Cosmetics Company, Movit Products Limited have injected Shs 41 million into the Irene Gleeson charity walk set for later this month.
The function was held at the company headquarters in Kampala in Bunamwaya, along Entebbe road.
Speaking during the function, John Paul Kiffasi, the Executive Director at Irene Gleeson Foundation explained that proceeds from the charity walk will be used to provide education and health services to the people of Northern Uganda especially Kitgum district.
“Many hospitals in the area are congested. In some of them 3 people share a single bed which puts them at risk of contracting diseases,”Kiffasi said.
“We hope by the end of the charity walk, proceeds could be used to provide health services and as well help decongest the hospitals.”
He said that Northern Uganda lagged behind for 20 years because of the Kony War and asked other parts of the country to give a helping hand to the area in order to catch up with development.
Omoro district woman MP Margret Lamwaka applauded efforts by other parts of the country that have enabled Northern Uganda cope.
“Government should not abrogate its duty of providing services even to the deepest person. They should not leave it to NGOs and other organizations,” Lamwaka noted.
Mr. Emmy Musasirane, the Director in Charge of Operations and Administration at Movit, asked government to reduce on taxes paid by local companies in a their efforts to serve Ugandans and also create jobs.
“Taxes to local companies are higher compared to those on foreign counterparts which makes it difficult for us to compete favourably, ” he noted.
“It limits locals from engaging fully in business that would create employment for Ugandans.
Kitgum Municipality MP, Beatrice Anywar said that local companies need to be treated in a special way by government because they employ most of the Ugandans.
The Irene Gleeson Foundation was started in 1992 in the name of Irene Gleeson, an Austrian who provided education and health services through hospitals to people of Northern Uganda during the 20 year LRA war.
Her organization cares for over 15000 people including children and adults in Kitgum.