• Aug 31, 2021 . 1 min Read
  • Muntu calls for public accountability for COVID-19 relief fund

The Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) presidential candidate Gen Mugisha Muntu speaking during a press conference at the party head offices on 26 August 2021. (Photo by Nicholas Oneal)
Jeff Andrew Lule
Journalist @New Vision

The Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) opposition party, has called for public accountability for the COVID-19 relief fund.

The party head, Rtd. Maj Gen. Mugisha Muntu said there has been a lot of public debate on the sh100,000 which was given out by the Office of the Prime Minister, which calls for accountability to the taxpayers.

He tasked the government to publicize the list of all the beneficiaries of the COVID-19 relief funds to clear the air within the public.

“We demand the list of people who received this money because it was no secret. The telecom companies have these records on whoever received the money. This will help the public to know, that the money was given out and even know those who got it,” he added.

He said the government needs to give a comprehensive report on the disbursement of Covid-19 relief funds.

According to the government, the COVID-19 relief fund was meant for the vulnerable poor and those people whose daily income-generating activities were affected by the 42-day lockdown.  

Government targeted 501,207 households to receive sh102,425 as cash handouts including withdrawing fees, to Ugandans employed mainly in the informal sector including saloon operators, bar attendants, taxi and boda boda riders, and conductors among others.

However, Muntu says up to now the beneficiaries are not known because of the anomalies which were involved.

 

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