Museveni orders on use of Shs29b Covid donations 

Thursday September 24 2020
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President Museveni said part of the money will be used to buy cars for each district in Uganda. FILE PHOTO

By Monitor Team

President Museveni has said the COVID-19 donation funds will be used to procure vehicles, equip some border points and work on the two regional blood banks as the country intensifies efforts in the fight against the pandemic.

“We have agreed on how to use the cash from the COVID-19 donation fund.
 The fund now is over Shs 29 billion. They will buy 282 double cabin pick-ups, each district will get two vehicles. They will also work on some border points for receiving people returning from across the neighbouring countries and work on two blood banks of Arua and Soroti,” the President was addressing the media shortly after meeting the COVID-19 National taskforce at State House in Entebbe.

The President clarified that this does not include the other vehicles which were given in kind, and which had already been given out. He said government will get the new vehicles directly from the manufacturers and will not deal with middlemen.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and other top government and non-government officials. 
Uganda has 7,064 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 70 deaths with total samples tested to date at 463,618 after 185 new cases as on September 23, 2020.