Food Vendor Wins MTN Kaja shs 10 M Jackpot

President Yoweri Museveni has today celebrated his 70th birthday, page exalting family life and urging young people, case his children and grandchildren not to squander theirs.

“My young people, seek my children and grandchildren, what you need is to look after your health. Don’t squander it by taking alcohol, smoking and Malaya. If your health is good, you can do a lot of things. I don’t know what I would be if I did all that,” the President said.

The jovial President paid tribute to his wife Janet Museveni for raising great children and for building the family.

“When we got married, they were turbulent times, I didn’t look after the children, it was Janet. She was very strict. She did all the work and I am very grateful to her. The Banyankole say that when a man becomes of age he has to kwombeka (building a home),” said Museveni.

“She built our home. Okwombeka now means getting an education, after get a wife, then children and after that wealth. Janet has helped me do all this,” he said.

Museveni at his farm in Rwakitura

Museveni at his farm in Rwakitura

At a low key ceremony organised by the children and attended mainly by close family, the President and his family first attended a thanksgiving service led by Rev. Emmanuel Katamunanwire from Nshwere Church of Uganda and later hosted his guests to a family lunch were he shared warm thoughts with his children about family.

“Make sure you have families. Life without family is meaningless. I hear some people like it that way but this undermines the purpose life. I get a lot of happiness and purpose from my family,” said Museveni.

“It is eternity, you pass on the torch. It is a part of eternity to have children,” he said, adding that they must also work for wealth. This however, he said cannot happen if you don’t love and fear God.

President Museveni and Janet reading a bible during the thanksgiving ceremony at Rwakitura

President Museveni and Janet reading a bible during the thanksgiving ceremony at Rwakitura

The President urged his children to help each other always and not to allow another person to suffer if it is within their means to help them.

“Don’t be selfish, help each other and don’t let people divide you. When you do that, God does your work for you. I have not done my work for my family, I have been working for Uganda and for Africa and most of my work has been done by God. I hope many of you will reach this age and surpass it,” he said.

While paying tribute to his late parents Amos Kaguta and Esteri Kokundeka for raising and educating him, Museveni said that he is glad for the life that God has given him.

First Lady Janet Museveni and her daughters at Rwakitura

First Lady Janet Museveni and her daughters at Rwakitura

“I am grateful to my parents for raising and educating me, it gave me a very rare opportunity for me to do what I have done,” he said.

President Museveni who said that he was born approximately on September 15, 1944 said there were no hospital records of his birth but from accounts from his mother Esteri who said he was born three months after a massive cattle vaccination which he put in September and an old woman who said he was born when the old woman was harvesting Omugobe (cow peas leaves) that are usually harvested in September, he decided to be diplomatic and put his actual date on September 15, 1944.

“I may not tell you the exact date, that I am not sure, but certainly I am not in danger of not knowing the season,” he said.

The First Lady and Minister of Karamoja Affairs Hon. Janet Museveni said there is need to really praise and thank God for the life of Museveni saying like the biblical Gideon, he has taken him through challenging times and sought him out to do a multitude of things for the country.

“Gods goodness has lifted this man and used him to do a multitude of things. We don’t take anything for granted. You have blessed us with wonderful children and grandchildren and we thank God,” she said.

Brig Muhoozi and wife Charlotte at the thanksgiving ceremony

Brig Muhoozi and wife Charlotte at the thanksgiving ceremony

Muhoozi speaks out

Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba who spoke on behalf of the children thanked God for the 70 years he has given his father and the 28 years they have lived as a family saying for many years they all lived apart.

“We thank Mzee for what he has done for us as a father and holding the family together despite his busy schedule as a head-of-state. We ask God to protect you. For many years, we thought we might not live to see this day due to a lot of problems and trials,” he said.

Edwin Karugire who also spoke, told a story of one of his meetings with President Museveni when he sought his daughter’s hand in marriage in a nervous encounter.

Kamuntu attending the function

Kamuntu attending the function

“I had sent an emissary to him to talk about the “project” but he told the emissary “let him talk to me himself”. I had wanted to come with some uncles but he insisted I should talk to him myself. On the day I found him watching discovery channel it was a World War 2 documentary. About Field Marshall Montgomery and General Rommel and others. For me I was more worried about General Museveni whose daughter I had come to ask for. He watched the documentary from beginning to end as I sweated in silence,” he said.

Karugire said President Museveni then talked to him about the merits of sobriety and even challenged him to a fight to see who is stronger but he declined.

At the end the President cut a cake with his granddaughter Nzima whose birthday is two days before his.

Museveni's sister Violet Kajuburi and her husband arriving for the thanksgiving ceremony

Museveni’s sister Violet Kajuburi and her husband arriving for the thanksgiving ceremony

Agnes Kasso, about it resident of Nabweru, healing an outskirt of Kampala is one happy woman. She has emerged as the first jack pot winner of 10 million shillings in the on-going MTN lottery game named ‘MTN Kaja’.

Kasso, who received her cheque from MTN officials at the Clock Tower MTN Service Centre, expressed surprise and happiness at her luck. Overwhelmed with joy and happiness, Kasso said; “Thank you MTN, Thank you MTN, I thank you wholeheartedly. You have turned my life around. See how God has used MTN to change my life. I now believe that MTN is serious about changing our living conditions.” Kasso, a single mother of two said.

Kasso operates a small restaurant in Nabweru Trading center. She said she tried the MTN Kaja game on 10th September, a decision that may now change her life for good.

She has appealed to Ugandans to embrace MTN and all the initiatives that are launched, adding that her win is testimony to the fact that MTN is a people friendly company that gives back to its customers.

MTN Uganda in partnership with SMS2bet recently launched a new exciting lottery game named MTN Kaja where customers who subscribe are entered into a daily draw to win several cash prizes of up to 40 million shillings or airtime.

Handing over the cheque to Kasso, MTN’s acting Chief Marketing Officer Kenneth Kiddu said the brand has staked millions of shillings for customers to win on daily a basis.

He advised customers to follow the mechanics and enter the promotion by dialing *178# and select “subscribe” to be entered in the daily draws.

“MTN is committed to continue providing the best services on the market and the Kaja game is another innovation that we have created to empower the lives of our customers by enabling them to win prizes that have the potential to positively change their lives forever”, Mr. Kiddu said.

According to Kiddu, the promotion is open to all MTN customers and everyone who participates stands an equal chance of winning including the grand cash prize of 40 million shillings.

Draws are conducted daily to determine the winning number(s) and one MTN number is randomly drawn to win daily. Any customer who plays Kaja and whose mobile number constitutes 8 digits of the drawn number reading sequentially from right to left will win the grand prize of 40 million shillings.

All other customers who play Kaja and whose mobile numbers constitute 7 to 2 digits of the drawn number, reading from right to left sequentially, will also win other great cash and airtime prizes.

All winners are to be notified by SMS while big cash prize winners are to be contacted using telephone number 0776 986 178.

MTN's Emmanuel Mageni hands over the 10 million Shillings cash at Clock Tower's MTN Service Center on 12th September 2014 to Agnes

MTN’s Emmanuel Mageni hands over the 10 million Shillings cash at Clock Tower’s MTN Service Center on 12th September 2014 to Agnes


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