Former FDC leader Dr Kizza Besigye wants Gov’t to offer each vulnerable Ugandan family Shs 100,000 per month for 6 months.
Dr Kizza Besigye the former FDC leader and strong opposition leader suggests that every family in Uganda should be given Shs 100,000 per month for six months as a way of addressing the Covid-19 effects caused to families in the country.
While addressing the media at his home in Kasangati on Wednesday, Dr Besigye revealed plans by the People’s Government to combat Post Covid-19 recovery which is parallel to that government.
In Besigye’s speech he termed as the people’s address, he showed loopholes in government measures to combat Covid-19.
Besigye also suggested other measures which can be used by the government in this post-COVID-19 period.
The measures include; paying and waiving domestic electricity and water bills for Ugandan homes, payment of rents for tenants whose rent is below Shs 300,000 for six months and tax reduction on essential commodities such as salt, soap and sugar.
Besigye says the resources that total to Shs 19.7 trillion that was meant to be used in the first quarter for this financial year is not going to be used as planned because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The opposition strong man says this unused funds can be used to intervene and bail out the needy Ugandans going through economic hardships hence calling upon the government to provide more support to the citizens.
He added that many Ugandans especially the low-income earners have been badly affected by the pandemic.
“If COVID-19 exposed anything, it exposed that this country of ours lacks reserves in Bank of Uganda and we have nothing,” Besigye said.
Besigye urged all Ugandans that were affected by the pandemic to ask for their share from donors. Besigye claims that the government of Uganda has received billions of funds from donors which are meant to help the citizens but it’s not using it.
“We plan to rally all the force seeking change to make an effective demand of our money, and that our money applies to our needs,” Besigye said.
He said that the money received by the government from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other donors should be used by the government to pay 70% of the teacher’s salaries in primary schools.
Dr Kizza Besigye added that small scale enterprises, farmers and other affected sectors should also benefit from the international donations.
“This financial and economic stimulus we are talking about is primarily for the small entrepreneurs and farmers who have been vanquished by this pandemic,” Besigye added.
Part of the funds should be injected in the health sector to improve the ratio of patent per doctor.