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Airtel implements 0.5% Mobile Money Tax

Reduction seen as step in the right direction

Airtel Uganda has today announced and implemented a reduction in the Mobile Money tax from 1% to 0.5 per cent, only applicable to only withdrawals.

This follows the President’s ascension to the Excise Duty (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2018 which provides for the amendment of the Mobile Money tax of 1% on all transactions to 0.5% on withdrawals.

V.G. Somasekhar – Airtel Uganda MD

Commenting about the amendment, Mr. V.G. Somasekhar the Airtel Uganda Managing Director expressed gratitude to the Government, Parliament and other Authorities for being responsive to feedback from mobile money users and agents.

“We welcome this change in revising the tax to 0.5% applicable only on withdrawals,” he stated, adding that Airtel pledges to continue providing reliable and affordable telecommunications solutions, while maintaining compliance to the regulatory procedures of Uganda.

Early this year, the President of Uganda assented to the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill 2018, which placed a 1% levy on receiving, making payments, and withdraws through mobile money transactions.

Following feedback from different stakeholders, the tax on Bank to Wallet transfers and deposits was dropped on July 4, 2018 requiring telecoms to refund mobile money user that had carried out transactions in that season.

“We effected the refund ahead of the industry. The process was seamless,” Mr Somasekhar said. The move is in the right direction and will facilitate growth and penetration of financial inclusion in Uganda.

In case of any queries, customers are advised to contact the Airtel Uganda customer care team on 100 or visit the head office at Clement Hill.

Special discount: House of J in stock clearance, hurry and grab one

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House of J has High Quality furniture for every home. The beauty of a house depends on the quality of décor both indoor and outdoor. You want your house to look wonderful and admirable then House of J located on the first floor at Forest Mall has everything.

“Everything at House of J reflects a love for art, beauty, quality and excellence. In addition to selling furniture, we always go an extra mile to ensure that we advise our clients on their interior design needs at no extra cost,” Says Jacqueline Rwivanga the director of House of J.

House of J a furniture store located on Forest mall in Lugogo and deals in an assortment of products, including indoor and outdoor furniture, carpets, flower pots and art pieces.

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Women Entrepreneurs win Big in the 2018 Rising Woman Expo

dfcu Bank in partnership with Monitor Publications Limited’s (MPL) flagship brand Daily Monitor and Uganda Investment Authority-UIA, awarded various women entrepreneurs who participated in the Rising Woman Expo which featured over 100 women led businesses. The expo was the peak of the Rising Woman initiative that was launched in July 2018 to recognize, celebrate and promote a culture of mentorship among women in business in Uganda.

dfcu bank recognized and awarded 3 women entrepreneurs with cash prizes of up to UGX 30,000,000 million and an all-expense paid study tour trip to Nairobi after emerging victorious in a highly competitive proposal writing competition. The awards ceremony was presided over by the former Vice President H.E Dr. Specioza Wandera Kazibwe.

The overall winner Krystal Ice Limited took home UGX 15,000,000 million, The cradle care mobile Application group, the first runner up was awarded UGX 10,000,000 million and second runner up Kalaa Mugosi Women Empowerment Limited received UGX 5,000,000 million.

According to dfcu Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Juma Kisaame; “Over 650 women entrepreneurs have benefited from the Rising Woman initiative and we are proud that today, we have showcased some of the beneficiaries of this initiative. The purpose of running the competition was to ensure that women get an opportunity to articulate their business ideas in writing and win funding for the same.”

“The expo has provided women entrepreneurs with an opportunity to showcase their businesses as well as share knowledge with other fellow entrepreneurs.” He added.

As part of the Expo there were also a series of business clinics on topics including; How to effectively sell/market products, embracing digital platforms to grow business and Juggling business and family.

“I would like to congratulate all the great women who took part in this competition as well as the expo. I applaud dfcu Bank, Daily Monitor and the UIA for the work they have done to support, train and guide women entrepreneurs in Uganda. With initiatives like this, we are driving economic development by supporting women who are the backbone of most of our households,” Said Specioza Kazibwe.

Over thirty-five thousand (35,000) women have benefited from the dfcu WiB capacity building sessions since inception of the programme in 2007. They have been trained in matters of taxation, record keeping, investment licenses, importance of business registration and marketing.

Photos: Emirates showcases its revamped, award-winning onboard products at Entebbe International Airport

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline and winner of the Aviation 100 ‘Middle East & Africa Airline of the Year’ award, showcased its revamped, award-winning onboard products and services to Ugandan journalists during a tour of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Emirates Economy Class

Emirates revamped its products and services across all cabin classes and the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft spots a refreshed interior with a light and modern colour scheme, textured panels, new lighting and design accents.

Emirates cabin crew member showing members of the media some of Emirates’ various amenity kits during the static tour

The aircraft which was on display for media at Entebbe International Airport, has a three class cabin configuration, with eight luxurious private seats in First Class, 42 roomy comfortable seats that convert into a fully flat bed in Business Class and up to 306 specially designed contoured seats in Economy Class.

Puneet Kohli Emirates Country Manager to Uganda speaks to the media during the Emirates static tour

The airline also launched a new menu for all its cabin classes for passengers flying from its East African to Dubai. Customers can now look forward to a new selection of their favourite local dishes on the Emirates onboard menu accompanied by a wide range of complimentary wines, spirits and beverages.

Emirates Business Class with electronically operated footrest and lumbar support, adjustable headrest seats

In the Business Class, customers can enjoy an electronically operated footrest and lumbar support, adjustable headrest, 23” HD LCD screen, touch screen controls for the seat and inflight entertainment system, several personal lighting options, shoe storage area, personal mini-bar, USB A for smart phone charging, USB C for data transfer to the screen and a PC power outlet for charging personal devices.

Emirates First Class

This all is complemented by exclusive Bulgari amenity kit bags that include signature Bulgari fragrances and lotions, along with other pamper essentials. Business Class customers can look forward to eight brand new designs. Customers will also enjoy regionally inspired gourmet cuisine as well as some the most exclusive wines, champagnes and spirits.

Emirates offers regionally inspired multi-course meals, prepared by Emirates’ master chefs as well as complimentary wines, spirits and cocktails

In the Economy Class, Emirates’ customers now have spacious seats that create both a relaxing and superior travel experience with a new colour palette of soft greys and blues. The ergonomically designed seats come with full leather headrests that have flexible side panels and can also be adjusted vertically for optimum support. These are complimented with a 13.3” HD LCD screen, leather and fabric combination seat covers, USB A for smart phone charging, USB C for data transfer to the screen and for smart phone charging, PC power outlet for charging personal devices and customers can also enjoy regionally inspired multi-course meals, prepared by Emirates’ master chefs as well as complimentary wines, spirits and cocktails.

Some of the kids amenities that Emirates offers on board

‘’We aspire to constantly innovate and provide the best travel experience for our travelers. Our new brand promise to ‘Fly Better’ resonates with the air travel experience we offer, which is comfortable and enjoyable in every cabin class. For us it’s all about offering our customers value for money by providing World Class products and services when travelling on Emirates, from gourmet meals to the famed hospitality of our multi-national cabin crew, including Ugandan nationals and our award-winning inflight entertainment,’’ said Puneet Kholi, Emirates Country Manager for Uganda.

On all Emirates’ flights, customers can look forward to over 1,000 hours of entertainment on the award winning inflight entertainment ice system, which offers over 3,500 channels in over 40 languages of on demand audio and visual entertainment, from latest movies, music, audio books and games, as well as family friendly products and services for children including complimentary toys, kids’ meals and movies, priority boarding for families and the use of free strollers at Dubai International Airport.

You can enjoy the award winning inflight entertainment system, ice, in comfort with over 3500 channels

Emirates flies daily between Entebbe and Dubai. EK730 flight takes off from Entebbe every day at 4.20pm and lands in Dubai at 10.50pm. To book, or for more information, terms and conditions, please visit or visit the local Emirates office or your travel agent.

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Uganda Commits UGX150 Million to Marathon as MTN marks 20 years in Uganda

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Uganda has today announced its sponsorship of the 2018 MTN Kampala Marathon through its brand, Rwenzori Pure Natural Mineral Water.

From inception, Rwenzori Pure Natural Mineral Water has sponsored the MTN prestigious annual marathon and we are very proud of this association.  

As part of the sponsorship, the beverages giant will handover UGX 75 million worth of water and UGX 75 million in cash. We shall also deploy 100 people to collect the plastic discarded during and after the run in continuation of their recycling efforts and efforts to remove used plastics from the environment, therefore limiting environmental hazards.

Speaking during the handover of the 2018 MTN marathon, CCBA`s Commercial Director Ivan Oboth said Coca-Cola is always proud to be part of a good cause and we are passionate about improving maternal health – this year`s marathon theme, both as a Company and at a personal level. This relationship shall continue for many years to come. Ivan Oboth, the Commercial Director at CCBA Uganda. In the true spirit of the partnership, three hundred employees will participate in the Marathon, he concluded.

On his part, Mr. Simon Kaheru, the Public Affairs & Communications Director for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa congratulated MTN upon making 20 years in Uganda. He emphasized the fact the marathon gives us an opportunity to collect plastics and disseminate the message aboutrecycling to all participants so that we limit the environmental damage caused when plastic is not disposed of properly. We shall therefore deploy plastic collection points along the MTN Marathon route,” he added.

MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer Olivier Prentout welcomed CCBA’s sponsorship of the MTN Kampala Marathon. “We are proud to enjoy such a strong partnership with Rwenzori Mineral Water. To rally behind initiatives to cause a better standard of life for our customers and Ugandans at large is what true corporate social responsibility is.. We know that we cannot do much without hydration and we are grateful for this continued gesture from Rwenzori especially this year when we added the regional marathons that called for more water.

Valery Oketcho, the MTN Communications Manager said the Company was awed by the talent out there in the regions. We are overwhelmed by the support of our partners with whom we have touched lives while dealing with various causes over the years.

Riham under Hariss International Limited Announces Litter Bin Recycling Project in Conjunction with Kampala Capital City Authority

In a bid to enhance recycling and waste segregation, Hariss International Limited the manufacturers of the Riham Products have entered into a partnership with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) where they will be providing Two Hundred and Seventy Five (275) Litter Bins to all KCCA schools, and division offices within Kampala District.

Hariss International Limited has a strategic goal to sensitize the youth in Uganda on the importance of plastic recycling. Their aim is to grow and inhabit a culture of recycling among the youth right from an earlier stage. They will invest in awareness initiatives, and easy to learn teaching campaigns that can assist the youth to understand what to recycle, how to recycle, and where to recycle.

Hariss International Limited believes in a spherical economy where recycled plastic bottles can not only be reused for various other purposes but where the act of recycling can also be used as an alternative source of income for our community and wealth creation for the nation.

They will be officially handing over the said litter bins to KCCA at Kawempe Church of Uganda Primary School on Monday, 19th November 2018.

“In order to grow a recycling culture within our nation it is quintessential for us to collectively set a foundation upon which recycling can actually be achieved. It would be somewhat pointless to request an individual to a recycle a plastic bottle when they have to walk over a mile to find a recycling point. Therefore we all have a responsibility not only as manufacturers but as citizens of Uganda, to see to it that we can ease access to recycling especially within schools where we are endeavoring to encourage the youth to inhabit a culture of environmental conservation,” Ms. Racheal Luwedde the Public Relations manager Hariss International Limited noted.

They anticipate to further grow such partnerships in collaboration with more local communities, municipals, and authorities across the country.

Mr. Eazi thrills at album listening party in Kampala

It was a fun filled experience for Kampala fans of popular Nigerian artiste Mr. Eazi, as he on Thursday night, treated them to a wonderful listening party for his third studio album tilted ‘Lagos to London’.

The exclusive listening party which was held at Cayenne bar in Bukoto was hosted by Smirnoff Vodka, which is also promoting his album.

The unique music experience gave fans a special opportunity to listen to the new album with Mr. Eazi as well as be treated to a special performance by the artist.

He performed songs like Pour Me Water and Property as well as collaborations with artists such as Simi, Burna Boy, Chronixx and Maleek Berry.

Mr. Eazi also announced the launch of his emPawa Program, meant to empower Africa’s young and undiscovered music talent to global success. The accelerator program will empower 100 African musicians annually drawing from a USD300,000 fund.

East African Records Hosts Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Eva Lazarus Concert

East African Records (EAR), a fresh recording and music distribution label operating across East Africa and based in Uganda, hosted UK reggae and dancehall unit Mungo’s Hi Fi and their lead artist Eva Lazarus, who are on an East African tour to Uganda and later Kenya. The group put up a reggae concert on 9th November at The Square in Kampala and another at Pit Stop in Jinja on 10th November.

The Kampala concert was headlined by the Mungo’s Hi Fi and Eva Lazarus from the UK, alongside Nazizi from Kenya and Ziggy Dee, C Wayne Nalukalala, Blessed San and other Ugandan reggae sensations. DJs Ska Face and Kriss Kross played music in intervals and premiered new music from East African Records, including a remake of Mic ya Ziggy Dee and Nazizi’s Love Automatic, all recreated by Mungo’s Hi Fi producers.

The Jinja concert at Pit Stophad an even longer lineup of fans to see the headliners joined by DJ Shiru and hip-hop newbies K Van and Recho Ray. Both concerts kicked off at 7pm with a ‘cocktail’ crowd, a mix of rastafari, corporates, and visitors to Uganda. In the crowd were some prominent artists like dancehall king Cindy, and hiphop stars Navio and Flex d Paper, among others. Ziggy D, whose Mic ya Ziggy D hit from the early 2000s is still a club banger, performed the new version of the song and everyone was on their feet.

The party went on till late. East African Records director David Cecil says: “The concert was highly entertaining for those people who either knew Mungo’s Hi Fi before or those who are seriously into reggae dancehall music and not just local reggae or dancehall. This was a concert for dedicated reggae dancehall fans. We got very strong feedback; people came from as far as Rwanda, a Scottish crowd excited to see their local heroes performing in Kampala, plus Ugandan reggae lovers. We were happy to host a crowd that was diverse. The crowd was energetic, Eva’s performance was massive, and there were also outstanding performances from C Wayne Nalukalala who is super professional and set for good things. He is set for a release with Mungo’s Hi Fi next year, Blessed San did his usual freestyles and we had cameos from Navio and Flex d Paper, and Ziggy D shut down the show.

It was all great energy” On the concerts and making music with Ugandan artists, lead producer for Mungo’s Hi Fi, Tomsays: “We are glad that we came. It was a great party and we loved the energy and meeting the reggae scene in Kampala, including Cindy Sanyu who was wowed by the music and later came to the studio with us, so expect new great music soon! She is professional, fun to work with and takes her music very seriously. We recorded some good stuff with her and we may soon have a Cindy hit that crosses over Scotland and Uganda. We have also recorded with Ziggy D and are excited to share the music.”

The tour continues to Kenya this weekend where two shows are scheduled to happen: at K1Clubhouse on Friday 16th in Nairobi and in Kilifi at Distant Relatives on the 17th. Following the Ugandan concerts, East African Records brought Mungo’s Hi Fi into their Muyenga-based studio, and is planning to release new music made in collaboration with the Ugandan artists as soon as it is ready. Eva Lazarus also shot her Babylon Raid music video in Kampala.


First ever Banyankore Kweterana Festival to rock Uganda Museum

Grants and Projects Consult (U) Ltd, a registered company in Uganda is organizing the Banyankore Kweterana Event on 30th December, 2018 at the Uganda National Museum beginning at 9:00am to 11:00pm.

The Banyankore people are filled with candor, gracefulness, compassion, warmth and inclination to peace and progress.

The event is purely a social networking event for the people hailing from Ankole, their families, friends and well-wishers and those who wish to know and mingle with the Ankole identities.

The event will be attended by about 15,000 people and will be hallmarked by cultural foods, drinks, arts, performances, music and showcasing the Banyankore rising entertainment stars fused with the urban/modern gig.

People who will attend this event will experience multiple layers of Banyankore culture that will leave them gaping with wonder and pleasure.

The event will be characterized by vibrant and eventful unparalleled feast of music, dance, storytelling (okugana, okushakuza and okwevuga), theatre, film, and visual arts from renowned and upcoming artists from Ankole.

There will be competition for reading the Runyankore literature (empaka z’okushoma ebitabo by’orunyankore for both young and old such as the famous Kengero and Rutaro and Abagyenda Bareeba.

There will also be okwega engyesho, n’emicwe y’abanyankore in the fields such as;- enganda Z’Ankore, ethno-medicine, cosmetology, cultivated plants, foods, folklore, arts, crafts, traditional songs and dances, costumes, modeling and much more educative fun.

Children will also be treated to many plays such as okuzana embarasasa, okuguruka akacurabembe, omwesho, okwepena and many more.

People will be served with the Ankole traditional favorite dishes and cuisine such as eshabwe, kitaama, akaro k’omunyungu egoya, ekijamba ky’omunyungu, obushera bwentezo, ekitiribita (omufunguro), tonto and many others.

Exhibitions of the Banyankore items will characterize the event and this will truly become a highlight on Banyankore’s social and cultural calendar and will gradually develop into an important annual social and cultural event for the Banyankore in the Kampala Capital City as well as other cities and municipalities.

Grants and Projects Consult (U) Ltd has a wealth of expertise and experience in organizing such events and will coordinate with the relevant agencies to have a peaceful and memorable event.

Looking forward to enjoying this day with Banyankore and their well wishers..

Mr. Eazi launches ‘Lagos to London’ album in Kampala

Renowned for his unique style of music which he refers to as Banku music, Mr. Eazi jetted into Kampala to launch his third studio album titled ‘Lagos to London’.

The third studio album features songs like Pour Me Water and Property as well as collaborations with artists such as Simi, Burna Boy, Chronixx and Maleek Berry.

Mr. Eazi launched the album in Kampala at a press briefing at Naguru Skyz Hotel. The artist is on a worldwide tour to promote his music which he believes will bridge the cultural gap by infusing Afro flavor with global sounds.

In Uganda, the album is being promoted in association with Smirnoff Vodka who will host an exclusive listeners party with the artist at Cayenne. The unique music experience gives fans a special opportunity to listen to the new album with Mr. Eazi as well as be treated to a special performance by the artist.

This is Mr. Eazi’s second visit to Uganda following last year’s largely successful Bell Jamz West Africa to Kampala concert, during which he shared a stage with Nigerian artist, Tekno. The concert also helped build the artist’s fan base in Uganda which is the reason he stated for visiting Kampala to promote the new album.

Mr. Eazi also announced the launch of his emPawa Program, meant to empower Africa’s young and undiscovered music talent to global success. The accelerator program will empower 100 African musicians annually drawing from a USD300,000 fund.

To participate, artists will be required to upload a video showcasing their talent to their Instagram account under the hash tag emPawa. Each artists’ submission will be reviewed by top industry experts from across Africa. From all entries, 100 artists will be selected to move onto the next stage of the programme and share a $300,000 fund.

Each of the 100 hand-picked artists will receive $3000, with $1000 being invested to create a high quality music video of their submission track. Each of the artists’ videos will be placed on Mr. Eazi’s YouTube channel ‘Detty TV’ along with the emPawa social media platforms, creating further exposure for the artist.

From the 100 artists, 10 will be specially selected to undergo mentorship in an incubator program enlightening them on how to grow their brands, export and monetize their music.

The emPawa program, features an all-star team of acclaimed artists and music producers including Mr. Eazi, Diplo and Raye who will participate in grooming and mentoring the young talent. The artist is working with Malembe, a local music promoter to boost awareness of the new album in Uganda.