Betty Aciro, 48, from Pece Cubu Sub-Ward in Pece Division told URN that she was compelled to petition the district for food aid because they she has now missed out her medication for three days due to lack of food.
More than 60 HIV Positive patients on Friday stormed the office of
Gulu LCV Chairperson, Martine Ojara Mapenduzi demanding for relief food.
The patients who were also accompanied by caretakers of patients
living HIV/AIDs are from Pece, Laroo, Bardege and Layibi Divisions of Gulu
Municipality. They argue that they have run out of patience waiting for
Government food distribution.
Betty Aciro, 48, from Pece Cubu Sub-Ward in Pece Division, says
that she was compelled to petition the district for food aid because she has
now missed her medication for three days due to lack of food.
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Cue out: …kipoki gi moo.”//
Jennifer Akidi, aged 53, explained that the extended lockdown has made it hard
for her to stick to her schedules of swallowing her medicine because of food
Cue in:Acholi “Watye ki lok…..
Cue out: …bene koma lit.”//
Sharon Adyer, said they want to assistance and equal opportunity as accorded to
400 commercial sex workers by the District Task Force. She added that they
rightfully belong to the vulnerable category of people listed by the government
to benefit from the nationwide food aid.
However, Martine Ojara Mapenduzi, also the Chairperson Resource Mobilization
under the District COVID-1Task Force turned down their demands. Mapenduzi
explained that the district has hundreds of pending requests from vulnerable
people that yet to be approved.
The Gulu Resident District Commissioner Maj. Santo Okot Lapolo, also the
District Task Force Chairperson disclosed that the Task Force has not yet
received food relief from the government.
The Task Force has already distributed food donated by well-wishers to
thousands of vulnerable groups that include 200 taxi drivers; members of
boda-boda cyclists, youth working in washing bays, disc jockeys and local
masters of ceremonies (MCs) as well as saloon operators among others.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.