ARUA. An influential whatsapp group of West Nilers and its well-wishers code named “West Nile Voice” (WNV) is using its reach network of members to raise money for the vulnerable people for the 11 districts of the region during this period of COVID-19 pandemic.

“WNV is appealing to Sons, daughters, friends and in-laws of West Nile in Uganda and in the diaspora to contribute to the District task forces of the 11 districts of West Nile to support our people during these hard times”, the statement reads in part.

The Voice of West Nile platform which also recently formed a committee to advocate for the Connectivity of West Nile to the national Grid is chaired by a prominent city lawyer Mr Caleb Alaka of Alaka and company advocates with Ms Evely Anite, the Koboko municipality MP and state minister for Investment as its patron.

“Your contributions shall in line with the Presidential directives be geared towards feeding of vulnerable people and/or Orphans, supporting health centres and hospitals and sanitation”, a statement on the whatsapp group reads in part.

The chairperson of the drive Mr Cale Alaka said they intend to notify the National Task Force under Ms Mary Karooro Okurut and President Yoweri Museveni to treat their contributions as national in nature but local in dimension.

“We also assure you of the highest degree of honesty and transparency in this endeavour”, Alaka states.

Prominent among the list of contributors is the NRM secretary General Ms Kasule Lumumba who has contributed shs2million and her deputy Mr Richard Todong who has made a contribution of shs200,000.

Others are Ms Evelyn Anite, Mr Ann Hope Anguyo, Mr KG Adubango, Mr Joel Aita, Praise Adaku and Samuel Ondoma among the growing list of contributors.

The group which has about 250 members also wants West Nile to urgently be connected the national Grid in order to enhance the economic capabilities of the communities while at the same time addressing broad challenges in the Electricity Sub-sector in region.

A committee has been elected to work alongside the one headed by Mr Alioni Odria, the Aringa South MP to see that the region is connected. They will look into the issues of affordability and low consumption among others.

Deadline for the contributions has been set for 24th of April 2020. You can reach out with your contributions to the treasurer Ms Anguyo Ann Hope on 0775 332 550.