KAMPALA —Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has flagged off the relief food distribution drive to vulnerable groups in Kampala Metropolitan Area (KMA) following the lockdown and COVID-19 outbreak in Uganda.
The food relief includes sugar, milk, maize flour and beans
Flagging off the campaign in Bwaise, Dr. Rugunda who heads the response team under OPM said other districts will only be considered if resources are available.
“To ensure social distancing, the food relief will be house to house, door to door. There will be no lining and if we detect any form of crowding, the distribution will be suspended,” he said.
Security forces are in charge of the relief distribution.
Updating the nation on Friday evening, the president the food relief should not be mixed with the long-term critical issue of poverty eradication.
“Some people are mixing this up. They think it is an anti-poverty exercise. Poverty is a long-term problem, which has been here and will be here and there are other programmes, like Operation Wealth Creation, in place to address this.
“We are now dealing with an emergency,” he underlined.
He also slammed Parliament over pessimism
“I was watching the speeches in Parliament. I don’t agree with that line of pessimism…that the economy is going to suffer what what….I do not agree. Some sectors will suffer yes, but farming will not,” he said.