By Mukhaye Damali
The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has accused the government of hijacking their idea of covid relief cash transfers to the vulnerable Ugandans.
The government has embarked on giving food relief in the form of cash to people whose incomes were affected by the covid-induced lockdown.
However, while addressing the media at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi this morning, FDC president Patrick Amuriat has said the idea of giving Ugandans Shs100,000 as Covid relief was enshrined in their 2021 election manifesto.
Amuriat says in their proposal, they planned to extend this cash handouts to vulnerable Ugandans for a period of six months.
He says they had also planned to give this assistance to 5 million Ugandans across the country given the growing number of vulnerable people.
Amuriat adds that the government not only copied their idea, but has also mismanaged it because targeting a mere 500,000 households is a mockery of Ugandans.
He thus advises that the government increases the number of beneficiaries and also extends the period of payment.