Bukhooli-Namayingo FC Wins the 2022 Busoga Cup 


  • Ashraf Sanyu scored the lone winning goal against Kigulu FC which is a two-time winner of the tournament.
  • The winning county of Bukhooli-Namayingo gets Ugx.10Million while the first, second and third runners up got Ugx.7Million, 5Million, and 3Million respectively courtesy of MTN Uganda.
  • The football tournament is mainly sponsored by MTN Uganda based on the partnership signed with the Kingdom in 2020.
  • All the 14 counties (Masaza) that make up the Obwa Kyabazinga bwa Busoga Kingdom participated in the exciting tournament.

 Bukhooli-Namayingo FC has won the 2022 Busoga Cup in a heated match that ended 1-0 against Kigulu FC. This is the club’s maiden win. This is a football competition amongst the 14 counties (Masaza) that collectively make up the Kingdom or Obwa Kyabazinga bwa Busoga. The final attracted thousands, who watched the game at the Jinja-based Kyabazinga stadium in Bugembe. 

The highly anticipated yet heated up action between the two trophy contenders crowned the 5th edition of the MTN-sponsored tournament that has been happening across the Kingdom since May this year. The game was presided over by the King of Busoga, His Majesty William Gabula Nadiope IV -Isebantu Kyabazinga. 

The day started with a losers’ match between Butembe and Bugabula FC to get the 3rd and 4th place teams. This ended in a 2-1 win for Butembe.

The winning county of Bukhooli-Namayingo Won Ugx 10 million and a trophy. In second place was Kigulu FC which walked away with Ugx.7 million, Butembe FC which came third won Ugx.5 million while Bugabula FC that held the fourth position walked away with Ugx.3 million.

On a brighter note, Kigulu’s shot-stopper, Abubakari Kisumba took the golden glove award while Bugabula’s Waisswa Kasango took the golden boot thanks to his eight goals throughout the tournament. 

Bugembe’s Lukeman Lwanga was given the award of the youngest footballer of the tournament while Luuka’s David Oketcho was recognised as the most valuable player

Reflecting on the impact of the tournament, Joseph Bogera the General Manager for Sales and Distribution at MTN Uganda noted that the tournament continues to deliver a core objective of fostering the socio-economic and cultural wellbeing of people through sports among other initiatives. 

“This has indeed been a fruitful engagement with the people of Busoga. It’s a platform that brings a lot of excitement for the community and allows us (MTN) to engage with the people of Busoga”, Bogera said, adding that MTN is set to sponsor a bicycle racing competition amongst the Busoga counties in the near future.

Daniel Musota, the Busoga kingdom deputy sports minister noted that the tournament had lived up to its expectations. “New talent has been identified throughout the two-month-long tournament, a good sign for an even better season next year. We thank our sponsors, MTN and Mayuge Sugar Limited for sponsoring this endeavor,” Musota said.

MTN is committed to fostering shared value, through working with cultural institutions in Uganda to spur socio-economic development through sports, education, and health initiatives.

MTN Business campaign shows how it gets #BusinessDoneBetter

MTN Group today launched a brand campaign profiling MTN Business – the ICT leader in Africa, which aims to be a trusted partner to businesses in their digital evolution and ultimately achieve #BusinessDoneBetter across the continent.

We understand that growing a business is hard. Business leaders are juggling many priorities and often cannot attend to them all,” said MTN Group Enterprise Business Unit Executive Tumi Chamayou. “MTN Business’s role is to assist them do the things that make an impact and support their growth, helping them get it done better.

MTN Business provides the tools to shift small, medium and large enterprises and multinational corporations and those in the public sector to being modern, connected and digital. These include converged ICT – managed network services; cloud services; unified communications; cyber security solutions; Internet of Things; and fleet management – as well as connectivity (mobile and fixed).

Chamayou said the plan was for MTN Business to become the empowering, leading ICT expert providing value to enterprise clients. Among our customer base, we already have more than four million enterprises who are instrumental in contributing to Africa’s economic growth.

She said MTN Business also had a key role to play in realising the MTN Group’s Ambition 2025: Leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress:Building the largest and most valuable platforms is one of Ambition 2025’s four strategic priorities. Enterprise Services is one of MTN’s five platform businesses and operates under the ‘MTN Business’ brand.”

Ambition 2025 targets MTN Group enterprise revenue of more than R30 billion by 2025. This compares to R16.6 billion in 2021. In the first six months of 2022, enterprise revenue accelerated, increasing by 26.8%* in constant currency terms to R9.9 billion. This was driven largely by MTN Business growth in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

African enterprises have a valuable role to play in addressing the continent’s most pressing challenges by providing much-needed jobs, products and services. World Bank data shows that SMEs contribute up to 60% of all employment and as much as 40% of the GDP in emerging economies. This makes them the cornerstone of most economies in Africa.

“We want to be the business enabler of choice in Africa, meeting the communication and ICT demands of business clients throughout the continent,” said Chamayou. “With a customer-centric approach to providing cutting-edge services, we are doing this by leveraging our brand and advanced network as well our strong customer base of top companies across sub-Saharan Africa.”

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MTN Uganda joins Busoga Kingdom to celebrate Kyabazinga Nadiope IV’s 8th coronation anniversary


  • MTN Uganda joins Busoga Kingdom in celebration of the Kyabazinga William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV’s 8th
  • MTN Uganda entered a partnership with the Busoga Kingdom to implement numerous socio-cultural engagement initiatives.
  • This partnership is premised on the fact that cultural institutions play a pivotal role in the maintenance, revitalization, and documentation of peoples’ cultural heritage.

 MTN Uganda today joins Busoga Kingdom in celebration of the Kyabazinga William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV’s 8th coronation anniversary.

Nadiope IV was installed as the Kyabazinga at the Kingdom headquarters in Bugembe, Jinja on 13 September 2014, with President Yoweri Museveni as the chief guest.

MTN Uganda entered a partnership with the Busoga Kingdom in 2019 to implement numerous socio-cultural engagement initiatives in areas of health, education, and sports.

Sam Gitta General Manager, Risk & Compliance – MTN Uganda, who represented the MTN Uganda acting Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Bugembe, congratulated the Kyabazinga William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV’s upon reaching his 8th coronation anniversary.

He said MTN Uganda is committed to working together with the Kingdom to improve the social-economic status of the people of Busoga through various initiatives identified under the guidance of the kingdom’s leadership.

“We believe in transforming people’s lives in all the places we have operations, and Busoga is not exempted,” Gitta said. “We’re, therefore, very grateful for working with the kingdom to achieve this aspiration.”

Rt. Hon Dr. Muvawala Joseph, the Prime Minister of Busoga Kingdom said the kingdom is glad to have been joined by MTN Uganda executives to celebrate the kingdom’s achievement.

“We are sincerely grateful for MTN Uganda’s support towards the activities of the kingdom most especially in improving the socio-economic conditions of our people,” he said.

Currently, MTN Uganda is sponsoring the 5th edition of the Busoga Cup Tournament popularly known as the Masaza Cup with the final action scheduled for Saturday (September 17). The company also plans to sponsor inter-counties bicycle competitions soon.

Since in 2019, MTN Uganda has worked with and supported the kingdom with the coronation anniversary celebrations among other social cultural initiatives.

This partnership is premised on the fact that cultural institutions play a pivotal role in the revitalization, maintenance, and documentation of peoples’ cultural heritage.  Also, cultural institutions facilitate their subject’s social and economic well-being through such interactions and engagements.


MTN’s Business Intelligence manager advises youth to startup businesses focused on niche markets to excel

Local startups need to focus on niche markets that they can tap into to excel for better survival and longevity of their businesses, according to Mackinon Kabarole, Senior Manager, Business Intelligence at MTN Uganda.

Mackinon, who spoke to the youth undergoing MTN Youth Skilling Program in a virtual interview under the theme ‘Data as a competitive advantage for startups,’ said it is nearly impossible for startups to compete with already established big businesses and corporations with huge resources such as capital for the same market segment 

“A startup by nature should identify pockets of customers that are under-served by the big players or have a niche that is typically not going to be served by big corporations,” he said.

“Failure to do so means that it will be setting it up for the proverbial David versus Goliath because everything will be against that startup.”

Kabarole advised the youth hoping to venture into business to offer differentiated products and services that large businesses will find difficult to provide possibly due to cost or customer segments that they are not interested in.

Irene Nandyose crotcheting. She was empowered to commercialise the practice during her training in the MTN Foundation Youth Skilling Program

Uganda has been ranked as the most entrepreneurial country in the world with the majority of youths involved in new or established businesses, according to Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM). But the business failure rate remains high due to inadequate skills and proper product positioning.

Kabarole also advised startups to make use of available data, especially about production volumes, expenditure, incomes, sales, and customer feedback to help monitor the progress of their businesses.

“Taking advantage of exciting digital tools, data should be collected and put into simple logic that can inform you about certain elements of your business,” he said.

 “For example, can you look at your business records and tell your profit Vs your revenue or what products you most sell most or what products are more profitable when doing your sales peak? What are your customer and community purchase behaviors?  All of this can be helpful in better-informed business decisions for growth.”

He, however, cautioned that the data collected and used should be accurate to avoid misleading the business.  He also said startups need to respect available laws in relation to data protection and privacy to avoid legal suits.

MTN Uganda through the MTN Foundation Uganda unveiled its Youth skilling program under the foundation arm of youth empowerment in 2020 benefiting at least 100 youths in preparation for the evolving digital world with the goal of creating practical ICT-driven economic solutions to challenges in society.

MTN Uganda has over the years committed to integrating youth into its programs as a measure to empower them economically.  


MTN-Sponsored bicycle races in Bunyoro kingdom kick off in Kiryandongo district

On the morning of Saturday 10th September 2022, the people of Bunyoro Kitara kingdom took to the streets of Kiryandongo to kick start the long-awaited “egaali za masaza” bicycle races sponsored by MTN Uganda.

The bicycle races were launched in the Kiryandongo district where the riders in anticipation of the races assembled at the Kiryandongo stadium where they set off for the official launch of the MTN-Bunyoro kingdom bicycle races.

The races will take place in all 13 counties of Bunyoro Kitara kingdom where the winners will be selected to represent their counties at the final race in Hoima district.

Alex Katushabe, the Chief administrative officer was present at the bicycle race launch standing in as a representative of Bunyoro Kitara kingdom’s Prime Minister Andrew Byakutaga who was unable to make it.

“With the great support from MTN Uganda, we will be able to transverse the 13 counties of Bunyoro Kitara kingdom and reach out to all our people to allow them the opportunity of taking part in this race,” Katushabe said, “we are thankful to the people of Bunyoro Kingdom because we have had positive feedback in response to the races and people have been peaceful even now at the start.” 

The launch race was won by Johnson Agaba coming in at the number 1 position, followed by Wilson Bwansi in second place, Patrick Senyonjo in third place, Emmanuel Yokosan in fourth place, and Hassan Ibrahim in the fifth position. All the winners were awarded a cash prize.

The bicycle races had one female participant named Catherine Atugonza who took on the men in an impressive tight competition and won a cash prize of UGX 100,000 and secured a spot to compete in the final race in Hoima where she will represent Kiryandongo.

Israel Kiiza, one of the participants in the bicycle races, thanked MTN for giving them the opportunity to enter a bicycle race competition.

“I am very grateful to MTN Uganda that I get to enter a sports competition because I have never had the chance before, but thanks to MTN I can now showcase my talent.” Said Kizza.

The first-ever bicycle race competition sponsored by MTN Uganda was recently successfully concluded in Tooro Kingdom. Another similar race is happening in the Ker Alur Kingdom with more such races to be launched in other communities.

MTN Uganda is committed to championing cultural heritage to foster unity and togetherness through sponsoring sports initiatives that also act as a platform for talent identification and a place to create awareness around social issues to bolster community growth and development.

MTN Uganda congratulates His Majesty the Omukama of Tooro upon his 27th coronation anniversary.

  • MTN Uganda and the Kingdom of Tooro have enjoyed a cordial relationship over the years. This is envisaged through the various initiatives jointly undertaken by the kingdom and MTN.
  • This partnership is underpinned by a cooperation agreement signed between MTN Uganda and the Kingdom of Tooro, back in 2019.
  • The Omukama Rukirabashaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV of Tooro, is a passionate supporter of the projects MTN jointly executes with the Obukama.

MTN Uganda joins the people of Tooro today to celebrate the 27th coronation anniversary of His Majesty, the Omukama King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV.

Speaking at the coronation anniversary celebrations held at the King’s palace in Fort Portal today, MTN’s Acting CEO Andrew Bugembe expressed his gratitude to the Omukama for championing development in his kingdom through among others, projects the Obukama jointly executes with MTN. “We are honoured that through the partnership with the Obukama of Tooro, “MTN has and continues to have the opportunity of engaging with communities in areas of strengthening cultural ties, improving health services and participating in sports – all of which are a strong force in fostering cohesion and development across the kingdom”, he said. 

Bugembe went on to pay tribute to the King for personally engaging in the initiatives MTN has undertaken together with the Kingdom.

MTN in partnership with Tooro kingdom have over the years worked together to execute several initiatives for the benefit of the communities in Tooro. Most recently, the two institutions concluded the “Obugali Bwa Masaza” bicycle races competition between the counties that make up Tooro. Earlier this year, the partnership successfully executed the Masaza football tournament held in all 9 counties of Tooro

And during the difficult time of the pandemic, MTN worked together with the Obukama to alleviate the suffering the community were going through by equipping heath centres in the kingdom with much needed Oxygen.

Tooro kingdom’s Prime Minister Stephen Kiyingi applauded MTN for their willingness to create partnerships that support communities. “I would like to recognize MTN Uganda for their efforts in improving the socio-cultural well-being of the people of Tooro through various health, education, and sports initiatives. I look forward to sustaining the momentum built over the years,” he committed.

The MTN-sponsored bicycle races “Obugali Bwa Masaza” were successfully concluded last week with His Royal Highness King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV taking part in the finale. The races were held as a precursor to the 27th coronation anniversary celebrations. In 2020, MTN reached out to the community with a donation of 80 hospital beds and the refurbishment of Kijuura Health Centre III in Fort Portal. This initiative has greatly improved access to maternal health services in the area.  

MTN seeks to work with institutions like the Obukama to make markable interventions that will in time contribute to the transformation of communities. “At MTN, we believe we can only succeed if the communities in which we operate succeed,” Mr Bugembe noted in conclusion.

Glorious Widows tailoring business rebounds after the height of COVID 19 following support from MTN Uganda’s staff community empowerment initiative

Glorious Widows, a group that consists of widows, orphans, and women living with HIV/AIDS in the Makindye Division in Kampala has seen its tailoring business rebound on the back of the MTN Uganda staff initiative.

The group which started 22 years ago, deals in making dresses, suits as well as bags as a business to support their families. With 120 members, the group also helps members have access to education in relation to living positively with HIV/AIDS and drugs.

Although the members had weathered numerous storms to remain in the tailoring business, the COVID19 pandemic almost took them out of business due to reduced production resulting to low demand. Even so as the COVID 19 restriction were lifted this did not provide any reprieve as customers had moved on to new suppliers who had upgraded their equipment giving a much more improved service. The glorious widows were still using an old fashioned tailoring technique with old fashioned sewing machines unlike other garments shops that had moved on with the times. 

Faced with this situation, MTN Uganda through a recommendation from Kampala Capital City Authority’s directorate Gender and Community services provided six industrial and singer electrical sewing machines in June this year under the 21 Days of Y’ello Care campaign to help in the quick recovery of their business.

Justine Nanteza, the director and founder of Glorious Windows said the new machines came with extra training that has boosted their production volumes.

 “With these fast and none-tiresome digital machines, we can produce 100 from???? bags and other clothing products per day and earn faster income once taken to the market,” she said.

Nanteza said the new sewing machines and the now promising tailoring business has attracted more women living with HIV/AIDS in the Makindye Division to join the group with the hope to improve their livelihoods and that of their households.

She said the goal for the group is to ensure that every group member earns some income. “I want to see that everyone is earning some income through making products for sell,” she said.

She also said they are in such of a new home for their business as they have grown in number and are attracting more women living positively.

Bryan Mbasa, Senior Manager MTN Uganda Foundation said they are excited that the campaign has created a positive impact on the communities in which the company operates.

 “We consider sustainability as a very key part of our initiatives that we do both as corporate social responsibility and as a business in general,” he said, adding that they look forward to reaching out to more communities on skilling, work readiness, and innovation culture for start-up and Small and Medium Enterprises.

MTN Uganda also extended support to the Tesobar deaf carpentry group in Lira, the Masaka Diocese Youth, the Jinja-based Tabulera Kawuma deaf carpentry, the disabled association of Fort Portal,  Bunusya Abarema Twetungure Association in Mbarara, Focus for Life Development Link in Kawempe, Missionaries of the poor in Rubaga and the Nakawa Market Vendors Association.

Launched in 2007, 21 Days of Y’ello care is a global award-winning staff initiative that sees MTN staff step out of their offices every year, to make a difference in the lives of the communities within which they work. 

Some of the past initiatives in Uganda include a successful two-day career expo and various training, mentorship, and entrepreneurship programs aimed at tackling youth unemployment to positively impact communities countrywide.


All is set for the MTN-Sponsored Busoga Cup Final Match

  • The highly anticipated final match of the MTN-Sponsored Busoga Cup Tournament is set to happen on the 17th of this month
  • MTN has discounted the ordinary final match tickets to Ugx.3000/= for fans paying through MTN MoMo.
  • The tournament has strongly supported the Talent Identification agenda of Busoga Kingdom 

With the final action of the 5th edition of the MTN-Sponsored Busoga Cup Tournament set to happen on the 17th of this month, MTN Uganda yesterday announced a discount for the ordinary tickets to the long-awaited Busoga Cup final for the fans who will pay using MTN MoMo.

In a press conference held yesterday at the Busoga Kingdom headquarters in Jinja, John Paul Okwi, the MTN Uganda Sponsorship, and Events manager confirmed that the ordinary tickets to the final match between Kigulu FC and Bukhooli-Namayingo FC will go for Ugx.3,000/= via MTN MoMo, down from Ugx.5,000/= for the fans who will pay in cash at the gate.

“The Busoga Cup football tournament has been an exciting one this year. We have been watching from a distance and indeed all is well.  Therefore, to ensure that more people get access to the final match, MTN has decided to discount the ordinary tickets from Ugx.5,000/= to Ugx.3,000/= for the fans who will pay through MTN MoMo. We are delighted to be part of an initiative that is making His royal highness William Gabula Nadiope IV the Kyabazinga of Busoga proud. Come in big numbers and let’s enjoy football,” Okwi said.

Okwi further added that during the final match, the MTN Kabode phone will be available in cash at Uganda shillings 249,000 and on installment payments while MTN simcards will go for as low as Uganda shillings 1000. All one needs is to have a national ID.

Amin Bbosa, the Sports Minister of Busoga Kingdom thanked MTN for partnering with the Kingdom, as well as the other co-sponsors whose efforts have made the tournament a success over the course of 4 months since its launch in May this year.

“This year’s edition has been very competitive compared to the past editions. I commend all the individuals who have tirelessly supported their respective Masaza teams. I urge you to come and witness the final match of this unprecedented tournament, Bbosa said. 

The unprecedented 5th edition of the Busoga Cup Tournament so far has a total of 92 goals scored, 113 yellow cards, and 4 red cards across 42 matches. The season’s highest scorer is Waiswa Kasango Arajabu from Bugabula.

Bbosa clarified that the finals, 3rd and 4th place matches will be played on 17th September 2022 at the Kyabazinga stadium Bugembe. The losers’ match will kick off at 1 pm whereas the final match between Kigulu and Namayingo FC shall be played at 3 pm. VIP ticket goes out at Uganda shillings 20,000 on a first come first serve basis since the number will be limited.

Bosa further revealed that the prizes are the same as earlier communicated, the winning team will walk away with Uganda shillings 10 million and a trophy, the first runners up Ugx.7 million, the second runners up Ugx.5 million and the fourth Ugx.3 million.

Also present at the press conference were; Musota Daniel the deputy sports minister, Richard Mafumo the minister for culture and Issa Magoola the chairman organizing committee, who in their respective capacities thanked the media and other stakeholders for their support and dedication to promoting unity through sports. 

This year’s edition of the Busoga Masaza cup has seen Busoga unite and more talents discovered. Bugabula and Bugembe have seen most of their players join Jinja North United a big-league team and many more players from different Masaza teams are being hunted by regional teams as they prepare for the 2022/2023 season.

Nebbi Deputy RDC Hails the MTN ker Alur bicycle Races aimed at Ending Early marriages and teenage pregnancies. 

The Ker Alur kingdom bicycle races continue to garner support as the residents and youth of Padyere county streamed into this weekend’s races. 

The bicycle races have been attracting a big number of youths who are passionate about their culture and sports activities in general with the goal of talent identification and the call to action in ending early marriages and teenage pregnancies.

As the competitions rave on, the eagerly awaited 12th coronation anniversary of the King of Ker Alur, His Royal Majesty Ubimu Philip Rauni III draws closer and with it brings joy and excitement. The coronation anniversary will take place in October with celebrations to mark the majestic end to the recent bicycle races.

This weekend was graced with participants from all chiefdoms in the country in anticipation of the upcoming coronation anniversary next month. The races have been graced with the King’s message that reproaches the vices of early marriages that result in school dropouts, teenage pregnancies, and increased mortality rates.

The MTN Ker Alur Padyere county women’s race was won by Charity Ayikuru who emerged number one in the competition held at the Nebbi playground in Nebbi municipality. Ayikuru was awarded two goats for her win as she remarkably competed against 30 other participants in a 7-kilometer race. Ayikuru maintained the same speed from the start point to the finish line showcasing great resilience and talent. She had the crowds ululating and cheering her on as she crossed the finish line.

“I am so pleased with my win because MTN has given me the opportunity to show that women too can compete in sports and win fairly. The two goats I have received will help me in making money to pay school fees for my young children so they can attain a brighter future.” Ayikuru said after winning the race.

Ayikuru added that this race was a learning point that they as a community should change their mindsets and sensitize their young girls to distance themselves away from early marriages and teenage pregnancy and put education as a top priority if they are to have a better future.

In the men’s race, Anthony Kumakech emerged as the winner, walking away with two goats while his father, Gilbert Opakrwoth was rewarded with one goat for being the most outstanding participant.

Hassan Sebilweriwa the Deputy RDC of Nebbi district, who also graced the bicycle race added his voice to the other leaders’ voices in sensitizing the Nebbi residents against the harmful traditional practices that endanger girls’ futures.  Also present were officials from Action Aid Uganda and Plan International who also applauded MTN for sponsoring the races that have eased the sensitization of the people in the KerAlur subregion against early marriages and teenage pregnancies.

The LC III Chairperson of Thatha division Ms. Opar Jacklyn applauded MTN Uganda for sponsoring the bicycle races that champion the message of ending early marriages and putting a stop to teenage pregnancies.

“These races have given us a platform to talk about the negative impact of early marriages that lead to school dropouts and teenage pregnancies. These girls are usually too young for marriage and childbirth and also don’t have access to health care which later results in raised mortality rates. We must put an end to this vicious practice and preserve our girls” said Ms. Opar Jacklyn.

MTN Uganda is partnering with the Ker Alur Kingdom to promote the kingdom’s cultural values and MTN Uganda’s CSR policy with the talent identification objectives under the theme “Ending Child Pregnancy and marriage in Alur land”.

The bicycle races are a build-up to the 12th coronation anniversary of the King of Ker Alur, His Royal majesty Ubimu Philip Rauni III, in October this year. This follows the partnerships between MTN and the Ker Alur kingdom signed in 2019


King Oyo Hails MTN-Sponsored Tooro Kingdom Obugaali Bwa Masaza Races as Kyaka County Emerges Winner

  • The bicycle races that have been a competitive engagement amongst the 9 counties (Masaza) that make up the kingdom of Tooro have come to an exciting end today. 
  • The “Obugaali bwa Masaza” competition was executed as part of the activities leading up to this Empango celebrations to mark the 27th coronation anniversary of H.R.H the Omukama of Tooro.
  • This is part of activities contained in a cooperation agreement signed between MTN Uganda and the Kingdom of Tooro, back in 2019.

The MTN-sponsored Tooro Kingdom bicycle race competition dubbed “Obugaali Bwa Masaza” were concluded yesterday in the Western District of Fort portal. The finale was flagged off by His Royal Highness King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, by riding a section of the route together with the other race participants.

Stephen Kiyingi, the Tooro Premier lauded King Oyo for fully supporting co-curricular activities in the Kingdom, and the rest of the community for participating in the event. He pledged full support for such kind of activities always.

These inter-county bicycle racing competitions were launched two months ago as a precursor to the 27th coronation anniversary of the Omukama of Tooro. The MTN-sponsored Obugaali Bwa Masaza competition has traversed all the 9 counties of the Kingdom with the supreme goal of fostering unity and cultural pride among the people of Tooro.

According to Micheal Wandera, the Tooro Kingdom sports minister, a total of 90 riders from the 9 counties in the Kingdom of Tooro, actively participated in the 20 and 25 Kilometre races from Karuziika to Kihondo and back to Buhinga stadium.

Each of the 9 counties (Masaza) was represented by their top 10 cyclists; 5 of whom rode ordinary bicycles while the other 5 rode sports bicycles. The ordinary bicycle category comprising 45 cyclists was flagged off from the Karuziika Tooro Royal palace for a 20-kilometer race that ended at the Buhinga Stadium while the remaining 45 sports bike cyclists were flagged off at Kisenyi in Fort Portal town for a 25-kilometer race that similarly ended at the Buhinga stadium where the winners were recognized and rewarded in an event attended by thousands of people including MTN officials.

Under the ordinary (manual) bicycle race category, Kyaka county secured the first three positions in the ordinary bicycle race category, a victory that saw the riders walk away with assorted cash prizes starting from Ush.2,000,000/-, Kibale County held the 4th position while Burahya FC held the fifth position. They too walked away with cash prizes courtesy of MTN Uganda.


Under the Sport Bikes, Kyaka County still secured the first and third positions while Fort Portal County took the second, fourth and fifth positions. Each of the winners walked away with a cash prize. 


Speaking at the event, Godfrey Muhindo, the Chief Commercial Officer – MTN Mobile Money Uganda Limited, thanked the Omukama of Tooro for the great partnership that exists between MTN Uganda and the Kingdom.  

“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. Being a partner in development also means that we must work together to harness the social-economic opportunities in our communities,” Muhindo said.

Muhindo concluded by thanking the people of Tooro for embracing the races and for using the competition as an opportunity to network and pride in the heritage of the Kingdom.

The bicycle race, which is also the first of its kind in the Kingdom, has been concluded successfully without any disruptions and accident cases.

Below are the 2022 MTN & Kingdom of Tooro Obugaali Bwa Masaza race winners.

Ordinary Bicycle Winners – 20 Kilometers
Position County Cyclists’ Name Cash Prize
1st Kyaka County Aziz Kugonza  2,000,000
2nd Kyaka County Dante Atuhaire 1,000,000
3rd Kyaka County Jean Kasana 750,000
4th Kibale County Emmanuel Bizimana 500,000
5th Burahya County Nicholas Mugenyi 250,000
Sports Bicycle Winners – 25 Kilometers
1st Kyaka County Alvin Ategeka 1,500,000
2nd Fort Portal County David Sheemu 1,000,000
3rd Kyaka County Huzairu Kaweesi 750,000
4th Fort Portal County Peter Asiimwe 500,000
5th Fort Portal County Robert Tugume 250,000