BUSOGA Kingdom has received a boost of Uganda shilling 60m from Huawei Technologies Company Ltd. The cash donation is to help in the campaign against the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 40,000 globally.
Government has in a proactive manner issued a number of safety protocols including shutting down all public transport (buses, mini buses, taxis, private cars and hired motor cycle riders commonly known as boda-boda.
Uganda which has also imposed a two weeks 12-hour curfew, it has so far registered 48 cases with zero fatality while hundreds more are being monitored in selected health facilities and homes.
The money was handed over to the wealthy Second Deputy Prime Minister (Katukiro) Osman Ahmed Noor on behalf of the Kingdom in a brief ceremony held in Kampala.
Handing over the money, the telecom’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Liu Jiawel says his company cannot afford to fold fingers and watch citizens traumatized without them giving a hand.
“…this is a fight in which we must all join hands and efforts to ensure that the key stakeholders are facilitated to reach out the population as fast as possible”, he said.
Jiawel also says the contribution is part of their corporate social responsibility by identifying with the community who are their customers at this critical moment of a global disaster.
Osman applauded Huawei for the positive gesture which he says is a big boost to the kingdom which is also working in partnership with relevant government ministries and departments.
“…the money will be used for media campaigns especially the local radio stations which predominantly use the native language to sensitize the masses on the risks of COVID-19…”, the soft speaking Osman said.
Osman says the Bugembe-based Kingdom under the Kyabazinga, His Highness William Wilberforce Nadiope Gabula IV will enlist experts from the Ministry of Health to step up sensitizing the masses on the guidelines released by the central government.