The National Response Fund to COVID-19 has so far received 21 billion shillings in donations out of 170 billion needed to fight COVID-19 pandemic.
This was revealed by the Fund’s chairman Emmanuel Katongole on Sunday.
“The total of the donations from Ugandan citizens and well-wishers to date is 21 billion,” he said.
Katongole announced that out of the 21 billion so far donated, 7 billion shillings is cash at hand, 4 billion shillings is money in pledges, 50 motor vehicles valued at 5 billion shillings, foodstuffs, medical equipment and others, all valued at 5 billion shillings.
“The COVID-19 Fund’s goal is to raise 170 billion shillings to be utilized by the Ministry of Health for test kits, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other needs of the Ministry of Health and Government of Uganda,” he added.
Following President Museveni’s decision to donate part of his salary to COVID-19 National Task Force to help in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, Katongole announced that the committee members of the National Response Fund to COVID-19 have borrowed a leaf from the President and decided to donate 1 million shillings each.
“We as a committee have committed to donate one million shillings per person in response to the President’s example,” he announced.
On Tuesday 28th April, Museveni during his 12th national address on COVID-19 revealed that he earns 3.6 million shillings and pledged to donate half of it to COVID-19 National Task Force to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Two days after he made the pledge, the First Lady Janet Museveni presented a 1.4 million shillings’ cheque to the COVID-19 Task Force represented by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.
Katongole called on all salary earners especially civil servants to emulate the President’s example and contribute part of their salary as a donation to COVID-19 National Response Fund.
“This appeal goes to all salary earners, civil servants, business people and those in private sector. We also call upon all citizens including Cabinet Ministers of Government of Uganda, Members of Parliament, members of the Judiciary, Permanent Secretaries, Undersecretaries, Directors, Commissioners, all senior civil servants and all leaders in Local Government structure.”
Furthermore, Katongole pledged the committee’s transparency and accountability adding that all funds will be allocated and disbursed as prioritized by the needs of the Ministry of Health and Government.
The 15-member committee for National Response Fund to COVID-19 which is currently mobilizing resources to fight COVID-19 and enable provision of relief to vulnerable persons was announced by President Museveni on Wednesday 8th April 2020.
The committee members include the following.
- Hon Mary Karoro Okurut, Minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister – political oversight.
- Emmanuel Katongole, CEO Cipla chemicals – Chairperson.
- Robert Kabushenga, CEO Vision Group – member.
- Apollo Makubuya, MMAKs Advocates – member
- Francis Kamulegeya, CEO Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) – member.
- Kishor Jobanputra, CEO Picfare industries – member.
- Patrick Mweheire, CEO Standard Bank Group East Africa – member.
- Bwoch Gustavas, chairman Centenary Bank – member.
- Bishop Joshua Lwere, member Inter Religious Council of Uganda – member.
- Aga Sakalala, CEO Ugachick – member.
- Ian Clarke, CEO International Hospital Kampala (IHK) – member.
- Francis Omaswa, former Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health – member.
- Keith Muhakanizi, Secretary to Treasury – member.
- Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health – member.
- Dorothy Kisaka – Secretary/ COVID-19 Fund Administrator.
Picture: First Lady Janet Museveni delivered Museveni’s donation to COVID-19 Task Force on Thursday.