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Hon. Sam Kutesa Receives a Fleet of 88 Motor Vehicles Donated By the Government of India

Tuesday, 3rd March 2020
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda, Hon. Sam .K. KUTESA, this afternoon received a fleet of eighty eight  (88)  motor vehicles on behalf of Government of Uganda from H.E Ravi SHANKAR the Indian High Commissioner to Uganda.

This donation follows the fulfilment of a pledge made by the Prime Minister of India His Excellency Narendra Modi who paid a historic official visit to Uganda in July 2018. This visit cemented further the relations between the two countries.

Speaking as the Guest of honour, Hon Kutesa, conveyed a message of gratitude on behalf of the Government and People of Uganda for these Utility Motor vehicles donated by the Government and the People of India. The Minister further hailed the excellent cordial bilateral relations deeply rooted in the history, shared values and culture of both countries.

The Minister also recalled the recent commissioning and handover ceremony the Bhabhatron II Cobalt Radiotherapy Machine and Advanced Digital Radiotherapy Simulator that is already being used for Cancer treatment at the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) Mulago.

Hon. Kutesa emphasized that these motor vehicles, will be distributed to various Government, Ministries, Departments and Agencies to assist in operations as they execute their duties to improve on their efficiency and service delivery.

The donation comprised a variety of motor vehicles, including Executive buses, Ambulances, Water Trucks and Utility Lorries / Trucks and a consignment of 44 Military trucks which will be officially handed over to the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) in due course to assist in building capacity of the UPDF.
H.E Ravi Shankar the Indian High Commissioner to Uganda, noted with appreciation the reception of these motor vehicles  by the Government of Uganda and emphasized the commitment of  the Indian Government in strengthening development cooperation between both countries.

The High Commissioner hailed the excellent relations that exist between Uganda and India, and emphasised that the donation of 11 Containers of medicine, the Cancer Simulator and treatment machines as well as these trucks are in fulfilment of the pledge made by the Prime Minister of India His Excellency Narendra Modi when officially visited Uganda in July 2018. He further remarked that he was pleased to have delivered these donations during his tenure serving as the Indian High Commissioner  to Uganda.
Concluding his speech, Hon. Sam Kutesa commended H.E. Ravi Shankar and  praised him for the role played by the High Commissioner in strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries and hoped that he will continue the great work he has been doing while in Uganda in the advancement of the interests of the two countries in the fields of mutually beneficial trade, investment and tourism promotion.

In attendance at this handover ceremony that took place at the Uganda National Museum were, Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headed by the Permanent Secretary Amb. Patrick Mugoya, Amb Isaac Ssebulime, the Director of International Co-operation Amb Charles Ssentongo the Chief of Protocol, Amb. Alfred Nnam, Head Public Diplomacy Department, Officials from the Ministry of Works and Transport headed by the Permanent Secretary Mr. Bageya Waiswa, Representatives of the Tata Group, the Members of the Indian Community, Members of the Press and the general public.

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