President Directs Budget Adjusted to Cater for Hunger-Stricken People

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The January 2017 National Food Security Assessment Report claims that at least 10 million Ugandans face food insecurity. NET PHOTO.

By UBC Reporter

President Yoweri Museveni has directed government to adjust the 2017/2018 budget to find funds to cater for hunger-stricken people across the country.

The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda announced the directive this week as Parliament debated and later passed a motion advising government to declare a state of emergency in areas affected by severe food shortage.

He said the President had already directed the Finance Ministry to suspend some projects to make money available for key priorities like the hunger crisis and the state of emergency was not necessary.

Parliament, however, passed the motion with the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga noting that the role of the House is to advise cabinet which can choose to accept or object it.

She noted that the issue of hunger has been reported since August last year and any further delay could make the situation worse.

At least 10 million Ugandans reportedly face food insecurity according to the January 2017 National Food Security Assessment Report.