KAMPALA — President Yoweri Museveni has said that he ordered for the distribution of food by government to Ugandans who live hand-to-mouth.
While delivering another nation adress on Tuesday night as COVID-19 bites, the president said the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, will clarify on how specifically that will be done, and who gets the the ration.
On his part, Mr. Museveni says that food will be given to only those people identified in Kampala and in upcountry areas – and this could be for a month or until the virus is contained.
“But it will be done by the national taskforce because they will do it in a health-conscious way,” he underlined, again warning what he called “shameless” people who are giving food to locals, in non structured way, thus exposing them to Coronavirus infections.
He said whoever wants to help should do it “institutionally” through the national taskforce.
“Your name will be registered and you will be identified as a good person,” he said adding that you can actually sleep in the TV”.
He again reiterated that those distributing relief independent of the national taskforce would be arrested and charged with “attempted murder”.
Uganda has recorded 44 cases of Coronavirus virus infections by Tuesday night, and the government has moved to shutdown public movements in a bid to stem the spread.
The pandemic has brought the world to a standstill.