Speaker Kadaga terms relief food distribution “discriminatory”

Rebecca Kadaga. Courtesy photo.

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is in total disagreement with national COVID-19 task force who are handling relief food distribution.

Ms Kadaga calls it “discriminatory”, not “national”.

On Wednesday, she said the taskforce should not have rushed with distribution before seeking Parliament’s advice and approval.

Last week, the Office of the Prime Minister launched first the distribution of relief foods [posho, beans and powdered milk, among others] in Kawempe division. The exercise has since spread to some selected districts in the country.

This follows President Museveni’s directive two weeks ago, when he announced the first partial lockdown.

Mr. Museveni said that daily-wagers, aka “leja-leja” workers in Kiswahili, for example boda boda riders, salon workers, and other most vulnerable groups are the ones to be given food relief food.

To Mr Museveni, these are the groups of people affected most by the current lockdown.

However, according to Speaker Kadaga, the national task force might be having a different agenda, spending taxpayers’ money recklessly without considering all the vulnerable poor in urban centers throughout the country.

“The distribution of food to only Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono is discriminatory because the current lockdown affects all vulnerable people across the country,” she defended her decision.

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