By Spy Uganda
The Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday unveiled a citizen fundraising platform aimed at mobilising resources and funds to help the National Task Force headed by premier Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, in the fight against Coronavirus.
The online platform which was developed by the National Information Technology Uganda (NITA-U), enables Ugandans to donate money starting from Shs1,000 to the COVID-19 National Taskforce at their convenience, through using a mobile phone, tablet or computer.
According to NITA-U, all Ugandans will be able to make contributions to the national fight against COVID-19 by visiting the website, www.covid.pay.go.ug.
“Additionally, one can see, in real time, a funds counter that shows a cumulative total of contributions as they are made. Contributions can be either money or items. Also, once one makes the contribution, he/she will be added to the honorable wall of contributors. It is this honorable list of contributors that periodically gets applauded by the President, H.E Yoweri Museveni,” NITA said in a statement.
The statement also added that in case someone doesn’t have a smart phone or access to a computer, they can make a contribution using MTN Mobile Money by dialing * 165*4*4#ok.
The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda said while commenting about the new development that the platform will help the National Task Force to boost the fight against COVID-19.
“We welcome this ICT initiative that will bolster our fundraising efforts. Using the online portal means Ugandans can still participate in the nationwide effort to combat COVID-19 whilst maintaining the Ministry of Health guidelines of social distancing and avoiding the use of cash,” Dr Rugunda said.
On his part, NITA-U’s Executive Director, James Saaka, said that; “The COVID-19 citizen fundraising platform will enable the participation of Ugandans who may wish to make donations but are limited by mobility, fear, language, proximity, and flexibility.”
During his successive National Addresses on COVID-19, President Yoweri Museveni has often urged all Ugandans and investors to make contributions to the COVID-19 National Taskforce through donations.