Lwengo District Leaders Fight Over Relief Supplies

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The Office of the Prime Minister-OPM last week provided 150 bags of maize flour and 150 bags of beans for distribution to the affected families in Lwengo. however, the distribution of the food items sparked off controversy among the district officials and the office of the resident district commissioner on who should be in charge of the supplies.

A bitter row has erupted between Grace Kaboyo, the Resident District Commissioner for Lwengo and Lwengo district authorities led by the LC5 Chairman George William Mutabaazi and his councilors

Trouble stems from the distribution of  relief supplies which include maize flour and beans which were meant for more than 200 residents affected by heavy rains last month when hailstorms left several houses, food plantations, schools and churches in Lwengo rural, Lwengo Sub-county and Kyazanga Town council devastated.

Following the tragedy, the district council registered the affected families and requested for relief support from the office of the prime minister.  In response, the disaster preparedness department last week provided 150 bags of maize flour and 150 bags of beans for distribution to the affected families.

However, distribution of the food items sparked off controversy among the district officials and the office of the resident district commissioner on who should be in charge of the supplies.

The RDC had reportedly demanded for 20 sacks of maize flour claiming she was going to distribute them to the Army Veterans but Mutabaazi and the concerned councilors rejected her demand.

The RDC also raised suspicion on the numbers included on the list of beneficiaries saying she doubted the group that carried the assessment exercise. She later locked the store to block access to it by Mutabaazi and other councilors.

The acting CAO Anatolius Bukeera who was in charge of distributing the relief items also added another padlock blocking the RDC and other district leaders from accessing the store until they resolve the matter amicably.

George William Mutabaazi the Lwengo District Chairman, Joseph Lubega Bazoonona, the LCIII Chairman for Lwengo Rural claim that the estimation plan by the district councilors indicated 200 people.

They add that every LCI in the affected Sub-counties was entitled to 4 sacks of maize flour and 4 sacks of beans but the RDC proposed that each LCI should get at least one sack of beans and maize flour which left them split.

Mutabaazi wondered why the RDC had insisted on distributing the relief items contrary to the plan that was designed by the district council.

When contacted, RDC Grace Kaboyo said that the list had inconsistencies with some families listed to benefit twice yet others were left out in the assessment exercise. She explains that they wanted all affected people to benefit from the relief other than going to a few families.

She highlighted that only 50 sacks of beans and 100 of maize flour were received contrary to what the councilors claim and refuted claims that she had asked for 20 sacks of maize flour to distribute to veterans.

Meanwhile, meetings have continued to chat a way forward to the existing differences that may continue affecting innocent residents.