The Minister; Betty Amongi appeared before a joint committee comprising both the Public Accounts and the Local Government committees last evening to respond to queries about the list of beneficiaries of the COVID-19 cash, which was tabled before parliament by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja last month.
Members of Parliament have
tasked the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development to explain the
criteria used by the government to come up with the beneficiaries of the COVID-19 relief cash.
The Minister; Betty Amongi appeared before a joint committee comprising both the Public Accounts and the Local Government committees last evening to respond to queries about the list of beneficiaries of the COVID-19 cash, which was tabled before parliament by Prime
Minister Robinah Nabbanja last month.
Under the initiative, the government has been distributing 100,000 Shillings to selected people classified as vulnerable during the 42-day lockdown which ended on Friday. The beneficiaries were identified
from groups of people that depend on daily earnings in Kampala, all Cities, and
The Ministry of Finance has since released 53.5
billion Shillings for
the 501,107 targeted beneficiaries
who include bus or taxi drivers, conductors,
Baggage carriers, wheelbarrow pushers, touts, traffic guides, Barmen, DJ's,
barmaids, waiters and bouncers, Bar, gym and restaurant workers, bodaboda
riders, special hire drivers and Uber drivers, Salons, massage parlour workers,
teachers, and others.
Medard Lubega Sseggona, the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament tasked Among to explain why leaders at the Local Councils and MPs were
left out while compiling lists of the vulnerable people.
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Tororo Woman MP Sarah Opendi said that the omissions could have led to the issuance of
money to the wrong beneficiaries. Similarly,
Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa noted that omitting the Local Council leaders from
the verification process caused glitches in
the exercise and questioned why the
Ministry did not find it necessary to involve legislators in the selection of
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In his response,
Aggrey Kibenge, the Ministry of Gender Permanent Secretary said that the Local
Council leaders had been involved through the office of Town Clerks.
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However, MPs objected to the submission saying that the Town Clerks instead sidelined the Local Council
Some of the terms of
reference given to the committee by Parliament is to verify the beneficiaries
of the cash, establish the number of people who received money, inquire into
the criteria used to ascertain the beneficiaries, understand the government’s
the policy used to disburse funds and others.
According to Sseggona,
the Committee will today, Wednesday interface with the Minister of Finance
Matia Kasaija, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and the Minister of Internal Affairs
Kahinda Otafire.The committee is
expected to end its inquiry in three weeks time and report back to Parliament.