Gov’t to distribute relief food to 1.5m people in Kampala, Wakiso

Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda
By :
Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA – Government of Uganda will this Saturday, start providing relief food to at least 1.5million vulnerable urban poor affected by the Lockdown due to COVID-19.

In a statement which Africa Tembelea has seen, Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda said that, “In implementing the directive by HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Government of Uganda will this Saturday April 4th, start providing relief food to the most vulnerable and affected by measures to combat COVID19.”

According to PM Rugunda, the distribution in Kampala and Wakiso will be done at LCI level by the LC Chairpersons supported by Police and UPDF for purposes of transparency, and avoiding crowds.

“The relief package will include maize floor, 6kg per head, beans 3kg per head and salt. In addition, lactating mothers and the sick will receive powdered milk 2kg and 2kg of sugar,” he said.

On Monday this week, President Museveni ordered a two-week nationwide lockdown in a bid to combat further spread of the deadly Coronavirus.

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The President said that because some people had misused the earlier measures citing ‘indiscipline and inconsideration’, stringent measures had to be taken to prevent further spread of the virus.

“We have decided to take additional measures. I would have given the public time to adjust. But they may transfer the sickness we are trying to prevent. They may think they are running away from danger when they are taking death to our people in the villages,” he added.

The total number of people who have tested positive to coronavirus in Uganda stands at 44 with no reported death from the illness.

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