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Seven lucky customers win big at Stanbic Bank Xmas trolley dash finale

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Stanbic Bank concluded its Xmas promo organised to promote increased usage of digital channels and cashless banking by holding the 2nd and final trolley dash for seven lucky customers at Quality Supermarket in Naalya. The winners Martin Lutaaya, Jerome Birungi, June Nyakahuma, Steve Daniel Katongole, Amos Kiyingi, Bashir Aliyu Yakasai, and Racheal Phoebe Kabejja picked shopping items worth thousands of shillings in the 60 second dash.

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Speaking at the conclusion of the dash, Stanbic’s Banks Card Payments, Issuing & Acquiring Manager, Damalie Sajjabi thanked the bank’s customers who participated in the promotion. She said, “This is a positive sign that more and more Ugandans are appreciating the value of using credit and debit cards as opposed to cash which can be risky to carry. This is the main reason why we are rewarding and encouraging our customers to use cards as a payment alternative”.

L-R: Jerome Birungi ,June Nyakahuma, Bashir Aliyu Yakasai, Martin Lutaaya and Racheal Phoebe Kabejja were among the 7 lucky winners of the final 60seconds trolley dash at the Quality Supermarket Naalya.

L-R: Jerome Birungi, June Nyakahuma, Bashir Aliyu Yakasai, Martin Lutaaya and Racheal Phoebe Kabejja were among the 7 lucky winners of the final 60 seconds trolley dash at the Quality Supermarket Naalya.

Talking about some of the bank’s other strategies and initiatives to promote the increased usage of debit and credit cards, Damalie noted that Stanbic already has the largest ATM network in the country with over 170 strategic locations backed up by 493 Visa enabled POS machines in all the major malls, restaurants, shops and supermarkets. “We plan to significantly increase this number as well as further integrate our online platforms with customer accounts so clients can do all their banking at a time and place of their convenience. Our objective as a bank is to make it as easy as possible for our clients to transact by putting them increasingly in control of their overall banking experience, digital channels give us that possibility which is the reason why we have invested so much in its development,” she explained.

Credit and debit card usage increased during the promotion season, Stanbic Bank registered a growth of 70% in transactions compared to months prior the festive season. The Bank also noted that more of the outlets should engage in promoting use of credit and debit cards because the growth numbers were an indicator of a mind-set change to cashless banking.

According to Dr. Fred Muhumuza a development Economist, “The growth of plastic money usage in Uganda remains low because of a number of challenges which include a lack of POS machines and ATM located almost exclusively in urban areas. It is therefore imperative for banks to promote cashless banking through a combination of awareness and development of linkages with other payment platforms such as mobile money.”

The Stanbic Xmas dash organised through the bank’s social media platforms was open to all Visa and Mastercard – Local and International debit and credit card holders as well as prepaid cards. To enter, all customers had to do was to make a purchase of a minimum UGX 50,000 at one of the Banks partner outlets, take a selfie then like the Stanbic Bank facebook page (@Stanbicug) and or follow the bank on Twitter (#StanbicXmasDash).

The participating outlets by category were: Restaurants; Café Javas, Mythos Greek Taverna, The Bistro, Piato Restaurant, KFC, Pizza Hut, Riders Uganda Ltd, and Eucupirien-Kololo, Supermarkets; Game Lugogo, Quality, Capital Shoppers, Nakumatt, Embassy, Jazz, Risko Kids, and Pep Store, Hospitals; Nakasero Hospital, Pan Dental Surgery, and Dr. Agwarwal Eye Hospital, Fuel stations; Total and City Oil, Air Travel; Rwandair Kampala.

“We plan on organising many more initiatives with fantastic prizes and incentives to promote cashless banking so I encourage our clients to follow us on social media and continue using their visa and mastercard debit and credit cards,” Damalie concluded.

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Airtel Uganda Continues Expansion Drive

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Airtel Uganda Legal Director Dennis Kakonge (L) joins staff and customers to open a new premium shop at Thobani building in Kampala

Airtel Uganda Legal Director Dennis Kakonge (L) joins staff and customers to open a new premium shop at Thobani building in Kampala.

Airtel Uganda has opened another premium shop in continuation of their efforts to provide excellent one-on-one customer care experiences to subscribers across the country.

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The expansion drive which came on the heels of successful network expansion and countrywide broadband availability campaigns saw the telco open 18 new premium shops in Kampala, Tororo, Iganga, Kamuli, Soroti, Mbarara, Hoima and other major towns across Uganda during the months of July and August this year.

Located in Thobani building on Kampala Road, the new premium shop will offer Airtel’s latest range of offerings along with fast and convenient customer service in a welcoming and customer-friendly environment.

“We understand the importance of one-on-one customer service in a professional and yet friendly environment. This is the reason why Airtel has over the past few months focused its efforts on setting up physical locations across the country where our customers can be served by our professional staff,” commented Airtel Uganda Legal Director Mr. Dennis Kakonge.

“This premium shops will further strengthen our footprint in Uganda by supplementing on our already existing kiosks, mini shops, distributor locations and super agencies across Kampala,” he added.

All the new premium shops that have been opened are located in central and accessible locations with convenient opening hours and superior merchandise. They are a one-stop center for Airtel service solutions such as SIM card purchases and registrations, Airtel Money, e-recharge and data connectivity. The shops also have experienced staff in place for consultations on all Airtel’s offerings.

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MTN Uganda Supports Tooro Kingdom Empango Celebrations

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  • Telecom contributes Ugx 20 million to support Tooro Kingdom Empango activities.
  • Festivities preceded by a week-long cultural activities including an agribusiness expo, youth HIV/AIDS conference, marathon and football tournament.
  • Tooro Kingdom celebrates 23 year coronation anniversary on Saturday 6th September 2018 at the Karuziika in Fort Portal.

MTN Uganda today announced a Ugx 20 million contribution to Tooro Kingdom’s ‘Empango’ (coronation anniversary) celebrations. Empango is scheduled to take place on September 8th, 2018 at the seat of Tooro Kingdom, the Karuziika Palace.

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MTN Uganda’s contribution is a sign of a commitment made in April 2018 when the CEO Wim Vanhelleputte visited the Omukama of Tooro at the Karuziika Palace in Fort Portal town. While there, the Omukama and the CEO held cordial talks towards supporting development activities in the kingdom.

Tooro Kingdom Prime Minister (Omuhikirwa) Bernard Tungakwo Ateenyi received the contribution on behalf of the Omukama of Tooro, at a brief ceremony held at MTN offices in Kampala this morning.

“The King of Tooro, His Royal Highness Dr. Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV expresses his deep appreciation to MTN Uganda for its generosity. We are particularly pleased that MTN Uganda has indeed followed up on its discussion with the Omukama. This is a step in the right direction for us; and so we pledge our full participation,” he said.

As part of the Empango celebrations, Tooro Kingdom has organized a series of activities aimed at uniting the Batooro and well-wishers in celebration of the coronation anniversary of the King of Tooro. The Omukama ascended to the throne in 1995, at three and a half years, shortly after his father passed on. He is the 12th King of Tooro Kingdom.

MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte said, “MTN is proud to associate with a vibrant celebration of culture and the heritage of our friends, the Batooro. Together with His Royal Highness the Omukama, we recently agreed to forge a strong partnership that will see MTN support the Kingdom’s development initiatives especially among the youth. We are cognizant that the youthful population is brimming with ideas and initiatives which need to be supported for the development of our country.”

He added, “Accept our contribution towards the successful organization of the Empango celebrations this year. We look forward to ever greater engagement going forward.”

Tooro Kingdom planned week-long activities will run in all the districts which make the current Kingdom structure including Kyenjojo, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Kamwenge and Kyegegwa. ese include a Amasaza football tournament, a tourism expo at Karuzika Palace Grounds, HIV/AIDS Conference at Mucwa and a subsequent marathon, a kasiki on the eve of the event and the Tooro AgriBusiness Exhibition at Boma Grounds, Fort Portal.

The Chief Guest will be the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, who will be representing the President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

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Air Tanzania commences flights to Uganda

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Air Tanzania commences flights to Uganda

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Air Tanzania extended its services to Entebbe International Airport with its inaugural flight on Sunday, August 26. The 76-Seater Q400 series plane touched down at 13:01pm and was received by the Minister of State for Works and Transport; Hon. Aggrey Bagiire and the Tanzanian High Commissioner to Uganda; H.E. Grace A. Mgovano, Civil Aviation Authority officials, Air Tanzania officials, and H.E. Richard Tumusiime Kabonero, High Commissioner of the Republic of Uganda. The flight was honored with a water salute; a customary welcome in the aviation industry.

In his remarks, the Hon. Minister of Works and Transport noted that this is a huge step towards easing connections between the East African countries and that it will help boost trade between the two countries. The Tanzanian Ambassador to Uganda confirmed that Air Tanzania will offer affordable flights with high frequency through Entebbe International Airport totaling to 4 times a week. He was optimistic that the entry of Air Tanzania to the Entebbe route will meet the travel demands of East Africans.

“On top of the low fares, Air Tanzania will offer customers the ability to customize their travel to their needs and budget by allowing excess luggage and issuing tickets that don’t expire”, he added.

In a statement released by the Managing Director and CEO of Air Tanzania; Eng. Ladislaus Matindi said that, “The Wings of Kilimanjaro is proud to once again serve East Africa with direct flights and smooth connections to and from Tanzania. The service will enhance investment, trade and tourism opportunities in the region.”

Air Tanzania is the flag carrier airline of Tanzania based in Dar es Salaam with its hub at Julius Nyerere International Airport. It was established in 1977 and has been a member of the African Airlines Association since its inception. Air Tanzania is a wholly owned government company that has served a variety of domestic, regional and international destinations over the years. The airline operates a fleet of 5 aircrafts including a Boeing 787-7 Dreamliner to meet performance, dependability and comfort.

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