THE Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom His Highness Isebantu William Wilberforce Kadhumbula Gabula Nadiope IV together with Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga Speaker Parliament of Uganda have launched the Busoga Covid-19 rescue food package programme to feed millions of hungry Busoga People during the lockdown.
Kadaga, the benevolent Kamuli dustrict woman member of Parliament donated 40 tonnes of Maize flour alongside other contributions worth millions.
Later, Speaker Kadaga, Busoga’s iron lady said, “Instead of waiting for government largesse, we opted to be proactive; to rescue the most vulnerable in our sub region’s urban centres from starvation. Personally, I contributed 20 tonnes of maize flour worth UGX 40M. In total, including goodwill from the sub region, we marshalled items worth UGX 200M.”
Busoga people have massively welcomed the idea saluting Kyabazinga and Speaker Kadaga for this move.
Annet Emetak posted on Speaker Kadaga’s Facebook page and said, “Yes this is what we were supposed to do in the first place. Actually you can also pick our money that the kyabazinga gave to the Covid -19 National task force such that it can help the people of Busoga.”
The Kyabazinga of Busoga contributed UGX 85M to the Covid-19 National Taskforce.
It was delivered by Katukiro Dr. Joseph Muvawala, accompanied by the Kingdom ministers to minister Mary Karooro Okurut, in the presence of Speaker Kadaga.
On this function, Kadaga urged the central government to hatch out plans to feed the urban poor in other parts of the country.
Emetak says, “I wonder how u can give money to the task force yet busoga region has people suffering too.”
Still on launching Busoga Covid-19 Busoga relief food package, Prof Aminsi Menya said, “Nice move, instead of waiting for the government of Kampala and Wakiso we as Basoga can save our people.”
Henry Munaaba Dhikusoka wrote, “We appreciate the effort and initiative by the Kingdom and the office of Rt. Hon Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga. Keep it up.”
In Parliament, MPs echoed the need for the Covid-19 Food Relief Programme to be rolled across the country and key among these legislators was Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kiiza.
However, 1st Deputy Premier, Gen. Moses Ali said emphatically that this will not be possible!
Analysts say, because of the slowness exhibited by the Covid-19 National Taskforce in the distribution of the relief food and because other parts of the country have been left out in this program, leaders have resorted to plan B. Donating specifically for their people.
It is not known whether this doesn’t contradict with the president’s directive in which he banned politicians and other leaders giving out foodstuffs to people saying, they can only donate to the Task force.
In fact Museveni ordered police to arrest such leaders and charge them with attempted murder.
On Sunday, Mityana Municipality MP Francis Butebi Zaake was arrested on allegations of distributing food to hungry Mityana people.
On Sunday, while reading out those who donated to the Task Force, President Museveni read out Ssenninde Foundation owned by Wakiso district woman MP who doubles as State minister for Primary Education Rosemary Nansubuga Ssenninde. She donated food stuffs but clearly marked them, “For Wakiso district.”
Other leaders like Hon. Fred Mukasa Mbidde, Hon. Haruna Kasolo, Hon. Latif Ssebaggala Ssengendo (Kawempe North) have also contributed foodstuffs clearly marked for their constituents.