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Coca-Cola hands over Ramadan goodies to Muslim Community

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Beverages giant Coca-Cola has handed over essential items to the House of Zakaat organisation in a bid to recognize and celebrate the Holy month of Ramadhan with the Ugandan Muslim community.

House of Zakaat is a charity organization that collects zakat (alms) and distributes them to the people in need.

In partnership with SWT rice and Crystal oil, Coca-Cola handed over 250 cartons of soda and mineral water, 100 packs of rice and 240 bottles of cooking oil at Coca-Cola’s bottling plant in Namanve.

Commenting about this initiative, Mr. Ivan Oboth congratulated the Ugandan Muslim Community upon reaching another Holy Month of Ramadhan.

“As a brand that unites Ugandans across different religions, cultures and socio-economic divides, we are proud to support the Muslim community with items that will assist them in preparing their Iftar meals. Apart from producing these products, it is our responsibility to ensure that they are closer to our consumers especially during the important occasions in their lives. We realize that during this season, muslims spend time together worshipping and sharing food and we are proud to add our package to this celebration,” he commented.

Deputy Supreme Mufti and CEO House of Zakaat Shiek Mahmood Kibaate thanked Coca-Cola for having the spirit of sharing, especially during this holy month.

“At this time in Ramadhan is when we need to reach out to the underprivileged the most. I thank Coca-Cola for entrusting us with the responsibility of distributing these items to the communities. We ask the Almighty Allah to reward Coca-Cola abundantly and request them to continue with this program,” he noted.

Last year, Coca-Cola visited over 100 mosques countrywide offering them foodstuffs and soft drinks to assist in breaking their fast.

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URA partners with Airtel Uganda to ease tax payments

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URA Commissioner General Doris Akol shakes hands with Airtel CCO Amit Kapur to seal the partnership.

URA Commissioner General Doris Akol shakes hands with Airtel CCO Amit Kapur to seal the partnership.

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Taxpayers in Uganda are set to enjoy a reliable and convenient method to pay their dues to Uganda Revenue Authority following the launch of a brand new payment solution in partnership with Airtel Money.

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The partnership that facilitates payment of all taxes will offer Airtel Uganda subscribers convenience, reliability and efficiency.

Commenting about the partnership, Airtel Uganda Chief Commercial Officer Amit Kapur noted that Airtel is committed to providing convenience to all of its subscribers.

“We are proud to be associated with the development of Uganda through partnerships such as the one launched today to ease the payment of taxes to Uganda Revenue Authority through Airtel money. With technology playing an increasingly critical role in every aspect of business, we recognise the need to accelerate digital inclusion in our services while creating ease and convenience for our customers”, he said.

Speaking on behalf of URA, Doris Akol the URA Commissioner General noted that partnering with Airtel on tax payments using the Airtel money platform will create ease for the tax payers. “This will help us increase our presence and tax base as URA while providing convenience to our customers for tax payments,” she noted.

To use this service, a subscriber has to first get a Payment Registration Number (PRN) from the URA portal, then dial *185# and follow prompts.

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MTN to wrap up anniversary celebrations with mega fest in Mbale

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MTN Uganda will wrap up its 20-year anniversary celebrations with a mega fest in Mbale this week.

As it celebrates its 20 years of existence in the country, MTN Uganda has been throwing massive parties dubbed the ‘MTN@20 regional expo’ in various towns across the country. The events have been marked by different activities including charity events, cycling races and music concerts among others. And it will be no different in Mbale.

The celebrations in Mbale will kick off on Friday as MTN, through the MTN Foundation, commissions the refurbished Naboa health center III maternity ward fully equipped with running water and solar lighting. They shall also handover hospital beds, mattresses, blankets and bed nets to the facility.

On Saturday, the day’s festivities will begin with a bicycle race where participants will walk away  with lots of  prizes including cash and ReadyPay solar kits.

After the race, revelers will be treated to a star-studded concert featuring top entertainers like Gravity, Cindy, Fresh Kid, and The Ghetto Kids.

There will also be performances from homegrown talent such as the beloved Byg Ben Sukuya, Titus Vybes, Frencha Nezza, and locally adored song bird, Sharon Sento.

The celebrations will be crowned with an elaborate fireworks display.

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Uganda Breweries contributes 335 Million towards Bududa water project

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Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) has contributed UGX 335M towards the construction of a water supply system that is aimed at improving access to safe and adequate water in Bududa.

The two-year water project is being implemented in partnership with the Rotary Club of Kampala North. It will see both entities construct a piped water supply system that will serve over 2,000 people in Buwali Sub County and the neighboring communities.

The announcement was made by the Uganda Breweries Managing Director Mark Ocitti at a ground breaking ceremony held at Budei education center on Saturday.

According to a community assessment done by Rotary Uganda, Bududa has insufficient access to clean and safe water as the few spring wells serving the residents are hard to access due to the terrain of the area. In addition the majority of the people in the area have disabilities making it even more difficult for them to reach the water sources.

“We are pleased to be part of a project that will enhance development in the community through provision of basic and essential necessities such as clean and safe water. By constructing a reliable water supply facility in this area, we hope to ease access to clean and safe water, which will ensure a healthier community.” Ocitti said.

Many people in Bududa and the neighboring areas are still lacking access to clean water and other social services.

The BOU Deputy Governor, Dr. Louis Kasekende, who is also the water project’s manager said, “Oftentimes, families have to move long distances to get water from unsafe sources which has posed health risks to them. I am pleased that we are solving some of these issues with this water project that will directly benefit hundreds of people in Buwali Sub County and the neighboring community.”

The Bududa LC5 chairman, Wilson Watira acknowledged Uganda Breweries and Rotary Uganda for their efforts in empowering and developing the region by providing clean and safe water.

Uganda Breweries Limited has in the past years run similar projects. Under the Water of Life initiative, UBL supports projects that help combat water poverty by improving access to clean drinking water and sanitation.

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