Great Lakes Energy Company Hands Over 5 Brand New Cars to COVID-19 Taskforce

Great Lakes Energy Company Hands Over 5 Brand New Cars to COVID-19 Taskforce

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Donation handed over on behalf of Kabulasoke Power Project.

The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and the Minister in charge of General Duties Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Chairman of the Fund Emmanuel Katongole and Robert Kabushenga, the Vision Group Managing Director and Member of the Fund during the donation at Serena recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

 Kampala. Great Lakes Energy Company (GLE) – the investors of Kabulasoke Solar Power Plant, in Kabulasoke, Uganda – has today handed over five brand new Nissan Double Cabin Pick-ups worth 134,300 US Dollars (approximately UG Shillings 507.6m) to Hon. Mary Okurut, the Minister In Charge of General Duties and the head of the Government Covid-19 taskforce.

The Chairman of the National Response Fund to Covid19, Emmanuel Katongole,the Political Head of the Fund, and the Minister in charge of General Duties Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut with, head of Great Lakes Energy during the donation at Serena recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The five cars will help transport medical workers and distribute food across Uganda as the country continues to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

 GLE has always contributed to the communities that they operate in across Africa by supporting sustainable development projects, mainly in Health, Education and Conservation.

(R-L) The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and the Minister in charge of General Duties Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Chairman of the Fund Emmanuel Katongole and Robert Kabushenga, the Vision Group Managing Director and Member of the Fund and Helen Mayanja, the Country Manager of Hill+Knowlton Strategies during the donation at Serena recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Commenting on the donation, GLE Director Michael Kearns said: “Given the gravity of the ongoing pandemic, we felt it prudent to respond to the President of Uganda’s appeal for additional logistical support to boost the Ministry of Health’s fleet. We are honored to contribute to the alleviation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda by donating these 5-brand new pick-up trucks that will be used to transport food and medical workers to the areas they are needed the most”, he noted.

(R-L) The Incoming Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Mrs. Kisaka Dorothy, the donors including Umar Munyagwa, the Country head ,Great Lakes, (3rd left), Umar Munyagwa (3rd left) Vincent Gisengi,another gentleman, the Political Head of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and the Minister in charge of General Duties Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Chairman of the Fund Emmanuel Katongole and Robert Kabushenga, the Vision Group Managing Director and Member of the Fund at Serena recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Speaking on behalf of the COVID-19 taskforce, Hon. Mary Okurut thanked GLE for the donation that will go a long way in providing additional support to the taskforce as it implements the different interventions to curb the spread of the virus.

The donated Pick Ups.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Guided by two main pillars of strengthening healthcare infrastructure and providing assistance to the most vulnerable communities, GLE allocates funds, separate to the operational business expenditure, to support chosen philanthropic and Corporate Social investment endeavors. Last year, the company worked with local partners to fund a health outreach activity in Rushere district as well as a youth sports tournament to teach Uganda youth about teamwork and leadership.

This donation is part of Janus Continental Group’s Africa-wide COVID-19 response and shows the huge potential of public and private sector partnership, bolstering the efforts of civil society and healthcare institutions. Standing together with governments and societies, JCG is guided by the WHO call for whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In January 2019, GLE completed the $25 million Uganda-based Kabulasoke solar power plant developed in conjunction with the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd. The 24MW solar power plant, which is already connected to the national grid, serves over five million people in rural Uganda.

About Great Lakes  Energy Company N.V.

Great Lakes Energy Company (GLE) is a member of Great Lakes Africa Energy Company (GLAE), a company investing and developing state-of-the-art power plants in East and Southern Africa and aims to generate 500MW of energy in the region by 2022.  The company has a long philanthropic history, at the heart of which lies its long-term commitment to the people and communities in which it operates. GLE believes that these investments serve as a catalyst to unlock the great potential of Uganda. GLE is a member of the Janus Continental Group, a conglomerate comprising of market-leading companies in the petroleum, energy, hospitality and real estate sectors.

Hon Minister Mary Karooro Okurut appreciated  donors.

She called upon more well-wishers, corporate bodies and organizations to donate generously in this fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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: –

  1. Hon. Mary Karooro-Okurut, Minister of General Duties, OPM, Political oversight
  2. Mr. Emmanuel Katongole, CEO, Cipla Chemicals – Chairperson
  3. Mr. Robert Kabushenga, CEO, New Vision Group, Member
  4. Mr. Apollo Makubuya, Distinguished Lawyer, MMAKs Advocates, Member
  5. Mr. Francis Kamulegeya, CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Member
  6. Mr. Kishor Jobanputra, CEO, Picfare Industries, Member
  7. Mr. Patrick Mweheire, Regional CEO, Standard Bank Group, Member
  8. Mr. Bwoch Gustavas, Chairman Centenary Bank, Member
  9. Bishop Joshua Lwere, Member Council of Presidents, IRCU, Member
  10. Mr. Aga Sekalala (Jr), CEO, Ugachick, Member
  11. Dr. Ian Clarke, CEO, International Hospital Kampala, Member
  12. Dr. Francis Omaswa, Former Director General of Health Services, Member
  13. Mr. Keith Muhakanizi, Permanent Secretary, Secretary to the Treasury, Member
  14. Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Member
  15. Mrs. Dorothy Kisaka – Secretary/Covid-19 Fund Administrator
  16. 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.

  1. Cabinet Ministers of the Government of Uganda
  2. Members of Parliament
  3. Members of the Judiciary
  4. Permanent Secretaries
  5. Undersecretaries
  6. Directors, Commissioners and all Senior Civil servants
  7. All leaders in the local Government structures
  8. Mrs Dorothy Kisaka: She appealed to the wellwishers to pay their money to the banks and bring pay slips to the Fund.
  9. Bank Name:Stanbic Bank,Garden City
  10. Account Name:National Response Fund to Covid19
  11. Account Number:Shillings:9030017338551
  12. USD:9030017342974
  13. Info@Tel +256-776-000-108,+256793942474

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