The Independent (Kampala)

15 July 2011

Uganda: Warid, National Airline Offer Free Tickets

Warid Telecom and Air Uganda have partnered to offer free tickets to their customers. To win the tickets customers are required to load Warid airtime of Shs 1,000 or more and instantly enter the draw. The promotion will pick 100 winners every week and the promotion lasts for a period of eight weeks effective July 7.

Speaking at the launch of the promotion at Entebbe International Airport on July 7, Warid Chief Commercial Officer Shailendra Naidu said winners will get tickets to travel to Zanzibar, Mombasa, Nairobi, Dar-es-salaam and Kigali courtesy of Air Uganda.

All winners will be contacted through the mobile number 0705 555 555, according to Shailendra, who also warned customers to watch out for fraudsters. Hugh Fraser, the Air Uganda CEO, said the partnership with Warid Telecom would enable more of the public to experience Air Uganda's flights for the first

Star Times TV goes mobile

MTN Uganda and Star Times Television are partnering to enable customers of Star Times TV to pay for the service using MTN mobile money.

Speaking at the launch of the program at Star Times TV offices in Kampala last week, Richard Mwami, MTN's head of Public Access and Mobile Money, said the company is continuing to provide MTN customers with a wide range of services to benefit them.

Simon Arinaitwe, the Star Times TV Country sales manager, said their customers can now renew their monthly subscription without having to visit their offices physically.

With over 65,000 customers across the country so far, Star Times TV is positive that it will realise positive results out of the program since MTN serves a bigger number of customers through its mobile money service.

Ernest & Young gets new boss

Muhammed Ssempijja has been appointed Country Leader of Ernst & Young Certified Public Accountants of Uganda. He takes over from John Muhaise Bikalemesa.

Ssempijja will be in charge of managing the operations of Ernst & Young in Uganda and providing strategic business leadership. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position, having worked for the last 18 years in a variety of senior management positions in Auditing, Financial planning, Tax supervision and Tax advisory services.

Ssempijja joined the firm in 1999 as a Tax Supervisor and became Tax partner in the Kampala office in July 2006, a role he will continue to execute. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Makerere University; is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) UK; a member of CPAU and a founder Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda.

Britam enters insurance market

Britam Insurance Company Ltd has officially launched its operations in Uganda.

Speaking at the launch at Kampala Serena Hotel on July 7, David Kuria the company's general manager, said, "We are committed to serve all Ugandans, we expect a lot of business to go on especially with the discovery of oil, we expect a lot of money to flow into the country."

Britam Insurance, a sister company to British American Insurance Company (Kenya) Ltd, is undertaking corporate insurance policies including life and non-life businesses. Kuria said they know there are already 22 insurance firms on the market, "but we will work hard to become number one."

The CEO of Uganda Insurance Commission Ibrahim Kaddunabbi Lubega, said the firm will add a wealth of experience to the insurance sector in Uganda and the region as a whole.

"The coming of Britam Insurance Company is a welcome move as we work towards the full integration of all members of the EAC into the Common Market," Kaddunabbi said.

He said government is working on several measures to improve the growth of insurance sector, including the amendment of the Insurance Act.

NSSF gets hi-tech service

The National Social Security Fund has launched a new service dubbed, NSSF GO. The service will offer a mobile phone SMS service through which a contributor will send the word NSSF to 6773 and get access to contributions and balances on their mobile phones. Also, the e-statements service will enable members to access their detailed statements online through the NSSF website, www.nssfug.org.

The new NSSF call centre has a toll free line, 0800 286773, where registered members NSSF would call and get information at no cost. The Facebook page will be a platform for interaction between NSSF and the contributors. The MD Richard Byarugaba said that the new service aims at improving service delivery to members, who will no longer have to go over to their offices to access their statements or check their balances.

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