Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN.” As of 30 September 2012, MTN recorded 183 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.
MTN Uganda in partnership with the Red Cross, Pinnacle Security, Uganda Athletics Federation(UAF), The New Vision, Huawei, Rwenzori Beverages and the Uganda Police has handed over UGX. 307,660,500 Million to assist the people who were displaced by landslides in Bududa.
The money was raised from the 9th edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon that took place on 25th November 2012 and a donation drive campaign on the MTN social media sites. The theme of last year’s marathon was; Run with your heart and the proceeds were earmarked for providing clean and safe water for the people of Bududa district who were displaced by the landslides that claimed several lives. The displaced people were relocated by government to Kiryandongo in 2011.
“MTN Uganda and our partners are committed to enhancing development in the communities in which we do business, not just by providing universal access to communication, but also through contributing to providing basic and essential necessities such as clean and safe water, “ said Mazen Mroue, CEO MTN Uganda.
Bududa District is a relatively new district that was created in 2006, with an approximate population of 146,000 people. This disaster and the effects after is what motivated MTN Uganda and other partners; Red Cross, Pinnacle Security, Uganda Athletics Federation(UAF), The New Vision, Huawei, Rwenzori Beverages and the Uganda Police to choose the people of Bududa as beneficiaries of proceeds from the 2012 MTN Kampala Marathon. The landslide events caused significant damage to farmland, crops, and livestock, claimed over 400 human lives and displaced an estimated 5,000 people.
The MTN Kampala Marathon is an annual event that has attracted over 100,000 entrants across local and international spheres over the last nine years since its inception, it has raised close to Ugx. 700 million to help the less privileged in various parts of the Uganda.