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MPs Fault Ministries for Failing to Register Crumbling Businesses

President Museveni had directed that businesses that were still under lockdown by June 22, when he addressed the country, should be registered for possible support. The task was specifically given to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Gender.
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Parliament has tasked government ministers to explain their failure to register businesses which have remained under lockdown despite a presidential directive to have them registered and helped.  

President Museveni had directed that businesses that were still under lockdown by June 22, when he addressed the country, should be registered for possible support. The task was specifically given to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Gender.

At the time of the directive, the government had started the process of easing COVID-19 restrictions, after more than two months of a total lockdown announced to control the spread of COVID-19. However at the same time, salons, arcades, bars, and bodaboda businesses remained closed, alongside churches, schools, and other public gatherings.

Some of these had hoped for a government stimulus package to help them overcome the challenges brought about by the lockdown. But they were never registered as anticipated, prompting Kasambya county MP Mbwatekamwa Gaffa to question why the presidents directive was ignored.

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The Minister in charge of Youth and Children Affairs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi explained that they were working out a plan which she would present to parliament in a few days.

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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga asked the Ministry to ensure that the teachers are helped at this moment.

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