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U.S. General Boosts Uganda’s COVID-19 Fight with Shs 370m Cheque

Retired United States military General, Wesley Kanne Clark, has donated $100,000 (Shs 370m) to Uganda to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.

The 75-year-old General sent the money through his friend, President Museveni.

This was revealed Tuesday by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda who later handed over the cash to the head of the national COVID-19 Relief Taskforce, Emmanuel Katongle.

Rugunda praised Museveni for “making friends of Uganda”, saying the donation would go a long way in supporting relief efforts at a time the country is struggling to come to terms with the effects of the novel virus.

The cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases of Ugandans to-date is 1,203.

Clark spent 34 years in the U.S. Army, receiving many military decorations, several honorary knighthoods, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Clark commanded Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000.

Clark joined the 2004 race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination as a candidate in 2003, but withdrew from the primary race in 2004, after winning the Oklahoma state primary, endorsing and campaigning for the eventual Democratic nominee, John Kerry.

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He was considered a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2008, but, on September 15, 2007, endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton.

After Clinton dropped out of the presidential race, Clark endorsed the then-presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama

Clark served as a co-chairman of Growth Energy, an ethanol lobbying group, and is on the board of directors of BNK Petroleum. Between July 2012 and November 2015, he was an honorary special advisor to Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta on economic and security matters.

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