Parliament will support Rotary – Speaker

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has pledged continued support to the local activities of Rotary.

Kadaga, who was today meeting the President of Rotary International, John Germ, commended Rotary International for their contributions in different spheres in the country.

"Parliament of Uganda has actively supported Rotary work. As the head of Parliament, I pledge to continue supporting the work and causes of Rotary International," said Kadaga.

The Parliament of Uganda has made contributions to various initiatives organised by different local Rotary clubs and participated in the annual Cancer Run, in which funds were collected to build a Cancer ward in St. Francis Nsambya Hospital.

The meeting with the Speaker was attended by incoming RI President, Sam Awori, and past Rotary District Governors and Presidents.

The Speaker said that despite her failure to attend Rotary meetings, several staff in the Parliamentary Service have joined and diligently attended their meetings and other activities.

The Director Department of Finance, Mr. Patrick Kunobwa, is a former President, while the Assistant Director, Department of Communication, Ms. Helen Kawesa is the current President of Rotary Club of Ssese Islands.

Rotary International President, John Germ, thanked the Speaker for her cooperation with Rotary International and her support for its activities.

"We have private sector support but we still need government cooperation. Partnerships are essential," said Germs adding that "Thank you for what you have done in improving humanity."

He said that Rotary International has provided Uganda with US$7.7m through Global Grants in the last three years, and thanked local Rotary clubs for identifying the local needs for support and for monitoring the projects to ensure that funds are well utilised.

"Stewardship is key," he said.

John Germ is in Uganda as Rotary marks 60 years. Through their collections and fundraisings, Rotary has built a new Blood Bank in Mengo Hospital and a Trauma Centre in Mukono. The Blood Bank was commissioned by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda today, while the Hospital/Trauma Centre was commissioned by RI President John Germ yesterday.

John Germ has been a Rotary member since 1976 and has served Rotary as vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair, chair of Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge, and RI president's aide.

Source: Parliament of Uganda