COVID-19: Distribution of food relief kicks off in Kampala

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Trucks ready to transport food aid to people affected by government measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19at the Prime Minister's office in Kampala on Saturday morning.

Following President Yoweri Museveni’s directive, Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, this morning (Saturday) flagged off the distribution exercise of food relief to people mostly affected by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The exercise has begun from Bwaise before it is being rolled out to other parts of Kampala and Wakiso.

This is against parliament’s decision to halt the exercise arguing that it had to be conducted throughout the country as opposed to Kampala and Wakiso districts only.

Launching and flagging off the distribution exercise at the Prime Minister’s office, Dr Rugunda said it was imperative to begin with Kampala because it has the highest number of concentrated vulnerable people.

The beneficiaries include the elderly, expectant mothers, the sick and salon operators.

“This is to respond to those who have been badly hit by measures taken by government to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. These are people who have been earning daily money to feed themselves and because of restricted movement, they cannot do so and yet they must continue to live,” he said.

The Premier warned against crowding during the distribution exercise. He also threatened that “any semblance of crowding will call for halting the food distribution exercise”.

The food is being distributed door to door.

He assured Ugandans that all hospitals and orphanages in the entire country will be covered; warning against lack of accountability.

“Anybody tampering with accountability, [and] transparency will be provoking the law to take its course,” he warned. So far, there are 48 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Uganda.

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