Ministry of Gender Cautions Public to Disregard Motorcycle Distribution Hoax

Pius Bigirimana

The Ministry of Gender, view Labor and Social Development has come out to refute claims that it is distributing motorcycles to youths in an effort to empower them under its Youth Livelihood Program.

This follows a social media post last week made by an unauthentic Facebook page purporting to be that of the Ministry of Gender.

The post that was again posted on the fake account on Monday states that “The Ministry of Gender in conjunction with Uganda Revenue Authority is giving out motorcycles to the youth to empower them economically and create employment.”

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It goes ahead to claim “the motorcycles have been abandoned at the port for more than a year by unscrupulous importers unable to pay taxes or involved in other import malpractice”.

However the hideous motive behind the reported announcement is exposed in the calculated attempt to lure soft targets into expressing their interest through the Facebook page’s inbox which is unlike of government’s mode of communication.

It is typical of conmen to set such traps in order to extort money from unsuspecting members of the public.

ChimpReports established that the fake announcement which was reposted on Monday afternoon had already attracted numerous comments with majority of the unsuspecting people sharing their telephone contacts for consideration.

The official Ministry of Gender Facebook page is liked by over 5,000 people and followed by similarly over 5,000 people. On the contrary, the fake page has so far generated below 200 likes. However both pages have identical profile photos, cover photos and content.

On Monday, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development Pius Bigirimana released a statement stating that; “The Ministry has noted with great concern that some unscrupulous person has created a hoax sponsored Facebook page in the name of the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development and posted malicious and misleading information on it”.

Bigirimana cautioned the public to “disregard the said Facebook page and all its postings and treat it with utmost contempt it deserves”.

The government statement further says; “The Facebook page that is propagating this information is not the official Facebook page of the Ministry and the Ministry is therefore not responsible for any material posted on it”.

“Procedures for the youth to access support under Youth Livelihood Program are well laid in the Program Document which in no wat provides for procurement of items by the Ministry for distribution to the Youth as claimed in the (fake) announcement,” it goes on to state.

The Ministry has commenced investigations into the matter and promised to take appropriate action in the due course.


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