Kotido Receives Relief Food

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The consignment follows a request in May, by the Chief Administrative Officer for relief food to support 26,000 households in the district for a period of four months, when this years harvest is expected.

Kotido district has received a consignment of relief food for distribution to over 2,000 families facing famine in all Sub Counties.

The 1,200 bags of maize flour was delivered by the Office of the Prime Minister last week.

The consignment follows a request in May, by the Chief Administrative Officer for relief food to support 26,000 households in the district for a period of four months, when this year's harvest is expected.

According to a circular from the OPM, the food relief should benefit the most vulnerable families like child-headed families, households headed by vulnerable widows, persons with disabilities and persons living with HIV/AIDS. 

The delivery was confirmed by the Chief Administrative officer, Joshua Mabiya in an interview.

Mabiya said that the Kotido District Disaster Management Committee is identifying the households to benefit from the relief food.

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He said each family will receive at least 50 kilogrammes of maize flour.

The Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister in a letter signed for him by Martin Owor strongly warns district leaders against misappropriation of relief food.

He directed the offices of the Resident District Commissioner and the District Internal Security Officer to closely monitor and deploy all the available security to ensure that the food reaches the intended beneficiaries.

This is the second consignment Kotido district has received.  In February, the district also got a consignment of relief food comprising beans and maize flour to help hunger stricken families.

Hunger situation in Kotido district is at alarming levels as many families hardly get a meal in a day.