The Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja has ordered for an immediate ban on food relief from opposition politicians whom she says are breaching the safety regulations for COVID-19. Nabbanja says all those who are generous and willing to render assistance to the downtrodden people who are less resilient in the lockdown can only do so through issuing mobile money or making donations to the National Covid taskforce. The same taskforce has todate failed to account for UGX 29 billion collected by the members of the public.
Nabbanja’s order comes just hours after the Mityana municipality legislator also parliament commissioner, Zaake Francis Butebi gave out food relief to his stranded constituents. Unlike last year where he was arrested and tortured for assisting his relief to people, Zaake was this time round spared because he observed MoH protocols like social distancing and mask wearing. Still even with this strict adherence to the MoH SOPs, government says the people are at a risk of contracting the virus.
Minister for information, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi has in a TV interview today warned that politicians giving out food are likey to face it rough.
“We have learnt that opposition politicians have bought food relief for the stranded Ugandans. I want to warn them in advance that anyone who violates Covid guidelines will face the law. We continue to advise you to donate to the National covid taskforce if you have something to offer,” he said in a veiled reference to NUP’s Zaake Francis Butebi.