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Gov’t to Use Mobile Money Data to Determine Beneficiaries of Covid Relief Funds

Prime Minister Rt. Hon Nabbanja addressing journalists on Tuesday (Photo Courtesy)

As Ugandans patiently await the Covid-19 relief fund promised by the government for the vulnerable groups during the lockdown period, the newly sworn-in Prime Minister Rt. Hon Nabbanja has come out to clarify how the beneficiaries for the relief cash will be determined.

While addressing journalists at her office in Kampala on Tuesday, PM Nabbanja revealed that among the sources of information they intend to use is the mobile money transaction history data from telecommunications companies, to be able to determine who is eligible to get this support.

“Vulnerable people are known, you can’t tell me that you are vulnerable when you have been receiving millions of shillings via your mobile money line. We shall not give this money to anybody who has ever received Five hundred thousand shillings (500,000/=) and beyond on his mobile money line.”

The Covid-19 National Taskforce headed by Rt Hon Robinah Nabanja is expected to sit today to come out with the final decision about the cash distribution mechanism to the vulnerable.

Nabanja added that although the whole country is expecting to receive this money, only few who are in areas where there is no food will be given the first priority.

“I call upon people in case you have food in plenty don’t wait to throw it away but give it out to your neighbours who are needy.”

Besides, the PM said government will use other mechanisms like the NIRA data base and Information from Uganda Bureau of Statics (UBOS) to determine the beneficiaries.

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