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MASINDI: As part of the continued quest in the promotion of a healthy wellbeing and saving of lives in the community during these unprecedented COVID-19 times, Kinyara Sugar Limited donated relief and hygiene supplies to the Masindi Prison.

The items that were to benefit the prisoners included hand-washing facilities, liquid soap, bar soap, sugar, posho and face masks worth UGX 8.5million. The items were handed over by the General Manager Kinyara Sugar limited Ravi Ramalingam to the Regional Prisons Commander Francis Xavier Elubu in the presence of the Masindi Resident District Commissioner Rose Kirabira and other officials from the prison and Kinyara Sugar Limited.

The Regional Police Commander Francis Xavier Elubu on behalf of the Prisons Service, appreciated Kinyara for the gesture and further added that it was a timely donation in the continued fight against the pandemic that continues to disrupt the country. He added that given the dwindling economic situation and their meager operational resources, it was a major boost to them in ensuring that prisoners in their custody keep safe and healthy.

‘‘Kinyara Sugar Limited is a key socio-economic player in Masindi district and Uganda at-large, in that wherever they are called upon for support in various community livelihood enhancement activities, the responses are always positive. And therefore on behalf of the government of Uganda, I extent my sincere thanks to Kinyara for supporting the prisoners, a group that is vulnerable,’’Rose Kirabira said.

‘‘We are a community entrenched organization that understands the plight of the various groups including the prisoners. And so, for us, this was an opportunity to continue improving livelihoods in our community, an undertaking that we are passionate about.’’ Ravi Ramalingam, the General Manager Kinyara Sugar emphasized during his remarks. He added that Kinyara has previously offered support to the prisoners severally and will continue to do the same even in the wider community.

‘‘From a responsible business point of view and the prevailing covid-19  pandemic at hand that continues to be a threat to humanity, we felt it necessary and compassionate to further be a part of the pursuit to savings lives but this time in the prison community. This is premised our value system and continued commitment to enhancement of our community’s health and wellbeing given their pertinent contribution to the sugar value chain.’’ Richard Mathias Wanok the Corporate Communications Manager, Kinyara Sugar said.

This support comes at a time when a new covid-19 variant, Omicron emerged in South Africa, causing panic across the globe.

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