Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has rejected part of the non-food relief items that were sent to flood victims in Kasese District.
Nabbanja said that the items that included 1,000 mosquito nets and 1,000 blankets were substandard and not fit for human use. The nets were found to be very small in size while the blankets were too light.
She also questioned the quality of beans that had been given to the flood victims, saying that they were equally not good for human consumption.
“The mosquito nets are very small to accommodate human beings let them be take back to where they came from,” She said
Nabbanja, who made an impromptu check at the district headquarters in Rukoki on Tuesday, demanded that the items be returned to wherever they were bought from and that the persons responsible for the procurement of substandard items should be held liable, and organize another assortment by end of Wednesday for delivery.
Nabbanja also questioned the number of people in the camp noting that the quoted number of Internally Displaced Persons in her office was much higher compared to what she witnessed on the ground. She said she was sending a team of experts to assess the numbers.
Eng. Hillary Onek, the Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Minister said they will follow the PM’s directive and ensure that the victims receive additional support. However, he declined to explain how substandard items were purchased for the victims.