- Food rations have sparked a row in the famine hit Arua municipality after Uganda opposition parties accused Ministry for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees of omitting their supporters in the list of distribution.
Official in the Municipality said 200 bags of relief food are targeted to the most vulnerable and the worst hit by the famine, dismissing claims that the food rations were given to ruling party supporters in the area.
The official said distribution was non-discriminatory to residents of the municipality, stating that politicians are trying to stray away from the crisis affecting ordinary citizens in the country.
Earlier this week, the Ugandan government appealed for Shs170 billion to fight famine which has so far reportedly killed more than 30 people in 51 districts of the country, though it claims the situation was under control.
However, the District Chairman Sabo Kamilo said he was not aware of the ongoing food distribution in the area. “I do not know of any distribution. And the procedure should be that the food is stored in the district and the people are informed on hoe to get it,” the chairman said.
The famine has been as a result of the 2007 floods which destroyed crops and over the years, the loss of the culture of granaries which used to be food reserves.
The government is currently engaged in working with local authorities to revive the culture of granaries at homestead level to prevent the same trend from happening.
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