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UTL joins Vision group on Pope's visit drive

By Vision Reporter

Added 28th August 2015 08:22 PM

Uganda Telecom has joined Vision Group in fundraising for the reconstruction of the Namugongo and Munyonyo Martyrs sites, ahead of Pope Francis visit in November.

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Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Archbishop Lwanga, Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala, Uganda Telecom''s Stephen Kaboyo and Papal Nuncio, August Blume Photo by Nicholas Kajjoba

Uganda Telecom has joined Vision Group in fundraising for the reconstruction of the Namugongo and Munyonyo Martyrs sites, ahead of Pope Francis visit in November.

By Nicholas Kajoba 

   

Uganda Telecom has joined Vision Group in fundraising for the reconstruction of the Namugongo and Munyonyo Martyrs sites, ahead of Pope Francis visit in November.

 

Already, Vision Group is selling special rosaries and organising Pope's Walks for the Uganda Martyrs throughout the country scheduled to take place on October 31. Registration for the walks is sh10,000. 

 

The souvenir rosaries which are due to arrive soon will be sold at sh100,000 each. The Archbishop of Kampala, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, will arrive with the rosaries from Rome.

 

The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, met some of the fundraisings steering committee members led by Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga, Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala, Governor Bank of Uganda, Emmanuel Mutebile, Papal Nuncio, August Blume and board chairman of Uganda Telecom, Stephen Kaboyo. The meeting, held on Thursday, was at the Prime Minister’s office on Presidents office building.

 

During the meeting, UTL donated sh50m towards the fundraising drive and handed over 5 smart phones preloaded with monthly airtime worth sh2m to President Museveni, Prime Minister, Governor Bank of Uganda, Cardinal Wamala and Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga.

 

Thanking UTL, Rugunda urged all corporate firms to join the cause because the shrines are a significant place of worship for the church and tourist attraction for the country.

 

"The government and the church have partnered with Telecom companies like UTL to raise funds for the renovation drive. Even if you send as low as sh500, I encourage more people to contribute as much as they can afford to the available mobile money platform," he said.

 

Kaboyo, said they felt obliged and committed to fundraise using the M-SENTE mobile platform.

 

"We have taken the lead as telecom partner and encourage the public to utilize MSENTE to send as low as sh500 towards the cause. 

 

“To contribute on MSENTE: dial *185# YES and select 1. Then enter short code 193 and enter amount. Select 1 to confirm and enter your PIN. 

 

“Once the transaction is successful you will receive an SMS notification stating (you have contributed to UG martyrs shrine redevelopment),” he said.

 

UTL joins Vision group on Pope''s visit drive

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