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50 graduate at Victoria University’s 4th graduation

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A cross section of the graduands at the 4th graduation ceremony

Fifty students from Victoria University, have today graduated at the University’s 4th Graduation Ceremony, held at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

The graduands were drawn from the Faculty of Business and Management, Faculty of Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences as well as Faculty of Science and Technology.

Presidential Advisor on ICT, Dr. Ham Muliira speaks at the graduation ceremony at Speke Resort Munyonyo

The graduation was presided over by the Chancellor Dr Martin Jerome Okec Aliker and the Vice Chancellor Assoc. Prof. Krishna N. Sharma as well as Dr. David Byatike Matovu the University Council Chairman, Rajiv Ruparelia the University Director and Hon. Dr Ham Muliira a renowned ICT expert Senior Presidential Advisor on ICT.

Owned by the Ruparelia Group, Victoria University is a premium University accredited by the National Council of Higher Education and Uganda Nurses and Midwifery Council.

Rajiv Ruparelia, a Director and wife, Naiya Ruparelia arrive for the graduation ceremony

Recently the university entered into a partnership with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) to launch an Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport. Victoria University is the 2nd university besides UMI to run accredited programs from CILT, but is the first to run the Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport.

Muhereza Kyamutetera is the Executive Editor of CEO East Africa Magazine; strategic communications consultant, social-economic analyst and travel enthusiast based in Kampala.

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Barclays officially becomes Absa Bank Uganda; BoU recognises name change with license

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(L-R): Nadin Byarugaba, Acting Board Chairperson, Absa Bank Uganda, Nazim Mahmood, Managing Director of Absa Bank Uganda and Swithin Munywantwali, Board member, Absa Group receive the license to operate and trade from Dr. Loius Kasekende, Deputy Governor of Bank of Uganda. Extreme right is Tumubweine Twinemanzi, Executive Director – Supervision at Bank of Uganda. Formerly known as Barclays Bank Uganda, the name change marks the start of a new era for the bank’s operations, one that sees the realisation of an ambition to become an independent African bank.

Absa Bank Uganda, a subsidiary of Absa Group Limited has today received the license to operateand trade under its new name from Bank of Uganda. Formerly known as Barclays Bank Uganda, the name change marks the start of a new era for the bank’s operations, one that sees the realisation of an ambition to become an independent African bank.

The license was officially handed over to the bank’s Managing Director, Nazim Mahmood by Prof. Emmanuel Mutebile, Governor, Bank of Uganda at the Central Bank head office.

“Today we begin a new chapter as Absa Bank Uganda Limited, adopting our parent company’s name and brand while retaining our indelible commitment to Uganda and its people. Our new brand is a commitment to Uganda and to the wider continent: Absa is a truly African bank, with global scalability and reach,” said Nazim Mahmood, Managing Director of Absa Bank Uganda Limited.

(L-R) Dr. Louis Kasekende, Deputy Governor of Bank of Uganda and Nazim Mahmood, Managing Director of Absa Bank Uganda following the handover of the license, marking the official name change from Barclays to Absa Bank Uganda Limited.

The company, which has been operating in Uganda for close 92 years, reiterated its commitment to the country’s growth and economic development under the Absa brand.

“We have invested in crucial sectors of development of the national economy, including trade, agriculture, SMEs, infrastructure and investments. We will continue to play a critical role by investing in these sectors without neglecting the ordinary citizen who seeks quality financial services and safe investments for their hard-earned money,” said Mahmood.

The Governor commended Absa Bank Uganda for contributing to the growth of the banking sector in the past and urged them to continue to deliver quality and affordable financial services.

Nazim Mahmood, Managing Director of Absa Bank Uganda (left) and Swithin Munywantwali, Board member, Absa Group at the press briefing at the Bank of Uganda headquarters on 11th November 2019

“Key to our agenda is the provision of affordable financial services to Ugandans especially the rural population, who remain unbanked and therefore financially excluded. We are keen to see continuity with Absa in provision of quality financial services and drive the private sector development agenda,” Prof.Mutebile said.

For customers, there will be no change to their account details and there will no fee changes associated with the name change. The bank’s branches will continue to operate as usual.

From 11 November 2019, all new cards and cheque books will be issued under the Absa brand. Barclays’ cards will continue to work as normal until their date of expiry. Customers can continue to use their Barclays’ cheque books until April 2020. After that date only cheques drawn on from an Absa cheque book will be accepted.

The bank urged customers to be particularly vigilant during this time, as fraudsters are always looking for opportunities to obtain important personal information.

Mahmood reaffirmed that the bank would remain a significant player in the banking and financial services sector in Uganda and a contributor to Uganda’s economy.

“As Absa, our ambition is to become a digitally led bank that is centred around the ever changing needs of customers. We believe we have a role to play and intend to leverage digital technology to expand reach and access of financial services but also provide affordable services.” he said.

As part of the bank’s financial inclusion agenda, the bank announced that it now had a network of 450 active agents spread across the country offering agency banking services and a high volume of transactions totalling to 248,000 this year alone.

About Absa Uganda and Absa Group

Absa Bank Uganda Limited is part of Absa Group Limited, one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.The bank has 39 Branches and 76 ATM’s country wide.  

Absa Group Limited (‘Absa Group’) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups. 

Absa Group offers an integrated set of products and services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance.

Absa Group has a presence in 12 countries in Africa, with approximately 40,000 employees.

The Group owns majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa (Absa Bank), Tanzania (Barclays Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia.  The Group also has representative offices in Namibia and Nigeria, as well as insurance operations in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia, and an International Representative Office in London.  

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Beyond being Amama Mbabazi’s daughter, who is Rachel Ciconco Mbabazi?

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Cabinet, sitting in their Monday, 4th November meeting at Statehouse Entebbe, approved the appointment of four members to the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) board of directors.

The four are: Rachel Ciconco Mbabazi (chairperson), Ms. Onyiru Sarah, Mr. Runge George Muzungyo and Col. (Rtd.) Stephen Mwesigye Basaliza.

Some of NWSC’s directors whose terms variously expired in the recent past and are to be replaced by the new appointees, include: Dr. Cecilia Atim Oyet, Mr. Dennis Mwebaze Nduhura, Ms. Ziria Aliza Ndifuna and Mr. Henry Kibirige.

But who is Rachel Ciconco Mbabazi?

Rachel is the first born of John Patrick Amama Mbabazi and Jacqueline Mbabazi of Kanungu District. Born on 29th March, 1974 in Kampala. The former is a Prime Minister Emeritus of Uganda.

She is married with a daughter and two sons. Rachel is a graduate of Business

Administration (Finance), from Strayer University in Washington, DC, USA and has over 20 years of work experience.

She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Uganda Management Institute (UMI). She attended Makerere High School for A’ Level and

Gayaza High School for O’ Level.

According to her resume, sent to CEO EA Magazine, Rachel has served in various management positions in Uganda and currently serves on several boards in the fields of water and sanitation, commercial farming, a farmer’s association and a charitable organisation.

She says her key expertise lies in high-volume trade negotiations, lobbying; strategic planning for large scale capital investment, planning and execution of turn-key projects, management and team leadership as well as public policy formulation and advocacy.

She is the current Board Chair of the Rice Association of Uganda- and entity that represents rice farmers in Uganda to promote and safeguard the domestic rice sector in Uganda. She is also the Country Representative – East African Community Rice Platform from July 2019 to date.

She also sits on the board of the Uganda North American Youth Development Association as well as the board of Africa Infrastructure Development Company Ltd, a Hong Kong company.

She is a director in Quantum Mining Company Limited and a Managing Partner (Finance & Administration) for Tilo Monitoring Systems Limited.

She has previously worked as a Managing Partner (Finance & Administration) for 3D Tracking (Uganda) Limited from 2008 –May 2010 and as General Manager for Achelis (Uganda) Limited- an equipment leasing and renting company, from 2004 – 2008.

Between 2002 and 2004 she worked as Business Development Manager for Roko Technical Services, a construction company and before that, she was a Marketing Coordinator for Schirmer Engineering Corporation (later AON Fire Engineering Group) in Washington, DC, U.S.A from 1998 – 2002.

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Adman, Colin Asiimwe bounces back to Uganda as MultiChoice Uganda Head of Marketing

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PayTV Company, MultiChoice Uganda, has chosen advertising guru, Colin Asiimwe as their new Head of Marketing.

Mr. Asiimwe started work at the Kololo-based company 1st November 2019.

He will be in charge of both the Dstv and Gotv brands. He joins MultiChoice Uganda from Creative VMLY&R, an integrated marketing agency in Kenya where he was the Head of Strategy and Planning.

Born and bred in Uganda, between November 2011 and November 2012, he was the Account Director at WPP ScanGroup’s Uganda unit before heading to QG Group Uganda (Saatchi & Saatchi) as Client Services Director between November 2012- October 2014. He then became the Uganda Country Manager for Tonic International (a creative advertising & branding agency out of Dubai) for a year.

Between January 2016 and July 2018 he worked at Metropolitan Republic first as Head of Strategy and then later as Head of Strategy and Digital. While at Metropolitan Republic, he was instrumental in the relaunch of Uganda Waragi and Bell Lager rebranding amongst other brands.

In July 2018 he left for Nairobi to take on the role of Head of Strategy & Planning at Creative VMLY&R.

From branding and communications to bringing innovative new to world ideas to life, Mr. Asiimwe has worked across the East African region with various multinationals and local entities at both operational and management levels to successfully deliver communication and business strategies across multiple categories- FMCG, social and behaviour change communication, financial services and public sector.

A battle-hardened general, he brings rigour, leadership and strong project management skills to MultiChoice Uganda.  

Asiimwe is the second senior executive to be hired by MultiChoice this H2 2019. Just this August, MultiChoice got a new Managing Director- Mr. Hassan Saleh, previously the GM Sales & Distribution for MTN Sudan and before that, the Chief Officer, Sales & Distribution at Vodacom Tanzania. Mr. Saleh replaced Mr. Charles Hamya, the company’s long time General Manager, who retired early this year.

The number of PayTv subscribers, according to Uganda Communications Commission, grew by 83% from 1.2 million active subscribers in January 2018 to 2.2 million in December 2018. There are eight (8) licensed PayTv providers in Uganda.

Asiimwe holds a Bachelor of Mass Communication degree from Makerere University and has a hands-on background in journalism and public relations.

A keen enthusiast of the digital economy and hobbyist photographer, Asiimwe says he is motivated by the idea of constant motion- “the idea that when we don’t give up, we control our outcomes in an otherwise capricious world.”

He says he lives this philosophy through the daily expression of “the Beast Mode” exemplified by his personal motto “Orbis non Sufficit” – the world is not enough.

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