In the wake of the embarrassing scandal that has generated over Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia’s distribution of unwholesome consumables to flood victims, the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO)’s claim that it is only six boxes of expired oil that had been inadvertently mixed with the distributed supplies has been dismissed as damage control.
Umar, the Wa based journalist who broke the story has revealed that it was not only expired oil that the Vice President distributed, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia had also shared weevil-infested, moldy rice to some of the victims.
From a position of first hand knowledge, he says that some of the victims found that when they cooked the rice that was supplied to them as part of relief measures in aftermath of the flooding through the spillage of the Bagri dam, the rice uncharacteristically ended up being soggy.
Umar who has since become a media sensation, challenged NADMO to prove its claims in a statement it issued that the distribution of the expired goods which is said to have already caused food poisoning among some victims, is not widespread.
According Umar, first hand evidence on the ground shows that at least 20 bottles of expired oil had been returned from Welembele in Sissala East area alone, after the story broke. In addition to the Upper West, communities in the Upper East and Northern regions had also been supplied the relief items.
Vice President Mahamaudu Bawumia, who had gone to the affected areas to personally distribute the relief items, had reported that he had gone there to do so, on behalf of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Dr. Bawumia had been there as leader of a powerful entourage that included the National Nadmo Coordinator, the Upper West regional NADMO Coordinator and the Upper West regional Minister.
In the wake of the scandal, there have been reports of victims suffering food poisoning after consuming the expired food, with complaints generally being about abdominal upset. NADMO, this morning responded by saying it was fast tracking moves to withdraw all the expired products and replace them with wholesome ones. However, there has not been talk about emergency health services for victims.