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MPs support amending Red Cross Act

 

Ultimate Media

Members of Parliament have supported calls to amend the Uganda Red Cross Act of 1964.

Uganda Red Cross is recognized in the laws of Uganda as a voluntary aid organisation.

Uganda Red Cross provides relief services, supports  reproductive health, immunization, disease control and looks after some HIV/Aids patients.
The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi says Parliament supports calls not to tax humanitarian supplies handled by the Uganda Red Cross.

Uganda Revenue Authority has been taxing humanitarian aid from donors’ countries and organisations through Uganda Red Cross.

Ssekandi also asks the government to fund Uganda Red Cross in the national budget to support the organisations activities.
The chairperson of Uganda Red Cross, Tom Buruku says their organisation incurs high costs during its operations arising from taxes levied on fuel.

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