Kampala, Uganda- Thursday 16th April 16, 2020: Letshego Holdings Limited, under its subsidiary Letshego Uganda has today handed over a consignment worth $10,000 (Shs38 million) towards the Uganda Police Force as a compliment to their efforts in sustaining the rule of law as well as guiding the population in adherence to guidelines from Ministry of Health and the president’s office.
During the handover ceremony at Letshego offices in Kololo, Letshego Uganda’s Ag Chief Executive Giles Aijukwe presented their donation to AIGP Asan Kasingye (on behalf of IGP Martin Ochola) amidst cheer and applause. Comprising of water, sanitizers and food rations, Letshego Uganda’s retrospection is premised on the robust, agile and supportive role that the Police continues in and around the country.
“The role of the Uganda Police Force can never be understated. If anything, it is their diligence, round-the-clock supervision that has enabled adherence to the lockdown procedures, maintaining peace and sanity in the country. We are therefore cognizant of their work and we appreciate and encourage them to keep doing their best as we fight to eliminate the deadly Corona virus,” Acting Chief Executive Giles Aijukwe amplified.
“We have purchased sanitizers, safe drinking water and food rations (Sugar, cooking oil and rice) to assist the police force. Our contribution as Letshego Uganda is part of Letshego Group overall commitment of investing more than $251,538,63 as a group wide intervention across its 11 markets,” he clarified.
Mr Aijukwe went on to state that collective efforts by the private sector to support the government to stem the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic will go a long way in enabling us humble this deadly disease. “As a company, we firmly believe in safety of our staff and the citizenry within which we operate, so it is this obligation and duty that has enabled our participation.”
“The dramatic spread of #COVID-19 has disrupted lives, livelihoods, communities and businesses worldwide. However, our people are operating to support our customers during the lockdown, leveraging technology and secure digital infrastructures. Our branch networks are in operation to assist those visiting the outlets but please note that filling of forms, assistance with inquiries and client support are also being handled using our online platforms to ascertain an efficient flow of work,” Aijukwe stressed.
Letshego Uganda and the Ministry of Health continue to appeal to the general population to remain calm but vigilant and practice these preventive measures: wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol based sanitizer at least three times a day, maintain a social distance of at least four meters and if you have flu like symptoms, cover your nose and mouth with a mask.
Around half of the planet’s population is under some kind of lockdown as governments struggle to contain the spread of a disease that has now infected more than 1,287,095 people while over 70,523 are known to have died and 271,882 have recovered according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. To date, as per reports from the Ministry of Health, Uganda has 53 confirmed cases of Coronavirus that are being quarantined, observed and reviewed and kept away from the general population to eliminate contamination.
The Letshego Group is an African multinational, originated, headquartered and listed in Botswana while maintaining its focus on delivering inclusive finance solutions to underserved populations across 11 Sub Saharan Markets.
With a staff compliment of over 3,000 – including both direct and indirect sales agents – and more than seven hundred thousand customers, Letshego leverages innovation and technology to improve the lives of individuals who have limited access to traditional financial services.
As Letshego celebrates more than 21 years of supporting regional communities, the Group remains focused on being a world class retail financial services organisation.