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Lango Parliamentary Group Accuses Government Of Selective Food Aid Distribution

miércoles, 26 de abril de 2017

By Opira Sam

Members of Parliament from Lango sub-region have accused government of neglecting the area in the current food relief distribution.

Addressing journalists at Parliament on Tuesday, the MPs led by their Chairperson Felix Okot Ogong of Dokolo South said many people from Lango are suffering and dying of hunger just like in Karamoja and Teso regions but no single food delivery has reached the area.

Okot said they are giving government only one week ultimatum to supply food relief to Lango or they will declare to the locals that there is no government for them.

During an interview with our reporter on Wednesday, Lira Municipality MP Jimmy Akena said part of their grievances have already been contained in a petition which they will present in parliament on Wednesday today and hope some actions will be taken.

Moroto county MP Samuel Okwir Odwee who also spoke to our reporter this morning contends that he was also a signatory to the petition which will serve as a quick reminder to the government.

He said their aim is that government should move a long way into addressing the route cause of famine and hunger in the sub regions before other secondary interventions can be designed.

The Oyam woman representative, Santa Alum said women are suffering the most because traditionally, they are supposed to put food on table for the family but instead are falling from mango trees and dying in search of food.

The move by the Mps has forced the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga to recall the house from recess to debate on the issues as matters on national importance.

Just this week, the Office of the Prime Minister announced that they would distribute about 600 bags of food to the urban poor people in Mbarara Municipality in Western Uganda.