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Geoffrey Oceng, a concerned resident of Gulu Town argues that many people might continue storming the residences of their leaders because of starvation resulting from the delayed government response to the needy.
11 May 2020 07:44
Home of Betty Aol Ocan, the Leader of Opposition (LOP) along Lasto Oketch road in Senior Quarters in Gulu

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Over 100 starving families in Gulu Municipality stormed the home of Betty Aol Ocan, the Leader of Opposition (LOP) Sunday afternoon demanding for relief food. 

The affected people including pregnant women, youth, children, the elderly persons from across the four Divisions of Laroo, Pece, Bardege and Layibi flocked Aol’s residence along Lasto Oketch road in Senior Quarters pleading for her help.

Their plea comes barely a week after the LOP delivered 500 kilogrammes of rice and other foodstuffs to help vulnerable Muslim families in Gulu Municipality.  

Betty Akumu, an elderly woman from Bargede Division said she decided to pay an impromptu call to Aol because she has lost hope in the government food distribution programme.   Katarina Oyella, a resident of Pece Division and a single mother of four told URN that the extended lockdown by President Yoweri Museveni only favours the rich and spells doom for ordinary citizens.  

Geoffrey Oceng, a concerned resident of Gulu Town argues that many people might continue storming the residences of their leaders because of starvation resulting from the delayed government response to the needy.

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Aol told URN that she was overwhelmed by the impromptu visit by the vulnerable families, saying she had to empty her food store to help the families. 

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Earlier, the Gulu District Covid-19 Task Force led by Maj. Santo Okot Lapolo, who also doubles as the Resident District Commissioner, made an appeal to well-wishers and development partners to donate more food relief to rescue starving families.

The task force has also distributed food relief to at least 1,000 vulnerable families in and around Gulu Municipality. The government commenced a food relief distribution in April specifically targeting vulnerable families in Kampala and Wakiso districts. 

The programme targets at least 1.5 million Ugandans affected by the ongoing nationwide lockdown. 

In late March, President Yoweri Museveni instituted a number of measures to stem the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Primary, secondary and tertiary learning institutions were ordered closed in the third week of March. The president followed this up with closure of public transport and then the lockdown of other sectors of the economy.

The lockdown has since been extended twice; on April 15 for 21 days and May 4 for another 14 days. 

On Sunday night, the Ministry of Health announced five new COVID-19 cases in Uganda bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 121. Fifty-five of these have since recovered from the virus.