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By Paul Waiswa

An elderly couple in Amuru district that grabbed the  limelight after they were stuck with more than sh1.6m in notes damaged by termites is all smiles again.

The 75-year old Bicentina Alal and her 80-year-old husband Tito Okema, had the confused ‘death sentence’ look as they displayed the shredded notes that had taken them 3 years to save in a metallic case.    They are now swimming in cash.

An elderly Bientina Alal displays the tattered notes to the media in Amuru (photo: courtesy)

Their harrowing story has since attracted corporate sponsors who have come to their aid.  Among the latest sponsors is Quality Chemicals Limited, which replaced the tattered notes with crisp sh50,000 notes amounting to sh1.6m on top of  donating a termite repellant Termidol.

Quality Chemicals Limited, led by their General Manager Ajay Mahadik and Public Health Manager Nicholas Katongole, have today handed over bottles of the termite control treatment, Termidor along the cash donation  to the couple in their homestead in in Kali-Kali village, Layima sub-county, Amuru district.

Speaking at the handover session, Ajay Mahadik said that the company decided to step in to make the donation because community is central to their culture as a company.

Quality Chemicals Limited, General Manager Ajay Mahadik and his team speak to the couple in Amuru (photo: Paul Waiswa)

“Quality Chemicals Limited has, for all the 24 years of its existence been a community first company. We care for the health and safety of our community and that is why we saw the need to step in and provide financial aid, but even more pertinently, provide a longer lasting solution to Alal’s ordeal,” stated Mahadik.

Nicholas Katongole, the Public Health Manager added, “helping her save money in safer places is undoubtedly great support. In addition to that, how can we help keep their house and their other precious things safe from being ravaged by termites?”

“We have introduced her to Termidor 96 SC, a termite killer that will wipe the termites out of her homestead once and for all. Termidor is especially effective because of its unique transfer effect. The termite killer is undetectable by termites, which makes it impossible for them to evade, and therefore unknowingly come into contact with it. The termites obliviously carry Termidor to the colonies, consequently rippling the treatment and killing every termite that comes in contact,” Katongole explained.

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