By Peter Ogwang
Police has said Francis Zaake Butebi, the arrested member of parliament representing Mityana Municipality will be charged with Disobedience of lawful orders after being caught distributing food to residents in Mityana Municipality, contrary to the existing presidential directives that bar politicians to gather people for any reason including distributing food to them.
The youthful lawmaker was arrested on Sunday while distributing at least 2kgs of rice, and sugar to selected households in Buswabulongo and Kiwawu villages in Mityana Municipality outside the guidelines and new protocols by the National Task Force, a national fundraising and food distribution task team, that is overseeing all forms of support to vulnerable families facing hunger or struggling to afford food within Uganda, during this period of the pandemic.
According to CP Fred Enanga, the Police spokesperson, the lawmaker is to be charged with Disobedience of lawful orders and Negligent acts likely to spread the infection of the corona virus.
“The NTF came up with additional protocols to facilitate the donation of quality food items, fit for human consumption, by having it certified by the UNBS and also ensure it is distributed in an orderly manner by the food distribution teams, which are screened to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus to vulnerable families benefiting from the food donations,” said Enanga in a statement.
“The new protocols arose following a case of donated food that was found to be unfit for human consumption,” he added.
Enanga explains that the Joint Task Force, appreciates the generosity of all companies, politicians, individuals, and manufacturers that have contributed to feeding vulnerable families during this uncertain period.
He said individuals who would wish to donate food items should observe the guidelines and safe protocols in place to avoid endangering the safety of all beneficiaries.