KAMPALA - Xsabo Group, an international solar power company, has contributed sh50million towards the fight against the spread of coronavirus pandemic in Uganda.
The contribution channeled through the company's Corporate Social Responsibility arm, Xsabo Foundation was delivered to Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda by Commissioner Frances Ruth Atala, one of the directors, who represented the Chief Executive Officer, Dr David Alobo, who is currently locked up in Germany because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Atala handed over a dummy cheque to the Prime Minister on Thursday. She also announced that the company had contributed cash to various COVID-19 district task forces where they currently operate solar plants.
The districts, she announced, include Mubende, where they contributed sh4m for communities around the Nkonge Solarline, where construction of the plant is scheduled to begin in September this year.
The others include Otuke district where the company donated sh4m. It is scheduled to launch an off-grid hybrid solar power plant in the area. In Gomba district where the company's biggest solar park is located, it donated sh5m to the district COVID-19 taskforce.
Their solar park located at Kabulasoke in Gomba is the biggest solar power park in East Africa. It was launched by President Yoweri Museveni on January 9, 2019.
In a statement he issued from Germany, Dr Alobo said that the contribution comes amidst limited fiscal capacity that gives countries like Uganda little scope for the kind of financial assistance and stimulus packages for the economy that richer nations are rolling out.
Dr Alobo has also written a letter to President Yoweri Museveni applauding him for his efforts in guiding the country on matters of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He noted that the global coronavirus pandemic is ‘an unfolding health crisis with far-reaching economic ramifications and therefore demands the kind of bold action that the Government of Uganda has taken under the President's leadership'.
He pledged to continue offering all the necessary support to the task force as the country continues to fight the pandemic.