A team from the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has petitioned Parliament, urging the legislative body to make amendments to the 1964 Red Cross Act that they say is now stale.
Subsequently, in a communiqué to the House, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga informed MPs of the petition, saying the new amendments need to be undertaken so as incorporate current changes like disaster preparedness, which isn’t catered for in the Act.
Additionally, the URCS also wants the Good Samaritan Law, as well as the Disaster Preparedness Commission enacted so as to improve efforts in combating disaster-related challenges.
The Red Cross, whose Patron is President Yoweri Museveni, also took a swipe at government for withholding the Shs200b it used to send to the Society, saying the taps have since closed.
Now, they want Parliament to prevail over the Executive so that these funds are renewed.