The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, has listed Lango MPs who contributed two million shillings each for the ongoing surgical camp. While officiating the launch of the Surgical Camp, attended by 250 surgical doctors who have arrived to conduct the exercise at Mayor’s Garden on Sunday evening, Minister Aceng cautioned Lango residents to recognize those who stand with them in case of emergencies.
She proceeded to list and read the names of the ten out of 31 total Members of Parliament who contributed two million shillings each for the one-week medical camp.
“Those who come from nowhere and offer unclear loans, don’t repay such loans. If anybody approaches you for loan repayment, kindly inform them that you have already utilized the loan.
On record, the Lango Parliamentary Group contributed twenty million shillings, according to Hon. Alyek Judith, the woman MP for Kole District, who also serves as the Chairperson of the Lango Parliamentary Group.
“Let me read the names of the 10 Lango Parliamentary Group members who contributed money to support Lango. They are: Hon. MP Acon Julius of Otuke County, Hon. Alyek Judith, Woman MP for Kole; Hon. Abeja Susan, Woman MP for Otuke District; Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Ocero Woman MP for Lira City; Hon. Santa Alum, Woman MP for Oyam; Hon. Agness Atim Apea, Woman MP for Amolatar; Hon. Betty Engola, Woman MP for Apac; Hon. Samuel Opio Acuti, MP for Kole; Hon. Eunice Apio, MP for Oyam North; and Hon. Goli Moses, Dokolo North.
We have a total of 31 members, but only ten contributed money. Therefore, I urge all Lango MPs to ensure they contribute for the health of our people.
To the people of Lango, I repeat: ‘Beware of those who come like a strong wind and deceive you with loans. Please do not repay such loans. I am telling you this,” emphasized Minister Aceng.
“I do not want anyone to repay the loan. If anybody approaches you for loan repayment, inform them that you have already utilized the money,” added Jane Aceng.
The Chairperson of the Lango Parliamentary Group, who also serves as the Woman MP for Kole District, Hon. Judith Alyek, confirmed in an exclusive interview with the media that only ten MPs contributed the money.
“I must be mindful of my people by ensuring I contribute some money. Some members of the Lango Parliamentary Group went ahead and advertised this program on a radio station, yet they did not contribute any money for the surgical camp. If you did not contribute anything, why advertise?” questioned MP Alyek.
Alyek urged all Lango MPs to support the ongoing surgical camp in their respective areas or constituencies.
“We initially contributed 10 million shillings for the pre-camp assessment, and as of now, only ten Lango MPs have managed to contribute 20 million shillings out of the expected 62 million. The total amount needed for the exercise was 589 million Uganda shillings, but only ten MPs out of the 31 members of parliament contributed money for the surgical camp.
Meanwhile, in another segment of her speech, Hon. Dr. Jane Aceng continued to emphasize that some MPs did not contribute the required 2 million shillings meant for each member under the Lango Parliamentary Group.
“I have concluded my speech, but I want to reiterate that you should not repay any loans offered by individual politicians in Lira City. I am warning you not to repay such loans. Personally, as Hon. Aceng, I have recently identified some groups in Lira City to benefit from me. Please understand that I will provide financial assistance to these groups out of my own initiative, and it will not be a loan.
Secondly, I want to assure you that His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Uganda, General Yoweri Museveni Kaguta, has provided Emyogaa and PDM funds, which are well-known government program funds that you receive and repay after two years. However, if anyone at a personal level offers a loan where the motives and interests are not clear, take it, use it, and do not repay,” Minister Aceng declared.
The surgical camp will run from September 11th to September 16th, 2023, throughout the entire Lango sub-region. The 250 doctors, organized under the Association of Surgeons of Uganda, commenced their operations on Monday morning, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily, until September 16th, 2023.