The government has said it will now use mobile money to deliver cash to vulnerable people who are affected by the second Covid-19 lockdown, which began on Friday evening.
In April last year, the government distributed food to the urban poor, mainly in the Kampala metropolitan area, during the first lockdown, but a number of eligible people said they did not receive any.
The distribution was marred by corruption and accountability issues that have not been resolved to date.
Speaking to reporters yesterday in Kampala after a closed-door meeting with members of the national Covid-19 task force, the new prime minister, Ms Robinah Nabbanja, said she would use a different approach during her tenure.
“We agreed to have a direct payment method and a voucher system to provide assistance to vulnerable people [affected by the second lockdown]. This time we will not be giving food. People have phones, we will use mobile money. Those who don’t have a phone, we’ll use the voucher system [to give the relief assistance]”said Ms. Nabbanja.
Highlighting orphanages and slum dwellers, the prime minister said a committee of the National Task Force will meet on Tuesday (tomorrow) to determine how much will be awarded and when people will start receiving support.
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