Once the managerial problems in Uganda Telecom (UTL) have been fixed, “it is going to be compulsory for Ugandans to hold a Utl line just as it is for you to have a national ID, you must have a Ugandan line. That is the spirit of patriotism”, State minister for Investment and Privatisation, Evelyn Anite has said.

Anite was officiating at the UTL staff blood donation drive at the Constitution Square in Kampala.

The exercise that is in partnership with Uganda Blood Transfusion Services and being held at the Constitutional Square in Kampala up to Wednesday this week, then move to Queens’ Way, Entebbe Road from Thursday to Saturday starting 8:00am to 5:00pm daily.

Speaking at the launch, Anite praised UTL for taking the lead in spearheading such initiatives. “I am glad to officially launch this blood donation drive and call upon everyone to join us as we donate blood and save lives. I hope UTL will organize more of such activities and I pledge to render my support in all ways possible.

I also call upon other companies to follow UTL’s example and engage in activities that are communally benefiting to all,” Anite remarked. After receiving the Minister, Bemanya Twebaze, the administrator, Uganda Telecom in his speech thanked the minister for being a part of the drive and promised that through UTL’s CSR department, more of such activities will be held.

“I thank the honourable minister for taking time off her busy schedule to be a part of this initiative. I have a vibrant and dedicated staff at UTL and we are working together to ensure that such activities are continuous” he said. “We want to impact the lives of a large number of people, not just in Kampala, but countrywide. This blood donation drive is just one of the many CSR activities that we have planned” Bemanya added.