The government has released a list for COVID-19 second lockdown relief cash beneficiaries as a way of supporting vulnerable people, whose income was interrupted by the lockdown.
The Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja recently revealed that government will this time use mobile money to deliver cash to vulnerable people who are affected by the second COVID-19 lockdown, instead of distributing food as it was in the first lockdown.
While journalists at the media centre in Kamala, the Minister for Gender, Betty Amongi said government has already identified groups of people to benefit from the relief fund.
According to Among, the 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.
According to the list, 13 categories of people have been identified for support.
These include bus/taxi drivers and conductors, baggage carriers, wheelbarrow pushers, touts, traffic guides and loaders in the taxi, bus parks and stages and other major commercial centres such as Kikuubo, barmen, djs, barmaids, waiters and bouncers, bar gym and restaurant workers, food vendors in bus, taxi parks and arcades, artists including musicians, comedians, producers and promoters, boda boda riders, special hire drivers and Uber drivers, saloons, massage parlour workers, teachers and support staff in private schools and teachers in government schools not on the government payroll and car washers.
“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 12000 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.
‘‘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.’’, she added.