By Frank Kamuntu
The Pan-African Pyramid (PAP) founding speaker and Chairman Andrew Irumba Katusabe, a renowned Pan-Africanist, on Friday commended the PAP members, Ugandan companies and the general public who have invested efforts and time in the ‘PAP X-Mas with Nakivale Refugees 2019 project.
Irumba revealed this Friday morning via his personal social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter ‘Andrew Irumba Live’ and ‘andrewirumba’ respectively where he expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation to the companies and the general public who have greatly boosted the campaign with immense support.
In his statement, he also hailed the youthful PAP members for their untiring spirit of hard work.
He wrote thus; “In Owino market yesterday, with your support, we were in Kiryandongo in 2016, 2017 Bidi Bidi, 2018 Rwamwanja and this year 2019, we’re going to Nakivale refugeee settlement camps in Isingiro District. Thank you the people of Owino market, #BritaniaAlliedInd.Ltd, #RupareliaFoundation, #MillenniumSupermarketKisementi and the general public.
We will be in Owino again today up to Tuesday next week to reach out to more traders whom we haven’t yet reached to yet they want to donate to refugees. We do this in conjunction with OPM and HALEA Uganda. Don’t agonize, organize,” he wrote.
Since the beginning of this month, Irumba and other PAP team members have been traversing different parts of the country collecting relief aide like clothes, food stuffs, scholastic materials, home appliances, among others from various markets including Nakawa, Owino (St. Balikudembe) where the team was given lots, plus individuals who called PAP members to pick donations from either their offices or homes.
Irumba noted that if it wasn’t for the zeal and dedication of his team, as PAP they would not have been successful with this year’s campaign and previous visits that were conducted at other refugee camps namely Kiryandongo, Bidi Bidi and Rwamwanja. This time round it’s the refugees at Nakivale Settlement Camp that will benefit.
In the same vein, Irumba in a special way appreciated Britania Allied Ind.ltd, the Ruparelia Foundation, Millenium Smkt among others for their continuous support towards the revival of Pan-Africanism and brotherhood in Uganda which is so lacking.
Irumba also shared a message of encouragement with other PAP members, which reads thus; “In the Bible there is a whole book of Lamentations, there is nothing new you are going to lament about the failures in life that has not been lamented about, rather find out why you occupy a specific position in this universe and the purpose,leave the rest to God”
PAP is a Pan-African organisation that serves all people especially the needy in different localities without discrimination of tribe, geographical locations, religious or political affiliations.
It has in previous years delivered donations to various refugee camps including Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Hoima district (in 2016) where members traveled 112.14 miles (180.47 km) from Kampala, in 2016.
The second visit was in 2017 to the world’s largest refugee settlement, Bidi Bidi, in Yumbe District, where PAP members traveled 533.1 KM to the camp based in northwestern Uganda, occupied by over 270,000 South Sudanese refugees, who were displaced by the civil war in their country. And previously in 2018, the PAP team visited Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement camp in Kamwenge District, after traveling 290.5 km from Kampala and on December 20, 2019 they will travel to Nakivale a settlement located in Isingiro district, Southwest Uganda with a population of 61,000people and covering 185 km2 (71 sq mi).
The Pan-African Pyramid organizes such events basing on its principles as an intellectual, non-partisan discussion forum, built on the Pillars of PAN-AFRICANISM, PATRIOTISM and NATIONALISM, whose Ideal/pre-occupation is to REVIVE intellectual discourse among youth with a bias on re-constructing our lost Pan-Africanism, patriotism and Nationalism Values and spirit.
What Is Pan-Africanism?
Pan-Africanism is an ideology and movement that encourages the solidarity of Africans worldwide. It is based on the belief that unity is vital to economic, social, and political progress and aims to ‘Unify and uplift’ people of African descent.
The ideology asserts that the fate of all African peoples and countries are intertwined. At its core Pan-Africanism is “a belief that African peoples, both on the continent and in the diaspora, share not merely a common history, but a common destiny”
Pan African Pyramid Vision:
To articulate the concerted efforts geared towards promoting the true African Awakening among the BLACK people throughout Africa and in the Diaspora, and galvanize inventions and innovations of the African people.
Pan African Pyramid Mission:
To REVIVE intellectual discourse among the youths with a bias of re-constructing our lost Pan-Africanism, patriotism and Nationalism Values and spirit.