Kabarole Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Festus Bandeeba, says that they had initially planned to use the money to buy relief food for vulnerable people in the district. He says accounting officers in various Sub counties and town councils had already submitted lists of the beneficiaries but they were asked to deposit the money on the consolidated funds account.
District COVID-19 task force has resolved to use the money returned by Members
of Parliament to buy 35,000 kilograms of maize flour for teachers, patients,
the elderly and people living with HIV/Aids.
In April, Parliament
disbursed Shillings 20 million to each Member of Parliament to facilitate their
fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Ntungamo Municipality Member of Parliament,
Gerald Karuhanga successfully petitioned court, saying the money was disbursed
illegally to the legislators. Court ordered the legislators to
return the money to parliament or their respective district COVID-19 task
forces through the Chief Administrative Officers – CAOs.
In May, the Fort
Portal Municipality Member of Parliament, Alex Ruhunda, Burahya County MP
Margaret Muhanga and Kabarole Woman MP, Sylvia Rwabwogo handed the money to the
Kabarole CAO Phionah Sanyu. The Attorney General, William Byaruhanga also gave
the task force an additional Shillings 20 million.
Kabarole Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Festus
Bandeeba, says that they had initially planned to use the money to buy relief
food for vulnerable people in the district.
He says accounting officers in various
Sub counties and town councils had already submitted lists of the beneficiaries
but they were asked to deposit the money on the consolidated fund account.
He, however, says the money was returned to the district
about three weeks ago and they decided to change their priorities. Bandeeba says since the lockdown has partially been lifted and many people are now able
to work and get food, they resolved in their meeting on Tuesday to buy maize
flour and distribute it to people whom they think are still vulnerable.
He says the task force resolved that they buy 35,000
kilograms of maize floor. Of these, teachers especially in private schools will
get 25,000 Kgs while Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital will get 2,000 Kilograms
to feed patients. Hailstorm victims in Mugusu and Ruteete sub-counties will receive
55,000Kgs of maize flour.
The remaining portion will go to HIV patients
and elderly people who are yet to be identified. Bandeeba has tasked the district health and education departments to come up
with the exact schools whose teachers will benefit from the food relief and
show cause why those particular schools for accountability purposes.
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The maize floor, according to the plan, will be distributed next week.