The Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has appreciated friends and well wishers that have joined President Museveni to lead a successful fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Ssekandi made the remarks while receiving relief items from the East African Partners a company that markets East Africa as an investment destination and the NRM Diaspora League Chairman which he later handed over to the district task force.
Ssekandi appreciated the district leadership for seriously battling with the virus which has seen the hospitals registering a number of recovery cases.
“I appreciate all the leaders in Masaka and those leading the taskforce for the efforts that you have put in to fight against COVID-19 and we hope that in a
little while we shall defeat the pandemic because you have expressed seriousness,” Ssekandi said.
The Vice President who is also Bukoto Central MP, thanked the well wishers for the donations that they have contributed to the people of Masaka at the moment when they are battling with both the virus and the rising waters of Lake Victoria that have left many people displaced.
“I have friends that have brought us relief as people of Masaka such as the Diaspora group led by the NRM Diaspora League Chairman, Hajji Abbey Walusimbi and the East African Partners,” Ssekandi said.
He added that, “I also appreciate the Prime Minister who has through his office responded to the request I made for government relief to the people of Masaka who have been affected by the rising waters of Lake Victoria.”
At least 150 fishermen together with their families at Kachanga and Lambu landing sites in Masaka District abandoned their houses following the rise in water levels on Lake Victoria.
While handing over the food items, Hajji Abbey Walusimbi who is the newly appointed Senior Presidential Adviser on Diaspora Affairs said that it is always a pleasure to be giving back to those people who are in need at such a point.
Hajji Walusimbi who appreciated President Museveni upon his new appointment noted that it is one of his responsibilities to lobby and mobilize resources for the people in the country from members of the diaspora as well as friends from different countries.
“With the help of East African Partners (EAP) a company that markets East Africa as an investment destination, we have been able mobilize for the people of Masaka a total of 7 tones of Posho, 700 litres of Cooking oil, 500kgs of Wheat floor, 600 battles of mineral water, 300 bars of Soap and 100kg of Salt,” Walusimbi said.
Speaking during the handover, the EAP Managing Director, Isaac Kigozi noted that several clients most of whom have visited the country and will be soon setting up investments have been so instrumental in contributing relief for the people of Uganda who are mostly hard hit by the lockdown as a measure to fight the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“As we mobilize for investment in the country, we also target uplifting the welfare of Ugandans through offering relief and donations in such hard times. We appreciate Black Prairie an American Company based in Houston Texas, Shania Kigozi of One UMMAH Uganda and Greg Dennerlein the Director of Venture DNA an American company who among others contributed to the relief in Masaka,” Kigozi said.
Kigozi added that Greg was so much touched when he learnt of the increasing water levels that have displaced many in Masaka an area represented by the Vice President who has since the visit to Uganda become his friend, he felt it proper to come in and offer the relief needed.
The Vice President later handed over the relief items to Masaka District taskforce headed by the Resident District Commissioner, Haman Ssentongo.
Ssentongo appreciated the efforts by the Vice President for lobbying and mobilizing resources to ensure that the people of Masaka are helped in these hard times when they are hit by both the virus and the high water levels of Lake Victoria that have displaced many people.