The office of the prime minister has called off the food distribution programme after MPs rejected the ploy to start in Kampala, and Wakiso areas.
The members of parliament argue that the process should be equivocal and not selective as earlier planned. MPs say the hunger which affects Kampala residents is the same that affects upcountry Ugandans who may actually be even more vulnerable to the looming hunger linked to the Corona virus pandemic. The legislators say it would be unfair to target only Kampala people when the entire country is suffering.
The parliament’s position on the food distribution prompted the office of the prime minister to suspend the arrangements slated for tomorrow, Saturday April 4 to a later date that has not yet been mentioned.
It should be recalled that in Museveni’s previous televised address, he barred opposition politicians and other good samaritans from distributing relief to the downtrodden Ugandans. He instructed the police to make arrests on such people and charged them with attempted murder. Ugandans have since felt the pain as many are reportedly footing from the city to their upcountry homesteads miles away. Kampala residents who spoke to our correspondent disclosed that they are afraid the situation is getting worse and would prompt them to resort to criminal activities. “I’ve spent a full week feeding on just bread. Postponing the food relief scheme will mean I have to hit the streets for my hawking business,” says Sserunjogi, a Rubaga resident. Mary Ninsiima, a salon owner in Ntinda intimates that she has failed to meet her domestic obligations and yet her three children need to feed daily. “We are in bad times, I pray we get out of this before hunger strikes us down,” she told our reporter.
Uganda currently stands at 45 confirmed cases after another person aged 22 and a female spouse to one of the earlier cases tested positive. The Health Ministry says all the patients are fairly improving and are being treated from Entebbe Grade B, Adjumani and Mulago hospitals.