By Our Reporter
Movit has announced its partnership with the Catholic Church in the annual Nkozi Marathon, a community-based initiative meant to improve the lives and communities in different parts of the country.
Movit Products Limited cemented its partnership with the Nkozi marathon during a press conference held at the Cardinal’s residence Nsambya catholic church on Wednesday. They contributed over 27 Million shillings to this noble cause this year whose proceeds will go towards building of the accident, injury and trauma center at Nkozi hospital.
The trauma center, estimated to cost over UGX 7bn will help in improving the quality of care given to the victims of the accidents along the Kampala Masaka Highway. On average, the hospital receives 15-20 accident victims weekly.
During the press conference, Omulangira David Wasajja advised road users to be vigilant when using Masaka road and applauded this as a lifesaving cause worth supporting. Among the other notable attendees was Hon. Ssentamu Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine who also promised his support towards the run and applauded the Hospital for taking on such an initiative.
John Tumwesigye, the events and promotions manager at Movit also assured Ugandans that Movit products limited will continue to support community-based events as they are the cornerstone of our nation.
The annual Nkozi Marathon aimed at raising funds for the construction and equipping of a trauma center will start from the equator on the 16th of June, 2018 and the chief runner will be the Managing Director of NSSF, Mr. Richard Byarugaba.
StarTimes moves to empower youth at SOS Villages
By Our Reporter
StarTimes has moved to empower youth at the SOS Children’s Village. The pay TV company on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with SOS during an event held at the NGO’s national office in Entebbe.
The three-year partnership will see SOS children get internship and job placement for qualified youths from the village, provide digital television and equipment for learning to the SOS villages so that the children can go e-learning and match with the competitive job market. In addition, StarTimes will use its platform to spearhead a campaign to encourage Ugandans to offer support to children’s homes.
Speaking at the event, the CEO of StarTimes Andy Wang said that this partnership is one of the few ways they can give back to Ugandans for the great support they have showed StarTimes in the past 8 years that has turned them into the largest market share holder.
“We believe this partnership will help the youth reach their full potential and contribute positively towards the development of this country,” Andy Wang also noted.
Ms Olive Lumonya, the Country Director SOS Children’s Villages expressed gratitude towards the partnership noting that with this support will go a long way in providing a more comfortable environment for the children.
“With the biggest population at the SOS Children’s Villages being youth, we have been grappling with youth unemployment among other challenges. We are grateful that StarTimes has come on board to help us deal with this.” She said.
“It is a great honor to partner with StarTimes which has committed to support us as we strive to create a comfortable home for our kids.”
SOS Children’s Village have branches in Kakiri, Entebbe, Gulu and Fort portal where they cater for 680 children. They also support over 10,000 more children with in the community.
UBA wins Social Banking award for LEO Chat banking
By Our Reporter
UBA Uganda has received recognition for its ground breaking Innovation -LEO Chat banking. This was during the annual Digital Impact Awards Africa (DIAA) which were held at Kampala Serena Hotel recently.
The 2018 Digital Impact Awards (DIAA) themed “Include Everyone” recognized and rewarded individuals and organizations that continue to spearhead the use of digital tools to enhance financial and digital inclusion while leading to economic transformation, across Africa.
UBA Uganda flourished in the social banking category, where the bank was recognized for the innovation of the first banking chat bot in Uganda and the World. UBA’s chat bot LEO impressed the judges, for bringing banking services to the apps where consumers didn’t have these services.
“This award is for the teams that have worked so hard to bring LEO to life. We are grateful to the customers that voted for UBA. In line with our ‘Customer First’ philosophy, we shall continue using technology to innovate products and services that empower customers and make banking more convenient.” said Johnson Agoreyo, CEO UBA Uganda.
LEO enables customers perform ordinary banking transactions such as account opening, funds transfer and airtime purchase while providing access to customer service on social media sites such as Facebook and Whatsapp.
Congratulating UBA Uganda on the award, Emeke E. Iweriebor, CEO UBA East and Southern Africa said, “Technology has remained central to United Bank for Africa’s business strategy, as we continue to enhance our product offering beyond brick and mortar locations, deploying lifestyle banking technology, to serve our customers. This accolade, is therefore a testament of our pledge for excellence in line with our vision, to be the undisputed, leading and dominant financial services institution in Africa”.
With the increased demand of convenience by customers and the growth in the use of social media, LEO is a necessary and welcome innovation.
dfcu Bank threatens legal action over “fake news campaign”
By Our Reporter
After continuously being shown in bad light in sections of the media, dfcu Bank has warned it will take the legal course to seek reparations if the media attacks continue. In a legal notice that has surfaced online, the bank accuses Rajiv Ruparelia of orchestrating the smear campaign against its business over the last 10 months since they took over some of the assets and liabilities of Crane Bank.
Through its lawyers, Kalenge, Bwanika, Ssawa and Company Advocates (KBS), dfcu claims Rajiv “sponsored, coordinated and propagated a fake news campaign” through online news sites and blogs with a motive to cause a bank run and eventual collapse of the bank.
“You have variously paid the operators of online news sites and blogs to spread malicious falsehoods about our client and its senior management, all to create an impression that our client is in a precarious financial situation and an ownership and management crisis whereas this is not the case,” reads part of the letter dated 5th October.
“Once the malicious false hoods have been crafted into sensationalist online content you have been repeatedly sending web links to the sites carrying these falsehoods using social media particularly Whatsapp,” the letter further reads. “You have done this repeatedly and to a very large number of recipients with a view to driving traffic to the false stories you had paid for and in the hope that the links would go viral and cause maximum damage to the reputation of dfcu Bank.”
KBS also outed several online publications and bloggers whom they claim are Rajiv’s vessel for executing the fake news campaign, which they say amounts to corporate defamation and economic sabotage.
“Your repeated conduct amounts to the civil torts of corporate defamation and interference with our client’s business by unlawful means,” KBS notes. “Your repeated attempts to destabilize the second largest financial institution in Uganda also amount to economic sabotage and have national security implications.”
dfcu bank is demanding a written apology from Rajiv as well as restraint from engaging in this “nefarious and malicious” campaign or it will initiate criminal complaint and commence civil proceedings against him.
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