Abbey Musinguzi aka Abitex, Andrew Mukasa aka Bajjo, Aloysius Matovu and Mbaziira John, a Kyambogo University’s People Power Guild Presidential aspirant have dragged the Ugandan government to court for its failure to distribute food equally to all individuals in the country.
In a suit before the civil division of the high court in Kampala, these four say that the practice of distributing relief to selected individuals is an infringement to people’s right to equality and freedom discrimination, contrary to article 21(2) and 43 of the 1995 Ugandan constitution.
In an excercise to distribute food to people, the National task force has been targeting specific groups of people and individuals especially the people with disabilities. This the four belief is unfair to the rest of the citizens who are wallowing in poverty and are failing to access food.
“We therefore want court to order government to distribute adequate and timely food to all Ugandans (Students inclusive)” Wrote John Mbaziira in acknowledgment of the suit.
In his third national address, President Museveni said that food relief would be distributed to the people who were mostly involved in the hands to mouth kind of business which he referred to as ‘lejaleja.’ He went ahead to say that the other groups of people had enough money to cater for their needs.
“We also want government to be ordered to let individuals or groups of people who are capable of distributing relief food to the vulnerable to do it without getting arrested. Otherwise government of Uganda should lift the lockdown until it is able to provide adequate and timely food.” He went ahead.
It should be remembered that several people have been arrested on the count of distributing relief food to people. A case in point being Mityana municipality legislator Hon. Zaake Francis Butebi who was severally tortured after images of him featured on social media, giving food relief to his constituents. It was however discovered that his tormentors tortured him because he was a great critic of the Museveni government.
The Ugandan government has received many donations from within and abroad but there is still little reaching out to citizens. Almost a billion dollar has been received to foster relief to Ugandan during the lockdown from different organizations; including the International Monetary Fund, United States, Den Mark and other international agencies but the services reaching out to citizens are so undeserving.