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3,000 Miss COVID-19 Relief Cash in Lira City

Tom Richard Okello, the Lira City Community Development Officer says that the 3,000 people could not be registered because their names were entered into the system after it had reached its maximum allocated number. According to Okello, Lira City was given a target of only 9,565 beneficiaries.

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More than 3,000 vulnerable people living within Lira City has missed the COVID-19 relief funds.

Last week, the government started the distribution of 100,000 shillings to vulnerable persons who were affected by the covid-19 lockdown.

Tom Richard Okello, the Lira City Community Development Officer says that the 3,000 people could not be registered because their names were entered into the system after it had reached its maximum allocated number. According to Okello, Lira City was given a target of only 9,565 beneficiaries.

Records indicate 9,596 were registered to benefit from the relief cash. 5,582 are from Lira City East while 4,014 are from the City West division.

“The system locked down on Saturday at around 2 pm but we had over 3000 names to register but there was nothing else to do because we had reached our limit. I still have people who are calling me up to today to register them but the system is closed.” Okello said.

Gloria Akello and her friend Rebecca Apio are bar attendants who are among the residents who missed registration. They say their efforts to register were futile because they realized very late when their colleagues had already registered.

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Moses Junior Ongwen, an event promoter in Lira City says he registered for the funds, but he is worried that he has not received the funds.

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Sam Atul, the Lira City Mayor says that there is a need to extend support to vulnerable people living in rural areas. 

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