KAMPALA February 12, 2018:- The National Social Security Fund (NSSF), together with Kampala Capital City Authority and Kampala Hash House Harriers, have today launched the 2018 Edition of the NSSF Kampala Hash Seven Hills Run aimed at raising shs400 Million for the renovation of selected public schools in Kampala.
The run will be held on March 25, 2018 starting at Pearl Africa Primary School, Nsambya. It will cover a distance of 21km, traversing the historical seven hills of Kampala – Nakasero, Kibuli, Old Kampala, Namirembe, Rubaga, Lubiri and Nsambya.
Addressing media at the launch of the run at Mbuya Primary school, NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba said that this year’s proceeds from the run will go towards the renovation of selected public schools that include Mbuya Primary school and St Paul primary school Nsambya.
“We are proud to have raised more than shs190m in the previous runs, supporting 4 schools namely Nakivubo Settlement Primary school, St. Ponsiano primary school, Makerere University Primary school and Summit View Primary school. This year, we have challenged ourselves to raise more than double that amount for more schools to benefit from this cause. I therefore call upon corporate companies doing business in Kampala to join this cause to improve the learning conditions of the children in public schools in Kampala,” Byarugaba, said.
Kampala Capital City Authority has 79 Government grant aided primary schools with a total enrollment of close to 70,000 with an allocation of about shs500m per year. Due to the inadequate funding, most of the schools have dilapidated facilities and require refurbishment, amongst other challenges.
The KCCA Ag. Deputy Executive Director, Juliet Namuddu, said, “We plan to continue to improve the functionality of the schools’ infrastructure through renovation of existing facilities as well as construction of new facilities. It is through such partnerships with organizations like NSSF that we will achieve this”
The Kampala Hash House Harriers Master, Steven Luswata said that this year’s run will be bigger and better compared to the previous ones.
“We expect about 2000 runners to participate this year. The 7 seven hills challenge is no mean feat – I therefore advise participants to start preparing now by running three to five times a week so that their bodies can adjust gradually to the long hilly run on the d-day.”
Over 8 companies are already on board including Vision group, Monitor Publications, Pinnacle Security, Housing Finance Bank, Cementers limited, Galaxy fm, Bank of Uganda and Mukwano Industries.
NSSF has in the past years engaged in a number of social responsible projects like the recent countrywide blood donation drive which collected over 5000 units from staff, members of the Fund and the general public.
Museveni meets President of StarTimes Group during FOCAC Summit
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.
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.
Emirates offers Ugandan travelers attractive offers to Dubai
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.
MTN floors Threeways Shipping Group to recover USD 4 million
By Our Reporter
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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