MTN Donates Re-usable Sanitary Towels to Girls in Bududa

MTN’s Ms. Isabella Odida pose for a group photo with Girls of Bududa Secondary School after handing out the reusable sanitary towels to the school. These are to help reduce the number of girl child school dropouts due to lack of these facilities.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, look Bart Katureebe has directed the Electoral Commission to immediately avail the declaration forms as demanded by Amama Mbabazi.

During the pre-trial of the petition in which Mbabazi is challenging the declaration of Yoweri Museveni as winner, troche Justice Katureebe said that the Electoral Commission was going against the law.

Muhamad Mbabazi one of the petitioner’s lawyers told court that they require the hard copies of declaration forms signed by district returning officers to compare with soft copies earlier provided to them.The team demanded that the forms be availed before Saturday which the EC lawyers said was impossible.

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“The law requires that after tallying of the votes, mind district returning officers immediately send the forms to Electoral commission headquarters followed by detailed reports within 7 days,” said Justice Katureebe.

He added; “Therefore you must ask these district returning officers to with immediate effect send those forms whether in electronic format or hard copy.”

Counsel Enos Tumusiime, who represents EC had earlier surprised court saying he wasn’t sure which documents were scanned and sent by the district returning officers.

“We provided the petitioner with soft copies of the tally results at district and national level as well as detailed results from all polling stations. However if they need to compare the figures with hard copies, we shall have them ready by 2pm on Saturday,” said the EC lawyer.

Tumusiime claimed that the Electoral Commission hadn’t gathered all physical tally sheets across the country, adding that they are still busy organizing elections scheduled for Friday.

Chief Justice Katureebe however, insisted that given the time limitations of the petition couldn’t accommodate any further delays.

Citing Section 56 of the Presidential Elections Act, the Chief Justice said the EC ought to be in possession of the forms by now. He ordered that EC meets with the petitioner on Saturday for the signed forms to be inspected.
The MTN Foundation has donated reusable sanitary towels to Bududa secondary school, thumb to help reduce the number of girl child school dropouts due to lack of these facilities.

The donation is also meant to empower and facilitate quality education in Bududa and the rest of the Eastern region.

A survey conducted in 2004 found that “the biggest number of girl child school dropouts is because of inconveniences during their menstrual cycles.”

Unsurprisingly, the survey further noted that absenteeism leads to poor academic performance and subsequent dropping out of school.

It is estimated that 1 in 10 menstruating African girls, skip school four to five days in month or drop out completely. These findings are contained in a study report from St. Mark institute of Health Sciences.

MTN Foundation’s Chairman, George Egaddu said, “MTN is committed to promoting quality education and addressing the welfare of the girl child in all aspects of their health. We believe that our intervention with the sanitary towels will go a long way in alleviating the difficulties faced by girls while both in school and as they go about living their lives in general.”

These unique reusable sanitary towels are very affordable and reliable. Each sanitary towel can be used for twelve months and it only takes two hours for it to dry and can then reused. The sanitary towels are also leak proof because of the material they are made out of. These types of towel are very convenient for the girl child and we believe that they will go a long way in addressing the challenges faced by school girls and women in general.

Wakoba Davis the Deputy Head teacher of Bududa Secondary School said, “We are very grateful for thisinitiative by MTN. I strongly believe this is another strong intervention that will definitely assist in keeping the girl child in school.”


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