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Mwenge South and Kyaka County Secure Spots in Tooro Kingdom MTN Masaza Cup Finals.

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In a riveting display of skill and determination, Mwenge South County and Kyaka County have emerged triumphant in the semi-final stage of the Tooro Kingdom MTN Masaza Cup, earning their places in the highly anticipated championship showdown.

Mwenge South Clinches Victory:

Mwenge South County, hailing from Kyenjojo district, showcased their prowess on Sunday, securing their place in the finals with a resounding 2-0 victory over Mwenge North at Katoosa playground. The action-packed encounter saw Wafula Solomon strike gold in the 44th minute of the first half, setting the tone for their dominance. Eric Mirembe sealed the deal with a winning goal in the second half, solidifying Mwenge South’s triumph. The aggregate score of 3-1 over the two-leg tie earned Mwenge South the well-deserved ticket to the championship clash.

The first leg match between the two teams had ended in a 1-1 draw, showcasing the fierce competition that characterized their battle for supremacy. Mwenge South’s head coach, Musaabe Seezi, expressed his team’s determination to seize the coveted trophy, emphasizing their rigorous preparation and unwavering focus.

Crowds after the Kyaka County vs Burahya County semi final game.

Kyaka County’s Impressive Journey Continues:

Kyaka County, the reigning champions from the previous edition of the tournament, showcased their mettle yet again. In a nail-biting second-leg match against Burahya County on Friday, Kyaka demonstrated remarkable defensive resilience, holding Burahya to a 0-0 draw at Humura playground. This hard-fought stalemate, coupled with their previous 3-1 victory in the first leg, secured Kyaka’s passage to the finals with an aggregate score of 3-1.

Goalkeeper Geoffrey Mucunguzi’s outstanding saves and a steadfast defense led by center-back Fred Ategeka and Captain Richard Mugume thwarted Burahya’s attempts to breach their ranks. Kyaka’s head coach, Innocent Barigye, lauded the performance of striker Hatwisa Felix, whose relentless pursuit of the goal was a standout feature of the match.

Epic Showdown Looms:

The stage is set for a thrilling championship showdown on August 12th at Buhinga Stadium in Fort Portal City, where Mwenge South County and Kyaka County will vie for the prestigious MTN Masaza Cup trophy. The anticipation is palpable as these two formidable teams prepare to leave their all on the field, fueled by a burning desire to emerge victorious.

Amidst the exhilarating football action, another exciting spectacle is in store for fans. Bicycle racing finalists from the nine counties of the Tooro Kingdom, sponsored by MTN, will compete in two categories: ordinary and sports bicycles. The winners of these races will be awarded cash prizes of Shs 1.5 million and Shs 1 million, respectively, adding an extra layer of excitement to the festivities.

The Tooro Kingdom Sports Minister, Wandera Michael, announced that these thrilling events will take place alongside the championship match, graced by the presence of King Oyo himself as the chief guest. The finals promise to be a grand celebration of talent, unity, and spirited competition within the Tooro Kingdom.

As the countdown to August 12th continues, fans, players, and supporters are gearing up for a historic showdown that will undoubtedly etch its mark in the annals of the Tooro Kingdom MTN Masaza Cup’s rich history. With the coveted MTN Masaza Cup trophy and substantial cash prizes on the line, Mwenge South and Kyaka County are poised to deliver a spectacle that will captivate and inspire all those who bear witness.

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Benon and Vamposs share rehearsal teaser videos

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The much-awaited fifth episode of Tusker Malt Conversessions is about to drop, and oh boy, it’s going to be a musical rollercoaster like no other!

The teaser videos that have been circulated on social media have left fans tapping their feet in anticipation as the dynamic duo, Benon and Vamposs, gear up to deliver a heart-warming episode.

The teaser gives us a sneak peek into the rehearsals where Benon, with his signature smile, promises fans, “just be ready for surprises, and I think people should expect a premium Benon & Vamposs.”

These two maestros have been instrumental in shaping the Ugandan music scene, and now they’re back to spill the beans on their journey, success, and maybe a bit of their infamous banter.

“The creative process has been hectic; we still have the chemistry, and I think it’s something that comes from performing together for a long time and the many years we have crafted our art…,” reveals Benon in the teaser.

But it’s not all serious. Vamposs can be heard poking fun at Benon’s love life, adding a dash of humour to the mix. “I don’t see where you even got this love that you are writing about except lying to this crowd,” he jokes.

On a more sombre note, Vamposs shares, “We have a lot of different stories. We are working with the band to see how mellow we can get. It’s not going to be all that rough,” hinting at a different stage presence which will be more intimate in comparison to their usual vibrant performances.

Music lovers should save the date; Sunday, March 3. The fifth episode of Tusker Malt Conversessions featuring Benon & Vamposs will be live on the Tusker Malt and Swangz Avenue YouTube channel at 6 pm. Don’t miss out on the chance to witness the magic, the music, and the memories.

You can also catch up on previous episodes featuring the likes of Kenneth Mugabi, Lilian Mbabazi, The Mith, and Juliana both YouTube pages.

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Ronald Mayinja reveals the inspiration behind his classic song “Necklace”

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Renowned Ugandan singer Ronald Mayinja has shared the story behind his popular song “Necklace.” Born in 1976 in Benja-Gomba, Ronald Mayinja has produced numerous hit songs throughout his career.

Necklace, in particular, has remained one of the favourites among fans, especially those in love. At a press conference for his upcoming concert Old is Gold Mayinja at 49, the singer disclosed that the inspiration for the song came from his girlfriend Julie.

Julie, who attended boarding school while Mayinja was in day school, sparked his fears of losing her to someone else. He penned down “Necklace” as a request for her to entrust her necklace to him to cherish in her absence.

However, after receiving advice from Mariam Ndagire, Mayinja decided to make the song more relatable by expanding its meaning beyond his personal experience.

He hence created a song that resonated with anyone who has ever been in a long-distance relationship or felt the ache of missing someone they love.

He crafted lyrics that painted a vivid picture of two souls yearning for each other’s presence, using the metaphor of a necklace to symbolize the connection they shared.

Over the years, “Necklace” has remained a timeless classic in Ugandan music. Its universal theme and emotional resonance have allowed it to transcend time and continue to touch the hearts of listeners, regardless of age or background.

Mayinja’s decision to expand the song’s scope and make it relatable to a wider audience proved to be a stroke of genius, cementing his status as a celebrated veteran musician in Uganda.

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MTN Uganda| CEO’s congratulatory article for UCC@25

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MTN Uganda congratulates UCC on its silver jubilee.

Sylvia Mulinge, CEO of MTN Uganda spoke to our journalist about the significance of the Uganda Communications Commission’s 25-year celebrations. UCC regulates the communications sector, which includes telecommunications, broadcasting, radio communication, postal communications, data communication and infrastructure.

Below are excerpts of the conversation;

Q: What message would you like to convey to George William Nyombi Thembo on his appointment as the Executive Director of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and to UCC as they celebrate 25 years?

A: We extend our heartfelt congratulations to George William Nyombi Thembo and the entire team at the Uganda Communications Commission on their 25th anniversary. Their dedication and leadership have played a pivotal role in shaping Uganda’s telecommunications landscape and driving digital transformation. We look forward to continued collaboration with the UCC in advancing our shared goals of connectivity, innovation, and economic empowerment for all Ugandans. Cheers to 25 years of excellence, and here’s to many more years of success ahead!

Q. Let’s delve into some of the milestones achieved in partnership with the UCC. Firstly, could you elaborate on MTN Uganda’s support for UCC’s projects such as the Uganda Film Awards?

A: Thank you. Indeed, our partnership with the UCC has been instrumental in driving initiatives like the Uganda Film Awards. At MTN Uganda, we believe in the power of youth and creativity in propelling Uganda’s development forward. Supporting platforms like the Uganda Film Awards not only celebrates local talent but also empowers the youth to showcase their creativity on a global stage.

Q: That’s commendable. Another area where MTN Uganda has made significant contributions is the Uganda Communications Universal Service and Access Fund (UCUSAF). Could you shed some light on MTN’s involvement with UCUSAF and its impact?

A: MTN Uganda has always been committed to bridging the digital divide and ensuring that all Ugandans have access to essential communication services, because we believe everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life. Since its inception Our contribution of UGX 36 billion alone to the Uganda Communication Universal Service and Access Fund in 2023 underscores this commitment. This investment has facilitated the expansion of communication infrastructure to underserved communities, ultimately enhancing connectivity and socio-economic development across the country.

Q: Let’s shift gears now to the groundbreaking announcement of MTN Uganda being granted 5G spectrum license by the UCC. What does this milestone mean for MTN Uganda and the country’s digital landscape?

A: Receiving the first 5G spectrum license from the UCC is a testament to our shared vision of driving economic growth and empowerment in the digital era. Embracing 5G technology opens up a world of possibilities for Uganda, from attracting more investments to fostering innovation and positioning the country as a digital hub in the region. We are excited about the prospects that 5G promises and remain committed to leveraging this technology to transform lives and businesses across Uganda. It’s these collaborations that inspire our brand’s clarion call that together, we are unstoppable in the pursuit of common aspirations to progress our communities.

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