COVID-19 Relief Fund by the government to Delay for Another Week

The Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development. Col. Charles Engola has told the COVID-19 Taskforce for Parliament, that Households counting on the government COVID-19 relief fund will have to wait for another week to allow the government to verify the data presented.

Appearing before the COVID-19 Taskforce for Parliament on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, emphasized the need to verify the names presented for relief as a measure to promote transparency and accountability.

Engola told that the task force that the Ministry was processing the data presented to them before they compile it. He said that this whole process would take one week which will be followed by displaying the lists for verification before they start paying out the money.

The Information Communications and Technology Officer, Emmanuel Yeka at the Ministry of Gender said that they are aggregating the data submitted by town clerks based on location, sex, nature of work and match the telephone numbers and national ID Numbers.

The Parliamentary Task Force on COVID19 chaired by Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu was established by Parliament to among other things look into the high costs of COVID19 treatment, assess the state of health facilities, and Conduct awareness sensitization countrywide. The Committee is expected to at the end of this process, submit a report to Parliament.

The MPs equally tasked the Minister to explain whether sex workers had been included as the vulnerable group to receive the relief? The need for government to negotiate with Telecoms to waive the withdraw charges so that the beneficiaries receive the entire sum of Shillings 100,000 and why the town councils were left out of the COVID-19 relief package yet they fall under urban centres.

The Minister agreed to address concerns and suggestions presented by the task force to facilitate service delivery to Ugandans.

The Committee chair Abdu Katuntu tasked the Ministry to submit a written report with an updated status of the names they have received so far and if they have been displayed so that members of Parliament can verify from the ground.