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17,000 Missed COVID-19 Relief Cash in Arua City

On Monday, the leaders informed the State Minister for Primary Education Dr Joyce Moriku that 17, 624 beneficiaries in Ayivu Division did not receive the covid-19 cash despite being registered.
Minister Joyce Moriku reacting to an issue raised by Arua Central division MP Jackson Atima

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Leaders of Arua City are demanding the remittance of 1.7 Billion Shillings to beneficiaries of the covid-19 relief cash.

On Monday, the leaders informed the State Minister for Primary Education Dr Joyce Moriku that 17, 624 beneficiaries in Ayivu Division did not receive the covid-19 cash despite being registered.

According to the leaders, only 3,715 people in Arua Central Division received the funds.

Last month, the government distributed 100,000 Shillings to 501,107 selected beneficiaries who were classified as vulnerable during the 42-day lockdown.

The beneficiaries were identified from groups of people that depend on daily earnings in Kampala, cities, and municipalities across the country. They included bus or taxi drivers, conductors, baggage carriers, wheelbarrow pushers, touts, traffic guides, barmen, DJ's, 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.

During a meeting at the City hall, both political and technical leaders in the City demanded answers from the minister about why residents of Ayivu Central were marginalised.

Jackson Atima the MP Arua Central Division said that it has become very challenging for some residents in the division to provide food and other basic needs for their households due to the lack of money.

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Dickson Adomati the Deputy RCC Arua City tasked Moriku to follow up the matter with the Ministry of Gender and the Office of the Prime Minister.

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But Moriku threw the task to the Resident City Commissioners of Arua and his deputy to investigate why the vulnerable residents in Ayivu Division did not receive the money.

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