The contribution was received by the Honorable Minister of State in charge of Treasury, Richard Tusabe.
While handing over the contribution, Evelyn Kamagaju Rutagwenda, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Equity Bank Rwanda PLC, said that part of the grant was Rwf 500 million provided by the bank, board members and staff, while another Rwf 500 million was donated by the family of Dr. James Mwangi, CEO of Equity Group Holdings.
"We believe that the testing kits will boost the government’s commendable efforts to promptly diagnose COVID-19 cases and take the necessary measures to reduce the spread,” she said.
The Group Managing Director and CEO of Equity Group Holdings, Dr. Mwangi thanked Rwanda’s continued efforts to fight the epidemic, stressing that the cooperation with the government and various private sectors will lead to a swift response in the fight against COVID-19.
“Kindly accept my family contribution of 500 Million Rwanda Francs to boost Equity Bank Rwanda’s contribution towards the national initiative that the government of Rwanda has put in place in preventing the spread of COVID-19,” Dr. Mwangi said.
“The key to Africa’s success in tackling the global epidemic is the cooperation of the people and the government through its commitment to adherence to the programs and regulations set by the Government and the Ministries of Health,” he added.
Equity Bank Rwanda Plc’s CEO, Hannington Namara, said “Equity Bank Rwanda Plc empathizes with people who have unfortunately been infected with COVID-19 and with them a quick recovery. We are optimistic that our country will go back to normalcy much sooner.”
Equity Bank Rwanda continues to adhere to all the necessary preventive measures in place. During these difficult times, the bank continues to help its customers and non-customers stay at home and get the banking services they need 24/7 hours through their digital channels.
It has introduced various options including removing any costs associated with withdrawing money from the account and opening a new account without requiring anyone to go to the bank or approach an agent.
Equity Group shares operations in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and the DRC, and invests in activities including banking, insurance, auditing, infrastructure, and more.