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Golfers Thrilled As UTB’s Golf Tour Kicks Off In Mbale

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By Demo Riley

On a sunny Friday afternoon, golfers from all walks of life gathered at Uganda Golf Club, Kitante to set off for the second round of Uganda Open Tour in Mbale.

In the wee hours of Saturday morning, the thrilling tournament at Mbale Golf Course, was already ongoing where over 60 golfers ardently participated and the winners were awarded in a colorful dinner set up later in the evening.

Participants at Mbale Golf course

Courtesy of Uganda Tourism Board which purports that golf is another chief aspect that can promote tourism as it’s the trend world over.

Golfers proudly visited the nearby tourist destination site, the beautiful Wanale Hill.

Any visitor to Mbale will see it, standing tall with pride and grandeur, such an imposing beauty from a distance. Wanale Hill is a great attraction and the ascent to it’s peak exhilarated many.

Golfing on top of Wanale Hill

The following day, golfers then enjoyed the magnificent picturesque over the spreading hikes around Sipi Falls with great views over the eastern surging Kapchorwa plains and the rocky slopes of Mount Elgon.

A visit at Sipi Falls

The second destination for Uganda Open Tour is slated on 27th April in Tooro.

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UTB Launches Golf Tourism Tours In A Colourful Dinner

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By Demo Riley

In efforts to promote golf tourism, Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) announced their golf tours and partnership with the Uganda Golf Union (UGU) which kicked off the 78th Uganda Golf Open Championships yesterday at Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa in Kigo.

Representatives of the sponsors for the UGU’s Open Golf Championships

The partnership will see both institutions work together to position Uganda as Africa’s premier golf tourism destination. And this will start with a joint promotion of the Uganda Golf Open tour; which will traverse the whole country.

Claire Mugabi, Head Of Marketing UTB handling over the trophy to the winner

UTB is excited to join the rest if the sponsors to unveil the 78th edition of the Uganda Golf Open Championship. We are supporting the game because we know that this will attract more foreigners to come into the country” – Claire Mugabi, Head of Marketing UTB asserted.

Cindy put up a spirited performance

Golf tourism is anticipated to bring in valuable revenue for host towns through the tourism value chain that’s to say tours, hotel and accommodation, restaurants, transport among others.

Participants in the Open Golf Championship

Here’s the schedule for the countrywide tours.

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Uganda Deports MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte

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By Samuel Frencha

Uganda has deported MTN Uganda country Executive Director Wim Vanhelleputte on allegations of exposing the country’s security to external forces.

Vanhelleputte, a Belgian,  was handcuffed and driven to Entebbe International Airport on Thursday around midnight where he was put on plane and deliberately expelled from ever coming back to Uganda in an order signed by Internal Affairs minister Gen Jeje Odongo.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga confirmed that Vanhelleputte was deported and stamped with PNG (Persona non-granta) thus joining Olivier Printout former marketing manager,  Anna Bilenge former marketing and  sales general maamana and Italian Elisa Mussolini who were deported last month for similar cases.

The Belgian took over as MTN’s CEO in August 2016 from Brian Gouldie and had previously worked in Gabon, Ivory Coast and other countries before joining one of country’s biggest telecom companies by Revenue.

 

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VIDEO: Minister Kiwanda’s Reaction On Miss Curvy Pageant

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By Samuel Frencha

Minister of State for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda has responded to backlash he has been receiving over Miss Curvy Pageant.

Earlier this week, Hon. Kiwanda presided over the launch of Miss Curvy Pageant a move he claimed was to partly contribute to promotion of tourism in Uganda.

However, this didn’t go well with some women activists and a section of social media who criticised him for what they termed as objection of women.

While addressing the press this wednesday at Tita Resort, Moroto, Minister Kiwanda defended the theme  and said it’s also part of the ministry’s motive to promote tourism.

We are not as a ministry organizing Miss Curvy.  It’s a private initiative like Miss Tourism. It’s being organized by a company run by Ann Mungoma. 
We are simply in partnership with them, but it shouldn’t be misinterpreted as us being the organizers.
Also, there are so many misconceptions.  For instance, people think that Miss Curvy is being sold as a Tourism product.  But it isn’t.  We are supporting it because it speaks to who we are as Ugandans” – Minister Kiwanda said.

Kiwanda further added  that Miss Curvy is targeting curvy women who can’t compete with slender ones in Miss Uganda contest.

Watch him in the video below:

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