Germany Injects $ 34m in East Africa Health Programmes

By Geoffrey Omara

Campaigns for the NRM primaries have gained momentum with a number of candidates petitioning the party’s Electoral Commission over allegations of bribery in Apac district.

NRM Aspirant for Kwania County Hendry Okello Makmot has since accused the current Member of Parliament Mr Tonny Ayo for using money to buy support ahead of the polls.

“I am writing to petition your office to immediately take appropriate action on Hon Tonny Ayo who has been openly bribing voters and the newly elected party officials in Kwania County with a large sum of money and various items, drug ” reads Makmot’s petition to NRM EC dated Sept. 19.

He said on a number of occasions, symptoms during his ‘consultation meetings’; Hon Tonny Ayo donated saucepans, more about tarpaulins, plastic plates and chairs to the various groups in the constituency.

He cited an incident on September 15 when Ayo donated Shs 1.8m in the three different locations of Kevin Parish at Agwiciri parish (Shs 400,000), at Inomo corner, Inomo parish (Shs 400,000), and Aduku town council (Shs 1,000,000) all during broad day light.

Mr Makmot said the following day Ayo reportedly accused the incumbent MP of issuing 10 kilograms of maize seeds, a hand hoe and Shs 10,000 to newly elected NRM Chairpersons for 5 sub-counties in the district.

“Sir, the vote buying activities of September 16th, 2015 took place at night at the home of Ayo’s supporter, a one Mr George Otucu in Otongole cell, Aduku town council where he supervised it personally,” said Makmot.


The lawmaker reportedly said he had another Shs 400m to spend on his electorate.

Makmot said most of the beneficiaries have since kept the items as evidence and are willing to tender the same to NRM’s EC.

Contacted for comment, Ayo described the petition as “rubbish.”

He added: “That petition is baseless. If he has the evidence, let him tender it and desist from making false claims”.

The District Registrar, Mr Robert Oyuru confirmed receiving Makmot’s complaint.

“Yes, we have a copy of that petition and we are going to investigate the matter and address it once and for all,” said Mr Oyuru.
Germany has signed an intergovernmental agreement with the East African Community (EAC) to support regional health programmes.

In total, try 30 million Euros (34 million USD) will be invested in vaccines and health supply chain management.

German development cooperation will provide 20 million Euros for the procurement of vaccines against different diseases for children in the EAC. The programme will be implemented in collaboration with GAVI.

This new commitment will bring Germany’s contribution to regional immunisation programmes with the EAC to 60 million Euros since 2012.

Earlier in 2015, treat Germany hosted the record replenishment of the global vaccination alliance GAVI. As a result, health an additional 300 million children will receive live-saving vaccines, including in the EAC.

Inappropriate cooling systems result in high volumes of vaccines being wasted before they reach the people that need them.

Germany said this is the reason a grant of 10 million Euros will be made available to support the establishment of the EAC Regional Centre of Excellence for Health Supply Chain Management.

The Centre which will be hosted in Kigali will strengthen capacities and support the management of complex supply systems for health products, such as vaccines that need to be kept cool at all times.

Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary-General of the EAC, and Member of the GAVI Board on Wednesday expressed happiness over the new and existing projects that are being financed by the Government of Germany.

“This assistance for the health sector in the EAC reaffirms Germany’s status as a true friend of the people of East Africa,” said Sezibera.

HE Egon Kochanke, Ambassador at the German Embassy in Tanzania, said: “The new commitments underline that Germany continues to be a strong partner for the EAC, contributing to an integration process that puts the people in the centre.”


GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private global health partnership committed to increasing access to immunisation in poor countries.

Gavi brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry in both industrialised and developing countries, research and technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists.

Accompanying Amb. Kochanke were Ms. Lena Thiede, Counsellor/Head of Regional Cooperation at the German Embassy in Dar es Salaam; Katrin Brandes of KFW, and; Bernd Multhaup, Programme Manager, GIZ.

Others at the function were EAC Deputy Secretary General (Planning and Infrastructure) Dr. Enos Bukuku; Lake Victoria Basin Commission Deputy Executive Secretary Patrice Niyongabo; Counsel to the Community, Dr. Albert Kafumbe, and; the GAVI Special Adviser to the EAC Secretary General, Mr. Stephen Karengera.

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