Payment of Covid Relief Money starts today

By: Patrick K. Ssentongo
Despite government yesterday revealing that all vulnerable persons who had been lined up to receive the Shs100,000 Covid-19 relief cash had to wait until next week, Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development Betty Amongi has revealed that payments to some vulnerable groups will kick off today. State Minister of Gender Charles Engola yesterday told Parliament’s COVID-19 Task Force that they need a week to verify the lists of vulnerable persons to receive relief cash and cannot disburse the money by tomorrow as earlier promised. However, Amongi says that a few lists have been verified and the money will be disbursed. “We agreed to relax the date of data verification from July 10th not the payment. From today, whatever data has been verified, money will be dispatched. We want a thorough process with accountability. I want to assure Ugandans that payment begins today and the Prime Minister will launch this process today at 10: 00 am,” says Amongi.On Tuesday, government said a total of 21,480 vulnerable people from cities and municipalities, starting July 8 will receive Shs100,000 each. The money will be sent via mobile phone.

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