Ugandans will soon be forced to own a UTL SIM card in order to save the struggling telecom company. This was revealed yesterday by the State Minister for Investment and Privatization Evelyn Anite, where every Ugandan will have a UTL SIM just like the National ID. Speaking at the UTL staff blood donation drive at the constitutional square in Kampala, the outspoken minister said that owning a UTL line should be a show of pride and patriotism for Ugandans. Anite was tasked with ensuring that UTL doesn’t wind up.
Uganda Telecom has been facing challenges of nearly one trillion shillings in debt and was recently placed under receivership.
UTL’s blood donation drive is in partnership with Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS) will be held at the Constitutional Square in Kampala from Monday June 19th to Wednesday June 21st 2017. The drive will then be moved to Queens’ way, Entebbe road from Thursday June 22nd to Saturday June 24th 2017 from 8:00am to 5:00pm daily.
Speaking at the launch, the State Minister of Finance for Investment and Privatization, Hon Evelyn Anite praised UTL for taking the lead in spearheading such initiatives. “I am glad to officially launch this blood donation drive and call upon everyone to join us as we donate blood and save lives. I hope UTL will organize more of such activities and I pledge to render my support in all ways possible. I also call upon other companies to follow UTL’s example and engage in activities that are communally benefiting to all,” Ms. Anite remarked.
Mr. Bemanya Twebaze, the Administrator, Uganda Telecom thanked the minister for being a part of the drive and promised that through UTL’s CSR department, more of such activities will be held. He said “I thank the honorable minister for taking time off her busy schedule to be a part of this initiative. I have a vibrant and dedicated staff at UTL and we are working together to ensure that such activities are continuous. We want to impact the lives of a large number of people, not just in Kampala, but countrywide. This blood donation drive is just one of the many CSR activities that we have planned.”