NEBBI. MTN Uganda has supported the Alur Kingdom with shs20 million as the Kingdom prepares to celebrate the tenth coronation anniversary of the King (Ubimo) of Alur, His Majesty Phillip Olarker Rauni III.
MTN has also pledged to support the Kingdom’s inter-clan cycling events in a bid to promote social cohesion within the Kingdom.
While visiting the King at his Bugolobi palace in Kampala on Monday, the MTN Chief Executive Officer, Wim Vanhelleputte handed over the shs20m Cheque to the Kingdom officials to support the coronation celebrations that are set to take place at the King’s palace in Atyak sub-county, Zombo district on Saturday October 31, 2020.
Vanhelleputte expressed MTN’s willingness towards working with the people of Alur Kingdom.
“At MTN, we are focused on actively demonstrating what can be achieved if we work together to enable a shared value system. We firmly believe that we are good together because MTN only succeeds if the communities in which we operate succeed,” Vanhelleputte said.
In his remarks, Olarker commended MTN Uganda for being the first Telecom Company to partner with the Alur Kingdom. On behalf of the Kingdom, the King blessed the MTN CEO with an Alur name dubbed ‘Jalngidhu,’ meaning ‘the one who brings a lot of good luck”.
“We trust that this mutual benefit will bond very well with all native Alur who have continuously enjoyed the excellent MTN services nationally and internationally. As the King of Alur, I guarantee that my Prime Minister and his officials will ensure that the set objectives of this partnership benefits both the MTN brand and the brand of the loyal people of Alur Kingdom,” Olarker said
He noted that Alur values holistically involve gender and all age groups in culture, development, sports, health and humanitarian activities.
Given the prevailing Covid19 pandemic, the Ubimo will be celebrating his tenth coronation anniversary scientifically under the theme “Live healthy and always wear a mask correctly”.
In addition to Ker Alur Kingdom, MTN Uganda has entered a two-year partnership with 4 other cultural institutions namely; Tooro, Bunyoro, Busoga and Ker Kwaro (Acholi).
The partnership, according to MTN, seeks to uplift the socio-cultural wellbeing of the subjects of the respective Kingdoms.
The partnership is based on the premise that cultural institutions play a central role in fostering shared beliefs and unity of purpose as well as facilitating their subject’s social wellbeing through community programs.