BY ISAAC MUGERA, Communications Officer, OPM –
General Wesley Clark, a retired army general of the United States Forces has donated 100,000 US Dollars, to the Ugandan government to support the fight against COVID-19 in Uganda.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni received the donation from General Clark earlier this week, and in turn asked the Rt. Hon Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda to deliver the donation to the COVID-19 Response Fund leadership at the Office of the Prime Minister.
While handing over the donation today to Mr. Emmanuel Katongole, the Chairperson of the COVID-19 Response Fund, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said that government and the people of Uganda will always remain grateful to Gen. Clark for that act of friendship and compassion extended through this donation.
Dr. Rugunda said that government is continuing to upsurge efforts in the fight against COVID-19, following the deaths of now five (5) Ugandans as a result of the pandemic. He revealed that the president has already instituted a new technical inter-agency response team, and the details of the members will be disclosed at a later date.
After receiving the dollars, Mr. Emmanuel Katongole pledged that the donation will be put to good use and asked the Prime Minister to send back their appreciation to Gen. Wesley Clark.
General Clark is a retired 4-star U.S. Army General. General Clark spent 34 years in the U.S. Army and held several Commands including Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO and, earlier in his career, Commander, U.S. Southern Command, which covers activities in South America and Central America. Currently, General Clark heads a strategic advisory and consulting firm.