BY ISAAC MUGERA –

The Government of the Peoples Republic of China has donated US Dollars 50,000, an equivalent of over USHS 194m, to the communities that were affected by the floods that recently swept across different parts of the country.

The donation was delivered by the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Zheng Zhu Qiang, to the Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness, and Refugees, Eng. Hillary Onek, at the Office of The Prime Minister in Kampala.

Minister Onek, who was flanked by his State Minister, Hon. Musa Ecweru, and the State Minister for Northern Uganda, Hon. Grace Kwiyuchwinyi, appreciated the Chinese government for always standing with Uganda in times of need, even when they also have calamities at home like the COVID-19.

H.E Ambassador Zheng hands over the dummy cheque to the Ministers at the OPM headquarters in Kampala.

Minister Onek also acknowledged the Chinese support towards the fight against locusts in Uganda and assured the ambassador that this money will strictly be used to support the floods victims in the most appropriate manner.

Ambassador Zheng Qiang praised the government of Uganda for ably managing the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic amidst other disasters like the locusts’ invasion and the floods. He said that China will always come out to support Uganda in critical times like these because of the mutual relationship that the two countries have built over time.

State Minister Ecweru also thanked the Chinese government for the support and asked them to continue the good spirit because Uganda is still suffering from the effects of the recent disasters. He highlighted the anticipated food scarcity period that’s is likely to strike between November 2020 and March 2021.

Ecweru said that as a result of the floods, food crops were destroyed and gardens are covered so people cannot cultivate. He pleaded with the Chinese ambassador to inform Beijing about the situation so that a solution can be sought before it’s too late.  He also called for support to resettle the displaced people in Kasese, Bundibugyo, Kween, Ntoroko and other affected Districts.