Tigo goes green in Kilimanjaro with 10k trees planted

15Feb 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tigo goes green in Kilimanjaro with 10k trees planted

AS part of efforts to conserve Mount Kilimanjaro, Tigo Tanzania launched a tree planting initiative called ‘Tigo Green for Kili’ project with an initial target of planting 10,000 trees last week.

Addressing journalists during the unveiling of the project in Hai District of Kilimanjaro Region, Tigo Tanzania Northern Zone Director, Henry Kinabo said the telecommunications company is sponsoring the tree planting campaign to protect the Africa’s highest mountain. “We felt that there is need to do more in the Kilimanjaro Region by planting trees,” said Kinabo whose company also sponsors Kilimanjaro Marathon annual event.

“Planting trees will help with the restoration of the snow on Mount Kilimanjaro that we have notably seen decreasing for the past several years due to global warming. It is also unfortunate that residence of the area have been cutting down these trees for firewood, illegal logging and forest fires,” he said.

He said the telco is ambitious to help in restoring what has been taken away from the iconic mountain which several decades back had a massive glacier at the peak. “That is why we came up with the ‘Tigo Green for Kili’ project,” he explained

 Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Maiputa Ward in Hai, Benson Ndosi applauded the telco for coming up with a noble project to conserve Africa’s rooftop. “We are looking forward to the afforestation of the whole Kilimanjaro Region, as we kick off this project,” Ndosi said adding that the move is a major step towards reaching a target of making the region greener for future generations. “I urge all stakeholders to join forces and donate a tree seedlings, so that the great Mount Kilimanjaro can continue to maintain its snow cap,” he pleaded.

Meanwhile, Tigo  in partnership with Samsung Electronics unveil Galaxy S21 fifth generation (5G) series smartphones which included Samsung Galaxy S21,SamsungGalaxy S2+and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in the local market.

The partnership is part of the telco’s strategy to drive usage of fourth generation (4G) technology in the country. Tigo’s Device Manager, Mkumbo Myonga said during the launch that its the first time that the smartphones are introduced in the local market.

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