Ruhinda North county Member of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa has transferred the 20 million COVID 19 funds to Mitooma district Local Government.
This comes just a day after Court ordered law makers to return the self-allocated 20 million to each Member of Parliament.
The Legislators allocated themselves 10 billion shillings from the Ministry of Health supplementary budget aimed at fighting COVID 19 and of 10 billion, each MP received 20 million shillings on their respective Bank accounts.
This sparked public anger and two Members of Parliament, Gerald Karuhanga of Ntungamo Municipality and his Erute South counterpart Jonathan Odur headed to Court to have MPs return the money.
While addressing the nation about COVID 19 pandemic on Tuesday this week, President Museveni said it was “morally reprehensible” for law makers to allocate themselves the money and yesterday Wednesday, Court ordered MPs to return the money or donate it to their respective COVID 19 District Task Forces as also instructed by President Museveni on Tuesday.
Today Thursday, Ruhinda North MP Thomas Tayebwa has written to Chairperson Mitooma district COVID 19 Task Force informing him that he has transferred the money to Mitooma District Local Government General Fund Account.
“The purpose of this letter is therefore to inform you that I have transferred UGX 20,000,000 to Mitooma District Local Government General Fund Account number 9030005706814 at Stanbic Bank, Ishaka Branch,” read the letter in part.
ChimpReports also got hold of the receipt showing transfer of the said 20 million shillings.
Tayebwa also noted in the letter that on April 18th 2020, he held a conference call with Acting District Chairperson and all the three Chairpersons and Mayors from Ruhinda North county where they agreed to utilize the funds (20 million) for purchase of 5 maternity beds and 10 ward beds for 5 health centers of Bitereko, Rwoburunga, Kanyabwanga, Nyakatsiro and Rurama.
“The rationale for the above decision is the excessive strain of these health centers due to the outbreak and movement restrictions during COVID 19 outbreak,” said Tayebwa in a letter.
He added, “I trust you will use it to deliver the above planned services for our ailing health centers.”
On April 23rd, Tayebwa delivered food (20,000 kgs) of maize flour to Mitooma District COVID 19 Task Force.
The food which was raised by him (Tayebwa), his friends and H.E Ceasor Mulenga, Consul General of Vietnam to Uganda through King Ceasor University would be distributed to the vulnerable families in Ruhinda North County.
In addition, on 18th April, Tayebwa pledged to supplement with a brand new ultrasound machine valued at 14.5 million shillings to be stationed at Bitereko Health Centre III. The machine which will be the first in Mitooma district, he said will be delivered in 2 weeks.