Nabbanja can’t stop us from helping our people – Mpuuga

Mathias Mpuuga giving muslims meat at his home in Soweto Masaka city photo Wilson Kutamba

By WILSON KUTAMBA

The Leader of Opposition (LoP), Mathias Mpuuga who doubles as the National Unity Platform (NUP) deputy president for central region has dared the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja on the government ban on distribution of food to vulnerable people during the lockdown.

Speaking at a brief function at which he gave out meat and other foodstuffs to Muslims in Masaka city as part of Eid-al-Adhuha celebrations, the Nyendo – Mukungwe lawmaker advised people who have the capacity to continue helping others and ignore warnings of from the police and Nabbanja.

“It’s unbecoming that the Prime Minister and the police are barring people from giving food to starving Ugandans, we ask our people who have capacity to continue helping others  because it’s our tradition in Buganda to help people in need ,” Mpuuga said

On Monday police spokesman Fred Enanga said the distribution is likely to lead to the spread of the coronavirus. He advised all people distributing food to stop and take the food to the district COVID-19 task force coordinators for proper distribution.

Enanga also said they are worried that the food distributed could be contaminated with aflatoxins and others.   He said if the food is taken to the task forces, experts would be able to test it for quality before it is distributed.

The ban comes days after opposition politicians started distributing food to vulnerable groups in different parts of the country.

Equally in a statement released on Tuesday, NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi wine castigated the police for the decision.

Kyagulanyi explains that the government is embarrassed because they have failed to help the citizens during the lockdown.

“It is well known that the regime promised Shs 100,000 to desperate citizens, as small as it was, it has not reached even 1 percent of the deserving citizens. This is an indication that the people of Ugandan are completely on their own. There is every reason to fight on until the citizens free themselves from humiliation,” reads the statement.

Kyagulanyi thanked leaders who have chosen to distribute food relief to vulnerable households.

 Last year, Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake was arrested on allegations of defying a ban on the distribution of relief food by individuals.

President Yoweri Museveni had earlier on advised that all relief supplies should be channelled through the National COVID-19 task force, to avoid exposing people to circumstances that can lead to the spread of the disease.

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