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Uganda’s cash crackdown on GiveDirectly.

Uganda’s cash crackdown on GiveDirectly.

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The U.S. Agency for International Development has terminated a $10 million cash transfer program run by GiveDirectly in Uganda, after the government opened an investigation into the COVID-19 response effort and then decided to indefinitely suspend the organization’s operations. The time frame around the probe is unclear, as are its merits. The program launched in August in partnership with the Ugandan government and targeted 120,000 people in six cities, with plans to deliver each of them approximately $27 per month for three months. The use of direct cash transfers has increased dramatically in response to COVID-19 as a means of social protection that can be deployed rapidly to counteract income losses and stave off food insecurity and other harms. This cash transfer program was vetted b...
Police Impound 211 Vehicles, 331 Motorcycles For Flouting COVID-19 Curfew Hours

Police Impound 211 Vehicles, 331 Motorcycles For Flouting COVID-19 Curfew Hours

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By Keefa Nuwahereza The police on Monday night arrested 211 vehicles and 331 motorcycles after reinstating the reinforcement of COVID-19 curfew hours. A statement released by the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson SP Patrick Onyango indicates that several motorists were arrested after they were found driving beyond the recommended curfew time, which ends at 9:00Pm. Onyango’s statement reads in part thus; “Last night, we carried out an operation to reinvigorate the anti-COVID19 enforcement measures, especially the curfew hours. During the operations, we impounded over 211 motor  vehicles and 331 motor cycles. The operation was peaceful and it was carried out in an orderly manner and professionally. There are drivers who were cautioned while others were issued w...
At UN, Uganda Highlights COVID-19 Response, Commitment to Sustainable Development

At UN, Uganda Highlights COVID-19 Response, Commitment to Sustainable Development

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Through deliberate and targeted actions, Uganda has been able to contain the spread of COVID-19, the country’s representative to the UN told the General Assembly, adding that the Government also prioritized sustainable recovery from the pandemic in its national plans. Philip Ochen Odida, Deputy Permanent Representative, speaking in person to the UN Assembly.  To mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uganda followed strong guidelines, standard operating procedures and systematic testing, tracing, quarantining and treatment regimen, explained Philip Ochen Odida, Deputy Permanent Representative, speaking in person to the UN Assembly.  The COVID-19 crisis, however, “has given lessons and areas for re...
UPDF Major Clobbered While Enforcing COVID-19 Curfew, Battles For Life

UPDF Major Clobbered While Enforcing COVID-19 Curfew, Battles For Life

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By Keefa Nuwahereza A senior Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF)  officer at the rank of Major is currently hospitalized and battling for his  life after he was clobbered by goons while he was enforcing the COVID-19 curfew in Kyankwanzi District on Tuesday May 26th, 2020. According to sources, Maj. Maj. Robert Nkwasibwe was rushed to Hoima referral hospital unconscious after being attacked by goons late in the night during a patrol with fellow officers. Brig. Rirchad Karemire's tweet about Majo. Robert Nkwasibwe Army spokesperson, Brig. Richard Karemire,  revealed that Maj. Robert Nkwasibwe was commanding a patrol when the joint security team was attacked by locals. Brig. Karemire stated that; “On the night of May, 26, 2020, a group of drunkards at Gala trad...
UN Boss In Uganda Asks for USD316M COVID-19 Money  To Help Gov’t Fight Pandemic

UN Boss In Uganda Asks for USD316M COVID-19 Money To Help Gov’t Fight Pandemic

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By Keefa Nuwahereza Uganda's fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic  is set to be boosted by the United Nations with  USD316M  (Shs1,202,612,260,000), so as to help government fix the essential sectors of the economy and  to overcome the after effects of the outbreak. The move comes after the United Nations in Uganda, together with 20 partner organisations, appealed for USD316M relief funds to support the country in minimizing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its most vulnerable groups of people over the next six months. The appeal comes as COVID-19 threatens to spread in the country, and as the necessary measures taken to combat it are draining government coffer and negatively impacting the delivery of lifesaving services to those most in need. This includes...
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