The Kabaka of Buganda, His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has contributed a sum of Shs 100M along with food stuffs, protective gear for health care workers and water tanks for hand washing, to support government’s efforts against the spread of coronavirus.
The donations were announced Tuesday by a delegation from Buganda Kingdom led by Prince (Omulangira) David Wassajja Kintu.
The 7-person delegation also included the Deputy Katikkiro, Apollo Makubuya and Dr Prosperous Nankindu Kavuma, the Minister in charge of Health and Education in the Office of the Nnabageleka.
Prince Wasajja delivered a cheque of Shs 100m which was handed to the national taskforce. In presenting a message from the Kabaka, the Prince described the coronavirus pandemic as a challenging time which has caused emotional and financial grief to the country.
The Kabaka thanked the President and government for the steadfast guidance and leadership, hardwork and dedication in the response against COVID-19. He said the restrictions instituted to slow the spread are working.
“This is not the time to relax or let our guards down because consequences could be dire,” the Kabaka said in his message.
He added that successfully fighting the disease which has so far killed over 70,000 people globally, will require behavioral change – staying home, personal hygiene and practicing social distancing.
“You are not only taking care of yourself but others too. I thank those who have heeded and stayed home. Anyone can get the virus and anyone can spread it”.
The Kabaka called for public vigilance and sacrifice, adding “we shall overcome it”.
The Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda said; “We thank Price Wasajja and the Kabaka for the very generous contribution and providing additional support. This is a very good example for others to emulate”.
Dr Prosperous Nankindu Kavuma, the Minister in charge of Health and Education in Buganda Kingdom presented other donations including food relief and protective gear that Buganda will provide.
“The kingdom joins the rest of the country and your taskforce to see to it that we keep alive so that we are not washed away by the pandemic. We also wish to deliver a message from the Kabaka. He has given us a contribution,” Dr Nankindu said.
Buganda kingdom has pledged to provide personal protective gear for some 150 health care workers (including case managers and screeners) who are at the frontline of fighting coronavirus and aa sizable number of face masks for members of the taskforce.
“The Kabaka knows the shortage of physicians in Uganda and the rest of the health practitioners and for that reason, His Majesty wouldn’t want to see our country losing a single health care worker in this fight,” she said.
A total 100 medium sized water tanks with partitioned units of liquid soap and water to facilitate hand washing have also been procured. The Minister said these will be distributed with the advice of the taskforce.
“We also suggest that 24 of them be given to the Kabaka’s markets which are 10 in Kampala. We don’t want to see markets being closed for not abiding by the guidelines set by the health team”.
“The Kabaka has also sent us with some food. And we have samples in the trucks outside. He knows that some of his people are in absolute need for food when they are not working. We also want to thank government for the food already distributed”.
The Buganda Minister said the kingdom awaits guidance of the taskforce to distribute the food in case their support is required.