Hungry Locals Overwhelm FDC Food Donation in Isingiro

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Thousands of residents on Wednesday turned up at Mureme primary school in Isingiro district with the anticipation of receiving free food from the the Forum for Democratic Change --FDC leaders.

Thousands of residents on Wednesday turned up at Mureme primary school in Isingiro district with the anticipation of receiving free food from the the Forum for Democratic Change --FDC leaders.

FDC leaders led by party president, Major-General Mugisha Muntu, Secretary General Nandala Mafabi, former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye, and Stanley Katembeya the party chairperson for western Uganda among others delivered a total of 2 tonnes of posho to residents of Kashumba sub county. Kashumba is one the areas most affected by food shortage.

Despite having handed over the food to the local leadership, it was impossible to distribute theitems as people from the neighbouring sub county of Mbare joined the crowd.

Attempts to make the locals queue up for the posho that was packed in small sacks of five kilogrammes each were futile. 

The leaders decided to keep the items at Bugango police station for distribution on Thursday morning.

Getrude Natukunda, a resident of Bugango in Kashumba sub county told URN that the situation has worsened to the extent that locals are cooking paw paws for meals. She  says that the distribution of food is yet to create an impact since the quantities are small.

Sadat Kashaki, from Mureme in Kashumba, says that although they are happy about the food donations, the situation is yet to change. He says that the local people have resorted to preparing watery porridge which they take for every other meal.

Kashaki says that the porridge is prepared in the morning hours and each of the family members gets a cup for each meal.

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Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye revealed that it is unfortunate for the country which is treasured worldwide as the Pearl of Africa to be hit by a food crisis. He urged the locals in Isingiro to embrace environmentally friendly practices.

Major-General Mugisha Muntu revealed that the donation of food is from the party's meagre resources but expressed concern that the government has not done enough to help the suffering people.

Muntu revealed that Isingiro which is known for its mass production of Matooke to be in a serious food shortage is an indication of government failure to support the production sector.
In September and October, hundreds of families resorted to taking their animals to   neighbouring Tanzania in search of pastures. Although the pastures are returning with the rains setting in, the banana plantations which are the main source of food are yet to regain.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.