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FDC Spokesperson Semujju Nganda

By Geoffrey Omara

The Government is set to scrap the support to the vulnerable family group which was introduced by government under Social Assistance Grant for empowerment (SAGE) in 2011 to fight the chronic poverty at the household
levels.

SAGE is a government program which was piloted in the 24 districts in Uganda to support the senior citizens and the vulnerable families.

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Elong further said a total of 3891 household will be scrapped from the programs in Apac district in the sub counties of Chawente, Chegere, Apac Sub County, Aduku Sub County, Ibuje and Nambieso.

“It has come to our notice during the period of piloting this project that the implementation of vulnerable family grants has been costly and labour intensive in terms of identifying its beneficiaries,” Elong said at a stakeholders meeting held at Scouts hall in Apac town.

He further revealed that the government will provide the transitional allowance of UgShs 100,000 to each family which is equivalent to four months by the end of November 2015 to support the affected families under the program.

The District Chief Administrative officer, Saraphine Alia said about UgShs 6billion has been sent to the district to facilitate the SAGE programs in Apac district.

“This program has improved the life of most vulnerable families and the senior citizens in the district,” Alia said.

“As a district it was our task to provide office space, prepare our community development services department to accommodate and take on the responsibility of supervising the program,” the CAO said.

He revealed that initially the program started with three sub-counties, two urban Centers and one rural sub-county, Apac, Aduku Town councils and Inomo sub-county until August 2013 when it now covers all the 11
sub-counties.

The District LC5 Chairman, Bob Okae said that both Vulnerable Family Grants (VFGs) and Senior Citizens Grants (SCGs) have benefited households.

He observed that a lot of impacts have been realized at the individual beneficiary level where individuals have received money and have been able to buy better food which has really improved their health status hence limited visits to the hospitals.

This, according to Okae, is because their guardians are able to give children some income got from this program and they have been able to go to UPE schools.

He added that the SAGE beneficiaries are making small investments which include buying and stocking domestic animals like goats, chicken, pigs which multiply in a long run hence diversifying their incomes which has improved people’s standards of living.

“Therefore this program works and it has direct impacts on the lives of the beneficiaries. The oldies will live happily and longer,” Okae concluded.

The Acting Resident District Commissioner, John Robert Omuut warned government against scrapping the vulnerable family grant saying it will demoralize the beneficiaries.

“My suggestion to the government was not to scrap all programs but to take up both of them and maintain the groups which were enroll in the system to avoid embarrassment,” he divulged.

“In other words, am saying that the government should revisit scrapping the category of child headed families because they are supposed to be treated with respect, dignity and care,” Omuut said.

Evaline Aguti, one of the beneficiary of the vulnerable family grant and a resident of Atigolwok cell, disagreed with the government’s plan of scrapping the SAGE programs to the most vulnerable families.

“This program has been supporting us a lot because we are now able to eat well, supporting our children through education and some of us were planning to begin a fundraising drive so that we have a decent housing,” she
said.
By Geoffrey Omara

The Government is set to scrap the support to the vulnerable family group which was introduced by government under Social Assistance Grant for empowerment (SAGE) in 2011 to fight the chronic poverty at the household levels.

SAGE is a government program which was piloted in the 24 districts in Uganda to support the senior citizens and the vulnerable families.

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Elong further said a total of 3891 household will be scrapped from the programs in Apac district in the sub counties of Chawente, Chegere, Apac Sub County, Aduku Sub County, Ibuje and Nambieso.

“It has come to our notice during the period of piloting this project that the implementation of vulnerable family grants has been costly and labour intensive in terms of identifying its beneficiaries,” Elong said at a stakeholders meeting held at Scouts hall in Apac town.

He further revealed that the government will provide the transitional allowance of UgShs 100,000 to each family which is equivalent to four months by the end of November 2015 to support the affected families under the program.

The District Chief Administrative officer, Saraphine Alia said about UgShs 6billion has been sent to the district to facilitate the SAGE programs in Apac district.

“This program has improved the life of most vulnerable families and the senior citizens in the district,” Alia said.

“As a district it was our task to provide office space, prepare our community development services department to accommodate and take on the responsibility of supervising the program,” the CAO said.

He revealed that initially the program started with three sub-counties, two urban Centers and one rural sub-county, Apac, Aduku Town councils and Inomo sub-county until August 2013 when it now covers all the 11
sub-counties.

The District LC5 Chairman, Bob Okae said that both Vulnerable Family Grants (VFGs) and Senior Citizens Grants (SCGs) have benefited households.

He observed that a lot of impacts have been realized at the individual beneficiary level where individuals have received money and have been able to buy better food which has really improved their health status hence limited visits to the hospitals.

This, according to Okae, is because their guardians are able to give children some income got from this program and they have been able to go to UPE schools.

He added that the SAGE beneficiaries are making small investments which include buying and stocking domestic animals like goats, chicken, pigs which multiply in a long run hence diversifying their incomes which has improved people’s standards of living.

“Therefore this program works and it has direct impacts on the lives of the beneficiaries. The oldies will live happily and longer,” Okae concluded.

The Acting Resident District Commissioner, John Robert Omuut warned government against scrapping the vulnerable family grant saying it will demoralize the beneficiaries.

“My suggestion to the government was not to scrap all programs but to take up both of them and maintain the groups which were enroll in the system to avoid embarrassment,” he divulged.

“In other words, am saying that the government should revisit scrapping the category of child headed families because they are supposed to be treated with respect, dignity and care,” Omuut said.

Evaline Aguti, one of the beneficiary of the vulnerable family grant and a resident of Atigolwok cell, disagreed with the government’s plan of scrapping the SAGE programs to the most vulnerable families.

“This program has been supporting us a lot because we are now able to eat well, supporting our children through education and some of us were planning to begin a fundraising drive so that we have a decent housing,” she
said.
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) have accused President Museveni of denying serving army generals a chance to celebrate their retirement from the army.

The FDC spokesperson, site http://chesapeakebaydiningguide.com/wp-admin/includes/upgrade.php Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda told journalists at the party headquarters in Kampala that the president had as a result caused many army officers to die without enjoying their retirement by holding them in service for regime survival.

Ssemujju remarked that after Gen. Aronda Nyakayirima had successfully worked as the army Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) it was befitting for him to retire from all government business but was instead put into the Ministry of Internal Affairs to fight the opposition.

“Museveni has turned the army into another prison where no one is allowed to retire since he fears that they might join his opposition rivals, clinic ” Ssemujju said.

“The likes of (Brig Henry) Tumukunde have received their retirement after promising that they will campaign for president Museveni. This shouldn’t be the case.

Ssemujju noted that Museveni had started using Gen. Aronda to act contrary to what took him to the bush by putting him in the ministry that has championed torture against the citizens of Uganda.

“Aronda and other generals went to the bush to fight against inhuman acts and inequality but sadly, medical by the time he died he had not realized the freedom that he fought for but rather was used to head a ministry that has spearheaded the implementation of the Public Order Management Act that restricts people from gathering and enjoying their freedom.”

Ssemujju added Aronda’s death should be used to fight for army officers to receive decent retirement and hold celebrations for them as it is the case in other countries other than having them imprisoned within the army they deliberately chose to join with fear that they might join the opposition.

 

 

 

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