KAMPALA — The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has donated Eid Al- Fitr goodies to city mosques and other Muslim groups.
The Imam of Parliament and Kawempe North MP Latif Ssebaggala who represented Speaker Kadaga, led a delegation from Parliament where they handed over Eid hampers to Kibuli and Old Kampala Mosques.
The delegation also included Assistant Director, Communications and Public Affairs at Parliament Mr. Ismail Ranny.
At Kibuli Mosque, Parliament gave out 400kgs of wheat, 200kgs of posho, 200kg of rice, 200litres of cooking oil and 200kgs of sugar.
The items were handed over to the Supreme Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Siliman Kasule Ndirangwa who thanked Speaker Kadaga and the entire Parliament for the generosity.
“We thank the Speaker for the generous contribution. We thought a woman could not steer Parliament but she has disapproved her doubters,” Ndirangwa said but condemned the alleged torture and mistreatment of some MPs by security forces.
Sheikh Ndirangwa asked Parliament to stand firm and fight for the rights of the people.
Parliament also gifted Prince Kassim Nakibinge Kakungulu with 100kgs of wheat,100kgs of rice,100kgs of posho, 100kgs of sugar and 100litres of cooking oil.
Speaking during the handover of the food hampers, MP Ssebagala explained that they decided to offer the food hampers this time instead of hosting the Iftar dinner, which happens each holy month of Ramadhan because of the current lockdown aimed at stemming the spread of Coronavirus.
“This year we have not done so (hosted Iftar) because of COVID-19. That is why the Speaker decided to give out the hampers as a way of cementing relationship with the office of the speaker,” MP Ssebaggala said.
The delegation under the leadership of Mr. Ranny also visited and handed over goodies to leadership of Old Kampala Mosque.
Parliament handed over 300kgs of sugar, 300kgs of rice, 300litres of oil, 300kgs of wheat and 300kgs of posho.
Mr. Ranny said the leadership from the mosques will distribute the hampers among themselves including the vulnerable Muslims.
The Speaker had earlier on the week donated Iftar food hampers to various Muslim groups including parliamentary staff, police officers, journalists and clerics among others.
The hampers comprised five kilogrammes of rice and maize flour respectively, three litres of cooking oil, two packets of spaghetti and Pilau masala.
According to the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, the beneficiaries include 108 journalists, 39 parliamentary staff, 24 police officers and 20 support staff among others.