Phillip Kakuru, the patron of the National Resistance Movement Diaspora League in South Africa has contributed shs 20 million towards the country’s efforts to combat Covid-19.
Kakuru is one of the successful Ugandan business dealers in South Africa. He hails from Mbarara district and he is renowned for always funding NRM mobilization activities in South Africa and in Uganda.
His colleagues Kamya Male from Boston, Hamida Kibirige and Fred Opolot (Vice Chairperson NRM Diaspora) jointly contributed shs 4 million each.
The donation is in line with the appeal by President Yoweri Museveni to individuals, corporate companies and organizations to support the response.
The dummy cheque of a total amount of shs 24 million was Friday handed to Minister Mary Karoro Okurut who heads the COVID-19 Fund Mobilisation Committee at the Office of the Prime Minister.
While receiving the cheque, Minister Okurut, said she was overly excited about the contribution by NRM party members in the diaspora and hailed Kakuru for mobilizing the Diaspora NRM supporters and members to generously contribute towards the COVID-19 response.
“You have done the right thing. This is exactly what the ruling NRM party is all about – caring for the vulnerable and generously responding to charitable causes,” noted the Minister.
She appelead to other South Africa Diaspora league members not to relent but carry on with the mobilization aimed at strengthening the ruling NRM party among the Ugandan Diaspora members.
In a message delivered on his behalf, Kakuru said the contribution was their modest way of responding to the clarion call made by President Museveni, their party chairman, when he recently reached to individuals and organisations to contribute towards the cause.
“I have not contributed the Shs 20m because I am very rich but because I felt duty-bound to enthusiastically respond to the President’s call towards saving humanity,” he noted.
He appealed to Diaspora colleagues to emulate the SA league example and make even more generous donations towards the COVID-19 fight in Uganda.
Towards the same cause, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) led by President Yoweri Museveni, last Sunday, contributed Shs380 million. The donation was presented to the Chairman of the National Task Force, Ruhakana Rugunda by the 1st National Vice Chairperson Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo during the brief function held at Offive of the Prime Minister and witnessed by the party’s Secretaty General Justine Kasule Lumumba and the National Treasurer Rose Namayanja Nsereko.
Rugunda said NRM had set a good example and called upon other members of Inter Party Organisation for Dialogue and other Ugandans to emulate them.
“I salute the National Chairman and President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the entire leadership of NRM for demonstrating their commitment towards serving the people of Uganda,” Rugunda said.