Mufti Mubbajje Criticises Government over COVID-19 cash handouts

By Our Reporter

The Mufti of Uganda, His Eminence Sheikh Shaban Ramathan Mubajje has criticized the distribution of the COVID-19 relief cash by the government.

This was carried in his address during Eid Aduha prayers at Gaddafi National Mosque in Kampala, today as Moslems across the world celebrate Eid Aduha also referred to as the Festival of Sacrifice which is one of the most important festivals on the Muslim calendar.

The day is used to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to and the Muslims instead slaughter different animals and a third of the meat is eaten by the family offering the sacrifice while the rest is distributed to the poor and needy.

Sheikh Mubbajje advised the government to procure food and deliver it to the households like it was done last year saying that cash has hardly reached the vulnerable Ugandans compared to food distributed earlier.

He also criticized the Police for stopping well-wishers from distributing food to starving households and said instead they should be guided to ensure that the food is distributed in accordance with the Covid-19 SOPs.

On Monday, the Police spokesperson Fred Enanga banned the distribution of food to vulnerable people during the lockdown on grounds of contravening standard operating procedures and quality of handouts.

Mufti Mubbajje appealed to Ugandans to continue following the standard operating procedures to ensure that the spread of coronavirus is stopped and also urged Ugandans to embrace the vaccination exercise.

Information from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development indicates that the government has so far given out Ugx 29 billion of the Covid-19 relief cash to vulnerable persons affected by the current lockdown.

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