A total number of 78,000 out of 501,107 beneficiaries of Covid-19 cash relief were rejected by the system after their telephone numbers and National Identity Cards had queries.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Aggrey Kibenge, yesterday said 44,000 beneficiaries out of the rejected 78,000, who had earlier been rejected, have been cleared for payment.
“Forty Four have been revalidated and re-uploaded for payment by the town clerks,” Mr Kibenge said.
This means a total of 467,107 beneficiaries have been cleared and paid by the ministry while a total of 34,000 beneficiaries are yet to be paid.
Government was supposed to remit Covid-19 cash relief to 16 groups of people whose businesses were closed as a result of the lockdown. The beneficiaries would receive Shs100, 000 each.
Government through town clerks are to replace the 34,000 Covid-19 cash beneficiaries whose details had failed numerous re-verification exercises, two days to the end of 42 lockdown.
“Beneficiaries will be verified and cleared again. We advised the town clerks to do so by close of today (yesterday),” Mr Kibenge said.
According to him, Kampala had majority beneficiaries whose details were rejected.
‘‘Out of to the 501,107 total beneficiaries, Kampala was allocated 157,474, followed by Nansana Municipality (34,482) and Kira Municipality (31,358).’’ Mr Kibenge added.
Ms Robinah Nabbanja last week revealed that those rejected by the system had inconsistencies in the names appearing on their National IDs.
Ms Nabbanja also said the telephone numbers of some beneficiaries were registered under different names. “The failed numbers have been sent back to the cities and municipalities for correction before payment can be made. The town clerks have been trained and guided by the ministry on what to do,” she said.
On 6th/07/2021, the government started disbursing cash relief to vulnerable who have been affected by the second lockdown.
The president is set to address the nation tomorrow Friday 30th/07/2021 on Covid-19 and the way forward as far as lockdown is concerned.