TESO MPs issue ultimatum on food delivery
Legislators from Teso Sub-region have vowed to go on strike if government fails to evenly distribute food by Tuesday next week.
The lawmakers who addressed the media today evening have also warned that they will mobilize sections of the population to join their cause in pursuit of extending relief food to famine stricken people in their respective constituencies.
The MPs were: Kumi Woman MP Monica Amoding, Ngora County’s David Abala and Silas Aogon and Cosmas Elotu of Kumi Municpality and Dakabela County respectively.
Mr Abala accusing government of delay-darling as residents were losing lives to famine.
“Hunger is no longer a hoax, it is not a story to simply talk about because our people are suffering because of lack of food,” he said. “To show that it is serious, we are going to wash cars and public toilets and parliament so that we get money to save our people,” he added.
This comes after police on Wednesday April 5, 2017 blocked opposition leaders from the Forum for Democratic Change from delivering food relief to people of Toroma County in Katakwi district on grounds that they did not seek clearance from the Office of the Prime Minister.
Amoding blamed the minister of State for Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru for acting slow when the people of Teso are dying. She dared the minister to carry blame for the ailing population in the countryside.
“If he fails to deliver the food, let the blood of the people who are dying be upon his head,” she said.
She also accused government for failure to put to use Ugx 15 billion shillings to address the famine disaster as earlier indicated to Parliament in February this year.
Although early this week Minister Ecweru gave food to parts of Katakwi , he said that there was need for more support since many people were largely affected by the famine which stems from the 2016 prolonged drought.