Gov't Urged to Deliver On Senior Citizens Grant

mind sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The Uganda Social Protection Platform (USPP), a non partisan coalition of civil society dealing with elderly persons, has tasked government to expand the social protection programme to all districts in the country without being discriminative.

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In their meeting with the Gender and Social Development Committee of Parliament, USPP revealed that the pilot project of giving money to the elderly persons in the 14 districts has registered a commendable progress and should therefore, be extended to other districts.

Joseph Mugisha, the Country Director of Help Age International, revealed that the beneficiaries are saving their money and have started acquiring assets such as livestock, hiring labour for agricultural activities and investing in small businesses, a good step towards Vision 2040.

“Much as the programme is financed by foreign countries of which some have already threatened to withdraw their aid, Government can afford this programme if there is a political will to implement it further,” he pointed out.

“Lesser countries in the world like Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana and Mauritius have successfully implemented the programme without necessarily depending on foreign aid.”

Members of the USPP also demanded free health insurance for all elderly persons in the country without strings attached.

Barely three months back, President Yoweri Museveni promised that government would give free health insurance to all elderly persons.

It shows this policy is not applicable in Uganda because we still have a short life expectancy, according to experts.

The five years multibillion pilot programme where every elderly person is being given Shs 25,000 per month is rounded up in districts that include; Kiboga, Nakapiripit, Moroto and Soroti, among others.


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