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MTN applauds Uganda for stable and predictable policy.



Yolanda Cuba, the MTN Uganda Vice President for South and Eastern Africa has

commended government of Uganda for putting in place a stable and predictable policy

environment as she delivered opening remarks at the second Uganda – South Africa Trade

and Investment Summit in Munyonyo, Kampala.

She said government appreciates that the private sector must get return on investment.

“In most countries, they roll out the red carpet. Then, they roll out the red tape. But Uganda

appreciates that we must get return on investment. If there is an agreement, it gets honored

and that’s important for business,” Cuba said.

“She added: “Uganda was our third market to launch into when we were starting to roll out.

Today, there are 18 million Ugandans connected to our voice and data services and there are

11 million Ugandans using our Mobile Money services. That has happened because of the

great collaboration with the government of Uganda.”

Cuba explained that having the right partners in place and having the right regulatory

environment to be able to do business has pivotal to MTN success. She pointed out that due

to this clarity of policy, MTN received spectrum allocation and launched 5G – the first to do

so in Uganda, in record time.

The first session of the Uganda-South Africa Trade and Investment Summit was held in

February 2023 during the State visit of H.E President Yoweri K. Museveni to South Africa.

During that meeting their Excellences, President Cyril Rwamaphosa and President Yoweri K.

Museveni approved the convening and hosting of the second session of the Uganda-South

Africa Trade and Investment Summit in Kampala, which has just concluded in Munyonyo.

More than 50 companies were represented at the second Uganda- South Africa trade and

investment summit

The Summit was attended by Hon. Thoko Didiza, Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and

Rural Development, Hon. Mondli Gungubele, Minister of Communication and Digital

Technologies, and Hon. Nomalungelo Gina, Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and

Competition from the Republic of South Africa.

On the Ugandan side was Hon. John Mulimba, Minister of State for Regional Cooperation,

Hon. Bright Rwamirama, Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Hon. Peter Lokeris,

Minister of State for Mineral Development, Morrisson Rwakakamba, Chairman Uganda

Investment Authority, Odrek Rwabwogo, Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Duties, and

Humphrey Nzeyi, Chairman of the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU).

MTN Uganda was the main sponsor alongside Absa Bank, Stanbic Bank, dfcu Bank, Sanlam,

Multichoice, Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), Uganda Investment Authority (UIA)

and the Presidential Advisory Committee on Exports and Industrial Development (PACEID).

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Tourists cancel bookings after Kasese attack.




The recent attack on a Kasese school has begun having a negative impact on the tourism industry in the Rwenzori region.

Sector players in Kasese district have decried cancellations of bookings by tourists.

In 2019, Kasese District Council passed a motion designating Kases as a tourist district, raising its profile as a tourist destination.

The district is home to fresh water lakes Edward and Georg, Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth, and Mt Rwenzori national parks, and Katwe salt lake, among other unique features.

However, Beno Isuka, the chief Executive officer of the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services, a mountain hiking and tour guide company, says clients have cancelled four trips following the attack.

He says these cancellations mean loss of money from foreign exchange, park fees, transport and local hotel services.

John Hunwicks, of Rwenzori Trekking Services, says many of their clients who had booked and paid up have asked for a refund after the attack.

Early last week, the Uganda Tourism Board, issued a statement, encouraging tourists to treat the attack on Mpondwe Lhubiriha Secondary school as an isolated incident, saying Uganda remains safe under the protection of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF).

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Juliana held her Boundless Concert in front of an elite-studded audience




After eight years largely away from the spotlight, Juliana Kanyomozi returned in a big way last evening at the Serena Hotel.

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Catholic church eulogizes Archbishop Kiwanuka




he Catholic Church in Uganda has eulogized Archbishop Denis Lote Kiwanuka.

Archbishop Kiwanuka, who was the first Bishop of Kotido Diocese and the second Metropolitan of Tororo Archdiocese, passed away on Sunday morning at Nsambya hospital where he had been admitted for weeks battling several illnesses.

On Tuesday, Catholics gathered at Lubaga Cathedral to pray and remember the great works he did for the church and the people that he served. Speaker after speaker eulogized the deceased as a humble, quiet but serious and caring person.

While giving the homily, Kiyinda-Mityana Bishop Dr. Joseph Antony Zziwa, who doubles as the chairperson of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, noted that from birth, Archbishop Kiwanuka grew by grace of God having lost his parents when he was still too young.

“The late Archbishop was raised as an orphan by the little sisters of Mary. He lost his father three months before he was born and his mother passed away when he was one month and three weeks. From that humble background, he rose to heights. He served as a priest for a solid 57 years,” Dr. Zziwa noted.

Bishop Zziwa added that Kiwanuka lived by God’s grace following the beatitudes of a good Christian and always sought a simple life.

He further noted that during his entire life, the deceased always yearned to serve his community without seeking popularity or asserting his authority over others. He added that when Kiwanuka was given episcopate responsibilities, he devoted his life to serving his flock with humility, love, and keeping a cool head even in difficult situations.

Kampala Archbishop Dr. Paul Ssemogerere noted that Archbishop Kiwanuka in his humbleness emphasized education, environment, and development of his people during his tenure as ordinary of Kotido and Tororo.

Ssemogerere asked the faithful in Kotido, Tororo, and Uganda at large to emulate Kiwanuka’s legacy by caring for the environment and seeking quality education.

Tororo Archbishop Emmanuel Obbo said that his predecessor served the church his whole life from childhood in the mission where he grew up to his death as the Archbishop Emeritus of Tororo.

Archbishop Obbo could not forget to ask the Lord to forgive the soul of the deceased if there are any shortcomings that Archbishop Kiwanuka had.

On behalf of the family members, Dr. Abdulhu Byakatonda, who is a grandson of the deceased, noted that the late Archbishop will always be remembered because of his kindness and generosity, and the sense of humor that he used to brighten the days of everyone.

Kiwanuka will be buried at Nyangole Uganda Martyrs Cathedral in Tororo on Thursday with the final requiem mass and interment.

However, before the burial, his body will be taken to Pallisa Catholic Parish where he grew from. There will be a requiem mass at noon.

Archbishop Denis Lote Kiwanuka was born in 1938 to Semutewo Mwanje and Sarah Kasana Namuwoya of Kadumure village, in the present-day Pallisa district. He was the last born in a family with seven elder sisters and eight elder brothers.

The prelate went to Pallisa Primary School, Achilet Preparatory Seminary, St. Pius X, Nagongera Minor Seminary, Nyenga Minor Seminary, and later Ggaba Major Seminary. After his priestly studies, he was ordained in 1965 by Archbishop James Odongo whom he was to replace in the years that followed.

Later he went for further studies in the United States of America where he acquired a Masters Degree in Divinity and another one in education. Upon returning to Uganda, he served in several parishes within Tororo, then a diocese, a curate, parish priest and teacher, and a rector at his Alma mater –Nangongere Minor Seminary.

He served as a pastoral coordinator, diocesan treasurer, and vicar general before he was appointed to be the first bishop of Kotido Diocese.

After several years of pioneering Kotido Diocese, Pope Benedict XVI transferred him back to his mother diocese in 2007, where he served as the second Metropolitan filling the See that had fallen vacant upon the retirement of Archbishop Odongo.

Archbishop Kiwanuka served Tororo until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 in 2014.

Although loved by many for his works and personal conduct, a group of Christians besieged his residence protesting against his refusal to ordain into priesthood an Acholi Labwor deacon. This was during the last days of his service in the Kotido Diocese.

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