Vulnerables start receiving Covid-19 relief funds

The Office of the Prime Minister has on Thursday July 8, kicked off the process of sending money to some vulnerable Ugandans affected by the Covid-19 lockdown.

Minister of Labor Employment and Industrial Relations; Charles Engola while appearing before the Covid-19 Taskforce for Parliament had said the disbursement of the relief funds had been postponed for a week in order to verify the data that has been so far collected.

This was after it was discovered that some people who were never targeted for support has their names included among those to get the money.

However contrary to the minister’s statement, the Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has launched the exercise by sending money to some of the beneficiaries. Godfrey Oloya a boda boda rider from Gulu became the first person to receive the UGX. 100,000.

PM Nabbanja said that 50 percent of the data is currently ready and beneficiaries are going to receive their money today

She added that in places like Kampala where the data is yet to be verified, they are going to receive their money in the coming days.

While declaring a national wide lockdown, President Museveni ordered that the most vulnerable people whose economic activities were interrupted should receive assistance form government.

UGX. 53billion was earmarked to be distributed to 503,000 households in Kampala and 41 municipalities and 10 cities to help them go through the 42-day lockdown announced to stop the spread of the second wave of Covid-19.

But almost three weeks after the lockdown was announced on June 18, the government had not yet fulfilled its commitment.

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