COVID-19: Tycoon Hamis Kiggundu Donates Shs100m towards Food Relief

Businessman Hamis Kiggundu (L) with PM Rugunda (R) displaying a dummy cheque of Shs 100m

City tycoon, Hamis Kiggundu has joined other generous Ugandans to donate food relief to vulnerable people who are affected by the emergency measures that were passed by the President in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Among the many directives issued by President Museveni is the closure of all shops and arcades that are selling non-essential goods for a period of 14 days. Only markets and shops selling food items were allowed to remain in operation.

Many of these shop operators and workers have since been left starving unable to access some essential commodities since they are among the group of people who the president described as ‘Hand to Mouth’ workers who depend on daily incomes.

This is among the reasons as to why Kiggundu a city land lord who owns a number of buildings and arcades rented by his tenants has decided to join the food distribution campaign.

Through Ham Foundation, Kiggundu donated a total of Shs100 million in cash towards the food relief distribution project that is targeting vulnerable people affected by the lock down aimed at combating COVID-19 pandemic.

Kiggundu handed over the money on Saturday to the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who flagged off food relief at his office in Kampala.

“My heart falls for many Ugandans who are vulnerable and are not in position to afford food during this trying moment of the outbreak of COVID-19. I encourage whoever can do anything to help them to please do so,” Kiggundu said.

The Prime Minister appreciated Kiggundu for thinking about those Ugandans that are finding it hard to access food at the moment.

President Museveni stopped all people from giving out any relief to vulnerable Ugandans noting that this may in turn lead to spread of the virus. He advised that whoever is willing to do so, should channel the relief through the National Task Force headed by the Prime Minister.

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