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NSSF to raise shs400m for Kampala public Schools in the 2018 Kampala Hash 7 Hills Run

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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.

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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.

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dfcu Bank rewards best performing staff with Dubai trip

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In line with dfcu Bank’s reward and recognition policy, the Bank has seen off 10 of its staff members for an all-expense paid trip to Dubai. The team which will travel to Dubai was flagged off at the Bank’s office in Nakasero on Thursday.

The staff participated in a challenge dubbed “Twende Dubai” that gave chance to the various staff and departments of the bank to take part in various activities that lined up with its core business goals.

Speaking at the event, dfcu Bank’s Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Director; William Sekabembe revealed that the 10 staff members were part of a larger team who have displayed exceptional performance during the Bank’s first half-year.

“The ten members standing here today were given tough challenges in their individual roles. They were tasked with meeting specific responsibilities and they have gone over and above in achieving them. dfcu Bank takes great pride in rewarding our teams- which is a part of our organization’s reward and recognition policy,” he said.

“dfcu Bank has made impressive achievements over the first half of this year and we are in line with our business and strategic goals. I congratulate everyone here this morning because their efforts have played a role in this.” He concluded his remarks by asking the team to enjoy their-well deserved win.

Denis Kibuuka-Musoke, Head of Consumer Banking at dfcu Bank, commended the winners of “Twende Dubai” saying their tireless efforts are a testament to their exceptional work ethic and to Bank’s long term goals.

The team of 10 will enjoy an all-expenses trip which includes touring of various attractions in Dubai, UAE.

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SK Mbuga out of prison, set for Kampala return.

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Tycoon Sulaiman Kabangala Mbuga aka SK Mbuga is a free man according to sources in Dubai. Mbuga is said to be out of the coolers in Dubai where he was early this year arrested for fraudulently getting money from a Swedish citizen. SK Mbuga has been finally released from Awir Central Jail in Dubai but is yet to return to Kampala as he is still making clearance.

Mbuga and his wife Vivian Chebet were accused of fraudulent transfer of money amounting to about Shs23 billion from a company account that Chebet was running with her 71-year- old Swedish boyfriend, Sten Heinsoo.

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Photos: How BBS Terefayina gave Ugandans a worthwhile World Cup experience.

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The recently concluded World Cup will go down as one that gave Ugandans an experience to remember. Ugandans have in the past one month been glued on their screens to catch up with every update from the event.

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One station stands out on World Cup coverage, Mengo based BBS Terefayina will take the credit for the 360 coverage of the month long event. BBS Terefayina a month prior to event partnered with Kwese to bring live coverage of event and was on point through the event as it brought every game live to millions of homes.

The station did cover even to the most rural areas of the country with different activations countrywide. Activations were done in Nansana, Masaka, Mityana, Sheraton and Lugogo cricket oval where all venues were filled to capacity.

The very successful month long campaign was sponsored by Nile Special, Coca-Cola, Finca, Prestige, Multi-tech, Spear Motors and Equity bank.

Here are some moments.

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