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Covid-19 Relief Funds: How Government will Select Vulnerable People, Send Cash

The minister says 501107 households, about 38% of total households in Kampala Metropolitan Area and municipalities -- will benefit from the intervention, where each household will get Shs100,000, with the government financing the withdrawal fees.
posted onJune 29, 2021
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Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Betty Amongi specified the groups of people that will receive the Covid-29 relief funds.

According to Minister Amongi, bus/taxi drivers, conductors, baggage carriers, wheelbarrow pushers, touts, traffic guides and loaders in parks and other commercial areas will collect the cash.

President Museveni on June 18, at the onset of the latest lockdown, directed the Prime Minister to identify vulnerable groups that depend on daily earnings in urban areas, assess their needs during the lockdown so that the government can support them.

The minister says 501107 households, about 38% of total households in Kampala Metropolitan Area and municipalities -- will benefit from the intervention, where each household will get Shs100,000, with the government financing the withdrawal fees.

Other groups that will benefit from the initiative are barmen, DJs, barmaids, waiters and bouncers, and bar, gym and restaurant workers.

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According to the minister, the funds are meant to help households buy 20kgs of milled maize costed at Shs40,000, 10kgs of beans (Shs25,000), a bar of soap (3,000), cooking oil (12,000) and an extra 20,000 to spend on any other item.

People with National Identification Numbers (NINs) that don't correspond to their mobile money account details will receive funds through the Post Bank mobile vans.

Uganda Bureau of Statistics, town clerks, ministers, MPs, RDCs and technical officers will play a role in registration, identification, and payment of beneficiaries. They will also help supervise the exercise.

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