Although the distribution of money was initially scheduled to end on Wednesday, the Minister for Gender, Labor and Social Development, Betty Amongi, told journalists that only 14 billion of the planned 53 billion Shillings had been sent out to the vulnerable populations in municipalities and cities.
Over 300,000 elderly persons aged 80 years and above in the country receive 25,000shillings every month, but they spend 40% of it on grandchildren's school requirements, which is is a threat to the old people's well being.
The United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Monday sanctioned Soroti Resident judge Wilson Musalu Musene and retired judge Moses Mukiibi, lawyer Dorah Mirembe and her husband, Patrick Ecobu. The four allegedly deceived innocent Ugandan families into giving up their children for adoption.
Martin Wandera, the Director Labor, Employment and Industrial Relations says that while the government does not authorize workers to go to Iraq for any other employment apart from security, a number of Ugandans involved in domestic work and other jobs have contacted the Ministry that they need to be helped to return home.
Alex Sembatya, the Executive Director Make A child Smile, an NGO that rescues victims of trafficking, says the trend has changed as traffickers now establish connections within labor export companies who help them access desperate job seekers.
Innocent Byaruhanga, the Assistant Commissioner Family Affairs in the Ministry told URN in an interview that they have recommended to Ministry of Education that children should enroll at least at five years.
Innocent Byaruhanga, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of family affairs in the ministry says that it’s not clear what exactly children learn at the mentorship programmes even as organizers of such initiatives say they are bridging a parenting gap and yet are charging huge sums of money.
Byaruhanga says they met resistance with the initial guidelines hadn't addressed properly issues of sexuality and reproductive health but have now invited the Ministry of Health and Education to give their views on issues like at what point a child should enroll in school and when a parent should start talking to them about sexuality. The proposed age for such conversations to start is 10 years.
Anthony Kawuki, a graduate of Economics from Makerere University says they intend to set up marketing outlets around Kampala to drive their sales. Currently, they are only producing ladies’ handbags on orders which can be as high as 500 pieces.
According to Mwine Mpaka money amounting up to 600 million shillings has been ending up on a bank account of Yassin Abdulaziz Musoke a labour officer based in Uganda’s Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia instead of the consolidated fund.
Paul Onapa, the National Programme Manager Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) in the Gender, Labour and Social Development Ministry, says the size of the youth group has also been cut down from 15 members to a minimum of five, with at least two being females.
Andrew Mase Onen, the district YLP Desk Focal Person, several groups have mismanaged the funds and less than 150 million shillings have been recovered from the groups in the four years adding that the district is considering tasking defaulters' parents to payback the money.