The third deputy prime minister, Lukia Nakadama has said
that government is coordinating with the gender ministry to ensure that all
the eligible beneficiaries who did not receive the Covid-19 relief funds over
inaccuracies in their personal data are paid.
Nakadama who has embarked on a fact finding mission to
ascertain the challenges encountered by local government authorities during
their course of capturing data from vulnerable persons told journalists in
Jinja city on Friday, that all funds meant for eligible vulnerable persons with
disparities in their particulars were since withheld, pending rectification of
the same before effecting payments.
Citing Jinja city where funds of 61 individuals were
withheld, Nakadama however stressed that town clerks should be able to
compile the requisite evidence confirming that the said persons are residents
within the cities and municipalities where they had been registered.
Nakadama further challenged accounting officers to capture
data from all residents within their areas of operation to ease implementation
of government programs directly targeting grass root communities.
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Nakadama argues that available reports have indicated that the covid-19 relief fund payment system denied some eligible persons working
within the different urban peripherals from accessing funds, because they are
not resident in these areas. She says that such payment modules will be revised
ahead of other related government programs.
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Jinja’s deputy city clerk, Peter Mawerere says that the
payment system was never interactive enough, which deprived accounting officers the opportunity to rectify mistakes cited in the beneficiary persons' data in time.
Meanwhile, Kamuli municipal council’s town clerk Ronald
Baganzi says that government should assess the extent of need before effecting such
relief programs because.
He argues that failure to carry out analysis on the rightful number of
vulnerable persons has left local authorities at loggerheads with disgruntled
“Our available data as of 2020 indicates that there are 4,947
vulnerable persons however, the gender ministry tasked us to register 2,997,
leaving the disgruntled groups hostile towards local authorities,” he laments.