MTN Uganda, led by the CEO Wim Vanhelleputte, at the weekend, paid a courtesy visit to the King of Tooro, His Royal Highness Dr. Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV at his majestic palace, the Karuzika, overlooking Fort Portal town.
The CEO was on a three day visit to the Western Region to oversee MTN trade activities, visit key stakeholders and to officiate at the handover of the Out-patient ward of Kabarole Hospital refurbished by the MTN Foundation.
Wim was received at the Palace by the Minister of Planning in the Tooro Kingdom, Mr. Levi Musinguzi who offered the MTN guests a guided tour of the palace, while sharing important information on the Kingdom’s history, artifacts, various cultural practices and norms.
He also showed off Tooro Kingdom landmarks such as the Tooro Kingdom Parliament, viewed in the distance from the Palace.
Later, His Royal Highness King Oyo warmly welcomed the MTN team to the Kingdom of Tooro. While congratulating MTN on its 20 year anniversary, he also acknowledged the development the company has caused throughout the country since it started its operations.
“I thank you especially for giving the youth various opportunities for employment both directly and indirectly through your services. The youth, as you may be aware, form a greater percentage of our population. They are the back bone of this nation,” said the King, while noting that part of the MTN guests were youth.
CEO Wim conveyed warm greetings to the King on behalf of the entire MTN Uganda management and staff.
“The MTN leadership team was in the Tooro sub region for a visit to the MTN traders. We conduct these countrywide trade visits regularly to check on the performance of MTN,” Wim explained. Adding, “While here, we held strategy meetings, visited our dealers and crowned our visit with a corporate social responsibility activity at Kabarole Hospital where the MTN Foundation handed over a refurbished Out Patient Ward and donated hospital equipment.”
Noting the good performance of MTN in the region, Wim said, “We are working closely with the Tooro Prime Minister to seek ways in which MTN Uganda can forge a stronger partnership and actively collaborate with the Kingdom to support her various developmental projectsfor the benefit of her subjects and the entire Toro Sub region.”
King Oyo welcomed the partnership, while extending a special invitation to MTN to participate in the activities leading up to TooroKingdom’s coronation anniversary“Empaango” celebrations scheduled for 8th September 2018.
At the end of the visit, CEO Wim caused excitement when he led the team in prostrating before King Oyo.The King gave the CEO Wim ‘Acaali’ as his ‘empaako’ or pet name.