Contribution includes two vehicles from Equity Bank Uganda Ltd and 100M worth of PPE from Equity Bank Uganda staff
Kampala, May 12, 2020: Equity Bank Uganda Limited has contributed 2 brand new Toyota double cabin pickups valued at UGX 400 Million and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth UGX 100 Million to the COVID -19 National Response Task Force. “This contribution comprises 1 brand new Toyota double cabin pickup from the Bank, a similar one from the family of Dr. James Mwangi, the Group Managing Director and CEO of Equity Group Holdings and PPE worth UGX 100 Million donated by the staff of Equity Bank Uganda from their salaries in response to the President’s appeal for support from salaried Ugandans,” said Equity Bank Uganda Board Chairman Mr. Apollo Makubuya. This contribution is in addition to UGX 25 Million that the Bank has already made under the Uganda Bankers Association umbrella and is aimed at further supporting the Government’s efforts to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at the handover to the Rt. Honorable Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda Equity Bank Uganda’s Managing Director, Mr. Samuel Kirubi said, “As enshrined in our organizational purpose and core values, Equity Bank strives to champion the socio-economic prosperity of the people of Africa, and as such, joins the rest of the country in the fight to restore normalcy of lives and livelihoods. We appreciate in a special way the Government led strategy to keep all of us safe.”
When sending his family’s contribution, Dr. Mwangi said “Accept the gratitude of my family for allowing us to boost Equity Bank Uganda’s donation in-kind with an additional brand new Toyota double cabin pickup towards the national initiatives that the Government of Uganda has put in place to prevent the spread of COVID -19 in the country.
We believe that with unity of purpose and in partnership with our respective governments, we will overcome this pandemic. As corporate citizens of Eastern Africa, Equity Bank Group is committed to do our part to adhere to the governments’ stipulated guidelines and protocols to curb the spread of Covid-19.”
Equity Bank Uganda continues to comply with all the government advisory and protocols in the fight against the spread of Covid-19. During these challenging times, the Bank has facilitated customer access to banking services in a safe and secure manner 24/7 through its digital channels and its over 4,000 Equiduuka agency banking network We are also working with various donor agencies to ensure that close to 28,000 households in the refugee settlements of Nakivale, Kyaka II and Orucinga receive their monthly cash based transfers for food assistance using digital and agency banking channels.
The Prime Minister thanked Equity Bank and the family of Dr. James Mwangi for their contribution and assured the public that this and all the other donations will be used in a transparent and accountable manner to improve service delivery in the health sector and in the fight against COVID-19.
“Please receive our humble contribution .We stand with our brothers and sisters in Uganda and especially those in cities whose food supplies have been adversely disrupted by the lockdown.
These donations will be utilized by the Ministry of Health according to the National Response Fund to Covid 19 Chairman Engineer Emmanuel Katongole.
On Friday 24th April, Uganda’s President Museveni flagged off the first batch of 45 Motor Vehicles that had been donated to the Ministry of Health.
The donations in kind including foodstuffs and other medical equipment are always handed over to the National Taskforce for COVID-19.
President Museveni, announced the establishment of the NATIONAL RESPONSE FUND TO COVID-19 that was was formed on the 8th April,2020.
He also appointed a Committee to provide leadership to the COVID-19 Fund. The members of the Committee are: –
- Hon. Mary Karooro-Okurut, Minister of General Duties, OPM, Political oversight
- Mr. Emmanuel Katongole, CEO, Cipla Chemicals – Chairperson
- Mr. Robert Kabushenga, CEO, New Vision Group, Member
- Mr. Apollo Makubuya, Distinguished Lawyer, MMAKs Advocates, Member
- Mr. Francis Kamulegeya, CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Member
- Mr. Kishor Jobanputra, CEO, Picfare Industries, Member
- Mr. Patrick Mweheire, Regional CEO, Standard Bank Group, Member
- Mr. Bwoch Gustavas, Chairman Centenary Bank, Member
- Bishop Joshua Lwere, Member Council of Presidents, IRCU, Member
- Mr. Aga Sekalala (Jr), CEO, Ugachick, Member
- Dr. Ian Clarke, CEO, International Hospital Kampala, Member
- Dr. Francis Omaswa, Former Director General of Health Services, Member
- Mr. Keith Muhakanizi, Permanent Secretary, Secretary to the Treasury, Member
- Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Member
- Mrs. Dorothy Kisaka – Secretary/Covid-19 Fund Administrator
- The mandate of the Committee is to take responsibility for mobilizing resources for the fight against the pandemic, COVID -19 and enable provision of relief to vulnerable persons
The President recently donated 1.4M, as part of his monthly salary to the Covid-19 Fund. He pledged that this deduction will be donated every month till the pandemic of Covid-19 is eliminated. This took place on 30th April and the cash donation was brought in person by the First lady and Minister of Education, Janet Kataaha Museveni to the Covid-19 Fund Committee at the Office of the Prime Minister.
- Cabinet Ministers of the Government of Uganda
- Members of Parliament
- Members of the Judiciary
- Permanent Secretaries
- Directors, Commissioners and all Senior Civil servants
- All leaders in the local Government structures
- Mrs Dorothy Kisaka: She appealed to the wellwishers to pay their money to the banks and bring pay slips to the Fund.
- Bank Name:Stanbic Bank,Garden City
- Account Name:National Response Fund to Covid19
- Account Number:Shillings:9030017338551
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