Briefing: Bemanya fired from UTL; Shs6 billion given to 60 Ugandan startups; Pivot East returns and more

Minister of ICT and National Guidance Frank Tumwebaze speaking at the Ministry's headquarters along Parliament Avenue in Kampala on Wednesday.

Dear Briefing reader,

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the SautiTech rundown of the top stories in the tech and startup space.

Bemanya fired

Bemanya Twebaze has been relieved of his duty as the administrator of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL), ChimpReports announced Thursday, quoting a letter the Minister of Investment Evelyn Anite wrote to the Attorney General William Byaruhanga and copied President Yoweri Museveni, his vice and the Prime Minister.

Bemanya, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Registration Services Bureau, recently came under fire after blocking an audit into the operations of the telco and failing to secure an investor.

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Shs6bn given to startups

Ministry of ICT and National Guidance through its project dubbed NIISP has awarded sixty startups with Shs6 billion.

We’ve not yet received the full list of winners, but some startups like Jaguza, an agritech startup received as much as Shs100 million.

Follow the Hashtag to see other startups that won.

2 Ugandan startups to participate in PIVOT East

Two Ugandan startups UG Tickets and At Hause have been picked to compete with twenty-three others at the PIVOT East competition in Nairobi tomorrow, Thursday.

Organized by iHub, the event will see sixteen other startups from Kenya and seven from Tanzania pitch investors for funding.

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