The Minister of State for Animal Industry Hon. Lt. Col. Bright Rwamirama has commended MTN Uganda and Salam Charity’s Ramadan initiative for supporting the members of the Muslim faith as they strengthen their faith through fasting, a critical pillar in the Islamic faith.
This was at the Iftar dinner held at the Lake View Hotel in Mbarara where Hon. Rwamirama was the chief guest; he thanked MTN and Salam TV for helping to nurture the Islamic religion by remembering the Muslims during the holy month of Ramadhan.
“To us, religion is an important part of the society as it shapes families. I applaud Salam TV and Salam Charity for doing such a commendable job of reaching out to communities at such a time,” Rwamirama said.
Rwamirama also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to fully operationalize Islamic banking in Uganda, in conjunction with the Turkish government.
The Ankole kigezi Regional Qadhi, Sheikh Abdallah Katamba said “thank you for considering us this year. I want to urge you to be hard workers so that we can honestly portray who we are as Muslims at heart. May Allah bless MTN, Salam charity, and all the people involved in this great act of kindness”.
The dinner was preceded by a series of Alms handovers to the Muslim communities in Nakivale refugee camp in Isingiro district and to the refugee Muslim community in Kisoro district.
Prior to this, MTN Uganda alongside Salam Charity delivered alms to the Luzira Prisons Muslim community and the Imams’ Forum in Kampala mid-last week.
The alms include; Sugar, rice, baking flour, cooking oil, salt and soap among other assorted food items.
MTN Uganda’s Western Region Business Manager, Ibrahim Ssegujja said that; “This years’ Ramadan alms are specifically targeting the less privileged and refugee communities across the country to support them with food items as they fast during the month of Ramadan.”
Ssegujja noted that through this execution, MTN is standing with the Muslim faithful to reinforce its oneness with them as they undertake the fasting period.
Relatedly, during a Ramadan handover ceremony held at the Igenge palace in Jinja district, His Royal Highness, Kyabazinga William Kadhumbula Gabula Nadiope IV commended MTN Uganda for its continued support to the Muslim fraternity in his Kingdom.
Meanwhile, at the Iftar dinner held at the Boma Hotel in Gulu, Hon. Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny, the State Minister in charge of Northern Uganda urged all Ugandans to emulate MTN and Salam Charity by supporting one another for the growth and development of the country.
Sheikh Musa Khalil, the Acholi District Khadhi thanked MTN for traversing the entire country to reach out to all the Muslims across the country and prayed a blessing on the company as well as Salam Charity for the commendable work they are doing for the people of Allah.
The team has been able to deliver alms to the refugee Muslim communities in Yumbe district and other parts of the country.
Since 2017, MTN Uganda has worked with Salam Charity to reach out to the Muslim fraternity across the country during Ramadan. This year’s Ramadan project is being executed under the theme; “A giving heart”, as a way of fostering benevolence as the country recovers from the effects of the nearly two-year-long Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
As was the case last year, MTN has brought back the special Ramadan bundles offer to ease communication during the fasting period. At only 500/=, all its customers will get 30 MTN minutes and 100MBs valid from midnight to 5am. This offer is open to all MTN customers; Muslims and non-muslims alike.