Rwanda begins distribution of essential food items to citizens affected by COVID-19 lockdown
London, March 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Rwandan government on Saturday inaugurated a support initiative by distributing essential food items to vulnerable families who have been affected by the lockdown aimed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The move was in line with what President Paul Kagame promise in his address to the nation on Friday, March 27, that the government would do everything possible to support vulnerable Rwandans during the coronavirus containment period which is characterised by social and economic challenges.
The food relief is being drawn from the country’s National Strategic Grain Reserve under the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources which is used in case of food shortage.
In addition to this, many citizens country-wide have also willingly made their contributions to help their vulnerable neighbours.
According to the local government ministry, the beneficiaries were drawn with the help of local authorities because they are the ones who know the vulnerable in their specific location.
The distribution is by local officials and other volunteers who are doing it while observing COVID-19 preventive measures.
Emmy Ngabonziza, Nyarugenge District Executive Administrator, told The New Times that the support almost reached all sectors of this district.
He said: “Because our district was among the worst hit, all sectors apart from Nyarugenge sector were supplied with the support by Friday evening, and what we did today was to distribute it house to house with priority to the most vulnerable families,” adding that: “We also thank citizens who have shown a kind heart and gave us their support as well.”
Pauline Umwali, Gasabo District Executive Administrator, also told The New Times that the inauguration went well.
“So far so good. We are taking the support to sectors, and we are beginning with Gisozi, Kangondo and Kimironko,” she said.
She added that: “We began with those sectors because they are the ones with the most vulnerable families like those who work in Gakiriro furniture hub which has been temporarily closed. As means become available, the support will also continue to other sectors.”