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
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
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.