Parliament has today organized the Walk to raise funds for a rehabilitation centre for the Albino community in Uganda.
A total of 40 million Ug.shillings has been contributed so far by stake holders towards supporting the Albino Community.
Among those who made the contributions were DailyMonitor who contributed 2million Uganda shillings; AAR medical services contributed One Million Uganda shillings; Hon. Among (Bukedea) and Hon. Okupa (Kasilo county) contributed a total of $700; Bank of Ugands Official contributed 5million Ugandan Shillings among others, towards supporting the Albino Community.
Once complete, the centre will house an administrative block, a medical facility, Vocational Training Centre for albinos as well an ICT Centre and hostels for albinos and volunteers.
The Speaker also faulted government for the absence of an enabling policy for the albino community despite several challenges they face.
Speaking at CHOGM Gardens near Parliament, Ms Kadaga blamed the government for not have any policy on albinos in place. She instructed her deputy Jacob Oulanyah (NRM-Omoro County) to put government to task to undertake measures to protect the albinos.
The Speaker also instructed instructed the Clerk to Parliament to employ atleast one Albino as a step towards integrating them. Which she said will set a precedence to other government ministries to do the same.
Uganda is estimated to have about 15,000 albinos with the numbers increasing along with the general population.
Ms Olivia Namutebi 25, an albino working with Africa Albino Foundation Uganda said the centre would help give shelter to the many albinos who have been evicted from their homes due to different reasons.
She also urged the public to not to be gulled by myths that albinos don’t die, bring wealth and that they have healing powers for HIV/AIDs and other diseases.
Mr Oulanyah asked members of parliament to compel government and also enact policies that would support the albino while at the same time uplifting their standards of living.
“We need to review policies, we need to review the laws and we need to look at our budget and see how we can allocate some resources to deal with this particular problem,” he said.
The Deputy Speaker said the lawmakers should not simply sit and wait for government but rather exploit advantages created by the budgeting process currently underway and create safeguards for albinos.
“Let us see what we can do…we may not do all they need but certainly, the little thing we can do, let us do it,” Mr Oulanyah said.
Ms Winnie Kiiza, the Leader of Opposition in parliament pledged to rally opposition support both within and outside parliament for the cause.
The parliament week which ends on February 10, will also raise funds for the purchase of reusable sanitary towels for the girl child in Northern Uganda.