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RUGUNDA CALLS FOR TRANSPARENCY AS DISTRIBUTION OF RELIEF FOOD KICKS OFF

By Mulengera Reporter

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda on Saturday flagged off the distribution of relief food to save hand-to-mouth workers and other vulnerable people in Kampala and Wakiso from starvation during the ongoing Covid19 lockdown.

Ending mid-April, the lockdown was declared by President Yoweri Museveni at the start of this week as a way of preventing further spread of the deadly respiratory disease for which Uganda currently has 48 confirmed cases.

But the 14-day shutdown, and its accompanying curfew, left many city dwellers out of work, meaning they would easily starve to death even before Coronavirus catches them since their daily sources of livelihood had been cut off by the presidential

directive.

Announcing the lockdown on Monday, Museveni said government would give relief food to the low income earners grossly affected by the measures put in place by his government. Last night, the President explained that a move by MPs to halt the relief food distribution exercise until a countrywide allotment plan was drawn was misguided since Uganda was dealing with Covid19, an emergency and short term problem, and not poverty which the country has faced for long.

True to his word, Museveni, through his Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, started the exercise to distribute food in Kampala and Wakiso Saturday morning. Flagging off the distribution in Kampala, Rugunda, who also heads the Covid19 multi-sectoral National Taskforce, said vulnerable groups like orphans, elderly and sick in orphanages, hospitals and barracks would be given priority during the exercise that kicked off in Bwaise in Kawempe Division.

The taskforce’s teams, comprising security forces, will work with local authorities to deliver sugar, milk, maize flour and beans to beneficiaries’ homes. Rugunda also warned those itching to flout the rules.

“To ensure social distancing, the food relief will be house to house, door to door. There will be no lining and if we detect any form of crowding, the distribution will be suspended,” said Rugunda.

“We want absolute transparency, absolute accountability. Anybody who will go against this will be provoking the wrath of the law to take its course.” (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at mulengera2040@gmail.com).

 

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