Ahead of presidential, parliamentary and local elections planned for 2021, urban food relief distribution in Uganda became politicised as people struggled under COVID-19 lockdown measures. As narratives of ‘liberation’ resurfaced amid the government’s health response, the securitisation of corona-politics further stifled opposition parties across the country. Food distribution efforts presented a snapshot of how the government used COVID-19 response to generate electoral support and control political debate. This post from 2020, explored these dynamics and was part one in a miniseries exploring the relationship between corona-politics and food distribution in Uganda.