The government has come up with a decision to dispense Ugx 100,000 to Ugandans who were termed as vulnerable in the proposed COVID 19 stimulus package.
The government through the office of the Prime Minister a few days ago together with the COVID 19 national task force came up with a decision to send relief of financial means to Ugandans heavily affected by the 42 day lockdown declared by President Museveni.
This came after the President directed the OPM to come up with a strategy on how to assist Ugandans.
Unlike when the government gave out posho and beans in the first lockdown, money to be sent via electronic means was opted for this time around.
This is because the food given out last year was shrouded by high levels of corruption.
Many people missed out getting the food because the criteria followed wasn’t outlined properly.
Besides the government was accused of purchasing poor quality beans and maize by those who got the food.
NTV on the 24th of June 2021 reported that government had set aside Ugx 53 billion for this exercise.
The government last year set aside Ugx 59 billion which was used to buy food that was distributed.
With the money set aside this time round, it’s expected that those who receive it will get Ugx 100,000.
This money is set be sent to those in the urban areas as indicated by the Prime Minister Rt Hon Robinah Nabbanja.
Therefore it will be people from Kampala, Hoima, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Lira, Gulu, Arua, Soroti, Mbale, Jinja and Masaka. Also people in the 41 municipalities will be catered for.
Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja said the vulnerable places and people were well known by the government.
“We shall not send money to all places in Uganda. The places that are lacking are well known. The rest of the Ugandans, we know that you have food. Those who have food should assist those who don’t have.” The prime Minister said.
It’s estimated that 535,000 people will receive this money countrywide.
With that estimation only 10,192 people in the proposed cities will be able to receive the money.
This money will be realised through a supplementary government expenditure that is set to be tabled before parliament.
However it’s not known how parliament approve this budget.
This is because parliamentary activities are set to be suspended from the 28th of June to 11th July in a bid to fight the COVID 19 virus.
It’s waited to see when the sending of this money will commence as the lockdown already begun.