KAMPALA – The government has released a list of categories of vulnerable people identified by the cabinet to benefit from the Covid-19 cash relief.
Recently, the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja revealed that they had secured Shs53 billion to be distributed to 530,000 Ugandans considered to be vulnerable.
Speaking to the press at the media centre in Kampala on Tuesday, the Minister for Gender, Betty Amongi announced the beneficiary groups of people to benefit from the relief fund.
“Cabinet identified the following categories of vulnerable persons who depend on daily earning and whose lives will be severely affected as a result of the current 42-day lockdown,” Amongi said.
According to her, barmen, DJs, barmaids, waiters, waitresses and bouncers, gym and restaurant workers, food vendors in tax, bus parks and arcades, musicians, comedians, producers, promoters, salon and massage parlour employees, teachers and support staff in in both government and private schools, car washers, slum dwellers, street vendors, shoe shiners, orphans and vulnerable children have been prioritized to receive cash relief.
Bus and taxi drivers plus conductors; baggage carriers, touts, wheelbarrow pushers, traffic guides and loaders in tax and bus parks, stages and other areas like Kikuubo have also been considered.
“The cash transfer shall aim to reach 501,107 households which is 38% of the households in Kampala Metropolitan Area, all cities and municipalities,” Amongi said.
She noted that each beneficiary will receive shs100,000 to cater for the purchase of 20kg of posho at shs40,000, 10kg of beans for shs25000, a bar of soap at shs3000, a three-liter -jerrican of cooking oil for shs 120,000 and the remaining shs20,000 to be used for other items at home.
“Those whose National Identification Numbers(NINs) don’t correspond with the mobile money account details shall access funds through Post Bank vans.”
According to the minister, the Ministry of Gender together with UBOS will guide cities and municipalities on the number of persons to be selected using data from the two clerks and UBOS whereas the KCCA Executive Director, town clerks, city clerks and municipal trucks will be responsible for the integrity of the data provided.
Nabbanja earlier said that anyone who has ever received shs500,000 on phone will not be considered vulnerable.