Covid-19 Fund Has So Far Collected Shs 21bn, Ministers and MPs Asked to Donate Part of their Salaries

Emmanuel Katongole

The COVID-19 Fund Committee recently established by government to receive donations from individuals and organizations who want to support the country’s response against the spread of coronavirus, has Sunday appealed to Ministers and MPs to contribute part of their salaries towards the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The appeal is contained in a statement by the Committee Chairperson, Emmanuel Katongole detailing the progress of contributions by Ugandan and well-wishers so far.

The Fund strives to raise Shs 170bn to be utilized by the Ministry of Health for Test kits, Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) and other needs of the Ministry of Health and the Government of Uganda as well as buying 20 Motor Vehicles for each district of Uganda to enable health workers to quickly respond to any emergency.

Since its establishment on April 8, the Committee has collected total of the Donations Shs 21bn of which Shs 7bn are cash at hand while shs 4bn are cash in pledges.

The rest of the donations are 50 motor vehicles valued at Shs 5bn as well as food stuffs, medical equipment and others valued at Shs 5bn.

The donations in kind including foodstuffs and other medical equipment according to Katongole, are handed over to the National Taskforce for COVID-19, to support the National Task Force in implementing its mandate.

President donated Shs 1.4m as part of his monthly salary to the Covid-19 Fund.

“He pledged that this deduction will be donated every month till the pandemic of Covid-19 is eliminated. This took place on 30th April and the cash donation was brought in person by the First lady and Minister of Education, Janet Kataaha Museveni to the Covid-19 Fund Committee at the Office of the Prime Minister,” says Katongole.

As such, he appealed Ugandans especially those who earn salaries to borrow a leaf from the President and donate part of their salaries to the fund.

“Our appeal now is that we emulate the President’s example and contribute part of our salary as a donation to the Covid-19 Fund. This appeal goes out to all salary earners, civil servants, business people and those in the private sector. We call upon all citizens to participate,” he said.

Katongole specifically said Cabinet Ministers of the Government of Uganda, Members of Parliament, Members of the Judiciary, Permanent Secretaries, Undersecretaries, Directors, Commissioners and all Senior Civil servants and all leaders in the local Government structures should as well contribute.

Katongole reveals that the committee members have committed to donate one million shillings per person in response to the President’s example.

“We call upon all Ugandans to come and contribute and participate in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. There is no contribution too small. We have received contributions in billions of shillings as well as in small cash amounts from the children,” he adds.

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