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Statement on defamatory allegations by Steven Jeremy Ntambi on his alleged involvement in the Establishment of Kiira Motors Corporation

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Kiira Motors Corporation has released a statement following allegations by Steven Jeremy Ntambi about the company and its business. Below reads the statement in full.

In 2006, Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came up with an idea codenamed the Vehicle Design Summit (VDS). In its second Phase VDS 2.0, MIT invited universities around the world to join the VDS 2.0 and form a Consortium with the goal of designing and bringing to Market a 5 seater plugin electric hybrid vehicle code named Vision 200.   Makerere University joined 35 universities in the project to develop a truly innovative vehicle and mobility concept and build a model for and infrastructure to support student-led collaborative projects in the future.

Dr. Tom Wanyama, the principal investigator for the iLabs@Mak Project at Makerere University visited MIT as part of the iLabs Africa programme. During this visit, Dr Wanyama met Anna S. Jaffe, founder of the Vehicle Design Summit (VDS) who invited Makerere to participate in the next VDS (VDS 2.0), an extra curriculum activity in automotive engineering. On return, Dr Wanyama introduced the concept to his students among them Steven Jeremy Ntambi, a 4th year student of Electrical Engineering

VDS involved more than 500 students from universities across the globe. General Motors was one of the advisors. Each university was given a specific role. Makerere University was tasked with the role of designing Low Power Electronics and Data Networking

Dr. Wanyama then suddenly left Makerere University. Ntambi approached Mr. Paul Isaac Musasizi, an assistant lecturer to help supervise the project. Musasizi invited Prof Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa, who was then Deputy Dean Faculty of Technology to provide overall guidance.

Prof Tickodri-Togboa and Musasizi invited other students to join the Makerere VDS 2.0 team to all work together because the assignment needed students from diverse academic backgrounds. Ntambi became the student leader on the team. Ntambi was advised to focus on a component of the Vision 200 Power Electronics as his Final Year Project. This led to the final year project titled, Vehicle Design Summit’s Vision200- Design of the Power Electronics- focused on design and development of the convertor for the auxiliary power unit(APU) and its control strategy. This Project was supervised by Prof Tickodri-Togboa as the Main Supervisor and Mr. Musasizi as the Co-Supervisor.

In Nov 2007, VDS 2.0 teams met in Leuven, Belgium for a critical design review. Makerere University was represented by Jeremy Ntambi (student team leader), Florence Nakitto, Rashid Mujumbi, and Aggrey Kabunga. At this meeting, a decision was made to build the Vision 200 car at the 2008 World Design Capital at Politecnico di Torino in Italy. This meeting also enabled team members from all universities to consult each other, share ideas, and present their findings and technical progress. 

Between June and August 2008, during the period of industrial training at Makerere University Faculty of Technology, the VDS 2.0 teams convened in Torino Italy to begin work on integration of the Vision 200 prototype. Makerere University was represented by Jeremy Ntambi, Aggrey Kabunga, Paul Rwemalla, Douglas Bibita, Dativa Tizikara, and Emmanuel Ssebagala. Prof Tickodri-Togboa was part of the team as the Supervisor. The rest of the team supported remotely from here in Uganda; This team included; Paul Isaac Musasizi (Supervisor), Richard Madanda, Maxima Nsimenta, Nakitto Florence and Jaykrushna Thakkar. It is important to note that each participating team had to finance itself.  Makerere University had no money and therefore, the team sought to raise funds through fundraising. Although some generous Ugandans supported the team, the raised funds could not achieve much. So most of the team members had to sponsor themselves while others got free air tickets from Brussels Airlines. Prof Mondo Kagonyera, then Makerere University Chancellor contributed Shs3m from his own pocket.

On return from Torino, the team received favourable media coverage. Plans to build on this with fundraising started with a presentation to Ugandans in the Diaspora in January 2009 but no funding was realized. It was during this time that the idea of a research center for transportation technologies started taking shape. Meanwhile most of the student members from Torino including Ntambi left because they had finished their studies. Most of them sought to seek Jobs and others opted to go for further studies. Despite the departure of the team members, Makerere sought to build on the knowledge gained from the collaboration and the teams’ participation in the Torino build event.

Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, then the Dean at Faculty of Technology encouraged Prof Tickodri-Togboa and Mr. Musasizi to put in place an institutionalized program in Automotive Research and Innovation this gave rise to the concept of the Centre for Research in Transportation Technologies (CRTT) which was approved in January 2011. A new student team was put in place in Feb 2009 that included Richard Madanda as student Team Leader, Fred Matovu, Patricia Atungire, Gerald Baguma, Maurice Wandera, Nasser Gyagenda, and Diana Kagimba. Paul Rwemalla remained with the team. They worked under difficult circumstances as there was no funding for project activities. It is important to note that CRTT is still institutionalized in Makerere University and still serves the purpose of churning out innovation in the Automotive Industry as earlier conceptualized.

President Yoweri Museveni wrote to Makerere University that he wanted to visit the Faculty of Technology on Dec 12, 2009. The president was impressed with the several research and innovation projects 11 of which were presented to him and promised financial support which was implemented effect July 2010 under the Project called the Presidential Initiative to Science and Technology Innovation. Mr. Musasizi spearheaded writing the proposal the President requested and was presented to him on December 28, 2009 at Statehouse Entebbe. H.E. the President pledged Shs25 billion over five years Under the Presidential Initiative on Science and Technology — not only for the Vehicle Design Project but for the entire 11 Projects at the faculty, 10 Teaching and Research Labs and Student Internship Program.

Makerere started working on the MAK-EV, the famous green vehicle. However, President Museveni proposed the name to be changed to Kiira after the River Nile. Work progressed leading to the launch of the vehicle in 2011.

At the launch of the Kiira EV, the green car, President Museveni proposed the success should fuel establishment of Vehicle Manufacturing Capabilities in Uganda. By this time Ntambi had long left the university to pursue other opportunities.

However, with funding secured and work progressing, Ntambi returned from a Masters programme abroad and suddenly sent an email that the current team led by Mr. Paul Isaac Musasizi should leave and he takes over the project. Ntambi had no basis for this demand as he had no formal engagement either as a student or staff of Makerere University. Ntambi went to Facebook and started mudslinging the team working on Kiira vehicles. He then disappeared again. It was later discovered that he had gone to pursue a PhD out of the country.

On June 22, 2020, Ntambi went to Victoria Motors and presented a system for public transport payments and was referred to Kiira Motors. On June 23, 2020, Ntambi met Kiira Motors team with an idea to provide a public transport payment system. He was well received, made a presentation and Ntambi promised to submit a proposal and was also advised to submit a formal letter of intent with relevant documentation in respect of the legal standing of his Company called nSingo.

On Monday June 29, Ntambi started making allegations on Social Media that his final year project was stolen by Mr. Musasizi and Prof Tickodri-Togboa to start Kiira Motors Corporation. Ntambi didn’t at any one time develop Kiira Motors concepts and at no one time was he involved in Kiira Motors Corporation as stipulated above. We challenge him to bring evidence that Kiira Motors was his idea. Failure by Steven Jeremy Ntambi to withdraw his defamatory allegations will lead to legal proceedings at his cost.  

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Buying or Selling of Land in Any Part Of Uganda Now Made Easy

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A new and most organized real estate agency company is now in Uganda that can facilitate buying or selling of land and houses from any part of the country. Prime Plots under Prime Sponsor Company was created in May 2020 with a clear vision of providing high quality and personalized services to individuals, private sector companies, and government clients in Uganda.

If you are a potential buyer and looking for land, house or apartment, or need help in transferring your land title to your names or company names, then you should visit these guys. A property management company that seems to have the best and trusted real estate agent.

The mission of Prime Sponsor is simple. “To believe in loving your neighbor is to help them succeed”. To fulfill this mission, they perform every due diligence to ensure ownership and protect you the interested buyer or seller and above all, they strive to have a long relationship of friendship with all their clients.

For all those with property to sale, they use applications that will permit satellite view of the entire area, tracking coordinates with GPS that can send a client direct to the site location without being accompanied, they are the first to have such ease operation.

They have become a more trusted solution to all the property fraudsters in Uganda. Their current website is www.primeplots.primesponsor.co.ug

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CCBA installs hand-washing station at Mbarara Hospital

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Mbarara District Health Officer Peter Sebutinde demonstrates how to wash hands.

Mbarara District Health Officer Peter Sebutinde demonstrates how to wash hands.

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As part of support to the Ministry of Health in the fight against Coronavirus in Uganda, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) in Uganda has installed a 5,000 litre Community hand-washing Station at Mbarara Referral Hospital in western Uganda.

CCBA, through Century and Rwenzori Bottling Companies in Uganda, has so far established five (5) 5,000litre Community Handwashing Stations for the general public use in Mukono (Namanve), Kampala (Kyambogo) and Mbarara (Makenke and Municipality).

General Manager Melkamu Abebe, in a message delivered by Mbarara Plant Manager Joackim Baluku, said the Company was committed to contributing to efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 in communities.

“Across the Coca-Cola system we always look for meaningful ways to contribute to our people, including the communities we serve. We are guided by our company purpose: refresh the world and make a difference in the community. We do what we do because we are people-centered. We provided safety measures inside our Plants to protect our employees and their families, and now with the community hand-washing Tanks we are extending that protection to the general public,” Abebe said.

Mbarara Referral Hospital Director Celestine Barigye said the hospital had established two hand-washing stations but was overwhelmed by the numbers of people flocking the hospital.

Hospital officials had raised concerns about long queues of people gathering at the stations to wash their hands, as an additional COVID-19 risk.

“When the Pandemic began, following the President’s advice we set-up the two hand-washing facilities but they were not enough. With this new addition we can ensure more people wash hands faster and increase the safety of all. We also needed an extra reservoir tank and we have now received it. The tank from Coca-Cola has a large capacity so water availability is guaranteed,” he said.

Mbarara Referral Hospital currently has eight COVID-19 patients and has so far discharged 21 who have recovered successfully. The hospital has a bed capacity to handle 30 patients at ago.

The CCBA handover on Wednesday also included 305 20-litre hand-washing Jerrycans for distribution at various busy points in Mbarara, handed to the COVID-19 District Task Force. This is part of the 5,000 hand-washing Jerrycans pledged for the national effort against COVID-19.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, CCBA has provided several interventions including; food relief worth UGX390 million from The Coca-Cola Foundation, distributed through the Uganda Red Cross Society to vulnerable families affected by the lockdown; UGX85 million to the Ministry of Health to buy medical equipment and sundries; public awareness worth UGX460 million and three pick-up trucks for the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Task Force. So far the total contribution during this period is UGX1.3 billion.



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Masaka teacher wins big in MTN MoMo Nyabo promotion

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MTN's Jimmy Ssempuuma (L) hands over Emily Tumuheki's cheque.

MTN’s Jimmy Ssempuuma (L) hands over Emily Tumuheki’s cheque.

By Our Reporter 

With the disruption caused by COVID-19, teaching is one of the professions that took a hit. It even gets harder for the private school teachers who are not earning salary as schools have been closed since March.

Emily Tumuheki, a private school teacher in Masaka, is one of the many teachers who have gone without pay since the closure of schools as a way of preventing the spread of the deadly Covid19.

Tumuheki, a resident of Nyendo town in Masaka district and a teacher of English at Kitendesa Modern Primary School reaped big from the on-going MoMoNyabo Together promotion as she won herself a whopping 5,000,000 Uganda shillings. The teacher could not believe her luck the moment she learnt that she had been chosen as a lucky winner in the MoMo Nyabo Together promotion.

When the hosts of the MoMo Nyabo Together show Zahara Totto and Patricko Mujuuka first contacted Tumuheki, she was in shock she decided to hand the phone to a friend of hers thinking she was getting conned. She however was able to compose herself and answer all five questions correctly.

While shedding tears of joy at her cheque handover, Tumuheki narrated how life had been so hard seeing as she was not earning and yet her bills kept on accumulating.

Tumuheki who hails from Ntungamo moved to Nyendo in search of greener pastures.

Currently, she is also pursuing a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education to grow her career.

The happy teacher was overwhelmed with the fact that she had indeed become a millionaire.

“I cannot imagine this real. This money will help me a lot. I plan on starting a shop where I can trade in food items like rice, sugar, salt and many others consumer goods.” Tumuheki said.

Tumuheki went on to add that because of COVID-19, she had resorted to quitting her job and starting something else but she did not have the capital to start her dream business.

“My life has drastically changed for the better,” said an excited Tumuheki in praise of the MTN MoMoNyabo promotion.

She named her mother, Frank Twikirize as her beneficiary. Twikirize was excited when her daughter called to ask if she had received 2,000,000 Uganda shillings that was sent to her phone. An excited Twikirize asked her daughter to thank MTN for remembering them.

“For one to get money in such times, it can only be by the grace of God,” Tumuheki said.

While handing over a dummy cheque, the Regional Manager Central Ssempuuma Jimmy congratulated Tumuheki Emilly upon her win. He also encouraged all MTN customers to continue using the MTN MoMo service, “You too can win like Tumuheki,” he said.

Tumuheki said she always used her MTN MoMo to buy airtime, minutes to make phone calls as well as data to surf the internet and social media. She thanked MTN for availing Ugandans with a chance to win money this year.

Apart from the winners called in studio, 250 people win 50,000 shillings directly every day. All you have to do is pay for airtime, bundles or any bill using MTN MoMo on the MyMTN app or dial *165# and stand a chance to win.



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Airtel, Game Stores partner to make payment for goods easy and convenient for customers

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A customer pays at the till using Airtel Money Pay assisted by a Game Store Executive.

A customer pays at the till using Airtel Money Pay assisted by a Game Store Executive.

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Airtel Uganda has announced a partnership with Game Stores that will see Airtel Money subscribers pay for their purchases using Airtel Money Pay.

Airtel Money Pay is a service that enables Airtel Money subscribers to pay for goods and services using Airtel Money instead of exchanging cash for such purchases. The service enables both parties to immediately confirm these proximity payments via text message (e-receipt) that is sent to both subscriber and seller of the goods/service.

Commenting about this partnership, Airtel Money Head Merchant Portfolio Mr. Godfrey Muhindo noted that this new partnership will bring the highest level of convenience to Airtel subscribers who shop at Game stores.

“This payment method is going to ease the lives of our subscribers. Customers no longer have to carry cash or withdraw money, then pay when they are shopping here at Game,” he noted.

Muhindo also noted that the Airtel Money Pay innovation is timely as it is giving Ugandans an alternative and safe payment method in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking on behalf of Game Stores, Frederick Olwit, the Game Store Manager, welcomed Airtel Money Pay onboard and thanked Airtel Uganda for the partnership.

“Our clients can now transact conveniently and securely from their Airtel accounts and pay for their shopping without hassle,” he said. “As merchants, once we receive the money on our Airtel account, we can use it to make other transactions like payments or transfer it to the bank.”

Mr William Kaye, the Managing Director of Universal Tracking Systems and a customer at Game Stores who has used the service confirms the effectiveness of the product.

“After shopping, I came to the till and made my payment via Airtel Money Pay. The till attendant immediately confirmed payment and in less than a minute, I was done. The service is indeed very fast and did not require me to pay an extra fee,” Mr Kaye said.

At the launch, a lucky draw was held for members of the media and three lucky journalists each received cash sent directly to their Airtel Money accounts to do shopping at the store.



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