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New magnificent hotel opens in Nsambya

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The local hospitality industry has received another boost with the opening of a new hotel dubbed Mestil Hotel & Residences.

Located just on the outskirts of the Kampala city centre on Nsambya hill, it offers a serene getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city while still affording its residents the breath-taking views of the capital’s skyline.

Mestil Hotel & Residences

The 4-star hotel is made up of four blocks with each block having three levels. The first block houses the offices, conference rooms, restaurant, bar, executive rooms and staff rooms while the other three blocks house the suites. Guests can select from 23 Executive rooms, 69 one & two bedroom suites and 6 Penthouse suites which all come with complimentary gym and spa services. The suites are spacious and fitted with modern decor aimed at creating a relaxing environment. They are all en-suite with a fully equipped kitchenette, Satellite TV’s and all the modern amenities.

“We are delighted to open doors to the world and ready to deliver our first signature Mestil Hotel and Residences in Uganda. The idea is bespoke tailored for each individual or family to make their vacation or travel trip to Uganda easier and more enjoyable,” said the General manager Sven Saint-Calbre.

Mestil Hotel & Residences

“By introducing a fresh hospitality experience to Uganda compliments an exciting new development in the Hotel and tourism sector. The combination of high standard apartments, first class facilities and the prime location will be a great attraction to medium and long stay guests,” he added.

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dfcu bank partners with Daily Monitor and UIA to launch women mentorship initiative

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dfcu WiB Manager, Victoria Byenka and Esther Muchemi CEO Samchi Group of Companies at the "Rising Woman" initiative launch

dfcu WiB Manager, Victoria Byenka and Esther Muchemi CEO Samchi Group of Companies at the “Rising Woman” initiative launch.

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There is certainly a rising number of successful women doing business in Uganda, all trading at different levels as they defy stereotypes to make it and contribute to Uganda’s economy. Much as most women are successful, many fail too or give up for various reasons.

According to research done by UWEAL, women own 45% of businesses in Uganda and are champions of change but the gap between success and failure widens with various challenges among which are; access and cost of credit as one of the biggest barriers, exposure of their businesses and access to markets among others.

Monitor Publications Limited’s (MPL) flagship brand Daily Monitor in partnership with dfcu bank’s Women in Business Program and Uganda Investment Authority-UIA are carrying out an initiative dubbed “Rising Woman” under the theme ‘Taking your business ahead’ to recognize, celebrate and promote a culture of mentorship among women in business in Uganda.

Over the years dfcu has supported women in business who have succeeded and now own inspirational stories of success. The partnership therefore entails celebrating the unsung heroes and inspiring other women at different stages of the same journey. A series of activities under this initiative are planned to take place from the launch date till September 2018.

Some of the activities and take-aways will include power talks countrywide, mentorship programs, business Expo, exposure trip and cash prizes among others.

The “Rising Woman” initiative will be crowned with a 2-day expo slated for September in Kampala where women will showcase some of their products.

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Movit contributes Ugx 80 Million to the Irene Gleeson Charity Walk

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Movit Products Limited (MPL) has handed over a cheque of 80 Million Shillings to the Irene Gleeson Foundation as a contribution towards the upcoming Irene Gleeson Charity walk. This year’s contribution goes to the construction of the Irene Gleeson Community Library and Youth Training Resource Centre.

For over 4 years, Movit has contributed towards improving education conditions for millions of pupils in Northern Uganda and is still committed to supporting this cause, to ensure that the dream of Maama Irene Gleeson lives on.

Receiving the cheque, Irene Gleeson Foundation Executive Director, John Paul Kiffasi applauded MPL for their continued support towards this charity walk and other initiatives spearheaded by the foundation. He further called upon the people of northern Uganda and Uganda to come in large numbers to support the Irene Gleeson Charity walk 2018 and thus together celebrate and commemorate the exemplary life of an extraordinary person mama Irene
Gleeson.

The Irene Gleeson Charity walk is the biggest annual celebration in Kitgum and it will be held on the 22 nd of July this year at Booma grounds in Kitgum district. The charity walk is conducted in memory of Mama Irene Gleeson who left Austria and came to Uganda in 1992, specifically to northern Uganda which was considered among the most volatile parts of the world. Irene worked tirelessly to the betterment of education conditions in this part of the country through building schools, hospitals, rehabilitation homes among others till her passing in 2013.

Handing over Movit’s contribution, Bruce Mpamizo the Director Business Growth, Movit Products Limited guaranteed the company`s commitment towards supporting the Irene Gleeson Charity walk and all other Irene Gleeson Foundation initiatives. “It is our responsibility as an organization to support activities and initiatives that elevate education and health conditions in Uganda. We give not because we have a lot but because we care about the wellbeing of the communities in which we operate”, he said.

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Kidnap, Trespass And Unauthorised Access Into MTN Data Centre.

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On Monday, 2 July 2018, at around 5pm, two employees of Huawei Uganda (a contractor of MTN Uganda) were kidnapped from MTN Towers, Hannington Road by heavily armed men in civilian clothing who claimed to be Internal Security Organisation (ISO) agents. The kidnapped individuals were illegally detained in an un-gazetted area and later forced to grant unauthorised physical access to the MTN Uganda’s Data Centre at Mutundwe.

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At the Data Centre, there were several attempts by the intruders, to log into MTN Uganda’s servers over a period of two hours. The efforts were unsuccessful because of MTN Uganda’s robust information security systems and no data was accessed or compromised by the intruders. These incidents were captured on our CCTV cameras and the footage has been shared with the police.

The incident was reported to the Minister of Security and the Chief of Military Intelligence. The intruders subsequently withdrew from the Data Centre around midnight.

 

MTN (U) formally reported the matter to the Uganda Communication Commission. MTN Uganda also opened a case at CID Headquarters- Kibuli under reference number GEF 727/2018.

 

MTN (U) takes this criminal incident seriously and is working with the government of Uganda to establish the identity and motive of the perpetrators and bring them to account.

 

Contrary to various print and social media reports, MTN Uganda is not aware of any investigation into alleged breach of national security involving it or tax evasion on its part.

 

MTN (U) is committed to collaborating with the Uganda Police and other security agencies as they investigate this incident.

– Issued by Chairman, MTN Uganda.

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