The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Hon. Mathias Mpuuga, has urged government to deliver on its promise to support ‘volunteer’ organisations whose works have transformed the people.
Mpuuga said institutions such as the Little Sisters of St Francis of Assisi Congregation which runs high performance schools like Mt. St. Mary’s College Namagunga and health facilities such as Nsambya Hospital deservesupport from government.
“When Covid-19 attacked us, I remember making a statement on the Floor of Parliament challenging ourselves to consider the humble works of these organizations. I still strongly suggest that government needs to move fast; volunteers like the Little Sisters Congregation need to benefit from the presence of a government,” Mpuuga said he said adding that, .
’for instance, why would they be suffering without expert health workers? Government should be seconding the expert health workers to the congregation’s hospitals and pay them,” said Mpuuga.
Mpuuga made this call at the launch of the centenary celebrations of the congregation in Nkokonjeru, Buikwe district on Saturday, 07 May 2022. The event was also aimed at fundraising for a building of 100 rooms in memory of the congregation’s founder, Mother Kevin Therese.
Speaking to the Vice President, Jessica Alupo who was present at the function as the chief guest, Mpuuga reiterated a promise made by the Prime Minister to extend financial support to volunteer organizations.
“When I gave the statement on this matter in Parliament, the response from the Prime Minister was that, ‘yes we are seriously considering it’. Today is the reminder to track the commitment from the Prime Minister,” he said.
Alupo promised to work with Mpuuga in mobilizing other legislators to support the cause in addition to a cash contribution of Shs30million she made towards the building.
“We shall go and discuss how to support these institutions in another forum. I can promise that I will work with you to mobilise our other colleagues because we know the 100 rooms need to be completed,” Alupo said.
Mpuuga also contributed Shs10 million on behalf of the Office of Leader of the Opposition.