Convention 2011


Thank you to all those who attended the 1st Ugandan UK Convention

The Uganda UK Convention wishes to express its deepest thanks to Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of Parliament and every member of her delegation for attending the convention and for their outstanding presentations on the day. The important messages that they shared have contributed to the tremendous success of the day, and have been instrumental in meeting the goals and objectives of the Convention.


Thanks go also to all Commissioners and Ambassadors from Europe, business delegates, community and enterprise leaders, professionals from Europe and Uganda and representatives of the voluntary sector and all other exhibitors who have showcased Uganda on the day, and who have paved the way forward for an enhanced and enriched communication between members of the Ugandan Diaspora and Uganda itself, and have also, undoubtedly brought Ugandans in the UK closer together.


Thanks go also to all visitors, who through their attendance have acknowledged the crucial role that the Diaspora has to play in the development of Uganda, and with whom, a definite way forward can now be etched to fully participate in Ugandan affairs in a most fruitful and successful way.


Thanks go to all volunteers who helped on the day and whose support and contribution are highly appreciated.


And thanks to all those, too many to mention, who, in one way or another, have given their encouragement and shared ideas to make this first ever Uganda UK Convention a truly outstanding success.


Thank you all.



Best regards


Willy Mutenza


Uganda Convention-UK

Mobile: +447426 201 055





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  1. Dear Mr. President, thank you for the email and the well organised UG/UK convention, the Parliament of Uganda delegation is grateful and i wish you all the best in your endevours.

    God bless you,

    James Bamuwamye
    Protocol Officer

  2. Katasi Kironde

    I hope you are well and enjoying the fine weather. Can I take this opportunity to congratulate you for organising a very successful first Ugandan Convention! Bravo!!

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to present the fashion show. I thoroughly enjoyed it and now hope to do more! I’m sure I have improvements to make but I hope found me satisfactory.

    I hope this is helpful.

    Thank you and best regards,


  3. Dear Willy

    Beyond a shadow of a doubt the debut of the first Ugandan uk convention was a success. From the beautiful decorated venue to the day events . It was obvious to all who attended that you put a great time and effort into making this convention event a big success.

    On Behalf of all the designers . I would like to say thank you for having had the opportunity to showcase at this historic event.

    We apologise for any issues that might have arose from our side, ie our timing.

    Once again I appreciate all of the work you do in support of our community, They wouldn’t be the same without you!

    Look forward to working with you again in the future

    Warmest regards

    Maureen Amooti

  4. Dear William,

    Firstly congratulations on organising a very successful Uganda-UK Convention last Saturday. I was very impressed by the large turnout and the high-powered government delegation present. I was not able to meet you to introduce myself and the company I work for: Africa Matters Limited. As you will see from our website we support private sector investment in Africa and help build relationships between various Governments, key stakeholders and companies.

    I would very much like to introduce you to a company which I believe has an excellent product that would be hugely beneficial to the Ugandan Diaspora.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind regards.


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    Research Analyst

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  5. Simon Tim Muwanguzi CeMAP,

    Dear Mr Mutenza,

    I am writing to you to thank you for organising the Convention which l feel was a very successful event … Well done !!!

    Best regards,

    Simon Tim Muwanguzi CeMAP,
    Mob: 0792 829 5594.

  6. Timothy Musajjakawa

    Hi Willy

    This is a well done wish and thank you message for a well organised function. From the comments of people who attended the day’s sessions (which I personal couldn’t) well all very positive. My group on table 20 and 26 enjoyed the entertainment very much.

    A few negative comments I have and heard and probably things to have in mind for the next one you prepare were:
    1. Unfortunate that Uganda Investment Authority was not represented when a lot of emphasis was put on investment opportunities back home.
    2. The food at £15 per head was too expensive for the audiance there given the fact that there were a lot of local restaurants around the place that many people had access to for cheaper food.
    3. The bar did not stock guiness and were too expensive although this did not stop people buying the drinks as for men it was an ego thing not to disappoint the many well dress women around. It also forced some people to try bring in drinks from outside although this was stopped by the guys at the door once they found out.

    My score out of 5 – is a definate 4



  7. Dear William
    Thank you for the opportunity to attend the event.
    It was a jam packed event in terms of its excellent speakers, attendance and the material content. For a 1st event it was excellent. You had a good and well trained team helping you with the organisation. Congratulations and well done to all of you.

    I hope the Ugandian Ministers, parliamentarians and the embassy members appreciate what you have delivered for the people of Uganda.


    Mukesh Naker
    LABA Patron

    Ps hope you have recovered from the event. Well done once again.

  8. Mukesh Naker

    Congratulations Willy,

    The Convention was a resounding success. The 30 second slot that the MC allowed me was also a success. I had so many people come up to me afterward that I ran out of cards. I got some good quality enquiries.

    As far as the magazine is concerned, do you want me to write something about the Convention for it and if so when is the deadline.


    Peter Matthews

  9. Willy- It was an excellent and well attended conference. Congratulations on putting together such a high profile event. I am sure you will be receiving many accolades in the next few days. Regards

    Zain Latif
    TLP Capital

  10. Dear Willy,
    The Equity Bank team would like to thank you and your committee for a very well organised convention.

    So far, we feel that it was well our time and effort to attend.

    Thanks again


    Peter C. Kawumi

  11. Anthony Kadama

    Yesterday we had the first Ugandan Convention which brought together Ugandans from walks of life.

    We were blessed to hear directly from the people at the very heart of Government like the Finance minister, the speaker of parliament and other top officials from Uganda.

    We need this kind of event on a yearly basis in order to exactly know what is on the ground and how we can benefit. E.g. I was pleased when the Hon. Maria Kiwaunka explained about the tax on newly acquired or purchased land, we had been misinformed about the tax on land for a very long time.

    There’s so much we can achive from our mother land. I had personally given up after losing so much cash to relatives and friends I was planning to invest in Freetown Serra leon.

    This event has changed my perspective about investing in Uganda.
    I’m very sorry for those that missed this great event and would also like to use this opportunity to thank the organisers for the efforts that made this event a success.

    The advise to the organisers is to start planning next year’s event tomorrow.

    Anthony Kadama

  12. Zuena Kirema

    Hi Mutenza,we were humbled by the way you treated us all the artists from Uganda thank u so much for the great hospitality.

    May God bless u bambi.

    Zuena Kirema

  13. Josephina Kigs Nakibuule

    Hello there, hope all is good.

    Thanks for this idea of bringing up all Ugandans all over the world together . I really like the whole idea. I just wish i was that side I would have registered for the modeling in that fashion show.

    keep the spirit up.


  14. The Uganda Convention was a very successful event both in terms of content and outcome.  The programme was fantastic and all speakers gave practical and real life examples of what and how the Diaspora can get engaged. The level of information giving from the speakers is such that all attendees would have been better informed and able to make decisions on how they can contribute to Uganda’s development and growth agenda. The massive attendance from the Diaspora and high level participation from Uganda demonstrated the value all place on Uganda.   I am confident that the event would and will continue to lead to a number of milestones that will outplay itself in the coming days, months and years.
    I would like to take the opportunity to say big congratulations to the organisers who have spent considerable resources in bringing a vision to reality, specifically, to Willy Mutenza for his tireless dedication and sacrifice.

    Dr Banjoko, Africa Recruit

  15. Dear Mr. Mutenza

    It is with pleasure I write to applaud you on an impressive and successfully organized first ever Ugandan UK Convention on 27th Aug 2011 in London. It remains outstanding due to the nature in which it was organised and the level of professionalism it has highlighted. The exposure and promotion of Uganda in the Diaspora has taken on a new dimension as the UK Convention clearly identified areas of advancement we as Embassies abroad need to act on as partners.

    The diversity and scope of the programme presented us an opportunity as delegates to feel that we stand united in contributing towards the development goals of our country. The most remarkable is how the Convention bridged the gap between Government, Private businesses and Ugandans living in the Diaspora. It is important for me to acknowledge the presence of a high powered delegation from Uganda led by the House Speaker Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga. Included were ministers, members of Parliament and business executives whose brilliant presentations became the talk of the day. On the same event, and for the first time ever, you managed to host all the Ugandan Ambassadors in the European zone. It humbles me to mention that this line up has raised the bar of which we cannot aim any lower as partners.

    Attending the UK Convention positively impacted me and will stand as a benchmark for how I will in the future have to address the needs of our fellow Ugandans living in the Diaspora.

    I once again commend you for a task well executed.

    Ambassador M. Ssozi Of Mission,
    Deputy Head of Mission
    Embassy of The Republic Of Uganda

  16. Akelo Beatrice

    Dear Mr. Mutenza,

    How should I really thank for the great? I lack words to for expression of my heartfelt gratitude for the great work you did to ensure the UK Convention was a success.

    Surely , you are great man, I will always live to cherish you and your work!!

    May God greatly and richly bless you dear!

    Have a great day!


  17. Mr Willy Mutenza
    Chairman Uganda UK Convention

    Dear Willy Mutenza

    BUGANDA KINGDOM Office of the Nnabagereka

    I commend the organization of the first UK Uganda Convention under your stewardship.


    On behalf of Her Royal Highness the Nnabagereka and the Board of Nnabagereka Development Foundation (NDF).

    Thank you for the donation, towards the Foundation's activities and all the support given at the exhibition.

    We will feel proud identifying with you always.

    Yours sincerely,

    Juliet K Ssenteza
    Office of the Nnabagereka

    Buganda Kingdom
    P.O.Box 58, Kampala

    Tel:  +256 312 262672
    Fax: +256 312 262 673


  18. We commend the organizers of this event for the excellent work done. Keep it up!

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