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By Joel Mugabi

Although Jinja City and the entire Busoga sub-region have continued to register a decline in Covid19 positive cases, authorities have kept emphasizing the need to sustain the fight against the deadly viral disease in word and deed.

Bidco Uganda Limited (BUL), a Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company with a modern edible oil processing complex in Jinja’s Masese village, has continued to be part of the efforts to sustain the fight against the Covid19 pandemic.

Early this week, BUL, which is famous for being receptive when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility drives, responded to Jinja City’s request for materials such as face masks, sanitizers, liquid soap and temperature guns as part of efforts to stop the further spread of Covid19.

BUL’s Financial Manager-Loh Wei Li, assisted by Senior Factory Manager-Liu Chin to Jinja, handed over the donation to City Mayor-Alton Kasolo Okocha at the latter’s office. The donated items included 100 packets of facemasks, 40 (20-litre) jerrycans of sanitizer, 26 pieces of temperature guns, 100 packets of examination gloves, 20 packets of PPE kits, 15 pieces of spray pumps, 40 (20-litre) jerrycans of liquid soap and Shs10m in cash to facilitate health teams to carry out outreach programs in the city.

Bidco’s Financial Manager Loh Wei Li noted that as a company, they care about the community and that supporting humanitarian causes is part of their corporate social responsibility.

“We believe that a health community is essential for the survival of our investment and as a company we are committed to supporting such causes that directly impact the local people,” said Manager Wei Li, adding that the company has supported similar causes in the island districts of Kalangala and Buvuma where they also have investments.

The Bidco team, which also included Bernard Ngwabe, the Human Resource Manager, emphasized that this particular donation was strictly for the people of Jinja to enable the leadership fight the pandemic.

Bidco’s Ngwabe noted that as a company, they have previously supported the Government of Uganda Covid19 Relief campaign with $100,000.  During the first lockdown, Bidco donated Shs521m in cash as well other products from their conglomerate. The company also injected Shs100m in the renovation of Walukuba Health Centre IV.

For his part, Mayor Kasolo challenged other investors within the city to put to good use their budget for corporate social responsibility.

“I commend Bidco for responding to our call which is a clear indication that they don’t only aim at profit maximization but they also care about the health of their clients,” said Kasolo. “Just like Bidco has done, it is high time other investors within did the same. You can only be in business if the community is healthy, short of which we shall all be at a loss.” (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at






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