Religious Leaders Urge Election Losers to Concede Defeat

Shk Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje

Crane Bank donated an assortment of medical supplies to Tender Hands Nursing Home in Lukaya, more about Masaka district.

This philanthropic venture came as part of Crane Bank’s corporate social responsibilities activities. The bank has held similar CSR activities like the Free Eye Screening and treatment for everyone, blood donation campaigns, Save The Environment drive by planting trees with the Indian High commission, sponsorship of the KCCA Carnival, school fees sponsorship, supporting the Fistula Repair Program with Nakasero Hospital, and sponsorships of various marathons among others.

Tender Hands Nursing Home is a registered Non-Governmental Health Project and offers nursing services to all the People who have illness in Lukaya Town Council and its neighboring villages.

The Nursing Home has an in-patient and out-patient Clinic. Mrs. Juliet Nakidde, the director of the nursing home said, “We are always looking to extend medical and clinical facilities in the Masaka region; especially towards pregnant women.”

Crane Bank also exercises its corporate responsibility beyond its core business. More than 10,000 people benefit from the different initiatives as part of its commitment to society.

“Agriculture Financing”, the bank’s education program, has reached over 500 schools countrywide. Over 5,000 people have benefited from the bank’s financial literacy programs.

Out of Uganda’s 112 districts, Crane Bank has a direct outreach to 70 districts through 23 upcountry branches.

They range from microfinance to impact investments and aim to promote entrepreneurship, improve people’s local environment and help people in emergency situations.

Crane Bank commenced operations in August 1995 and survived the banking crisis of the late 1990s to become the largest indigenous bank in country today.

The bank now boosts of 46 branches across the country. Crane Bank provides a full range of financial products and services, each tailored to meet the individual needs of its customers, through its nationwide branches and ATMs spread across Uganda and a subsidiary, Crane Bank in Rwanda.

Crane Bank has won several awards including the prestigious “The Best Bank Uganda” of Euro money and “Banker of the Year” award from The Banker Magazine, publication of the Financial Times for the 9th time in 10 years. Crane Bank has won the “Deutsch Bank USD STP Award” four times in a row.
The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) and the Elders Forum of Uganda (TEFU) have appealed to all Presidential candidates and all other candidates to refrain from acts of provocation, unhealthy intimidation or revenge during and after the general elections which is scheduled for Thursday, more about February 18.

Addressing the media at IRCU offices in Namirembe-Kampala, IRCU Ag Chairperson, Sheikh Ramadhan Mubajje urged all candidates to accept the outcomes of the election results as will be announced by the Electoral Commission (EC) to avoid violence.

“In every election, there is a winner and a loser. In recognizing this however, we are very conscious that during the campaigns and Presidential debates, there has been a growing consensus that there will be greater benefit for the country, for all candidates to find some way of working together rather than the common practice of the winner taking it all,” Mubajje observed.

“We therefore would like to lay this burden onto the aspiring presidential candidates, to exercise magnanimity by the winner embracing the others for the stability and Development of mother Uganda; and for losers to concede defeat so that there is peace and harmony after the elections,”

Mubajje urged Ugandans to be tolerant to each other despite the differences in the candidates they support, “remembering that we all need each other to be able to build our mother country Uganda.”

“Uganda is our Motherland and is a place where each one of us must have the space to live in peace and realize our dreams and those of our children; no one should wish the other away, because they support a different political party.”

“We should not allow Political Party loyalty to stand in the way of national solidarity; we therefore appeal to every citizen to and all key institutions to make responsible choices that will lead to a credible, peaceful, free and fair election, thereby saving ourselves from any undesirable consequences.”

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