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OPM GIVES RELIEF FOOD TO 2,000 GULU RESIDENTS

Vulnerable Elderly woman takes her 5 Kg of Beans and 10 Kg of Posho home

BY OKELLO JESUS OJARA

GULU: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2021

The office of the Prime Minister has given relief food to 2,000 vulnerable households in Bardege – Layibi division in Gulu city.

The food items included 10,000 kilograms of beans and 20,000 kilograms of maize flour.

Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Bardege – Layibi division Member of Parliament disclosed that he lobbied for the food stuff to support vulnerable persons, especially the elderly and people with disabilities.

He added that each person will receive 5 kilograms of beans and 10 kilograms of Posho (maize flour) which he believed will help them during the dry season and Covid-19 pandemic.

Mapenduzi explained that the LC I chairpersons of the respective cells within the division helped in the identification of the beneficiaries.

“We are working together with the local leaders of the different cells and wards in the division, especially the LC I chairperson who knows the most vulnerable persons and persons with disabilities in the division,” added Mapenduzi.

Madalena Lalam, 90, a resident of Kasubi central ward could not hide her excitement, saying that the relief support came timely to her since she did not have any food stuff in the house.

Lalam is staying with a disabled relative after death occasioned by the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels robbed her of her children, making life very unbearable for them.

“I have nothing to eat in the house as old as I am. I am thankful to the MP and the government for thinking about us,” she said.

Doreen Aber Lubwoyo, the secretary of community based services Bardege – Layibi division noted that during the pandemic lock-down, many teenagers were impregnated, many of whom gave birth and left the babies with their grandparents.

“These elderly people could not really support and take care of the babies’ needs. Through this modest support, they will have at least something in the house to give these babies,” she said.

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