Buganda Kingdom in conjunction with Innovation
Village, a youth organization, has today launched its own brand of face masks in order to help
people fight coronavirus.
This is in line with a recent presidential directive requiring every person to wear a face mask, as one of the measures to tame the disease. The president had initially indicated that the government was to
distribute these masks for free to all Ugandans. However yesterday he noted
that there were some problems that had hindered their mass production and gave
June 10, as the new date for the distribution of these masks, starting with
Speaking today at Bulange Mengo, the Kingdom seat,
Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga said every effort is needed to fight the Coronavirus Disease in order for the country to return to normalcy. The masks that the kingdom
has made have been graded into two; with the first grade costing 10,000 Shillings and
the second grade which will cost 2,000 Shillings.
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Mayiga also called upon people not to look at the masks
as the ultimate panacea such that they forget about other preventive measures like
social distancing, washing hands with soap or using sanitizers, avoiding
crowding among others.
“This virus is very small but deadly and stubborn,
we need concerted effort to defeat it,” Mayiga said.
Japheth Kawanguzi, the Executive Director of Innovative Village, a
youth organization that has branches around the country and employing over 400 people,
said they wanted to tap the potential of young people.
“We are not able to create enough jobs for the
young people that graduate every year, so we wanted to tap this potential.
want to collaborate with the Buganda Kingdom to make simple masks for our people,”
Kawanguzi said. Buganda Kingdom expects to make USD 30,000 from
the sale of the masks in six months that the partnership is expected to run.