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People Power Movement contributes to COVID-19 relief

By JOSEPH TUMWESIGYE

Friday April 3, 2020

The leader of the People Power Movenment, Hon Robert Kyagulanyi 

The People Power movement has donated various items to those struggling in this period of the COVID-19 lockdown. This has been communicated through a press statement signed by the pressure group’s leader, Robert Kyagulanyi.

The items which include Posho, beans and soap will be donated to people heavily affected by the effects of the Coronavirus through the National Taskforce set up by the President of Uganda to handle and manage the situation during this period.

“Our expectation is that the task-force will devise means of ensuring that relief items are donated in all parts of the country,’ the statement from Kyagulanyi reads.

This is not the first time the movement has donated to this cause. Back in March, the group started a drive to mobilise relief meant to support people affected by the Presidential directives shutting down some businesses in Kampala.

“We had donated several items to different parts of the population until government yet again imposed restrictions on activities intended to provide food relief to the people of Uganda,” the statement reads.

On March 31st, the President ordered that all relief meant for people affected by the directives set up by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 should be done by the National Taskforce. He appealed to those that wish to contribute, to do so through this National Taskforce.

In his address, the President warned what he called “Shameless” people giving relief to the citizens thus enabling the spread of COVID-19. President Museveni particularly singled out politicians who he accused of playing “Cheap Politics” through these donations drives.

“I direct police to arrest people who will be distributing food to people. That is looking for cheap popularity because you're going to make people gather which is risky, you will be charged with attempted murder,” he said.

Uganda is currently under lockdown with a daily curfew from 7 pm to 6.30 am. The situation has put various people out of work and are thus not earning a living. This has prompted the government and other private entities to start donation drives to help those in need.

On Thursday, the Government announced in Parliament through the prime minister that there will be distribution of food relief to poor families in Kampala and surrounding areas. The idea has been rejected by Members of parliament who want the programme to cover the entire nation.

Uganda now has 45 confirmed COVID-19 positive cases. The country has not yet registered any recovery and death.