By Mariam Namakula
Kampala Capital City Authority ((KCCA) has appealed to the government to consider increasing the Covid-19 relief cash to Shs420,000, saying the Shs100,000 that was approved is not enough.
During a council meeting at the City Hall on Tuesday, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago said each household deserved at least Shs420,000 so that they spend Shs10,000 daily for 42 days.
His deputy, Ms Doreen Nyanjura, said the Shs100,000 will mean that each household spends Shs2,300 a day, and if further broken down, five members of the family will each spend Shs400.
Police had earlier, on orders of the Resident City Commissioner (RCC) Hudu Hussein, stormed the City Hall on grounds that the councillors were violating the Covid-19 guidelines by exceeding 20 members.
However, the meeting continued amid exchange of words between the councillors and the RCC.
Mr Hudu said he was only enforcing standard operating procedures.
However, Mr Lukwago said they had expected the RCC to avail the council with information on how the government came up with the list of the vulnerable poor.
The council also questioned the illegibility of the lists provided by the town clerks.
Mr Mosh Sendi, the Lord Councilor of Makindye East III, said on June 4, a list of 265 residents that was presented to the chairperson had 18 eligible residents.
Mr Jeremiah Mwenje, a councillor in Kasubi, advised the government to involve the chairpersons and other local leaders to allow a smooth process since they are on ground.
Government added the local councils to verify the credibility of the information and thus creating transparency and equality.
Since last week, many Ugandans and their local leaders have been challenging the details of those identified as vulnerable poor.
The confusion comes at a time when the council alleges that neither NIRA nor UBOS were consulted, and that information that was published was manipulated by the government.