MP arrested for distributing food

MP ‘arrested’ for distributing food in Uganda.

The opposition MP, Francis Zaake, was arrested by police for distributing food to his constituents over the weekend in Mityana district some few kilometers from Kampala.

“The MP was distributing at least 2kgs of rice, and sugar to selected households in Buswabulongo and Kiwawu villages in Mityana Municipality; outside the guidelines and new protocols by the National Task Force, a national fundraising and food distribution task team, that is overseeing all forms of support to vulnerable families facing hunger or struggling to afford food within Uganda, during this period of the pandemic,”

“This is also to ensure it is distributed in an orderly manner by the food distribution teams, which are screened to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus to vulnerable families benefiting from the food donations. The new protocols arose following a case of donated food that was found to be unfit for human consumption.”

Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said

President Yoweri Museveni last week extended a nationwide coronavirus lockdown until May 5th.

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Yoweri Museveni had earlier stated that those who want to give relief should do it through the government task force or else they face arrest and attempted murder charges slapped on them if they insist on giving the relief aid themselves.