By; Charles Katabalwa
02nd December 2019
With effect from January 1st 2020 Over 7000 senior citizens aged 80 and above from Wakiso and Kampala districts will start to benefit from the Senior Citizens Grant.
In June 2010, the Cabinet approved a proposal to implement the Expansion of the Social Protection (ESP) Programme including the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) pilot scheme and the core component of the proposal was a Senior Citizens Grant scheme designed to respond to the Constitutional obligations of the state with regards to the welfare and maintenance of the elderly, policy commitments in the National Development Plan and Vision 2040 as well as the NRM Manifesto.
Stephen Kasaija the Head of programme Unit (PMU) under Senior Citizens Grant scheme at Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) while addressing the media during the orientation workshop to roll out the senior Citizens Grant in Kampala today said that many elderly persons other parts of Uganda have benefited in this grant and now it the time for Kampala people to benefit too.
Kasaija adds that they have decided to switch from 65 years to 80 years because the government has little funds and it can only cater for persons with 80years and above but strictly to those with national Identification Card.
The Leaders for the elderly in Kampala have advised the government to increase on funds of persons in Kampala because they spend a lot.
Meanwhile the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has urged Government to restructure the senior Citizens Grant to help as many people as possible as promised in the National Development Plan and Vision 2040 as well as the NRM Manifesto.
Meanwhile the Kawempe Division Mayor Emmanuel Sserunjoji has advised elderly persons not to dare reject this little funds availed to them as being proposed to them by some politicians