Corona fight: Don’t underrate capabilities of Ugandans – says envoy

H.E Amb. Julius Peter Moto [R] presents his credentials to President of Ireland, H.E. Michael D. Higgins last year. File photo.

Nearly shs5 billion has so far been donated locally in an effort to fight novel coronavirus in Uganda.

According to one of the officials in the national Covid-19 taskforce, based in the Office of the Prime Minister who asked not to be named, Ugandans have shown overwhelming benevolence.

The source expects cash donations could go up in coming days, tripling the current figure after President Museveni on Tuesday announced he would be donating 50 percent of his monthly salary to the Covid-19 national taskforce money wallet.

According to Ugandan leader, Museveni, he’s paid only shs3.6m per month.

Mr Museveni who addressed Ugandans for the 12th time Tuesday evening, urged his ministers and politicians to also follow his gesture by donating part of their salaries.

In a conversation with TND News on Wednesday morning, Uganda’s Ambassador to United Kingdom and Ireland, H.E Julius Peter Moto, recalled what President Museveni said hitherto.

“President Museveni once said ‘Uganda’s capacity is very big… if we mobilize’.”

“Now you know. Do not underrate the internal capabilities of Ugandans. We are a nation on the move!” added HE Moto.

Uganda’s envoy also applauded the current task force on coronavirus [COVID-19], saying they “have done a commendable job to ensure that transmission of this new killer disease is contained.”

He said this has been achieved with some modifications, driven by the law, and with National Planning Authority in leadership. He added that Uganda is capable of mobilizing huge resources from within in all sectors for the benefit of its citizens.

“Regular e-conversations, (live radio cum TV call-ins we witnessed yesterday) by the President with his sectoral Ministers shall ensure that resources are put to good use and areas that require improvement pointed out,” he believes.

On Tuesday, 2,400 samples tested negative for coronavirus, according to the Ministry of Health. Of the number, 534 samples were from the community while 1,866 were samples from truck drivers.

The total confirmed cases of coronavirus in Uganda still stands at 79, with 52 recoveries and no death.

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