MTN donates solar equipment to victims of Bududa landslides

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MTN workers installing solar panels on the houses of the recent relocated landslide victims in Bududa. Photo Credit: Judith Amusugut, OPEN GATE FM/NECJOGHA, MBALE

By Judith Amusugut, OPEN GATE FM/NECJOGHA, MBALE

MTN Uganda has installed solar lighting in the houses of the recently relocated victims of the Bududa landslides in eastern Uganda.

The donation by MTN is part of the 21-day Yellocare activities where MTN staff installed fully paid solar lighting panels in all the 101 finished houses. They planted trees mostly fruit trees as a way of conserving the environment and also planted a nursery bed of vegetables like sukuma wiki and cowpeas to help improve on the nutrition of the residents.

MTN workers planting trees to act as wind breakers . Photo Credit: Judith Amusugut, OPEN GATE FM/NECJOGHA, MBALE

While presiding at the function, Gordian Kyomukama the chief technical officer at MTN said that MTN as a trusted partner in the development of the nation, it gives pride to participate further in the humanitarian initiatives fronted by the government and will stand with survivors of landslides in Bududa to improve their livelihood.

The residents of the 50 households received the items were overwhelmed with joy and thanked MTN for saving them from the darkness.

MTN workers delivering some of the items to the lanslides victims. Photo Credit: Judith Amusugut, OPEN GATE FM/NECJOGHA, MBALE

Last month, the government of Uganda under the Office of the Prime Minister started the first phase of the relocation of people facing danger of being affected by the Bududa mudslides. According to the Head of Communications at OPM, Mr. Julius Mucunguzi, in this first phase they relocated 50 homes to Bunambutye where government bought land to construct 900 houses.  The two- bed-roomed houses where they were relocated are the first phase of a total of 900 houses that have been constructed by the UPDF Engineering Brigade.

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