By Website writer
Telecom giants MTN have fulfilled a Sh1 billion pledge it made toward the support of Uganda government’s effort to cope with increasing refugee influx in the country.
The pledge was delivered by Rob Shuter, the president and chief executive of MNT Group, who is in the country for the MTN Global Leadership Gathering.
In June, last year, President Museveni and UN chief Antonio Guterres hosted a global Solidarity Summit on Refugees in Entebbe to support the Uganda government efforts to deal with the influx of refugees.
At the summit, several governments and agencies committed to the support in cash and pledges, but it was MTN Uganda that caught the attention of the delegates by leading the private sector with a $1 million pledge.
Shuter, while meeting Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda in Kampala on Tuesday, reiterated MTN’s commitment to ensuring that the Shs1 billion creates meaningful impact and reduces the government’s burden to support in excess of a million refugees in the country.
“MTN is committed to supporting the communities in which we operate in across our operations spread out in twenty-four countries. We are therefore very happy to be a part of this worthy cause,” Shuter said after paying a courtesy call on Dr Rugunda.
Premier Rugunda said any help to support government efforts to deal with the refugee influx will be welcomed.
“We appreciate MTN Uganda’s support towards the refugee crisis and we thank them for being worthy partners towards this cause,” he said.
MTN’s Shs1 billion donation will provide support over a two-year period. At the summit in 2017, the government had hoped to raise at least $2 billion to help nearly a million South Sudanese fleeing civil war. Only over $350 million was raised.