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Airtel, URSB staff donate sh94m salary to COVID-19 Fund

By Paul Kiwuuwa

Added 18th June 2020 04:11 PM

Cabinet ministers offered sh1m for six months to the National Response Fund to COVID-19 in the fight against the spread of the pandemic.

Airtel, URSB staff donate sh94m salary to COVID-19 Fund

Picture by Nicholas Oneal

Cabinet ministers offered sh1m for six months to the National Response Fund to COVID-19 in the fight against the spread of the pandemic.

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The employees of Airtel Uganda and Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) have contributed sh94m in salary, to the National Response Fund to COVID-19 in order to stem the spread of the pandemic.
 
Airtel Legal and Regulatory Director, Denis Kakonge handed a sh72m bank cheque to Mary Karooro Okurut, the Minister in charge of General Duties,  who is also the political guidance to the team.
 
Her team included: Dorothy Kisaka, the fund's secretary, administrator, and Patrick Mweheire, the Regional Chief Executive (East Africa) Standard Bank Group.
 
According to Kakonge, the staff directed that their money should be used for procuring personal protective equipment and gear for health workers attached to major border points of Elegu, Mutukula, Malaba, and Busia.
 
In April, Airtel Uganda contributed sh1.25b to the task force, which guaranteed network availability and stability by rolling out an additional 50 sites during the CIVID-19 period.
 

Picture by Nicholas Oneal


"Airtel provided free SMS broadcasts to the health ministry highlighting the campaigning awareness and the existence of COVID-19 in the communities. We also created a call Center within the Airtel call center for the health ministry to highlighting education messages on COVID-19," said Kakonge.
 
URSB, a government agency responsible for civil registrations including marriages and divorces, business, patents, intellectual property rights, and registration, contributed sh20m towards the cause. 
 
URSB Board of Directors, Francis Butagira, and Registrar General Bemanya, Twebaze handed over the money to the fund.
 
Butagira said it is vital to give a helping hand during these trying times as a way of reaching out to especially those most affected by the pandemic, some of whom include URSB clients.
 
Last Tuesday, Cabinet ministers emulated President Yoweri Museveni, who recently committed part of his sh3.6m monthly salary to the fund, starting April, to fight the spread of coronavirus in Uganda.
 
The ministers offered sh1m for six months to National Response Fund to COVID-19 in the fight against the spread of the pandemic.
 
Ruth Nankabirwa, the government Chief whip, revealed that of the 72 cabinet ministers, 47 have contributed sh280m to the fund, starting with June salary.
 
"The Cabinet ministers have agreed that sh1m should be deducted from their salaries monthly in order to boost the fund's account so that they can fight against COVID-19," she disclosed.  

The employees of Airtel Uganda and Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) have contributed sh94m in salary, to the National Response Fund to COVID-19 in order to stem the spread of the pandemic.
 
Airtel Legal and Regulatory Director, Denis Kakonge handed a sh72m bank cheque to Mary Karooro Okurut, the Minister in charge of General Duties,  who is also the political guidance to the team.
 
Her team included: Dorothy Kisaka, the fund's secretary, administrator,and Patrick Mweheire, the Regional Chief Executive (East Africa) Standard Bank Group.
 
According to Kakonge, the staff directed that their money should be used for procuring personal protective equipment and gear for health workers attached to major border points of Elegu, Mutukula, Malaba, and Busia.
 
In April, Airtel Uganda contributed sh1.25b to the task force, which guaranteed network availability and stability by rolling out an additional 50 sites during the CIVID-19 period.
 
"Airtel provided free SMS broadcasts to the health ministry highlighting the campaigning awareness and the existence of COVID-19 in the communities. We also created a call Center within the Airtel call center for the health ministry to highlighting education messages on COVID-19," said Kakonge.
 
URSB, a government agency responsible for civil registrations including marriages and divorces, business, patents, intellectual property rights, and registration, contributed sh20m towards the cause. 
 
URSB Board of Directors, Francis Butagira, and Registrar General Bemanya, Twebaze handed over the money to the fund.
 
Butagira said it is vital to give a helping hand during these trying times as a way of reaching out to especially those most affected by the pandemic, some of whom include URSB clients.
 
Last Tuesday, Cabinet ministers emulated President Yoweri Museveni, who recently committed part of his sh3.6 m monthly salary to the fund, starting April, to fight the spread of coronavirus in Uganda.
 
The ministers offered sh1m for six months to National Response Fund to COVID-19 in the fight against the spread of the pandemic.
 
Ruth Nankabirwa, the government Chief whip, revealed that of the 72 cabinet ministers, 47 have contributed sh280m to the fund, starting with June salary.
 
"The Cabinet ministers have agreed that sh1m should be deducted from their salaries monthly in order to boost the fund's account so that they can fight against COVID-19," she disclosed.  

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