President Museveni flags off donated cars to start work as MTN donates three brand new Hardbody pickups.

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KAMPALA, Uganda

President Museveni (R) chats with the Chairperson of the National Response Fund Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

“I want to build a crisis response fleet for the Ministry of Health. I won’t allow these vehicles to be misused by officials just by driving around. We want 1350 cars so that each district gets about 10,” Uganda’s  President  Yoweri Museveni said.

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda (second right) chats with the MTN Chief Executive Officer Wim Vanhelleputte.Left is Mrs Dorothy Kisaka, the Fund’s Administrator and Secretary. Second left is Mr Muherwe, a Member of the Fund stand next to the donated Double Cabin Pick Ups donated by MTN.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

He said this on Friday at Kololo Independence Grounds. Museveni thanked MTN Uganda and other donors including Ruparelia, Mandela Group among others and said that the plan is to have 10 cars per district. He thanked the donors for being generous.

the Chairperson of the National Response Fund Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

At the same function, MTN Uganda Uganda Chief Executive Officer Wim Vanhelleputte  handed over three brand new Nissan Hardbody pickups to national task force to help in the COVID-19 fight.

Some of the donated Motor Vehicles by Well wishers.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The President also hinted on the issue of truck drivers from Kenya and Tanzania who tested positive for the virus, revealing that Ministers of Health across the East African Community are in talks to the matter.

Mrs Dorothy Kisaka, the Fund’s Administrator and Secretary at the function.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Key issues on the agenda, he said, testing of drivers before they set off, waiting for results at border points before they proceed or relay driving.

“There are three issues the ministers are discussing, testing these people before they come and the drivers wait for results before they proceed. We need the goods to come in but at the same time we don’t want the disease,” he said, saluting Ugandans for obeying guidelines.

“I am very glad about the response of the Ugandans,” said the President, noting that “I have been discussing with our scientists and they are sure a vaccine can be developed.”

“They are working hard to develop one but that may take some months. The real answer to Coronavirus is to develop a vaccine”.

While addressing the nation last week, Museveni called upon able Ugandans to provide support as the country grapples with COVID-19.

The President made his preferences known.

He requested donors who are willing to help in the fight to prioritize donating brand new double-cabin pick-up trucks, with four-wheel drive.

Museveni said with more cars at the health ministry’s disposal, it will be able to execute its mandate during this critical time.

He openly asked MTN and Airtel to contribute vehicles instead of data and sms.

Museveni made the request when he read that Airtel has contributed data worth million to the Rugunda led committee.

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