NUP’s spokesperson who doubles as the MP for Nakawa West Hon Joel Ssenyonyi has come out to reveal how government disbursed the COVID-19 stimulus package to just a few well connected people.
Government last year acquired a stimulus fund from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) worth billions of shillings.
This was aimed at supporting businesses to recover from the effects of the pandemic. However a few people reportedly with close ties to the government benefited from this money and there is no accountability and transparency.
“Over UGX2.6trilliom from IMF was released to certain businesses to shoulder them from the Covid shock. We’re telling the Government to release the list of those who received the money. You will be shocked who’s on that list.”
Ssenyonyi also says that however much stimulus packages are important, if not used well they could become useless.
“There are advantages and disadvantages of a stimulus. Unfortunately, It’s done for the benefit of a few connected business people, and the ordinary business people who should benefit don’t.”
The MP also tackled the issue of skyrocketing prices of basic commodities. Ssenyonyi wonders why government is in power if it claims that it can’t help its people when they need it the most.
“Parliament unanimously castigated the State Minister for Trade. Her statement was lacking. Commodity prices began to shoot up in November last year. On the issue of gov’t saying there is nothing they can do, why are they in government then?” He said while appearing on the NBS Morning Breeze.
Prices of commodities that are vital in the day to day lives of Ugandans such as soap have hugely skyrocketed. Despite the numerous calls from people to the government to do something, nothing has been done yet.
The government has consistently and continously blamed the crisis on the Ukrainian-Russian conflict.