As Uganda’s lockdown hits the dead end today, Monday 4 May, the government has already devised new means of fundraising from the public, something that has signalled the looming lockdown extension.
On Sunday, the National Response Fund to COVID-19 chairman appealed to the public to at least sacrifice shs 10,000 if the targeted shs 170b is to be quickly raised. “If every employed Ugandan contributed shs 10,000, this could go a long way to solve many problems that have been brought to our country by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Eng. Emmanuel Katongole appealed. In a supportive statement, the Fund Secretary, Dorothy Kisaka encouraged people to bank their money and present the Fund with pay slips which will be publicized. The bank account details were even shared with the public to steer up the fundraising campaign.
Whereas Ugandans would wish to support the cause, the members manning this process are scandalous and have no moral credentials to offer transparency. At the genesis of the pandemic, the Ugandan government was showered with donations from international allies like the USAID, European Union and WHO to mention but a few. The EU surrendered shs 120b, WHO $25m but all this has not been accounted for. Taxpayers’ money is recklessly spent on facilitating president Museveni and his allies. Over shs 900 billion was taken as classified budget for state house in the last supplementary, shs 1,300 billion went to presidential advisors, while shs 400b went to security. These allocations are at the cost of the starving Ugandans who remain devastated by the ugly economic injustices inflicted by the lock down. Majority have failed to pay their rent arrears for the past two months. Some are even starving in their homes. Therefore this government shs 10,000 appeal is morally unacceptable.