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Individuals' Mobile Money Transactions to Determine Recipients of COVID -19 Relief Cash


By Agnes Kiconco

KIU, Main Campus - Hon. Prime Minister Robinah Nabbaja has revealed that while meetings are still being held to determine the final decision on how much each will be receiving from the government, an individual's recent mobile money transactions will be a great determinant to one's potential to receive the COVID-19 relief support.

The government stipend relief support comes after the total 42-day lockdown that was announced on June 18 by President Yoweri Museveni as a result of  the COVID-19 second wave.

The second lockdown was predicted to become a hindrance to many since a number of citizens are unable to access their work places because public transport was suspended in the country. This ought to leave many families in poverty thus unable to afford food supplies and other basic necessities.

The Prime Minister decided that government would this time give direct cash to individuals instead of distributing food, in order to do away with the corruption in the food distribution exercise during the first lockdown last year.

“We are going to give out mobile money to only the vulnerable people and we shall base on the transactions made on your phone, if you have been receiving some money then don’t expect anything from us,” she said. 

She added that they are to retrieve information from telecommunications companies which shall inform their verdict on who deserves the relief package.

The targeted beneficiaries of the stipend are slum dwellers, single mothers in Kampala and Wakiso and other vulnerable persons.

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