By Innocent Atuganyira
A section of Boda boda riders from Masindi town in Masindi district yesterday afternoon stormed the office of the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) protesting the delayed delivery of COVID-19 relief money given by government to them.
Government announced the distribution of 100,000 shillings to help the homesteads affected by the COVID-19 containment measures in the country.
It later tasked the town clerks of cities and municipalities in the country to register the people who deserve the fund and Boda-boda riders were among the categories that were identified as vulnerable.
The Prime Minister Robina Nabbanja later launched the distribution of the funds to the beneficiaries which has been going on for more than two weeks but some Boda-boda riders from Masindi town say they have not received theirs despite having been registered for it.
Ronald Mugisa, one of the riders says he has not received the money which has left his family starving because it depends on his daily income which was disrupted by the restrictions on the Boda-boda operations.
Ismail Obedi, another Boda-boda rider says what pains him the most is a report by the district officials indicating that all Boda- Boda riders in Masindi received the money yet majority has not.
Nicholas Aganyira on his part says they have run out of patience after engaging the Masindi central division town clerk on the matter who has kept telling them that their names were sent to Masindi municipality for verification.
Charles Ondiya, the chairperson Kijura main stage accuses government of allegedly using the Boda- boda riders but later leaves them out of its programs.
The deputy RDC Dominic Tibasiimwa told the Boda-boda riders that there could have been issues in their particulars which he suspects caused the delay in dispatching the money by government.
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