The Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Betty Amongi has explained why Town Clerks are leading the process of registering beneficiaries of 100,000 shillings COVID-19 relief cash, a decision that has been criticized by the opposition.
Amongi announced the Cabinet decision on Tuesday that over one million Ugandans would benefit from 100,000 Covid-19 cash handouts set to be disbursed to 501,107 households.
A total of Shs 54.7Bn was approved by the Cabinet which sat at State House on Monday June 28 for the relief handouts.
Amongi announced that the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) and Town Clerks would be responsible for aggregating existing data and update, payment and disbursement of the relief will commence on July 6.
On Wednesday, the Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago lashed out at Government for leaving out Kampala leadership in the process of registering and providing COVID-19 relief cash.
Lukwago said that UBOS and Town Clerks cannot know beneficiaries better than elected leaders.
Today, Saturday, Amongi has explained why Town Clerks were involved, and said, “Town Clerks were chosen to lead the process because they are the custodians of information on the target persons including those who run daily income businesses in these urban areas.”
“When you refer to our list of beneficiaries, you will notice persons like bodaboda riders, taxi drivers/ conductors, shoe shiners, street vendors etc whose details are held by KCCA, Cities and Municipalities authorities through their systems at Division, Ward and Village levels,” she added.
To ensure that the lists of beneficiaries are updated and validated, the Minister said, the Town Clerks are supposed to ensure that they (lists) are displayed in communities for purposes of collecting feedback that aids in the update of the lists.
In various parts of Kampala, names of people who are not residents of the respective areas or don’t fall under any category of beneficiaries appeared on the lists of beneficiaries.
Responding to this, Amongi said that the display exercise is meant to ensure that the lists have input of the local communities.
“We therefore commend the feedback and encourage anyone to make contribution through their leaders including designated Ministers, Town Clerks, RDCs and Members of Parliament,” she said.
Amongi announced that not all vulnerable people are targeted, and therefore not all of them will receive the 100,000.
“Let me state that not all vulnerable persons are to be targeted at this particular point. The National COVID-19 Taskforce in cash transfers provided a ceiling on numbers of persons to be reached per City, Municipality and KCCA,” she said.
Adding: “The numbers are guided by the available funding and not for all vulnerable persons even when they fall in the listed categories.”