The Leader of Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga, Wednesday punched holes in a statement delivered in parliament on Covid relief beneficiaries and government efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic.
He said every citizen is feeling the wrath of having a government that makes incomprehensible planning and decisions.
He said the Prime Minister disclosed that by March 2021 government had developed a resurgence plan.
“Despite repeated calls for a costed plan, government was adomont in laying it in Parliament so as to inform budgeting. As a consequence, the national budget for FY 202l/22 was passed on a presumption of normal times and is bound to underperform,” Mpuuga noted.
He said the Prime Minister is right to be concerned with the low vaccination rate of 4% of the initial target of 21.9 Million eligible population.
With this progress, vaccination of the eligible population would only be realized after 12 years in 2033.
Mpuuga attributed the low vaccination rate in the country to the continued reliance on the donor driven COVAX facility and donations from countries such as Norway, India, China and USA.
He says that this approach of acquiring vaccines is alarming and shameful.
“In a bid to save lives, it is our considered opinion that government extends support to private health facilities in form of incentives such as tax waivers on utilities, deployment of medical personnel, joint procurement of drugs and supply of oxygen.”
He said whereas local governments exist, the Central Government has for long adopted a divergent recentralisation system in intent and stature. Local governments have been robbed of the constitutional devolved functions, powers and responsibilities.
“It is quite unfortunate that focus on COVID response is being reduced to the UGX 100,000 cash transfer to vulnerable workers. The cash assistance has been derived from a proposed minimum expenditure food basket which includes posho, beans, soap and cooking oil,” Mpuuga went on.
He said whereas the cash relief gesture is welcomed, it’s implementation is pretty much discriminative.
He said apart from food, the cash relief did not consider other costs of daily living such as rent, water, electricity and medical core.
These costs ought to have been incorporated in the computation of the cash transfer amount,” Mpuuga concluded.