Opposition legislators have demanded that government halts the planned Covid-19 relief distribution, to allow Parliament debates and weighs in on the said measures.

Addressing the press in Parliament on 1st July 2021, legislators led by Mityana District woman Member of Parliament Joyce Bagala, welcomed the move by the government to intervene, however, noted that there was the need for extensive debate on the same.

The MPs asked that the Speaker recall the House to allow MPs to look into the measures.

“We would like to ask the Speaker to recall the House to allow us to debate interventions by the government because we have suggestions to make,” Bagala said.

Bagala observed that the one hundred thousand shillings proposed by the government to be given to each household of the vulnerable persons was not adequate for the families. She asked the government to increase the money to two hundred thousand shillings.

The MP further critiqued the government for not having a clear plan of how the citizens would be vaccinated.

Women MP Kyotera district Fortunate Nantongo appealed to the government to include the vulnerable in rural areas as beneficiaries of the Covid-19 relief fund.

“The criteria used to select the beneficiaries is questionable. This lockdown has affected all Ugandans and all need to benefit from any intervention by government.” Said Nantogo.

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