Army MPs return 20M COVID money, donate part of 6 Months Salary to fight coronavirus

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First Dep. PM mOSES Ali, Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut and Gen. Elly Tumwine at OPM on Tuesday; Sabasaba Photo

Army representatives in Parliament have committed part of their salary to the fight against Coronavirus in Uganda.

The legislators also returned the 20M COVID funds which the Parliamentary Commission had allotted to MPS as facilitation in the fight against coronavirus in their constituencies.

The funds (200M) were handed over to the National COVID-19 Taskforce led by the Rt. Hon. Prime minister Ruhakana Rugunda in Kampala today.

Gen. Elly Tumwine who spoke on behalf of 10 Army representatives in parliament said each of the MPs is donating 2M from their monthly salary for the next 6 months as a commitment to fight COVID-19.
He said as UPDF they will always sacrifice wherever necessary and said the move is a gesture of commitment to the national cause.

Gen. Tumwine implored all Ugandans to give whatever they can, but also adhere to guidelines set by government in the fight against coronavirus.

Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who received the donations at his offices in Kampala, applauded army MPs for the exemplary gesture and the vanguard role UPDF continues to play in national efforts against coronavirus.

Rugunda also received an assortment of medical protective gear including face masks, sanitizers and gloves donated by Kyoga Dynamics Ltd, a Chinese Engineering company operating in Uganda.

PM Rugunda said it is important that the pandemic started in China owing to how China contained it, and the assistance the Chinese government has extended to other countries including Uganda.

He called on members of the public to emulate UPDF MPs and other entities that have generously donated towards the coronavirus fight.

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