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MTN Uganda hands over 20 Billion towards Rural Communications Development Fund

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Hon. Frank Tumwebaze (C), Cabinet Minister of Information Technology and Communications (ICT), receives a dummy cheque worth UGX 20.5Bn from Mr. Ebenezer Asante the MTN Group Vice President of Southern & East Africa and Ghana (SEAGHA) region (second from left).

Hon. Frank Tumwebaze (C), Cabinet Minister of Information Technology and Communications (ICT), receives a dummy cheque worth UGX 20.5Bn from Mr. Ebenezer Asante the MTN Group Vice President of Southern & East Africa and Ghana (SEAGHA) region (second from left).

Mr. Ebenezer Asante, the MTN Group Vice President of Southern & East Africa and Ghana (SEAGHA) region, has handed over a cheque worth UGX 20bn to the Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, Cabinet Minister of Information Technology and Communications (ICT), that will go towards the work done by the Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF).

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Speaking at the handover that took place at the offices of the Ministry of Information, Communications Technology and National Guidance, Mr. Ebenezer Asante stated that whereas it was a regulatory requirement to contribute to the RCDF, MTN Uganda was more than pleased to be part of the advancement of the ICT sector in the country.

“We are extremely happy with our contribution to the RCDF which has been able to achieve progressive penetration of ICT infrastructure into previously un-served and under-served areas of Uganda”, said Mr. Ebenezer Asante of MTN Group. The RCDF is a Universal Service Fund (USF) established in 2003 that is managed and administered by an independent board set up by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). The main purpose of the RCDF is to address issues of Connectivity, Access, Affordability and Equity within the ICT sector. UCC retains the roles of oversight and policy over the RCDF. Some of the projects implemented by RCDF include; Internet points of presence, Internet Cafes, ICT Training Centres, Public Payphones, District Web Portals, Multi-Purpose Community Tele-centres, Postal Services, School ICT laboratories, Health ICT facilities, Voice Network Sites, Content Development Projects and Local Governance Projects.

Hon. Frank Tumwebaze reinstated the Governments position in advancing ICT opportunities to Ugandans irrespective of their social, physical or economic background. “The Government strongly believes that no one should be kept out of the ICT space; everyone should be able to exploit the opportunities that arise within the ICT sector irrespective of their location, physical inability, age, gender, level of literacy, technology literacy, or language. That is
why the RCDF is very important in advancing the benefits of the ICT sector to the larger Ugandan population; we therefore thank MTN Uganda for their continued dedication in meeting their obligations towards this fund” said the Hon. Minister. Frank Tumwebaze.

Prior to his appointment as VP of the SEAGHA Region, Mr. Ebenezer Asante was the CEO of MTN Ghana and MTN Rwanda. For both operations, he was responsible for providing sound human resource leadership and ensuring financial and organizational profitability and sustainability of the operating units. The MTN SEAGHA region comprises the mobile operations in Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, South Sudan, Botswana and Swaziland, as well as the MTN Internet service providers in Kenya, Namibia and Botswana.

“We have been known to be the only telecom operator that always complies and consistently contributes towards the RCDF. Since 2003, MTN Uganda has contributed over Ugx 121 billion to UCC towards the RCDF. This, in addition to being the top tax payer in Uganda contributing over Ugx 3.9 trillion shillings, makes us very proud of our leadership role towards the development of the country and also investing in the ICT sector. This is in line with our strategic vision of leading the delivery of a bold new digital world to our customers and the markets we operate in” continued Mr. Ebenezer Asante of MTN Group.

The visit by the MTN Group VP of SEAGHA is part of a two day working visit. While here, he will meet and engage with various stakeholders within the ICT industry including UCC and also meet MTN senior management and staff.
The Minister of ICT and the MTN Group VP of SEAGHA discussed at length on various pertinent issues affecting the ICT sector and the larger telecom landscape. The meeting ended on a high note with both parties agreeing to work closely together towards the advancement of the ICT sector in Uganda.

The MTN Group VP of SEAGHA was accompanied by MTN Uganda’s CEO Wim Vanhelleputte, MTN Uganda General Manager for Corporate Services & Chief Legal Counsel Mr. Anthony Katamba and ‎ MTN Uganda Senior Manager in charge of Corporate Affairs Ms. Justina Ntabgoba. Director Legal Affairs. Mrs. Susan Marian Atengo Wegoye, UCC Secretary and Director of Legal Affairs, represented the regulatory body at the event.

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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
Gleeson.

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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