The National Water and Sewerage Corporation last week donated various items to the Mapeera Bakateyamba home for vulnerable people in Kampala.
The donations included sugar, rice, posho, salt, soap, blankets, mosquito nets, toilet paper, buckets and jerrycans. Handing over the items, NWSC Managing Director Silver Mugisha said the donation was in line with his organisation’s corporate social responsibility.
“It’s one of the mechanisms for us to give back to our customers. But on this particular occasion we want to work with religious leaders to stop people, especially the rich, from stealing water,” Dr Mugisha said.
Founded by the late Emmanuel Cardinal Nsubuga in 1978, the Mapeera Bakateyamba home is run by the Good Samaritan Sisters under the patronage of Kampala Catholic archdiocese. Located at Nalukolongo, along the Kampala-Masaka road, the home has a hostel with capacity for 300 people. Currently, there are 101 disabled, elderly, destitute and otherwise vulnerable persons at the facility.
Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, who is also the patron of the home, commended NWSC for the gesture.
“We are very appreciative of your gesture in this lent period and it has also come at a time when we have Pope Francis whose heart is with the poor,” Dr Lwanga told the NWSC delegation, led by Board Chairman Christopher Ebal.
Earlier, NWSC staff cleaned the hostel rooms and compound. Although frustrated by state institutions over bill arrears, NWSC is one of the few thriving government corporations in an era of privatisation, bringing in good revenues to the national treasury. For instance, Kampala Water alone reported revenue collections of Shs 20bn last month.
NWSC’s public relations manager for Kampala and Jinja, Samuel Apedel, said the corporation had decided to install prepaid meters at all government institutions.
Already, major defaulters such as Mulago hospital, ministry of Defence, Uganda Prisons and Uganda Police have been disconnected. Apedel said NWSC was negotiating with the institutions to have their outstanding bills, worth billions, cleared.
Source : The Observer