Prime Minister Nabbanja revealed that a vulnerable individual according to the government is one who has been working hand to mouth.
The Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja earlier this week maintained that as a COVID-19 relief package to Ugandans, the government will be issuing out cash tokens instead of distributing food items including posho and beans to vulnerable groups and those most hit by the pandemic.
However, while speaking on NBS TV’s morning breeze programme on Monday, Nabbanja revealed that government intends to extend these tokens to only vulnerable groups and not every particular individual.
Giving an insight on who is vulnerable and who is not, the newly appointed Prime Minister Nabbanja explained that a vulnerable individual according to the government is one who has been working hand to mouth.
She said they will deploy the help of local authorities to help establish people who fall in these categories. Relatively, Nabbanja disclosed that people whose jobs have been hit including bartenders and street vendors without forgetting those who reside in poor communities.
“The vulnerable are known, we have people who have jot been working for over a year, the bartenders, people who have been selling items on the street, street children and our poor communities,” Nabbanja explained.
“We shall use the NIRA list and local authorities to identify these vulnerable people. We are aware that we have vulnerable people in society, especially those who have been living hand to mouth,” added.
In addition, she said the procedure will be done through mobile money. For those with no telephone numbers, they will apply the use of vouchers.
Nabbanja explained that this digital transaction is not only efficient but also cost and time-saving. She said the procedure is even one that can help limit corruption tendencies that were witnessed last year during food relief deliveries.
“Cash relief distribution via Mobile Money would be efficient, cost and time saving but has 2 drawbacks. Assumes fairness and transparency in selection criteria of beneficiaries. Assumes all beneficiaries have both MM registered line and NIN. These are big assumptions.”
“We shall use mobile money because we believe it shall cut many administrative costs. For those who have no telephone number, we shall use a voucher system,” Nabbanja added noting that the vouchers will be made in a way that they cannot be forged.
“The vouchers will come with security features that make it hard to be forged. They will have special numbers that one can take mobile money agents or to the bank to claim his money. We shall sit tomorrow with the various committees and come up with the “how much” each vulnerable individual will get.”