ARUA. Arua district coronavirus task force has resolved to use donations received from members of Parliament, organizations and individuals to buy agricultural inputs for the rural population.
The committee has also resolved to give any donated food items to the urban poor through the municipal council as a measure of saving them from hunger during the lockdown.
“We as a task force did agree that food items should be given to the urban poor, so in that regard we have given food to Arua municipal council which has been distributed to beneficiaries”, said Mr Nahor Oya, the resident district commissioner (RDC) Arua who doubles as chairman of the district task force.
“But we resolved that we need to give our people agricultural inputs when the MPs come here, this inform of hoes and seeds because there is rain, we are very happy that you have come timely and hope that the district task force will use the money for fulfilling the pledge we made to the people”, Oya further stated.
He however said the food which was given out was not enough to cater for all the needy people because it was only donated by the local business community and a host of other organizations.
The RDC was speaking on Tuesday at the district headquarters during the handover of 20m shillings to the task force by Eng Dr Gabriel Aridru, the MP for Vurra constituency.
The 20m earlier given to MPs as facilitation by parliament had drawn an uproar from the public and fierce exchanges between the executive, legislature and the Judiciary.
Dr Aridru said he had delivered the money in accordance to the directions given by President Yoweri Museveni who in one of his speeches strongly attacked the institution of Parliament for allocating itself money during a time of crisis.
“My task this morning is a simple one, as you know his Excellency directed that all MPs should hand over the 20m to the district task forces to provide essentials to the people” Dr Aridru said.
He continued “The district task force will see how best to use the money so I want to implore you and your team to continue working hard to support the government efforts in curbing the spread of the disease”
He also hailed the district task force for containing the spread of the disease in the communities despite being at the borders with democratic republic of Congo which are deemed risky.
Dr Aridru becomes the second MP from the district to hand over the 20m cash after Hon Kassiano Wadri Ezati of Arua municipality.
RDC Oya said despite making a promise to bring the money, Mr Bernard Atiku of Ayivu County was yet to actualise his promise.