Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi, several others arrested over food protest

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Controversial Ugandan activist Dr Stella Nyanzi was on Monday, May 18 arrested for demonstrating over “slow distribution of government relief food to vulnerable people”.

Dr Nyanzi was arrested together with several others in Kampala, as they walked to the Prime Minister’s office, to enquire on why many Ugandans had been left to starve yet the government had received several donations.

They claim that needy Ugandans have not received any donation since the government imposed a strict COVID-19 lockdown, to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the landlocked East African nation.

They accuse the government of excluding civil society and other organisations from donating relief food and other items, insisting that these are the groups that know their communities better.

President Yoweri Museveni stopped politicians and well-wishers from donating relief food and other items to those affected by COVID-19 lockdown, and dedicated the exercise to only the government. Museveni said that politicians would put people’s lives in danger as they congregate without any measures.

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