Government Dragged to Court Over Relief Food

Four Ugandans have sued Government of Uganda challenging the measures put in place to distribute food to people who were affected by the nationwide lock down which was declared as a preventive measure of COVID19 pandemic.

The applicants are events organizers Andrew Mukasa aka Bajjo, Abbey Musinguzi aka Abitex, together with Aloysius Matovu Kizza and Mbaziira John

These want court to declare that government’s practice of distributing food to selected individuals and leaving out others is an infringement and threat to people’s right to equality and freedom from discrimination contrary to Article 21(2) and 43 of 1995 constitution.

“That failure of government of Uganda to provide and publish a well outlined program on provision and distribution of food is a threat to right to food and life,” the applicants claim.

They also want an order to government to provide and distribute adequate food to all Ugandans who are under nationwide lock down.

“An order directing the government to immediately distribute food that has been collected from well-wishers to members of the public without necessarily collecting and storing it at National/ District task force stores.”

“In the alternative an order directing government of Uganda to lift the lockdown until its able to provide adequate and timely food to all Ugandans without discrimination.”

In the supporting evidence for this matter, the four allege that since 18th of March 2020 when this lockdown was declared many businesses were closed which left many without income to sustain them.

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