Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with AfriGreen Sustain Company to manage plastic waste in Gulu Municipality

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda signed an MOU with AfriGreen Sustain, a waste management social enterprise that is deviating Gulu’s solid waste management sector into an environmentally and economically sustainable model.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Gulu, The Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda Public Affairs and Communications Manager Maureen Kyomuhendo said the partnership with Afrigreen Sustain is to enable mobilize the community to become aware of the dangers of plastic waste, as well as encourage the community to turn the challenge into job creation and income generation for the youth. It should be noted that in early 2018, the Coca-Cola Company made a commitment to work towards creating a #WorldWithoutWaste “The Coca-Cola Company and all its bottling partners are leading the industry to help collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one we sell by 2030. We’re working to bring people together to help us collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one we sell” Partnerships such as these bring us closer to our goal.

Maureen further urged the youths to embrace plastic management as an option to earning a living and a source employment for them.

On his part, Afrigreen Sustain founder and team leader Peter Okwoko said the partnership will help curb problems of plastic waste in Gulu Municipality which is soon turning into city that will come with increase in population that therefore comes with increase in use of products packed in plastics.

Okwoko added that the partnership will create employment to the youths in Gulu town. He thanked Coco-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda for the initiative and said their intervention in supporting plastic waste management in Gulu Municipality is timely and they shall work hard to ensure a visible difference in Gulu and the surrounding areas in a short period of time. We call upon other companies to emulate Coca-Cola`s example.

The biggest challenge with plastic waste management in Uganda is improper disposal mechanism and lack of recycling industries in the country. In Uganda, through Plastic Recycling Industries, an initiative of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, we are working hard to achieve the World Without Waste goal. In 2019, we collected 62% of all the plastic we sold as CCBA.

It is estimated that at least 600 tonnes of plastics are consumed every day in Uganda and most of them are disposed of in irresponsibly.

Pictorial: Guinness Smooth launched in Uganda

Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) introduced their new Guinness variant Guinness Smooth in a luxurious ceremony held at the Kampala Serena Hotel gardens on Saturday night.


During the Launch, t
he Guinness Global Master Brewer Peter Simpson who played a major role in the making of Guinness Smooth took the invited guests through the four Flavour Rooms that speak to the character of the new beer.

The rooms included the Bittersweet Room, the Bold Room, the Rich Room and the Refreshing Room where consumers were let in on the sight, flavour, feel and taste of the new beer.

They were taken through the perfect serve for a Guinness Smooth, tasting and appreciating the perfect balance of sweet (butterscotch and toffee flavours) and bitter, and also smelling the chocolatey-coffee aromas and rich notes from roasted barley.

Speaking to guests, Mr Simpson commended Ugandans’love for the famous black liquid and couldn’t hide his excitement about people finally tasting a product that he has worked on with Ugandan brewers for a very long time.

“I cannot mention how proud I am that you all get to taste Guinness Smooth today. It is every brewer’s dream to see people taste his creation,” he said, before imploring guests to toast to Arthur Guinness who first brewed the world-renowned beer in 1759.

“Brands that don’t innovate don’t survive. 261 years and counting, this is the first innovation extension or variant of brand Guinness in Uganda. This right here is history in the making,” UBL’s Marketing Director Juliana Kaggwa said at the event.

“We are giving young vibrant millennials an opportunity to join the family of Guinness through a variant called Smooth. The brand is smooth and therefore easy on the tongue,” Ms Kaggwa said.

She noted that people have different palates and Guinness Smooth is a variant that maintains the full-bodiedcharacter of Guinness, though with bitter-sweet undertones. It is a beer with a distinctively smooth and refreshing taste,” she said.

The night also featured performances from Uganda’s very own soul star Maurice Kirya and Sheebah Karungi, arguably the hottest female artiste in the land who took guests on  musical rollercoaster of some of her hits songslike Mummy Yo, Enyanda and Sweet Sensation, her banger with Nigerian star Orezi.

With the frothy, but smoother version of Guinness flowing endlessly, it was indeed as smooth life for guests and there were no “janworries” of having to dig into their pockets as it was on the house.

Guinness Master Brewer in town ahead of big Launch tomorrow

The Guinness Master Brewer, Peter Simpson is in town ahead of the launch of the new Guinness variant Guinness Smooth a beer that has hit the Ugandan market like a wave ever since it was first introduced earlier this week.

Simpson who has been very fundamental in the making of this particular variant will officially launch the product in a luxurious function that is slated to take place tomorrow Saturday January 25, at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

Based at St James Gate Brewery, the home of Guinness in Dublin, Simpson who joined the brewery 12 years ago prides himself in having been part of the brewing process of not only Guinness Smooth but many other Guinness variants around the world.

I have been working closely with the local brewing team here in Uganda to develop the liquid and make sure that we have a truly unique product that is perfect for everyone to enjoy when out to catch up with friends, this is a new expression of Guinness, crafted with Ugandan consumers in mind, you need to try it” said Simpson.

Simpson is also part of a Guinness initiative that encourages innovation by its talented team of expert brewers tasked with creating new products like the Guinness Smooth & Hop House 13 and exploring new recipes while drawing inspiration from the two and a half centuries of expertise contained in the Guinness archives.

Western Union and Airtel Money Collaborate to Facilitate Real-Time Cross-border Money Transfers into Africa

15 million Airtel Money mobile wallet users in 14 countries to have capability to route any money transfer received from across the world into their wallets.

Customers around the world will have the capability to push funds directly to an Airtel Money mobile wallet in real-time

Airtel Africa plc (“Airtel Africa” or “Group”), a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services, and Western Union, a leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments, today announced a strategic agreement to offer Western Union’s cross-border capability viathe Airtel Money wallet, enabling customers to move money in real-time across 14 countries in Africa .

The collaboration with Airtel Africa will enable more than 15 million Airtel Money mobile wallet users in Nigeria, Uganda, Gabon, Tanzania, Zambia, DRC, Malawi, Madagascar, Kenya, Congo, Niger, Tchad, Rwanda and Seychelles to simply route any money transfer received from across the world into their wallets. The service will allow users to send and receive Western Union Money Transfer transactions using their Airtel Money accounts. They can also use the funds to pay bills and merchants, top-up airtime and send money domestically and internationally. Service launch is expected in the course of 2020. 

Global senders will also be able to direct international money transfers to Airtel Money mobile wallets using Western Union’s digital services in 75 countries plus territories, or the walk-in Agent network across more than 200 countries and territories.

Western Union’s unique ability to partner with a growing base of tech leaders is helping Africa to connect to the global financial system and enables African companies like Airtel to pursue their global ambitions. It also drives financial inclusion and improve last mile access for millions of unbanked Africans to financial services,” said Western Union President and CEO, Hikmet Ersek.

“Sub-Saharan Africa is leading the way globally in mobile money and digital technology and is allowing the continent to leapfrog traditional barriers to development and accelerate economic growth. We are delighted to be part of this success story by leveraging our inclusive omnichannel approach and core assets – including global settlement capabilities, network,compliance and technology systems – to enable international cross border money transfers and payments,” Ersek said.     

Raghunath Mandava, CEO of Airtel Africa, said, “We are very excited to partner with Western Union to offer Airtel Money customers better access to one of the world’s largest money transfer organisations. International remittances into Africa are a lifeline to some of our customers. This partnership will give our customers the convenience and security of directly receiving and sending remittances from their Airtel mobile money wallets. They will now be automatically credited and debited via their Airtel mobile money wallets on their phone and can immediately access the funds to pay bills or merchants and transfer funds to family and friends or convert to cash from the widespread Airtel Money agents, kiosks and branches.”

This tie up with Western Union adds to other tie ups that Airtel Africa has already put in place to help customers get inflows from across the world.

Sub-Saharan Africa is a home to the world’s largest free trade area and a 1.2 billion-person market, the continent is poised to create an entirely new development path harnessing the potential of its resources and people, according to the World Bank1. GSMA2 project that in 2025, there will be nearly 6 billion unique subscribers, 5 billion mobile internet users and adoption of smartphones will reach nearly 80%.

UBL Running out of trees relay set for Feb 7th 2020

Preparations are in high gear for the 2 days “Running out of Trees” relay from Kampala to Gulu.

The relay that will have 33 high profile and diverse runners run 10 kilometers each, is set to take place on Feb 7th and 8th February 2020. Flag off will be at Parliament.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Water and Environment Alfred Okot Okidi and Uganda Breweries Legal and Corporate relations director Charity Ekudu Kiyemba during the launch of the “Running out of trees” campaign in October

The “Running out of Trees Campaign” spearheaded by Uganda Breweries Limited in partnership with Ministry of Water and Environment, was launched in October 2019.

The campaign seeks to rally Corporate Companies to come together and respond to the growing concern of deforestation in the country.

So far, a number of companies have come on board to support the campaign including Liberty Assurance which recently handed over a cheque of UGX 5,000,000 to UBL towards the run. Other companies include TOTAL Uganda and StanbicUganda among others.

The Managing Director Liberty Life Assurance Joseph Almeida and Country Head of Health, Frank Tindyebwa hand over a dummy cheque worth UGX 5, 000,000 to David Onyango, Uganda Breweries Corporate Relations Manager

The objective of this run is to rally every Ugandan to embrace April 25, 2020, the national day of tree planting on which 40million people in Uganda will be expected to plant and grow at least one tree.

DPP withdraws malicious criminal case against Angella Katatumba

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has withdrawn and dropped charges of; criminal tresspass, impersonation, obtaining money by false pretense and fraud maliciously levied on Angella Katatumba by Mukesh Shukula aka Shumuk in yet another failed attempt to gain ownership of Hotel Diplomate Muyenga.

It is public knowledge that H.E Prof Boney Katatumba won his property cases against Shumuk at Commercial court.

The Honorable Justice Peter Henry Adonyo ruled very harshly against Shumuk ordering him to put all the titles back into the names of Boney Katatumba of which Shumuk fraudulently put in his names.

The titles are for the properties of Katatumba Suites, Hotel Diplomate Muyenga and Katatumba’s 200 acre Island in Banda, Kalangala.
The judge further ordered Shumuk to pay Katatumba 54 Billion for the balance he owes Katatumba at Katatumba Suites. Shumuk appealed and was granted a stay of execution. The reason why he has not yet been thrown out of Katatumba Suites.

Shumuk then resorted to opening the same case that he lost, using forgeries that he is currently standing trial for at Buganda Road Court. He has so far opened cases against Angella Katatumba at; Makindye court, Lands at High Court and Execution Division, all of which he has miserably lost, in the hopes of gaining possession of Hotel Diplomaté.

The most recent case he opened against Angella Katatumba was a Private prosecution case at Makindye. The charge sheet was full of trumped up and bogus charges against Angella Katatumba of; criminal trespass, obtaining money by false pretense, cheating and impersonation at Hotel Diplomaté.

The DPP, the Honourable Justice Mike Chibita, noted that Shumuk was maliciously targeting Angella Katatumba and he then withdrew the case against Angella Katatumba and dropped all the charges of which, Makindye court then acquitted her.

Why you should book yourself at the new Eric Wilkins Apartments

Eric Wilkins apartments are a new home away from home and are now open to anyone who is interested. 
The apartments are located in different parts in and around Kampala. Eric Wilkins apartments first have been made affordable considering it will be a place everyone would love to spend, a day, week, month or even make home. They have been confirmed for tranquility and conducive ambiance around the city.

The 2 bedroom lavish apartments are fully furnished and are available for short and long stay. The website has learnt the apartments have availed packages for clients who can stay a day, week, month and even a year. They are located in Nyanama-Bunamwaya, Najjera and Entebbe.
Eric Wilkins apartments have 2 bedrooms, a modern fully equipped kitchen, Luxurious furniture, Spacious living and dining space, Gazebo with outdoor comfy furniture and family lounging shelter, Ample parking space, 24 CCTV surveillance and guaranteed security, Solar powered lights, Well equipped laundry area.
The new apartments are suitable for Couple getaways, Honeymooners, Retreat away from home, Business travelers, Expatriates and much more.
To book, go to www.ericwilkinsapartments.com or ericwilkinsapartments.co.uk or Contact Dauda Ashiraf on +256 785 61 52 65 / +256 702 61 52 65


Fresh Dairy kicks off New Year with Mega Goodies handover

KampalaFresh Dairy has today rewarded the final batch of winners for its Fresh Dairy Recipes challenge with an assortment of goodies to include Fresh Dairy flavoured yoghurt, Brookside fruit yoghurt, Long life UHT milk and flavoured milk.

The final six winners included Martha Kose, Mozes Bibangamba, Lewis Deshan, Mo Ni Que, Maisha and Bree Amollo who received their goodies at the Fresh Dairy offices.

Monica Kulabako – Marketing Coordinator Fresh Dairy ( L) hands over an assortment of Fresh Dairy goodies to Ciolla Nakabiri (L) winner of the Fresh Dairy Recipes- My Food Network challenge on 18th December 2019. The challenge currently running on My Food Network’s Facebook platform is aimed at encouraging people to come up with exciting recipes that include usage of Fresh Dairy products

 

The Fresh Dairy Recipes challenge which was run by My Food Network, a Facebook foodie platform for over a month now, climaxed during the festive season with an aim of showcasing authentic recipes by actual people in Uganda that incorporated Fresh Dairy products in cooking to include butter, ghee, plain yoghurt, fresh milk, fresh cream and Brookside fruit yoghurt.

Marketing Manager, Brookside Limited – Vincent Omoth said, ‘At Fresh Dairy we produce healthy and nutritious products that are ideal nutrition boosters for the whole family. Running this Fresh Dairy Recipes challenge during the 2019 festive season encouraged people to creatively cook while developing healthy recipes for the whole family using Fresh Dairy products to make pastries, barbecues and roasts, stir fried rice and chicken, smoothies and meal accompaniments among others.’

Omoth further noted that all winners were rewarded for not simply downloading internet images, but actually preparing healthy and nutritious meals for their families using Fresh Dairy products.

Omoth thanked all participants for taking part in the challenge and noted that Fresh Dairy will continue coming up with exciting promotions to encourage people to adopt healthy and nutritious lifestyles.

Uganda signs millions of pounds worth of commercial deals at UK-Africa Investment Summit

The UK-Africa Investment Summit held in London on 20th January laid the foundation for new partnerships between the UK and African nations based on trade, investment, shared values and mutual interest.

Billions of pounds of new commercial deals were announced, highlighting the strength of the UK’s offer and existing relationship with Africa.

Deals signed between UK companies and Uganda at the summit include a £185m export contract for Lagan Group to upgrade Kampala Industrial Business Park and a £80m deal for Nexus Green to export solar powered water pumping systems for irrigation in Uganda. Unatrac also won a £1.5m export contract to supply machinery for Ugandan roads.

The UK also announced new initiatives and funding, which will strengthen the joint trading relationship, and support African countries in their ambition to transform their economies. A major new partnership with the city of London was announced, along with a landmark new partnership with five African countries, including Uganda, to mobilise private sector investment in quality and, environmentally friendly infrastructure projects.

Taken together these projects and initiatives will help realise the UK’s ambition to be the investment partner of choice for Africa, will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and ensure mutual prosperity.

In total 27 deals worth over £6.5bn from across the African markets were signed at the Summit. The deals span a variety of sectors including infrastructure, energy, retail and technology, and will deliver high-quality investment, jobs and growth.

Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss MP said:

Africa represents a huge opportunity for UK businesses, so it’s brilliant to see so many British firms paving the way in trading and investing in the region today to drive growth, create jobs and boost vital infrastructure.

“We want the UK to be the investment partner of choice for African nations, and our world-leading expertise in finance, tech, and innovation, makes the UK and Africa natural partners for prosperity.

“The deals announced today show the massive potential of UK-Africa trade and the programs we’ve announced will be critical to ensuring UK and African businesses are able to capitalise on trade and investment opportunities, now and in the future.”

The diverse and fast-growing economies of Africa offer huge potential to UK business. Over £36 billion worth of trade is already happening between the UK and Africa. The deals today show how we are building on that to secure a lasting commercial partnership of mutual benefit.

The UK’s world-leading expertise on finance, technology, innovation, and our commitment to clean growth make the UK and Africa natural partners for prosperity’.

Shell customers win big in 10 weeks of Cheer promotion

Kampala: Over 2,000 customers have so far been rewarded with fuel worth over UGX80 million in the ongoing 10 weeks of Cheer promotion by Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda.

The national promotion which is targeted at all motorists including boda riders, taxi drivers, private motorists and truck drivers was announced in December to reward customers for their loyalty during the festive season.

“For the past 3 weeks, we have been running daily draws at participating Shell stations generating over 2,000 winners who have received various prizes which include fuel worth UGX50,000 for general motorists, UGX15,000 for riders and household groceries. Weekly jackpot winners have received UGX500,000 worth of fuel for general motorists and UGX50,000 for riders,” said Mark Mutungi, the Fuels Brand Manager at Vivo Energy Uganda.

For every UGX 50,000 spent on Shell fuels, lubricants or shop services, customers receive a draw entry coupon at any of the participating Shell service stations. Thereafter, customers are required to scratch their draw entry coupon to reveal a unique code and SMS both the code and their vehicle registration plate number to 8008 for a chance to win.

Through weekly draws, 10 lucky jackpot winners walk away with UGX 500,000 worth of fuel each.

Marvin Genza, a customer who purchased fuel worth UGX50,000 could not believe his luck upon receiving the UGX500,000 fuel jackpot prize. “This is a great start to the year and I thank Shell for this prize that will sustain me through the rough January blues. I encourage all customers to participate and win.”

“The promotion is ongoing and will run until 16 February with activations spread countrywide at 105 Shell stations. I encourage our customers to participate to stand a chance to win over UGX500 million worth of prizes left,” Mutungi added.