MTN to Support Music Concerts for Top Ugandan Artistes.

  • MTN is set to sponsor 6 top Ugandan artistes’ concerts as the country’s music claims its place, at the top in the music industry.
  • Spice Diana, Sheebah Karungi, Fik Fameica, Gravity, Ray G, and Levixone shall each stage concerts with support of MTN Uganda.
  • Get your tickets at a discount through MTN MoMo (at the gate) or follow MTN social media platforms to win free tickets to the concerts.
  • MTN prides itself in being the number one supporter of Ugandan music over the years. 

 

As the biggest supporter of Uganda’s music, MTN Uganda yesterday announced its support for several Ugandan artistes’ music concerts starting this month until early next year. 

At a press conference held at the MTN Headquarters in Kampala, the company hosted the six artistes who are set to benefit from MTN’s sponsorship package. The artistes are; Spice Diana, Sheebah Karungi, Fik Fameica, Gravity, Ray G, and Levixone.

This season of concerts is set to excite Ugandan music fans, following the reopening of the entertainment scene after a two-year lockdown. MTN Uganda, which has over the past years supported Ugandan music and it’s our pride to be “the number one supporters of Uganda music,” said Somdev Sen, MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer.

“We all know that music is one of the biggest passion points in Uganda and as a country, Uganda is blessed with a pool of very talented artistes who make world-class music. We as MTN, are therefore happy to provide a platform which promotes Ugandan music for both the artistes and the fans,” Somdev said.

As part of the sponsorship package offered to the artistes, MTN is subsidizing the concert fees for fans who pay for their concert tickets using MTN MoMo, at the entrance.  To pay for tickets using MoMo, customers simply dial *165*98# or go to the MyMTN app, then select MTN Events and follow the prompts. The total sum of the discounted amount goes to the artiste. For more detail, follow the MTN Uganda social media pages and the hashtag #supportingugmusic and participate in the various 

challenges to win tickets for you and your friends to watch your favorite artistes live in concert starting this weekend. Below are the artistes and their scheduled concert dates

No. Artistes Region Date
1 Ray G South Western – Mbarara Sat 20th August
2 Fik Fameica Central -Kampala Fri 26th August
3 Gravity Central -Kampala Sat 1st October
4 Levixone Central Sat 26th November
5 Spice Diana Central- Kampala Fri 13th January 2022
6 Sheebah Central -Kampala Fri 9th December

 

 

Kamwenge Woman MP Lauds the MTN-Sponsored Tooro Kingdom Bicycle Races

The Kamwenge district Woman MP, Sylvia Bahairera has described the ongoing MTN-sponsored Tooro Kingdom bicycle race competitions as a big achievement for the people of Kamwenge and Tooro Kingdom at large. She said this during the Kamwenge bicycle race that was held yesterday, attracting hundreds of people who poured onto the streets of Kamwenge town to witness the exciting bicycle racing.

By 8 am hundreds of cyclists had assembled at Rugonjo trading center in Kibale county ready to participate in the 20KM race that ended in Kamwenge town.

While presiding over the event, Bahairera said that: “The bicycle race is a very big achievement for both Kamwenge and Tooro kingdom. In some cases, we have only been hearing that different activities are taking place in Fort Portal city but I am happy that today the people of Kamwenge have also benefited, ” Bahairera said shortly before handing over cash prizes to the 10 winners.

The winners in the ordinary bicycle race were; Peter Wabulo, Tumusiime Zadok, Steven Tumuhimbise, Emmanuel Tumukwasize and Emmanuel Bizimana while the sports bike category winners were; Martin Ampaire, Herbert Tumwebaze, Joseph Mugisa, Gwon Ahimbisibwe and Ivan Murungi.

Julius Mwesige who participated in the 20KMs race described the race as massive.

“I feel happy even though I haven’t won. I am proud that I participated and I want to thank MTN and Tooro kingdom officials for the good partnership. Some of the people are seeing the bicycle race for the first time,” he said.

Prof. Denis Mukama Namara the Tooro kingdom education minister said that the kingdom had achieved a lot through the partnership with MTN.

“As a kingdom our people have benefited a lot from MTN and we are grateful for their support, ” Namara said.

Bunyangabu edition

On Friday last week, Hundreds of people lined up along the Kasese-Fort Portal highway in Bunyangabu district to watch the Bunyangabu leg of the exciting MTN-Tooro Kingdom bicycle races.

Over 30 cyclists participated in the event and the winners received cash prizes.

Winners in the manual bikes were; Friday George, Tobios Muganzi, David Sunday, Posiano Basaija, and Patrick Kyalingonza while the Sports bikes category winners were; Peter Mugisa, Abdul Murungi, Alex Sabiiti, Micheal Mugisa, and Francis Bwekale.

The Tooro kingdom County chief for Bunyangabu, Kabuuzi Earnest who presided over the event on behalf of the kingdom said that the bicycle race was the first of its kind in Bunyangabu.

“I need to thank MTN for partnering with Tooro kingdom and ensuring that the bicycle races take place am happy that many people have embraced the sport including youths and elderly,” Kabuuzi said.

Nyaika Achebe the coordinator for Bunyangabu district said that they had been overwhelmed by the high turn-up of people.

Achebe said that all the five winners in the different categories will represent Bunyangabu county at the grand finale in Fort Portal on 4th of September where the Omukama of Tooro Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru is expected to be the chief guest

 

Youth Tipped on Measuring Own Invented Businesses

Over 100 youth have been trained in how to use monitoring and evaluation tools to track business goals under the MTN youth Skilling program.

The MTN youth skilling program is a partnership between MTN Foundation Uganda and Ubinufu systems aimed at inspiring and empowering youth with the goal of creating practical ICT driven solutions to challenges in society.

The program, which kicked off in December 2020 targeted 100 beneficiaries from university graduates, small and medium enterprises and young innovators in a bid to prepare them for a market where they can create and sustain jobs.

This year, the program has offered online training workshops for the youth focused on how to successful run a business focused on the day-to-day operations.

In the recently held a session, Nelson Munyanda the Manager of MTN Foundation tabled the use of monitoring and evaluation in one’s business or tasks.

Munyanda detailed the methodology used in evaluating projects and static businesses. He observed that for the development of business plans and proposals, goal objectives must be set and there must be checks and balances. 

Mr. Munyanda went on to discuss the importance of setting a criteria for M&E that includes measures of effectiveness, relevance, impact, coordination and cohesion. He added that one must be able to map their businesses stakeholders and know how to address their different concerns n order to have business success.

He added that the M&E comprises of a logical framework that outlines the objectives, inputs, outputs, and outcomes of the intended project and the indicators that can be used to measure all these. Also, a baseline study should be undertaken to ascertain the level of the business or project with mid-term and endline evaluations.

These checks and balances are aspects of monitoring and evaluation that help to address the progress of the project and how to ensure the sustainability of projects or businesses.

“Every job, activity, business, and project have an aspect of Monitoring and evaluation (M&E), this is seen at the planning stage, implementation stage, and close out of a project. One must have an M & E framework which will help evaluate their goals and targets of their work to achieve the desired success” said Mr.Munyanda.

As he ended his discussion, he concluded by reminding the listeners that feedback is a very important aspect in M&E and tasked them to ensure tools such as informal conversations, observations and surveys are put in place to collect this reliable feedback.

This online training session had over -100 youth participants who were listening in and participating with a number of raised questions to the moderator who answered and guided them with answers and research topics.

MTN Uganda foundation realizes the deep challenge of the unemployment crisis in Uganda and has taken up such interventions to extend knowledge and skilling to the youth so they can take strides in improving their businesses or creating jobs that will serve them and their communities to deter the increasing unemployment rates.

Through these upskilling training sessions, MTN Uganda is reverberating its commitment to fostering shared value through supporting the government in advancing the attainment of the UN SDG set goals. 

 

MTN, Outbox Boost Uganda’s Young Innovators with the MoMo 2022 Hackathon

In an effort to optimize the growth potential of the digital economy and social economic transformation of Uganda, MTN Mobile Money Uganda and Outbox, an innovation Hub hatched a plan to work together.

With a vision to improve the innovation ecosystem in the country, the two institutions launched another edition of the famous MTN Momo Hackathon, entailing a new exciting challenge that is calling for entrepreneurs, software developers, and innovators to participate in developing payment solutions hosted on the MTN Mobile Money platform.

Developers will compete to create innovative applications for the markets in which they are registered, which can process financial transactions with added capabilities that go beyond processing payments and drive both financial inclusion and literacy.

Speaking at the launch on Friday last week, Stephen Mutana, the Chief Regulatory, and Administration officer at MTN Mobile Money services Uganda Ltd, said that MTN is ready to harness the immense potential and talents young innovators have by providing the vital connections they need so as to realize their ideas and bring them to life.

In addition, MTN Uganda will give third parties access to its mobile money programming interface to enable them to develop modern tech solutions without facing the cost of building and maintaining a new API. This implies that the applicants will have an opportunity to leverage the available technological infrastructure in place.

“We know that the youth in Uganda have immense potential and talent but sometimes lack the vital connection to bring their ideas and dreams to life. At MTN Uganda, we are happy to provide that vital connection and infrastructure,” Mutana said, while launching the MTN MoMo Hackathon 2022.

Mutana also approached the Hackathon challenge by using childhood analogies to bring to life the idea of development and continuous discovery of systems that have improved livelihoods in both the social and economic areas of today’s world like sending and receiving money on the Mobile Money platform that has since evolved into an international payment platform, among many other attributes.

“Currently, the world has taken a complete turn to appreciate the convenience of cashless transactions like e-payments that help pay for goods and services directly from their MTN Money accounts,” Mutana said. 

Richard Zulu, the team leader at Outbox Innovation hub that grooms youths in technology said that the team is delighted in MTN’s continuous support for the youth looking for opportunities to explore their abilities in software development and technological innovations.

The lucky winners of this new challenge will walk away with the first prize of USD 5,000, the second prize will be USD 3,000 and the third prize is USD 2,000. 

These packages will advance their innovations and support them in attaining higher goals in software development. 

The MoMo API Hackathon will enable developers based in Ghana, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Rwanda, eSwatini, Congo Brazzaville, Guinea Conakry, Zambia and Benin to offer financial and transactional applications innovations using the MTN mobile money (MoMo) API platform.

To register, visit https://www.mtn.co.ug/hackathon/ and stand a chance to participate in the MoMo Hackathon 2022.

MTN Uganda adds aYo insurance products to its Senkyu loyalty program in a move lauded by IRA and IBAU

  • MTN customers can now use their Senkyu points to get insurance through aYo.
  • At only 75 MTN Senkyu points monthly, a customer can get UGX 90,000 worth of aYo MyLife Cover and UGX 120,000 worth of aYo MyHospital Cover.
  • MTN customers can access the service by dialing *141# and selecting aYo to subscribe to this option.

MTN Uganda customers can now use their MTN Senkyu loyalty points to get insurance from aYo, in the form of life or hospital cover. 

aYo provides fast, convenient, easy-to-use hospital and life cover directly to a user’s mobile phone, and over the last 5 years has enrolled 16 million customers across the African markets that it is active in. 

Through the new addition to the already successful Senkyu loyalty program, MTN is enabling even more customers to access insurance for the first time.

By subscribing to aYo insurance, using MTN Senkyu, customers will have peace of mind that in the event of an accident, aYo will help them take care of their hospital bills and in the event of your passing away, aYo will help support their family financially. 

While announcing the new development, Susan Kayemba, the MTN Uganda Senior Manager, Digital Services, said that this innovation underscores MTN’s commitment to providing its customers with the benefits of a modern connected life.

“Insurance is a key asset and the very essence of life, yet many people still grapple with accessing basic insurance. As MTN, this is our way of further enriching our MTN Senkyu offering to our loyal customers by enabling them to secure aYo cover through their MTN Senkyu points, making access to insurance more available. We believe many customers will find great value in this service.” said Somdev.

To access this service, customers can simply *141# and select aYo to subscribe to this option. Once a customer signs up for aYo through Senkyu, 75 points will be deducted from their wallet every month for 6 months. During this time, they will be provided with cover equivalent to UGX 90,000 worth of aYo MyLife Cover – & UGX 120,000 worth of aYo MyHospital Cover that caters for accidents. 

Allan Lwanga, the CEO of aYo Uganda, said insurance cover is a powerful driver of financial inclusion, as it provides a social safety net that helps ordinary Ugandans recover from unexpected crises.

“We’ve always believed that insurance should be accessible to everyone in Uganda and easy to use. By allowing users to buy aYo cover using Senkyu, we’ll be able to reach even more people at a time when growing numbers of Ugandan consumers are purchasing health cover to protect themselves and their families in the event of hospitalization or loss of life,” said Lwanga.

While addressing the press at the event, Solomon Rubondo, an ex-official of the Insurance Brokers Association of Uganda noted that aYo and MTN had demystified the concept of insurance.

“I congratulate MTN and aYo for addressing the intangibility of insurance, thereby making it more accessible to more people who were previously excluded. Let’s see more of these innovations in insurance. Let us continue domesticating insurance.

Bernard Obera, Director of Supervision at the Insurance Regulatory Authority lauded the move by MTN and aYo. He urged insurers to embrace innovations to extend insurance services to more people.

How aYo Senkyu works:

Under the aYo section on the MTN Senkyu menu, customers can do the following:

  • Activate and redeem points for aYo cover
  • Cancel subscription  
  • View the expiry date of their aYo cover
  • Add, view or remove beneficiaries

Eligible customers can claim their insurance cover by dialing aYo 296# USSD, and upon verification their pay-out is paid into their MTN MoMo account.

Customers earn points for using MTN and MTN MoMo. Customers also receive bonus points on their birthday and on the anniversary of when they joined MTN. The points earned can be used to get aYo insurance, Minutes, MBs, SMS or to pay for goods and services with MTN MoMoPay. Points expire if the customer doesn’t do any redemption within 90 days. To register and use MTN Senkyu a customer dials *141# or uses the MyMTN App

 

MTN Uganda Donates UGX.50 million to URCS towards Relief of Mbale Flood Victims

  • MTN has donated UGX.50 million to the Uganda Red Cross Society to support 100 displaced families with non-food relief kits following the recent floods that destroyed lives and property in the Elgon region.
  • The money will be used to provide 100 start-up nonfood items/ relief kits to support the most vulnerable of the displaced families. These kits will support up to 600 people.
  • This underpins MTN’s commitment to improving the lives of the people in the communities within which it operates by complementing the government’s efforts in national priority areas including disaster responses

MTN Uganda’s Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the MTN Foundation has donated Ugx 50,000,000 towards the Elgon region flood victims through the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS). This money will be used to buy non-food relief items to support up to 100 of the families that have been displaced.

The devastating floods ensued after two rivers burst their banks, following the heavy rains that hit the Elgon region. The flash floods submerged farms, homes, shops, and roads. Thousands of people were displaced while more than 24 others lost their lives. The most affected districts include Mbale, Kapchorwa, Bulambuli, Manafwa, Sironko, and Namisindwa,

It is against this premise that MTN Uganda, through its foundation arm which aims to improve the lives of the communities within which the Telecom operates has come in to reach out to the Elgon region floods victims with relief aid worth UGX. 50 million targeting 100 families and 600 people altogether.

While handling over the dummy cheque to the Red Cross at the MTN headquarters today, MTN Uganda’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Bugembe expressed MTN’s heartfelt sympathy to all people affected by the floods. 

“Facing such a disaster at such a critical time as the country is recovering from the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic is a tough trial. As MTN Uganda, we stand with the people of the Elgon region who have suffered great loss in these heavily destructive flash floods. We hope that this modest support we have rendered will offer them comfort and a foundation for social and economic recovery,”

MTN’s contribution of UGX. 50 million shall be used to provide for 100 households non-food-item kits to reach out to the most vulnerable families comprising of children, women, disabled people and the elderly. Each of the kits contains 2 cooking pots, 6 cups, 6 plates, 1 knife, 1 ladle, 2 jerry cans, 3 blankets, 3 mosquito nets, 3 bars of soap, and 1 tarpaulin for shelter.

While receiving the cheque, Robert Kwesiga, the Uganda Red Cross Secretary General appreciated MTN for always supporting disaster-stricken communities across the country. 

“This is not the first time MTN Uganda has supported people affected by disasters. We are happy to have a company like MTN that has always supported us in extending relief to various communities that are hit by disasters.” Kwesiga said.

As a corporate citizen, MTN Uganda is committed to improving the lives of the people in the communities within which it operates. This is done by complementing the government’s efforts in various national priority areas including disaster responses.

 

MTN-Sponsored Bicycle Race attracts Hundreds of Participants in Fort Portal City.

Over 200 participants on Sunday morning participated in the Tooro Kingdom MTN-sponsored empaka z’obugaali bwa Masaza in Fort Portal city.

The bicycle races that were launched as a precursor to the Kingdom’s 200th anniversary will be undertaken by all 9 counties of the Tooro kingdom. The final race shall be held during the Empango celebrations week and shall be provided over by the King of Tooro.

Michael Wandera, the Tooro kingdom sports minister who presided over the Sunday bicycle racing event in Fort Portal said that the city had registered the highest number of participants since they started.

“Am happy that we are progressing on very well I appreciate everyone who is participating in these exciting challenges. I urge more and more people to turn up for the rest of the races,” Wandera said.

Wandera also commended MTN for supporting the bicycle racing competitions in Tooro kingdom.

“As a kingdom, we are very happy with MTN because it has supported a lot of activities in the kingdom and we shall always work with them,” Wandera noted.

Steven Ayebale who participated and came first in the ordinary bike category could not hide his excitement after receiving his cash prize of 500,000 shillings.

“Am happy that I have finally won and MTN has given me cash I’m going to buy another bicycle and am encouraging other people to also participate because it’s a very good event and well organized,” Ayebale said.

The other ordinary bike category winners were; Musa Kavuma in the second, Godfrey Ngozi came third, Moses Nabasa was the fourth and Robert Isingoma was the fifth.

In the sports bike category the winners, from first to fifth were: David Semu, Robert Tugume, Peter Asiimwe, Frank Tusiime, and Wilbert Tusiime

MTN Uganda celebrates Ker Alur Ubimu coronation anniversary with Inter County bicycle races competition 

  • MTN Uganda has partnered with Ker Alur to launch the kingdom’s bicycle races competition, ahead of the coronation anniversary celebrations of His Royal Majesty Ubimu Phillip Rauni III, King of Ker Alur.
  • The Kingdom is made up of 58 counties, which have been grouped into 3 sub regions (Jonam, Padyere & Okoro) that will each enter participants into the bicycle competition. 
  • The bicycle races shall be executed under the theme; “Ending child pregnancies and marriage” suggested by the kingdom and endorsed by Ubimu of Ker Alur.
  • This sports activity is part of other social-cultural activities supported by MTN, as part of the partnership with the Ker Alur Kingdom.

MTN Uganda in partnership with Ker Alur Kingdom has today launched the MTN sponsored inter county bicycle racing competitions. The race is a build-up to the 12th coronation anniversary of the King of Ker Alur, His Royal Majesty Ubimu Phillip Rauni III, in October. This sports activity is part of other social-cultural activities supported by MTN, as part of the partnership agreement signed with the Ker Alur Kingdom in 2019.

The bicycle race event is the first ever MTN-sponsored activity in Ker Alur Kingdom. It will be implemented under the theme “Ending Child Pregnancies and Marriage in Alur land”. 

The launch of Nwech Gari mipyem ma Ker Alur Oyobo MTN (Ker Alur MTN bicycle races) was held at Nebbi primary school in Nebbi Municipality, were the race kit was unveiled to the public and members of the press. Representing MTN Uganda at the launch, Phillip Odoi, MTN Uganda’s Northern and West Nile Region Business Manager affirmed that the Ker Alur MTN bicycle races, reinforce the objective of the partnership between MTN Uganda and Ker Alur, which is uplifting the socio-economic wellbeing of the people of Ker Alur Kingdom through sports, education, and health initiatives.

“As MTN, we are strongly grounded in the belief that we are good together. We only succeed if the communities in which we operate succeed. We are therefore happy to join hands with the Kingdom of Ker Alur to champion the fight against teenage pregnancies and early marriages through awareness amplified by the Ker Alur MTN bicycle races,” said Odoi. 

Registration for the MTN Uganda sponsored bicycle races will start tomorrow 7th to 15th August 2022. The preliminary races to select the riders that will represent the Alur sub-regions of Jonam, Padyere & Okoro, will be held between 18th and 22nd August in each of the regions. The grand finale shall be held on 27th August 2022 in Nebbi Municipality. Registration for the races is free. All registration will be conducted in the chiefdoms within the sub-regions. 

Vincent Ochaya, the Executive Director of Ker Alur Kingdom thanked MTN Uganda for supporting this social activity in the kingdom and for recognizing the value that cultural institutions have in the community.

“These bicycle races will offer us a platform to sensitize the people in Alur land about the dangers of teenage pregnancies and marriage as we strive to address the issue of poor maternal health in our region,” Ochaya said 

According to the Ker Alur kingdom officials, there is a current need to address insufficient maternity facilities in Alwi Health Centre III in Pakwach District, Pawong Health Centre III in Nebbi District, and Zeu Health Centre III Zombo District. To that end, MTN Uganda is set to officially launch a maternity ward at Pakwach Health Center IV that it refurbished and re-equipped to extend improved maternal services in the area.

In addition to Ker Alur Kingdom, MTN Uganda has partnered with other cultural institutions like Bunyoro, Tooro, Ker Kwaro (Acholi), and Busoga Kingdom, to support efforts to uplift the socio-economic, and cultural wellbeing of these communities in the areas of health, education, and sports. 

Kigulu FC to face off with Bukooli-Namayingo FC in the MTN Busoga Masaza Cup Finals

Before the thousands of fans that had come to grace this year’s MTN Busoga Masaza Cup competition, it had to be defending champions Kigulu and Bukhooli-Namayingo that sailed through to book a place in this year’s final.

This follows their respective victories in the tournament’s semi-finals that were held yesterday at Bugembe stadium, following a postponement from Monday due to the heavy rains in Jinja town that hampered the matches.

Bugabula is a two-time Busoga Masaza Cup winner and will be playing against Bukhooli- Namayingo in the upcoming final match that is set to be held on the 13th of this month in a yet-to-be-disclosed venue.

Goals from Andrew Wandera and Arshraf Sanyu gave Bukhooli-Namayingo a comfortable 2-0 victory against 2017 champions Butembe.

Bukooli-Namayingo’s Captain, Douglas Soita credited the team’s win to thorough preparation by the team.

In the second semi-finals of the day, Kigulu had to dig deep to get a result that took them to their third consecutive finals.

Kigulu’s Wilberforce Bikupe scored the first goal 36 minutes into the spirited game. Fifteen minutes later, Bugabula’s Magidu Kazindula leveled the score at 1-1 till 90 minutes, calling for penalties that saw Kigulu book a slot in the Final match with its score of 5 penalty shots against Bugabula’s 4 shots.

“We fought so hard for today’s win and that showed us that our players still have that hunger to play in another final. We just need to be so efficient this time”, said the Kigulu coach, Yusuf Bagalaliwo after the match.

Busoga kingdom deputy sports minister Daniel Musota clarified that the finals will be held in a neutral venue on August 13.

“We thank our sponsors, MTN and Mayuge sugar Limited for the support towards the Busoga Masaza Cup,” Musota said.

The Busoga Masaza Cup was flagged off in May by the King of Busoga, His Majesty, Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV, and the then MTN Chief Executive Officer Wim Vanhelleputte alongside other high-level personalities in Busoga. MTN is the lead sponsor of the 5th edition of the Busoga Masaza Cup following a two-year partnership between the Kingdom and Telecom.

The tournament was partaken by all the 14 counties of Busoga under the theme “Talent Identification, Development and Promotion”.

According to Musota, new talent has been identified throughout the two-month-long tournament, a good sign for an even better season next year.

Friends and Colleagues Bid emotional Farewell to Wim Vanhelleputte

Saying good bye is never easy. Bidding farewell to a great leader, friend, business partners and colleague is even harder. This was the mood at the Kampala Sheraton gardens last Friday evening as Wim Vanhelleputte’s friends and colleagues gathered to bid him farewell.

The colorful farewell cocktail party was graced by a cross section of Vanhelleputte’s friends, colleagues and business partners of MTN Uganda who came to bid him farewell on what had been his last day as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Uganda, a position he had held for six years, making him the longest serving MTN Uganda CEO.

In their remarks, his friends, regulators, stakeholders and business partners referred to him as an amiable gentleman who sought win-win situations at all times.

Vanhelleputte who was the MTN Uganda Chief Executive officer from July 2016 to July 2022 was described as a tenacious leader who saw the company through some of the most challenging times yet managed to set a track record of success for the company year after year.

While recapping Vanhelleputte’s six years at the helm of MTN Uganda, the company Chairman, Charles Mbire, in an emotional speech, described Vanhellleputte as a perfect, honest gentleman. Mbire summed up Vanhelleputte’s leadership in three simple words; “Numbers don’t lie”.

In her farewell remarks to Vanhelleputte, Yolanda Cuba, the MTN Vice President for Southern and East African MTN Markets praised him for the great leadership to MTN Uganda and congratulated him upon his promotion.

“To say you have been a remarkable leader is an understatement. I know you will achieve the kind of success that you have achieved here,” Cuba said.

In his parting remarks, Vanhelleputte thanked all his friends, colleagues and MTN staff for the great support that they rendered his during his tenure as the MTN Uganda CEO. He thanked his chairman, Mr. Mbire for his professionalism and described him as a remarkable business leader.

“I thank you all for your support over my tenure in Uganda. As I move on to my next role, I am confident that Sylvia (New MTN Uganda CEO appointee) will take us to the next level,” Vanhelleputte said.

Vanhelleputte was promoted to a regional role as Operating Executive for the WECA Markets of Liberia, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, and Congo-Brazzaville within the MTN Group effective today, August 1, 2022.