Gov't Delivers Food Relief to Katakwi Residents

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Viola Akurut, the Katakwi Woman MP, says the food relief will help the affected community as they wait to harvest the crops planted during the first rain.

Government has delivered over 40,000 Kilograms of relief food to Katakwi district through the Office of the Prime Minister pending dispatched to the beneficiaries. The relief includes maize flour and beans. Information from the Katakwi District Disaster Desk shows that more than 8000 households in the district are starving as a result of food shortage.


Walter Ekiring Elakas, the Katakwi District LC V chairperson, says the relief will be first distributed to vulnerable households in Toroma, Magoro, Kapujan, Omodoi and Ngariam Sub Counties, all in Toroma County. This is the same area where the former FDC President, Dr. Kiiza Besigye tried to donate relief food last week and was blocked by police.

According to Ekiringi, each sub county will receive Shillings 200 bags of flour and 100 bags of beans, each measuring 100Kilograms. Michael Ateria, chairperson of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS, wants government to give priority to people living with HIV since they are most affected.

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Viola Akurut, the Katakwi Woman MP, says the food relief will help the affected community as they wait to harvest the crops planted during the first rain. 

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Akurut described Besigye's failed attempt last week to distribute food to the starving people as unfortunate.
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Andrew Alai, a resident of Toroma Sub County and a father of five children is happy with the food relief from the government. Alai is hopeless that he will received receive at least 10Kilograms of maize flour and beans.

Gloria Alengot, 45 a mother of seven children is worried that the relief food will not be enough for all the affected people. Musa Ecweru, the State Minister for Disaster Preparedness, says government is committed to supporting the affected community countrywide.

This is the first time government is delivering relief food to Katakwi district in a large quantity since December 2016 when the area first experience food shortages emanating from prolonged drought that caused poor crop harvest.


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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.