Uganda Revenue Authority  staff donate 85,650,000 Million in the  fight against COVID-19

Uganda Revenue Authority staff donate 85,650,000 Million in the fight against COVID-19

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The URA Commissioner General, John Musinguzi Rujoki this week led a delegation of senior URA staff to deliver the URA staff contribution to the fight against COVID-1919.

Courtesy Photo.

A few weeks ago, a call was made by the CG to URA staff encouraging them to emulate the example set by The President of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of donating half of his salary to the fight against COVID-19.

The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and the Minister in charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister Hon.Karooro Okurut (second left) receives a dummy cheque from the Uganda Revenue Authority team led by the Commissioner-General Mr. Musinguzi John Rujoki .Right is the Fund Secretary and administrator Mrs. Kisaka Dorothythe Assistant Commissioner in charge of Public Affairs Mr. Seruuma Vincent and Diana Kisaka, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Finance. Left is Mr. Patrick Mweheire, Regional CEO, Standard Bank Group, and Member of the Fund.

1120 staff took heed to the call, stood tall and were counted. Across the 7 URA departments, staff submitted their contributions.

The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid-19 and the Minister in charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister Hon.Karooro Okurut (L) listens to the Uganda Revenue Authority team led by the Commissioner-General of URA Mr. Musinguzi John Rujoki, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Public Affairs Mr Seruuma Vincent and Diana Kisaka, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Finance.Right is Mr. Patrick Mweheire, Regional CEO, Standard Bank Group, and Member of the Fund.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Their collective donation of eighty five million six hundred fifty thousand shillings (shs.85, 650,000/=) has been wired to the National Response Fund to COVID-19.

The Commissioner-General of URA Mr. Musinguzi John Rujoki with the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Public Affairs Mr Seruuma Vincent .Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The CG  handed over a dummy cheque reflecting the sum to Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Minister in charge of General Duties at the Prime Ministers office.

The Commissioner-General of URA Mr. Musinguzi John Rujoki.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates..

The CG commended the work done by the Task force in the fight against the pandemic. He informed the Task Force that the URA Staff contribution put together by 1120 staff has already been wired to the Task Force account noting that more money is slated to come through as more staff continue to make their contribution. 

The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid-19 and the Minister in charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister Hon.Karooro Okurut (L) listens to the Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner-General Mr. Musinguzi John Rujoki.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Hon Minister Mary Karooro Okurut appreciated the Tax Collectors revealing that she understands how challenging their work can be.

She told the team that the National COVID-19 relief taskforce has raised about Ugx 31 Billion exclusive of the funds received today noting however that the fund which was initiated by President Yoweri Museveni on 8th April, 2020 still has a long way to hit the target of Ugx 170 Billion.

She called upon more well-wishers, corporate bodies and organizations to donate generously in this fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

The President  recently  donated 1.4M, as part of his monthly salary to the Covid-19 Fund. He pledged that this deduction will be donated every month till the pandemic of Covid-19 is eliminated. This took place on 30th April and the cash donation was brought in person by the First lady and Minister of Education, Janet Kataaha Museveni to the Covid-19 Fund Committee at the Office of the Prime Minister.

  1. Cabinet Ministers of the Government of Uganda
  2. Members of Parliament
  3. Members of the Judiciary
  4. Permanent Secretaries
  5. Undersecretaries
  6. Directors, Commissioners and all Senior Civil servants
  7. All leaders in the local Government structures
  8. Mrs Dorothy Kisaka: She appealed to the wellwishers to pay their money to the banks and bring pay slips to the Fund.
  9. Bank Name:Stanbic Bank,Garden City
  10. Account Name:National Response Fund to Covid19
  11. Account Number:Shillings:9030017338551
  12. USD:9030017342974
  13. Info@Tel +256-776-000-108,+256793942474

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