Kampala, Uganda – His Majesty William Gabula Nadiope IV the Isebantu, Kyabazinga of Busoga has today donated 85 Million shillings to the National Response Fund – COVID 19 in an effort to curb the coronavirus spread.
Speaking at the handover of the donation, Katuukiro (Prime Minister) of Busoga Owek. Dr. Joseph Muvawala informed the COVID-19 National Response Fund Chairperson, Mary Karooro Okurut that His Majesty the Kyabazinga was deeply concerned about the situation Ugandans are going through at this time.
“His Majesty the Kyabazinga is deeply concerned about the situation Ugandans especially his subjects in Busoga are going through now and has responded to the call by H.E. President Museveni to support national efforts to give relief to the vulnerable and curb the virus,” Katuukiro Muvawala said.
Isebantu, Kyabazinga of Busoga’s contribution, follows that of several individuals and companies who have made both cash and non-cash donations, following President Museveni’s call for support to the COVID-19 National Response Fund.
Accompanied by his 2nd Deputy Owek. Osman Noor, Ministers for Kyabazinga Affairs Owek. Yudaya Babirye and that for Tourism Owek. Namutamba Hellen, Katuukiro Muvawala said, “The Kyabazinga is aware and has risen to provide support to the most hard hit of his subjects in Busoga.”
Dr. Muvawala further said that the Kyabazinga had set up a Kingdom COVID-19 Task Force, as well as appointed his 2nd Deputy Owek. Osman and Prof Balunywa to ensure effective resource mobilization under Busoga Royal Concepts Ltd for relief items and funds purposefully for Busoga, and that this distribution shall follow the President’s guidance of using RDCs.
Present at the handover of the Kyabazinga’s donation was Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, who commended the Kyabazinga for generously contributing to the cause and applauded the government’s effort to curb COVID 19.
She asked the National Task Force to quickly move into rural areas especially among the elderly and very poor communities.
On her part, the Chairperson of the Task Force, Hon Mary Karooro Okurut, who also serves as Minister in Charge of General Duties in the office of the Prime Minister, thanked the Kyabazinga of Busoga for the contribution and his wise leadership of Busoga kingdom. She called on any other Ugandans who have something to donate, to reach out to the task force.
“I will deliver the contribution and also inform His Excellency the president of this gesture and message from the Kyabazinga of Busoga,” Karooro Okurut said.
As of April 15, 2020, the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda stands at 55. The ministry of health reports that 12 have recovered and been discharged while the others are all are in stable condition.