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By Mulengera Reporter

Kampala Central MP hopeful Cedric Babu has teamed up with the wealthy philanthropist arm of the Ruparelia Foundation in a campaign aimed at helping needy city dwellers in the hard economic times brought about by Covid 19, and sensitizing city dwellers on how to prevent the spread of the deadly disease for which Uganda currently has 23 cases.

Over 5,000 families will benefit from Ruparelia Foundation’s charity and Babu’s kindness in the initiative dubbed ‘Fighting Corona Together.’ They will receive essential relief items such as sugar, soap, and maize flour.

Nsereko must naturally be uneasy seeing Ruparelia Group partnering with Cedric Babu who wants his MP Seat 

Babu, the son of former Minister and flight Captain Francis Babu, kicked off the campaign Saturday morning in the parishes of Kagugube, Kisenyi and Bukesa. Here, the parliamentary aspirant was joined by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Councillors in the Central Division as well as LCI and II Chairpersons in these administrative units. Other parishes such as Kamwokya, Mengo, Nakivubo, Shauriyako, Industrial Area and Old Kampala will also benefit.

Whereas he is expected to return to these areas to ask for votes ahead of 2021 elections, Babu, who members of current MP Muhammad Nsereko’s camp have already acknowledged as a strong opponent, said this was not time for politicking.

“The purpose of the tour is not only to show love and support these trying times of coronavirus, but to also sensitize the local community on what precautions and measurers they can undertake to protect not only themselves and their families, but also the communities in which they live from Covid19,” explained Babu.

“We are going through a difficult period right now. This is the time for us to show collective responsibility. We have to unite and pull together as communities and follow the guidelines as set by Ministry of Health if we are to get though the crisis.”

On her part, Jyotsna Ruparelia, a co-founder of the Ruparelia Foundation, said she was optimistic the campaign would create the much-needed awareness.

“Coronavirus does not discriminate against social class, religion or ethnicity. It simply kills. This is the time when we – right from kindergarten going school children, to us, right up to adults and grandparents – must have knowledge of what we need to do and what we should not do. This is not the time to be ignorant about the virus. We cannot afford to be ignorant,” said Jyotsna.

Meanwhile, both Babu, Joystna and the Ruparelia Foundation have commended President Yoweri Museveni for “taking swift and decisive measures to contain the virus,” as well as Minister of health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, public health experts, medical personnel and security agencies “for their tireless efforts in trying to keep Uganda safe.”

Over the past seven years, Ruparelia Foundation has walked the talk, turning their “Enriching Lives Together” catchphrase into reality. Their efforts have seen the Foundation team up with other organizations and individuals to champion positive change in the areas of healthcare, education, sports, wildlife and environment conservation, disaster relief, startups and general welfare  in different communities across the country.

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