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Ruparelia Group, NTV to touch lives of slum dwellers with improved pit latrines

Businessman Rajiv Ruparelia addresses a press conference on the upcoming 27th Royal Ascot Goat Races – recently. (PHOTO /File)

KAMPALA – Ruparelia Group of companies and Nation Media Group’s NTV Uganda have announced a partnership for improving hygiene in Kamwokya slums to build improved pit-latrines.

The businessman – through Ruparelia Group of Companies to whom he is the Managing Director – said the pit-latrines will be built using proceeds from the upcoming 27th Royal Ascot Goat Races at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.

The goat races, held at the Speke Resort on the shores of Lake Victoria, have been an annual Kampala tradition since 1993.

It is arguably, the biggest event in Kampala city’s social calender.

Tycoon Rajiv Ruparelia said they will train youths in the area to recycle plastic, which can be used for making art and craft to earn some money.

Mr Ruparelia also said the plastics block sewage, causing flooding and subsequently disease outbreak in the slums.

Mr Johnson Omolo, the NTV Uganda general manager, through Nation Media Group offered to sponsor the event for the next three years and said they will expand the initiative and build more pit-latrines in other slums in the country.

“As Nation Media Group (NMG), we cherish people’s lives and it is our responsibility to educate the masses about good hygiene and dangers of disease outbreaks,” Mr Omolo told a press conference in Kampala.

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