By Ivan Mwine
The government of Uganda through the police and office of the Prime Minister has banned all politicians and other individuals from giving out food to Ugandans affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Prime Minister Robbinah Nabanja who issued the directive on Sunday, government has observed that there are some individuals who are giving out food to Ugandans during the lockdown but that this is unacceptable because it gathers crowds, which make sit easy for the virus to spread.
She advised all those who want to donate food to desist from gathering crowds but instead send mobile money to the people they want to help, short of which they will be arrested.
“Politicians and other individuals should stop giving out food to people but instead send them mobile money like the government did,” premier Nabbanja told the media.
She added that the police shall not hesitate to arrest anybody found distributing food to people because it is against the standing COVID-19 regulations.
Nabbanja’s wanring comes at a time wen several politicans, businessmen, pastors, priests and other financially able Good Samaritans are donating food to various Ugandans that were affected by the COVID-19 lockdown but did not receive any help from government.
It should be noted that the government of Uganda last week distributed Shs100,000 to reportedly over 100,000 people but only a few Ugandans confess to have received.
It is this failure to cater for all Ugandans that prompted politicians like Francis Zaake, the Mityana Municipality legislator, Joel Ssenyonyi, the Nakawa Division MP, traditional herbalists Sofia Namutebi aka Mama Fina and others to start donating food to Ugandans.