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Why Is Nakasero Blood Bank Denying Ugandans Blood When they Need it?

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By Buni Dri

The inhumanly inconsiderate, insincere Uganda blood bank Nakasero, how I lost my niece and why am never donating blood.

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Yesterday at about 4pm, I received a call to donate blood to save the life of my niece at the new Mulago neonatal hospital. The doctor had called the Nakasero blood bank & had been told they didnt have blood A+ and if we had a donor, we could donate on site before 6pm. The doctor quickly wrote my sister in law a note to head to the blood bank as I was equally enroute. Upon arrival at the blood bank (5:30pm), we were told they had blood A+ (contrary to what they had told the doctor on phone) and that we couldnt get it unless we had a doctor’s request. Even upon presentation of the doctor’s note, we were told if it was that, then we needed to come with a lab attendant from Mulago. After many trials explaining, we left the blood bank, my sister in law in tears.

This morning, I woke to a phone call at 5:30am notifying me that my niece had died. The pain, emptiness & guilt is immeasurable. I keep asking myself…

Why didnt nakasero blood bank give us blood?
If they didnt have it, why couldn’t they draw it from me?
Why should we need a lab attendant from out?
Aren’t there emergency situations they can handle?
…etc

My other pain is… we donate blood, willingly, freely and for free.
Why is it so hard to get blood?
Maybe if Nakaseo blood bank had just been human, my niece would be alive.

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Shoprite launches MTN MoMo Pay as a payment platform for all its shoppers

MoMoPay is a cashless payment system that enables customers to pay for their goods and services directly from their mobile money accounts at any merchant who has been registered for the service at no extra cost.

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  • Deal will see customers paying for their shopping using MoMo Pay across its five outlets in Uganda
  • Shoprite is one of the over 75,000 registered merchants in Uganda
  • MTN Uganda states this move is part of its strategic drive to transform Uganda into a cashless economy

MTN Uganda has officially launched its partnership with Shoprite, a leading retailer, to use MoMoPay as a medium of payment at all their stores in Uganda.

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Speaking at partnership launch at Shoprite, Lugogo in Kampala, Christopher Ssali the Senior Manager, Mobile Financial Services Products at MTN Uganda said that more people are choosing MoMoPay since it is a better way of paying for goods and services.

“More people today are embracing cashless payments. MTN Uganda is committed to simplifying financial transactions by enabling people to transact comfortably and conveniently; this we believe will play a part in ensuring Uganda transforms into a cashless economy in line with governments efforts towards middle income status” Ssali said.

Ssali also noted that apart from being free of any service charge, MoMo Pay saves time as people can make payments directly from their phones without having to withdraw the money.

MoMoPay is a cashless payment system that enables customers to pay for their goods and services directly from their mobile money accounts at any merchant who has been registered for the service at no extra cost.

Using funds on your Mobile Money, a customer can be able to pay merchants directly to their merchant account. Customers can do so by dialing *165*3# or using MyMTNApp or by the merchant requesting for the payments. 

This partnership will see shoppers across the five Shoprite branches in Kampala pay for their shopping directly from their MTN mobile money accounts at the touch of a button.

Shoprite Uganda has retail branches in Lugogo Mall, Clock Tower, Village Mall, Acacia Mall and Victoria Mall.

Shoprite Uganda welcomed the move, noting that it makes financial transactions easier. The move to provide the MoMoPay service will add to shoppers’ experience by providing a more secure payment system that is guaranteed at all Shoprite stores in Uganda.

The Shoprite Group of Companies is Africa’s largest retailer operating over 2,700 outlets in 15 countries across Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands

Ten years ago, MTN Uganda introduced Mobile Money that has grown to be loved and used by millions in Uganda. Right now, MTN Mobile Money has continued to evolve with more than 9 million mobile money subscribers.

Mobile Money has also evolved from just being used to send and receive money to making bill payments, TV subscription, savings and loans through MoKash to making payments through MoMo Pay.

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Artiste Bird Joe back with a new one called ‘HeartBeat’ from own new studio

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Up and coming star, Bird Joe real names is back with a new one called ‘HeartBeat”

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The musician who recently made a statement in a music video called ‘Bad Boy’ is back 10 months down the road to cement his position in the industry.

Bird Joe has indeed bounced back in a new form as he has also opened up an audio recording studio named Birds Camp Records. He released his hot first audio project ‘HeartBeat’ from the same studio and promises only classics.

He is also giving audio offers and inviting all other artistes to come to his new studio and create their projects at Birds Camp Records which is located at Kawempe, Keti Falawo. There are already lots of projects being worked on including a collaboration with hip-hoper and Canadian based Mlow. To contact him, call 0708180936.

Bird Joe is a versatile artiste, songwriter, pianist, beat maker, music producer and a thinker mostly doing urban style signed under Birds Camp based in Kampala.

We will keep you in the know.



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Fresh Kid Launches Fashion Label; Wants to Disrupt The Industry

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Fresh Kid is Uganda’s youngest entrepreneur. The 7 year old is rumoured to have launched his own fashion line.

Fresh Kid has unveiled a number of shirts with his signature sayings such as; “Bibuzze Manager”, “Eyo Tuveeyo.”

We look forward to supporting this baby in his journey.

Young kid on the Block Fresh Kid real names Patrick Ssenyonjo

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