Leaders giving out relief food caught demanding for sex from residents

Members of Local Defence Unit (LDU) offload relief food during a distribution exercise to civilians affected by the lockdown, as part of measures to prevent the potential spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kampala, Uganda April 4, 2020. REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa

Some women have claimed that Local Council officials in parts of Kampala are demanding for sex in order to give them relief food.

During a press conference at Parliament, Pamela Nasiyo, the chairperson of the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) told journalists that she had received phone calls from a number of women who have claimed that some leaders will not give them food unless they sleep with them.

“Can you imagine some LC leaders are using this opportunity to demand sex in exchange for food.

A lady called me and said ‘I missed food in my area and when I called the chairperson to get my share, he said that in order to give me food, I have to sleep with him,’” Nasiyo said.

She called upon Lt Col Edith Nakalema to investigate these leaders.

The government embarked on the process of distributing relief food to the vulnerable groups that have been affected by the COVID-19 lockdown. So far the food has been distributed in parts of Kampala and Wakiso.

During the same conference, UWOPA members thanked President Museveni for allowing pregnant women to access health services without any disturbance by police at checkpoints during the lockdown.

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