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Opposition MPS want government to hold on distributing Covid19 relief until Parliament debates on it

Opposition members of Parliament have come out and asked government to hold on distributing Covid19 relief package until Parliament debates on it.

Opposition MPS made their revelations on 1st July while addressing the media.

This came after government passed billions of money meant for the vulnerable Ugandans in this Covid19 lockdown and each member in that group is meant to receive 100,000Ugshs.

However according to opposition MPS like Hon Hillary Kiyingi Innocent of Mawokota North said many vulnerable Ugandans were missed out on the groups like teachers.

Mityana District Woman MP and Shadow Minister for Information, Hon Joyce Bagala said that the proposed intervention is welcome but requires extensive debate in regard to the amount.

“This money is not enough; it should be doubled. We also need to ensure transparency of expenditure of such funds,” she said.

Kyotera District Woman Mp, Hon. Fortunate Rose Nantongo proposed consideration of the vulnerable in rural areas as beneficiaries of the Covid-19 relief funds.

“The criteria used to select the beneficiaries is questionable. This lockdown has affected all Ugandans and all need to benefit from any intervention. As Parliament, we need to debate such issues and guide government,” Nantongo said

Kilak South MP, Hon Gilbert Olanya said it’s unfair for Parliament to be closed, he wants it to be open before 6th July when government starts giving out Covid19 relief.

“Parliament should open before 06 July 2021 when government plans to start implementing it’s policies on the interventions. We need to ask the minister the criteria used to identify those receiving relied funds,”Oulanya said.

It should be noted that the Clerk to Parliament issued a notice stating that Parliament would be closed from 28 June to 11 July 2021 to allow for disinfection of the premises in a move aimed at controlling the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Written by Aine Siggy

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