Government has banned physical distribution of food relief by politicians and other leaders in the country saying the activity exposes people to the risk of contracting Covid-19.
“We have learnt that some politicians both from the ruling party and the opposition have bought food and some have started and others intend to distribute food to the population. They are going to do it through gathering people. We would like to caution and give them advice,” said Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the minister of Information and National Guidance.
According to Baryomunsi, the exercise breaches the measures of curbing Covid-19 because it attracts crowds.
In a bid to contain and prevent the spread of the pandemic, the government previously banned all public gatherings, closed schools and other education institutions, churches and mosques.
The lockdown has rendered many people jobless because their daily activities that provided food to their families were stopped and commercial motorcycle riders, taxi operators, vendors and a number of other small businesses were hit not only in Kampala but across the country.
As such, some politicians started to distribute food to help those who have been greatly affected by the lockdown, an activity which the government said is inappropriate at the moment.
“The position of government remains and our guidance still remains. We appreciate those who are concerned about the plight of our people but if they are to give physical food, then they should donate through the task forces,” he said.
He explained that for those that are greatly affected by lockdown measures, the government will use town clerks in Kampala, cities and municipalities to extend financial support through their telephones.