Kyadondo East Member of Parliament and People Power strong Man Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has resorted to using mobile money and boda boda delivery to reach out to helpless citizens who are starving during this lock down.
Taking to his social media, Bobi wine revealed in his letter published on social media, how he was ready to co-ordinate with the national task force put in place by the president to ensure that the food relief program is extended to other parts of of the country.
This was after the government stopped activities of distributing food to people as a measure to curb the deadly corona virus.
"As you all recall, we had kick started the process of distributing relief items to some very poor people before the government stopped these activities- even when many of us were deliberate on observing social distancing and other precautions. When this activity was stopped, the question which remained was, what will happen to some of our people, especially those who we have been supporting even before the outbreak of the virus? Every day, we receive calls from hundreds of people requesting for help. Many of them are starving with children and grand children. We had to find a way of assisting at least a few of them during this period. We discussed with a few supermarket owners and agreed to send them some money using mobile money so that they give food items to boda bodas for delivery to specific homes, the same way they do normal deliveries.
For three days now, some boda boda riders have been collecting items which are pre-purchased from supermarkets and delivering them to these people. So far, we have reached several people although we know that the need is much bigger. "
Bobi Wine revealed that this cause is targeting three categories of people, the elderly, families of fallen people power activists, and people with disabilities.
"We have reached out to three categories of people- the very elderly, families of our fallen comrades, and persons with disabilities. The activity is being coordinated by the Women In People Power. Many elderly people have received some support, plus the families of our fallen comrades Yasin Kawuma, Ritah Nabukenya, Ssewankambo Gilbert (Sweet Pepsi) and Dan Kyeyune. (May their souls rest in peace)”
On Monday, March 30, 2020, the president ordered for the arrest of political figures who were giving people food items an act he referred to playing cheap politics.
“In the meantime, I direct the Police to arrest the opportunistic and irresponsible politicians who try to distribute food for cheap popularity. Those are very dangerous to the health of the people. When you try to distribute food or money in such a situation, people gather around You. "