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Music promoters sue gov’t over relief food distribution

Abitex, Bajjo and Junior with their lawyer Anthony Wakeli filing the lawsuit against the government. PHOTO BY MICHAEL KAKUMIRIZI

Two music promoters have filed a lawsuit against the government asking it to undertake a mandatory food distribution to all Ugandans.

The promoters include Abbey Musinguzi, aka Abitex of Abitex Promotions, Andrew Mukasa aka Bajjo of Bajjo Events. The two were joined by their PRO, Aloysius Matovu aka Junior and a Kyambogo University student.

These four parties claim that the government has received a lot of money as evidenced in the loans or donations acquired between March and May.

Through their lawyer Anthony Wameli of Wameli and Co. Advocates the applicants are suing the government for several reasons.

Speaking immediately after filing the petition at the High Court, “Due to the coronavirus pandemic that led to a lockdown, people stopped working and therefore have nothing to eat since most of these are hand to mouth earners. The government has not been able to provide food, where it has been able to provide it discriminates, gives some households, and leaves out others,” Wemali said.

He went on to say that the food provided is inadequate in both quantity and quality. They also sued the government for prohibiting people from distributing food yet they have gathered the food so they want the court to direct the government to distribute the food given from the donations.

“The government should also lay down a clear program on food distribution and also allow well-wishers to directly distribute the food. They should facilitate them through the local leaders, not through the COVID Taskforce,” Wemali added.

He concluded by saying that if the government can’t provide food, which they believe can, the lockdown should be lifted as soon as possible because people are starving.

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