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Rotary Club Kira gets new chair

Outgoing and incoming Rotary, Kira presidents unveil the club magazine recently. Photo | Stephen Otage

The newly-elected president for the Rotary Club of Kira, says besides the lined up club activities, one of his missions during his tenure, is to attract more Muslims to Rotary Club.

In an interview yesterday, Meddie Lutaaya, who was installed as the first elected president of the Rotary Club of Kira, said he would use every opportunity to invite more Muslim because it is a family that promotes unity in diversity.

“Rotary’s social networks have immense opportunities for social entrepreneurs, budding corporates, and business persons,” he said.

Citing Mariam Mutalaga, the president Rotary Club of Namugongo, Madinah Friday the assistant governor-elect Area Nine, Salwa Abdallah his club administrator and Ismail Mukasa, the assistant governor Area Nine, Lutaaya said it was important for individual Muslims to join Rotarians to support the vulnerable and serve humanity in the club’s community projects.

Some of the projects currently being undertaken include water and sanitation as well as adolescent sexual reproductive health in different parts of the country.
Rotary Club of Kira, which was formed in 2019, changed its leadership recently, with the founding and charter president, Anthony Okimat, handing over power to Lutaaya.

While installing the new president, Ken Wycliffe Mugisha, the past district governor who also inducted nine new members into the club, observed that with a membership of 60 and the acquisition of the charter within two years since formation, the club is among the fastest growing in the country and its activities have been visible within Rotary.

Okimat donated Covid-19 personal protective equipment to the Kira community valued at Shs15m and together with neighbouring clubs, they donated 157 units of blood to Mengo hospital, tested area residents for sickle cell disease, conducted adolescent sexual reproductive health services in Kira Secondary School, and have water and sanitation projects in Jinja and Lwengo districts.

Mugisha urged the rotarians to continue recruiting new members into the club, saying unlike the past where Rotary was perceived as a club for the rich, the club has relaxed conditions for new members to join and support vulnerable communities.

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