The total donations to the COVID-19 task force were valued at 28 billion Shillings by May 2020. They included both cash and non-cash donations channelled through the national response fund, chaired by Emmanuel Katongole, the Executive Chairman of Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited.
Members of Parliament want the Government and the National COVID-19 task force to provide accountability for all donations received from well-wishers to mitigate the effects of coronavirus disease- COVID-19.
The total cash donations to the COVID-19 task force were valued at 29 billion Shillings. On top of this, the government also received non-cash donations channelled through the national response fund, chaired by Emmanuel Katongole, the Executive Chairman of Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited.
Now, a section of MPs has said that the goodwill of Ugandan individuals and companies could easily be abused and would affect any similar move in the future if the funds received are not accounted for.
Bukonzo East MP Harold Muhindo says that it is shocking that up to now the government has not accounted for the money it received. Muhindo says this is the right time for citizens to demand accountability, saying that failure to account for money could affect future contributions. He says that its unfortunate if behind the goodwill of Ugandans there is a corruption spirit.
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Bbaale county MP George Wilson Nsamba Kumama says that the government is obliged to explain to Uganda how much was collected and how much was used, as well as what it was used for instead of leaving the public guessing about the expenditures.
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Abim Woman MP Janet Grace Okorie-moe says that the governments' delay to account for donations received creates a lot of doubt on the spending, yet several people have asked for this accountability in vain.
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William Nzoghu the MP says that the people in this country are up to their survival and are using COVID-19 as an opportunity to accumulate wealth.
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While addressing journalists this week, the President said that the funds which had now reached 29 billion Shillings will be used to procure vehicles and equip the border points. He added that part of the money will be used to work on the two regional blood banks of Arua and Soroti.
The Minister in charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister Mary Karooro Okurut who heads the National Response to the COVID-19 Fund told URN that the funds were in the consolidated fund and that there is no possibility of abuse or misuse.
‘’There are no accountability issues, what has been donated, is what is in the bank, non has been touched, all of it is in the bank. We have been transparent and published it even in the dailies and there is no way anyone can play with this money,’’ Karooro said.