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MTN customers contribute Ugx 21.9million to Red Cross to fight COVID-19

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Ugandans responded to a call by the Uganda Red Cross society and have contributed shs21.9million towards the society’s efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The contributions were made through a MoMoPay merchant code that MTN Uganda launched in April as one of the telecom company’s interventions in the fight against the deadly virus. Through the merchant code *165*3*191919# MTN customers are in position to make donations of any amount toward the efforts to combat COVID-19.

Robert Kwesiga, the General Secretary Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) said at the launch of the Merchant code that the donations would be used to procure and provide essential food assistance to the most vulnerable households whose livelihoods, from their informal jobs, have been adversely affected by the partial lockdown instituted in response to COVID19 pandemic in Uganda. This is to complement government efforts.

Speaking after receiving the money from MTN Uganda on behalf of Red Cross, Dr. Josephine Okwera, the Director Health and Social Services at URCS was elated that Ugandans had responded positively to the call, but said the struggle is still on and needs more generous Ugandans to come on board.

“We would really like to thank the community for responding to our call. This money will go a long way in making the lives of some people easier during this hard time. But as you are all aware, the lockdown has been extended so we call upon more Ugandans to come on board so we can rescue those that are worst hit due to the lockdown,” Okwera said.

MTN Uganda’s Senior Manager corporate affairs and Public Relations, Ms. Rhona Arinaitwe reiterated the company’s commitment to stand together with Ugandans by doing everything it can to reduce the impact that covid19 is having on their lives. She committed that, “MTN Uganda will continue to look at ways of supporting our communities and government, to ensure that together, we do everything feasible to get through this difficult time.”

Arinaitwe further noted that the merchant code *165*3*191919# will remain open to the public who wish to donate towards the fight against the COVID19 pandemic. The money collected from the merchant code henceforth will be channeled to the National COVID19 Task Force to support their efforts in alleviating the devastating effects of the pandemic.

MTN Uganda, like other organisations responded to governments call to support her efforts in the COVID19 fight. MTN zero rated mobile money sending transactions of any amount, contributed shs290million to Uganda Red Cross society to support the society’s efforts, and contributed another shs220million to National Water to deliver water to water stressed communities in and around Kampala.

The telecom company also handed over three brand new pickup trucks to the COVID 19 task force as a response to the President’s call for cars.

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Brig. Mugyenyi donates brand new Pickup to National COVID-19 Task Force

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Brig. Gen John Mugyenyi has donated a brand new 4x4 Isuzu pickup truck to the COVID-19 National Task Force to boost their efforts in the fight against the pandemic.

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During one of his recent National Addresses on COVID-19, President Museveni urged all companies and individuals who can, to donate brand new 4×4 vehicles to the COVID-19 Task Force to help in the fight against the pandemic.

Brig. Gen John Mugyenyi, a retired senior Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) officer, has heeded the call and on Monday donated a brand new 4×4 Isuzu pickup truck to the COVID-19 National Task Force to boost their efforts in the fight against the pandemic.

The multipurpose vehicle was handed over by his beloved wife Mrs Hope Mugyenyi to the Minister for General Duties Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, who is also an appointee by President Yoweri Museveni to oversee the fundraising efforts and to monitor funds donated to the COVID-19 Task Force.

While handing over the vehicle, Mrs. Mugyenyi said that; “Brigadier General Mugyenyi has donated a Double-Cabin pick truck to the National Response Fund following President Museveni’s appeal to individuals and companies to donate towards the fight of COVID-19. He is happy to support the President and the government initiative in the fight against COVID-19.”

Commending Brig. Gen. Mugyenyi for the generous gesture, Hon. Karooro said that; “We appreciate all this generosity and contribution by Brig-Gen John Mugyenyi that will aid the COVID-19 National Task force in providing medical teams countrywide with a means of transport that improves their effort to fight the pandemic.”

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African Queen donates 18 tonnes of maize towards COVID-19 relief efforts

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African Queen, a leading distributor for fast-moving consumer goods in Uganda, has donated 18 tonnes of maize towards COVID-19 relief efforts.

By Our Reporter

African Queen, a leading distributor for fast-moving consumer goods in Uganda, has donated 18 tonnes of maize towards COVID-19 relief efforts.

The donation comes in response to the President’s call to the private sector to support government’s efforts in offering relief to the vulnerable Ugandans most affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The African Queen team led by Musa Senkubuge, their Head of Supply Chain & Logistics, handed over their donation to Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Minister in Charge of General Duties, Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday.

Speaking about the donation, Innocent B. Tibayeita, the Managing Director at African Queen said, “Our partners have heard the plea of our President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on offering support to the COVID-19 Task Force that has been mandated to not only lead the fight against the COVID-19 virus but also ensure proper distribution of food to those families that have been greatly affected during this time.”

“African Queen thus wishes to make a donation of 18 tonnes of maize towards this cause.” He added, before further appreciating the government for their concerted efforts in combating the pandemic.

The government continues to receive donations from the private sector in form of cash, new vehicles, foodstuffs, sanitizers, and essential medical supplies among others. The government has so far received contributions amounting to about Ugx 21 billon.

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Jibu Uganda donates 10,000 litres of drinking water to COVID-19 National Taskforce

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Jibu Uganda has made a donation of 10,000 litres of drinking water to the COVID-19 National Taskforce. The donation comes in the form of 2,000 bottles of 5L packaged drinking water.

According to Daniel Komunda, the Country Director of Jibu Uganda, the donation will go a long way in providing safe drinking water for vulnerable communities and the front line health workers.

“We are proud to support our government in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, and are humbled to provide safe drinking water for distribution to vulnerable communities and essential workers who are at highest risk during this crisis.” Daniel Komunda said.

Jibu Uganda manages a network of 30 locally-owned drinking water franchises in Kampala, and in 11 other major towns across the regions of Uganda.

Komunda also noted that all Jibu shops across the country have increased their delivery capabilities during the lockdown, and have been offering free delivery and other support services to help customers remain safe at home.

Established in 2014, Jibu Uganda is a social enterprise that capitalizes, equips and trains local entrepreneurs to operate successful franchises designed to serve local communities with radically affordable, high-quality necessities.

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Airtel Uganda contributes Ugx 1.25 Billion towards fight against COVID-19

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Airtel Uganda has announced a contribution of 1.25 Billion Uganda shillings to the Ministry of Health in Uganda, primarily to support health workers on the frontline in the battle against COVID-19.

By Our Reporter

As the number of cases positive with Coronavirus (COVID-19) increase daily, health workers continue to fight the outbreak on the front lines and this puts them at risk of contracting the virus due to their close proximity to the most severe cases. Without an influx of urgently needed protective equipment, more healthcare workers may fall ill, reducing the availability of care for patients.

It is from this background that Airtel Uganda is contributing Ugx 1.25 Billion to the Ministry of Health in Uganda, primarily to support health workers on the front line in the battle against COVID-19.

Commenting about the significant contribution, Mr. V.G. Somasekhar, the Airtel Uganda Managing Director said; “Today, we announce our additional support for Uganda’s COVID-19 response through a contribution of 1.25 billion Uganda shillings, primarily focused on supporting our frontline health workers. Now more than ever, we all need to apply our capabilities to the needs of nurses, doctors, midwives and community health workers. At this moment of crisis, no country can cope with what they need alone. The private sector needs to mobilize resources, alongside National Governments, to fight the raging pandemic.”

Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Health, the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng noted that, “this is an important partnership with Airtel in Uganda and demonstrates a real commitment to support our health workers who are battling day after day to defeat this pandemic. As individuals, members of the public should strictly follow the key hygiene measures and social distancing, to help flatten the curve of the epidemic, avoid overwhelming hospitals, and preserve access to healthcare.”

Airtel has already taken several steps to help mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak such as zero-rating the website for Ministry of Health, World Health Organization and many other websites where the public can access information from relevant authorities on the pandemic as well as education websites to enable students get free access to education materials while at home.

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