Vulnerable families in Busoga sub-region have been treated to a sumptuous Eid Al-Adha thanks to a partnership between Busoga Kingdom and four Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that led to the sacrificing of over 1,400 cows.
The NGOs which included Association of the Friends of Africa (TADD), Sefer Dernei, IHLAS VAKFI and Safe Love for Orphaned Children Africa (SLOCA) donated over 1,400 cows which were sacrificed to mark Eid al-Adha at Kyabazinga’s Palace at Igenge Hill in Bugembe, Jinja Northern Division in Jinja City today (Saturday).
Kyabazinga Gabula hosted guests from all the four NGOs led by TADD president Bilgehan Guntekin.
Guntekin in a conversation with the Kyabazinga committed to partnering with Busoga Kingdom to initiate development programmes in various sectors like Education, Health and Vocational skilling.
He said his association has so far drilled more than 300 boreholes in the last six years in Uganda to provide safe drinking water to schools and Mosques.
Busoga Kingdom’s Prime Minister Owek. Dr. Joseph Muvawala commended the delegation for supporting Busoga and pledged the Kingdom’s commitment to partner with them to implement their visions.
Muvawala requested the NGOs to consider skilling youth through vocational training and job creation in order to curb poverty that is prevalent in the region.
The Kyabazinga of Busoga, His Majesty William Gabula Nadiope IV, commended the delegation for the different projects and services they are rendering to his subjects in rural Jinja, including distribution of goats to various homes and requested them to do the same in other areas.
“I have been to Turkey so many times and it is doing well to empower the young generation through Small and Medium Enterprises. I do request that we have the same implemented in Busoga and country at large and this will help transform the lives of the young generation,” Kyabazinga said.
He cited shortage of services, especially in the water sector, as one of the problems facing Busoga and requested the NGOs to drill more boreholes in communities to provide safe drinking water as part of their corporate social responsibility.
Busoga Kingdom Foreign Affairs minister Owek. Joan Machora Kitto commended the NGOs for donating to people of Busoga.
Owek. Machora revealed she lobbied the NGOs from Turkey to come and support Busoga’s development agenda.
Sacrificing cows will take three days and meat will be distributed to vulnerable people in all chiefdoms of Busoga. The truck that took meat to Bugabula Chiefdom was flagged off by the Kyabazinga and SLOCA’s Kibwika Hallil Guntekin.
Every year as the Hajj pilgrimage concludes, Muslims arrange for the sacrifice of livestock called Qurbani to mark the celebration of Eid al-Adha. Qurbani is also referred to as Udhiyya in Arabic which means sacrifice and it is an important rite in the Islamic religion.