The National Response Fund to Covid19 members have dismissed Social media reports that donating to the fund is Compulsory.
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.
He said this during a press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister on Sunday 17th May 2020.
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.
“No Employer can forcefully deduct a salary of an employee towards Covid19”,
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.
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;
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:
“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: –
- Hon. Mary Karooro-Okurut, Minister of General Duties, OPM, Political oversight
- Mr. Emmanuel Katongole, CEO, Cipla Chemicals – Chairperson
- Mr. Robert Kabushenga, CEO, New Vision Group, Member
- Mr. Apollo Makubuya, Distinguished Lawyer, MMAKs Advocates, Member
- Mr. Francis Kamulegeya, CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Member
- Mr. Kishor Jobanputra, CEO, Picfare Industries, Member
- Mr. Patrick Mweheire, Regional CEO, Standard Bank Group, Member
- Mr. Bwoch Gustavas, Chairman Centenary Bank, Member
- Bishop Joshua Lwere, Member Council of Presidents, IRCU, Member
- Mr. Aga Sekalala (Jr), CEO, Ugachick, Member
- Dr. Ian Clarke, CEO, International Hospital Kampala, Member
- Dr. Francis Omaswa, Former Director General of Health Services, Member
- Mr. Keith Muhakanizi, Permanent Secretary, Secretary to the Treasury, Member
- Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Member
- Mrs. Dorothy Kisaka – Secretary/Covid-19 Fund Administrator
- 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