By Drake Nyamugabwa.
Kampala’s Hotel Africana is one of the Hotels owned by an indigenous Ugandan; Dr. Alhaj Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige, under the BMK Group brand. The Hotel celebrated its 20th years and officially opened the BMK House, situated on Wampewo Avenue in Lower Kololo. BMK Group; which opened way back in July 1997 has over the years grown to open various branches in different countries; including China, Rwanda, Kenya and Zambia among others.
Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, said that BMK is a manifestation of a hard working Ugandan; adding that BMK is in many countries and has achieved it without being involved in corruption tendencies, but with honest. He said government has put a conducive environment for business to thrive and grow, adding that it has been approved beyond doubt that family founded business are the longest lasting firms.
The Minister of Tourism, Wild life and Antiquities, Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu, applauded BMK Group upon their contribution to the tourism sector, saying the hotel is playing a central role towards the growth of tourists. He says that the ministry has a target to achieve 4 million tourists’ arrivals in Uganda from the current 1.3 Million by 2020.
Dr Bulaimu said that; Hotel Africana has stood the test of time, since its opening in 1997 and has survived 20 years. “This Hotel has become a pride not only to me as an indigenous Ugandan, but also to all my fellow countrymen,” said Bulaimu.
Talking about BMK house, he attributed the house’s success to his partners; including suppliers from China, the local Construction companies, the loyal customers and government support. He added that; BMK house is a state-of-art building, with virtual offices that can be rented at leisure, fully connected with internet and furnished office equipment, fire detector and lifts.
He applauded his workers for being there to serve the customers of the hotel and awarded those staff members; who had spent with the hotel 20 years, with cash prizes and others gifts. He said that; he treats his human resources as partners to make sure they grow, while at the hotel; which he says has kept them going on with the hotel. “I have a saving scheme for my staff; where they pay 10 per cent and I top up 10 per cent for them, on top of NSSF monthly contributions”, he said.