By Ashraf Kasirye
Sometimes a name given to a child could have been out of a wish that never came true in the lives of that child’s parents or it could have been a parent’s wish for their child. Nonetheless.
Muhamad Mukombozi Mutembandegye are three names of one individual. Let’s leave the rest for another day but focus on the last one. Breaking it into parts such as Mutemba which literally means Climbing or boarding and Ndegye literally translated as Bird or Plane.
Mutembandegye was among the first 14 lucky winners of the Pepsi Tukonectinge Dubai trip who were flagged off today at Entebbe Airport to go and enjoy themselves in the cool deserts of the middle eastern part of the Globe.
“My parents knew that one day I will be on the plane and see everybody from below. That’s why they gave me this name.” Mutembandegye said as he checked into the departure lounge at Entebbe Airport.
Like Many other winners most of whom were from upcountry areas like Mubende, Soroti, Nakasongole, Mbarara, Kabale and others, Mutembandegye was sure that it’s the Pepsi drink he took that opened his box of luck and now he is living his dream.
Crown beverages Uganda,the manufactureres of Pepsi recently named local artist John Blaq as their Tukonectinge campaign Ambassador basing on one of his hit songs dubbed Tukwatagane.
Tracy Kakuru the head of communications at crown beverages said “The campaign seeking to give back to 24 Pepsi consumers with fully-paid trips to Dubai also offers 25 Toyota Wish cars, 24 Home Fridges as well as instant mobile money cash and airtime among other prizes.
Other winners who travelled with Mutembandegye included Jonan Atusingwize, Mairam Bonita Nakigudde, Zainabu Akankwasa, Magdaline Adhiambo Kasuku, Isaac Kyanzi, Suzan Omoding Kyanzi, Andrew Maweri, Goreth Babirye Nazziwa, Paska Nanzira, Daniel Okori, Charles Ssemanda, Silage Teeka, Walana George and Emanuel Mwesigwa.
“In order win in the campaign, participants were required to buy glass bottles of either Pepsi, Mirinda or Mountain Dew and SMS the codes under the crowns to 7888 to form a lucky winning pair. However, as of now even a single participant can win any of the prizes.” Kakuru added.