The Kasese LC V vice chairperson Gideon Ntabose says that as local government they must be responsible in ensuring that the residents in the district survive through this period.
The busy streets of Kasese are silent as lock-down starts
Kasese District local
government has distributed over 200 bunches of bananas to selected residents
because of the going nationwide lock down.
President, Yoweri Museveni announced
a nationwide lockdown on Wednesday last week to stem the spread of corona
virus. The lock down has rendered several people jobless.
As part of the
measures to support residents, Kasese district has distributed over 200 bunches
of matooke to selected beneficiaries.
The bananas were distributed to
beneficiaries in Nyakasanga, Kizungu, Acholi and railways quarters and town center.
Kasese LC V Vice
Chairperson, Gideon Ntabose, says it is their responsibility as a local government
to ensure that residents survive this trying time.
He says the first batch of
the food relief was distributed to the struggling Boda boda cyclists and
mothers who have been restricted from working in the weekly markets.
“We understand the
impact of this lock-down to the hand to mouth population and we had to came in
and offer them some food to survive on,” Ntabose said
The bananas were
harvested from the government demonstration farm in Karusandara Sub County.
Fizal Bagumira, one of the beneficiaries also wants government to come to their
aid by providing food relief to families that are most affected by the lock-down.
He says the lockdown will strain the bread winners of families more.
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Alice Nankungu, a single mother of three, says the food relief will go a long
way in ensuring that her children have something to eat for at least a week.
"I have a small garden of beans; this relief will help me use the little
money I have to buy a few other essentials for my children," Nankungu
Kasese police has been
battling with market vendors and Boda boda riders since the presidential ban on
gatherings and public transport.
Basaija is a graduate of Uganda Christian University (UCU-Mukono) holding a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication.
He also boosts of numerous training's in communication studies.
Before joining URN, he had served as Documentation personnel, Field news reporter, Radio presenter and News Editor.
Basaija is a social critic and a young farmer.
He believes in writing for social change.