MTN Boosts Local Innovation in Inaugural Awards

The Queen of the Rwenzururu Kingdom, generic Agnes Ithungu, this has said that the Kingdom has taken up various developmental projects which include, pharmacy poverty alleviation initiatives, youth development programs, health and economic improvement.

This, she said during her visit to the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, on Friday.

Kadaga expressed delight in meeting the Queen and applauded the Kingdom for the initiatives they have taken to improve livelihoods of the people.

“I have seen the efforts of the Kingdom in improving the livelihoods of the community. The last time I visited the Rwenzururu region, I saw various developmental projects,” the Speaker noted.

The Woman MP for Kasese district, Hon. Winifred Kiiza said the meeting was meant to start a relationship between the Kingdom of Rwenzururu and the Speaker of Parliament.

The Speaker donated a printer and photocopier to the office of the Queen of Rwenzururu to help in the developmental initiatives of the kingdom.

In her remarks, Queen Agnes Ithungu said, “We appreciate your efforts as a woman leader, and in your various development projects in the country. You are a role model to us.”

She also congratulated the Speaker upon returning unopposed as the Second National Vice Chairperson of NRM and for winning the party nominations for Woman MP, Kamuli District ahead of the national elections in 2016.

The Queen holds a campfire for the youth and that is meant to mentor them culturally and give them life skills.

The Speaker pledged to participate in the youth campfire and provide career guidance to the participants.

Rwenzururu Kingdom is located in the Rwenzori Mountain Region of the South Western part of Uganda.
MTN Uganda has recognized locally developed innovations in its very inaugural MTN Innovation Awards held at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday.

The awards grouped into 8 categories recognized most outstanding Apps in health, more about education, sickness financial services & SME solutions as well as outstanding individuals and organizations that have supported innovation in Uganda.

The CEO MTN Uganda Brian Gouldie said MTN as a brand has invested a lot in innovation because it believes in Africa and corporate social responsibility.

“We innovate to provide our customer a more improved friendly customer service experience. MTN is in itself an innovation and we are developing a digital solution for sim-card registration. We no longer want customers to go through the manual process which is tiring, ” said Gouldie.

MTN received over 500 entries most of which were in the financial sector but with very few in education and health.

Fundi Bots won the night’s prestigious award as Innovation Achiever of the Year and Clinic Master won Best Health App.

The award for Best SME App was won by School Management Dynamics, Brain Share took Best Education App while the award for Best Financial Services was given to Yo Uganda.

The Award for the Outstanding Woman in Innovation was awarded to Lyndsay Handler of ‘Ready Pay’ for helping households to access solar.

Outbox won award for Best Enterprise Effort to Support Innovation while Fezah won Most Innovative App.


ChimpReports spoke to Wilson Kutegeka, the brain behind Clinic Master to understand the purpose behind their innovations and its future prospects.

“Clinic Master is a hospital information management system and medical billing software. We realized the management problems in health facilities which cause delays and also wrong diagnosis by medical personnel due to lack of patient history,” said Kutegeka, the CEO Clinic Masters International.

The team from Clinic Masters including Wilson Kutegeka (L) which won Best Health App pose with the MTN Uganda CEO, Brian Gouldie

The team from Clinic Masters including Wilson Kutegeka (L) which won Best Health App pose with the MTN Uganda CEO, Brian Gouldie

The software is so far working in 60 hospitals in Kenya, Uganda and Sudan and will soon be rolled out in Rwanda.

He told ChimpReports that “the award is an endorsement and means that people appreciate our efforts and instils confidence in us to work harder to improve our product and our clients to trust our service.”

“Currently each hospital has its own database but we’re looking at integrating the patient’s medical history in a central system so that all medical facilities across Uganda can access it,” he added.

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