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410,000 beneficiaries have already received Covid relief cash - Nabbanja

PM Robbinah Nabbanja

PM Robbinah Nabbanja

Over Shs 41 billion of Shs 54 billion of Covid-19 relief cash has already been distributed to more the 410,000 beneficiaries, prime minister, Robinah Nabbanja has said.

Tabling a list of beneficiaries before parliament on Wednesday, Nabbanja said the ministry of Finance released Shs 53.5 billion for distribution to at least 501,107 beneficiaries with each receiving Shs 100,000.

According to Nabbanja 83 per cent of the money (Shs 41.35 billion) has already been distributed to poor urbanites in Kawempe Division, Nakawa Division, and Gulu City. She added that the government undertook a verification exercise of the vulnerable people in the Kampala Metropolitan Area, all cities, and municipalities.

By Tuesday, 413,504 beneficiary records had been submitted to the bank and paid. The top beneficiaries include bus or taxi drivers, conductors, baggage carriers, wheelbarrow pushers, touts, traffic guides, barmen, Djs, barmaids, waiters and bouncers, bar, gym and restaurant workers, boda-boda riders, special hire drivers and Uber drivers, salons, massage parlour workers, teachers, and others. 

Deputy speaker Anita Among referred the list of beneficiaries to the parliament’s accountability committee (PAC), central government and the Local Government accountability committee for scrutiny. 

The government on July 8 launched the distribution of Covid-19 relief cash to vulnerable Ugandans affected by the 42-day lockdown announced by President Yoweri Museveni to interrupt the spread of coronavirus.

Regarding complaints over failed payments, Nabbanja said that out of the total 501,107 records submitted, a total of 87, 603 records did not pass the verification requirements by telecom databases due to invalid national lD numbers, telephone numbers registered under different names, non-existent or unregistered telephone numbers, and non-mobile money registered numbers.

“The failed numbers have been sent back to the cities, municipalities for correction before payment can be done. The town clerks have been guided and trained by the ministry of Gender, NITA-U on what to do,” said Nabbanja.

Nabbanja says that the intervention was a short-term relief and not meant to address the high poverty levels. She said that as the government continues to mobilize resources, other vulnerable categories may be considered.

"This exercise for providing relief support to our people shown us that we need one; to invest in collecting, analyzing and documenting data about our citizens accurately. Such gaps and inconsistencies have caused the delay and affected this exercise dearly. This is the first time government is carrying out intervention of this nature in a short time and in such magnitude therefore challenges are bound to happen. The important thing is that lessons have been learnt and we shall do better in similar programs in future," Nabbanja said. 

Mathias Mpuuga, the leader of opposition in parliament (LoP) expressed displeasure to Nabbanja's statement. He said that the government was putting a lot of emphasis on curative rather than preventive measures. He asked the government to put all the emphasis on vaccination saying that the majority of the funds under emergency Covid-19 are being spent on activities that can be funded under a normal budget.

Mpuuga also noted that apart from food, the cash relief did not consider other costs of daily living such as water, electricity, medical care, and others. He says that these costs should have been incorporated in the computation of the cash transfers.

Anna Adeke, the Soroti Woman MP also raised concern over the discriminative approach by the government to identify beneficiaries of the Covid-19 relief. She demanded that the PM responds to concerns raised by the public that the relief was distributed to only NRM supporters.

Stephen Kangwagye, the Bukanga County MP said that he was happy that the 42-day lockdown has helped the country register a significant drop in the rate of hospitalization and that this is good and encouraging to the frontline workers to move forward.

He said that government needs to provide the country’s health workers with sufficient protective gear and that this must be budgeted for and provided urgently. As of Tuesday 20th July 2021, Uganda had registered 91,162 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 70,377 recoveries and 2,425 deaths. Currently, there are 746 patients admitted to health facilities.

Comments

+4 #1 Remase 2021-07-22 08:55
Nabajja, be fare. We are 47m Ugandans with unemployment that is through the roof!

We have gone through two lockdowns, how could it be possible that there are only 500,000, who are poor and qualified to get the covid-19 relief?

Nabanja, M7's govt is swimming in a "pandemic" of corruption, starting with M7 and all the way to a cleaner in your office, which is the cause a permanent high unemployment rate.

A minimum of 40m Ugandans need covid-19 relief, not only in money but also in tax brakes, utility bills, rental payments, food, you name it!

However, you are here bragging that 400,000 have received covid-19 relief? Nabanja, people are dying of hunger, and you clearly know that the vast majority of the poor didn't get covid-19 relief, even the Kawunga ne bijanjalo ebilimu amayinja and takes forever to cook, which were given by govt in the first lockdown!
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+4 #2 kabayekka 2021-07-22 10:08
This is a Uganda Parliament that is presently going to spend 105.8 billion shillings of tax payers' money to buy for 529 members of its house luxury cars every five years.

The wage bill for this house is astronomical. That is why most citizens in this country believe that for the economy to pick up fast, there is enough tax revenue to provide for the most vulnerable (15 million adults) of this country for every month(Shillings 360000/- taxable) for a year until most of them can find work again after the end of two long consecutive COVID19 lockdowns.
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+2 #3 Willy not Silly 2021-07-22 11:42
The only truth I can read from this article is that 54 billion shillings were available to benefit the "vulnerable poor" who were supposed to receive 100,000/= each.

Every other figure that appears in this article - about money given out, the number of people who have missed the money, those infected with COVID, those who died, etc- is simply FALSE.
May God bless the Banana Republic !
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+3 #4 Umukosi 2021-07-22 12:36
Quoting Willy not Silly:
The only truth I can read from this article is that 54 billion shillings were available to benefit the "vulnerable poor" who were supposed to receive 100,000/= each.

Every other figure that appears in this article - about money given out, the number of people who have missed the money, those infected with COVID, those who died, etc- is simply FALSE.
May God bless the Banana Republic !


There is nothing to add, except I would say this is a failed state run by thieves.
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+2 #5 Remase 2021-07-22 17:38
Fellow Ugandans, the bottom line is, Nabanja is giving out our taxpayers' money. However, she is leading us to believe that it's M7's money, and he is doing us a favour to give to the poor 500,000 Ugandans!

Nabanja isn't fair, because even those whom she believes to be rich, also need help. I am not talking about M7's family, relatives and tribesmen who have made our country's resources their cooky jar.

I am talking about the hard working Ugandans whom M7 is taxing the hell out of them so that his family, relatives and tribesmen live forever comfortable!

Such Ugandans need help in taxing brakes,, utility bills and also money. Bill Gates is one of the recipient of $ 1,200 as covid-19 relief, yet he is worthy over $ 1.4bn.

The allocation of trillions of money to the military should be given to Ugandans as covid-19 relief to revive the economy, because there is no need to spend such money on the army other than keep M7 in power!
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0 #6 Akot 2021-07-22 19:49
Quoting Remase:
Nabanja is giving out our taxpayers' money. However, she is leading us to believe that it's M7's money, and he is doing us a favour to give to the poor 500,000 Ugandans!

Nabanja isn't fair, because even those whom she believes to be rich, also need help. I am not talking about M7's family, relatives and tribesmen who have made our country's resources their cooky jar.

I am talking about the hard working Ugandans whom M7 is taxing the hell out of them so that his family, relatives and tribesmen live forever comfortable!

The allocation of trillions of money to the military should be given to Ugandans as covid-19 relief to revive the economy, because there is no need to spend such money on the army other than keep M7 in power!


Thanks.

When will Ugandans bring down the tribalistic system & UNITE?
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0 #7 kabayekka 2021-07-23 00:13
This is a Uganda Parliament that is presently going to spend 105.8 billion shillings of tax payers' money to buy for 529 members of its house, luxury cars every five years.

Unfortunately the editor of the monitor newspaper has been advised to remove the above publication from today's publication. No reason given!
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0 #8 Henry Baisi 2021-07-23 13:04
The MPs are Honourable and very important. Of course they must-have cars. If they use matatu's with the Wanaichis, their fine dresses and suits will get dirty.

It will be obvious that they are well off. They could be targeted, robbed or even killed. Besides, by being the most highly paid job, you too will be attracted to enter Parliament at the first available opportunity.

There is only one sure way to enter Parliament and get rich quickly. Everyone knows it. If you do not, ask Agnes N.
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