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Uganda benefits from Russia's donation of 67 trucks to World Food Program

Monday, 13th April 2015
The government of the Russian Federation has donated 67 KAMZ trucks to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for relief distribution and deliveries in Uganda and South Sudan.

The vehicles are part of a Russian global contribution to WFP of 218 tracks, valued at US$ 21m, (over sh5.2b).

"WFP is an efficient organization in addressing hunger and strengthening food security in the world. We welcome with satisfaction our cooperation which is developing well," said Sergey Shishkin, the Russian Ambassador to Uganda.

Ambassador Sergey explained that 53 of the trucks will be dispatched to South Sudan while the rest will remain in Uganda. Another 62 trucks he said were due to arrive in the country later in the year.

The trucks were handed over to the acting director of WFP in Uganda, Michael Dunford. "We greatly appreciate the generosity of the Russian government for this distribution which will enhance WFP fleet capacity in the region," Dunford said.

"As one of the world's leading humanitarian organizations, WFP needs to respond quickly to breaking emergencies to save the lives and meet the needs of the people affected," Dunford explained.

Uganda¡¯s State Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Musa Ecweru, represented the Government at the function. He hailed the Russian government for the support that boosts WFP that always helps government in feeding the displaced people.

"The government of Uganda is grateful to President Vladmir Putin, and the people of Russia who pay taxes. In many occasions disasters occur but we lack capacity to take relief items to the affected people on time," Ecweru noted.

He explained that the government will now be in position to respond quickly to the people affected with relief once disaster occurs in any part of the country.

Source: New Vision