By Our Reporter
KAMPALA-SHIFTMEDIA- There was drama at the Prime Minister Office as government officials snarled for Hajji Hamis Kiggundu’s shs530m Covid 19 vaccine cash.
City tycoon Hamis Kiggundu of the Ham Enterprises arrived at the Prime Minister’s office at noon loaded with shs530m cash.
After the handover, Hajji Hamis directed that 5,000 of the 15,000 Covid 19 vaccines to be purchased be left for his tenants at Ham Shopping Mall and other others.
Kiggundu also proposed that his donation be banked in a separate account, (The Private Sector Covid 19 Task Force Fund), an idea that was rejected by Prime Minister Robinah Nabanjja.
This is when verbal exchanges and disagreements entered center stage.
Dr. Musenero, the Minister of the President In Charge of Innovation and Technology also rejected the idea insisting that the donation be banked in the already set up account.
Nabanjja insisted that the funds be banked in the already set up Covid 19 Task Force Special Fund Account at Stanbic Bank as directed by His Excellency the president.
The Stanbic Bank Account was under the Covid 19 National Task Force headed by the former Premier Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda .
The current Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Dorothy Kisaka was the secretary of the Task Force and the main signatory to the account.
The Task Force consists of professional scientists, representatives from various government agencies including the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministries of Health, Education, Trade, Finance, Public Service, Tourism, Joint Security Agencies, and Public Service among others.
After disagreements that lasted a couple of hours, Nabanjja directed that Dr. Musenero and Hamis Kiggundu be included in the National Task Force.
“It is true we had some issues to resolve regarding where to bank Hajji Kiggundu’s donation, but we later agreed to have it banked in the account of the Covid 19 National Task Force that the president directed during the first lockdown, “ said Nabanjja.
She said though a bullion van had already been brought to ferry the cash, she stood her ground.
“I want to assure the public that Nabanjja will deliver. I am against corruption. All people’s donation is safe with me,” she said.
After the ‘push and shove’, Nabanjja personally loaded the shs530m cash into her car and drove to Stanbic Garden City where the money was banked around 7 pm.
Hajji Hamis Kiggundu said indeed there was ‘push and pull’ regarding where to bank his donation.
“We took long to agree, but finally we agreed that the money be banked in the already set up Covid 19 fund account,” he told CBS FM.
Kiggundu said he was also included in the National Covid 19 Task Force that is headed by Emmanuel Katongole the Chairperson of Cipla Industries.
The worries of people’s donations did not come as a surprise especially after the Auditor General’s report indicated that the Covid 19 donations was mismanaged.
The Committee Chairperson Katongole last year told Ugandans that their target was to gather shs170b to purchase medical equipment needed to address the pandemic. Only shs29b was recieved that Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Diana Atwine explained how it was used on Friday.