Mbaziira John, a Kyambogo University’s People Power Guild Presidential aspirant, Abbey Musinguzi aka Abitex, Andrew Mukasa aka Bajjo and Aloysius Matovu have dragged the Ugandan government to court for its failure to distribute food equally to all individuals in the country.
In a suit before the civil division of the High c=Court in Kampala, these four say that the practice of distributing relief to selected individuals is an infringement to people’s right to equality and freedom from discrimination, contrary to article 21(2) and 43 of the 1995 Ugandan Constitution.
“We therefore want court to order government to distribute adequate and timely food to all Ugandans (students inclusive)” Wrote John Mbaziira in acknowledgment of the suit.
“We also want government to be ordered to let individuals or groups of people who are capable of distributing relief food to the vulnerable to do it without getting arrested. Otherwise government of Uganda should lift the lockdown until it is able to provide adequate and timely food.” He went ahead.
It should be remembered that the government put up a National Task Force that was meant to distribute food to Ugandans. However the same Task Force has been distributing food majorly to the vulnerable groups and to areas of supposedly dire need.
In his national address, President Museveni said that the relief food would majorly cater for the individuals who were formerly involved in the hands to mouth (lejaleja) kind of ventures leaving other groups in question.
Mbaziira John is a student activist at Kyambogo University who has been arrested severely on counts for organizing and leading strikes geared on demanding for students rights. He came out unopposed as an official flag bearer of People Power at Kyambogo University. However his hopes of leading Kyambogo University as a guild president are slowly slipping away as the lockdown stings the education system harder, leaving University students unsure of how universities will operate after the lockdown.