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Bazebo’s retail online shopping goes live in Uganda

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Ugandans can now shop directly from worldwide renown stores such as Amazon, eBay, Macy’s, Victoria Secrets, Zappos, Dash and many other’s with the coming of Bazebo, East Africa’s premier online retail shopping and selling brand. Its operations in Uganda started on Saturday following a soft launch. As the internet becomes more affordable and accessible, online shopping is expected to grow as Ugandan shoppers begin to realise the benefits of online shopping.

The Ugandan-based Bazebo platform enters the market as a replacement for Nigerian-based Goods Express, which closed shop in November last year. Previously the Goods Express online platform & partnership had been tainted with increased purchase returns, inability to track products in real-time and delayed deliveries compelling the Ugandan counterpart to terminate the partnership and seek a more superior system as compared to what Goods Express Uganda was offering.

Moses Ihoza, Chief Executive Officer of the Acacia mall based Bazebo says, “As promised we are excited to have landed a Superior online retail platform to Uganda’s market and we have laid ground in the rest of the East African markets to allow instant cohesion when we launch in a big way. The website is now open for our customers to purchase all they can and enjoy the experience – I believe the best online experience there is in Uganda today. Our customers can browse and evaluate from over 400,000,000 goods/ brands available and give us feedback. We have partnered with stores such as Amazon, Macy’s, eBay among many other in order to meet and exceed our customer expectations in the shortest time possible.”

From clothing to medications and supplements; technology to home furnishings and car accessories almost anything imaginable can be bought at Bazebo online and shipped right to customer’s preferred location. For emergency and quick deliveries like medicine and perishable items, Bazebo has installed drones, maybe the first in Uganda, that are meant for deliveries in rural & remote places. Uganda will have followed Rwanda and Tanzania among East African countries to launch a drone delivery program.

Customers can choose from a range of payment methods, including both Airtel and MTN Mobile money. Bazebo promises a 4-10 day delivery period, instant refund policy, free international return policy, and a product quality filter which shows how new the product is and different prices available on a product type.

“Our primary mandate is to give our customers the best deals, solutions and support for the ultimate online shopping and selling experience. We will guarantee you quality brands, affordable prices and the best online shopping experience you can get,” Ihoza added.

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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
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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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Muni Girls Secondary School crowned 2018 National Schools Champions

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Stanbic's Patrick Mweheire hands over grand prize to Muni Girls who were overall winners.

Stanbic bank’s Patrick Mweheire hands over grand prize to Muni Girls who were overall winners.

Muni Girls’ Secondary School from Arua in Northern Uganda has emerged victorious in the third edition of the Stanbic National Schools Championship, following a highly competitive finale held in Kampala at Africana Hotel.

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The four regional finalists who made it to the grand finale included: Muni Girls’ Secondary School, Mengo Senior School, Nakanyonyi Senior Secondary School and Bweranyangi Girls’ Senior Secondary School. The finalists were tasked to create businesses, present their business plans and explain the sustainability of their business.

While commenting on this year’s competition, Stanbic Bank’s Chief Executive, Patrick Mweheire said, “Stanbic Bank believes that investing in education is a critical vehicle to fostering development in the country. This has been a fantastic competition and the entire programme has shown us the budding entrepreneurship potential in the country. Uganda has over the recent past been hailed as the World’s most entrepreneurial country. However, according to recent studies by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), almost 10% of Ugandans started a business in 2015 yet a fifth of individuals aged 18-64 also discontinued a business in the same year and most business don’t last more than their third year. Young entrepreneurs in particular have generally low growth expectations while few innovate or vary product lines. The National Schools Championships project under this year’s theme, ‘empowering the job creators of tomorrow’ was meant to stretch students to think outside the box beyond just job hunting after school. We can confidently say that after these five months, the students understand the importance of being innovative to create jobs.”

6,000 students from 60 schools across the country took part in this year’s Stanbic National Schools Competition including both Government and private Schools. Students were taken through different stages in the competition including class room tests, oral quizzes, Essay competition, debate competition and finally a business skilling competition all set around financial literacy, life skills, logic, business and entrepreneurship.

The key note speaker, the NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba said, “According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), unemployment rate in Uganda increased to 2.1% in 2017 from 2% in 2016. The rate has averaged 2.38% from 1991 until 2017, reaching an all-time high of 3.5% in 2002 and a record low of 0.94% in 1991. In addition, every year, over 400,000 young people graduate from tertiary institutions and join the hunt for jobs in a labour market that does not have much to offer. It is therefore imperative that we change strategy and work towards skilling young people so they are not fully dependent on employment but can be able to start sustainable businesses. This will go a long way not only in empowering them but also in growing our economy.”

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