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Katumba Decries Low Allowances to Elderly

Independent presidential candidate John Katumba has decried the monthly Shs 25.000 disbursed by government to senior citizens, saying it is too little to sustain an individual for a month.

Government pays out Shs 25.000 to the elderly citizens aged 65 years and above under the donor-funded Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment (SAGE).

Katumba, 24, Uganda’s youngest presidential candidate argued that the money is too little.

While addressing voters in Kabale Municipality, Katumba challenged government officials to quit their offices in exchange for the monthly payment of Ugx 25,000, which they are paying to the elderly if they think that it’s enough.

He explained that it is improper for someone to pay taxes for more than 50 years to a government and end up getting paid only Shs 25,000.

Katumba on the other hand lashed out at the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) government for not doing enough to extend quality education to all Ugandans.

He said a serious government would construct a university for every region or district, offering the same quality education like those located in Kampala and Wakiso.

He also criticized individuals who thought that he was not serious and called him a comedian when he joined the presidential race, adding that it is the same people who are now using excessive force to block him from reaching out to Ugandans in search for votes.

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Katumba wondered why security would deploy a contingent of police patrols and military operatives to prevent him from campaigning.

He also vowed on Monday next week to storm the Electoral commission offices, demanding the EC Chairman, Simon Byabakama to explain to him why security agencies have continued to harass him during his political campaigns.

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