MPs from Teso Sub-re­gion have vowed to go on strike if government fails to evenly distribute food by tomorrow.

The MPs gave government up to Tuesday, April 18, to deliver food to Teso or else they go begging on the streets for money to buy food for their people.

“If there is nothing by Tuesday, we shall request the speaker of parliament to allow us to wash the toilets in this parliament to raise money. We are willing to go to any office that can be willing to help us, on streets we shall go begging as long as we get money to buy food,” Abala said.

According to Aogon, the failure to provide sufficient food to the people in Teso and Karamoja is an indictment on government, which also refused to allow the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party to supply the food it had managed to secure for locals in Katakwi district.

“The people of Teso are telling those in power that power is nothing without control. If you are not delivering food to Teso, are you in control?” he asked.

The state minister for disaster preapredness, Musa Ecweru, while distributing relief food in Katakwi district last week, apologized to the people of Toroma County for the decision by police to block the distribution of food which had been taken by Dr Kizza Besigye, the former FDC presidential candidate.
The legislators who include Ngora County’s David Abala (NRM), Kumi Woman MP Monica Amoding (NRM) and Silas Aogon (Independent) as well as Cosmas Elotu (NRM) of Kumi Municipality and Dakabela County on Thursday warned that government was playing hide and seek on rescuing people from hunger.

“Hunger is no longer a hoax, it is not a story to simply talk about because our people are suffering because of lack of food,” he said.
Mr Abala said that government has up to Tuesday next week to deliver food to their people to prevent the planned strike.

The dry spell has also hit hard in the districts of Katakwi, Amuria, Soroti, Kumi and Serere in Teso sub regions. The severe lack of food and drinking water for both humans and animals has compounded the already dreadfull situation forcing multitudes to flee to areas with food.

The neighboring districts of Nanak and Moroto have also been hit hard by Hunger. The Moroto district chaiman, Keem Andrew Napaja said: “the current hard hitting food crisis in the region has left a number of people dead and others remained starving despite government efforts to deliver food aid to the region”.

He said that the deaths have been registered in all the sub counties of Moroto district.

Napaja revealed that his people now take days without having meals and only end up taking water that they too trek long distances to get.

“It’s true. We have a number of people who have died due to hunger. There is no reason to hide this,” Napaja said.

Although government early this week gave food to parts of Katakwi (Toroma County), Mr Musa Ecweru, the minister of State for Disaster Preparedness said that a lot more relief was needed given the high levels of the hunger.
This comes just days after police foiled a food donation drive by the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) on April 5, 2017 on grounds that they did not get permission from the relevant authorities.
Mr Ecweru apologised for the incident that left 16 people injured as they fled from police. He said it was unfortunate that police used force, but there was a lack of coordination between them and the FDC officials.
However, Ms Amoding blamed Mr Ecweru for allegedly “acting slow when the people of Teso are dying.”
She warned that the minister needs to act in time lest he faces the wrath of the dead.

“If Ecweru fails to deliver the food, let the blood of the people who are dying be upon his head,” she said.
She also accused government of failure to put to use Shs15 billion to address the famine disaster as earlier indicated to Parliament in February this year.
“They presented a statement long ago which was adopted by parliament. It is now getting to three months. Why are they delaying, could it be that the money needs to be investigated?” asked Amoding.

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The MPs gave government up to Tuesday, April 18, to deliver food to Teso or else they go begging on the streets for money to buy food for their people.

“If there is nothing by Tuesday, we shall request the speaker of parliament to allow us to wash the toilets in this parliament to raise money. We are willing to go to any office that can be willing to help us, on streets we shall go begging as long as we get money to buy food,” Abala said.

According to Aogon, the failure to provide sufficient food to the people in Teso and Karamoja is an indictment on government, which also refused to allow the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party to supply the food it had managed to secure for locals in Katakwi district.

“The people of Teso are telling those in power that power is nothing without control. If you are not delivering food to Teso, are you in control?” he asked.

The state minister for disaster preapredness, Musa Ecweru, while distributing relief food in Katakwi district last week, apologized to the people of Toroma County for the decision by police to block the distribution of food which had been taken by Dr Kizza Besigye, the former FDC presidential candidate.