Its not compulsory to donate towards  Covid19,National Response Fund to Covid19 -Members.

Its not compulsory to donate towards Covid19,National Response Fund to Covid19 -Members.

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The National Response Fund to Covid19 members have dismissed Social media reports that donating to the fund is Compulsory.

Members of the National Response Fund to Covid 19 (L-R) Mr Kamulegeya Francis,Engineer Emmanuel Katongole,Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

This followed an appeal by the Chairman of the above fund Engineer Emmanuel Katongole to the Chief Executive Officers of the Private Sector Companies to mobilize Shs 10,000 from each employee for the safety of Citizens.

Members of the National Response Fund to Covid 19 (R-L) Mr Kamulegeya Francis,Engineer Emmanuel Katongole,Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

He said this during a press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister on Sunday 17th May 2020.

Members of the National Response Fund to COVID 19 (L-R) Muheirwe Patrick,Mr Kamulegeya Francis,Engineer Emmanuel Katongole,Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The Political overseer of the Fund Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut, the secretary and Administrator to the Fund Mrs Kisaka Dorothy dismissed allegations on Social media that it would be Compulsory to deduct these moneys.

Members of the National Response Fund to COVID 19 (L-R), Mr. Kamulegeya Francis, Engineer Emmanuel Katongole, Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

“No Employer can forcefully deduct a salary of an employee towards Covid19”,

Members of the National Response Fund to COVID 19 (L-R), Mr. Muheirwe Patrick, and Mr Kamulegeya Francis. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The Committeee is calling for free giving if you want to, she added.

Meanwhile, the staff of Equity has come together and bought medical equipment worth 100Million shillings.

Members of the National Response Fund to Covid 19 (L-R), Bishop Rt Rev. Joshua Lwere, and Mr. Kabushenga Robert. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has requested the task Fund to allow them Procure 100 Emergency Response Vehicles in preparation for the future Covid19 situation Cases that might crop up in any part of the Country. Mr. Katongole said in a 30-day Status report of the Covid19 Fund as at 14th May 2020, the donation is worth 28billion Shillings as the breakdown below;

Members of the National Response Fund to Covid 19 (L-R), Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut , Bishop Rt Rev. Joshua Lwere, and Mr. Kabushenga Robert. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The Inter-Religious Council leader Bishop Joshua Lwere said as they were give Special Permission to distribute food Stuffs,they have been able to do the Exercise in the following areas:

Namasuba,Kajjansi,

“Today, we will continue with Mukono and other places”he said.

These donations  will be utilized by the Ministry of Health according to the National Response Fund to Covid 19  Chairman Engineer Emmanuel Katongole.

 On Friday 24th April, Uganda’s  President  Museveni  flagged off the first batch of 45 Motor Vehicles that had  been donated to the Ministry of Health.

The donations in kind including foodstuffs and other medical equipment are  always handed over to the National Taskforce for COVID-19.

 President Museveni, announced the establishment of the NATIONAL RESPONSE FUND TO COVID-19 that was   was formed on the 8th April,2020.

He also appointed a Committee to provide leadership to the COVID-19 Fund. The members of the Committee are: –

  1. Hon. Mary Karooro-Okurut, Minister of General Duties, OPM, Political oversight
  2. Mr. Emmanuel Katongole, CEO, Cipla Chemicals – Chairperson
  3. Mr. Robert Kabushenga, CEO, New Vision Group, Member
  4. Mr. Apollo Makubuya, Distinguished Lawyer, MMAKs Advocates, Member
  5. Mr. Francis Kamulegeya, CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Member
  6. Mr. Kishor Jobanputra, CEO, Picfare Industries, Member
  7. Mr. Patrick Mweheire, Regional CEO, Standard Bank Group, Member
  8. Mr. Bwoch Gustavas, Chairman Centenary Bank, Member
  9. Bishop Joshua Lwere, Member Council of Presidents, IRCU, Member
  10. Mr. Aga Sekalala (Jr), CEO, Ugachick, Member
  11. Dr. Ian Clarke, CEO, International Hospital Kampala, Member
  12. Dr. Francis Omaswa, Former Director General of Health Services, Member
  13. Mr. Keith Muhakanizi, Permanent Secretary, Secretary to the Treasury, Member
  14. Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Member
  15. Mrs. Dorothy Kisaka – Secretary/Covid-19 Fund Administrator
  16. The mandate of the Committee is to take responsibility for mobilizing resources for the fight against the pandemic, COVID -19 and enable provision of relief to vulnerable persons

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