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MTN Uganda eases Mobile Money transfer to All Networks

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In the year 2017, Bank of Uganda directed all Mobile Money operations in Uganda to be interoperable between the telecommunications companies operating in Uganda. This move was aimed at ensuring that customers from different networks would be able to seamlessly send and receive funds directly across all networks.

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MTN Uganda embarked on this integration with other operators starting with Phase 1 which involved the onboarding of Airtel followed by Phase 2 which involved the onboarding of Africell. MTN Uganda has today announced that it has completed (the final) Phase 3 which has seen UTL being switched on, making MTN the first telco in Uganda to fully comply with the Bank of Uganda initiative.

Speaking at MTN Nyonyi Gardens, Elsa Muzzolini, MTN’s General Manager Mobile Financial Services, expressed joy at the momentous move which was aimed at customers experiencing simplicity and efficiency in mobile money transactions across all networks.

“Now that we have completed this third and final stage, we believe that the winner in all this is the MTN Mobile Money customer who will experience a seamless user experience because they will now be able to send money to all mobile money networks in Uganda without extra hustles” said Elsa.

“We further believe, in line with our group strategy, that this move will drive financial inclusion and ensure digitization of cash transfer in the ecosystem while also fostering efficiency of payments. Because everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life, mobile money transfers should neither be prohibitive or discriminatory.”

With this move, it means that MTN Mobile Money customers can now send and receive money from MTN Mobile Money, Airtel Money, Africell Money and now M-Sente customers, directly on their mobile phones.

In a related development, MTN Uganda has also integrated with regional operators in Kenya and Rwanda to enable MTN Mobile Money customers to send and receive money around the East African region – specifically to MTN Rwanda and Safaricom MPesa – with Tanzania to be on boarded in early 2019.

To send money the customer dials *165*1# and selects International Transfer. This is another first from MTN Uganda.

MTN Mobile Money has been at the forefront of driving financial inclusion in Uganda. As 2019 approaches, the popularity of mobile money transfer services will continue to rise amongst Uganda’s social and business population. This will largely be supported by increasing adoption of mobile payments as well as an increasing need for cashless transactions.

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Liquid Silk sold off

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Since Monday, rumors spread that Liquid Silk Naalya had been closed. A number of false reasons were peddled to explain the closure. But none was ever conclusive. A reason this website reached out to our sources at the Bugolobi based offices of the Liquid Silk franchise.

According to the workers there, Liquid Silk was indeed sold off. “Liquid Silk, together with their neighbors, Mogas Petrol station were sold off to a popular food chain franchise. The money exchanged is good, and was undeniably had to refuse for the owners of both premises.” Explained a source.

According to sources, the space of Liquid Silk Naalya was singled out as strategic for both a restaurant, but as well as a petrol station. “The spaces of both Liquid Silk Naalya and Mogas petrol station have both been procured, and in a short time, development will start,” explained a source.

It is said that both parties walked away smiling to the bank.

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Kenneth Mugabi leaves revelers asking for more at the Johnnie Walker Unplugged show

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Kenneth Mugabi performs at the Johnnie Walker Unplugged show.

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Fans of Afro-soul music were on Saturday treated to an exciting evening with Kenneth Mugabi as he starred at the Johnnie Walker Unplugged show.

The multi-talented artiste dedicated the night to all the ladies in the house as he connected with his audience through his unique love songs.

The event which was hosted at Design Hub in Industrial Area in a studio-like setting attracted droves of soul music lovers who had the venue packed to its fullest as early as 7pm.

Mugabi performed songs off his upcoming album with the crowd’s favourite on the album being one that features in Luo. He also performed some of his popular songs like “Amaaso”, “Rita” and “Kibunomu”, which left the crowd yearning for more and shouting “tukademu”, meaning let’s do it again.

He crowned the night  with an electric performance of the crowds all-time favourite “Naki”, which got the fully packed house singing along to every line.

Revelers enjoying performances at the Johnnie Walker Unplugged show.

The show that ended at exactly 11:30pm is one of the many that will be taking place at Design Hub throughout the year. Next week’s show will be a tribute to Oliver Mtukudzi.

“Johnnie Walker is an icon of progress and this event is  about celebrating the incredible steps forward that these artistes we are showcasing on Unplugged have made,” said Roger Agamba International Premium Spirits Brand Manager, Uganda Breweries Limited.

Revelers were also challenged to sing an Oliver Mtukudzi song for which they got to win tickets to the next show which will serve as a tribute to the departed iconic Zimbabwean artiste.

The Johnnie Walker Unplugged show is an intimate boutique show delivering an unrivaled up-close experience of great Ugandan singers performing in a studio-style setting.

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I was raped by my uncle at 15 — Judith Heard reveals as she launches safe space for rape victims

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Socialite Judith Heard has launched her organisation dubbed “Day One Global” aimed at offering a safe space to rape and sexual assault victims to share their stories. She unveiled the organisation on Social Media where she also revealed she is a rape victim. She says she was raped by her uncle at the age of 15, and later at 17 by two armed security officers.

Here’s what she posted:

Today I stand with you. Today I present to you a new beginning, a place to hold that conversation. Am your day one.” I was defiled by my uncle at the age of 15, on the night before my final school exams and later on, at 17 raped by two army officers at gun point. As a young girl growing with big ambitions and bigger dreams , I was tormented by nightmares of what had happened to me in my earlier years.

Fortunately I had a loving and caring grandmother who I felt I could share this deepest and darkest secret with. Little by little i became self-aware of the things that i would do if only I was more confident and if I recognized my worth. All I needed from day one was a safe space where I felt I could share my story. My now deceased Grandmother took the time to listen to me and she told me that everything would be okay.

If we have more people willing to listen and believe, that would make life much easier for everyone. We (My team) have come up with an organization @dayonegl that seeks to end rape and sexual assault, aiming to create awareness and provide rehabilitation to survivors.

We believe in a culture of honesty and therefore employ an open door where people can freely communicate with each other. I stand to be the change for everyone challenged and subjected by any form of sexual assault, Join us today to save tomorrow’s super heroes.

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