The State Minister for Disability and Elderly Affairs Sarah Kanyike says that the government has enhanced the National Special Grant to 5 Billion Shillings with the financial year 2020/2021 to benefit people living with disabilities. She adds that the money will be provided to 800 groups.
More than 5,000 persons living with disabilities are set to
benefit from the National Special Interest grant.
The State Minister for Disability and Elderly Affairs Sarah Kanyike says that
the government has enhanced the National Special Grant to 5 Billion Shillings to benefit people living with disabilities. She
adds that the money will be provided to 800 groups.
According to Kanyike, more than 100 groups have so far received
funding while the rest of the groups are being scrutinized.
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Kanyike, said that the Ministry plans to continue supporting persons with
disabilities to ensure that they go through the covid-19 pandemic. She says that
the Ministry is conducting a social-economic study to understand the impact of
the pandemic population especially in relations to employment and design
interventions that will address the real needs of PWDs.
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But Alex Ndezi, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on
Gender and MP representing the PWDs in Central said that the special grant
should be increased to 10 Billion Shillings.
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Meanwhile, the Leaders of the Persons with Disabilities have expressed
disappointment in President Museveni who they said has failed to fulfill the
pledges he has made to the PWDs in the country.
Juma Mulesa, the Chairperson of the National Council for PWDs, said that the
PWDs complain that given the overwhelming support, he has not looked into the
issues he promises them.
He said that the president promised to give motorcycles to leaders of PWDs at
district level but he is yet to deliver on the promise.
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According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics of 2014, the disability prevalence
rate is 12.5% of the overall population, 49.26 are males and 50.74 are female.