Govt Rolls Out Elderly Grant Program

State Minister for Works, thumb Asuman Kiyingi, information pills has denied reports of defecting to presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi’s camp.

Kiyingi said though standing as an Independent because of unresolved issues at constituency level and in Kamuli District, purchase he still subscribe to the NRM party and remains a serving Minister in the NRM government.

“I therefore fully support the candidature of H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the NRM flag bearer,” said Kiyingi amid reports of clandestinely mobilising for Mbabazi.

“Accordingly it is not true that I joined or defected to JPAM or the Go Forward pressure group as has been alleged and reported.”

Mbabazi is said to be Kiyingi’s political Godfather.

According to highly placed sources, Mbabazi reportedly used Kiyingi who was then legal chief at Uganda Medical Stores to fight then Health Minister Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi.

Sources say confidential information used to fight Muhwezi in several corruption scandals was leaked by Kiyingi.

Since then, Muhwezi and Kiyingi have never seen eye to eye despite being ministers in Museveni’s government.

According to inside information, Kiyingi up to now remains a close ally of Mbabazi.

“If it were not for being a Minister, Kiyingi would be on the grassroots openly campaigning for Mbabazi,” said a source who has worked with Kiyingi for several years.


On his part, Kiyingi explained in a statement on Friday that the reports of his alleged defection are based, in part, on the choice of the chair as his symbol which is also used by Mbabazi.

Kiyingi further elaborated that he took part in the recent NRM primaries for Bugabula South Member of Parliament which he said were characterised by gross irregularities and malpractices.

“We rejected the declared result and petitioned the NRM Electoral Commission. Our petition was not handled satisfactorily. Following wide consultations with the electorate and a petition signed by over 29,000 duly registered Bugabula South voters advising me to stand I decided to stand as an Independent,” he explained.

“I chose to use the Chair as my symbol because it is very well known to my supporters since I used it in the last 2011 elections where I stood as an Independent having been cheated in the NRM primaries in almost similar manner and circumstances. To date many of my supporters have my old posters with the chair symbol in their houses.”
The Minister of Finance, more about Planning and Economic Development Hon Matia Kasaija has revealed that government in partnership with donor agencies has finalized the roll out of the senior citizens grants program to forty districts for the next five years.

Kasaija said government has made available Shs 149billion over the next 5 years while development partners (UKAID and Irish Aid) provided Shs 290billion.

The minister was on Thursday addressing Kibaale District technical staff, find politicians and elders during a one-day orientation workshop on Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment [SAGE] held at the Kibaale District Headquarters.

Minister Kasaija noted that when old persons use the given grant profitably by rearing domestic animals like goats, viagra order pigs, chicken and cattle, they would be adding to the country’s gross domestic product.
Meanwhile he challenged Kibaale residents to shun voting leaders basing on religion, tribe and ethnicity and asked electorates to vote for president Museveni come 2016 general elections.

Simon Omoding, from the Ministry of Gender, labor and social development said at the function that the SAGE program would benefit 100 people from each sub county from the selected districts.

Omoding  revealed that in the current Financial Year 2015/16, 20 new districts will be added to the program, which are Bundibugyo, Kaabong, Abim, Kotido, Koboko, Pader, Agago, Lamwo,
and Kisoro .


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