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Third edition of the annual road safety caravan launched

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Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda, together with NTV Uganda, Uganda Police, National Road Safety Council and Uganda Red Cross have flagged off the 2019 Tweddeko Caravan.

Now in its third edition, the Tweddeko Caravan annually travels along select major highways leading out of the capital city Kampala, to relay practical road safety messaging, training and to engage with the communities located in accident prone areas along such routes in a bid to address the road safety inequalities.

This initiative is part of Vivo Energy Uganda’s on-going Tweddeko campaign, which uses TV messages to educate and inspire people to change their behaviour on the road.

The Tweddeko Caravan, was flagged off from Kalerwe Market Roundabout on Thursday morning, with planned stops at Kawempe market area and accident-prone areas along the highway in areas such as Matugga, Bombo, Ndejje and Wobulenzi.

Made up of more than twenty (20) vehicles on each route, the Tweddeko Caravan will share road safety messages directed to boda boda riders, taxi drivers, bus drivers, passengers, pedestrians, road side vendors and drivers of personal vehicles. They will also show videos with Tweddeko stories from road crash victims, testimonies and inspiring road safety messages.

The audiences will also receive first aid training for supporting victims of road traffic accidents as well as distribution of road safety material such as the Uganda Highway Code, road sign charts and educational flyers.

Speaking at the flag off ceremony the Managing Director of Vivo Energy Uganda, Mr. Gilbert Assi said: “As a major gateway to the Northern corridor and a key facilitator of import and export trade in this country, the Kampala-Luweero highway was earmarked for this year’s Tweddeko Caravan due to the high crash rates and loss of lives, numerous dangerous black spots and high levels of traffic of both commercial and passenger vehicles. It is our desire as Vivo Energy Uganda to increase road safety awareness, to train emergency first responders to potential accidents and educate the masses along the route on the highway code and road safety, especially as the festive season approaches.”

Assi added, “Despite the commendable strides that have been made by key stakeholders in this aspect, we realise that a lot more can be done to improve the overall road safety statistics in Uganda. As Vivo Energy Uganda, we pledge our commitment to this cause. We are delighted to play a pivotal role in mobilising and joining key players in the transport sector to contribute to efforts in pursuing the SDG target of halving the number of fatalities on our roads by the year 2020, as part of the Decade of Action for Road Safety as proclaimed by the United Nations in 2010.”

The Minister of State for Works and Transport, Hon. Gen Katumba Wamala, who officially flagged off the Tweddeko Caravan, commended Vivo Energy Uganda and its partners for its commitment to complementing the government’s efforts in championing safer road use in Uganda.

“The government of Uganda has made significant investment in the improvement of road transport infrastructure in this country with an intention of creating opportunities for trade and other economic activities and the improvement of livelihoods though increased mobility of both goods and passengers. However, it is unfortunate that the same infrastructure has cost the government through the loss of lives, property and opportunities through road accidents that are largely preventable. As the festive season nears, we urge you to make road safety a personal priority and to take advantage of the Tweddeko Caravan to learn more about safer road use.”

The campaign was first launched in February 2017 and throughout the past three years, the campaign has used stories of lives that have been impacted by road traffic crashes, pledges by responsible citizens and road safety tips to inspire change in road users’ behaviour.

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MTN Uganda launches 5G connectivity, first in East Africa and 3rd in Africa with connection

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MTN Uganda has today taken internet connectivity to another level. With fourth-generation (4G) technology still staggering, the leading telecom company in Uganda has introduced 5G connectivity. At an event today at the offices in Kololo, MTN Uganda demonstrated the first live demo of 5G network in Uganda in an event presided over by Prime Minister Dr. Ruhana Rugunda who represented President Yoweri Museveni fulfilling their earlier promise to commercially roll out 5G in before 2020 ends.“5G will make our life better, drive incremental capacity and open up new businesses. MTN as a company is constantly making efforts to break barriers by democratizing voice and data connectivity in order to improve subscriber experience,” said MTN Uganda’s CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte.

It is also expected that with an adequate spectrum allocated to the 5G standard, the increased capacity would result in lower data cost to Uganda.

MTN is working with South Korean firm ZTE the market leaders in 5G. ZTE is already working with operators to out 5+.

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MTN MoMoPay Customers to win free shopping worth UGX 1,000,000 in a Trolley Dash experience.

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MTN is set to reward its customers who have embraced paying for their goods and services using the Telecom giant’s mobile payment platform, MTN MoMo Pay.

MoMo Pay is an MTN service that allows customers to pay for their goods and services directly from their mobile money accounts using their mobile devices at no cost. Retailers and businesses receive the payments for the goods and services instantly.

Up to 20 customers will be selected from a draw to participate in a trolley dash where they shall be allowed to shop merchandise of up to 1 million shillings in 60 seconds. To stand a chance to enter the draw, customers are required to make 2 MoMoPay transactions each week. 

Ali Monzer the General Manager Mobile Financial Services said the promotion is MTN’s way of giving back to customers for adopting the service one year since it was launched. “The response from customers has been overwhelming. Many of the people have appreciated the convenience of having to pay for all their goods and services using MoMo Pay. Thus we felt the need to thank them by giving back to them and that’s why we launched this promotion.”

MoMo Pay is MTN’s way of creating convenience for customers and merchants alike. “The world is going cashless today. It’s now more convenient to go cashless than to carry lots of cash on you. You can literally run your life using MoMo Pay. You can pay for your meals, medication, car service, shopping and several other services using MoMo Pay,” Monzer said.

This service is available to merchants who register for the service and all MTN Mobile Money customers.

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Harvest Money Expo 4th edition launched

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dfcu Bank in partnership with Vision Group and the Netherlands Embassy have launched this year’s edition of the Harvest Money Expo that will take place from 14 th – 16 th February, at Mandela National Stadium, Nambole.

Under the theme ‘Value Addition’, dfcu Bank and its partners seek to improve production and marketing of agricultural products to increase the commodity value in order to ensure a rise in sales, market growth and that farmers get a good price for their products.

The Harvest Money Expo initiative, now in its 4th edition, aims to highlight the contribution of agriculture to the development of the economy and also change the negative perception that most Ugandans hold towards agriculture as not being a good career option.

Speaking during the Expo launch, dfcu Bank’s CEO, Mathias Katamba, said; “The economy of Uganda can be transformed through mechanization improvement of agriculture, commercialization and taking advantage of the unique nature of our country’s weather and soils. As dfcu Bank, we would like to offer more support to the agricultural industry by giving farmers access to equipment for agricultural mechanization through our asset financing product.”

Mr. Katamba also reiterated the need to get young people involved in agriculture to grow the sector.

Last year, over 28,000 people attended the Harvest Money Expo. This year, the sponsors and organizers are aiming for a target of over 35,000 people who will include; farmers, business representatives, the general public, foreign exhibitors from various countries. The Netherlands Embassy has promised to have a ‘Netherlands Village’ at the Expo, where 48 companies including 16 top Dutch agriculture companies will showcase, share knowledge and farming experiences.

The Vision Group CEO, Robert Kabushenga said; “The Harvest Money Expo has become a calendar event for every farmer because of the benefits they get from it. It is also a social event where people come to socialize and share knowledge.”

This year’s Harvest Money Expo will also have in attendance all the past winners of the Best farmers’ competition.

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