Being a member of the ruling NRM party seems to be an extra privilege for any politician to offer food relief to the masses. On Sunday, when the opposition Mityana municipality MP, Zaake Francis Butebi gave out food to his starving constituents moreover in an orderly WHO recommended door to door manned, he was brutaly arrested on that very evening and as we run this story, he remains in police custody for alleged violation of presidential directives on COVID-19.
Away from Zaake’s ‘bad luck’ several NRM bigwigs have been spotted in various locations freely communing starving people to offer them food. On Monday, Kasule Lumumba gave out food in Bugiri district while Rosemary Sseninde gave out in Wakiso. In Kyotera district, the Microfinance Minister, Haruna Kasolo freely gathered masses at his residence and gave each of the attendants a bag of 10kgs maize flour.
The revelation was made by the Kyotera woman MP, Robinah Ssentongo who informed parliament on Tuesday that she was aware of the minister’s unhealthy actions that saw him convene hundreds of people at his home contrary to the COVID-19 guidelines. “The minister bought maize flour branded with his name, bananas and the like, he disguised that he had given food to the taskforce, he later got the food after some hours and took it to his home. Thousands would later gather and walk away with food,” Robina told the house.
Kyotera district is vulnerable given its closeness to the Mutukula border point town which is a link to Tanzania where covid cases have already soared past 254. Whereas the minister denied giving out food, a video implicating him has already gone viral on social media. In the footage, people are seen freely mixing with no safety measures. The social distancing is not implemented and all that is seen is a physical struggle between attendants in a quest for food. The Kyotera woman MP asked that Kasolo gets reprimanded for violating health guidelines. “If Kasolo is breaking the directives of the president, he should be arrested and charged with attempted murder like the authorities have done to Mityana MP, Zaake Francis,” Robina demanded.
Our struggle for a comment from the minister did not yield as his personal assistant declined to comment on the matter. She persistently rejected to pick up on learning that we were requesting to know about the leaked footage. By publication of this story, the Minister was freely lounging freely with no hopes of having him arrested.