Over 500,000 Households To Benefit From Covid Relief Cash After Cabinet Approved Budget

Cabinet finally approved Ug Shs 100, 000 as a Covid-19 relief token for vulnerable Ugandans that have been affected by the 42-day-lockdown

According to the Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development Betty Amongi, the money will benefit at least 501,107 households within Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono and Karamoja sub region.

“The Shs.53 billion has been approved by cabinet. What is remaining is to discuss how the money will be distributed to the beneficiaries,” she said at a press conference at the Media Centre in Kampala on Tuesday morning.

The government listed a list of groups of people who will benefit from the Covid-19 relief cash and they include bus/taxi drivers and conductors, baggage carriers, wheelbarrow pushers, touts, traffic guides and loaders in the taxi and bus parks.

Others include barmen, Djs, barmaids, waiters, bouncers, gym and restaurant workers, food vendors in bus, taxi parks and arcades.

The other set to get this money are musicians, comedians, producers and promoters, boda boda riders, special hire and Uber drivers, salons and massage parlour workers, teachers and support staff in private schools

The last group includes slum dwellers/ghetto residents, street vendors, shoe shiners and cobblers, orphans and vulnerable children.

Those whose phone numbers are not registered in their names, their money will be given to them through Post Bank mobile vans.

While announcing the second lockdown to control the spread of Covid-19, President Yoweri Museveni said that government was going to support vulnerable people whose income was interrupted by the lockdown.

The government resolved that instead of giving maize flour and beans to vulnerable people as it did in the first lockdown, they would give each beneficiary 100,000 Shillings that would be sent on their mobile phone numbers.



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