Red Cross Wants New Law

The law being the law, it can punish you even for being helpful in an emergency.

That is why the Uganda Red Cross Society is to push for a Good Samaritan law, as part of events to mark 50 years of humanitarian service. Such a law allows people to offer emergency help to an injured person without fear of wrongful prosecution.

On Friday, URCS interim Secretary General Ken Odur Gabelle told journalists that URCS was confident parliamentarians would buy into Good Samaritan cause.

“After 50 years of rendering voluntary humanitarian service, the Uganda Red Cross Society gly believes that this law is necessary.”

Kajara MP Stephen Tashobya, the chairman of the URCS Central Governing Board, said they were thinking of a private member’s bill. Tashobya is expected to present a statement to Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga on July 30.

“If enacted, the law will go a long way in ensuring that people are encouraged to provide help instead of looking on in fear of arrest or culpability,” Tashobya said.

Other activities to mark the URCS golden jubilee will include blood donation drives across the country, road safety campaigns, as well as food security and safe motherhood promotion. The main celebrations will be in Entebbe, where the first home of URCS was set up in 1939, then as a branch of the British Red Cross.

Other activities will include a football match and fundraising dinner at the Imperial Resort hotel, Entebbe, on July 31, where Kadaga will be chief guest. Tickets to the dinner are available at the URCS headquarters at Shs 100,000 per person, while a corporate table for 10 costs Shs 3m. Proceeds will go towards upgrading the Children’s ward at Entebbe Grade B hospital.

Source : The Observer

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