Support locals from communities you hail, Dr Lubega tasks LUPA members

Dr Lubega, the patron of LUPA was addressing members of LUPA at their end-of-year party and annual general meeting that took place on Saturday, December 31st at Hawaii International Hotel in Luuka town council, Luuka district.

Prof Dr Lubega (in center) with Hon Kyobe (with spects) and other leaders (Photos by Simon Peter Isabirye)

LUUKA, UGANDA: The patron of the Luuka Patriots Association (LUPA) Al-hajji Prof Dr Muhammad Lubega Kisambira has tasked people hailing from needy backgrounds to return home and support their respective communities citing that there is no comfort in other areas other than their home districts.

Dr Lubega, who is also chairman of Uganda Muslim supreme council and the second deputy prime minister of Busoga kingdom was addressing members of LUPA at their end-of-year party and annual general meeting that took place on Saturday, December 31st at Hawaii International Hotel in Luuka town council, Luuka district.

“As we end the year today, I want to applaud all members for coming back to Luuka, this is our home so it’s good when you come back home. At whatever level you’re and in whatever speciality you’re, be it agriculture, ICT, medicine, surgery, business, etc. Let’s get home and support our people, this is our origin and you cannot have any comfort anywhere however good it may be,” said Prof Lubega.

He also appealed to people in Luuka to always engage locals in their communities whenever they go back and as well stir their socioeconomic development. He says that it’s good to know how their social services are doing and as well support them where necessary.

“My appeal to all of us as ‘Luukanians’ is that we come back and get engaged on how education is going on, health services, in social community development but above all, making sure that we’re part and parcel of the socioeconomic development of our people,” Prof Lubega added.

A section of LUPA members who attended the function on Saturday

About LUPA

LUPA, a non-political association which is now one year old since it was launched officially, has tried to change people’s lives through income-generating ventures like donating welding machines to youths in various town councils of Luuka district, giving out banana sackers to their members and now construction of quarters for health workers, among others.

The day started with general cleaning of Kiyunga town by a section of LUPA members and matching in the town.

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The MP Luuka North constituency Hon Kyobe Luke Inyensiko who also attended the function commended LUPA under the patronage of Dr Lubega and urged people to use LUPA developments as a foundation to pursue more and called upon people in the district to emulate works of LUPA citing that they are not politically based but aimed at changing people’s lives in Luuka.

The chairperson of LUPA, ASP Isanga Richard Kawowo says that the association whose activities are majorly funded by Dr Lubega decided to construct staff quarters at Kiyunga Health centre IV to have urgency by health workers in responding to emergencies at the facility, especially during the night. He says the project will cost close to 400 million Uganda shillings by completion.

“We decided to construct eight double rooms for health workers after seeing that health staff are coming from far and others are residing outside the facility as far as outside Luuka. This issue is very sensitive since there is no urgency in attending to emergencies, especially in late hours, therefore we decided to engage Prof Dr Lubega the chief funder of the project and the construction project is estimated to consume between 350 to 400 million,” Said ASP Isanga.

Chairperson LUPA, ASP Isanga Richard Kawowo addressing members with other executive members of LUPA

The district speaker Bikumbi Ronald said the district will support the association’s activities and also monitor the works of health workers at Kiyunga Health centre which will help in fighting absenteeism at the facility.

Bikumbi told DailyExpress in an interview that their efforts to have the health centre IV elevated to a district hospital is underway given their overwhelming letters to the ministry of health. 

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“And now that staff quarters are nearing completion, we will not again expect absenteeism by health workers and as a district speaker, I will put much emphasis on this to defend the title of LUPA and good enough I’m a member of the association,” Mr Bikumbi said before saying that, “we have written letters to the ministry to have Kiyunga Health centre IV upgraded to a district hospital because it renders services to a number of people and find it challenging to handle the situation.”

The function was attended by among others, the RDC Luuka district Mr Musiho Samuel, Musa Birungi commissioner ministry of education and sports, LC3 Waibuga sub-county Salim Kayongo, local leaders and LUPA coordinators in all Sub counties.

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