When presidential, parliamentary and local elections were slated for early 2021, the politicisation of COVID-19 food distribution was being widely discussed. In Gulu, the effects of the pandemic were felt sharply amongst those reliant on food relief. The central government’s attempts to control and benefit from the process presented both opportunities and risks to the ruling NRM ahead of the elections. This post was part two in a miniseries exploring the relationship between corona-politics and food distribution in Uganda, authored in 2020.