Govt: Relief Food Only for Most Vulnerable

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Mathew Owor, the Commissioner in charge of Relief and Disaster Preparedness, says groups like child-headed families, widows, persons with HIV/Aids, persons with disability, the old and the sick are the only persons who will be given food.

The Uganda Government has stated that only vulnerable persons in the hunger stricken areas in the country will be given relief food as they cannot work ably.

Mathew Owor, the Commissioner in charge of Relief and Disaster Preparedness, says groups like child-headed families, widows, persons with HIV/Aids, persons with disability, the old and the sick are the only persons who will be given food.

Owor says the district will use the Local council 1 and National Resistance Movement chairpersons to register the vulnerable persons, adding that this process is majorly done by the district and the chief accounting officer manages it.

On the quantity of food, Owor says the food given to each household can take them for at least 20 days as they look for other means.

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Owor now says people should not waste food and finances as January and February next year could be worse should the rains not fully return. He says they have hope to move away from this early stage, adding that government has a strong capacity to do early warning and this will help.

Government is targeting  to assist 1.3 million people with food.

Relief food to hunger stricken areas of Kalungu, Bukomansimbi, Soroti, Katakwi, Kamuli, Rakai and Isingiro districts costs 3.6 billion shillings. Each of the district gets at least 30 tonnes which is 200 bags of maize flour, and 100 bags of beans.

According to reports from the Ministry of Agriculture, 25% of the people in Isingiro district are in an emergency phase of food insecurity, meaning they access half a meal a day while 65% in Katakwi, Amuria, Kumi, Bukedia and parts of Serere and Kaberamaido access one meal or half a meal a day. A similar percentage in Karamoja access one meal or half a meal  a day. 
 

Julius Mucunguzi, the spokesperson at the Office of the Prime Minister said emphasis should now be in growing plants that grow fast to curb the situation with the little rain. He says crops like cabbages, cow peas, potatoes among others grow faster.

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Owor states that Government will keep monitoring the situation to asses the nature of the crisis.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

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A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.