COVID-19: Govt issues guidelines to commence Food distribution to urban poor, to start Saturday

Kampala – The Office of the Prime Minister has on Wednesday, April 1, issued guidelines to be followed in the distribution of food to the urban poor persons affected by the lockdown, RedPepper Digital’s Maurice Muhwezi reports.

Uganda’s Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda made the communication Wednesday evening April 1 while giving an update on COVID-19 at Parliament.

Dr. Rugunda revealed that relief food distribution was set to start on Saturday, April 4 in Kampala and Wakiso districts with the target over 1.5Million people.

Uganda’s Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda (Photo: File)

He further highlighted the guidelines that are set to be followed in distributing the assorted food-stuffs as the government fastened the fight as COVID-19 as the number of confirmed cases stands at 44.

“The distribution will be done at Local Council (LC) 1 by LC’s Chairpersons supported by the Uganda Police and Army (UPDF) for purposes of transparency, and avoiding crowds,” Dr. Rugunda said.

He, however, cautioned that Security will be stationed at the distribution point from the beginning up to the end of the distribution exercise

The relief food package set to be distributed will include 6kilos of maize flour, 3kilos of beans and salt per individual with lactating (breastfeeding) mothers and the sick receiving 2kilos powdered milk and 2kilos of sugar.

This follows a commitment made by President Yoweri Museveni that government would give food to all vulnerable people who depend on daily income for survival since their businesses have been shut down in the lockdown to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

“On the distribution of food by government to Ugandans who live hand-to-mouth, the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, will clarify on how specifically that will be done, and who gets the ration,” said President Museveni.

“But it will be done by the national taskforce because they will do it in a health-conscious way,” he sustained warning what he called “shameless” people who are giving food to locals, in an unstructured way, thus exposing them to Coronavirus infections.

Museveni castigated the ‘shameless’ people disclosing that they would be charged with attempted murder for exposing the population to the deadly virus.

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