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Parliament Wants Gov’t to Declare State of Emergency over Famine

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By Our Reporter Parliament Wants Gov’t to Declare State of Emergency over Famine

Par­lia­ment has adopted a mo­tion to urge gov­ern­ment to de­clare a state of emer­gency in the famine-affected dis­tricts.

This comes af­ter law­mak­ers from Lango sub-re­gion as well as Teso and Karamoja flanked by Mon­ica Amod­ing (NRM-Kumi) convinced the House over de­lay by gov­ern­ment to eq­ui­tably dis­trib­ute re­lief food in af­fected areas.

Amod­ing at­tracted unan­i­mous sup­port from all leg­is­la­tors as she asked gov­ern­ment to de­clare a national dis­as­ter so as to at­tract sup­port from for­eign aid.

“Most of the peo­ple of the af­fected ar­eas are sur­viv­ing on a sin­gle meal per day un­der the watch of govern­ment,” Amod­ing said.

Sup­port­ing the mo­tion, the Speaker Re­becca Kadaga said that it was upon gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment the House’s de­ci­sion or aban­don it.

“The cab­i­net has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­clare or not to de­clare but you have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to sup­port the peo­ple of this coun­try to get food,” she said.

Dr Ruhakana Ru­gunda, the Prime Min­is­ter failed to fight the mo­tion.

“Gov­ern­ment is con­fronting this dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, head on…and we are in charge and the coun­try is feed­ing nor­mally…so this mo­tion should be de­feated,” the Prime Min­ster said.

In his state­ment, Mr Hillary Onek, the Min­is­ter of Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness, told Par­lia­ment that famine has spread to over 5.5 mil­lion peo­ple up from 3.5 mil­lion in Jan­u­ary.

The Min­is­ter also stated that, gov­ern­ment ef­forts to feed the hun­gry are fac­ing hard­ships due to inadequate fund­ing.

The worst af­fected ar­eas are North­ern Teso dis­tricts of Katakwi, Amuria, Soroti and Kabera­maido.

Be­fore the mo­tion was adopted, Mr Mwe­sigwa Ruku­tana, the Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral cau­tioned parlia­ment on the im­pli­ca­tions of the State of Emer­gency say­ing that it can de­velop into un­prece­dented devel­op­ments in the post Bush-war era.

“Dur­ing a State of Emer­gency gov­ern­ment is at lib­erty to sus­pend or change some func­tions of the judiciary and leg­is­la­ture and it is usu­ally used to crip­ple all rights of the cit­i­zens guar­an­teed in the constitu­tion and other in­ter­na­tional de­c­la­ra­tions of rights,” he said.

The At­tor­ney Gen­eral also said that State of Emer­gen­cies are used by dic­ta­to­r­ial regimes to sup­press cer­tain rights.

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Source:: Red Pepper Uganda