Church of Uganda donates maize and beans towards COVID-19 emergency response program
Church of Uganda (CoU) has donated over 28,250 kilograms of maize flour and 500kg of beans to the government towards the COVID-19 emergency response program to help feed the vulnerable communities.
The donations were handed over to the National Task Force head, Mary Karooro Okurut.
“The true region is this one, one which cares for the widows, orphans and the needy. As we continue to call upon our Christians because usually on Easters traditionally we give gifts to our people, the orphans, and the widows in our communities and we continue to do so,” Archbishop Church of Uganda, His Grace Samuel Stephen Kazimba Mugalu said.
After receiving the donations on Thursday 10 2020, Okurut commended Church of Uganda (COU) for standing with the government in helping the vulnerable communities in Uganda during this COVID-19 pandemic.
“We want to thank you for your solidarity for standing with humanity. So, we’re hoping and praying that God will roll away this stone of the virus.”
In other donations received by the Okurut were 2,500kgs of posho from Ntake Group.
“As Ntake Group, we also care for our fellow Ugandans who are not finding it easy, the little we have we’ve shared with them,” Chairperson Ntake Group, Lule Ntake said.
Crown Beverages Limited dealers in Pepsi Cola donated a brand new 4 Wheel double Cabin pick-up and a cheque of 200,000 USD to Okurut also on Friday 10 April 2020, including over 500,000 meals for vulnerable individuals and over 5,000 meals to the vulnerable lactating mothers.
In total, they donated 1billion Uganda shillings towards COVID-19 crisis in Uganda.
“PepsiCo Foundation has activated all its global resources to support its franchisees across the world, we greatly appreciate their efforts. The foundation in the past has supported several women projects in Uganda through Care Uganda. As Crown Beverages Ltd, we pride ourselves in supporting our communities through many CSR projects and for this fight against COVID-19 we take it as our responsibility,” Dr Amos Nzeyi, Chairperson Board of Directors of Crown Beverages Limited said during the handle over of the items.
In her remarks, Okurut said the distribution of the food items will be done by the government and Uganda Red Cross Society under the supervision of the National and District Task Force on COVID-19.
“We will provide either service, with even more vehicles to help the people of Uganda. Your contribution of this double Cabin Pick-Up like the president said will go and help in the fight and the prevention and then later on when the virus is gone,” Okurut said.
As a result of the ongoing corruption scandal in OPM, Okurut reassures Ugandans that the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), will ensure that accountability is made on every donation.
“People all over the country, they have responded, and that shows us that the spirit of what we call obuntu is very much alive in our people and therefore we want to thank everybody Companies, individuals, associations, you in the media who have joined so that we respond to this COVID-19,” Okurut said.
“And now you are talking about corruption, I want to assure all Ugandans that whatever amount of money, whatever foodstuffs and whatever else has been donated, will be accounted for properly. The President has put in place a committee which the Prime Minister is going to inaugurate tomorrow and so working together with this committee, accountability is going to be at the highest level, and I will be making regular press briefings so that we thank whoever has donated and we show what has been given and where it has been taken.”
Okurut also said that the president will be reading out names of those who have donated to personally thank them.
“The President has also graciously accepted often I will be giving him this list of contributors and donors, and he will be reading out their names and he will be thanking them. So, there should be no worry,” Okurut said.