KAMPALA -Telecom giants MTN Uganda has extended their support and beefed up the fight against COVID 19 by launching MoMoPay Red Cross Merchant Account for customers to donate money towards the spread of the coronavirus in the country, and support those most affected by the pandemic.
This code was unveiled during the face live chat is *165*3*191919# and here any amount towards this noble cause is highly appreciated.
Speaking during the Live chat MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte empthasised the company’s commitment to stand together with Ugandans by doing everything it can to reduce the impact that covid19 is having on their lives.
“We will continue to look at ways of supporting our communities and government, to ensure that together, we do everything feasible to get through this difficult time,” he said.
Mr. Robert Kwesiga, the Secretary General Uganda Red cross appreciated MTN’s gesture and reiterated the society’s commitment to alleviate the human suffering that is increasingly being experienced by communities especially the most vulnerable people in society.
Recently, the Telco scrapped all charges on sending any amount of money using MTN Mobile Money, in a bid to reduce the physical exchange of paper money.
This was aimed at minimizing the risk of transmission of covid-19 that has paralysed daily life across the world
Needless to say, the company also launched a data bundle that is enabling customers to work from home. Dubbed ‘Work from home’, the data bundle is meant to promote the concept of ‘social distancing’ while reducing the anticipated negative impact that limited movement and contact between people, may have on both the economic and social fabric of our society at a paltry amount of UGX 2,000 for 1 GB between 9:00am – 5:00pm.
“As a brand we are committed to continue working with the government, and other partners to reduce the impact and disruption that this pandemic is having on the lives of Ugandans. Working closely with the Ministry of Health and still committed our media assets including radio, SMS, social media, call centre and continues to implement various precautionary measures to drive awareness among the public to protect themselves,” Wim further explained.
The Company also made UGX 500M available, to facilitate efforts to prevent, manage and curb the spread of covid 19 in Ugand among which UGX 297M was disbursed to the Uganda Red Cross, who are using the funds for their execution plan that includes community sensitization and surveillance, ambulance services, psychological support, case tracing and handling referrals among other interventions.