Busoga Kingdom has started distribution of relief food to vulnerable people affected by the lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The first consignment of relief food was flagged off by Busoga Kingdom Premier Owek. Katuukiro Dr. Joseph Muvawala.
He was flanked by his second deputy Owek. Osman Noor Ahmed, the chairperson of Busoga Royal Concept Owek. Prof. Wasswa Balunywa, Kyabazinga Affairs Minister Owek. Yudaya Babirye and the chairperson of Indian Association Uganda, Jinja branch Kanabar Kuman.
Speaking during the flag off, Owek. Balunywa revealed that Busoga Kingdom has so far collected 85 tonnes of maize flour which will be distributed in the eleven districts that make up Busoga sub region. The districts include Mayuge, Iganga, Namutumba, Luuka, Jinja, Namayingo, Bugiri, Buyende, Kamuli, Busesa and Kaliro.
According to Balunywa, relief food items worth over 200 million had so far been received from individuals, companies and friends of Busoga Kingdom. Among the donors are the Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga who donated 20 tonnes of maize flour worth 40m, Keshwala Group donated 10 tonnes of maize flour, Owek. Osman Ahmed Noor 10 tonnes of maize flour, while the Indian Association of Uganda- Jinja branch 8 tonnes of maize flour and 4 tonnes of beans.
Others are Mayuge Sugar 10 tonnes of maize flour, Kamuli Sugar 10 tonnes of maize flour, GM Sugar 10 tonnes of maize flour and Nile Agro which also donated 10 tonnes of maize flour.
Owek. Balunywa said that each each district COVID-19 task force team in Busoga region will get over 4 tonnes of maize flour for distribution. According to Balunywa, the Indian Association of Uganda, Jinja branch will be in charge of transporting the consignments in various districts.
Kingdom Premier, Katukiro Dr. Joseph Muvawala while thanking those who had contributed, also called on the people of Busoga to use the opportunity of rains in the region to plant more food.
“We need to go back to practicing the traditional ways of storing food in granaries in order to promote food security,” he said.