The government has deferred
payment of covid-19 emergency relief cash for a total of 691 beneficiaries in
Some 3,675 people were registered within the Municipality to get the 100,000 Shillings cash relief for those whose daily earnings were affected by the 42 days’ lockdown instituted by the government.
The beneficiaries in the
Municipality who included Boda boda riders, taxi, and operators, private school
teachers among others were drawn from the three divisions of Central, Pager and
Emmanuel Banya, Kitgum Municipal
Council Town Clerk on Thursday noted that 2,940 had by this week been paid the emergency
relief cash. Out of the 2,940 paid, 1,084 beneficiaries were residents of
Central Division, 980 from Pager Division and 876 residents of Pandwong
He however says the government
data system deferred payment of some 691 beneficiaries following glitches on
their details that included invalid National Identity
card NIN, unregistered mobile telephone numbers, and phone numbers that are off line.
Among those whose details were
deferred and sent back to Kitgum Municipal Council for verification are 194 residents of Central division, 235 residents of Pager, and 262 from Pandwong
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Banya says the returned list has
been submitted to the respective divisions for display adding that the affected
persons are encouraged to visit the offices to cross-check and resubmit correct
details before 5 pm on Friday evening.
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Banya also noted that a total of
42 people who had been registered were rejected by the data system and notes
that they won’t receive any payment.
According to Banya, 21 of the
affected beneficiaries are residents of Central Division, eight from Pandwong
while 13 are residents of Pager Division.
Kevin Joyce Atim, Kitgum District
Vice-Chairperson has tasked the responsible authorities in the Municipal
Council to ensure the affected persons are helped to
enable them to get the relief cash.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister,
Robinah Nabbanja told Parliament that the government data system rejected
details of 87,503 vulnerable people in the second verification exercise.
At least 41.4 billion shillings
have so far been paid to 413,500 vulnerable people in the country selected for
the relief cash out of the total 54.6 billion shillings set aside by the government.