Kampala, Uganda: All Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) have been directed to surrender their double cabin pickups to the Ministry of Works by Sunday to help in the distribution food aid, during the 14-day lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 disease.
Mary Karooro Okurut, the Presidential political appointee in charge of the COVID-19 Fund noted, “This is a must and not a request. I have ordered all MDAs to send their pickups tomorrow by 8:00 am, to the Ministry of Works and Transport, I have directed all the Permanent Secretaries to effect this communication to all MDAs concerned,” Karooro said.
She also noted that the Government had opened up a National Response COVID-19 Fund, Account Number 9030017338551 in Stanbic bank.
She also noted they had asked Mobile telephone providers MTN and Airtel to provide numbers where members of the public who were interested in contributing funds would send their money and that all funds collected would be channeled to the account and accounted for accordingly.
On Tuesday, President Yoweri Museveni appointed Karooro, the Minister in Charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, to take charge of the fundraising initiative towards the coronavirus response.
Karooro will give political oversight to the 14-member Committee headed by Emmanuel Katongole who is the Chairperson.
Other members of the Committee include Robert Kabushenga, Apollo Makubuya, Francis Kamulegeya, Kishor Jobanputra, Patrick Mweheire, Bwoch Gustavas, Bishop Joshua Lwere, Aga Sekalala, Dr. Ian Clarke, Dr, Francis Omaswa, Keith Muhakanizi, Dr. Diana Atwine and Dorothy Kisaka who will also be the Secretary and Administrator of the Fund.