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MTN Uganda announces national Grassroots Football Development Program

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MTN Uganda has unveiled its Grassroots Football Development Program where it will support local football teams countrywide with kits.

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MTN Uganda has today unveiled its Grassroots Football Development Program where it will support local football teams countrywide with kits. The pilot program will see MTN Uganda acquire over 900 football kits which will be donated to football teams across the country covering all regions of Uganda.

In the first phase of this initiative MTN has invested over Ugx 50 million and it will see over 66 village football teams acquire new, quality football uniforms and soccer balls. The program was unveiled by the MTN General Manager for Sales and Distribution Mr. Keith Tukei who was ecstatic about the potential of the program in developing the game:
“The initiative is aimed at enhancing football playing experiences amongst children across the four regions of Uganda. Our aim as MTN Uganda is to grow the game of football, create inroads in spotting and identifying young, local talent and uplifting this talent to a national level”.

Speaking at the launch, Valery Okecho the MTN Manager for Corporate Communications stated: “Football as a sport unites us all. The love for the game challenges our team at MTN to continuously seek ways to supply talent towards national excellence. This program is aimed at supporting young footballers who felt that their talent would lead them nowhere, who had no hope of exporting it from the dusty playgrounds in the countryside to national recognition. We do this in tandem with the pre-existing grassroots football development initiatives spearheaded by the local football governing body. It is our strong belief that through this support we shall develop a nation full of confident, talented footballers not only from Central Uganda but also from Northern, Eastern and Western Uganda”.

The Grassroots program was envisaged after MTN Uganda Senior officials noticed there were lots of local, village teams playing with promise, participating and excelling in local tournaments but lacked the basic football kits like a team jersey or even a standard soccer ball.

“This program is really personal for us as a company, seeing kids and the youth alike out there enjoying themselves was touching. We thought to ourselves why not take this talent and nurturing it by supporting it using this program. When we talked to the local footballers, most of them had never won a new kit nor even played with a new ball. We therefore look forward to creating extra motivation to the footballers to train and have a great playing experience” Mr. Keith Tukei said.

Grassroot football teams that are talented, have a good track record, show promise, participate in local football tournaments and are not part of the top flight teams in the national league will be targeted through this program. It is expected that this initiative will be carried out annually.

For teams that are interested in benefitting from this program, they will have to officially register using a certain criteria that will look into their performance, promise and good conduct. The team should not be participating in any of the organised football leagues.

“In Uganda, grassroots football is used by some as a recreational activity, for others as a sport and for most as an avenue to express their talent. However many don’t see this talent go through to the next level. It is therefore our hope that through this program more local footballers will be discovered by the larger clubs and eventually play for the national team” Mr. Keith Tukei said.

Beneficiaries will be seen to be competitive, represent the MTN brand and espouse its values, will henceforth be brand ambassadors and observe good conduct. Using its Regional Business Managers, MTN Uganda will scout for new talent and beneficiaries in the course of their field visits.

This project is being implemented by the Sales and Distribution team. The Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) hailed this initiative by MTN Uganda. “As USPA we welcome this initiative to develop football from the grassroots because Uganda is full of potential but most of the talent remains untapped. We thank MTN for giving young footballers across the country a platform to showcase their potential and also for giving them a chance to dream and dream big. As a sports journalists’ body we are happy when sports grows because it means that our sector is moving in the right direction” read a statement signed by Mr. Patrick Kanyomozi the General Secretary of USPA.

Internationally, FIFA supports Grassroots Programs by offering everyone the chance to play football, without discrimination and without the need for major infrastructure. With its core statement of ‘Grassroots football is football for everyone, by everyone, everywhere’ MTN Uganda’s program is in line with supporting the development of grassroots football by facilitating the much needed football kits that are a preserve of a few.

The MTN Group abides by its Brand Mission of making customers’ lives a whole lot brighter. In line with this mission the program will indeed make the lives of all footballers brighter.

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Museveni meets President of StarTimes Group during FOCAC Summit

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 Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni met with the President of StarTimes Group Pang Xinxing on Wednesday when he was attending the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing. Mr Pang Xinxing introduced that StarTimes created more than 6000 job opportunities since it started investment in Uganda in 2009 and StarTimes digital TV transmission platforms have enabled Ugandan people to watch rich international and local television programs with an affordable price. Pang said: “We look forward to expanding further bilateral cooperation with our advantageous technology and media resources.” President Museveni appreciated StarTimes’ contribution in Uganda’s digital migration progress and the project of “Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages”.
He said that the national digital migration is a very important fundamental project for Ugandan people and it wouldn’t be achieved without StarTimes’ involvement. Museveni also invited Pang to visit Uganda with hoping that StarTimes can have more investment in the country.

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StarTimes now is the biggest digital TV operator in Uganda with holding 75% market because of affordabl prices and rich content services. In August, StarTimes just unveiled the biggest ever single sponsorship in the history of Uganda www.startimestv.com sport after remarkably securing the Uganda Premier League and FUFA Big League “Title and Broadcasting Rights” from FUFA for a staggering US$ 7,240,000 for 10 years starting with the
2018/2019 season. The Vice President of StarTimes Uganda company, Mr Aldrine Nsubuga said: “We however don’t just want to entertain football fans with foreign football, we want to be relevant to local football fans. We want them to appreciate their local football and support it with a greater passion which is why we want to bring the local league in every household through our broadcast platforms.” The project of “Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages” is a China-Africa Cooperation program, which was announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping on December 4th, 2015 when he was present at the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. The project is aimed at enabling African families in rural areas to have access to the digital signal with high-quality images and rich TV programs. There will be around 10,000 villages in more than 20 African countries benefiting from the project of “Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages”. For Uganda, 500 villages are
included in this China-Africa cooperation project. As Africa’s leading digital TV operator, StarTimes is undertaking the whole project. On 20th July, StarTimes launched the project of “Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages” in Uganda.

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Emirates offers Ugandan travelers attractive offers to Dubai

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Emirates is offering Ugandan travelers the opportunity to visit Dubai, available at a very special offer for Economy and Business Class roundtrip, a free third piece of luggage of up to 23 kg and a month’s tourist visa included in the offer.

Under the special offer, an Economy Class ticket from Entebbe to Dubai costs $359 and Business Class $1,309. The special offer is for a limited time only and tickets must be booked between 13th September 2018 and 27th September 2018, while travel must take place between 13th September 2018 and 31st March 2019. The cost of the ticket includes airport taxes.

Emirates is also offering a 3rd piece of luggage of up to 23kg for Economy Class and up to 32kg for Business Class, with a one-month tourist visa included.

Dubai provides a great escape for visitors. Its year-round sunshine, world-class shopping and restaurants, stunning beaches and iconic buildings offers something for the whole family. Visitors to Dubai can enjoy some of the city’s must-see places like Global Village – multi-cultural festival park and shopping destination – as well as theme parks such as Wild Wadi Waterpark and IMG World of Adventures. The city also offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

On all Emirates’ flights, customers can look forward to hours of entertainment on the award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice, which offers over 3,000 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment, from the latest movies, music, audio books and games, as well as family friendly products and services for children, including complimentary toys, kids’ meals and movies, priority boarding for families and the use of free strollers at Dubai International Airport.

In addition to the on-board comforts and products, customers will experience the world famous hospitality from Emirates’ multinational cabin crew who come from 135 nationalities and speak over 60 languages, while enjoying chef prepared regional and international cuisine, using the freshest ingredients, accompanied by a wide range of complimentary wines and beverages.

Emirates flies daily from Entebbe to Dubai.

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MTN floors Threeways Shipping Group to recover USD 4 million

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Threeways Shipping Services Group Ltd’s persistent applications to courts in a fervent effort to block the hearing of a suit filed by MTN against it and its Directors for recovery of USD 3,761,933 has hit a dead end in a fresh ruling by the High Court Judge, Justice Billy Kainamura of the commercial division who dismissed it with costs.

In his ruling on September 12th 2018, Justice Kainamura agreed with the position fronted by MTN Lawyers that the case involves enormous sums of money and justice would be furthered if the suit is heard on its merits. He further held that Threeways had not set out any legal grounds disputing the hearing of the case and the hearing of the suit had been frustrated by Threeways incessant applications.

The fresh ruling stems from a suit MTN filed against Threeways for defrauding the telecom giant of USD 4million in fictitious claims. Threeways allegedly made the fictitious claims to MTN between March 2009 and April 2012 on over 130 invoices with collusion of two former MTN employees: John Paul Basabosa and Naphtali Were and were paid colossal sums of money. The two employees were jointly sued with Threeways.

However, in 2014 the Commercial court presided over by Justice Christopher Madrama ruled that it was wrong for MTN to pursue the case against Threeways shipping Services yet there was a memorandum signed not to pursue a criminal case against the company at the anti corruption court.

Since then there has been back and forth appeals with MTN seeking to reinstate the suit and Threeways seeking to block it, resulting into the Wednesday ruling in which Justice Kainamura asserted thus: “I am inclined to agree with Counsel for the respondent, this case involves enormous sums of money and justice would be furthered if the suit is heard on its merits. On this premise, I dismiss this application with costs.”

MTN Lawyer Bruce Musinguzi said the next course of action is to set down the main suit for hearing at the earliest possible date to enable a speedy conclusion of the case.

A top official at MTN who preferred anonymity because the matter is still before court expressed happiness with the ruling. “It was just a matter of time before the truth comes out,” he said, adding, “You cant defraud a reputable company in broad day light, with all the glaring evidence and continue walking around with impunity. We are happy that court will finally dispense justice in a fair hearing.”

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