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MTN Uganda commissions a clean and safe water project for Bududa landslide survivors in Kiryadongo

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MTN Uganda and its partners in the MTN Kampala Marathon, including the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF), Huawei, Rwenzori and New Vision have commissioned a water project in Kiryandongo from the proceeds collected during last year’s event.

The 6 months project was implemented using the Ushs 308 million shillings proceeds from the 9th edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon which MTN handed over to the Uganda Red Cross in February this year.The Uganda Red Cross that was selected as the 2012 implementing partner for the project completed the construction of 10 boreholes, provision of 2500 jerry cans for storage and 100 sanitation tool kits each including a hoe, spade, pick axe, panga, hammer, rope and a wheel barrow.

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This was all in efforts to provide clean and safe water and improve sanitation for the survivors 2010 Bududa landslides that were resettled in Kiryandongo district. This calamity affected over 300 households that were settled in communities throughout Uganda including Kiryandongo.Additional activities executed during the project included; the formation and training of 10 Water Source Committees in the different villages of the camp where the boreholes were constructed. There was also mobilization and sensitization on improvement of community sanitation resulting in the construction of 103 new household latrines within the communities.

Officials from MTN Uganda and representatives from the other stakeholders visited Kiryandongo to handover the water project to the community. The ceremony was presided over by the Honourable Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Hon. Musa Ecweru.Speaking during the event, the MTN Uganda CEO Mazen Mroué said MTN Uganda will continue working with other partners to help make a difference in areas that matter most to the different communities in Uganda.

“MTN Uganda and our partners are committed to enhancing development in the communities in which we do business, not just by providing universal access to communication, but also through consistent contribution to provide basic and essential necessities such as clean and safe water, promotion of good hygiene and sanitation practices and supporting education in Uganda,” Mroué added. He extended appreciation to the co-sponsors of the MTN Kampala Marathon that were instrumental in making the event a success and as Uganda Red Cross and other 2012 MTN Marathon sponsors – the Vision Group, Huawei and Rwenzori as well as our Pinnacle Security, Uganda Athletics Federation and the Uganda Police for their support adding that their effort has yielded clean and safe water for the Bududa community living in Kiryadongo.

Mroué further reiterated that MTN Uganda is committed to partnerships with both the public and private sector to continue driving the national development of Uganda. The displaced population was allocated land in this new area which had never had any settlement before and was generally water-stressed. That is why the Uganda Red Cross in partnership with MTN are trying to improve the current situation by increasing access to safe water supply, sanitation and hygiene conditions through construction of water sources.

The land around Mutanda sub county in Kiryadongo which was allocated to the Bududa refugees was particularly lacking in terms of access to clean and safe water and hence its selection as the beneficiary for this project. Bududa District which is a relatively new district created in 2006 with an approximate population of 146,000 people has over the years emerged as disaster prone area for landslides leaving the locals homeless and without access to safe water which made it an appropriate beneficiary of the proceeds from the Marathon.The most recent landslide which occurred in June 2012 caused significant damage to farmland, crops, and livestock, claimed over 200 human lives and displaced an estimated 5,000 people.Commenting at the event, the Member of Parliament for Kiryandongo, Honourable Sam Otada said, “If all businesses were as responsive as MTN Uganda to the plight of the communities where they operate then Uganda would be a much better place. The MTN Marathon is a unique platform where all Ugandans have the opportunity to contribute and make a difference; I call on my fellow Ugandans to answer this call and be part of this year’s event”.

The Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Honourable Musa Ecweru, commended MTN Uganda for consistently contributing to disaster response initiatives. He recognized MTN as a responsible Corporate citizen and a worthy developmental partner for the Government of Uganda. He also applauded the co-sponsors of the Marathon the Vision Group, Huawei and Rwenzori and all Ugandans from far and wide that have consistently turned out in large numbers to not only participate in the MTN Kampala Marathon over the years as their commitment is what has made such  initiatives possible.

The MTN Kampala Marathon has since its inception in 2004 attracted over 100,000 entrants across local and international spheres and has to date raised close to Ushs 700 million to help the less privileged in various parts of the Uganda. This year’s event which will be the 10th edition, is slated for Sunday 24th November, 2013.

MTN CEO Mazen Mrouè pumps water to mark the official commissioning of the bore holes at the Kiryandongo resettlement camp for Bududa landslide survivors over the weekend. Next to him(Left) is disaster preparedness state minister, Musa Ecweru, are MP Sam Otada and other district officials.

MTN CEO Mazen Mrouè pumps water to mark the official commissioning of the bore holes at the Kiryandongo resettlement camp for Bududa landslide survivors over the weekend.
Next to him(Left) is disaster preparedness state minister, Musa Ecweru, are MP Sam Otada and other district officials.

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Uganda Breweries partners with Kabaka Foundation to construct sanitation facilities in city markets

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In a bid to improve the sanitation and hygiene that are health concerns in Kampala markets, Uganda Breweries Limited has launched a sanitation project that will see the brewery construct modern public sanitation facilities for the residents and traders of Nakulabye, Katwe, Mengo and Mulago Markets.

The project dubbed the “Kampala City Markets water and Sanitation” has been done in partnership with the Kabaka Foundation, which is an NGO presided over by His Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda. The 3 months project which is part of UBL’s “Water of Life” initiative will cost UGX 300 Million and will benefit over 26,000 people.

Under this project, each Market will get a modern sanitation facility with eights units; a toilet for people with disabilities, a washroom for men and women, three urinal bowls for men, one shared attendants room, a water reservoir of 5000 liters, a 1000 liter over- head tank and a water pump.

Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony at Nakulabye Market, Uganda Breweries Managing Director Mark Ocitti said, “Access to clean sanitation facilities is critical to the health and prosperity of our communities, and yet, too many people especially in the markets around the city do not have access to these basic services. Uganda Breweries is proud to partner with the Kabaka Foundation to reform and improve the lives of more than 26,000 people who live and work around these markets.”

Ocitti noted that this project is not the first done in partnership with the Buganda Kingdom. “UBL and the Kingdom have a long standing partnership to brew Ngule beer, the Kingdoms official beer. The beer is made from cassava and sorghum all of which are sourced locally from Buganda Kingdom.”

In his remarks, Owekitibwa Chris Bwanika, a Trustee in the Kabaka Foundation said, “This project marks another milestone in achieving Kabaka foundation’s aim of improving sanitation. Kampala city markets have dilapidated sanitation facilities and with the construction of these new facilities, we will now be able to address the problem of poor sanitation and the consequent spread of diseases among the residents, especially the children.”

Uganda Breweries Limited has in the past years run similar projects. In 2017, the company constructed public sanitation facilities worth UGX 300 million at Port Bell and Kirombe markets. The project benefits over 12,000 residents, traders and visitors to the two areas. UBL has also previously constructed sanitation facilities in Ggaba market and Kinawataka market.

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Sheraton hosts Muslim community to iftar dinner

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Sheraton Kampala Hotel treated the Muslim community to iftar dinner as they broke their fast on Thursday evening. The dinner was held to thank their Muslim partners, clients and guests for the continued support to the hotel and to also wish them blessings during this holy month of Ramadan.

The dinner was a blend of Middle Eastern and Ugandan cuisine consisting of special and customized meals of starter, salads, condiments & dressing, soups, main course, carving, dessert and a variety of drinks.

While addressing the guests during the dinner, the General Manager, Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Jean-Philippe Bittencourt encouraged the Muslims to keep up with the good spirit of brotherhood as they observe this Ramadan. He further thanked them for the immeasurable support to the Sheraton hotel and encouraged them to work as a team for peace and unity to be realized.

“To observe, this holy month, the hotel has set aside a special prayer place where our employees, guests and customers can say their prayer and break their fast. We have a designated area at the Victoria Restaurant where they can have a lavish buffet as they break their fast from Monday to Saturday,” Mr. Jean Philippe Bittencourt further noted.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and, is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam with the fast beginning at dawn and ending at set.

Sheraton hotel during this holy month of Ramadan has special daily Iftar menu packages for individuals, families, groups and companies hosting their Muslim clients or customers to a special dinner.

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V-Power weekend is back

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Emmanuel Ssebunya, Vivo Energy Brand Manager – Fuel .

Emmanuel Ssebunya, Vivo Energy Brand Manager – Fuel refills a customer’s car at Shell Bugolobi.

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“V-Power Weekend”, a promotion that allows customers to purchase Shell V-Power at the same price as regular fuel, is back.

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Launched in March this year, the promotion is open to all Shell customers and is available at over 80 Shell stations countrywide. The offer runs for the entire weekend starting Friday morning to Sunday evening.

“This promotional offer is aimed at getting car owners to try the advanced fuel formulation and experience the thrilling power and performance of our premium fuel Shell V-Power,” said Emmanuel Ssebunya, Brand Manager Fuels at Vivo Energy Uganda. “Shell’s new fuels contain exclusive DYNAFLEX Technology which helps clean and protect key components in vehicle engines, reduces friction between the piston and cylinder wall, reduces possibility of engine knock leading to better engine efficiency and performance.”

The V-Power Weekend offer will run every month till December 2019 to give as many motorists as possible an opportunity to experience Shell premium fuels.

“Whatever car you drive, wherever you are going, visit a Shell station to get a full tank of Premium Shell V-Power at the price of regular fuel and GO WELL,” he added.

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