Great Lakes Energy Company Hands Over 5 Brand New Cars to COVID-19 Taskforce

Donation handed over on behalf of Kabulasoke Power Project.

15th June 2020. Kampala. Great Lakes Energy Company (GLE) - the investors of Kabulasoke Solar Power Plant, in Kabulasoke, Uganda - has today handed over five brand new Nissan Double Cabin Pick-ups worth 134,300 US Dollars (approximately UG Shillings 507.6m) to Hon. Mary Okurut, the Minister In Charge of General Duties and the head of the Government Covid-19 taskforce.

Officials from Great Lakes Energy, led by Dr. JohnPaul Ong’ondi (3rd Left), the Dalbit Uganda Country Manager hand over five brand new pick-up trucks to the Uganda COVID-19 Task force led by Hon. Mary Karoro Okurut (3rd Right), the Minister in Charge of General Duties and Head of the taskforce. Looking on is Mr. Emmanuel Katongole (2nd Right), the Chairman of the COVID-19 Task force, Dorothy Kisaka (Left) the Administrator and Secretary, and Robert Kabushenga (Right), a member of the taskforce.

The five cars will help transport medical workers and distribute food across Uganda as the country continues to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

GLE has always contributed to the communities that they operate in across Africa by supporting sustainable development projects, mainly in Health, Education and Conservation.

Commenting on the donation, GLE Director Michael Kearns said: “Given the gravity of the ongoing pandemic, we felt it prudent to respond to the President of Uganda’s appeal for additional logistical support to boost the Ministry of Health’s fleet. We are honored to contribute to the alleviation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda by donating these 5-brand new pick-up trucks that will be used to transport food and medical workers to the areas they are needed the most”, he noted.

Speaking on behalf of the COVID-19 taskforce, Hon. Mary Okurut thanked GLE for the donation that will go a long way in providing additional support to the taskforce as it implements the different interventions to curb the spread of the virus.

Guided by two main pillars of strengthening healthcare infrastructure and providing assistance to the most vulnerable communities, GLE allocates funds, separate to the operational business expenditure, to support chosen philanthropic and Corporate Social investment endeavors. Last year, the company worked with local partners to fund a health outreach activity in Rushere district as well as a youth sports tournament to teach Uganda youth about teamwork and leadership.

This donation is part of Janus Continental Group’s Africa-wide COVID-19 response and shows the huge potential of public and private sector partnership, bolstering the efforts of civil society and healthcare institutions. Standing together with governments and societies, JCG is guided by the WHO call for whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In January 2019, GLE completed the $25 million Uganda-based Kabulasoke solar power plant developed in conjunction with the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd. The 24MW solar power plant, which is already connected to the national grid, serves over five million people in rural Uganda.


About Great Lakes Energy Company N.V.

Great Lakes Energy Company (GLE) is a member of Great Lakes Africa Energy Company (GLAE), a company investing and developing state-of-the-art power plants in East and Southern Africa and aims to generate 500MW of energy in the region by 2022. The company has a long philanthropic history, at the heart of which lies its long-term commitment to the people and communities in which it operates. GLE believes that these investments serve as a catalyst to unlock the great potential of Uganda. GLE is a member of the Janus Continental Group, a conglomerate comprising of market-leading companies in the petroleum, energy, hospitality and real estate sectors.

For more information, please contact:

Hassan Lubega. E: M: 0759444552
Emmanuel Onyango. E: M: 0701647978

Hon. Mary Okurut, the head of the Covid-19 taskforce displays kets to the cars received from Great Lakes Energy Company

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