent to our prospecting investors discouraging them from investing with us. “Our prospecting agents in Uganda who had agreed to work with us have been contacted and told not to work with us because we are a fraudster. This has greatly damaged the reputation of the company and its prospecting business,” the letter adds.
“The location of our intended premises which was among our Trade secrets disclosed to Mrs. Kiryabwire has been taken over by our competitor IRSTA Limited.”
According to J.K Holdings, the application to operate a Collective Investment Scheme by IRTSA was granted within one week. The company claims that though they had filed their application over one year ago, they had received no explanation from CMA as to why their application had taken that long.
“The actions of Kiryabwire contravene Rule 7 of the Advocates Professional conduct regulations SI-267-2.”The letter states.

“We disclosed this information to Mrs. Kiryabwire trusting that she is an advocate of the High court who respects Advocates Professional conduct regulations. The information we disclosed included; the unique products the company was to bring on the market, sources of funding, marketing strategies, trade secrets, branding materials, contingent agency contracts, prospectus and passwords to soft wares executed between our client and prospecting investors.”The letter explains.
Now that Tumukunde &Luwaga CO. Advocates on behalf J.K Holding Limited has filed a complaint against Angela Kiryabwire head legal department Capital Markets Authority, shows that Angela Kiryabwire Kanyima is no stranger to controversies.
Angela Kiryabwire superintended over the money bonanza in the 74 Km Katosi road scandals where Shs24billion was dished out to a non existing US firm without a bank guarantee.
Kiryabwire as Chairperson of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Board failed in her oversight role and tax payers’ money was lost.

The story was first published by Uganda’s leading daily; the New Vision how UNRA through the Housing Finance Bank paid sh24.7b to a ‘ghost’ firm without a bank guarantee.
Kiryabwire moved and sacked UNRA managers except herself. The Minister for Works and Transport later sacked Kiryabwire and her entire board from overseeing UNRA and replaced her with an efficient and confident former State Minister for Finance; Fred Jachan Omach.

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Movit announces partnership with Nkozi Marathon




Vicar General of the Kampala archdioceses of Kampala receiving a dummy cheque from Movit's John Tumwesigye

Vicar General of the Kampala archdioceses of Kampala receiving a dummy cheque from Movit’s John Tumwesigye

By Our Reporter 

Movit has announced its partnership with the Catholic Church in the annual Nkozi Marathon, a community-based initiative meant to improve the lives and communities in different parts of the country.

Movit Products Limited cemented its partnership with the Nkozi marathon during a press conference held at the Cardinal’s residence Nsambya catholic church on Wednesday. They contributed over 27 Million shillings to this noble cause this year whose proceeds will go towards building of the accident, injury and trauma center at Nkozi hospital.

The trauma center, estimated to cost over UGX 7bn will help in improving the quality of care given to the victims of the accidents along the Kampala Masaka Highway. On average, the hospital receives 15-20 accident victims weekly.

During the press conference, Omulangira David Wasajja advised road users to be vigilant when using Masaka road and applauded this as a lifesaving cause worth supporting. Among the other notable attendees was Hon. Ssentamu Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine who also promised his support towards the run and applauded the Hospital for taking on such an initiative.

John Tumwesigye, the events and promotions manager at Movit also assured Ugandans that Movit products limited will continue to support community-based events as they are the cornerstone of our nation.

The annual Nkozi Marathon aimed at raising funds for the construction and equipping of a trauma center will start from the equator on the 16th of June, 2018 and the chief runner will be the Managing Director of NSSF, Mr. Richard Byarugaba.

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Taxify partners with Total Uganda to Give Driver-Partners Fuel Discounts and Competitive Product Offers




Kampala, 17th May 2018 – Taxify Uganda has partnered with TOTAL to give Taxify Driver-Partners fuel discounts and competitive product offers at Total service stations. Taxify Driver-Partners will access these great benefits by applying for the Total Card therefore spending less on fuel and consequently bringing in better earnings.

Julian Byamugisha, Taxify Uganda Operations Manager said, “We are always looking  for partnerships and opportunities that will enable driver-partners reduce the cost of doing business and have better earnings. We have always believed that happy driver-partners translate into better customer service for riders. Driver-Partners are excited about reducing their fuel cost as well as having access to discounted products at Total petrol stations.”

Benefits of the TOTAL Card:

Bonus: Taxify Driver-Partners will get a percentage bonus every time they load their Total card.

  • Fuel discount: Driver-Partners will get fuel discounts every time they fuel their vehicles at Total petrol stations
  • Control: The card will allow Driver-Partners to easily manage their monthly fuel costs.
  • Wide network coverage: Over 125 service stations countrywide where TOTAL products and services may be accessed.

About Taxify

Taxify is one of Europe’s leading ride-sharing platforms, connecting millions of riders and Driver-Partners around the world to make travel easier, quicker and more reliable. Taxify’s efficient and tech-enabled business model benefits both Driver-Partners who have to pay a smaller commission as well as riders who end up paying less for their ride.

Founded by Markus Villig, Taxify launched in 2013. It’s one of the fastest-growing ride-sharing platforms in the world, focusing on Europe and Africa since 2017, In Uganda, Taxify is available in Kampala..

Taxify has more than 10 million customers in over 20 countries globally.

About Total

TOTAL Group is the fourth largest Oil and Gas Company in the world. Operating in over 130 countries, the group is involved in exploration & production, refining & chemicals, new energies & solar and marketing of energy products.

Total is a global integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, and a major player in solar energy with SunPower and Total Solar. Our 98,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and accessible to as many people as possible. As a responsible corporate citizen, we focus on ensuring that our operations in more than 130 countries worldwide consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.

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