Gulu Leaders Under Fire For Giving Food Aid To Commercial Sex Workers
Gulu district COVID-19 Task Force is under fire for bowing to demands for food relief by commercial sex workers as the extended national lockdown by Government continues to bite.
The affected group came up earlier to cry for help, saying many of them were starving and pleaded to be classified as a vulnerable group.
The group also threatened to name and shame leaders who benefit from their illicit trade, who have abandoned them at their time of need.
Up to 400 commercial sex workers were documented in the process and given food aid that include maize flour, cooking oil and beans among others.
However Kelly Komakech, the Pece Division Chairperson opposed the idea saying prostitution is an outlawed activity in Uganda and aiding practitioners, even in the time of need, is abetting crime.
Meanwhile, Moses Abonga, the Laroo Division Chairperson contends that leaders should instead of bowing to the emotional blackmail and threats, unite against such immoral and diversionary pressure.
Gulu District Chairperson Martine Ojara Mapenduzi who is also the Chairperson of the Resource mobilization for the District Task Force explained that the long term plan is to rehabilitate the group for them to leave the vice.