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Give People Cash, Not Food – Nakawa Mayor Advises Government

Nakawa Division Mayor in Kampala district, Eng. Ronald Balimwezo Nsubuga has asked the government through Prime Minster Rt. Hon Ruhakana Rugunda to replace the ongoing food distribution to the poor with cash donations, which he says is more efficient and safer.

In his letter which was received by the Office of the Prime Minster on 14th April 2020, Balimwezo says although people need food in this lock down period, the distribution exercise is moving at a very slow pace and therefore it may not serve the intended purpose.

“The purpose of this letter Rt Hon Prime Minster serves as a request to review the distribution exercise, but most importantly present to government my proposal of giving money using Mobile Money services to the vulnerable instead of using food distribution strategy,” he said.

The mayor gave an example that out of 157 villages in his division, only two villages have received food during the five days which means that moving at this pace it may take a full year to have the whole division covered yet the plan is meant to last for only one month.

“I’m afraid that the slow pace of this exercise will lead to increased insecurity for survival, civil unrest as well as death due to hunger which will cause embarrassment to the government.”

This letter was copied to the office of the Acting Executive Director Kampala Capital Authority (KCCA), Resident City Commissioner (RCC) and Directorate of Rural Health and Environment KCCA.

The government under the COVID 19 National Task force under the Office of the Prime Minster is on the process of distributing relief food to vulnerable Ugandans under lock down in Kampala and Wakiso district.

Currently the exercise is still underway in the divisions of Nakawa and Rubaga where it has taken a number of days.

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The items being distributed include Posho and beans as well as powdered milk with sugar for the elderly people, sick, breast feeding and expectant mothers.

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