WFP supplies ‘poisoned’ food in Amudat

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Kids line up for porridge

World Food Programme [WFP] is under the spotlight after supplying food that was allegedly poisoned to people of Amudat district Karamoja sub-region.

Uganda Radio Network [URN] reports that about 30 people from different families in Alakas village, Amudat Sub County are currently admitted at Amudat Hospital after eating porridge suspected to have been poisoned.

The incident happened on Wednesday, according to the LC3 Chairperson of Amudat, Andrew Ruto Losia.

Losia told URN the victims started complaining after preparing and eating porridge supplied to them by UN agency.

He said WFP on Tuesday distributed porridge flour to 120 households.

Everyone who prepared the porridge flour and consumed it including children complained of stomach upset. Some even fainted.

He suspects the porridge flour that World Food distributed to the families had chemicals in it.

Those who had not yet prepared it have since thrown it away.

Amudat district police commander Samson Muyamba told URN samples from the victims have been sent to the government laboratory.

Ryan Anderson, the World Food Program Deputy Country Director, said WFP team has been deployed to investigate the incident.

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