Employers have expressed willingness to contribute to the COVID-19 task force if the additional resources will help the country get out of the lockdown.
This comes amid uproar from Ugandans who have since criticized the call by the task force to company executives requesting their employees to donate at least Shs10,000 towards the fight against COVID-19.
The chairman Fundraising Subcommittee National Response Fund to Covid-19, Patrick Mweheire has revealed that they are targeting to collect Shs 30billion from 1.5m workers and their respective employers.
Now, the executive director Federation of Uganda Employers Douglas Opio tells KFM that the request is not a bad idea and should not cause alarm.
He says the request by the task force is not compelling anyone to contribute but rather is an “open request” to those who are willing and capable despite the distress caused by the pandemic.
However, workers’ Member of Parliament Sam Lyomoki says they need to be consulted first, to better appreciate the task force’s motive.
Lyomoki says much as the motive by the task force could be noble and well-intentioned, issues relating to money coming from the public need sensitive handling especially in times of distress caused by covid19.
He adds that as workers representatives they are ready to work with the task force if consulted so that they can clearly understand their motive for harmonisation so that workers are not left behind.
According to the ministry of health, Uganda currently has 227 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and President Museveni is expected to address the nation on the COVID-19 situation in the country.